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Should Baha’is Be Vegetarians?  

Nabil Moghaddam is in his final year of a three-year program in Homeopathy, Health Sciences and Nutrition through the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine who are regulating the homeopathic profession in Ontario, and his thorough training matches the competencies required by the College of Homeopaths of Ontario.

He’s combining his knowledge of the Writings, with the learning he is getting in his program.  It’s the first time I’ve seen anyone attempt to balance science and religion on this topic.

Here is what the Writings have to say about homeopathy as a scientific discipline:

One of the friends of Persia wrote to Shoghi Effendi and asked this question: “Is it true that ‘Abdu’l-Baha has said that biochemical homeopathy, which is a form of food medicine, is in conformity with the Bahá’í medical concept?” The beloved Guardian’s reply to this question in a letter dated 25th November, 1944 was as follows: “This statement is true, and the truth thereof will be revealed in the future.”   (Shoghi Effendi and Universal House of Justice, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 485).

 

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Nabil Moghaddam is in his final year of a three-year program in Homeopathy, Health Sciences and Nutrition through the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine who are regulating the homeopathic profession in Ontario, and his thorough training matches the competencies required by the College of Homeopaths of Ontario.

He’s combining his knowledge of the Writings, with the learning he is getting in his program.  It’s the first time I’ve seen anyone attempt to balance science and religion on this topic.

Here is what the Writings have to say about homeopathy as a scientific discipline:

One of the friends of Persia wrote to Shoghi Effendi and asked this question: “Is it true that ‘Abdu’l-Baha has said that biochemical homeopathy, which is a form of food medicine, is in conformity with the Bahá’í medical concept?” The beloved Guardian’s reply to this question in a letter dated 25th November, 1944 was as follows: “This statement is true, and the truth thereof will be revealed in the future.”   (Shoghi Effendi and Universal House of Justice, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 485).

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Nabil Moghaddam is in his final year of a three-year program in Homeopathy, Health Sciences and Nutrition through the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine who are regulating the homeopathic profession in Ontario, and his thorough training matches the competencies required by the College of Homeopaths of Ontario.

He’s combining his knowledge of the Writings, with the learning he is getting in his program.  It’s the first time I’ve seen anyone attempt to balance science and religion on this topic.

Here is what the Writings have to say about homeopathy as a scientific discipline:

One of the friends of Persia wrote to Shoghi Effendi and asked this question: “Is it true that ‘Abdu’l-Baha has said that biochemical homeopathy, which is a form of food medicine, is in conformity with the Bahá’í medical concept?” The beloved Guardian’s reply to this question in a letter dated 25th November, 1944 was as follows: “This statement is true, and the truth thereof will be revealed in the future.”   (Shoghi Effendi and Universal House of Justice, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 485).

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Nabil Moghaddam is in his final year of a three-year program in Homeopathy, Health Sciences and Nutrition through the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine who are regulating the homeopathic profession in Ontario, and his thorough training matches the competencies required by the College of Homeopaths of Ontario.

He’s combining his knowledge of the Writings, with the learning he is getting in his program.  It’s the first time I’ve seen anyone attempt to balance science and religion on this topic.

Here is what the Writings have to say about homeopathy as a scientific discipline:

One of the friends of Persia wrote to Shoghi Effendi and asked this question: “Is it true that ‘Abdu’l-Baha has said that biochemical homeopathy, which is a form of food medicine, is in conformity with the Bahá’í medical concept?” The beloved Guardian’s reply to this question in a letter dated 25th November, 1944 was as follows: “This statement is true, and the truth thereof will be revealed in the future.”   (Shoghi Effendi and Universal House of Justice, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 485).

Baha’is with Eating Disorders

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Photo by Sameer Sharma and Hena Parvez

Someone once wrote:

My aunt (a grown woman in her 40’s) has a serious eating disorder and has had it for at least a few years now. Her family is in complete denial that she could possibly have a “teenage problem.” After a while, the malnutrition combined with a REALLY bad relationship (two way street) has led her to become psychotic. My question is do you have any advice on how anybody can get through to help her? What can be said or done that she might actually listen to? She has finally admitted to having problems eating and fully admits that she is deliberately doing this to hurt the family because they’re trying to control her, and as long as they try to interfere in her life she will continue to punish them.

I fully admit that I’ve had no personal experience with eating disorders; nor have I found any specific guidance in the Baha’i Writings about this topic.

