“Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch.”Baha’i
As I “count up” to my 70th birthday” I think more and more about choice & inevitability, and the wonder of the unknown. When I received these pictures from my friend Sharon they struck me as reflecting the human condition . . . mine included.
“A fundamental teaching of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i faith, is the oneness of the world of humanity. Addressing mankind, He says: “Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch.”
“In this way His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh expressed the oneness of humankind whereas in all religious teachings of the past, the human world has been represented as divided into two parts, one known as the people of the Book of God or the pure tree and the other the people of infidelity and error or the evil tree.”
“The former were considered as belonging to the faithful and the others to the hosts of the irreligious and infidel; one part of humanity the recipients of divine mercy and the other the object of the wrath of their Creator.
His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh removed this by proclaiming the oneness of the world of humanity and this principle is specialized in His teachings for He has submerged all mankind in the sea of divine generosity.Some are asleep; they need to be awakened. Some are ailing; they need to be healed. Some are immature as children; they need to be trained. But all are recipients of the bounty and bestowals of God.”
Small Stone garden path littered with autumn leaves squirrels hunt miser hoards
“What are small stones?”
“A small stone is a short piece of writing (any style) that precisely captures a fully engaged moment for you. The process of discovering small stones is as significant as the finished creation. Searching for small stones encourages you to keep your senses on the “alive and alert” status. Involve yourself with a new set of eyes, ears, nose, mouth, fingers, feelings and mind. In short … OPEN, OPEN, OPEN!” Becca Givens
P.S. For those not familiar with paint: Water color is fluid, acrylic is water based, will overwhelm water color, dries quickly and oil paint takes about 3 centuries to truly dry. In other words, loading all onto one brush watch the . . .
My human took this post from your blog because she likes it so much. I hope you will not be made at her because she will pout and I will not get the treats I’m due. I know you, of all my best friends, understand my plight because not only are you an artist and poet – you are an animal communicator, for real. (If you don’t believe me look at my best friend Becca’s blog)