add a comment 17:23 BST (British Summer Time), ‘Idal, 18th Kalimat, 171 BE Justice, Dominion of Words Year number 19, Vahid, (Unity) Vahid number 9, Baha, (Splendour) Kull-i-Shay (Fullness of Time), number 1, Alif, (A), Al-Arba’aa’, 3rd Shawwal, 1435 AH Fourth Day of the week, of The Raised Month
Wednesday, 30th July 2014 AD
1) The Word of God.
Delhi Baha’i House of Worship, known as “The Lotus Temple”, or The Baha’i Temple of India, or more correctly as The Dawning Place of the Mention of God, or Mashriqu’l-Adhkar. Finished in 1986, dedicated in 1987, I believe.
2) Sci Fi.
20:03. From 28th January 1961 to 29th April 1962 “Supercar” was aired on ATV, the ITV Channel for the Midlands. It featured as its lead hero, Mike Mercury as below. Mercury, the planet, is associated with Gemini, the sign of the Zodiac on the plane of the ecliptic. Gemini is an Air sign, which symbolises Intellect and Sociability, and is also a “Mutable” sign, which indicates changeability, which is also the meaning of the adjective Mercurial. Gemini and Mercury are also associated with the mythic character, Mercury, the winged Messenger, so that communication is also highlighted. And also, Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun. A depiction of the planet Mercury can be found in the sci fi film directed by Danny Boyle called “Sunshine”. The sign Gemini also denotes a multitude of personalities within a person, a multitude of hats or roles. And there is no “real” version; they all are. Also the quick-witted Gemini can see all the sides of an argument or discussion at the same time, so can be indecisive. Hence, “The Twins”, the 2 first magnitude stars in the constellation, Castor and Pollux, indicating at least two equal versions of the person. In a ST:TNG episode featuring lawless archeologist Vash, Picard picks up a piece of prized pottery from another world, a porcelain head with a lid, like a scalp, and inside a veritable community of “selves” co-existing and fulfilling different functions, just like in myself, at least two versions of Pete, Dr Jekkyl and Mr Hyde, or mild-mannered scientist, Bruce Banner and The Incredible Hulk.
3) Psychology and Health
17:29. I’m told I have no enemies but my perception is that my social environment is essentially hostile. Or that it is hostile to me being a Baha’i. But it is conceivable that this perceived hostility is subjective only, and another throw-back to my childhood, when “my world” of Gerry Anderson, NASA, Bobby Kennedy and The Baha’i Faith were constantly under attack, incessantly and systematically for many, many years, in favour of that extreme fundamentalist doctrine that was endlessly thrust down my throat, of atheism, materialism, pragmatism and worship of Nature, that denied God, morality, any dreams of a better world, in favour of prioritising “physical survival” at any cost. The legacy of that childhood emotional abuse is still with me, and the process of dealing with it cannot be rushed, and is a painfully slow process, BUT as a “died in the wool” Englishman with a “British bulldog attitude” to impossible missions or challenges……
18:46. I have never played “Happy Hippo” and though I’ve heard the name, know nothing more about it. I am far more familiar with Rod Hull’s emu, and his appalling treatment of Michael Parkinson.
18:46. Body Language. Too many people on BBC news have “smiling eyes” whilst discussing dire events, for me to believe that any of them are telling the truth. I once suggested to a “young man” that the “news” since 1945 have been a “practical joke”. He suggested that the joke had been going on far longer than that.
19:23. So, Pete, can you tolerate a person talking incessantly? Yes, so long as it is a woman, and there’s an intelligent point to what she is saying, other than ego and self-interest. Examples, Dr Alice Roberts and Maggie Aderin-Pocock.
Stupid, big pharma brainwashed quack!
1710717/20140729a) Where “63” and “77” come from. July 29, 2014Posted by pete1844 in Diary.
add a comment 15:35 BST (British Summer Time), Fidal, 17th Kalimat, 171 BE Grace, Sovereignty of Words Year number 19, Vahid, (Unity) Vahid number 9, Baha, (Splendour) Kull-i-Shay (Fullness of Time), number 1, Alif, (A), Ath-Thalaathaa’, 2nd Shawwal, 1435 AH Third Day of the week, of The Raised Month
Tuesday, 29th July 2014 AD
1) The Word of God.
16:05. ““The one true God, exalted be His glory, hath bestowed the government of the earth upon the kings. To none is given the right to act in any manner that would run counter to the considered views of them who are in authority. That which He hath reserved for Himself are the cities of men’s hearts; and of these the loved ones of Him Who is the Sovereign Truth are, in this Day, as the keys. Please God they may, one and all, be enabled to unlock, through the power of the Most Great Name, the gates of these cities. This is what is meant by aiding the one true God — a theme to which the Pen of Him Who causeth the dawn to break hath referred in all His Books and Tablets.”
(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 241)
16:05. Baha’u’llah “staged” a conflict at Badasht between Quddus and Tahirih. ‘Abdu’l-Baha “staged” a slagging off of Thornton Chase for the training benefit of the on-looking Persians. Who’s to say that much of world events is not “staged” by the authorities for the dramatic benefit of the masses? And that the reality of world events is nothing like its appearance in the mass news media? IF Labour versus Conservative, and Democrat versus Republican is no more authentic than professional wrestling, and every event choreographed, taking sides is irrelevant and meaningless, and what IF international disputes and wars are “staged”. The House tells us that Baha’is don’t take sides in even international disputes. Perhaps because we don’t have enough information to make a rational decision. And why did the Guardian stop reading The London Times in the 1950s, if it no longer reflected what was going on, but simply the narrative the authorities wanted us to believe “for dramatic effect”? Remember Ridvan 2011, “A word of caution: No matter how captivating the spectacle of the people’s fervour for change it must be remembered that there are interests which manipulate the course of events.”
2) Psychology and Health.
18:39. A comment on a previous post in June, by someone with the initials RF, and a misspelling of as to read ass, is fascinating me, and I am joining the dots and making 5. This is a highly improbable, though exciting and dangerous strategy. But difficult to resist, especially when the “s” could stand for …… and RF could stand for “remote flirting”. It could be a decoy, it could be chance, and it could be the real McCoy, with the emphasis on “the”. Definitely the genuine article, don’t you think, Daisy?
19:18. And a “repeat” from 17th June “Inter-Faith versus Child Exploitation”, as (highlighted by Remote Flirting from The, allegedly):-
“Just attended a meeting of the Cherwell Faith Forum about sexual exploitation of young people, such as in the recent Oxford Bullfinch investigation which jailed 7 men with long sentences. The whole meeting just reinforced my long-held perception that this civilisation is deeply morally and spiritually diseased and sick. And that one of the most important issues, which is largely neglected, is the total rethinking needed of sexual socialisation and stereotypes, since it is largely these definitions of what it is to be a man or to be a woman, which are to blame for these diseases and sicknesses of the heart and mind. One huge problem for me is that this, ie FB, is the only forum available to me to discuss these things. I used to have a link on FB to my blog. Maybe it was on “Pete Rose”‘s FB page, now sadly inaccessible to me. I don’t know how to create a link to my blog here though. Any tips? Its address is http://pete1844.wordpress.com I think. Yes, that’s the one, with the stress on the 2nd “I”.
23:10. Have had “I, Robot” starring Will Smith and Bruce Greenwood in the background. From the above meeting, it became clear that to a certain extent, aberrant behaviour is engendered by living one’s earliest years in a dysfunctional family. Maybe this experience dehumanises an infant and makes him or her more likely therefore to treat other people badly in the future. There was a Powerpoint list of factors that had been identified as commonly occurring in the lives of Young Victims. One factor that can identify victims is “displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour”. Another is “regularly missing school and not taking part in education”. I used to play truant from primary school in order to avoid football. Another is “associating with other people involved in exploitation”. I have found that those I can relate to best, are like me psychiatric patients. “Like seeketh like”. Another is “mood swings or changes in well-being”. Such as bipolar mood swings? Asperger’s symptoms of reacting against being close to people? Another is “drug and alcohol abuse”. I used to be apparently addicted to endless bowls of breakfast cereal, with an infinite supply of chilled lactose laced full fat milk, and an infinite liberal covering of sugar. I am now after 35 odd years of their “treatment”, apparently irrevocably addicted to NHS pharmaceutical “neuroleptics”. Other less physical drugs I am addicted to are my habitual coping mechanisms for dealing with a “real world” that is an atrocity of injustice. Such coping mechanisms are living in an ideal fantasy world of fiction, gradually edging towards reality. Those worlds of Gerry Anderson, NASA,
Bobby Kennedy and the Baha’i Faith. To be able to escape from a real world that is shockingly hostile, into a world dominated by TV and Hollywood, selectively, is a drug that I need to take very frequently, otherwise the rage against the real world, the hatred of those who rule it, the contempt for those fallacies that seem to be promoted as normal. Escape from all these abominations is needed regularly. “Its difficult to see something as wrong when everyone around you behaves as if its normal”. This statement grabbed my attention. In my childhood, my father ruled with an iron fist. When I went to boarding school, the “system” ruled with an iron fist, full of middle class values of hypocrisy. When I went to work, the Civil Service hierarchy and its hidden values ruled with an iron fist while I was at work. To now be retired in “civvy street” after working for more than 29 years in such a psychological straitjacket is a wonderful freedom from state bullshit. When I was ill, the NHS psychiatric service ruled with an iron fist, hiding its inability to listen under a mask of Hippocratic care. And all these iron fists were seen as normal by me, until the thinking of The Baha’i Faith came to my rescue and told me that no, this society, this civilisation, is sick and diseased, morally and spiritually. Its values are not normal, they are a temporary and local aberration. And in the midst of this sick and diseased society, I maintain my individuality of one soul, dissident against the insanity around me, using my escape mechanism, my coping mechanism, of watching TV and sampling Hollywood to listen to those creative minds that have used their talent to do as I am doing. To find a Faith, a world Faith numbering 7 million souls after only 171 years which tells me that I am SANE, and society is sick, is a wonderful source of spiritual empowerment. Okay, its true that my ability to express my sexuality in an appropriate way, given the emotions and psychology which my infancy foisted on me, is severely compromised, and when I get close to anyone, I start to throw a fit of inappropriate behaviour, as if I’m panicking that if they get too close they could do REAL damage. Albeit my heart is craving human intimacy as if being starved of Oxygen and thirsting to death in Death Valley. But, given that inability to be close to someone I love, without feeling terrified, without feeling so anxious that I am going insane, still the coping mechanism empowers me spiritually, as in my Junior Youth years from 1966 to 1970. More of that elsewhere. My FB is pinging, so back in a moment.
