Friday, May 27, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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Saturday, May 21, 2011
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Friday, May 20, 2011
O friend, the heart is the dwelling of eternal mysteries, make it not the home of fleeting fancies.
Thou comest from the world of holiness—bind not thine heart to the earth; thou art a dweller in the court of nearness—choose not the homeland of the dust.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011
I beseech Thee, O my Lord, by Thy Name through which Thou hast enabled Thy servants and Thy people to know Thee, through which Thou hast drawn the hearts of those who have recognized Thee towards the resplendent court of Thy oneness, and the souls of Thy favored ones unto the Day-Spring of Thy unity,—I beseech Thee to grant that I may be assisted to observe the fast wholly for Thy sake, O Thou Who art full of majesty and glory! Empower me, then, O my God, to be reckoned among them that have clung to Thy laws and precepts for the sake of Thee alone, their eyes fixed on Thy face. These, indeed, are they whose wine is all that hath proceeded out of the mouth of Thy primal will, whose pure beverage is Thine enthralling call, whose heavenly River is Thy love, whose Paradise is entrance into Thy presence and reunion with Thee. For Thou hast been their Beginning and their End, and their Highest Hope, and their Supreme Desire. Blinded be the eye that gazeth on whatsoever may displease Thee, and confounded be the soul that seeketh the things that are contrary to Thy will.
The mouth of the Nisqually River flows into Puget Sound where a National Wildlife Refuge is now located. It is a place that inspires and invites the visitor to pray and reflect. -gw
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The whole world is born anew, resurrected. Gentle zephyrs are set in motion, wafting and fragrant; flowers bloom; the trees are in blossom, the air temperate and delightful; how pleasant and beautiful become the mountains, fields and meadows. Likewise, the spiritual bounty and springtime of God quicken the world of humanity with a new animus and vivification. All the virtues which have been deposited and potential in human hearts are being revealed from that Reality as flowers and blossoms from divine gardens.
Posted by GWD at 7:17 AM
On As Candle After Candle Is Lighted by the Hand of Providence: A light casts its beams upon a myriad initiatives
He expounded the teachings in every social space. (The UHJ Ridvan 2011 message in a reference to 'Abdu'l-Baha)
Shoghi Effendi described in compelling language the successive stages by which the divine light had been kindled in the Síyáh-Chál, clothed in the lamp of revelation in Baghdád, spread to countries in Asia and Africa even as it shone with added brilliancy in Adrianople and later in 'Akká, projected across the seas to the remaining continents, and by which it would be progressively diffused over the states and dependencies of the world. The final part of this process he characterized as the "penetration of that light ... into all the remaining territories of the globe", referring to it as "the stage at which the light of God's triumphant Faith shining in all its power and glory will have suffused and enveloped the entire planet." Though that goal is far from being fulfilled, the light already blazes intensely in many a region. In some countries it shines in every cluster. In the land where that inextinguishable light was first ignited, it burns bright despite those who would snuff it out. In diverse nations it achieves a steady glow across whole neighbourhoods and villages, as candle after candle in heart after heart is lighted by the Hand of Providence; it illuminates thoughtful conversation at every level of human interaction; it casts its beams upon a myriad initiatives taken to promote the well-being of a people.
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Monday, May 16, 2011
Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.
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Friday, May 13, 2011
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
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The Baha'is of Tacoma offer activities for the childen at the Invader fan canopy on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 during the Invaders football practice at Stewart Height Park. Thanks B.J. for your service.
... to teach simple children's classes consisting of memorization of prayers and quotations, songs, stories, games and coloring.
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this set is in progress, like the rest of us..... I just realized that I tend to shoot a particular project with parrallel ( to me, anyway.... ) pictures in mind .... this was a series on a local buddhist temple I did while humming the other pictures .... like I said, in progress .... music suggestions to follow .... OK, that was quick ... .. 'Till There Was You' by the Beatles, from 'Meet The Beatles' , the only Broadway tune they ever did. Lyrics by Meredith Wilson.... alternatives would be those Tibetan throat singers or anything by The White Stripes...
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Monday, May 02, 2011
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