‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s prophecy: American Indian ways of thinking & being as a form of holistic illumination

‘Abdu’l-Bahá stated, “Attach great importance to the indigenous population of America… should they be educated and guided, there can be no doubt that they will become so illumined as to enlighten the whole world...” And also, “Undoubtedly in those regions [the Americas] the Call of God must have been raised in ancient times...” Native spiritual ways of thinking and being that arose from the Call of God in the ancient Americas (and carried down through time by Native peoples), if now guided by Bahá’u’lláh, can act as a lamp of enlightenment to illuminate the path towards oneness for all peoples.

  • Indigenous Studies
  • Native American

  • John Fitzgerald Medina

    John Fitzgerald Medina is of Native American (Yaqui/Opata/Apache) and Latino ancestry. Medina has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and he worked for some years as an engineer with Hewlett Packard. He later acquired a M.A. in Education from San Diego State University and will soon start his 25th year as a public school teacher. Medina authored two books (Bahá’í Publishing) -- Faith, Physics, and Psychology, as well as America’s Sacred Calling . Medina has served as a Bahá’í children’s class teacher, animator for junior youth groups, study circle tutor, devotional host, and fireside facilitator.


45th Annual Conference

In the Footsteps of ʻAbdu’l-Bahá: Contributing to the Discourses of Our Time


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