00:02. So, THAT personal journey, Gerry Anderson, NASA, Bobby Kennedy, the Baha’i Faith, a journey from fantasy to reality, though at the same time side-stepping all the crap and bullshit from “normal society”. THAT personal journey, so often attacked with such fervent contempt by my father, THAT journey is what I cling to. Its THAT journey commented on by Baha’u’llah in 1992, when He brought me face to face with the ESB (Empire State Building) and said to me that He had been guiding me, not since the autumn of 1974, when I first heard the
magic name “Baha’i”, but from when I was born, from my first intimations of values beyond “normal”, a sanity far off but still attainable, beyond all the sadism and insanity. The oriental lilting music introducing the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the magic of the first USA EVA through NASA’s Gemini 4 in 1965, the first US space-walk with Ed White. And with the background Sunday school lessons every week, same time, from Gerry Anderson, Supercar in 1961, Fireball XL5 in 1962, Stingray in 1964 and Thunderbirds in 1965. After being cut off from Gerry Anderson in 1967 as Captain Scarlet started up, while I was at boarding school, there was Astronomy, NASA, Bobby Kennedy and “Art”. I put together by my leaving date in June 1974 a portfolio of art-work, and there was a substantial role in that art-work, for the city of New York and more particularly the Manhattan sky-line. THAT was the ESB, symbolic of all the American virtues that I had grown up with in the persons of Mike Mercury, Steve Zodiac, Troy Tempest, Jeff Tracy and his sons, and then the Apollo astronauts, Bobby Kennedy, and then the dream went underground, in the rebellious creativity of David Bowie, King Crimson, Pink Floyd and John Lennon, and came to fruition just weeks after leaving school, in the recognition that Baha’u’llah wasn’t just another guru from the east like Maharishi, Gurdieff or Osho. The intuition from the stories of the 20000 Baha’i martyrs in Victorian times, giving their lives rather than recant, in the same spirit as the Christians under Nero and Diocletian, was that Baha’u’llah, even though not from New York or London, but instead from Tihran, was, nevertheless, an historical figure, as momentous as Jesus, Muhammad, Moses, Buddha and all the others. THAT put my “coping mechanism” on a new footing. Not just fibre-glass puppets touting American hypocrisy, not just astronauts cavorting in a warehouse in Arizona, claiming to be on the Moon. not just idealistic politicians, painting a picture of a New Jerusalem, that the business community in its psychopathic hatred was determined to strangle at birth, but a NEW FAITH. THAT Faith, that had USED American idealism to lead me one step at a time to that most rebellious act of all, to have the gall and effrontery to believe in a man Who claimed to be sent from God, Who came not from New York or London, but from Tihran. THAT was an act of defiance that the establishment of my pathetic life could not and would not stomach. 18 months later, hospitalised on a psych ward, that even my Baha’i friends thought I would never ever leave. But, as quoted by Mr Hofman from the Qur’an, “The infidels plotted and God plotted, and verily God is the best of plotters”. Even the Dr Mengeles of the NHS psychiatric industrial complex are powerless before the Might of Almighty God. Even Anglican priests are powerless to oppose Him! Right, Pete, that’s quite enough for now, thank you!
01:34. Watching “Our Man in Havana” (1958) (before Fidel Castro’s Revolution) starring Noel Coward, Alec Guinness, Burl Ives, Maureen O’Hara and Ralph Richardson by Graham Greene.
02:34. Watching “October 1917: Ten Days that Shook the World” (1927) by Sergei Eisenstein.”
1710716/20140728a) Speed + Air = Friction + Heat. July 28, 2014Posted by pete1844 in Diary.
add a comment 01:23 BST (British Summer Time), Kamal, 16th Kalimat, 171 BE Perfection, Honour of Words Year number 19, Vahid, (Unity) Vahid number 9, Baha, (Splendour) Kull-i-Shay (Fullness of Time), number 1, Alif, (A), Al-Ithnayn, 1st Shawwal, 1435 AH Second Day of the week, of The Raised Month
Monday, 28th July 2014 AD
1) The Word of God.
01:32. The Barracks, Akka, The Holy Land. Where Baha’u’llah was imprisoned for two years after arriving in the Holy Land in 1868, 80 years before the beginning of the State of Israel.
3) Psychology and Health.
01:28. The countdown to getting the 16:49 to Kilkenny on Friday has started, and I’m being hospitable to a couple from the Netherlands from tomorrow evening to Friday morning. I hope the heat-shield tiles on my outer skin can absorb the heat of tests, now that air-resistance at such high speeds is getting much higher. Time will tell.
The vulnerability to having my buttons pressed is at the best of times near, too near, the surface. And being on my own at home is the best way to recover my equilibrium. But to put up two people for 4 nights, and then travel to Ireland, stay in a school with many Baha’is, most of them from Ireland, whose culture, in my experience is so intimidating in its confidence in dealing with drama, emotion, spontaneity, depth, compared with its pathetic English counterpart, for a whole week, then successfully travel to posh-land, in the Home Counties, at a private boarding school, for another week with mostly sophisticated, middle-class, posh, university-educated, English Baha’is, is asking for trouble, to put it mildly. IF I can survive the next 3 weeks, unscathed, I will be amazed, since socially, emotionally and psychologically, there is so much that can go wrong, surely some it will. Baha’u’llah, please be kind to me, and inspire people to “leave me be” in my own little bubble-world, and don’t let anyone prod me with their psychological cattle-prods, and if they do, please give me the presence and control of mind needed, to disregard such prods, and NOT react, either emotionally OR socially, since reacting only makes everything so much worse, and tends to blow everything out of proportion.
09:22. When I wake each morning I am filled with insights and conclusions about “my reality” and “what is going on” and many and most of these insights are negative. The ultimate conclusion is that I have no idea “what is going on” and have no expectation that anyone will help me understand, even if I ask them point blank. Yesterday at the Cream Tea, certain men of the Community, who in the past have apparently made my life difficult by testing me psychologically and refusing to explain why by making disparaging comments. Why they behaved like that is a mystery to me, and why they were absent from the Cream Tea is also a riddle the answer to which I have no idea. Also, the kindness and friendliness of many, hid an understanding of my situation which they obviously had no intention of sharing with me, and some seemed sad about the whole situation. At the inter-faith dinner last night, there were many who seemed friendly at an extent, but there was also an unmistakeable sense that many there, regarded The Baha’i Faith as something they would like to discredit and undermine and looked confident and pleased that they were succeeding in doing so, without their words betraying their hidden intentions at all. At the end I felt surrounded by snakes that utter smooth words of support and friendship, but are gleefully waiting to plunge the dagger, and do their utmost to damage Baha’u’llah’s Faith. And also, the lack of any firm empirical evidence, is used by everyone to disparage my conclusions and accuse me of paranoia and worse. And as always there is NO ONE I can consult about such things, except to express them here, so ultimately I have still NO idea what is going on, NO friend to help me understand except Baha’u’llah, and all around me look either sad at the pathetic situation I find myself in, or are rubbing their hands with glee at their confident expectation that I am done for.
09:57. Please inform …. that after “sleeping on it”, I have to decline or withdraw my offer of hospitality to …. and …. for the next 4 nights. One reason is that as the rules of sexual morality are quite strict for Baha’is albeit I am no saint myself, Shoghi Effendi the Guardian (vali’u’llah) of the Cause of God, says that we Baha’is must not compromise with the theories and standards of a decadent, spiritually sick society. As …. and …. are not yet man and wife, I cannot feel comfortable and cannot allow my own bed to be used by them together. Also, I feel that my situation in very many ways is replete with quite a high degree of vulnerability, and to open my home so thoroughly to those whose character, behaviour, motivation is so completely unknown and untested, would be the height of folly. I am sorry to have to do this considering their needs, but I DO have the responsibility of protecting my own interests, as these interests are a trust from God, in service to His Supreme Manifestation of God for this age. Hoping you will understand. Please notify …. and …. that I will not be meeting them this evening.
17:01. I might not feel fear, but just the stress of constantly living in an environment that is always totally hostile. The stress just wears you down, and you often just wonder, “What’s the point?”
21:28. Pure happiness for me is solitary confinement and complete silence at dusk. And pure torment is the noise of other people socialising. I must be an extreme misanthrope. A tortology would be “Misanthropes of the world, unite!”
21:50. Rather than not being able to tolerate the noise of someone eating an apple next to me, or brushing their teeth, or running their finger nail down a blackboard, or listening to someone explain themselves, I cannot stand hearing other people in conversation especially if they sound confident without being able to understand them or hear what they are saying, or hearing them laughing. THAT FEELS threatening like nothing else. My father often used to say that all he wanted for his birthday was peace and quiet. Maybe we three siblings have inherited from him an extreme hypersensitivity to various audio inputs.
When does the postman deliver to pulman close, redditch? When do I receive a letter in the snail-mail inviting me to meet her? And this in a situation where she pulls me close to her, and the red for love attraction that we feel for each other, an itch that just won’t go away, is satiated, at long last. But only when the time is right.
In order to get mail from Pulman Close, Redditch, I would say that virus BE1710711 is definitely a factor that is of primary importance. To drink of the same tea, to partake of the same spirits, in order to become intoxicated together, to consider each other as equals and not as property; all these things and more are needed, in order that communications can be enjoyed. Are we there yet?
1710715/20140727a) The Dominating Passion of Our Lives. July 27, 2014Posted by pete1844 in Diary.
add a comment 09:11 BST (British Summer Time), Jamal, 15th Kalimat, 171 BE Beauty, Questions of Words Year number 19, Vahid, (Unity) Vahid number 9, Baha, (Splendour) Kull-i-Shay (Fullness of Time), number 1, Alif, (A), Yaum al-Ahad, 30th Ramadan, or is it 29th?, 1435 AH First Day, of The Scorched Month
Sunday, 27th July 2014 AD
1) The Word of God.
09:19. Ruhi Book 6.
2) Psychology and Health.
09:33. 105.9. Yes! That’s 16 stone 9.5 pounds in the old money.
09:34. It occurred to me last night, that sensitivity, or extreme heightened sensitivity to certain sounds, is something that I share with both my siblings. Sudden loud noises make me jump, and the reaction seems to be getting worse. FEELING that someone is laughing at me, even if its just a “smile” in their tone of voice, makes me cringe, wince, seems to stab my heart like a dagger, being talked down to sometimes produces the same effect. If I’m whistling under my breath, or eating anything, my sister cannot stand to be in audible range of me. And any explanation I might feel called upon to utter, to explain myself makes my brother extremely angry. Its as if all three of us have been treated in our childhood with some strange psychological phenomenon that has programmed, primed and sensitised all three of us to certain audio inputs that none of us, as yet, can tolerate.
add a comment 04:46 BST (British Summer Time), Jalal, 14th Kalimat, 171 BE Glory, Speech of Words Year number 19, Vahid, (Unity) Vahid number 9, Baha, (Splendour) Kull-i-Shay (Fullness of Time), number 1, Alif, (A), As-Sabt/Is-Sibt, 29th Ramadan, or is it 28th?, 1435 AH Seventh Day, of The Scorched Month
Saturday, 26th July 2014 AD
“Fireball XL5″ (1962) launching into space, probably to Sector 25, from Space City, somewhere, I believe, in Latin America, with its crew, Colonel Space Zodiac of The World Space Patrol, Space Doctor Venus, Professor Matthew Matic, Robert the Robot and Venus’ pet lazoon, Zoony.
2) The Word of God.
04:54. 35.10 “Service to the Cause of God requires absolute fidelity and integrity and unwavering faith in Him. No good but only evil can come from taking the responsibility for the future of God’s Cause into our own hands and trying to force it into ways that we wish it to go regardless of the clear texts and our own limitations. It is His Cause. He has promised that its light will not fail. Our part is to cling tenaciously to the revealed Word and to the Institutions that He has created to preserve His Covenant.”
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 87)
04:55.”The spiritual principle that negative thoughts and feelings block the possibility of transformation applies to society as a whole, as well as to interpersonal relations. This principle allows us to understand why protest movements are a less effective strategy for social change than attempting to provide a model for social evolution, which is the Baha’i approach. Protesting against racism or environmental degradation or economic injustice usually focuses attention on the present and its imperfections instead of on the future and its potentialities. It does not create a positive dynamic for social change. Often protest movements, however well-intentioned, fall into negative patterns that create bitterness, estrangement and sometimes even violence, among the elements of society where change is needed.
