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Baha’i Month: Jalal (Glory) 1, 178 B.E. (4/9/2021)

Friday, April 9th, 2021

He Is God!

O ye dwellers of the Kingdom!

Thank ye God that ye have turned your faces toward the Kingdom of Abha, and are yearning for the outpouring of the Exalted Realm. Ye are accepted in the Threshold of the True One and are chosen by the Most Great Guidance!

Ye have asked regarding the word of the “Ransomed Ones”. The mystery of “Ransom” (or Sacrifice) is a most great subject and is inexhaustible.

Briefly it is as follows: The moth is a sacrifice to the candle. The spring is a sacrifice to the thirsty one. The sincere lover is a sacrifice to the loved one and the longing one is a sacrifice to the beloved. The point lies in this: He must wholly forget himself, become a wanderer (in the Abode of the Beloved) enamoured with His Tresses. He must consign to oblivion the body and soul, the life, comfort and existence. He must seek the good pleasure of the True One; desire the Face of the True One; and walk in the Path of the True One. He must become intoxicated with His Cup, resigned in His Hand and close the eyes to life and living, in order that he may shine like unto the Light of Truth from the Horizon of Eternity. This is the first station of sacrifice.

The second station of sacrifice is as follows: Man must become severed from the human world, be delivered from the contingent gloominess, the illumination of mercifulness must shine and radiate in him, the nether world become as non-existent and the Kingdom become manifest. He must become like unto the iron thrown within the furnace of fire. The qualities of iron, such as blackness, coldness and solidity which belong to the earth disappear and vanish while the characteristics of fire, such as redness, glowing and heat, which belong to the Kingdom become apparent and visible. Therefore, iron hath sacrificed its qualities and grades to the fire, acquiring the virtues of that element.

Likewise, when the souls are released from the fetters of the world, the imperfections of mankind and that animalistic darkness, and have stepped into the Realm of Abstraction, have partaken a share from the outpouring of the Placeless and have acquired lordly perfections, they are the “ransomed ones” (or the martyrs) of the Sun of Truth, who are hastening to the altar of heart and soul.

Abdu’l-Baha’ Tablets, Vol. 2 pp 353-355

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Jamal, Baha’ 15, 178 B.E./April 4, 2021-Three Days and Three Nights

Sunday, April 4th, 2021

They asked Jesus for a sign and He gave them only one sign-that His body would remain in the heart of the earth for Three (3) Days and Three (3) Nights, 72 Hours.

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Baha’i Holy Day: Naw-Ruz, 178 B.E. (Sunset, March 19, 2021-Sunset, March 21, 2021)

Friday, March 19th, 2021

Dear All,

 

Please find attached this year’s Naw Ruz Letter. Naw Ruz, literally means New Year or New Spirit, and refers to the Equinox of the first day of Springtime when the Spirit of the New Breath of Life is breathed once again to renew the entire Creation of God. The Exodus of Moses took place the night of Naw Ruz, which is the time the “angel of death” passed over the people of the Covenant who had Lamb’s Blood above their door–and for Jews it is therefore the Holy Day of pasach, or passover. It is the Holy Day of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ after “three days and three nights” as the Last Supper was on the very day of the feast of the Passover of the Jews, and as Easter Sunday is the “Day of the Resurrection from the Dead” (celebrated since ancient Egyptian times)–even as springtime is the resurrection of the verdant bounties of the earth after the cold dormant darker winter nights, that keep the major crops from growing and in which cold lessened activity spreads throughout the land.

 

March 21st, the day of the Spring Equinox is the Holy Day of the New Year (naw ruz) in Ancient Indigenous and Aboriginal European cultures and societies, preserved as the astrological calendar of the Western Esoteric Traditions as marking the First Degree (or Day) of Aries on modern sun signs. It is found commemorated amongst the peoples of Africa, the far East, and native American and other aboriginal groups. The ancient and modern Persians and Iranians celebrate the first day of spring as new year’s day.

 

In other words (and this list of universality could go on and on…), Naw Ruz is a universal festival tied in with the natural cycles and circadian rhythms embedded within the creation of God, and the inherent, natural, organic rhythms of this living being, the earth, and all its inhabitants as one family; and is the Festival celebrating the radical joy of the infinite miracles of the self-organizing universe in which we all live!

 

Today we are all experiencing the awakening of global god-consciousness, a world awakening of the minds, soul and spirit of Gaia, animating and pervading all things, and set afire by the flame of the knowledge of God united with the love of God encountered every day and every moment in life–from the smallest to the greatest–as ineffable experiences that cannot be spoken of but can be shared by loving glances through fellow knowing eyes.

 

May this Vernal Equinox of Spring 2021, Naw Ruz 178 BE; Year One of a New Beginning of A New Day, bring blessings, and protection, and guidance and health and healing upon all the peoples of the world, and special bounties for the believers in God in this day who have remained stalwart in their faith, active in their cause and who maintain their unswerving public stance and declared identities as the Baha’is Under the Provisions of the Covenant, amongst whom I am happy to be a welcomed fellow member!

 

I remain yours,

in service,

your servant,

Neal Chase,

Guardian, BUPC.

https://bahaiteachings.org/welcome-to-the-bahai-new-year-naw-ruz/

 

 

NAW RUZ LETTER

 

“The day of the appearance of God’s messenger on earth is ever a sacred day, a day when man commemorates his lord…This sacred day when the sun illumines equally the whole earth is called the equinox and the equinox is the symbol of the divine messenger. The sun of truth rises on the horizon of divine mercy and sends forth its rays on all.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, pp. 74, 75)

 

Dear Friends!

