Thursday, November 5, 2015

What is "the world"

Month, Day: 172, Power, Splendour (Justice)

Gleanings, CXXVIII: Know ye that by “the world” is meant your unawareness of Him Who is your Maker, and your absorption in aught else but Him. The “life to come,” on the other hand, signifieth the things that give you a safe approach to God, the All-Glorious, the Incomparable. Whatsoever deterreth you, in this Day, from loving God is nothing but the world. Flee it, that ye may be numbered with the blest. Should a man wish to adorn himself with the ornaments of the earth, to wear its apparels, or partake of the benefits it can bestow, no harm can befall him, if he alloweth nothing whatever to intervene between him and God, for God hath ordained every good thing, whether created in the heavens or in the earth, for such of His servants as truly believe in Him. Eat ye, O people, of the good things which God hath allowed you, and deprive not yourselves from His wondrous bounties. Render thanks and praise unto Him, and be of them that are truly thankful.

Remarks:  11/04/2015

11/04/2015 --

Friday, October 23, 2015

Alone and not

Month, Day: 172, Knowledge, Perfection (Independence)

 Gleanings, CXXIV: It is for this reason that, in those days, no man shall ever stand in need of his neighbor. It hath already been abundantly demonstrated that in that divinely-appointed Day the majority of them that have sought and attained His holy court have revealed such knowledge and wisdom, a drop of which none else besides these holy and sanctified souls, however long he may have taught or studied, hath grasped or will ever comprehend. It is by virtue of this power that the beloved of God have, in the days of the Manifestation of the Day Star of Truth, been exalted above, and made independent of, all human learning. Nay, from their hearts and the springs of their innate powers hath gushed out unceasingly the inmost essence of human learning and wisdom.

This resonates with the modern dilemmas several ways: the individual and truth versus groups being necessary; humans and their learning versus that accessible to the believers; and more. 

Remarks:  10/23/2015

10/23/2015 --

Friday, August 7, 2015

Green Acre, 1912

Month, Day: 172, Perfection, Words (Independence)

The Bahai World, Vol. VII (1936-1938) had photos taken at Green Acre in the summer of 1912. I ran across this blog page (Worldwide Community) that provided names of the attendees with the photos. On seeing this mapping (individuals are numbered) of names to the photos, a couple of things came to mind. For one, some of those there have descendants. It would be nice to identify web stuff that might relate to these descendants (disclosure: the blogger knows families that were there). Then, we could talk about the ancestry of some attendees as they are descendants of old American families.

In the blog post, there are four photos which are shown below in order by panels. Also, in the post, the people are numbered; names are provided where someone is known. The Master is in Panel 3.

Below, I took the names and separated them by the panels (pick Panel name to see the image). In Panel 1 are (1) Fred Mortenson, (2) Charles Mason Remey, and (87) Alfred Eastman Lunt. 
    Panel 1: (1) Fred Mortenson, (2) Charles Mason Remey, (3) Nurse with Donald Kinney, (4a) Donald Kinney, (4b) Miss Miriam Kallen, (5) Ruth Ladd Lunt, (6) George Trenholm,  (7) Dr. Corson, (8) Miss Marie Foote, (9) Mrs. Thompson, (10) Mrs. Green, (11) Mr. Green, (66) Mrs. Benedict, (67) Mrs. Stenzel, Germany, (68) Julia Culver, (69) Mr. Cameron, (70) Howard Kinney, (71) Safa Kinney, (72) Not identified, (73) Miss Alice Ober, (74) Mildred Kallen Lunt, (75) Miss Leonard, (76) Miss Frances Kallen, (78) Mrs. George Kennard, (79) Mrs. Hammond, (80) Gertrude Hammond, (81) Not identified, (82) Mrs. Decoff, (83) Not identified, (84) Mrs. Magee, (85) Mrs. Fred Wilson, (87) Alfred Eastman Lunt, (88) Linda Churchill, (89) Dr. Le Roy, (90) Mr. Brown Hill, (91 A) friend of Mrs. Cameron,  (92) Mrs. Cameron,  (93) Not identified

    Panel 2: (11) Mr. Green, (12) Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Green, (13) Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Green, (14) A friend of Mr. & Mrs. Green, (15) Not identified, (16) Harriet Magee, (17) Mrs. Annie Smith Burr, (18) Juliet Thompson, (19) Mrs. Sturtevant, (20) Mrs. Moore, (21) Mr. Fillmore Moore, (22) Grace Dixon, (23) Mrs. Burr, (26) Celia Plaisted, (27) Not identified, (51) Miss Sarah Van Winkle, (52) Doris Stimson, (53) Not identified, (54) Julia Golman, (55) Mrs. Friel, (56) Miss Eleanor Spinney, (57) Miss Lillian Fenn, (58) Wrestling Brewster, (59) Mrs. Constance Rodman, (60) Miss Amelia F. Weilage, (61) Mrs. Jackson, (61a) Mrs. Dunham, (62) not identified, (63) Dr·. Douglas, (64) Miss Esther Davis, (65) Miss Bertha Vaughn, (66) Mrs. Benedict, (93) Not identified, (94) Mrs. Stevens, (95) Mr. Lorenzo Levansen, Italy, (96) Not identified, (97) Mrs. Pomeroy, (98) Mrs. Louise G. Le Roy, (99) Mother of Mrs. Le Roy, (100) Mrs. Seabury, (101) Margaret Klebs, (102) Miss Curtis, (103) Mrs. Frederick Russell, (104) Not identified, (105) Mr. Burr, (106) Mrs. Ambrose W. Thompson, (107) Mr. Frederick Russell, (108) Mrs. Elizabeth Sherman, (109) Miss Claramond Mansfield, (110) Miss Annie Ford, (111) Miss Mary Pomeroy, (112) Miss Elsie Pomeroy, Montreal, (113) Not identified, (114) Not identified, (116) Gertrude Stanwood Struven, (117) Not identified, (118) Miss Hotchkiss, (119) Not identified, (120) Mrs. Margaret Reed, (121) Dr. Hood, (122) Mrs. E. B. Kinney, (123) Sanford Kinney, (124) Miss Barbara Fitting

