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Old 05-01-2017, 10:42 PM   #1
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Abdu'l-Baha in teaching

I have heard that we should study Abdu'l-Baha's method of teaching because he is the perfect example, but I've been looking and I haven't been able to find any of his talks. Does anyone know where I could find them?
 
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Old 05-01-2017, 11:29 PM   #2
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I have heard that we should study Abdu'l-Baha's method of teaching because he is the perfect example, but I've been looking and I haven't been able to find any of his talks. Does anyone know where I could find them?
One Arm - This is the Baha'i Library - Bahá

This is the Abdul'Baha Section Writings and Talks of

This is Some Answered Questions - Some Answered Questions | Bahá

This is Paris Talks - Paris Talks | Bahá

Enjoy - Regards Tony
 
Old 05-02-2017, 07:52 AM   #3
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...heard that we should study Abdu'l-Baha's method of teaching because he is the perfect example, but I've been looking and I haven't been able to find any...
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...the Abdul'Baha Section [url=http://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/]Writings and Talks...
Book 6 of the Ruhi series has lots of good stuff but my favorite is:
In accordance with the divine teachings in this glorious dispensation we should not belittle anyone and call him ignorant, saying: 'You know not, but I know'. Rather, we should look upon others with respect, and when attempting to explain and demonstrate, we should speak as if we are investigating the truth, saying: 'Here these things are before us. Let us investigate to determine where and in what form the truth can be found.' The teacher should not consider himself as learned and others ignorant. Such a thought breedeth pride, and pride is not conducive to influence. The teacher should not see in himself any superiority; he should speak with the utmost kindliness, lowliness and humility, for such speech exerteth influence and educateth the souls.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 30)
Yeah, there's so much else there but this quote imho nails it. There's no mystery why we got a month named "questions" but none for "answers". It's the fact that folks w/ questions are those that love the topic and then w/ all the answers are people who couldn't care less about ever looking again. Ever notice how the more real scientists study stuff like the atom or the stars, the way they always end up w/ more new unanswered questions?

My question about teaching is how can we find folks of other religious groups that share a willingness to study together. A while back I invited some Jehovah's witnesses to study w/ me; I learned a lot but the convo kept degenerating into a flippen contest over whose gang was right and whose was wrong. Like, it was supposed to not be a matter of whether God's was on our side or there's but rather if we were on God's side. Same problem w/ athiests --the ones I ran into always acted like thay had all the answers and I was somehow 'unclean'.
 
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