Baha’i Sabbath: Ala 2, 173 B.E. (3/3/2017)

March 3rd, 2017

THE All-Knowing Physician hath His finger on the pulse of mankind. He perceiveth the disease, and prescribeth, in His unerring wisdom, the remedy. Every age hath its own problem, and every soul its particular aspiration. The remedy the world needeth in its present-day afflictions can never be the same as that which a subsequent age may require. Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and centre your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements.

We can well perceive how the whole human race is encompassed with great, with incalculable afflictions. We see it languishing on its bed of sickness, sore-tried and disillusioned. They that are intoxicated by self-conceit have interposed themselves between it and the Divine and infallible Physician. Witness how they have entangled all men, themselves included, in the mesh of their devices. They can neither discover the cause of the disease, nor have they any knowledge of the remedy. They have conceived the straight to be crooked, and have imagined their friend an enemy.

Incline your ears to the sweet melody of this Prisoner. Arise, and lift up your voices, that haply they that are fast asleep may be awakened. Say: O ye who are as dead! The Hand of Divine bounty proffereth unto you the Water of Life. Hasten and drink your fill. Whoso hath been re-born in this Day, shall never die; whoso remaineth dead, shall never live.

Baha’u’lah, Proclamation of Baha’u’llah

God’s 12 Principle Remedy For The World’s Afflictions

Baha’i Month: Ala/Loftiness, The Month Of Fasting (3/1/2017-3/19/2017)

March 2nd, 2017

PRAISE be to Thee, O Lord my God! I beseech Thee by this Revelation whereby darkness hath been turned into light, through which the Frequented Fane hath been built, and the Written Tablet revealed, and the Outspread Roll uncovered, to send down upon me and upon them who are in my company that which will enable us to soar into the heavens of Thy transcendent glory, and will wash us from the stain of such doubts as have hindered the suspicious from entering into the tabernacle of Thy unity.

I am the one, O my Lord, who hath held fast the cord of Thy loving-kindness, and clung to the hem of Thy mercy and favors. Do Thou ordain for me and for my loved ones the good of this world and of the world to come. Supply them, then, with theHidden Gift Thou didst ordain for the choicest among Thy creatures.

These are, O my Lord, the days in which Thou hast bidden Thy servants to observe the Fast. Blessed is he that observeth the Fast wholly for Thy sake and with absolute detachment from all things except Thee. Assist me and assist them, O my Lord, to obey Thee and to keep Thy precepts. Thou, verily, hast power to do what Thou choosest.

There is no God but Thee, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. All praise be to God, the Lord of all worlds.

Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations #VII

Ayyam-i-Ha: Intercalary Days preceeding the Month of the Fast (2/25/2017-2/28/2017)

February 27th, 2017

Ayyam-i-Ha

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 behooveth 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. 

Baha’u’llah, Kitab-i-Aqdas

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MY God, my Fire and my Light! The days which Thou hast named the Ayyám-i-Há (the Days of Há, Intercalary Days) in Thy Book have begun, O Thou Who art the King of names, and the Fast which Thy most exalted Pen hath enjoined unto all who are in the kingdom of Thy creation to observe is approaching. I entreat Thee, O my Lord, by these days and by all such as have during that period clung to the cord of Thy commandments, and laid hold on the handle of Thy precepts, to grant that unto every soul may be assigned a place within the precincts of Thy court, and a seat at the revelation of the splendors of the light of Thy countenance.

These, O my Lord, are Thy servants whom no corrupt inclination hath kept back from what Thou didst send down in Thy Book. They have bowed themselves before Thy Cause, and received Thy Book with such resolve as is born of Thee, and observed what Thou hadst prescribed unto them, and chosen to follow that which had been sent down by Thee.

Thou seest, O my Lord, how they have recognized and confessed whatsoever Thou hast revealed in Thy Scriptures. Give them to drink, O my Lord, from the hands of Thy graciousness the waters of Thine eternity. Write down, then, for them the recompense ordained for him that hath immersed himself in the ocean of Thy presence, and attained unto the choice wine of Thy meeting.

I implore Thee, O Thou the King of kings and the Pitier of the downtrodden, to ordain for them the good of this world and of the world to come. Write down for them, moreover, what none of Thy creatures hath discovered, and number them with those who have circled round Thee, and who move about Thy throne in every world of Thy worlds.

Thou, truly, art the Almighty, the All-Knowing, the All-Informed.

Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations #XLV

Baha’i Sabbath: Mulk 18, 173 B.E. (2/24/2017)

February 24th, 2017

O SALMÁN! [“Blessed One”, from Arabic S-L-M] The door of the knowledge of the Ancient Being hath ever been, and will continue forever to be, closed in the face of men. No man’s understanding shall ever gain access unto His holy court. As a token of His mercy, however, and as a proof of His loving-kindness, He hath manifested unto men the Daystars of His divine guidance, the Symbols of His divine unity, and hath ordained the knowledge of these sanctified Beings to be identical with the knowledge of His own Self. Whoso recognizeth them hath recognized God. Whoso hearkeneth to their call, hath hearkened to the Voice of God, and whoso testifieth to the truth of their Revelation, hath testified to the truth of God Himself. Whoso turneth away from them, hath turned away from God, and whoso disbelieveth in them, hath disbelieved in God. Every one of them is the Way of God that connecteth this world with the realms above, and the Standard of His Truth unto every one in the kingdoms of earth and heaven. They are the Manifestations of God amidst men, the evidences of His Truth, and the signs of His glory.

