When the victory arriveth, every man shall profess himself asbeliever and shall hasten to the shelter of God's Faith. Happy are they who inthe days of world-encompassing trials have stood fast in the Cause and refusedto swerve from its Truth -- Baha'u'llah (Gleanings,CL)
OPEN HOUSE GATHERING 2012
This coming Ridvan2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the coming of 'Abdu'l-Baha to the United States of America in 1912. In commemoration the International Center in the Rocky Mountains of the United States will be having an "Open House Gathering" from April 21 until May 2 , 2012. The main events are scheduled on the two weekends of Saturday April 21, Saturday & Sunday April 28 &29, 2012. The Center will be open in the Ridvan weekdays during regular evening hours 7:00 until 10:00 pm. Daytime afternoon schedules by appointment only.
Man is the supreme Talisman. Lack of a proper education hath, however, deprived himof that which he doth inherently possess. -- Baha'u'llah (Gleanings, CXXII)
The Truth of the Revelation of Baha'u'llah is to advance every individual upon their individual path. By advancing the individual--via education--this exponentially advances society into the spiritual: as society is made up of individuals who participate in the GROUP. The group is the entire human race. There is no such thing as the lone-wolf. The Education comes from the School. The school is organized with faculty, teachers, administration, and students. Everyone participating are all students on different levels of spiritual advancement as adepts, guides and servants--the more deepened, educated, and active they become, the more responsibilities they wish to take upon themselves in their love for God in both this world and the next. It is not to be like the sans-guardian or other mainstream organizations that have attempted to "organize"religion or the spiritual. In reality the spiritual cannot be organized.
Baha'u'llah brings this University Education in spirituality and religion by giving the people the right via the Charter (W&T) of the Covenant to setup the School on earth and establish the Government of this school--centered on the throne of King David, who is the dean and president of the College--to manage its material affairs for the international community of spiritual people.
This is what Baha'u'llah has revealed in His Covenant which sets the Davidic UHJ over matters of state where matters of worship are between the individual and the book (see 8th Ishraqat). This foundation and bedrock of the Kingdom is individual spiritual and personal direct and immediate religious experience between each soul and its Maker. This personal experience of the divine is sacrosanct, and is not to be thwarted by any person, group or so-called institution. In this effort to keep the Baha'i faith as unorganized with no one over the spiritual 'Abdu'l-Baha's son, Charles Mason Remey Aghsan, the first President of the Universal House of Justice (www.UHJ.net) and Knight of Baha'u'llah, Dr. Leland Jensen, the establisher of the Baha'i faith sacrificed their wealth, time and ultimately their very lives--so that we who live today could be free from the rampant violation of spiritual liberty and the oppression of our personal rights.
For this reason America was chosen as the battle ground for this fight to establish the free and open society of the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, the Shambhala of the Buddhist prophecies of the East, the New Jerusalem of the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the West, the Golden Age, and New Atlantis, envisioned by the philosophers, saints and prophets of all days and ages gone by and still yet to come!
America's Spiritual Destiny--as indicated by the Great Pyramid upon the Great Seal on the back of the US one dollar bill--is unfolding before all our eyes as the war on terror progresses,and the MEANING of the visit of 'Abdu'l-Baha, the Most Great Branch (Zech. 3:8KJV), Exemplar of the Baha'i faith, and Center of the Covenant to Colorado is made known! Here 'Abdu'l-Baha himself established the snow-white spot where the Arc of the Covenant was prophesied to enter His Rest (Heb. 3:18 & 4:1) his day in Colorado the only day he Rested in his 239 day journey.
