The Vision of Race Unity: America’s Most Challenging Issue

The Vision Of Race Unity

America’s Most Challenging Issue

A Statement by the
National Spiritual Assembly of
the Bahá’ís of the United States

Racism is the most challenging issue confronting America. A nation whose ancestry includes every people on earth, whose motto is E pluribus unum, whose ideals of freedom under law have inspired millions throughout the world, cannot continue to harbor prejudice against any racial or ethnic group without betraying itself. Racism is an affront to human dignity, a cause of hatred and division, a disease that devastates society.

Notwithstanding the efforts already expended for its elimination, racism continues to work its evil upon this nation. Progress toward tolerance, mutual respect, and unity has been painfully slow and marked with repeated setbacks. The recent resurgence of divisive racial attitudes, the increased number of racial incidents, and the deepening despair of minorities and the poor make the need for solutions ever more pressing and urgent. To ignore the problem is to expose the country to physical, moral and spiritual danger.

Aware of the magnitude and the urgency of the issue, we, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States, speaking for the entire U.S. Bahá’í community, appeal to all people of goodwill to arise without further delay to resolve the fundamental social problem of this country. We do so because of our feeling of shared responsibility, because of the global experience of the Bahá’í community in effecting racial harmony within itself, and because of the vision that the sacred scriptures of our Faith convey of the destiny of America.

I

The oneness of humanity is the pivot round which revolve all the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith. It is at once a statement of principle and an assertion of the ultimate goal of human experience on the planet. More than a century ago Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, wrote: “The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.” It is a principle that issues naturally from the genesis and purpose of human existence. The Word of God as presented in the Bahá’í writings offers compelling insights as in the following examples:

Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My beauty.Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from the same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light! Heed ye this counsel that ye may obtain the fruit of holiness from the tree of wondrous glory.

All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. The Almighty beareth Me witness: To act like the beasts of the field is unworthy of man. Those virtues that befit his dignity are forbearance, mercy, compassion and loving-kindness towards all the peoples and kindreds of the earth.

Having gone through the stages of infancy and turbulent adolescence, humanity is now approaching maturity, a stage that will witness “the reconstruction and demilitarization of the whole civilized world–a world organically unified in all the essential aspects of its life.” In no other country is the promise of organic unity more immediately demonstrable than in the United States because this country is a microcosm of the diverse populations of the earth. Yet this promise remains largely unrealized even here because of the endemic racism that, like a cancer, is corroding the vitals of the nation.

For too much of its history and in so many places the human race has squandered its energy and resources in futile efforts to prove the unprovable: that one portion of itself, because of separation by geography, a difference in skin color, or the diversity of cultural expression, is intrinsically distinct from another portion. The ignorance and prejudice on which such efforts are founded have led to endless conflicts in the name of the sanctity of tribe, race, class, nation, religion. Paradoxical as it may seem, in the consistency of these negative efforts across the spectrum of the race, humanity has proved the exact opposite: it has affirmed its oneness. The proof is in the fact that, given the same circumstances, all people, regardless of ethnic or cultural variety, behave essentially the same way. In the futility of its efforts to classify and separate its diverse elements, humanity has become disoriented and confused. Unaided by the divine influence of religion, people are incapable of achieving a proper orientation to their innermost reality and purpose and are thus unable to achieve a coherent vision of their destiny. It is in this respect that the Bahá’ís find relevancy, direction, and fulfillment in the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of their Faith.

The oneness of humanity is a spiritual truth abundantly confirmed by science. Recognition of this truth compels the abandonment of all prejudices of race, color, creed, nation, and class–of “everything which enables people to consider themselves superior to others.” The principle of the oneness of humankind “is no mere outburst of ignorant emotionalism or an expression of vague and pious hope…. It does not constitute merely the enunciation of an ideal…. It implies and organic change in the structure of present-day society, a change such as the world has not yet experienced.”

II

The application of the spiritual principle of the oneness of humanity to the life of the nation would necessitate and make possible vast changes in the economic status of the non-white segments of the population. Although poverty afflicts members of all races, its victims tend to be largely people of color. Prejudice and discrimination have created a disparity in standards of living, providing some with excessive economic advantage while denying others the bare necessities for leading healthy and dignified lives. Poor housing, deficient diet, inadequate health care, insufficient education are consequences of poverty that afflict African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans more than they afflict the rest of the population. The cost to society at large is heavy.

