• 24 January 2022

    Kamál, 07 Sultán (Sovereignty), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Just before sunrise …

    And a few minutes later …

    Done

    Refined the daily task flows in ClickUp. Definitely, one’s time takes a hit when adopting a new platform! And then there’s even more time consumed sticking to the schedule imposed by the work / task flows. This is getting to be like a real job ;-)

    Noted

    Rest In Peace: Edgar S. Cahn, a major contributor to the advancement of time-based currencies and founder of TimeBankUSA, passed away yesterday at age 86.

    I think we are all endowed with a sense of injustice, with an ability to recognize and respond to disparities, which we should not tolerate, to respond and to recognize unfairness. — Edgar Cahn

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    Quoted

    As the friends gain experience in social and economic development, and as they advance in their studies of various branches of learning or in their professional fields, individuals arise in every continent who have expertise in some aspect of development work and who wish to offer their services to projects at home or abroad. If their energies are not channelled effectively, and they are not given a realistic picture of Bahá’í development efforts, these friends will later become frustrated when they realize that the capacity of Bahá’í projects overseas to utilize their talents and services is limited.

    For this reason, it is important that conferences, seminars and promotional materials not reinforce an image of “development projects” as understood by society at large. Bahá’í efforts in this field generally take the form of grassroots initiatives carried out by small groups of believers in the towns and villages where they reside. As these initiatives are nurtured, some grow into more substantial programs with permanent administrative structures. Yet very few can be compared with the kind of complex projects promoted and funded by government agencies and large nongovernmental organizations. 1


    1. Research Department of the Universal House of Justice, editor. “Social Action.” Bahá’í Reference Library, Aug. 2020, 95, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/compilations/social-action/3#384530780. [return]
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  • 23 January 2022

    Jamál, 06 Sultán (Sovereignty), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Fresh snow this morning!

    Done

    Continued to play with ClickUp—it’s getting easier to figure out the project management features, which are quite extensive. I’m still having difficulty using it to develop content. But maybe being a project management platform is sufficient.

    Wrote a welcome message for new members to the Global Rebirth group on Signal. Looking forward to seeing how far this effort can go!

    Noted

    Seen on Astral Prospecting’s morning hike …

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    Quoted

    Strive as much as possible to become proficient in the science of agriculture, for in accordance with the divine teachings the acquisition of sciences and the perfection of arts are considered acts of worship. If a man engageth with all his power in the acquisition of a science or in the perfection of an art, it is as if he has been worshiping God in churches and temples. Thus as thou enterest a school of agriculture and strivest in the acquisition of that science thou art day and night engaged in acts of worship—acts that are accepted at the threshold of the Almighty. What bounty greater than this, that science should be considered as an act of worship and art as service to the Kingdom of God. 1 2


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. Selections from the Writings of ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. Translated by Marzieh Gail. 1st ed. Haifa: Bahá’í World Center, 1978, 144-145. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/selections-writings-abdul-baha/6#391476116 [return]
    2. Research Department of the Universal House of Justice, editor. “Social Action.” Bahá’í Reference Library, Aug. 2020, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/compilations/social-action/5#917666030. [return]
  • Welcome to Global Rebirth Group on Signal

    This message serves to welcome three new members to our Global Rebirth group on Signal. Michelle Ajamian is a community activist / social justice advocate; co-founder of Shagbark Seed & Mill in Athens, OH; and co-founder of Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative. Shadan Tofighi is the president and founder of Future Steps Technology in Chicago with a long history of community involvement in keeping with his faith practices. Bill Fulkerson is founder and president of Resilient Consulting in Bettendorf, IA, a company he started after an over thirty-year career in information systems and technology with John Deere.

    Michelle, Shadan, and Bill, already in the group are Tony Budak—founder of the TimeBank Mahoning Watershed in Youngstown, and Michael Greenman, co-founder of the Care and Share Time Bank in Columbus, OH, co-founder of the Move to Amend Interfaith Caucus, and an avid social justice advocate.

