Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Who Is Trying to Exterminate Mankind?

Who Is Trying to Exterminate Mankind?

We learn how animals are guided by nature to eat foods that are good for them. When sugar levels are low they crave something sweet and equilibrium is realized. And so the animal maintains health by allowing his cravings to guide his eating pattern. Everything in nature is good for him. He craves what his body lacks and health is maintained.

Then along comes man with his scientific knowledge. Rats and mice become a menace to his lifestyle. Mosquitoes and other insects annoy him. These unwanted creatures are a menace to our health so we attempt to exterminate them. We do this by creating foods that these creatures will crave but they will not keep them healthy. In fact they contain deadly poisons that are designed to kill them.

It seems logical that this approach would not be used on humans, but we see increasingly foods being developed to which we can become addicted.  We have cravings for these foods but they do not increase our health. In nature, the foods we crave have ingredients that satisfy this craving by restoring the body to a healthy equilibrium. When artificial foods are created they do not satisfy the body and the cravings do not go away. This is a very good marketing scheme, but very bad for our health. We have become like rats being enticed by rat poison.  

It would appear that the food industry does not what to exterminate us. They need us to keep buying their products and have therefore limited the poisonous effects of the food they sell us. In that way we can look forward to poor health and a long agonizing death, but up to the last we will continue to support the industry that has produced the foods we have become addicted to. One thing the food industry is not counting on is the fact that humans have intelligence and may figure out their strategy. Now that we have figured it out it is time for change. Unless the goal is to rid the world of humanity, we need food and medical professionals to develop food that will satisfy our cravings while maintaining health. This will be very good for humanity but not so good for capitalism. Instead of eating more food we would eat less. Instead of keeping doctors busy keeping our obese unhealthy bodies alive, we would have lean healthy bodies that do not need medicine. The money that is not spent on excess food and medicine could then be used to fix many of our other world problems. Everyone could live a more relaxed life style as employers would see less sick days taken by their employees. Working hours could be reduced as more people become available to work and, being healthier, they will be able to work more efficiently. This would create more jobs in the leisure activity field as people would need to do things during their leisure times.

It is my belief that cooperation is better than competition. The capitalistic view that we must compete to earn more money and that will bring happiness is completely wrong. Those who believe that money brings happiness are engaging in another addictive behaviour. When they have money and are still not happy they believe that more money is the answer. Just as in the case of foods that do not contain the ingredients that our body needs, money can never satisfy our craving for it. Money, although sweet to the taste, does not satisfy our craving for happiness. Happiness comes from caring for others and being sure that the needs of all are met. Those who amass wealth by exploiting others to do so become the most miserable of people. Wealth itself is not bad. If we have money it gives us control to do good or bad. What we choose to do with it is what makes the difference in our own lives. How we earn it also makes a great difference in our enjoyment.

My uncle was a farmer and a great philosopher. He told me that there were two ways to make money. One was to work to earn it and the other was to take it from those who had worked to earn it. It  seems the harder we work to earn anything the more we enjoy it.

When I was much younger I had helped my uncle bringing in hay one day. I worked alongside my cousins all day heaving bales of hay. At the end of the day I participated with them in the greatest meal I ever had. The work of the day made this meal taste so much better. I do not remember what was served but that didn’t matter. The main ingredient that made it taste so good was the hard work I had done to earn it.

If modern society can work hard to cooperate with one another, this would be conducive to happiness. If medical and food industry professionals could cooperate to give us healthy food that satisfies our cravings, this would lead to happiness. If nations that are dying of obesity could cooperate with those dying of starvation, this would go a long way to solving the world’s problems. Happiness for all is within our reach. We just need to exert a little effort to achieve it.

The world has exerted a lot of effort into destruction and war. Let us turn that around and use that energy toward building and peace.

The food industry has put a lot if effort into making the industry profitable by making foods addictive. Let us see that effort turned to providing healthy food for all the world.

