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A harsh word is as a sword thrust…


I have long believed in the power of words as illustrated by the work of Dr Emoto who spoke words to water, then froze it and viewing under a microscope showed positive words create beautiful crystals and negative words the opposite.

This was challenged and belittled by a fellow councillor looking to impact on my credibility so I looked to RBWM council’s SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) panel on Wednesday evening to determine if my belief matched with any religious beliefs.

This was confirmed by Mike Gammage, a member of the Bahá’í Community of Maidenhead and Chair of RBWM SACRE.

Baháʼu’lláh was a Persian religious leader, and the founder of the Baháʼí Faith, which advocates universal peace and unity among all races, nations, and religions.

devotional programme

Mike was kind enough to send over a recent programme for their Sunday morning devotional 12th July 2020 which has the theme of “Words and the Power of Speech”. Here are a few bite size extracts of the words of Baháʼu’lláh…

A kindly tongue is the lodestone of the hearts of men. It is the bread of the spirit, it clotheth the words with meaning, it is the fountain of the light of wisdom and understanding.

The Lord of celestial wisdom saith: A harsh word is even as a sword thrust; a gentle word as milk. The latter leadeth the children of men unto knowledge and conferreth upon them true distinction.

One word is like unto springtime causing the tender saplings of the rosegarden of knowledge to become verdant and flourishing, while another word is even as a deadly poison. It behooveth a prudent man of wisdom to speak with utmost leniency and forbearance so that the sweetness of his words may induce everyone to attain that which befitteth man’s station.

For the tongue is a smouldering fire, and excess of speech a deadly poison.

And then they finished their programme with this song by Red Gammar and what a little beauty it is “I Think You’re Wonderful”

Don’t you think this should be sung at Council meetings across the land before proceedings? It would certainly change the mood and see them conducted in a more positive, collegiate manner 😉

Thank you.


Photo by Henry Hustava on Unsplash

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