Baha’i Sabbath: Sharaf 6, 180 B.E. (1/5/2024)-3 Kings Festival: 1/6-1/9-2024-1 of 8

January 5th, 2024

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The GIFT of the Magi, for those suffering in Bethlehem of greater Gaza and Israel…a gift from Persia (Iran) in the Name of three kings–“from the east” (Rev. 16:12) seated upon David’s throne, and in the Spirit of the Lamb…
Explains origins of the Peace Pact of 1928; and gives eyewitness testimony to the real causes underlying traumas and wars…
Probably Dr Jensen’s best presentation, especially for those of Christian background, and especially gold, franensence and mihr, timely for this day today, from nativity to 3 Kings (January 6th), when Christmas in the Holy Land is canceled in Bethlehem because while the “slaughter of innocents ” happens there now, as it did in Herod’s rule as Jesus was actually being born 2000 years ago: today this current “slaughter” in the Holy Land, is eyes wide open in Gaza, for this slaughter of innocents accompanies the Birth of Universal Peace for the Oneness of Humanity and justice for all…and isn’t that EXACTLY the message of the “kingdom” for which He was born, lived and died, saying: “Blessed are the peacemakers they shall be called the sons of God “?….
LNC 2137✨️
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVSRNYdvjLg
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The Twelve Basic Principles of the Baha’i Faith

The Three Articles of the League of Nations Covenant #2137 Outlawing War. It is Long Overdue that we Call on All Signatory Nations to Come Together and Elect the Committee To End War to Activate This Binding Covenant of Peace and Friendship, the Covenant of Lasting Peace.

Baha’i Month: Sharaf/Honor 1, 180 B.E. (12/31/2023)

December 31st, 2023

 

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Connections, The Ascent of Man, The Lathe in Heaven, Monty Python, Wall Street Week, etc., etc., …PBS was very educational in those days…not only in fact content, but in the civilized character and depth of intelligence blended with a deep caring concern for all humanity comes across thru the people in the community of broadcasting in those days…this same deeper more warm concern for humanity also comes across thru the recordings made by those on all the other networks as well at that same time…we see this on town hall discussion shows, the characters and personalities on game shows, and in the political discourse upon national and world affairs at that time…
Today it’s good to see a return of science based spirituality in educational programs such as this Connections….
What these tales of truth and terror reveal to us, is how we as humans function together as a group to make things happen…each material development is material proof of a spiritual development that happens first: namely accepting the ideas and work of someone else…and sharing! And cooperating like in a gang of musicians…eg, our coworkers in the Oneness of Humanity work, our humanitarian pursuits arts and livelihood that brings purpose, joy, meaning and mission to our lives…
Today, almost 70 years from Sputnik! We now know that international war is illegal. We also know how to activate Art. 2 correctly “pacific means”…this involves preserving the Autonomy of all members, and their personal freedoms and all human rights and rights for self defence,…not conscription of people into some sort of homogenized “new world order”… AND this difference between Autonomy and Conscription; Freedom and Slavery; Joy and Pain; Ruling and being ruled; is the root cause for war and peace on earth– because self-governance, personal freedom, and Autonomy = justice that = peace…and this very difference and distinction is depicted graphically and prophetically in the Iconography of the Book of Revelation of St. John, the divine…
In that vision, as he lay in prison on the island of Patmos, pining away in his prison cell, in 96 AD, the last one of them all left alive on earth, he received his Apocalyptic Vision: and wrote it down as: The Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ.
In other words, the gospels are not the Revelation of Jesus. No. They are just the good news (gospel means good news) of his appearance, the fact that he was prophesied, and a collection of teachings for personal growth and practice, the enhancements of the 10 commandments of Moses in Alignment with the 9 Beatitudes and Lord’s Prayer, the completion of the New Love Commanment in Jn. 1334, and his other teachings, miracles, healings, wonders, and one single “sign”, but none of it is his Revelation. The rest of the other 27 letters of the New Testament are the letters of others elaborating on things, and records of their Acts…
Only Book #27 of the received nt text is accounted as the Actual Revelation of Jesus! No other book, text, manuscript, teaching, catechism, doctrine, dogma, creed, parishioner, pauper, prince or priest can make make this claim! Yet it is the most ignored book in the entire Bible. Ministers almost never give a sermon on it…and that’s because it’s also the most misunderstood book in the Bible as well. And that’s because it states that the “Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy”… and “prophecy” is the very least understood of all the scientific gifts of God…
Nevertheless the gist of the entire book is this: a ” beast ” (see chapter 13) formed into some sort of frankeinsteinean animal-parts conglomerate or genetic altered Dr. Moreau-type monster, is thrown “alive” into a stomach-like “lake of fire” with other “ingredients” ( that all go to “perdition” ultimate deconstruction) and out of the “FIRE” emerges 4 Living Creatures, whole, and automous, cooperating together, yet completely intact in their own individual and distinct identities and functions…John sees these in chps 4 and 5, with six wings each, meaning seraphim, Ezekiel chp. 1, etc, sees them with two sets or four wings, thus earlier in their development to national independence and international cooperation not conscription…
Now an entire book could be written upon this one theme, and maybe it should be, but not by me…
Clearly both the Revelation of Jesus and Jesus himself are in favor of Autonomy and world spiritual democracy…ei, the UN conglomerate “beast” (animal hybrid) security council that toxicly chains the eagle, bear, lion, and leopard: us, Russia, UK, fr, in mutual assured destruction (mad) and pd59 first strike posture is death to the Big 4 Christian nuclear super power nation states: while freedom via the fires of Love of the federated, Autonomy preserving Kellogg-Briand Paris Peace Pact of King David is life and life Abundantly and freedom for all Four, and thus real freedom, justice and peace for all…
Consider the deeper meaning of Humanity and the Oneness of All humanity as embodied in these social justice and spiritual teachings contained in the transcendental iconography in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ and that of the unified vision of his forerunners in the Nebuiim …

