October 6, 2007
The School of the Prophets
Greetings this October from the Baha'i world center as we approach the anniversary of the birth of the Bab on October 20.
The Cause of God progresses through the supernatural power of the believers; that supernatural power which ‘Abdu'l-Baha has explained is latent and seated within the intellect – the power of abstract thought – in man. Through this power man uncovers the mysteries of the universe (both material and spiritual) as well as the mysteries and hidden potential within his very own self – a self on the fourth plane (of the fourth valley) that Baha'u'llah explains is identified with the very self of God. Moses explained this as the indwelling or tabernacle of the Spirit of God within the community of believers who under the everlasting Covenant of God received this bounty as the blessing from the Lord. Jesus explained that those deprived of this blessing were the dead: “Let the dead bury the dead”. And Paul explained that on this plane “we have the mind of Christ”, which is the appearance of the logos, the thought of God made flesh when it entered the mind of the Manifestation by which we received this gift. So man become united with God, the maker and Creator of us all, through a mystical union in the single body of believers. This is accomplished through the power of the Covenant which is the nexus of divine unity through which all diverse factors are drawn together, yet retain their individuality, and from which all draw their sustenance and real spiritual life.
This is the foundational message of the Divine Revelators: Adam, Moses, Krishna, Zoroaster, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, the Bab and Baha'u'llah. This real knowledge of how we can have access and intercourse with the Divine is the real and true gate of God between this world and the next. The key has been prophesied of in the Book of Revelation as the Key of David. The greater and lesser keys are the greater and lesser aspects of the everlasting Covenant itself: “Let Us make man in Our image and after Our likeness”.
Like any science, reality or knowledge, man must APPLY himself to the study, application and devotion to learn and master the subject.
A man doesn't go to the University one day and tour the campus and then declare “I have been to College!” No. He must be matriculated and attend course work for four years or more. He must pass TESTS, master coursework, be apprenticed to practical application of subjects.
Imagine if we wished to learn physics, medicine or economics, and instead of learning the actual SCIENCE through the supernatural power and application of our intellect, we were mercilessly subjected to strange irrelevant rituals, and foreign devotion to personality worship of supposed great figures from the sciences historical past. Instead of learning quantum mechanics, electrical engineering, relativity, nuclear physics, higher dimensional geometry in mathematic modeling, we were forced to worship statues images and false mental images of Isaac Newton or Einstein and Hawking. Instead of using our intellect to master the science of economics, we must eat food sacrificed at the feet of a statue of John Kenneth Galbraith, or fast for three weeks in his holy name. Instead of learning medicine and the art of surgery and natural healing we were forced to revere the name of Galen and Harvey and in trance like devotion bow ourselves before their very name and say none shall be healed except by Galen! Any reasonable person would reject any such organization or school that attempts to mute the power of the intellect and substitute the real knowledge and learning of the real and true science for vein idol worship or strange ritual that was irrelevant to the acquisition, knowledge education and learning of the science itself! Such is surprisingly the state and condition of the religion of man all throughout the world this day, except here in this preserved Cause of God, where education is first and foremost and teaching obligatory upon all.
In this true Cause of God, we do not worship the personalities of Buddha, Krishna and Christ. Baha'u'llah and ‘Abdu'l-Baha, the Bab, etc, are not substitutes for learning the Divine Science, and these Revelators – the teachers – are not substitutes for worship of the actual God, the Divine Essence of Being, the One True Invisible God, the creator of the Universe and everything in it – but are former, recent or current Educators and Teachers sent to this world to awake man to begin his own study and investigation of this reality as we are all progressing forward from this world into the next – and nothing anyone does can prevent this from happening.
All the religions of the world – and most, though not all, of the individuals of the world – have thrown out the message, knowledge, teaching and spiritual science that the messenger came to give, and have replaced the truth of that knowledge, that essence of divine science with something else. Take so-called “Christianity” for an obvious and egregious example. They no longer teach the meaning of the Kingdom as a real Kingdom – a government that shall be established upon the earth with laws subjects and real King. Instead they worship “another Jesus” (2 Cor 11:4) which is a mythical creation of their own minds completely different from the Biblical and historical Jesus; and instead of learning the real truths of his teachings: the fulfillment of prophecy, how to recognize a promised one from God, the meaning of real resurrection from the dead, the true meaning of heaven and not sky, the real essence of the blood of the Covenant which is for salvation and not the blood of the flesh, the meaning of his high priesthood after the order of Melchizedec (see Hebrews ch. 5, 6 and 7 for more and Psalms 110 and Genesis) is almost complete and entirely neglected, let alone a real and true understanding of the Book of Revelation and that message in concordance with both the Qur'anic prophecy as well as that of the Old Testament prophets being a holistic and clear vision of current affairs as seen through the very Mind of God revealed to man and how they pertain to the fulfillment and plan of God in this day. Thus these hijacked faiths – hijacked by corrupted clergy class, have subdued the intellect and spiritual powers of man, like a subtle poison or ill-advised brew – and kept him ignorant, feeble, disconnected and isolated from reality, his own personal center, and its Divine source which is the wellspring of the real ethereal light of God in this world shining from the next, which can and only is accomplished within the God-given soul of man.