Baha’is are occasionally accused of naive idealism or utopian impracticality because of our unwillingness to engage in partisan politics and protests. One way to respond to these accusations is to explain that we believe that the most useful response to social problems is to demonstrate that other ways of doing things are possible and workable. The Baha’i approach to social problems is not naive: we are actively trying to understand the forces of darkness and to implement new models capable of truly safeguarding the fundamental, spiritual and long-term needs of humanity. It is neither escapist nor impractical: our standard is to find and eliminate these forces within ourselves – a highly challenging and lifelong task – and to create new and vital social forms that transcend the negative tendencies of our inherited cultures. In so doing we provide society with a peerless and essential map.
The response to the dark force of racism is an example of the power of the Baha’i approach. It is possible to feel anger about social and racial injustice – even to take an action such as participating in a protest march – without discovering one’s own racial or ethnic prejudices or changing the segregated patterns of one’s own life. The Baha’i strategies for fighting the forces of darkness require more from the individual. Every believer of every race has to look within his or her own heart and mind to find the subconscious and unquestioned and racist attitudes that we have inevitably absorbed to some degree. Relying on the power of faith, we have to root out those attitudes and establish patterns of friendship, work relationships and social activities that go against the society’s norms of racial bias and segregation. Baha’i communities that have made noteworthy progress on this path have sometimes been seen to generate tremendous interest and enthusiasm in the society around them. Shoghi Effendi, writing through his secretary to a Baha’i community in the southern United States in 1947, described the nature of the battle against the forces of darkness:
“The friends must, at all times, bear in mind that they are, in a way, like soldiers under attack. The world at present is in an exceedingly dark condition spiritually; hatred and prejudice, of every sort, are literally tearing it to pieces. We, on the other hand, are the custodians of the opposite forces, the forces of love, of unity, of peace and integration, and we must constantly be on our guard, whether as individuals or as an Assembly or Community, lest through us these destructive, negative forces enter into our midst. In other words we must beware lest the darkness of society become reflected in our acts and attitudes, perhaps all unconsciously. Love for each other, the deep sense that we are a new organism, the dawn-breakers of a New World Order, must constantly animate our Baha’i lives, and we must pray to be protected from the contamination of a society which is so diseased with prejudice.” (Shoghi Effendi, 5th February1947, “Lights of Guidance”, pages 404 to 405, No 1347.)
When Shoghi Effendi told the Baha’is that we must not permit dark forces to take hold of us by thinking and feeling negatively towards each other, he set a standard for our interaction with each other and with the world.” (Forces of Our Time, The Dynamics of Light and Darkness” by Hooper C. Dunbar. 2009).
3) Psychology and Health.
04:35. I woke up just now, too early, wide awake, and not feeling I could get back to sleep. THAT is NOT a good sign, and sometimes indicates depression. I felt a palpable anxiety of impending doom, of being kicked in the stomach by a horse, gutted. I felt a very strong urge to understand why. Maybe its was a result of dreams that I had been experiencing before waking, but the anxiety kicked in AFTER I woke up. Maybe it was reading the three chapters of the Book of Joel last night, which put the fear of God into me, and an expectation of impending and imminent intense suffering. Maybe it is a test from God, to further hone and polish my soul. Maybe it is a chastisement for having invited the various Institutions and e-mail lists of Oxfordshire Baha’is to the MECO Eid al Fitr festivities on Tuesday. Well, whatever the cause, now 29 minutes later, I’m feeling fine, and the fear I felt when I awoke is quickly becoming a half remembered dream, and fairly easy to dismiss and forget. But since all this, I have felt VERY sedated and in need of sleep, making reading the Writings with alert attention impossible, and ended up sleeping inordinately from 07:15 to 10:15 and from 11:24 to 13:17.
14:25. In relation to an older thread, namely, “A new low in recent times, 106.6 kilos, but nevertheless, though this is better than the height of 117 kilos in 2012, which was a shocking 18 stone 6 pounds, the current low is still a dreadful 16 stone 11 pounds.”
X:- “You’re doing OK Pete, certainly a lot better than many.”
Yes, definite turning point was 2006 when I realised that the official attitude of the NHS to curing people or suppressing symptoms, and also their attitude to alternative medicine, was dishonest and as corrupt as hell. Tons of progress since then despite someone’s best effort to sabotage everything.
“O ye spiritual friends! Such must be your constancy that should the evil-wishers put every believer to death and only one remain, that one, singly and alone, will withstand all the peoples of the earth, and will go on scattering far and wide the sweet and holy fragrances of God. Wherefore, should any fearsome news, any word of terrifying events, reach you from the Holy Land, see to it that ye waver not, be ye not stricken by grief, be ye not shaken. Rather, rise ye up instantly, with iron resolve, and serve ye the Kingdom of God.”
(Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 78)
In the light of “the intense mental tests” of Baha’is in the west, Shoghi Effendi’s reported comment, “There’s too much sickness in the British Baha’i Community.” And in the light of persecution of Christians within the Church for independent, critical thought, and externally by forces intensely hostile to anyone successfully accessing the power of the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit, in the light of Wahabi petro-dollars deliberately spreading an evil, which in the name of Islam, undermines and destroys that religion, why would Baha’is think themselves immune from attacks from a western, or perhaps global elite intent on destroying the power of the spirit in every religions as effectively as the Ummayyads destroyed the spirit of Islam by assassinating Ali in the year 661, turning Islam into a Beast that would vanquish the harlot of Babylon. But I digress. It seems to me that the Baha’is are under attack by forces they don’t understand, such as DEW (Directed Energy Weapons), which leave the body functioning but kill the soul. In “UFO” and the novels of David Brin, ex-NASA scientist, they are referred to “psyche bombs”.
15:29. Reminiscent of June 2010, I experienced a slight case of a revolution in my appetite earlier. In 2010, suddenly my appetite changed overnight from large helpings of healthy food, to meringues, breakfast cereal, and any sweet refined carbs. I was well into 2 raw carrots with cottage cheese, earlier, when it seemed as if my ability to swallow had stopped, and I was about to be sick. I toughed it out, stopped eating, waited for a possible constriction of the pipe to the stomach to relax, drank a small amount of water, and resumed the carrot and cheese. Episode over. Maybe, holding the water up to the window, in my Carlsberg beer glass, cupping it in both hands, and thinking spiritual thoughts about it, structuralised the water, making it a potent means for washing away dis-ease, and restoring health and normal functioning.
“O God, my God! I beg of Thee by the ocean of Thy healing, and by the splendors of the Daystar of Thy grace, and by Thy Name through which Thou didst subdue Thy servants, and by the pervasive power of Thy most exalted Word and the potency of Thy most august Pen, and by Thy mercy that hath preceded the creation of all who are in heaven and on earth, to purge me with the waters of Thy bounty from every affliction and disorder, and from all weakness and feebleness.
Thou seest, O my Lord, Thy suppliant waiting at the door of Thy bounty, and him who hath set his hopes on Thee clinging to the cord of Thy generosity. Deny him not, I beseech Thee, the things he seeketh from the ocean of Thy grace and the Daystar of Thy loving-kindness.
Powerful art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. There is none other God save Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous.”
16:54. Adib explains that when we are experiencing a higher level of spirituality and health, and increase our “speed”, then the increased friction with the air becomes greater, heating up the air surfaces of the airframe, which at very high speeds can cause damage. The heat generated, is like a test from God, and resistance from the non-believers, going against our speed. In this situation, back from the analogy to reality, the test produces stress. Whereas in the last two years or so, I have varied the dosage of Quetiapine/Seroquel, increasing it to cope with stressful situations, this time, I will keep the Quetiapine steady for the moment at 500 daily, and increase the daily intake of B3 from 2000 to 2500. I AM experiencing tests and therefore stress, when going out and about, since “The Truman Show” experiences keep turning up, social opposition to the Faith is just below the surface, out there, I seem to be manipulated right, left and centre, by people who seem to be using me to further their own unknown hidden agenda, and socialising with Baha’is in Oxfordshire seems to be a minefield of tests powerful enough to trigger hospitalisation No 9, which my first priority is to avoid.
Also, another sign of stress is sedation, sleepiness, lassitude, or maybe just the lack of energy, when the high speed suddenly becomes “half-ahead impulse”. Maybe its just “time out” to recharge my Dilithium crystals, maybe now a time of consolidation after a period of a high learning curve. Maybe rest and recuperation after a strenuous and hard-fought battle, time to tend to wounds, cuts and bruises. Maybe consolidation after the recent IPG (Intensive Programme of Growth).
19:31. Perhaps another reason for feeling so sedated in comparison with the intense energy of the last few days, is that the coursing of huge amounts of adrenaline through my blood supply as a result of the triggers experienced at the last CRM and after the last 19-Day Feast, has finally gone, and NOT been replaced by other social interactions which have triggered the amygdala and possibly limbic system. The question is whether I am going to foolishly attend the Cream Tea tomorrow and make myself vulnerable to more triggers that would jeopardise my attendance at 2 Summer Schools. Perhaps not. I slept again today from 17:07 to 18:51, third session of sleeping during the day, today. A sign of recovery I think.
4) Change and Independence.
I true soldier and jihadist, wrestling with dark forces with exemplary success, continuously until his intelligence based assassination and glorious martyrdom in 1980.
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
John Lennon as Musketeer Gripweed in “How I Won the War”, 1967.
1710713/20140725a) She’s Looking Good. July 25, 2014Posted by pete1844 in Diary.
add a comment 09:15 BST (British Summer Time), Istiqlal, 13th Kalimat, 171 BE Independence, Power of Words Year number 19, Vahid, (Unity) Vahid number 9, Baha, (Splendour) Kull-i-Shay (Fullness of Time), number 1, Alif, (A), Al-Jumu’ah, 28th Ramadan, or is it 27th?, 1435 AH Gathering Day, of The Scorched Month
Friday, 25th July 2014 AD
1) Sci Fi.
09:14. Zero X is looking good, on its way to Mars, to escape from rocks snakes in the nick of time, and in taking an interest in a Mysteron city, its intentions were regarded as hostile, and the MEV was destroyed by the Mysterons, but the wonders of human technology, retrometabolised the MEV and it was then as good as new. Or have I got it backwards?
09:30. Probably the most beautiful Space Station in the world. Thunderbird 5.
2) Psychology and Health.
09:25. Not only are the media not a reflection of reality, but reality isn’t a reflection of reality either. No, its just a Dassault Mirage over Port Stanley, but easily blown out of the sky by a Hawker Siddeley Harrier with its unique VTOL technology. I must get on with my Airfix model of a Harrier GR1. So far, all that’s been done is to paint the padding on the back of the pilot’s chair.
17:00. I feel melancholy, though I’m not sure why. Maybe its the underlying suspicion that I am on a Truman’s Show. Why else, whilst reading “Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman, under the shade of trees in Summertown, waiting for Friday Prayers with MECO, someone should say with distinct loudness as they walked past, “What colour is he?”, and later, “Oh, my God!” And then later, being stared at by a man in black, but with a white “dog collar” as if he could stop me as an alien from another planet. All occurrences that using “Occam’s Razor” have nothing to do with me. Is my intuition tuning in to something true, or making up fantasies? Nobody knows.
