Two former Marines (one Russian speaking native of the U.S., the other half-Cuban / half-Haitian father of a future Miss Florida) walk into a Prayer Station, and join four singers (one soprano, one counter-tenor, one dramatic bariton, and one as young as the square root of the sum of the ages of the previous three but on her way to Broadway stardom) around the table, sharing food -- physical and spiritual -- and you have an uplifting evening of fellowship and praise.
This Sunday, March 24, I invite you and your loves ones to an interfaith devotional gathering, Prayer Station on the theme of New Day. We'll start at 7 pm with selections from the Holy Writings of different religious traditions, we'll continue with uplifting songs and we'll conclude with tea and refreshments.
"The world has become a new world. The darkness of night which has enveloped humanity is passing. A new day has dawned. Divine susceptibilities and heavenly capacities are developing in human souls under the training of the Sun of Truth."
(Baha'i Faith, Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 19)
Baha'is throughout the world celebrate Naw Ruz, the Baha'i New Year. May this first day of spring bring health, happiness, prosperity and spiritual awakening to all!
"Praised be Thou, O my God, that Thou hast ordained Naw-Rúz as a festival unto those who have observed the Fast for love of Thee and abstained from all that is abhorrent unto thee. Grant, O my Lord, that the fire of Thy love and the heat produced by the Fast enjoined by Thee may inflame them in Thy Cause, and make them to be occupied with Thy praise and with remembrance of Thee." ~ Bahá’u’lláh
Just as Baha'is are getting ready for the New Year while putting behind the old one with the conclusion of the Fast, Bulgarians seek each other's forgiveness so that life's burden being carried into the new year would be lighter.
Because forgiveness can be a serious matter, bringing some lightness -- and laughter -- into a day that can be potentially difficult makes sense.
"If we are not happy and joyous at this season, for what other season shall we wait and for what other time shall we look?" ~ Abdu'l-Baha
Can we all learn to love by simply being present and listening compassionately? See how artist Marina Abramovic does it...
"If I love you, I need not continually speak of my love—you will know without any words. On the other hand if I love you not, that also will you know—and you would not believe me, were I to tell you in a thousand words, that I loved you." ~ Abdu'l-Baha
I invite you and your loves ones to a very special Musical Prayer Station and house concert with Shameem Taheri-Lee on Sunday, March 31st, at 6:30 pm.
Shameem was born in Australia to a Chinese-Malaysian father and an Iranian mother. The diversity of her heritage has not only contributed to her exotic looks but has influenced her distinctive eclectic approach to music. Her unique fusion of 90s-esque R&B/ soul with 70s funk and a twist of jazz is imbued with personal and conscious lyrics. Think: Alicia Keys meets Sade in a jazz club, with a subtle edge of Michael Jackson.
There is truly no better way to befriend strangers than by doing service together. As we carefully surveyed the farmers' harvest for the occasional mushy potato I talked with a number of fascinating people: from a young muslim lady from Somalia to a multilingual group of Mormons who had travelled on missions as far as Japan and Madagascar, from a Larry Page-look alike Mandarin-speaking VOA broadcaster to a sportsy beauty from the central valley of California who spoke with him in her native Cantonese, from an old Catholic friend who had attended an interfaith dinner I hosted three years ago, to a Protestant mother of three who spoke only English but with the deepest appreciation for its flexibility and inclusiveness.
The world of humanity is possessed of two wings: the male and the female. So long as these two wings...
A chance encounter with the kinetic sculptor Stephen Cartwright and one of his fascinating digital datascapes, made me think: what if this kinetic sculpture is a physical symbol of our pilgrimage through life with all its ups and downs — not just physical but spiritual as well. What if instead of tracking physical coordinates in relation to the Greenwich meridian, I were to track my spiritual coordinates in relation to my true self, true purpose, and ultimately, God. And what better way to start this experiment than during the Baha’i Fast — a time of spiritual recalibration.