• 27 November 2021

    Jalál, 06 Qawl (Speech), 178 B.E.

    Centenary of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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    Ripe seeds on Canadian Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) ready to be blowin’ in the wind…

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    Revised the template and streamlined the workflow for posting on Greener Acres Network News

    Initiated a process to organize the source material for The Tractor Book. The goal is to post sections of the draft to Micro.blog and encourage discussion among those who can fill in missing information. It will be a social experiment!

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    Astral Prospecting on Instagram and Astral Prospecting on Facebook

    Today is Astral Prospecting’s 30th birthday. He’s a free spirit who has chosen to follow his own flag and not be bothered by the traditional measures of success imposed on too many of us by society. Because of his approach, he offers himself as an experiment worth watching in how to expend the least amount of time to secure basic needs and invest the most he has as a creative artist in jewelry making; gemstone and mineral prospecting (apparently, it’s a thing even in the Columbus area!); videography / photography; wall murals / graffiti (totally legal, I’m sure); painting; woodworking (finish carpentry); masonry (chimneys, in particular). And he still finds time for fun (and important) activities like skateboarding, fishing, bowhunting, etc. etc.

    While I wouldn’t choose this path for myself, I can learn from his experiences. And I draw inspiration from his work. For instance, his Instagram photos—several, of which, I’ve cross-posted to this blog—have prompted me to take my own and include them in these “Daily Log” entries.

    As another example, here’s a watercolor he painted earlier this week:

    No, I’m not going into painting. But it does encourage me channel resources his way and increase his capacity to do more.

    On that note, he intends to post videos on various social media platforms (like YouTube) in order to expand the public documentation of his progress along his chosen path. If you’d like to join me in investing in his future output, he would appreciate Apple gift cards sent to astralprospecting@gmail.com.

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    Quoted

    One hundred years ago, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of Bahá’u’lláh and the perfect example of His teachings, passed from this world.

    Exemplar follows the life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the profound effect He had on people both past and present. A sense of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s unique function as a shelter, a shield, a stronghold for all humanity is captured in vignettes of some of the souls whose lives were transformed for the betterment of society through their association with Him. The film reflects a few of the universal principles embodied, both in word and deed, by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá—principles that animate a global movement of individuals, communities and institutions striving to emulate His example in service to humanity.

  • 26 November 2021

    Istiqlál, 05 Qawl (Speech), 178 B.E.

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    Tried a different apple pie recipe. It didn’t work out like I thought it would. Need to trust my instincts about moisture content, oven temperature, and bake time. Depending on how well the filling tastes, I may try it again as a galette rather than a double crust pie.

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    Astral Prospecting on Instagram and Astral Prospecting on Facebook

    Many had a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner; the Astral Prospector had a fish:

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    Quoted

    The evangelist John wrote, “You must not love the world or the things of the world, for those who love the world are strangers to the love of the Father.” Then, just two sentences later, he wrote: “Children, the final hour is at hand! You’ve heard that the Antichrist is coming. He’s not one but many, and when the many of him are among us, you’ll know the final hour has come.”

    John knew what he was talking about. He was right to warn his followers against those who love the world. We are the ones he was talking about, and this is the final hour—but it’s their final hour, not ours. They’ve had their day, and this is indeed the final hour of that day.

    Now our day begins. 1


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Quinn, Daniel. The Story of B: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit. Paperback ed, Bantam Books, 1997, 325. [return]
  • 25 November 2021

    Istijlál, 04 Qawl (Speech), 178 B.E.

    Day of the Covenant

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    Sword fern (Neprolepsis exaltata)

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    Baked my first “pumpkin” pie using filling made from scratch rather than out of a can:

    Additionally, the filling was made from butternut squash instead of pumpkin. It doesn’t look so appealing with the crack in the middle (hopefully, I can find out and remedy whatever causes that), but it was one of the best tasting pumpkin pies I’ve had. In case you want to try it I followed (for the most part) Melissa Clark’s Ultimate Pumpkin Pie recipe and Jhanelle Golding’s recipe for whole-roasted butternut squash and used my own pie dough recipe for the crust. If you do give it go, let me know how it turns out.

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    Fishing at sunset

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    Quoted

    A Covenant in the religious sense is a binding agreement between God and man, whereby God requires of man certain behaviour in return for which He guarantees certain blessings, or whereby He gives man certain bounties in return for which He takes from those who accept them an undertaking to behave in a certain way. There is, for example, the Greater Covenant which every Manifestation of God makes with His followers, promising that in the fulness of time a new Manifestation will be sent, and taking from them the undertaking to accept Him when this occurs. There is also the Lesser Covenant that a Manifestation of God makes with His followers that they will accept His appointed successor after Him. If they do so, the Faith can remain united and pure. If not, the Faith becomes divided and its force spent. It is a Covenant of this kind that Bahá’u’lláh made with His followers regarding ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá perpetuated through the Administrative Order that Bahá’u’lláh had already created.