Baha’u’llah, Gleanings #XXI

 

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

Baha’i Sabbath: Mulk 11, 173 B.E. (2/17/2017)

February 17th, 2017

Great is the Cause, and great the Announcement! Patiently and calmly ponder thou upon the resplendent signs and the sublime words, and all that hath been revealed in these days, that haply thou mayest fathom the mysteries that are hid in the Books, and mayest strive to guide His servants. Hearken with thine inner ear unto the Voice of Jeremiah, Who saith: “Oh, for great is that Day, and it hath no equal.” Wert thou to observe with the eye of fairness, thou wouldst perceive the greatness of the Day. Incline thine ear unto the Voice of this All-Knowing Counsellor, and suffer not thyself to be deprived of the mercy that hath surpassed all created things, visible and invisible. Lend an ear unto the song of David. He saith: “Who will bring me into the Strong City?” The Strong City is ‘Akká, which hath been named the Most Great Prison, and which possesseth a fortress and mighty ramparts.

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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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The 12 Fundamentals Of The New Jerusalem/Law Of God

Baha’i Sabbath: Mulk 4, 173 B.E. (2/10/2017)

February 10th, 2017

“Man is the supreme Talisman. Lack of a proper education hath, however, deprived him of that which he doth inherently possess.”

Baha’u’llah

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“The Prophets also acknowledge this opinion, to wit: That education hath a great effect upon the human race, but they declare that minds and comprehension’s are originally different. And this matter is self-evident; it cannot be refuted. we see that certain children of the same age, nativity and from the same household, under the tutor ship of one teacher, differ in their minds and comprehension’s. No matter how much the shell is polished, it can never become the radiant pearl. The balance stone will not become the world illumining gem…. That is to say, training doth not change the Human substance, but it produces a marvelous effect. By this effective power all that is registered, in latency, of virtues and capacities in the human reality will be revealed. It is for this reason that, in this new cycle, education and training are recorded in the Books of God as obligatory and not voluntary.”

‘Abdu’l-Baha

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The 12 Principles Of The True World Order

 

 

Baha’i Month: Mulk/Dominion 1, 173 B.E. (2/7/2017)

February 8th, 2017

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The First Effulgence 

which hath dawned from the Daystar of Truth is the knowledge of God—exalted be His glory. And the knowledge of the King of everlasting days can in no wise be attained save by recognizing Him Who is the Bearer of the Most Great Name. He is, in truth, the Speaker on Sinai Who is now seated upon the throne of Revelation. He is the Hidden Mystery and the Treasured Symbol. All the former and latter Books of God are adorned with His praise and extol His glory. Through Him the standard of knowledge hath been planted in the world and the ensign of the oneness of God hath been unfurled amidst all peoples. Attainment unto the Divine Presence can be realized solely by attaining His presence. Through His potency everything that hath, from time immemorial, been veiled and hidden, is now revealed. He is made manifest through the power of Truth and hath uttered a Word whereby all that are in the heavens and on the earth have been dumbfounded, except those whom the Almighty was pleased to exempt. True belief in God and recognition of Him cannot be complete save by acceptance of that which He hath revealed and by observance of whatsoever hath been decreed by Him and set down in the Book by the Pen of Glory.

They that immerse themselves in the ocean of His utterances should at all times have the utmost regard for the divinely-revealed ordinances and prohibitions. Indeed His ordinances constitute the mightiest stronghold for the protection of the world and the safeguarding of its peoples—a light upon those who acknowledge and recognize the truth, and a fire unto such as turn away and deny.

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The First Glad-Tidings 

which the Mother Book hath, in this Most Great Revelation, imparted unto all the peoples of the world is that the law of holy war hath been blotted out from the Book. Glorified be the All-Merciful, the Lord of grace abounding, through Whom the door of heavenly bounty hath been flung open in the face of all that are in heaven and on earth.

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The First Ornament 

and the first effulgence which hath dawned from the horizon of the Mother Book is that man should know his own self and recognize that which leadeth unto loftiness or lowliness, glory or abasement, wealth or poverty. Having attained the stage of fulfillment and reached his maturity, man standeth in need of wealth, and such wealth as he acquireth through crafts or professions is commendable and praiseworthy in the estimation of men of wisdom, and especially in the eyes of servants who dedicate themselves to the education of the world and to the edification of its peoples. They are, in truth, cup-bearers of the life-giving water of knowledge and guides unto the ideal way. They direct the peoples of the world to the straight path and acquaint them with that which is conducive to human upliftment and exaltation. The straight path is the one which guideth man to the dayspring of perception and to the dawning-place of true understanding and leadeth him to that which will redound to glory, honor and greatness. We cherish the hope that through the loving-kindness of the All-Wise, the All-Knowing, obscuring dust may be dispelled and the power of perception enhanced, that the people may discover the purpose for which they have been called into being. In this Day whatsoever serveth to reduce blindness and to increase vision is worthy of consideration. This vision acteth as the agent and guide for true knowledge. Indeed in the estimation of men of wisdom keenness of understanding is due to keenness of vision. The people of Bahá must under all circumstances observe that which is meet and seemly and exhort the people accordingly.

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The First Splendor 

When the Daystar of Wisdom rose above the horizon of God’s Holy Dispensation it voiced this all-glorious utterance: They that are possessed of wealth and invested with authority and power must show the profoundest regard for religion. In truth, religion is a radiant light and an impregnable stronghold for the protection and welfare of the peoples of the world, for the fear of God impelleth man to hold fast to that which is good, and shun all evil. Should the lamp of religion be obscured, chaos and confusion will ensue, and the lights of fairness and justice, of tranquility and peace cease to shine. Unto this will bear witness every man of true understanding.

