Monday, November 25, 2013

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Tarbiyat Baha'i Community mourns Passing of Myrtle

  Eugene King with Ted King and 5 others at Prayers are over.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Myrtle was an unwavering anchor of faith for the entire Community for many years, and we will all miss her. 

--Rikki

One of our very dear friends passed away on Sunday. She was a member of our Baha'i community who had a great heart and was a contribution to many. She will be missed.

---Marny Whitaker

She was an awesome lady and my aunt, my mom's sister. I loved her with all my heart.I am sad i will not be able to wish her a happy birthday to her on nov. 11th god bless her and her family

----Rita Davis

Eugene King

with Amina Whiteaker, Marny Whiteaker, Linda King, 

Ralph Whiteaker, Wendy K Jay and Ted King at Prayers.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A New Year Greeting by Rex King

The letter below was a Naw Ruz letter from Rex King, dated March 21, 1975.

As we are starting a new calendar year, it seemed an appropriate subject for this Reporter. While January is not the Baha’i new year, it is nonetheless a time of renewal for billions of people world-wide, and a time to acknowledge what has been accomplished, as well as look forward to what will be accomplished. This was Rex’s vision.


Dear and Beloved Friends;

It is the time of the New Year, and I feel impelled to send each of you a special message of love.

Having been ill gives one time to think and to set values as well as to be able to meditate and pray a little oftener, and I would share with you the results of those prayers and meditations.
The next Reporter will carry a page of pictures of the finished interior of the new National Center in the hope that these will cheer your hearts, as being able to see it directly cheers mine. The work has continued slowly over the past weeks - that is to say the tasks needing to be done did not make any outward changes, but suddenly the new chandeliers were in place and working. Then with great leaps of energy the new floor type was in place and some of the new decorative touches were carefully added and the lovely drapes were hung. Now it is Naw Ruz, and the first stage of the Three Year Plan is a success. How my heart sings We have a center which is truly befitting of the Cause of God and I am certain that its beauty will attract more and more
people to it and to the Cause. How blessed we are, how truly blessed.

I would add a thought concerning the actual building of the structure: I am certain that future generations will wonder at our audacity - so few to undertake so much. This has been especially true considering that almost all of the believers had other priorities in the sense that they had exacting jobs or heavy school schedules, or lived at great distances from the Center itself making it almost impossible to make the journey here. Still others found that the best assistance they could offer was either financial or through prayer It now becomes important that I say to you all that no matter how little or how much work any individual has done is of no concern to anyone save God. Each moment of work, each fragrant prayer directed to God on behalf of the Center, each sincere wish to help that was frustrated through no fault of the believer is viewed in the eyes of God as a task accomplished. Each believer has done what he thought best, and it is God who decides these matters and God alone. He who would find in any heart the least trace of lack in these matters would at once negate his own service!

There is still much to be done for the Center and the gardens and other activities, and in time all will have their chances to do the thing they do best. Not everyone lays cinder block well!

Now the first phase is finished and the joy of its beauty is for us all. I thank you from my heart for making this phase of the dream come true. I know in every fiber of my being that Baha’u’llah is pleased with our effort and through these efforts the Cause of God has bee elevated in the eyes of men and it is good.

I send you my loving New Year’s greetings and I shall continue each day to offer my prayers at the Sacred Threshhold [sic] on your behalf.


Your loving brother and co-worker
in the Cause of Baha’u’llah
Reginald King, REGENT

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Defeat of Haifan Baha'is

http://bupc.org/covenant-in-court/victory-2010.pdf


This is a victory for the Baha'i's Under the Provisions of the Covenant, and a victory for the freedom of speech, the separation of church and state and the core values of the American system as espoused and envisioned by the American founding fathers.

