Gay marriage in the City of the Covenant

Abdul Baha said :
This American nation is equipped and empowered to accomplish that which will adorn the pages of history, to become the envy of the world and be blest in both the East and the West for the triumph of its people… The American continent gives signs and evidences of very great advancement. Its future is even more promising, for its influence and illumination are far-reaching. It will lead all nations spiritually.”

Abdu’l-Bahá in His addresses in America and elsewhere frequently expressed the hope, the prayer and the assurance that the banner of international peace would be first raised in America. At Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 5, 1912, He said:—

America is a noble nation, a standard-bearer of peace throughout the world, shedding her light to all regions. Other nations are not untrammeled and free of intrigues like the United States, and are unable to bring about Universal Peace. But America, thank God, is at peace with all the world, and is worthy of raising the flag of brotherhood and International Peace. When the summons to International 243 Peace is raised by America, all the rest of the world will cry: “Yes, we accept.” The nations of every clime will join in adopting the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, revealed over fifty years ago. In His Epistles He asked the parliaments of the world to send their best and wisest men to an international world parliament that should decide all questions between the peoples and establish peace … then we shall have the Parliament of Man of which the prophets have dreamed.

(Dr. J. E. Esslemont, Baha'u'llah and the New Era, p. 242)

During his visit to America in 1912, he prayed for the American elections and American nation thus :

O Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy Love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings. O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious.

Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world.

O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy. Make it precious and near to thee through Thy bounty and bestowal.

Abdul Baha Called New York the City of Covenant

Today after 100 years
New York Assembly passes bill to legalize gay marriage 80-63; and Legislation now heads to Senate

Manish Desai's response to the shrewd Baha'is who are using prominent Indians to serve their purposes.

The petition written by Baha'is and signed by prominent Indians can be found here

Here is a response to it by Mr. Manish Desai
It is pretty immature on the part of 86 Indians Petition to the Iranian Government for Immediate Release of the staff and faculty of the Bahá'í Institute of Higher Education.. As most of these eminent personalities are highly educated – some even authorities on law – it would have been appropriate that they should have verified the facts before making a petition. Has anyone of these personalities checked with the Government of Iran? Are petitions to be signed purely on single side of the story? On whose influence are signatures taken? Do these personalities know that the Government of India cannot support a resolution which is country specific?

This was none of the business of so called imminent citizen to issue an petition .If they were so concerned about the Release of the staff and faculty of the Bahá'í Institute of Higher Education, they would have just conveyed their concerned to the government of India and not breaking into pens or shouting from roof tops. The shrewd Baha’is have used these imminent citizens of India.

Now let us see the facts!
1. The Baha’i community has repeatedly been convicted in several sensitive countries of carrying espionage activities.
The Baha’is have been under scanner for violating law of the land in several countries for carrying out religious conversions by deception. It seems the Baha'i administration is interested in having "martyrs" for its cause in different countries rather than to see their own people save their lives.

2. Baha’is involved in espionage in India
Why, even in India there are cases filed against the Baha’i faith members for possessing fraudulent documents and carrying out espionage activities and for supplying classified defense documents to Iranian and Israeli spying agencies in return making huge amount of foreign currency. (Refer Hindustan Times 13th July 2006 New Delhi Edition,)

3. Baha'i Administration with all modern techniques involved in conversion of Simple Indians.
Recently Universal House of Justice, the apex organization of the Baha’i Faith in a new encyclical has issued a call to Baha’is to go out and actively convert Indians. In this era of globalization, Baha’i administration with unlimited funds use sophisticated, deceptive techniques to lure, brainwash and convert innocent people.

They forcefully convert Hindus by inducement and deception. Many poor illiterate tribal people in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh were deceptively converted into Baha’i Faith, although anti-conversion law is passed in 11 of the states in India. This will have a disastrous effect on India's political, cultural and social fabric.

