“Create In Me a Pure Heart” by Luke Slott – from Celtic Angels
Uploaded on Mar 20, 2011 – Justin de Leon [214,104+]
From album entitled – Luke Slott “Create in Me a Pure Heart”
(A prayer from the Bahá’í Faith)
Performed and composed by Luke Slott
Video created by Justin de Leon with assistance from Behnood Dadfar and Jack Gordon (first version edit by Jack Gordon and originally aired on BahaiTV, 2010); audio assistance from Ian Rafalak.
“Create in me a pure heart, O my God, and renew a tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope! Through the spirit of power confirm Thou me in Thy Cause, O my Best-Beloved, and by the light of Thy glory reveal unto me Thy path, O Thou the Goal of my desire! Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up unto the heaven of Thy holiness, O Source of my being, and by the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me, O Thou Who art my God! Let Thine everlasting melodies breathe tranquillity on me, O my Companion, and let the riches of Thine ancient countenance deliver me from all except Thee, O my Master, and let the tidings of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring me joy, O Thou Who art the most manifest of the manifest and the most hidden of the hidden!” – Bahá’u’lláh
“Tom Price Interview about Christian & Baha’i” with music Queen of Carmel and O Bahá’u’lláh
Published on Oct 26, 2013 – JZacharias Hammer [1,427+]
Filmwork for Korosh Taheri, Denmark 2012. Film by Z. Hammer
To clarify and respond to the comment posted “6 months ago” [cir. Jan. 2016] on YouTube:
“Some facts about baha’i:”
“1) Top leadership is all male. No women allowed in the UHJ.”
“UHJ” stands for the Universal House of Justice which is to be comprised of nine men elected by the National Spiritual Assemblies of the world every five years. The members of this institution reside at the Baha’i World Center locate on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. These members are on duty 24/7 to handle affairs of the worldwide community. They are selected from among the millions of Baha’is in good standing throughout world according to the prayerful and conscientious vote of each member of every National Spiritual Assembly which includes many women as members. Ages can range from young adult to elderly. The exclusion of women from election to the Universal House of Justice is viewed more as a grace and bounty, and certainly not as censure. Women are free to serve in any other role in Baha’i administration. For me, it serves as a confirmation that the principle of Gender Equality is from the divine source. The Baha’i Writings promise that the wisdom of this exclusion will be grasped in the future.
“2) baha’i faith began as a sect of Islam.”
As much as Christianity began as a sect of Judaism, so the Baha’i Faith is the fruit of Islam.
“3) Baha’is goal is to become the government of all countries.”
Yielding to the just rule of the merciful and compassionate Creator is a bounty, not a totalitarian or fascist prospect. This aspect of the Baha’i Faith is worthy of investigation rather than blind renunciation.
“4) Alcohol forbidden, Marriage to your cousin perfectly fine.”
True, any substance that can interfere with sober mental processing is to be avoided though these same substances may prove medically necessary in certain instances. Marriage is a sacred institution to be entered into voluntarily and conscientiously with the consent of all living parents; naturally, care should be taken in choosing a marriage partner including familial blood ties and more importantly qualities of character.
“5) Founder was a muslim with 3 wives.”
Under Islamic law sheltering multiple wives was a protection and provision for women. Marriage in the Baha’i Faith, however, is to be limited one living spouse.
“6) No healthy debate. You either agree with them or you are God’s enemy.”
Somehow this statement was posted despite the clear declaration that no love is lost to those who are on another spiritual path to God. True, Baha’is are forbidden the option to engage in quarrels but truly “healthy” debate is consultation in an atmosphere of love and a sincere search for truth rather than passionate rancor. No lover of God is counted as an enemy. Baha’is will make effort to persuade another to investigate truth with justice and humility but will in no way censure one who sincerely holds a different perspective. Only God can judge the heart; it is not a person’s place to declare anyone an “enemy of God”. True, one can identify one’s own personal enemies but it’s a stretch to declare someone an “enemy of God”. What would that mean anyway? As believers in and lovers of God, Baha’is are compelled to demonstrate sincere love, never hatred for any other person. Yep, that can be a spiritual challenge.
“7) They are not allowed to talk to anyone who does not convert to their religion.”
Wow, I am so sorry that this false notion is even conceivable. The Baha’i Faith is part of the eternal, ever unfolding religion of the Creator of the universe. How can one be loving and yet refuse to engage another person simply for not holding the same pattern of belief? Sure, it’s happened with various religious sects throughout the ages; but this is the Day of the Oneness of Humanity, the time for world peace to come. Personal faith and its expression through religious practices cannot be legislated nor wrangled and should no longer be a cause for disunity. Certainly there are circumstances in which partnership with an venomous antagonist is unwise but even that does not preclude amicable interactions as opportunity presents.
No rebuttal has been posted on YouTube as of 7/29/2016. Sometimes it’s best to let social media comments go unanswered as the sincerity of the poster is not easily assessed; but for the sake of those visiting this website, it seemed prudent to post a cogent response.