Articles by Joel Hendon


Articles by Joel Hendon

"Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way" (Proverbs 23:19)


"Bahб'u'llбh, (founder of the Baha'i Faith) whose name means "The Glory of God" in Arabic, was born on 12 November 1817 in Tehran. The son of a wealthy government minister, Mirza Buzurg-i-Nuri, His given name was Husayn-`Alн and His family could trace its ancestry back to the great dynasties of Iran's imperial past. Bahб'u'llбh led a princely life as a young man, receiving an education that focused largely on horsemanship, swordsmanship, calligraphy and classic poetry." (Excerpt taken from "Historical Introduction to Baha'u'llah")

I had never heard of the Baha'i Faith until sometime around 1974, at which time I found that my then boss' mother was a member of it. And not too long after I learned of it, she died and I was asked to be a pallbearer. Being full of curiosity, I asked my boss a considerable amount about the religion but his knowledge of it was limited. The funeral service was conducted entirely different to any I have witnessed, with several people chanting (one at a time) a memorized poem or perhaps it was just regarded as a chant. The main speaker had to be imported from some distance and his rather lengthy dissertation was read from a prepared paper which sounded as though it was commonly used for this purpose.

It is a rather interesting religion (not due to any accuracy or truth) simply because it is so drastically different. They care not, whom you believe in, Moses, Buddha, Mohammad, Jesus, you name it, so long as you also believe in Baha'u'llah.




03/19/02 JHH

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