|Posted: 27 March 2006 at 8:33am | IP Logged
We all sift what we read through the filter of our own attitudes, beliefs and values. Here is a result of my sifitng today:
ALL IS GESTATION
As the Baha’i community was launching its world-embracing spiritual crusade in October 1952 and commemorating the centenary of the first intimations of its Founder’s glorious mission in the Siyah-Chal, Ernest Hemingway’s book The Old Man and the Sea was in its first weeks in the bookshops having been published to wide critical acclaim. Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for this book in 1953 and the Nobel Prize in 1954.
The Baha’i community had a battle ahead in the Ten Year Crusade: 1953-1963 and many future Plans. Hemingway’s book was about the battle each individual must fight in the world of reality, about endurance and about leaving traces that will last forever. So, too, was this same battle, this same experience, these same traces at the core of the Baha’i Plan just beginning. The establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth was just about to begin and Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea could be seen as a metaphorical story of the journey toward that unearthly sovereignty. -Ron Price, Pioneering Over Four Epochs, March 27th 2006.
Yes, Ernest, to write what
is true to your nature,
what becomes part of
the experience of others,
what you believe, short
sentences and paragraphs,
alone, something never done
before and, yes, it is difficult.
Everything that endures is
worthwhile and is difficult,
all is gestation and bringing
forth, especially this unearthly
sovereignty in these pioneers
There’s an isolation in pioneers
as they dwell in houses, on streets
and in the forest of this passing world.
Pioneers are to be found in teachers,
nurses, doctors, engineers, a dozen
walks of life. Pioneers will find that
reality comes infinitely slowly
and requires patience as they hew
and mould their visions all their days.
March 27th 2006.
That's all folks!
Edited by RonPrice on 27 September 2006 at 3:36am
married for 37 years, teacher for 30 years; Baha'i for 47 years, living in Australia for 34 years.