DO YOU SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ONLINE?

Do you spend too much time online?
Asked By MadaraU 22-25, M in Community

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All my time is online.
I am thinking matters, saying words, doing things online.
I am learning, journeying, meeting my loved ones online. My body cannot accomplish all these duties without the Internet. Yet, I had done all in spirit, but I could not get response. Now, there is prompt correspondence among old and new friends on both virtual world and real world. With my announcement now about my talk, my friends will meet me on Sunday at the Baha’i Center in Hochiminh City. This is really efficient and convenient.
The matter is not whether we are online or offline. It matters whether we have any purpose in life.

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Abdul-Baha says:

Everything is transformed. The existing government of France cannot adapt itself to the requirements of the middle ages. As everything evolves, so also does religion – as witness the doctrines that are losing their influence today. All religious rites and ceremonies, when adhered to, become the cause of destruction and struggle. Look at the war in the Balkans. Can you imagine anything more terrible? Men have arisen against their brothers and both armies think they act in accordance with principle. If each side would put into practice the true principles of its own religion, there could be no further strife.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 67)

HAIKU

Connection online
Most convenient attachment
For human beings

ARE YOU NEGATIVE OR POSITIVE?

are you negative or positive?
Asked By yodatheching 22-25, F in Community

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I am positive.
Existence is positive, non-existence is negative.
Life is positive, death is negative.
Light is positive, darkness or absence of light is negative.
All human beings are created by the Living God, hence we are living, intelligent and positive. Some people appear as negative, only because they have not developed their potential abilities. Tests, trials, calamities… will cause them to be awake and they will start living even with healthier vigor.
Since the time of Adam, human beings have advanced positively and successively with greater and greater unity: family, city, state, nation, federation, and now is the beginning of world commonwealth.
Nothing can stop the positive life of man, made by the Omnipotent God.

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Abdul-Baha says:

“The Holy Manifestations of God are the centers of the light of reality, of the source of mysteries, and of the bounties of love. They are resplendent in the world of hearts and thoughts, and shower eternal graces upon the world of spirits; They give spiritual life and are shining with the light of realities and meanings. The enlightenment of the world of thought comes from these centers of light and sources of mysteries. Without the bounty of the splendor and the instructions of these Holy Beings the world of souls and thoughts would be opaque darkness.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 162)

HAIKU

Life is positive
Nobly made by Living God
The Omnipotent

WHICH RELIGION CAUSED DAMAGE?

Which religion do you think caused the most long term cultural damage?
Asked By AtheistsForJesus 26-30, M in Community

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None.
All religions are good. True definition of religion must be based on revealed Scriptures from the Manifestations of God. Other forms of beliefs, cults, worships… cannot be considered as religion.
Buddha, Christ, Baha’u’llah … have educated and trained great saints, great philosophers, great scientists, great thinkers … Any human beings who learn and practice the counsels of these divine Educators will become true children of God. Imitators, bearers of labels, false believers … do not represent any religions.
Higher and higher civilizations, glorious cultures, magnificent arts … derive from religions.
No negative thoughts, words, deeds … are taught by religions.
Mature human beings today can make personal studies to distinguish religion from any forms of fabrications which bear the names of religions.
Religions are trees; loving people as God are fruits. And by fruit we know the tree.

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Abdul-Baha says:

“Bahá’u’lláh taught, that Religion is the chief foundation of Love and Unity and the cause of Oneness. If a religion become the cause of hatred and disharmony, it would be better that it should not exist. To be without such a religion is better than to be with it.”
(Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 28)

HAIKU

Religion is love
Otherwise imitation
Immature fancy

DO YOU OFTEN GET WHAT YOU WANT?

Do you often get what you want?
Asked By KylieKaat 16-17, F in Community

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Yes, more than I want.
I want some books, I get millions of books.
(Here they are: http://www.openculture.com/2014/03/the-harvard-classics-download-all-51-volumes-as-free-ebooks.html)
I want a healthy and happy life, I am still very happy now at nearly 80.
I want to know something about life, now I see that it is an unfathomable mystery that I never get bored with the final answer.
I want to have some friends, I often get into friendship with thousands of friends.
I want new answers from God, and He teaches me a lot each day.
Hence, I am thankful to God for creating me in the immense universe for me to enjoy plenty of things that I want, especially His Revelation to guide me and other people into a more and more interesting discovery.
I see that God is good and I wish that more and more people will be happy with His goodness.

