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The Golden Rule has been a guide for humanity for a long time. The idea that you'd want to be treated fairly necessarily means that everyone would want to be treated fairly.

So, how do we decide on fairness? How do we know if we have treated others fairly?

Other synonymous terms are justly, equitably, evenly, and impartially. Each term denotes a different aspect of justness or justice.

The idea is actually quite vast as fair-mindedness is a beautiful virtue that encompasses all aspects of life. It is economic, social, societal, and governmental.

It encompasses actions in the punishment of crime, police use of force, and governmental use of destructive power.

It is personal, inter-personal, inter-racial, inter-gender, inter-nation, and inter-state. Its use is limited but its application is ubiquitous.

It impacts your food intake, your friends/family, your classroom, your work, your wages, and your time.

Its utility is in environmentalism, consumerism, spiritualism, capitalism, and socialism. It is the very fabric of society.  

You see why it has been around for a long time! I have attached a picture that artistically portrays the Golden Rule with virtually synonymous

sayings from Baha'i faith, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, and Hinduism. Enjoy and pass on to others. The underlying spiritual message

of every divine religion is the same even though social laws vary and each is known by a different name.


Dr. Davoodi 

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Here is info an opportunity for seniors to apply to Lewisville Education Foundation for a service scholarship in the amount of $500.

This is brand new and was just started last month by the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee. We hope to fund it as a long-term scholarship but we need your help.

If you think it's worthwhile to support graduating high school seniors that are service oriented then you should support us.

You can do to to connect via our link to LEF website or go directly to and list Dr. King service scholarship.

If you want to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, then you should visit our website and contact the committee to be involved in our planning.

This is an ongoing effort and we hope to raise enough money to have several scholarships each year in Dr. King's honor.

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The MLK Committee has been working hard on planning the 25th Annual event to celebrate Dr. King Day in the area with the theme of 'Embrace Unity: Be the Change!'. This year's event will be held on MLK Day, Jan 15, 2018. It is scheduled to start at 6:30 PM at Lewisville High School Auditorium. Winning Art and Photography entries are on display at 5:30 PM. After the event, they will be moved to MCL Grand and will be on display for 3 weeks. It is open to the public with a suggested admission fee of 1 canned good to be donated to CCA food pantry.

There are several special features that you should know about:

1. Opening invocation will be given by Denton South Interfaith Group. This is a multi-faith group comprising Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Baha'i Faiths. There are several interfaith devotional programs in the area including one planned for Saturday February 3 at 6:30 PM at local Baha'i Center in Lewisville.

2. Guest speaker is Michael Brundy who will give the keynote address. He is an author and motivational speaker of wide repute.

3. Students from 4th-12th grade have competed in 3 areas of Art, Photography, and Essay. Of some 2500 total entries, about 60 have been chosen. They will receive cash awards based on their grade and the place (First place is $75-$150 and 3rd place $25-$75).

4. One entry is chosen each year as Chairman's prize winner and that entry this year is in the art category. The winning entry was submitted by Flower Mound High School Senior Max Woods. The award for Chairman's Prize is $250.

5. As this is our 25th Silver Celebration, special recognition will be made to Denton County Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell, Tau Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Baha'is of Flower Mound.

6. This year's event showcases artistic talents of all 5 Lewisville ISD high schools in collaborative efforts in dance, music, recitation, etc. It is an awesome 'Tribute to Dr. King'.

7. Welcoming remarks will be given by Dr. Kevin Rogers (LISD Superintendent) and Mr. Brandon Jones (Lewisville City Council member)

8. There will be 2 Choir performances. The voices of Tau Rho Omega Choral Group and Lakeland Elementary Chin Choir.

I simply cannot list everything that will be at this event. Don't miss it. For more information visit www. or call Dr. Davoodi 9724103682. We expect a packed house. Please come early and plan on staying till the grand finale!


Happy Thanksgiving to All!

I am so thankful to live in America and be free to express my thoughts and feelings without concern of government persecution.

I am so thankful to live in America and be free to praise god in words of my own choosing or no words at all.

I am so thankful to live in America and be free to join any group, religious or otherwise, without having to look over my shoulder.

I am so thankful to live in America and be free to access food, plentiful and readily available, at a reasonable price.

I am so thankful to live in America and be free to love, enjoy peace, appreciate security, plan for future, all while spending time with friends and family.


