Sunday, March 16, 2008

Walkin' the Talk

Last night our Baha'i community and friends were treated to the wonderful music of talented musician Bruce Grover. He prepared a beautiful devotional set to music for us and then gave a talk on the meaning and vision of the Baha'i Faith. He explained that to be a Baha'i means to be a follower of the Glory or Light who shows this Faith by action. The vision is to bring about a world centered on the unity of humanity:

The injury of one shall be considered the injury of all; the comfort of each, the comfort of all; the honor of one, the honor of all.

He spoke about the importance of deeds over words as being a central theme of the Baha'i Faith:
Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.
-Baha'u'llah, The Persian Hidden Words

The American version of this saying is "walk your talk". Bruce entertained us with a song of that title. The chorus was a repetitive "I'm gonna walk my talk, I'm gonna walk my talk, I'm gonna serve humanity". He interjected his own characteristic style of humor into the song as we changed "walk my talk" into other phrases such as "educate these children" and lastly "pray for peace and work even harder to make it happen" which we had to fit into the same beat as the shorter phrase. Quite a humorous task for Baha'is who are already tongue tied from Fasting!

Then, mercifully, the sun went down and we broke our Fast. We had a large group with new friends from New York City and Washington DC. We had a wonderful time getting to know each other more and enjoying each other's company.


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