Hello Loved Ones,
Bad health is a part of life. No matter how healthy of a life we live, accidents happen, and at some point, all of us will have to experience surgery, pain, suffering, death and detachment. Our mother's are preparing for surgery in the next few weeks, and all of us are in this process of trying to prepare, cope, deal, and support eachother.
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1st Wave: Facts and Stats
2nd Wave: Personal Experience - NytenGal facilitate this portion since she has the most experience, hands down.
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How does one prepare for immediate surgery?
How do you prepare for death?
The explanation of your odd's from the Doctor.
Quotes for the week:
“The North Americans’ sense of time is very special. They are short on patience. Everything must be quick, including food and sex, which the rest of the world treats ceremoniously. Gringos invented two terms that are untranslatable into most languages: 'snack' and 'quickie,' to refer to eating standing up and loving on the run … that, too, sometimes standing up. The most popular books are manuals: how to become a millionaire in ten easy lessons, how to lose fifteen pounds a week, how to recover from your divorce, and so on. People always go around looking for shortcuts and ways to escape anything they consider unpleasant: ugliness, old age, weight, illness, poverty, and failure in any of its aspects.”
- Isabel Allende,My Invented Country
Don Kuhl is one of the world’s leading experts on how change happens. A couple of weeks ago Don said something on the telephone that I hastily scribbled down: “Change is not an event. It’s a tiny decision made over and over again. Change isn’t once. It’s daily.”
I recorded Don’s words because I heard in them an echo of the note my father scribbled to my sister and I as he struggled for one last breath in his final 60 seconds:“All the little things in life add up to your life. If you don’t get it right, nothing else matters.”
Song of the Week: OneSoul - Cudbwurz - LIVE
Spoken Word of the Week:
3rd Wave: The Word of God
What do Bahai's believe is the purpose of life?
Baha'u'llah taught that knowing and loving God is the basic purpose of human existence. If there were no Creator -- if humans simply were chance products of a thermodynamic system, as many in the world today assert -- there would be no purpose in life. Each human being would represent the temporary material existence of a conscious animal trying to move through his or her brief life with as much pleasure and as little pain and suffering as possible. It is only in relation to the Creator, and the purpose the Creator has fixed for His creatures, that human existence has any meaning. Baha'is believe life should be seen as an eternal process of joyous spiritual discovery and growth. After physical death, the individual continues to grow and develop in the spiritual world, and thus grow closer to God.
Pain and Suffering:
O son of man! If adversity befall thee not in My path, how canst thou walk in the ways of them that are content with My pleasure? If trials afflict thee not in thy longing to meet Me, how wilt thou attain the light in thy love for My beauty?
(The Hidden Words, Arabic 50, p. 15)
How does the Baha’i Faith deal with the reality of suffering?
Suffering should be understood in the context of the purpose of life: Baha'u'llah and Abdu'l-Baha have shown us that one of the primary purposes of life is to prepare human souls for the afterlife, the world to come.
As John Hatcher, in his book The Purpose of Physical Reality explained, the Baha'i Writings teach that this world is like a classroom in which all of our experiences either directly or indirectly provide us with opportunities to learn. The main point of the lessons in this classroom is to acquire spiritual virtues, develop spiritual knowledge, increase in the love of God, promote unity, advance civilization and serve our fellow human beings in their endeavor to do the same.
A key aspect of these lessons is that human beings should learn to live fully in this world and yet be detached from it so as to be fully prepared - mentally, emotionally, spiritually - for the transition from this world into the next. As Abdu’l-Baha reminds us, “The earthly life lasts but a short time, even its benefits are transitory; that which is temporary does not deserve our heart's attachment.” Suffering plays a vital role in helping us learn the lessons we need to learn.
Suffering, especially in the path of God and for the sake of service to others, helps us let go of our limitations, develop our innate capacities to the fullest and serve as an example for others.
The Universal House of Justice reminds us that, “an essential characteristic of this physical world is that we are constantly faced with trials, tribulations, hardships and sufferings and that by overcoming them we achieve our moral and spiritual development.”
It is important to note that Baha'is are not taught to suffer needlessly or accept injustices simply because good often can come from suffering. Baha'is are neither masochistic nor ascetic. While the Baha'i teachings make clear that suffering for noble purposes is commendable, suffering needlessly is just simply tragic, and effective efforts should be made to remedy such pointless and harmful sorrows.
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