For all the food that we will enjoy today, I cannot help but think of those that will go hungry sometime during the year. Food security is becoming recognized as one of major human rights that is yet to be fully addressed on a global scale. To that end, I'd like to draw your attention in this day of feasting to a UN effort to address this matter. Like any program on a national or international scale it is NOT perfect. nevertheless, the goals are admirable. World Food Day was celebrated on October 16, 2017. Please see the website related to its events.


Also, there is a major publication about "Zero Hunger" that you'd want to see. I have attached the cover page.

If you are interested in working locally on social issues with global impact, please contact me at or visit our website

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What a beautiful sunrise! The top of the Flower Mound was buzzing this morning October 21, 2017. Planes overhead provided a recurring soft roar while the natural undisturbed beauty of the Mound provided a spectacular setting for a spiritual dawn. The occasion was the celebration of the birth of the Báb on the weekend of the Bicentenary of the birth of Baha'u'llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith. Here is a portion of a Tablet revealed by Baha'u'llah on the significance of that wondrous night:

O concourse of the lovers of God! By the righteousness of the Almighty! This, verily, is a night the like of which hath never been manifested in the world of creation. Truly, this bounty is from God, the All-Powerful, the Beneficent. On this night, the Spirit spoke with a voice that threw into commotion the realities of men: "Rejoice, O Concourse on high in the inmost essence of Paradise!" Thereupon, God cried out from behind the Holy Veil of divine bestowals: "This, truly, is a night during which the Reality of the All-Merciful hath been born and the meaning of every eternal decree hath been divulged by the Pen of the All-Glorious." Therefore, rejoice and exult, O people of the Bayán! During this night, the Nightingale lifted up Its voice upon the boughs and branches, proclaiming: "Rejoice, O denizens of Paradise!"
Say: This night the veils of glory concealing the light of certitude were rent in twain and the Dove of Heaven chanted and sang in the midmost heart of Paradise. Therefore, rejoice O Temples of Holiness dwelling in the city of time! On this night, God revealed His light through every exalted Name. Moreover, He hath been established upon every pure and radiant heart. So rejoice, O ye people of the Bayán! During this night, the oceans of forgiveness have surged and the breezes of divine bestowals were wafted. Therefore, rejoice with exceeding gladness, O companions of the All-Merciful! On this night, all the sins of mankind have been forgiven. This is a joyous message unto all created things!
Say: This, verily, is a night during which a pre-ordained measure of bounty and grace hath been decreed in the Scrolls of celestial glory and certitude, so that sorrow may be dispelled from all created things forever more. Therefore, rejoice in thy hearts, O ye who hath entered the realms of being and creation! At this, the Herald of the Spirit crieth out in the midmost heart of eternity — the center of transcendent glory and sublimity. This is by the grace of God, the Omnipotent, the Beneficent! By God! The Hand of Power, endowed with ascendant sovereignty, hath opened the musk-scented seal. Verily, this bounty is from God, the Exalted, the Beneficent! Through the Beauty of the All-Glorious, the hand of the Divine Joseph hath borne round the cup of pomegranate[2] wine. Verily, this bounty is from God, the Exalted, the Beneficent! Therefore, O peoples of the world, hasten and partake of this Salsabil[3] of everlasting life. Verily, this bounty is from God, the Exalted, the Beneficent!



Baha'i_Light_of_Unity_vert_RGB_Lg.jpgBahá’ís of Flower Mound, Lewisville, and Highland Village will mark the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, on Saturday Oct 21, 2017.


Plans underway include Dawn Prayers at 8:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday Oct 21-22 on The Flower Mound

located on Flower Mound Road in Flower Mound, Texas. This open-space venue interconnects the spirit of the day with love of nature. Saturday evening, at 6:30, there will an event at Lewisville Baha'i Center with song, music, video, and a catered dinner. The LV Baha'i center is located at 103 Kathryn Dr, Lewisville.  


Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892) was a spiritual teacher Who announced in 1863 that He was the bearer of a new revelation from God. His teachings have spread around the world, forming the basis of a process of social transformation and community building which is unique in its global scope and the diversity of participants.

The Light of Unity Festival is a celebration of the transformative impact of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings on the lives of families, neighborhoods and communities around the country and the world. Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the oneness of humanity is an antidote to the current state of affairs in the world.

Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892), whose name means “The Glory of God,” is considered by millions around the world as the Divine Educator for this age, Whose coming was foretold by all of the Divine Messengers of the past. In His Writings, Bahá'u'lláh outlines a framework for the development of a global civilization which takes into account both the spiritual and material dimensions of human life. His teachings, centered around the recognition of the oneness of humanity, offer a compelling vision of a future world united in justice, peace, and prosperity. Bahá'u'lláh’s coming was heralded by the Báb (1819-1850), meaning “the Gate.” The Báb declared His Divine Mission in 1844, which is considered the beginning of the Bahá’í Era--a new cycle of human history and social evolution.

