Daily Commute 12/27/2016

Grace, the Sovereignty of Questions
173 BE: Fiḍál el Sulṭán-i-Masá’il

BeMy-1-560x561Tuesday, the 17th day of the 15th month in the year 173 BE––the second year of the 10th Váḥid in the first Kull-i-Shay’ or the “Beginning of the Love of All Things”. The day began at sunset on December 26 for the Badi calendar.

O SON OF BEING!
Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant.

from the Hidden Words, Arabic #5

Tuesday – LAW 3:
The Law of Karma (or Cause and Effect)

Badi Challenge: Contemplate Grace as the Sovereignty ( sovereignty, king, lord, majesty, sovereign, monarch, authority, potency, the power of sovereignty, the all-possessing, the most potent of rulers) of Questions (questions, principles, truths, matters, mysteries, subtleties, obscurities, intricacies, problems).

Whispers

Then Jehovah answered Job out of the windstorm: “Who is this who is obscuring my counsel And speaking without knowledge? Brace yourself, please, like a man; I will question you, and you inform me. Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me, if you think you understand.
–– Hebrew Scriptures, Job 38:1-4 (NWT)

My Reflections of the Day

“Who dares to question me?” Sovereignty recognizes the authority and privilege of asking questions, of inquiry, of investigation. God asked Job a series of questions; in pondering those queries, one cannot realizes that there is much that is beyond our control and even beyond human understanding. There’s no prohibition in asking, no taboo, no “sacred cow” that cannot be scrutinized. In reality it is almost incumbent upon each person to revisit the important questions in order to gain certitude for one’s own convictions.

Collectively, it’s clear that finding many answers requires collaborative effort. We benefit from accumulated knowledge; but that should not prevent us from revisiting the information periodically. In fact, gaining thorough understanding often requires reviewing information and contemplation; life experiences often shed new light and reveal a more profound level of discernment. Having an “open” mind enables one to consider varied perspectives and adjust understanding to more closely match reality. Avoiding fanatic dogmatism increases the chances of identifying and correcting error and thus improving the base of knowledge.

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear” is an adage that asserts the attractive force; one must be prepared for learning. This preparation may come as formal education, life circumstances, or the pursuit of knowledge itself.

Experiencing love can be akin to water soaking into a sponge; a damp (or moistened) sponge can immediately absorb a lot more water than a dry sponge. So, any opportunity to reach out to others and enabling them to experience the good of life will assist their receptivity to the “better” in life.


“LOVE STORY (Where Do I Begin?)” by Andy Williams (Lyrics) (Lyrics)
Uploaded on Nov 13, 2011 – Rachel Reyes [969,973+]
from the movie “Love Story” starring Ryan O’Neal and All McGraw–view clips from the movie


LYRICS – “(Where Do I Begin) Love Story”
courtesy A-Z Lyrics

Where do I begin
To tell the story of how great a love can be
The sweet love story that is older than the sea
The simple truth about the love she brings to me
Where do I start

With her first hello
She gave new meaning to this empty world of mine
There’d never be another love, another time
She came into my life and made the living fine
She fills my heart

She fills my heart with very special things
With angels’ songs , with wild imaginings
She fills my soul with so much love
That anywhere I go I’m never lonely
With her around, who could be lonely
I reach for her hand-it’s always there

How long does it last
Can love be measured by the hours in a day
I have no answers now but this much I can say
I know I’ll need her till the stars all burn away
And she’ll be there

How long does it last
Can love be measured by the hours in a day
I have no answers now but this much I can say
I know I’ll need her till the stars all burn away
And she’ll be there

Key to the Badi Calendar:
As one would say “Monday, the 25th of January”, so we can say “Perfection, the Words of Sovereignty” or “Kamál el Kalimát-i-Sulṭán.”

weekday: TUE. – GRACE – Fiḍál [فضال ]
day: 17 – SOVEREIGNTY – Sulṭán [سلطان ]
month: 15 – QUESTIONS – Masá’il [مسائل ]
The current Bahá’í year is 173 BE (21 March 2016 – 20 March 2017), is year Bá’ (the 2nd, “B”) of the Váḥid Hubb (the 10th, “Love”) in the 1st Kull-i-Shay’ (first 361-year cycle ending in 2205).

The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of BahaiTeachings.org or any institution of the Baha’i Faith.

Daily Commute 12/26/2016

Perfection, the Honor of Questions
173 BE: Kamál el Sharaf-i-Masá’il

BeMy-1-560x561Monday, the 16th day of the 15th month in the year 173 BE––the second year of the 10th Váḥid in the first Kull-i-Shay’ or the “Beginning of the Love of All Things”. The day began at sunset on December 25 for the Badi calendar.

