Monday, February 24, 2014

February 24th in Baha'i History

1943 – …not merely words”

 Through example, loving fellowship, prayer, and kindness the friends can attract the hearts of such people and enable them to realize that this is the Cause of God in deed, not merely words!...

(From a letter dated 24 February 1943 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer) (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 311)

1947 -  The Teachings should be Conceived of as One Great Whole with many Facets

"He feels that many of the perplexities that arise in your mind could be dissipated if you always conceived of the teachings as one great whole with many facets. Truth may, in covering different subjects, appear to be contradictory, and yet it is all one if you carry the thought through to the end, For instance the statement on life after death and the condition of believers and non- believers; you might say that a wonderful believer is like a diamond blazing in the sun, an unawakened soul like one in a dark room. But we must couple this concept with the other part of the teachings, that God's mercy exceeds His justice, and that soul can progress in the world beyond; the unillumined soul can become brilliant."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, February 24, 1947)(Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 476)

1983 – The Bahá'í Vocational Institute for Rural Women inaugurated

The Bahá'í Vocational Institute for Rural Women, which was inaugurated on 24 February 1983, is centrally located within Madhya Pradesh in a region which is both economically deprived and socially disadvantaged. The rural poor in this part of India are among the most impoverished in the country. Therefore, the Training Institute was developed to address directly the needs of the local community. Training is intended to provide not only income-earning opportunities, but also to foster new attitudes about women among the participants and their families. Changing attitudes of families is essential in an area where women are largely considered valuable only for reproduction and manual work, where over 90% of women are illiterate, and where the neglect of girl babies and deprivation of grown women makes the mortality rate for females significantly higher than that for males.

 (Baha'i International Community, 1991 Nov 16, Report Rural Poverty Alleviation Efforts, Activiti)

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