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The Three Articles of the League of Nations Covenant #2137 Outlawing War. It is Long Overdue that we Call on All Signatory Nations to Come Together and Elect the Committee To End War to Activate This Binding Covenant of Peace and Friendship, the Covenant of Lasting Peace.

The Twelve Basic Principles of the Baha’i Faith

Baha’i Sabbath: Masa’il 11, 180 B.E. (12/22/2023)

December 23rd, 2023

A friend asked how the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh contrasted with the teachings of Jesus Christ. “The teachings are the same.” declared ‘Abdu’l-Bahá; “It is the same foundation and the same temple. Truth is one, and without division. The teachings of Jesus are in a concentrated form. Men do not agree to this day as to the meaning of many of His sayings. His teachings are as a flower in the bud. Today, the bud is unfolding into a flower! Bahá’u’lláh has expanded and fulfilled the teachings, and has applied them in detail to the whole world.
“There are no solitaries and no hermits among the Bahá’ís. Man must work with his fellows. Everyone should have some trade, or art or profession, be he rich or poor, and with this he must serve humanity. This service is acceptable as the highest form of worship.”

Abdu’l-Baha’-Abdu’l-Baha’ In London

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The Twelve Basic Principles of the Baha’i Faith

The Three Articles of the League of Nations Covenant #2137 Outlawing War. It is Long Overdue that we Call on All Signatory Nations to Come Together and Elect the Committee To End War to Activate This Binding Covenant of Peace and Friendship, the Covenant of Lasting Peace.

Holy Day: The Ascension Of Abdu’l-Baha’ Qawl 6, 180 B.E. (11/28/2023)

November 28th, 2023

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Abdu’l-Baha Talking About Love*

“How can we love another whose personality is unpleasant?”

“See how the enemies of Christ persecuted and crucified Him, yet He loved them all. Man is like a tree. The tree lives to produce fruit. The fruit of man is love. It is easy for us to love a friend or even an animal, but how difficult to love one who is without attraction. Yet if the Love of God is shining in our hearts, we, like Christ, may see that Love reflected in every personality, and love all alike.”

“What is the difference between universal and individual love?”

“We must love all humanity as the children of God. Even if they kill us, we must die with love for them. It is not possible for us to love everybody with a personal love, but we must love all humanity alike. Man is capable of attaining a supreme station. Through the manifestation of Love God created Man. To attain a supreme station man must reflect the Love of God.”

“There are many stages or kinds of Love. In the beginning God, through His Love, created man. Man is the highest product of His Love, and the purpose of man’s existence is to reflect this Love of God in his soul. But man in his egotism and love of self turns away from his Creator and thereby prevents the accomplishment of the Divine Plan. The Manifestations appear to show man the way to God through Love. By them, man is brought to the condition of severance from his egotism and being absorbed into the Ocean of Love Divine. The three stages of Love are therefore:

1st—God’s Love for man.

