Jalál, 07 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E


Several years ago we received a dwarf umbrella tree (Schefflera arboricola) from long time family friends who were moving into new digs and had no room for their houseplants.

We did no pruning and it grew a bit out of control. So, I took the shears to it and placed the cuttings in a jar of water to see if they take root. According to the care literature, they can form aerial roots from which to start new plants or just let them take root. And as that photo suggests, they are good candidates for bonsai. Too bad we didn’t know of these possibilities when we first got the plant, it would have been much easier from the get-go. Ah, well. Better late than never!


We have a relatively large Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) bush in the front garden that requires significant pruning to keep it tastefully “in bounds.” It’s tall enough that I need a stepladder to reach the topmost branches. It’s not my favorite task by far, but once done it’s easy to have a sense of accomplishment. That was the project of note this afternoon along with continuing to attack the thistle — a couple of activities that took my mind off the drama unfolding with my brother-in-law.


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It is my hope that the meetings of the Bahá’í Assembly in New York shall become like meetings of the Supreme Concourse. When you assemble, you must reflect the lights of the heavenly Kingdom. Let your hearts be as mirrors in which the radiance of the Sun of Reality is visible. Each bosom must be a telegraph station—one terminus of the wire attached to the soul, the other fixed in the Supreme Concourse—so that inspiration may descend from the Kingdom of Abhá and questions of reality be discussed. Then opinions will coincide with truth; day by day there will be progression, and the meetings will become more radiant and spiritual. This attainment is conditioned upon unity and agreement. The more perfect the love and agreement, the more the divine confirmations and assistance of the Blessed Perfection will descend. May this prove to be a divine meeting, and may boundless bestowals come down upon you. Strive with all your hearts and with the very power of life that unity and love may continually increase. In discussions look toward the reality without being self-opinionated. Let no one assert and insist upon his own mere opinion; nay, rather, let each investigate reality with the greatest love and fellowship. Consult upon every matter, and when one presents the point of view of reality itself, that shall be acceptable to all. Then will spiritual unity increase among you, individual illumination will be greater, happiness will be more abundant, and you will draw nearer and nearer to the Kingdom of God. 1

  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, 183. [https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/12#110529474]. [return]