Baha'u'llah defines this personal experience of each soul with God as they understand Him as"Unity in Diversity." In the United States, others like William James's noetic pluralism (read "The Variety of Religious Experience"for more) and AA's Bill Wilson (The Big Book) "God as we understand him" (http://www.godasweunderstandhim.org/overview.html) uphold this same divine principle in the modern times. Thus in a true spiritually based society,school, environment and civilization individual spiritual liberty and personal rights must be upheld and understood. My rights end where the next persons rights begin. This rightful limitation based upon the golden rule--do unto others as you would they do unto you--is the foundational spiritual law,ordinance and teaching of God Almighty found Universally among all the peoples and traditions (http://uhj.net/the-golden-rule.html) that separates the human being from the animal:
Know ye that the embodiment of liberty and its symbol is the animal. That which beseemeth man is submission unto such restraints [the Golden Rules is such a restraint] as will protect him from his own ignorance, and guard him against the harm of the mischief-maker. Baha'u'llah (Gleanings, CLIX)
When human beings violate this spiritual law, they become worse than the animal--as we see played out in the world events and the tragedy of local dramas every day. As long as banksters, soulless corporate "persons," the presitcraft, and oil and war mongers are allowed their FREEDOM to run amok things will continue to degrade into an even darker condition then you see played out today. It takes only one single flame to light a room, one candle to the light the way. If you want the darkness out of the room can you beat it out with a stick? No! You turn on the light.This switch is within you own self. Turn it on, and march foreword, light your own way, and ignite the flame in all whom you meet!
Nasrudin's wife was pregnant and due to give birth anyday.
One night, as they both slept, she turned to him and said, "Husband, the baby is coming."
And on her saying so, Nasrudin lit a candle and watched his newborn baby come out.
But minutes later, he watched as yet another baby come out. And just minutes after that, he watched his wife give birth to a third child.
Finally, after seeing three babies, Nasrudin blew out the candle.
"Why did you do that?" asked his wife.
"Well," said Nasrudin, "while the light was on, one child was born, and then another, and then another. If I had kept it on, who knows how many more there would be!"
Civilization was meant to be the eternal light of the divine channel through which the blessings of God can flow. Blessings such as, agriculture, industry, modern conveniences, the internet, enjoyable education, social and economic justice, clean environment, supermarkets,clothing manufacture, sports, recreational activities, space travel, scuba diving, the iPad, equal opportunity, self-determination, the expression of freewill and creativity, the cessation of wars, poverty, and other ills, and the facilitation of communion and fellowship as citizens of the world free from oppression, nationalism restrictions, religious and racial prejudiced, and hate.
On the other hand Baha'u'llah warns:
Whoso cleaveth to justice, can, under no circumstances, transgress the limits of moderation. He discerneth the truth in all things, through the guidance of Him Who is the All-Seeing. The civilization, so often vaunted by the learned exponents of arts and sciences,will, if allowed to overleap the bounds of moderation, bring great evil upon men. Thus warneth you He Who is the All-Knowing. If carried to excess, civilization will prove as prolific a source of evil as it had been of goodness when kept within the restraints of moderation. Meditate on this, O people, and be not of them that wander distraught in the wilderness of error. The day is approaching when its flame will devour the cities, when the Tongue of Grandeur will proclaim: "The Kingdom is God's, the Almighty, the All-Praised!" (Gleanings, CLXIV)
The living guardian,as one of the believers, guards the faith against being organized by usurpers such as the clergy in every day and age or the "Hands." The guardian and the Institution of the UHJ of which he is the executive branch(W&T, p. 15) and irremovable member and head for life are NOT over the spiritual. This is where all the other people have gone wrong, come out from under the Covenant which forbids the spiritual to be organized, and separated the Gathering of the People of the Light (Baha means "Light", W&T, p. 11) from associating with the living descendant of King David who is Jewish. As the people wake up and see the benefits of entering into the School, the future generations of graduates and Alumni will solve all the difficult problems of the world in every day and age.
However it is the hearts, minds, and souls of the INDIVIDUAL that must change first. This change is via education into the divine reality hidden and concealed within the soul of everyone. Like a seed that needs water and sunlight to grow, the people of the light need to find their niche in the Garden Paradise where the sun, water and soil best benefits themselves. Outside of that pure garden land are nothing but rocks, hardened soil, dried river beds, and spiritual death. In that garden the free soul will commune with their own divine nature, with that of all the saints, and obtain the reunion of God promised and prophesied to occur in all the books and revelations of the world.
On behalf of the Council,
Guardian of the Baha'i Faith,