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1274) Published: Facebook: Bond, James Bond May 31, 2010

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1274) Bond, James Bond

Pete Baldwin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQyslvyRS18&feature=PlayList&p=6637D1D826287807&playnext_from=PL&index=0

One film of the authentic music with clips from the film, the other film, the authentic credits of the films with another version of the song.

■stereo(URL last “&fmt=18”)■ music:John Barry ジョン バリー artist:Nancy Sinatra 【director】 Lewis Gilbert ルイス・ギルバート 【cast】 Sean Connery ショーン・コネリー Tetsuro Tanba 丹波哲郎 Akiko Wakabayashi 若林映子 Mie Hama 浜美枝 … 16:31 Sunday 30th May 2010
SLCC “I like Nancy S.’s voice.., :-)” 18:51
Pete Baldwin “Yes, BEAUTIFUL, isn’t it! Melts the heart!” 10 hours before about 08:00 on Monday 31st May 2010 AD, at about 22:00

“BTW, the Gemini spacecraft shown in “You Only Live Twice” are referred to in that film not as Gemini but Jupiter, as if in the “real” world Gemini’s become, in a “dream” world, Jupiter. so, comparing the Left-Brain rationality of the Gemini You Tube films, AFTER the “spiritual transformation” symbolized by the Monolith in 2001, we then see the result, the mystical Right-Brain harmonized with the Left-Brain reality, that IS Jupiter, the most attractive heavenly body in the whole system!” 9 hours before 08:00
“BTW, Ed White’s first American space-walk/EVA with Gemini 4 in 1965 was the earliest live news coverage on television that I remember. I don’t recollect watching any TV news item earlier than that, though I was aware of the effect in 1962 of the Cuban Missile Crisis, psychologically on the people around me.”9 hours before
SLCC “Interesting, Mr. Pete.., :-), V. in-ter-est-ing !.., :-)” 8  hours before
Pete Baldwin “There seems to be quite an emphasis in the play-list, going over it quite a number of times, of Gemini 8 getting into a “flat-spin” with an uncontrollable roll to the left(-brain) rational logic and analysis, and getting out of it alive, was never in doubt, but the rest of that mission had to be abandoned. Reminds me of ’08, 2008!” 8 hours before

SLCC “Wow! :-)” 8 hours before
Pete Baldwin “Mr Pete? Like Mr Ed, the talking-horse? Not the first US space-walker?” 8 hours before
SLCC “Ha, ha.., I’m sorry, I danah wha’ you are talkin’ abou’, However, I’m jus’ mindin’ my ‘p’s and ‘q’s ‘ma’e! :-)” 8 hours before
Pete Baldwin “Perhaps you don’t remember “Mr Ed”, an early 1960s black and white kid’s comedy show from the US about a talking horse! Ed White was in Gemini 4 with Jim McDivitt. Gemini 8 was Dave Scott of Apollos 9 and 15, and Neil Armstrong as the 1st Man on the Moon in Apollo 11.” 8 hours before

“That’s the trouble with Ideas of Reference; you have to explain it in detail, otherwise its just gobbledy gook!” 8 hours before
“Ed White got burnt to a crisp in Apollo 1 and Jim McDivitt flew one last time again in Apollo 9.” 8 hours before
“2001: A Space Odyssey”, “2010: The Year We Make Contact”:- 215 days left to find out if we do. 7 hours before
“Film 37 out of 64 is the best, the psychadelic star gate to another dimension as “Bowman” gets “born-again” into a New Creation of a “New Race of Men” set to “Echoes” by The Floyd, Dr Heywood Floyd! Utterly brilliant!” 6 hours before
“And why in Film 38 could “V’ger” hear “voices” from Jupiter? Was it alien “Zilon?” technology that enabled it to hear these strange messages from the gas giant, or was “V’ger” just imagining it, losing the plot, and going a bit mad?” 6 hours before
“Film 39 and Jupiter waking up to the light of day, set to Gustav Holst’s Jupiter section of “The Planets” suite, sounds quite “perky”, “jovial”, though with much “gravitas” as well. Methinks a “wicked” and ridiculous sense of humor lurks deep down under those veils of thick colorful layers of obfuscating cloud, suffused as they are by terrifying thunder and lightning, the worst in the system, very very frightening!” 6 hours ago

“A day in the life of a gas giant!” 6 hours ago

“Film 41:- What, Jupiter is the “real thing”? – You mean, The Definite Article?” 6 hours before

“Film 44:- What, Jedi Knights following The Force in Europe, I mean on Europa, gazing at Jupiter, with what intent, I wonder?” 6 hours before

“Film 45:- The moral:- Don’t be economical with the truth with computers that have 100% integrity, it confuses the hell out them!” 5 hours before

“2001: Bowman is born again; 2010: Jupiter is born again?” 5 hours before

“Priority Over-ride Alpha? What, an Alpha Course? 5 hours before
“All these worlds are yours except Europa. Attempt no landings there!” Yeah, Earth, Europa belongs to me, Jupiter, hands off! 5 hours before
“That’s more than enough frivolity for one night; goodnight!”

