Questions (Masa’il) 2014

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Namib Desert, Namibia

Ramin Hossaini ©

Ramin Hossaini ©

“Mere suffering exists, no sufferer is found;
The deed is, but no doer of the deed is there;
Nirvana is, but not the man that enters it;
The Path is, but no traveller on it is seen.”
-Buddha, the Word (The Eightfold Path)
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Clearwater, USA

Adib Amini ©

Adib Amini ©

“In the human kingdom itself there are points of contact, properties common to all mankind; likewise, there are points of distinction which separate race from race, individual from individual. If the points of contact, which are the common properties of humanity, overcome the peculiar points of distinction, unity is assured. On the other hand, if the points of differentiation overcome the points of agreement, disunion and weakness result. One of the important questions which affect the unity and the solidarity of mankind is the fellowship and equality of the white and colored races. …numerous points of partnership and agreement exist between the two races; whereas the one point of distinction is that of color. Shall this, the least of all distinctions, be allowed to separate you as races and individuals?…God is not pleased with—neither should any reasonable or intelligent man be willing to recognize—inequality in the races because of this distinction.”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace
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Victoria, Canada

Dean Kalyan ©

Dean Kalyan ©

“And yet, they have sought the interpretation of the Book from those that are wrapt in veils, and have refused to seek enlightenment from the fountain-head of knowledge.”
-Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan
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Joensuu, Finland

Victor Jason ©

Victor Jason ©

“O SON OF SPIRIT!
I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me? Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how dost thou busy thyself with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.”
–Baha’u’llah, Arabic Hidden Words
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Haifa, Israel

Lindsey Lugsch-Tehle ©

Lindsey Lugsch-Tehle ©

“It is an axiomatic fact that while you meditate you are speaking with your own spirit. In that state of mind you put certain questions to your spirit and the spirit answers: the light breaks forth and the reality is revealed.”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks
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Vancouver, Canada

Shahriar Erfanian ©

Shahriar Erfanian ©

“O Ye People That Have Minds to Know and Ears To Hear! The first call of the Beloved is this: O mystic nightingale! Abide not but in the rose-garden of the spirit. O messenger of the Solomon of love! Seek thou no shelter except in the Sheba of the well-beloved, and O immortal phoenix! dwell not save on the mount of faithfulness. Therein is thy habitation, if on the wings of thy soul thou soarest to the realm of the infinite and seekest to attain thy goal.”
-Baha’u’llah, The Hidden Words
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Adelaide, Australia

Chad Mauger ©

Chad Mauger ©

Now regarding the question whether the faculties of the mind and the human soul are one and the same. These faculties are but the inherent properties of the soul, such as the power of imagination, of thought, of understanding; powers that are the essential requisites of the reality of man, even as the solar ray is the inherent property of the sun. The temple of man is like unto a mirror, his soul is as the sun, and his mental faculties even as the rays that emanate from that source of light. The ray may cease to fall upon the mirror, but it can in no wise be dissociated from the sun.
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, Tablet to August Forel
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Denver, USA

Sholeh Munion ©

Sholeh Munion ©

“The text of the divine Book is this: If two souls quarrel and contend about a question of the divine questions, differing and disputing, both are wrong. The wisdom of this incontrovertible law of God is this: That between two souls from amongst the believers of God, no contention and dispute may arise; that they may speak with each other with infinite amity and love. Should there appear the least trace of controversy, they must remain silent, and both parties must continue their discussions no longer, but ask the reality of the question from the Interpreter. This is the irrefutable command!”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan

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