This picture was taken at the home of one of my Baha'i friends, Jeanine. She, along with many other Baha'is, has a picture of this symbol in their homes, which is something that our Persian Baha'i friends cannot do in Iran. They do not have the freedom to worship the Faith as we do here in this country because of prejudice and fanaticism. Here is an explanation of the ring symbol, which can be found on the Baha'is of the United States' web site (http://www.bahai.us/welcome/principles-and-practices/bahai-symbols/):
"The purpose of the symbol that appears on Baha’i ringstones and other Baha’i identity jewelry serves as a visual reminder of God’s purpose for man, and for Baha’is in particular. The top horizontal bar represents the world of God, the Creator. The middle bar symbolizes the world of His Manifestations, unadorned. The bottom bar represents the world of man.
The vertical line joins the three horizantal bars together in the same way that the Divine Messengers of God form the link between the world of God and the world of man. The twin five-pointed stars on either side of the design represent the Bab and Baha’u'llah, the twin Messengers of God for this age. The ringstone symbol was designed by Abdu’l-Baha."
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