“Pete Baldwin will be off the grid from early on Tuesday 1st June until late on Saturday 5th June and out of radio range from not only Goonhilly and Goldstone but even Joderell Bank as well, so there will be telemetry of the mission available until after touchdown at Edwards on Saturday.” 6 hours before

“Hopefully, not withstanding any possible IPGs which have sabotaged so many Mars missions, I’ll return safely to Terra Firma and resume transmissions when the mission is successfully accomplished. (IPG = Inter Planetary Ghouls). (or is it Mars that has sabotaged the IPGs?) 6 hours before

“Or at least slowed them down slightly, against all efforts of Venusians to make them as successful as possible!” 6 hours before
“So, what’s the difference between “becoming an embodiment of the allusions of satanic fancy” on the one hand, or looking at Nature and seeing “symbols” as Adib did in “eggs” and “trees” and “embryos” on the other? I don’t know, Pete, I just don’t know!” 34 minutes before
“Film 51:- (emotional) storms on Mars wrecking the internal guidance systems, sometimes globally, putting an end to everything until spring? Really? Yes, really!” 32 minutes before
“And Mars, with so little liquid water (emotion), it has, as witnessed in Rupert Grint by Hermione Granger in “Potter”, the “emotional range of a teaspoon”. It needs “anti-freeze” in its windscreen washer liquid perhaps, or else you just can’t see where you’re going. What, you feel a bit frosty; you feel “frozen out”? You’re “Ice” or “Iceman” as played by Val Kilmer? You need to be a little more “hot-headed” like “Mav”. You need melting? Listen to Nancy. You only live twice, Mr Bourne!” 26 minutes before
“And how to get to Jupiter? “Set The Controls For The Heart of The Son!” of course. ‘Abdu’l-Baha. Who wrote that? Dunno, Syd Barrett? But he was a loon! Yes, exactly! As Peter Ustinov advised, “Listen to the visionaries, the madmen, and the fools!” 22 minutes before
“What there’s a birthday coming up? Really?” 22 minutes before
“No time for birthday parties; assteroid warning!” 19 minutes before
“Film 52 in “Jupiter Space”? Forget it, I’d end up written a whole book of Ideas of Reference, and I need time to cook breakfast, as in “music while you cook!” (Rhythmic Whooshing!)” 14 minutes before
“Definition of Film 53? Fifty-something leading a Three…?” 11 minutes before

“Pete Baldwin ‘s mission should he wish to accept it:- leave the comfort zone and “the box”, to go to Mars to find “true self”, by going to where he originally came from as in “Men are from Mars…”; then avoiding asteroids, or “space heameroids”? go even more far out of his comfort zone to find his ultimate density, i.e. as in Geor…ge and Lorraine in the “diner” in Hill Valley in 1955, when George is re-born!” about an hour before

“You can do it George! You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it! Just believe! What, you’re going to wrong way? You think you should be going to Venus? No, that’s where women go to find themselves before THEY go “far out”. about an hour before
“And how to deal with assteroids? 1) target them with suppositories, or 2) even better, subject them, if possible, to an effective natural laxative, a concentrated beam of ascorbic acid to break them up, if this is not possible, then 3) avoid the assteroids, by nifty avoidance manoevres, or 4) apply suppositories to the inner attitude control, and guidance system, or the best solution, 5) apply ascorbic acid to the computer system, and go on a trip, like the Navigator in “Dune” by taking “melange” from Dune, the spice planet, and cause the ship to “jump” past the assteroid PDQ. Dosages of “acid” for the guidance system of the internal computer CPU? In my experience a nominal dose of acid of 6000 mgs daily, 3000 am and 3000 pm, is enough to keep the CPU working smoothly and in a state of “pure joy”, however, if it gets cold turkey, increase to 30,000 in a 24 hour period, though at its highest, when the CPU was really up “s—creek”, 69,0000 were needed to free up all the internal software from malignant external viruses from evil hackers, who’d invaded the mainframe and had a free reign for 33 years until August 2007.” 45 minutes before
“So, George, who’s Marty? Oh, I suppose that’s “Little Pete”. You don’t know who that is? No, you wouldn’t. He keeps out of sight, perhaps like Quato!” 40 minutes before.

“Pete Baldwin feels cold like Europa; needs warming up by Jupiter going “nova!” in 2010!” 34 minutes before 10:26

“or perhaps I need to switch on my night storage heater!” 34 minutes before 10:26

“I don’t believe it!” I actually feel a bit bored, and sick and tired, of analogies, metaphors, symbols, ideas of reference and the allusions of satanic fancy!
24 minutes before 10:26
“Must be the effect of this morning’s 1500 of niacinamide giving by left-brain rationality dominion over the over-blown hyperbolic, over-emotional, over-creative, over-interpretive right brain self-indulgence! S’good!” 12 minutes before 10:26
“Breakfast is served, Little Pete! A plate-full of a large can of sweet corn, a can of sardines in tomato sauce, 3 or 4 cloves of garlic of assorted size, and a large helping of steaming super-heated spaghetti, to warm up the icy waters sloshing about in your icy cold Europan heart, under its fractured frozen icy crust!“!” 2 minutes before 10:26, Monday, 31st May 2010 AD

“And as Film No 64 gives way to Film No 1 and Nancy starts singing again,”Tinky Winky”, the inner “tele-tubby” shouts with glee, “Yes, Again, Again!” about a minute before 10:32, Monday, 31st May 2010 AD

