Monday, October 31, 2011
One Voice Press is a new Baha'i publishing company based Baltimore, Maryland. It has just released its first title in July, "The Flower at the End of the World," a poetry and short fiction collection by David Erickson.A forthcoming release is "Return to Tyendinaga" by Evelyn Loft Watts and Patricia Verge, the biography of the first Canadian Native American Baha'is, Jim and Melba Loft, who, after encountering the Bahá'í Faith in Marysville, Michigan, returned to their homeland, the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory east of Toronto, Ontario, to teach their fellow Native Americans about the young religion.
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4 Avenue de Camoens,Paris:
THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE INTERMEDIARY POWERBETWEEN GOD AND MAN4 Avenue de Camoens,October 31stThe Divine Reality is Unthinkable, Limitless, Eternal, Immortal and Invisible.The world of creation is bound by natural law, finite and mortal.The Infinite Reality cannot be said to ascend or descend. It is beyond the understanding of man, and cannot be described in terms which apply to the phenomenal sphere of the created world.Man, then, is in extreme need of the only Power by which he is able to receive help from the Divine Reality, that Power alone bringing him into contact with the Source of all life.An intermediary is needed to bring two extremes into relation with each other. Riches and poverty, plenty and need: without an intermediary power there could be no relation between these pairs of opposites.So we can say there must be a Mediator between God and Man, and this is none other than the Holy Spirit, which brings the created earth into relation with the 'Unthinkable One', the Divine Reality.The Divine Reality may be likened to the sun and the Holy Spirit to the rays of the sun. As the rays of the sun bring the light and warmth of the sun to the earth, giving life to all created beings, so do the 'Manifestations'[of God] bring the power of the Holy Spirit from the Divine Sun of Reality to give light and life to the souls of men.Behold, there is an intermediary necessary between the sun and the earth; the sun does not descend to the earth, neither does the earth ascend to the sun. This contact is made by the rays of the sun which bring light and warmth and heat.The Holy Spirit is the Light from the Sun of Truth bringing, by its infinite power, life and illumination to all mankind, flooding all souls with Divine Radiance, conveying the blessings of God's Mercy to the whole world. The earth, without the medium of the warmth and light of the rays of the sun, could receive no benefits from the sun.Likewise the Holy Spirit is the very cause of the life of man; without the Holy Spirit he would have no intellect, he would be unable to acquire his scientific knowledge by which his great influence over the rest of creation is gained. The illumination of the Holy Spirit gives to man the power of thought, and enables him to make discoveries by which he bends the laws of nature to his will.The Holy Spirit it is which, through the mediation of the Prophets of God, teaches spiritual virtues to man and enables him to attain Eternal Life.All these blessings are brought to man by the Holy Spirit; therefore we can understand that the Holy Spirit is the Intermediary between the Creator and the created. The light and heat of the sun cause the earth to be fruitful, and create life in all things that grow; and the Holy Spirit quickens the souls of men.The two great apostles, St Peter and St John the Evangelist, were once simple, humble workmen, toiling for their daily bread. By the Power of the Holy Spirit their souls were illumined, and they received the eternal blessings of the Lord Christ.
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Friday, October 28, 2011
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Thursday, October 27, 2011
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It is by friendly consultation and cooperation, by just copartnership and profit-sharing, that the interests of both capital and labor will be best served. The harsh weapons of the strike and lockout are injurious, not only to the trades immediately affected, but to the community as a whole. It is, therefore, the business of the governments to devise means for preventing recourse to such barbarous methods of settling disputes.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
October 21, 1911, Saturday, Paris: The pitiful causes of war, and the duty of everyone to strive for peace.
'Abdu'l-Bahá said:I hope you are happy and well. I am not happy, but very sad. The news of the Battle of Benghazi grieves my heart. I wonder at the human savagery that still exists in the world. How is it possible for men to fight from morning until evening, killing each other, shedding the blood of their fellow-men: And for what object? To gain possession of a part of the earth! Even the animals. when they fight, have an immediate and more reasonable cause for their attacks! How terrible it is that men, who are of the higher kingdom, can descend to slaying and bringing misery their fellow-beings, for the possession of a tract of land!. . . .I charge you all that each one of you concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. Thoughts of war bring destruction to all harmony, well-being, restfulness and content.Thoughts of love are constructive of brotherhood, peace, friendship, and happiness. . . .