Nevertheless, here are some spiritual principles which come to my mind; and I hope you’ll add some more!

A non-Baha’i with eating disorders once scrolled through my book Violence and Abuse:  Reasons and Remedies  and read this quote:

As this physical frame is the throne of the inner temple, whatever occurs to the former is felt by the latter. In reality that which takes delight in joy or is saddened by pain is the inner temple of the body, not the body itself. Since this physical body is the throne whereon the inner temple is established, God hath ordained that the body he preserved to the extent possible, so that nothing that causeth repugnance may be experienced.  (The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 95)

She said:  “If I could really believe that was true, my eating disorder would be gone”!

She intuitively understood that embedded within this quote was the connection between:

  • The body and the soul
  • The inner life and the outer life
  • A way to regain control by focusing on protecting the body in order to get to delight and joy and let go of pain

But I think the person in this email has other challenges!  Unless she wants help, nothing anyone else does will help.

The principles that come to mind are:

Everyone in her family has a part to play:

The work of healing the sick, however, is a matter that concerns not the patient and the practitioner only, but everyone.  All must help, by sympathy and service, by right living and right thinking, and especially by prayer, for of all remedies prayer is the most potent. “Supplication and prayer on behalf of others,” says ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, “will surely be effective.” The friends of the patient have a special responsibility, for their influence, either for good or ill, is most direct and powerful. In how many cases of sickness the issue depends mainly on the ministrations of parents, friends or neighbors of the helpless sufferer!  Even the members of the community at large have an influence in every case of sickness. In individual cases that influence may not appear great, yet in the mass the effect is potent. Everyone is affected by the social “atmosphere” in which he lives, by the general prevalence of faith or materialism, of virtue or vice, of cheerfulness of depression; and each individual has his share in determining the state of that social “atmosphere.” It may not be possible for everyone, in the present state of the world, to attain to perfect health, but it is possible for everyone to become a “willing channel” for the health-giving power of the Holy Spirit and thus to exert a healing, helpful influence both on his own body and on all with whom he comes in contact.  (Dr. J.E. Esslemont, Baha’u’llah and the New Era, p. 112)

So if you can suggest a family consultation, preferably with someone skilled in bring about a unified decision, it would be good:

When a believer has a problem concerning which he must make a decision, he has several courses open to him. If it is a matter that affects the interests of the Faith he should consult with the appropriate Assembly or committee, but individuals have many problems which are purely personal and there is no obligation upon them to take such problems to the institutions of the Faith; indeed, when the needs of the teaching work are of such urgency it is better if the friends will not burden their assemblies with personal problems that they can solve by themselves. “A Bahá’í who has a problem may wish to make his own decision upon it after prayer and after weighing all the aspects of it in his own mind; he may prefer to seek the council of individual friends or of professional counsellors such as his doctor or lawyer so that he can consider such advice when making his decision; or in a case where several people are involved, such as a family situation, he may want to gather together those who are affected so that they may arrive at a collective decision. There is also no objection whatever to a Bahá’í asking a group of people to consult together on a problem facing him.  (Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 179)

All healing comes from God (but the person needs to turn to God themselves)

All is in the hands of God, and without Him there can be no health in us!  (‘Abdul-Bahá, Lights of Guidance, p. 286)

Without following God’s laws, it will only get worse:

Praise be to Him, ye are acquainted with the various laws, institutions and principles of the world; today nothing short of these divine teachings can assure peace and tranquillity to mankind. But for these teachings, this darkness shall never vanish, these chronic diseases shall never be healed; nay, they shall grow fiercer from day to day.  (Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 249)

She needs a combination of treatments – spiritual and physical:

There are two ways of healing diseases, the material and the spiritual way. The first is the remedies of the physicians; the second prayers and turning one’s self to God. Both must be practiced and followed. The diseases that happen to be caused by physical accident are cured by medical aid; others, which are due to spiritual causes, will disappear by spiritual means. For instance: For a disease due to grieving, fear, nervous impressions, the spiritual remedies will take more effect than the physical. Therefore, these two kinds of remedies must be followed; neither is an obstacle to the other. You must take care of the physical remedies. These also came from the bounty and mercy of God who revealed and made evident the science of medicine, so that His servants may also be benefited by this mode of healing. In the same way take care of the spiritual healing, because it giveth wonderful results.  (Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v3, p. 653)

