Winter 2014 -15
The Human Soul
Today, Sunday, February 22, 2015, a like-minded group of folks gathered at the Sunday Baha’i Devotional Service. Within the Sybil Andrews cottage, beginning at 10 a.m., we prayed, sang and meditated on the topic of the human soul. Dr. Aref Tabarsi orchestrated a discussion on the condition and purpose of the soul. Many Baha’i quotes were read to support the group’s understanding.
One of the ideas shared that morning revealed that it is through exercise of the soul, like the exercise of a budding athlete who needs to build endurance, that human progress is achieved. ‘Abdu’l-Baha’ has said that the soul “can discover the realities of things, comprehend the peculiarities of beings, and penetrate the mysteries of existence. All sciences, knowledge, arts, wonders, institutions, discoveries and enterprises come from the exercised intelligence of the rational soul.”
Prayer, Music and Fellowship
Every Sunday like-minded folks gather at Sybil Andrews Cottage in Campbell River to enjoy the wonderment of prayer, the energy of music and the pleasure of elevated conversations with fellow worshippers. This week’s theme was prayer and we learnt a number of aspects of the brilliance of its purpose.
We should speak in the language of heaven -- in the language of the spirit -- for there is a language of the spirit and heart. It is as different from our language as our own language is different from that of the animals, who express themselves only by cries and sounds. It is the language of the spirit which speaks to God. When, in prayer, we are freed from all outward things and turn to God, then it is as if in our hearts we hear the voice of God. Without words we speak, we communicate, we converse with God and hear the answer. ... All of us, when we attain to a truly spiritual condition, can hear the Voice of God. ~ Abdu’l-Baha’
The open door policy of the Sunday Baha’i Devotional Worship Service encourages children, youth, young adults and adults to express themselves in a profound dedication to God. The event is open to everyone.
Place: Sybil Andrews Cottage 2131 S. Island Highway, Campbell River
Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
Contact: John Hollywood at 250-923-5654
In His Service
“Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.” - Bahá'u'lláh
Throughout the 2014 Christmas season, several Baha’is shared their hearts content with loving-kindness. As folks from all walks of life crossed their paths they serenaded them with songs and music to open their minds to the wonder of God.
Frank Black and John Hollywood along with other musicians congregated at various locations in Campbell River as volunteers for the Salvation Army.
The mighty purpose to support the poor is a theme favourable to all faiths.