 Bahá’u’lláh's Teachings:

One God - Called by different names throughout the ages, the eternal God, the Creator of the universe, is limitless, all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving. God is one. The reality of God is beyond human understanding, though we may find expressions of God's attributes in every created thing. “The peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God.”

One Human Family - Beyond all differences of culture, class or ethnicity, regardless of differences in customs, opinions or temperaments, every individual is a member of one gloriously diverse human family. Each unique soul has a role to play in carrying forward an ever-advancing material and spiritual civilization. “Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship…”

One Unfolding Religion - Humanity’s spiritual, intellectual and moral capacities have been cultivated by the successive Founders of the world’s religions--the Manifestations of God—among them Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and most recently, the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. Each religion originates from God and is suited to the age and place in which it is revealed. In essence, the religion of God is one and is progressively unfolding.This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.” 

Worship- Bahá’ís consider work done in the spirit of service to humanity as the highest form of worship. Prayer, offered both in private and in the company of others, is regarded as essential spiritual nourishment, providing inspiration for positive personal and social change. Individuals pray daily and observe an annual period of fasting.The Bahá’í Faith has no clergy or sacraments, and has very simple practices for life transitions such as marriage and funerals. 


Administration- The affairs of the Bahá’í community are administered, without clergy, through institutions established by Bahá'u'lláh to foster universal participation and to diffuse knowledge, love, and unity. This administrative order includes both elected and appointed institutions at local, national, and international levels. Non-partisan elections and collective decision-making are hallmarks of Bahá’í administration.


There was a time that estimates were that Global climate change will happen by 2050. Then we heard that may be 2030. Now we know that by 2017 humankind has breached some of the earth's finely balanced feedback loops. One is Climate Change. Individually, we must act. We also must inform others to investigate this matter for themselves.

I personally felt that I was keeping up with the science of climate change. Taking the Wilmette Institute's course, I have learned SO MUCH. I feel that it is no longer 'a problem for the future'. It is a problem for now and the more we ignore it the deeper the problem will be. 

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P.S. I also want to share a post with you that you'd find interesting:

The Worsening of Floods, Storms, and Other Extreme Weather Events

The science is clear: On average, the Earth has warmed by about 1°Celsius (1.8°F) since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. One may think that a 1°C warming may not be that much, however, it is a big deal. Just remember that the difference between the Earth's temperature before the Industrial Revolution and an Ice Age was only 4°C (7.2°F).

This 1°C warming has already caused more severe heat waves and droughts with devastating impacts on people in many parts of the world. One example is that wildfires are intensifying, as we could see in the extensive wildfires in the Western US and the deadly forest fires in Portugal this year.

Scientists have also warned for a long time that, in a warmer world, floods will become increasingly more frequent and more severe. There are three reasons for that:

•  More moisture evaporates from warmer soils and oceans.

•  Warmer air can hold more moisture. So when it rains (or snows) there is much more precipitation.

• Sea levels are rising because warmer water expands and melting glaciers add freshwater to the oceans.

So we shouldn't be surprised that the summer of 2017 brought devastating floods to many parts of the world. There is no need to expound on Hurricane Harvey which was extensively covered by the media. But it's less easy to get information about the disastrous floods in other parts of the world: Many central African countries experienced exceptionally heavy rains, floods, and mudslides. Nigeria had unprecedented flooding two years in a row, and in Sierra Leone as many as 1000 people died in a mudslide triggered by torrential rain.[1]

The flood in South East Asia was an unimaginable catastrophe. More than 1000 people died and at least 41 million people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal have been directly affected by flooding and landslides resulting from the monsoon rains. One third of all of Bangladesh was under water! The loss of lives, homes, livelihoods, and crops is unimaginable.[2] The people affected were among the most poor and vulnerable.

Global warming has also made storms more destructive, because winds pick up energy from warmer oceans, and because storm surges are becoming much more dangerous due to sea-level rise. 

What Can We Do?

While we must help the victims of such natural disasters, as well as adapt to a changing climate and build more resilient communities, it is especially important to do whatever we can to reduce the further warming of the Earth. And that's where we all can play a part.

Global warming is mainly caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Deforestation, agricultural practices, and other economic activities are contributing factors. All these activities emit greenhouse gases that trap the sun's heat when it is reflected back into the atmosphere.