    — (From a letter dated 23 March 1975 written by the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer) 1

    Beloved friends, on this Day of the Covenant we all look to its Centre and recall the life and Person of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, a Figure Whose very being was the embodiment of the Covenant, that pivotal centre of unity for all humankind, binding together the multitudinous peoples of the earth. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, that Mystery of God, “a sign of His greatness”, and “the most perfect bounty”, Who is treasured in the pure hearts of countless children, youth, and adults, is surely watching over and aiding His loved ones, ever casting His eye of protection over them. In these uncertain times, the friends turn with hope and longing to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, that “shelter for all mankind”, “a shield unto all who are in heaven and on earth”, beseeching His assistance from the realms above as they endeavour to follow His example in the path of service. During the coming days, when the thoughts of the believers all around the world are focused on “this sacred and glorious Being”, you have the blessing and privilege of paying homage to Him on behalf of your communities in those very spots where He laboured day and night for the promotion of the Cause of God and for the betterment of humankind. 2


    1. Research Department of the Universal House of Justice. “The Universal House of Justice.” Bahá’í Reference Library, Feb. 2021, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/compilations/universal-house-of-justice-compilation/5#692131020. [return]
    2. Universal House of Justice. “25 November 2021 – To the Friends Gathered in the Holy Land.” Bahá’í Reference Library, 25 Nov. 2021, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20211125_001/1#854275866. [return]
  • 24 November 2021

    ’Idál, 03 Qawl (Speech), 178 B.E.

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    My sister’s Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) is starting to bloom …

    Obviously, I’m keeping it out of harm’s way (along with her geraniums)!

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    Prep work in the kitchen getting ready for the upcoming Thanksgiving cook-a-thon: pie dough, bread, pulled pork (not everyone likes turkey!), sweet potatoes, baked butternut squash for pumpkin pie (who knew?!). Should be a fun (and filling) time tomorrow! Definitely a lot to be thankful for …

    Noted

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    Quoted

    To visit ‘Akká—this was the ardent desire of every early American Bahá’í. Not a few braved the long and difficult journey to that prison-city of the Ottoman Empire, half a world away. They did not speak of meeting with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá; their journey was to “attain the presence of the Master.” Some 108 persons are officially listed in The Bahá’í Centenary as having made the pilgrimage by 1912. Probably there were more. But the vast majority of Western Bahá’ís had not seen ‘Abdu’l-Bahá before his historic tour of Europe and America in 1911-1912.

    And so, from the time of the first Western pilgrimage sponsored by Phoebe Hearst in 1898-1899, it became the custom for returning pilgrims to recreate their experiences for their fellow believers. Members of the Hearst party returned with recordings of the voices of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and his sister, Bahíyyih Khánum, the Greatest Holy Leaf; they brought back photographs of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the other members of the Household; they reverently displayed relics related in some way to the person of their Master; they gave numerous talks about their experiences. Several of them also left written accounts of the trip.

    Thus began the genre of Bahá’í literature that has come to be known as pilgrim’s notes. … 1

    In Galilee by Thornton Chase, and In Wonderland by Arthur Agnew, are among a few pilgrim’s notes — such as those of Juliet Thompson and May Maxwell — which give well written descriptive accounts of their time in ‘Akká. This booklet is also distinguished by the high quality photographs of the Holy Land not found in most similar publications. The two essays were combined under a single cover by the Bahai Publishing Society because they recount the story of the same pilgrimage. 2


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Chase, Thornton, and Arthur S. Agnew. In Galilee. Edited by Richard Hollinger, 1st ed, Kalimat Press, 1985, v-vi. [return]
    2. Ibid, vii. [return]
  • 23 November 2021

    Fidál, 02 Qawl (Speech), 178 B.E.

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    A quiet afternoon in the neighborhood …

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    A colleague sent an initial draft of a paper titled “The Starting Point for a Global Initiative to Turn from Emergency to Emergence.” In my response, I mentioned that since it concerns changing human behavior, it raises the question at the heart of almost all systems change initiatives: How does one incentivize people to 1) engage in conversations that matter about their circumstances; 2) experiment with alternatives that address them; and 3) share what they learn and adopt / adapt what works? Probably as many ways as there are systems!

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    Quoted

    Of course, no distinction of station can be made between any of the Manifestations of God. No Bahá’í can claim that the stations of the Báb or Bahá’u’lláh are superior to the stations of any other of God’s Messengers. It is only their mission which is distinctive. These were the first of the Prophets of God to be charged with uniting all of mankind. The first whose message was intended not for one people of culture, one language or nation only, it was for all peoples—Muslim and Jew and Confucianist, African and Indian and European. The coming of age of the human species, the time when that the race might recognize itself as one, discover its fullness and its common humanity, had arrived.

    As such, the twin Holy Days—that are accounted as one in God’s eyes—mark the first world holy day to be vouchsafed to us by a loving God. Here is the first day in human history which can be celebrated as sacred by all peoples, no matter what their background. Equally here, the Jew may discover the birth of the Messiah and the Christian the Return of Christ. The Muslim might celebrate the appearance of the Hidden Imam or the birth of the promised Qá’im. The Zoroastrians can rejoice at the birth of their king, the Sháh Bahrám; the Buddhist can find the Maitreya Buddha, the supremely enlightened One; the Hindu recognize the reincarnation of Krishna, born to reestablish righteousness on earth. As such, this day might be seen as the first event in human history which can be claimed as their own by people of all traditions and all cultures.

    1


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Kalimát Press Staff, editor. Twin Holy Days: Birthday of Bahá’u’lláh, Birthday of the Báb: A Compilation. 1st Ed, Kalimát Press, 1994, [return]
  • 22 November 2021

    Kamál, 01 Qawl (Speech), 178 B.E.

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    A raised bed becomes a fall bouquet …

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    Streamlined the posting process for Greener Acres Value Network News.

    Developed the concept for another category on Micro.blog that explores how the principles and teachings of the Bahá’i Faith informed my career in organization design and strategic framing.