Evidence of the negative effect of racial and ethnic conflict on the economy has prompted a number of businesses and corporations to institute educational programs that teach conflict resolution and are designed to eliminate racial and ethnic tensions from the workplace. These are important steps and should be encouraged. If, however, they are intended primarily to save the economy, no enduring solution will be found to the disastrous consequences of racism. For it cannot suffice to offer academic education and jobs to people while at the same time shutting them out because of racial prejudice from normal social intercourse based on brotherly love and mutual respect. The fundamental solution–the one that will reduce violence, regenerate and focus the intellectual and moral energy of minorities, and make them partners in the construction of a progressive society–rests ultimately on the common recognition of the oneness of humankind.

It is entirely human to fail if that which is most important to people’s self-perception is denied them–namely, the dignity they derive from a genuine regard by others for their stature as human beings. No educational, economic, or political plan can take the place of this essential human need; it is not a need that businesses and schools, or even governments, can provide in isolation from the supportive attitude of society as a whole. Such an attitude needs to be grounded in a spiritual and moral truth that all acknowledge and accept as their own and that, like the oxygen that serves all equally, breathes life into their common effort to live in unity and peace. Absence of the genuine regard for others fostered by such truth causes hopelessness in those discriminated against; and in a state of hopelessness, people lose the coherent moral powers to realize their potential. This vitalizing truth, we are convinced, is summarized in the phrase: the oneness of humankind.

So essential is the principle of the oneness of humanity to the efficacy of educational programs that it cannot be overemphasized. Without its broad influence such programs will not contribute significantly to the development of society. The very fact that businesses are themselves implementing educational programs is indicative of the glaring deficiency of the entire educational system. As we have already said, beyond the mechanisms of education lies the essential prerequisite of a proper attitude on the part of those dispensing curricula and, even more important, on the part of society as a whole. On this basis, education is not only the shortest route out of poverty; it is the shortest route out of prejudice as well. A national program of education, emphasizing the values of tolerance, brotherhood, appreciation for cultures other than one’s own, and respect for differences would be a most important step toward the elimination of racism and, as a consequence, the bolstering of the economy.

III

The persistent neglect by the governing bodies and the masses of the American people of the ravages of racism jeopardizes both the internal order and the national security of the country.

From the day it was born the United States embraced a set of contradictory values. The founding fathers proclaimed their devotion to the highest principles of equality and justice yet enshrined slavery in the Constitution. Slavery poisoned the mind and heart of the nation and would not be abolished without a bloody civil war that nearly destroyed the young republic. The evil consequences of slavery are still visible in this land. They continue to affect the behavior of both Black and White Americans and prevent the healing of old wounds.

Healing the wounds and building a society in which people of diverse backgrounds live as members of one family are the most pressing issues confronting America today. Her peace, her prosperity, and even her standing in the international community depend to a great extent on the resolution of this issue.

That the virulence of the race issue in America attracts the attention of the entire world should spur this country to an unprecedented effort to eliminate every vestige of prejudice and discrimination from her midst. America’s example could not fail to have a profound influence on world society, nor could it fail to assist the establishment of universal peace. “For the accomplishment of unity between the colored and white,” the Bahá’í writings proclaim, “will be a cause of the world’s peace.”

The responsibility for the achievement of racial peace and unity in the United States rests upon both Black and White Americans. To build a society in which the rights of all its members are respected and guaranteed, both races must be animated with the spirit of optimism and faith in the eventual realization of their highest aspirations. Neither White nor Black Americans should assume that the responsibility for the elimination of prejudice and of its effects belongs exclusively to the other. Both must recognize that unity is essential for their common survival. Both must recognize that there is only one human species. Both must recognize that a harmoniously functioning society that permits the full expression of the potential of all persons can resolve the social and economic problems now confounding a society wracked with disunity.

It is evident that both Black and White Americans in large numbers are feeling deeply disappointed and frustrated by what each group perceives to be a failure of the efforts in recent decades at effecting progress in the relations between the races. To rationalize this failure, both have been reacting by retreating to the more familiar ground of racial separation. As the problems with crime and drug addiction mount, the tendency is to use the seeming intractability of these problems as a measure of the failure of years of struggle on the part of both to overcome the barriers of centuries. Formidable as is the challenge yet to be met, can it fairly be said that no significant progress has taken place since the days of the sit-ins at lunch counters across the South?