Man has the power to comprehend the existence of higher dimensions through the developments of physics. He has the capability to understand the mysterious existence of Divine Creator that is both the Hidden of Hiddens and the Manifest of Manifests. This ability comes through the power of the intellect.
Thus the Cause of God – this Cause – progresses through deepening and personal education of the believers, that is not those who claim to espouse it, but by those who are in reality espoused by it. These believers are the believers of Spiritual truth, divine essence, the unity of God, the diversity of man. It is their role to become educated to this point of erudition and having drunk deeply of the divine chalice, manifest these fruits and sciences to the rest of the people of the world, and this for their own benefit and salvation, for though the shining lamp may have use for others, it is of greatest use to the owner of the lamp. Such is the reality of genius locked within.
Idolatry must be dismissed and the students of the Divine Science must see the educators for Who They really are: Teachers sent into the world to activate the powers of man, to bring about social reform, to unite men individually with true Personal Reality of the real Divine Being which is transcendent above that of the personality of the teachers themselves. Once the people have recognized this truth, and seen the difference between teacher and subject – then and only then can they step forward out of this world into the next and enter to learn and go forth to serve. What a great Cause is this! What a great opportunity is this! What a great mission and great responsibility is this! How deprived, decadent and ruined are those who have deprived themselves from so great a bounty as this!
Those who have abandoned their posts, forsaken their responsibilities, sued us in many public courts, attempted to sap all of our material and spiritual resources, attacked our state incorporated institutions, are even trying now to shut down all our websites, have still been unable to prevent us from proclaiming these truths and publicly and openly teaching and promoting this Cause, because in truth the wellspring is endless, eternal unsappable and everlasting! ‘Abdu'l-Baha explained it as a machine gun magazine that is never empty. Thus have we forged ahead undaunted in the face of the greatest of insurmountable obstacles, which this Cause alone has carded down like wool, making the mountains flat and into a plain. That plain being the plan of Megiddo, where the final battle of light over dark, knowledge and education over ignorance and defeat is now fought and won as easily as flicking on the switch of light in a dark room, so the enemies have been dispelled by this awesome and majestic light – the light of God which in Arabic and Persian is Baha'u'llah.
This light of God, transcendent of the person who is at once a lover and bearer of this revelation to all men, is preserved for all time as He covenanted appointing ‘Abdu'l-Baha as the center and this has passed down through the throne-line of the aghsan descendents of King David who are the true and real presidents of the House which is first and foremost a school of knowledge (Bet Midrash) and second a court of justice (Bet Din) for all the people of the light. In Arabic and Persian we say “people of the light” as Baha'i – a rose is a rose by any other name.
In this path of education there can be and is no substitute for the divine reality of the appearance of God manifested in this world. Those who have substituted the Divine reality for the personality of the Manifestations have, Baha'u'llah tells us, descended into a hell of their own making. And as well, they have bartered away their education into the real science of this Cause for a trifle vain worship of idols of their own imagination. The Essence of Essences declares: “Say heaven is reunion with me” and “hell is your very own selves”. Thus from their own selves they manufacture a false mental image of the teacher or prophet and in their minds bow down before it and so deprive themselves of the knowledge and education of the course work and tests. Others may reject the School of the Prophets outright as a fictitious myth. These all have no one to blame but their very own selves and “soon they shall appear in manifest loss”. Lovers of light know the truth that there is no greater power, no more potent, magic, no more excellent teaching, no more exalted state of being than the KNOWLEDGE of God UNITED with the LOVE of God - and this divine union can take place no where else but within the hearts and minds and souls of the human reality. “Say: All the universe cannot contain Me – but the heart and mind of my Lovers, this alone can contain Me!”
Now is the time to become educated to the message and mechanism of the Revelation for today. To understand the WISDOM in firmness in the Covenant, to apply this knowledge to our lives and to society, and to master this revelation in its entirety so that the Divine Economy can be set up and established and that all our lives and daily routines should be imbued with perfections and bliss. There is so much work to do for those who have eyes to see! Yet blinded by a false educational system, indoctrinated by false religionists, abused by corrupted clergy, ignorant leaders, distracted by personal monetary gain the people are unawares and missing out on the greatest gift of all which is the gift of teaching – a gift that follows from both this world and the next.
Neal Chase, Guardian
Since the hanging of Saddam and that graphic image all the world could see, there is now a further outbreak of nooses as a symbol of racism and hate that experts say has replaced the burning cross.
Last one of the Lot:
Arch Covenant-breaker of Covenant-breakers Varqa Dead at 95.
by Adam Water
Just as Furutan was struck down on the Day of the Covenant with the signing of the Indictment by the Guardian, so now Varqa has been struck down on the anniversary of when God brought forth the Branch in 2001.
"Thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, "Come, go to this steward [so-called ‘chief steward'], to Shebna, who is over the household, and say to him: What have you to do here and whom have you here, that you have hewn here a tomb for yourself, you who hew a tomb on the height [headless uhj on Mt. Carmel], and carve a habitation for yourself in the rock? Behold, the LORD will hurl you away violently, O you strong man. He will seize firm hold on you, and whirl you round and round, and throw you like a ball into a wide land; there you shall die, and there shall be your splendid chariots, you shame of your Master's [‘Abdu'l-Baha' s] House." –Isaiah 22:15-18 RSV