In an effort to read from the Bahá’í Writings daily, I use the search program ocean in order to highlight subjects discussed in the master program on learning and development.
Vision & understanding:
First and foremost among these favors, which the Almighty hath conferred upon man, is the gift of understanding. His purpose in conferring such a gift is none other except to enable His creature to know and recognize the one true God — exalted be His glory. This gift giveth man the power to discern the truth in all things, leadeth him to that which is right, and helpeth him to discover the secrets of creation. Next in rank, is the power of vision, the chief instrument whereby his understanding can function. The senses of hearing, of the heart, and the like, are similarly to be reckoned among the gifts with which the human body is endowed. Immeasurably exalted is the Almighty Who hath created these powers, and revealed them in the body of man (Bahá’u’lláh, 1983, p. 194).
So, it seems that from this text, the gift of understanding is the first favor bestowed upon man. But then Bahá’u’lláh writes:
In this Day whatsoever serveth to reduce blindness and to increase vision is worthy of consideration. This vision acteth as the agent and guide for true knowledge. Indeed in the estimation of men of wisdom keenness of understanding is due to keenness of vision (Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 35).
There seems to be a ‘dialog’ between understanding and vision. While understanding is the first and foremost favor, vision leeds to understanding.
It may be interesting to take the Bahá’í Faith in Luxembourg and see how learning und understanding takes place among its members, between members and their institutions, between members and the society at large, between Bahá’í institutions and the government and the society at large. How is learning and a change of culture encouraged? How much horizontal and vertical learning is taking place? What is the nature of the relationship between the elected and appointed pillar in the Bahá’í Faith. How do we translate into action Bahá’u’lláh’s revelation? (This is well presented in: Revelation & Social Reality, Lample, 2009). How digital media, social networks and technology tools influence learning & understanding in the Bahá’í community? The Bahá’í Faith as a case study on how learning takes place.