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Fidal (Grace), 3 Kalimat (Words) 177 B.E. - Tuesday, July 14, 2020
"What are we afraid of if not ourselves?"1
What do you think?
"The only thing to fear is fear itself!"
Is it ourselves were afraid of. Deep down that could be true, because subconsciously we know we are duel natured creatures. We have a physical/material body and a soul, which is our connection to the Creator. Deep within our minds we know that our Ego--a part of our material self or the insistent self--if not controlled is the evil (the satan) that we fear. Instinctively we know that our spiritual self--our soul--need to be in control or the individual will fall into the pits of hell.
"He who puts his trust in God, God will suffice him;
He who fears God, God will send him relief."
We have nothing to fear, except God. When we place our entire trust in God, fear disappears. When we place our trust in God, we can overcome our Ego or insistent self or the devil within, whichever we want to refer to our lower or animal self.
Kamal (Perfection), 2 Kalimat (Words) 177 B.E. - Monday, July 13, 2020
Heroes. Write about heroes, fictional or real.
They were just ordinary people,
They found Him
in the person of Ali Muhammad--
they sacrificed their lives
to proclaim His name
and to spread the joyful news
of unity and peace on Earth.
They were the dawn-breakers3
of a new day
and before their deaths,
they set Persia aflame
with news of His revelation,
Jalál (Glory), 19 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Saturday, July 11, 2020
Read the above item. Prompt: Happy endings were real and wishes came true. Write about this from a child's view.
Fireflies and fairies
and rainbow snow cones
during the dog days of summer.
Istiqlál (Independence), 18 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Friday, July 10, 2020
Read the above item. Prompt: Where do our dreams lead us? Don't chase your dreams, live them! Use this line in your Blog entry today.
What happens to our dreams? Do they fade like morning fog under the rising sun of reality? Do they wander away into the forest of daily living and get lost? Each individual has a different reason for losing or achieving their dreams. Sometimes the dreams are solid enough for an individual to hold onto. Sometimes an individual grabs a dream and makes plans that aren't specific enough or are too specific to accomplish. Sometimes the dreams go in a different direction than the person's talent. Whatever the cause, a person loses the dream, and gives up.
Each person is born on Earth at a specific time in history to accomplish something. What that something is, only God knows. Sometimes a person's dreams will lead them to accomplishing God's plan for their live, and sometimes it is different from God's plan. Each individual has to work to find out what God's plan is and go for it.
This week's lesson is about Nehemiah and the building of the wall in Jerusalem. Nehemiah built the wall and then Ezra read the books of law to the people. The people stood the whole morning as Ezra read. Nehemiah 8:5
The prompt is: Do you believe people should stand when God's word is read? Why or why not?
The position of a person's body is less important than the reverence felt in the person's mind and soul. That being written, when listening to the scriptures being read a person needs to consider the customs cultural where the scriptures are being read. In some cultures, it is considered irreverent if the person's legs are crossed rather than both feet being on the ground. In others, it is considered irreverent if the person's eyes are open or their hands aren't in specific position. An individual needs to understand the culture where the scriptures are being read. Nor does it matter whether or not the person can understand the language used to read the scriptures, as long as one shows reverence to the reading of the words.
Istijlál (Majesty), 17 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Thursday, July 9, 2020
Prompt: How often do you worry about worrying and end up worrying about nothing at all?
Worry About Worrying
I used to "worry about worrying"4
My secret to not worrying,
about either worrying or not worrying,
is prayer and meditation:
I say a prayer,
I meditate on the problem,
I come to a solution,
and I carry out the solution.
ʻIdál (Justice), 16 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Prompt: "No one single person is truly represented by any political party."
What do you think? Is a person truly represented by a political party?
I know for a fact, that no political party represents my views on anything, or perhaps I should say almost anything. I'm registered non-partisan or Independent (depending on a person's definition of Independent). When I do a survey, I mark "somewhat liberal"; however, this doesn't give a true reflection of my political stance. No survey I've ever did has a place to write in liberal-moderate-conservative, which is usually my political stance. Although sometimes I'm a moderate-liberal-conservative, a conservative-moderate-liberal, or some other combination of the three.
I'm registered non-partisan because political parties divide rather than unite. In the elections held in the twenty-first century the division between parties has increased to the point of causing violence. America is no longer "one nation under God", instead it is a nation divided by political parties, each of which think they have the only path to God or that their name for God is the only one that exists. Political parties are becoming cults, if they haven't already became a cult.
Author's Note: The opinions in this blog entry are those of the author and no one else. The author reserves the right to change her opinion, when presented with valid scientific evidence to the contrary.
Fiḍál (Grace), 15 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Tuesday, July 7, 2020
"Not all those who wander are lost".5
What do you think this means? Analyze and report.
Not All Who Wander
Some who wander
My muse wanders
across farmsteads of waving wheat,
through meadows of four leaf covers,
or up snow capped peaks
looking for inspiration.
