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"Treasures lie hidden beneath the throne of God;
the key to those treasures if the tongue of poets."
"O my God! O my God! Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose. May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law. Help them, O God, in their endeavor, and grant them strength to serve Thee. O God! Leave them not to themselves, but guide their steps by the light of Thy knowledge, and cheer their hearts by Thy love. Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord."
Jamál (Beauty), 1 Kalimát (Words) 176 B.E. - Sunday, July 14, 2019
PROMPT: July 14th - In the age of the internet, most everything we say and do online will be preserved forever. Even though our opinions, beliefs, and actions change over time, should we still be held accountable for our words, even words spoken or written years ago?
Whether or not we should or can be held accountable for words we spoke five, ten, fifteen, or twenty years ago sounds like a case that will eventually end up before the Supreme Court. The wisdom of a 72 year old tells me that youth and/or immaturity opens its mouth before putting its brain in gear. As we mature our interactions with humanity and our ability to question our own opinions changes our opinions, our words, and our actions. We begin to regret some of the things we said and did when we were younger and less mature.
I suspect that the best way to deal with a situation where yesterday's words are regurgitated is to take responsibility for our foolishness, and point out the actions that show we have changed our opinions. I can't think of any other way to handle a situation similar to this. Some will hold what we said years ago against us, no matter what we say or do today. Just as some people will think that because we look or dress like them we hold the same opinions as they do. The best thing to do is just show by actions that we have change our opinions.
Jalál (Glory), 19 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Saturday, July 13, 2019
PROMPT: July 13th - Have fun answering these “Would you Rather?” questions in your blog today! You can choose to answer as few or as many as you like
Would you rather live a boring, long life or an exciting, short life?
Would you rather be able to fly or teleport?
Would you rather be able to only time travel to the past or only time travel to the future?
Would you rather lose your hearing or your sight?
Would you rather live the rest of your life as a cat or a dog?
I Would Rather
I would rather be a fish than a snail,
I would rather be a mermaid than a whale,
I would rather swim in the oceans of Earth,
Than walk the dry land of my birth.
I would rather go to Mars,
Or take a spaceship to the stars,
Than deal with Earth's continues wars
To live a long and boring life,
One must avoid all stress and strife,
And learn to teleport themselves or fly
Away into the clear blue or cloudy sky.
I travel into the future everyday,
As I move forward from yesterday into today.
Each second moves me forward into tomorrow,
Carrying with it my happiness and sorrow.
Age is a good equalizer,
It gives you excuses to be wiser,
As both sight and hearing slip away,
You can pretend you didn't hear what your enemies say.
Would I rather be a cat or a dog?
I think I'd rater be a dat or a cog,
A cross between a cat and a dog.
Istiqlál (Independence), 18 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Friday, July 12, 2019
PROMPT: July 12th - Make an A-Z list on a topic of your choosing. Stretch your creativity! After you finish your list, write a short narrative describing why you chose the list you did and how it relates to you.
Ali-Muhammad, on May 23, 1844, announced that He had received a new revelation from God. He took the title "Bab", which means "Gate". because he was also the forerunner of someone who would bring a much greater Revelation from God.3
Bábu’l-Báb, "Gate of the Gate, was the title The Bab gave to Mullá Husayn Bushrú’í the first person to declare his belief in The Bab.4
Commentary on the Surih of Joseph was the first of the scripture revealed by the Bab. It was revealed on the night The Bab declared his mission to Mullá Husayn Bushrú’í.
Dawn of a new day! The Bab is an independent Manifestations of God and the Dawn of the day of unity. His appearance indicated the maturity of humanity and the coming of God's kingdom on Earth.
Each one of the divine Manifestations or Prophets, has declared the existence of God, while representing the God Head to humanity. The Bab is the bridge between the Prophetic Cycle, which ended with Muhammad, and the cycle of fulfillment, which begin with the appearance of the Bab and Baha'u'llah.