 

Allah’u’Abha! And greetings during this day of breaking the fast.

 

“Since thou hast adorned them, O my Lord, with the ornament of the Fast prescribed by Thee, do Thou adorn them also with the ornament of Thine acceptance, through Thy grace and bountiful favor.  For the doings of men are all dependent upon Thy good-pleasure, and are conditioned by Thy behest.  Shouldst Thou regard him who hath broken the Fast as one who hath observed it, such a man would be reckoned among them who from eternity had been keeping the Fast.  And shouldst Thou decree that he who hath observed the Fast hath broken it, that person would be numbered with such as have caused the Robe of Thy Revelation to be stained with dust, and been far removed from the crystal waters of this living Fountain.” (Baha’u’llah, Naw Ruz Prayer)

 

Something I looked up recently was the origin of a saying I heard, “good fences make good neighbors,” (Victor Woods said it)–I was surprised to find out so much about that. I have included a link; after the poem:

 

Mending Wall

By Robert Frost

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,

That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,

And spills the upper boulders in the sun;

And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.

The work of hunters is another thing:

I have come after them and made repair

Where they have left not one stone on a stone,

But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,

To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,

No one has seen them made or heard them made,

But at spring mending-time we find them there.

I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;

And on a day we meet to walk the line

And set the wall between us once again.

We keep the wall between us as we go.

To each the boulders that have fallen to each.

And some are loaves and some so nearly balls

We have to use a spell to make them balance:

‘Stay where you are until our backs are turned!’

We wear our fingers rough with handling them.

Oh, just another kind of out-door game,

One on a side. It comes to little more:

There where it is we do not need the wall:

He is all pine and I am apple orchard.

My apple trees will never get across

And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.

He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’

Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder

If I could put a notion in his head:

‘Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it

Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.

Before I built a wall I’d ask to know

What I was walling in or walling out,

And to whom I was like to give offense.

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,

That wants it down.’ I could say ‘Elves’ to him,

But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather

He said it for himself. I see him there

Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top

In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.

He moves in darkness as it seems to me,

Not of woods only and the shade of trees.

He will not go behind his father’s saying,

And he likes having thought of it so well

He says again, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’

https://www.thesunchronicle.com/foxboro_reporter/opinion/columns/mitchell-mending-wall/article_26e2b176-ccc4-5b20-9931-b2300207fd62.html

 

And as the Cause of God so advances, the Oneness of Humanity presumes, the next six years of Hopi purification will be undoubtedly for all of the people of the world for bridges to build and fences to mend, so to speak (or tear them down or throw them away depending upon the pov)–not only on a personal level, but also professionally, on the level of the faith advancing into this New Beginning this Naw Ruz.

 

Now, I maintain my unwavering stance, that all actions before Naw Ruz 2021 are the past. The year 2020, by my calculations in the Great Pyramid, the Bible, the Baha’i writings, and Hopi prophecy mark 2020 as the year zero, and thus this Naw Ruz 2021 begins the Year One, of A New Beginning–and six more years of the seven year Hopi purification.

 

This purification process is stated in the Kitab-i-‘Ahd of Baha’u’llah (Book of the Covenant) where it is said: “This is a Day great and blessed. Whatsoever is hidden in man is today being revealed.” Thus like when gold is purified, the hidden impurities of the people come to the surface and then tumultuously burn off and away until the surface of the Gold is like a pure and polished mirror–in which Doc said, then God can see His own reflection in man. According to ‘Abdu’l-Baha, God seeing His own reflection in creation, that is the creation of each individual human being like you and I (and in the creation of active functional human Baha’i community and society when created in His image of the spiritual qualities and attributes of God as demonstrated in deeds not words) is the “Love of God for God” as Mike Golden has explained in his important paper about “Oneness of Humanity ACTIONS”; and again He saith:

 

“The light of the following utterance shineth from the horizon of the Divine Tablet, which should be observed by all: O peoples of the world! I counsel you to act in a manner which shall tend to elevate your stations. Cling to divine virtue and obey the divine law. Truly I say, the tongue is for mentioning what is good; do not defile it by evil speech. “God hath forgiven your past ways.” You must henceforth speak that which is worthy. Shun reviling, maligning, and whatsoever will offend your fellow men.” (Baha’u’llah, Kitab-i-‘Ahd)

 

Thus, this Naw Ruz, 2021 marks a NEW DAY of the Forgiveness of Sins for the Baha’i world and all the peoples of the world, if those behaviors are past, as He states: “God hath forgiven your past ways” that is not current behaviors–but that which is past.

 

Now this cleansing of the Hopi purification includes ALL the people of the word, as begun by the plague of Covid19, by my calculations which I made prior to these occurrences, as published and documented in all the Chinvats (re-published in the front matter of Victor’s book Nostradamus Prophecy!, of which everyone is certainly fully awake and aware, and if not, undoubtedly they will go back and read these significant and important documents of infallible guidance and attain certitude in this condition. I have also included a paper (see attached) written by the current head of the Knights of Baha’u’llah in direct succession to Dr. Leland Jensen, Knight of Baha’u’llah, Nefratiri Weeks, entitled ALL ARE CREATED BY GOD written at the same time as Victor’s book, which sets forth many important truths and insights concerning the global war and underlying patters of current events as they pertain to the now unfolding glory of the Baha’i Covenant and Administration at this time.

