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“Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value.”

-Baha’i teachings.

With the coming of a new year, we often reflect on the past and make resolutions in hopes of bettering our lives. Some resolutions we are able to stick with, others not so much. But what if we could make one crucial resolution that would elevate our inner beings, a resolution that would lead to a transformation resulting from the unraveling of gems inherent within our soul?

Join us as each week we unravel a spiritual quality, or gem, that lies hidden within ourselves. Using short selections from spiritual teachings, together we will explore gems ranging from generosity to love, courage to justice. Let us reflect on our true human nature as we aspire to be spiritually refreshed, elevate our consciousness, and empower ourselves to reach our full potential.

Upcoming events (4)

No Inner Peace, No world Peace -Free Event

Oak Park Baha'i Center

No Inner Peace No World Peace: Know inner peace, know world peace. “If the learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure.” -The Baha’i Sacred Writings ⇻How do we find inner peace in increasingly chaotic surroundings? ⇻What does inner peace have to do with world peace? ⇹What practices help your body, mind and soul find peace amidst the chaos in our lives and the world? Join us as we unravel the gem of Peacefulness and see how intimately it connects with world peace. Together in a lively discussion based on the spiritual perspective offered by the Baha'i teachings we discuss ways of finding inner peace and spiritually reconnecting in order that we are refreshed to serve the world around us. The event is free and open to all, regardless of background or belief. "Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding." Albert Einstein.

A Purpose Driven Life -Free Event

Oak Park Baha'i Center

”One must remember that the purpose of this life is to prepare the soul for the next.” ~The Baha’i Sacred Writings What’s the Purpose of Life? What does it mean to pursue the purpose of life by developing spiritually? We have hard moments in life. How do you overcome them, and where do you get your strength from? “What counts is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” ~Nelson Mandela Please join us as we unravel the gem of Purpose. We will explore our true identity, “our rational soul,” whose free will and powers of understanding enable us to continually better ourselves and our society. Walking a path of service to God and to humanity gives life meaning, and prepares us for the moment the soul separates from the body and continues on its eternal journey... The event if free and open to all regardless of background or belief.

Patience…. Under Trials -Free Event

Oak Park Baha'i Center

“He, verily, rewardeth beyond measure them that endure with patience.” ~The Baha’i Sacred Writings. When life doesn’t go as planned and troubles assail us from everywhere, it is difficult to be patient, let alone to see that there is a wisdom behind every ordeal that is coming our way. We often start thinking... -Which merciful God will put me through this? -Why me? -Why can’t I ever get a break? -Will this ever end? Let us together unravel the gem of Patience and discover the “reward that is beyond measure for them that endure with patience.” What might that reward be? Join us in a discussion based on the Baha’i Writings as we attempt to answer some of these questions and see how priceless a gem patience is. “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” ~Aristotle The event is free and open to all regardless of background or belief.

You Got A Friend In Me....Free Event

Oak Park Baha'i Center

“Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.” ~The Baha’i Sacred Writings How do we define true friendship? Do you trust your neighbor? How can being worthy of the trust of others be the basis for all lasting friendships? “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please join us as we unravel the Gem of friendliness. We will explore how friendship and trust, is a medicine for every ill, and binds the souls together. This pays enormous spiritual dividends!

Past events (7)

Moderation -A True Liberty (Free Event)

Oak Park Baha'i Center

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