Mastering Bahá'í Way of Life:
Process or Event?
First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #128
Louhelen Bahá'í School: Davison, MI
October 9–12, 2014
(see list of papers from #128)
"Let deeds, not words, be your adorning." [Persian Hidden Words #5] Having knowledge of Bahá'í way of life while necessary for conducting life as recommended in the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, does not, by itself, guarantee actualization of such knowledge in the daily life of individual believers. Bahá'í ethics, as revealed by Bahá'u'lláh, includes recommended standards and guidelines for Bahá'í way of moral behavior. He also calls on individual to bring himself to account each and every day before being called upon to give account for his/her deeds. [Arabic Hidden Words #31] This procedure requires quantifying quality of deeds on daily basis. Mastering moral conduct, as recommended in the Writings, is a process and not an event. It is the process of gradually habituating to the desired behavior. Therefore, we need a method for daily measurement of the progress of our deeds towards the ideal behavior. In this presentation a research proposal will be discussed for achieving such a goal.
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