Getting out of the fridge

In this podcast, I discuss the dispiriting effect of the Baha'i administration's actions against believers it perceives to be enemies. I was prompted to record this because of the latest news that the US NSA has decided to forbid its agencies from carrying Kalimat Press books. I examine the dispiriting effect these decisions have on our hearts and the importance of not letting it cause us to give up.

Letter sent to Tony Lee at Kalimat Press on 29 December 2005:

Dear Bahá'í Friend,

We write to inform you of our decision to instruct the Bahá'í Distribution Service and all other national and local Bahá'í agencies serving our community to cease to acquire and sell any titles marketed by Kalimát Press. We have been impelled to so decide out of a serious concern that your company is increasingly offering titles that are inimical to the best interests of the Bahá'í Faith.

Yours in His service,
Robert C. Henderson
Secretary-General

Passage from Karen's Path quoted: "This stuff is always going to be there, because the very nature of fundamentalism is aggression against the perceived enemy—who has committed the horrible crime of even existing. There will always be the deliberately planted rumors, the internal memos, the vague public statements warning of unnamed 'enemies', the unreasoning fear."

The story about Ali Kuli Khan comes from Marzieh Gail, Summon up Remembrance (Oxford: George Ronald, 1987) p 129

Passages from the writings quoted in the audio are:

"That seeker should, also, regard backbiting as grievous error, and keep himself aloof from its dominion, inasmuch as backbiting quencheth the light of the heart, and extinguisheth the life of the soul." Baha'u'llah: Kitab-i Iqan, p 193

"There lay concealed within the Holy Veil, and prepared for the service of God, a company of His chosen ones who shall be manifested unto men, who shall aid His Cause, who shall be afraid of no one, though the entire human race rise up and war against them. These are the ones who, before the gaze of the dwellers on earth and the denizens of heaven, shall arise and, shouting aloud, acclaim the name of the Almighty, and summon the children of men to the path of God, the All-Glorious, the All-Praised. Walk thou in their way, and let no one dismay thee. Be of them whom the tumult of the world, however much it may agitate them in the path of their Creator, can never sadden, whose purpose the blame of the blamer will never defeat." Baha'u'llah: Gleanings, pp280-281 (passage in italics is read in the audio)

"Do Thou ordain for me, O my Lord, what will profit me in every world of Thy worlds. Supply me, then, with what Thou hast written down for the chosen ones among Thy creatures, whom neither the blame of the blamer, nor the clamor of the infidel, nor the estrangement of such as have withdrawn from Thee, hath deterred from turning towards Thee." Baha'u'llah: Prayers and Meditations, p 224

"Friends of God, listen with the ear of the soul to the voice of the one, self-subsistent God, that he might liberate you from the shackles of captivity and the gloom of darkness, and might deliver you into perpetual illumination. Ascent and descent, and motion and stillness, all appeared from the will of the lord of all that was and shall be. The cause of ascent is lightness, and lightness derives from heat. God has thus decreed. The cause of stillness is heaviness and weight, which in turn is caused by cold. God has thus decreed. Since he chose heat, which is the essence of motion and ascent, and the cause of attainment to the goal, he thereby ignited the true fire with the hand of spirituality and dispatched it into the world, so that this divine fire might attract all to the abode of the peerless friend, and might uplift and guide them, by the heat of divine love."
Baha'u'llah: Tablet to the Zoroastrians

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