Monthly Archives: February 2012

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Sydney Baha’i Temple

This really is a place of beauty of all sorts. 

From their website:

The Australian Baha’i Temple, or House of Worship, is a place of prayer and meditation that is open to people of all beliefs.

We offer the Temple as a gift to the Australian people in line with our belief in the oneness of God, the oneness of His Messengers and the oneness of humanity.

Located in the beautiful hills and bushland above the northern beaches of Sydney, it is one of seven Baha’i Temples throughout the world. Other Baha’i Temples are located in Apia, Samoa; Chicago, USA; Frankfurt, Germany; Kampala, Uganda; New Delhi, India; and Panama City, Panama. A new Baha’i Temple is being built in Santiago, Chile.
Each Temple is designed to be distinctive, the unifying factor being that all are nine-sided – a symbol of the unity of the world religions.
Like all Baha’i Temples, the Australian Temple is intended to become a future hub for social, scientific, educational and humanitarian services.
We invite you to visit the Temple, which is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm every day of the year, and to 7 pm on weekends in the summer months of December and January. A public service is held every Sunday at 11 am.
If you are in Sydney; this amazing, tranquil place is definitely a must do. I have been to several Sunday services and they are uplifting and definitely spiritual. Everyone is welcome to attend not only that day but any day of the week. Enjoy a day of prayer, meditation, joy and beauty.

The nine pointed star found on an algae? Very interesting!

Here below you can read the article published in the Journal of Cell Science, 16:3, page 552 Cambridge University Press, 1974-12; it was written by T. Cavalier-Smith and called Nine-Pointed star in microscopic images of the algae Chlamydomonas. We found it here. Enjoy!

These images are cross-section views of the flagella of the algae chlamydomonas. These are magnified by an electron microscope 120,000 times. They have a remarkable similarity to the 9-pointed star symbolic of the Bahá’í Faith, and further the tip of each star appears like the Arabic letter , familiar to Bahá’ís from the ringstone symbol.

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Legend, from page 552:

  1. Transverse section through the distal part of the transitional region. That part of the annular connexion lying between the outer doublets and the membrane is not homogeneous but contains densities placed in pairs (arrows) opposite each doublet outer projection. x120,000
  2. Transverse section through the proximal part of the transitional region’s basal cylindar. Doublet outer projections and paired densities are present, and B-tubules knobs can be seen clearly in places (arrows). The flagellar surface coat is very well preserved. x120,000

This article and evidence makes me think of this part of a Bahá’í prayer written by Bahá’u’lláh:

Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! My tongue, both the tongue of my body and the tongue of my heart, my limbs and members, every pulsating vein within me, every hair of my head, all proclaim that Thou art God, and that there is none other God beside Thee.

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