Gird Up the Loins of Your Endeavor!”—Baha’u’llah.
The Great Announcement: The Crimson Book is now available!
The Sacred Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha: The Book of the Everlasting Covenant of God
This is the definitive and unique edition in print for a limited time containing the Kitab--i-Ahd the Book of the Covenant of Baha’u’llah within. The description is as follows:
“The Book of the Everlasting Covenant of God. The Twin Central and sacred Holy Books of the Baha'i Faith form One single "scroll written within" (Kitab-i-'Ahd) and "on the back (the sacred Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha) sealed with seven seals" (Revelation 5:1 RSV). Here Baha'u'llah and 'Abdu'l-Baha continue God's Covenant of the throne-line of King David (Psalm 89; Genesis 49:10) as the presidents, executive branch, and "irremovable member for life" of the genuine Universal House of Justice (www.UHJ.net) of Baha'u'llah that is to last for ever.
“It includes the most current authoritative translations of the original texts; important footnotes for teaching; the retention of key Persian and Arabic terms; the legal Addendum concerning the inheritance of 'Abdu'l-Baha's son; authoritative comments of Shoghi Effendi; adornment with excepts of relevant Original texts in fine Persian calligraphy; Baha'u'llah's instructions to the faithful for the fulfillment of the Promise of Jesus for the removal of sins; an important statement from the Supreme Pen on the hidden potentialities of "the Crimson Book;" and the original "Prayer of the Covenant" disseminated during the ministry of 'Abdu'l-Baha.”
The publication marks the twelfth year commemoration of the 9-11 which is the start of the ten day days interim period (Sept. 11 to Sept. 21, 2001) in which the explicit prophecy of Zechariah Chapter 3 verse 8—that God would bring forth his servant the BRANCH was fulfilled.
These 12 years are summed up on the word “Ab” which means Father: where in the position of tens a= 1 and of unites b=2: 12.
In the Baha’i calendar the Bab inaugurates a system of counting by 19 bundles of 19 years periods entitled “vahids” meaning unity. The total of 361 years or 129 of these vahids is called a Kulla-Shay, meaning All-Things. A full description and meaning of this holy and sacred prophetical calendric system is given elsewhere.
Concerning succession: The first 19 years period designated by the letter “A” corresponds to the first period of the active guardianship of Mason Remey from the passing of Shoghi Effendi until his own passing in 1974. The second 19 years period designated as the letter “B “corresponds to the years 1975 until 1994 and represents the duration of the public knowledge of the identity of Pepe as the successor to his father Mason. 1994 until 2013 represents the completion of the first vahid of the public administration of the current guardian and consequently corresponds also to the third nineteen years period in succession after Mason and Pepe. This third period now coming to its completion is designated by the Bab as the vahid A and B combined as “Ab” meaning Father. “Ab” here represents the 12 years from 2001 until 2013 and is associated with the new and important work commencing on the Front Range in the current teaching effort of the Baha’i Faith as given in the Tablet’s of the Divine Plan by ‘Abdu’l-Baha..
At this time—great work is being accomplished—and great foundation stones are being put into place! Now that the parvat has been revealed and explained
(see Shambhala: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTKMz7TUNR8) the four great sockets—plus a fifth--have been platted, begun to be dug, and thoroughly excavated.
The overall surveying of the plateau, the great Platform, the Pavement (John 19:13), the foundation from which both Christ Jesus, Paul and the various other of the prophets and disciples spoke, is coming to its completion. The celestial, terrestrial, and telestial coordinates—as confirmed by ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Tablets of the Divine Plan and the explicit prophecies preserved in the four great repositories of world knowledge and lore--have been have been authenticated, ascertained to the minutest degree, and now, at the appointed hour, activated.
The workers who have remained throughout the long duration of the various phases of this divine schedule bill—as well as those sub-contracted to fill in especial work at sundry and different times--such as Hiram-Abi mentioned in the Holy Scriptures (2 Chronicles 2:13-14 RSV); and the builders of the adytum, one and all servants of the Light, have now reached the consummation and pinnacle of their achievements. Now that this phase is fast coming rapidly to its foreordained conclusion—the time has come for us all to, in the words of Baha’u’llah, “gird up the loins of our endeavor” and shift gears in order to survive the tremendous forces that are about to be unleashed do to the turning of this ark in a New Direction and a New Outlook toward the Most High Horizon.