For centuries Indians have been forcefully converted into other religions. Religious conversion has profoundly affected our cultural legacy by the after-effects of genocidal coercive religious conversion. It has left its wounding imprint on our individual psyches and our collective consciousness.

Although coercive religious conversion of Hindus in India and abroad has deep historical roots, recent deceptive religious conversion techniques used by Baha’i movement pose serious political, social, ethical and psychological problems.

4. Baha’i Teaching Institutes involved in deceptive conversions
On 3rd March 2011, the locals of Wai district in Panchgani caught the Baha’is red handed indulging in conversion activities. The Baha’is arrived in a Mini Bus to propagate Baha’i religion to the local people in Wai. The Baha’is were taken to the police station where Baha’i officials said that "we were conducting practicals for these students". They were told that why the students can’t go to different schools and get their practical training.

The students confessed that they were going to villages for conduction of Baha’i religious classes for children and youths and they were told by their teachers that their course will be completed only when they do these activities. The teacher warned them to be ‘TACTFUL’ while propagating the Baha’i religion.

On seeing the Baha’i books it became clear for the Police that it was a conversion class. As the 'Ruhi Book' that they were having, contained Baha'i religious material and chapters such as "UNDERSTANDING THE BAHA'I WRITINGS."

The Police officials reprimanded Baha’is of their hypocritical behavior and warned them not to teach Baha’i Faith to the students/staff of NETTC as well as locals of Wai and Panchgani.

On further inquiry it was revealed by the staff, that

There are numerous complaints against all the three institutes of Baha’is namely:

• New Era School and Junior college
• New Era Baha'i Academy

The conversion activities going on in these institutes are in the name of Children Moral Classes, Youth Classes etc. In fact some of the staff of these institutes have given a written complaint to the government authorities that these institutes demands 'Conversion' in return of confirmation and promotion in these institutes. Therefore some of the staff just to gain the facilities provided by these institutes like good salary, food, boarding and lodging have apparently accepted the Baha’i Faith, but in actuality they practice their ancestral Religion.

The heads of all the three Baha’i institutions are Iranians who have hired local Indians to go to the villages, schools, colleges and universities to teach Baha’i Training courses which are nothing but purely 'Baha’i Religious Teachings'. Some of these people are well versed in local languages so they cunningly escape the authority scanners.

The staff further gave information that sometimes they have to conduct 'Ruhi Classes' for all the students of the class. The students are least interested in these courses but the staff and students have to do it compulsorily for hours and hours together. These courses have hidden agenda of teaching of Baha’i religious passages. The students are supposed to memorize long Baha’i prayers and quotations in order to enrich themselves with Baha’i Teaching and culture.

Even the tiny tots are not spared from Baha’i teachings. They too have to undergo various Baha’i children courses designed for them, that are based on Ruhi books.

One of the senior staff who has retired from the school and now taken another assignment in one school elaborated the whole teaching process of the Baha’is. He said that Baha’i Faith has no acceptability in the society. Baha’i Faith has nothing new to offer to the society although they claim that they have solutions for all the problems, but first the people should accept Baha’i Faith. In fact Baha’i teachings have been copied from other religions. Therefore in order to spread the Baha’i teachings, the Baha’i Administration emphasizes on establishment of Schools and considers the children as best and fruitful targets.

Some of the parents have seriously objected to Baha’is proselytizing going on in these Baha’i Institutions. But then they have limitations to change the schools at this stage.

It has been the habit of the Baha’is to have active public relations and persuade high ranking government officials and eminent personalities in every country to speak for them. Why do the Baha’is never speak of the huge injustice and oppression being meted out to fellow Indian citizens in different parts of world? Are Indian Baha’is, first Baha’is and then Indians?
It is not the first time that the 86 Indian have fallen into the trap of cunning Baha’is. Earlier in 2010 there were 31 eminent Indians who were taken by the Baha’is for a ride. In the Issue of 7 Baha’i prisoners in Iran. This point to a very strong Baha’i network operating in India.