    I am the common denominator in the group having had the extraordinary good fortune in an over 30-year run to collaborate with each of you on social / organizational change projects across all scopes—from local to global; scales—from startups to Fortune 100 entities; and sectors—from private to public to nonprofit.

    This latest project, How’s the Weather?, is ostensibly about how to address the consequences of climate change. However, it is actually a social change initiative on what will play out on the world’s stage. This is my first opportunity since retiring 5 years ago to apply the myriad change strategies, tools, and techniques I developed with you and others over three decades to such a worthy “social experiment.”

    That said, I have no expectations as to how much or in what way you participate in this group. Hopefully, you will look over my shoulder as I post updates and offer input about the project here and elsewhere. Please let me know when I’m not clear, I misspeak, or I’m in the ditch so I can make amends and come at whatever it is another way. I promise to do the same with you should that be helpful to you. So, thanks and let our conversations begin!

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  • 22 January 2022

    Jalál, 05 Sultán (Sovereignty), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Study in contrast

    Done

    I did a test drive of ClickUp, a project management app, for Tony Budak who is considering using it. ClickUp’s marketing claim is that it will replace a number of individual apps by providing all their features in a single, integrated app and save time going from one app to another. Sounds good, too good, maybe. Let’s see. I use MindNode for mind mapping, Trello for task management, Evernote as a library for anything digitized, Ulysses for writing, and Google One / Google Drive products for collaboration, so an all-in-one app could boost productivity.

    In taking a brief run-thru with the MacOS version I have three observations:

    1. It is not a particularly user-friendly app—it’s filled with a lot of features that one may or may not use and it’s not easy to figure out which ones are really important versus others that are not so much.
    2. Its user-interface is not all that intuitive—I find myself having to sort through the screen view to find the icon that accesses the function I want. And even though there are multiple screen views from which to choose, each one has its own peculiarities that makes navigation problematic.
    3. By taking advantage of the integrations with other apps / platforms (like Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) ClickUp offers, it does most of what I do with MindNode and Trello. And it has additional features, like the task timer, that are kind of cool. But there is no way it will ever replace Ulysses and Evernote. Then again it’s not intended for content creation or curation. Instead, it is used to organize workflow—particularly among team members—so that over time everyone in the group can be more productive.

    On that note, I want to check out additional features such as emailing to and from ClickUp and composing documents in the app itself before I give my final “report.” But so far, unless you have several collaborators who commit to use it so you collectively take advantage of the group productivity improvement it offers, it might be too stiff an investment of time and energy required to learn to use it.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    It behoveth the loved ones of God to occupy themselves under all circumstances with that which is conducive to the edification of human souls, the advancement of the world of being, and the exaltation of the Word of God, the realization of which dependeth upon the deliberations of the trustees of the House of Justice. Well is it with them that strive to render service to the world of humanity. The influence of these souls will lead the world from hardship to comfort, from poverty to wealth, and from abasement to glory.

    — (Bahá’u’lláh, from a Tablet—translated from the Persian) 1


    1. Research Department of the Universal House of Justice, editor. “Social Action.” Bahá’í Reference Library, Aug. 2020, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/compilations/social-action/2#958614190. [return]
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  • 21 January 2022

    Istiqlál, 04 Sultán (Sovereignty), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Morning skies:

    Done

    Some research for Tony Budak about Communities of Practice posted to TBMW Forum:

    Community of Practice Background:

    Étienne Wenger (Computer Science) developed the concept of Communities of Practice with Jean Lave (social anthropology) through the encouragement of John Seely Brown (organizational learning)

    Cochrane Community (CoP) and Knowledge Translation (KT) Key Concepts:

    • Domain: shared interest, commitment, competence
    • Community: joint activities, build relationships, learning together
    • Practitioners: shared repertoire of resources - experiences, tools, stories, problem solutions
    • Benefits: peer to peer learning, new relationships, innovative problem solving, collaboration or partnerships on projects

    Additional Resources:

    Communities of practice a brief introduction by Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner

    Evolution of Wenger’s concept of community of practice

    Preceded by the work of M Scott Peck best represented through his book, The Road Less Traveled

    Timeline:

    My organization design practice, which introduced integrated structures (teams, communities, and networks), began in the mid 1980’s. It offered a bridge between Peck’s community-building in the early 1980’s and Wenger’s communities of practice in the early 1990’s.

