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1064) Published: Essay: Touched with His love. November 23, 2009

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Typed and written 18:30, Monday 23rd November 2009 CE
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1064) Touched with His love
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“Those who declare themselves as Bahá’ís should become enchanted with the beauty of the Teachings; and touched by the love of Bahá’u’lláh. The declarants need not know all the proofs, history, laws, and principles of the Faith, but in the process of declaring themselves they must, in addition to catching the spark of faith, become basically informed about the Central Figures of the Faith, as well as the existence of laws they must follow and an administration they must obey.” (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 39)

Touched by the love of Baha’u’llah? What even me, wretch that I am? But it is true, that through the suffering of the Manifestation of God He knows and understands everything that we can experience as a fallible human being, replete with all the animal instincts and negative feelings, that being a human being entails. The “Amazing Grace” of God’s love for us, is that no matter how evil we experience ourselves to be, His grace, love and forgiveness is STILL  available to us, should we choose to overcome our own sense of shame and guilt, and possibly pride, and open our hearts to Him.This is part of the process of spiritual transformation. Of dieing to self, that He may live eternally in us. This is the dieing to self which involves emptying ourselves of “self” and turning ourselves over to Him, in our entirety. That is EVERY corner of our hearts, no matter how prone to evil our hearts may have been.

And when our hearts are open and receptive to His love, His spirit, His inspiration, then strange things indeed can be experienced by us, which no matter how much disparaged by the secular atheistic medical establishment as “ignorant emotionalism” and symptoms of mental illness, or a virus of the mind called a “meme” by one infamous atheistic scientist, can be used by Him to edify our souls with “the emotions of the Kingdom”. Firstly, becoming aware of our own “sinfulness” and unworthiness to receive God’s gifts can be a frightening and disturbing experience. When a person experiences the “dark night of the soul” or feels “convicted of sin”, to overcome that by realising that God’s forgiveness and mercy is greater than His desire for Justice, can take a long time, and even when known about, a long time to believe, and when believed, a long time before that person can feel that courage needed to put his guilt to one side, and accept God’s grace anyway, even if he doesn’t deserve it. And then there are those moments when a person feels the love of God and dissolves into tears, as that emotional cleansing takes place, and all the emotional blocks to receiving His love are swept away, bit by bit. And our will is involved too, for we have the volition, the free-will to CHOOSE whether, and when, to make certain steps. It takes an act of will to “ask God to tell us what He wants us to do”, and act of will, to accept His forgiveness for all our sinfulness, and act of will to ask Him to take over our heart, including every dark corner.

“Whensoever the light of Manifestation of the King of Oneness settleth upon the throne of the heart and soul, His shining becometh visible in every limb and member. At that time the mystery of the famed tradition gleameth out of the darkness: “A servant is drawn unto Me in prayer until I answer him; and when I have answered him, I become the ear wherewith he heareth….” For thus the Master of the house hath appeared within His home, and all the pillars of the dwelling are ashine with His light. And the action and effect of the light are from the Light-Giver; so it is that all move through Him and arise by His will. And this is that spring whereof the near ones drink, as it is said: “A fount whereof the near unto God shall drink….” [1]
[1 Qur’án 83:28.] (Baha’u’llah, The Seven Valleys, p. 22)

At school in the sixth form, writing in my diary, I mentioned “moments of “piercing religious insight” when some new insight would occur to me which seemed to shed light on some spiritual truth about the nature of  “life the universe and everything”. Starting perhaps with the following story from about 1962 when I was 7, there have been many moments in my life, when an emotional or inspirational response to a situation moved my heart or mind to some higher level of awareness. I was walking up Well Meadow Road, Shrewsbury, with my mum, one winter’s night when the stars were out. Still about 200 yards from our home, No 12, Mum said to me, “Peter, look up at the stars” and when I looked up seeing the glorious panoply of winter first magnitude stars, I felt fear at that sight of grandeur, immensity and power before me. What I saw seemed to say, “This is direct evidence of God” and life has never been the same since. At school, in the sixth form, I once asked myself the question, “What do I REALLY know, for certain?” I felt that the answer was that I DO KNOW, for certain that something DOES exist, otherwise I would not even be asking the question. And the next question, “If something DOES exist, WHY does it exist?” And the answer seemed to me “God”. As in the Islamic tradition, “God was a hidden treasure, Who wished to be found”.

