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Welcome to the Month of Glory 172!

Happy Ridvan Everyone!

In this issue – Elections

3 Steps to Becoming an Intelligent and Well-Informed Elector

Bahá’í Elections

Bahá’í Involvement in Politics

Compilation on Bahá’í Elections

Democratic Elections without Campaigns? – Normative Foundations of National Bahá’í Elections

Leadership in the Bahá’í Faith

Software for Counting Ballots

Some Meditations for Baha’i Elections

The Beauty of Bahá’í Elections

The Right to Vote

The Sanctity and Nature of Bahá’í Elections

What are the Ridvan Baha’i Elections?

Featured Story:

‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Comments on the Presidential Election

‘Abdu’l-Bahá was in California in 1912 – a presidential election year. One October morning this election was mentioned during a conversation. The Master commented: ‘The president must be a man who is not hankering for the presidency. He should be a person free from all thoughts of name and fame; he must think himself unworthy of the rank; and should say that he thinks himself unfit for the place and unable to bear this burdensome duty … If the public good is the object, the president must be a person sensitive to the public weal and not a selfish and self-seeking one.’ (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 122)

Featured Prayer:

This month’s featured prayer is a video, called “Electing the Members of the Local Spiritual Assembly”. It’s absolutely beautiful and I recommend you show it prior to and during the voting!

To watch

Featured Video:

This month we feature a short 4.5 minute video, where Rúhíyyih Khánum Recounts Her Story of the Election of the First Universal House of Justice!  A truly unique moment in Baha’i history!


Featured Book:

Steadfastness In The Covenant: Responding to Tests and Tribulations was written by Dr Abdul-Missagh Ghadirian, a psychiatrist who served the Institution of the Learned for nearly 30 years in different capacities including many years as a member of the Continental Board of Counsellors in the Americas.

In this book, dedicated to the Bahá’í community of Iran, Dr Ghadirian show how the accelerated crises in the world, with their associated suffering and confusion, herald the advent of a transformation in the consciousness of people and their receptivity (positive or negative) to the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith.

The Bahá’í Writings tell us that persecution and trials will occur and intensify as the Cause emerges from obscurity to full recognition. There are 3 main themes running throughout this book: what the Covenant means to the present generation of young Bahá’ís; scholarship and the Covenant and the life of Abdul-Bahá as the Perfect Exemplar and the Centre of the Covenant of the Bahá’í Faith.

For more information and to buy this book

Featured Coach:

Hugh Smiley has been a psychotherapist, bodyworker and teacher for 30 years. He is a Certified Hakomi Therapist (CHT) and has served on the teaching staff of both the Hakomi Institute and founder Ron Kurtz’ Hakomi Educational Network (HEN). He is co-founder and co-director of Hakomi Ontario which offers workshops, trainings and ongoing groups in the Hakomi Method of Mindfulness-based Assisted Self-Discovery and Body-Centered Psychotherapy

Hugh has taught his Korason Method of Authentic Voice and Dialogue (KM) on 4 continents with such diverse groups as NGOs in Egypt, an AA group in Nicaragua, engineers in Brazil and Inuit women in Nunavut. He has won scholarships and grants to study vocalization techniques in Mongolia and flamenco in Spain. Currently he is preparing to return to Europe to teach Hakomi and KM in Spain and Germany. Hugh has also built successful sales networks with hundreds of distributors in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico for the marketing of dynamic health products.

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Featured Business:


Prayer Beads – Each with a Story!

This website carries many products including jewelry, greeting cards, bookmarks, illuminations, wall hangings and more.

My favorite part of the site is 21 different sets of prayer beads, each with it’s own story; each dedicated to a specific person or theme, such as:

  • Shoghi Effendi: the highest quality fresh water pearls and abalone shell dedicated to the Guardian, (as the Priceless Pearl)
  • Enoch Olinga (the martyred Hand of the Cause from Africa): Swarowski Austrian lead crystals and Taiwanese Jade along with lively African patterns
  • William Sears, Hand of the Cause of God. For his work with children the glass figures reflect an innocence happy free spirit – the 19 beads represent marbles.
  • Tahireh’s Legacy: The set of 19 black beads symbolize the veil that Tahirih removed from her chador and the ‘spiritual veils’ that must be eliminated in our pursuit of nearness to God.
  • The Terraces: The natural mottling of the stone beads represent the terraces and their landscaping; the buildings on the arc and the panoramic views of the blue sky and sea.
  • The Martyrs: The lined deep red seed beads represent the veins of the mortal body and the spots in the Poppy Jasper symbolize the blood shed by these dear souls. Although we may not experience physical martyrdom, these martyrs stand to remind us how important it is to consecrate our lives to service in the Cause.
  • The Nightingale: The nightingale is a very plain little bird (its colors are brown and cream), but is known for its wonderfully sweet evening song. In the Bahá’í Writings the nightingale symbolizes the Manifestation of God, particularly Bahá’u’lláh.
  • Primal Mirrors: The Unity of God’s Messengers inspired this very special set (this is the picture we see here). Large rounded onyx disks carry etched symbols of 8 revealed religions, while nineteen banded sentimentary stones echo humanity’s gradual progress over eons, aided by these Messengers.
  • Refresh and Gladden: based on everyone’s favourite prayer “O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit . . .” Made from the finest glass.
  • Coral and Pearls: This pair of prayer beads was created, one for the husband and one for the wife. The duel design respects the individuality of each person yet honors their union and confirmed faith in the covenant of Baha’u’llah.

And many more!

To see all of the prayer beads

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 Our Readers Write:

  1. Thank you so much once again for so generously sharing your priceless research , insight and knowledge with us all. It is incredible. May Baha’u’llah  bless and conform you in all your undertakings. (Simin Rahmanian)
  1. Thank you Susan! Soooo important! I was in awe of both the Teachings and the results when our Spiritual Assembly deepened in the Art of Consultation. The effects were astonishing. The Holy Spirit can move through individuals when they are aware of the precious dynamics of this superb Art that is essential for unity, for the underlying justice and equality and consequence of which is peace and prosperity. (Jeannie Ritchie)
  1. Month of Baha 172 BE … right?   Or are we starting 171 BE… sorry kinda confused.  (Farah K-Sanchez)

My reply:

Thanks for the encouragement and support, Simin and Jeannie!

You’ve got good eyes, Farah! You’re absolutely right! We’re starting 172 BE! I remember changing the newsletter template and grateful I’d remembered, but it looks like I forgot to save it!   It’s time for me to get a secretary!