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The word of God which the Abhá Pen hath revealed and inscribed on the

First Leaf 

of the Most Exalted Paradise is this: Verily I say: The fear of God hath ever been a sure defense and a safe stronghold for all the peoples of the world. It is the chief cause of the protection of mankind, and the supreme instrument for its preservation. Indeed, there existeth in man a faculty which deterreth him from, and guardeth him against, whatever is unworthy and unseemly, and which is known as his sense of shame. This, however, is confined to but a few; all have not possessed and do not possess it.

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Excerpts From Tablets Of Baha’u’llah

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12 Fundamental Laws Revealed By The Christ Upon His Return In Baha’u’llah

Baha’i Sabbath: Sultan 16, 173 B.E. (2/3/2017)

February 3rd, 2017

The first utterance of Him Who is the All-Wise is this: O children of dust! Turn your faces from the darkness of estrangement to the effulgent light of the daystar of unity. This is that which above all else will benefit the peoples of the earth. O friend! Upon the tree of utterance there hath never been, nor shall there ever be, a fairer leaf, and beneath the ocean of knowledge no pearl more wondrous can ever be found.

Baha’u’llah-Tablet to Mánikchí Ṣáḥib

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Know thou that all the powers combined have not the power to establish universal peace, nor to withstand the overmastering dominion, at every time and season, of these endless wars. Erelong, however, shall the power of heaven, the dominion of the Holy Spirit, hoist on the high summits the banners of love and peace, and there above the castles of majesty and might shall those banners wave in the rushing winds that blow out of the tender mercy of God.

Abdu’l-Baha-Selections 146 exc.

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In the estimation of God there is no distinction of color; all are one in the color and beauty of servitude to Him. Color is not important; the heart is all-important. It matters not what the exterior may be if the heart be pure and white within. God does not behold differences of hue and complexion; He looks at the hearts. He whose morals and virtues are praiseworthy is preferred in the presence of God; he who is devoted to the Kingdom is most beloved. In the realm of genesis and creation the question of color is of least importance.

Abdu’l-Baha-Foundations Of World Unity, Subsection-Racial Harmony

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Difference of capacity in human individuals is fundamental. It is impossible for all to be alike, all to be equal, all to be wise. Bahá’u’lláh has revealed principles and laws which will accomplish the adjustment of varying human capacities. He has said that whatsoever is possible of accomplishment in human government will be effected through these principles. When the laws he has instituted are carried out there will be no millionaires possible in the community and likewise no extremely poor. This will be effected and regulated by adjusting the different degrees of human capacity. The fundamental basis of the community is agriculture, tillage of the soil. All must be producers. Each person in the community whose income is equal to his individual producing capacity shall be exempt from taxation. But if his income is greater than his needs he must pay a tax until an adjustment is effected. That is to say, a man’s capacity for production and his needs will be equalized and reconciled through taxation. If his production exceeds he will pay no tax; if his necessities exceed his production he shall receive an amount sufficient to equalize or adjust. Therefore taxation will be proportionate to capacity and production and there will be no poor in the community.

Abdu’l-Baha-Foundations Of World Unity, Subsection-The Spirit Of Justice

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The Foundation Stones Of World Unity

Baha’i Sabbath: Sultan 9, 173 B.E. (1/27/2017)

January 27th, 2017

The word of God which the Supreme Pen hath recorded on the 

fifth leaf 

of the Most Exalted Paradise is this:

 Above all else, the greatest gift and the most wondrous blessing hath ever been and will continue to be Wisdom. It is man’s unfailing Protector. It aideth him and strengtheneth him. Wisdom is God’s Emissary and the Revealer of His Name the Omniscient. Through it the loftiness of man’s station is made manifest and evident. It is all-knowing and the foremost Teacher in the school of existence. It is the Guide and is invested with high distinction. Thanks to its educating influence earthly beings have become imbued with a gem-like spirit which outshineth the heavens. In the city of justice it is the unrivalled Speaker Who, in the year nine, illumined the world with the joyful tidings of this Revelation. And it was this peerless Source of wisdom that at the beginning of the foundation of the world ascended the stair of inner meaning and when enthroned upon the pulpit of utterance, through the operation of the divine Will, proclaimed two words. The first heralded the promise of reward, while the second voiced the ominous warning of punishment. The promise gave rise to hope and the warning begat fear. Thus the basis of world order hath been firmly established upon these twin principles. Exalted is the Lord of Wisdom, the Possessor of Great Bounty.

The word of God which the Supreme Pen hath recorded on the 

sixth leaf

of the Most Exalted Paradise is the following:

The light of men is Justice. Quench it not with the contrary winds of oppression and tyranny. The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men. The ocean of divine wisdom surgeth within this exalted word, while the books of the world cannot contain its inner significance. Were mankind to be adorned with this raiment, they would behold the daystar of the utterance, “On that day God will satisfy everyone out of His abundance,” shining resplendent above the horizon of the world. Appreciate ye the value of this utterance; it is a noble fruit that the Tree of the Pen of Glory hath yielded. Happy is the man that giveth ear unto it and observeth its precepts. Verily I say, whatever is sent down from the heaven of the Will of God is the means for the establishment of order in the world and the instrument for promoting unity and fellowship among its peoples. Thus hath the Tongue of this Wronged One spoken from His Most Great Prison.