Having decided that the only reason behind life was God, if He did in fact exist, I started to think about my “relationship” to Him. Once, in St Chad’s Church in Shrewsbury, perhaps around 1970 when I was 15,

1062) Published: Poem: Strong Women November 7, 2009

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Title typed and written 00:09, Monday, 26th October 2009 CE
Poem typed and written 02:23, Saturday, 12th December 2009 CE
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1062) Strong Women
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Women have the power inherent in them
to achieve world peace
through their motivation
not to see men’s lives wasted
as cannon fodder for the arms’ industry
in the carnage of war,
either their fathers, husbands, brothers or sons;
the reasons they have not achieved this thus far
are interesting;
partly because their “female socialization”
has instilled into them a prejudice
that they should not feel confident
expressing their opinions in public
under the gaze of “men”
whose own emotional and psychological limitations
not to mention their traditional “male socialization”
instills in them the annoying habit
of cracking jokes
whenever something serious is said
especially if a woman has said it;
after all, men are so shcrewed up emotionally and psychologically
unlike women
that humour is for men an indispensible weapon
in the lethal struggle for sanity and survival
in a world
so unutterably insane
that to make a joke, of a sick world
is the only way to make life bearable;
and to find life amusing
is needed by men
to cover upo the truth
too painful to face up to
that life is a serious business,
and so a serious woman making a serious point
MUST be defused with a joke!
For some reason
women are not blessed with this psychological dillemma
and know how to face up to life’s pain
without it threatening their sanity, usually.
Perhaps this inherent moral strength
in women, to face the truth of being human
is something they inherit, or learn, from their mothers,
is where their superior longevity comes from,
and gives women an emotional honesty and integrity
that is so superior to that of men
that men, in comparison
have, as their perception of life
a set of lies, myths and falsehoods
that are built on sand and easily collapse
compared to womens’ perceptions
based on truth and real humanity
built on a foundation of rock
that can weather any storm;
So, in the light of:-

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The emancipation of women, the achievement of full equality between the sexes, is one of the most important, though less acknowledged prerequisites of peace. The denial of such equality perpetrates an injustice against one half of the world’s population and promotes in men harmful attitudes and habits that are carried from the family to the workplace, to political life, and ultimately to international relations. There are no grounds, moral, practical, or biological, upon which such denial can be justified. Only as women are welcomed into full partnership in all fields of human endeavour will the moral and psychological climate be created in which international peace can emerge.

(The Universal House of Justice, 1985 Oct, The Promise of World Peace, p. 3)

men must welcome women into every arena of human endeavour
to instill into human society
a spirit of moral courage, integrity and honesty
which understands the meaning
of what it is to be a human being
to replace those conceptions and perceptions of life
in the minds and hearts of men
where human life is reduced
to a video game of trying to beat a mythical adversary
by a process of male socialization
thousands of years in the making
where the totality of life
is the game of the hunt
and the only goal, a successful outcome
where logic, skill, strategy, courage and daring
is everything
and the value of life itself
is lost in the excitement of the chase
and only the women understand.
To quote the American architect, Buckminster Fuller, in a 1968 chat-show
“to save the world, we must give the power to the women
and leave the men to their games and gadgets”
Women KNOW and understand their own superiority over men in this regard.
Men do NOT.
Men THINK they know what’s going on, but they don’t.
Men know nothing.
Men may be clever, sometimes, courageous sometimes,
definitely “focused”, being “blessed with tunnel vision”
often obsessed, often very funny
but ignorant about what life is about
(compared to the understanding of women);
In this situation
the relationship between men and women
the “battle of the sexes”
is interesting
in that women have a huge advantage over men
in that they know everything about what’s going on
but they don’t “let on”, leaving the ignorant men to sleep on
in their collection delusions based on thousands of years of conditioning.