1273) Published: Short Story: The Pete-in-the-Box v1 May 30, 2010

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1273) The Pete-in-the-Box

Once upon a time, on a far off planet, long ago, in a galaxy, far, far away, there was a small kingdom in an island off a medium-sized continent, full of little people with big ideas about to be “organized”. They all behaved a bit like soldiers, or a bit like servants, and were all utterly loyal in doing as they were told, and as they were expected, and were VERY well-behaved. They were model citizens, and their little nation was very orderly and smoothly-run. In one family, in this little nation, they were all very well-behaved, except one. There’s ALWAYS one! He TRIED to be well-behaved, but failed, time and time again. Every time he failed to be well-behaved, and lost control, or misbehaved, or just didn’t do what he was expected to do, or didn’t think what he was taught to think, or didn’t feel was he was told to feel, he’d get into awful trouble, and the consequences of this became worse and worse and worse. He was called Pete, surprisingly. Sometimes, he daydreamed daydreams of a different world, that he only read about, or saw on television, and dreamed his dreams, of a world where people behaved differently, thought differently and felt differently, but when he talked about his dream-world, no one was interested, since it was only a dream and not real, and he was regarded just as a “dreamer” and nothing more. There wasn’t much call for dreamers in that nation then. And if anyone DID dream, and had the unwisdom to talk about their dreams, the soldiers and officials always got angry and rebuked them. Pete refused to suppress his dreams, and his dreams grew. Every time he saw something, read something or watched something about dreams, he’d study it intently, and since no one could control his thoughts, he capitalized on his freedom to think, to his heart’s content, It was only when he spoke that he got into trouble, since it was then that the soldiers and officials who were watching him, noticed his “dreams”. As he grew older, those in authority who were watching him, became increasingly concerned with his “free-thinking” and tried to curb him into more conventional ways of thinking, but they failed to impress him. A storm was brewing, and he was on a collision course with those “who had his best interests at heart”. Then he heard of a wise-man who’d lived in another country, and he started to follow his ideas, and soon became his follower. This wise man wasn’t from his country, and most people there were not interested in him since he was foreign, but being “foreign” wasn’t an issue for Pete, because he read of how his followers behaved had suffered and how they had been saintly, and knew that this wise man, though foreign, was not someone to be ignored. His compatriots did not like this. Shortly afterward, he had a crisis, when he’d fallen in love with a girl, who wasn’t interested in a mere “dreamer”, and since his understanding of the wise man’s ideas was so new, and incomplete, he became unhappy and ill. The officials thought that this might be a way for him to let go of his interest in this foreigner who claimed to be very wise, but the officials underestimated both the wise man and Pete, and they were not to be parted so easily. He was given medicine to stop him thinking so much and worrying, as if to try to put his mind and heart in a box, close the lid and lock it down with a key, and then throw away the key. They underestimated the wise man and Pete, for unbeknown to them, both the wise man and Pete had a hot line to the Creator of the Universe, and because of this, they were both more powerful than Pete could imagine, and far more powerful than all the people on the planet, let only all the soldiers and officials of that small island nation. And so Pete watched and waited, knowing that one day, things might change, when the Creator found a way. In the meantime, he’s have to be satisfied to live in his box with his medicine, with his mind dulled and his heart lifeless, his emotions all as flat as a pancake. He watched and waited and watched and waited. The Creator was very patient and fore-bearing, giving the soldiers, officials and doctors an opportunity to mend their ways but they didn’t, and Pete was patient as well. Sometimes Pete got despondent, but he never lost hope that one day the Creator would find a way to put things right. He knew that it was probably just a dream and that he might have to wait for the next world for things to be put right, but if so, he was patient enough to wait for that too. The years rolled past and then many years later, after many vicissitudes, tests and trails, he met someone who had a cure that the doctors either didn’t know about or knew about and wouldn’t tell Pete about lest his mind would become sharp again, or his heart might feel strong emotions again. This friend was also a follower of the wise man, and he wasn’t a doctor, since all the doctors were not allowed to make people well, but to keep their hearts flat and their minds dull. In 2 years time he no longer needed the medicine, and his mind became strong again, and his heart became resolute, his thoughts became sharper and clearer, his emotions more full of life, and after 3 years of his new natural medicine, he was by now, in excellent health. He was out of his box, and if he could help it, all his friends would ensure that he needn’t go back in his box ever again. His friend with his natural cure, the wise man from the next world was with him every step of the way, and had been throughout his life, for he had passed on to heaven about half a century before Pete was born. His new freedom was intoxicating, and he often became drunk with excitement and joy. This made the soldiers, the officials and doctors frown. But they could do very little and just frowned from the sidelines, watching. Maybe soon they would get bored, lose interest, and leave Pete alone to get on with his life that had been on hold in the box for 33 years. Sometimes, even the followers of the wise man would frown and worry about him getting drunk on his newly-won freedom, but Pete was finding more and more people who were also free from being in the box, though he was learning “wisdom” for the first time, and realizing what the people knew from a previous wise man many centuries before, who’d told them all to avoid giving their pearls to swine lest the swine tread the pearls underfoot and tear them to pieces. Pete needed to learn this wisdom asap lest he fall foul of angry pigs!  Pete was no longer a Pete-in-the-Box. He’d been given a new key to his lid, was out, and all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn’t put Pete back in his box again, “So Far”. But Pete doesn’t want anyone to be either sad or angry about any of this, because its all the Will of The Creator, and He said, through the wise man, that, “Nothing save that which profiteth them can befall My loved ones.” (Shoghi Effendi quoting Baha’u’llah in,” The Advent of Divine Justice”, page 82). The followers of the previous wise man understand this.

1272) Published: Non-Me Source: Gemini Dream May 30, 2010

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“Gemini Dream” by The Moody Blues from LP “Long Distance Voyager” (V’ger?) in 1981

This Long Player achieved No 6 in the UK, but No 1 Platinum in the States.

