Knowing Self, Knowing God:
Discovering One's Own Innermost Divine Reality

By Habib Riazati

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #116
Bosch Bahá'í­ School: Santa Cruz, California, USA
May 30 – June 2, 2013
(see list of papers from #116)

Next presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #121
Louhelen Bahá'í­ Center: Davison, Michigan, USA
October 10–13, 2013
(see list of papers from #121)


    How our belief systems and perspectives on Human Nature will impact the political doctrines and governing principles, and various meanings, applications and the implications of "Self-Knowledge" and how such a knowledge is equivalent to the "Knowledge of God"!

    One of the main objectives of this presentation is to examine some of the writings of the Báb, Bahá'u'lláh and `Abdu'l-Bahá on some of the universal and the contextual meanings of the statement: "One who knows his own self, shall also know God" uttered by the sages and manifestations throughout the history of humankind.

    Another major goal of this presentation is to demonstrate the practical relevance of the doctrine of Self-Knowledge on the developments of individual, society (community), and the governing institutions. In another words, how the different belief systems and perspectives on the Nature and the Reality of man (human) could have positive or negative influences- on how we view our own individual self, our attitudes towards others and about the world, and most importantly how the different ideological doctrines on human nature have resulted in the creation of different social and political orders throughout the history.


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