17:06. Size. Its a big issue in fiction. There’s “Gulliver’s Travels”, “The Borrowers”, “Land of the Giants”, “Inner Space”, “Fantastic Journey”, “The Incredible Shrinking Man”, episode of “Fireball XL5″ “Space Immigrants” and “The Triads”. episodes of “Stingray” “Tom Thumb Tempest”, for starters. So, what if the nature of reality has been changing since 21st April 1863, and size is becoming fluid, as in “Alice in Wonderland” drinking and eating, to grow or to miniturise? What if the relative dimensions of humans and the planet, have been changing, depending on the consciousness of human beings. On “The Sky at Night”, an image of the Earth, which also appeared on Facebook, showed the USA as 4 times its size in reality. IF the USA is bigger than it was, perhaps it has more room for growth of society within it, Its population can get bigger, without being a drain on its resources, and without threatening to exhaust its resources. I saw a cartoon recently of future astronauts visiting the Apollo Moon-shot landing sites and in the cartoon, the visitors were small, like Lilliputians from Gulliver’s Travel, standing besides a boot-print of maybe Armstrong or Aldrin, and a couple of them could lie down next to each other in a boot-print. But I can’t be bothered to think about this any longer at the moment. Its not exactly a case of “My brain hurts”, but more like, “This does not compute” and I don’t know how to think about it with any reason or understanding. Also BFG, Big Friendly Giant or Baha’i Friendly Government or World Friendly Government, or Baha’i Friendly Giant, or World Friendly Giant, or World Federal Government. Big Federal Giant? That would be a self that is a community of personalities as in that episode of ST:TNG in which Picard gets excited by a porcelain head, with a lid, and inside a community of “little people”, which reminds me of “the Little People”, the leprechauns, elves, pixies, goblins and fairies, and also the technology to miniturise people again in “The Secret Service” by Gerry Anderson.
00:19. I found this today, (or earlier yesterday, since its after midnight), in “Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman, page 9, quoting the 16th century (1500s) humanist, Erasmus of Rotterdam, who, writing in a satirical vein of this perennial tension between reason and emotion:- “Jupiter has bestowed far more passion than reason – you could calculate the ratio as 24 to one. He has set up two raging tyrants in opposition to Reason’s solitary power: anger and lust. How far Reason can prevail against the combined forces of these two the common life of man makes quite clear. Reason does the only thing she can and shouts herself hoarse, repeating formulas of virtue, while the other two bid her go hang herself, and are increasingly noisy and offensive, until at last their Ruler is exhausted, and gives up, and surrenders.” What cynicism! In my humble opinion, (IMHO), rather than reason being so exalted over Jupiter’s alleged anger and lust, the situation is very different. The heart is for the emotions of the Kingdom, and this is the place for God to sit within us, not the brain, with its over vaunted intellect, reason, and rational analysis. Agreed the emotions of anger and lust are regrettable, but rather than throw the baby out with the bath-water and dump all emotion in favour of reason is completely counter-productive. Rather see Jupiter as an embodiment of the Blessed Beauty, and the beauty of the Blessed Beauty as an embodiment of God, and as the overseer of Planet Earth on behalf of God from at least 6,000 BC to at least 500,000 AD. And for Jupiter to embody THAT Divine Beauty, the emotions of the Kingdom, disgusting the rational analysis of Reason, like Spock who just “goes off in a huff”, it is Dr Leonard Bones McCoy who LOVES with that heart-felt devotion and commitment that is of the heart. Spock’s “ponfar” is much more like lust, that drives him insane as in the episode “Amok Time”. And when the fervent love for the love of one’s life seems insane and irrational (“one must abound in sanity to merit the madness of love”) in reality, its that love for the most beautiful soul that you have ever met, which, under the umbrella, under the custody and protection of the Blessed Beauty, is allowed, sanctioned, valued, praised, and celebrated by The Lord. IMHO!
00:52. I wonder who lives in Pulman Close, Redditch, and whether they are relevant!
00:43. Maggie Aderin-Pocock says, “Get out and get looking up”. Its a starry, starry night, at least here, and almost at the zenith, directly overhead, the constellations of Bootes have shifted further “to the right” towards the sun-set, with Corona Borealis following, Hercules afterwards, no longer at the zenith, which is now occupied with two of the 3 Bright Summer stars, Vega and Deneb, and after them, rising on the left, from the rising point of the Sun in the east, the unmistakable great square of stars that forms the bulk of Pegasus, the Flying horse. Reminds me of “Pie-Gar” the means of transport for the blind Adonis in “Barbarella” starring Jane Fonda.
4) Change and Independence.
“Forces of Our Time, The Dynamics of Light and Darkness” by Hooper C. Dunbar on “protesting”. I want to type out 5 paragraphs from page 95 starting The spiritual principle that negative thoughts and feelings……”…to…page 97 and “……with each other and with the world.” But Zebedee says its time for bed. That typing out will have to go on the next post.
1710712/20140724a) Would You Like a Jelly Baby? July 24, 2014Posted by pete1844 in Diary.
add a comment 15:54 BST (British Summer Time), Istijlal, 12th Kalimat, 171 BE Majesty, Knowledge of Words Year number 19, Vahid, (Unity) Vahid number 9, Baha, (Splendour) Kull-i-Shay (Fullness of Time), number 1, Alif, (A), Al-Khamis, 27th Ramadan, or is it 26th?, 1435 AH The Fifth Day, of The Scorched Month
Thursday, 24th July 2014 AD
1) The Word of God.
2) Sci Fi.
22:12. Clear sky tonight? As Maggie Aderin-Pocock says in “The Sky at Night”, “Get out, and get looking up. And nearly overhead is the faint constellation of Hercules, with, on the left the 3 bright first magnitude stars, Vega in Lyra the Lyre, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, and Altair in Aquila the Eagle, and to the right of Hercules in the faint constellation Corona Borealis, and to the right of that, Bootes the Hunter, with the first magnitude star Arcturus, pointed to by the curve of The Plough, Ursa Major, the Big Bear. Bootes to Hercules were the first three constellations I spotted and learned in 1968 in AGS’ Longford Hall near Newport, Shropshire, from the windows of Dorm 3, using the present from Timothy Roberts of a Hamlyn, Little Guide in colour on Astronomy.
On July 24, 1969, the crew of Apollo 11 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:50 Eastern Daylight Time. Soon after landing about 12 nautical miles away from recovery ship USS Hornet, the three astronauts were met with a U.S. Navy underwater demolition team swimmer. Later in the year, the Apollo 11 crew commemorated the accomplishment on the “Great Leap” tour, visiting 25 countries and meeting many world leaders.
Learn more about Apollo 11 and NASA’s Next Giant Leap:
4) Psychology and Health.
16:24. You know how people who are fasting sometimes get headaches? Well, my theory, ahem, is that when you give your body a rest from non-stop digestion, during The Fast, the body has a breathing space, in which it can devote some of its time to internal healing. If one aspect of that healing, is the identification and elimination of pollutants, toxins, poisons, free radicals etc from the system. Now when this process is in full swing, such as during the day, during The Fast, some of those pollutants, having been freed from the tissue in which they were located, and then delivered to the blood supply for transport to the liver, where they are quarantined ready for excretion. If the route of the toxins to the liver is via the brain, as a proportion of the toxins is bound to be, then they will cause a headache. So when people get headaches, sometimes the cause is pollutants on their way to excretion. If a person takes B3 which acts on the brain to restore optimum brain-functioning, maybe one of the side effects is to release toxins from the tissues in which they were held, released into the blood circulation, affecting the brain causing headaches. BUT IF the person taking the B3, had ALREADY been taking large doses of vitamin C, for some time, and vitamin C is for general healing all over the body, rather than primarily the brain for B3, then the vitamin C would have already have got rid of the bulk of the pollutants, so that when the B3 was then being taken to fix the brain, no pollutants would be around to cause headaches. Simples!
16:01. A new low in recent times, 106.6 kilos, but nevertheless, though this is better than the height of 117 kilos in 2012, which was a shocking 18 stone 6 pounds, the current low is still a dreadful 16 stone 11 pounds.
6) Change and Independence.
add a comment 00:37 BST (British Summer Time),
‘Idal, 11th Kalimat, 171 BE Justice, Will of Words Year number 19, Vahid, (Unity) Vahid number 9, Baha, (Splendour) Kull-i-Shay (Fullness of Time), number 1, Alif, (A), Al-Arba’aa’, 26th Ramadan, 1435 AH Fourth Day, of Scorched Wednesday, 23rd July 2014 AD
1) The Word of God.
‘Abdu’l-Baha as a young man, I believe in Edirne/Adrianople, in around 1867, aged about 23.
08:55. “Assist me, by Thy strengthening grace, O my Lord, to do what Thou didst will, and withhold not from me the things Thou dost possess. So enravish me with the wonders of Thine utterances that the noise and distraction of this world may be powerless to deter me from turning unto Thee, and may fail to shake my constancy in Thy Cause, or to distract my gaze from the horizon of Thy grace. Aid me, then, O my God, to do what pleaseth Thee, and to carry out Thy will. Write down for me, moreover, the good of this world and of the world which is to come, and ordain 115 for me a seat of truth in Thy presence. Potent art Thou to do what Thou willest, and to rule as Thou pleasest. No God is there but Thee, the Inaccessible, the All-Glorious, the Most Great.
All-praise to Thee, O Lord of the worlds and the Object of the adoration of the entire creation!”
(Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 114)
“O HANDMAID of God! Hearken unto the Voice of the Lord of Names, Who from His Prison hath directed His gaze towards thee and is making mention of thee.
He hath extended assistance to every wayfarer, hath graciously responded to every petitioner and granted admittance to every seeker after truth. In this Day the Straight Path is made manifest, the Balance of divine justice is set and the light of the sun of His bounty is resplendent, yet the oppressive darkness of the people of tyranny hath, even as clouds, intervened and caused a grievous obstruction between the Day-Star of heavenly grace and the people of the world. Blessed is he who hath rent the intervening veils 256 asunder and is illumined by the radiant light of divine Revelation. Consider how numerous were those who accounted themselves among the wise and the learned, yet in the Day of God were deprived of the outpourings of heavenly bounties.”
(Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 255).
18:50. Sally Ride, the first American woman astronaut.
Physicist Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a crew member on the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983. In the years after she left NASA, Ride devoted much of her time and effort to science education and, in 2001, along with her partner Tam O’Shaughnessy, she founded Sally Ride Science which focuses on inspiring a wider interest in science, especially among elementary and middle school girls. Sally Ride died in 2012 of pancreatic cancer at age 61, leaving behind a tremendous legacy and inspiring an entire generation of girls to shoot for the stars!
Sally Ride is featured as one of the role models in the inspiring picture book, “My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?”, for ages 4 to 8, at http://www.amightygirl.com/my-name-is-not-isabella
To introduce readers 8 to 12 to this trailblazing astronaut and scientist, check out “Who Was Sally Ride? — a recent addition to the “Who Is/Was?” biography line — at http://www.amightygirl.com/who-was-sally-ride
4) Sci Fi
13:11. I hereby declare that my bicycle, a Raleigh Pioneer 140 Easyride hybrid, is renamed from “Tardis Blue” to “Zero X Blue”. Sorry, Whovians, but Fanderson is my top fandom by far. I even chose Roberta Leigh’s (ex-colleague of Gerry Anderson in AP Films making “Twizzle” and “Torchy the Battery Boy”) “Space Patrol” featuring non-SuperMarionation puppets, on ATV over “Dr Who” at the same time in an early Saturday evening slot on BBC. I only later became a Whovian, with Dr No 2, Patrick Troughton, and then much later with Dr No 9 Christopher Eccleston. So, excitedly anticipating Dr No 12?, Peter Capaldi on 23rd August. But Fanderson from Supercar to Zero X is my first sci fi love.
5) Change and Dissent.
“While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report.
They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine started late last year, when EU and US-supported protesters plotted the OVERTHROW of the elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Without US-sponsored “regime change,” it is unlikely that hundreds would have been killed in the unrest that followed. Nor would the Malaysian Airlines crash have happened.
The media has reported that the plane must have been shot down by Russian forces or Russian-backed separatists, because the missile that reportedly brought down the plane was Russian made. But they will not report that the Ukrainian government also USES THE EXACT SAME Russian-made weapons.