Long time, no see
Short time for you and me
So fine, so good
We’re on the road like you knew we would
First night, so long
A state of mind, what can go wrong?
We’re here, the time is right
To rock n’ roll, right through the night
Make it work out
Make it work
Make it work out
Make it work out
For each other tonight
State fright, candle light
You can let go, tonight’s the night
Came back for you
Glad to see you came too
There’s a place a Gemini dream
There’s no escaping from the love we have seen
Come with me, come with me, turn the night to day
You gonna wake up
You know you gonna wake up in a Gemini dream
Long time no see
The lights go up for you and me
We’re here the time is right
To rock n’ roll right through the night
Livin’ it, believin’ it, wantin’ it
Make it work out
Make it work
Make it work out
Make it work out
For each other tonight
Long time, no see
Short time for you and me
So fine, so far, so good
We’re on the road
Like you knew we would.

by John Lodge and Justin Hayward.

1270) Published: Non-Me Source: Only Us May 30, 2010

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1270) Only Us

only us by Feeling Croppy.

Only Us ~ Peter Gabriel

Only Us
It wasn’t in the words that kept sticking in their throats
It wasn’t with the angels in their quilted coats
These battered wings still kick up dust
Seduced by the noise and the bright things that glisten
I knew all the time I should shut up and listen
And I’m finding my way home from the great escape

The further on I go, oh the less I know
I can find only us breathing
Only us sleeping
Only us dreaming
Only us

I hear you calling me
Yes I hear you calling me
Home from the great escape
Yes I can read you loud and clear

The further on I go, oh the less I know
Friend or foe, there’s only us

I’m coming home again, home again
And I hear you calling me home again
I am coming home again
Only us

Why in blue, Pete? Maybe the silk tie and the paper serviette in Freud’s Art Cafe on 20th March 2007?

QED! (I rest my case, its very heavy! I always pack the crown jewels AND the kitchen sink!)

1268) Published: Poem: Show That You Share My Feelings, Damn You! May 29, 2010

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Titled 09:05, Saturday, 29th May 2010 AD

1267) Published: Poem: Hypo-Manic? Yes, for a while, I’m afraid I was May 29, 2010

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Titled 02:32, Saturday, 29th May 2010 AD
Written, typed and posted 09:34, Sunday, 30th May 2010 AD
1267) Hypo-Manic? Yes, for a While, I’m afraid I was
Lately, certain stimuli have appeared
that fired me up
and created a “high” mood of elation
a hypo-manic state
of dynamic creativity, inspired excitement
and social behavior that was in danger of becoming
not just annoying
but positively social florid
and a walking disaster to any social situation.
So, I was busy in my daily grind
and in Westgate Library
took time off to slow down a bit and relax
and ended up reading “RFK”
and bingo, sharp acceleration
back up to warp factor 20 again!
Add to that, a spirit-filled House-Group in Cutteslowe
which intoxicated me with the Holy Spirit
to an astonishing extent
and not only warp factor 20
but that top speed was reached
which seemed to initiate the flux capacitor
and “the ship” started to disappear
as if it was “evaporating” or “being taken up into the air”
in a mood and perception of rapturous joy;
“you couldn’t make it up!”
I cycled home at Mach 4 with my herat, soul, mind and body on fire
like The Torch in The Fantastic Four
and flying at a fair wack as well!
As I sped on “Steinbeck/Steincheck” Kidlington-wards
I meditated on my state of mind
and this extraordinary level of physical energy and dynamism
this physical capacity for exercise, exertion
and (bi)cycling at such high speed
with such ease
for so long
without the least weariness or tiredness
and surmised that this is an intoxication
a fever of the mind
resulting from just a hint
of a slight taste of freedom
of spiritual liberation, emancipation and empowerment
after decades of incarceration
as an emotional Prisoner of Mother England (PomME)
released from his straight-jacket
and not soeeding out of his comfort zone
out of his box like a bat out of hell,
and I recognized that this intoxication
was POTENTIALLY dangerous, destabilizing
and without B3 as niacinamide
would probably cause a chain reaction
that would result in a 5th hospitalization
but with this excellent level of brain functioning
and connectivity between my right and left hemispheres
the right-brain creativity
is still being moderated, monitired and a=oaccsionally censored and controlled
by my left-brain rationalioty
so evberything is cool and chilled
and the dilithnium crustals are NOT getting bhurned out or even dcrained
Kirj is NOT losing the plt
Svcotty is happy
and Kirk’s attitude to mission imperatives and parameters
is not hyperbolic, extreme, panicked or otherwise irrational
but “Steady as she goes, Mr Chekov”
and Spock is quietly confident and happy
that “The Captain” is doing a “good job”
Ans as my friend Uldis would say
“Job’s a good ‘un!”
though the other night
another source of stimulation
threatened to cause a bit of buffeting and turbulence
as I neared a sound barrier
at a Baha’i fireside showing a slide show on the Life of Baha’u’llah
and what started well as reasonable comments to elucidate on the slide show
tended to deteriorate into a display of embarrassing florid social childishness and overblown elation
which annoyed somewhat the social and emotional maturity
of these young Baha’i university students
who have as is the wont of this their next generation
their heads planted firmly on their shoulders
and I went home with my tail between my legs
ashamed that I’d yet again blotted my copy-book
with huge globs of ugly black ink
only to be rescued by sticking to the Covenant like a clam
and reciting the TVB (Tablet of Visitation of Baha’u’llah) at 04:00 on the dot
and by doing so slowly, deliberately and to the extent possible “from the heart”
and the run away chain-reaction and sticky Toyota accelerator pedal
was no longer a problem
and a potential lethal accident averted again
by turning to Him
for perspective, guidance, and
assistance in walking this unbelievably astonishing spiritual path
with my feet planted firmly on Terra Firma
though my heart and soul are soaring in the immensity of space
and having a ball!

