Saturday, October 04, 2008

What did the trees do wrong?

Islamic Republic of Vampires in Iran chopped off the trees in a historic Isfahan Bahai cemetery in a vicious act of desecration and hatred against Bahai.

What did the trees do wrong?




The callous wave of destruction against bahai cemetries is nothing new. Last year, The bulldozing of a Baha'i cemetery was the start of this series of incidents in a government-led campaign of hatred against Baha'is.

The list of anti-Baha'i incidents is growing, as are human rights violations against other groups in Iran.


4 comments:

twoshorties said...

DEAR SERENDIP:

THIS IS THE TRUE SPIRIT OF ISLAM; TO DESTROY, TO MURDER, AND TO BE A TRUE BELIEVER IN MOHAMMAD'S TEACHING.
مرگ بر جمهوری ننگین خونخواران اسلامی.

Jungle Mom said...

Serendip, I am now in Paraguay and am amazed at the number of Iranian Bahia people here. They call themselves pioneers and have meeting centers. I would love to be directed towards more information on this faith. They seem to be gentle, educated people.

SERENDIP said...

Dear JM: Here is what you requested:

Baha'i teachings recognize that all human vices are a product of spiritual deprivation and decay. Spiritual decay, in a country (referring to Iran) that touts its religious institutions and theocratic governance, is but a clear and unamibigious testament to the impotence of that which it espouses and mandates for its citizens. Therefore, failed social and economic programs that are typically identified as the cause of these social ailments are themselves born out of the absence of a potent spiritual foundation for these programs. The Baha'is believe that spiritual potency is renewed with the coming of a new manifestation from God, with willing recognition of this spiritual renewal and adherence to its transforming principles. Enforcement, as evidenced in Iran's society, needs no furthur argument for its failure and its disasterous consequences.

The role of the individual is also acknowledged and in this context . Baha'i elections, while democratic in principle, denounces much of what we are in the midst of during the US elections. For example the Guardian of the Baha'i Faith, Shoghi Effendi, who passed away in 1957, said:

Beware, beware lest the foul odour of the parties and peoples of foreign lands in the West, and their pernicious methods, such as intrigues, party politics and propaganda — practices which are abhorrent even in name — should ever reach the Bahá'í community, exert any influence whatsoever upon the friends, and thus bring all spirituality to naught. The friends should, through their devotion, love, loyalty and altruism, abolish these evil practices, not imitate them. It is only after the friends completely ignore and sanctify themselves from these evils, that the spirit of God can penetrate and operate in the body of humanity, and in the Bahá'í community. (http://bahai-library.com/compilations/elections.html)

The Baha'i teachings first and foremost provide a context for the fulfillment of the reality of Man and its purpose in this life. The following excerpts from Baha'i Writings will hopefully address your question in this regard:

O ye the elected representatives of the people in every land!... Regard the world as the human body which, though at its creation whole and perfect, hath been afflicted, through various causes, with grave disorders and maladies. Not for one day did it gain ease, nay its sickness waxed more severe, as it fell under the treatment of ignorant physicians, who gave full rein to their personal desires...

We behold it, in this day, at the mercy of rulers so drunk with pride that they cannot discern clearly their own best advantage, much less recognize a Revelation so bewildering and challenging as this....92

This is the Day whereon the earth shall tell out her tidings. The workers of iniquity are her burdens, could ye but perceive it....93

All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. The Almighty beareth Me witness: To act like the beasts of the field is unworthy of man. Those virtues that befit his dignity are forbearance, mercy, compassion and loving-kindness towards all the peoples and kindreds of the earth....94

A new life is, in this age, stirring within all the peoples of the earth; and yet none hath discovered its cause or perceived its motive. Consider the peoples of the West. Witness how, in their pursuit of that which is vain and trivial, they have sacrificed, and are still sacrificing, countless lives for the sake of its establishment and promotion....95

In all matters moderation is desirable. If a thing is carried to excess, it will prove a source of evil.... Strange and astonishing things exist in the earth but they are hidden from the minds and the understanding of men. These things are capable of changing the whole atmosphere of the earth and their contamination would prove lethal....96

Furthermore, it is written:


The time must come when the imperative necessity for the holding of a vast, an all-embracing assemblage of men will be universally realized. The rulers and kings of the earth must needs attend it, and, participating in its deliberations, must consider such ways and means as will lay the foundations of the world's Great Peace amongst men. Such a peace demandeth that the Great Powers should resolve, for the sake of the tranquility of the peoples of the earth, to be fully reconciled among themselves. Should any king take up arms against another, all should unitedly arise and prevent him. If this be done, the nations of the world will no longer require any armaments, except for the purpose of preserving the security of their realms and of maintaining internal order within their territories.... The day is approaching when all the peoples of the world will have adopted one universal language and one common script. When this is achieved, to whatsoever city a man may journey, it shall be as if he were entering his own home.... That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race.... It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.97

I invite you to further readings on this subject at:

http://info.bahai.org/article-1-3-2-4.html

I found this in the comment section of another blog.

So good to see you here.

Jungle Mom said...

WOW, a lot of info. thank you. I often read here but do not have much time for commenting these days.