2nd—Man’s love for self.

3rd—Man’s love for God.”

“There is a profound, a Divine Wisdom in Love. The Light of God shines in the eyes when the heart is pure. The home of Religion is the heart.”

*(Excerpt from “Ten Days in the Light of Akka” by Julia M. Grundy, 1907)

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Prayer Of The Covenant

My God! My God! I ask Thee to forgive everything save my servitude to Thy Supreme Threshold, and I declare myself innocent of any proclamation or praise, save my adoration for Thy Merciful Presence. I deprive myself of every adornment, save that of humiliation and contrition and evanescence before Thy Oneness. I flee from every station save that of arrival in the court of Thy Divine Eternity. By Thy Power, verily, the sweetness of servitude is the food of my spirit; with the fragrance of servitude my breast will be dilated, my being refreshed, my heart delighted, my eyes brightened, my nostrils perfumed, and in it is the healing of my disease, the allaying of my burning thirst, the soothing of my pain.

Immerse me, O my God, in this most bounteous, rolling Ocean; give me to drink of this sweet, abundant Water; cause me to enter this Gateway of Righteousness; ordain me for this praiseworthy Station; cause me to obtain this Cup which is overflowing with the living water; light in the crystal of my heart this Lamp which is giving forth its illuminating, brilliant radiance; and strengthen me for the service of Thy Cause, O my Lord, the Forgiver! Accept my servitude in the court of Thy Holy Oneness, O Thou, the Manifestor of Mount Sinai. Assist me to abide in its conditions, O Thou, the Authority of Manifestation. Aid me to assist Thy Cause in the eastern and western parts of the earth, O Thou the Possessor of the Day of Resurrection. I ask Thee, by Thy written Book, dispersed writings — by Thy Hidden Mystery, and Thy firm proclamations — to cause me to be steadfast in servitude to Thee, O my Lord, the Forgiver! Verily, Thou art the powerful over that which Thou wishest; and verily, Thou art the Merciful, the Compassionate.

Abdu’l-Baha’, The Crimson Book: The Book Of The Covenant

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Whoso reciteth this prayer with lowliness and fervour will bring gladness and joy to the heart of this Servant; it will be even as meeting Him face to face.

He is the All-Glorious!

O God, my God! Lowly and tearful, I raise my suppliant hands to Thee and cover my face in the dust of that Threshold of Thine, exalted above the knowledge of the learned, and the praise of all that glorify Thee. Graciously look upon Thy servant, humble and lowly at Thy door, with the glances of the eye of Thy mercy, and immerse him in the Ocean of Thine eternal grace.

Lord! He is a poor and lowly servant of Thine, enthralled and imploring Thee, captive in Thy hand, praying fervently to Thee, trusting in Thee, in tears before Thy face, calling to Thee and beseeching Thee, saying:

O Lord, my God! Give me Thy grace to serve Thy loved ones, strengthen me in my servitude to Thee, illumine my brow with the light of adoration in Thy court of holiness, and of prayer to Thy Kingdom of grandeur. Help me to be selfless at the heavenly entrance of Thy gate, and aid me to be detached from all things within Thy holy precincts. Lord! Give me to drink from the chalice of selflessness; with its robe clothe me, and in its ocean immerse me. Make me as dust in the pathway of Thy loved ones, and grant that I may offer up my soul for the earth ennobled by the footsteps of Thy chosen ones in Thy path, O Lord of Glory in the Highest.

With this prayer doth Thy servant call Thee, at dawntide and in the night-season. Fulfil his heart’s desire, O Lord! Illumine his heart, gladden his bosom, kindle his light, that he may serve Thy Cause and Thy servants.

Thou art the Bestower, the Pitiful, the Most Bountiful, the Gracious, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

Abdu’l-Baha’, Selections #237

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Holy Day: Day Of The Covenant-Qawl 4, 180 B.E. (11/26/2023)

November 26th, 2023

O ye whom God hath chosen from among those who are called!—know that “many are called but few are chosen”!—upon whom He caused the evident Light to descend; whom He guided into the right Path, and to whom He gave the Glad-tidings of the Great Success!

Ye must be sincere and faithful, ye must follow the ordinances which refer to the Covenant of God, who is the solid edifice.

