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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Happy Birthday

Picnics and parties aside, yesterday was a special birthday for me. It was not because of my sweet granddaughter or even the benchmark of my own 59 years on the planet but because of Dustin's spiritual rebirth.

Dustin and Carmel at the start of our Ruhi Study Circle. The three of us making an entry on Soul Pancake. Carmel and Dustin listen to stories of 90 year old David Stuart's life adventures as a Baha'i.

I met Dustin a few short weeks ago right after I returned from the Auckland Baha'i Conference with my own renewal of commitment and re-prioritization of responsibilities. He is the close friend of Carmel, the youngest daughter of my longtime friend Rosalie.
The three of us embarked on a soul journey called "Reflections on the Life of the Spirit", the first book in the Ruhi Institute's series of materials for collaborative study for individual and social transformation.
These same Ruhi courses have become yet another excuse for severe persecution of the Baha'is of Iran. 
Last night, after our lovely day at the beach, where Dustin had the unique experience of swimming with a sea turtle, I stopped by our friend Joanne's house at Dustin's request. There he made his declaration of belief in Baha'u'llah and eagerly enrolled in the Baha'i Faith. We marked this special occasion by singing "God is Most Glorious" (Allah'u'Abha) and all present autographed a prayer book which we presented to Dustin with great love.

The Baha'i Faith is not organized like a congregation like the churches we are accustomed to in the US. There is no clergy and work performed in the spirit of serving humanity is deemed worship. Its houses of worship are built for humanity - the nine sides symbolize the world's religions- whose portals all lead to the celebration of our common Creator.

UPDATE: Sweet soul and wonderful musician Dan Seals has just passed away. Here is a special video about the Baha'i Faith that he left for us:




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