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December 20, 2014

Planting the seeds: a new letter from the Universal House of Justice

Editorial, December 21, 2014.

The Universal House of Justice, the elected body that heads the Bahai community around the world, has written a letter in Persian, addressed to the Bahais in Iran, regarding devotional meetings and the institution of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar (Bahai houses of worship). The Persian text dated December 18, 2014, is available here.

December 27: The message, is now available in an authorized English translation, and will be released in other languages. The English translation has been placed in the documents archive of my Bahai Studies blog.

[Note: The concept of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar as a meeting for worship, a community that worships, the building itself and a social centre that includes activities and institutions for social service, is outlined in the 1997 compilation The Mashriqu’l-Adhkar Handbook, available as a pdf file online here. The compilation also discusses the relationship between local houses of worship, which might for example be hidden or underground (see the letter from Abdu’l-Baha quoted in this message), and the complete or perfected Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, which has nine sides and (for the present) a dome, and is made “as perfect as possible.” ]

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  1. Sen- Thank you very much for partially translating & explaining this important letter. It is an expression of the extent to which the Central Institution of the Baha’i Faith is faithfully pursuing its fundamental task of promoting the well-being of society under the vivifying guidance of the spirit of the Baha’i Writings, refusing to be distracted by the venom and violence meted out by the hypocritical clerics of Iran. Baha’is in Iran never respond in kind to the poison and oppression imposed upon them by these last vestiges of a corrupt institution — they instead point forward to an Iran in which both men and women, in which people of all faiths and races live and work together in a cooperation which transcends mere tolerance, and seeks for all citizens to feel love and care for each other.

    Comment by petussing — December 20, 2014 @ 20:33 | Reply

    • My summary is somewhat cursory, because my working conditions are not good (by the beach) and because I expect there will be a proper translation available soon. In the meantime this is a “heads up” to watch for this important message.

      Comment by Sen — December 21, 2014 @ 08:22 | Reply

  2. Can you direct me to the locations of the new temples, which appear to be in the equatorial zone. Nay we support the Temple Fund for secret, local, national and the last continental Temples!

    Comment by marko1844 — December 24, 2014 @ 14:38 | Reply

    • The locations of the local Houses of Worship were announced in the 2012 Ridvan message, which is available in several languages on my Bahai Studies blog.

      Comment by Sen — December 25, 2014 @ 00:13 | Reply

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