Sunday, August 11, 2019
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Sunday, July 28, 2019
EMMA'S DAY TRIP TO SEATTLE
We left Bremerton on the Walla Walla around noon.
It was 15 year old Emma's first time on a boat. She was excited as we disembarked.
Mural on the stairway to Pike Place Market
Big Saturday afternoon crowd.
Emma and her Aunt Linda with Estrella, who told her fortune.
Standing on the glass floor atop the Space Needle.
Sailing from Seattle at the end of the day.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
THE world’s equilibrium hath been upset through the vibrating influence of this most great, this new World Order. Mankind’s ordered life hath been revolutionized through the agency of this unique, this wondrous System—the like of which mortal eyes have never witnessed.
Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths. Take heed that ye do not vacillate in your determination to embrace the truth of this Cause—a Cause through which the potentialities of the might of God have been revealed, and His sovereignty established. With faces beaming with joy, hasten ye unto Him. This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future. Let him that seeketh, attain it; and as to him that hath refused to seek it—verily, God is Self-Sufficient, above any need of His creatures.
Say: This is the infallible Balance which the Hand of God is holding, in which all who are in the heavens and all who are on the earth are weighed, and their fate determined, if ye be of them that believe and recognize this truth. Say: Through it the poor have been enriched, the learned enlightened, and the seekers enabled to ascend unto the presence of God. Beware, lest ye make it a cause of dissension amongst you. Be ye as firmly settled as the immovable mountain in the Cause of your Lord, the Mighty, the Loving.
Sunday, July 7, 2019
Saturday, July 6, 2019
"Consider the pettiness of men’s minds. They ask for that which injureth them, and cast away the thing that profiteth them. They are, indeed, of those that are far astray. We find some men desiring liberty, and priding themselves therein. Such men are in the depths of ignorance.
Liberty must, in the end, lead to sedition, whose flames none can quench. Thus warneth you He Who is the Reckoner, the All-Knowing. Know ye that the embodiment of liberty and its symbol is the animal. That which beseemeth man is submission unto such restraints as will protect him from his own ignorance, and guard him against the harm of the mischief-maker. Liberty causeth man to overstep the bounds of propriety, and to infringe on the dignity of his station. It debaseth him to the level of extreme depravity and wickedness."
Regard men as a flock of sheep that need a shepherd for their protection. This, verily, is the truth, the certain truth. We approve of liberty in certain circumstances, and refuse to sanction it in others. We, verily, are the All-Knowing.
Say: True liberty consisteth in man’s submission unto My commandments, little as ye know it. Were men to observe that which We have sent down unto them from the Heaven of Revelation, they would, of a certainty, attain unto perfect liberty. Happy is the man that hath apprehended the Purpose of God in whatever He hath revealed from the Heaven of His Will, that pervadeth all created things. Say: The liberty that profiteth you is to be found nowhere except in complete servitude unto God, the Eternal Truth. Whoso hath tasted of its sweetness will refuse to barter it for all the dominion of earth and heaven."
Baha'u'llah Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Sunday, June 23, 2019
SEASIDE, OREGON 2019
This weekend marked the 15th year of vacationing in Seaside, Oregon, in a funky motel with a great view and kitchenette at the Prom.
The beach is right out the window.
I took this picture of the Prom and the Turnaround (the spot that marks the end of the Lewis and Clark Expedition) at 3am. Why? Who knows?
Our view of Tillamook Head at dawn.
The Turnaround on a Saturday afternoon.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Someday, everyone will know of and be inspired by the story of Mona Mahmudnizhad, who was sentenced to death and hanged in Shiraz, Iran, on June 18, 1983 for her unwavering belief in Baha'u'llah. She was 16.
The official charges ranged from "misleading children and youth", to being a "Zionist". The latter charge is based on the fact that the Baha'i World Center is located in Israel. That Baha'u'llah was banished to the prison at Akka, Israel, by the Ottoman Empire because of a perceived threat to the authority of the Islamic clergy is a reality completely lost on the accusers.
Monday, June 17, 2019
Monday, June 10, 2019
6 July 1912
Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York
What is he in need of in the Kingdom which transcends the life and limitation of this mortal sphere? That world beyond is a world of sanctity and radiance; therefore it is necessary that in this world he should acquire these divine attributes. In that world there is need of spirituality, faith, assurance, the knowledge and love of God. These he must attain in this world so that after his ascension from the earthly to the heavenly Kingdom he shall find all that is needful in that life eternal ready for him.
By what means can man acquire these things? How shall he obtain these merciful gifts and powers? First, through the knowledge of God. Second, through the love of God. Third, through faith. Fourth, through philanthropic deeds. Fifth, through self-sacrifice. Sixth, through severance from this world. Seventh, through sanctity and holiness. Unless he acquires these forces and attains to these requirements he will surely be deprived of the life that is eternal. But if he possesses the knowledge of God, becomes ignited through the fire of the love of God, witnesses the great and mighty signs of the Kingdom, becomes the cause of love among mankind, and lives in the utmost state of sanctity and holiness, he shall surely attain to second birth, be baptized by the Holy Spirit and enjoy everlasting existence.
--Abdu'l-Baha, Promulgation of Universal Peace Source