O SON OF SPIRIT!
My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.
Creative Dimensions of Suffering is an intriguing combination of psychiatry and spirituality that illustrates the power of creativity to treat suffering. An examination of the lives of many famous artists who suffered - including Van Gogh, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven - gives insight into how they dealt with their adversity through creativity. Dr. Ghadirian explores how various conditions such as alcoholism, depression, bipolar disorder, and dementia can influence a person's creative impulse and how creativity and spirituality can help a person deal with trauma. He describes the courage of many other well-known figures, such as Helen Keller and Christopher Reeve, who were able to overcome their suffering and emerge victorious over daunting odds. Finally, drawing on principles found in the teachings of the Baha'i Faith, Ghadirian attempts to explain suffering, its place in human society, and how it can lead us to a closer, happier relationship with God, as well as a better relationship with ourselves and with others. Indeed, many of those who have suffered the most have found new meaning through adversity and have emerged victorious.
A. M. Ghadirian, M.D., is a professor at McGill University's Faculty of Medicine and an emeritus physician of McGill University Health Centre. He has received several awards, including the Physician's Recognition Award from the American Medical Association, the Senior Scholar Award from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and the Distinguished Life Fellow Award of the American Psychiatric Association. He has done extensive research and published over 130 research articles primarily in scientific journals in the fields of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. He is the author of several books published in the UK. Read more...
The Baha'i Faith is a recognized independent world religion attracting increasing attention-and a growing number of followers-in the U.S. and around the globe as people from all walks of life search for practical spiritual direction and confident hope for the future. God Speaks Again tells the story of this thoroughly inclusive religion and describes how the history and teachings of the Baha'i Faith center around the inspiring person of its Prophet and Founder, Baha'u'llah (1817-1892), Whom Baha'is around the world regard as the Messenger of God for this day. Read more...
The Hidden Words were mostly revealed in 1858 shortly after Baha'u'llah's return from His retirement in the mountains of Kurdistan. Additional verses were later revealed and added to the work we have today. In the words of Adib Taherzadeh, in his book, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah:
"The chief aim of Baha'u'llah in The Hidden Words is to detach man from this mortal world and to protect his soul from its greatest enemy, himself. The Hidden Words provides a means by which, in the terms of the above analogy, the bird of the human heart can cleanse its wings from the defilement of this world and resume its flight into the realms of God.
Attachment to this world can be described as anything which prevents the soul from drawing nearer to God. Baha'u'llah has taught that this world and all that is therein is created for the benefit of man. He is entitled to possess all the good things he can earn, and enjoy all the legitimate pleasures that life bestows upon him. But at no time must he become attached to them. Baha'u'llah further teaches that man must take a great interest in this life, work for the betterment of the world and assist in the building of a new world order for mankind. Read more...