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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!

Baha’i Basics – Health and Healing

Compiled by Marlene Macke, St Marys, ON, Canada

 Opening Prayer

The Name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy.  Nearness to Thee is my hope and love for Thee is my companion.  Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come.  Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.  – Baha’u’llah

Health and healing are universal elements of all religions

Zoroastrianism: Love endows the sick body of man with firmness and health.

Hinduism:         Enricher, Healer of disease, be a good friend to us.

Buddhism:        To keep the body in good health is a duty – otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

Judaism:          O Lord, my God, I cried to you for help and you have healed me.

Christianity:      The prayer of faith shall heal the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up.

Islam:             The Lord of the worlds created me – and when I am sick, He heals me.

Sikism:            God is Creator of all, the remover of sickness, the giver of health.

Baha’i:            All true healing comes from God. (Paris Talks, p. 19)

Ill health an unavoidable condition

Although ill health is one of the unavoidable conditions of man, truly it is hard to bear. The bounty of good health is the greatest of all gifts.  –  Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 151

The Physical Cause of Disease

The outer, physical causal factor in disease … is a disturbance to the balance, the proportionate equilibrium of all those elements of which the human body is composed.  –  Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 152

The Spiritual Cause of Disease

If humankind … lived according to a natural, inborn equilibrium, without following wherever their passions led, it is undeniable that diseases would no longer take the ascendant, nor diversify with such intensity. –  Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 152

Two Means of Healing

There are two ways of healing sickness, material means and spiritual means.  The first is by treatment of physicians; the second consisteth in prayers offered by the spiritual ones to God and in turning to Him.  Both means would be used and practised.  Illnesses which occur by reason of physical causes should be treated by doctors with medical remedies; those which are due to spiritual causes disappear through spiritual means.  –  Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 151

Disease is of two kinds, material and spiritual.  For instance, a cut on the hand – if you pray for the cut to be healed, and do not stop its bleeding, you will not do much good; this needs a material remedy.  Sometimes, if the nervous system is paralysed through fear, a spiritual remedy is necessary … It often happens that sorrow makes one ill.  That illness can be cured by spiritual means.  –  Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 65 

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY 

Eat Healthily

In all circumstances they should conduct themselves with moderation; if the meal be only one course this is more pleasing in the sightof God; however, according to their means, they should seek to have this single dish be of good quality.  –  Baha’u’llah, from the Kitab-i-Badi, cited in Health and Healing, p. 2

What will be the food of the future?  Fruit and grains.  The time will come when meat will no longer be eaten … our natural diet is that which grows out of the ground.  The people will gradually develop up to the condition of this natural food.  –  Ten Days in the Light of Akka, pp. 8-9

Thou hast written regarding the four canine teeth in man, saying that these teeth … are for the purpose of eating meat.  Know thou that these four teeth are not created for meat-eating, although one can eat meat with them.  All the teeth of man are made for eating fruit, cereals and vegetables.  These four teeth, however, are designed for breaking hard shells, such as those of almonds.  But eating meat is not forbidden or unlawful, nay, the point is this, that it is possible for man to live without eating meat and still be strong.  Meat is nourishing and containeth the elements of herbs, seeds and fruits; therefore sometimes it is essential for the sick and for the rehabilitation of health.  There is no objection in the Law of God to the eating of meat if it is required.  So if thy constitution is rather weak and thou findest meat useful, thou mayest eat it.  –  Abdu’l-Baha, cited in Health and Healing, p. 8 

Avoid Alcohol and Drugs

Experience hath shown how greatly the renouncing of smoking, of intoxicating drink, and of opium, conduceth to health and vigour, to the expansion and keenness of the mind and to bodily strength.  –  Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 150

Be Happy

In a large measure happiness keeps our health while depression of spirit begets disease…  –  Abdu’l-Baha, cited in Abdu’l-Baha: 239 Days in America, p. 1

Verily the most necessary thing is contentment under all circumstances; by this one is preserved from morbid conditions and from lassitude.  Yield not to grief and sorrow; they cause the greatest misery.  –  Baha’u’llah, cited in Baha’u’llah and the New Era, p. 108

We should all visit the sick.  When they are in sorrow or suffering it is a real help and benefit to have a friend come.  Happiness is a great healer to those who are ill.  –  Promulgation of Universal Peace, 1982 ed., p. 204.

Be Spiritual

Matters relating to man’s spirit have a great effect on his bodily condition.  –  Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 150

Jealousy consumeth the body and anger doth burn the liver: avoid these two as you would a lion.  –  Baha’u’llah, cited in Baha’u’llah and the New Era, p. 108

WHEN THERE IS ILLNESS

 Consult a Doctor

Resort ye, in times of sickness, to competent physicians… –  Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 60

Whatever the competent physician or surgeon prescribe for a patient must be accepted and complied with.  –  Baha’u’llah, cited in Health and Healing, p. 1

Do not neglect medical treatment when it is necessary, but leave it off when health has been restored.  Treat disease through diet by preference, refraining from use of drugs, and if you find what is required in a single herb, do not resort to a compounded medicament.  –  Baha’u’llah, cited in Baha’u’llah and the New Era, p. 106

Pray

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfied your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.  –  Psalm 103:1-5

Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.  –  James 5: 14-15

When thou wishest to treat nervous pains turn thy whole being to the realm on high with thine heart detached from aught else besides Him and thy soul enraptured by the love of God.  Then seek confirmation of the Holy Spirit from the Abha Kingdom, while touching the affected part with utmost love, tenderness and attraction to God.  When all these things are combined, be assured that healing will take place.  –  Abdu’l-Baha, cited in Health and Healing, p. 6

As you know, Baha’u’llah has ordained that in case of illness we should always consult the most competent physicians.  And this is exactly what the Guardian strongly advises you to do.  For prayer alone is not sufficient.  To render it more effective we have to make use of all the physical and material advantages which God has given us.  Healing through purely spiritual forces is undoubtedly as inadequate as that which materialist physicians and thinkers vainly seek to obtain by resorting entirely to mechanical devices and methods.  The best result can be obtained by combining the two processes: spiritual and physical.  –  Shoghi Effendi, cited in The Throne of the Inner Temple, p. 76 

Benefit from Ill-Health

Often physical sickness draws man nearer to his Maker, suffers his heart to be made empty from all worldly desires until it becomes tender and sympathetic towards all sufferers and compassionate to all creatures.  –  Abdu’l-Baha, cited in Star of the West, Vol 8, p. 231

Visit the Ill

We should all visit the sick.  When they are in sorrow and suffering, it is a real help and benefit to have a friend come.  Happiness is a great healer to those who are ill.  In the East it is the custom to call upon the patient often and meet him individually.  The people in the East show the utmost kindness and compassion to the sick and suffering.  This has greater effect than the remedy itself.  You must always have this thought of love and affection when you visit the ailing and afflicted.  –  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace, 1982 ed., p. 204.

Particular Guidance to Healers

Whensoever thou dost attend a patient, turn thy face toward the Lord of the heavenly Kingdom, ask the Holy Spirit to come to thine aid, then heal thou the sickness.  –  Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 181

Service is prayer.  A physician ministering to the sick, gently, tenderly, free from prejudice and believing in the solidarity of the human race, he is giving praise.  –  Paris Talks, p. 177

O thou distinguished physician! … Praise be to God that thou hast two powers: one to undertake physical healing and the other spiritual healing.  Matters related to man’s spirit have a great effect on his bodily condition.  For instance, thou shouldst impart gladness to thy patient, give him comfort and joy, and bring him to ecstasy and exultation.  How often hath it occurred that this hath caused early recovery.  Therefore, treat thou the sick with both powers.  Spiritual feelings have a surprising effect on healing nervous ailments.  –  Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 151 

Healing in the Future

When highly-skilled physicians shall fully examine this matter, thoroughly and perseveringly, it will be clearly seen that the incursion of disease is due to a disturbance in the relative amounts of the body’s component substances, and that treatment consisteth in adjusting these relative amounts, and that this can be apprehended and made possible by means of foods. It is certain that in this wonderful new age the development of medical science will lead to the doctors’ healing their patients with foods.  –  Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 154

When the science of medicine reaches perfection, treatment will be given by foods, aliments, fragrant fruits, and vegetables, and by various waters, hot and cold in temperature.  –  Some Answered Questions, p. 259

In matters of diet, as in medicine, the Universal House of Justice feels that the believers should be aware that a huge body of scientific knowledge has been accumulated as a guide to our habits and practices.  But it must be clearly understood that no specific school of nutrition or medicine has been associated with the Baha’i teachings.  What we have are certain guidelines, indications and principles which will be carefully studied by experts and will, in the years ahead, undoubtedly prove to be invaluable sources of guidance and inspiration in the development of these medical sciences.  Moreover, in this connection the Guardian’s secretary has stated on his behalf that “It is premature to try and elaborate on the few general references to health and medicine made in our Holy Scriptures.”  The believers must guard against seizing upon any particular text which may appeal to them and which they may only partially or even incorrectly understand.  –  Universal House of Justice, 11 July 1978, cited in Health and Healing, p. 50

Closing Prayer

Glory be to Thee, O Lord my God!  I beg of Thee by Thy Name through which He Who is Thy Beauty hath been stablished upon the throne of Thy Cause, and by Thy Name through which Thou changest all things, and gatherest together all things, and callest to account all things, and rewardest all things, and preservest all things, and sustainest all things – I beg of Thee to guard this handmaiden who hath fled for refuge to Thee, and hath sought the shelter of Him in Whom Thou Thyself art manifest, and hath put her whole trust and confidence in Thee.

She is sick, O my God, and hath entered beneath the shadow of the Tree of Thy healing; afflicted, and hath fled to the City of Thy protection; diseased, and hath sought the Fountainhead of Thy favours; sorely vexed, and hath hasted to attain the Wellspring of Thy tranquillity; burdened with sin, and hath set her face toward the court of Thy forgiveness.

Attire her, by Thy sovereignty and Thy loving-kindness, O my God and my Beloved, with the raiment of Thy balm and Thy healing, and make her quaff of the cup of Thy mercy and Thy favours.  Protect her, moreover, from every affliction and ailment, from all pain and sickness, and from whatsoever may be abhorrent unto Thee.  Thou, in truth, art immensely exalted above all else except Thyself.  Thou art, verily, the Healer, the All-Sufficing, the Preserver, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.  –  Baha’u’llah