“Gird up the loins of your endeavor, O people of Bahá, that haply the tumult of religious dissension and strife that agitateth the peoples of the earth may be stilled, that every trace of it may be completely obliterated. For the love of God, and them that serve Him, arise to aid this most sublime and momentous Revelation. Religious fanaticism and hatred are a world-devouring fire, whose violence none can quench. The Hand of Divine power can, alone, deliver mankind from this desolating affliction.” (GL, XXXII)
No one and nothing can thwart the onward moment of this Cause—a Cause so great that it has enveloped the personal, private, and public destines of all mankind. Few have been those who have retained the maturity and sagacity to remain firm in the Covenant during these times of great acceleration and powerful moment of forward projection! For example consider the great-strain and powerful exertion of so-called ‘g-forces’ upon both cosmonaut and astronaut alike as the diamond vehicle reaches the apex of escape velocity only to be immediately caught again within the powerful grips of the event horizon. Thus are these things prophesied in an abstruse, difficult craggy language aforetime in the Holy scriptures and sacred books of old—those things that the Ancestors knew and that “modern man”--yet while living in their manifest fulfillment--has only a dim view and mere inkling at the present time.
From the Holy Qur’an, Judeo-Christian Bible, and legends, prophecies, and lore of the Kalavala, Eddas and Sagas of the Ancient European peoples; to the Native American Prophecies preserved in the Mayan, Aztec, Peruvian, Hopi, Navaho, Ute, Zia, Anastasi, and Inter-tribal traditions and beliefs; complimented by the Buddhist, Hindu, Tibetan, Tantric, etc., prophecies of the Kalacharkra and Kali Yug of Asia and the Far East; as well as the Ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Etruscan, Harrapan, Sumerian, centered upon the Cosmic civilization of the Great Pyramid of Giza located upon the continent of Africa—all peoples, all world-traditions, all beliefs, all the variegated body of world–prophecy and sacred world-literature has led up to today to be fulfilled NOW: in the present immediate moment of the Presence of God, for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see.
These are the general beliefs and traditions and bodies of literature, and repositories of prophecy and divine guidance as they have come down to us from ages gone by throughout recorded history until now at the present time. They form a living body of Ancestral Wisdom, that spans back beyond the current understanding of religious, spiritual, and historical thought back through the four previous Cycles of myth and legend of Atlantis, Lemuria, Mu, and Titan beyond through to the primordial depths and mysts of time. These flow down into the root of our very own being itself, the ancient soul of humanity before individuals were formed and became sentient to know their own true selves and thereby to their own Lord. “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.”—The Golden Book of Baha’u’llah.
Far from being a hodge-podge of eastern mysticism, or an eclectic mismatched false amalgamation of arbitrary belief—these four foundations represent the real tangible, and scientific empirical datum that form the substrate of all current world systems and outlook. As to the unity in this diversity and difference Baha’u’llah has stated:
“A mighty power and supreme potency is hidden and concealed in the world of being. Focus your gaze upon it and the direction of its unity, not upon the differences which are apparent therein.”
The scientific progress in merely the last one hundred years coupled with the precise work of Dr. Leland Jensen and the Baha’is Under the Provisions of the Covenant, centered in the Rocky Mountains of the United States, has been able to successfully complete this thorough and exhaustive excavation of the spiritual and ancestral roots of all humanity. While we may hold to the ones of humanity as a bleif and gut feeling it another thing to work through the intricate details of the reconciliation of that Divine and Unassailable Reality in the context of the current problems of the present day.
These excavations, and prophetical explorations, form a parallel sequence as to the four sockets carved into the Giza Plateau in Ancient of Days--and a fifth—and can be said to represent the CAPACITY to receive the knowledge and wisdom of the Four Supports, that are symbolized as Four Foundation stones.
