14 July 2022
Istijlál, 02 Kalimát (Words), 179 B.E
An eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) eyed me this morning as the fog was just beginning to lift in the background:
Worked outdoors today:
- Cleaned up the brush pile from last month’s fallen apple tree so it’s available for yard waste pick-up tomorrow morning.
- Repotted seven geraniums from individual pots into two long planters. Now, all but one of the geraniums are in planters on the deck railing. That make them so much easier to care for this summer and move inside after fall arrives. The older I get the more I like “easy.”
- Started our old backup vehicle and took it out for a quick spin “in the neighborhood” to make sure the battery gets charged.
Tomorrow, it’s nose to the grindstone with the Frameworks for Understanding the World website.
Mr. Astral Prospecting is an accomplished photographer in his own right—WOW!
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Today I wish to speak to you upon the subject of the oneness of humanity, for in this great century the most important accomplishment is the unity of mankind. Although in former centuries and times this subject received some measure of mention and consideration, it has now become the paramount issue and question in the religious and political conditions of the world. History shows that throughout the past there has been continual warfare and strife among the various nations, peoples and sects; but now—praise be to God!—in this century of illumination, hearts are inclined toward agreement and fellowship, and minds are thoughtful upon the question of the unification of mankind. There is an emanation of the universal consciousness today which clearly indicates the dawn of a great unity.
In the investigation of a subject the right method of approach is to carefully examine its premises. Therefore, we must go back to the foundation upon which human solidarity rests—namely, that all are the progeny of Adam, the creatures and servants of one God; that God is the Protector and Provider; that all are submerged in the sea of divine mercy and grace and God is loving toward all.
Humanity shares in common the intellectual and spiritual faculties of a created endowment. All are equally subject to the various exigencies of human life and are similarly occupied in acquiring the means of earthly subsistence. From the viewpoint of creation human beings stand upon the same footing in every respect, subject to the same requirements and seeking the enjoyment and comfort of earthly conditions. Therefore, the things humanity shares in common are numerous and manifest. This equal participation in the physical, intellectual and spiritual problems of human existence is a valid basis for the unification of mankind. 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, 228-229. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/16#971819005 [return]