 

As this cleansing comes from the top down, so to speak, and as it includes all the people of the world, then certainly the living Davidic King, and all the IBC members (and their families and private and public lives)–that is all those who remain active and firm and steadfast in the Covenant and Administration and attend meetings and feasts, etc. are subject to be the first  to experience these tremendous spiritual forces of purification and the outpouring and gift (‘ata) of the divine bounty of the Holy Ghost unto salvation for all the peoples of the world. Thus I am to be included (and not excluded) in this too; as ALL (including myself) must be purified and made whole, that is to say, complete, even as the cornerstone is now in place on the completed Hopi Fireclan Tablet–sealed with Dr. Jenen’s seal (for a seal on the forehead–representing the intellect–symbolized by the “serpent”)–as depicted in the photograph of the complete tablet to wholeness (lomakatsi) held in the hand of grandfather Martin. So it is written of the Christ:

 

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have life eternal.” (Jn. 3:14-15 KJV)

 

The Fireclan Tablet, according to Dr. Jensen, is an outward symbol, with the cornerstone being symbolic (as is the capstone of the Great Pyramid of Giza, see Doc’s book The Beast is about to be Dead for more about the capstone prophecy), of the person of the living Guardian, as Doc explains, who is seated upon King David’s throne, that Doc wrote in his book Entry By Troops is: “the Christ of the Baha’i World Order [the Covenant & Administration].” According to Dr. Jensen, in the section of the Book entitled “Seven Churches,” Doc writes:

 

“This [Philadelphia/BUPC] is the only group that knows the meaning of “Christ,” and the true meaning of the guardianship, the Christ of the Baha’i World Order, thus is mentioned the “key of David.” Because of this knowledge they know that the other groups are false.”

 

And again he writes:

 

Shoghi Effendi provided only one criteria in order to determine who was and who was not a true Baha’i:

“Regarding the very delicate and complex question of ascertaining the qualifications of a true believer,…[I only state]…the principal factors that must be taken into consideration before deciding whether a person may be regarded a true believer or not.

“Full recognition of the station of the Forerunner, the Author, and the True Exemplar of the Baha’i Cause, as set forth in ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Testament; unreserved acceptance of, and submission to, whatsoever has been revealed by their Pen; loyal and steadfast adherence to every clause of our Beloved’s sacred Will; and close association with the spirit as well as the form of the present-day Baha’i administration throughout the world–these I conceive to be the fundamental and primary considerations that must be… ascertained before reaching such a vital decision.”

And concerning the “Christ of the Baha’i World Order,” the Guardian, he again writes:

 

“The institution of guardianship, now restricted to the presidency of the UHJ, remains the “Sign of God” on earth, meaning that whatever Baha’i administration has this sign from God, the guardian, at its head, that is the true Baha’i administration, and any other is false.” (Dr. Leland Jensen, “Seven Churches,” http://entrybytroops.uhj.net/seven-churches.html)

 

Thus this current TEST inaugurated during the year zero, 2020 AD, has already birthed all best results! The Baha’i International group of the secretary pool, chaired by the secretary general of the IBC/UHJ, has consolidated and organized the friends around the globe to meet and exchange one with another in spiritual fellowship and oneness of humanity actions. This outpouring of the spirit upon the extension has allowed for the National Baha’i Council of the Americas to emerge strong, firm and standing upon its own two feet now at this time. Having survived the devastating covenant-breaking attack against it in 2016 (from forces and individuals both inside the faith and without) the USNC has emerged firm and strong and is now consolidating its efforts, taking charge of all the financial and material responsibilities that are its by right, welcoming all the friends to board the safe haven of its ark to survive the next six years of purification, and fulfills the prophecy of the “maiden” spoken of in Revelation chapter 12 that shall be given the “two wings of the eagle” after 70 years (1951 + 70yrs = 2021). The eagle being the symbol of the US. As a citizen of one, and as an exilarch (exiled monarch of King David) I remain a citizen refugee of the US and under the jurisdiction, protection, and safe haven of the USNC–and the protection of the local Baha’i Council within the community God sets me to live.

 

I do not know if you know some things about my personal history or not. But 19 years ago, my homestead here in Montana was illegally taken from me, against court order defying the explicit injunction by the judge in Colorado upon both parties not to sell or dispose of any property during the hearing and proceedings of my first divorce. For this reason, I have been homeless for 19 years, and the Baha’is lost their international center building in Missoula, MT, and international registered offices of the IBC/UHJ, and the Teaching Center, Open Library, reading room, and archival space. If We still had this property and the guardian had retained managerial control and authority over it as caretaker and guardian of that property, these current conditions and circumstances that continue to menace the faith at this time would be free, and my personal condition, that is the same personal condition as that of Baha’u’llah–described on page 56 of The Covenant of Baha’u’llah, by Teherzadeh, would be alleviated of the unnecessary stressors and hardships that naturally fall upon the human being who is to function as purposed by God in the role of guardian. Nevertheless, “not my will O Lord but Thine!” About the role of guardianship, my father and predecessor to that office, Pepe has written:

“From what Mason told me about Shoghi Effendi’s experience as Guardian and how it affected him…..plus what I experienced in the first person regarding what the Guardianship did to Mason, believe me, I wouldn’t wish that role on my worst enemy.”