O SON OF MAN!
I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may name thy name and fill thy soul with the spirit of life.

from the Hidden Words, Arabic #4

Monday – LAW 2:
The Law of Giving and Receiving

Badi Challenge: Contemplate Perfection as the Honor (honour, excellence, glory) of Questions (questions, principles, truths, matters, mysteries, subtleties, obscurities, intricacies, problems).

Whispers

  • Consider the aim of creation: is it possible that all is created to evolve and develop through countless ages with this small goal in view—a few years of a man’s life on earth? Is it not unthinkable that this should be the final aim of existence?
  • Does a man cease to exist when he leaves the body? If his life comes to an end, then all the previous evolution is useless, all has been for nothing! Can one imagine that Creation has no greater aim than this?

  • –– ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Paris Talks #29, “The Evolution of the Spirit” (November 11, 1911)

    My Reflections of the Day

    I just watched an emotionally charged episode of Private Practice in which a neurosurgeon gave birth to a baby boy without a brain (i.e., cerebral cortex) and therefore destined to die shortly after delivery. The controversy was over whether it would be ethical to donate his organs for transplanting into other infants to save their lives. When the mother discovered the unfortunate condition, she was trapped in the throes of despair and guilt. Whatever the cause, diagnosis of potentially morbid conditions in utero leads parents down an uncertain path.

    When does life begin? What is life? In his discourse on “The Evolution of Spirit“, ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá expounded upon questions about human existence and the reality of spirit:
    Absolute repose does not exist in nature. All things either make progress or lose ground. Everything moves forward or backward, nothing is without motion. From his birth, a man progresses physically until he reaches maturity, then, having arrived at the prime of his life, he begins to decline, the strength and powers of his body decrease, and he gradually arrives at the hour of death. Likewise a plant progresses from the seed to maturity, then its life begins to lessen until it fades and dies. A bird soars to a certain height and having reached the highest possible point in its flight, begins its descent to earth.

    Thus it is evident that movement is essential to all existence. All material things progress to a certain point, then begin to decline. This is the law which governs the whole physical creation.

    Now let us consider the soul. We have seen that movement is essential to existence; nothing that has life is without motion. All creation, whether of the mineral, vegetable or animal kingdom, is compelled to obey the law of motion; it must either ascend or descend. But with the human soul, there is no decline. Its only movement is towards perfection; growth and progress alone constitute the motion of the soul.

    Discerning the truth about the soul (or spirit of an individual) brings a fresh perspective to the difficult situations of mortal life. If we choose to support the evolutionary nature of one’s destiny then it seems reasonable to make every effort to assist the process. If circumstances are such that the normal path is thwarted, instead of mourning the inevitable loss, we can focus on the reality of life beginning at conception and not only nurture that life through proper prenatal nourishment but also through spiritual recognition and communing with that new being.

    The expressions of love need not be delayed until the child emerges from the womb. A life once initiated continues like a bird in a cage that remains unharmed even if the cage be broken and the bird set free. “On the Wings of Love” may aptly capture the notion that the ebb and flow of giving and receiving can be perpetuated in many ways–even caring for the physical body in such a way that healthy parts can be donated to offer life to others.


    “Beautiful Boy” by Coleen McMahon
    video collage, Amelia Shepherd | This Is My Son
    (Lyrics)
    Published on Apr 12, 2016 – CharlotteJ [17,619+]
    from the television show Private Practice [season 5, episode 22] featuring the character, Dr. Amelia Shepherd, going through a tragic pregnancy and giving birth to a son who developed without a brain–she was a mom…for a moment…for eternityview clips from the movie

    Key to the Badi Calendar:
    As one would say “Monday, the 25th of January”, so we can say “Perfection, the Words of Sovereignty” or “Kamál el Kalimát-i-Sulṭán.”

    weekday: MON. – PERFECTION – Kamál [كمال ]
    day: 16 – HONOUR – Sharaf [شرف ]
    month: 15 – QUESTIONS – Masá’il [مسائل ]
    The current Bahá’í year is 173 BE (21 March 2016 – 20 March 2017), is year Bá’ (the 2nd, “B”) of the Váḥid Hubb (the 10th, “Love”) in the 1st Kull-i-Shay’ (first 361-year cycle ending in 2205).

    The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of BahaiTeachings.org or any institution of the Baha’i Faith.

    Daily Commute 12/25/2016

    Beauty, the Questions of Questions
    173 BE: Jamál el Masá’il-i-Masá’il

    BeMy-1-560x561Sunday, the 15th day of the 15th month in the year 173 BE––the second year of the 10th Váḥid in the first Kull-i-Shay’ or the “Beginning of the Love of All Things”. The day began at sunset on December 24 for the Badi calendar.

    O SON OF MAN!
    Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My beauty.

