April 29,2015, Prescott- I took the day off from work again today, this time in honour of the day on which Baha’u’llah declared His Mission to His followers, at a garden just north of Baghdad. Of course, I did go to the VA Hospital and receive a check-up, which was all good news. The main thrust of the day, though, was in attending two gatherings of local Baha’is and a few close friends of our Faith. The widower of our friend, M, was there, and we discussed several matters other than
his loss. Easing him back into a routine life seems appropriate right now. I was glad that no one hung the noose of sorrow around my neck, four years ago, and he was glad to engage in more neutral discourse today. The ebb and flow of mourning is something with which I am prepared to help him, though, as time goes on.
Baha’u’llah has outlined many steps by which mankind can attain lasting peace. His Declaration, on or about April 29, 1863, called for a few basic universalities, upon which He later expounded, prior to His Ascension, in 1892. These include a democratically-elected world parliament, a common universal currency and system of weights and measures, a universal auxiliary language and equality between men and women. Many of these have been proposed, in other forms, by people of influence. Some, like the oneness of mankind and male/female parity, are gingerly approached, then avoided, by those whose minds are in a state of flux.
Yet, we see the same crises and issues arise, in a continuous loop, in one part of the world or another. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in Israel/ Palestine, other parts of Southwest Asia and North Africa, and in American cities. The areas where outmoded ways of dealing with problems are most fastidiously gripped by their proponents, are bound to be the areas where the least progress seems to be achieved.
Baha’u’llah’s Revelation is very deep and takes very close, detailed study, as befits a System which will guide the whole of mankind, especially given our enduring free will. I’m glad I get the gist of it, and can move slowly past my own frailties.