Nevertheless, I do have that role, and have taken that up publically now for 19 years, and another 7 prior to that counting from April 11, 1994. Pepe continues:

“Nevertheless, if I were convinced that coming forth and taking a definite stand as Mason Remey’s successor would result in peace and harmony amongst all the Baha’is, I should not hesitate one minute to do so…. Mason awaited the day when the masses of Baha’is (now termed sans-guardian Baha’is) would WANT a Guardian. Should the time come when those masses should turn to me, I could NOT refuse to fulfill the role, for not to do so would be a violation of the faith and trust that Mason Remey placed in me…. I am dedicated to that end.” (Pepe, 9 May 1992. Personal names omitted for privacy) http://www.bupc.org/test-of-god.html#tablettest

Thus, the Hopi Fireclan Tablet completed is symbolic of the world body of believers (the church) and the president of the UHJ (the head)–“the Christ of the Baha’i World Order”–functioning together (in healthful happiness and union head and body both) as Paul has stated in his letters:

 

“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:18 KJV)

 

The word “church” here in Greek is ecclesiasia and refers to the body of believers, not the temple that referred to the physical buildings they met in back in those days.

 

Again Paul speaking spiritually in symbolic parable refers to a spousal relationship between the head and the body:

 

“Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it… Always thank God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Place yourselves under each other’s authority out of respect for Christ. Wives, place yourselves under your husbands’ authority as you have placed yourselves under the Lord’s authority. The husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. It is his body, and he is its Savior.” (Ephesians 5:25; 5:20-23 God’s Word Translation (GWT))

 

Paul continues:

 

“Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it. He did this to make the church holy by cleansing it, washing it using water along with spoken words. Then he could present it to himself as a glorious church, without any kind of stain or wrinkle-holy and without faults. So husbands must love their wives as they love their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself. No one ever hated his own body. Instead, he feeds and takes care of it, as Christ takes care of the church. We are parts of his body. That’s why a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will be one [wood + iron = gold; the two wings of one bird, etc]. This is a great mystery. (I’m talking about Christ’s relationship to the church.) But every husband must love his wife as he loves himself, and wives should respect their husbands.” (Ephesians 5:25-33 GWT)

 

So it is written in the 12th chapter of Revelation that the maiden shall be protected by the wings of the eagle. It is also stated in Exodus:

 

“Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.” (Exodus 19:4 KJV)

 

And again the maiden in Revelation chapter 21, the New JerUSAlem, that descends adorned like a bride from heaven:

 

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.“ (Revelation 21:2 KJV)

 

This mystical union between the body of believers and Christ, the Supreme Manifestation of God, as revealed in the potency of the everlasting father seated upon the throne of King David in the personage of Baha’u’llah, and its reflection and incarnation in the visible order (see WOB, pp. 9 & 19) in the Covenant & Administration upon the earth as it is in heaven, is a deep mystery that all the friends should ponder in the deep recesses of their hearts, minds and souls in order to pass through these tests of the next six years of Hopi purification.

 

Thanksgiving 2020 to Thanksgiving 2021 marks the 400th (Gen. 15:13) year since 1620 AD as inscribed upon Plymouth Rock, by which we arrived at the date for this Exodus of the woman protected by eagle’s wings: both the USNC and IBC/UHJ are in the US.

 

The Covenant & Administration are paramount at this time, for the survival of both the bride, the living Davidic King, and the health, well being, and union of both head and body. As foretold by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in Star of the West and many of his other writings, letters and epistles, and confirmed and reiterated by the Guardian Shoghi Effendi, the final showdown of the forces of good and evil, the forces of light and dark, for the triumph of the power of the Covenant of God over ignorance and peoples addictions to violation, is to take place here in the United States, by the clear light of the 100th year anniversary of the Day of the Covenant, that is the Ascension of the Master ‘Abdu’l-Baha, in which the sacred Will and Testament went into effect on Nov. 28, 1921 + 100 years = Nov. 28, 2021.

 

Thus comes to us some notion of the spiritual and material purifications by fire, Hopi second year shall bring upon all the peoples of the world, with the core group of active members of the BUPC world community, being raised up, doing the inner temple work, and being objects of purification first and foremost, in our loving and wonderful spiritual community, firm in the Covenant, and prepared to take on any task or calling of the spirit that originates from God Almighty, not the mere human impulse of man, self, or others.

 

Tears of joy, cannot be held back from raining down upon our happy hearts during this great time of global crisis and group testing. As the sun of reality shines through the manifestation of God, Baha’u’llah, today from out the ABHA Realm, rainbows fill our eyes, and the love of God is untied with the knowledge of God to form the magic of our own personal, direct, and immediate experience of God. How we treat one another as each of us purifies in their own way, in their own style, and their own time of growth and maturation, will set both the pattern for a future new society of human relationships, as well as the seeds of destruction from our foibles, our faux pas, our violations and wrongs, that will undoubtedly contribute to precipitate the crisis spoken of in the Book of Revelation chapter 20 that shall inevitably come to pass after this first 1000 years are ended. Nine Hundred and Seventy Nine more to go! 🙂

 

Be that as it may, the purifying crisis of today’s world has seen in this first year’s development the smooth emergence of the European Group Function as well as the USNC coming into its own, and the consolidation and deepening of the National Baha’i Council of India. The extended EU Group includes active participation from the UK, France, and Russia, as well as Bulgaria, South Africa, Denmark, Iran, New Zealand, Azerbaijan, and many other nations and people where the Baha’i peoples under the provisions of the Covenant reside on the mainland of Europe proper. The USNC is leading the way for the proper development, implementation and actualization for Baha’i Covenant and Administration in the necessary conditions of the present time.

 

Through these cutting edge and new beginnings, the USNC, will set the pattern (as Shoghi Effendi and ‘Abdu’l-Baha have stated, what happens in the Cause in America sets the pattern) for the blossoming of many local and regional centers simultaneous throughout all the world. In this regard the 7 Years of Hopi purification, seen through a Baha’i lens, can be viewed as the concurrent twin 7 Year plans of Shoghi Effendi (based upon Tablets of the Divine Plan) being unfurled at the present time for the development of Baha’i spiritual function in the Americas and Europe. Likewise the 10 years International World Crusade is happening concurrently as well.

