• 21 May 2022

    Jalál, 05 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur), 179 B.E

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    There are several “starts” of wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei) — such as the one in the photo below — just getting underway. It’s an ivy-like ornamental that spreads by climbing and creeping. The mature plant flowers producing reddish-colored berries later in the season. So far, sounds great!

    Native to Asia and imported for landscaping, it is now labelled an invasive species due to its aggressiveness and tendency to climb into trees only to damage or destroy them. Some authors cut it absolutely no slack whatsoever as Nathan Johnson did in “Stop this invader from overrunning our trees.” Guess I’d better use my hoe now and hope ;-)

    Done

    I integrated elements in the change management process diagram I posted to “Daily Log” yesterday with an adaptation of the “s-curve” variation of the “Let Your Vision Be World-Embracing” diagrams I posted to “Daily Log” on May 9th. Here’s what the first pass looks like:

    I’m sure there will be several more versions before it’s settled, but as it stands I have a good starting place from which to explore other concepts about social transformation.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    The purpose, in brief, is this: that if woman be fully educated and granted her rights, she will attain the capacity for wonderful accomplishments and prove herself the equal of man. She is the coadjutor of man, his complement and helpmeet. Both are human; both are endowed with potentialities of intelligence and embody the virtues of humanity. In all human powers and functions they are partners and coequals. At present in spheres of human activity woman does not manifest her natal prerogatives, owing to lack of education and opportunity. Without doubt education will establish her equality with men. Consider the animal kingdom, where no distinction is observed between male and female. They are equal in powers and privileges. Among birds of the air no distinction is evidenced. Their powers are equal; they dwell together in complete unity and mutual recognition of rights. Shall we not enjoy the same equality? Its absence is not befitting to mankind. 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, 136-137. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/9#882843088. [return]
  • 20 May 2022

    Istiqlál, 04 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur), 179 B.E

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    Although the deer nipped a few of our Japanese iris / Siberian iris (Iris sanguinea) that grew too close to the hostas the deer were after, these made it just fine:

    My partner and I had a difficult time getting confirming information about the name of the iris from different sources. Compare the close-up photo below with the one in Wikipedia for Japanese iris / Iris sanguinea and it’s the same. But the description in answer to “What is the difference between Japanese iris and Siberian iris?” indicates that this is a Siberian iris.

    Like all good partnerships, one keeps looking until one finds a “both…and” answer that satisfies all conditions for both parties and…here it is on the North Carolina State Extension website: Iris sanguinea | Common Name(s): Japanese Iris AND Siberian Iris

    Actually, though, I enjoy looking at them regardless of their name!

    Done

    I started converting slides about change management and institutional change originally I developed several years ago in PowerPoint and Google Slides into Keynote. I’ll post them here one by one as I get them done just to “prove” I’m making progress ;-)

    Here’s the first one about the “Change Management Process”

    Eventually, I’ll compile them into complete presentations which I’ll post to Frameworks for Understanding the World.

    Also, I’ll integrate the concepts they illustrate into slides within projects I’m currently working on, such as “Let Your Vision Be World-Embracing,” so, stay tuned …

    Noted

    Although she passed so many years ago, this will always be my mom’s birthday as long as I have the capacity to remember it. May she be blessed by continued progress in her spiritual journey throughout eternity.

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    Quoted

    The most momentous question of this day is international peace and arbitration, and universal peace is impossible without universal suffrage. Children are educated by the women. The mother bears the troubles and anxieties of rearing the child, undergoes the ordeal of its birth and training. Therefore, it is most difficult for mothers to send to the battlefield those upon whom they have lavished such love and care. Consider a son reared and trained twenty years by a devoted mother. What sleepless nights and restless, anxious days she has spent! Having brought him through dangers and difficulties to the age of maturity, how agonizing then to sacrifice him upon the battlefield! Therefore, the mothers will not sanction war nor be satisfied with it. So it will come to pass that when women participate fully and equally in the affairs of the world, when they enter confidently and capably the great arena of laws and politics, war will cease; for woman will be the obstacle and hindrance to it. This is true and without doubt. 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, 134-135. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/9#759960588. [return]
  • 19 May 2022

    Istijlál, 03 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur), 179 B.E

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    The entry for today is European black nightshade (solanum nigrum)

    Apparently this perennial herb has had several medicinal and culinary uses over the centuries. However, it does come with the caveat that it must be handled with care due to its toxicity, according to PictureThis. And Wikipedia downgrades it as a “serious agricultural weed” when growing with cash crops in the field.

    I’ll keep a close eye on it and see what it does!

    Done

    Drew an alternative background for slides that features three overlapping s-curves — one corresponding to each “age” — on the “Timeline of the Divine Plan” rather than only one.

    This will help me visually and verbally “unpack” the dynamics of interacting s-curves within active / actionable frameworks in keeping with their basic characteristics I mentioned in the “Daily Log” for 14 May 2022: 1) observable; 2) subjective; 3) finite; 4) fractal; and 5) complex. More to follow …

    Noted

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    Quoted

    I wish to speak upon the brotherhood of mankind. There is perfect brotherhood underlying humanity, for all are servants of one God and belong to one family under the protection of divine providence. The bond of fraternity exists in humanity because all are intelligent beings created in the realm of evolutionary growth. There is brotherhood potential in humanity because all inhabit this earthly globe under the one canopy of heaven. There is brotherhood natal in mankind because all are elements of one human society subject to the necessity of agreement and cooperation. There is brotherhood intended in humanity because all are waves of one sea, leaves and fruit of one tree. This is physical fellowship which ensures material happiness in the human world. The stronger it becomes, the more will mankind advance and the circle of materiality be enlarged. 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, 129-130. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/9#458657664. [return]
  • 18 May 2022

    ’Idál, 02 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur), 179 B.E

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    This season, I’m letting the garden and yard grow whatever it will without making value judgements about this plant and that one (except creeping thistle — there I draw the line — it’s outta here) just because it’s NOT something edible by humans, attractive to pollinators and birds, or deemed “appropriate” in suburban landscaping. If it’s green, it gets a shot, at least until I photograph and identify it. I’ve been using an app called “PictureThis.” So far, it’s been flawless. But I plan on putting it through its paces in the days and weeks ahead as EVERYTHING is sprouting and growing. With that, here’s today’s entry:

    Field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense)

    I learned that it can be grown successfully as a cover crop, feedstock, and oil for renewable fuels. On the other hand, “Field pennycress is a weed of cultivated land and wasteland,” reports the Wikipedia entry about it. I probably won’t commercialize it in the back yard ;-)

    Done

    Started the next set of slides about the “s-curve” which will comprise a complementary presentation to “Let Your Vision Be World-Embracing.” I’ll start posting them later this week.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Throughout the universe the divine power is effulgent in endless images and pictures. The world of creation, the world of humanity may be likened to the earth itself and the divine power to the sun. This Sun has shone upon all mankind. In the endless variety of its reflections the divine Will is manifested. Consider how all are recipients of the bounty of the same Sun. At most the difference between them is that of degree, for the effulgence is one effulgence, the one light emanating from the Sun. This will express the oneness of the world of humanity. The body politic, or the social unity of the human world, may be likened to an ocean, and each member, each individual, a wave upon that same ocean. 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, 14. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/2#658447153 [return]
  • 17 May 2022

    Fidál, 01 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur), 179 B.E

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    Spotted this seedling Norway spruce (Picea abies) growing out of the base of a mature silver maple (Acer saccharum) while mowing today.