The word of God which the Supreme Pen hath recorded on the

seventh leaf

of the Most Exalted Paradise is this:

O ye men of wisdom among nations! Shut your eyes to estrangement, then fix your gaze upon unity. Cleave tenaciously unto that which will lead to the well-being and tranquility of all mankind. This span of earth is but one homeland and one habitation. It behooveth you to abandon vainglory which causeth alienation and to set your hearts on whatever will ensure harmony. In the estimation of the people of Bahá man’s glory lieth in his knowledge, his upright conduct, his praiseworthy character, his wisdom, and not in his nationality or rank. O people of the earth! Appreciate the value of this heavenly word. Indeed it may be likened unto a ship for the ocean of knowledge and a shining luminary for the realm of perception.

Baha’u’llah-Tablets, Words of Paradise (exc.)

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O thou who dost search after truth!

From the days of Adam until today, the religions of God have been made manifest, one following the other, and each one of them fulfilled its due function, revived mankind, and provided education and enlightenment. They freed the people from the darkness of the world of nature and ushered them into the brightness of the Kingdom. As each succeeding Faith and Law became revealed it remained for some centuries a richly fruitful tree and to it was committed the happiness of humankind. However, as the centuries rolled by, it aged, it flourished no more and put forth no fruit, wherefore was it then made young again.

The religion of God is one religion, but it must ever be renewed. Moses, for example, was sent forth to man and He established a Law, and the Children of Israel, through that Mosaic Law, were delivered out of their ignorance and came into the light; they were lifted up from their abjectness and attained to a glory that fadeth not. Still, as the long years wore on, that radiance passed by, that splendor set, that bright day turned to night; and once that night grew triply dark, the star of the Messiah dawned, so that again a glory lit the world.

Our meaning is this: the religion of God is one, and it is the educator of humankind, but still, it needs must be made new. When thou dost plant a tree, its height increaseth day by day. It putteth forth blossoms and leaves and luscious fruits. But after a long time, it doth grow old, yielding no fruitage any more. Then doth the Husbandman of Truth take up the seed from that same tree, and plant it in a pure soil; and lo, there standeth the first tree, even as it was before.

Note thou carefully that in this world of being, all things must ever be made new. Look at the material world about thee, see how it hath now been renewed. The thoughts have changed, the ways of life have been revised, the sciences and arts show a new vigor, discoveries and inventions are new, perceptions are new. How then could such a vital power as religion—the guarantor of mankind’s great advances, the very means of attaining everlasting life, the fosterer of infinite excellence, the light of both worlds—not be made new? This would be incompatible with the grace and loving-kindness of the Lord.

Religion, moreover, is not a series of beliefs, a set of customs; religion is the teachings of the Lord God, teachings which constitute the very life of humankind, which urge high thoughts upon the mind, refine the character, and lay the groundwork for man’s everlasting honor.

Note thou: could these fevers in the world of the mind, these fires of war and hate, of resentment and malice among the nations, this aggression of peoples against peoples, which have destroyed the tranquillity of the whole world ever be made to abate, except through the living waters of the teachings of God? No, never!

And this is clear: a power above and beyond the powers of nature must needs be brought to bear, to change this black darkness into light, and these hatreds and resentments, grudges and spites, these endless wrangles and wars, into fellowship and love amongst all the peoples of the earth. This power is none other than the breathings of the Holy Spirit and the mighty inflow of the Word of God.

Abdu’l-Baha’-Selections 23

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Medicine From God For Our Sick World

Baha’i Month: Sultan/Sovereignty 1, 173 B.E. 1/19/2017

January 20th, 2017

“Know thou that in every age and dispensation all divine ordinances are changed and transformed according to the requirement of the time, except the law of love, which, like a fountain, always flows and is never overtaken by change.” BAHA’U’LLAH.

Dear friends!

In this day the victory of the faith is assured because of the spiritual Reality of the Oneness of the Two Worlds.

This refers to the organic truth of the oneness of humanity to which the spiritually awake have direct and immediate access in their daily transactions within the Kingdom. In the same manner that we become “open gates” for the prayerful, the needy and the seeking to enter within the reality while we are in this life; we are also enabled to be conduits for the souls who remain in organic union with us–though they have already crossed over the veil. “Teaching the cause of God is the head cornerstone of the foundation itself” (W&T, p. 10). This takes many forms in both this world and the next. Even as we are active, open gates in this life–this shall continue in the next–even as those advanced adepts who have crossed over remain open conduits and protecting guides for us as well. God’s inscrutable decree enables receptive souls to be motivated by the prompting of the spirit as real agents of the Holy Spirit. Those directly in tune with this agency are responsible for the tasks and missions set before them. There is a continual, direct interchange and transaction between the souls in this world and the next that relates to the divine function of the Oneness of Humanity as the chief cornerstone of the Divine Economy in which we participate.

In this connection “True Wealth” is, in reality nearness to God; the closer we each get to the Center–the closer we each get to one another. The reverse forces are possible as well, stagnation; separation, close-mindedness; fear of the impending reality based on false ideologies, erroneous indoctrination schemes, man-made conceptions and superstitious fears of the unknown.

The advancement of the Cause of God in this day is advancement in the everlasting Law of the Divine Love. While protected and sheltered in the Kingdom of His love–our knowledge is free to deepen in the mysteries of the reality of the Kingdom. This type of knowledge–though capable of being expressed through logic–is based upon a deeper more foundational type of experiential knowing that the true believers experience in their own personal relationship within the presence of God when holding fast and firm to the cord of the everlasting Covenant of God. ‘Abdu’l-Baha explains that the: “magnet which attracts the bounties and confirmations in this day is the Covenant of God, and that it is the standard against which everything is to be judged… Should a person become the very personification of the Holy Spirit, and hesitate for an instant in the path of the Covenant, he would be truly of the legion of the lost” (‘Abdu’l-Baha, Tablet to Aqa Jamal, cf. ‘Abdu’l-Baha, H. M Balyuzi, p. 58).