#45 - 100 Years Ago -- "Abdu'l-Bahá continues His talks in Paris — October 20 and 21, 1911Source: Paris Talks, Addresses given by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in 1911, 9 Pines Publishing, Canada,© The Bahá’í Publishing Trust, London, 1995 edition.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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Monday, October 24, 2011
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican called Monday for radical reform of the world's financial systems, including the creation of a global political authority to manage the economy.
A proposal by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace calls for a new world economic order based on ethics and the "achievement of a universal common good." It follows Pope Benedict XVI's 2009 economic encyclical that denounced a profit-at-all-cost mentality as responsible for the global financial meltdown.The proposal acknowledges, however, that a "long road still needs to be traveled before arriving at the creation of a public authority with universal jurisdiction" and suggests the reform process begin with the United Nations as a point of reference.
Dr. Augusto Lopez-Claros, an international economist and a member of the Baha’i community, gave a lunch-time talk at the BIC, examining the global financial crisis and its implications for global governance. The crisis in the financial system, which experienced fifty years of economic growth, has led to widespread questioning of the sustainability of our economic system. In an article for the Financial Times (11 March 2009), economist Amartya Sen argued that the question is "not so much about the end of capitalism as about the nature of capitalism and the need for change." Sen highlighted that Adam Smith talked about the importance of "broader values for the choice of behavior, as well as the importance of institutions." Dr. Lopez-Claros went on to address weaknesses in the financial sector; new challenges arising from the crisis; current mechanisms for international cooperation, and future prospects for global governance.
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On a New Documentary on the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education: Film debuts at Columbia University
Dear Baha'i Views -I'm the director of new documentary, co-presented by Amnesty International, on the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education in Iran. I hope that you will please take a look at the Kickstarter funding appeal for this project, and consider sharing it with folks you know. Education Under Fire profiles the persecution on the Baha'is of Iran, with a special focus on growth, struggle, and resilient spirit of the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education. As you may know, seven BIHE faculty were just sentence to long prison terms - just for trying to teach. The film debuts at Columbia University on October 28, and will then screen at campuses and Amnesty International events around the country. In addition, this effort led to a powerful letter co-authored by Nobel Peace Prize laureates José Manuel Ramos-Horta and Desmond Tutu that calls for the Iranian government to respect education opportunity and human rights of Iran Baha'is. President Ramos-Horta also filmed a video appeal on behalf of iran's Baha'is. You can see all this on the new website at: www.educationunderfire.comThe Education Under Fire Kickstarter link is:
Thank you for any support you can offer, and please let me know if you have any questions.Sincerely - Jeff
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Sunday, October 23, 2011
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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Ye have written as to the meetings of the friends, and how filled they are with peace and joy. Of course this is so; for wherever the spiritually minded are gathered together, there in His beauty reigneth Bahá’u’lláh. Thus it is certain that such reunions will yield boundless happiness and peace
+Today it behoveth one and all to forgo the mention of all else, and to disregard all things. Let their speaking, let their inner state be summed up thus: ‘Keep all my words of prayer and praise confined to one refrain; make all my life but servitude to Thee.’ That is, let them concentrate all their thoughts, all their words, on teaching the Cause of God and spreading the Faith of God, and inspiring all to characterize themselves with the characteristics of God; on loving mankind; on being pure and holy in all things, and spotless in their public and private life; on being upright and detached, and fervent, and afire. All is to be yielded up, save only the remembrance of God; all is to be dispraised, except His praise. Today, to this melody of the Company on high, the world will leap and dance: ‘Glory be to my Lord, the All-Glorious!’
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Friday, October 14, 2011
One particularly important responsibility of area teaching committees is what the Universal House of Justice describes as, “promoting the gradual increase in devotional meetings” within a cluster.