1266) Published: Essay: One Common Faith May 28, 2010

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Written, typed and posted 08:06, Sunday, 30th May 2010 AD
1266) One Common Faith

There is a statement in the 2006 statement from The Universal House of Justice that recognition of Baha’u’llah as the current Manifestation of God for this Age, is an important feature of living out in our lives, God’s Will, and that this fact cannot be ignored with impunity in the long term. Having said that however, the thrust of the whole book, it seems to me, is the essential unity, indivisibility, and interconnectedness of all the world’s faiths as being part of one integrated religious, spiritual process emanating from God:-

“It is clear and evident to thee that all the Prophets are the Temples of the Cause of God, Who have appeared clothed in divers attire. If thou wilt observe with discriminating eyes, thou wilt behold Them all abiding in the same tabernacle, soaring in the same heaven, seated upon the same throne, uttering the same speech, and proclaiming the same Faith. Such is the unity of those Essences of Being, those Luminaries of infinite and immeasurable splendor! Wherefore, should one of these Manifestations of Holiness proclaim saying: “I am the return of all the Prophets,” He, verily, speaketh the truth. In like manner, in every subsequent Revelation, the return of the former Revelation is a fact, the truth of which is firmly established….”(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 51)

“CXI. O contending peoples and kindreds of the earth! Set your faces towards unity, and let the radiance of its light shine upon you. Gather ye together, and for the sake of God resolve to root out whatever is the source of contention amongst you. Then will the effulgence of the world’s great Luminary envelop the whole earth, and its inhabitants become the citizens of one city, and the occupants of one and the same throne. This wronged One hath, ever since the early days of His life, cherished none other desire but this, and will continue to entertain no wish except this wish. There can be no doubt whatever that the peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God. The difference between the ordinances under which they abide should be attributed to the varying requirements and exigencies of the age in which they were revealed. All of them, except a few which are the outcome of human perversity, were ordained of God, and are a reflection of His Will and Purpose. Arise and, armed with the power of faith, shatter to pieces the gods of your vain imaginings, the sowers of dissension amongst you. Cleave unto that which draweth you together and uniteth you. This, verily, is the most exalted Word which the Mother Book hath sent down and revealed unto you. To this beareth witness the Tongue of Grandeur from His habitation of glory.” (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 217)

“Furthermore, it is evident to thee that the Bearers of the trust of God are made manifest unto the peoples of the earth as the Exponents of a new Cause and the Bearers of a new Message. Inasmuch as these Birds of the Celestial Throne are all sent down from the heaven of the Will of God, and as they all arise to proclaim His irresistible Faith, they therefore are regarded as one soul and the same person. For they all drink from the one Cup of the love of God, and all partake of the fruit of the same Tree of Oneness. These Manifestations of God have each a twofold station. One is the station of pure abstraction and essential unity. In this respect, if thou callest them all by one name, and dost ascribe to them the same attribute, thou hast not erred from the truth. Even as He hath revealed: “No distinction do We make between any of His Messengers!”[1] For they one and all summon the people of the earth to acknowledge the Unity of God, and herald unto them the Kawthar of an infinite grace and bounty. They are all invested with the robe of Prophethood, and honoured with the mantle of glory. Thus hath Muhammad, the Point of the Qur’án, revealed: “I am all the Prophets.” Likewise, He saith: “I am the first Adam, Noah, Moses, and Jesus.” Similar statements have been made by Ali. Sayings such as this, which indicate the essential unity of those Exponents of Oneness, have also emanated from the Channels of God’s immortal utterance, and the Treasuries of the gems of divine knowledge, and have been recorded in the scriptures. These Countenances are the recipients of the Divine Command, and the day-springs of His Revelation. This Revelation is exalted above the veils of plurality and the exigencies of number. Thus He saith: “Our Cause is but one.”[2] Inasmuch as the Cause is one and the same, the Exponents thereof also must needs be one and the same. Likewise, the Imams of the Muhammadan Faith, those lamps of certitude, have said: “Muhammad is our first, Muhammad our last, Muhammad our all.” [1 Qur’án 2:285.] [2 Qur’án 54:50.] (Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 151)

“XXIV. Beware, O believers in the Unity of God, lest ye be tempted to make any distinction between any of the Manifestations of His Cause, or to discriminate against the signs that have accompanied and proclaimed their Revelation. This indeed is the true meaning of Divine Unity, if ye be of them that apprehend and believe this truth. Be ye assured, moreover, that the works and acts of each and every one of these Manifestations of God, nay whatever pertaineth unto them, and whatsoever they may manifest in the future, are all ordained by God, and are a reflection of His Will and Purpose. Whoso maketh the slightest possible difference between their persons, their words, their messages, their acts and manners, hath indeed disbelieved in God, hath repudiated His signs, and betrayed the Cause of His Messengers.” (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 59)

“The Faith standing identified with the name of Bahá’u’lláh disclaims any intention to belittle any of the Prophets gone before Him, to whittle down any of their teachings, to obscure, however slightly, the radiance of their Revelations, to oust them from the hearts of their followers, to abrogate the fundamentals of their doctrines, to discard any of their revealed Books, or to suppress the legitimate aspirations of their adherents. Repudiating the claim of any religion to be the final revelation of God to man, disclaiming finality for His own Revelation, Bahá’u’lláh inculcates the basic principle of the relativity of religious truth, the continuity of Divine Revelation, the progressiveness of religious experience. His aim is to widen the basis of all revealed religions and to unravel the mysteries of their scriptures. He insists on the unqualified recognition of the unity of their purpose, restates the eternal verities they enshrine, coordinates their functions, distinguishes the essential and the authentic from the nonessential and spurious in their teachings, separates the God-given truths from the priest-prompted superstitions, and on this as a basis proclaims the possibility, and even prophecies the inevitability, of their unification, and the consummation of their highest hopes.” (Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day is Come, p. 108)