Now the majority of the peoples of the world are innocent of all of this. They know nothing about the Covenant in the least. They have received guidance from the previous Manifestations of God and proceed at their own various paces towards ultimate reunion whether that is attained in this world or the next.

But the Baha’is are not innocent of this! They have received the specific instructions and teachings of the Covenant expressly given in this Day and Age–and tasted the fruits and gifts of the Powers from on High! Should a Christian, or a Jew or Muslim (or anyone from any background) come into Contact with this Revelation of the Most great Name (through any of the 7 Rites of Baha’u’llah: http://uhj.net/bahai-faith-history.html)–they will assuredly be guided to the Covenant as actualized in the Living Community of the Covenant in this day. Then comes the test. They judge themselves worthy or unworthy, and then are no longer innocent.

The Judgment Day depicted in the Christian scriptures is sometimes entitled “the Great White Throne Judgment” from the visions of the New Jerusalem recorded in the Book of Revelation. In Chapter 20-22 Jesus the High Priest, depicted as a Knight of Baha’u’llah and as “a Lamb as though he had been slain” is seen before the One seated upon the THRONE and among the elders. He, Jesus the High Priest, the Knight of Baha’u’llah opens the scroll sealed with seven seals from which the 7 Thunders of the Violations of the Covenant then resound. These 7 Thunders correspond with the 7 great World Wars of the 20th/21st century: (1) World War I; (2) The Great Russian Revolution; (3) World War II; (4) The Cold War–includes Korean War, Vietnam, South American War, African massacres, Afghanistan, etc.; (5) Gulf War I–includes Trade Towers 1993; (6) Gulf War II–includes Trade Towers 2001, Afghanistan, Iraq and Current ongoing global War of Terror; (7) The onrushing thermonuclear War in which one third of humankind is prophesied to be killed in one hour with every American city with a population of 100,000 or more being targeted. This includes direct attacks on New York City, the UN Building, and the UN in general (see http://www.bupc.org/UN-bomb-plot.html).

How the UN Became an Al Qaeda Target

Mark Leon Goldberg

The death toll in last Friday’s bombing of the UN building in Abuja is now up to 23. 75 others were injured. This makes it the deadliest attack in UN history.

One of the scariest and most disturbing trends for the United Nations is the way in which an international humanitarian organization has become a preferred target of Islamist extremists over the past ten years. The transformation has occurred remarkably quickly.

Since the mid 1990s, Al Qaeda leaders like Ayman al Zawahiri and the late Osama bin Laden have constructed a narrative about the United Nations that paints the world body as implacably hostile to the interests of Muslims worldwide. They portray it as part of a global conspiracy to subjugate Muslims and promote the interests of the United States and the west.

I wrote my grad school research paper on this topic and found that between 1996 and 2009, Bin Laden or Zawahiri cited the UN disparagingly in over 30 separate public messages, the vast majority coming after the September 11 attacks. This note, from Ayman al Zawahiri in March 2008, is typical for the genre:

“What is Shari’ah’s judgment on the United Nations that established Israel by its resolutions and whose Charter provides for respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all member countries including Israel? Could we describe such a situation with the words “what is accepted as a norm is like that which is set as a condition?”

“In Iraq, America alleged that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. It asked the United Nations to strike Iraq. When it did not get what it wanted, it attacked Iraq itself and destroyed it, but it found no weapons of mass destruction – and this despite the fact that America holds others to account for not abiding by United Nations resolutions.”

“The property of some Muslims in the West has been frozen and they have been denied access to it. Indeed, it has been forbidden for any person to grant them any sum of money. Some have had this imposed on them by United Nations resolution, without having any charges brought against them or without any proof established against them. The funds of many charitable organizations and associations that provide aid to Muslims in Palestine and other Islamic lands have also been frozen.”

“No, by God! There is no covenant between us and them. In fact, they are belligerents wherever they live and stay, even if they take hold of the curtains of the Kaaba. The treaty that governments have made with these crusaders is not legal. It is based on the idolatrous charters of the United Nations. It was made by classes that do not regard God in their works and whose only interest is in keeping their seats and thrones.”

“I would add to what Shaykh Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdissi said, may God release him from imprisonment, and I would remind the Christians of Egypt of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia where the Serbian Orthodox – their brothers in creed – killed more than 7000 Muslims under the eyes and ears of the United Nations forces under the command of the agent and grandson of the agent, Butrus Butrus Ghali. We did not put you through investigative trials as your brothers did to our brothers, and we did not massacre you as your brothers did to our brothers in Srebrenica, Sabra and Shatilla.”

This narrative, which has been steadily built over the past 10 years or so, has been very consequential to the security of the United Nations. To be sure, UN peackeepers and aid workers have been shot at, kidnapped and killed in the past, but never before has the institution had to deal with the threat of terrorism.

The first serious attack was the 2003 bombing of UN headquarters in Iraq, which killed 22 people. In December 2007, 17 people were killed in a twin suicide bombing attack on the UN headquarters in Algiers, Algeria. In Afghanistan and Pakistan the UN has been a frequent target as well. In October 2008, a suicide bomber struck the lobby of the Islamabad headquarters of the World Food Program, killing himself and five UN humanitarian workers. Three weeks later, a team of Taliban militants attacked a guesthouse in Kabul where UN election workers were stationed. In Somalia, Al Shabaab militants launched a suicide bombing attack on a UNDP compound in northern Somalia in 2008. Now, an al Qaeda inspired group, Boko Harum, is taking credit for this latest attack in Abuja.