My muse wanders,
without being lost,
while it seek inspiration.
or reading the sacred scriptures,
I close my eyes in meditation
as my soul seeks its inspiration.
Kamál (Perfection), 14 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Monday, July 6, 2020
Prompt: What will life be like 5 years from now?
In the year 2025, I will be 78 going on 79. I suspect life will be different from today because of COVID-19. What life will be like, I have no idea, because life today isn't like I thought it would be when I was growing up. Life today isn't like I thought it would be 20 years ago. I'm looking forward to the adventure of the next 5 years to see how life changes and how it stays the same. My goal for the next five years is to place everything in God's hands, focus on the needs of the present, and be as happy as I possibly can.
Jalál (Glory), 12 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Saturday, July 4, 2020
"When it came time for me to start blogging again, I found myself paralyzed. I was trapped by the belief that my blog had to be unique, that it had to have a defined theme, and that it had to be appealing to everyone. After some time scouring Google for advice, I realized that if all I did was worry and plan, I would spend forever worrying and planning and never get to writing."6
Analyze and report. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?
The introduction to "A Piece Of My Heart" reminds of a blog quote used by numerous bloggers: "I blog therefore I am!" I agree that a person should blog about what their own interests. If a subject interests the blogger, it will also be interesting to a few or many other people. All bloggers blog about their own interest, some of those interests may be cooking, some traveling, and some politics, but all blogs in one way or another are personal to the blogger. The important thing is that a blogger blog about what interests them, about their life experiences, or that they think. Do not blog about any thing you are not interested in.
Istiqlál (Independence), 11 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Friday, July 3, 2020
Prompt: "Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?" Henry David Thoreau Write about this quote in your Blog entry today.
First, let me state: "I believe in miracles!" That being written, let me further say: I believe miracles are only for those who experience them or witness them at the time they occur or are performed. I don't believe non-witness nor later generations can or should base their faith on a miracle they didn't witness. Miracles have symbolic meanings, and often the symbolic meaning isn't always obvious to those who witness the miracle.
What is the greatest miracle? The answer to this question is subjective, depending on whom you ask. For me the greatest miracle is the Holy Spirit flowing through one of God's Divine Manifestations at any given point in history. It doesn't matter if the Holy Spirit was flowing through Christ, Muhammad, The Bab, Baha'u'llah or the others. This is the greatest miracle because the Holy Spirit flowing through one of the Manifestations renews religion and carries humanity to the next stage in its spiritual and social evolution.
Istijlál (Majesty), 10 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Thursday, July 2, 2020
Prompt: Thrive. Grow. Inspire. Uplift. Use these words in your Blog entry today.
I am alive,
and I thrive
on the joy my soul receives
from reading the revealed word of God.
closes to the Lord
with each prayer I intone.
with stanza and line,
rhythm and rhyme,
metaphor and simile.
someone with a smile.
ʻIdál (Justice), 9 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Wednesday, July 1, 2020
What makes your heart beat faster? Love? Horror movies? Novels? What gives you a thrill?
"If you can ever image a love beyond comprehension, look within your soul."
When I was younger, I considered only the the fourth type of love. At the time I didn't know about or consider the other tree kinds of love. It is the the first three kinds of love that makes the real basis for love. Our souls have the ability to reflect the love of God to the individuals we consider family, those we consider friends, and to all of humanity. It is this spiritual love for God and all of the Creator's divine Prophet-Manifestations that gives eternal life to our souls.
As I matured, I found that my definition if love wasn't working for me, because it didn't focus on God's love. When I became a Baha'i, I searched the sacred scriptures for anything about love. I found several verse revealed by The Bab, Baha'u'llah, and 'Abdu'l-Baha. Two of them from 'Abdu'l-Baha struck a chord with me. One is The Four Kinds of Love in Paris Talks and the other is from Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha.
"Know thou of a certainty that Love is the secret of God’s holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings. Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next. Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the divers elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation."9
Fiḍál (Grace), 8 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Tuesday, June 30, 2020
The prompt is "Who really understands why two people from the same home turn out so differently?"10
What do you think makes people from the same family turn out so differently?
on why people in the same family turn out differently.
"Who really understands why two people from the same home turn out so differently?" I have come to the conclusion that here are several reason for this phenomena. First, human beings are dual natured creatures with both a physical body and a spiritual soul. Second, traumatic events leave wounds emotional upon both the mind and the soul. Third, each individual is unique in the fact that each has different spiritual attributes to develop while the soul and the body are together on the material plane. Fourth, the genetic make up of the physical body has an effect on an individual's behavior. Because of these factors each individual responds differently emotionally (and perhaps in other ways) to different traumas and other events in their life.
when a drunk family member telephones me.