“XXXVI. Know thou that when the Son of Man yielded up His breath to God, the whole creation wept with a great weeping. By sacrificing Himself, however, a fresh capacity was infused into all created things. Its evidences, as witnessed in all the peoples of the earth, are now manifest before thee. The deepest wisdom which the sages have uttered, the profoundest learning which any mind hath unfolded, the arts which the ablest hands have produced, the influence exerted by the most potent of rulers, are but manifestations of the quickening power released by His transcendent, His all-pervasive, and resplendent Spirit. We testify that when He came into the world, He shed the splendor of His glory upon all created things. Through Him the leper recovered from the leprosy of perversity and ignorance. Through Him, the unchaste and wayward were healed. Through His power, born of Almighty God, the eyes of the blind were opened, and the soul of the sinner sanctified. Leprosy may be interpreted as any veil that interveneth between man and the recognition of the Lord, his God. Whoso alloweth himself to be shut out from Him is indeed a leper, who shall not be remembered in the Kingdom of God, the Mighty, the All-Praised. We bear witness that through the power of the Word of God every leper was cleansed, every sickness was healed, every human infirmity was banished. He it is Who purified the world. Blessed is the man who, with a face beaming with light, hath turned towards Him.” (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 85)

“As to the position of Christianity, let it be stated without any hesitation or equivocation that its divine origin is unconditionally acknowledged, that the Sonship and Divinity of Jesus Christ are fearlessly asserted, that the divine inspiration of the Gospel is fully recognized, that the reality of the mystery of the Immaculacy of the Virgin Mary is confessed, and the primacy of Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, is upheld and defended. The Founder of the Christian Faith is designated by Bahá’u’lláh as the “Spirit of God,” is proclaimed as the One Who “appeared out of the breath of the Holy Ghost,” and is even extolled as the “Essence of the Spirit.” His mother is described as “that veiled and immortal, that most beauteous, countenance,” and the station of her Son eulogized as a “station which hath been exalted above the imaginings  110  of all that dwell on earth,” whilst Peter is recognized as one whom God has caused “the mysteries of wisdom and of utterance to flow out of his mouth.” (Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day is Come, p. 109)

“Whoso knoweth this secret will assuredly hide it, and were he to reveal but its faintest trace they would nail him to the cross. Yet, by the Living God, were there any true seeker, I would divulge it to him; for they have said: “Love is a light that never dwelleth in a heart possessed by fear.” (Baha’u’llah, The Four Valleys, p. 58)

“In the treasuries of the knowledge of God there lieth concealed a knowledge which, when applied, will largely, though not wholly, eliminate fear. This knowledge, however, should be taught from childhood, as it will greatly aid in its elimination. Whatever decreaseth fear increaseth courage. Should the Will of God assist Us, there would flow out from the Pen of the Divine Expounder a lengthy exposition of that which hath been mentioned, and there would be revealed, in the field of arts and sciences, what would renew the world and the nations. A word hath, likewise, been written down and recorded by the Pen of the Most High in the Crimson Book which is capable of fully disclosing that force which is hid in men, nay of redoubling its potency. We implore God — exalted and glorified be He — to graciously assist His servants to do that which is pleasing and acceptable unto Him.” (Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 32)

“Science must be accepted. No one truth can contradict another truth. Light is good in whatsoever lamp it is burning! A rose is beautiful in whatsoever garden it may bloom! A star has the same radiance if it shines from the East or from the West. Be free from prejudice, so will you love the Sun of Truth from whatsoever point in the horizon it may arise! You will realize that if the Divine light of truth shone in Jesus Christ it also shone in Moses and in Buddha. The earnest seeker will arrive at this truth. This is what is meant by the ‘Search after Truth’.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 136)

“Science must be accepted. No one truth can contradict another truth. Light is good in whatsoever lamp it is burning! A rose is beautiful in whatsoever garden it may bloom! A star has the same radiance if it shines from the East or from the West. Be free from prejudice, so will you love the Sun of Truth from whatsoever point in the horizon it may arise! You will realize that if the Divine light of truth shone in Jesus Christ it also shone in Moses and in Buddha. The earnest seeker will arrive at this truth. This is what is meant by the ‘Search after Truth'” (Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 136)

“Consort with all men, O people of Baha, in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship. If ye be aware of a certain truth, if ye possess a jewel, of which others are deprived, share it with them in a language of utmost kindliness and goodwill. If it be accepted, if it fulfill its purpose, your object is attained. If anyone should refuse it, leave him unto himself, and beseech God to guide him. Beware lest ye deal unkindly with him. A kindly tongue is the lodestone of the hearts of men. It is the bread of the spirit, it clotheth the words with meaning, it is the fountain of the light of wisdom and understanding.” (Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 15)

“It is incumbent upon every man, in this Day, to hold fast unto whatsoever will promote the interests, and exalt the station, of all nations and just governments. Through each and every one of the verses which the Pen of the Most High hath revealed, the doors of love and unity have been unlocked and flung open to the face of men. We have erewhile declared — and Our Word is the truth — : ‘Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.’ Whatsoever hath led the children of men to shun one another, and hath caused dissensions and divisions amongst them, hath, through the revelation of these words, been nullified and abolished. From the heaven of God’s Will, and for the purpose of ennobling the world of being and of elevating the minds and souls of men, hath been sent down that which is the most effective instrument for the education of the whole human race. The highest essence and most perfect expression of whatsoever the peoples of old have either said or written hath, through this most potent Revelation, been sent down from the heaven of the Will of the All-Possessing, the Ever-Abiding God. Of old it hath been revealed: ‘Love of one’s country is an element of the Faith of God.’ The Tongue of Grandeur hath, however, in the day of His manifestation proclaimed: ‘It is not his to boast who loveth his country, but it is his who loveth the world.’ Through the power released by these exalted words He hath lent a fresh impulse and set a new direction to the birds of men’s hearts, and hath obliterated every trace of restriction and limitation from God’s holy Book.” (Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 87)

