Istiqlál, 13 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E


Common comfrey (Symphytum officinale): follow-up to 13 June 2022

Blooms against a cobalt blue sky


Detroit: Day Six. Today, my brother-in-law ate a full meal and hydrated sufficiently for the first time in 12 days. Maybe, just maybe he’s overcome a significant psychological hurdle we did not see coming and is back on track for what is hopefully a sustained recovery.

Regardless the eventual outcome, our experiences thus far have given us insights into the complexities of mental health and human behavior challenges due to neurological disorders brought by strokes and other form of physical damage to the brain. Once again Barry Commoner’s dictum that “everything is connected to everything else” as I noted in “Daily Log” for 10 June 2022 comes into play: such a traumatic event not only affects the one directly afflicted, but resonates throughout the constellation of that person’s family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, acquaintances, caregivers, etc.

The way my mind works, there MUST be multiple “frameworks of understanding” that people who find themselves in similar situations could apply to more handily sort out options and alternatives rather than reinvent the wheel over and over again. I plan to dive more deeply into this possibility.


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In this present age the world of humanity is afflicted with severe sicknesses and grave disorders which threaten death. Therefore, Bahá’u’lláh has appeared. He is the real Physician, bringing divine remedy and healing to the world of man. He has brought teachings for all ailments—the Hidden Words, Ishráqát, Ṭarázát, Tajallíyát, Words of Paradise, Glad Tidings, etc. These Holy Words and teachings are the remedy for the body politic, the divine prescription and real cure for the disorders which afflict the world. Therefore, we must accept and partake of this healing remedy in order that complete recovery may be assured. Every soul who lives according to the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh is free from the ailments and indispositions which prevail throughout the world of humanity; otherwise, selfish disorders, intellectual maladies, spiritual sicknesses, imperfections and vices will surround him, and he will not receive the life-giving bounties of God.

Bahá’u’lláh is the real Physician. He has diagnosed human conditions and indicated the necessary treatment. The essential principles of His healing remedies are the knowledge and love of God, severance from all else save God, turning our faces in sincerity toward the Kingdom of God, implicit faith, firmness and fidelity, loving-kindness toward all creatures and the acquisition of the divine virtues indicated for the human world. These are the fundamental principles of progress, civilization, international peace and the unity of mankind. These are the essentials of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings, the secret of everlasting health, the remedy and healing for man. 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, 204-205. [return]