O ye beloved of God, know that steadfastness and firmness in this new and wonderful Covenant is indeed the spirit that quickeneth the hearts which are overflowing with the love of the Glorious Lord; verily, it is the power which penetrates into the hearts of the people of the world! Your Lord hath assuredly promised His servants who are firm and steadfast to render them victorious at all times, to exalt their word, propagate their power, diffuse their lights, strengthen their hearts, elevate their banners, assist their hosts, brighten their stars, increase the abundance of the showers of mercy upon them, and enable the brave lions (teachers) to conquer.

Hasten, hasten, O ye firm believers! Hasten, hasten, O ye steadfast! Abandon the heedless, set aside every ignorant, take hold of the strong rope, be firm in this Great Cause, draw light from this Evident Light, be patient and be steadfast in this wise Religion! Ye shall see the hosts of inspiration descending successively from the Supreme World, the procession of attraction falling incessantly from the heights of heaven, the abundance of the Kingdom of El-Abha outpouring continually and the teachings of God penetrating with the utmost power, while the heedless are indeed in evident loss.

Abdu’l-Baha’, Tablets of, pp. 442-443

 

Rest ye assured that if a soul arises in the utmost perseverance and raises the Call of the Kingdom and resolutely promulgates the Covenant—be he an insignificant ant—he shall be enabled to drive away the formidable elephant from the arena, and if he be a feeble moth he shall cut to pieces the plumage of the rapacious vulture.

Endeavor, therefore, that ye may scatter and disperse the army of doubt and of error with the power of the Holy Utterances. This is my will and this is my counsel. Do not quarrel with anybody, and shun every form of dispute. Utter the Word of God. If he accepts it the desired purpose is attained, and if he turns away leave him to himself and trust to God.

Such is the attribute of those who are firm in the Covenant.

Abdu’l-Baha’, Star Of The West, Vol. X pg. 265

 

Today, the Lord of Hosts is the defender of the Covenant, the forces of the Kingdom protect it, heavenly souls tender their services, and heavenly angels promulgate and spread it broadcast. If it is considered with insight, it will be seen that all the forces of the universe, in the last analysis serve the Covenant.

Abdu’-Baha’, Selections #192

 

Prayer Of The Covenant

My God! My God! I ask Thee to forgive everything save my servitude to Thy Supreme Threshold, and I declare myself innocent of any proclamation or praise, save my adoration for Thy Merciful Presence. I deprive myself of every adornment, save that of humiliation and contrition and evanescence before Thy Oneness. I flee from every station save that of arrival in the court of Thy Divine Eternity. By Thy Power, verily, the sweetness of servitude is the food of my spirit; with the fragrance of servitude my breast will be dilated, my being refreshed, my heart delighted, my eyes brightened, my nostrils perfumed, and in it is the healing of my disease, the allaying of my burning thirst, the soothing of my pain.

Immerse me, O my God, in this most bounteous, rolling Ocean; give me to drink of this sweet, abundant Water; cause me to enter this Gateway of Righteousness; ordain me for this praiseworthy Station; cause me to obtain this Cup which is overflowing with the living water; light in the crystal of my heart this Lamp which is giving forth its illuminating, brilliant radiance; and strengthen me for the service of Thy Cause, O my Lord, the Forgiver! Accept my servitude in the court of Thy Holy Oneness, O Thou, the Manifestor of Mount Sinai. Assist me to abide in its conditions, O Thou, the Authority of Manifestation. Aid me to assist Thy Cause in the eastern and western parts of the earth, O Thou the Possessor of the Day of Resurrection. I ask Thee, by Thy written Book, dispersed writings — by Thy Hidden Mystery, and Thy firm proclamations — to cause me to be steadfast in servitude to Thee, O my Lord, the Forgiver! Verily, Thou art the powerful over that which Thou wishest; and verily, Thou art the Merciful, the Compassionate.

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The Three Articles of the League of Nations Covenant #2137 Outlawing War. It is Long Overdue that we Call on All Signatory Nations to Come Together and Elect the Committee To End War to Activate This Binding Covenant of Peace and Friendship, the Covenant of Lasting Peace.

The Twelve Basic Principles of the Baha’i Faith

 

Baha’i Sabbath: Qawl 2, 180 B.E. (11/24/2023)

November 24th, 2023

The Three Articles of the League of Nations Covenant #2137 Outlawing War. It is Long Overdue that we Call on All Signatory Nations to Come Together and Elect the Committee To End War to Activate This Binding Covenant of Peace and Friendship, the Covenant of Lasting Peace.