    And this exercise was a trip down memory lane!

    Noted

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    Quoted

    That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race. The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth. In another passage He hath proclaimed: It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens. 1 2


    1. Baháʾuʾlláh. Tablets of Baháʼuʼlláh, Revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. Translated by Habib Taherzadeh. 1st ed. Haifa: Bahá’í World Centre, 1978, 167. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/tablets-bahaullah/5#403173768. [return]
    2. Research Department of the Universal House of Justice. “Social Action.” Bahá’í Reference Library, Aug. 2020, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/compilations/social-action/2#807370253. [return]
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  • 20 January 2022

    Istijlál, 03 Sultán (Sovereignty), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Sunset is soon to follow …

    Done

    Began confirming accuracy and completeness of bibliographic information about books from my sister and brother-in-law’s library as entered into Zotero. Once that is done, the next step will be to check if any of their books are available to read on Internet Archive. For those that are not, I am curious what are the copyright laws for scanning and uploading them to the Internet Archive so they are freely accessible. If it is permissible to do this without incurring financial cost or legal hassles, it will require access to scanning equipment and take time to do it. Sounds like the perfect “request” to make of timebank members after we locate equipment we can use. Once the books are scanned, they have the potential reach whoever has Internet access wherever that may be. Afterward, the hard copies can be donated to local organizations whose constituents would benefit from them—which is what my sister and brother-in-law wanted done with them. This approach is about as win-win-win as it could get! Thanks to Bill and Tony for helping me flesh out this possibility during our conversations yesterday!

    Noted

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    Quoted

    WHY

    Why are they afraid of peace…

    Why aren’t they afraid of war?

    Why do they sleep so well at night…

    Why…

    Maybe because that’s what they know how to do.

    Maybe because they aren’t familiar with anything else.

    Maybe because all the good things that happened to them

    Were connected with army duty or war.

    And maybe its because without wars they couldn’t

    Keep telling themselves all the time

    How much they want peace.

    1


    1. Knaz, Shaul. Peace Talks. 1st Edition, Shaul Knaz, 1989, 6. [return]
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  • 19 January 2022

    ’Idál, 02 Sultán (Sovereignty), 178 B.E.

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    Lookin’ out my front door …

    Done

    Conversations with Bill Fulkerson and Tony Budak

    • Because of the unique characteristics of the human genome, EVERYONE has value as expressed by their thoughts, words, and actions which they present each and every day throughout their lives.
    • There is a direct relationship between the value of one’s thoughts, words, and actions and the time consumed generating them: more time consumed, more value generated.
    • The challenge is how to credit each person for the time lapsed generating thoughts, words, and actions and allowing them to be digitized and uploaded IN EXCHANGE for guaranteed, daily receipt of basic needs, at a minimum, AND access to the means by which each can fulfill their particular purpose in life?
    • How can timebank networks initiate and facilitate broader-based learning processes about and direct experiences with exchange systems of time for basic needs and quality of life?
    • Active timebanks wherein one can further the development of these processes and gain experience with their applications include:

    More to add; details to follow …

    Noted

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    Quoted

    The Bahá’í Movement is now well known throughout the world, and the time has come when Nabíl’s unique narrative of its beginnings in the darkest Persia will interest many readers. The record which he sets down with such devoted care is in many respects extraordinary. It has its thrilling passages, and the splendor of the central theme gives to the chronicle not only great historical value but high moral power. Its lights are strong; and this effect is more intense because they seem like a sunburst at midnight. The tale is one of struggle and martyrdom; its poignant scenes, its tragic incidents are many. Corruption, fanaticism, and cruelty gather against the cause of reformation to destroy it, and the present volume closes at the point where a riot of hate seems to have accomplished its purpose and to have driven into exile or put to death every man, woman and child in Persia who dared to profess a leaning towards the teachings of the Báb.

