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This is an individual initiative managed by Maureen Flynn-Burhoe. This site is not endorsed by or affiliated with any Bahá’í institution. See blogroll for official Bahá’í sites. It is a work in process and very much in the early draft stage. It is also a pilot to see if this might be a useful way to share resources and/or comments on-line.

The site author will not provide any information that is not already in the public domain. It is the intention of the author to make available only images and multimedia used will be licensed through the Creative Commons.

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  1. July 19, 2008 10:37 pm

    Greetings Maureen,

    First, congratulations on your web site, I just stumbled upon it while looking for references to my book, Basic Baha’i Chronology. Wanted to see if anyone was using it any more. Learned that it is no longer available on

    Secondly, I am looking for a couple of references and wonder if you might be able to help. I recall having read something that said that we should say prayers aloud. My memory is that ‘Abdul-Baha said it during His North American trip but I cannot find any reference in such works as “Star of the West” so I must be wrong about the source. I remember that I came across the reference electronically, not in print.

    The second reference that I am looking for also concerns prayer. Again, I recall that ‘Abdul-Baha said that we should sit in quiet meditation for a few minutes after our Obligatory prayers.

    If you can help me with either of these I would be appreciative.


  2. July 20, 2008 3:47 am

    Thank you for your encouragement Glen.

    Your impressive research and publication is much-valued in my own lifelong learning about the history of the Baha’i World Faith. I am fascinated with chronologies and cartographies. The more that I can situate in space and time with relative certainty the clearer things appear. In terms of sharing research with wider knowledge communities it is crucial to pinpoint exact dates. I have found it somewhat frustrating at times that so many of the Writings, particularly in compilations, have no date attached. Your publication is one I return to often. I am surprised and disappointed the chronology is no longer available through Maybe it is time for a reprint?

    I do not know of references for your intriguing questions but will post any findings here.

    I do remember Shoghi Effendi’s five steps of prayers which includes listening in silence after praying. I will look that up for details.

    I am also looking for a reference for something similar to this which I thought came from ‘Abdul-Baha but I have not been able to find it either,

    [Dress? ] as an example to the rich and a comfort to the poor.

    Thanks, Maureen

    • Saratha permalink
      May 17, 2012 3:23 pm

      What a lovely resource! How can any of us thank you enough for the contribution you’re making?

  3. May 17, 2012 4:33 pm

    Thanks Saratha,

    This is a work of love and life-long learning. It is heartening when I discover someone else finds it useful. Perhaps drawing attention to relevant online resources that I could dip into would be helpful. I am always looking for inspirational images (particularly Baha’i/nature/ history-related images mirroring texts of the Baha’i Sacred Writings) easily available online with Creative Commons license. I usually slow down with blogs at this time of year and focus on gardening. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Maureen

  4. Saratha permalink
    May 19, 2012 3:12 pm

    Hi Maureen,
    You’ve inspired me now to be on the look out for rare material. I found a photo taken at the Garden of Ridvan in this book MY PILGRIMAGE TO THE LAND OF DESIRE by Marie A. Watson
    Hope you can find a place for it.

  5. Anonymous permalink
    July 4, 2012 11:24 pm

    well done and thanks very much for this useful resource

  6. Peter Haug permalink
    March 15, 2013 2:07 am

    Hi, Maureen,

    This response is woefully out of date, but it concerns the “five steps of prayer” mentioned above in 2008. The reference is to a pilgrim’s note on page 90, “Principles of Baha’i Administration”. Note particularly the last paragraph. Here it is:

    “Dynamics of Prayer.

    “While in Haifa, the beloved Guardian of the Cause gave to the writer (Mrs Ruth Moffat), the most concise, complete, and effective formula she has ever seen, for the Dynamics of Prayer. After saying to stress the need of more prayers and meditation among the friends, he said to use these five steps if we had a problem of any kind for which we desired a solution or wished help.

    “First Step. – Pray and meditate about it. Use the prayers of the Manifestations as they have the greatest power. Then remain in the silence of contemplation for a few minutes.

    “Second Step. – Arrive at a decision and hold this. This decision is usually born during the contemplation. It may seem almost impossible of accomplishment but if it seems to be as answer to a prayer or a way of solving the problem, then immediately take the next step.