It seems to me that in the light of the above, we Baha’is can benefit from learning and benefiting from the insights, knowledge and understanding of people of other faiths, because in a very real sense we and they belong to the same faith, and are treading the same spiritual path, albeit we are not aware of this fact. To me, there are features and elements of the Baha’i core activities which are mirrored, not only in spirit, but very often in substance as well, in the activities of members of other faith communities, experienced by me so far, only in Christianity and Islam. We are all of us engaged, heart and soul, in “community-building” and in “collective spiritual transformation”. And to a very substantial extent, some of these “other” faith communities, understand certain aspects of spiritual truths, far better than we Baha’is. This might seem like heresy or blasphemy to some Baha’is, but I feel that the above authoritative quotations from the Writings bear out my own personal experience of fellowship with Christians and Muslims. Their spiritual understanding of faith and spirit is no different, no lower or higher than our own, and since each faith, each Divine Messenger has had his own particular mission, there are aspects of other faiths, that have not been explored or understood in our own faith, as well as members of other faiths. For example, the “personal relationship between an individual and God”. This is the core of the Gospel, and in the Christian community for two thousand years, this has been the overwhelming if not exclusive issue exercising the hearts and minds of lay Christians, priests and theologians. In this new age, there are plenty of other fish to fry, such as creating a global spiritual structures and a sense of global community, healing divisions and prejudices, and many other issues not always of great or primary concern to the church, but which in the 20th and 21st centuries have taken centre stage, such as “world peace”.

And in this central area of expertise in the Christian church, there is a topic, that I have been able to learn about to an astonishing extent, and that is to understand the consequences, ramifications and the features and experiences of being “filled with the Holy Spirit”. Every aspect of what these born-again, spirit-filled Christians, understand and experience by their engagement with the Gospel of Jesus, Christ, is to me mirrored in the Writings of our own Faith, though these meanings and undertstandings have not as yet been so clearly and starkly understood by the vast majority of Baha’is. Occasionally, in churches, mosques, and I daresay synagogues, as well as Baha’i communities, I am beginning to realize that I am noticing a small number of people, whose faces radiate a brilliant joy, spirit, happiness and a “peace that passeth all understanding”. I’ve noticed it in a few individuals of all the faiths I’ve had contact with. Its universal, not restricted to any one faith. Finding this secret, that is so dangerous, and results in the martyrdom that assailed the early Church under the likes of Nero and Diocletian, and under the Shahs of Persia resulting in the sacrifice of over 20,000 followers of the Bab and Baha’u’llah, their lives given in the same spirit of devotion, ecstasy, spirit and joy as the early Christians, THIS secret that is what fuels religion, mankind and the spiritual progress of the whole Earth in its long-running saga of civilization-building and millennium-long history. THIS secret is understood well AND openly discussed by born again Christians. Its understood by some Baha’is but not in my own personal experience yet discussed by them. Maybe its time that the Baha’is caught up with the born-again Christians and started to talk about these issues albeit the likes of the new atheists will get VERY annoyed!

1265) Published: Poem: The Bobby Kennedy Effect May 28, 2010

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Written 19:04, Thursday, 27th May 2010 AD
Typed and posted 02:08, Saturday, 29th May 2010 AD
1265) The Bobby Kennedy Effect
Rivers of thought
fueled by adrenaline and endorphins
whilst fast and furious on “Steinbeck/Steincheck”
at Mach 3 with my heart on fire
doing battle parrying the thrusts of Oxford traffic
have often disappeared as a mirage amidst the sandy dunes of Mars
when back on Terra Firma
and access is again secured
to either pen and paper
or an electrically supplied laptop.
Earlier, I’d just returned to Westgate for a second sitting
and declined a further hour on The Net
to abide by rules and regs
and, tired, sat down in a comfy chair
amidst long shelves biographies on both sides
and, having scanned a copy of the Oxford Mail and its horoscopes
gazed lazily at the shelves
until I noticed “RFK: A Candid Biography” by C David Heymann
“Irresistible” is JUST the word!
and from after 16:00 until 18:45
when it was time to leave for house-group in Cutteslowe
I’d read the first 3 chapters or 33 pages
and my heart became a conflagration
of passionate, idealistic, visionary zeal
and as I neared Cutteslowe
15 minutes later
though the details are forgotten
tears came to my eyes
and I nearly broke down
as I recalled that inspiration, derived from formative sources
around “1968: The Year That Rocked the World”
and I surmised that every one of them
had the Manifestation of God standing right behind them
moving their pens
as I feel I am now.
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke in “2001”
Robert Francis Kennedy
Martin Luther King
John Lennon
and though I don’t remember him live
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
who indirectly, was perhaps the most powerful of all,
since his 1961 speeches
inaugural as well as one in Congress
setting the sails of American visionaries
to set foot on The Moon by the end of 1969.
But though intellectually
the vision was fired by JFK
and fulfilled by NASA, Werner von Braun
and the 24 lunarnauts
12 of them walkers
the emotional impetus for me
for all of it
has been Bobby Kennedy
and his sacrificial slaying by Sirhan Sirhan in 1968
which, when I was 13
was an event which broke my heart
but at the same time fired me up
in a way that cannot be quenched by earthly water
and only fanned to more intense incandescence
by the water of life
which acts like aviation fuel
to produce an intense white heat
of a love of God
that can set the whole world on fire
figuratively and analogously of course
not literally.