    I’m leaving them alone so they can work out their relationship. Perhaps it will evolve into a kind of symbiosis whereby the spruce in the early stage of its life draws sustenance from the maple that’s well along in its later years. We’ll see what they come up with …

    Done

    Got my second COVID booster this afternoon. I’m calling it quits for the day. Tomorrow will come soon enough ;-)

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Furthermore, the forms and organisms of phenomenal being and existence in each of the kingdoms of the universe are myriad and numberless. The vegetable plane or kingdom, for instance, has its infinite variety of types and material structures of plant life—each distinct and different within itself, no two exactly alike in composition and detail—for there are no repetitions in nature, and the augmentative virtue cannot be confined to any given image or shape. Each leaf has its own particular identity—so to speak, its own individuality as a leaf. Therefore, each atom of the innumerable elemental atoms, during its ceaseless motion through the kingdoms of existence as a constituent of organic composition, not only becomes imbued with the powers and virtues of the kingdoms it traverses but also reflects the attributes and qualities of the forms and organisms of those kingdoms. As each of these forms has its individual and particular virtue, therefore, each elemental atom of the universe has the opportunity of expressing an infinite variety of those individual virtues. No atom is bereft or deprived of this opportunity or right of expression. Nor can it be said of any given atom that it is denied equal opportunities with other atoms; nay, all are privileged to possess the virtues existent in these kingdoms and to reflect the attributes of their organisms. In the various transformations or passages from kingdom to kingdom the virtues expressed by the atoms in each degree are peculiar to that degree. For example, in the world of the mineral the atom does not express the vegetable form and organism, and when through the process of transmutation it assumes the virtues of the vegetable degree, it does not reflect the attributes of animal organisms, and so on. 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, 285. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/20#232630350 [return]
  • 16 May 2022

    Kamál, 19 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

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    Done

    **AN EXPERIMENT:

    MindNode graphic display of “Theme 1”

    Text outline of the graphic:

    THEME 1: Bahá’u’lláh’s Vision of the Oneness of Humanity

    Oneness

    What We Are Going to Do Together? — Establish the Divine Civilization!

    We put great reliance on you and on National Spiritual Assemblies to ensure that, in all the efforts made to acquaint the friends with the nature of this collective enterprise, the perspective of history is kept fully in view. The civilization of today, for all its material prowess, has been found wanting, and the verdict has been issued by the Supreme Pen: “Know ye not that We have rolled up that which the people possessed, and have unfolded a new order in its place?” The establishment of Divine Civilization is, in the words of the Guardian, “the primary mission of the Bahá’í Faith”. It is to be built upon the most foundational qualities, ones for which the world stands in great need: unity, trustworthiness, mutual support, collaboration, fellow feeling, selflessness, commitment to truth, a sense of responsibility, a thirst to learn, the love of an all-embracing heart. 1 2

    God knoweth and testifieth to the truth of My words. Contemplate, therefore, your condition and the measure of your understanding. Woe betide you, and your thoughts, and your judgement, O ye that are in grievous loss! Know ye not that We have rolled up that which the people possessed, and have unfolded a new order in its place? 3

    It would, however, be helpful and instructive to bear in mind certain basic principles with reference to the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, which, together with the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, constitutes the chief depository wherein are enshrined those priceless elements of that Divine Civilization, the establishment of which is the primary mission of the Bahá’í Faith. 4

    Why We Are Inviting You? — Because We’re Family!

    They advocate tolerance and understanding, and with the inherent oneness of humanity uppermost in their minds, they view everyone as a potential partner to collaborate with, and they strive to foster fellow feeling even among groups who may traditionally have been hostile to one another. They are conscious of how the forces of materialism are at work around them, and their eyes are wide open to the many injustices that persist in the world, yet they are equally clear sighted about the creative power of unity and humanity’s capacity for altruism. They see the power that true religion possesses to transform hearts and overcome distrust, and so, with confidence in what the future holds, they labour to cultivate the conditions in which progress can occur. They share their beliefs liberally with others, remaining respectful of the freedom of conscience of every soul, and they never impose their own standards on anyone. And while they would not pretend to have discovered all the answers, they are clear about what they have learned and what they still need to learn. Their efforts advance to the alternating rhythm of action and reflection; setbacks leave them unfazed. 5 6

    UNITY

    • Common Origin
    • Common Purpose

      • The purpose of humanity/creation (i.e., true religion) > Bahá’u’lláh states that “the purpose for which mortal men have, from utter nothingness, stepped into the realm of being, is that they may work for the betterment of the world and live together in concord and harmony.” He has revealed teachings that make this possible. Building a society that consciously pursues this collective purpose is the work of not only this generation, but of many generations to come, and Bahá’u’lláh’s followers welcome all who labour alongside them in this undertaking. It means learning how to raise up vibrant, outward-looking communities; it means those communities learning how to bring about spiritual and material progress; it means learning how to contribute to the discourses that influence the direction of that progress. These areas of endeavour are, naturally, familiar ones. Seen from one perspective, they are quite distinct, each having its own characteristics and imperatives. Yet they all represent ways of awakening the energies latent in the human soul and channelling them towards the betterment of society. Together, they are means of releasing what the Guardian described as “the society-building power” of the Faith. This inherent power possessed by the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh is visible even in the fledgling efforts of a Bahá’í community learning to serve humanity and promote the Word of God. And though the world society foreshadowed in His Revelation is of course far distant, communities that are earnestly learning to apply His teachings to their social reality abound. How immensely blessed are those souls who, alive to the greatness of this Day and the significance of their actions, strive for the emergence of a society shaped by the divine teachings. 7

        • Bahá’u’lláh states that “the purpose for which mortal men have, from utter nothingness, stepped into the realm of being, is that they may work for the betterment of the world and live together in concord and harmony.” He has revealed teachings that make this possible. 8 9

        • Building a society that consciously pursues this collective purpose is the work of not only this generation, but of many generations to come, and Bahá’u’lláh’s followers welcome all who labour alongside them in this undertaking. 10 11

    • Everyone is in

    • Interrelatedness

      • Judaism
      • Tribes
      • INDIVIDUALS
    • Unique Expressions

    LOVE

    We put great reliance on you and on National Spiritual Assemblies to ensure that, in all the efforts made to acquaint the friends with the nature of this collective enterprise, the perspective of history is kept fully in view. The civilization of today, for all its material prowess, has been found wanting, and the verdict has been issued by the Supreme Pen: “Know ye not that We have rolled up that which the people possessed, and have unfolded a new order in its place?” The establishment of Divine Civilization is, in the words of the Guardian, “the primary mission of the Bahá’í Faith”. It is to be built upon the most foundational qualities, ones for which the world stands in great need: unity, trustworthiness, mutual support, collaboration, fellow feeling, selflessness, commitment to truth, a sense of responsibility, a thirst to learn, the love of an all-embracing heart. 12