She needs to consult the best specialist AND follow his advice (whether she likes to or not):

It is incumbent upon everyone to seek medical treatment and to follow the doctor’s instructions, for this is in compliance with the divine ordinance.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 155)

She needs prayer:

Turn thou toward God with thy heart beating with His love, devoted to His praise, gazing toward His Kingdom and seeking help from His Holy Spirit in a state of ecstasy, rapture, love, yearning, joy and fragrance.  God will assist thee, through a Spirit from His Presence, to heal sickness and diseases.  (Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v3, p. 628)

Love goes a long way:

The love and consideration he has been shown by the friends, and by the members of your Assembly in particular, will, he feels certain, help to a marked degree in counter-acting the painful effects of the insidious disease from which he is so severely, yet so uncomplainingly suffering.  (Shoghi Effendi, The Unfolding Destiny of the British Baha’i Community, p. 124)

If she could do some form of volunteer work or service, she’d be focused on others and not on herself:

By Thy Power, verily, the sweetness of servitude is the food of my spirit; with the fragrance of servitude my breast will be dilated, my being refreshed, my heart delighted, my eyes brightened, my nostrils perfumed, and in it is the healing of my disease, the allaying of my burning thirst, the soothing of my pain.  (Compilations, Baha’i Scriptures, p. 265)

Now it’s your turn.  What has been your experience with eating disorders?  What spiritual principles helped or hindered your progress?  Post your comments below!

Newsletter – on Diet

In this issue – Diet

Bahá’í Diet

Bahá’í: Religion and Diet

Diet and the Foods We Eat

Diet and its Impact on Our Health: A Baha’i Perspective

Faith and Food Fact Files – Bahá’í

Food, Justice, and the Baha’i Faith

Health, Healing and Nutrition

How to Maintain Healthy Eating Habits

Nutrition from a Bahá’i Perspective

The Bahá’i Diet – Healing the Body with Food

The Baha’i Diet – Simple Instructions For Those Following The Baha’i Faith

The Food of the Future

Featured Story:

‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Diet

The Master … ate little food. He was known to begin His day with tea, goat’s milk cheese and wheat bread. And at the evening meal a cup of milk and a piece of bread might suffice. He considered the latter a healthy meal. Had not Bahá’u’lláh, while at Sullaymaniyyih, subsisted mostly on milk? (Sometimes Bahá’u’lláh ate rice and milk cooked together.) ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s sparse diet also included herbs and olives – it rarely included meat. (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Recipe For Pilau

Lamb-cut in very small pieces-cutting away all fat, bone, gristle. Put butter in frying pan and when it bubbles, stir in the meat and continue to stir constantly until the meat is done. Season with salt. Raisins-look them over and wash them. Cook with equal amount of Syrian pine nuts-in another frying pan in same manner as lamb-in butter-stir nuts and raisins constantly. When ready to serve, mix most of nuts and raisins with the meat, using more meat than nuts and raisins. Place this mixture in the center of a serving platter and arrange a border of cooked rice around it, using the remaining nuts and raisins as decoration, according to taste. (Julia M Grundy, Ten Days in the Light of Akka)

Featured Prayer:

Prayer for our Daily Bread

Lord! Pitiful are we, grant us Thy favor; poor, bestow upon us a share from the ocean of Thy wealth; needy, do Thou satisfy us; abased, give us Thy glory. The fowls of the air and the beasts of the field receive their meat each day from Thee, and all beings partake of Thy care and loving-kindness. Deprive not this feeble one of Thy wondrous grace and vouchsafe by Thy might unto this helpless soul Thy bounty. Give us our daily bread, and grant Thine increase in the necessities of life, that we may be dependent on none other but Thee, may commune wholly with Thee, may walk in Thy ways and declare Thy mysteries. Thou art the almighty and the Loving and the Provider of all mankind. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 21-22)

Featured Video:

Khalil Fong

The Western Bahá’i world may never have heard of Khalil Fong before, but he has millions of fans and concerts that pack the stadiums in China, Singapore and Taiwan. He has six albums and approximately 180 music awards to his credit.

Khalil has been praised by the media for his upright character and for being such a positive role model for young people, and he is not afraid to share his Faith.