    Nabíl, himself a participant in some of the scenes which he recites, took up his lonely pen to recite the truth about men and women so mercilessly persecuted and a movement so grievously traduced.

    He writes with ease, and when his emotions are strongly stirred his style becomes vigorous and trenchant. He does not present with any system the claims and teaching of Bahá’u’lláh and His Forerunner. His purpose is the simple one of rehearsing the beginnings of the Bahá’í Revelation and of preserving the remembrance of the deeds of its early champions. He relates a series of incidents, punctiliously quoting his authority for almost every item of information. His work in consequence, if less artistic and philosophic, gains in value as a literal account of what he knew or could from credible witnesses discover about the early history of the Cause. 1


    1. Zarandí, Nabíl. The Dawn-Breakers: Nabíl’s Narrative of the Early Days of the Bahá’í Revelation. 1953. Translated by Shoghi Effendi, Reprint 1975, Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1975, xxi. [return]
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  • How’s the Weather?

    A Global Initiative to Turn from Emergency to Emergence

    Fellow Steward of the Earth:

    You may think this is just a chain letter, but, I assure you, it is a whole lot more!

    The climate crisis is accelerating! Globally storms are bigger and stronger; destructive floods, droughts and fires are occurring worldwide; Refugees are escaping starvation and brutality – and are being rejected and returned to dangerous lives; humanity is more divided; national politics are moving towards authoritarianism; a pandemic sweeps the planet.  

    Actions to address all of this are completely inadequate. Our leaders, governments and corporations are acting with neither urgency nor collaboration. Self-interest prevails. As Greta Thunberg says:

    Humanity is failing to stop the climate crisis. It’s now beyond urgent—the planet is screaming for help.

    Globally, all of us must force action at all levels able to make changes happen. Reaching out around the globe is simple today! 62% of all people globally have cell phones; free computer translation to MOST languages is available; a variety of electronic communications apps make it simple.

    Immediate ACTION by everyone is essential:

    • Click this link for a partial listing of organizations already focusing on the climate crisis.
    • Email those you know about—local or international—to globalrebirth23@gmail.com so we can add them.
    • Select one (or more) and get involved to make the IMMEDIATE changes we need—locally and internationally—to both mitigate the consequences of #ClimateChange and to take care of each other.
    • Target Earth Day 2023 (Saturday, April 22) - a worldwide day of demonstrations and marches—at all local, regional, and international levels—to insist that our governments actively collaborate worldwide AND to highlight all local / national projects.
    • Send THIS document: “How’s the Weather?”, translated as needed (see Google Translate), to friends and contacts everywhere who will recognize the urgency and act (include the English version to ensure consistency).

    Contact: (Phone) +1 (614) 285-6865 (E-Mail): globalrebirth23@gmail.com

    Hope is belief in the plausibility of the possible as opposed to the necessity of the probable. — Maimonides

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  • 17 January 2022

    Kamál, 19 Sharaf (Honor), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    And the snow beckons to be shoveled:

    But thanks to a good neighbor …

    All done!

    Done

    Edited letter for Michael Greenman to launch climate change initiative referenced in “Global Rebirth.” This will be the start of a social experiment to see how extensive a network of interconnections can be established among individuals and organizations who are willing to collaborate across multiple platforms, oftentimes having to overcome limited access to technology to do so, yet holding strong commitments to a common cause—combatting the consequences of climate change.

    Noted

    “Astral” ice crystals—but Astral Prospecting might need to turn up the heat ;-)

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    Quoted

    Real Islam is a deep and unquestioning trust in God, the realization of the truth that “There is no deity save God” and of the threefold aspect of religious life: that of islām, complete surrender to God; īmān, unquestioning faith in Him and His wisdom; and ibsān, to do right and to act beautifully, because one knows that God is always watching man’s actions and thoughts. For fourteen hundred years the Muslims have practiced these virtues, and the great mystics of Islam have taught them to millions of faithful who have survived the most difficult times, the greatest hardships because of their unshakable faith in the loving kindness of God, the creator, sustainer and judge of everything created.

