Jalál, 11 Kalimát (Words), 179 B.E
Every back yard should have one of these, right?!
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I’m really impressed with what Arthur Dahl and the good people at ebbf and IEF have done to take the concepts of a Global Systems Accounting Beyond Economics outlined by Dr. Dahl and forging a full-blown initiative out of them now called Global Solidarity Accounting (GSA). If offers a convenient and powerful framework to link several of my interests together — practical application of Bahá’í principles, advancing the development of a time-based economy, large systems change processes, documenting my past work so it’s more accessible by anyone who wants to use it, etc.— which will help me stay on track and leverage my time and energy more effectively. To keep me moving in this direction I’m tweaking the Greener Acres Value Network News website to better support the GSA initiative. You can check out the just-added menu for it here. More tomorrow…
The fundamentals of the whole economic condition are divine in nature and are associated with the world of the heart and spirit. This is fully explained in the Bahá’í teaching, and without knowledge of its principles no improvement in the economic state can be realized. The Bahá’ís will bring about this improvement and betterment but not through sedition and appeal to physical force—not through warfare, but welfare. Hearts must be so cemented together, love must become so dominant that the rich shall most willingly extend assistance to the poor and take steps to establish these economic adjustments permanently. If it is accomplished in this way, it will be most praiseworthy because then it will be for the sake of God and in the pathway of His service. For example, it will be as if the rich inhabitants of a city should say, “It is neither just nor lawful that we should possess great wealth while there is abject poverty in this community,” and then willingly give their wealth to the poor, retaining only as much as will enable them to live comfortably.
Strive, therefore, to create love in the hearts in order that they may become glowing and radiant. When that love is shining, it will permeate other hearts even as this electric light illumines its surroundings. When the love of God is established, everything else will be realized. This is the true foundation of all economics. Reflect upon it. Endeavor to become the cause of the attraction of souls rather than to enforce minds. Manifest true economics to the people. Show what love is, what kindness is, what true severance is and generosity. This is the important thing for you to do. Act in accordance with the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. All His Books will be translated. Now is the time for you to live in accordance with His words. Let your deeds be the real translation of their meaning. Economic questions will not attract hearts. The love of God alone will attract them. Economic questions are most interesting; but the power which moves, controls and attracts the hearts of men is the love of God. 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, 238-239. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/17#978851230 [return]