One of These Is Not Like the Other

One of These Is Not Like the Other

The activity most intimately linked to the consciousness that distinguishes human nature is the individual’s exploration of reality for himself or herself. The freedom to investigate the purpose of existence and to develop the endowments of human nature that make it achievable requires protection. Human beings must be free to know. That such freedom is often abused and such abuse grossly encouraged by features of contemporary society does not detract in any degree from the validity of the impulse itself.

It is this distinguishing impulse of human consciousness that provides the moral imperative for the enunciation of many of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration and the related Covenants. Universal education, freedom of movement, access to information, and the opportunity to participate in political life are all aspects of its operation that require explicit guarantee by the international community. The same is true of freedom of thought and belief, including religious liberty, along with the right to hold opinions and express these opinions appropriately.

“The Prosperity Of Humankind”
A Statement Prepared by the Bah??’? International Community’s Office of Public Information

The light of men is Justice. Quench it not with the contrary winds of oppression and tyranny. The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men. The ocean of divine wisdom surgeth within this exalted word, while the books of the world cannot contain its inner significance.

His Holiness, Baha’u’llah
Sixth Leaf from Kalimat-i-Ferdowsiyyih (Words of Paradise)

Today we have closed our eyes to every righteous act and have sacrificed the abiding happiness of society to our own transitory profit. We regard fanaticism and zealotry as redounding to our credit and honor, and not content with this, we denounce one another and plot each other’s ruin, and whenever we wish to put on a show of wisdom and learning, of virtue and godliness, we set about mocking and reviling this one and that. ?The ideas of such a one,? we say, ?are wide of the mark, and so-and-so’s behavior leaves much to be desired. The religious observances of Zayd are few and far between, and ?Amr is not firm in his faith. So-and-so’s opinions smack of Europe. Fundamentally, Blank thinks of nothing but his own name and fame…

With words such as these they assault the minds of the helpless masses and disturb the hearts of the already bewildered poor, who know nothing of the true state of affairs and the real basis for all such talk, and remain completely unaware of the fact that a thousand selfish purposes are concealed behind the supposedly religious eloquence of certain individuals. They imagine that speakers of this type are motivated by virtuous zeal, when the truth is that such individuals keep up a great hue and cry because they see their own personal ruin in the welfare of the masses, and believe that if the people’s eyes are opened, their own light will go out. Only the keenest insight will detect the fact that if the hearts of these individuals were really impelled by righteousness and the fear of God, the fragrance of it would, like musk, be spreading everywhere.

Abdu’l-Baha
The Secret of Divine Civilization

To all Local Spiritual Assemblies

Dear Bah??’? Friends,

Enclosed for your information is a copy of our letter of today’s date addressed to Kalim??t Press. We ask you to comply with the decision we have made that all national and local Bah??’? agencies cease to distribute books and other items marketed by this publisher.

National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for these beautiful quotes from the Central Figures and the Noble Words from the Universal House of Justice.

    What greater cognitive dissonance in an organization can there be than this: that their OWN ACTIONS are in complete contridiction to there OWN WORDS?

    The Baha’i Faith under it’s current administration is going to collapse.

    A quote from C.G Jung someone recently posted on another site points out the psychological dynamic in the present nervous breakdown of the Baha’i faith.

    “The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided [not in touch with both the light AND dark parts of themselves] and does not become conscious of his inner opposite, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposing halves.”

    -C.G. Jung

    Because the people currently at the top of the Baha’i Faith are not spiritually integrated within the vision of their own Writings in their own inner hearts with their outer actions, their split in their own personalities is now going to be project and acted out in the greater world wide community as Jung’s maxim predicts.

    There will be either massive reform, schism, or financial collapse as people begin to leave in droves to escape the cognitive dissonance that has now reached massive proportions.

    There is very real trouble coming.

    Terrible personal judgment by an entrenched clique of loveless professional administrators will now bring Terrible Judgment upon the entire Baha’i Faith in the world as it now exists.

    This is very serious.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for these beautiful quotes from the Central Figures and the Noble Words from the Universal House of Justice.

    What greater cognitive dissonance in an organization can there be than this: that their OWN ACTIONS are in complete contridiction to there OWN WORDS?

    The Baha’i Faith under it’s current administration is going to collapse.

    A quote from C.G Jung someone recently posted on another site points out the psychological dynamic in the present nervous breakdown of the Baha’i faith.

    “The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided [not in touch with both the light AND dark parts of themselves] and does not become conscious of his inner opposite, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposing halves.”

    -C.G. Jung

    Because the people currently at the top of the Baha’i Faith are not spiritually integrated within the vision of their own Writings in their own inner hearts with their outer actions, their split in their own personalities is now going to be project and acted out in the greater world wide community as Jung’s maxim predicts.

    There will be either massive reform, schism, or financial collapse as people begin to leave in droves to escape the cognitive dissonance that has now reached massive proportions.

    There is very real trouble coming.

    Terrible personal judgment by an entrenched clique of loveless professional administrators will now bring Terrible Judgment upon the entire Baha’i Faith in the world as it now exists.

    This is very serious.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11646813 T-Mac

    Howdy! Thanks for the comment on the Baha’i blog. I want to be Baha’i because I want God in my life and I think this is the best way to do that. Also, having read a lot on the subject, I think the Baha’i faith is really something that I can believe in and get behind. Thoughts? Responses? I encourage them, thank you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11646813 T-Mac

    Howdy! Thanks for the comment on the Baha’i blog. I want to be Baha’i because I want God in my life and I think this is the best way to do that. Also, having read a lot on the subject, I think the Baha’i faith is really something that I can believe in and get behind. Thoughts? Responses? I encourage them, thank you.

  • Bab_the_Builder

    C’mon Rants surely there must be more wrong with the Bahai world. No new tidbits in the last month? I might have to go back to Scientology Rants at this pace!

  • Bab_the_Builder

    C’mon Rants surely there must be more wrong with the Bahai world. No new tidbits in the last month? I might have to go back to Scientology Rants at this pace!