The trend is clear: Al Qaeda or groups that look to Al Qaeda for ideological inspiration are targeting the United Nations whenever, and wherever they can. If this trend continues–and there is no reason to think it will stop — the UN will become a real target wherever there is some sort of low-level Islamist insurgency.

That’s a serious problem for the UN, which runs humanitarian or economic development programs throughout the Magrheb, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

You expect a level of insecurity in conflict zones like Somalia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. But the attack on the UN compound in Abuja shows that the UN is a target very far from hot conflict zones. UN offices in Mali, Mauritania, Indonesia, or wherever al Qaeda inspired groups have a foothold, may be next.

The organization and its member states ought to prepare accordingly. (M. L. Goldberg, UN TARGETED)

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The judgment day is not God seated upon a throne, judging people sheep to the right, goats to the left—but it is the people judging themselves to be worthy or unworthy. They judge themselves as such through their words, choices and deeds. The doors of the Kingdom are always open. Many come and go freely as they please. This is not violation of the Covenant, but is the journey the people must take. In doing what they are going to do they will see the reality and make their ultimate choices bearing their own accountability in their own good time in relation to God and God alone.

Now the Covenant-breakers think that attacking and belittling the Promised Ones (that includes the living guardians) they are going to get “brownie points” with God, so to speak. This isn’t the case and Dr. Jensen said their condition “would be hilarious if it wasn’t so pathetic!” Thus it states that they shall be judged by what they have done. Covenant breaking is the direct attack by those who are in the know and who had once tasted the wonders of the spirit. These Covenant breakers are those who then turn against the Covenant and Administration, the Supreme Institutions named in the Will and Testament of Abdu’l-Baha’ that are Divine in origin–the guardianship and house of justice; reject the core values, principles and attack the key & central figures in the Cause.

Now part of the mission of the teachers, guides, and educators in the faith today is to make the world a better place, not worse–to be IN the world but NOT of it.

On the mystic path we walk with practical feet, ‘Abdu’l-Baha tells us to make sure that every step we take is firm in the Covenant. This is the path of the Covenant, the road less travelled, the inner path that leads to reunion with the Divine.

Our mission also includes within the contexts of our fellow Baha’is “saving the waverers” to use the phrase of Mason and Dr. Jensen. When Mason passed on, he left the inheritance of the guardianship to his only son Pepe, but in a letter written to Drs. Leland and Opal Jensen (which I read the original of myself when living at Talman in Chicago in the Spring and Summer of 1987) Mason left the full care of the Baha’i community to them. Mason wrote words to the effect that he knew Dr. Jensen’s father Christ Jensen (pronounced Chris) personally; and that the entire Jensen family was always imbued with spiritual qualities and attributes. Mason recognized their great teaching capacity and activity; and acknowledged specifically Dr. Jensen’s work as Knight of Baha’u’llah firm in the Covenant, most knowledgeable and leader (eldest living son) of the entire Jensen family. Mason wrote that should he himself pass on, he knew that the entire Baha’i world would remain safe and secure because of Dr. Leland Jensen. In fact, this is what has happened at that time.

Mason also wrote:

Statement on Succession

By MASON REMEY AGHSAN,

Guardian

“The traditional background of the Prophets of Israel is that of a special and family descent from earliest times and from which seed the Prophets and Manifestations of God were descended. I, Mason Remey, feel… that the descent of the Guardianship can be brought back again into the line of descent from Baha’u’llah [a natural branch: Jewish]. This can be accomplished as soon as there may arise amongst those of this chosen descent one who will qualify [i.e. not of those that broke the Covenant]. All this can be attained in conformity with the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha.” (Mason Remey AGHSAN, August 1964): http://www.bupc.org/test-of-god.html

I have attached below a series of correspondence that gets more into the reality according to the Law of Primogeniture of how the natural branch of the exilarch (exiled monarchs of King David) family of Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha was known in the Plan of God (and to Mason through ‘Abdu’l-Baha, and from Mason told to Pepe) who would “arise and qualify” through “another branch” (W&T, p. 14) of the throne-line of Bostanai the exilarch–a Jewish cadet branch of the Northern family of Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha.

Thus the Great White Throne Judgment has been upon the people especially since the year 2000/2001 AD when we discovered the location of Chair Mountain identified in the prophecies on Naw Ruz, 2000 AD (which is March 21, the Vernal Equinox) and unfurled the Divine Standard of the Genealogy of Baha’u’llah for the first time for all the world to see at the “New Castle Gathering” near New Castle, CO. This location turned out to be the fulfillment of the prophesied scene and location further corresponding to the prophesied date of the 9-11 Event when God brought forth His “servant the branch” (Aghsan: Zech. 3:8 kjv) during the “ten days” in September, 2001 AD. These dates spoken of in the Holy Bible and other Holy Scriptures, correspond with the Mayan and Azetc prophetic Calendars as well as those of Kali Yug, Hindu and Buddhist prophecies, those of China and the East, the Holy Cycles of Zoroaster, the Scandinavian and African traditions (the Great Pyramid is located in Africa) and the Holy Koran as well.

Thus Judgment has fallen upon all the peoples of the world, meaning–through the projection of this message they now have the exciting and positive opportunity to see the FACTS, judge themselves WORTHY and enter therein.

If they choose to remain outside: Jesus said, “shake the dust off your feet” and move on to the next one. For those who fail the test or refuse to enter: “it is no skin off my nose,” as Dr. Jensen was known to say.