Similarly, the victims of a protracted and entrenched racial discrimination seek relief in the notion that Black Americans, White Americans, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans are so distinctly different from one another that all of them must stake out their own cultural and social territories and stay within them. Would this be sensible? Would it not be a retreat from the reality of our common humanity? Would it not be a formula for the total breakdown of civilization? Those who raise the call for separation preach a grim doctrine indeed. If the nation is seriously to submit to such a view, where exactly will either the Black or the White Americans divide their cultural heritage, one from the other?

Racism runs deep. It infects the hearts of both White and Black Americans. Since without conscious, deliberate, and sustained effort, no one can remain unaffected by its corrosive influence, both groups must realize that such a problem can neither easily nor immediately be resolved. “Let neither think that anything short of genuine love, extreme patience, true humility, consummate tact, sound initiative, mature wisdom, and deliberate, persistent, and prayerful effort can succeed in blotting out the stain which this patent evil has left on the fair name of their common country.”

Both groups must understand that no real change will come about without close association, fellowship, and friendship among diverse people. Diversity of color, nationality, and culture enhances the human experience and should never be made a barrier to harmonious relationships, to friendship, or to marriage. “O well-beloved ones!” Bahá’u’lláh wrote. “The tabernacle of unity has been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree and leaves of one branch.”

IV

Our appeal is addressed primarily to the individual American because the transformation of a whole nation ultimately depends on the initiative and change of character of the individuals who compose it. No great idea or plan of action by the government or other interested organizations can hope to succeed if the individual neglects to respond in his or her own way as personal circumstances and opportunities permit. And so we respectfully and urgently call upon our fellow Americans of whatever background to look at the racial situation with new eyes and with a new determination to lend effective support to the resolution of a problem that hinders the advance of this great republic toward the full realization of its glorious destiny.

We mention the experience of the Bahá’í community not from any feeling of pride and ultimate victory, because that which we have accomplished still falls short of that to which we aspire; nonetheless, the results to date are most encouraging, and it is as a means of encouragement that we call attention to them.

From its inception in 1863 the Bahá’í community was dedicated to the principle of the unity of humankind. Bahá’ís rely upon faith in God, daily prayer, meditation, and study of sacred texts to effect the transformation of character necessary for personal growth and maturity; however, their aim is to create a world civilization that will in turn react upon the character of the individual. Thus the concept of personal salvation is linked to the salvation, security, and happiness of all the inhabitants of the earth and stems from the Bahá’í belief that “the world of humanity is a composite body” and that “when one part of the organism suffers all the rest of the body will feel its consequence.”

Guided and inspired by such principles, the Bahá’í community has accumulated more than a century of experience in creating models of unity that transcend race, culture, nationality, class, and the differences of sex and religion, providing empirical evidence that humanity in all its diversity can live as a unified global society. Bahá’ís see unity as the laws of life; consequently, all prejudices are perceived as diseases that threaten life. Rather than considering that the unity of humankind can be established only after other problems afflicting it have been solved, Bahá’ís believe that both spiritual and material development are dependent upon love and unity. Therefore, the Bahá’ís offer the teachings of their Faith and the example of their community for examination, convinced that these can make a contribution toward the eradication of racism endemic in American society. We do so with firm faith in the assistance of our Creator, Who, out of His infinite love, brought forth all humanity from the same stock and intended that all belong to the same household. We believe, moreover, that the day of the unification of the entire human race has come and that “the potentialities inherent in the station of man, the innate excellence of his reality, must all be manifested in this promised Day of God.”

Addendum

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States is the national administrative body for the Bahá’ís of the United States. The Assembly has nine members and is elected annually by delegates from the forty-eight contiguous states. It directs, coordinates, and stimulates the activities of local Bahá’í administrative bodies and of the 110,000 Bahá’ís in the United States.

The Bahá’í Faith is an independent world religion with adherents in virtually every country. The worldwide Bahá’í community, numbering more than five million, includes almost all nationalities and classes. More than 2,100 ethnic groups and tribes are represented. There are 155 National Spiritual Assemblies.

Bahá’u’lláh was the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. The central principles of His religion are the oneness of God, the oneness of religion, and the oneness of humanity. His religion “proclaims the necessity and the inevitability of the unification of mankind…. It, moreover, enjoins upon its followers the primary duty of an unfettered search after truth, condemns all manner of prejudice and superstition, declares the purpose of religion to be the promotion of amity and concord, proclaims its essential harmony with science, and recognizes it as the foremost agency for the pacification and the orderly progress of human society. It unequivocally maintains the principle of equal rights, opportunities and privileges for men and women, insists on compulsory education, eliminates extremes of poverty and wealth, abolishes the institution of priesthood, prohibits slavery, asceticism, mendicancy and monasticism, prescribes monogamy, discourages divorce, emphasizes the necessity of strict obedience to one’s government, exalts any work performed in the spirit of service to the level of worship, urges either the creation or the adoption of an auxiliary international language, and delineates the outlines of those institutions that must establish and perpetuate the general peace of mankind.”