Whoso knoweth this secret will assuredly hide it, and were he to reveal but its faintest trace they would nail him to the cross.

(Baha’u’llah, The Four Valleys, p. 58)

If a woman were to articulate what she knows
they’d be hell to pay
and since she is blessed with a remarkable degree of wisdom

“Not everything that a man knoweth can be disclosed, nor can everything that he can disclose be regarded as timely, nor can every timely utterance be considered as suited to the capacity of those who hear it.”

(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 176)

she will often keep quiet, to avoid the consequences

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

(King James Bible, Matthew, Chapter 7, Verse 6)

of annoying the pride and sensibilities of men
who do not take kindly to having their illusory bubbles burst;
much has been said
expressing the disappointment women feel
at the ineptitude and stupidity of men
and the consequences of it;
but at the same time, the antidote
men being educated by women
is not only difficult for women to undertake
like training a loyal and faithful labrador
but entailing a level of mind-numbing repetition
with no guarantee of success,
but also potentially detrimental to her secret superiority
since, if men knew and understood her womanly wiles
and failed to remain ignorant
of how she manipulates, fools and controls men
then such men will no longer necessarily so easily do her bidding
and be so malleable to her will
and perhaps, will no longer co-operate willingly
in her feminine plans for him;
maybe she fears that IF he knew what she was up to
if he KNEW that she was “two-faced” and “dishonest when she is with him”
and KNEW what the games were, with which she was manipulating
his little boy’s pliable heart
he would no longer love her
and her power would be gone;
Do women not understand
that IF she were honest with him
he’d love her all the more,
and if she afforded him the equality due him
in their personal relationship
which he is trying to afford her
in his “man’s world” of politics, business and industry,
and if she no longer pandered to his sense of ego and male pride
but explained to him The Truth
about how things really are
then she really would become in his eyes
a fully human being, a friend, a comrade, a companion
and no longer so much a sex object, dazzling him with her sexuality
to such an extent, that he loses all judgement, proportion, rationality;
but in order for him to see the truth
he must be educated by her
in the truth of his own humanity
through her divulging the understanding and wisdom
that for thousands of years
she has kept secret
to maintain the mythical lies
of “manhood”, “masculinity” and “manliness”;
So long as the truth remains hidden and secret by women
so men will maintain their APPARENT superiority
and the lies associated with it
endangering mankind with the real holocaust
of a nuclear war
that will raze to the ground the fruits of western civilization
and bring mankind back to square one
and necessitate a reconstruction of everything achieved in 6000 years
from scratch.
So, women, lets have The Truth!
Tell us what you know
abolish your feminine closed shop
and let men in to your world;
what have you got to lose
but thousands of years of carnage
through men’s ignorance of what you know;
are you prepared to cede a measure of your power
prepared to share your expertise
to save men from their own insanity
their own lies, colluded with by multitudes of women
who stood to lose nothing
by being honest and open with men
but their own dishonesty and two-faced hypocrisy.

1063) Published: Letter: Cool, Man! November 6, 2009

Posted by pete1844 in Letter.
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Typed and written 23:31, Friday, 6th November 2009 CE
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1063) Cool, Man!
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Dear S,

 

It’s 23:06, so too late to text you, lest thou slumberest. So here’s an e-mail. I thought your texted turn of phrase, “came on a bit strong” was of interest. Of late, under the psychotropic influence of nicotinamide (B3) I have begun to see the advantages of “being cool”, i.e. NOT coming on strong, getting hot under the collar, being on a soapbox, having a hobby-horse, having an axe to grind, having a bee in one’s bonnet, being headstrong or hot-headed, unduly passionate, self-opinionated or indeed suffering from “fevers of the mind”. This realisation seems to be liberating and emancipating from being a slave to one’s emotions, and seems to produce a level of calmness and relaxation hitherto undreamed of. Being freed from slavery to such emotions also liberates one’s thinking to be ultra rational, level-headed, logical and eliminates stress to such an extent, that humour, rib-tickling humour is much more accessible, which is nice! Peace and quiet from “emotional storms” is REALLY pleasant!

lots of love,
Pete.