The medical industry continues to put a lot of effort into keeping us alive. Let us see if they can put as much effort into keeping us healthy.

Happiness is within our reach. When someone comes to us with a grievance, we need not go to war with him. We can hear him and reason with him. We need not assert our superiority and the correctness of our ways. We can humbly defer to others at times and choose the best from all the world. A part cannot exceed the whole an we are at a time when knowledge can be derived from all the world so long as we are not so proud as to reject truth when it comes from another source.

I started by asking the question, “Who is trying to exterminate mankind?” If we look only at the bad we may think that humanity should be exterminated. However we all have good and bad attributes. We can choose which we want to bring out in ourselves and which we want to encourage in others. We can criticize and condemn the world for all its wrongs or we can see new beginnings of goodness and encourage that to prosper. When we choose to destroy evil we end up with destruction. When we choose to build goodness it will naturally replace evil.

In this I issue a challenge to all. Use your talents for good. If you are in the food industry do your best to make your food healthy. You can still make it taste good but be sure it has the nutritional ingredients to satisfy our craving. Whatever industry you work in, use your work to the best of your ability to the betterment of mankind. If you are a garbage collector, be the best garbage collector you can be. If you see a garbage collector doing a great job, be sure to compliment him on his efforts. Yes, we need to encourage one another to bring out the best in each other. Constant criticism only brings a person down to a point where the feel  that life is not worth living. Encouragement is needed to bring out the best and to let each individual know that he or she is appreciated.

We are spiritual as well as physical beings, and just as our bodies need to maintain a healthy equilibrium, our souls also need to maintain a healthy balance. In order to do that we need to encourage others and surround ourselves with encouraging people. We need to know our work is appreciated.  We need to strive to do our best and be encouraged to keep striving for perfection. When someone comes to us with a problem we need not criticize him for getting himself into such a mess, but offer encouragement to help him see the way out.

Reading this one may be inclined to think that I am one of the happiest well adjusted people alive, but this is not the case. Necessity is the best teacher. I come not offering solutions out of my abundance of knowledge, but asking for solutions out of my abundance of needs. Not being purely selfish I desire these things not only for myself but also for others who may be in similar or worse conditions. Yet I am thankful for my needs as they have pointed out to me the needs of others.  The only way I can solicit encouragement is to offer encouragement to others. The only way for me to avoid being criticized is to refrain from criticizing those around me.  I try my best to use my own situation to teach myself to be a better person. If I can shed any light on the subject to others, that is a bonus.

I find the words of 'Abdu'l-Bahá to be very encouraging and it is the following passage that got me started on this present writing.




Yesterday at table we spoke of curative treatment and spiritual healing, which consists in treating maladies through the spiritual powers.


Now let us speak of material healing. The science of medicine is still in a condition of infancy; it has not reached maturity. But when it has reached this point, cures will be performed by things which are not repulsive to the smell and taste of man -- that is to say, by aliments, fruits and vegetables which are agreeable to the taste and have an agreeable smell. For the provoking cause of disease -- that is to say, the cause of the entrance of disease into the human body -- is either a physical one or is the effect of excitement of the nerves.


But the principal causes of disease are physical, for the human body is composed of numerous elements, but in the measure of an especial equilibrium. As long as this equilibrium is maintained, man is preserved from disease; but if this essential balance, which is the pivot of the constitution, is disturbed, the constitution is disordered, and disease will supervene.


