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.

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).


  • 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
    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.

    Wreaths Across America

    Forget Not the Freedom Forgers

    “Wreaths Across America” (Unsung: A Hardworking Series by Shell Rotella)
    Published on Nov 4, 2016 – Shell Rotella [7,238+]

    A boyhood visit to Arlington National Cemetery left a big impression on Morrill Worcester—one he never forgot. Decades later, in 1992, his company’s surplus of 5,000 wreaths and his desire to have them placed at Arlington kicked off an annual tribute that went on quietly for over ten years. With national interest in the project having grown so greatly, in 2007 a dedicated group of volunteers formed Wreaths Across America as a non-profit- Wreaths Across America – to continue and expand the mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach. That vision that Morrill had so many years ago only came to manifest through the hard work and collaboration of all the parties who make it possible every year – from the truckers to the wreath makers to the volunteers in all the cemeteries across the United states and all over the world. [Read transcript – click on SHOW MORE]

    The Moving: HUMAN, the Movie – Vol. 1

    If eyes are the mirrors of the soul, do we all have the same desires . . . what does it mean to be “human”? Why is it still so hard to understand one another?

    Traveling through 65 countries in search of answers, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand captured the voices of “people we talk about … people we never talk about”. The wealth and diversity of these voices reveal the heart of humanity.

    HUMAN, Volume 1

    Published on Sep 11, 2015 – The VOL.1 deals with the themes of love, women, work and poverty. [Turn on the Closed Captions (CC) to know the countries where the images were filmed and the first name of the interviewees.]

    What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight ? That we laugh ? Cry ? Our curiosity ? The quest for discovery ?

    Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness.