Kashkul, a website with Baha'i translations

Apr 2011
After searching for some new material on the Writings, I stumbled on a website called Kashkul. Here's the author's description of this blog:

Kashkúl is an anthology of Shaykhi, Babi, and Baha’i writings not familiar to English-speakers. A kashkul is an alms bowl, such as the one used by Baha’u’llah during his sojourn in the mountains of northern Iraq (pictured in the title above). It is also what some Shi`i scholars, like Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa’i, called anthologies of their favorite writings.

If you use original translations from this site (whether in quotation or in reference), please make note of it. All the translations are original unless noted otherwise. Use the Comments section to suggest edits, provide context, and illuminate content. Consider the Comments your workshop and Kashkúl the provider of raw material.
- See more at: About | Kashkúl

I haven't seen any of these translations before. Here's one example from Abdu'l-Baha on healing prayers and why they don't always work:

You have asked why these people have died, despite reciting supplications and reading prayers of healing for them. Know that these prayers and supplications for healing affect a contingent fate, not a fixed, irrevocable fate. Fate is of two kinds: contingent and irrevocable. An irrevocable fate cannot change or alter. If every sick person someone prays for were healed, no one would leave the elemental form and ascend from this world to the next to progress there because each time someone became sick, supplications would be made and he would be healed. This contradicts the divine and consummate wisdom. Rather, the purpose of asking for healing is to be protected from a contingent fate and to be guarded from a destiny that is not irrevocable. For example, notice that this lamp has a known amount of oil and when it is completely consumed, it will certainly go out. There will be no change or alteration. However, benevolent prayers and asking for healing is the glass that protects the lamp from contrary winds so it is not extinguished by a contingent fate.

`Abdu’l-Baha, excerpted in Muntakhabati az athar hazrat `Abdu’l-Baha, 3:20.
- See more at: Kashkul - Part 2

Here's another quote from Abdu'l-Baha about life on other planets:

As for your question about moons in which you ask if the moons that circle around fixed suns through the power of attraction are creations like terrestrial creations, know that in the explicit text of the Qur’an God set forth a clear, sufficient statement that will delight the ears that hear it. He said: “…the creation of the heavens and the earth and the creatures that He scattered among them” (Q 42:29). He explicitly states that there are beings in them that move according to the divine Will. As for the specific character of those beings–whether they are like terrestrial beings, or airy, fiery beings, or fiery beings–their natures differ and the balance of their elements diverge. The composition of those beings differs according to their essences.

`Abdu’l-Baha, quoted in Amr va Khalq, 1:146
- See more at: Kashkul

Have you visited this website? What do you think?
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Jun 2011
Somewhere "in this immensity"
This looks very interesting, and it seems to have been made with great care and love.
Thanks for sharing it!