Badi Shams

My Lessons in Detachment and Reliance on a Higher Power

Aging has many benefits, allowing us to reflect on events in our past and understand how they changed the direction of our lives – which creates a good learning tool to analyze each life and its direction.In my life, I always thought I had tried to follow the spiritual principle…
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Letting Go of Entitlement and Embracing Gratitude

 Today the world is experiencing great confusion that has made humanity forget some fundamental values which could save us from great misery – and one of these forgotten values is thankfulness.A sense of entitlement pervades many cultures, and prevents them from appreciating the gifts given to them. Sadly, for many…
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How Can We Distribute Wealth Fairly?

The Baha’i concept of economics asks humanity to eliminate the extremes of wealth and poverty. For more than 40 years, I have studied that concept, and thought I had some general ideas about it.Recently, though, I realized how I’ve often failed to connect Abdu’l-Baha’s examples in his daily life to the whole idea of…
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A Baha’i Duty: Defending the Essence of All Religions

Recently I revisited this profound quote from the writings of Baha’u’llah, and this time it penetrated my soul and made me clearly see what is happening all around us in every part of the world:The vitality of men’s belief in God is dying out in every land; nothing short of His wholesome medicine…
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Humanomics: Alleviating Poverty Through Virtues

For many years, I’ve tried to emphasize the need for humanity and morality in our economic systems – because I believe that lack of morality is the root cause of misery in the lives of billions of people.Those people struggle daily to survive, in the face of immoral economic injustice.So…
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“Russians Love Their Children, Too”

The renowned musician Sting released a profound song called “Russians” during the last years of the Cold War, after the Western level of fear and hatred of Russians had reached a peak.Sting’s song gently reminded us about the fundamental fact that no matter what country or political ideology we belong…
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