    Noted

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    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    This essay endeavours to follow the guidance of Bahá’u’lláh back to Christ and to let the light of the Gospel shine in its ancient purity upon the darkness of our time. It is conceived and written in the firm belief that any Christian who reaches the heart of the Gospel and understands the true exaltation of Christ will soon discover the way that lies open, through Bahá’u’lláh, to the reunion of the Christian Churches, the re-Christianising of the West, and the regeneration of the human race. 1


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Townsend, George. The Heart of the Gospel. George Ronald Edition, George Ronald, 1995, 1. [return]
  • 21 November 2021

    Jamál, 19 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

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    May the leaves fall where they may …

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    When in Detroit …

    Eat pizza from Loui’s!

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    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    … We feel hopeful that our initiative may serve as a catalyst opening the way to new understanding of religion’s purpose.

    However rapidly or slowly this change occurs, the concern of Bahá’ís must be with their own responsibility in the matter. The task of ensuring that His message is engaged by people everywhere is one that Bahá’u’lláh has laid primarily on the shoulders of those who have recognized Him. This, of course, has been the work that the Bahá’í community has been pursuing through the history of the Faith, but the accelerating breakdown in social order calls our desperately for the religious spirit to be freed from the shackles that have so far prevented it from bringing to bear the healing influence of which it is capable.

    If they are to respond to the need, Bahá’ís must draw on a deep understanding of the process by which humanity’s spiritual life evolves. … 1

    … Far from feeling unsupported in their efforts to respond, Bahá’ís will come increasingly to appreciate that the Cause they serve represents the arrowhead of an awakening taking place among people everywhere, regardless of religious background and indeed among many with no religious leaning.

    Reflection on the challenge has prompted us to commission the commentary that follows, One Common Faith prepared under our supervision, reviews relevant passages from both the writings of Bahá’u’lláh and the scriptures of other faiths against the background of the contemporary crisis. We commend it to the thoughtful study of the friends.

    — THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE 2


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Universal House of Justice. One Common Faith. Reprint, Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 2005, ii-iii. [return]
    2. Ibid, iii-iv. [return]
  • 20 November 2021

    Jalál, 18 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

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    Evidence that I have NOT killed the geraniums my sister gave me when she moved last summer:

    Done

    This and a couple of dollars will get me a cup of coffee at Speedway:

    But it does say something for persistence ;-)

    Noted

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    Quoted

    The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States welcomes you with great pleasure to the worldwide family of Bahá’ís. As you begin the joyous spiritual journey of living a Bahá’í life, you will undoubtedly have questions. So Great an Honor is meant to help answer some of those questions. It will familiarize you with many of the essential truths of the Bahá’í Faith and with the origins, aims, purposes, and processes of the Bahá’í Administrative Order. It also gives a glimpse of the Faith’s history and describes the Covenants of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdul-Bahá. So Great an Honor is also meant to help you continue to enrich your spiritual life and to begin playing your own role in sharing the message of Bahá’u’lláh with others. We encourage you to dedicate yourself completely to the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh and pray that you will find the true happiness that comes from responding to God’s all and arising to play your part in the advancement of His Cause.

    — The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States 1


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States, editor. So Great an Honor: Becoming a Bahá’í. 1st Ed, Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1995, xi. [return]
  • 19 November 2021

    Istiqlál, 17 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

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    Catching first light

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    Streamlined process for posting bookmarks to Greener Acres Value Network News using Trello, WordPress and Twitter.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    The twentieth century, the most turbulent in the history of the human race, has reached its end. Dismayed by the deepening moral and social chaos that marked its course, the generality of the world’s people are eager to leave behind them the memories of the suffering that these decades brought with them. No matter how frail the foundations of confidence in the future may seem, no matter how great the dangers looming on the horizon, humanity appears desperate to believe that, through some fortuitous conjunction of circumstances, it will nevertheless be possible to bend the conditions of human life into conformity with prevailing human desires.

    In light of the teaching of Bahá’u’lláh such hopes are not merely illusory, but miss entirely the nature and meaning of the great turning point through which our world has passed in these crucial hundred years. Only as humanity comes to understand the implications of what occurred during this period of history will it be able to meet the challenges that lie ahead. The value of the contribution we as Bahá’ís can make to the process demands that we ourselves grasp the significance of the historic transformation wrought by the twentieth century. 1


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Universal House of Justice. Century of Light. Reprint, Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 2003, preface. [return]
  • 18 November 2021

    Istijlál, 16 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

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    Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

    Maybe my grandkids will see it bloom!

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    After several communications with members of Ron Leonard’s family, it looks like I will take up the challenge to help finish a book—code named _The Tractor Book_—Ron was writing about the final years of his illustrious career at John Deere. Today, his son dropped off some background material to go with a digital copy of Ron’s draft:

    Looks like I’ll have plenty to work with. And I’ll have the opportunity to reconnect with people Ron and I both knew in the Deere organization in an effort to close up loose ends. As enjoyable as it will be, I may have bitten off more than I can chew!

    Noted

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    Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius) bramble

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    Quoted

    Though the selections contained here have been published elsewhere, they have been compiled and arranged in this volume to portray a clearer vision of the purpose and meaning of our lives — both here and hereafter. This compilation presents a measure of knowledge adapted to the maturity of our age, truths whose revelation is foretold by all the great Messengers of the past. Its theme is as ancient as man, its message as fresh as the dawn.