However, like all the traditions and beliefs of the past, these four sockets are not the Four Supports, nor are they the Four Foundations themselves. No! They represent the Capacity to receive these four bases even as the biological foundations of all life on this planet is able to receive and maintain its capacity of the four bases of DNA that contains the knowledge for the Life-Design on this terrestrial sphere. From these four bases arises “infinite diversity within infinite combinations” as stated by Rambam (Rabbi Moses ben Maimonides) in his Kabbalahistic view. These four are composed of the four elements of the ancients (that correspond to the four phases of matter) in the form of the four ‘gens’ on the Periodic Table as the basis of all Carbon-Life forms. As the sophistication and diverse complexity of life arises these foundations are paralleled on different levels as the four basic ways of acquiring knowledge, the four basic expressive modalities of the science of the love of God, the four traditional worlds of esoteric western imagination, all symbolized as an outpouring of spiritual sublimity from the appearance of the four letters of the Ineffable Name. In reality though, there is no end nor limit to the worlds of God:
This physical universe is infinite, and if material existence is endless, how much more so are the worlds of God! When we think of the visible worlds as infinite, how can we think that the worlds of God are limited? There is no beginning and no end to the material or spiritual worlds. Man passes through different phases and when in a lower consciousness he cannot comprehend the consciousness above. When we were in the state of the unborn child we had no knowledge of the world of man. If the vegetable kingdom could speak it would cry out, "Where is the world of man?" We cry out, "Where is the kingdom of the spirit?"
“My hope for you is that as you travel through the universe of existence you will ever become acquainted with new and wonderful significances; that your knowledge will ever be increased — knowledge without limitation; then you will understand the realities existing in all kingdoms. Capacity is in accordance with striving and sincerity.
“I pray that your inner sight may become clear, that you may be able to perceive things the heedless do not see, that you may understand the infinite worlds of God. A man who has no knowledge of the heavenly universe has missed a portion of his heritage and is like unto a stone which knows nothing of humanity. May God open your inner sight, so that you may know his secrets, attain to the highest degree of existence, become manifestors of a spiritual humanity and have your share of the heavenly wisdom that BAHA’U’LLAH bestows. These divine effulgences have enveloped the Orient and Occident, but the eyes know not how to perceive, the intelligences are weak and so men are deprived and are in manifest loss. I commend you to turn towards the kingdom of El-Abha, so that the divine mysteries may be revealed.” (“Abdu’l-Baha on Divine Philosophy)
“Wert thou to ponder in thine heart the behavior of the Prophets of God thou wouldst assuredly and readily testify that there must needs be other worlds besides this world… As to thy question concerning the worlds of God. Know thou of a truth that the worlds of God are countless in their number, and infinite in their range. None can reckon or comprehend them except God, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.” (Baha’u’llah, GL, LXXXI & LXXIX)
Each of the Manifestations of God has revealed an entirely different and unique distinct world in which God Himself is able to manifest to the true soul and open mind of the pure hearted seeker. Within these worlds are myriad of myriad other worlds forming what the scientists of the day refer to as a multiverse. This is not only a multiverse of possibility but is a mutliverse of actuality. This plane of meeting represents one among many planes of meeting and discovery in which the people who are alive in spirit are able to both congregate and commune.
The four foundations represent a way in which individuals may conceptualize an understanding of themselves in identity in relation to their origins and roots. Each individual has two parents that had two parents. These are the four bases combined as two base pairs of everyone’s genetic heritage and basic biological family of origin. While we arise from these conditions we are not defined perpetually by them. Because of our innate spiritual sensibility we are able to evolve our spiritual personality and develop our divine nature and character by getting in touch with our spiritual roots.
On world scale these spiritual roots can be viewed in four major groups. At the begging of this cycle, that the Mayans and Aztecs call the 5th World, the previous four worlds represented the four roots of the fifth. In the fifth cycle at the beginning the founders of this age deliberately began a process of spiritually de-segregating the population of four main areas on the four major continents of the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe. This desegregation came in the form of both an integration and an isolation. The general world-view, outlook and way of acquiring spiritual knowledge and relation with the universe and the divine was a type of diverse mysticism unique to each general region. These were separated from the approaches of the other religions in order to deepen those populations into a personal relationship with the Divine Reality in a manner and style different from the other groups. Within each grouping further diversification of the divine knowledge also accrued through individuation of the personality types and views of families. Naturally this would cause those who would not fit in to arise out of each system. These that arose out of each of the four main groupings formed a type of fifth, or ouytcast, that was a type germ of the new cycle. These then were able to recognize the lead founders of the fifth cycle and establish the known world and civilization as we know it today. In this history of the fifth world Nine great Revelators were sent. These recompounded the four different outlooks and gave contrary specific systems to the different peoples in which they appeared. This was to cause a crystallization of specific different systems totally uncommon with one another in order to provide differentiation and different spiritual and religious material functions. These is similar to what has occurred in the physical body, the human temple, where the bones have very little in common with the lungs for example--each however forming an important and interdependent system of function in the living being.