For instance, there is a decrease in one of the constituent ingredients of the body of man, and in another there is an increase; so the proportion of the equilibrium is disturbed, and disease occurs. For example, one ingredient must be one thousand grams in weight, and another five grams, in order that the equilibrium be maintained. The part which is one thousand grams diminishes to seven hundred grams, and that which is five grams augments until the measure of the equilibrium is disturbed; then disease occurs. When by remedies and treatments the equilibrium is re-established, the disease is banished. So if the sugar constituent increases, the health is impaired; and when the doctor forbids sweet and starchy foods, the sugar constituent diminishes, the equilibrium is re-established, and the disease is driven off. Now the readjustment of these constituents of the human body is obtained by two means -- either by medicines or by aliments; and when the constitution has recovered its equilibrium, disease is banished. All the elements that are combined in man exist also in vegetables; therefore, if one of the constituents which compose the body of man diminishes, and he partakes of foods in which there is much of that diminished constituent, then the equilibrium will be established, and a cure will be obtained. So long as the aim is the readjustment of the constituents of the body, it can be effected either by medicine or by food.


The majority of the diseases which overtake man also overtake the animal, but the animal is not cured by drugs. In the mountains, as in the wilderness, the animal's physician is the power of taste and smell. The sick animal smells the plants that grow in the wilderness; he eats those that are sweet and fragrant to his smell and taste, and is cured. The cause of his healing is this. When the sugar ingredient has become diminished in his constitution, he begins to long for sweet things; therefore, he eats an herb with a sweet taste, for nature urges and guides him; its smell and taste please him, and he eats it. The sugar ingredient in his nature will be increased, and health will be restored.


It is, therefore, evident that it is possible to cure by foods, aliments and fruits; but as today the science of medicine is imperfect, this fact is not yet fully grasped. When the science of medicine reaches perfection, treatment   will be given by foods, aliments, fragrant fruits and vegetables, and by various waters, hot and cold in temperature.


This discourse is brief; but, if God wills, at another time, when the occasion is suitable, this question will be more fully explained.


                (Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 257 - 259 )


Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Most Great Assurance

O my friend, were the bird of thy mind to explore the heavens of the Revelation of the Qur'án, were it to contemplate the realm of divine knowledge unfolded therein, thou wouldst assuredly find unnumbered doors of knowledge set open before thee. Thou wouldst certainly recognize that all these things which have in this day hindered this people from attaining the shores of the ocean of eternal grace, the same things in the Muhammadan Dispensation prevented the people of that age from recognizing that divine Luminary, and from testifying to His truth. Thou wilt also apprehend the mysteries of "return" and "revelation," and wilt securely abide within the loftiest chambers of certitude and assurance.
             (Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 147, 148 )

The Most Great Assurance

We are living in a world of doubt. At one time we knew the world was flat. That knowledge turned out to be false. We knew that the earth was the center of the universe and all other planets and stars revolved around it. False again. How many things do we know today that will be proved to be false in the future.

Then there is the issue about God. Is there a God? Can we prove that God exists? We were likely told about God when we where children, but we were also told about the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause. We soon learn that reindeer don't fly and fat men don't come down chimneys, so are the stories we heard about Jesus true?

Now it is quite easy to prove the fact that there was a creator. No one believes that a house just happens by accident, or a watch found in a forest just naturally occurred there. We know that something as simple as a pencil had to have someone to make it, so how could anyone in their right mind think that something as magnificent, so huge and so intricate as the universe just happened all on its own. The fact that the universe exists proves that there must have been a superior, all powerful, intelligent being that created it. But that doesn't mean that this Omnipotent Being pays any attention to us or even cares if we live or die. For all we know we could just be an unwanted by-product of this magnificent universe.

Then comes the Revelation of God. Each of the Revealers of God's Word could be denied. It could be passed off as a crazy person who was delusional and believed that He had a connection with the Almighty God. But when you put them together it becomes too great to be passed off as mere coincidence. Are we to believe that these Holy Beings who appeared once in about every 1000 years, endured great suffering to deliver Their Message and caused revolutionary changes in the planet were just some crazy people. Then add to that the fact that thousands of martyrs gave up their lives in order to promote the Teachings of these Divine Beings. If that had occurred once we may be able to say that the advancement of society was coincidental to the ravings of a mad man, but every time a Divine Being appears there is great changes and advancement in Science, Spirituality and Social Conditions.

