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Why Do Baha’i Babies Go to Prison in Iran?

Why Do Baha’i Babies Go to Prison in Iran?

The persecution of young and innocent children whose parents are unjustly imprisoned due to their religious beliefs is a brutal expression of the violation of human rights. May 19, 2013.  Barmaan was only one month old when his mother began serving a 23 month term, in July 2012, in the overcrowded and oppressive women’s prison of Semnan, a city in northern Iran.  The crime of this young mother and her husband was belief in the Baha’i Faith, a religion which…

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Science, Medicine, and Spirituality #3: Creativity and Resilience amidst Adversity

Science, Medicine, and Spirituality #3: Creativity and Resilience amidst Adversity

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trials and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller Nov 9, 2012: Why do we suffer and what is the meaning or purpose of suffering? What does it look like to live in a world completely free from pain and suffering? People are so scared of suffering and death, yet like birth, death comes whether we like it or not….

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Materialism and Discontent

Materialism and Discontent

“Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we get.” (Spanish proverb) Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian May 11, 2012. What is materialism? Or to be a bit more specific, what is moral materialism? Here is what the dictionary says: “moral materialism” is “a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters.” We can elaborate. Materialism is a state of mind and a lifestyle chosen by those who believe that acquiring and owning material…

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Science, Medicine, and Spirituality #1: Medicine and the Soul

Science, Medicine, and Spirituality #1: Medicine and the Soul

In recent years debate about the interrelationship between medical science and spirituality has been flourishing.  Modern medicine, despite its unprecedented discoveries and progress in identifying the cause and treatment of disease, has been viewed as overly “scientific”, and consequently “the healing bond between patient and physician” has been weakened (David Rosen, “Modern Medicine and the Healing Process”, Humane Medicine, 1989). The world-renowned Canadian physician William Osler, over a century ago wrote, “Nothing in life is more wonderful than faith –…

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