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The Kellogg-Briand Paris Peace Pact (1928); the Universal Declaration of Unalienable Human Rights (1948); the World Ethic Document (1994) are all outward expressions of the three LOVE Commanments:
(A) To LOVE the God of Justice, Love and Peace above all else: meaning we uphold the Covenant of Love, our promise to God and Ourselves to renounce all conflict and strife, and cooperate together to co-create a more perfect union and society for the Oneness of Humanity on earth in this life here and now.
(B) To LOVE our neighbor as ourself according to the Golden Rule do unto others as you would have them do unto you: unalienable human rights
(C) “I give you a New Commandment [Love Commanment #3] that you LOVE one another the way I Love you: the Golden Ethic to Activate Article 2 “pacific means” to end all international military conflicts (war) that impede the unified EFFORT of the people to bring forth an ever advancing progressive civilization!
Now these three Documents are the documentary evidence of the REAL Promises we ALL made with one another in 1928ff…and Humanity has been DIVIDED into thirds: those who uphold the Pact, like all US military families the served in WWII or first responder workers, like those families at 9/11, who give their LIVES to rescue the innocent victims of the carnage those in violation of the 1928 Covenant create; and every human being that has a throbbing heart pounding beats of Love hope and prayers that the baby killing will end; then there’s those who are against it.
These are those who outwardly do not declare their own hidden agendas and “evil” (vacuous and self-centered selfish) purposes. They are FOR themselves, NOT for the people. EG, in the US, this government (derived and inspired from the principles of human rights and the lessons of history preserved and enshrined in ancient holy texts) it is OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people! If your “selfish” GO WORK IN the private sector!
YOU (mr & ms “selfish” don’t belong in government.
Now YOU “private sector” person can’t “BUY” our votes any more!
Then there’s the third division: the Ostrich Act, so to speak. These are the people who dont want to have to make a “choice”, they just “don’t want to hear about any of it”, and out of fear they stick their fingers in their ears, and like the Ostrich they stick their head in the sand, but that doesn’t stop the steamroller coming down the road that’s going to squash them…
When it comes to Universal Peace for the Oneness of Humanity, ostriches remained unaware 150 years ago until 2023, that NOT upholding the New Law of 1928 would directly BE the Cause of the ruination of all the world, planet, environment, society, family, occupations, human relationships, and even the “desire” to live…
Broken promises cause broken hearts. Break your own promise, and you break…
Consider this, everyone on the planet today is still under the duress of UN-processed post WWII trauma…And the ostriches are awakening…
GOOD! Because we ostriches are the majority! When we pull our heads out of the mainstream “sand bar) we choose life!
LIFE today, means when the majority CHOOSE, than those against it have lost. AND, therefore the war mongers have already lost. Because “We are NOT an ostrich: we are Human Beings!” All of us, have that one thing in common: We are human beings!
And we ALL want to Act humane, we really do!, but…we Don’t know how…And circumstances force us to do what we do…
YAY! Now that it’s obvious that the global catastrophe is upon us, CIRCUMSTANCES are going to be the cause of World Peace, immediately! Sooner not later…Yay!
And God gives the solution! That is, these solutions are contained in ancient texts, now understood from the standpoint of post-modern prophetic/spirituality…
The Consitutional Model of Medina, the first Human Rights Based Free and Open Society in the history of the entire 6000 years documented history of man (that embodies all three Love Commanments at once) FLOURISHED in the zenith of its Glory, as enjoyed by the people who lived in “The City” in 628 AD, and then, one day, on a Thursday–the Thursday Calamity–“The City” was gone…
On July 4, 1776 “The City” reappeared, where it stands today on capital hill and Our 3rd, President, held that scroll of Medina rolled up in his hands, within, the outer roll of the declaration of independence, the constitution of the United States and the Bill of rights…
The Medina Constitution Model was good enough for Jefferson, good enough for Muhammad and Ali, and it’s good enough as a template and a model for both Israel and Palestine, AND for all nations to properly Activate Article 2 “pacific means” in a flexible and durable dynamic peace process way…
May this talk inspire!
Shalom-akat-si!
LNC 2137 ✨️
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqHQ245Q4wI

The Twelve Basic Principles of the Baha’i Faith

Baha’i Month: Qawl/Speech 1, 180 B.E. (11/23/2023)

November 24th, 2023

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MY God, my Adored One, my King, my Desire! What tongue can voice my thanks to Thee? I was heedless, Thou didst awaken me. I had turned back from Thee, Thou didst graciously aid me to turn towards Thee. I was as one dead, Thou didst quicken me with the water of life. I was withered, Thou didst revive me with the heavenly stream of Thine utterance which hath flowed forth from the Pen of the All-Merciful.