Even the enemies of God cannot deny the influence of the Divine Manifestations of God. Those who do not believe at all and those who hold on to a past Revelation while not accepting the latest will acknowledge the influence of the Holy Ones. Yes they will acknowledge and fear them. Otherwise why would they be doing everything in their power to stop them? Why Crucify someone if you think He is insignificant? Why persecute a crazy man? It is because these Divine Messengers where changing the society they were living in and making learned men doubt what they knew to be true.

The things we have been taught by previous generations has a powerful hold on us. When someone presents us with evidence, or even a suggestion that we might be wrong, we often get defensive. If we know that what they are saying is a lie, it will not bother us to much, but if it begins to cause us to doubt then let the fireworks begin. At this point there is only two possible courses of action. The one many people take is to do everything in their power to discredit and otherwise prove false the information that is causing them to doubt. They will intimidate, hate, fight and even kill the ones that are causing them to doubt what they have always believed to be true. The result of this action, if they succeed, will be that they are able to continue to believe a lie.

Plan two is the one I recommend. If someone causes me to doubt something I believe, I find it is time to investigate and examine my belief. Is it possible that I have been misinformed? Could it be that the sky is green when I have always believed it to be blue? Let me hear your reasoning. Why have you come to your conclusions? Let is discuss freely why each of us believes as we do and see who is right. Perhaps  we will find that truth lies somewhere between our understandings. Perhaps we will find we are both right, but are just viewing the situation from different perspectives. By consulting each other and investigating thoroughly we will both come to a greater understanding of the Truth and we will not need to kill each other.

My purpose here was to present the Most Great Assurance; The undoubtable Truth that no one can deny. I can see that, no matter how convincing the proofs or how conclusive the arguments, each of the religions on earth today could be doubted, but the cumulative effect is undeniable. The fact that the story repeats on a regular basis, that it advances at each stage and that it heals the ailments of each age proves beyond any doubt that, not only there is a God, but that there is a God who loves us and cares for us. Indeed He is a God who wants the best for His Creatures that He created in His own Image. This is the Most Great Assurance and the undeniable Truth.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The proof of the Manifestation of God

What motivates us to action? For many it is greed, or a desire for peace, security, comfort or well being. The manifestations were only motivated by the compelling force of God to do His will. They did not receive money or any earthly gain for their action. There was no comfort as they were often subject to torture, ridicule, imprisonment or exile. There was absolutely no earthly reason for them to do what they did, so their motivation had to be purely Heavenly.

In the Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, Bahá’u’lláh addresses the Shah of Persia in these words.

These perspicuous verses have been sent down in one of the Tablets by the Abha Pen: "Hearken, O servant, unto the voice of this Wronged One, Who hath endured grievous vexations and trials in the path of God, the Lord of all Names, until such time as He was cast into prison, in the Land of Ta (Tihran). He summoned men unto the most sublime Paradise, and yet they seized Him and paraded Him through cities and countries. How many the nights during which slumber fled from the eyes of My loved ones, because of their love for Me; and how numerous the days whereon I had to face the assaults of the peoples against Me! At one time I found Myself on the heights of mountains; at another in the depths of the prison of Ta (Tihran), in chains and fetters. By the righteousness of God! I was at all times thankful unto Him, uttering His praise, engaged in remembering Him, directed towards Him, satisfied with His pleasure, and lowly and submissive before Him.

               (Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 78, 79)

This was prefaced by;

"My grief exceedeth all the woes to which Jacob gave vent, and all the afflictions of Job are but a part of My sorrows!"

               (Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 77)

We see this Manifestation of God afflicted with great tribulation, yet His mandate is to manifest the Word of God for this day. How can He do that. Bahá’u’lláh cried out in the FIRE TABLET;

Thou seest Me forbidden to speak forth: Then from where will spring Thy melodies, O Nightingale of the worlds?