    How we long to see humanity illumined with the love of its Lord; how we long to hear His praise on every tongue. Knowing the ardency of our wish, you know then the emotion with which, when we lay our heads upon the Most Holy Threshold, we implore Bahá’u’lláh to make you, and all who cherish His precious Faith, ever more perfect channels of His ineffable grace. 13

    • Forgiveness
    • Interconnections

      • Christianity
      • City-States
      • COMMUNITIES > The administration of the Faith at the grassroots is, of course, intimately connected with the development of Local Spiritual Assemblies. These nascent Houses of Justice are described by Shoghi Effendi as “the chief sinews of Bahá’í society, as well as the ultimate foundation of its administrative structure”, and he greatly emphasizes the importance of their formation. In 1995, we called for the reinstitution of the practice that required all Local Assemblies, including those being newly formed, to be elected on the First Day of Riḍván rather than at any other time of year. This development was related to the fact that, while believers from outside a locality could assist with the electoral process, the primary responsibility for electing any Assembly and maintaining its operations rests with the Bahá’ís of that place; much depends on their readiness for undertaking administrative activity. It has been seen, in recent years, how a sense of Bahá’í identity can gradually gain strength in an area as a pattern of action grounded in the teachings becomes established among individuals and families living there. Thus, a community will often have attained a certain level of capacity in relation to community-building endeavours by the time the formation of a Local Assembly becomes possible. As this point approaches—and it should not be unduly delayed—efforts have to be made to cultivate an appreciation for the formal aspects of community life associated with Bahá’í administration. The Local Assembly that emerges in such a milieu is likely to be well aware of its responsibility to encourage and strengthen those activities which help to sustain a vibrant community. However, it will also need to gain proficiency in discharging a wide range of other responsibilities, and the support provided to it by your auxiliaries and their assistants will be vitally important. In our message to your 2010 conference, we described the developmental path of such an Assembly, and we referred to various dimensions of its functioning that would need to receive attention, including its ability to manage and develop a Local Fund and, in time, to support initiatives of social action and to interact with agencies of local government and civil society. The benefits that accrue to a community being served by such an Assembly need no elaboration. 14
    • Everyone is connected to everyone else

    JUSTICE

    • Cause and Effect
      • Rules
      • Responsibility
        • Individual
        • Collective
    • Interdependencies
      • INSTITUTIONS
      • Islam
      • Nation-States
    • Everyone Counts

    How Will We Pull It Off?

    In places where the activities of the Plan have reached such a degree of prevalence, the inhabitants now possess a substantially increased capacity to steer the course of their own development, and the institutions and agencies of the Faith there now have an expanded vision of their responsibilities. Of course, these responsibilities still include having robust systems in place to continually build capacity and support those taking initiative. But the advancement of the community depends, to a greater extent than before, on local institutions and agencies being conscious of the social forces at work in the environment and acting to preserve the integrity of the community’s many endeavours. Meanwhile, the relationship of the Bahá’í community to the surrounding society undergoes profound change. As represented by its formal structures of administration and informal collaborative arrangements, the Bahá’í community has become a highly visible protagonist in society in its own right, one that is ready to shoulder important responsibilities and intensify a broad, collective process of learning about spiritual and material progress. At the same time, as the wider society embraces many aspects of Bahá’í community life and imbibes its unifying spirit, the dynamics thus created allow divers groups to come together in a combined movement inspired by Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the oneness of humanity. To date, the number of places where a Bahá’í pattern of community life has attained such prevalence is modest, yet it is growing. Here is witnessed a release of the society-building power of the Faith unlike anything that has been seen before. 15 16

    Small Group Discussion

    • What are the characteristics and aspirations of the environment and population in your area? For example, the physical characteristics of the environment, the demographics of the population, the aspirations of children, youth, and parents, as well as the strengths and challenges you observe in your community.

    • How is this vision of Bahá’u’lláh for the “inherent oneness of humanity” unfolding in your area? What contribution can each of us make for the “betterment” of society?

    • What aspects of the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh resonate with the aspirations of your community?

    • How is cooperation and mutual assistance being manifested among individuals, the community, institutions, and the local leaders? Share examples of cooperation and mutual assistance among individuals, institutions, and the community in your area.

    • How are you using consultation as a means for making decisions that will assist spiritual and material progress to occur?

    • What are the spaces for regular consultation and reflection in your area?

    • How are you learning to engage growing numbers in the process of building spiritually and materially vibrant communities?

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    Quoted

    All the divine Manifestations have proclaimed the oneness of God and the unity of mankind. They have taught that men should love and mutually help each other in order that they might progress. Now if this conception of religion be true, its essential principle is the oneness of humanity. The fundamental truth of the Manifestations is peace. This underlies all religion, all justice. The divine purpose is that men should live in unity, concord and agreement and should love one another. Consider the virtues of the human world and realize that the oneness of humanity is the primary foundation of them all. Read the Gospel and the other Holy Books. You will find their fundamentals are one and the same. Therefore, unity is the essential truth of religion and, when so understood, embraces all the virtues of the human world. Praise be to God! This knowledge has been spread, eyes have been opened, and ears have become attentive. Therefore, we must endeavor to promulgate and practice the religion of God which has been founded by all the Prophets. And the religion of God is absolute love and unity. 17


    1. Universal House of Justice. “To the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors.” Bahá’í Reference Library, 30 Dec. 2021, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20211230_001/1#758524518 [return]
    2. 09 March 2022 https://stevebosserman.micro.blog/2022/03/09/march.html [return]
    3. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/days-remembrance/7#399762868 [return]
    4. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/shoghi-effendi/world-order-bahaullah/2#476179381 [return]
    5. Universal House of Justice. “To the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors.” Bahá’í Reference Library, 30 Dec. 2021, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20211230_001/1#758524477 [return]
    6. 12 February 2022 https://stevebosserman.micro.blog/2022/02/12/february.html [return]
    7. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20211230_001/1#758524475 [return]
    8. Universal House of Justice. “To the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors.” Bahá’í Reference Library, 30 Dec. 2021, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20211230_001/1#758524475 [return]
    9. 14 February 2022 https://stevebosserman.micro.blog/2022/02/14/february.html [return]
    10. Universal House of Justice. “To the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors.” Bahá’í Reference Library, 30 Dec. 2021, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20211230_001/1#758524475 [return]
    11. 14 February 2022 https://stevebosserman.micro.blog/2022/02/14/february.html [return]
    12. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20211230_001/1#758524518 [return]
    13. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20211230_001/1#758524519 [return]
    14. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20211230_001/1#758524507 [return]
    15. Universal House of Justice. “To the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors.” Bahá’í Reference Library, 30 Dec. 2021, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20211230_001/1#758524489 [return]
    16. 16 February 2022 https://stevebosserman.micro.blog/2022/02/16/february.html [return]
    17. 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, 32. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/2#018105204 [return]
  • 15 May 2022

    Jamál, 18 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

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    While I appreciate plants of all types, this one — creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense) — is one I find nearly impossible to tolerate:

    Granted, the blooms are actually beautiful and they are definitely attractive to pollinators. Still, that doesn’t offset its painful spines when touched, multiple means of propagation that enable it spread wherever it gets a toehold, and persistence despite many countless attempts to contain it. And yes, I’m heading to the garden patch this week for round one in this season’s battle.