Fort Tabarsi was constructed at the Shrine of Shaykh Tabarsi by Mulla Husayn and other Babi's who were being attacked by the Army of `Abdu'lláh Khán, who was intent on executing every Babi he encountered. When 'Abdu'lláh Khán'a troops attacked, the Babi's defended themselves without returning the attack to Khan's troops.
Guidance, the Bab tells us, is through "love and compassion".5
Husayn Ali, Baha'u'llah (the Glory of God), was born in Tehran on November 12, 1817.6 Baha'u'llah, the one who the Bab referred to as "Him Whom God Will Make Manifest"7 declared his mission in 1863 in a garden outside of Baghdad.
I contemplate the titles of the Bab the Primal Point, the Mystic Fane, and other given Him by Baha'u'llah and 'Abdu'l-Baha8. I wonder how I can include them in poems dedicated to His Holiness the Bab.
July 9, 1850, at noon in the town square of Tabriz, Persia (Iran) The Bab, along with Anis, a young follower who requested to be at the Bab's side, was executed by a regiment of 750 rifles.9
Khadijih Begum was the wife of The Bab. They were married on August 25, 1842, and a year later she gave birth to a son, who lived a few months.10
Letters of the Living are the first eighteen believers in The Bab.
Maku and Chiriq the mountain fortresses in which the Bab was imprisoned before his trial and execution.
Nabil's Narrative: The Dawn Breakers is the history of the Babi and early years of the Baha'i Faith. It was written by Nabíl-i-Zarandí aka Nabíl-i-A’ẓam, who is also known as Mullá Muḥammad-i-Zarandí.11
October 20, 1819: I meditate on the Birth of the Bab. I wonder if His mother, Fátimih, knew that He would sacrifice Himself for the unity of humanity.
Persian Bayan was revealed by the Holy Spirit to the Bab in 1847-1848 when He was imprisoned in Maku. It is the Bab's book of laws to the Babi community.
Quddús12, one of the Letters of the Living, was the title given to Mullá Muhammad-‘Alí Bárfurúshí, who accompanied The Bab on His pilgrimage to Mecca.13
Revelation is progressive. Each religion has been revealed through a prophet-manifestation who reflects to humanity the attributes of the Almighty and Unknowable Creator. The Bab was a lamp light by the Hand of God to guide humanity into a new age of unity.
Son of the Bab, Ahmad Shirazi. After his death he was buried under a cypress tree.14
Táhirih, the Pure One, was the only woman among the Letters of the Living. This title was given to her at the Conference in Badasht, which marked the demarcation of the Babi faith from that of Islam. At this conference, Tahirih removed her veil and walked across the compound, shocking most of the men there.15
Umm’ul-Ká’inát, is the title given to Ásíyih Khánum Baha'u'llah's wife. She is the mother of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’iyyih Khánum, and Mirzá Mehdi, as well as two children who died very young. Another title of Asiyih Khanum was Mother of Consolation.16
Vahid Akbar, also known as Siyyid Yahya-i-Darabi, was appointed by Muhammad Shah to determine the truth of the Bab's claim. As a results of several meeting with the Bab, Vahid became a Babi.17
Xenophilia, "an attraction to foreign peoples, cultures, or customs."18 In its inmost essence, Xenophilia demonstrates the oneness of humanity.
Youth, young men and women full of zeal, proclaimed the message of the Bab and shed their blood for the propagation of His faith.
Zanjan is a province in Iran. It was also the home of Hujjat-i-Zanjáni, whose given name was Mullá Muhammad-`Alí. He was one of the martyrs at Fort of ‘Alí-Mardán Khán, Zanján, Iran on January 8, 1851.19
I am in the process of writing 200 poems dedicated the the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab. This will give me something to work on to finish the poem I need to write. While this isn't exactly a poem, I'm counting it ad number 32 and will copy it into "Bicentenary Poems and Prose" to go with the other poems.
Istijlál (Majesty), 17 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Thursday, July 11, 2019
PROMPT: July 11th - Do you have any tattoos or want one in the future? If you had to have a piece of art permanently on your body, what would you want it to say about you?