As individuals and communities, it is in our power to use less fossil fuels, and to avoid contributing to deforestation. There are numerous things we can do, for example drive less, fly less, eat less meat, especially beef, and buy much fewer consumer goods.

In other words, we can live a more simple life. Our perfect example of how to live was 'Abdu'l-Bahá who owned only one coat and generally lived very simply. The Universal House of Justice has repeatedly drawn our attention to the importance of turning away from materialism and consumerism. This is not only essential for our spiritual lives, but also for not contributing to human suffering, and for preserving the life support systems of the Earth for future generations. For the Earth is not only just one country, it is one ecosystem, and we are all interconnected with all living things, plants, animals and people.

Of course, mitigating climate change requires a fundamental transformation of society. George Monbiot, columnist for The Guardian and author of a number of books, boldly comments on the radical change required to save human civilization in this 16 min. video:

Bahá'ís know that such fundamental change is destined to happen, because Bahá'u'lláh said: “The day is approaching when We will have rolled up the world and all that is therein, and spread out a new order in its stead.” [3]


We also know that at the heart of the required change must be a spiritual transformation, and that's the enterprise of the global Bahá'í community. Bahá'ís are building spiritual communities as a foundation for a new world order. This spirit must also infuse our ways of life, so that we don't contribute to human suffering, but become, as 'Abdu'l-Bahá said, “a blessing to others”.[4]

We can also help raise awareness about climate change in our Bahá'í and wider community. That may be the most far-reaching action we can take, because many people are needed to bring about fundamental change. We can help people to wake up to the reality of the severe problem of climate disruption and to overcome their indifference and paralysis of will.


the Faculty of the Wilmette Institute courses “Climate Change” and “Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind”


[2] JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, More Than 1,000 Died in South Asia Floods This Summer, The New York Times AUG. 29, 2017,

[3]  Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh / CXLIII



This an article from today's blog addressing the proper attitude about racism. Baha'is of Flower Mound are one of the two originators of the MLK event celebrated annually. It is an event that is multi-Faith, multi-ethnic, gender-neutral by design celebrating the essential Unity of Humanity.

Dr. Davoodi

Charlottesville and the Plague of American Racism

A year and a half ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, a 9th grader named Zyahna Bryant started a petition to remove the city’s statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

In a letter to the editor of her city’s newspaper, Zyahna explained her petition this way:

I am calling on [Charlottesville’s] city council along with my peers and members of the community to remove the Robert E. Lee statue because it doesn’t represent what Charlottesville is all about. It is offensive to not only one group of people, but essentially it can be offensive to all people.  

In her letter, she explained her opposition to the Lee statue:

When I think of Robert E. Lee I instantly think of someone fighting in favor of slavery. Thoughts of physical harm, cruelty, and disenfranchisement flood my mind. As a teenager in Charlottesville that identifies as black, I am offended every time I pass it. I am reminded over and over again of the pain of my ancestors and all of the fighting that they had to go through for us to be where we are now. Quite frankly I am disgusted with the selective display of history in this city… let’s not forget that Robert E. Lee fought for perpetual bondage of slaves and the bigotry of the South that kept most  black citizens as slaves and servants for the entirety of their lives.

Hundreds of people signed Zyahna’s petition, and this past April, Charlottesville’s city council voted 3 to 2 to sell the statue, but a judge issued an injunction temporarily stopping the move.

Today, Charlottesville exploded with neo-Nazi, white supremacist anger and violence over the issue of that statue—and the much deeper issue of race-based hatred. Three people died, and dozens were injured. That ugly violence forms an apt example of how we often deal with our country’s deeply-embedded racism. While things may sometimes look healthy on the surface of our multicultural society, America’s centuries-long battle over racial prejudice has not healed. Racial hatred pushes itself to the surface regularly, and we all continue to face the consequences of its terrible, violent legacy.

If you don’t believe overt racism still exists in America, just watch the news reports about the deadly violence in Charlottesville. You’ll see that the American brand of race-based ignorance, prejudice and hatred has not gone away. If that doesn’t convince you, take a look at these statistics from a recent CBS poll of white Americans on their attitudes toward black people. The polling results do show some positive news—that American racist attitudes have progressively waned over the past 40 years. But they also tell us that just because they’ve diminished doesn’t mean racism has gone away. The poll found that:

  • 21% of whites say they would oppose having a close relative marry a black person, and the same percentage of whites say they would not want to live in a place where half the neighbors are black.
  • 40% of white Americans say “whites are more hard-working than blacks.”
  • When asked why they think blacks, on average, have worse jobs, income and housing than whites, almost half of all whites (45%) say that “most blacks don’t have the motivation or willpower to pull themselves out of poverty.”
  • 28% say it’s okay to discriminate when selling a home.
  • A third of whites (34%) agree with the statement “blacks shouldn’t push themselves where they’re not wanted.” – CBS News, 30 April 2014.