    Sufism, the mystical current inside Islam, developed logically out of the serious study of the Koran, according to Muslim belief the uncreated word of God, and of the constant direction of all faculties toward God. The Sufi masters taught their disciples that their duty is the fulfillment of God’s will, not out of a feeling of duty but rather out of love—for could there be anything greater than the unconditional love which man offers his Lord? And in order to be able to love God and, through Him, His creatures, the heart has to be purified by constant remembrance of God and by constant struggle against one’s lower qualities, the so-called nafs, which are, according to the world of the Prophet of Islam, “the greatest enemy of man.” This struggle against one’s lowly and base qualities is indeed the “greater Holy War,” for outward enemies can disappear and are not as dangerous as the inner, satanic forces, which try to incite man into evil, disobedience, and forgetfulness. It is this “Holy War” which in the following pages forms the center of the teaching of one of the masters o Sufism in our day, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, who hails from Sri Lanka and stands in the age-old tradition of wisdom and love.

    The reader will learn from these pages, which are written , or rather recited, in a simple, almost childlike style, that the inner dimensions of Islam are very different from those which he usually associates with this religion; that there is a wealth of love, of patience, of trust in God, and, last but not least, of gratitude; for the qualities of patience in affliction and gratitude belong together. The true lover of God knows that even in affliction it isn the hand of the Divine Beloved that he feels, and he trusts that whatever befalls him is for his best, for God knows what is good for the soul’s growth and for the spirit’s purification. 1


    1. Muhaiyaddeen, M. R. Bawa. Islam and World Peace: Explanations of a Sufi. 1st Edition, Fellowship Press, 1987, iii-iv. [return]
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  • 16 January 2022

    Jamál, 18 Sharaf (Honor), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Clear skies to start the day …

    And as the day ends, a hint of what’s to come …

    Done

    Email correspondence and administrative support for “GAVNet Daily Post” and “Global Rebirth

    Noted

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    Quoted

    The spiritual journey sharpens and magnifies our sense of contradiction. And should it not be so? The wholeness of the Spirit contrasts dramatically with the brokenness of our persons and our world. The truth of the Spirit only highlights the untruths we are living. Indeed, the ultimate contradiction is the apparent opposition between God’s light and our own shadowed lives.

    For some of us the contrast between God and world is so great that we abandon the spiritual quest. We turn away from God’s brilliance and walk in shadows because we do not wish to see ourselves in an unbecoming light. For others, the tension is resolved by disowning the dark world and trying to live in a bright but private realm. We hold the world at a distance and seek out situations which satisfy our need to stay “pure.” In one way or another, we remove ourselves from the great dramas of life where God and world interact, where contradiction abounds.

    But there is a third way to respond. A way beyond choosing either this pole or that. Let us call its “living the contradictions.” Here we refuse to flee from tension but allow that tension to occupy the center of our lives. And why would anyone walk this difficult path? Because by doing so we may receive one of the great gifts of the spiritual life—the transformation of contradiction into paradox. The poles of either / or, the choices we thought we had to make, may become signs of a larger truth than we had even dreamed. And in that truth, our lives may become larger than we had ever imagined possible! 1


    1. Palmer, Parker J. The Promise of Paradox: A Celebration of Contradictions in the Christian Life. 1st Edition, Ave Maria Press, 1980, 18-19. [return]
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  • 15 January 2022

    Jalál, 17 Sharaf (Honor), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Broadleaf Cattails (Typha latifolia)

    Done

    Bibliography reconciliation for “Daily Log

    Email correspondence in support of “GAVNet Daily Post” and “Global Rebirth

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Acknowledgements

    This book has been in my heart for many years. Friends and family would ask me—did I really want to write about such a painful time in my life, some of my failures, my mistakes, exposing myself to old hurts and wounds. Many, wounds—many that had already healed?