I've had several years of experience talking to a family member who called me drunk. First, when I find out the person is drunk, I end the call there. Second, I don't answer the phone when that person calls back for the rest of the day. Third, when the person calls back sober and asks why I hung up (the person may not remember that I hung up on them when they were drunk), I tell them that, even though I love them, I don't talk to drunks when I can avoid it.
Kamál (Perfection), 7 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Monday, June 29, 2020
What to do in a crisis. One of the pieces of advice was "The news media are NOT you're friends."11 Do you agree or disagree? Why?
I agree with the advice this article gives in preparing for a crisis. I especially like the part about doing research on any news article. While reports do the best to remain unbiased and report the facts, they are not always successful. This is because they are human beings and may unconsciously let their opinions seep in. Also, those who do not like the reported, because they are true, will attempt to discredit the reporter and the news outlet they are working for. Another factor is that some news outlets are aligned with different factions, such as conservative or liberal. If a news outlet is aligned with any one faction, there is a possibility that their reporting will be biased even if the report is not biased.
The information in this article helps prepare a person physically and mentally for a crisis, but does not help a person prepare spiritually. To prepare spiritually for a crisis an individual must go to prayer and they must use the most powerful prayer in their prayer arsenal. For instance, a Christian would say the Lord's Prayer, since it was revealed by His Holiness Christ, it is the most powerful prayer a Christian has. I, as Baha'i, would say the Tablet of Ahmad, which was revealed by Baha'u'llah. After saying the prayer, the individual should meditate for a few minute. What every come to mind in the period of meditation the person should do.
Jamál (Beauty), 6 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Sunday, June 28, 2020
Prompt: The dictionary definition of “science fiction” is “fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science upon society or individuals; broadly : literary fantasy including a scientific factor as an essential orienting component” [Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002.]
Do you think today's science fiction is tomorrow's science facts?
Do I think today's science fiction is tomorrow's science fact? Yes and no! There are some science fiction predictions that will come true. There are also some that won't come true. Whether or not a technological prediction comes into existence depends on a number of things or events. One of the things it depends on is the quality of the author's research and whether or not the author is willing to step outside of their box. Most people have boxes they shut themselves into, based on spiritual beliefs, gender, gender orientation, cultural background, family background, and the way we were raised. In order to overcome these things we h ave to be willing to put aside some of our opinions and look at all data whether it agrees with our preconceived ideas or not.
Jalál (Glory), 5 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Saturday, June 27, 2020
He said "Give me a wall and I'll write on it."12
What would you write on a blank wall?
What would I write on a blank wall?
What would I write on a blank wall?
I would proclaim the singularity
of the unknowable creator of the universe
who has been manifested to humanity
through many divine prophets.
I would extol the single foundation
of all the religions,
with each prophet-manifestation
reflecting the Holy Spirit
to the human race.
I would announce the oneness
of the human species
and ask justice for all.
Istiqlál (Independence), 4 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Friday, June 26, 2020
"In the final analysis, having a dream is often more pleasurable than attaining it."13
What do you think? Do you agree? Why or why not?
Dreams are dangerous,
because we can focus
so much on it
that the fantasy of achieving
it is more enjoyable
than the actual attainment.
ʻIdál (Justice), 2 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Wednesday, June 24, 2020
If you had three wishes, what would they be?
Wishes require sacrifices,
and each individual wish requires another sacrifice:
What do you want to give up to have you what you wish for?
The things I wish for are on the horizon, and will eventually be a reality. They won't come easily or without sacrifices; however, they will occur. Those things are (1) world peace, (2) acceptance of the oneness of humanity, and (3) justice for every human being. In order for these things to occur, individuals have to sacrifice their all their prejudices.
Fiḍál (Grace), 1 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Feast Day of Raḥmat
Do you get lonely in crowds? Why or why not?
"Sometimes the loneliest place is in a crowd"14
Oh Thou Glory of the All-Glorious,
please help me to find a place
safe from loneliness,
secure in the warm arms of faith
where I can find unity,
in the Arc of Your Salvation.
Kamál (Perfection), 19 Núr (Light) 177 B.E. Monday, June 22, 2020
The prompt: Do you think a mother knows best?
Does mother know best?
Does mother know best? Mothers work from their own life experiences, which means they give advice from what they have learned. This means that sometimes they know best and sometimes they don't. A mother attempts to teach her children and hopefully the children learn to make decisions for themselves. That being said, I really miss my mother. I would like to have her advice on situations in my life. I would like to have her encouragement.
"O Thou forgiving God! Forgive the sins of my loving mother, pardon her shortcomings, cast upon her the glance of Thy gracious providence, and enable her to gain admittance into Thy Kingdom.
O God! From the earliest days of my life she educated and nurtured me, yet I did not recompense her for her toil and labours. Do Thou reward her by granting her eternal life and making her exalted in Thy Kingdom.
Verily, Thou art the Forgiver, the Bestower, and the Kind."