    Panel 3: 26) Celia Plaisted, (27) Not identified, (28) Pauline Morse, (29) Dr. C. Pease, (30) Mother of Dr. Hills Code, 31 Dr. Hills Cole, (32) Mrs. Caroline, (33) Madame Bangs, (34) Mrs. Kate Ives, (35) Althea Dorr, (36) Helen Campbell, (37) Ella M. Robarts, (38) Not identified, (39) Mrs. Dudley Sargent, (40) Miss Alice M. Buckton, England, (41) Miss Annette H. Schapel, Holland, (42) Not identified, (43) Mrs. Brown, mother of Kate Ives, (44) Dorothy Onthank (Mrs. White), (45) Genevieve Thompson, (46) Mrs. Nonie Onthank, (47) Miss Sarah Woodbury, (48) Mr. George Dixon, (49) Ivy Drew Edwards, (50) Mrs. Fannie Montague Morse, (51) Miss Sarah Van Winkle, (123) Sanford Kinney, (124) Miss Barbara Fitting, (125) Miss Sinclair, (126) Lida Carte, (127) Not identified, (128) Miss Henrietta Brittingham, (129) Miss Celia Richmond (Sec'y of Miss Farmer), (130) Emogene Hoagg, (131) Not identified, (132) Miss Hodgkins, (133) Dorothy Parson Thompson, (134) Louise Culver, (135) Miss Mildred Thompson, (136) Emma Thompson, (137) Lillian Hipp, (138) Louise Thompson, (139) Mrs. Dix, (140) Mrs. Baseley, (142) Mrs. Louise M. Erickson, (143) Miss Blair, (144) Mrs. Stebbins, (145) Mrs. Alice Shane Devins, (146) Carrie Kinney

    Panel 4: (38) Not identified, (147) Mrs. Tatum, (148) Not identified, (149) Mrs. Pearl Abbot, (150) Miss Margarite Blanchard
I put in a link to a blog about Henry Lunt who is the arriving ancestor (1634) of Alfred E. Lunt. This will be an on-going effort.

Remarks:  08/10/2015

08/09/2015 -- Alfred Eastman Lunt is a descendant of Henry Lunt (1634), as is Thornton Chase who was not present.

Friday, July 24, 2015

What are we?

Month, Day: 172, Words, Will (Majesty)

Good question, but we can ask. Questions are the gift that leads science.

I ran across two blogs this week and will remark about one post of each.
  • The first I ran across while searching for material about age and retirement. Some of us had a lot of our heads, and a lot more, wrapped around work (which is a widely varied set of activities - not just those related to corporatism - one bane of the modern world). I, fortunately, was able to retire (in the traditional sense) and find purposeful activities. ... But, while the post dealt with age, the main theme was young and old: Can elders find a place ...? I left a comment (that has not appeared). Too, see Remarks 07/20/2015 - We are not idempotent? (The comment, in essence, related things seen in my long years - verbiage different than that of the Remarks entry.) ... I had run across this blog before and will be getting back to it, now and then.
  • Today, I found another blog, but on a different topic: The Bab - as a Merchant. There looks to be an interesting selection of commentaries. The blogger wants to understand the Faith better which is an admirable goal.
  • ... 
Blogs abound. Whether this is boon or bane depends upon a lot of things which bear some discussion. Our topic of audacity needs a little more work, even after all of this time. The constructive mode being applied is a polar opposite to Revelation's Reality. That we cannot speed things up is our, meaning human, bailiwick.

Remarks:  07/23/2015

07/23/2015 --

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Light flashed by

Month, Day: 172, Mercy, Glory (Majesty)

As we have said before, audacity is a requirement. For some reason, I didn't get around to posting during the, just past, month of Light. This is one important attribute (not that they all are not). In the typical parts of northern hemisphere, we have the start of summer, with the day of the longest amount of sunlight. In the extreme northern regions, we have almost endless light.

Genesis has this: Let there be Light. Sight comes from light. But, given the phenomena of e-m (too many to list) and our understanding of it, we now have the web/cloud and computation in general with its exploitation of applied mathematics. Yes, technology exploits, essentially.

Now, that phenomena mentioned above has spiritual aspects, as we can see from last month. Say what?

So much to discuss with this topic. For one, the Master was not incorrect nor misstating. ... Just the other day, in reference to discussion of Nash's work, the author, perhaps being silly, mentioned "ethereal" (let's say magic, okay?).


Consider. Just as the accumulation of entropy gallops along (and the thought of this gives some joy), so, too, does injustice. In fact, the common refrain, thoughtless as it is, is such: well, who said that life is fair. But, we know that Justice (all sorts of things to discuss here, too) is beloved by the Creator. How can this be? Mere nature versus spiritual?

Ah, parallels abound that are worthy of our attention, albeit the work needs to be done somewhat audaciously, at this point.

Remarks:  06/27/2015

06/26/2015 -- Light and sight. Gleanings CLII: Thine eye is My trust, suffer not the dust of vain desires to becloud its luster.
06/27/2015 -- HW #40: O SON OF MAN! Wert thou to speed through the immensity of space and traverse the expanse of heaven, yet thou wouldst find no rest save in submission to Our command and humbleness before Our Face.