Now at the 390th year anniversary of the Mayflower Compact and the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock both in 1620; and in precise time for both the Day of the Covenant celebration and the memorial ascension of Abdu'l-Baha commemorating the activation of the sacred Charter of the Kingdom (see World Order of Baha'u'llah, p. 144) the Will and Testament (W&T) of Abdu'l-Baha, on the 26th and 28th of November respectively; as well as coinciding with the American Thanksgiving Holiday: once again the Covenant-breakers in Wilmette and Haifa have been thwarted in their attempts to shut down the public teaching effort and close down all the websites and publications of the Baha'i's under the provisions of the Covenant.

In order to get out of the 6-66 injunction Joel Marangella and the other splinter groups fearing that if Abdu'l-Baha's aghsan son, Mason Remey was bound by the 6-66 injunction, this would pass on down to his successors, stood up and publically confessed in the courts of law that in fact they were not the successors toMason Remey at al but his RIVALS!! Thus a legal confession to being a) boldfaced usurpers attacking Mason; and b) to being outside the provisions of the Covenant altogether. Thus, in order to save their own butts, so to speak, they admit they are not the successors to Baha'u'llah, Abdu'l-Baha,Shoghi Effendi and Mason Remey the son of Abdu'l-Baha!!!

In the case of the BUPC, we were able to testify in open court, 1) that Dr. Jensen who left the NSA in New Mexico in 1964 was never bound by the 6-66 injunction at all. We further pointed out that the Publishers and the IBC/UHJ established by him are not the sucessorship to Mason Remey, but are the lineal sucessorship to Baha'u'llah, Abdu'l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi, and then comes the UHJ set up on January 9, 1951 by Shoghi Effendi as that first IBC that the Hands demolished and which was then re-established on January 9, 1991 by Dr. Leland Jensen. As such, none of the entities, Dr. Jensen, the Publishers or the IBC/UHJ (www.UHJ.net) were in legal succession to Mason Remey, therefore none of them are bound by the 6-66 injunction.

Judge: Baha'i believers can call themselves Baha'i

November 23, 2010 9:11 PM
http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/11/judge-bahai-believers-can-call-themselves-bahai.html

A federal court in Chicago has ruled a group of self-proclaimed orthodox Baha'i believers can keep calling themselves Baha'i despite a 1966 court decision that stopped an offshoot organization from using the Baha'I name.

Today, the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the 1966 decision does not apply to a different offshoot known as the Orthodox Baha'i Faith.

Though the judges criticized the ruling from more than four decades ago as wrongfully trying to resolve a question of religious authority, they determined it was amoot point since the original defendants led a denomination that no longer exists.

Tuesday's ruling sidestepped any questions about whether a religious organization can trademark its name or icons.

North American Baha'is have been based in Chicago ever since believers came to the U.S. about 90 years ago.

Adherents of the Orthodox Baha'i Faith--about 50 strong in the U.S.--believe the mainstream Baha'i faith -- about 5 million strong in the world -- has strayed from the religion's original teachings.

-- Manya A. Brachear

Saturday, January 2, 2010

RESEARCH SURVEY FOR RELIGIOUS BOOK

I am writing a book on the search for eternal life and which religions lead to it. As part of my research, I'm seeking to learn firsthand from the faithful in each religion. My inquiry is focused on the proof of your faith, how do we know whether it's teachings inform us correctly.Your answers only need to be a few sentences long for each question, although more detail is welcome. I do request that you give your faith's standard position, reflecting the majority opinion. Many heartfelt thanks for taking the time to answer these questions on such an important topic.

Lawrence BerknerRoseville,
MinnesotaLawrenceBerkner@Gmail.com

Answer as if each question begins with: "According to the standard teachings of your faith, . . ."

What is the name of your religion?

The Baha'i Faith Is there one supreme being or God, and can you give a brief description? There is one God. God is the ultimate cause of all things existing and that everything reflects His power, man particularly reflecting His attributes. To the Baha’is, God is Himself, unknowable, and can only be known through his manifestations: Adam, Abraham, Moses, Zoroaster, Krishna, The Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, the Bab, and Baha’u’llah.

How does God communicate with mankind, and how do we know for sure if it is God speaking?

