Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Be unrestrained as the wind, while carrying the Message of Him Who hath caused the Dawn of Divine Guidance to break. Consider, how the wind, faithful to that which God hath ordained, bloweth upon all the regions of the earth, be they inhabited or desolate. Neither the sight of desolation, nor the evidences of prosperity, can either pain or please it. It bloweth in every direction, as bidden by its Creator.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
On Responding to the Inmost Longing of Every Heart to Commune With Its Maker: A devotional for families
Thousands upon thousands, embracing the diversity of the entire human family, are engaged in systematic study of the Creative Word in an environment that is at once serious and uplifting. As they strive to apply through a process of action, reflection and consultation the insights thus gained, they see their capacity to serve the Cause rise to new levels. Responding to the inmost longing of every heart to commune with its Maker, they carry out acts of collective worship in diverse settings, uniting with others in prayer, awakening spiritual susceptibilities, and shaping a pattern of life distinguished for its devotional character. ... Aware of the aspirations of the children of the world and their need for spiritual education, they extend their efforts widely to involve ever-growing contingents of participants in classes that become centres of attraction for the young ... . They assist junior youth to navigate through a crucial stage of their lives and to become empowered to direct their energies toward the advancement of civilization. And with the advantage of a greater abundance of human resources, an increasing number of them are able to express their faith through a rising tide of endeavors that address the needs of humanity in both their spiritual and material dimensions.
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By the term “clouds” is meant those things that are contrary to the ways and desires of men. Even as He hath revealed in the verse already quoted: “As oft as an Apostle cometh unto you with that which your souls desire not, ye swell with pride, accusing some of being impostors and slaying others.” [Qur’án 2:87.] These “clouds” signify, in one sense, the annulment of laws, the abrogation of former Dispensations, the repeal of rituals and customs current amongst men, the exalting of the illiterate faithful above the learned opposers of the Faith. In another sense, they mean the appearance of that immortal Beauty in the image of mortal man, with such human limitations as eating and drinking, poverty and riches, glory and abasement, sleeping and waking, and such other things as cast doubt in the minds of men, and cause them to turn away. All such veils are symbolically referred to as “clouds.”
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Friday, August 24, 2012
She can do anything at all /
Have anything she pleases /
The power to change what she thinks is wrong /
What could she want with me yeah /
Wait just one minute here /
I can see that she's trying to read me /
Suddenly I know /
She's going to change the world [Repeat: x3] /
But she can't change me /
No she can't change me /
She has the daylight at her command /
She gives the night its dreams yeah /
She can uncover your darkest fears /
Make you forget you feel them /
Wait just one minute more /
I can see that she's trying to free me /
Suddenly I know /
Suddenly I can see everything that's wrong /
With me yeah /
What can I do I'm the only thing I really have /
At all /
Wait just one minute here /
I can see that she's trying to need me /
Suddenly I know /
For possibly the first time in recorded religious history, the symbol of the Holy Spirit, as it has appeared to the Prophet, has explicitly taken form as the divine feminine. - bahaistudies.net/patfem.html
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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And the honor and distinction of the individual consist in this, that he among all the world’s multitudes should become a source of social good. Is any larger bounty conceivable than this, that an individual, looking within himself, should find that by the confirming grace of God he has become the cause of peace and well-being, of happiness and advantage to his fellow men? No, by the one true God, there is no greater bliss, no more complete delight.
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Saturday, August 18, 2012
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Friday, August 17, 2012
If the world's at large, why should I remain?
Walked away to another plan
Gonna find another place, maybe one I can stand
I move on to another day
To a whole new town with a whole new way
Let all be set free from the multiple identities that were born of passion and desire, and in the oneness of their love for God find a new way of life.
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On the Tigers/Invaders Family Weekly Devotional: Letting nothing interfere with the regularity of our devotions
High seas and the complete absence of comfort could neither interfere with the regularity of His devotions nor perturb the peacefulness of His meditations and prayers.
Posted by GWD at 9:17 AM
Thursday, August 16, 2012
On Cheerleading As a Good Thing: Encourage and inspire each other with love for the whole human race
encourage and inspire each other with love for the whole human race, invoke God with perfect joy and fragrance, sing the verses, glorifications and praises of the Self-subsistent Lord and deliver eloquent speeches.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The friends must be made to realise that the urgency of the task ... is not only acute but temporary. Once they make this final effort, and clamber to the top of their goal, they can rest. - From a letter of Shoghi Effendi
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Monday, August 13, 2012
How does one follow the lead of the child? By respecting that young children need to explore, discover, and construct their own learning and understanding, and by allowing them opportunities to do so.
Adults need to remember that they should not over-stimulate their children. Observation is key. The clearest example of over stimulation is tickling. Kids love to get tickled. But then they reach a point where they become over stimulated and it's no longer fun for them. You have to watch for physical signs and cues that kids have reached their breaking point. Babies will turn their gaze and their bodies away, older kids will say "no," "stop" or "no more." Crying, tantrums, any behavior - even laughing - where the child's emotion is escalated indicates over stimulation. It's just another reason observation skills are so important.
... it’s certainly common for adults or older kids to tease young children unmercifully, to justify their actions by saying they’re “just teasing”, and to become angry and even punish the child who displays distress when teased intensely. School-age children exposed to this treatment usually learn how to evade the adult’s attention, but younger ones naturally respond to distress by approaching the people who ought to be protecting them-- the very ones who are tormenting them. We’ve all seen this at the beach, as screaming toddlers and preschoolers are carried to be thrown into the water, or in other situations where an adult picks up a child and won’t put her down, or threatens to throw away a toy or harm a pet. These situations often conclude with some type of punishment of the child, who is then characterized as a “wimp” or a “sissy”.
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Friday, August 10, 2012
I’ve been accumulating videos that portray the expansion efforts of the Baha’is in my community since 2009. They constitute quite a “slice of life,” each an in-the-moment recording of a bit of history unfolding. My preference will always be for “raw footage,” the spontaneous expressions of the friends. Any polishing of these clips into something more refined can be done by others at some point in the future. My interest is in capturing the moment. Some more examples... –gw
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012
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Monday, August 06, 2012
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Wednesday, August 01, 2012
The interpretation of prophecy is notoriously difficult, and on no subject do the opinions of the learned differ more widely. This is not to be wondered at, for, according to the revealed writings themselves, many of the prophecies were given in such a form that they could not be fully understood until the fulfillment came, and even then, only by those who were pure in heart and free from prejudice. Thus at the end of Daniel’s visions the seer was told:—
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. … And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
—Daniel xii, 4–9.
Posted by GWD at 3:42 PM
Blessed is the spot, and the house,and the place, and the city,and the heart, and the mountain,and the refuge, and the cave,and the valley, and the land,and the sea, and the island,and the meadow where mentionof God hath been made,and His praise glorified.
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