The fifth aspect still permeates these nine systems and four basic appraoches of knowing and loving the divine. This fifth aspect is more like the actual identity and personality of the person in relation to the nine systems of the biological form. If you were to dissect the corpse of a person you would not find this aspect for it is spiritual and not a material reality.
The sixth aspect is the appearance of the divine bounty in relationship to the awakened self. Thus we have exited into the sixth cycle as of 2012 and 2001 according to the Aztec and Palenque reckonings. The Hopi, for example, by the instruction of the covenant given to them, never participated in the filth cycle at all. Therefore they have preserved the pure teaching of the previous four cycles at the four corners. Today they are able to immediately enter the sixth cycle by passing through the 7 levels of the 5th cycle in 12 nights--if they wish. They are then free to return to their world and continue to benefit the peoples. Many souls have entered into the sixth cycle--attained to the apex of understanding--and yet have chosen to return into the Nineworlds of the 5th cycle (or the spaces in-between) to help various peoples as well. These are multiple worlds within worlds (as well as the connections and disconnections, the continuum and the discrete) between) that forms the totality of what ‘Abdu’l-Baha has written is THE MATRIX.
Now we use these four to represent lomasqatsi that is balance at the roots. This is the ancient teaching of life in balance. The pyramid represents balance at the four bases of the four corners that supports the fifth that is the apex where the capstone platform is located representing the third-eye and is thus is supported and manifest. The all-seeing eye is the intellect that is able to receive and interact knowledge of the divine via four basic approaches and via the power of experiencing the affects of four forms of the science of the love of God. When the individual generally comes into the balance of this knowledge, the generally revelation of God is subsumed by the specific revelation of God that allows this to become highly super-charged and reified. The four like stages of a rocket are then jettisoned or are then erased and subsumed even as the appearance of the four corners of the square vanish in forming the circle of same and equal area. The area represents simultaneously force or space and is symbolized by topological invariant factors that can be understood as absolutely symbolic on a spiritual level. The foundation of this is given in our explanation of the Pyramid Fireside that is available Youtube and Bahaifiriesides.org.
These four groupings of ancient spiritual knowledge are further given as the four basic stone types in the building of the Pyramid: White Marble, Red Granite, Black Chocolate Granite, and Yellow Limestone. These form the colors associated with the four traditions and four directions as given in the Medicine Wheel Teaching arising from the Four-Corners area of the Rocky Mountains of the United States promulgated by the current living guardian of the Cause of God and his fellow co-workers, supporters, and friends, and reinforced by the Council of the 24 elders (UHJ.net). So immense in scope, and far-reaching in its implications is this great endeavor that our finite minds are bewildered and unable to comprehend when attempting to contemplate its full import at the present time. Suffice it to say that it is no coincidence that great work is commencing now at the time of the publication of The Crimson Book—with the Book of the Temple—Kitab-i-Haykal soon to follow.
In the meantime with the arc safely tabernacle in Shiloh, our work goes forward in the most practical of way as ‘Abdu’l-Baha has written “Walk the mystic spiritual path with practical feet.” This parallels with the hall-mark philosophy of American pragmatic endeavor, tempered with spiritual diversity, in the presence of the unknown and impenetrable mystery, that which the Alchemist referred to as the Universal Solvent—that into which all things are resolved, and out of which matrix al things may likewise be thought to have diversified and appeared. “And the sprit of God was moving over the face of the waters and darkness covered the face e of the DEEP…”
Attached to this announcement are some recent documents that bear upon current focus in three parts.