    The answer was yes… As I settled in to write about my sons and other significant events of my past, I learned a lot about myself. I had healed, I had grown, and I could reach out and give to others, with no expectations in return.

    When God Says No has been introspective for me, The friends, family and buyers of it have been overwhelmed by its message. The letters and calls that I have received from recipients have been too numerous to even try to keep count of. Many have bought the book for friends who are in pain.

    Thank you to my family—John, Sheryl, Shelley, Frankie, Terry and Joyce. Without their encouragement and support, my journey in bringing it to you would have been extremely difficult. To Jean Hollands, Alan Leavens and John Snyder who were there unconditionally when it seemed darkest. To Richard Baltzell, who saw the power and need for this book and to Susan Brophy, whose fingers moved much faster than mine ever could.

    All of us have been a team … a gift to and for each other. 1


    1. Briles, Judith. When God Says No: Finding the “Yes” in Pain and Disappointment. 2nd ed, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1994, vii [return]
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  • 14 January 2022

    Istiqlál, 16 Sharaf (Honor), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Just before sunrise …

    Done

    Added another “content curator” to the Greener Acres Value Network TimeBank member list so I can credit him for his time saving bookmarks for GAVNet News.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Why Me?

    When was the last time you asked the universe that question?

    When was the last time you stopped and listened for an answer?

    Because no matter how rhetorical you thought the question was, there really is an answer—and it is more comforting than you may think.

    Of course, like many really important answers, you may not be able to listen to it straight-out. You may have to listen sort of sideways—out of the corner of your ear and between the lines, so to speak—using symbols, metaphor and parable. Parables help your heart listen for the “why” while your mind is absorbed with the “who, what, when and where” stuff.

    So I would like to begin this book with a [parable] … 1


    1. St. Rain, Justice. Why Me? A Spiritual Guide to Growing through Tests: Life Lessons Gleaned from the Teachings of the Bahá’í Faith. 1st Edition, Special Ideas, 2003, 1. [return]
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  • 13 January 2022

    Istijlál, 15 Sharaf (Honor), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Birches and Buses …

    Paper birch “hieroglyphs” …

    Done

    Email correspondence about initiatives associated with “Global Rebirth.”

    Noted

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    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    Among the spiritual prerequisites placed upon the soul, who would advance toward his Creator, prayer holds a high position. One Christian scholar observes that, “Religious persons and students of religion agree in testifying that prayer is the centre of religion, the soul of all piety.” 1 Bahá’u’lláh, Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, sums up God’s exhortation in these words: “O Son of Light! Forget all save Me and commune with My spirit. This is the essence of My command, therefore turn unto it.” 2 Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, in a letter written on his behalf, affirms that “prayer is absolutely indispensable” to “inner spiritual development.” And that this development “is the very foundation and purpose of the religion of God.” 3

    As prayer is a mysterious reality, vastly potent, and variously perceived, it is impossible for a work of this nature to be definitive or comprehensive. Rather, the author attempts to lead us, through her own experience and insight, along the challenging path of prayer. She draws our attention to the guiding words of the Messengers of God, her life itself an example of their renewing power. Though her own, much appreciated, understanding of prayer is of welcome value, she wisely employs the Revelations of the Manifestations of God to open to our minds and hearts endless vistas of the soul’s potentialities. Such gems of divine insight are scattered throughout the author’s own exposition and constitute the major portion of the latter two-thirds of the book. 4


    1. Friedrich Heiler, Prayer: A Study in the History and Psychology of Religion, p. 362. [return]
    2. Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, no. 16, Arabic. [return]
    3. Letter on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual, 8 December 1935, cited in Spiritual Foundations, pp. 14-15. [return]
    4. Moffett, Ruth J. Du’a, on Wings of Prayer. Edited by Keven Brown, Prism Edition, Naturegraph Publishers, 1984, ix-x. [return]
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