While working on a sermon the pastor heard a knock at his office door. "Come in," he invited. A sad-looking man in threadbare clothes came in, pulling a large pig on a rope. "Can I talk to you for a minute?" asked the ma... Read more of Lessons From The Ark at Free Jokes.caInformational Site Network Informational
Privacy

Articles

20
O thou whom We have outwardly never met, yet whom We inw...

Shake Off O Heedless Ones The Slumber Of
Shake off, O heedless ones, the slumber of negligence...

Ponder A While What Is It That Prompted
Ponder a while. What is it that prompted, in every Di...

Discourse Given At Miss E J Rosenberg's Unity Meeting
September 8th, 1911. ...

116 O Emperor Of Austria!
He Who is the Dayspring of God's Light dwelt in the pr...

Theosophical Society: Introduction
On September 30th, 'Abdu'l-Baha met the Theosophical ...

15: O Son Of Spirit! The Time Cometh When The Nightingale Of Holiness
O SON OF SPIRIT! The time cometh, when the nightingal...





Are Superstitions Useful






A lady enquired whether some superstitions might not be good for ignorant
people, who, if they were without them might perhaps be without beliefs of
any kind?

'Abdu'l-Baha replied that superstitions were of two kinds; those that were
harmful and dangerous, and those that were harmless and produced certain
good effects.

For example, there were some poor people who believed that misfortunes and
punishments were caused by a Great Angel with a sword in his hand, who
struck down those who stole, and committed murder and crimes.

They thought the flashes of lightning were the weapons of this angel, and
that if they did wrong they would be struck by lightning. This belief
caused them to refrain from evil actions.

The Chinese held a superstition that if they burn certain pieces of paper
this will drive the devils away; they sometimes burnt these pieces of
paper on board ships when they were travelling in order to drive away
devils, and by so doing they set fire to the ships and destroyed many
lives. This was a type of dangerous and harmful superstition.





Next: The Life After Death

Previous: Converse With Departed Persons



Add to del.icio.us Add to Reddit Add to Digg Add to Del.icio.us Add to Google Add to Twitter Add to Stumble Upon
Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
SHAREADD TO EBOOK