    Done

    The five elements of the primary “framework for understanding the world” I mentioned in yesterday’s “Daily Log” post, plus the “s-curve” applied to the five themes of the world conferences (see the “Quoted” section below for further reference):

    1) Baha’u’llah’s vision for humanity

    2) Distance traversed

    3) Educational endeavours and the Training Institute

    4) Building vibrant communities

    5) Contributing to social transformation

    Details to follow in subsequent postings later this week …

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    Quoted

    The World Conferences Australia: For the betterment of the world 1

    Baha’u’llah’s vision for humanity

    How are you, and those working alongside you, learning to raise the consciousness of the local population of the spiritual qualities and attitudes that are needed to contribute to the betterment of society?

    Distance traversed

    What has been the distance traversed in your local area by people from all walks of life striving to apply Baha’u’llah’s vision for humanity?

    Educational endeavours and the Training Institute

    What steps can be taken to ensure that the educational system in your local area caters adequately to both the spiritual and intellectual needs of the whole community from childhood to adulthood?

    Building vibrant communities

    How is the growing culture of worship and service contributing to the transformation of the lives of the people in your local area?

    Contributing to social transformation

    In what ways are the community-building endeavours helping to raise consciousness and overcome the social, economic and cultural barriers impeding spiritual and material progress?


    1. Australian Baha’i Community Editorial Staff. “The World Conferences Australia: For the Betterment of the World.” The World Conferences Australia, 2022. https://www.conferences.bahai.org.au/. [return]
  • 14 May 2022

    Jalál, 17 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    We don’t have as much demand for rhubarb stalks as we once did so when the plants started to bolt due to an early spring, I opted to not cut them and see what they would look like. Here’s the result:

    I probably won’t need to do that again ;-)

    Besides, when my partner bakes Rhabarberkuchen like she did today…

    I can’t afford to not keep the harvest routine going for a while longer!

    Done

    The revised slides that included the s-curve which I posted through this week complete the primary “framework for understanding the world” I’ve used throughout my professional career in strategic framing and organization design. To summarize, it consists of five elements: 1) purpose; 2) timeline; 3) agents / actors in different configurations / social relationships; 4) interpretation / guidance / inspiration; and 5) plans / pathways.

    The s-curve is the symbol or icon for an active / actionable framework. Characteristics of the s-curve: 1) it is observable; 2) it is subjective; 3) it is finite; 4) it is fractal; 5) it is complex.

    In the coming week, I will show the correlation between the framework and the design of the global conferences hosted by Bahá’ís in communities worldwide. See the “Quoted” section for more information about these gatherings.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Friends, neighbors, and acquaintances in neighborhoods and villages throughout the world have been gathering together in homes and backyards, on porches and rooftops, and in many other diverse settings — large and small — to consult about how they can foster vibrant communities based on the Baha’i Faith’s vision of a peaceful world.

    These gatherings offer a welcoming and spiritual atmosphere, enabling nearby residents to form strong bonds of friendship imbued with a profound sense of purpose directed toward the betterment of their communities. 1


    1. Bahá’íTeachings.Org Editorial Staff. “Global Conferences: Grassroots Gatherings Imbue Communities With Sense Of Common Purpose.” BahaiTeachings.org, May 13, 2022. https://bahaiteachings.org/global-conferences-grassroots-gatherings-imbue-communities-with-sense-of-common-purpose/. [return]
  • 13 May 2022

    Istiqlál, 16 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

    Despite having a long history as a culinary and medicinal herb in its native Europe, in North America it is branded as an invasive species so insidious that strategies to control its spread merit a separate Wikipedia entry.

    Done

    In the “Daily Log” post for 12 April 2022, I charted the evolutionary path of the administrative order for the Bahá’í Faith beginning first with the Central Figures during the Heroic Age followed by the Guardianship at the onset of the Formative Age in 1921 and culminating with the election and seating of the first Universal House of Justice in 1963 — an administration structure that will continue throughout the Formative Age and into the Golden Age. As with previous elements of this framework, I added the S-curve in the background to clarify how the pieces fit together:

    With this addition, one can see how the Heroic Age corresponds to the initial dip in the fortunes of the Bahá’í Faith due to intense resistance and persecution adherents suffered at the outset. Were it not for the extraordinary, divine character of the three individuals who comprised the Central Figures — the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, and ‘‘Abdu’l-Bahá — of the Bahá’í Faith, it may well have never made it into the 21st century. The critically important, transitional role of the Guardian followed by the formalization of the unique institution of the Universal House of Justice generated an ongoing flow of spiritual guidance through correspondence and Plans that continues unabated today. Retrospectively and looking ahead, this approach builds the capacity of individual Bahá’ís wherever they may be in the world, develops their communities in accordance with spiritual principles, and strengthens the underlying Bahá’í institutions at every level all in preparation for the social transformation of the world as its destiny of “oneness” comes ever closer.

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    Quoted

    Today there is no greater glory for man than that of service in the cause of the Most Great Peace. Peace is light, whereas war is darkness. Peace is life; war is death. Peace is guidance; war is error. Peace is the foundation of God; war is a satanic institution. Peace is the illumination of the world of humanity; war is the destroyer of human foundations. When we consider outcomes in the world of existence, we find that peace and fellowship are factors of upbuilding and betterment, whereas war and strife are the causes of destruction and disintegration. All created things are expressions of the affinity and cohesion of elementary substances, and nonexistence is the absence of their attraction and agreement. Various elements unite harmoniously in composition, but when these elements become discordant, repelling each other, decomposition and nonexistence result. Everything partakes of this nature and is subject to this principle, for the creative foundation in all its degrees and kingdoms is an expression or outcome of love. 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, 123. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/9#984729326 [return]
  • 12 May 2022

    Istijlál, 15 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    What simple combinations of forms and hues nature brings together:

    Done

    First off, I spent nine hours on the computer today instead of six. Lots of room for improvement — UGH! :-(

    Added an alternative master slide into the “Let Your Vision Be World-Embracing” presentation with an “S-Curve” configuration that can be applied as needed.

    You can see the revised graphics in the “Daily Log” postings for 09 May 2022 and 10 May 2022.

