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Baha'is Prepare for Bicentennial in 2017

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 12.30.2016 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

As 2017 begins, over 5 million Baha'is worldwide are preparing for major upcoming celebrations. On October 22, 2017, in some 100,000 localities world...

Baha'is To Celebrate "Twin Holy Days" For First Time Worldwide

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 11.05.2016 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

This Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, the Baha'i community will for the first time on a global basis celebrate "Twin Holy Days" associated with the birthdays of the two Founders of their religion.

When the "G" Word Doesn't Work

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion
Dennis Merritt Jones

Because they come from our heads (intellect) rather than our hearts, perhaps all words referring to God do nothing but get in the way, building a sense of separation from It. Perhaps Divinity lives so fully in our hearts as a feeling that the minute we name or label It something we automatically limit our experience of It by drawing boundaries around It.

Bahá'í Holy Day Celebrates Bahá'u'lláh And Garden Of Paradise

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion

The twelve day Festival of Ridván, celebrated April 21 to May 2, is considered the holiest for members of the Bahá’í Faith. During those dates in...

Bahais Celebrate Birth Of Baha'u'llah

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

The Baha'i faith is the youngest of the world’s independent monotheistic religions. Founded in Iran in 1844, it now has more than five million adher...

Baha'is to Implement New Calendar Worldwide

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

If you have Baha'i friends, you can ask them what day of what Badi month of what Vahid it is, and if they look a little confused please be forgiving as it may take some time to get adjusted to a new way of measuring one of our most precious common resources -- time.

Declaration Of The Bab 2014: Baha'is Celebrate Holy Day With Storytelling And Prayers

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion

Date On Thursday, May 22, Baha'is all over the world will celebrate one of the nine holy days in the Baha'i calendar -- The Declaration Of The Báb...

'Unclean' -- Iran's Outcast Baha'i Minority

Anthony Vance | Posted 01.26.2014 | Home
Anthony Vance

The concept of ritual uncleanliness is an old one embedded in several major religious traditions, including Islam and Judaism. It is still accepted by many religious Iranian Muslims today.

This Is What a Holy Day Celebration Looks Like

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Sometimes our holy day celebration might simply comprise a few friends or family members sitting around the coffee table reading some prayers and listening to beautiful recorded music, perhaps with a warm pie out of the oven to follow.

Bahais Celebrate Birth Of Baha'u'llah

Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion

The Baha'i faith is the youngest of the world’s independent monotheistic religions. Founded in Iran in 1844, it now has more than five million adher...

The Birth of Baha'u'llah

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

From the perspective of a statistician, how would you explain that someone who lived in Arabia in the sixth century still has such a profound influence over the lives of a billion of the world's people fourteen centuries later?

Are We Becoming a World Civilization?

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

The past century has seen an unprecedented shift toward entirely new levels of organization at the global level, and this change seems only to be accelerating. Could we be crossing another major threshold in human evolution?

Five Years Too Many -- The Renewed Assault on Baha'i Leaders in Iran

Anthony Vance | Posted 07.17.2013 | Home
Anthony Vance

Since the inception of the Baha'i Faith in Iran in the middle of the 19th century, Baha'is had been subjected to continuous discrimination, and, at times, brutal persecution. Though I was familiar with this history, in early 1980 I considered it to be largely a thing of the past.

Celebrating The 150th Anniversary Of Baha'u'llah's Declaration

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

On April 21, 1863, as He was about to be exiled from Baghdad to Constantinople, Baha'u'llah stayed for 12 days in a garden in Baghdad, and it was here that He let members of the Babi community gathered know that He was the promised one they were expecting.

Who's Got It Right About the European Union: David Cameron or Alfred Nobel?

Tad Daley | Posted 04.02.2013 | Home
Tad Daley

Since everything else -- our economies, our communications, our single planetary environment -- succumbs more completely to globalization every day, shouldn't we eventually bring about a complete globalization of our structures of governance as well?

How a World Map Can Feed the Spirit and the Body

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 12.17.2012 | Impact
Homa Sabet Tavangar

The world map had no countries identified on it, but did have whimsical animals and people. What's the good of a map without, at minimum, national boundaries?

Enter The Gate: Celebrating The Declaration Of The Bab

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

On the night of May 22 this year, Baha'is around the world will hold celebrations to mark the 168th anniversary of that first evening in Shiraz when their Faith began.

Splendid Baha'i Gardens Of Paradise

Posted 04.20.2012 | Religion

The twelve day Festival of Ridván, celebrated April 21 to May 2, is considered the holiest for members of the Bahá’í Faith. During those dates in...

The Mysterious World Of Dreams

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

Dreams have played an important role in almost all spiritual traditions. So what is this mystery that takes up large portions of our night, but about which we know so little?

Baha'is Celebrate Festive Season Of Ayyam-i-Ha

Rothwell Polk | Posted 04.27.2012 | Religion
Rothwell Polk

The Festival of Ayyam-i-Ha is a time of fellowship within the Baha'i community and toward all of humanity. Baha'is have few rituals so creativity is the watchword in community celebrations.

Divine Love Story: Birth Of A New Revelation

Laura Weinberg | Posted 01.14.2012 | Religion
Laura Weinberg

When a new Manifestation of God appears, according to the Baha'i writings, a new energy is released into the world, transforming both material and spiritual reality. This is not an everyday occurrence.

A Baha'i Vision For World Peace

Jonathan Gandomi | Posted 09.25.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Gandomi

Baha'is believe that "world peace is not only possible, but inevitable," and that "it is the next stage in the evolution of this planet."

Baha'is Commemorate The Martyrdom Of The Bab

Rothwell Polk | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Rothwell Polk

When the smoke cleared, the crowd gasped in astonishment and fear. Muhammad-'Ali still hung suspended by the ropes, but was unharmed and the Bab had disappeared!

Baha'is Observe The Ascension of Baha'u'llah

Jonathan Gandomi | Posted 07.28.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Gandomi

For Baha'is, the anniversary of Baha'u'llah's passing is a time to remember his life of service, reflect on his suffering, and read his scriptures that span nearly 100 volumes.

Baha'i Holy Day Marred By Fresh Wave Of Persecutions In Iran

Rothwell Polk | Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion
Rothwell Polk

The Bab foretold the coming of another Messenger of God Who would fulfill the prophetic expectations of all the world's religions. Baha'is believe this Promised One of all humankind is Baha'u'llah.