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Old 05-15-2017, 10:33 PM   #1
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The Book of Certitude

27 This servant will now share with thee a dewdrop out of the fathomless ocean of the truths treasured in these holy words, that happy discerning hearts may comprehend all the allusions and the implications of the utterances of the Manifestations of Holiness, so that the overpowering majesty of the Word of God may not prevent them from attaining unto the ocean of His name and attributes, nor deprive them of recognizing the Lamp of God which is the seat of the revelation of His glorified Essence.

28 As to the words---"Immediately after the oppression of those days"---they refer to the time when men shall become oppressed and afflicted, the time when the lingering traces of the Sun of Truth and the fruit of the Tree of knowledge and wisdom will have vanished from the midst of men, when the reins of mankind will have fallen into the grasp of the foolish and ignorant, when the portals of divine unity and understanding ---the essential and highest purpose in creation----will have been closed, when certain knowledge will have given way to idle fancy, and corruption will have usurped the station of righteousness. Such a condition as this is witnessed in this day when the reins of every community have fallen into the grasp of foolish leaders, who lead after their own whims and desire. On their tongue the mention of God hath become an empty name; in their midst His holy Word a dead letter. Such is the sway of their desires, the lamp of conscience and reason hath been quenched in their hearts, and this although the fingers of divine power have unlocked the portals of the knowledge of God, and the light of divine knowledge and heavenly grace hath illumined and inspired the essence of all created things, in such wise that in each and every thing a door of knowledge hath been opened, and within every atom traces of the Sun have been made manifest. And yet, in spite of all these manifold revelations of divine knowledge, which have encompassed the world, they still vainly imagine the door of knowledge to be closed, and the showers of mercy to be stilled. Clinging unto idle fancy, they have strayed far from the 'Urvatu'l-Vuthqa' of divine knowledge. Their hearts seem not to be inclined to knowledge and the door thereof, neither think they of its manifestations, inasmuch as in idle fancy they have found the door that leadeth unto earthly riches , whereas in the manifestation of the Revealed of knowledge they find naught but the call to self sacrifice. They therefore naturally hold fast unto the former, and flee the latter. Though they recognize in their hearts the Law of God to be one and the same, yet from every direction they issue a new command, and in every season proclaim a fresh decree. No two are found to agree on the same law, for they seek no God but their own desire, and tread no path but the path of error. In leadership they have recognized the ultimate object of their endeavor, and account pride and haughtiness as the highest attainments of their hearts' desire. They have placed their sordid machinations above the divine decree, have renounced resignation unto the will of God, busied themselves with selfish calculation, and walked in the way of the hypocrite. With all their power and strength they strive to secure themselves in their petty pursuits, fearful lest the least discredit undermine their authority or blemish the display of their magnificence. We're the eye to be anointed and illumined with the collyrium of the knowledge of God, it would surely discover that a number of voracious beasts have gathered and preyed upon the carrion of the souls of men.

I have been reading these passages daily and am so completely struck by what a perfect description of America today, at this moment in time, Baha'u'llah has penned. Every behavior described by Him is on display. It just takes my breath away. I now understand my visceral need to pray......for everyone in this world and the next.

Loving regards,
Becky
 
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Old 05-16-2017, 01:35 AM   #2
Tony Bristow-Stagg
 
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Great to see you post Becky.

Yes the last few years have seen a great outpouring of Spirit and many world events indicating this change is in the air. The Universal House of Justice has been pushing us to embrace this change, the Twin Holy Birthdays this year a great opportunity.

The Old World Order is Crumbling and a new One Rolls out in its stead. It is amazing how nature is also reflecting this in the unfolding of rapid climate change, which mirrors the destruction of the old world order.

Where I now live all the new plants I put on are getting burnt leaves and some just will not grow here now, too hot.

19 to 27 years ago here we planted the same species with no issues.

Regards Tony
 
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