    In the “Daily Log” post for 11 April 2022, I introduced the notion of three, interdependent protagonists or actors: individuals who interact with one another within various social relationships ranging from partners, families and friends, colleagues, to increasingly complex organizational forms such as teams, neighborhoods, communities networks and platforms whereby institutions and governance structures utilize common purpose and agreed rules to guide member behavior.

    Below is the diagram from 11 April 2022 with the “S-curve added:

    New ideas, projects, initiatives, etc. begin with individuals who, as time progresses along the “x-axis,” build understanding, agreement, and commitment to whatever the effort is about so it advances along the “S-curve” toward a shared vision for the future and with it drive organizational adaptation up the “y-axis.” If successful, the institution buys-in and restructures to formalize the new processes within the day-to-day operations. But that is a very big “if!” More on that in the next slide…

    Noted

    Today is my granddaughter’s birthday! YAY!!

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    Quoted

    Mere knowledge of principles is not sufficient. We all know and admit that justice is good, but there is need of volition and action to carry out and manifest it. For example, we might think it good to build a church, but simply thinking of it as a good thing will not help its erection. The ways and means must be provided; we must will to build it and then proceed with the construction. All of us know that international peace is good, that it is conducive to human welfare and the glory of man, but volition and action are necessary before it can be established. Action is essential. Inasmuch as this century is a century of light, capacity for action is assured to mankind. Necessarily the divine principles will be spread among men until the time of action arrives. Surely this has been so, and truly the time and conditions are ripe for action now. 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, 121. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/8#467723418 [return]
  • 11 May 2022

    ’Idál, 14 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    We have an American wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) vine growing on an arbor for well over ten years, now. NO. BLOOMS. In disgust, I cut it way back over the winter. TWO. BLOOMS! Who knew?!

    My partner snapped this using the branches as a frame:

    I caught the light at the end of the afternoon to highlight one of the blooms in a close-up:

    Done

    Documented my daily workflows that keep me at the computer so I can track how many I complete and how long it takes me to do each one. So far, it looks like three go to two different WordPress sites and one to Micro.blog, three go to social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, and Mastodon), with additional workflows for email correspondence (family and friends) and online “research” (the story I tell myself).

    I allow myself six hours to do it all so I have time to for other things that are as important if not more so depending on circumstances.

    So far, I’ve been able to check all the boxes for 31 days in a row—that’s like one month which feels like a big deal.

    However, I have more computer work that I want to get done, yet I don’t want to devote much more than six hours doing it. So, my focus now will be to streamline the processes for what I do manage to get done so I have more time to explore different avenues. Of course, this means my brain and body will have to agree to it. Maybe they will … let’s hope so!

    Noted

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    Quoted

    This variety in forms and colorings which is manifest in all the kingdoms is according to creative wisdom and has a divine purpose. Nevertheless, whether the creatures be all alike or all different should not be the cause of strife and quarreling among them. Especially why should man find cause for discord in the color or race of his fellow creature? No educated or illumined mind will allow that this differentiation and discord should exist or that there is any ground for it. Therefore, the whites should be just and kind to the blacks, who in turn should reflect an equal measure of appreciation and gratitude. Then will the world become as one great garden of flowering humanity, variegated and multicolored, rivaling each other only in the virtues and graces which are spiritual. 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, 113. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/8#845217350 [return]
  • 10 May 2022

    Fidál, 13 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    We have a red guelder rose (Viburnum opulus) ‘Roseum’ shrub growing within a couple of inches from a honeysuckle—so close I couldn’t tell them apart when I trimmed them back over the winter. Fortunately, I didn’t whack all the snowball-bearing branches!

    Done

    Revised the “Done” section in yesterday’s “Daily Log” post to describe the three phases on the timeline.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    God maketh no distinction between the white and the black. If the hearts are pure both are acceptable unto Him. God is no respecter of persons on account of either color or race. All colors are acceptable to Him, be they white, black, or yellow. Inasmuch as all were created in the image of God, we must bring ourselves to realize that all embody divine possibilities. If you go into a garden and find all the flowers alike in form, species and color, the effect is wearisome to the eye. The garden is more beautiful when the flowers are many-colored and different; the variety lends charm and adornment. In a flock of doves some are white, some black, red, blue; yet they make no distinction among themselves. All are doves no matter what the color. 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, 113. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/8#663966339 [return]
  • 09 May 2022

    Kamál, 12 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Butterweed (Packera glabella) growing volunteer in my backyard:

    The NatureServe Explorer map for butterweed lists its conservation status as “secure” in Georgia and Kentucky, but gives it “no status rank” in Ohio.

    Done

    In the slide below, I added an S-Curve to the “Timeline of the Divine Plan” slide from yesterday’s “Daily Log” post.

    This establishes a way to track three stages of social change / transformation — heroic, formative, and golden — shown in the slide below:

    The definitions embedded in the terms pertain to ages corresponding to the growth of the Bahá’í Faith as it co-evolves with the world’s population in accordance with the Divine Plan to attain the Most Great Peace far in the future. However, they can apply to almost all organized, social endeavors on any scale. The basic requirements are a starting point on the left side of the x-axis and a culmination point on the right side. In between the two the effort passes through a series of phases with associated plans that start-up, scale-up, and sustain the initiative until it completes its purpose.

    I mowed the yard this afternoon and it took more out of me than I thought it would ;-)

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    Quoted

    The sixth principle or teaching of Bahá’u’lláh concerns the equality of man and woman. He has declared that in the estimation of God there is no distinction of sex. The one whose heart is most pure, whose deeds and service in the Cause of God are greater and nobler, is most acceptable before the divine threshold—whether male or female. …[T]he principle of religion has been revealed by Bahá’u’lláh that woman must be given the privilege of equal education with man and full right to his prerogatives. That is to say, there must be no difference in the education of male and female in order that womankind may develop equal capacity and importance with man in the social and economic equation. Then the world will attain unity and harmony. …[S]he will be the greatest factor in establishing universal peace and international arbitration. Assuredly, woman will abolish warfare among mankind. Inasmuch as human society consists of two parts, the male and female, each the complement of the other, the happiness and stability of humanity cannot be assured unless both are perfected. Therefore, the standard and status of man and woman must become equalized. 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, 108. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/7#714526334 [return]
  • 08 May 2022

    Jamál, 11 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Geraniums lined up for the season outside

    There’s a male eastern carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica) in that photo, but it’s really hard to see.

    Here it is closer up in mid-flight guarding its nest in the deck railing.

    Literature states that the males are biologically unable to sting even though they act in a threatening manner whenever a person gets close. I don’t want to test the veracity of that claim, but I do want to get a clearer photo of them in flight. My fingers are crossed ;-)

    Done

    ‘Abdu’l-Bahá repeats the message about humanity as one family, unity, and being in service to the world of humanity later in his same talk on May 7, 1912 as stated in yesterday’s “Daily Log” post. Below is a screen shot of a MindNode diagram that diagrams the key points (the full text is in the “Quoted” section below:

    This recurring theme of “oneness” and “unity” frames every endeavor undertaken by the Bahá’í community to carry out the Divine Plan along a timeline. This was first introduced to “Daily Log” in the post for April 9 as the second slide in the presentation “Let Your Vision Be World-Embracing.”