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From the sweet-scented streams of Thine eternity give me to drink, O my God, and of the fruits of the tree of Thy being enable me to taste, O my Hope! From the crystal springs of Thy love suffer me to quaff, O my Glory, and beneath the shadow of Thine everlasting providence let me abide, O my Light! Within the meadows of Thy nearness, before Thy presence, make me able to roam, O my Beloved, and at the right hand of the throne of Thy mercy, seat me, O my Desire! From the fragrant breezes of Thy joy let a breath pass over me, O my Goal, and into the heights of the paradise of Thy reality let me gain admission, O my Adored One! To the melodies of the dove of Thy oneness suffer me to hearken, O Resplendent One, and through the spirit of Thy power and Thy might quicken me, O my Provider! In the spirit of Thy love keep me steadfast, O my Succorer, and in the path of Thy good pleasure set firm my steps, O my Maker! Within 142 the garden of Thine immortality, before Thy countenance, let me abide for ever, O Thou Who art merciful unto me, and upon the seat of Thy glory stablish me, O Thou Who art my Possessor! To the heaven of Thy loving-kindness lift me up, O my Quickener, and unto the Daystar of Thy guidance lead me, O Thou my Attractor! Before the revelations of Thine invisible spirit summon me to be present, O Thou Who art my Origin and my Highest Wish, and unto the essence of the fragrance of Thy beauty, which Thou wilt manifest, cause me to return, O Thou Who art my God!Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. Thou art, verily, the Most Exalted, the All-Glorious, the All-Highest.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
- DROPS OF ONE OCEAN:Songs for Bahá’í Children’s Classes (Grade 1) Pilipino (Philippines), Arabic (Yemen), Nihongo (Japan), Korean (South Korea), Chinese (Taiwan), Khmer (Cambodia), Thai (Thailand), Burmese (Myanmar), Bahasa Melayu (Malaysia), Bangla (Bangladesh), Sinhala (Sri Lanka), English (Vancouver Island, Canada), Vietnamese (Vietnam), Bahasa Indonesia, (Indonesia), Spanish (San Diego, California, USA), Lao (Laos), Amharic (Ethiopia), Luganda & Ateso Vocal Guides Only (Uganda), Kiswahili Vocal Guides Only (Kenya)
- FRUITS OF ONE TREE: Songs for Bahá’í Children’s Classes (Grade 2) Volume 1 Pilipino (Philippines), Nihongo (Japan), Chinese (Taiwan), Thai (Thailand), Bangla (Bangladesh), Burmese, (Myanmar), Vietnamese (Vietnam), Bahasa Indonesia, (Indonesia), English(San Francisco, California, USA), Spanish (San Diego, California, USA), Lao (Laos), Amharic (Ethiopia)
- WAVES OF ONE SEA: Songs for Baha’i Children’s Classes (Grade 2) Volume 2
Pilipino (Philippines), Burmese (Myanmar), Nihongo (Japan), Bahasa Indonesia, (Indonesia), Vietnamese (Vietnam), English (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
- FLOWERS OF ONE GARDEN: Songs for Baha’i Children’s Classes (Grade 2) Volume 3
Pilipino (Philippines) – other languages in-progress.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
October 3, 1911— Most of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s talks were given at the residence that He took at 4 Avenue de Camoëns in the area of Quai de Passy. (The Trocadéro Gardens are adjacent to the Avenue de Camoëns. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá found relaxation in walks through the gardens.) pp. 154, 159, Abdu’l-Bahá, The Center of the Covenant, H. M. Balyuzi, George Ronald, Pub. © Mary Balyuzi, 1987 (paper back)The late Hand of the Cause H. M. Balyuzi writes about Paris: “Paris has a particular distinction among all the cities in Europe, inasmuch as the first Bahá’í centre of the European continent was instituted there. . . . Monsieur and Madame Dreyfus Barney wereat hand to serve Him. Lady Blomfield, her two daughters—Mary Esther and Rose Ellinor Cecilia—and Miss Beatrice Marion Platt (all of whom had also zealously helped at 97 Cadogan Gardens (London) had come over from London. It was their assiduous application which produced an invaluable collection of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Talks:‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London a book that has, since 1912, gone through many editions on both sides of the Atlantic. Horace Holley, [long-time member and secretary of the United States National Spiritual Assembly] who was an eyewitness, has stated that “As London emphasized the social and spiritual aspects of Bahaism, so Paris revealed its intellectual content and unparalleled power of definition.” Book titles: Paris Talks, Wisdom of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.