 

The pattern set by the USNC shall allow the many and diverse European centers to consolidate and amplify the form of their own independent groups and councils (on both the local and national/regional  levels), and form their own style of interviewing people, and inviting the people and friends they are connected with through Spirit to the 19 days feast and other social and spiritual Baha’i functions in their respective areas.

 

The Baha’i International on-line group chaired by the secretary General of the IBC/UHJ this last year has been the “gene” pool (secretary pool), so to speak, giving birth to all these great beneficial things, and much, much, more, during this first foundational year of crisis. Where Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian was murdered in London during the bird-flu of 1957-1958 and the Cause outwardly seeming derailed for a time by Ruhiyyih Khanum and the Hands; today’s bird flu (Covid19) has seen the complete opposite of that, in fact, with the complete defeat of the company of the covenant-breakers (formerly educated by the Lamb: 2001-2016) today’s bird flu (Covid19) has seen the resurrection and return of the majesty and excellence of the Baha’i World Faith and the Baha’i World Order for those who pass through these tests as the twice-born, that is, for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see!

 

Great and stupendous is the future that awaits our International Community of the Covenant, and upon the breaking of the Fast this Naw Ruz, in which Baha’u’llah has revealed in the Naw Ruz prayer:

 

“He Who is Thy Branch and all Thy company, O my Lord, have broken this day their fast, after having observed it within the precincts of Thy court, and in their eagerness to please Thee.  Do Thou ordain for Him, and for them, and for all such as have entered Thy presence in those days all the good Thou didst destine in Thy Book.  Supply them, then, with that which will profit them, in both this life and in the life beyond.

Thou, in truth, art the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.”

 

This cleansing of past behaviors, attitudes, thought processes, and social interactions from toxic patterns and toxic relationships is–even like the Baha’i Fast–all about what the next six years of Hopi purification really means. Hopi, literally means “obedient” (as in “Obed [Hopi] was the father of Jesse”), and we are all to be obedient unto God and to every single provision of the Master’s sacred Will and Testament, which is the Charter for the Kingdom (see WOB, p. 144 for more).

 

Now that the first year (a day is as a year Ez. 4:6) is passed over, we in our fledgling International and Global Baha’i Community of the Covenant (the BUPC everywhere) have experienced the “death” of the first-born and the exodus is upon us for We who are now alive as the twice-born!

 

Thus prophecy is fulfilled, and expectations are not.

 

Allah’u’Abha! And a Happy and wonderful Naw Ruz to us all!

 

I remain yours,

 

your servant,

 

Neal.

 

“The Guardians of the Baha’i Faith cannot be declared to be Covenant-breakers. The people cannot be commanded to shun the Guardian.”–Dr. Leland Jensen.

 

Naw-Rúz

Naw-Rúz, March 20th or 21st (varies based on the Badí‘ calendar), is the first day of the Bahá’í year.

Praised be Thou, O my God, that Thou hast ordained Naw-Rúz as a festival unto those who have observed the fast for love of Thee and abstained from all that is abhorrent unto Thee. Grant, O my Lord, that the fire of Thy love and the heat produced by the fast enjoined by Thee may inflame them in Thy Cause, and make them to be occupied with Thy praise and with remembrance of Thee.

Since Thou hast adorned them, O my Lord, with the ornament of the fast prescribed by Thee, do Thou adorn them also with the ornament of Thine acceptance, through Thy grace and bountiful favor. For the doings of men are all dependent upon Thy good pleasure, and are conditioned by Thy behest. Shouldst Thou regard him who hath broken the fast as one who hath observed it, such a man would be reckoned among them who from eternity had been keeping the fast. And shouldst Thou decree that he who hath observed the fast hath broken it, that person would be numbered with such as have caused the Robe of Thy Revelation to be stained with dust, and been far removed from the crystal waters of this living Fountain.

Thou art He through Whom the ensign “Praiseworthy art Thou in Thy works” hath been lifted up, and the standard “Obeyed art Thou in Thy behest” hath been unfurled. Make known this Thy station, O my God, unto Thy servants, that they may be made aware that the excellence of all things is dependent upon Thy bidding and Thy word, and the virtue of every act is conditioned by Thy leave and the good pleasure of Thy will, and may recognize that the reins of men’s doings are within the grasp of Thine acceptance and Thy commandment. Make this known unto them, that nothing whatsoever may shut them out from Thy Beauty, in these days whereon the Christ exclaimeth: “All dominion is Thine, O Thou the Begetter of the Spirit (Jesus)”; and Thy Friend (Muhammad) crieth out: “Glory be to Thee, O Thou the Best-Beloved, for that Thou hast uncovered Thy Beauty, and written down for Thy chosen ones what will cause them to attain unto the seat of the revelation of Thy Most Great Name, through which all the peoples have lamented except such as have detached themselves from all else except Thee, and set themselves towards Him Who is the Revealer of Thyself and the Manifestation of Thine attributes.”

He Who is Thy Branch and all Thy company, O my Lord, have broken this day their fast, after having observed it within the precincts of Thy court, and in their eagerness to please Thee. Do Thou ordain for Him, and for them, and for all such as have entered Thy presence in those days all the good Thou didst destine in Thy Book. Supply them, then, with that which will profit them, in both this life and in the life beyond.

Thou, in truth, art the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

–Baha’u’llah.

ALL ARE CREATED BY GOD

Naw Ruz 178 B.E.