    Not only do the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh deal with life after death, but far more abundantly with life here on this planet. In the light of His knowledge, our lives glow with a hope and a purpose that reach out from the finite to the infinite; and through the power of His words our thoughts turn into the threads that bind us to the ultimate Source and Essence of our being.

    As Bahá’u’lláh stirs us by a vision and a hope for a glorious realm beyond, so does He grant us the knowledge for building a splendid and lasting kingdom here on this planet. The realization of “Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven” is His foremost mission. He offers workable solutions to the needs of humankind for at least the next thousand years. He guides us toward a glorious and ever-advancing civilization foretold by all the prophets of the past.

    The pillars of the new civilization are the unified peoples and races of the earth who are working together in a spirit of love and fellowship, inspired by their allegiance to one universal faith. To achieve the goal of unity Bahá’u’lláh introduced many teachings … 1


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Motlagh, Hushidar. Unto Him Shall We Return: Selections from the Bahá’í Writings on the Reality and Immortality of the Human Soul. 1st ed, Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1985, x-xi. [return]
  • 17 November 2021

    ’Idál, 15 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

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    Early morning …

    Stormy clouds rolling in …

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    Ordered and picked up containers from IKEA — now, to use them ;-)

    Conferred with long time colleague about the pros and cons of the book project. I’m leaning towards a firm commitment to do it since it will help me stay on task with other activities I need to address.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    On the face of it, spiritualizing the planet and unifying humankind seem impossible. But that is what Bahá’ís are charged with doing. Certainly it is fair for objective social observers to doubt that the Bahá’ís will realize their goals. After all, every attempt in the past has failed. Human nature seems unchangeable. Even the worlds superpowers, with their vast material resources, don’t dare undertake what the Bahá’ís are attempting. And during their weaker moments, some believers wonder about their religion’s capability to carry out such a mighty enterprise. It isn’t that they don’t believe in Bahá’u’lláh, but, on analysis, they deduce that the Bahá’ís are really insignificant in the world — actually puny in terms of human power and wealth. So some silently subscribe to the belief that God will have to intervene directly through some extraordinary event for the planet to be spiritualized and its inhabitants united. A reasonable assumption — but a dangerous one, because waiting for the ‘apocalypse’ kills enthusiasm for teaching. So much energy is committed to discerning the signs of the pending cataclysm, that there is very little left for sharing the Message of Bahá’u’lláh with others. Besides, one could rationalize, ‘Why bother to teach when everything is going to cave in?’

    Certainly, we know that ‘He doth whatsoever He willets, and ordained that which He pleaseth.’ 1 But we can’t predict what He will do. Nothing we try can alter that. According to Shoghi Effendi, there is that which God is doing and that which He has directed us to do through Bahá’u’lláh. 2 We can’t assist God in carrying out the plan He has chosen to unfold alone. What we are supposed to be doing is to fulfill the divine plan which is part of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation. Bu following it, much will be achieved in spiritualizing and unifying the human family. 3


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Baháʼuʼlláh. Gleanings from the Writings of Baháʼuʼlláh. Translated by Shoghi Effendi. Rev Ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1952.

      https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/gleanings-writings-bahaullah/7#714357620

      [return]
    2. Effendi, Shoghi. Citadel of Faith: Messages to America, 1947-1957. Wilmette, Ill: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1997, 139-140. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/shoghi-effendi/citadel-faith/5#591755996 [return]
    3. Rutstein, Nathan. Teaching the Bahá’í Faith: Spirit in Action. 2nd reprint, G. Ronald, 1990, 8-9. [return]
  • 16 November 2021

    Fidál, 14 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Magnolia buds beginning their long wait for spring

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    • Made of pot of cabbage soup
    • Cleared the way for holiday decorations to be put up
    • Setup todo templates on Evernote for daily blog posting projects
    • Began to collect and organize materials received about a potential book project related to client work I did in the 1990s—it’s somewhat akin to knowing that one is nearing the event horizon of a black hole from which there is no turning back—but it is a worthy cause! More later …

    Noted

    Anniversary of the passing of Meta Ihara in 2018. She was one of the most remarkable persons I have known—I was so lucky to have her for a mother-in-law!

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    Quoted

    The Festival of Ridván (April 21-May 2) termed by Bahá’u’lláh the “_Most Great Festival_” and the “_King of Festivals_” provides the occasion for the holiest days of the Bahá’í year. The first, the ninth, and the twelfth days of Ridván are Bahá’í Holy Days on which work should be suspended. Coming within a few days of each other, these Holy Days mark the high point of the Bahá’í year.

    The Ridván Festival commemorates the anniversary of Bahá’u’lláh’s sojourn in the garden of Najíb Pasha, outside Baghdad, during the twelve days before His banishment to Istanbul in 1863. The weeks before Bahá’u’lláh’s retirement to this garden had been tragically sorrowful ones for His friends and family. Informed of the government’s order which would remove Bahá’u’lláh from Baghdad and tear Him away from most of them forever, they mourned and lamented, crowding in and around His house in large numbers. Knowledge of the inevitable departure brought them nothing but sadness and despair.