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>11:33amDo you speak french?>11:35amOh I wish!>11:36amOh... sorry. Last sunday our national TV broadcasted a 25 minute program about Abdu'l-Baha in Paris. And is mostly spoken in French. It was an act of cooperation between the NSAs of Portugal and France.>11:37amWhat a great opportunity the centenary presents...
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Monday, October 10, 2011
... each individual member of the human family is a leaf or branch upon the Adamic tree; that all are sheltered beneath the protecting mercy and providence of God; that all are the children of God, fruit upon the one tree of His love. God is equally compassionate and kind to all the leaves, branches and fruit of this tree.
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Sunday, October 09, 2011
As believers from urban centres set out on sustained campaigns to reach the mass of the world’s peoples living in villages and rural areas, they encountered a receptivity to Bahá’u’lláh’s message far beyond anything they had imagined possible. While the response usually took forms very different from the ones with which the teachers had been familiar, the new declarants were eagerly welcomed. Tens of thousands of new Bahá’ís poured into the Cause throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, often representing the greater part of whole rural villages. The 1960s and 1970s were heady days for a Bahá’í community most of whose growth outside of Iran had been slow and measured.
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Saturday, October 08, 2011
[Flickr] Jamie Frank has invited you to see the Tribute to Virna ..... set on Flickr
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Hey George ! .... make sure you take in the Virna Haffer show at the Tacoma Art Museum before it ends in November. When I was 18 I joined the local camera club in Tacoma where I met and became friends with this wonderful artist.
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just got back from the Tacoma Art Museum to see my old friend Virna Haffer's show. Go to the google, the arbiters of art have started to catch up with her..... more later, including an edit and some stories of this very cool lady .... the initial idea of this set is 3 from back then ( '66-'70 ), then 3 more current .... all connected to my old friend and the wrinkly smile and twinkly eyes she would give me when I showed her my recent efforts ..... The most significant thing I picked up from her was the benefit of anonymity in creating art. Feedback from a handfull of particular others was better than a room of clappers. Forty years later I'd say it's still too true ........ The Tacoma Art Museum staff put together a fine book of Virna's work and some history of this radical lady. Contact tacomaartmuseum.org for a copy
Surely the world, contracted and transformed into a single highly complex organism by the marvellous progress achieved in the realm of physical science, by the world-wide expansion of commerce and industry, and struggling, under the pressure of world economic forces, amidst the pitfalls of a materialistic civilization, stands in dire need of a restatement of the Truth underlying all the Revelations of the past in a language suited to its essential requirements. And what voice other than that of Bahá’u’lláh—the Mouthpiece of God for this age—is capable of effecting a transformation of society as radical as that which He has already accomplished in the hearts of those men and women, so diversified and seemingly irreconcilable, who constitute the body of His declared followers throughout the world?
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Creativity is taking something that is familiar and, with an adjustment here or there, making it new. Taraz slows down the dancing, and replaces the music, and the net result is ethereal. The very world of existence has been made new by Baha'u'llah, from whom we all draw inspiration. -gw
...through the rise of these Luminaries of God the world is made new, the waters of everlasting life stream forth, the billows of loving-kindness surge, the clouds of grace are gathered, and the breeze of bounty bloweth upon all created things. It is the warmth that these Luminaries of God generate, and the undying fires they kindle, which cause the light of the love of God to burn fiercely in the heart of humanity. It is through the abundant grace of these Symbols of Detachment that the Spirit of life everlasting is breathed into the bodies of the dead.+
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Friday, October 07, 2011
Bill lived a few houses down from me on the same street, and is the one that built the "Cream Soda" computer with me, not Steve Jobs as portrayed in "Pirates of Silicon Valley." Bill is also the person that introduced Steve and myself. Bill has also helped in my current computer class, teaching 3D drawing. So I know something of the Baha'i Faith and I appreciate it... -- Steve Wozniak
Steve Jobs’ Childhood Friend Speaks On Icon’s Death
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Wednesday, October 05, 2011
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Tuesday, October 04, 2011
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