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Old 04-12-2017, 09:56 PM   #41
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Old 10-03-2017, 01:23 AM   #42
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Would like to post an update on this for peace of mind. My apologies for completely necro-ing this thread.

I have finally found that flame, that spark, that I spoke of in my initial post. I have been deeply engaged with my study group, the Menders, and in doing so have learned more about all of the key figures of Baha'i.

My love for the Bab is almost innate. I do not know what exactly draws me to him, but he is a role model for myself. His words and thoughts seem to connect with my soul itself, as if I am back home again after a very long time away. The image of him during his martyrdom, Mirza Muhammad-'Ali's head resting on his chest, is forever engraved into my mind.

I came across my love for Baha'u'llah through the study of Hinduism. In the past few months, I have become deeply entrenched in knowledge pertaining to Hinduism, and have become quite fascinated by it. In doing so, I sparked a deep interest in Baha'u'llah - I didn't realize the connections his words, life and actions had to Hinduism, how his words clarify all things that would ordinarily be confusing. Possibly a result of myself being fixated on dates, I have seen that Baha'u'llah's passing has, in my mind, ended the Kali yuga, just as the Dwapara yuga ended with the passing of Krishna, and the end of the Treta yuga ending with the passing of Ramachandra. This has caused me to start re-creating the time scales with the new length of the Kali yuga, since we know how long it is, and have thus been recalculating the ages of previous yugas, and when certain religious figures would have possibly lived. I lost that empty, saddening feeling I got, and replaced it with a wondrous spark of love and excitement for Baha'u'llah. It is quite profound and fascinating to see the effect Baha'u'llah has in this case. From our own texts, we may certainly say that Baha'u'llah has paved the way for a new era - which is exactly what the Kalki avatar is supposed to do. This 'new era' that Baha'u'llah has made way for is, in my opinion, very much connected to the Hindu prophecies of the Kalki avatar ushering in a new era. Just as he ended the previous prophetic cycle and inaugurated the new cycle, but he has ended the Kali yuga and started the next yuga.

My love for Abdu'l-Baha remains the same. A perfect exemplar of the faith and another personal role model of mine. While I have my disagreements with some of his personal beliefs, such as that of reincarnation, I revere him as one of the wisest religious figures I have ever had the grace of reading the words of. His life was led righteously and with love, and I strive to follow his example.

I initially disagreed with many statements of the Guardian. Our ideologies clashed quite frequently. However, at one point a couple months ago, I do recall hearing a quote from him online that I remember disagreeing with when I had initially heard it, but looking back on it over a year later, since I had grown so much spiritually, I spotted what I was missing, and like the final piece of a puzzle, I understood the quote. I went back and looked at a lot of his sayings, and realized with each one I had seen - I understood it now. I understood what I missed all that time ago, as if my eyes had been opened.

I can truly say that I have finally swept away that saddening feeling, and replaced it with a fiery passion. I love being Baha'i!
 
Old 10-03-2017, 05:51 AM   #43
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I initially disagreed with many statements of the Guardian.
Well, the Guardian, in my opinion, should be read from the first page to the last. Cutting out quotes from him doesn't do justice to his method of argumentation, because he follows an intellectual path that one has to follow throughout the entire book in order to grasp what he is after.

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Old 10-03-2017, 06:20 AM   #44
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Would like to post an update on this for peace of mind. My apologies for completely necro-ing this thread.

I have finally found that flame, that spark, that I spoke of in my initial post. I have been deeply engaged with my study group, the Menders, and in doing so have learned more about all of the key figures of Baha'i.

My love for the Bab is almost innate. I do not know what exactly draws me to him, but he is a role model for myself. His words and thoughts seem to connect with my soul itself, as if I am back home again after a very long time away. The image of him during his martyrdom, Mirza Muhammad-'Ali's head resting on his chest, is forever engraved into my mind.

I came across my love for Baha'u'llah through the study of Hinduism. In the past few months, I have become deeply entrenched in knowledge pertaining to Hinduism, and have become quite fascinated by it. In doing so, I sparked a deep interest in Baha'u'llah - I didn't realize the connections his words, life and actions had to Hinduism, how his words clarify all things that would ordinarily be confusing. Possibly a result of myself being fixated on dates, I have seen that Baha'u'llah's passing has, in my mind, ended the Kali yuga, just as the Dwapara yuga ended with the passing of Krishna, and the end of the Treta yuga ending with the passing of Ramachandra. This has caused me to start re-creating the time scales with the new length of the Kali yuga, since we know how long it is, and have thus been recalculating the ages of previous yugas, and when certain religious figures would have possibly lived. I lost that empty, saddening feeling I got, and replaced it with a wondrous spark of love and excitement for Baha'u'llah. It is quite profound and fascinating to see the effect Baha'u'llah has in this case. From our own texts, we may certainly say that Baha'u'llah has paved the way for a new era - which is exactly what the Kalki avatar is supposed to do. This 'new era' that Baha'u'llah has made way for is, in my opinion, very much connected to the Hindu prophecies of the Kalki avatar ushering in a new era. Just as he ended the previous prophetic cycle and inaugurated the new cycle, but he has ended the Kali yuga and started the next yuga.

My love for Abdu'l-Baha remains the same. A perfect exemplar of the faith and another personal role model of mine. While I have my disagreements with some of his personal beliefs, such as that of reincarnation, I revere him as one of the wisest religious figures I have ever had the grace of reading the words of. His life was led righteously and with love, and I strive to follow his example.

I initially disagreed with many statements of the Guardian. Our ideologies clashed quite frequently. However, at one point a couple months ago, I do recall hearing a quote from him online that I remember disagreeing with when I had initially heard it, but looking back on it over a year later, since I had grown so much spiritually, I spotted what I was missing, and like the final piece of a puzzle, I understood the quote. I went back and looked at a lot of his sayings, and realized with each one I had seen - I understood it now. I understood what I missed all that time ago, as if my eyes had been opened.

I can truly say that I have finally swept away that saddening feeling, and replaced it with a fiery passion. I love being Baha'i!

The power of deepening is amazing. I am happy for you. Learning more about all God's manifestations, for me, was the key to understanding my immediate attraction to, and now abiding love for Baha'u'llah.

Loving regards,
Becky
 
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