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.

    Seek the Kingdom – KJV

    seekyefirst-ltc2013-goingthesecondmile-youtube
    “Seek Ye First” (acapella)
    Published on Mar 31, 2013 – Monte Lalli [670+]
    High School Large Chorus – This performance was awarded a gold medal. Park Plaza Church of Christ; Tulsa, Oklahoma

    King James translation of the Greek Scriptures transformed into a hymn. Click the graphic above to listen to the acapella version (i.e., without instrumental accompaniment). Jesus of Nazareth exhorts His listeners to focus first on spiritual matters and to trust God for fulfillment of basic material needs.

    The Greek Scriptures record His own experience with choosing to be sustained by the Word of God instead of mere physical food (i.e., bread). This hymn exhorts us to follow His example and to trust God to provide the answers we seek. Click the various links below to delve deeper into the spiritual feast (i.e., “food for thought”) offered by this hymn as you contemplate metaphysical realities.


    LYRICS:  Seek Ye First

    Seek ye first the kingdom of God,
    And His righteousness,
    And all these things
    shall be added unto you.
    Alleluia, Alleluia.

    Man shall not live by bread alone,
    But by every word
    That proceeds from the mouth of God,
    Alleluia, Alleluia.

    Ask and it shall be given unto you,
    Seek and ye shall find.
    Knock and the door shall be
    opened unto you,
    Alleluia, Alleluia!

    Seekye first the kingdom of God,
    And His righteousness,
    And all these things
    shall be added unto you.
    Alleluia, Alleluia.


    Matthew 6:33 KJV
    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.


    Matthew 4:4 KJV
    But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.


    Matthew 7:7-8 KJV
    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.


    Colossians 3:1 KJV
    If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

    Daily Commute 1/25/2016

    Perfection, the Words of Sovereignty
    172 BE: Kamál el Kalimát-i-Sulṭán

    BeMy-1-560x561Monday, the 7th day of the 17th month in the year 172 BE––the first 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 January 24 for the Badi calendar.

    O SON OF SPIRIT!
    The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.

    –– Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words Arabic #2

    Monday – LAW 2:
    The Law of Giving and Receiving

    Badi Challenge: Contemplate Perfection (excellence, fullness, consummation, maturity) as the Words (utterance, the word of God) of Sovereignty (king, lord, majesty, sovereign, monarch, authority, potency, the power of sovereignty, the all-possessing, the most potent of rulers).

    Whispers

    I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my poverty and to Thy wealth.
        There is none other God but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

    –– Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations CLXXXI

    My Reflections of the Day

    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: 7 – WORDS – Kalimát [كلمات ]
    month: 17 – SOVEREIGNTY – Sulṭán [سلطان ]
    The current Bahá’í year is 172 BE (21 March 2015 – 20 March 2016), is year Alif (the 1st, “A”) 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 1/24/2016

    Beauty, the Mercy of Sovereignty
    172 BE: Jamál el Raḥmat-i-Sulṭán

    BeMy-1-560x561Sunday, the 6th day of the 17th month in the year 172 BE––the first 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 January 23 for the Badi calendar.

    O YE PEOPLE THAT HAVE MINDS TO KNOW AND EARS TO HEAR!
    The first call of the Beloved is this: O mystic nightingale! Abide not but in the rose garden of the spirit. O messenger of the Solomon of love! Seek thou no shelter except in the Sheba of the well-beloved, and O immortal phoenix! dwell not save on the mount of faithfulness. Therein is thy habitation, if on the wings of thy soul thou soarest to the realm of the infinite and seekest to attain thy goal.

    –– Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words Persian #1

    Sunday – LAW 1:
    The Law of Pure Potentiality

    Badi Challenge: Contemplate Beauty or charm as the Mercy (blessing, grace, favour, loving kindness, providence, compassion) of Sovereignty (king, lord, majesty, sovereign, monarch, authority, potency, the power of sovereignty, the all-possessing, the most potent of rulers).