God sends a Manifestation (teacher) approximately every thousand years. The Manifestation comes to renew the spiritual teachings which are the same in all religions (i.e. the Golden Rule) and to bring new social teachings appropriate for mankind in that day.

Is eternal life offered, and what is it like? T

The worlds of God are infinite. The first world is the womb world, then the physical world into which we are born. The spirit, after the death of the body, progresses through all the worlds of God. The spirit is immortal.

Is there reward and punishment after death, and on what is it based?

God is the most merciful. The spirit can be born into the next life with no more spirituality than that of a stone--having ignored the spiritual teachings and lived a material life.


Are there sacred writings (scriptures) defining your faith, and roughly how long are they?

There are numerous sacred writings by the key figures in the Baha'i Faith. These writings are held in the Baha'i International Archives Building, erected in 1957, on Mount Carmel in Haifa Israel. The Archives building is a museum which holds the original writings of the Bab, Baha 'u' llah and Abdu' l Baha.

When were these scriptures written down and by whom?

The Bab is the Forerunner of the Baha'i Faith with many of his writings accomplished during his ministry during the 1880's. Baha 'u' llah is the prophet founder of the Baha'i Faith and the Manifestation of God for this day. He wrote volumes of teachings and letters during His ministry which extended from the 1860's through to His passing in 1892. Abdu' l Baha is Baha 'u' llah's eldest son and His designated successor. He, too, wrote many documents, letters, and prayers during his travels through the Middle East and America. Writings by Shoghi Effendi, first Guardian of the Baha'i Faith and only infallible interpreter of the sacred writings, are also stored here in the Baha'i International Archives Building.

How much of these scriptures contain historical accounts with real people, places and events?

Many of the writings of the key figures of the Baha'i Faith were in response to events taking place during their time on earth. Many documents have been written by those close to the key figures of the Baha'i Faith. One such example is a book referred to as, The Dawn-Breakers: Nabíl’s Narrative of the Early Days of the Bahá’í Revelation. The complete work carries the history of the Baha'i movement up to the death of Bahá’u’lláh in 1892.

Does your faith make a deliberate effort to translate these writings into many languages and distribute them?

Many of the writings of the Bab, Baha'u'llah, Abdu'l Baha, and Shoghi Effendi, as well as authors of texts describing the Baha'i Faith, have been translated into more than 20 languages.
One such source for the writings of the key figures of the Baha'i Faith and many other of the world's religions is the “Interfaith Explorer” ( http://bahairesearch.com/ ) which is free software offering over 5000 books in 20 languages.

Is there the concept of sin, and can it be forgiven?

There is no concept of sin in the Baha'i Faith. What is the main benefit of your faith, that is, what would motivate someone to convert to it? Baha'is believe in progressive revelation in that God sends to mankind teachers to impart new social teachings as the material/intellectual advancements of mankind develop and to renew the spiritual teachings which are one and the same in all major religions. Baha'is are responsible for their own spiritual development--there is no clergy in the Baha'i Faith. Independent investigation of the truth is a hallmark of the Baha'i Faith. What is the final destiny of this world, will it go on forever or experience an abrupt end?

Speaking of such things as wars which have plagued mankind for centuries and continue to do so to this very day, Baha'u'llah promises that, "These fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the 'Most Great Peace' shall come." This is what Baha'is believe to be the final destiny of this world.

What is the primary proof that your faith informs us correctly on what it teaches?

Baha’i teachings are taken directly from the writings of the key figures of the Baha'i Faith. If there is uncertainty over what is meant by any of these writings, Baha'is believe that the Guardian is divinely guided in his interpretation of these writings.

Did the founders of your faith do miracles, and can you give examples?

Though Baha'u'llah did perform miracles, these are not used as proofs of his prophet-hood. A miracle is a miracle only to him who witnesses it.

Did the founders of your faith make predictions that came true, and can you give examples?

Baha'u'llah wrote tablets to the kings and sovereigns of the time in which he lived and predicted what are now historical facts about the downfall of their governments. Napoleon is one such sovereign.