They will not report that the post-coup government in Kiev has, according to OSCE monitors, killed 250 people in the breakaway Lugansk region since June, including 20 killed as government forces bombed the city center the day after the plane crash! Most of these are civilians and together they roughly EQUAL the number killed in the plane crash. By contrast, RUSSIA HAS KILLED NO ONE in Ukraine, and the separatists have struck largely MILITARY, not civilian, targets.
They will not report that the US has STRONGLY BACKED the Ukrainian government in these attacks on civilians, which a State Department spokeswoman called “measured and moderate.”
They will not report that neither Russia nor the separatists in eastern Ukraine have anything to gain but everything to lose by shooting down a passenger liner full of civilians.
They will not report that the Ukrainian government has MUCH TO GAIN by pinning the attack on Russia, and that the Ukrainian prime minister has already expressed his PLEASURE that Russia is being blamed for the attack.
They will not report that the missile that apparently shot down the plane was from a sophisticated surface-to-air missile system that requires a good deal of training that the separatists DO NOT HAVE.
They will not report that the separatists in eastern Ukraine have inflicted CONSIDERABLE LOSSES on the Ukrainian government in the week before the plane was downed.
They will not report how SIMILAR this is to last summer’s US CLAIM that the Assad government in Syria had used poison gas against civilians in Ghouta. Assad was also gaining the upper hand in his struggle with US-backed rebels and the US claimed that the attack came from Syrian government positions. Then, US claims led us to the BRINK OF ANOTHER WAR in the Middle East. At the last minute public opposition forced Obama to back down – and we have learned since then that US claims about the gas attack were FALSE.”
1710710/20140722a) Steady as she goes Mr Chekov. We don’t want to burn out any Dilithium crystals. July 22, 2014Posted by pete1844 in Diary.
add a comment 13:43 BST (British Summer Time),
Fidal, 1oth Kalimat, 171 BE Grace, Might of Words Year number 19, Vahid, (Unity) Vahid number 9, Baha, (Splendour) Kull-i-Shay (Fullness of Time), number 1, Alif, (A), Ath-Thalaathaa, 25th Ramadan, 1435 AH Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 AD
1) The Word of God.
This is ‘Abdu’l-Baha (1844-1921).
About “The Three Central Figures” of The Baha’i Faith,
“Dominating the entire range of this fascinating spectacle towers the incomparable figure of Bahá’u’lláh, transcendental in His majesty, serene, awe-inspiring, unapproachably glorious. Allied, though subordinate in rank, and invested with the authority of presiding with Him over the destinies of this supreme Dispensation, there shines upon this mental picture the youthful glory of the Báb, infinite in His tenderness, irresistible in His charm, unsurpassed in His heroism, matchless in the dramatic circumstances of His short yet eventful life. And finally there emerges, though on a plane of its own and in a category entirely apart from the one occupied by the twin Figures that preceded Him, the vibrant, the magnetic personality of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, reflecting to a degree that no man, however exalted his station, can hope to rival, the glory and power with which They who are the Manifestations of God are alone endowed.”
(Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Baha’u’llah, p. 97)
204. O phoenix of that immortal flame kindled in the sacred Tree! Bahá’u’lláh — may my life, my soul, my spirit be offered up as a sacrifice unto His lowly servants — hath, during His last days on earth, given the most emphatic promise that, through the outpourings of the grace of God and the aid and assistance vouchsafed from His Kingdom on high, souls will arise and holy beings appear who, as stars, would adorn the firmament of divine guidance; illumine the dayspring of loving-kindness and bounty; manifest the signs of the unity of God; shine with the light of sanctity and purity; receive their full measure of divine inspiration; raise high the sacred torch of faith; stand firm as the rock and immoveable as the mountain; and grow to become luminaries in the heavens of His Revelation, mighty channels of His grace, means for the bestowal of God’s bountiful care, heralds calling forth the name of the One true God, and establishers of the world’s supreme foundation.
These shall labour ceaselessly, by day and by night, shall heed neither trials nor woe, shall suffer no respite in their efforts, shall seek no repose, shall disregard all ease and comfort, and, detached and unsullied, shall consecrate every fleeting moment of their lives to the diffusion of the divine fragrance and the exaltation of God’s holy Word. Their faces will radiate heavenly gladness, and their hearts be filled with joy. Their souls will be inspired, and their foundation stand secure. They shall scatter in the world, and travel throughout all regions. They shall raise their voices in every assembly, and adorn and revive every gathering. They shall speak in every tongue, and interpret every hidden meaning. They shall reveal the mysteries of the Kingdom, and manifest unto everyone the signs of God. They shall burn brightly even as a candle in the heart of every assembly, and beam forth as a star upon every horizon. The gentle breezes wafted from the garden of their hearts shall perfume and revive the souls of men, and the revelations of their minds, even as showers, will reinvigorate the peoples and nations of the world.
I am waiting, eagerly waiting for these holy ones to appear; and yet, how long will they delay their coming? My prayer and ardent supplication, at eventide and at dawn, is that these shining stars may soon shed their radiance upon the world, that their sacred countenances may be unveiled to mortal eyes, that the hosts of divine assistance may achieve their victory, and the billows of grace, rising from His oceans above, may flow upon all mankind. Pray ye also and supplicate unto Him that through the bountiful aid of the Ancient Beauty these souls may be unveiled to the eyes of the world.
The glory of God rest upon thee, and upon him whose face is illumined with that everlasting light that shineth from His Kingdom of Glory.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 250)
19:42. What a stunningly and shockingly beautiful picture taken by a drone, apparently. The Baha’i House of Worship in Delhi, India. Also termed Dawning Place of the Mention of God, which translates from Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, Baha’i Temple, and in this case, “The Lotus Temple”, completed in 1986.
233. “O ye faithful friends, O ye sincere servants of Bahá’u’lláh! Now, in the midwatches of the night, when eyes are closed in slumber and all have laid their heads upon the couch of rest and deep sleep, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is wakeful within the precincts of the Hallowed Shrine and, in the ardour of his invocation uttereth this, his prayer:
O Thou kind and loving Providence! The east is astir and the west surgeth even as the eternal billows of the sea. The gentle breezes of holiness are diffused and, from the Unseen Kingdom, the rays of the Orb of Truth shine forth resplendent. The anthems of divine unity are being chanted and the ensigns of celestial might are waving. The angelic Voice is raised and, even as the roaring of the leviathan, soundeth the call to selflessness and evanescence. The triumphal cry Ya Baha’u’l-Abha resoundeth on every side, and the call Ya Aliyyu’l-‘Ala ringeth throughout all regions. No stir is there in the world save that of the Glory of the One Ravisher of Hearts, and no tumult is there save the surging of the love of Him, the Incomparable, the Well-Beloved.
The beloved of the Lord, with their musk-scented breath, burn like bright candles in every clime, and the friends of the All-Merciful, even as unfolding flowers, can be found in all regions. Not for a moment do they rest; they breathe not but in remembrance of Thee, and crave naught but to serve Thy Cause. In the meadows of truth they are as sweet-singing nightingales, and in the flower-garden of guidance they are even as brightly-coloured blossoms. With mystic flowers they adorn the walks of the Garden of Reality; as swaying cypresses they line the riverbanks of the Divine Will. Above the horizon of being they shine as radiant stars; in the firmament of the world they gleam as resplendent orbs. Manifestations of celestial grace are they, and daysprings of the light of divine assistance.
Grant, O Thou Loving Lord, that all may stand firm and steadfast, shining with everlasting splendour, so that, at every breath, gentle breezes may blow from the bowers of Thy loving-kindness, that from the ocean of Thy grace a mist may rise, that the kindly showers of Thy love may bestow freshness, and the zephyr waft its perfume from the rose garden of divine unity.
Vouchsafe, O Best Beloved of the World, a ray from Thy Splendour. O Well-Beloved of mankind, shed upon us the light of Thy Countenance.
O God Omnipotent, do Thou shield us and be our refuge and, O Lord of Being, show forth Thy might and Thy dominion.
O Thou loving Lord, the movers of sedition are in some regions astir and active, and by night and day are inflicting a grievous wrong.
Even as wolves, tyrants are lying in wait, and the wronged, innocent flock hath neither help nor succour. Hounds are on the trail of the gazelles of the fields of divine unity, and the pheasant in the mountains of heavenly guidance is pursued by the ravens of envy.
O Thou divine Providence, preserve and protect us! O Thou Who art our Shield, save us and defend us! Keep us beneath Thy Shelter, and by Thy Help save us from all ills. Thou art, indeed, the True Protector, the Unseen Guardian, the Celestial Preserver, and the Heavenly Loving Lord.
O ye beloved of the Lord! On one side the standard of the One True God is unfurled and the Voice of the Kingdom raised. The Cause of God is spreading, and manifest in splendour are the wonders from on high. The east is illumined and the west perfumed; fragrant with ambergris is the north, and musk-scented the south.
On the other side the faithless wax in hate and rancour, ceaselessly stirring up grievous sedition and mischief. No day goeth by but someone raiseth the standard of revolt and spurreth his charger into the arena of discord. No hour passeth but the vile adder bareth its fangs and scattereth its deadly venom.
The beloved of the Lord are wrapped in utter sincerity and devotion, unmindful of this rancour and malice. Smooth and insidious are these snakes, these whisperers of evil, artful in their craft and guile. Be ye on your guard and ever wakeful! Quick-witted and keen of intellect are the faithful, and firm and steadfast are the assured. Act ye with all circumspection!
‘Fear ye the sagacity of the faithful, for he seeth with the divine light!’
Beware lest any soul privily cause disruption or stir up strife. In the Impregnable Stronghold be ye brave warriors, and for the Mighty Mansion a valiant host. Exercise the utmost care, and day and night be on your guard, that thereby the tyrant may inflict no harm.
Study the Tablet of the Holy Mariner that ye may know the truth and consider that the Blessed Beauty hath fully foretold future events. Let them who perceive take warning. Verily in this is a bounty for the sincere!
Even as dust upon the Sacred Threshold, in utter humility and lowliness, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is engaged in the promulgation of His signs in the daytime and in the night season. Whensoever he findeth time he prayeth ardently, and beseecheth Him tearfully and fervently, saying:
O Thou divine Providence, pitiful are we, grant us Thy succour; homeless wanderers, give us Thy shelter; scattered, do Thou unite us; astray, gather us to Thy fold; bereft, do Thou bestow upon us a share and portion; athirst, lead us to the well-spring of Life; frail, strengthen us that we may arise to help Thy Cause and offer ourselves as a living sacrifice in the pathway of guidance.
The faithless, however, by day and night, openly and privily do their utmost to shake the foundations of the Cause, to root out the Blessed Tree, to deprive this servant of service, to kindle secret sedition and strife and to annihilate ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Outwardly they appear as sheep, yet inwardly they are naught but ravening wolves. Sweet in words, they are but at heart a deadly poison.
O ye beloved ones, guard the Cause of God! Let no sweetness of tongue beguile you — nay, rather consider the motive of every soul, and ponder the thought he cherisheth. Be ye straightway mindful and on your guard. Avoid him, yet be not aggressive! Refrain from censure and from slander, and leave him in the Hand of God. Upon you rest the Glory of Glories.
(‘Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, p. 312)
2) Sci Fi.
00:29. Yes, The Definite Article for sure, so he was! A real Doctor SFixit.
20:11. A Spectrum SPV (Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle), from Gerry Anderson and Century 21 Production’s 1967 “Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons”.