1264) Published: Essay: Evolutionary Biology, Sexuality and me May 28, 2010

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Written 13:37, Wednesday, 26th May 2010 AD
Typed and posted 00:03, Sunday, 30th May 2010 AD
1264) Evolutionary Biology, Sexuality and me

What do women want in a man? And does what they want instinctively differ from what they claim to want in their overt verbal statements, to others, to men, to themselves? Are they honest with themselves, and if not, why? What are trying to hide, either from others around them, or from themselves? What is the nature of the psychological emergency, an EPH might ask? (Emergency Psychological Hologram). In the light of the book by Jerad or is it Jared? Diamond, “Why Sex is Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality” some interesting and enlightening insights are shed on this topic, a subject about which the majority of the world’s men are obsessed and which is possibly of acute interest to many women, as well. What kind of men are instinctively attractive to women, on account of hundreds of thousands of years of natural selection, evolutionary biology and social conditioning, not least of which has been the variegated flavors of religion, throughout the ages. Men who are successful hunters, perhaps? But why? Because they supply much needed nutrients to the clan? No, its got nothing to do with that. Procuring meat is the method, not the end in itself. And what is the end or purpose of hunting, if not to chase, kill and access animal protein? The purpose is, fascinatingly, for the women to find out which of the men is the best bet, genetically, so they can choose well, and therefore maximize the genetic quality of their children? Far-fetched? You might think so, but the research seems compellingly logical, plausible, and well evidenced. Surprising, but true! So, what kind of men are the best hunters? What personality traits or virtues of character go into the making of a successful, and therefore sexually attractive hunter? Physically strong, fit and athletic? Confident and assured in their hunting skills, their relative merit in comparison with their peers? A strong drive to both co-operate as a team-player in the hunt, as well as a ruthless competitive streak in one-upmanship, to capitalize on opportunities to shine above their rivals? Good skills at managing men and the relationships involved? Successful achievement and attainment of social prestige and status in the overall perception of the whole clan, in the pecking order, or social hierarchy of the society ? A willingness to fight his corner, and repulse challenges to his rank, by whatever pragmatic means is required? “All’s fair in love and war!” To take just one of these factors in the attractiveness of men to women, can a man who has no social standing, no reputation of respectability, no perceived qualities meriting social acceptability, in the eyes of his peers, be of any interest to a woman in that clan, irrespectively of his innate intelligence, morality, integrity, physical handsomeness, known virtues of respect and admiration for women, including a diligent regard for their rights, welfare, comfort and status? Can a maverick outcast loner, despite any amount of positive qualities, be of any merit in the eyes of women, if women are instinctively evolved to only find a man acceptable, IF he is already acceptable to the vast majority of the population? Can such a maverick be of any merit in the eyes of the woman he loves, respects and admires, if he is outside the box, so far out on a limb, that to be with him, is to join him in his social isolation, outlaw status, with all the social disadvantages that will entail? Perhaps not. If such a man, so isolated, as to be in a class of his own, wants a mate, how many women are likewise also mavericks that “buck the market” successfully, and would “fit in” with such a man who is an outsider? How many women “out standing in their field” away from the village and the rest of the centers of population are there in the world, to attract a like-minded man who is also “out standing in his field”? Do they have to be out standing in the same field, or if they are standing in neighboring fields, if they can see each other over the hedge, can they get together? Chortle, chortle! In think I’ve exhausted this one!

1263) Published: Poem: Life in the Collective May 28, 2010

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Written 13:19, Tuesday, 25th May 2010 AD
Typed and posted 02:36, Saturday, 29th May 2010 AD
1263) Life in The Collective
I live in “The Dawnbreaker Collective”
after first encountering the Baha’is in 1974;
I could see that this was the future
and that assimilation was inevitable
and so I bowed in worship to the Almighty
who had answered my prayers
of 4 years before,
“If there is a God
tell me what You want me to do”
and “If You have a message
for me to transmit to mankind
I’m ready”
and the Baha’i King of Glory, Baha’u’llah
let me know of His historical Manifestation
from 1817 to 1892
from Tihran in Persia
to Bahji near Acre in Palestine
in the Divine Personage
Who had been born as Mirza Husayn Ali i Nuri
and also His theological reality
of the Christ, the Anointed One
returned in The Glory of The Father
to bring His Kingdom on Earth
as promised by Jesus in His Lord’s Prayer
“Thy Kingdom come
Thy Will be done
on Earth
as it is in heaven”;
so, as my assimilation continued apace
and the resistance of my animal ego
of proud, arrogance, and distrust
progressively melts away
the ordinary human higher primate
a mere mammalian biped
is subsumed, and dies to self
that He, the Lord, may eternally live in my heart
and increasingly, I become a member
of a new race of men
a new creation
born again
baptized with the water of life from Baha
and with the fire of His love
my soul fed by the bread of His Words
and that divine fire burning brightly in my fallible human heart
as the veils of sinfulness, the instincts of ego and animal selfishness
are gradually burnt away
and my soul slowly transforms my being
from one form to another
from an animal having a spiritual experience
to a spirit having a physical animal experience
a spirit increasingly in control of the animal
and bending the talents, the faculties and qualities
of this human bodily vehicle
to the Will of the Collective
under the Divine Sovereignty and Authority
of the Baha’i King of Glory
Baha’u’llah, the Glory of God,
sovereign over Earth
from 10,000 BC to 500,000 AD
give or take a few thousand years.