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Ayyam-i-Ha 177 B.E. Sunset 2/25/2021-Sunset 2/28/2021-Fast Begins At Sunset 2/28/2021 & Ends At Sunset 3/19/2021

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Ayyam-i-Ha 177 B.E. Sunset 2/25/2021-Sunset 2/28/2021-Fast Begins At Sunset 2/28/2021 & Ends At Sunset 3/19/2021

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O Pen of the Most High! Say: O people of the world! We have enjoined upon you fasting during a brief period, and at its close have designated for you Naw-Rúz as a feast. Thus hath the Day-Star of Utterance shone forth above the horizon of the Book as decreed by Him Who is the Lord of the beginning and the end. Let the days in excess of the months be placed before the month of fasting. We have ordained that these, amid all nights and days, shall be the manifestations of the letter Há, and thus they have not been bounded by the limits of the year and its months. It behoveth the people of Bahá, throughout these days, to provide good cheer for themselves, their kindred and, beyond them, the poor and needy, and with joy and exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to sing His praise and magnify His Name; and when they end—these days of giving that precede the season of restraint—let them enter upon the Fast. Thus hath it been ordained by Him Who is the Lord of all mankind. The traveller, the ailing, those who are with child or giving suck, are not bound by the Fast; they have been exempted by God as a token of His grace. He, verily, is the Almighty, the Most Generous.

Baha’u’llah, Kitab-I-Aqdas

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Bahá’u’lláh explains: “The Festival of Naw-Rúz falleth on the day that the sun entereth the sign of Aries, [The vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere] even should this occur no more than one minute before sunset.”

This year the sun enters the constellation of Aries at 5:37 am Eastern Time (U.S.) on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

The Fast period begins at the begining of the Baha’i day at sunset, Sunday, February 28, 2021 and ends at the begining of the Baha’i day at sunset, Friday, March 19, 2021.

The Baha’i Holy Day of Naw-Ruz, 178 B.E. will be celebrated from sunset on Friday March 19, 2021 until sunset on Sunday, March 21, 2021. The Baha’i Month of Baha’ begins at sunset, on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

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Baha’i Sabbath: Mulk 13, 177 B.E. (2/19/2021)

Friday, February 19th, 2021

O SALMÁN! [“Blessed One”, from Arabic S-L-M] All that the sages and mystics have said or written have never exceeded, nor can they ever hope to exceed, the limitations to which man’s finite mind hath been strictly subjected. To whatever heights the mind of the most exalted of men may soar, however great the depths which the detached and understanding heart can penetrate, such mind and heart can never transcend that which is the creature of their own conceptions and the product of their own thoughts. The meditations of the profoundest thinker, the devotions of the holiest of saints, the highest expressions of praise from either human pen or tongue, are but a reflection of that which hath been created within themselves, through the revelation of the Lord, their God. Whoever pondereth this truth in his heart will readily admit that there are certain limits which no human being can possibly transgress. Every attempt which, from the beginning that hath no beginning, hath been made to visualize and know God is limited by the exigencies of His own creation—a creation which He, through the operation of His own Will and for the purposes of none other but His own Self, hath called into being. Immeasurably exalted is He above the strivings of human mind to grasp His Essence, or of human tongue to describe His mystery. No tie of direct intercourse can ever bind Him to the things He hath created, nor can the most abstruse and most remote allusions of His creatures do justice to His being. Through His world-pervading Will He hath brought into being all created things. He is and hath ever been veiled in the ancient eternity of His own exalted and indivisible Essence, and will everlastingly continue to remain concealed in His inaccessible majesty and glory. All that is in heaven and all that is in the earth have come to exist at His bidding, and by His Will all have stepped out of utter nothingness into the realm of being. How can, therefore, the creature which the Word of God hath fashioned comprehend the nature of Him Who is the Ancient of Days?

Baha’u’llah, Gleanings #CXLVIII

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Thou hast known how grievously the Prophets of God, His Messengers and Chosen Ones, have been afflicted. Meditate a while on the motive and reason which have been responsible for such a persecution. At no time, in no Dispensation, have the Prophets of God escaped the blasphemy of their enemies, the cruelty of their oppressors, the denunciation of the learned of their age, who appeared in the guise of uprightness and piety. Day and night they passed through such agonies as none can ever measure, except the knowledge of the one true God, exalted be His glory.

Baha’u’llah, Gleanings XXIII (exc)

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Had the Shi’i realized that Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha, during their lifetimes, were seated upon the throne of King David (as did Omar and Ali, the second and fourth Caliphs, recognize the living Davidic King exilarch Bostanai in their day) Persia would be the world leader now instead of America. But the throne of David came into exile here in America. And no matter how inept, foolish or adept American policy may or may not be it is UNDER THE PROTECTION OF GOD. Had the Israelis protected ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s son (an aghsan) Mason Remey from the “Hands”–instead of exiling him from the Holy Land–Israel would be the world leader, instead of the world loser it is today. When Israel under King Saul rejected King David (and exiled him) it was Palestine that took him in, and became the world leader in that time. Whatever people recognizes and protects the throne of King David and the basic human rights of the living one seated upon that throne in that day and age will be exalted, and its nation preserved and its peoples protected both materially and spiritually. Should they violate basic human rights, become an arrogant abomination of worthless consumption, or be hijacked by corrupt leadership God Himself shall depose them–through unforeseen world events–and those who oppose this mighty Covenant of God will be dispersed and degraded–like the Ottoman and Persian Empires that are no more who failed to recognize Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha in their own lifetimes. Like that of Rome which opposed Christ and is gone. Like that of Hitler who sought to kill off all the Jewish people including the heir to the throne of David by exterminating an entire peoples–and now that empire is nothing.

