‘The Path Of Perfection’

I find he triumph over selfhood to be an important theme in the Baha’i Writings. I understand this as meaning a victory over the ‘lower self’,  an overcoming of the selfishness which blinds one to a greater reality.  An example of this theme can be seen in the following passage by Bahá’u’lláh

‘Arise, O people, and, by the power of God’s might, resolve to gain the victory over your own selves, that haply the whole earth may be freed and sanctified from its servitude to the gods of its idle fancies—gods that have inflicted such loss upon, and are responsible for the misery of, their wretched worshipers. These idols form the obstacle that impedeth man in his efforts to advance in the path of perfection. We cherish the hope that the Hand of Divine power may lend its assistance to mankind, and deliver it from its state of grievous abasement.’

Source:  Baha’i Reference Library

‘The Spirit Of Cyrus’

I am interested to learn that an ancient treasure the Cyrus Cylinder is to be loaned to Iran from the British Museum.  It has been seen by some scholars as a kind of proto-declaration of human rights. If this is the case then hopefully some of this spirit will touch the Iranian authorities and they will allow the Baha’i Community to practice their faith in peace.

UN Panel Concerned By Repression Of Baha’is In Iran

A United Nations panel of experts has expressed concern over Iran’s continued repression of ethnic and religious minorities, including members of the Baha’i Faith.. the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) questioned why Iranian minorities – such as Arabs, Azeris, Balochis, Kurds and Baha’is – are so poorly represented in Iran’s public life. The Baha’i International Community has welcomed the panel’s findings that categorize Iran’s persecution of Baha’is as a matter of discrimination based on race, ethnicity or religion.“This finding is important because it represents the opinion of a body of international experts on discrimination – including many from countries that are friendly to Iran,” said Diane Ala’i, the representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations in Geneva.

Source:  BWNS