“For those who deny spiritual influence upon material things we mention this brief example: wonderful sounds and tones, melodies and charming voices, are accidents which affect the air—for sound is the term for vibrations of the air—and by these vibrations the nerves of the tympanum of the ear are affected, and hearing results. Now reflect that the vibration of the air, which is an accident of no importance, attracts and exhilarates the spirit of man and has great effect upon him: it makes him weep or laugh; perhaps it will influence him to such a degree that he will throw himself into danger. Therefore, see the connection which exists between the spirit of man and the atmospheric vibration, so that the movement of the air becomes the cause of transporting him from one state to another, and of entirely overpowering him; it will deprive him of patience and tranquillity. Consider how strange this is, for nothing comes forth from the singer which enters into the listener; nevertheless, a great spiritual effect is produced. Therefore, surely so great a connection between beings must have spiritual effect and — Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions

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I spent the year between high school and college volunteering as a gardener at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel. During my year, I planted flowers, raked lawns and paths, mowed hedges, shoveled dirt, and lived outside of my comfort zone with fellow volunteers from over seventy countries.

I spent the year between high school and college volunteering as a gardener at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel. During my year, I planted flowers, raked lawns and paths, mowed hedges, shoveled dirt, and lived outside of my comfort zone with fellow volunteers from over seventy countries.