Dick Cheney still pulling White House strings

My inspiring source of confusion came when the White House randomly announced a new country as a “major threat to the US”.  ¡¿Venezuela?!  Then it dawned on me when I found out, apparently, six days before this crazy announcement, Venezuela declared Bush and Cheney to be terrorists and banned them from entering Venezuela.

It just seems like another bread crumb trail leading to the rat hole, tick cave, Golem pit wherever Cheney is hiding.  Another crumb in this path to Cheney, is the unfathomable disparity between Obama’s words and the White House Policy. The one reflects a hopeful presidential candidate in 2004, and the other is nothing more than a repeat of the 2001 Bush / Cheney chaos doctrine.

““Tonight, for the first time since 9/11, our combat mission in Afghanistan is over.” These were opening words of Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address. In fact, some 10,000 troops and 20,000 military contractors (mercenaries) remain in Afghanistan on indefinite assignment.

“The longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion,” said Obama. In fact, more civilians were killed in Afghanistan in 2014 than in any year since the UN took records. The majority have been killed — civilians and soldiers — during Obama’s time as president.

The tragedy of Afghanistan rivals the epic crime in Indochina. In his lauded and much quoted book,The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives”. – John Pilger

Then there’s the rat tail hanging out of the rat hole, masterfully detailed by Jeremy Scahill in “Dirty Wars” which details the kill list pioneered by Dick Cheyney and Donald Rumsfeld, which is has now expanded into the unconstitutional, and Geneva Convention violating drone warfare now hitting over 47 countries in the last 4 years (according to Greg Palast), which the Obama Administration has only advanced.

Oh and there’s the video of the rat going into the hole, with Wesley Clark’s explanation of the project for a New American Century… which the US eerily close to implementing.  God willing, the negotiations by the Obama Administration can release this specter of warfare that has infected America since Dick and Bush robbed the world of the United States helm in 2000 (after Gore won the popular vote, and would have won Florida had 250,000 African American voters not been illegally barred from voting).

If ya haven’t seen this video – it’s essential viewing for any lover of this Nation.  

It’s hard to believe that Dick Cheney couldn’t be the one calling the shots… he’s the one who implemented the drone kill list… when ya have the trigger, and the money, you can shoot your best friend in the face and get away with it.

What kind of people is Dick shooting with drones?  Might it not pervert any National governance and diplomacy if there was a rouge, and known, kill list being operated by an already corrupted intelligence agency, taken over by a former administration… I share to all Americans, with nothing but contempt for the disease of political parties… I am not saying Obama is a good person, or president.  I am saying that we know who began the eradication of the Constitution, and we can’t ignore it any longer, or point the finger at anyone but ourselves for letting it happen.  How do we deal with the Darth Vader now holding too much of the military contracts, and with a hand writing the kill list.

Poem for Hopi Land: All People’s Land

Apitonia

the last place my Grandfather – Edward T Hall Jr – took photographs … before he had his stroke, caused by trying to translate… the most civilized cultures to the American vulture… that could be an Eagle, if it lived by it’s principle… given by the Onondaga elder’s who’s wisdom via Peace Keeper is invincible

Hopi land is rich, rich with true wealth, tradition, language that will give life after the ice caps melt, that’ll help all the lost people, stay upright. keep love in the heart – we’re together, one family, all sides of Mother Earth, where it’s light and where its night

The only thing worth abandoning, is the lower materialistic self and BIA unhealthy help that prays off our missed prayers, dawn sun reunion stairs, trust the Haudenosaunee door keepers and their belts, for the US bells n whistles that are disguised pistols and missing missile pixel thistles needing brain surgery from medicinal spiritual journeys that require multigenerational learning curves and non english words to break it’s absurd spell in the downward spiral.

