Words revealed by Bahá'u'lláh

O SON OF MAN! Humble thyself before Me, that I may graciously visit thee. Arise for the triumph of My cause, that while yet on earth thou mayest obtain the victory.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fighting Injustice: Update in Iranian Baha'is.

The 20-year prison sentences received by Iran’s seven Baha’i leaders have reportedly been changed. Lawyers representing the seven were informed orally on 15 September that the 20-year jail terms have now been reduced to ten years. The seven received prison sentences of 20 years each, after facing charges of propaganda activities against the Islamic order and the establishment of an illegal administration, among other allegations, all of which were categorically denied. The seven prisoners were moved from Evin Prison after receiving their sentence. They are now incarcerated in Gohardasht prison in Karaj. The move has imposed an added burden on their families, who now have to travel outside Tehran to visit the prisoners.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ayyam-I-Ha Party 2010 in Harriburg PA

Game room before the party start...
Time for games.........

Monday, February 22, 2010

AYYAM - I - HA Celebration.

Ayyam-i-Ha a time of giving and hospitality

Baha'is celebrate the festival of Ayyam-i-Ha each year from sunset on Feb. 25 to sunset of March 1 as a preparation for the Fast, which begins March 2 and ends March 20. During Ayyam-i-Ha, members of the Faith perform acts of charity, give gifts to friends and family, and attend social gatherings.

Baha'u'llah has said of Ayyam-i-Ha: "It behoveth the people of Baha, throughout these days, to provide good cheer for themselves, their kindred and, beyond them, the poor and needy, and with joy and exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to sing His praise and magnify His Name."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Last December at the Center.

Marietta's is famous for the House Christmas Parade on December where people can view diferent decorations for Christmas time visiting private houses who are open for the season and have fun around the city who is full of historic sites. The Baha'i Center is open every year on that day to offer hospitality, teaching and  refreshments to all the persons who stop by.  

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Harrisburg Ruhi Experience.

Avery positive Ruhi experience this Sunday January 10/10. with participants visiting our Harrisburg Community. We discussed practical and creative approaches to inviting seekers and friends to Ruhi courses, with the focus on community outreach, service, and creating stronger bonds of spiritual accompaniment and friendship. We also shared ideas of how to introduce a study circle aka "action circle" to friends/neighbors, who are not yet familiar with this type of spiritual learning.

Julian Morris Baby Shower

Julian Morris was born on October 30 2009, His Parent's are Cliff and Mary Morris. This are pictures of the Baby Shower celebrated this Sunday. All Blessings to this Baby.

P raised be Thou, O Lord my God! Graciously grant that this infant be fed from the breast of Thy tender mercy and loving providence and be nourished with the fruit of Thy celestial trees. Suffer him not to be committed to the care of anyone save Thee, inasmuch as Thou, Thyself, through the potency of Thy sovereign will and power, didst create and call him into being. There is none other God but Thee, the Almighty, the All-Knowing.
Lauded art Thou, O my Best Beloved, waft over him the sweet savors of Thy transcendent bounty and the fragrances of Thy holy bestowals. Enable him then to seek shelter beneath the shadow of Thy most exalted Name, O Thou Who holdest in Thy grasp the kingdom of names and attributes. Verily, Thou art potent to do what Thou willest, and Thou art indeed the Mighty, the Exalted, the Ever-Forgiving, the Gracious, the Generous, the Merciful.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Citizens of the World