    Noted

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    Quoted

    The fifth principle or teaching of Bahá’u’lláh is the abandoning of religious, racial, patriotic and political prejudices, which destroy the foundations of human society. All mankind are creatures and servants of the one God. The surface of the earth is one home; humanity is one family and household. Distinctions and boundaries are artificial, human. Why should there be discord and strife among men? All must become united and coordinated in service to the world of humanity. 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, 107-108. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/7#584961008 [return]
  • 07 May 2022

    Jalál, 10 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Getting ready for tomorrow …

    Shhh… Don’t tell her!

    Done

    In yesterday’s post I mentioned developing a three step process whereby people could use a simple framework to design / evaluate social change strategies and apply as a rudimentary news aggregator algorithm. The first step was to “introduce the principles suggested by the framework and related quotes included in “239 Days” and “Daily Log.”

    To get started, below is a screen shot of a MindNode diagram that highlights some of the key points taken from a talk given by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá on May 7, 1912 at the Hotel Schenley in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and referenced in “239 Days.” (To read the complete text, see the “Quoted” section below).

    The “standard of the oneness of the world of humanity” feeds directly into the first slide in the presentation “Let Your Vision Be World-Embracing” first introduced to “Daily Log” in the post for April 8.

    “Oneness” in the upper right-hand corner becomes the “world-embracing vision” or “purpose of the glorious Lord” that commands our attention throughout our lifetimes in this physical existence.

    More to follow …

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    Quoted

    The second principle or teaching of Bahá’u’lláh is the proclamation of the oneness of the world of humanity—that all are servants of God and belong to one family; that God has created all and, therefore, His bestowals are universal; and that His providence, training, sustenance and loving-kindness surround all mankind.

    This is the divine policy, and it is impossible for man to lay the foundation of a better plan and policy than that which God has instituted. Therefore, we must recognize and assist the purpose of the glorious Lord. Inasmuch as God is kind and loving to all, why should we be unkind? As this human world is one household, why should its members be occupied with animosity and contention? Therefore, humanity must be looked upon with the eye of equal estimate and in the same attitude of love. The noblest of men is he who serves humankind, and he is nearest the threshold of God who is the least of His servants. The glory and majesty of man are dependent upon his servitude to his fellow creatures and not upon the exercise of hostility and hatred. 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, 106-107. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/7#489305200 [return]
  • 06 May 2022

    Istiqlál, 09 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Magnolia (Magnolia × soulangeana) blossoms

    Done

    Maintained my one-day bank on “239 Days” and staged the GAVNet News posts for the next 3 days, but did not finalize / schedule them.

    Talked with a long time colleague who helped me puzzle out how to demonstrate the value of “Let Your Vision Be World-Embracing” as a simple framework for anyone interested to design / evaluate social change strategies and apply as a rudimentary news aggregator algorithm:

    • Step one: Introduce the principles suggested by the framework and related quotes included in “239 Days” and “Daily Log
    • Step two: Show how to apply those principles and the framework to the selection of articles for inclusion in daily GAVNet News postings and Twitter tweets
    • Step three: Write brief daily narratives (tutorials) about how each GAVNet “issue” came together and its main takeaway messages related to social change and news aggregation which can become a separate series of posts / tweet threads

    This will involve some experimentation to see how it works!

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    Quoted

    This in spite of the fact that the Cause of the Ancient Beauty is the very essence of love, the very channel of oneness, existing only that all may become the waves of one sea, and bright stars of the same endless sky, and pearls within the shell of singleness, and gleaming jewels quarried from the mines of unity; that they may become servants one to another, adore one another, bless one another, praise one another; that each one may loose his tongue and extol the rest without exception, each one voice his gratitude to all the rest; that all should lift up their eyes to the horizon of glory, and remember that they are linked to the Holy Threshold; that they should see nothing but good in one another, hear nothing but praise of one another, and speak no word of one another save only to praise. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. Selections from the Writings of ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. Translated by Marzieh Gail. 1st ed. Haifa: Bahá’í World Center, 1978, 229-230. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/selections-writings-abdul-baha/8#882731535. [return]
  • 05 May 2022

    Istijlál, 08 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) leafing out

    Done

    Worked through a backlog of email as a result of the yesterday’s trip to Detroit.

    Started banking and scheduling entries in advance for two of the three sites I post to daily. This “Daily Log” can only be done on the day of because it accounts for my progress (or lack thereof!) through the day. I’m now one day ahead on “239 Days”. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

    Noted

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    Looks like it brought him good luck!

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    Quoted

    I testify, O Thou Who art the Lord of the whole creation, and the Desire of whosoever hath sought Thee, that, amidst Thy creatures, They resemble the sun which no matter how often it riseth and setteth is still the one and the same sun. Whoso maketh any distinction between any of Them hath truly failed to attain the ultimate purpose, and to reach the highest goal, and hath been deprived of the mysteries of unity and of the lights of sanctity and oneness. I testify, moreover, that Thou hast decreed that none on the face of the earth should equal Them, and none of Thy creatures be able to be compared with any of Them, in order that Thine own singleness and peerlessness might be recognized and established. 1


    1. Baháʼuʼlláh. Prayers and Meditations by Baháʼuʼlláh. Translated by Shoghi Effendi. 1938. Reprint, Wilmette, IL: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1974, 51, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/prayers-meditations/2#845291779. [return]
  • 04 May 2022

    ’Idál, 07 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Lily of the valley blossoms after a rain …

    Done

    Road trip to Detroit: done and done!

    Noted

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    Quoted

    THY unity is inscrutable, O my God, to all except them that have recognized Him Who is the Manifestation of Thy singleness and the Dayspring of Thy oneness. Whoso assigneth a rival unto Him hath assigned a rival unto Thee, and whoso hath set up a peer for Him hath set up a peer for Thyself. No, no, none can withstand Thee in the whole of creation. Thou hast everlastingly been exalted far above all comparison and likeness. Thy oneness hath been demonstrated by the oneness of Him Who is the Dawning-Place of Thy Revelation. Whosoever denieth this, hath denied Thy unity, and disputed with Thee about Thy sovereignty, and contended with Thee in Thy realm, and repudiated Thy commandments.

    Assist Thou Thy servants, O my Lord, to recognize Thy unity and to declare Thy oneness, that all may gather together around what Thou didst desire in this Day whereon the sun of Thine essence hath shone forth above the horizon of Thy will, and the moon of Thine own being hath risen from the Dayspring of Thy behest. Thou art He, O my Lord, from Whose knowledge nothing whatsoever escapeth, and Whom no one can frustrate. Thou doest Thy pleasure, by Thy sovereignty that overshadoweth the worlds. 1


    1. Baháʼuʼlláh. Prayers and Meditations by Baháʼuʼlláh. Translated by Shoghi Effendi. 1938. Reprint, Wilmette, IL: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1974, 57-58, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/prayers-meditations/3#721042560. [return]
  • 03 May 2022

    Fidál, 06 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Yikes! My rhubarb is bolting!