Keep the language strong, let it grow, because it’ll come in handy when the second dust bowl hits the West Coast, and millions will start comin through in droves, wishin they we’re on the Two Row wampum boats, unable to float on the broken McGiver skills given through radio wave lines, nothing can compare to the traditional wisdom keepers who never compromised.

your beautiful culture is keeping the people of our Mother planet alive – diversify, spiritualize, serve life… all I know is it’s time for human union, so let’s get some more fry… bread … :P

 

Dear Artists and Spiritual Revolutionaries of the City: The Fate of the Nation Rests In Our Hands

We are all responsible for manifesting justice, no system can do it for us…

I just got a rattle… and a guitar… n some good writings – hope to meet others ready to eliminate this evil all togethar.  Here’s a song that’s been running in my head all day, perhaps it will come out so we can play this violence out of our city starting today, with all the enlightened phrases and collective patience and love in submission to the Unknown Above.

Here is a song of inspiration from the Badasht Project

now my little song – a play on TDE’s old crazyness

TerranceTed Tents (Play on Terrorist Threats)

Build the game, light and go

Dance up with life and make it grow

Build the game, light and go

Dance up with life and make it grow

Build the game, light and go

Dance up with life and make it grow

Build the game, light and go

Dance up with life and make it grow — growing the crop…

[Hook: Ab-Soul]

Fish fruit and stream bless the seam of time

We see the false prophecy fame to stupify

Direct the pangs of Mom’s cleansing right

We grow our Soul to end the corporate-bank-fake fight

I said We grow our Soul to end the corporate-bank-fake fight

I said We grow our Soul to end the corporate-bank-fake fight

Heron song, Heron song

Strong Spirit with ultimate warrior thong

Leaderful movement ringing the gong

And all the Ninjas crew flash mobin with Prawn

Bloody and hozed, glory bloody and hozed

If we met flows, wed have plenty rude foes

I was from the New Mex like Mad Spock

I ended up mighty against the bank stocks

Now my lifes a fun trip around cops and mobs

Bricks and clubs – plus the fame is new

Dont do drugs – God aint playin with floods, Bahaullah judgement cleansing like an ayahuasca brew

To peek through the heart sore, surrenderin darts and swords and NDAA

Before we stuffed crimes like hate,

Do we wana play hells militaray

BUT I’m rocken the patiant stance

Flames days is comin man

Tame bluffin songs with chants

That’s why I reclaimed this man

For my tribe gettin retna scanned, Stopin water from hydrofrakin scams, Alternating curency man

All I got’s a rattle

God direct me to fight Your battle

I I surrender to Thee

Future we build got not golden cattle

Fish fruit and stream bless the seam of time

We see the false prophecy fame to stupify

Direct the pangs of Mom’s cleansing right

We grow our Soul to end the corporate-bank-fake fight

I said We grow our Soul to end the corporate-bank-fake fight

I said We grow our Soul to end the corporate-bank-fake fight

Hopi still, Hopi still!

Game Peley tricks to break the deal

Respecting medicine or hell be real

Venus fly trap, pact is sealed

meditate on God’s sayns

We could break off evry chain

grow foods killin brothers pure insane

We’d cut the Bank leech bite off our play

Omanahhhhh

Be open hearted like the late MLK

Don’t protect the male angray

What’s a missle vs the NRA

Yo Barack

Don’t know you liked puppet shows so im givin up sox

workin for the public like its worth something

Presidents trust them, like I do cops

It don’t change a thang, greater grows the flock

It don’t change nothing, better sow the crop

I mean buil bridges of simpler in steada richer – or the flowers stop

seeded bombs set

We’ve got progress, fools in congress

We be blessed so dopes dont protest

Trust dont bleed on our success

All I got’s a rattle

God direct me to fight Your battle

I I surrender to Thee

Future we build got not golden cattle

Fish fruit and stream bless the seam of time

We see the false prophecy fame to stupify

Direct the pangs of Mom’s cleansing right

We grow our Soul to end the corporate-bank-fake fight

I said We grow our Soul to end the corporate-bank-fake fight

I said We grow our Soul to end the corporate-bank-fake fight

Hopi Still, Hopi still

Prophesy singing is becomin real

My letter be some reclaim seal

So last not lost like common feel,

Tool ground, rain lack, no more deal?

Turqois pot for water seal

De co lo nize Itaa pakiiw

Drilling deth if no tough apintoina zeal!

HEY ANAHEEE

Wrote by the Spirit, path of Thy way

Bulls lost God’s fight underwater days

Hopay lay play, river oley, pope pray?