    However, it was on this occasion that Bahá’u’lláh chose to make a private declaration of His station to a few of the believers, who immediately accepted His claim. With this action, Bahá’u’lláh transformed the occasion of His banishment to Istanbul from tragedy into triumph. Today, the eve of Bahá’u’lláh’s banishment from Baghdad is commemorated each year by Bahá’í communities around the world, not as a time of sorrow or regret, but as a festival of great joy. The holiday stands as a demonstration of the power of the Manifestation of God to create good from evil, bring forth light from darkness, and win victory from seeming defeat. 1

    This book draws together a selection of passages from the Bahá’í Sacred Writings which can be used at Holy Day celebrations and other occasions during the Ridván period. 2


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Kalimát Press Staff, editor. Days of Riḍván: A Compilation. 1st ed, Kalimát Press, 1992, ix-x. [return]
    2. Ibid, xi. [return]
  • 15 November 2021

    Kamál, 13 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Berberis vulgaris

    The berries are edible and healthy …

    I may swipe some of the birds’ winter supply so I can try them out!

    Done

    Began setting up Evernote folders to organize thousands of notes of archived material by year and category in support of future posts to Micro.blog. This is going to take a while.

    Noted

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    The story of the Gospel of Mary is a simple one. Since the first six pages are lost, the gospel opens in the middle of a scene portraying a discussion between the Savior and his disciples set after the resurrection. The Savior is answering their questions about the end of the material world and the nature of sin. He teaches them that at present all things, whether material or spiritual, are interwoven with each other. In the end, that will not be so. Each nature will return to its own root, its own original state and destiny. But meanwhile, the nature of sin is tied to the nature of life in this mixed world. People sin because they do not recognize their own spiritual nature and, instead, love the lower nature that deceives them and leads to disease and death. Salvation is achieved by discovering within oneself the true spiritual nature of humanity and overcoming the deceptive entrapments of the bodily passions and the world. The Savior concludes this teaching with a warning against those who would delude the disciples into following some heroic leader or a set of rules and laws. Instead they are to seek the child of true Humanity within themselves and gain inward peace. After commissioning them to go forth and preach the gospel, the Savior departs.

    1


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. King, Karen L. The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle. 1st ed., Polebridge Press, 2003, 4. [return]
  • 14 November 2021

    Jamál, 12 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Base of a Japanese cast iron pagoda lantern in the snow …

    … wondering what happened to the rest of it ;-)

    Done

    Quick trip to the Detroit area to visit family …

    … another magnolia tree was waiting for me to take its picture!

    Noted

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    Quoted

    The key, therefore, to answering the question of how to attain happiness is learning how to develop our spiritual nature. This question has been answered by Bahá’u’lláh. He has taught that we can develop spiritually by fulfilling the twin, inseparable duties of recognizing the Manifestation of God and observing His ordinances. All those who have accepted Bahá’u’lláh as the Manifestation of God for this age strive to observe the ordinances He has set forth. His Teachings reveal that spiritual excellence is not an idealistic or impractical goal that only a few will reach. Rather, it is available to every person who makes the effort to understand and fulfill life’s purpose by performing certain sacred duties and practices. The purpose of the present book is to discuss the basic features of these duties and practices, which are “the essential requisites for our spiritual growth” 1 and which “represent the path towards the attainment of true spirituality.” 2 3


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Hornby, Helen, ed. Lights of Guidance: A Baháʾí Reference File. 2nd rev. and enl. Ed. 1983. Reprint, New Delhi, India: Baháʾí Publishing Trust, 1988, 540 [return]
    2. Ibid, 541. [return]
    3. Vafai, Shahin. The Path toward Spirituality: Sacred Duties and Practices of the Bahá’í Life. 1996. 2nd ed, Palabra Publications, 1998, 4. [return]
  • 13 November 2021

    Jalál, 11 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    First flakes of the season on magnolia leaves

    Done

    Meal preparation:

    • Lemon chicken
    • Chicken in paprika cream sauce

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Then Almitra spoke again and said, And what of Marriage, master?

    And he answered saying:

    You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.

    You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.

    Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

    But let there be spaces in your togetherness,

    And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

    Love one another, but make not a bond of love:

    Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

    Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.

    Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

    Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

    Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

    Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.

    For only the and of Life can contain your hearts.

    And stand together yet not too near together:

    For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

    And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow. 1


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Gibran, Kahil. The Prophet. 62nd printing, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1960, 15-16. [return]
  • 12 November 2021

    Istiqlál, 10 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Sunrise study

    Done

    A baking day: bread and brownies. They bracket a supper of lemon chicken over rice with buttered broccoli and tomato-cucumber salad—yummy!

    Noted

    Ron Leonard, my first client as an independent consultant and who became my career mentor, business partner, and personal friend, passed away earlier this week. He was an accomplished writer whose works ranged from humorous, off-beat poetry in recognition of friends at celebratory events to published papers in engineering journals. He and I even co-authored a technical piece about organization design. And we often floated the idea of a book about our separate and shared experiences in the development and implementation of large system change processes in manufacturing organizations. Despite all our talk, though, we never made a real commitment to go after it. Although it’s too late now for such a joint initiative in this world, I still have dozens of boxes full of source materials that document the years we worked together. Let’s see what comes of my sorting through this storehouse of information over the next few months. Who knows what advice Ron may have from the other side and where that takes us!

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    Quoted

    Never lose thy trust in God. Be thou ever hopeful, for the bounties of God never cease to flow upon man. If viewed from one perspective they seem to decrease, but from another they are full and complete. Man is under all conditions immersed in a sea of God’s blessings. Therefore, be thou not hopeless under any circumstances, but rather be firm in thy hope. 1 2


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. Selections from the Writings of ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. Translated by Marzieh Gail. 1st ed. Haifa: Bahá’í World Center, 1978, 205. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/selections-writings-abdul-baha/7#783627948 [return]
    2. ’Abdu’l-Bahá. Hope: Jewels from the Words of ’Abdu’l-Bahá. 1st Edition. London: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1996, 5. [return]
  • 11 November 2021

    Istijlál, 09 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Sunrise

    Done

    Took the Corolla out for a weekly drive in the hope that the battery keeps charged as cold weather is right around the corner …

    Attended a Zoom webinar on how to utilize online resources with browsers and apps from the National Bahá’í Center—very well moderated!

