Tuesday, February 01, 2011

On Good Planets Are Hard to Find: Striving to improve it by overcoming the insistent self

From the fine blog Inspiration for Teaching I learn of the another new blog that focuses of the Baha'i Institute Process. -gw:
Former Counsellor Farzin Aghdasi offers his reflections on the House’s messages on his blog Reflections on transformation.
Good planets are hard to find. Therefore we would want to keep well the one that we live on. And to strive continuously to to improve it. It is for this purpose that Baha'u'llah wrote: "All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization."

We can try to understand the concept of  "an ever-advancing civilization" by thinking of two movements. The first movement is the movement of each individual through a sequence of steps that steadily increases our knowledge, our spiritual insights and our skills to serve others. This first movement is also the struggle that each one of us has to improve our own character, to fight our inner spiritual battles and to overcome the "insistent self". Within the Baha'i community the instrument that is used to assist with this first movement is known as the training institute.


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