Gain throu pain, mowing through change, be defamed

Loss all but legit friendship and TARP bills to strike with them, that show me how to best tend a flame

Grow the food is the prose I preach

Grow the food I ohm to see

Got a bigger hint in holdings, no wealth there – Findn pain seeds of modern slavery there – So much rude, dudes pasin as cops I see

Imprisoning brothers like a sport tally

Got a flavor stressed oppressed – Heart a beeating for their tests – See the worlds flipped to nastiness

All I got’s a rattle

God direct me to fight Your battle

I I surrender to Thee

Future we build got not golden cattle

TDE, this is the TED speakin to thee

enhance the chant so all can be free

got a white man cast to deliver the seed

Transmute oppression as spirit feed

Every test is verdant green

Bleedin the team cuz loves a sceen

One blood’s the way to defeat

Cuz meek is elite

as long as through unity and peace we speak

African american teachin true individuality … no vanity scams. The spiritual fruit from tests of prejudiced men..

How can america’s soul be whole without the endured truth ya’ll sooth.. ya’ll remind… the unified mind, it’s a garden of blooming flowers, a sky of shining stars, apearance is far from reality. Scinece of silence a remedy for the superscision bearing violence.

NYC can enchant n enhance the united Nation that we all represent with patience… let the waters rise, face it… them corporations cant push out the Washington Heights graces, UPHI unify, one in eyes, our eyes are one, alighned, alive, and died intwind around a ring, of Negro, uniting the rainbow, not the frankestine ego, a rainbo of color, around a comon iris, black and beautiful common african union, humility confusion w/ shyness, the virus is our denyal of our divine highness, bowing to his royal highness.. heynesly missing the love embracing our lowness to the Highest, remind us, You give us our pure hearts

pure hearts, God cement our hearts together

so no darts can destroy this spark

let us light the flame and breath it high

let us pray so the stars come down to the sky

to witness us fulfilling what God destined us wining

the Victoryyyyyy….

Ooooh Goddd, now is the time for steadfastnesss

Dear Louisiana Court: The whole world is watching + America’s fate rests in your hands

I called and messaged Robert P. McCulloch (prosecutor) of the Louisiana Grand Jury for the case that the whole Nation is watching.

For everyone involved – here are two sentences of supreme guidance.. and a specific guidance for us Americans, written by the Bahá’í National Spiritual Assembly of the United States

“Set before thine eyes God’s unerring Balance and, as one standing in His Presence, weigh in that Balance thine actions every day, every moment of thy life. Bring thyself to account ere thou art summoned to a reckoning, on the Day when no man shall have strength to stand for fear of God, the Day when the hearts of the heedless ones shall be made to tremble” ~ The Glory of God (Bahá’u’lláh)

A Vision of Race Unity: America’s Most Challenging Issue ~ The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’í’s of the United States of 1991

May these writings provide guidance for you all, as the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual security of the Nation are rest in the balance of the work you are doing. Should political barriers debar you from implementing the healing justice, I beg of you to take personal steps in those around you to bring healing justice through avenues that can.

My prayers to you all –

Ted (Edward T Hall III), a founder/face of Occupy Wall St, Descendant of 21 Declaration Signers, Bahá’í

Scottish Independence – Reflections from a “Face of Occupy”

This piece offers no easy takeaway, just woven words to expand the dialogue beyond a divisive YES vs NO oversimplification in an increasingly complex and afflicted world.

Scottish Independence started 227 years ago, and it’s far from finished, far from just, far from free, far from creating the peace we all pray for.  If anyone people could genuinely motion for independence, it could not be done with a split of the mind, but of a resounding acceptance by the world… and I believe only Native Americans could/should/ARE justifiably rallying such global solidarity… Native Americans who are the victims of the European anarchy exported to this continent along with the beautiful cultural fusion, science, and religious freedom. As an American, of deep Scottish heritage, from every Tartan imaginable, with ancestry traceable to the clans of the King of Scot’s, I feel it my duty to raise my voice and say that on this topic of a #postoccupy shift, that it is not just Americans who benefit from the continued genocide of Native peoples and any who consider independence should remember:

decolonization begins in America, is not political, but spiritual, and it is the duty of all European Nations to work with their orphaned brothers and sisters of the United States, a Nation of downtrodden, unwanted, and enterprising souls, to work with them to decolonize their own minds and country, support the surviving Native Nations in avoiding extinction, and to exorcize the phantom of war from America’s soul… the horror of wielding the most grotesque of military weaponry with a collective mind cleft asunder by partisan politics, a body with unprecedented corruption coursing through it’s veins, and a heart stained by the worst disease of racism.

