’Idál, 11 ‘Ilm (Knowledge), 179 B.E

Birth of the Báb


Japanese snowball bush (Viburnum plicatum) in its fall colors…


Replaced two diagrams on the “Narrative of the Twin Economies” wiki. It took forever to figure out how to add revised files, then replace previous versions on a page. I’ll work on it again tomorrow to see if I can repeat the process.

Set up the turntable we fetched from the repair shop, yesterday. Now, I can listen to my record collection which has gone unheard for longer than I can remember. I commemorated the occasion by playing the last record my wife (Astral Prospecting’s mom) played before she passed away over 22 years ago. I realize that seems a bit off, but it’s a positive story of closure and moving on. And speaking of sound, there is a definite difference between digital and analog. I can’t wait to hear more!

The Apple Fitness app has a band for exercise. I have no idea what the app counts as exercise. I had a goal of 15 minutes so I wore myself out hard raking for 25 minutes and it gave me credit for half that. I fixed the problem, though. I reset the daily goal to 10 minutes — made it with time to spare ;-)


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The issue of paramount importance in the world today is international peace. The European continent is like an arsenal, a storehouse of explosives ready for ignition, and one spark will set the whole of Europe aflame, particularly at this time when the Balkan question is before the world. Even now war is raging furiously in some places, the blood of innocent people is being shed, children are made captive, women are left without support, and homes are being destroyed. Therefore, the greatest need in the world today is international peace. The time is ripe. It is time for the abolition of warfare, the unification of nations and governments. It is the time for love. It is time for cementing together the East and the West.

Inasmuch as the Californians seem peace loving and possessed of great worthiness and capacity, I hope that advocates of peace may daily increase among them until the whole population shall stand for that beneficent outcome. May the men of affairs in this democracy uphold the standard of international conciliation. Then may altruistic aims and thoughts radiate from this center toward all other regions of the earth, and may the glory of this accomplishment forever halo the history of this country. May the first flag of international peace be upraised in this state. May the first illumination of reality shine gloriously upon this soil. May this center and capital become distinguished in all degrees of accomplishment, for the virtues of humanity and the possibilities of human advancement are boundless. There is no end to them, and whatever be the degree to which humanity may attain, there are always degrees beyond. There is no attainment in the contingent realm of which it may be said, “Beyond this state of being and perfection there is no other,” or “This has achieved the superlative degree.” No matter how perfect it may appear, there is always a greater degree of attainment to be reached. Therefore, no matter how much humanity may advance, there are ever higher stations to be attained because virtues are unlimited. There is a consummation for everything except virtues, and although this country has achieved extraordinary progress, I hope that its attainment may be immeasurably greater, for the divine bounties are infinite and unlimited. 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, 376-377. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/27#733813562 [return]