20:41. TB 2, International Rescue’s giant transporter aircaft, coming out of its mountain hanger, on Tracy Island in the South Pacific, from Gerry Anderson’s AP Films 1965 production, “Thunderbirds”.
“At this point in an episode of Thunderbirds you always know you’re just a few seconds away from seeing the completion of one of the best vehicle launch sequences in history! What’s your favourite Gerry Anderson launch sequence? From http://www.gerryanderson.co.uk/ “
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3) Today’s discussion of psychology and health.
13:39. Have you ever been for the meditation retreats held by the Brahma Kumaris? Yes, and to start with I found them very powerful, but I realised after a while that their words, were going straight into my subconscious and I had already fallen asleep so I had no idea what was being said and whether I agree with it, or whether it was in conformity with His words. It reminds me of listening to Paul McKenna’s self hypnosis CDs that go with his books. Even if you listen to them while wide awake, you can’t make out what he is saying, since sometimes, two things are being said at the same time, so again, there’s no way of checking what’s being put into your sub-conscious, and what if both sources were using NLP to suggest things that are damaging, spiritually. There’s no way to check. So, I prefer what I learned in 1974 for £12, Maharishi’s Hindu-based TM (Transcendental Meditation), which I, since then, can do at will, and without even using the mantra given to me, which was, “I’m”! I did 15 minutes this morning for the first time, maybe since 1075, and it was great. Thanks for the suggestion, though. Also, reading The Writings whilst “in alpha” rather than beta, with slower brain waves in terms of Hertz, means that the subconscious in nearer the surface, and the Writings can take effect more easily. We’re in alpha when we watch TV, because of the number of Hertz of the TV screen, so we absorb what we watch. Another reason to be selective about what we watch. When I see “X Factor” or “Eastenders” on TV, it seems evil to me, so maybe not watching such programmes usually has made me less sensitised to the effect that they have. Same goes for BBC news. I can just FEEL my emotions being manipulated and not in a good way.
23:22. “Utopia”, the TV series on Channel 4; what is the outcome? The film, “Children of Men” starring Clive Owen. Another reason for people to be anxious that they might never have any children. And there are the rumours about “test it on the Brits”. And Shoghi Effendi saying, “There’s too much sickness in the British Baha’i Community”.
23:27. And, commenting on a very negative post dated, Wednesday, 16th July, called,
20140716a) Hating God? It works for me! Tor ah zesh e haf zadan nadari.
The phrase in Persian means, quoting Kevin Costner in “Dances With Wolves”, “You’re not worth talking to.”, so in its emotionally unmanipulated meaning, is an indictment, not of the Persians, or the Native First Nation Americans, but father their persecutors, and especially persecutors of Baha’is, so that whoever is guilty of deliberately making me so ill, I needed to visit a psychiatric ward, whoever is the destination, when you follow the money that is persecuting Baha’is in Persia, whoever in the elite who does not have the interests of the WHOLE human race at heart, the phrase is aimed at YOU. YOU are not worth talking to.
” is this comment today. “The above from me, is when I am in a particular mind-set, which is or was triggered by certain conditions from people around me, eliciting an emotional response, related to certain events in my childhood, much of which I cannot remember. To read the above and think that this is the real me is like looking at The Incredible Hulk, or Mr Hyde, and thinking that this is the essence of Dr Jekkyl or the mild-mannered Bruce Banner, scientist. THAT is not the case. When people either wittingly or not trigger these deep-seated emotional responses, then all hell breaks loose. I have been keeping to myself, avoiding those that seem to wind me up, and have succeeded in settling myself down and start to function on a higher level again, and its working. By only communicating with Baha’is by Facebook, and via this blog, dear Baha’i friends occasionally when needed give me all the support and assurance that I need to start climbing the ladders from square 1 and avoiding snakes. Also my NHS Care-Coordinator agrees that I am not mentally ill, but simply responding according to the legacy of childhood emotional abuse. So, when you read what the Hulk has to say, don’t get alarmed. I’m not really green. Honest!
00:22. I was just reading Adib’s Volume 3, Chapter 9, about Badi, and remembered a sort of dream. I had been invited by a Baha’i friend to accompany her to a concert of choral music in the Chapel of Exeter College. I thought after the music started, which was beautiful, that I would sit perfectly still, close my eyes, and do TM and “go into alpha” just to see what would happen. I imagined myself in orbit, looking down on the Earth and wondering where to visit. I remember considering Poland and New Zealand. I thought of the Holy Land, and when I had decided to go there, suddenly I was in Bahji, and I was aged 5, looking up at Baha’u”llah Who was wearing a red patchwork coat, and with his black flowing hair, was seated at a desk, and writing. As I gazed at Him, he was facing to the right. After a little while He turned to His right and looked at me, and said something. I was frightened, exhilarated, and very excited all at once. I turned to my left and saw an open doorway, an open arch, and by it ‘Abdu’l-Baha was standing, with the open arch to His right, wearing a cream aba, or coat. I fled to Him in my fear and joy, and flung my arms around His knees, and said loudly, with great excitement, to Him, “He talked to me, He talked to me!” It seems that just a word, from Him is enough to do powerful things to a little child.
3) Change and Dissent.
Non-violent civil disobedience. For marvelous Islamic teaching from the Qur’an and NOT the hadith on the Qur’anic permission for inter-faith marriage see www.meco.org.uk
Where love and life become a political act, but not partisan party politics, a politics of unity, where you refuse to take sides, except perhaps being PRO spiritual virtues and AGAINST “sin”? “Sin”, a lack of virtue as in the 7 deadly sins? Wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony? What about injustice, oppression, tyranny, lying, dishonesty, violence, theft, conflict, disunity, disharmony, hatred? Maybe the 7 deadly sins leave much to be held in contempt.
‘Jews and Arabs Refuse to Be Enemies’ Proves Love is Bigger Than War
13:39. Ashamed of being Dutch for the failure of the authorities to tell the truth? I feel sorry for your PM. Grief for the passengers, but tricked by the lack of context of the Russian’s soldiers reverence in relation to an MH17 child’s toy. But don’t through the baby out with the bath-water. England and the Netherlands both, have marvelous moral standards and traditions, as well as obnoxious ones. Being English is sometimes a pain, because it involves having “emotional constipation”, but nevertheless there are also marvelous national traits such as bulldog refusal to submit, an insistence on fair-play and justice, even for the poorest of people, and think of the Golden Age of the Netherlands around the time of the “tulip bubble”. The Netherlands was in the vanguard of civilisation. Just because the elite seems to be taking over the world, doesn’t mean that the people no longer have those good virtues and qualities deep in their natures. They do, and just need to tap into it, to ally themselves with the best of the people in their nation, and other nations too. Virtuous people of the world unite; we have nothing to lose but our brainwashing by the global corrupt elite.
14:20. On an article describing “Muslims” destroying ancient statues in the name of Islam. “Time to stifle the money from Saudi oil financing the spread of these poisonous doctrines claiming to be Islamic. If the people studied for themselves and realised how the hadith are being used to subvert The Holy Qur’an, they would ignore and shun their mullahs. www.meco.org.uk Succinctly put by someone on the Vladimir Putin Fan Club page, “Taliban and al qaeda, are not muslims… they are americans, funded by the US “pretending” to be muslims, so that the world says “islam is terrorism”… but the truth is america is terrorism, they have been lying to the world all these years, by their media, so they can attack Russia.” Ref:- “America’s War on Terror” by Professor of Economics in Canada, Michel Chossudovsky, www.globalresearch.ca
Joe Biden Once Looked At Putin And Said ‘I Don’t Think You Have A Soul’
It takes one to know one, so maybe Mr Biden doesn’t have a soul either. Or as someone else said, “That’s humorous isn’t it? One politician accusing another one of being soul-less. Wonderful deflecting strategy.” I wonder if Mr Putin was being “ironic”, and since irony is little understood in America (See Steve Martin in “Roxanne”) perhaps Mr Biden taking Mr Putin literally, is the whole point! And Mr Putin got the joke, but literalist Mr Biden didn’t. I notice that it was Mr Putin who laughed, with a sense of irony. I notice that he uses every photo opportunity possible to show his love of animals. I notice that when he made his victory speech after winning the general election, he shed tears. Either he’s a reptilian shape-shifter with excellent acting skills and crocodile tears, or else he’s REALLY human. Any sign of emotion from Mr Biden? Or irony?
19:37. I remember in 2007, when a LOT was going on, I remember at one stage, a Persian Baha’i suggested that what I ought to do, was to go to Russia to help out. I wonder what the background to that advice was.
15:10. Hannah the Tigress Shark.
Reminds me of my idea of how women who understand their own power are, amongst “men”.
1710709/20140721a) And Tomorrow Is Another Day. July 21, 2014Posted by pete1844 in Diary.
add a comment 03:55 BST (British Summer Time),
Kamal, 9th Kalimat, 171 BE Perfection, Names of Words Year number 19, Vahid, (Unity) Vahid number 9, Baha, (Splendour) Kull-i-Shay (Fullness of Time), number 1, Alif, (A), Monday, 21st July 2014 AD
11:46. 1) The Word of God. God’s solution to deal with criminals, in the words of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. This is ‘Abdu’l-Baha (1844-1921), Who wrote the Note below, on the subject, “The Right Method of Treating Criminals”. From His book “Some Answered Questions” from 1907, which, I believe, is being re-translated to make the available English translation a more accurate rendering of the original Persian.
THE RIGHT METHOD OF TREATING CRIMINALS
Question. — Should a criminal be punished, or forgiven and his crime overlooked?
Answer. — There are two sorts of retributory punishments. One is vengeance, the other, chastisement. Man has not the right to take vengeance, but the community has the right to punish the criminal; and this punishment is intended to warn and to prevent so that no other person will dare to commit a like crime. This punishment is for the protection of man’s rights, but it is not vengeance; vengeance appeases the anger of the heart by opposing one evil to another. This is not allowable, for man has not the right to take vengeance. But if criminals were entirely forgiven, the order of the world would be upset. So punishment is one of the essential necessities for the safety of communities, but he who is oppressed by a transgressor has not the right to take vengeance. On the contrary, he should forgive and pardon, for this is worthy of the world of man.
The communities must punish the oppressor, the murderer, the malefactor, so as to warn and restrain others from committing like crimes. But the most essential thing is that the people must be educated in such a way that no crimes will be committed; for it is possible to educate the masses so effectively that they will avoid and shrink from perpetrating crimes, so that the crime itself will appear to them as the greatest chastisement, the utmost condemnation and torment. Therefore, no crimes which require punishment will be committed.
We must speak of things that are possible of performance in this world. There are many theories and high ideas on this subject, but they are not practicable; consequently, we must speak of things that are feasible.
For example, if someone oppresses, injures and wrongs another, and the wronged man retaliates, this is vengeance and is censurable. If the son of ‘Amr kills the son of Zayd, Zayd has not the right to kill the son of ‘Amr; if he does so, this is vengeance. If ‘Amr dishonors Zayd, the latter has not the right to dishonor ‘Amr; if he does so, this is vengeance, and it is very reprehensible. No, rather he must return good for evil, and not only forgive, but also, if possible, be of service to his oppressor. This conduct is worthy of man: for what advantage does he gain by vengeance? The two actions are equivalent; if one action is reprehensible, both are reprehensible. The only difference is that one was committed first, the other later.
But the community has the right of defense and of self-protection; moreover, the community has no hatred nor animosity for the murderer: it imprisons or punishes him merely for the protection and security of others. It is not for the purpose of taking vengeance upon the murderer, but for the purpose of inflicting a punishment by which the community will be protected. If the community and the inheritors of the murdered one were to forgive and return good for evil, the cruel would be continually ill-treating others, and assassinations would continually occur. Vicious people, like wolves, would destroy the sheep of God. The community has no ill-will and rancor in the infliction of punishment, and it does not desire to appease the anger of the heart; its purpose is by punishment to protect others so that no atrocious actions may be committed.
