Here is the fourth installment in the video of the Hands of the Cause of God, titled “Golden Moments”. This one features Collis Featherstone talking about obligatory prayers. The “John” he refers to off camera is John Robarts.
I’m not sure what he means when he says that the reason we should memorize prayers is that they can be with us in the next world. Somehow, I don’t think the next world is one where we have minds or mouths with which to say prayers. I suppose the ‘next world’ is such a foreign concept that we have to resort to what we know to describe it. Yet, for all we’ve been told, it is nothing like what we know. I do agree that ‘prayers’ do exist in both planes of existence. And by that I mean anything which is the rememberance of God with the intention to glorify His station.
In any case, something tells me you’ll be a-ok in the next world, even if you don’t memorize your obligatory prayers.
Is it just me or does Giachery have a dashing, aristocratic persona? Or maybe I’m just won over by his Italian sartorial sense. Whatever the source of his charisma he is imminently qualified to talk about the construction of the Shrine since he was the person directly involved in the sourcing of the material for both the Shrine and the Archives.
Let’s not leave out Adelbert who is being a very good sport in the video by doing his best to pretend that he is just a hapless tourist who accidentally stumbled into the scene. Hmm, Rose Baveno you say? I had no idea (no, no idea… not like I was at the port when we it arrived… mutter, mutter). What? Nine terraces? Gasp! I had not noticed that before! (the apfelstrudel they promised me for doing this video better come with ice cream).
There’s an interesting article in the latest Wired magazine: The Church of the Non-Believers.
“Look at slavery,” he says. We are at a beautiful restaurant in Santa Monica, near the public lots from which Americans – nearly 80 percent of whom believe the Bible is the true word of God, if polls are correct – walk happily down to the beach in various states of undress. “People used to think,” Harris says, “that slavery was morally acceptable. The most intelligent, sophisticated people used to accept that you could kidnap whole families, force them to work for you, and sell their children. That looks ridiculous to us today. We’re going to look back and be amazed that we approached this asymptote of destructive capacity while allowing ourselves to be balkanized by fantasy. What seems quixotic is quixotic – on this side of a radical change. From the other side, you can’t believe it didn’t happen earlier. At some point, there is going to be enough pressure that it is just going to be too embarrassing to believe in God.”
Here is the second installment in the Golden Memories series. It takes place in and is about the Rizvan (Ridvan) Garden. Mr. Abu’l-Qasim Faizi talks about the special significance of the garden. This was a small walled plot of land close to Bahji and was named after the garden in Baghdad where Baha’u’llah proclaimed His station as a Prophet. There is even a small clip of the old water pump being worked by a donkey.
Here is the first installment of six archival videos titled “Golden Memories”. This one features Leroy Ionas, Dorothy Baker and a dapper young William Sears. You get an idea of how old the video is when Sears points to the center of the Baha’i Faith in “Haifa, Palestine”.