    It’s been dry for several days, now, but just started to rain. The power transformer on the pole behind our house arced and burned out—another reminder about condition of our power grid ;-)

    Noted

    The anniversary of my mother’s passing many years ago that still seems like yesterday …

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    Quoted

    Let nothing grieve thee, and be thou angered at none. It behooveth thee to be content with the Will of God, and a true and loving and trusted friend to all the peoples of the earth, without any exceptions whatever. This is the quality of the sincere, the way of the saints, the emblem of those who believe in the unity of God … 1 2


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. Selections from the Writings of ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. Translated by Marzieh Gail. 1st ed. Haifa: Bahá’í World Center, 1978, 26. [https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/selections-writings-abdul-baha/3#665130416] [return]
    2. ’Abdu’l-Bahá. Contentment: Jewels from the Words of ’Abdu’l-Bahá. 1st Edition. London: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1995, 6 [return]
  • 10 November 2021

    ’Idál, 08 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Cool leaves…

    Burning bush

    Done

    Cleaned out eave drains

    Pruned the wisteria, which tends to grow where I don’t want it to and has yet to bloom despite over a decade in the ground. I’m resigned that it will be future generations who get the pleasure of seeing that phenomenon!

    Took my granddaughter for a walk to look at an arrangement of concretions at the trailhead for our local bike / hike route. Here’s one of them:

    It was a lot easier letting gravity help going downhill on the way there than having to fight it pushing her uphill in the stroller on the way back. Hopefully, I live long enough that she can reciprocate by taking me around in a wheelchair ;-)

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the divers elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. 1

    2


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. Selections from the Writings of ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. Translated by Marzieh Gail. 1st ed. Haifa: Bahá’í World Center, 1978, 27. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/selections-writings-abdul-baha/3#407306067 [return]
    2. ’Abdu’l-Bahá. Love: Jewels from the Words of ’Abdu’l-Bahá. 1st Edition, Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1994, 41. [return]
  • 09 November 2021

    Fidál, 07 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Not giving up yet …

    Done

    Furniture Bank of Central Ohio picked up an unused appliance and playground equipment for another family to enjoy — YAY!

    Raked leaves

    Noted

    Bob Recker’s birthday

    Longstanding personal friend, work colleague, and “co-conspirator” in our interlinked efforts to change the world (or make a dent in the universe)

    He is the founder and owner of Cedar Valley Innovation LLC

    After 34 years of collaboration, we continue to explore:

    Organizing Principles

    • Everyone in the organization is included; no one is left out
    • Anyone in the organization is interconnected with everyone else
    • The behavior of anyone in the organization impacts everyone else

    as they apply to nested organization / social structures

    • Networks
    • Communities
    • Teams

    and take advantage of technological developments in

    • Platforms
    • Gamification
    • Algorithms

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    Quoted

    This book brings together for easy reference some of the most important passages in Bahá’í literature concerning the Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh. Included are selections from Bahá’í scripture, commentary, discourses, and personal recollections. It is hoped that this compilation will be used by individual believers and Bahá’í communities as a source of prayers and quotations, of readings for Bahá’í Holy-Day celebrations and commemorative programs, for references to the history of Bahá’u’lláh’s passing, and for inspirational reading. 1

    THE world’s great Light, once resplendent upon all mankind, hath set, to shine everlastingly from the Abhá Horizon, His Kingdom of fadeless glory, shedding splendor upon His loved ones from on high and breathing into their hearts and souls the breath of eternal life.

    Ponder in your hearts that which He hath foretold in His Tablet of the Divine Vision that hath been spread throughout the world. Therein He saith: “Thereupon she wailed and exclaimed: ‘May the world and all that is therein be a ransom for Thy woes. O Sovereign of heaven and earth! Wherefore hast Thou left Thyself in the hands of the dwellers of this prison-city of ‘Akká? Hasten Thou to other dominions, to Thy retreats above, whereon the eyes of the people of names have never fallen.’ We smiled and spake not. Reflect upon these most exalted words, and comprehend the purpose of this hidden and sacred mystery.” 2


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Baháʾuʾlláh. The Ascension of Baháʾuʾlláh: A Compilation. Revised edition, Kalimát Press, 1991, viii. [return]
    2. Ibid, 5. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/selections-writings-abdul-baha/3#917777053 [return]
  • 08 November 2021

    Kamál, 06 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

    Seen

    Done

    Raked leaves

    Noted

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    Quoted

    The endeavor in the following chapters will be to set forth, as far as possible, fairly and without prejudice, the salient features of the history and more especially of the teachings of the Bahá’í Cause, so that readers may be enabled to form an intelligent judgment as to their importance, and perhaps be induced to search into the subject more deeply for themselves.

    Search after truth, however, important though it be, is not the whole aim and end of life. The truth is no dead thing, to be placed in a museum when found—to be labeled, classified, cataloged, exhibited and left there, dry and sterile. It is something vital which must take root in men’s hearts and bear fruit in their lives ere they reap the full reward of their search.

