insights into the reality of Man
Friday February 8, during one of Ottawa's intense snow storms of the
season, over 75 people gathered at the University of Ottawa to enjoy
and learn from a presentation given by Dr. Mehrdad Ehsani, a member of
the Bahá’í community who has over the past three decades excelled and
focussed in studies about energy systems, spiritual aspects of
technology, and convergence of scientific and spiritual search.
Dr. Ehsani has received numerous grants and patents for his studies and
The goal of Dr Ehsani's presentation is to encourage
individuals to reflect on the concept of nothingness, the nature of our
existence in the universe, as well as our place in time and eternity;
in one sense, we exist, and in another we do not. Dr Ehsani's call to
the audience was that we should pause to ponder about the interactions
between the universe, the earth, and ourselves, and the progress of
beings in this material existence
On behalf of the Campus
Association for Bahá’í Studies, Shidan Cummings offered a warm welcome
to Dr. Ehsani, and on behalf of the Bahá’í Community of Ottawa,
Professor Fred Afagh provided a brief summary of Dr. Ehsani 's great
trajectory in the field of science and the contribution to religion as
a source of knowledge.
Dr Ehsani touched on many concepts during his presentation; the following were a few of the key topics covered:
Heart to Heart relationships
Simplicity and complexity
Overcoming your true self
Notion of Eternity and Absolute nothingness
speaker noted that exploration of such topics should be not only based
on knowledge but also on experience (personal and universal). With this
basis, we search to find spiritual meaning in scientific facts.
an initial step, we learn to observe the universe without presumptions
from science and religion. The universe is made up of mostly of
hydrogen, helium and energy. In order to help us to understand this
subject better, a very detailed and visual graphic was presented
showing us first a picture of leaves at the microscopic level, and then
zoomed out to depict the universe on a macro scale. The goal was to
illustrate the continuum from the microcosm to macrocosm, a
mathematical proof of our existence and non-existence at the same time.
The speaker pointed out that we are mostly nothingness (empty space).
We don't exist because we are composed of cells, which are composed of
atoms, which are mostly made up of empty space. The atom is made up of
protons and electrons; the electron is everywhere and at the same time
nowhere. The speaker thus argued that matter is an illusion. What we
have for sure is space where everything could happen. Another important
subject covered by Dr. Ehsani was time and the relationship to eternity
and that in the life after this material one; there is no time and
One of the books cited during his presentation
was the Seven Valleys written by Bahá’u’lláh. In order for us to
understand and appreciate the simple things in life, Dr. Ehsani shared
the following quote from the Seven Valleys: "His beauty hath no veiling
save light, His face no covering save revelation. How strange
that while the Beloved is visible as the sun, yet the heedless still
hunt after tinsel and base metal. Yea, the intensity of His revelation
hath covered Him, and the fullness of His shining forth hath hidden
Him." (p.39) As Jesus Christ stated, "I have overcome the world."
And Buddha, "Overcome the ego, the end of suffering." This is the
beginning of nobility and awareness of oneness of self with all.
This was a new approach towards ego that I had never heard before and
that stuck in my mind. Ego is fine, but we become similar to
animals where one can predict behaviour, and where responses are
automated. This is the very truth if we look at ourselves and the
behaviours of others.
As a concluding note, Dr Ehsani
shared a quote from Bahá’u’lláh, where we are truly forced to pause and
start to think about what truly matters in life and what should be our
aim in this life. "The world is but a show, vain and empty, a
mere nothing, bearing the semblance of reality. Set not your affections
upon it. Break not the bond that uniteth you with your Creator, and be
not of those that have erred and strayed from His ways.".