Does your faith have stories of troubled, addicted or immoral people whose lives have been dramatically improved through converting to your faith?

Such stories are always of a personal nature, but many who have accepted the teachings of the Baha'i Faith are more than happy to explain how their conversions have improved their lives.

How has the authenticity of your faith been challenged by skeptics, and what are the standard answers to those challenges?

All religions have been and will continue to be challenged by skeptics. We believe that when people challenge the beliefs of each other, both parties are wrong. Baha'is share their beliefs with those who seek answers and then leave them to God. One key Baha'i principle is the independent search for truth.

Will other religions lead someone to the same results as yours?

If someone fully understands his own religion and investigates the teachings of the Baha'i Faith with an open mind, it is very possible that he will be lead to the same results.

Are faithful practitioners of your religion supposed to persuade people to convert to your faith?

We teach our faith, but we are forbidden to proselytize. If you would like to comment on a topic not covered by the questions, please do so.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

OUR FRIEND LARRY AND HIS WIFE


MAIN HOUSE OF TARBIYAT COMMUNITY


This is called the "main house" which is close to the National Center. It is presently being rented to a group of outdoorsmen

INSIDE OF CENTER


The inside of the National Center is sometimes used for concerts and meetings. This particular event was a piano concert presented by Linda King and a talented friend of hers. Gene and Linda King live here on the National Center property.

OUR BAHAI FRIENDS


These are some of the Baha'is and friends who attended one of our annual conventions. I'll just give the first names of these fine people. Beginning in the back, left to right: Larry (me), Jim, Tom, and Gene. The middle row: Patricia, An, Ted, Ralph, Cathy. Front row: Linda, Jess, Myrtle, and Marny.

CENTER OF TARBIYAT BAHAI COMMUNITY


This is the National Center for the Tarbiyat Baha'i Community just north of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Annual Conventions and other Baha'i activities are held here.

Monday, August 24, 2009

BEAUTIFUL SAYINGS

“Justice and equity are twin Guardians that watch over men.”
(Bahá’u’lláh: Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, page 12)
“The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men.”
(Bahá’u’lláh: Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, page 67)

DISPUTES IN HETERODOX BAHAI FAITH

Besides leadership disputes, there have been a number of episodes of opposition to the Bahá'í administration. In Germany, Hermann Zimmer resurrected the claims of Ruth White in a small book published in 1971 (English translation in 1973), A Fraudulent Testament devalues the Bahá'í Religion into Political Shogism. Zimmer had been planning to form an Association of Free Bahá'ís (or the World Union of Universal Religion and Universal Peace), but this apparently never come into being. Charles Seeburger set up a similar group in Philadelphia in about 1967, but this is apparently defunct. In Switzerland, Francesco Ficicchia wrote a comprehensive pseudo-academic attack, Der Baha'ismus – Weltreligion der Zunkunft? (Evangelische Zentralstelle für Weltanschauungsfragen, Quell Verlag, Stuttgart, 1981). His work was financed and distributed by the Protestant Church in Germany. A book by Bahá'í scholar Udo Schaefer, et. al., originally titled Desinformation als Methode (English title: Making the Crooked Straight (2000)), was written to answer Ficicchia's accusations.Bahá'í Studies Review, Volume 8, (1998) [12] Since the publication of Schaefer's refutation, the German Protestant Church has repudiated both Ficicchia and its own earlier anti-Bahá'í attacks, and indeed has held cordial meetings with Schaefer and other Bahá'ís

UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF INJUSTICE

Expulsions
Several individuals have resigned or removed themselves from the rolls as a result of these conflicts, while others were removed by Bahá'í institutions. However, some have retained their Bahá'í identity as "unenrolled Bahá'ís", outside of formal membership. The Universal House of Justice does not recognize them as being either Bahá'ís or covenant-breakers, regarding them simply as non-Bahá'ís. As such they are not subject to shunning.
As one example, in 2000 Alison Marshall was expelled from the New Zealand Bahá'í community. She wrote about the situation relating to her expulsion on her webpage.