Thursday, November 1, 2018

ONE SIMPLE STEP TO TURN EARTH INTO HEAVEN

ONE SIMPLE STEP TO TURN EARTH INTO HEAVEN

Some days I get the feeling that I need to do something. The world is in great turmoil but the answer to all the problems is so simple. That is the first step is simple.

Before we can solve a problem, we need to identify it. This is hard to do when we are living in darkness. So the first step in solving the problem is to turn on the light.

Now, I may be talking over the heads of some who have been completely blinded from the spiritual world. Some think, “If you can’t see it, it does not exist.” If this is true, then there is no existence for a blind person and no spirituality to one who is spiritually blind.

To turn on a light, we must have a source of energy and something that can convert that energy to light. Therefore we add fire (the energy source) to a candle and we have light. In modern technology, we have electric power, either from a battery or a utility company. We convert that to light by plugging a lamp into the power source. Once the light is turned on, the darkness vanishes.

In the spiritual world, we need to discover the spiritual nature of things. We find that God is the source of spiritual light. When this light comes into the world, the darkness of evil is dispelled. But where are the spiritual lamps?

It turns out that we, ourselves, are the lamps and when we connect ourselves to the spiritual power, we can see clearly and can distinguish good from evil. All we need to do is to learn how to connect ourselves. To do this we need but turn to one simple verse that millions of children all over the world have committed to memory.

O SON OF BEING!
Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant.

Yes, love is the connector, and we are already half connected. God loves us. All we need to do is to love HIM back and the circuit is complete. The spiritual energy will flow through us and we will light up the world. The darkness of evil will be dispelled and we will see clearly what we must do to turn this world into a virtual Heaven.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Economic Crisis

XCIX. The vitality of men's belief in God is dying out in every land; nothing short of His wholesome medicine can ever restore it. The corrosion of ungodliness is eating into the vitals of human society; what else but the Elixir of His potent Revelation can cleanse and revive it? Is it within human power, O Hakim, to effect in the constituent elements of any of the minute and indivisible particles of matter so complete a transformation as to transmute it into purest gold? Perplexing and difficult as this may appear, the still greater task of converting satanic strength into heavenly power is one that We have been empowered to accomplish. The Force capable of such a transformation transcendeth the potency of the Elixir itself. The Word of God, alone, can claim the distinction of being endowed with the capacity required for so great and far-reaching a change.
                (Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 198)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Writing of my first novel

When I wrote “The Alternative” I felt as though I was being guided by the Divine. As I wrote each chapter it was more like I was reading a good novel. I did not know what my characters would do next and I only had a vague idea of the final outcome.
I did much research into the conditions of slavery and I wanted to paint a clear picture of what it would be like to be a slave during the first half of the 19th century. One theme that reoccurred during research was the idea that many masters acted as their own stud when breeding slaves. I examined how this would affect the daughter of such a slave master. I had invented Mr. Lancer as a very evil man and I did not know how evil he was until near the end of the novel. His daughter had witnessed terrible behavior from her father, but it was later on that she, and I, discovered more heinous acts that he had performed before she was born. Surely this man was beyond redemption, but the plot took still more surprising turns. Could someone so evil ever have such a change of heart or was the goodness of a dying man simply an attempt to buy his way into Heaven? His family and his former slaves had to deal with such a dilemma. The readers are free to draw their own conclusions.
As I examined the conditions that led up to the USA civil war I was often reminded of the final note left by John Brown as he was being led to his execution. On  Dec 2, 1859, he wrote;

Saturday, June 9, 2018

What is Love?


What is Love?


The word, “love,” is used in so many ways that it is difficult to know its true meaning. Many of the ways are selfish, but I would debate if selfish love is really love at all.
I once had it referred to as “fish love.” People who love fish love the way that fish tastes. Their passion is to eat fish, but they do not really care for the fish. In fact they want the fish to be killed, cleaned and fried so they can eat it.
Then there are those who love flowers so much that they want to decapitate them and bring the blooms into their houses so that they can watch them slowly die and wither away.
Animal lovers often want to limit the freedom of animals so they can be kept as pets or caged up in zoos to be gawked at by tourists who love to see animals trapped in a way that they can be observed without any threat to the observer.
Many times these selfish forms of love are transferred to human love. We choose someone to love and we love them as long as they do as we please and fulfill some need in our lives. If they can meet our basic needs such as food, beauty, companionship, etcetera, we are well satisfied, but when the purpose is fulfilled we no longer want anything to do with them and do not care if they live or if they die.