Perfection, the Honor of Questions173 BE: Kamál el Sharaf-i-Masá’il
Monday, 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).
–– ‘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).