why say? you are in our prayers – say we are the light pourquoi dire ? vous êtes dans nos prières - dites nous sommes la lumière Richard Vallance Bahá'í logo for world religions = le logo des Bahá'í des religions du monde To my mind, there are really no religions, there is only God and ourselves. So we do not need to pray, because we are in essence prayer. To love God and to love one another is the only thing that matters. Selon moi, il n'y a pas de religions, il y a seulement Dieu et nous-mêmes. Donc nous n'avons pas besoin de prier, parce que nous sommes essentiellement la prière. La seule chose qui compte, c'est d'aimer Dieu et les uns les autres.
Senryu – lotus illuminated = lotus illuminé Bahá’i temple all humankind lotus illuminated temple Bahá’i l’humanité lotus illuminé Richard Vallance Set in the Andean foothills, just beyond Santiago, Chile, the Bahá’i Temple of South America is a domed, luminous structure echoing the rolling typography of the mountains where it is located. This senryu is based on the famous quote of Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), founder of the Bahá’i religion, whose name means “The Glory of God”, as follows: “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.” What is a senryu? A Senryu (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. A Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions, or a Japanese poem similar in structure to haiku, but more concerned with human nature, and is often humorous or satiric -- usually in three lines of seventeen kana. This senryu is concerned with human emotion, or more accurately, human spirituality. It is not meant to be humorous or satirical. Unlike haiku, senryu do not contain season words = kigo.
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Bahai’ = the latest Dispensation from God = Progressive Revelation Imagine my astonishment when I happened across the teachings of the Bahai’ Faith, which came into being in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Its teachings are revolutionary. It allows one to keep the faith of one’s birth, in my case, Christian, but it opens up so many avenues to a faith greater than all religions, including itself. The Bahai’s firmly believe that theirs is not the last revelation, that more are to come. This sets them apart from all past religions. Unlike all previous religions of the past, the Bahai’ faith firmly counsels universal education, the education of women and the equal rights of women and men, the promotion and teaching of technology and science, and the list goes on and on. This sort of religion truly appeals to an intellectual such as myself. I shall be posting the tenets of the Bahai’ faith on a regular basis here on Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae. Here are the first three observations from the faith: They are real eye-openers!
POST 1,400: another sonnet of mine, based on the previous 2 haiku in Mycenaean Greek: Never fear Matthew 14:27 But Jesus immediately spoke to them, saying, Take courage; it is I: do not be afraid. The Temple of Bahai’, Tel Aviv, Israel While you are so afraid of your own life, never fear for me, for I fear as well as well as you for every scrap of strife we shall have all endured by spiting hell: and it’s just as well, heaven willing earth shall allow Bahai’ the inspiration to distance wisdom of our precious worth, our spirit His, His imagination ours the “forever Was”, forever shared with every single soul, however ill: We’ll know the love of God has always spared us all and embraces us in his Will... ... and it’s just as well I can hear Him spell his Word on us to see us faring well. Richard Vallance, January 10, 2017