The Light of Unity

“…the ages of darkness have passed away, and the century of light has come. Ignorant prejudices are being dispelled, and the light of unity is shining. The differences existing between nations and peoples will soon be annulled, and the fundamentals of the divine religions, which are no other than the oneness and solidarity of the human race, are being established.”
-Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace

 

My contribution to Nineteen Months, for more inspiration read and see the contributions to  KALIMAT

Favourite Christmas Posts

Just sharing my favourite Christmas posts from facebook.

  1.  A reading of Dickens’ Christmas Carol by Neil Gaiman (begins about 12 minutes in, lovely introductory talk about treasures at a museum)

 

2.  Wishing all faiths peace.  I love this image representing many world religions.

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From The Facebook site Faith

 

3. Literary Christmas Quotes from Writers Write – some interesting quotes from writers.

Here are just two, read the rest at the post.

What kind of Christmas present would Jesus ask Santa for? ~Salman Rushdie

Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home. ~G.K. Chesterton

 

4. Maya Angelou – a message from Maya’s family who keep her facebook alive.

“We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Peace.
Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you, to stay a while with us.
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.”
-Maya Angelou from Amazing Peace
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! The Angelou Johnson Family

 

5.  ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s First Christmas by David Langness  A beautiful story of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s first Christmas.

” Not until 1911, when Abdu’l-Baha initally traveled to the West, did he encounter a modern celebration of Christmas in its Western form. Released from forty years in prison for being a Baha’i, he came to England from the Middle East, and among his hectic schedule of speeches and meetings and public addresses, Abdu’l-Baha:

…witnessed a performance of “Eager Heart,” a Christmas mystery play at the Church House, Westminster, the first dramatic performance He had ever beheld, and which in its graphic depiction of the life and sufferings of Jesus Christ moved Him to tears. – Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 284.

The drama, written by the English poet and playwright Alice Mary Buckton, who later received Abdu’l-Baha at her home in Byfleet Surrey, tells the tragic story of a woman who fervently prepares for the Christmas visit of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, but then vacillates when a homeless refugee family shows up at her door. Read the play in its original form.”

 

A More Powerful Thought of Love

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When a thought of war comes,
oppose it by a stronger thought of peace.
A thought of hatred must be destroyed
by a more powerful thought of love.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 28)

Thinking of all the places in the world in need of healing.
Thinking of all the young people in the world who need freedom
to be educated, to find jobs, to grow up and find wisdom.
Moving beyond thinking to doing what can be done.
Thinking positively and praying.

Praying in a way that leads to action.
Actions that give everyone freedom
the freedom to think and do things
that bring peace within
and between people.

Sending out a more powerful thought of love.

June