O Divine Providence! All existence is begotten by Thy bounty; deprive it not of the waters of Thy generosity, neither do Thou withhold it from the ocean of Thy mercy. I beseech Thee to aid and assist me at all times and under all conditions, and seek from the heaven of Thy grace Thine ancient favor. Thou art, in truth, the Lord of bounty, and the Sovereign of the kingdom of eternity.

Baha’u’llah-Prayers and Meditations CLXXIII

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The Twelve Basic Principles of the Baha’i Faith

The Three Articles of the League of Nations Covenant #2137 Outlawing War. It is Long Overdue that we Call on All Signatory Nations to Come Together and Elect the Committee To End War to Activate This Binding Covenant of Peace and Friendship, the Covenant of Lasting Peace.

Holy Day: Anniversary Of The Birth Of Baha’u’llah: Qudrat 9, 180 B.E. (Sunset 11/11/2023-Sunset 11/12/2023)

November 12th, 2023

 

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lordof hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 9:6-7

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And BAHA’U’LLAH shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see Him together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. 

Isaiah 40:5 

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Arise, shine; for thy BAHA is come, and BAHA’U’LLAH is risen upon thee.

For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his BAHA shall be seen upon thee.

And the Gentiles shall come to thy BAHA, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Isaiah 60:1-3

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Baha’u’llah, The Glory of God was born on this date (11/12) on the Western (Christian) calendar in the year 1817.

His birth date on the Baha’i calendar is linked to the Lunar cycles and moves throughout the year.

His birth on the Baha’i calendar in this year 180 of the Baha’i Era came on Kalimat 8, corresponding to July 20, 2023 of the Christian calendar and Muharram 2 of the Muslim calendar. 

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O ye who are the chosen ones of the Abhá Kingdom! Praise ye the Lord of Hosts for He, riding upon the clouds, hath come down to this world out of the heaven of the invisible realm, so that East and West were lit by the glory of the Sun of Truth, and the call of the Kingdom was raised, and the heralds of the realm above, with melodies of the Concourse on high, sang out the glad tidings of the Coming. Then the whole world of being did quiver for joy, and still the people, even as the Messiah saith, slept on: for the day of the Manifestation, when the Lord of Hosts descended, found them wrapped in the slumber of unknowing. As He saith in the Gospel, My coming is even as when the thief is in the house, and the goodman of the house watcheth not.

From amongst all mankind hath He chosen you, and your eyes have been opened to the light of guidance and your ears attuned to the music of the Company above; and blessed by abounding grace, your hearts and souls have been born into new life. Thank ye and praise ye God that the hand of infinite bestowals hath set upon your heads this gem-studded crown, this crown whose lustrous jewels will forever flash and sparkle down all the reaches of time.

To thank Him for this, make ye a mighty effort, and choose for yourselves a noble goal. Through the power of faith, obey ye the teachings of God, and let all your actions conform to His laws. Read ye The Hidden Words, ponder the inner meanings thereof, act in accord therewith. Read, with close attention, the Tablets of Tarazát (Ornaments), Kalímát (Words of Paradise), Tajallíyyát (Effulgences), Ishráqát (Splendours), and Bishárát (Glad Tidings), and rise up as ye are bidden in the heavenly teachings. Thus may each one of you be even as a candle casting its light, the centre of attraction wherever people come together; and from you, as from a bed of flowers, may sweet scents be shed.

Raise ye a clamour like unto a roaring sea; like a prodigal cloud, rain down the grace of heaven. Lift up your voices and sing out the songs of the Abhá Realm. Quench ye the fires of war, lift high the banners of peace, work for the oneness of humankind and remember that religion is the channel of love unto all peoples. Be ye aware that the children of men are sheep of God and He their loving Shepherd, that He careth tenderly for all His sheep and maketh them to feed in His own green pastures of grace and giveth them to drink from the wellspring of life. Such is the way of the Lord. Such are His bestowals. Such, from among His teachings, is His precept of the oneness of mankind.

The portals of His blessings are opened wide and His signs are published abroad and the glory of truth is blazing forth; inexhaustible are the blessings. Know ye the value of this time. Strive ye with all your hearts, raise up your voices and shout, until this dark world be filled with light, and this narrow place of shadows be widened out, and this dust heap of a fleeting moment be changed into a mirror for the eternal gardens of heaven, and this globe of earth receive its portion of celestial grace.