    –– Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words Arabic #3

    Sunday – LAW 1:
    The Law of Pure Potentiality

    Badi Challenge: Contemplate Beauty (beauty, charm) as the Questions of Questions (questions, principles, truths, matters, mysteries, subtleties, obscurities, intricacies, problems).

    Whispers

    O SON OF MAN! Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My esence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My Beauty.
    from the Hidden Words, Arabic #3

    My Reflections of the Day

    The quote for Whispers above is also featured on the Laws of Yoga page and is most fitting for today’s Badi Challenge; it’s the epitomy of the pinnacle questions of the very questions we ponder about life, our purpose for being and the possibility of life beyond material (mortal) existence. Who, upon hearing about God as the infinite eternal supreme being, fails to question the validity of such an assertion? Who, in contemplating the many woes experienced by the inhabitants of this planet (flora and fauna), does not wonder about the nature and character of such a God that allows it? When recalling the gross acts of inhumanity that some perpetrate upon others and yet at the same time realizing the heroic compassion displayed by yet another others, who does not become baffled by the depths of depravity and heights of utter decency to which humankind can reach?

    Indeed, life on planet Earth can seem extremely vile and cruel; yet, alternatively, there are situations that of necessity reveal the better of human potential. When I consider the possibility that mortal existence was motivated by divine love (a charitable, bestowing love), I am reminded that love as a law of attraction is the force of life, of building, of creating–the force that compels sperm to seek the ovum and once it encounters the egg, it does not simply swim around and past it as if it were an obstacle. The sperm seeks to penetrate it and become one with the egg. If the union is successful, a new life comes into being. Billions of pregnancies have resulted in billions of fully functioning humans inhabiting this planet. There are a myriad things that can go wrong during pregnancy and birthing with devastating results; but it is clear that the intended outcome is a healthy transition from womb to world and a biological destiny to develop into adulthood as a contributor to the advancement of society. Again, a myriad things can go awry and alter the outcome but that cannot be the fault of the original intention, the original cause, the divine aspiration.

    Focusing on the “exception” instead of seeking the “rule” can lead to either cynicism or unwarranted idealism–cynicism by interpreting depravity as the best one can expect out of humans or unwarranted idealism by focusing on the “saints” and expecting greatness of everyone. Recognizing potentialities seems a more realistic approach and offers avenues for investigation into the factors that can lead to depravity and that can foster decency. Just as pregnancy can lead to a fulfilling life in the terrestrial world despite the seeming peril of the birthing process, so perhaps life in this material world is prelude to some existence yet even more spectacular in an immortal realm.

    Leaving you to ponder the lyrical truth of mortal experience, as sung by the Osmonds: “One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch, girl!”


    “One Bad Apple” by The Osmonds (Lyrics)
    Published on Feb 19, 2013 – Jim Ward [10,475+]


    LYRICS – “One Bad Apple”
    courtesy MetroLyrics

    I can tell you’ve been hurt
    By that look on your face, girl.
    Some guy brought sad into your happy world.
    You need love, but you’re afraid that if you give in,
    Someone else will come along
    And sock it to ya again.

    One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch, girl.
    Oh, give it one more try before you give up on love.
    One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch girl.
    Oh, I don’t care what they say,
    I don’t care what you heard.

    I could make you happy, baby,
    Satisfy you, too.
    But how can I if you won’t give me a chance
    To prove my love to you?
    Won’t you just give me one chance?
    I’ll give you my guarantee that you won’t be hurt again.

    One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch, girl.
    Oh, give it one more try
    Before you give up on love.
    One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch, girl.
    Oh, I don’t care what they say,
    I don’t care what you heard now.

    I’ve been noticing you, baby,
    For a long, long time.
    And I’m not ashamed to tell the world
    That you really messed up my mind.
    Girl, to me you’re like a dream come true.
    I’d rather hurt myself than to ever hurt you.

    One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch, girl.
    Oh, give it one more try
    Before you give up on love, girl.
    One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch, girl.
    Oh, I don’t care what they say,
    I don’t care what you heard now.
    One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch, girl….

    Key to the Badi Calendar:
    As one would say “Monday, the 25th of January”, so we can say “Perfection, the Words of Sovereignty” or “Kamál el Kalimát-i-Sulṭán.”

    weekday: SUN. – BEAUTY – Jamál [جمال]
    day: 15 – QUESTIONS – Masá’il [مسائل]
    month: 15 – QUESTIONS – Masá’il [مسائل ]
    The current Bahá’í year is 173 BE (21 March 2016 – 20 March 2017), is year Bá’ (the 2nd, “B”) of the Váḥid Hubb (the 10th, “Love”) in the 1st Kull-i-Shay’ (first 361-year cycle ending in 2205).

    The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of BahaiTeachings.org or any institution of the Baha’i Faith.