Thursday, February 07, 2008

On Mirroring: The Manifestation of God as Mirror and Mirror Neurons

There are 452,678 results for photos matching "mirror" on flickr. This is one of them. -gw

Uploaded on March 31, 2006 by KrassyCanDoIt on flickr, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic

Enoch is engaged in a remarkable project. -gw

"How Mirror Neurons Help Us to Empathize, Really Feel Others' Pain," Uploaded on July 26, 2005 by Michael Waterston on flickr. "Mirror neurons promise to do for neuroscience what DNA did for biology," neurobiologist V.S. Ramachandran of the University of California, San Diego, has written, explaining "a host of mental abilities that have remained mysterious."

I’m in the process of writing a long article on mirroring which includes the function of mirror neurons, their relation to religious teachings and the Bahá’í concepts of the Covenant and Exemplar. These are my preliminary notes and a few sources. ...

Bahá’ís have the concept of the Covenant and the Exemplar. Briefly, the Covenant is God’s promise of a chain of unbroken guidance and our agreement to abide by it. The Exemplar is the perfect human whose traits we are instructed to emulate, a person who in this unique case in known religious history is the son of a Manifestation of God.

[Bahá’u'lláh’s] eldest Son was made the perfect Mirror reflecting His light, and the Centre of His mighty Covenant … This peerless Covenant revolves around its Centre, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, extolled by Shoghi Effendi as Bahá’u'lláh’s ‘most exalted handiwork, the stainless Mirror of His light, the perfect Exemplar of His teachings, the unerring Interpreter of His word, the embodiment of every Bahá’í ideal, the incarnation of every Bahá’í virtue, the Most Mighty Branch sprung from the Ancient Root, the Limb of the Law of God, the Being round whom all names revolve, the Mainspring of the Oneness of Humanity, the Ensign of the Most Great Peace, the Moon of the Central Orb of this Most Holy Dispensation’. — Adib Taherzadeh, The Covenant of Bahá’u'lláh

See A compilation from Baha’i sources on mirrors and the exemplar. 86 pages, 9.5 MB (large!)

Enoch, Mirror Neurons and the Exemplar
Enochsvision’s Weblog: Thoughts about the environment, health, and my faith (Bahá’í)

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