Jalál, 03 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E


This clump of Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum × superbum) bloomed weeks ago with most of the stalks bending over soon afterwards—except this one, which bided its time and finally opened up earlier this week.

Notice the very healthy spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) at the top. It grew from the only part of its original root structure that survived last winter under a mulch of leaves. However, its hardiness now presents a dilemma: do I leave it under mulch, again, risking total loss due to a harsh winter, or do I dig it up and bring it inside until next spring when I transplant it back outside. Hmm.


Interacted with a long-time colleague from Vienna, Franz Nahrada after a too long break in serious communication. Recently, he has been dealing with the demons of the aging process which all too often leaves us feeling dissatisfied with what we’ve done because there’s so much more to do. That’s unfortunate because Franz has been a selfless servant to people of every walk of life the world over for decades. And his Global Villages Network concept outlines how society could be structured so that everyone can secure their basic needs and enjoy a reasonable quality of life.

We left it open to have a conversation in the near future about how his interests and mine could play off one another, yet again, and generate even more fruitful pathways for us and others to explore together for as long as possible. I’m ever hopeful the adventure will be well worth the effort we put into it!


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The world of humanity is in need of the confirmations of the Holy Spirit. True distinction among mankind is through divine bestowals and receiving the intuitions of the Holy Spirit. If man does not become the recipient of the heavenly bestowals and spiritual bounties, he remains in the plane and kingdom of the animal. For the distinction between the animal and man is that man is endowed with the potentiality of divinity in his nature, whereas the animal is entirely bereft of that gift and attainment. Therefore, if a man is bereft of the intuitive breathings of the Holy Spirit, deprived of divine bestowals, out of touch with the heavenly world and negligent of the eternal truths, though in image and likeness he is human, in reality he is an animal; even as Christ declared, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” This means that if man be a captive of physical susceptibilities and be lacking the quickening of spiritual emotions, he is merely an animal. But every soul who possesses spiritual susceptibilities and has attained a goodly portion of the bestowals of the Holy Spirit is alive with the divine life of the higher Kingdom. The soul that is portionless and bereft is as dead. Therefore, He said, “Let the dead bury their dead.” Just as the physical body of man is in need of its force of life, even so the human soul is in need of the divine animus and vivification emanating from the Holy Spirit. Without this vivification and sustenance, man would be an animal, nay, rather, dead. 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, 316-317. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/22#009740833 [return]