Kamál, 17 Masá’il (Questions), 178 B.E.


The Love for Three Oranges


Weekly trip to ALDI which included picking up more butternut squash for pumpkin pie (see “Noted” below)

Email exchange with longtime colleague

Workflow refinements


Less than 48 hours after her first serving …

My granddaughter finished it ALL. I guess she likes my crustless pumpkin pie ;-)

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On April 21, 1963, the momentous first International Bahá’í Convention yielded the long-awaited crown of the Bahá’í Administrative Order: the Universal House of Justice. This institution came into being at an unprecedented landmark in Bahá’í history known as the Most Great Jubilee, which, all at once, displayed the rich harvest of the Ten Year World Crusade inaugurated by the beloved Guardian of the Cause of God, Shoghi Effendi, in 1953; brought to an auspicious conclusion at the Bahá’í World Congress in London the dynamic ninth part of the spiritual evolution of man that began with the Adamic Cycle; and ushered mankind to the threshold of the tenth part of that divine process destined to culminate in the Christ-promised Kingdom of God on earth. … 1

Ever since its first reassuring message to the believers from the platform of the Jubilee celebration in London, the Universal House of Justice has been communicating its guidance to the Bahá’í world through letters and cablegrams. This volume contains major messages from April 1963 through October 1968, six months following the second election of the Universal House of Justice. Except for eight, these messages are addressed to all national spiritual assemblies or to the Bahá’ís of the world, in such terms as “Bahá’ís of the East and West,” “Followers of Bahá’u’lláh throughout the world,” etc. … 2

These messages enunciate the Nine Year Plan, analyze its progress, and reflect the attention the Universal House of Justice has given to the development of the institutions of the Faith and individual believers to better equip them for the worldwide tasks of the Nine Year Plan. 3

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. Universal House of Justice. Wellspring of Guidance: Messages, 1963-1968. 1st Revised Edition, Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1976, v. [return]
  2. Ibid, v-vi. [return]
  3. Ibid. [return]