But these worldly affairs mean nothing in the sight of those whose hearts are pure, whose minds are elevated upon the love of God, and whose souls are set free.

Neal Chase – 3rd Aghsan Guardian of the Baha’i Faith

Baha’i Sabbath: Mulk 6, 177 B.E. (2/12/2021)

Friday, February 12th, 2021

Peruse that which Isaiah hath spoken in His Book. He saith: “Get thee up into the high mountain, O Zion, that bringest good tidings; lift up Thy Voice with strength, O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings. Lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah: ‘Behold your God! Behold the Lord God will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him.’” This Day all the signs have appeared. A Great City hath descended from heaven, and Zion trembleth and exulteth with joy at the Revelation of God, for it hath heard the Voice of God on every side. This Day Jerusalem hath attained unto a new Evangel, for in the stead of the sycamore standeth the cedar. Jerusalem is the place of pilgrimage for all the peoples of the world, and hath been named the Holy City. Together with Zion and Palestine, they are all included within these regions. Wherefore, hath it been said: “Blessed is the man that hath migrated to ‘Akká.”

Baha’u’llah, excerpted from Epistle To The Son Of The Wolf

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Whatsoever Is Possible Of Accomplishment In Human Government Will Be Effected Through These Principles

 

Baha’i Month: Mulk/Dominion 1, 177 B.E. (Sunset 2/6/2021-Sunset 2/7/2021)

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

Strive then, O My brother, to apprehend this matter, that the veils may be lifted from the face of thy heart and that thou mayest be reckoned among them whom God hath graced with such penetrating vision as to behold the most subtle realities of His dominion, to fathom the mysteries of His kingdom, to perceive the signs of His transcendent Essence in this mortal world, and to attain a station wherein one seeth no distinction amongst His creatures and findeth no flaw in the creation of the heavens and the earth.

Baha’u’llah, Gems Of Divine Mysteries, Paragraph 5

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In these days the tabernacle of justice hath fallen into the clutches of tyranny and oppression. Beseech ye the One true God—exalted be His glory—not to deprive mankind of the ocean of true understanding, for were men but to take heed they would readily appreciate that whatever hath streamed from and is set down by the Pen of Glory is even as the sun for the whole world and that therein lie the welfare, security and true interests of all men; otherwise the earth will be tormented by a fresh calamity every day and unprecedented commotions will break out. God grant that the people of the world may be graciously aided to preserve the light of His loving counsels within the globe of wisdom. We cherish the hope that everyone may be adorned with the vesture of true wisdom, the basis of the government of the world.

The Great Being saith: The heaven of statesmanship is made luminous and resplendent by the brightness of the light of these blessed words which hath dawned from the dayspring of the Will of God: It behooveth every ruler to weigh his own being every day in the balance of equity and justice and then to judge between men and counsel them to do that which would direct their steps unto the path of wisdom and understanding. This is the cornerstone of statesmanship and the essence thereof. From these words every enlightened man of wisdom will readily perceive that which will foster such aims as the welfare, security and protection of mankind and the safety of human lives. Were men of insight to quaff their fill from the ocean of inner meanings which lie enshrined in these words and become acquainted therewith, they would bear witness to the sublimity and the excellence of this utterance. If this lowly one were to set forth that which he perceiveth, all would testify unto God’s consummate wisdom. The secrets of statesmanship and that of which the people are in need lie enfolded within these words. This lowly servant earnestly entreateth the One true God—exalted be His glory—to illumine the eyes of the people of the world with the splendor of the light of wisdom that they, one and all, may recognize that which is indispensable in this day.

Baha’u’llah, Tablet of Maqsud

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Baha’i Sabbath: Sultan 18, 177 B.E. (2/5/2021)

Friday, February 5th, 2021

“Such is the true meaning of rendering assistance unto God. Sedition hath never been pleasing unto God, nor were the acts committed in the past by certain foolish ones acceptable in His sight. Know ye that to be killed in the path of His good pleasure is better for you than to kill. The beloved of the Lord must, in this day, behave in such wise amidst His servants that they may by their very deeds and actions guide all men unto the paradise of the All-Glorious.”

Baha’u’llah-The Summons of The Lord of Hosts

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The dust of sedition hath clouded the hearts of men, and blinded their eyes. Erelong, they will perceive the consequences of what their hands have wrought in the Day of God. Thus warneth you He Who is the All-Informed, as bidden by One Who is the Most Powerful, the Almighty.

Baha’u’llah-Gleanings #XVI, Exc.

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The faults of kings, like their favours, can be great. A king who is not deterred by the vainglory of power and authority from observing justice, nor is deprived of the splendours of the day-star of equity by luxury, riches, glory or the marshalling of hosts and legions shall occupy a high rank and a sublime station amongst the Concourse on high. It is incumbent upon everyone to extend aid and to manifest kindness to so noble a soul. Well is it with the king who keepeth a tight hold on the reins of his passion, restraineth his anger and preferreth justice and fairness to injustice and tyranny.

Baha’u’llah-Kalimát-i-Firdawsíyyih (Words of Paradise), 4th Leaf, Exc.

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Blessed is the ruler who succoureth the captive, and the rich one who careth for the poor, and the just one who secureth from the wrong doer the rights of the downtrodden, and happy the trustee who observeth that which the Ordainer, the Ancient of Days hath prescribed unto him.

Baha’u’llah-Kalimát-i-Firdawsíyyih (Words of Paradise), 9th Leaf, Exc.