    The real object, therefore, in spreading the knowledge of a prophetic revelation is that those who become convinced of its truth may proceed to practice its principles, to “lead the life” and diffuse the glad tidings, thus hastening the advent of that blessed day when God’s Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

    1


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Esslemont, J. E. Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era: An Introduction to the Bahá’í Faith. 5th rev. paper ed. 1980. Reprint, Wilmette, Ill: Bahá’í Pub. Trust, 1993, 10. https://www.bahai.org/library/other-literature/publications-individual-authors/bahaullah-new-era/3#965721424 [return]
  • 07 November 2021

     Jamál, 05 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

    Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

    Seen

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    Raked leaves

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    Quoted

    We witness in these stories the two stations possessed by every Prophet or Manifestation of God. Bahá’u’lláh has described these in His Book Certitude, the Kitáb-i-Íqán. ‘One is the station of pure abstraction and essential unity … if thou callest them all by one name … thou hast not erred from the truth … For they one and all summon the people of the earth to acknowledge the Unity of God … 1 through their Revelation, their attributes and names, the Revelation of God, His name and His attributes, are made manifest in the world.’ 2

    In the attitudes towards Bahá’u’lláh of His companions and pilgrims, of overwhelming reverence and submission, we can realize their awareness of this Divine station bestowed by God upon His chosen Messengers. In the several precious descriptions of Bahá’u’lláh when revealing the Word of God in prayers, verses and Tablets, we glimpse the majesty and power flowing though Him, as well as His own ‘complete and absolute self-effacement … in which I have no control over mine own weal or woe nor over my life’ 3in the presence of the ‘Lord of all names and the Maker of the heavens’. 4 Yet another evidence of this first station, which unites Him with all the Prophets gone before, is given in the accounts of His all-embracing knowledge, without benefit of any communication which we experience, so that He is simply aware, effortlessly and immediately, of what is thought by others or is happening elsewhere. This occurrence is explained by His Son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, in His book Some Answered Questions, from which these few lines are taken: ’Since the Sanctified Realities, the supreme Manifestations of God, surround the essence and qualities of the creatures, transcend and contain existing realities and understand all things, therefore, Their knowledge is divine knowledge and not acquired—that is to say, it is a holy bounty; it is a divine revelation.’ 5 And finally, there are a few instances in these stories of yet another power shared by all God’s chosen Ones, which ‘Abdu’l-Bahà has also described: The Holy Manifestations are the sources of miracles and the originators of wonderful signs. For Them, any difficult and impracticable thing is possible and easy. For through a supernatural power, which is beyond nature, They influence the world of nature … 6 But … for the Manifestations these miracles and wonderful signs have no importance … For if we consider miracles a great proof, they are still only proofs and arguments for those who are present when they are performed …’ 7 8


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Baháʼuʼlláh. Gleanings from the Writings of Baháʼuʼlláh. Translated by Shoghi Effendi. Rev Ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1952, 51. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/gleanings-writings-bahaullah/2#983020702 [return]
    2. Ibid, 54. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/gleanings-writings-bahaullah/2#355242224 [return]
    3. Baháʼuʼlláh. Epistle to the Son of the Wolf. Translated by Shoghi Effendi. Rev. ed. 1953. Reprint, Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1976, 41. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/epistle-son-wolf/2#022841646 [return]
    4. Ibid, 105. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/epistle-son-wolf/3#136106125 [return]
    5. ʻAbduʾl-Bahá. Some Answered Questions. Translated by Laura Clifford Barney. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʾí Publishing Trust, 1981, 157-158. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/some-answered-questions/8#285332273 [return]
    6. Ibid, 100. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/some-answered-questions/7#374297776 [return]
    7. Ibid. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/some-answered-questions/7#780209684 [return]
    8. Furútan, ’Ali-Akbar, editor. Stories of Baháʾuʾlláh. 1986. Translated by Katayoon Crerar and Robert Crerar, Reprint 1997, G. Ronald, 1997, ix-x. [return]
  • 06 November 2021

    Jalál, 04 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

    Birth of the Báb

    Seen

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    Took granddaughter for a walk–a BEAUTIFUL afternoon–the last one before Daylight Savings Time ends :-(

    Noted

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    Ice Bubbles

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    Quoted

    In the early spring of 1906, the Executive Committee of the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions requested me [Samuel M. Zwemer] to write a text-book on Mohammedanism, suitable for use in the mission study classes of the college and universities. This volume, under the title Islam: A Challenge to Faith, was published in the autumn of 1907. In the preface I wrote:

    There is no lack of literature on Mohammed and Islam, as is very evident from the very extensive bibliography of the subject in all the languages in Europe, not to speak of the literature written by Moslems themselves. But at the same time there is great ignorance even among cultured people of the real character of Mohammed and the real doctrine and moral value of Islam, as well as of its wide-spread aggressive power as a missionary religion. To present the subject anew needs no apology, especially since much of the best literature on Islam is inaccessible to most readers, being in a foreign language.

    This book lays no claim to originality save in the form in which the result of the labors of others in this wide field are presented. The bibliographies given for each chapter show the sources of information. The purpose of this book is to present Islam as a challenge to the faith and enterprise of the Church. It has a message for those who believe the gospel and believe that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth—to this Mohammedan no less than to the heathen.

    1


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Zwemer, Samuel M. The Moslem World. Jennings & Graham, 1908, xi-xii. https://archive.org/details/moslemworld00zwemgoog/page/n16/mode/2up?ref=ol&view=theater [return]
  • 05 November 2021

    Istiqlál, 03 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

    Seen

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    Repotted geraniums.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Introduction: Summary

    All religion is basically mystical.

