Home Visits Provide a Learner a Venue for Discussing Insights into Organically Unfolding Processes
Sana Rezai, a learner from Fresno, California, USA, who enrolled in the Wilmette Institute’s first webinar From Concealment to Glorious Splendor: The Three Stages of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation (faculty, Shahrokh Monjazeb and Daniel Gebhardt), began the course by saying that he was “looking forward to drawing out insights about the gradual unfoldment of processes, exampled through Bahá’u’lláh’s own declaration that moved through stages in an organic and historic fashion, similar to all other process of the Cause, similar to the processes within a cluster, and similar to the process of capacity-building.” Here is what Sana had to say at the end of the course.—THE EDITORS
“I just wanted to say thank you for this wonderful course [From Concealment to Glorious Splendor: The Three Stages of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation] and share my applications. I learned a great deal, mainly about the gradual and organic unfoldment of processes and about patience, which implies a dynamic movement forward. For instance, in the Madínatu’s-Sabr, we read:
Then hasten ye to Him O peoples of the earth! And do not heed anything else of this world, and let nothing impede you, and do not let the affairs of learning hinder you and the matters of wisdom lock you out. Hasten to the holy and uplifted Precinct. For if you had been of the patient ones from all eternity but ye tarry on that Day for less than a moment the quality of true patience shall not be yours.
“Here, we see that patience is manifested as moving forward on one’s path of service at a spritely pace, with dynamism and steadfastness. And I am struck by seeing within the Madínatu’s-Sabr, and the entire example of the gradual declaration of Bahá’u’lláh, certain key features of the Institute process and of the series of interacting processes, occurring at the level of the World Center, the Administrative Order, and the Spiritual Conquest of the Planet, and through the building of capacity in the three protagonists—the individual, the institution, and the community—of which we are all engaged today, and outlined in the Five Year Plan.
“I have been going on a few home visits to Persian Bahá’ís in the community, studying the House of Justice messages with them. The theme of the gradual and organic development comes up a lot, and the declaration of Bahá’u’lláh in its stages really resonates with them, and serves as a wonderful example on which to draw. Similarly, too, the concept of walking a path of service has come up, with patience, dynamism, and speed—and I have gained insights from this course which I share.”