(Northern Ireland, 1 September)

Here is a discerning reflection about the vital role that teaching the Faith plays in the spiritual growth process of a believer, brought to you by the Bahá’í Council for Northern Ireland:

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As Bahá’ís we are expected to participate fully and appropriately in the world we live in. This has not always been the case with previous religions. Yet living in this world can be like a slow drip of negativity to our soul. The more we involve ourselves in living the more erosion it can cause to our spiritual being. We have to learn to balance the worldly and the spiritual and if we are not careful we can spend our time swinging from worldly concerns to spiritual highs. The leaven to this way of being is teaching: by its nature teaching demands socialisation with others around us while the subject taught demands the integration of spiritual insight into everyday life. Teaching then becomes the shield for our souls in a troubled world.

If we look at teaching in this way it becomes a powerful spiritual protection

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A Bahá’í teaching a scripture class at a public school in Australia

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O ye servants of the Blessed Beauty!… It is clear that in this day, confirmations from the unseen world are encompassing all those who deliver the divine Message. Should the work of teaching lapse, these confirmations would be entirely cut off, since it is impossible for the loved ones of God to receive assistance unless they teach.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, SWA 264-5, no. 209

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(Emphasis added. Excerpted from CommuNIqué – Newsletter of the Bahá’í Community in Northern Ireland, 1 September 2008, http://www.btinternet.com/~iain.s.palin/bc4ni/comm/council.htm) (Image reproduced with permission of the Bahá’í International Community)