Now I look at my puny mission to the World and my puny difficulties and put them into perspective. How can I accomplish my mission to spread this Message of Peace to the World? I have no means. My knowledge is limited. My earning power is almost non-existent, but I am not in jail being tortured by my tormentors: At least not yet. So I continue to plod along on this divine path relying only on God as my helper. I pray that He will guide me, show me what to do and give me the right words to say.

For those who follow Christ, He has given us a sure way to recognize Him when He would return in His New Name. (and I will write upon him my new name. Rev. 3:12) He says;

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

               (Matthew 7:15 - 17)

So it is clear that a prophet that gives forth good fruit is of God. If the teachings lead us to God, compel us toward goodness and bring God’s people together, this truly is of God and no doubt can entertain our minds.

In the Gospel of John Jesus is quoted as saying;

And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

               (John 10:16)

Later on He tells the Jews that were questioning Him;

But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

               (New Testament, 04 – John 10:26, 27)

So it is clear that, if we want to recognize Christ we have to be familiar with His voice. When we read the quotations of His words, what do they sound like? If we hear or read other quotations that sound like these ones, should we not investigate to see if these are coming from the very same source?

To me that is it. That is the essence and the end of my argument. No more can be said.

I leave it to you and I have absolute faith that you, as one created by God, have the capacity know and recognize the Creator and the Source or His Revelation.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Introduction to The Revelation of Saint John the Divine

The Revelation of Saint John the Divine
The introduction.
Quoted from King James Version of the Bible. (Words in brackets are my thoughts)

1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
(When John wrote this down he was expecting the prophesies to be fulfilled very soon. Many were expecting the return of Christ during the same generation as when He ascended.)

1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
( This is a record of what John saw without interpretation. He did not understand the meaning of much of what he saw.)
1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
(Again the emphasis on this happening very soon.)
1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
(John addresses this to the seven Churches in Asia and says it is from himself and the seven Spirits)
1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
(He also includes Jesus Himself in the salutation. First begotten of the dead perhaps because He rose from the dead. Prince of the kings because He is the True Sovereign.  Jesus loved us so much that He offered up His life. Symbolically He died so that we could be cleansed from sin, the symbolic washing in the blood.)
1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
(We are to carry on and spread His teachings as we watch for the day of His return.)
1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
(The clouds symbolically obscure our vision. All see the light but some may be slow to recognize its source because of the clouds.

1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
(He was, He is and He shall be. Eternity is a concept we cannot grasp. Time and space are limitations of the physical world. In the spiritual we do not have such limitations. Christ, the Messiah was manifested in the physical body of Jesus, but He was much greater than that body. Christ was never limited to a single physical body. He has always existed and will always exist and He can Manifest Himself whenever and however He chooses. None have the right to question His choice. However in His kindness to us He tells us how we can know.)
From the Gospel of John we read;
10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
10:8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
10:12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
10:13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
10:15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.
10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
10:30 I and my Father are one.
(The true sheep of Christ will recognize His voice wherever it comes from. They follow Him because they hear His voice. Many are the wolves in sheep’s clothing who try to lead the sheep astray, but they recognize the voice of their Lord and Saviour and the follow Him. Even though they are faced with calamity and death they will not turn away from their Lord. Even though all the earth becomes their enemy, they will gladly be slaughtered by an earthly army so they can go to their Heavenly Home. They have been given eternal life and they understand this temporary physical life is not important. They lay down their physical life with joy so they can be with the Good Shepherd.)
(In the last days (in which we are living) Christ is gathering all His sheep into One Fold. )
10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
(We are now witnessing the gathering of the sheep. People of diverse backgrounds, cultures and religions are being called by the Lord and Hear His Voice. Excitedly they tell others, and although the clouds of superstition, tradition, and false education obscure the light of the Revelation of God, once one  recognizes the source of the Light and Hears the Voice of the Lord, he or she cannot go back but must remain a part of that Great and Glorious Sheepfold.)