Fidál, 05 Rahmat (Mercy), 179 B.E


When we were gone the orange daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva) began to bloom. I was able to catch a few of them still in their glory as evidenced by this one:

Difficult to top that!


After being gone for a couple of weeks, much of today was dedicated to catching-up on outdoor chores left undone like cutting up downed limbs into yard waste and mowing the yard. I did start experimenting with different workflows in support of projects I defined during my time in Detroit. These included saving / tagging bookmarks in Zotero; organizing notes, notebooks and tags with Evernote that correspond to writing projects; reformatting the “Frameworks for Understanding the World” menu to accommodate big-ticket initiatives (like describing the organization models I developed with Ron Leonard so that others can access and apply them and migrating posts originally made to to the archives on “Frameworks”); adapting Greener Acres Value Network News to include a “community innovation portfolio” that emphasizes those “service to humanity” endeavors which rely on organizing principles of unity, love, and justice; and, outlining correspondence with folks who might be interested in what I’m doing. I’m targeting having these workflows reasonably operational early next month. I guess I’d better stick with it!


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When Jesus Christ appeared, it was the poor who first accepted Him, not the rich. Therefore, you are the disciples of Jesus Christ; you are His comrades, for He outwardly was poor, not rich. Even this earth’s happiness does not depend upon wealth. You will find many of the wealthy exposed to dangers and troubled by difficulties, and in their last moments upon the bed of death there remains the regret that they must be separated from that to which their hearts are so attached. They come into this world naked, and they must go from it naked. All they possess they must leave behind and pass away solitary, alone. Often at the time of death their souls are filled with remorse; and worst of all, their hope in the mercy of God is less than ours. Praise be to God! Our hope is in the mercy of God, and there is no doubt that the divine compassion is bestowed upon the poor. Jesus Christ said so; Bahá’u’lláh said so. While Bahá’u’lláh was in Baghdád, still in possession of great wealth, He left all He had and went alone from the city, living two years among the poor. They were His comrades. He ate with them, slept with them and gloried in being one of them. He chose for one of His names the title of The Poor One and often in His Writings refers to Himself as Darvísh , which in Persian means poor; and of this title He was very proud. He admonished all that we must be the servants of the poor, helpers of the poor, remember the sorrows of the poor, associate with them; for thereby we may inherit the Kingdom of heaven. God has not said that there are mansions prepared for us if we pass our time associating with the rich, but He has said there are many mansions prepared for the servants of the poor, for the poor are very dear to God. The mercies and bounties of God are with them. The rich are mostly negligent, inattentive, steeped in worldliness, depending upon their means, whereas the poor are dependent upon God, and their reliance is upon Him, not upon themselves. Therefore, the poor are nearer the threshold of God and His throne. 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, 11. [return]