Thus when Christ said: “Whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the left one also,” it was for the purpose of teaching men not to take personal revenge. He did not mean that, if a wolf should fall upon a flock of sheep and wish to destroy it, the wolf should be encouraged to do so. No, if Christ had known that a wolf had entered the fold and was about to destroy the sheep, most certainly He would have prevented it.
[1 Cf. Matt. 5:39.]
As forgiveness is one of the attributes of the Merciful One, so also justice is one of the attributes of the Lord. The tent of existence is upheld upon the pillar of justice and not upon forgiveness. The continuance of mankind depends upon justice and not upon forgiveness. So if, at present, the law of pardon were practiced in all countries, in a short time the world would be disordered, and the foundations of human life would crumble. For example, if the governments of Europe had not withstood the notorious Attila, he would not have left a single living man.
Some people are like bloodthirsty wolves: if they see no punishment forthcoming, they will kill men merely for pleasure and diversion. One of the tyrants of Persia killed his tutor merely for the sake of making merry, for mere fun and sport. The famous Mutavakkil, the Abbasid, having summoned his ministers, councillors and functionaries to his presence, let loose a box full of scorpions in the assembly and forbade anyone to move. When the scorpions stung those present, he burst forth into boisterous laughter.
To recapitulate: the constitution of the communities depends upon justice, not upon forgiveness. Then what Christ meant by forgiveness and pardon is not that, when nations attack you, burn your homes, plunder your goods, assault your wives, children and relatives, and violate your honor, you should be submissive in the presence of these tyrannical foes and allow them to perform all their cruelties and oppressions. No, the words of Christ refer to the conduct of two individuals toward each other: if one person assaults another, the injured one should forgive him. But the communities must protect the rights of man. So if someone assaults, injures, oppresses and wounds me, I will offer no resistance, and I will forgive him. But if a person wishes to assault Siyyid Manshadi, certainly I will prevent him. Although for the malefactor noninterference is apparently a kindness, it would be an oppression to Manshadi. If at this moment a wild Arab were to enter this place with a drawn sword, wishing to assault, wound and kill you, most assuredly I would prevent him. If I abandoned you to the Arab, that would not be justice but injustice. But if he injure me personally, I would forgive him.
[1 A Bahá'í sitting with us at table.]
One thing remains to be said: it is that the communities are day and night occupied in making penal laws, and in preparing and organizing instruments and means of punishment. They build prisons, make chains and fetters, arrange places of exile and banishment, and different kinds of hardships and tortures, and think by these means to discipline criminals, whereas, in reality, they are causing destruction of morals and perversion of characters. The community, on the contrary, ought day and night to strive and endeavor with the utmost zeal and effort to accomplish the education of men, to cause them day by day to progress and to increase in science and knowledge, to acquire virtues, to gain good morals and to avoid vices, so that crimes may not occur. At the present time the contrary prevails; the community is always thinking of enforcing the penal laws, and of preparing means of punishment, instruments of death and chastisement, places for imprisonment and banishment; and they expect crimes to be committed. This has a demoralizing effect.
But if the community would endeavor to educate the masses, day by day knowledge and sciences would increase, the understanding would be broadened, the sensibilities developed, customs would become good, and morals normal; in one word, in all these classes of perfections there would be progress, and there would be fewer crimes.
It has been ascertained that among civilized peoples crime is less frequent than among uncivilized — that is to say, among those who have acquired the true civilization, which is divine civilization — the civilization of those who unite all the spiritual and material perfections. As ignorance is the cause of crimes, the more knowledge and science increases, the more crimes will diminish. Consider how often murder occurs among the barbarians of Africa; they even kill one another in order to eat each other’s flesh and blood! Why do not such savageries occur in Switzerland? The reason is evident: it is because education and virtues prevent them.
Therefore, the communities must think of preventing crimes, rather than of rigorously punishing them.
(‘Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 268)
15:03. 2) Political Idealism. Senator Robert (Bobby) Francis Kennedy.
Remember Henry Wallace? Like JFK, Bobby, Dr Paul, the best Presidents (apart from JFK for the first 3 years out of 8) the USA was too stupid to elect, and by USA, I’m not talking about the masses of Americans, I’m talking about their stupid elite.
Wouldn’t it be great of Dr Paul was secretly advising Mr Obama, and together moving the USA towards progressive policies, while Mr Obama only APPEARS to be a hawk, in order to keep the Pentagon off his back. Choreographed pro-wrestling between Dem and Rep, and also between US and CIS (Russia), keeping the warmongers happy by pretending to be in conflict.
Looks like the children’s toys, as well as the passports are completely undamaged by the explosion of MH17, just like in 9/11. Crash site of MH17 looks like combing through the wreckage of an unmanned drone. Remote controlled airliners.
18:11. 3) Space. And the 2nd manned Mercury flight, another sub-orbital lob, by Virgil Grissom.
Virgil Grissom became the name for Virgil Tracy in “Thunderbirds”, being the pilot of the giant green transporter plane, Thunderbird 2. Also gave the name for the USS Grissom in the movie, “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan”.
NASA History, a page on FB. The Mercury-Redstone 4 mission launched on July 21, 1961 at 7:20 a.m. The mission, which was the second suborbital spaceflight conducted by the United States, was piloted by NASA astronaut Gus Grissom in his Liberty Bell 7 capsule. Everything went according to plan until the splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean when the hatch cover accidentally blew. The capsule was successfully retrieved almost 38 years to the day on July 20, 1999. Learn more about NASA astronaut Gus Grissom:
18:38. From Space.com, the FB page:- The LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) taking photographs of Apollo 11,s landing site. How cool is this? But has it been photoshopped? Can we trust the Americans to tell the truth? I don’t know. I just don’t know. It all boils down to the usual question in the end, which is, “Can we trust the Americans to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God?”
12:27. 4) Sci-Fi.
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! (Movie 1968)
After reading The Writings, saying some prayers, first thing in the morning, what better than playing the launch sequence of Zero X on its maiden trip to Mars with its wonderful Barry Gray music from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s “Thunderbirds Are Go!”? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joSjeZIammY
A massively effective part of my “force-field”, (Zero X in TBs are Go), or pyramid of peace, or when I get it “backwards”, a scintillating adamantine diamond, spinning, scattering the light within to all people, friend or foe, “Be thou as a flame of fire to My enemies and a river of life eternal to My loved ones, and be not of those who doubt.” Mind you, how can you get water from a diamond? I’ll have to think about THAT!
In the above film, “Thunderbirds are Go!”, Lady P describes Cliff Richard Junior and The Shadows as “way out”, allegedly, because the “way out” is to become a true believer in God like Cliff. The “escape pod” is, will always be, and always HAS been the Word of God, as in “And further We have said: “More grievous became Our plight from day to day, nay, from hour to hour, until they took Us forth from Our prison and made Us, with glaring injustice, enter the Most Great Prison. And if anyone ask them: ‘For what crime were they imprisoned?’ they would answer and say: ‘They, verily, sought to supplant the Faith with a new religion!’ If that which is ancient be what ye prefer, wherefore, then, have ye discarded that which hath been set down in the Torah and the Evangel? Clear it up, O men! By My life! There is no place for you to flee to in this day. If this be My crime, then Muhammad, the Apostle of God, committed it before Me, and before Him He Who was the Spirit of God (Jesus Christ), and yet earlier He Who conversed with God (Moses). And if My sin be this, that I have exalted the Word of God and revealed His Cause, then indeed am I the greatest of sinners! Such a sin I will not barter for the kingdoms of earth and heaven.” (Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 52)
19:30. From the episode of “Thunderbirds”, “The Duchess Assignment”. Jeff Tracy, “Pleased to meet you, Mr Wilbur Dandridge the 3rd, I, ..er…damn, I’ve spilled my drink all over my trousers! Damned strings!
21:27. Fanderson gossip:- Reg Hill helping himself to a miniature bottle of booze on the set of Four Feather Falls!
19:08. “Make it so. Engage!”
12:26. 5) Today’s discussion of psychology and health.
17:11. My diet:- I’m approaching down to 107 kilos, more frequently than ever. Possibly partly due to accelerating to a much higher cruising speed, psychologically, I’m either losing weight, or not putting more weight on, but also perhaps from having dumped 3 items of food from my diet, wholemeal bread, Heinz bakes beans and butter.My appetite seems quite ravenous though, and regularly, my diet is now muesli and orange squash, with a banana and two easy peelers, for breakfast and supper. And for lunch 2 raw carrots with cottage cheese, and for dinner red lentils or bulghar wheat, with pilchards and tomato sauce, and sweet corn, and lime pickle, mango chutney, pesto and chilly.
Mind you, the rest of Eeeny, Meeny, is so blatantly racist, that it makes me feel embarrassed to be on the same planet as white supremacists. White supremacist KKK environmentalists, “Keep the Arctic WHITE!”
X:- “In physiology, when there is a trauma or injury in delicate internal tissues and organs the body produces a mechanism whereby the damaged parts, or the invasive / foreign particle is enclosed in a special tissue which helps to isolate and ‘contain’ the effects. Spiritually this may be a useful analogy in the sense that the soul of man is quite resilient and draws the sustenance form a Higher source. Imagine a sphere of incredible energy, an impenetrable force field – like the shields on the Enterprise and this force field is unaffected by any external influence so long as the recipient is ‘tuned’ or oriented towards the Source: The Manifestation of God for today – Baha’u’llah. The laws that govern the material universe are all mirror images of the laws of the Spiritual Realm. What applies in one, does to the other….. imho.“
How incredibly, eloquently put! Wonderful! So, if surrounded by enemies and there’s no way out, just travel into your own imagination and spirit, (Moody Blues, Thinking is the Best Way to Travel), and escape to Mars. See TBs are go, above.
X:- “We need to travel spiritually in a material world. That’s the purpose of living and existing in the hear & now (this plane of the flesh). However, the analogy used above does not mean that we are ‘isolated’ emotionally or even physically – even if we imagine it! We are spiritual beings inhabiting / associating with a physical material condition. We can however contain the negative impact of these ‘enemies’ or bad influence – let’s say that we live in an environment that is xenophobic. We can focus our energy (spiritual and material) on finding that link or connection with the Creative Spirit, God, Baha’u’llah and so on, to cause our soul to grow and be healthy. Then we also focus on finding the role that we are called to fulfill: we are created for some purpose and we know this by making sure the first condition is met. So it is a two fold process:
1. Identify and link up with the Spiritual Sun – e.g. Baha’i Prayers and Writings
2. Identify and establish your function / role / purpose which unfolds as a result of doing step 1.
That’s one way of dealing with negative things in life. The more that we focus on 1 + 2 steps above the freer we become of the effects of these negative enemies / conditions.“
Step 1 attained, though still vulnerable. When defenses are impregnable, then a search for ways to execute step 2 will be high on my agenda.
05:03. Didn’t get to sleep last night. Too much adrenaline perhaps still coursing round my arteries. Perhaps I’ll try just one more time to go back to sleep.