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Abdul-Baha says:

The dawn of the Sun of Reality is assuredly for the illumination of the world and for the manifestation of mercy. In the assemblage of the family of Adam results and fruits are praiseworthy, and the holy bestowals of every bounty are abundant. It is an absolute mercy and a complete bounty, the illumination of the world, fellowship and harmony, love and union; nay, rather, mercifulness and oneness, the elimination of discord and the unity of whosoever are on the earth in the utmost of freedom and dignity. The Blessed Beauty said: “All are the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch.”
(Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith – Abdu’l-Baha Section, p. 215)

HAIKU

God’s boundless treasures
For man’s use with thankfulness
In eternal love

I’M BORED – WHAT SHOULD I DO?

I’m bored. What should i do?
Asked By Spadacio77 18-21, M in Doing Good

Reply By Me

You are lucky. I had never spent time on people who said that they are bored; because I don’t have time to waste on such a big majority of immature beings. They don’t care about their lives. They just exist without knowing how to consume their idle moments day after day, year after year!
Since, I have some happy minutes now, I share to you some words for thinking. You are among the noble children of God. You want to be loved and to be respected. You dream about a great life of joy and comfort. Now, your only problem is waiting for something unreal.
I propose that you spend only half an hour to meditate about your destiny. If you don’t know how to; please start searching on the Internet about meditation and about the greatness of human life.
Believing in a miraclulous change in your life.

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Baha’u’llah says:

The wine of renunciation must needs be quaffed, the lofty heights of detachment must needs be attained, and the meditation referred to in the words “One hour’s reflection is preferable to seventy years of pious worship” must needs be observed, so that the secret of the wretched behaviour of the people might be discovered, those people who, despite the love and yearning for truth which they profess, curse the followers of Truth when once He hath been made manifest.
(Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 237)

HAIKU

Destiny of man
Loftiest among all worlds
By the love of God

WHAT TO DO WITH THAT MONEY?

What’re we going to do with all that money?
Asked By YouCouldBeHappy 70+, F 14 in Doing Good

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We redo our education.
We learn to know ourselves.
We learn to know our relations to the world.
We learn to know the requirement of our time.
We seek for friends who get this new education and who want to cooperate with us to formulate the new curricula for all children worldwide. We train new teachers.
We offer subsidy to any schools or teachers that implement this program.
I know thousands of friends who are ready for this task, but money is not available yet.
Now, we temporarily work without finance. And we are happy with the spiritually abundant subsidy from God.

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Abdul-Baha says:

It is evident that man is in need of divine education and inspiration; that the spirit and bounties of God are essential to his development. That is to say, the teachings of Christ and the Prophets are necessary for his education and guidance. Why? Because They are the divine gardeners who till the earth of human hearts and minds. They educate man, uproot the weeds, burn the thorns and remodel the waste places into gardens and orchards where fruitful trees grow. The wisdom and purpose of Their training is that man must pass from degree to degree of progressive unfoldment until perfection is attained.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity, p. 77)

HAIKU

Worldwide unity
Via proper education
With well-trained teachers

WILL YOU HELP ME?

Please help me! Will you?
Life is so hard sometimes. It’s difficult to think that anything is worth the struggle, and I know that lots of things are worth it, but IT’S SO HARD! I am so unhappy. I’m trapped in an endless cycle of school and sleep, church on the weekends being my only comfort. I’m only human, and I don’t think I can bear much more of this. What do I do? What can I do anymore?)
Asked BY QueenofBrooklyn 18-21, F in Doing Good

Reply By Me

Go out and help others.
Usually we see that our problems are more difficult than those of others.
They play chess. You stand next to them and see how easy to avoid mistakes!
Then, with this experience, you see that your problems are problems of other people and you will solve them more easily.
Yes, the secret is simple: nothing on earth is ours. When we are clear with this concept, we will no longer get confused with gain or loss, defeat or victory, shame or honor!
If none of us can solve problems of this world, then who would be our helpers?! If other people can, why we cannot?!
Yes, in fact all problems are easy to solve.

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Abdul-Baha says:

Today, in far-away Persia, there are many such assemblies where the friends of God meet together in the fulness of joy, love and unity. They teach the Cause of God, educate the ignorant, and draw heart to heart in brotherly kindness. It is they who help the poor and needy and give to them their daily bread. They love and care for the sick and are messengers of hope and consolation to the desolate and oppressed.
Oh, ye in Paris, strive that your assemblies may be like unto this, and may bear even greater fruits!
(Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 73)

HAIKU

Life great arena
For development of man’s mind
To know Father God

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