Spiritual Dictionary (Bahai to Byzantine Church, page 1 of 3)


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Baha'i-A RELIGIOUS FAITH founded in the 1860's as the fulfillment of the prophecy of Mirza Ali (of Persia) who was later known as Bahaullah. Claiming to be the promised one of all religions, his followers BELIEVED that he as but one of a number of DIVINE manifestations of Zoroaster, MUHAMMAD, the BUDDHA, and JESUS CHRIST. This religion has had a large following in the United States, but the ISLAMIC government in Iran has persecuted this group since they came into power in 1979. Their RELIGION emphasizes ending RELIGIOUS, racial and sexual discrimination, universal brotherhood, and the merger of all religions. Their social structure emphasizes a strong family unit, and discourages divorces, but it is permitted with a year-long waiting period. Forbidden are homosexuality, begging, back-stabbing, the use of alcohol and drugs, and extra­marital affairs.

Balance-Emotional equilibrium and stability.

Baptism-CHRISTIAN SACRAMENT of admission into church shortly after birth; or indicates symbolic use of water to give SPIRITUAL regeneration or purification of one's SOUL.

Bardo-Referred to in the Tibetan Book of the Dead as the plane of intermediate existence between death and rebirth.

Beatific (Bee-a-TIFic-) -Showing absolute, utter bliss or pleasure.

Beatitude-State of utter bliss or pleasure.

Belief-A view of reality that is very subjective, and usually involves an interpretation of reality that is beyond question. This view is usually held to be unquestionable and held to be factual. The conviction is usually from an accepted authority and is usually felt to be the truth, even though the certainty itself cannot be literally proven, and is not verifiable. To many people, their beliefs are unshakable, and even in the light of considerable information to the contrary, they are not swayed from their view. Compare with FAITH or KNOW.

Believer-One who holds that his or her BELIEF is beyond question, and is fact. It is said that many believers really do not want to seek past their belief, for that is why they believe. This person usually needs some sort of rescuer or MESSIAH to feed them with comforting information or direction, and to reinforce their BELIEF.

Bestow-To give majestically or ceremoniously.

Beta State-A brain-wave frequency of 14 cycles ­per second, and is your normal waking state of the brain. As you proceed into MEDITATION, these cycles-per-second would slow down. See other brain-wave frequencies such as ALPHA, DELTA, and THETA.

Bible-See HOLY BIBLE.

Bishop-A high-ranking member of clergy, having authority over other clergymen, and in charge of a DIOCESE.

Bhagavad-Gita-A HINDU SANSKRIT poem, consisting of 700 verses divided into 18 chapters, which are regarded by most Hindus as their most important text-the essence of their belief. The writing is in the form of a dialogue between the incarnate Avatar KRISHNA and a human hero, Prince Arjuna. It is a source of encouragement for HINDUS worldwide. It is not clear when the Gita was composed, but historians date it at between 500 and 50 BC. The context of the text involves a conversation between KRISHNA (A supreme being, an AVATAR) and ARJUNA (a battle field hero), where Krishna counsels Arjuna regarding MEDITATION, ENLIGHTENMENT, devotional service, knowledge, and the realm of ATTACHMENT.

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