Before an electron makes the quantum leap to the next higher lever–it begins to receive vast amounts of energy. These overwhelming vibrations are experienced in the Cause of God as a tremendous “wavering in the covenant” and a violent “wavering in the faith.” In the analogy the electron will either pop out and instantaneously re-appear at the next level, or it will turn against the source of the increasing vibrations and heat up, die, implode, fall back out of its positions to some fragmented quarkian former state, and be replaced by something else. The point is this: the true believers should have no fears or insecurities in the Covenant when they feel the violent winds of these tests coming upon them, when their internal clock and systems begin to race on overload, they are not cracking up, but reviving the powers of God to make that quantum leap, if they put their trust wholly in God and God alone. I have been urging the Baha’is for many years now, to lay off the self-medicating through material means; and attempt to allow this process of transfiguration and transubstantiation to naturally take place. Unlike communities who value objective or subjective faith–‘Abdu’l-Baha teaches that our faith is to be DISCERNING FAITH (For more see: http://www.bupc.org/chinvat/chinvat-current-issue.html). This also means that we are to live these experiences with eyes wide open–not eyes wide shut! We must keep our eyes wide open while we die to the things of this world and come to live in the next.

The extremely powerful forces unleashed by the potency of this Revelation are as transformative as they are destructive. These forces will inure the flexible and adaptable to move in the growth-oriented direction of personality. Those wrong egos clinging to rigid forms, systems, ideologies, reductionism, etc., when impacted by these same spiritual forces will not bend and shall all break. Shoghi Effendi calls this a twofold process: “the first,” he states, “is essentially an integrating process, while the second is fundamentally disruptive.” In order to harness these functions for the betterment of the planet ‘Abdu’l-Baha’ has delineated the Twin Institutions of the Guardianship and the House of Justice (the Legislative and Executive branches–the Amr and the Alim (named in the Kitab-i-‘Ahd)–the learned in El Baha) to deal with this: “through the close union and harmony of THESE TWO FORCES, the foundation of fairness and justice may become firm and strong, that all the regions of the world may become even as Paradise itself” (W&T, p. 15).

Through the “close union and harmony of THESE TWO FORCES” (“The legislative body must reinforce the executive, the executive must aid and assist the legislative body” W&T, p. 15)–the double-movement of the “twofold process” described by Shoghi Effendi can be navigated, and human society may manage its own affairs with safety, security and salvation for all. This is the firm foundation of the “Most Great Justice”, to be established upon the “Most Great Covenant” to be made amongst all the nations of the world in collective security and collective agreement, which shall advance all human beings upon this planet into the Golden Age of Civilization. This is the point and meaning of the letters and essays of Shoghi Effendi given in his monumental first works collected under the title “World Order of Baha’u’llah.” For all people to participate and transact within the newly revealed and established Divine Economy (for those who have received their “true wealth” (see SAQ chapter same name) and the “talents” they have been given) Shoghi Effendi continues:

“The first is essentially an integrating process, while the second is fundamentally disruptive. The former, as it steadily evolves, unfolds a System which may well serve as a pattern for that world polity toward which a strangely-disordered world is continually advancing; while the latter, as its disintegrating influence deepens, tends to tear down, with increasing violence, the antiquated barriers that seek to block humanity’s progress towards its destined goal.” (Shoghi Effendi, March 11, 1936, see WOB, pp. 170-171).

Now these integrating and disruptive forces are initiated with God Himself; channeled through the heart, mind and soul and physiological make-up of the Supreme Manifestations of God; and subsequently canalized through the human nervous systems of all the people of the world; and impact upon individuals as “an integrating process” accompanied by a cleansing, essentially “disintegrating influence” and “disruptive” force.

Now for my friends who are firm in the Covenant, who are beyond the previous “wavering stages” of the tests and assailments against these holy truths–I tell you the HOUR has come upon us!

On the scale of one day equals one year (Num. 14:34; Ez. 4:6) a prophetical hour is about 15.22 days and on the scale of 1 day equals one year that makes about 15.22 years. It is now about 15.22 years since the 9-11 event. The ONE HOUR of Judgment has reached is fullest culmination. For over 15 years period without any interruption and without any delay! –The arguments have been given, the proofs established, the treatise explained; the dissertation recorded; the enemies refuted; the testimony completed; the individuals have chosen! They have chosen their allegiances, their loyalties, their friendships, who they wish to associate with, how they wish to live their lives. They have chosen sides and judged themselves worthy or unworthy to join what Dr. Jensen has described as God’s heavenly army. Now comes what is prophesied in all the holy books of God to transpire next!

Historians will look back at that tremendous feat accomplished by the faithful during this ONE HOUR. ‘Abdu’l-Baha explains that these events first transpire in the spiritual world and then outwardly in the material world. Materialists, however, secularists who deny any and all Divine Agency will remain singularly obsessed and distraught with the outer one hour of thermonuclear war, which is upon them even now. For it is written: “And I heard a voice speaking unto me like a trumpet…” (Rev. 4:1). Thus states Baha’u’llah: “Verily We bear witness to that which they have done and now are doing.”

For many historians, these 7 Thunders of the 7 World Wars that I have already mentioned are in reality the people of the world repeatedly fighting World War I over and over again. The reason for this idea is that the Causes that were behind World War I were never resolved in that war. Thus studying the underlying problems behind World War I gives us a clear field of solutions to the current problems and states of affairs. Prophetically speaking ‘Abdu’l-Baha announced in 1912 that the War would start in 1914, and this would be the battle of Armageddon prophesied in the Bible (see http://uhj.net/end-time-prophecy.html).