All civilized Nations today, those who will be immortalized by the memory of all our descendants, and favoured by God, will be those that arise for the triumph of peace… This requires a world embracing vision, not a prison of Nationalism.  As one of the many founders of Occupy, as a fellow conceived in Scotland, as an American descendant of 21 Declaration Signers (all Scotsmen), and as a Bahá’í…I can only warn the beloved people of Scotland to “avoid politics like the plague” “cleave unto peace” and reflect upon that which will heal the planet which should be regarded as the body of the human family. Yes… the Crown threatens to frack the Commonwealth without limit… but without the Scots, who don’t want fracking, who will stop her?  Yes we all want to reap the benefits of domestic oil, but look at what this mentality is doing to America’s water and health? Does this not fly in the face of the message of the self sacrificing Native decolonizers who are risking their lives to stop the petrolium carnage in their stolen territories? Territories stolen primarily from refugee Scotsmen?

We are one people living in a moment when the following 150 year old statement, or revelation by Bahá’í standards, rings more true than ever

“At present no day passeth without the fire of a fresh tyranny blazing fiercely, or the sword of a new aggression being unsheathed. Gracious God! The great and the noble in Persia glory in acts of such savagery that one is lost in amazement at the tales thereof.”

I feel it is important that those of us of Scotland not fall into this same story, as the United States, the young Nation born of Scottish minds of the Enlightenment, who we’re inspired by germ conceived by Muhammadan pioneering universal mathematics that took hold in West… can we think of another movement for independence while this first attempt, that is United States, is yet to be completed, and has left nothing but carnage in it’s wake, is drone striking 74+ countries right now, has nothing to show for its two most recent wars built upon deceit in the Middle East except having given birth to another more ugly monster ISIL, and stands as the primary perpetrator of global warming?

The only question any nation should be asking is how it will bring peace to this world, and my beloved friends and family of Scotland, I am afraid we are the ones who must stop.  Stop and begin to reflect upon how we can act in a good way, and I don’t think this can be done by votes… but resolving to end the reactionary, insular, immature politics that has already lead to such ruin and with our prayers, thoughts, words, actions, resolve engaged to the utmost, we must manifest in every family, community and town, the unified action to stop this war machine that now threatens to consume the planet.

May we become the exponents of peace, may we strive at all times to raise up the nobility of man, and avoid the snare of politics, nor be limited by Nationalism.

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Those who love the world, when looking to decolonize, will look first to the most oppressed victims of it, the Natives of Americans, who have survived the boot of white pride.  May Scotland help manifest the interdependence needed today.  My prayers to them all, no matter what the vote turns out to be.  Either a United Kingdom or Independent Scotland will do the work, but the vote will be forgotten in the glory of those who surrender the vain sovereignty of titles for the immortal glory of peacekeeping at this critical hour.

– ted aka (White Buffalo of the Lakota Nation, Karma Kuhnken Jugne of the Tibetan Nation, Shaggy of the 6 Nations)

PS. Wake up, we are one, time to stop acting like children and have some serious fun getting serious stuff done – props to Russell Brand, we’re probably related… cuz our ancestors inbred like Pharoic rabitz n couldn’t find no place to go but across a godforsaken ocean, over n out

Prayers for Robbin Williams

He’s movin on :)  and every prayer we share will help him along on the path back to the Creator.

We love him and all his glorious work. Please share other prayers if you have any!  This one feels right to me.  From ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, who taught about the hidden gifts in suffering, as pain causes us to grow, and to become detached and come closer to God.  He did not mean the monastic kind of pain, but the out in the field of life pain, and the pain of artists such as Robbin, is so valuable, may we no longer lose such gifts to mankind, and value their sacrifice in teaching all of us the joy’s of life.

O my God!  O Thou forgiver of sins, bestower of gifts, dispeller of afflictions! 

Verily, I beseech thee to forgive the sins of such as have abandoned the physical garment and have ascended to the spiritual world. 

O my Lord!  Purify them from trespasses, dispel their sorrows, and change their darkness into light.  Cause them to enter the garden of happiness, cleanse them with the most pure water, and grant them to behold Thy splendors on the loftiest mount.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

 

Riham Said removing veil in front of Cleric Yousuf Badri on Egyptian TV

The following video of Riham Said removing her veil in front of Cleric Yousuf Badri, and the clash that ensued on Egyptian TV, reminded me of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s quote on the root cause of wrongdoing. The video is revealing… no pun intended.  It highlights topics, that as a white man, I cannot discuss, so I’m going to at least open the conversation ;)  It reminds me of claimed “divines” in the US who preach Christ’s Holy Gospel but are calling for holy war against Islam… it’s easy to see the “fierce Hell.. fiery abyss… unsound evil” within Cleric Yousuf Badri, and it pains the soul to see such confusion… and it inspires those with open eyes, to see Riham Said kicking some but with the “tools of perception and knowledge” that Abdu’l-Bahá talks about in the following quote.