In India from Sorabjees to Mistrys, from Corporators to Member of Parliaments and from State Minister to Cabinet Ministers are being contacted to bring pressure on Iran as if the Government of India has nothing else to do except protect the Baha’is. Inspite of these efforts the Baha’is do not lack behind in claiming that we do not interfere in politics.

Unfortunately, the petition by eminent Indian citizens has served the following purpose for the Baha’is

1. Propgation of Baha’i Faith in India
2. Defamation of Iranian Government
3. Attempt to sabotage the good and cordial relation between India and Iran.

I earnestly request Indian politicians and bureaucrats not to succumb to Baha’is charming persuasion and verify facts and evaluate long term repercussions before taking-up a stand.

Manish Desai

Baha'is of 'New Era Institute' caught red handed while converting Hindu villagers

The under training teachers of New Era High School, Panchgani were taken to the police station by the volunteers of Hinduttvawadi organizations when they were found converting youths to the Baha’i faith in the nearby villages. Local police left these Baha’i teachers by giving them strict warning. Due to this incident tension prevailed in the area for some time.

New Era Development Institute runs different training courses for the teachers of English medium pre-primary and primary sections. This Institute is primarily involved in the propagation of Baha’i faith. Very high amount of fee is taken from the youth interested to join this institute, although this institute does have any recognition from the government. Baha’i books are taught to the trainees and they are motivated to induce more people from the mainstream society to the Baha’i religion through the systematic Baha’i programmes by using Baha’i study materials in a very short time. These very trainees are also told to accept the Baha’i religion. Accordingly their declaration in Baha’i religion is taken by this institute to make them registered member of this religion.

From last three years this conversion activity was being carried out secretly. They have branches in Panchgani and Wai. For some time the hinduttvawadi organizations were monitoring these activities. They wanted to seize these people with valid proofs. On 4th March in the vicinity of Siddhanatwadi, they were caught red-handed. Hindu volunteers took hold of all the male and female Baha’i trainees of NEDI who arrived there through minibus No. MH-119512 to teach and convert innocent people of that area and took them to the nearby Police station. Sunil Choudhary (a Baha’i) is responsible for teaching activities in that area. Sub-Inspector Mr. Deepak Ghatge took the details and information from all the trainees and after a detailed inquiry left them with a strict warning. The police officer said, if they are caught again doing this type of activity, then appropriate action will be taken against them. Due to this incident there was much tension in the City. Vijayatai Bhosale, BJP City President Kashinath Shelar, Sanjay Patil, Sanjay Sanas, Manohar Patwardhan of Shiv Sena and Shivaji Shinde Principal of New Era and Atul Bhate, Sagar Malsure, BJP Dist. President Avinash Farande took part in the discussion held by the Police.

Source :

The Baha'i Architecture

The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in the Australian city of Sydney. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, finally opening in 1973 after a long gestation starting with his competition-winning design in 1957. Utzon received the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honour, in 2003.

The Pritzker Prize citation stated:
"There is no doubt that the Sydney Opera House is his masterpiece. It is one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century, an image of great beauty that has become known throughout the world – a symbol for not only a city, but a whole country and continent."

The design of Lotus Temple
is copied from the design of Opera House, Sydney.

More can be found here :

Also See :
How unique is the Baha'i Architecture ?
Inspired by each other

Soheil Mehrabkhani Convicted Over 4 Building Charges

Soheil Mehrabkhani was in court to be sentenced over 4 building charges brought against him by Hobart City Council. The HCC case was lackluster, but even so Mehrab-Khani was fined a total of $1240 plus costs.

I was out of the country at the time, however I was told it was covered by The Mercury newspaper. As soon as I can find a copy of it, I will post the details. It seems that The Mercury is intent on covering all court cases involving Mehrab-Khani. In my view this is because of his nearly incomprehensible ravings in Court, they add great entertainment value to the proceedings.

I will post the outcome of the Tribunal as soon as it is known.

Latest about Baha'i Mehrabkhani here :
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