    Music and prayer and meditation open the channels to that mystical communion with God.

    The Covenant has a mystical source.

    Bahá’u’lláh became aware of His station as a Manifestation during a series of dreams while in prison.

    Moses, Jesus, Muhammad and all the Prophets were awakened by God in a mystical way.

    Bahá’u’lláh clearly explains His relationship with God in a prayer.

    Religion allows us to hear the Voice of God 1

    The Power of the Covenant

    In this day, the power of the Covenant is the magnetic power in the apex of the horizon. This is the power that moves the world of humanity. This is the power that causes the penetration of the words in the hearts. This is the power that ignites the fire of the love of God. This is the power that brings joy and cheer to the souls. 2

    Know that no soul is quickened except through the spirit of the Covenant, no eye is illumined except by the light of the Coven- ant, no ear is thrilled except by the melody of the Covenant, and no heart shows forth the divine sentiments except by the bounty of the Covenant. 3

    … no power will do away with misunderstanding among the friends except the Covenant and the Testament of God. 4 5


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Baháʾuʾlláh. Tablets of Baháʼuʼlláh, Revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. Translated by Habib Taherzadeh. 1st ed. Haifa: Bahá’í World Centre, 1978, 9. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/tablets-bahaullah/2#737981870. [return]
    2. ‘Abdul-Bahá. “June 20, 1914”. Star of the West, ix, 10, 119. [return]
    3. ‘Abdul-Bahá. “These are the Teachings which are the Spirit of this Century and the Light of this Age”. Star of the West, x, 12, 226. [return]
    4. ‘Abdul-Bahá. “Letter to Martha Root”. Star of the West, x, 12, 235. [return]
    5. Johnson, Lowell. The Eternal Covenant. 1986. 2nd Edition, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of South Africa, 1989, 4-5. [return]
  • 04 November 2021

    Istijlál, 02 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

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    Slow day. Played with “Shortcuts” on Evernote, MindNode and Ulysses. Maybe something substantive will come of it … and maybe not.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Introduction

    It is suggested that a Christian commencing to read this ‘Tablet To The Christians’, will find it helpful to recall that his or her own religious background probably has been more influenced by New Testament Writings as a whole, than by the Gospels alone. It is fair to observe that much of Christian theology and dogma, as customarily preached by the churches today, emanates more from the words of Saint Paul and, to a lesser extent from those of Saint Peter, than from Christ’s own words as recorded in the Gospels.

    The reader will find Bahá’u’lláh (knowing Himself to be the Returned Spirit of Truth), is reminding us of what Jesus said and of what people said about Jesus. And being fully aware of the fate of God’s Manifestations gone before Him, He says: “This is an Epistle from Our 1 presence unto him whom the veils of names have failed to keep back from God, the Creator of earth and heaven, …” 2 3


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Throughout this work, emphasis within scriptural quotes has been added by the author, Eric Bowes [return]
    2. Baháʾuʾlláh. Tablets of Baháʼuʼlláh, Revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. Translated by Habib Taherzadeh. 1st ed. Haifa: Bahá’í World Centre, 1978, 9. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/tablets-bahaullah/2#737981870. [return]
    3. Bowes, Eric. Bahá’u’lláh’s Message to the Christians, the Lawh-i-Aqdas: An Appreciation. 1986. 3rd printing, Baha’i Publications Australia, 1988, 5. [return]
  • 03 November 2021

    ’Idál, 01 Qudrat (Power), 178 B.E.

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    Milkweed seed “clouds”

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    Extracts from letters written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi

    Regarding the Bahá’í funeral service: it is extremely simple, as it consists only of a congregational prayer to be read before burial … your National Spiritual Assembly should take great care lest any uniform procedure or ritual in this matter be adopted or imposed upon the friends. The danger in this, as in some other cases regarding Bahá’í worship, is that a definite system of rigid trials and practices be developed among the believers. The utmost simplicity and flexibility should one observed, and a selection from the Bahá’í Sacred Writings would serve the purpose at the present time, provide this selection is not rigidly and uniformly adopted on all such occasions.

    (10 January 1936 to a National Spiritual Assembly) 1


    Introduction

    Just as we prepare for the birth of a new baby, it is equally important to pay a lot of attention to the preparation of those passing to the spiritual worlds of God. Many of us are unprepared and suddenly we are faced with the need to render this service for a beloved soul.

    There is much information about Bahá’í Funerals and Burial Practices scattered in many different publications. This booklet is not meant to replace these resources. Rather, it is an attempt to provide a handy guide to assist individuals and institution to extend this sacred service to Bahá’ís. …

    This booklet will hopefully serve as a valuable aid and make it unnecessary to search many places for the answers one needs in arranging a befitting fare=well for a soul whose earthly sojourn has ended and is now embarking on the next phase of its journey through the glorious Worlds of God. 2


    My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.


    1. Research Department of the Universal House of Justice, editor. Bahá’í Burial and the Bahá’í Funeral Service. 1995. Reprint, Bahá’í Publications Australia, 1997. 10. [return]
    2. Reyes, Natalie M. A Guide to Bahá’í Funeral and Burial Practices, with Tips on Body Preparation and Useful Information on Arranging One’s Affairs. 2001. 2nd Edition, Elegant Impressions, 2005, Introduction. [return]

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