The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience

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Subject: SRB censorship
Date: Tuesday, July 14, 1998 9:28 PM
Hi Fred
I found this letter from Mr. Boatright in my files and thought it might be
something you could put in the SRB censorship section of your webpage.
Frankly I could not see anything in the letter I wrote which would prompt
someone to ask whether or not I am a Baha'i.
Subj:	 Re: Beginning of 1000 years
Date:	97-12-22 18:11:17 EST
From: (Rick Boatright)
To: (Zutetflute)
Dear Andree, 
Are you a Baha'i?  The councellors and the protection board are 
asking the moderators to be very very careful on this subject.  
Remeber that this is the one and only place in the writings where an 
interpretation _other_ than the clear, evident, literal meaning is 
excluded in the writings themselves.  Normally, I would not hesitate 
to post this, but I am _asking_ you to include the 1000 year quote 
along with this, and perhaps explain how you can justify _any_ 
reading other than the clear, evident, stupid simple literal meaning. 
Rick Boatright
> "It is evident unto thee that the Birds of Heaven and Doves of Eternity
> a two-fold language.  One language, the outward language, is devoid of
> allusiions and unveiled, that it may be a guiding light and a beaconing
> whereby wayfarers may advance into the realm of eternal reunion.  Such are
> unveiled traditions and evident verses already mentioned.  The other
> is veiled and concealed, so that whatever lies hidden in the heart of the
> malevolent may be made manifest and their innermost being to be disclosed. 
> Thus hath Sadiq, son of Muhammad, spoken:"God will verily test and sift
> This is the divine standard, this is the Touchstone of god, wherewith He
> proveth His servants.  None apprehendeth the meaning of these utterances
> them whose hearts are assured, whose souls have found favour with God, and
> whose minds are detached from all else save Him.  In such utterances, the
> literal meaning, AS GENERALLY UNDERSTOOD BY THE PEOPLE, is not what what
> been intended."  Kitab-i-Iqan,m pp 254-255.
> I think it behooves us to keep an open mind in all matters, and to see with
> own eyes, and not through the eyes of others.
> Andree
> >Thanks for the information.  What I was referring to was the tendency for
> >folks to interpret the verse about a 1,000 years as being anything but
> >literal.  In other words, to me, Baha'u'llah has not given us this verse
> >with a hidden meaning for it appears obvious that it is to be taken
> >literally.
> >
> >regards,
> >doug
> >
> >
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