These frightening numbers have something very important to tell us–racism is not dead. We do not live in a “post-racial” society. We have not conquered prejudice–far from it.

In one way, though, hideous reminders like Charlottesville can serve a valuable public function–they give us another reason to have the conversations and do the hard self-searching moral inventory necessary to actually deal with the reality of racism. They prompt us to review our own inner landscape and ask ourselves some tough questions about what we’ve personally done to advance the healing. They prompt us, once again, to see if we can find ways toward the racial unity the Baha’i teachings so strongly endorse.

Those teachings say this kind of hard work begins with seeing the spiritual heart of every human being:

God maketh no distinction between the white and the black. If the hearts are pure both are acceptable unto Him. God is no respecter of persons on account of either color or race. All colors are acceptable unto Him, be they white, black, or yellow. Inasmuch as all were created in the image of God, we must bring ourselves to realize that all embody divine possibilities. – Abdu’l-Baha

When these public racist outbreaks occur, they give us all another opportunity to broach the uncomfortable and challenging subject of our culture’s racism with people who normally might not be open to the discussion. They allow us to ask the open-ended question: “What do you think?” and then follow it up with an actual exchange of views. They give us a window of opportunity to help us confront our own overt or covert prejudices.

The Baha’i writings address racism openly and directly, establishing a clearly-delineated path toward its resolution. Speaking boldly to those who insist that racial prejudice is somehow inherent or unavoidable, Abdu’l-Baha tells us repeatedly that prejudice of any kind destroys human development:

Baha’u’llah has also taught that prejudices, whether religious, racial, patriotic or political are destructive to the foundations of human development. Prejudices of any kind are the destroyers of human happiness and welfare. Until they are dispelled the advancement of the world of humanity is not possible …. – Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 182.

Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, writing in the 1930’s, specifically asked white people to take ownership of this issue:

Let the white make a supreme effort in their resolve to contribute their share to the solution of this problem, to abandon once for all their usually inherent and at times subconscious sense of superiority, to correct their tendency towards revealing a patronizing attitude towards the members of the other race, to persuade them through their intimate, spontaneous and informal association with them of the genuineness of their friendship and the sincerity of their intentions, and to master their impatience of any lack of responsiveness on the part of a people who have received, for so long a period, such grievous and slow-healing wounds. – Advent of Divine Justice, pp. 39-40.

This reminds us that the recalcitrant racist opinions of neo-Nazis and white supremacists actually represented mainstream views in America not that long ago. As the polls clearly show, those ignorant, diseased prejudices persist in millions of people. They will not disappear magically. It takes generations to understand, address and begin to solve the racist inheritance of a brutal post-slavery legacy.

The Baha’i teachings directly address America’s racist past and present, confronting the issue head-on and asking us to allow no prejudice or separation between us and any other fellow human being:

The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or any institution of the Baha’i Faith.

There are 2 Art Workshops scheduled at Lewisville Baha'i Center by renowned artist Sweety Bowman. First session is for middle school and older, including adults, and will involve a hands-on experience in glasswork and faux stained glass. The second workshop is for elementary students for making a clay bowl with various markings such as leaves. 

The first workshop starts at 9:00 AM, the second at 10:30. Cost is $8.00 to cover the cost of materials. Lunch will be provided at Noon.

Space is limited. Contact via email in the attached flyer to reserve one of the last few spots. The glass and clay will be heated in a kiln at a later date and the art piece made available to the attendees thereafter.


The devotional character of each neighborhood is a good reflection of the spiritual health of that neighborhood.

Baha'is of flower Mound will hold a devotional gathering this Friday June 30, 2017 at 7 PM. The theme is

                                              Universal peace.

Hope anyone reading this would an effort to join us in offering prayers for universal peace. Wonderful dinner

will also be provided. Don't forget to RSVP. Abdul-Baha, leader of the Baha'i religion, spent several months

in USA and Canada in 1912. The talks he gave warned of a world-wide calamity (World War I soon followed)

if the path of peace was not vigorously pursued. Unfortunately, more than a century later, the same holds true.

I have attached a picture of His residence in Haifa, Israel (originally Palestine within the Syrian state of Ottoman Empire). 

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