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4-29-2003Elliott Says: XAU New Low on the Way

XAU is falling even as gold rallies. Read All About It.

4-13-2003The Power of Unity
O people of the world!

The dawn of the Sun of Reality is assuredly for the illumination of the world and for the manifestation of mercy. In the assemblage of the family of Adam results and fruits are praiseworthy, and the holy bestowals of every bounty are abundant. It is an absolute mercy and a complete bounty, the illumination of the world, fellowship and harmony, love and union; nay, rather, mercifulness and oneness, the elimination of discord and the unity of whosoever are on the earth in the utmost of freedom and dignity.

The Blessed Beauty said: “All are the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch.” He likened the world of existence to one tree and all the souls to leaves, blossoms and fruits. Therefore all the branches, leaves, blossoms and fruits must be in the utmost of freshness, and the bringing about of this delicacy and sweetness depends upon union and fellowship. Therefore they must assist each other with all their power and seek everlasting life. Thus the friends of God must manifest the mercy of the Compassionate Lord in the world of existence and must show forth the bounty of the visible and invisible King. They must purify their sight, and look upon mankind as the leaves, blossoms and fruits of the tree of creation, and must always be thinking of doing good to someone, of love, consideration, affection and assistance to somebody. They must see no enemy and count no one as an ill wisher. They must consider every one on the earth as a friend; regard the stranger as an intimate, and the alien as a companion. They must not be bound by any tie, nay, rather, they should be free from every bond. In this day the one who is favored in the threshold of grandeur is the one who offers the cup of faithfulness and bestows the pearl of gift to the enemies,  even to the fallen oppressor, lends a helping hand, and considers every bitter foe as an affectionate friend.


- `Abdu'l-Baha
4-7-2003But what's in it for me?
So far as ye are able, ignite a candle of love in every meeting, and with tenderness rejoice and cheer ye every heart.

Care for the stranger as for one of your own; show to alien souls the same loving kindness ye bestow upon your faithful friends.

Should any come to blows with you, seek to be friends with him; should any stab you to the heart, be ye a healing salve unto his sores; should any taunt and mock at you, meet him with love.

Should any heap his blame upon you, praise ye him; should he offer you a deadly poison, give him the choicest honey in exchange; and should he threaten your life, grant him a remedy that will heal him evermore.

Should he be pain itself, be ye his medicine; should he be thorns, be ye his roses and sweet herbs.

Perchance such ways and words from you will make this darksome world turn bright at last; will make this dusty earth turn heavenly, this devilish prison place become a royal palace of the Lord - so that war and strife will pass and be no more, and love and trust will pitch their tents on the summits of the world.

- `Abdu'l-Baha
4-02-03My Wedding

Michael Nystrom & Barbra Levine were married on March 21st 2003 - The first day of our new lives together on the first day of Spring, and the first day of the Baha'i New Year.

As you can see, I've recently had other things to do than spending time in the depths of the second great depression. Springtime and marriage are harbingers of optimism. Even in the depths of the depression life goes on. We will be moving to Taiwan in August. More to come in the upcoming weeks...

A big special thanks to Rich Lancaster for keeping the site updated while I've been off in la-la-land!
4-02-03From the Back Pages
4-1-2003New Moon Today

New Moon, April 1

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