Then will aggression crumble away, and all that maketh for disunity be destroyed, and the structure of oneness be raised—that the Blessed Tree may cast its shade over east and west, and the Tabernacle of the singleness of man be set up on the high summits, and flags that betoken love and fellowship flutter from their staffs around the world until the sea of truth lift high its waves, and earth bring forth the roses and sweet herbs of blessings without end, and become from pole to pole the Abhá Paradise.

These are the counsels of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. It is my hope that out of the bestowals of the Lord of Hosts ye will become the spiritual essence and the very radiance of humankind, binding the hearts of all with bonds of love; that through the power of the Word of God ye will bring to life the dead now buried in the graves of their sensual desires; that ye will, with the rays of the Sun of Truth, restore the sight of those whose inner eye is blind; that ye will bring spiritual healing to the spiritually sick. These things do I hope for, out of the bounties and the bestowals of the Beloved.

At all times do I speak of you and call you to mind. I pray unto the Lord, and with tears I implore Him to rain down all these blessings upon you, and gladden your hearts, and make blissful your souls, and grant you exceeding joy and heavenly delights….

O Thou loving Provider! These souls have hearkened to the summons of the Kingdom, and have gazed upon the glory of the Sun of Truth. They have risen upward to the refreshing skies of love; they are enamoured of Thy nature, and they worship Thy beauty. Unto Thee have they turned themselves, speaking together of Thee, seeking out Thy dwelling, and thirsting for the waterbrooks of Thy heavenly realm.

Thou art the Giver, the Bestower, the Ever-loving.

‘Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’, #17

Holy Day: Birth of The Bab-Solar Calendar-10/20/2023 (Ilm 5, 180 B.E.)

October 20th, 2023

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ALL praise be to Thee, O my God, inasmuch as Thou hast adorned the world with the splendour of the dawn following the night wherein was born the One Who heralded the Manifestation of Thy transcendent sovereignty, the Dayspring of Thy divine Essence and the Revelation of Thy supreme Lordship. I beseech Thee, O Creator of the heavens and Fashioner of names, to graciously aid those who have sheltered beneath the shadow of Thine abounding mercy and have raised their voices amidst the peoples of the world for the glorification of Thy Name.

O my God! Thou beholdest the Lord of all mankind confined in His Most Great Prison, calling aloud Thy Name, gazing upon Thy face, proclaiming that which hath enraptured the denizens of Thy kingdoms of revelation and of creation. O my God! I behold Mine own Self captive in the hands of Thy servants, yet the light of Thy sovereignty and the revelations of Thine invincible power shine resplendent from His face, enabling all to know of a certainty that Thou art God, and that there is none other God but Thee. Neither can the power of the powerful frustrate Thee, nor the ascendancy of the rulers prevail against Thee. Thou doest whatsoever Thou willest by virtue of Thy sovereignty which encompasseth all created things, and ordainest that which Thou pleasest through the potency of Thy behest which pervadeth the entire creation.

I implore Thee by the glory of Thy Manifestation and by the power of Thy might, Thy sovereignty and Thine exaltation to render victorious those who have arisen to serve Thee, who have aided Thy Cause and humbled themselves before the splendour of the light of Thy face. Make them then, O my God, triumphant over Thine enemies and cause them to be steadfast in Thy service, that through them the evidences of Thy dominion may be established throughout Thy realms and the tokens of Thine indomitable power be manifested in Thy lands. Verily Thou art potent to do what Thou willest; no God is there but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

This glorious Tablet hath been revealed on the Anniversary of the Birth [of the Báb] that thou mayest recite it in a spirit of humility and supplication and give thanks unto thy Lord, the All-Knowing, the All-Informed. Make thou every effort to render service unto God, that from thee may appear that which will immortalize thy memory in His glorious and exalted heaven.

Say: Glorified art Thou, O my God! I implore Thee by the Dawning-Place of Thy signs and by the Revealer of Thy clear tokens to grant that I may, under all conditions, hold fast the cord of Thy loving providence and cling tenaciously to the hem of Thy generosity. Reckon me then with those whom the changes and chances of the world have failed to deter from serving Thee and from bearing allegiance unto Thee, whom the onslaught of the people hath been powerless to hinder from magnifying Thy Name and celebrating Thy praise. Graciously assist me, O my Lord, to do whatever Thou lovest and desirest. Enable me then to fulfil that which will exalt Thy Name and will set ablaze the fire of Thy love.