10:55. So about 5 hours sleep, at the wrong time of day, and perhaps not enough, but I feel okay, and ready to execute my daily routine, no emotional problems had appeared from my sub-conscious amygdala when I woke up. Yesterday, it was 95As, SOP AND reading the Writings twice a day from the 4 “one reading a day” compilations for three dates. THAT has me feeling MUCH better. This morning, with 2 pints of tap water, a new addition to my GUR (Getting Up Routine). So, its a question of protecting this progress from my hyper-sensitivity from any unwitting or deliberate verbal or psychological barbs that might threaten to put me back to square one. And apart from seeing the truth about the world on RT, there’s Anderson music when I have read the Writings this morning AND said the prayers, for parents, family, two who are ill, and two whose spirituality I have prayed for regularly. But first, teeth!
05:09. 6) Women.
03:52. 7) Dissent and Change.
“The People’s History of the United States” which was recommended by “Good Will Hunting” in the film of the same name, played by Matt Damon, was written by this man. I’ve read it and recommend it too.
22:25. I think that I am going to bin the BBC’s news service. Its poisonous. Relative to RT anyway. The rhetoric blaming Russia and Putin is so false, and we’ve been here so many times before, why are so many people still listening to same old tactics which have proved to be lies so many times before. They say that insanity is trying to do something over and over again expecting a different outcome. LEARN, THINK, PONDER. Do you really think this rhetoric against Putin is true. How many other campaigns to impugn countries in the past were proved to be nothing but lies? REMEMBER what happened before? Then why do you think this time is any different?
05:19. Just as Jake in “Avatar” realises half way through that he has got it all backwards, so isn’t it true that Mr Putin is NOT a Josef Stalin, but more of a Krushchev or Gorbachev, but the trouble is that the USA won’t play; they want to encircle and contain Russia, rather than work with and co-operate with it. If the Cold War had actually finished, NATO wouldn’t have reneged on its pledge not to expand eastwards, and the good-will that the newly democratic Russia had towards the west would not have been squandered and wasted. When are more people going to realise that Mr Putin is not the ogre painted by the western media?
18:02. The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth. After a simplistic “history” of Israel disengenuously claiming that Israel had, has, and will have no territorial demands from Palestine.
Isn’t simplification a lazy thinker’s way of obfuscating the balanced truth for dishonest selfish reasons?
X:- “I suppose it could be but I know of no rule that establishes that as fact.“
Depends on your style of truth-seeking, and which types and items of evidence that is taken into account. We have to choose from empirical evidence, anecdotal evidence, circumstantial evidence, how you feel about certain evidence, from rational analysis, from your gut intuition, from spiritual susceptibilities of the heart and soul, historical evidence, how you are “inspired” by the Holy Spirit, or by others who appear “visionary”. There’s a whole lot of evidence that could be ignored, hidden, suppressed, distorted, misrepresented, such as the picture of the Russian freedom fighter holding a child’s toy, and then expressing his reverence for the child. And then there is deliberate dishonesty, lying, being economical with the truth. Facts are subjective. Any claim for objectivity or truthfulness needs to be proved and earned by those claiming the moral high ground, and the west’s track-record, since WW2 has been appalling, IMHO!
X:- “All good points. I think that also things can be made more complicated to hide truth. Let’s hope they work it out soon.“
As in the protest in Haifa of Israeli Jews and Arabs protesting to say that they REFUSE to be in conflict with each, it IS possible for Israeli Jews and Arabs, NOT to hate each other, get to know each other as human beings and become deep and lasting friends. The problem for Islamic Communities is that their mullahs preach hate instead of peace, separation instead of unity and integration. But though the leaders on both sides want eternal hate, conflict and war, there are plenty on bothy sides among the ordinary people who want nothing but peace and co-existence.
I wonder to what extent the growth of shareholder dividends of companies like BA Systems, Raytheon, McDonnell Douglas etc is a powerful incentive for people in the Pentagon and elsewhere to keep the wheels of carnage going for as long as they can?
18:06. About a video showing an American spokeswoman giving a ranting tirade after a Muslim women pointed out that the majority of Muslims are peaceful people.
X:- “Great argument but she didn’t actually answer the question-how do you stamp out an ideology with weapons!? Hitler (unlike alqaeda) was not set up or funded by the US and the West. Japan were not using American weapons. They were nations fighting with something to lose not a bunch of people with nothing to lose and everything to gain. Like I said, a very lucid response that missed the point of her question all together.”
What about Prescott Bush and the Union Banking Corporation of New York? As Ron Paul says, stop occupying their countries, stop plundering their natural resources, stop massacring their people by funding Boko Haram, IS, the Taliban, the Wahabis, and all the other terrorists. Ref:- “America’s War on Terror” by Michel Chossudovsky.
Not to mention enabling neo-Nazis to get into power in Ukraine. Putin is INCREDIBLY patient. But when the Russian bear is ready to pounce, watch out Pentagon of evil! RT explains everything, whereas the BBC just duplicate the crap from Fox, CNN and the others. And if Japan and the UK ally themselves with the BRICS countries?…
X:- “Well said! We know that all governments lie and the mainstream media are limited in what they can say without government backlash. I’m surprised the voice of Ron Paul is still heard and not muted out.“
Absolutely. The fact that Alex Jones can do his stuff, and Jesse Ventura, Jon Stewart, and the rest, show that there are powerful forces in the US in favour of progress, and the neo-con fascists are NOT having it all their own way, which gives shedloads of hope that the USA will re-invent and re-create itself to become fit for the destiny ‘Abdu’l-Baha gave it, of leading the world into the 1) the oneness of mankind, 2) the Lesser (global) Peace and 3) the 1st WFG (World Federal Government). Citadel of Faith page 124. Its all fairly clear and straightforward.
18:24. Fracking banned in Germany, but not in the UK or the US.
From the FB page, Free and Equal. Germany bans fracking as American politicians from both parties cuddle with fracking corporations. Your thoughts?
Go, Germany, go, go, go! Champions of Europe, and champions of the human race. Bravo!
X:- “I said that at a gathering this w.e. with two German friends, one lived here all his adult life and his sister who still lives in Germany; she was disillusioned with Germany but when I told her about some of the things our government are doing she softened towards hers. However we finished by exploring the idea that is/as (??) all politicians are puppets of the “Money men”, having an outspokenly dreadful one is easier than having one who appears to be decent?“
Yes, strong leaders who are able to put the oligarchs in their place and stop them dictating government policy. THAT is what the world needs. Whatever his faults, crimes, and misdeeds, I believe that in this respect Mr Vladimir Putin is exactly what the world needs, and those leaders that respect him, possibly Mrs Angela Merkel, and the new PM in India, and also Mr She of China, maybe also therefore earn the respect of the people. Or am I being gullible? Time will tell, and Baha’u’llah has everything in the palm of his hand. And then there is Corea of Equador and Morales of Bolivia and Maduro? of Venezuela, and Castro in Cuba. All strong arm men that can control their corporations, with the consent of their people and stand up to the capitalists. I feel that human rights for the west, actually means human rights for corporations to rob and plunder to their hearts content. Whether they can be or actually are stopped from doing this in the BRICS countries and allies, is perhaps something we cannot be sure about, but in the west it certainly seems the order of day for corporations to call the shorts and the governments obey.
X:- “‘I’m not sure either , Pete, but I also see Putin standing up to the West/USA , who seem to presume the right to be believed as they do any thing to any body, most clearly expressed for me at the moment by Benjamin Net, as understandable. When you have such big bully boys ?……………………………? on the other hand, it’s also important to have a time will tell approach and remember that Baha’u’llah has everthing in the palm of his hand; otherwise I’d go mad and wouldn’t be any use to anybody… xx hope your having a good (?0 OK (?) day.“
Yes, just a nice visit from my brother-in-law. He thinks about MH17 that Mr Putin is wrong and the evidence condemns him, but we didn’t shirty about it. I wonder ifm just as Quddus vs Tahirih was choreographed pro-wrestling by Baha’u’llah at Badasht, so Labour vs Tory, Dem vs Rep, and also Obama vs Putin is all also just choreographed pro-wrestling? I don’t understand the function of drama like this, but it might be a basic tool for edutaining the people, maybe?
X:- “Well, I’m running the Spiritual education of children’s sessions at welsh summer school but I don’t think I’d be wise to include that in my sessions; great that you didn’t get into a head to head with your brother; I really liked something from ‘Abdu’l-Baha that I read recently about when talking to others about things you want to tell them about approach it as a mutual investigation . I thought that was really good (much better in His words) . Saves me getting into a head to head with people I might have done in the past!!
Absolutely, he and I are simply students trying to understand the same situation. The fact that we are approaching the tasks from different tacks, or takes, is no reason for us not to be friends. Neither of us feel that our provisional understand of something is firmly identified with the essence of what we are. In terms of humanity, and descent morals as human beings, we respect each other are human beings, and do not identify either ourself or the other as intrinsically identical with that person’s perceptions.
X:- “That’s nice, sounds like you get on well with your bro. How old is he? any other siblings?
He, my brother-in-law was born in ’49, me in ’55. He’s an atheist, scientist, rational scientist, has a firm set of humanistic morals, is reasonable, considerate, gentle. I have a sister, his wife, ’58, and a brother, ’60. And a recently discovered two cousins in London of a similar age.
And all the carnage of Ukraine, Gaza, Syria, Iraq, all staged with red sauce like the Boston Marathon bombing.
X:- Ah, so you’re the baby!! Same as me; an elder bro (70) and sister (64). We’re all a bit older than your brood. My brother has done a whole lot of genealogy and keeps finding relatives here and there!! I’m off to sunbathe now; a vital activity on a day like today, and after a journey back from Shropshire plus doing my washing!! xx have a pleasant rest of day.
No, I’m the eldest, 1955, 1958, 1960. But my brother-in-law is older than all of us from 1949.
Looks like my Boston Marathon comment got put on the wrong thread!
18:55. Peter Lavelle at RT, as eloquent and succinct as ever.
PL:- “Poroshenko – the most recent idiot to trust his Washington supporters. Things don’t look good for Ukraine’s Chocolate oligarch – Kerry the Ketchup Man doesn’t have his back. The allure of the Empire is an illusion. The Empire only seeks out prostitutes. Poroshenko quickly and easily agreed to bend over for Victoria Nuland. Don’t be surprised when Washington anoints still another Ukrainian oligarch to do its dirty work when Chocolate Man is put out to pasture or is found dead in a ditch. In the meantime, Russia will continue to observe.”
Those who trusted their DC backers, and then got dumped by them, the list is long. Includes Gaddafi, the Taliban, Saddam Hussain, the Shah of Iran, Hosni Mubarak. The clue is whether someone is backing American interests or not by their being in power, without any reference to their own interests.
19:03. Berlin is inspiring the next Revolution. Luke Rudkowski gives a speech.
The captivating spectacle of the people’s fervour for change, but there are interests that manipulate the course of events. So what is the hidden agenda of the elite in this situation. Nobody knows, because the people are not being told. They are just dancing to the tune determined by the elite.
19:13. There’s masses of research available here on http://www.globalresearch.ca. I have read one of the associated books, “America’s War on Terror” by Michel Chossudovsky, a Canadian Professor of Economic, I believe, VERY compelling.
MH17 Show & Tell: It’s the West’s Turn – Russian Satellites and Radars Contradict West’s Baseless Claims
The evidence suggested Kiev’s regime deployed anti-air missile systems in Donetsk in and around the area where flight MH17 crashed. They also provided information regarding Ukrainian warplanes trailing flight MH17, the possibility of an air-to-air attack on MH17, and inconsistencies with Ukrainian air traffic control.
19:36. “They told lies about Syria and they turned out not to be true. Now they’re telling lies about the Ukraine and Russia, and they will turn out not to be true. The only problem is, will they start World War 3 in the meantime, as hawks in Congress and sycophants in the news media are chafing at the bit to see the bombs start dropping.” Gleaned from elsewhere on FB. I thought, very eloquent and succinct.