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).

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