I have embarked on sequences of newpostswhichexamineanumber of ideas from books I have recently read. These ideas relate to where our society is heading and what we as individuals might be able to do about that. I decided that I also needed to republish other posts from the past that related in some way to that basic theme. This includes poems such as the one below.
Happy Naw Ruz.
O friends! It behoveth you to refresh and revive your souls through the gracious favors which inthis Divine, this soul-stirring Springtime are being showered upon you.
(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 94)
Magnified, O Lord my God, be Thy Name, whereby the trees of the garden of Thy Revelation have been clad with verdure, and been made to yield the fruits of holiness during this Springtime when the sweet savors of Thy favors and blessings have been wafted over all things, and caused them to bring forth whatsoever had been preordained for them in the Kingdom of Thine irrevocable decree and the Heaven of Thine immutable purpose.
Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p.160
(c) All images June Perkins
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My teacher walked those streets tirelessly
Visiting, serving and bringing to all great joy
Eduardo reveled in the company of the Godly
No matter of what Religion his only interest humility
Now he walks the path of heaven’s journey
Never again will we see his lanky form moving
I am sure he is flying in the atmosphere of divinity
Missing him is the burden of those left living
Dios te bendigo, mi amigo!
© Carol Campbell 2015
You’re a Baha’i and you want to blog or create an online initiative. You might be an artist, poet, podcaster, photographer, writer, retired journalist, or someone with a special project or interest.
You want to join this collective online connectivity wave and have something to say.
Here are some suggestions to start you on your way.
1. Study other Baha’i initiatives
Some great online initiatives with a collaborate edge that you could already participate in are:
2.Write a disclaimer and explanation of who has initiated your site Think about if your site is an individual initiative, a group collaboration initiative, or a group collaboration sponsored by the Institutions of the Faith.
Create an appropriate disclaimer and consult with people and Institutions before going ahead with your project. Show them some of the projects online you have researched. Get people excited about your project. Make it an interesting project that may not already be being done. If there is something similar think about joining it to become a contributor.
Here are two Examples of Disclaimers
A) Institution Sponsored
These stories are personal recollections by the individuals concerned. They will inevitably contain omissions and they reflect the views of the individual author in each case. We cannot vouch for the authenticity or completeness of any of the ‘histories’, although all stories are subjected to an editorial review.
We urge readers who may have additional information that is pertinent to any story to post a comment, which may be viewed by all visitors to the site. We would like to encourage EVERYONE to write their Baha’i history.
Your story is important and interesting, whether you became a Baha’i last week or 50 years ago. We would also like to see stories from people who have moved to the UK, especially if you moved here from Iran, and your experiences when you first arrived. To give you some inspiration, take a look at the stories below. We hope you will then decide to write your own story.
3. Are you staying or have you been in touch with the Institutions about your project? Mainly for advice when needed. I still do this when I am concerned about something. I have found our external office always supportive of my online efforts and there when I need any sort of advice. I try to always maintain online decorum and respect at all times
4. Respect all online copyrights when sourcing your images If you are using others photographs, ask the photographers first, link back to them and thank them. Check out creative commons laws, they are a good source for images. Be very careful to ensure permission of blogging images of people online, including guests and Baha’is at Baha’i functions. Make sure you have consent.
5. Protect the copyright of your image and words and where it will be reblogged Clearly state copyright of your work. Find out all you can about copyright.
6. Edit your work Try always to put work you have edited up. Edit it for accuracy, grammar, language and check any other issues you might be concerned about with Baha’i institutions.
Goodluck! I’ll feature some more information on some cool online projects over the next year.
Blogger active in aftermath of Cyclone Yasi
Witnessing the spiritual capacity of the local community has been the “the most amazing experience” in the past year for a Bahá’í blogger contributing to ABC Open’s Aftermath project.
June Perkins was at home in Tully with her husband, three children and a multitude of pets when Cyclone Yasi struck North Queensland with devastating force on 3 February 2011, one year ago today.
A huge mango tree fell through the roof of their house, splintering the ceiling. Terrifying winds struck the house from all directions.
Then, in the calm of the eye of the storm, the family fled their damaged house for a safer, low-to-ground brick home of one of their neighbours.
The next day they returned to find their home was wrecked. They have recently moved to Murray Upper.
After a local told the ABC about postings by Dr Perkins on Pearlz Dreaming, her long-running blog on life, poetry and virtues, she was invited to be a guest blogger representing North Queensland for ABC Open’s Aftermath project.
The project follows the stories of people trying to rebuild their lives and their communities and to recover from recent natural disasters.
Dr Perkins was asked to write a blog at least once a fortnight on her experiences following the cyclone. Her posts can be viewed here.
“So far I have contributed thirteen written blogs, one video and 24 photographs to the project,” she says.
“The most amazing thing about everything our family has been through in the last few months has been witnessing the spiritual capacity of our community.
“In terms of spiritual and faith themes I focus on themes to do with virtues people are displaying in the recovery process, such as resilience, caring and helpfulness.”
In one posting, she writes about “Ute Angels”, people who “walk the spiritual path with practical feet”.
“How do you picture angels?” she writes.
“For me they are dressed in shorts and t-shirts with big smiles on their faces as they help load a ute of more sodden belongings to sort. These angels are the ones who are there for you — unasked and rarely publicised.
“Some of the best days during the recovery process in the Cassowary Coast have been the unexpected and unasked for assistance from many people we never knew cared about us and also from complete strangers.
“The day we arrived at our new home there were fresh new sheets, towels and pillow cases waiting on the doorstep. It felt like some angels put them there. We made so many trips back and forth between our old and new home that we needed more angels, specifically ute angels, and as if our prayers were answered, they appeared!”
Dr Perkins’ postings cover a range of themes, including helpful visits by people from outside the district.
“I have covered the role of the arts in the healing process at some length – with visits from musicians, songwriters, and writing mentors playing an important role in assisting people to be inspired to get back on their feet.
“I plan to do about six more written blogs and am collaborating on a video documentary of our family’s experience of the cyclone, recovery and aftermath. I am producing several small video documentaries of local stories and am sharing these on Pearlz Dreaming and ABC Open.”
If you have an article on your blogging or arts experience as a Baha’ i please send a link to it here.
There’s might not be too many posts this month because of the Fast. All the best to everyone. June
So yesterday the Baha’i Fast began.
I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it due to some major health issues I have just overcome with my psoriasis, but I so want to do it.
This is because the fast is one of the greatest spiritual obligations of a Baha’i.
There are exemptions to the fast, under 15 and over 70 don’t do it.
Also nursing mothers, those engaged in heavy labour, woman who are pregnant or menstruating ‘instead they perform an ablution and recite the verse Glorified be God, the Lord of Splendour and Beauty 95 times a day), ‘ and those who are unwell (so hoping I am not in this category.)
There are further exemptions for travel, 2 hours by foot and 9 hours by other forms of transport.
No one checks if you do the fast, it is between…
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I have embarked on sequences of newpostswhich examine a number of ideas from books I have recently read. These ideas relate to where our society is heading and what we as individuals might be able to do about that. I decided that I also needed to republish other posts from the past that related in some way to that basic theme. This includes poems such as the one below.