By Dee Dombach, Special to The Sentinel, January 29, 2009

President Barack Obama’s inaugural address reminded us we are a nation of many tongues, faiths and cultures, and that is our strength. We as citizens of this country must become unified to solve our many problems.
But in this day, although we love our country, we must also begin to identify ourselves as citizens of the world.
“The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens,” said Bahaullah, prophet-founder of the Bahai faith 140 years ago. In truth, mankind has been evolving toward greater unity throughout history. In earliest times, people identified with family groups. Families grew through generations and became clans; clans became tribes. Tribes joined to become nations.
Warfare, bloodshed and misery have resulted from the belief of a group, no matter how large or small, in their superiority over others. Tribal warfare still causes genocide and starvation, and unchecked nationalism of powerful counties has unleashed unspeakable misery on millions.
In ages past, families, clans, tribes and nations have been separated by mountains and oceans, language, race, culture and customs. But the last 160 years has brought advancement unparalleled in all human history. We can travel around the globe in a day and connect to the Internet with our cell phone. Financial markets are intertwined with the rest of the world. Scientific, technological and medical discoveries have the ability to improve the quality of life for all people.
Humanity is poised to reach maturity — but our challenges are great, and it is easy to lose hope in humanity’s future. Prejudice, dwindling resources, climate change, terrorism, tyranny and poverty must be met with spiritual insight, intellect, creativity and cooperation on a global scale.
Every major religion promises a coming day of peace on earth — swords beaten into plowshares, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

What is God’s will? Jesus also prayed, “may they be brought to complete unity.” Bahaullah wrote, “That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith.” Bahais believe the Most Great Peace will come, as Bahaullah declared, “the progress and development of the world and the peace and tranquility of its people are among the principles and ordinances of God.”
As we grow in our knowledge and love of God and look beyond all artificial boundaries of race, religion and nationality, we bring the day of unity and peace closer. We do dare to hope and believe that peace will come, as Bahaullah said, “The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.”
Dee Dombach and her husband, Scott, are members of the Carlisle Bahai Community. They welcome comments at carlislebahai@yahoo.com.

Celebrating a Holy Day

By Dee Dombach, Sentinel Correspondent, December 17, 2008

The evidence for the existence of Santa Claus was irrefutable — empty glasses of milk, trails of cookie crumbs and, once, a scrap of red flannel caught in the heating register. That red square was a sacred relic to me: a physical connection to Santa himself.

My family also taught me about Jesus, but Santa was much more exciting.

When my older cousin let me in on the Santa secret, I felt like the biggest fool on earth. I was angry with my parents for constructing such an elaborate deception, but more ashamed I had allowed myself to be so gullible. I vowed to be more careful in what I believed.

As I grew older, I saw Santa and all the holiday trappings as a diversion from the real reason for Christmas. The essence of Christmas was in the manger scene, in “Silent Night” sung in a candlelit sanctuary.

When my son was born, my husband and I agreed to teach him that Christmas was the celebration of Jesus’ birth, that Santa was make-believe. Gift giving was not extravagant, decorations were simple and cookie baking was limited to a few dozen favorites.

We remembered the poor, as many families do, by purchasing Angel Tree gifts, volunteering at the food bank and taking hats and gloves to the homeless shelter. We aspired to “all is calm.”

But the traditions, pageants and programming of church began to feel extraneous to me — God allows Himself to be heard in the still, small voice. I held to Jesus’ promise that, one day, we would no longer need to worship in the temple but would worship in “spirit and in truth.”

Then I encountered the Bahai faith. Everything Bahaullah taught struck a chord in me: that mankind is one and God’s dearest desire is for unity, that God unfolds His Cause to humanity through a process of progressive revelation, and individuals must come to the faith through an independent investigation of truth.
There are no churches, no clergy. All prejudice must be eliminated; humanity is reaching maturity and peace on earth will be possible. Even though it sounded like the voice of God to me, the crucial question was — what about Jesus?
Bahai teachings declare that Jesus is the Son of God, born of a virgin. God in His essence is unknowable, and Jesus and the holy ones who reveal God to us are like perfect mirrors reflecting the light of God to the world. Bahai holy days are celebrated by gathering in homes, reading from the holy writings and reciting prayers.
I continue to honor Jesus’ birth not as a holiday, but a holy day, and feel the warmth of the “radiant beams from His holy face.”

Dee Dombach and her husband, Scott, are members of the Carlisle Bahai Community. They welcome comments at carlislebahai@yahoo.com.