How are you going?

Sep 2010
4,550
Normanton, Far North West Queensland
Hello all, are you happy, how are you going?

We live in a time where we are told great mental tests will be part of life, we live in an era where the Old World Order is collapsing around us, all the while the New World. Order is being rolled out in its stead.

It is not easy to find meaningful conversations, it is not easy to find participation in community building activities, it is not easy to motivate one's own self. There re so many distractions from what needs to be done.

I post to wish you and all, happiness and clarity of purpose in these times, I hope to find that for myself.

This quote from Abdul'baha

April 2, 1914
Holy Land

"Friends, the time is coming when I shall be no longer with you. I have done all that could be done. I have served the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh to the utmost of my ability. I have labored night and day all the years of my life.
Oh, how I long to see the believers shouldering the responsibilities of the Cause! Now is the time to proclaim the Kingdom of Abhá (i.e. The Most Glorious!). Now is the hour of union and concord! Now is the day of the spiritual harmony of the friends of God! …
I am straining my ears toward the East and toward the West, toward the North and toward the South, that haply I may hear the songs of love and fellowship raised in the meetings of the believers. My days are numbered, and save this there remains none other joy for me.
Oh, how I yearn to see the friends united, even as a shining strand of pearls, as the brilliant Pleiades, as the rays of the sun, the gazelles of one meadow!
The mystic nightingale is singing for them; will they not listen? The bird of paradise is warbling; will they not hear? The Angel of the Kingdom of Abhá is calling to them; will they not hearken? The Messenger of the Covenant is pleading; will they not heed?
Ah! I am waiting, waiting to hear the glad news that the believers are the embodiment of sincerity and loyalty, the incarnation of love and amity and the manifestation of unity and concord!
Will they not rejoice my heart? Will they not satisfy my yearnings? Will they not heed my pleadings? will they not fulfill my hopes? Will they not answer my call?
I am waiting, I am patiently waiting!"

The world needs this message more and more each day, personally I see Abdul'baha is still waiting.

Happiness and strength = Look at me, Follow me, be as I am.

Love and regards to you and All, Tony
 
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Jul 2017
461
Olympia, WA, USA
Hello all, are you happy, how are you going?
I guess you meant to ask "how are you doing?" :D

I am doing okay when I can be detached from life in the material world. I do not mean that I desire it, only that I have to deal with things as they come along... houses, cars, pets, my husband, my health issues, but I try to minimize the material world entanglements as much as possible such that I have as much time as possible to teach the Cause..... I am motivated but alas, time is a major constraint. I hope to desire next year so I can devote more time to the Cause.
It is not easy to find meaningful conversations, it is not easy to find participation in community building activities, it is not easy to motivate one's own self. There are so many distractions from what needs to be done.
I post to wish you and all, happiness and clarity of purpose in these times, I hope to find that for myself.
I have clarity of Purpose, which is none other but to teach the Cause, but I do not expect or desire material happiness. In that endeavor I find myself alone, but I do not feel as much alone when I hear from you Tony, because I know you share in that Purpose.

“Be not grieved if thou performest it thyself alone. Let God be all-sufficient for thee. Commune intimately with His Spirit, and be thou of the thankful. Proclaim the Cause of thy Lord unto all who are in the heavens and on the earth. Should any man respond to thy call, lay bare before him the pearls of the wisdom of the Lord, thy God, which His Spirit hath sent down unto thee, and be thou of them that truly believe. And should any one reject thine offer, turn thou away from him, and put thy trust and confidence in the Lord, thy God, the Lord of all worlds.”
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 280
The world needs this message more and more each day, personally I see Abdul'baha is still waiting.
That is what I see too Tony. Abdu’l-Baha is waiting for us to be as he was.