I don't have a tattoo. I know people with tattoos and most of the tattoos are nice looking pieces of art. I've never wanted a tattoo, until this week. Right now, I want to run away from my life, and get a dragon, unicorn, or butterfly tattoo. I want to run away and never look back, which isn't going to happen. The tattoos, if I could afford one would probably happen. And again it might not, I'm a very conservative person and spending money for body art might not be something I would do when I'm not pissed or depressed.
At this point, I'm not sure whether I'm pissed, depressed, or a little bit of both. I'll figure that out sometime today or tomorrow. This afternoon I've got a doctor's appointment, with one of my specialist. Since the home test he wants me to take hasn't arrived yet, it means that I'll probably have another appointment with him or his assistant when it comes, I take it, and send it back to the lab. This means I won't be running away until next month. I might wait and decide if I'm running away after I get a pair of new shoes or find the shoes I packed away when I moved and now can't find. Perhaps I'll wait to run away until I have to move again before deciding to run away. Telling myself I'm running away instead of moving sounds like much more fun.
‘Idál (Justice), 16 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Wednesday, July 10, 2019
PROMPT: July 10th - What’s on your mind right now? Do you have any “brain worms” or current obsessions? If you didn’t have to blog right now, what would you be doing?
Right now the only "brain worms" bothering me is the electric bill and the money I have to get to the power company by July 16. Oddly enough I seem to be able to keep them away today, but that may not be true when I go to bed. I find most of my worries (that don't bother me during the day) arise in the middle of the night and wake me from a semi-sound sleep. I don't sleep sell anyway because I wake up about every two or three hours. Every weird or loud noise in the neighborhood wakes me up.
I put in for assistance with the power bill. The problem is that my application is still in the works. I don't know if they will get it processed before July 16. If they don't, I don't know what I'll do because right now I don't have the $57.00 in the bank that needs to be paid on or before next Tuesday. I keep thinking that everything will be alright. I hope that is true and not just wishful thinking. Right now the only thing I can do is keep plugging away and praying.
Fiḍál (Grace), 15 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Tuesday, July 9, 2019
PROMPT: July 9th - Respond to a current news story with your opinion. Share a link to the story if possible.
"Wealthy nations shipped toxic waste to Indonesia. Now Indonesia is sending it back"
It doesn't surprise me that wealthy nations are using poor nations as their dumping ground for hazardous and plastic waste. The U.S. France, Germany, Hong Kong, and Austria (just to name a few) appear to care about the planet, and apparently they do, as long as they can ship their toxic and hazardous waste to place like Indonesia. We, humanity, are living on a rock that orbits an insignificant star close to the edge of the Milky Way. Ocean water and air circulate around the planet, carrying waste and pollution from one nation to another.
Landfills, with toxic waste, in any part of the planet reveals our disrespect for the planet and for our fellow human beings. Part of the problem is lack of acceptance of the oneness of humanity, which is proven by the human genome. Another part of the problem is that wealthy nations, and many rich individuals, care only for the bottom line without considering how the rest of the world, especially the poor, are affected.
Kamál (Perfection), 14 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Monday, July 8, 2019
PROMPT: July 8th - What fictional character do you admire? What specific characteristics do they possess that make them attractive?
I've never given much thought to which fictional characters I admire. I admire female characters who know what and will go for it. I admire male characters who treat the woman in the story as equals rather than objects, and show respect for them. I used to read fiction as an escape, now when I read its to review on writing.com and I pay more attention to the characters and the plot.
Day 2027: What kinds of meanings does the word “stuff” hold for you? Can you think more meanings of it than what’s in the dictionary?
Stuff is stuff. This is a term I use when referring to a collection of different objects that don't normally go together, but are pilled on a desk or some other piece of furniture. I also use it to refer to miscellaneous items that I'm looking at and someone says "What are you looking at?" My response is "Stuff". Speaking of stuff, I need to clean the stuff off my computer desk so that I can see the top of the desk.
