- Sep 2010
- Normanton, Far North West Queensland
Thank you Zo, I had missed this post.In the mid 90's, my introduction to the internet was through my purchase of a "webTV"; very much like a PC, only not as expensive for the times, using a television for a screen and not having its own memory bank. It depended on the webTV server.
Therein, as a Baha'i, the chat room Talk City was discovered, upon which was an open Baha'i internet fireside. As an isolated believer, this seemed a godsend in compliance with what had been foretold by the Guardian, Shoghi Effendi.
My first chat, having a Baha'i moderator as the host, lead toward discussing the mystical aspect of the Faith, as such was the path that did lead to my personal declaration of faith (membership in the Baha'i Faith).
Then came the hammer !!! He said there were no mystics in the Baha'i Faith and to drop the subject. My first thought ..... he was a westerner and had no concept of the Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys. This ended my involvement with the internet fireside chat.
A few years later, after having obtained a PC, Planet Baha'i was discovered while surfing the internet. This allowed for the topic to be introduced once again, although the host, Dale, was more open to the concept. Several believers were adamant in their opinion that mysticism had no place in the Baha'i Faith. Hence, after ruffling many feathers, the Baha'i Mystics Forum was created. This evolved into a website called Millennial Mystics after approval and advisement by the Universal House of Justice.
Today, mystic wayfarers abound in the Faith. West, North, East, and South many can be found. The following was a webpage in answer to the question:
Are there mystics in the Baha'i Faith? It has a discourse on the differences between a "mystic" in the world, and a Baha'i wayfarer.
Best regards to all,