“The root cause of wrongdoing is ignorance, and we must therefore hold fast to the tools of perception and knowledge. Good character must be taught. Light must be spread afar, so that, in the school of humanity, all may acquire the heavenly characteristics of the spirit, and see for themselves beyond any doubt that there is no fiercer Hell, no more fiery abyss, than to possess a character that is evil and unsound; no more darksome pit nor loathsome torment than to show forth qualities which deserve to be condemned.”

(“Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá”, Sec. 111) pp. 136–37) [40]

Biointensive Raised Beds

Some resources I found useful.

This video series kicks butt

The stages of soil preparation are visible here.

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This no till tetris game from hell takes about 2 times as much work to prepare the soil ;)

but it requires almost no weeding maintenance and results in 4x the productivity of normal raised beds. This book “El Huerto Sustentable” goes into great detail. It takes about 2 hours reading to really get the core of it. Image

 

Celebrating New Years and Imani with Queen Mother

It was a wonderful day of wonderful work on a wonderful holiday with wonderful people.  The following is the exact language of Queen Mother drafted to the new Mayor de Blasio in PDF form that will also be directed to the Pope and other leadership, regarding not leaving anyone behind in 2014 – be it New York or anywhere in the world

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Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely
Community Mayor of HarlemAmbassador of Good will to Africa
New Future Foundation Int.
477 W142 st Ste. 2
New York, NY 10031
212-368-3739
1-1-14
Re: No New Yorker Left Behind

EMAIL
PUBLIC

Mayor Bill de Blasio
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio

CONGRATULATIONS, NEW YEAR BLESSINGS WITH PRAYERS FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, QUEEN MOTHER DR. DELOIS BLAKELY WAS NOT ABLE TO ATTENDED YOUR INNOGURATION & REQUESTS A CALL TO ASSIST IN URGENT COMMUNITY MATTERS THAT THREATEN HER AND OTHER NEW YORKERS

Congratulations on your inauguration as the 109th mayor of this Most Great City of New York. With 55 years of devoted service to this city, Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely regrets that this was the first inauguration she had to miss. Due to urgent matters of protecting her 30 year strong, self organized and repaired community building in Harlem, to ensure safe living conditions with heat and hot water, struggling in the dead of winter in a now 11 year long battle in the Court System against predatory lending and mortgage fraud against the HDFC (Housing Development Fund Corporation) low income housing which took decades to secure, Queen Mother was not able to attend.

After just returning from a trip to China, as part of her global investigation for best practices to solve this injustice of inadequate shelter for the poor and powerless, Queen Mother had to recuperate for the long fight ahead, to keep the community building which she secured for other single mothers with handicapped and special needs individuals. Refusing to succumb to the devastation offered through institutions, and arising to provide a working community based solution through cooperative housing earned with sweat and sacrifice, continuing her vow of poverty after becoming a nun within the Convent of New York, dedicating her Harvard, MIT, and Columbia degrees as a champion for global issues that are local, walking untold miles between Harlem to the UN, answering public officials, speaking with world leaders, and living with the people she serves, she has become an icon living between the Two Cities. Earning one dollar a year, she knows how to survive, and is preparing for the next court date on Jan 3rd at the New York State Supreme Court. The attention and participation of the Mayor’s Office, to ensure this heroine is not left in glamor of public words but honored with good deeds, will help this Most Great City advance.

With prayers for this city to realize it’s true potential,

Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely

Community Mayor of Harlem & Ambassador of Good Will to Africa

QMDB/ethiii

Enclosures: 2

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Enclosure 1. Queen Mother Moor with Nelson Mandela and Queen Mother Blakely (1990 in South Africa after Mandela’s release in the presidential office)

Queen Mother Moor - Nelson Mandela - Queen Mother Blakely

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Enclosure 2. Queen Mother Blakely with Edward T Hall III celebrating the New Year and Imani with Anne Apparu and drafting the letter for NYC leadership and the Pope
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Happy New Year, Happy day of Imani everyone – may the next Gregorian year be filled with victory and success for the friends of humanity and lovers of Creator

Imani = Faith