An Irish Baha’i Discovers a New Approach to Laws in the Kitab-i-Aqdas
Eithne Maunder, from Monkstown, County Cork, Ireland, considered herself “naïve” when it came to studying the Baha’i book of laws for the first time. She was surprised to learn that the Kitab-i-Aqdas was written not just as guidance for national and local spiritual assemblies, but for everyone.
My learning goals were very simple–to gain an understanding of the Kitab-i-Aqdas, learning about the different levels within the work, the style, the content, and the implications for me individually and for humanity as a whole. I learned that laws are not just a form of punishment, but they have a positive reinforcement application.
Spiritual and material laws are linked in fundamental ways, not always very obvious. But as a spiritual being in a physical plane, I need to be able to link these layers of advice and law to better my whole being. As a Baha’i from a Catholic background, I still carry much baggage, which has been submerged rather than dealt with. Having the Bible as my only source of guidance left me with the impression that “God” was an orderly type of writer, but, in fact, I am now expected to work with a much more complicated, and richer, frame of writing. This new information is not mine to keep to myself. I have a duty to pass on the information, in whatever way open to me. It is okay not to know!