    “Third Step. – Have determination to carry the decision through. Many fail here. The decision, budding into determination, is blighted and instead becomes a wish or a vague longing. When determination is born, immediately take the next step.

    “Fourth Step. – Have faith and confidence that the power will flow through you, the right way will appear, the door will open, the right thought, the right message, the right principle or the right book will be given you. Have confidence, and the right thing will come to your need. Then, as you rise from prayer, take at once the fifth step.

    “Fifth Step. – Then, he said, lastly, ACT; Act as though it had all been answered. Then act with tireless, ceaseless energy. And as you act, you, yourself, will become a magnet, which will attract more power to your being, until you become an unobstructed channel for the Divine power to flow through you. Many pray but do not remain for the last half of the first step. Some who meditate arrive at a decision, but fail to hold it. Few have the determination to carry the decision through, still fewer have the confidence that the right thing will come to their need. But how many remember to act as though it had all been answered? How true are those words – “Greater than the prayer is the spirit in which it is uttered” and greater
    than the way it is uttered is the spirit in which it is carried out.

    “The above statement belongs properly to the class of statement known as “pilgrim’s notes” and as such as no authority but, since it seems to be particularly helpful and clear, it was felt that believers should not be deprived of it.”

    Good job with the site.

    Peter Haug

    • March 15, 2013 2:50 am

      Thanks Peter, You’re right. The way I had originally worded it made it appear as if it was an official document by Shoghi Effendi. I’ve removed that reference and replaced the url with the Ruhi url to further clarify although I had wanted to find the exact url in the Baha’i Library online. The Web has something called the long tail whereby even the oldest articles can still be accessed years after they’re posted. So it’s never too late to correct errors. Help with improving on-line information is one of the many things I appreciate about the Web. Thank you for your encouragement, Maureen

  7. Anonymous permalink
    May 2, 2013 1:44 pm

    Dearest heart, Thank you so much for your “labor of love”! I found your site while searching for prayers for Ridvan. With deep appreciation, Joyce Olinga

  8. Harriet Gilman permalink
    November 17, 2013 4:54 pm

    I’m grateful to have discovered your work this morning while preparing for a neighborhood children’s class. I am struck by the pertinence, economy and elegance of your selections. This is the work of a seeker! Thank you, thank you, please carry on. Harriet Gilman

  9. April 19, 2014 10:42 am

    Hi! Maureen ,
    I am a Baha’i from Italy. Doing some research on the Garden of Ridvan in Baghdad, I discovered your website by chance, which I liked very much for its setting and richness of the material contained therein. I am compelled, however, to point up an geographic inaccuracy. On page
    it is stated: “The Najíbíyyih Garden outside of Baghdad, Baha’u’llah Which renamed the Ridvan Garden where He stayed during this period in 1863 ” had water running on both sides, leading to Bahá’u’lláh refer to it as the ” verdant isle”. This news unfortunately is wrong because the so-called “verdant isle” or “green island” instead is located in another Garden of Ridvan, namely that of Na’mayn outside Akka (see also passage from God Passes By reported after on the page). Therefore, it is also to be corrected the statement made earlier about the vision seen by Baha’u’llah in the Garden of Ridvan: not of Najíbíyyih outside of Baghdad, but of Na’mayn outside of Akka.
    Thank you and congratulations again for the website.
    Warmest Baha’i greetings ,

  10. September 5, 2014 2:58 pm

    Hi Maureen,
    Thanks for the All about Light link and the credit. I appreciate you creating a memorial blog for Arunamamu. Eddy didn’t tell about a this blog though. He mentioned permission to use the photos at a “service”. I would rather you use embedded links to my flickr page so the comments, views, and likes appear there, like the food bloggers do (rather than downloading & uploading to your page). I wasn’t sure how to reach you so please don’t hesitate to email me at and I’m sure we can work something out to everyone’s satisfaction to tell her story.
    Here are some more youtube links:
    Who Has Seen the Love It Takes

  11. maria permalink
    April 21, 2015 7:28 am

    Thank you for sharing I was searching you face book

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