DAY 2423: "I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars." ~ Og Mandino Let this quote inspire you blog entry.
Some Thoughts on Light and Darkness
Light cast shadows,
darkness cast nothing,
you can determine the brightness of the light
by how deep and dark the shadow it casts.
Jamál (Beauty), 13 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Sunday, July 7, 2019
PROMPT: July 7th - It’s the Sunday News! Reflect on the first week of July. Are you on track to meet you goals? What are your plans for the rest of the month?
The first week of July, like the first week of every month since January 2019 was stressful and interesting. My brother, Tom, who lives in Colorado begin the first round of chemo therapy. I and my other two siblings been getting text updates from him on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. His doctors are hopeful because the type of cancer he has apparently response to chemo therapy.
My main goal this year is writing 200 poems to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab, which will be celebrated on October 29. As of today, I finished 28 poems, and have 172 left to write in 114 days. I have two more in the works. I expect to finish all 200 by the October deadline. That about all for now.
Jalál (Glory), 12 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Saturday, July 6, 2019
PROMPT: July 6th - Make a list of five things you wish you could be a master of. Be sure to explain why you chose what you did.
Can I list money five times? Alright, all joking aside let me see if I can think of five things that I want to be master of. Of late, I've felt that I'm not the mast of anything, except perhaps disaster. However, after the earthquake we felt last night, I realize I'm not even the master of disaster. It wasn't a big earthquake, just enough to cause the ground and buildings to move a little. I was sitting in my walking, and it swayed a bit with the floor.
My imagination. I would like to be able to focus it more on writing rather then the vain imaginings of what might happen in my life in the near future.
My emotions. Specifically the depression that tends to rear its ugly little head in moments of personal crisis, both real and imagined.
Money. I want enough money to pay the bills, without worrying about whether or not the power company is going to turn the electricity off. Without having to put off paying one bill so I can pay another that is equally important, and has became urgent.
Sleep. I would like to be able to go to sleep within five or ten minutes and sleep for, at least, five hours without waking up every hour or so. I would like to be able to do this without going to the doctor for medication. At 72, I already take several medications, and I don't need any more.
Language. I want the ability to speak any language on earth by just hearing it spoken by someone else.
DAY 2421: Creative Saturday Word Prompt: summer, roses, Full Buck Moon, efflorescence, ruby, aroma, tree.
Under the Full Buck Moon
Under the Full Buck Moon
the roses of summer bloom
spreading the efflorescence
of their ruby beauty
through city gardens
and verdant tree lined lanes,
while scenting the air
with the aroma of rain.
Day 2025: Prompt “As the images unwind
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind”
Prose, poem, or story: How do the song or the windmills of your own mind affect and inspire you?
The windmills of my mind keep burning,
I keep learning,
the waters of my imagination keeps churning,
and the millstone of my thoughts keep grinding
out odes the the All-Glorious Lord
and the expanding universe of knowledge.
Istiqlál (Independence), 11 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Friday, July 5, 2019
PROMPT: July 5th - What did you dream about doing as an adult when you were little? Have you been able to achieve any of your childhood dreams? Share a fact about your life now that you never imagined would come true.
Dreams of Youth
The dreams of youth pass,
in the dusty halls of memory.
Ghosts that rise
to become plots and characters
in short stories
Rise to become
themes and subject,
similes or metaphors
Istijlál (Majesty), 10 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Thursday, July 4, 2019
PROMPT: July 4th - Write about independence.
"With independence comes responsibility,
and with freedom comes even more responsibility!"
