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Old 07-21-2017, 02:48 PM   #1
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New Member/Topic: Mysticism

Hello, I’m new here. For a topic I decided on mysticism since that very much fits into my experiences before and after I became a Baha’i.

I think my first mystical experience before I entered the Faith was when I was in the Army. I had leanings toward Roman Catholicism but could not intellectually accept certain doctrines of the Church such as Original Sin, the Eucharist or the literal changing of bread and wine into the literal flesh and blood of Christ . Nevertheless, my desire was to either become a Franciscan Brother or a contemplative Monk.

Next door to my barracks was a Catholic Chapel where I often said Catholic prayers using rosary beads. Buddies in the barracks even referred to me as the reverend. One night I decided to say a very simple prayer. Instead of praying for what I wanted I prayed to know God’s truth wherever it led, even if it contradicted what I wanted. The very next morning when I awoke I immediately had a very strong mystical experience.

This mystical experience I had will make no sense without including what had transpired a considerable time ago before praying for God’s truth in the Catholic Chapel.

Upon arriving at my father’s house during my first Army leave I was introduced to a stately tall gentleman whom I would later came to know as Hand of the Cause Dr. Ugo Giachery. Although I was polite to everyone I only took some Baha’i literature out of courtesy. When I returned from leave I buried it in the bottom of my foot locker with no intention of looking at it. Why would I bother looking at a religion with such a strange sounding name? So much time elapsed I completely forgot I had it by the time I prayed for God’s truth.

How is it possible to put into words my surprise as soon as I gained consciousness upon awakening in the barracks after praying for God’s truth in the Catholic Chapel next door? I can only attempt to. Immediately I became strongly aware of what I had buried in the bottom of my footlocker and rushed to retrieve the Baha’i literature which I had originally spurned. One of the items was “Wine of Astonishment” by Hand of the Cause William Sears. Bill had been raised Roman Catholic so it was especially tailored to my needs. There was an order form for more Baha’i literature so l sent for and studied works such as Some Answered Questions, and bathed in the light of Baha’u’llah’s Gleanings and Hidden Words, and the Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys.

I wrote to the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of San Antonio, Texas a letter in which I declared my belief in Baha’u’llah and was soon thereafter a member of its Assembly. Throughout my Baha’i life I have had mystical experiences at critical junctures. I officially entered the Faith on September 15, 1964.

Actually I never forfeited my desire to become a Christian since spiritually as a Baha’i I very much believe in Jesus Christ as attested to by Baha’u’llah. Only through Baha’u’llah was I enabled to see and appreciate the Beatitudes and the parables of Jesus. In other words, I never gave up what God wanted me to know from the Christian Dispensation.

Something sticks in my memory, namely, that it is recorded Jesus said “In My Father’s House there are many Mansions” and also I seem to remember it is recorded Jesus said “I have sheep not of this fold.” Jesus also predicted there would be a time when there would be “One Fold and One Sheppard.” The Christian Lord’s Prayer is what Jesus left for His followers to pray for and which has now come.

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Old 07-21-2017, 10:15 PM   #2
Tony Bristow-Stagg
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Thank you for the Story it was a great read. Welcome to the Forum and hope to have a chat or two.

Regards Tony
Old 07-22-2017, 05:45 AM   #3
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It's amazing how our faith finds us. A beautiful tale of how Baha'u'llah found you. Thank you!
Loving Baha'i regards,
Old 07-22-2017, 09:32 AM   #4
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Hello, Lewis. Glad you showed up here. I see you chose a different name to go by.

That is a very interesting story that I've never heard from you before. I didn't know that you were into mysticism either. I'm not into mysticism per se but I am very interested in spiritual states, to achieve these for myself. See you around this forum.

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