Istiqlál, 8 ‘Ilm (Knowledge), 178 B.E.


Cardinal on top of the grill cover.

Cardinals conjure pleasant childhood memories of hot summer evenings in south central Kansas listening to major league baseball games on the AM radio. During the late ‘50s and through the ’60s I could listen to the broadcasts of games for three teams: the Kansas City Athletics (became the Oakland Athletics in 1968) on WDAF; the Chicago Cubs on WGN; and the St. Louis Cardinals on KMOX. Where I lived the most reliable reception by far was KMOX. Combine radio receptivity with the indefatigable Harry Caray broadcasting the games of a winning team and featuring the legendary player, Stan Musial, it was easy to be a dyed-in-the-wool Cards fan.

In contrast to 60 years ago, I didn’t watch a single game of baseball this season—and I didn’t miss it. Life changes so much!


Correspondence today:

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  • Get well (1)


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Before we continue our discussion of duality and the nature of the human soul and consciousness, one more note of explanation is in order. Throughout this book I will use terms soul, spirit, and mind interchangeably. These words all refer to the same reality—the human reality—but each with specific emphasis. The following statement by ‘Abdul-Bahá (1844-1921), one of the most outstanding spiritual leaders of all time, explains the delicate nature of these terms. Referring to the human reality Abdul-Bahá stated that: 1

it [the Human Reality] is the same reality which is given different names, according to the different conditions wherein it becomes manifest. Because of its attachment to matter and the phenomenal world, which it governs the physical functions of the body, it is called the human soul. When it manifests itself as the thinker, the comprehender, it is called the mind. And when it soars into the atmosphere of God, and travels in the spiritual world, it becomes designated as spirit. 2

My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.

  1. Danesh, Hossain B. The Psychology of Spirituality. 1st ed., Paradigm Publishing, 1994, 38-39 [return]
  2. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá, “Survival and Salvation,” The Star of the West 7.19 (March 1917): 190. [return]