The Cambridge Dictionary gives four definitions Independence two of which are (1) "freedom from being governed or ruled by another country" and (2) "the ability to live your life without being helped or influenced by other people".20 The other two definitions are similar to those above. The Cambridge Dictionary gives several definitions of freedom, one of which is concerned more with American History (see the Bill of Rights) than freedom itself. Freedom is defined as (1) "the condition or right of being able or allowed to do whatever you want to, without being controlled or limited" and (2) "Freedom is also the state of not being in prison or in the condition of slavery (= condition of being legally owned by someone else)."21
One of the problems in America today, is that people appear to confuse and even merge the definitions of independence and freedom. America's independence comes from the fact that we aren't governed by another country, but (traditionally) by ourselves, the citizens of America. No person in America or any other country is truly free because we are dependent upon each other rather than our own selves. This interdependence requires each individual in America to take responsibility for their own actions, so that they don't overstep the bonds that living in an independent country, with other human beings, requires.
‘Idál (Justice), 9 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Wednesday, July 3, 2019
What is your go-to dish to bring to a potluck? Does your family have any traditional recipes? (In Hawaii, these appetizers are called “pupus” )
It's been a few years since I attended a potluck. When I went, I normally made jello salad of some type or Spanish rice. Today, if I were to attend a potluck I'd probably purchase a salad or something in a grocery store. If I couldn't get to a grocery store the next option is to open a can of fruit, put it in a container, and take that. I could also make a bean salad because I have several different types of canned beans, which make a great bean salad. With canned beans all you have to do is open the cans, drain the liquid, and add some spices. I don't know what type of spices I have, but I'm sure I could figure out something.
Fiḍál (Grace), 9 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Write about something mysterious. Is the mystery ongoing, or has it been resolved?
"People think of science as rolling back the mystery of God. I look at science as slowly creeping toward the mystery of God."
As human knowledge expands,
The Mystery expands outward,
penetrating the heart of the atom
or descending over the event horizon
of a black hole.
Humanity lives in an expanding universe
that lead to answers,
that lead to more questions...
on and on into infinity
where The Mystery dwells.
Call The Mystery
what you will
our human labels
reveal more about ourselves
then The Mystery.
Kamál (Perfection), 8 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Monday, July 1, 2019
It’s summer here in the US, the perfect season for a road trip! In your blog today, plan your ideal road trip. Where would you go and who would you go with?
Road Trip to Area 51
A few years ago, when I was still driving I saw the statues of a green extraterrestrial in the back of a red Ford pickup. The extraterrestrial was setting behind what appeared to be a World War II machine gun. The sign on back of the pickup read
This is a restricted area
DO NOT ENTER
If I'm going on a road trip, I think I'd like to go to Area 51, so that I could drive down the Extraterrestrial Highway (Hwy 375) and stop at the Little A'Le'Inn . Who would I go with? Anyone who had a car and wanted to go with me. I don't drive any long, so I have to go with other people with cars or some other means of transportation. Just for the record, I consider a Harley-Davidson an acceptable means of transportation. I have no problem providing gas, if someone wants to accompany me.
Jamál (Beauty), 7 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Sunday, June 30, 2019
Author's Note: ▼
The Penny Problem
I've heard some people would like the government to discontinue pennies because they are a nuisance. Even if the U.S. government stopped striking pennies today, we would still be faced with "the penny problem" into the unforeseeable future. Why? Because pennies breed, the multiply exponentially.
Put two pennies into a warm, dark coin purse or pocket and they become four. Then eight, then sixteen, multiplying to the capacity of the container before the stop breeding. If they can find a way of pushing their young out of the container, they will continue the procreation process, while their young migrate. "New" pennies will fall into larger purses and onto the ground or carpet.
Because pennies need to exchange genetic materials to multiply. A single penny will remain by itself for eternity. Beware, if you have another penny within scent distance of a single lonely penny. The two pennies will find each other and begin to multiply.
Jalál (Glory), 6 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Saturday, June 29, 2019
DAY 2414: Do you have a mission statement? If so, what is it? If not, what would you say if you were to write a mission statement?
A mission statement is usually written by business, and is a paragraph stating the businesses goals. However, a mission statement can be written by anyone, or found in many of the sacred scriptures. There are numerous paragraph in the scriptures revealed by Baha'u'llah that can be used as a mission statement by the individual because they state the goal of the human soul.