Thus these 7 Thunders can be seen as the resounding of the 7 main historical disruptions of the Battle of Armageddon transpiring over an approximate 149 years time-period and prophetic cycle–with the 7th Thunder corresponding to the opening of the 7th seal resounding in the physical material world in the one hour of thermonuclear war that is upon us now that the first 5 thunders have already passed over and we are currently in the throws of their combined aftershock waves in addition to the harrowing talons the six thunder currently wreaking havoc day in and day out (from the Dakotas Water Protectors on sacred Lands to the Holy City of Aleppo) with an unrelenting ferocity and longevity compared to the first 5 thunders combined! Christian scholars acknowledge the facticity of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s statements:

“Now we are ready to ask: Has there ever been a war, started by two nations, which grew into a worldwide war by the kingdoms of the world, followed by unprecedented famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places (perhaps simultaneously)? I am of the opinion that we can discern such…. I believe there is one event that fulfills all four parts of this prophecy. That terrible event has been labeled by historians as World War I, which took place between 1914 and 1918.”

“Historians agree that World War I was unique in the annals of warfare. One writer said, ‘World War I differed in many respects from any previous war. It involved literally the whole population of the warring nations. All able-bodied men were recruited or conscripted for combat or munitions factories. Women and children worked in factories. Whole populations were subject to air raids, gas attacks, and the rationing of food, clothing, and other necessities of life. Hence social effects were greater than in previous wars’”

“When added together, these facts of history give us ample reason to conclude that the Austrian declaration of war in July-August of 1914 began to fulfill the sign of the end of the age as given by our Lord.”

“I am convinced that the events of 1914-1918 fulfill the beginning of Jesus’ prophecy. World War I was unique among conflicts, not only in size and extent, but in the way it started. Until history produces a more acceptable fulfillment, it is reasonable to conclude that 1914 ushered in the beginning of the end.” (Tim LaHaye, The Beginning of the End, pp. 35-39)

Thus from the birth of the Lamb, Dr. Jensen in August of 1914 until the present day–represents the unfolding of the dire events described in the Bible and Book of Revelation pertaining to the Battle of Armageddon. The first 5 thunders resounding from 1914 to the 9-11 Event in the year 2001 and the following two final Twin Thunders signalized by the gjallarhorn blasting of the 9-11 Collapse of the Twin Towers as foretold in our press releases and announced with clarity and absolute certainty on MCAT live television during that ten year period (1991-2001).

Baha’u’llah writes:

“The time for the destruction of the world and its people hath arrived.” “The hour is approaching,” He specifically affirms, “when the most great convulsion will have appeared.” “The promised day is come, the day when tormenting trials will have surged above your heads, and beneath your feet, saying: ‘Taste ye what your hands have wrought!’” “Soon shall the blasts of His chastisement beat upon you, and the dust of hell enshroud you.” And again: “And when the appointed hour is come, there shall suddenly appear that which shall cause the limbs of mankind to quake.” “The day is approaching when its [thermonuclear] flame will devour the cities, when the Tongue of Grandeur will proclaim: ‘The Kingdom is God’s, the Almighty, the All-Praised!’” “The day will soon come,” He, referring to the foolish ones of the earth, has written, “whereon they will cry out for help and receive no answer.” “The day is approaching,” He moreover has prophesied, “when the wrathful anger of the Almighty will have taken hold of them. He, verily, is the Omnipotent, the All-Subduing, the Most Powerful. He shall cleanse the earth from the defilement of their corruption, and shall give it for an heritage unto such of His servants as are nigh unto Him.”

Baha’u’llah, cf. Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day Is Come!

What can we as human beings say? What can be our reply? Our action? Our call to action?

Betrayed by so many who claimed to be “Baha’i but who were not. Abandoned by the once active co-workers who have fallen away. Rejected and scorned by friends and family alike–and an apathetic and ignorant society and “culture” bent on materialism, war, and self-immolation and self-destruction–we move forward ever reenergized by our own consolidating ever-advancing and growing community of real lovers of God. The faces may change, from time to time, but the reality of the hearts and souls is always like the reunion of soul-mates and dear old friends! –“Behold” He “makes all things new!”

God declares in the Book of Revelation–and this is the great Day of the resurrection from out all the peoples of the world. Now that this signal “hour” has reach its culmination–this 15 years period expressly given in the sacred scriptures and verses–the aftershock of the spiritual nature of such an overwhelming endeavor, such a mile-stone in our work, such an accomplishment for the members of our loyal and active group–and in the face of unrelenting opposition from without and ignoble betrayals from within–how can we but not declare in Jesus’s own words: “Let the dead bury the dead!” and following Christ into the glorious Kingdom established in this world and continuing into the next–how can we not but REJOICE, and be exceedingly GLAD for these ARE the BLESSINGS and FAVOURS of God!

I remain yours,

Your servant,

Neal,

Guardian.

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Oneness of the Two Worlds

The unity of humanity as taught by Bahá’u’lláh refers not only to men still in the flesh, but to all human beings, whether embodied or disembodied. Not only all men now living on the earth, but all in the spiritual world as well, are parts of one and the same organism and these two parts are intimately dependent, one on the other. Spiritual communion one with the other, far from being impossible or unnatural, is constant and inevitable. Those whose spiritual faculties are as yet undeveloped are unconscious of this vital connection, but as one’s faculties develop, communications with those beyond the veil gradually become more conscious and definite. To the Prophets and saints this spiritual communion is as familiar and real as are ordinary vision and conversation to the rest of mankind.

 The 12 Principles That Manifest The Oneness Of The Two Worlds