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How Bad is Lying? 

If the sum of all sins were to be weighed in the balance, falsehood would, on its own, countervail them; nay its evils would even outweigh them and its detriment prove greater.  It were better for thee that thou shouldst be a blasphemer and tell the truth than that...

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White Privilege in the Face of Injustice

Let the white make a supreme effort in their resolve to contribute their share to the solution of this problem, to abandon once for all their usually inherent and at times subconscious sense of superiority, to correct their tendency towards revealing a patronizing...

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Baha’i Inheritance Laws

In a previous article, Taking Care of your Will and Testament, I failed to mention the laws of inheritance outlined in the Kitab-i-Aqdas, and I’m grateful to the reader who pointed it out.  Rather than add it to that article, I decided it deserved a posting all of its...

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Funeral Prayers and Readings

At times of death, in the midst of grief, many people are at a loss about what prayers and readings they want to have said for their loved one.  They don't have the mental wherewithal to be able to search the Writings for their favorite quotes to uplift those who...

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Living Wills and Assisted Death

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many people are wondering “what if?”.  Now might be a good time to think about what’s really important in terms of a living will or euthanasia.  Many people have asked me for a copy of what I’ve written to use as a model, and I’m happy...

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Putting Your Affairs in Order

In these days of uncertainty, with the COVID-19 death toll rising daily, many people are wondering about how to put their affairs in order “just in case”.  Although there is no relevant guidance to consider from the Baha’i Writings, making our final wishes known is a...

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Taking Care of Your Will and Testament

As you may know, the writing of a will is obligatory for Baha’is and failure to draw it up is considered by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as "disobedience" to the command of Bahá’u’lláh: Bahá’u’lláh clearly establishes the making of a will as one of His laws. In the Kitab-i-Aqdas,...

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True Service 

Let each one of you become the servant of the other; let each sacrifice himself for the sake of the other. (From a Tablet of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá—translated from the Persian, from Give me Thy Grace to Serve Thy Loved Ones, Compilation for the 2018 Counsellors’ Conference,...

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Becoming More Steadfast

I supplicate God that day by day thou mayest become more steadfast, so that like unto an impregnable stronghold thou mayest withstand the surging of the ocean of tests and trials. The people of the world are like unto trees. Those that are rootless are toppled by the...

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Plowing our own Fields

If we allow our attention and energy to be taken up in efforts to keep others right and remedy their faults, we are wasting precious time. We are like ploughmen each of whom has his team to manage and his plough to direct, and in order to keep his furrow straight he...

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