    Those seed stalks are goners!

    Done

    Doubled up on a couple of daily posts in advance of an upcoming road trip to Detroit. I’m ready to call it a day!

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Association for Bahá’í Studies North America, 46th Annual Conference, July 29-31, 2022

    The overarching objective of the ABS conference is to serve as an uplifting, welcoming space to explore learning about contributing to academic and professional discourses essential to the generation of knowledge and the progress of humanity. As one among a growing constellation of ABS activities concerned with promoting the intellectual life of the community, it aims to foster an animated conversation among diverse participants about how “to provide, in the world of ideas, the intellectual rigour and clarity of thought to match their commitment to spiritual and material progress in the world of deeds.”

    The conference is seeking presentations on themes in relationship to academic and professional discourses that explore how to more effectively:

    • “explicate the principles [the community] advocates and to demonstrate their applicability to the issues facing humanity”
    • articulate “the implications that the teachings hold for [the presenters’] fields of human endeavour” as well as “a Bahá’í perspective on issues relevant to the progress of humanity”
    • strive to obtain “a more adequate understanding of the significance of Bahá’u’lláh’s stupendous Revelation”
    • “contribute to the discourses that influence the direction of [spiritual and material] progress”
    • “champion rationality and science as essential for human progress”
    • incorporate the arts “as an important means of generating joy, strengthening bonds of unity, disseminating knowledge and consolidating understanding”
    • focus “on transcending differences, harmonizing perspectives, and promoting the use of consultation”
    • advocate “tolerance and understanding” and view “everyone as a potential partner to collaborate with”
    • Remain “conscious of how the forces of materialism are at work” and “the many injustices that persist in the world”, yet “equally clear sighted about the creative power of unity and humanity’s capacity for altruism”.

    *All quotations are from the 30 December 2021 message of the Universal House of Justice

  • 02 May 2022

    Kamál, 05 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Twelfth Day of Riḍván - “The Most Great Festival” 1

    Seen

    Spring (and Riḍván!) would not be complete without lilacs (Syringa vulgaris) in bloom!

    Done

    Put the lawn mower into service for the season and mowed the yard for the first time this year!

    Went “live” with the presentation “Let Your Vision Be World-Embracing” in a separate page on my archival website, Frameworks for Understanding the World. Now the work begins to flesh it out.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    On the first day that the Ancient Beauty ascended His Most Great Throne in the garden named Riḍván, the Tongue of Glory gave utterance to three blessed words. First, that in this Revelation the law of the sword hath been annulled. 2 Second, that ere the expiration of one thousand years whosoever advanceth a prophetic claim is false. By “year” a full year is intended, and no exegesis or interpretation is permitted in this matter. And third, that at that very hour God, exalted be His Glory, shed the full splendour of all His names upon all creation. 3


    1. Baháʾuʾlláh. The Kitáb-i-Aqdas: The Most Holy Book. Haifa: Baháʾi World Centre, 1992, 60. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/kitab-i-aqdas/6#741236211  [return]
    2. The following verse was revealed subsequently, but He indicated that it should occupy the same station as the other three: that when the name of anyone, whether living or dead, is mentioned in His presence, that soul hath verily attained to the mention of the pre-existent King. Blessed are they that attain thereto! [return]
    3. Bahá’u’lláh. Days of Remembrance. Bahá’í Reference Library. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/days-remembrance/4#515995870. [return]
  • 01 May 2022

    Jamál, 04 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Common burdock (Arctium minus) growing in the crack between the walkway and the step to the back door. “Life finds a way” — that is until my partner decides that’s enough of that — particularly after it blooms. As I understand it, when the flowers dry they have “hooks” so the seedheads attach to people and animals. That hooking characteristic provided the biomimetic inspiration for Velcro ;-)

    Done

    Took advantage of the warm weather and moved the geraniums and houseplants outside for the spring / summer. Still have a lot of pruning, staking, and positioning so that they’re where they can benefit the most during the weeks ahead. I should have it done tomorrow.

    Uploaded the “Let Your Vision Be World-Embracing” presentation as a draft post to the Frameworks for Understanding the World website. Tomorrow, it goes live with ongoing revisions and updates to follow on a routine basis well into the future.

    Noted

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    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    It is incumbent upon every man, in this Day, to hold fast unto whatsoever will promote the interests, and exalt the station, of all nations and just governments. Through each and every one of the verses which the Pen of the Most High hath revealed, the doors of love and unity have been unlocked and flung open to the face of men. We have erewhile declared—and Our Word is the truth—: “Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.” Whatsoever hath led the children of men to shun one another, and hath caused dissensions and divisions amongst them, hath, through the revelation of these words, been nullified and abolished. From the heaven of God’s Will, and for the purpose of ennobling the world of being and of elevating the minds and souls of men, hath been sent down that which is the most effective instrument for the education of the whole human race. The highest essence and most perfect expression of whatsoever the peoples of old have either said or written hath, through this most potent Revelation, been sent down from the heaven of the Will of the All-Possessing, the Ever-Abiding God. Of old it hath been revealed: “Love of one’s country is an element of the Faith of God.” The Tongue of Grandeur hath, however, in the day of His manifestation proclaimed: “It is not his to boast who loveth his country, but it is his who loveth the world.” Through the power released by these exalted words He hath lent a fresh impulse and set a new direction to the birds of men’s hearts, and hath obliterated every trace of restriction and limitation from God’s holy Book. 1


    1. Baháʾuʾlláh. Tablets of Baháʼuʼlláh, Revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. Translated by Habib Taherzadeh. 1st ed. Haifa: Bahá’í World Centre, 1978, 87-88. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/tablets-bahaullah/3#354019569. [return]
  • 30 April 2022

    Jalál, 03 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) all budded out just in time for May …

    With a couple of dandelions to add color ;-)

    Done

    Used Ulysses to adapt a series of 13 posts made to “Daily Log” on Micro.blog—one for each slide in the “Let Your Vision Be World-Embracing” presentation—for reposting to the Frameworks for Understanding the World website. The next step will be to upload them to Frameworks … From there I’ll be able to expand upon each one separately while keeping them publicly visible to solicit feedback — I hope!

    Worked in the yard, again. Whew! This could be habit-forming—nah!

    Noted

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    Marc Bosserman on Instagram Marc Bosserman on Facebook, and Marc Bosserman Music and Musings on YouTube

    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    Conferences across nation diffuse spirit and prompt action 

    How does a cluster of communities equip itself to release greater measures of the society-building power of the Faith of Baha’u’llah? How does this happen within a city, or maybe a single neighborhood? What degree of effort, what kind of local planning and consultation, what capacities need to be built to strengthen a framework of worship and service inspired by Baha’i teachings?

    In thousands of locales, Baha’is and their fellow well-wishers of humanity are even now shaping the responses to those questions in a global mosaic of conversation: conferences large and small, filled with prayer, inspiration, local consultation, music and artistic expression.