Thou art, in truth, the Forgiving, the Bountiful.

Baha’u’llah, Tablets, pp. 233-234

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The Báb, the Lord, the most exalted — may the life of all be a sacrifice unto Him, — hath specifically revealed an Epistle unto the divines of every city, wherein He hath fully set forth the character of the denial and repudiation of each of them. “Wherefore, take ye good heed ye who are men of insight!“ By His references to their opposition He intended to invalidate the objections which the people of the Bayán might raise in the day of the manifestation of “Mustagháth,“ the day of the Latter Resurrection, claiming that, whereas in the Dispensation of the Bayán a number of divines have embraced the Faith, in this latter Revelation none of these hath recognized His claim. His purpose was to warn the people lest, God forbid, they cling to such foolish thoughts and deprive themselves of the divine Beauty. Yea, these divines to whom We have referred, were mostly unrenowned, and, by the grace of God they were all purged of earthly vanities and free from the trappings of leadership. “Such is the bounty of God; to whom He will He giveth it.“

Baha’u’llah, Kitab-i-Iqan, pt.2

No understanding can grasp the nature of His Revelation, nor can any knowledge comprehend the full measure of His Faith. All sayings are dependent upon His sanction, and all things stand in need of His Cause. All else save Him are created by His command, and move and have their being through His law. He is the Revealer of the divine mysteries, and the Expounder of the hidden and ancient wisdom. Thus it is related in the “Biháru’l-Anvár,” the “‘Avalim,” and the “Yanbú’” of Sádiq, son of Muhammad, that he spoke these words: “Knowledge is twenty and seven letters. All that the Prophets have revealed are two letters thereof. No man thus far hath known more than these two letters. But when the Qá’im shall arise, He will cause the remaining twenty and five letters to be made manifest.” Consider; He hath declared Knowledge to consist of twenty and seven letters, and regarded all the Prophets, from Adam even unto the “Seal,” as Expounders of only two letters thereof and of having been sent down with these two letters. He also saith that the Qá’im will reveal all the remaining twenty and five letters. Behold from this utterance how great and lofty is His station! His rank excelleth that of all the Prophets, and His Revelation transcendeth the comprehension and understanding of all their chosen ones. A Revelation, of which the Prophets of God, His saints and chosen ones, have either not been informed, or which, in pursuance of God’s inscrutable Decree, they have not disclosed, — such a Revelation these mean and depraved people have sought to measure with their own deficient minds, their own deficient learning and understanding. Should it fail to conform to their standards, they straightway reject it. “Thinkest thou that the greater part of them hear or understand? They are even like unto the brutes! yea, they stray even further from the path!“

Baha’u’llah, Kitab-i-Iqan, pt.2

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The Báb was a young merchant of the Pure Lineage. He was born in the year one thousand two hundred and thirty-five [A.H.] on the first day of Muharram, 1 and when after a few years His father Siyyid Muḥammad-Riḍá died, He was brought up in Shíráz in the arms of His maternal uncle Mírzá Siyyid ‘Alí the merchant. On attaining maturity He engaged in trade in Búshihr, first in partnership with His maternal uncle and afterwards independently. On account of what was observed in Him He was noted for godliness, devoutness, virtue, and piety, and was regarded in the sight of men as so characterized.

Abdu’l-Baha’, A Traveler’s Narrative, pg. 4

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The Twelve Basic Principles of the Baha’i Faith

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Baha’i Month: Ilm/Knowledge 1, 180 B.E. (10/16/2023)

October 17th, 2023

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O Thou kind Lord! Thou hast created all humanity from the same stock. Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household. In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence.
O God! Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided for all, dost shelter all, conferrest life upon all. Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy Mercy.
O Thou kind Lord! Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect harmony.
O God! Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind.
O God! Establish the Most Great Peace.
Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together.
O Thou kind Father, God! Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love. Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance. Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.
Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind.

Abdu’l-Baha’

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The Twelve Basic Principles of the Baha’i Faith

The Three Articles of the League of Nations Covenant #2137 Outlawing War. It is Long Overdue that we Call on All Signatory Nations to Come Together and Elect the Committee To End War to Activate This Binding Covenant of Peace and Friendship, the Covenant of Lasting Peace.

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