Kamál, 02 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E
The landscaping in front of the facility where my brother-in-law goes for physical therapy has a number of plantings currently in bloom. One of them is woodland sage (Salvia nemorosa).
This plant doesn’t seem to have a downside like what’s growing in our yard / garden ;-)
I’ve established a repeatable, daily bookmarking routine lasting about 4 hours that includes posting to accounts on WordPress, Micro.blog, Twitter, and Mastodon. I can’t count Friendica because I only started to post to it and I’m not confident that what I’m doing is being useful. But we’ll see. I do know that it’s much more to my liking than WT.Social.
I have more content I would like to squeeze into the mix—writing, research, email, messages and the like—but I don’t know how much more I can streamline the process to accommodate it. If I don’t figure it out, though, my computer day drifts into the 6—8-hour range. That’s too much like work!
In keeping with this year’s commitment to self to “death clean” my books, papers, and computer files that are on my desk, in my office, down in the basement, out in the garage—pretty much everywhere, I started with books this afternoon. First up are the ones I want to giveaway to those who will find a good home for them. I’m about a quarter of the way through, maybe. I’m sure this will take me a while, but I have to start if I’m ever going to finish!
Today is my brother-in-law’s birthday—HAPPY 88!!
Question: Will you state the tenets of your faith?
Answer: First, investigate reality. Man must leave imitation and seek reality. The contemporaneous religious beliefs differ because of their allegiance to dogma. It is necessary, therefore, to abandon imitations and seek their fundamental reality.
Second, the oneness of humanity. All human creatures are the servants of God. All are submerged in the sea of His mercy. The Creator of all is one God; the Provider, the Giver, the Protector of all is one God. He is kind to all; why should we be unkind? All live beneath the shadow of His love; why should we hate each other? There are certain people who are ignorant; they must be educated. Some are like children; they must be trained and educated until they reach maturity. Others are sickly, intellectually ill, spiritually ill; they must be treated and healed. But all are the servants of God.
Third, religion must be conducive to love of all, the cause of fellowship, unity and light. If it be the cause of enmity, bloodshed and hatred, its nonbeing is better than its being, its nonexistence better than its existence. Religion and science conform and agree. If a question of religion violates reason and does not agree with science, it is imagination and not worthy of credence.
Fourth, equality between men and women. In all degrees they are equal. The readjustment of the economic laws for the livelihood of man must be effected in order that all humanity may live in the greatest happiness according to their respective degrees.
Fifth, spiritual brotherhood. All mankind must attain to spiritual fraternity—that is to say, fraternity in the Holy Spirit—for patriotic, racial and political fraternity are of no avail. Their results are meager; but divine fraternity, spiritual fraternity, is the cause of unity and amity among mankind. As heretofore material civilization has been extended, the divine civilization must now be promulgated. Until the two agree, real happiness among mankind will be unknown. By mere intellectual development and power of reason, man cannot attain to his fullest degree—that is to say, by means of intellect alone he cannot accomplish the progress effected by religion. For the philosophers of the past strove in vain to revivify the world of mankind through the intellectual faculty. The most of which they were capable was educating themselves and a limited number of disciples; they themselves have confessed failure. Therefore, the world of humanity must be confirmed by the breath of the Holy Spirit in order to receive universal education. Through the infusion of divine power all nations and peoples become quickened, and universal happiness is possible.
These are some of the principles of the Bahá’ís. 1
- ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 169-170. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/12#954195323. [return]