"For every one of you his paramount duty is to choose for himself that on which on other may infringe and one usurp form him. Such a thing--and to this the Almighty is My witness--is the love of God, could ye perceive it."
My Mission Statement
My writing mission is to encourage, inspire, and share my joy, my experience, and my faith with humanity. To proclaim to the world Baha'u'llah, the Glory of God, and His forerunner, The Bab. To heal the wounds left upon my soul by experiences from my past and present; experiences that helped me place my trust in God and in His Manifestation.
That is the latest, and probably the last, rewrite of my mission statement. It's something I've been working on for several years. I know that most mission statements aren't rewritten, since this is a personal mission statement for my writing and my life it changes as I mature and learn more about myself, talents, and attributes.
Istiqlál (Independence), 5 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Friday, June 28, 2019
"The whole duty of man i n this Day is to attain that share of the flood of grace which God poureth forth for him. Let none therefore, consider the largeness or smallness of the receptacle. The portion of some might lie in the palm of a man's hand, the portion of other might fill a cup, and of others even a gallon-measure."
It's a beautiful Friday morning here in Las Vegas. There is a variable wind blowing through the palm trees. I've taken care of all the business I can take care of today, with the exception of doing surveys. I've decided to move my day off survey taking from Friday to Saturday because there appears to be more surveys available during the week.
Flood of Grace
the flood of God's grace
pouring across the planet
in this day.
it maybe difficult
to see or feel
the water of divine grace,
but if I open
up my soul to the possibility
it's easier to feel
and see divine reality.
Istijlál (Majesty ), 4 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Thursday, June 27, 2019
"...Whatever duty Thou hast prescribed unto Thy servants of extolling to the utmost Thy majesty and glory is but a token of Thy grace unto them, that they may be enables to ascend unto the station conferred upon their own inmost being, the station of the knowledge of their own selves."
Discovering My True Self
Each tests confronted
review a new facet
of my inmost being,
and shines the mirror surface
of my spirit.
‘Idál (Justice), 3 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Today, June 26, is the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. According to the article Join the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture by David Langness, the United Nations injunction against torture is a “customary international law,”25 which means it is intended to apply to all nations that are affiliated with the internal community; even those that didn't sign the treaty against torture.
Torture, like genocide, is a crime against humanity. It's a crime that affect the minds and souls of both the victim and the perpetrator. The resolution was adopted on December 10, 1984, and went into force on June 26, 1987.26 Every year, on June 26, the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is proclaimed “with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.”27
Fiḍál (Grace), 2 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Tuesday, June 25, 2019
The first five months of 2019 have been difficult, and I suspect that is an understatement. I was on the verge of depression an hour or so ago, but that seems to have left. The depression was caused by a combination of things, most of it financial. Not all, my brother, Tom, called Sunday to say the doctor found a growth in his gut area. Right now he is in the Colorado University Hospital in Denver. Tomorrow they will attempt to take the grow out. On Thursday he has a biopsy, and will go home on Friday until the get the results back for the biopsy.
So far in June, my checking account has not been overdrafted. However, there are still five days left in the month. I don't know what's going to happen. The problem is too much month and not enough money. I haven't looked at July's budget yet, which consists of what I owe. I'll have to take a look at my books on Friday or Saturday. I applied for help with the electricity, and I hope I get it. If not, I'm going to have to make payment arrangement with the power company, which means I'm going to have to find money that I don't think I have.
Things have to get better. I'm behind on the poems I'm writing for the Bicentenary celebration of the Birth of the Bab. There are about 126 days left to the celebration, and I have 176 poems to write. I can't afford to get depressed because depression just stops me from writing.
I've finished complaining for now. Writing helps improve my mood, even if the only thing I do is rant. I'm sure things will get better. I have enough paratransit tickets for the four medical rides I need on Monday, July 1, and on Thursday, July 11. I still have to purchase more tickets; which I don't need until closer to the end of July.