    Already underway in the United States is a series of hundreds of these conferences, generally planned for early this spring, around the beginning of a new nine-year development plan for the worldwide Baha’i community.

    Participants are not only identifying the conditions and requirements of that development where they live, but also taking strides into action to become active protagonists in building a vibrant community life.

    They are studying and consulting on such themes as the vision of Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, for humanity; the distance traversed to this point; educational and training endeavors; and contributing to social transformation. 1


    1. Bahá’ís of the United States Editorial Staff. “Conferences across Nation Diffuse Spirit and Prompt Action.” Baha’is of the United States, March 18, 2022. https://www.bahai.us/conferences-across-nation-diffuse-spirit-and-prompt-action/. [return]
  • 29 April 2022

    Istiqlál, 02 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Ninth Day of Riḍván - “The Most Great Festival” 1

    Seen

    Small bed of creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) with a few grape hyacinth here and there …

    Done

    Took it easy today. Visited with good friends who live far enough away that we don’t often get to meet up.

    Noted

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    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    On April 29, 1863, the ninth day of Ridvan, the flooding Tigris receded enough so that Baha’u’llah’s family could cross the river and join him on the island. This symbol – the reunification and strength of the bond of family, and by extension the unity of the entire human family – permeates the meaning of the ninth day of Ridvan.

    In December of 1902 Baha’u’llah’s daughter was interviewed by the American attorney and writer Myron Phelps, and she recounted her experience during that Ridvan period in 1863:

    When the news (of Baha’u’llah’s exile) came to us, from which we inferred that my father would again be made a prisoner, we were thrown into consternation, fearing another separation. He was summoned before the magistrates…. Great numbers of his followers had assembled before our house, and these witnessed his departure with many demonstrations of grief, feeling that it was possible he might not return.

    The magistrates expressed great sorrow to my father; they said that they respected and loved him, that they had not instigated the order (the exile order had come from the Sultan of Turkey), but that they were powerless to suspend or modify it, and must proceed with its execution.

    This report was like a death-knell to his followers, who were still gathered about the house. The next day they so overran the house that we could not prepare for the journey… Then, as the only way in which to soothe his followers, the Blessed Perfection (one of Baha’u’llah’s titles) took all his family to the (Ridvan) garden. Here we pitched our tents… The tents made, as it were, a little village….

    Many of the Blessed Perfection’s followers decided to abandon Baghdad also, and accompany him in his wanderings. When the caravan started (on the twelfth day of Ridvan), our company numbered about seventy-five persons. All the young men, and others who could ride, were mounted on horses. The women and the Blessed Perfection were furnished wagons. We were accompanied by a military escort. This journey took place in 1863, about eleven years after our arrival in Baghdad. 2


    1. Baháʾuʾlláh. The Kitáb-i-Aqdas: The Most Holy Book. Haifa: Baháʾi World Centre, 1992, 60. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/kitab-i-aqdas/6#741236211  [return]
    2. Bahá’í Teachings.Org Editorial Staff. “Celebrating the 9th Day of Ridvan.” BahaiTeachings.Org, April 28, 2013. bahaiteachings.org/celebrati… [return]
  • 28 April 2022

    Istijlál, 01 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E

    Seen

    A male eastern cottontail rabbit ( Sylvilagus floridanus) hiding in the grass …

    Another male cottontail on the lookout …

    Done

    Worked in the yard, finally!

    Baked a new-to-me crustless quiche with spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, onion, garlic, hamburger, and feta cheese. So good—I will definitely make it again.

    Noted

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    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    As the wave of conferences sweeping across the globe continues, artistic expressions emerging from these gatherings are conveying an essential longing of the human soul: the need to seek harmony and to selflessly serve society.

    Through these artistic works—be they music, theater, visual art, traditional dance, crafts, or other art forms—participants at the grassroots in virtually every part of the world are exploring profound spiritual concepts, such as justice, peace, and unity. 1

    What a wonderful meeting this is! These are the children of the Kingdom. The song we have just listened to was very beautiful in melody and words. The art of music is divine and effective. It is the food of the soul and spirit. Through the power and charm of music the spirit of man is uplifted. It has wonderful sway and effect in the hearts of children, for their hearts are pure, and melodies have great influence in them. The latent talents with which the hearts of these children are endowed will find expression through the medium of music. Therefore, you must exert yourselves to make them proficient; teach them to sing with excellence and effect. It is incumbent upon each child to know something of music, for without knowledge of this art the melodies of instrument and voice cannot be rightly enjoyed. Likewise, it is necessary that the schools teach it in order that the souls and hearts of the pupils may become vivified and exhilarated and their lives be brightened with enjoyment. 2


    1. Bahá’í World News Service Staff. “Global Conferences: The Arts Promote Peace, Inspire Service to Society.” Bahá’í World News Service (blog), April 26, 2022. https://news.bahai.org/story/1592/. [return]
    2. 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, 52. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/3#004219341. [return]
  • 27 April 2022

    ’Idál, 19 Jalál (Glory), 179 B.E

    Seen

    50-year-old paradise apple tree (Malus pumila Mill) that just won’t give up…

    What’s left of its broken canopy has gone crazy with blooms this year.

    Done

    Converted an email newsletter for “How’s The Weather?” into a webpage on Greener Acres Value Network News.

    Noted

    Astral Prospecting on Instagram and Astral Prospecting on Facebook

    Marc Bosserman on Instagram Marc Bosserman on Facebook, and Marc Bosserman Music and Musings on YouTube

    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    In every cluster where the activities of the Plan are gaining momentum, we see the development of communities with the noble characteristics we described in the 30 December 2021 message. As societies experience stresses of various kinds, the followers of the Abhá Beauty must stand out more and more for their qualities of resilience and rationality, for their standard of conduct and their adherence to principle, and for the compassion, detachment, and forbearance they demonstrate in their pursuit of unity. Time and again, the distinctive characteristics and attitudes shown by the believers in periods of acute difficulty have prompted people to turn to Bahá’ís for explanation, counsel, and support, especially when the life of a society has been upset by peril and unforeseen disruptions. In sharing these observations, we are mindful that the Bahá’í community itself also experiences the effects of the forces of disintegration at work in the world. Moreover, we are conscious that the greater the friends’ efforts to promote the Word of God, the stronger the countervailing forces they will encounter, sooner or later, from various quarters. They must fortify their minds and spirits against the tests that are sure to come, lest these impair the integrity of their endeavours. But the believers know well that whatever storms lie ahead, the ark of the Cause is equal to them all. Successive stages of its voyage have seen it weather the elements and ride the waves. Now it is bound for a new horizon. The confirmations of the Almighty are the gusts that fill its sails and propel it towards its destination. And the Covenant is its lodestar, keeping the sacred vessel set on its sure and certain course. May the hosts of heaven send blessings upon all who sail within. 1


    1. Universal House of Justice. “Riḍván 2022 – To the Bahá’ís of the World.” Bahá’í Reference Library, April 20, 2022. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20220421_001/1#561889860. [return]

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