I have been posting regularly to an atheist man for about five years now on Delphi Forums and now we are at the point where he keeps asking me why the Baha’i Faith is still only 0.1% of the world population. I tell him that all religions were small in the beginning but he does not find that satisfactory and I really don’t either, given what we have and the fact that this is the information age. Why is the growth rate of the Faith declining instead of increasing? Is it all because people continue to reject Baha’u’llah or is it because many people have never even heard of Him?

The growth rates of the Abrahamic religions from 1910-2010 were as follows: Judaism .11%, Christianity 1.32%, Islam 1.97%, and Baha’i Faith 3.54%.

From 2000-2010 Islam became the fastest growing religion (1.86 %) and the Baha’i Faith was the second fastest growing religion (1.72%). Christianity is trailing behind at 1.31%.

Statistics from: Growth of religion - Wikipedia

The growth rates of the Baha’i Faith were higher than Islam from 1910 to 2010 because it includes the “formative age” of the Baha’i Faith (1921-1944)
FOURTH PERIOD: THE INCEPTION OF THE FORMATIVE AGE OF THE BAHÁ’Í FAITH 1921–1944


I am much more analytical than I am emotional... From a purely analytical standpoint, during the years when the Baha’i Faith was growing like wildfire there was no internet; all we had were certain Writings, and not as many as we have now translated into English. Now we have not only the internet but also many more Writings that have been translated, not to mention other books written about the Baha’i Faith and many websites. So why has growth slowed down so much? I have no intention of being critical of anyone, I just wonder, and I think that Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha are probably also wondering from the Abha Kingdom. :(

“This, however, is but the beginning of the dawn, and the heat of the rising Orb of Truth is not yet at the fullness of its power. Once the sun hath mounted to high noon, its fires will burn so hot as to stir even the creeping things beneath the earth; and although it is not for them to behold the light, yet will they all be set in frenzied motion by the impact of the heat.

Wherefore, O ye beloved of God, offer up thanks that ye have, in the day of the dawning, turned your faces unto the Light of the World and beheld its splendours. Ye have received a share of the light of truth, ye have enjoyed a portion of those blessings that endure forever;
and therefore, as a returning of thanks for this bounty, rest ye not for a moment, sit ye not silent, carry to men’s ears the glad tidings of the Kingdom, spread far and wide the Word of God.”
Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, pp. 33-34


“If any man were to arise to defend, in his writings, the Cause of God against its assailants, such a man, however inconsiderable his share, shall be so honored in the world to come that the Concourse on high would envy his glory. No pen can depict the loftiness of his station, neither can any tongue describe its splendor. For whosoever standeth firm and steadfast in this holy, this glorious, and exalted Revelation, such power shall be given him as to enable him to face and withstand all that is in heaven and on earth. Of this God is Himself a witness.

O ye beloved of God! Repose not yourselves on your couches, nay bestir yourselves as soon as ye recognize your Lord, the Creator, and hear of the things which have befallen Him, and hasten to His assistance. Unloose your tongues, and proclaim unceasingly His Cause. This shall be better for you than all the treasures of the past and of the future, if ye be of them that comprehend this truth.”
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 330
 
Aug 2014
1,387
Blue Planet
As for my answer.... hmmm.... I think not bad.
I see errors all around, and I have no power to correct them. I see errors in myself as well, and I am trying hard, but I cannot be nearly as good as I expect myself to be. yet ... it is life. it is not supposed to be perfect.

now how are YOU Tony?
 
Sep 2010
4,550
Normanton, Far North West Queensland
As for my answer.... hmmm.... I think not bad.
I see errors all around, and I have no power to correct them. I see errors in myself as well, and I am trying hard, but I cannot be nearly as good as I expect myself to be. yet ... it is life. it is not supposed to be perfect.

now how are YOU Tony?
I am very good maryamr - I have not been able to post for a couple of days as I could not load replies to posts.

Yes I see we are to perfect ourselves and become a part of our community in service, in any way we can. We need to find the unity.

Stay happy and well maryamr, it is always great to hear from you. Regards tony
 
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