    Whispers

    Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men. Whoso reciteth, in the privacy of his chamber, the verses revealed by God, the scattering angels of the Almighty shall scatter abroad the fragrance of the words uttered by his mouth, and shall cause the heart of every righteous man to throb. Though he may, at first, remain unaware of its effect, yet the virtue of the grace vouchsafed unto him must needs sooner or later exercise its influence upon his soul. Thus have the mysteries of the Revelation of God been decreed by virtue of the Will of Him Who is the Source of power and wisdom.
    –– Baha’u’llah, Gleanings CXXXVI [para. 2]

    My Reflections of the Day

     
     
    Key to the Badi Calendar:
    As one would say “Saturday, the 24th of January”, so we can say “Beauty, the Mercy of Sovereignty” or “Jamál el Raḥmat-i-Sulṭán.”

    weekday: SUN. – BEAUTY – Jamál [جمال ]
    day: 6 – MERCY – Raḥmat [رحمة ]
    month: 17 – SOVEREIGNTY – Sulṭán [سلطان ]

    The current Bahá’í year is 172 BE (21 March 2015 – 20 March 2016), is year Alif (the 1st, “A”) 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 1/23/2016

    Glory, the Light of Sovereignty
    172 BE: Jalál el Núr-i-Sulṭán

    2013-02-14 04.12.05Saturday, the 5th day of the 17th month in the year 172 BE––the first 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 January 22 for the Badi calendar.

    O SON OF SPIRIT!
    My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.

    –– Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words Arabic #1

    Saturday – LAW 7:
    The Law of Dharma (or purpose in Life)

    Badi Challenge: Contemplate Glory or majesty as the Light (radiance, brightness, splendour, effulgence, illumination) of Sovereignty (king, lord, majesty, sovereign, monarch, authority, potency, the power of sovereignty, the all-possessing, the most potent of rulers).

    Whispers

    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 mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified.
    –– Baha’u’llah, quoted in The Advent of Divine Justice by Shoghi Effendi [para., “This is the day in which to speak”]

    My Reflections of the Day

    I’m reminded that our own bodies can be considered a sanctuary for the Holy Spirit or a dwelling place of God. Perhaps, blessedness can be our individual state as well–by our feelings, thoughts, words, deeds in our soul, mind, heart, and body.

      “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
      1 Corinthians 6:9 [King James Version]

    With that in mind, exploring the purpose of human life is inviting. If the FIRST advice given tells us to steward our hearts, then what must be the divine mission entrusted to each of us? Perhaps more importantly, how is each one of us to carry out that mission given the diversity of talents, interests, and capacities we display? Indeed, it seems this has been the question down through the ages. The answers espoused have varied and often no answer is proffered.

    Here are some notions to consider:

    • At the macro level: humankind
      All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. The Almighty beareth Me witness: To act like the beasts of the field is unworthy of man. Those virtues that befit his dignity are forbearance, mercy, compassion and loving-kindness towards all the peoples and kindreds of the earth.
      –– Baha’u’llah, Gleanings CIX
    • At the micro level: individuals
      The Prophets and Messengers of God have been sent down for the sole purpose of guiding mankind to the straight Path of Truth. The purpose underlying Their revelation hath been to educate all men, that they may, at the hour of death, ascend, in the utmost purity and sanctity and with absolute detachment, to the throne of the Most High.
      –– Baha’u’llah, Gleanings LXXXI

    [NOTE: Please forgive English, “All men” is inclusive without gender distinction; mankind, humankind.]

    Perhaps the answer is more personal . . . how shall a person acquire and apply divine education to attain purity, sanctity and absolute detachment?

    Key to the Badi Calendar:
    As one would say “Saturday, the 23rd of January”, so we can say “Glory, the Light of Sovereignty” or “Jalál el Núr-i-Sulṭán.”

    weekday: SAT. – GLORY – Jalál [جلال ]
    day: 5 – LIGHT – Núr [نور ]
    month: 17 – SOVEREIGNTY – Sulṭán [سلطان ]

    The current Bahá’í year is 172 BE (21 March 2015 – 20 March 2016), is year Alif (the 1st, “A”) 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.