Here we hear him sing “Love Song” in Chinese:

Nothing’s Going to Change my Love for You:

To visit his home page

To read more about him

To read an interview with him

To purchase Khalil Fong’s albums

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Featured Book:

What will be the food of the future?” “Fruit and grains. The time will come when meat will no longer be eaten. Medical science is only in its infancy, yet it has shown that our natural diet is that which grows out of the ground. The people will gradually develop up to the condition of this natural food. (‘Abdu’l-Baha, Lights of Guidance, p. 296)

Victoria Leith came across this intriguing statement of Abdu l-Bahá, while investigating different ways to improve her own health. This prompted her to look carefully at what the Bahá’í teachings say about keeping a healthy body and mind. What she found was so exciting that she wanted to share with everyone interested in cultivating a healthier life style.

This book is about making inspired choices which will eventually lead us down the path to optimum health and well-being. With her light-hearted approach, Victoria Leith considers the role of food, sleep, simplicity and moderation in achieving a healthy life and she provides a tempting selection of recipes for family meals, snacks and entertaining. Of special interest is the provisional translation of an excerpt from Baha’u’llah’s Tablet to a Physician.

I’ll Have the Fruit and Grains Please! takes the expression “Taking care of number one!” to a whole new (and healthier) level!

In this book she asks us to consider: How important is the type of food we eat? Are we drinking enough water? Are we getting enough exercise, fresh air, sleep? Are we working too late and too long hours?

In this very easy-to-read book the author uses a friendly conversational style with a good deal of humour, to inspire and encourage us to consider healthier ways of eating and living.

This book is not just about being careful in what we eat today, to prevent many illnesses tomorrow, it also provides good advice about a well balanced approach to life – how to exercise our free will, how to exercise moderation and courtesy in our lives, and how to make wise choices. By changing ourselves we can help to change society.

For more information and to buy the book

Featured Coach:

Anthony Fleming, our life coach for this month, has a wide range of talents and interests for his coaching practice, but what is most relevant to this month’s newsletter, is his passion for Health, Weight Loss and Nutrition 

He can coach you through the following issues:
• How to lose weight – permanently.
• How to adopt healthy lifestyle changes.
• How to incorporate simple exercises into your daily routines.
• How to avoid degenerative diseases.
• How to slow down ageing and look younger.
• How to change bad habits into good habits.
• How to eat lots of food and still lose weight
• Understand the link between your mind and body.
• How to stop smoking and/or drinking – permanently.
• Learn about alternative treatments for illness.
• Which foods should you avoid?
• Which foods and drinks should you have regularly?
• Learn how to feel great and have more energy.
• And much, much more….

To check out his life coaching (and more) website

To check out his Business Executive Coaching Page

To hear some of his talks

Meet Anthony Fleming

Health, Nutrition and Weight Loss

Effective Weight Loss

Yes to Life

Millionaire Mind

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Featured Business:

The Mona Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting grassroots educational initiatives, increasing opportunities and raising the status of girls and women worldwide. Since 1999, Mona has awarded more than $7 million to 34 projects in 18 countries, providing access to quality education for hundreds of thousands of children, women and their families.

They have projects in Brazil, Cambodia, China, Haiti, India, Mongolia, Panama, Swaziland, Tanzania, United States and Vietnam.
They ensure that 100% of all designated donations and 97% of donations to their general fund go directly to the educational projects they support. They can pool your donation with 500 other donors, which creates a more significant and meaningful contribution for the educational programs they support, while giving you the flexibility to donate where you want. And, with their unique funding model, the Mona Foundation has a track record of selecting viable, effective educational programs. They are vetted and trusted so you know your money is really going where you want it to.

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Our Readers Write:

  1. Last month’s issue (on the Bahá’i Fund) went out with a picture of my ebook “Letting Go of Anger and Bitterness”, and one of my readers wrote:

Why is there a pic of letting go of “Anger and Bitterness”?

I replied: I’m featuring one of my books!

She wrote: Hi Susan – I thought it was something to do with giving to the fund. Now true giving should be sacrificial but not angry or bitter. 🙂

I replied: LOL! That’s funny! I wish you were here to proof-read for me! Thanks for the good laugh, Grace Main!

  1. Thank you, Susan, for such a thoughtful write-up. Your words touch my heart, so very deeply. Thank you. (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons)

Thanks to all who write in! Your encouragement really keeps me going!

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See you next month! Hope it’s a month filled with inspiration from your commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab!