Concept of Self-Knowledge in Bahá'í Writings:
An exploration to discover self in light of current psychological findings

By Habib Riazati

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #113
Louhelen Bahá'í School: Davison, Michigan, USA
October 5–8, 2012
(see list of papers from #113)

    The main objectives of this presentation are the discussions of the significance, meaning, application and the implications of the concept of gaining a true knowledge/insight about one's own self and how it impacts intra/inter personal relationships between an individual and his/her own self, with his/her God and with other human beings.

    In particular the following themes shall be explored:

    1. The various meanings of the tradition "One who knows himself shall become able to recognize his/her Lord", in light of the Writings of the Central Figures of the Bahá'í Faith.
    2. The differential meaning of the terms NAFS ( Soul, Self), RAB( God), and IRFAN ( Recognition)
    3. The Relationships between Self Knowledge/ recognition and the doctrine/concept of Worship and Service
    4. The application and implication of self-knowledge as it relates to one's differentiation/ individuation and creating/maintaining a holistic sense of self characterized by a healthy and positive self-concept (self-respect and self-confidence)
    5. the impacts of true self-knowledge on creating or having a healthy, meaningful, humanistic and spiritual interpersonal relationships.

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