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Old 01-02-2015, 05:35 AM   #1
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Tolstoy

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9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910)

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The most essential life lesson to take away from Tolstoy is to follow his lead and recognise that the best way to challenge our assumptions and prejudices, and develop new ways of looking at the world, is to surround ourselves with people whose views and lifestyles differ from our own. In Resurrection, he pointed out that most people - whether they are politicians, businessmen or thieves - "instinctively keep to the circle of those people who share their views of life and their own place in it". Cosseted within our peer group, we may think it perfectly normal and justifiable to own two homes, or to oppose same-sex marriage, or to bomb countries in the Middle East. We cannot see that such views may be perverse, unjust, or untrue, because we are inside circles of our own making. The challenge is to spread our conversational wings and spend time with those whose values and experiences contrast with our own. Our ultimate task, Tolstoy would advise us, is to journey beyond the perimeters of the circle.
BBC News - The secret to a happy life - courtesy of Tolstoy


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The same questioner said: "I have read much of Tolstoy and I see a parallel between his teachings and yours. In one of his books he speaks of the Enigma of Life, and describes how life is wasted in our endeavour to find the Key. But Tolstoy goes on to say: 'There is a man in Persia who holds the secret.'"

"Yes," said 'Abdu'l-Bahá, "I received a letter from Tolstoy, and in it he said that he wished to write a book upon Bahá'u'lláh."

(Abdu'l-Baha, Abdu'l-Baha in London, p. 94)

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Old 01-02-2015, 05:47 AM   #2
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Oh, there is a lot to say about Tolstoy and the Faith. He had the Kitab-i-Aqdas translated for him. Much of his archives unfortunately was lost during the Soviet era.

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Old 01-02-2015, 07:31 AM   #3
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Yes is a shame I feel that he did not live longer.

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Oh, there is a lot to say about Tolstoy and the Faith. He had the Kitab-i-Aqdas translated for him. Much of his archives unfortunately was lost during the Soviet era.

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Yes he has an interesting history re the Baha'i faith. Would have been interesting to have read a book by Tolstoy on Baha'u'llah.

I find for myself what a wonderful service Russia strove to provide the Baha'i faith, they at times even went to the trouble to protect Baha'u'llah, even offering Him sanctury away from the opression of the Mullah's.

Yes there is a great deal of history that still may be discovered, although I am sure much also has been lost.

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Leo Tolstoy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910)



BBC News - The secret to a happy life - courtesy of Tolstoy
Excuse my French, but holy crap!
For a while I've been reading some of Nietzche's works and the backdrop of the philosophical thought that was prevalent in his day. I know that quite a few of nihilistic philosophies were arising. Tolstoy just happened to be one of the few original and "decent" thinkers of the time.

Considering the religious criticism in a lot of these philosophers works, it surprises me that one of them would even give notice some religious leader, let alone Bahaullah.

Fascinating.
 
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It wasn't included in a work of fiction, but Mark Twain certainly noticed Abdu'l Baha.

"Is Christ living in the world to-day? There are tens of thousands of person who believe that He is; that the Kingdom of Heaven has been established upon the earth, and that the prophecies of the Book of Revelation and the Koran are already in process of fulfillment. There are hundreds who claim to have looked upon the face and to have listened to the voice of the Divinity, and there are other hundreds who can exhibit personal letters said to have been transcribed by His own hand." -Twain, 1900


Mark Twain also noticed Tolstoy, as he reviewed WAR AND PEACE:

“Tolstoy carelessly neglects to include a boat race.”
 
Old 01-02-2015, 10:43 AM   #6
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Excuse my French, but holy crap!
For a while I've been reading some of Nietzche's works and the backdrop of the philosophical thought that was prevalent in his day. I know that quite a few of nihilistic philosophies were arising. Tolstoy just happened to be one of the few original and "decent" thinkers of the time.

Considering the religious criticism in a lot of these philosophers works, it surprises me that one of them would even give notice some religious leader, let alone Bahaullah.

Fascinating.
Dear Traveler my friend many think of the ocean of the words of Baha'u'llah as just words. they fail to go to the edge investigate the breadth and the depth, and the History, there are many people in history that were influenced by both the Bab and Baha'u'llah. Europe was on fire at one time with the history of the Bab, even making plays of His life. The people of Iran were not the only ones stired to the bottom of their souls by what they were hearing and witnessing.
But today the world appear to not wish to hear of Godly things, for the world, God does not act as they wish, so they have lost interest, they want a big show a great theatricle event, and what better than to wait for Christ to come down out of the sky, but sadly they will wait and wait and wait and be greatly disapointed.
Think of 1844, and the whole Christian world or the greater part were expectant, but they did not see the great event from the sky, what is that time in history named? Yes the great dissapointment, but the day is coming when history will speak of those early expectations and of Course the Baha'is with great respect and reverance, this I truly believe.
The same as Christianity all the faiths of God start as a seed, they slowly grow and take hold, so it will be with the Tree of Baha, but this time the tree will grow more quickly, many will try to chop it down as the past has shown also is of no effect, the tree just grows more stronger.

Loving regards to you.
 
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