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It is incumbent upon them who are in authority to exercise moderation in all things. Whatsoever passeth beyond the limits of moderation will cease to exert a beneficial influence. Consider for instance such things as liberty, civilization and the like. However much men of understanding may favourably regard them, they will, if carried to excess, exercise a pernicious influence upon men.

Baha’u’llah-Lawḥ-i-Maqṣúd (Tablet of Maqṣúd), Exc./Baha’u’llah-Proclamation Of, Exc.

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The American nation, of which the community of the Most Great Name forms as yet a negligible and infinitesimal part, stands, indeed, from whichever angle one observes its immediate fortunes, in grave peril. The woes and tribulations which threaten it are partly avoidable, but mostly inevitable and God-sent, for by reason of them a government and people clinging tenaciously to the obsolescent doctrine of absolute sovereignty and upholding a political system, manifestly at variance with the needs of a world already contracted into a neighborhood and crying out for unity, will find itself purged of its anachronistic conceptions, and prepared to play a preponderating role, as foretold by ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, in the hoisting of the standard of the Lesser Peace, in the unification of mankind, and in the establishment of a world federal government on this planet. These same fiery tribulations will not only firmly weld the American nation to its sister nations in both hemispheres, but will through their cleansing effect, purge it thoroughly of the accumulated dross which ingrained racial prejudice, rampant materialism, widespread ungodliness and moral laxity have combined, in the course of successive generations, to produce, and which have prevented her thus far from assuming the role of world spiritual leadership forecast by ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá’s unerring pen—a role which she is bound to fulfill through travail and sorrow.

Shoghi Effendi-Citadel of Faith, July 28, 1954 American Bahá’ís in the Time of World Peril, America Passing Through Crisis, Exc.

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PRAYER FOR AMERICA

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Abdu’l-Baha’

O Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings. O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world. O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy. Make it precious and near to Thee through Thy bounty and bestowal.

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Baha’i Sabbath: Sultan 11, 177 B.E. (1/29/2021)

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

O YE whom ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá loveth! I have read your reports with great joy; they are of a nature to cheer and refresh the heart and gladden the soul. If this Assembly [Council], through the holy breathings of the All-Merciful and His divine confirmations, endure and remain fixed and firm, it shall produce notable results and it shall succeed in enterprises of great moment.

The Spiritual Assemblies [Councils] to be established in this Age of God, this holy century, have, it is indisputable, had neither peer nor likeness in the cycles gone before. For those assemblages that wielded power were based on the support of mighty leaders of men, while these Assemblies [Councils] are based on the support of the Beauty of Abhá. The defenders and patrons of those other assemblages were either a prince, or a king, or a chief priest, or the mass of the people. But these Spiritual Assemblies [Councils] have for their defender, their supporter, their helper, their inspirer, the omnipotent Lord.

Look ye not upon the present, fix your gaze upon the times to come. In the beginning, how small is the seed, yet in the end it is a mighty tree. Look ye not upon the seed, look ye upon the tree, and its blossoms, and its leaves and its fruits. Consider the days of Christ, when none but a small band followed Him; then observe what a mighty tree that seed became, behold ye its fruitage. And now shall come to pass even greater things than these, for this is the summons of the Lord of Hosts, this is the trumpet-call of the living Lord, this is the anthem of world peace, this is the standard of righteousness and trust and understanding raised up among all the variegated peoples of the globe; this is the splendor of the Sun of Truth, this is the holiness of the spirit of God Himself. This most powerful of dispensations will encompass all the earth, and beneath its banner will all peoples gather and be sheltered together. Know then the vital import of this tiny seed that the true Husbandman hath, with the hands of His mercy, sown in the ploughed fields of the Lord, and watered with the rain of bestowals and bounties and is now nurturing in the heat and light of the Daystar of Truth.

Wherefore, O ye loved ones of God, offer up thanks unto Him, since He hath made you the object of such bounties, and the recipients of such gifts. Blessed are ye, glad tidings to you, for this abounding grace.

Abdu’l-Baha’-Selections #40

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Baha’i Sabbath: Sultan 4, 177 B.E. (1/22/2021)

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

As to the difference between that material civilization now prevailing, and the divine civilization which will be one of the benefits to derive from the House of Justice, it is this: material civilization, through the power of punitive and retaliatory laws, restraineth the people from criminal acts; and notwithstanding this, while laws to retaliate against and punish a man are continually proliferating, as ye can see, no laws exist to reward him. In all the cities of Europe and America, vast buildings have been erected to serve as jails for the criminals.

Divine civilization, however, so traineth every member of society that no one, with the exception of a negligible few, will undertake to commit a crime. There is thus a great difference between the prevention of crime through measures that are violent and retaliatory, and so training the people, and enlightening them, and spiritualizing them, that without any fear of punishment or vengeance to come, they will shun all criminal acts. They will, indeed, look upon the very commission of a crime as a great disgrace and in itself the harshest of punishments. They will become enamoured of human perfections, and will consecrate their lives to whatever will bring light to the world and will further those qualities which are acceptable at the Holy Threshold of God.

See then how wide is the difference between material civilization and divine. With force and punishments, material civilization seeketh to restrain the people from mischief, from inflicting harm on society and committing crimes. But in a divine civilization, the individual is so conditioned that with no fear of punishment, he shunneth the perpetration of crimes, seeth the crime itself as the severest of torments, and with alacrity and joy, setteth himself to acquiring the virtues of humankind, to furthering human progress, and to spreading light across the world.

‘Abdu’l-Baha’, Selections #105

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