A word concerning something of the meaning of the sonnet “This Earthly Vision” [below] in response to a comment made about it:
My experience tells me that when it comes to the material realities of life, whether prey or prey animals, all are, of course, confined within the limits of a simple corporeal existence, or, in short, all must in the end expire. Certainly, at my age, the possibilities of this are multiplying by the hour. At the same time, however, having acknowledged the existence of potential decay, there is a grace and comfort well within the affordable grasp of anyone advanced in years that brings this knowledge to a more positive conclusion than may be nightly broadcast by the media concerning the latest examples of ethnic cleansing or mass murder with a view toward genocide, on the collective level, and, as individuals, the increasing incidence of examples of predatory behaviour or of what might almost be thought of as a tragic reaction of lethargy and apathy to the same within one’s own social class or group or nation whether amongst the leaders or the population at large. Rare is the soul or single example of exception to what appears to be the rule of outrageous overweening ambition or its equal, a disingenuous yet equally militant adaptation of humility in the face of opposition of any kind both of which can be spiritually and even mentally lethal without some form of moderation.
Childbirth, itself, introduces the sometimes dreaded but welcome realities of pain for both the mother so assuredly blessed and the child so obviously cursed; the mother smiles in joy at her newborn after her ordeal in part due to relief at safe delivery but more assuredly the effects of what she has accepted in certitude in the miracle of conception and in the subsequent birth of her child while the newborn’s happiness and contentment once out of the womb and into the open seasons of physical life may or may not produce a smile but inevitably marks the beginning of a lifetime of growth through pain and suffering such that he, too, may one day feel a lasting joy beyond simple reaction or the whim and weakness of childhood’s innocence, with the reassurance and certitude garnered and nurtured within the grown man or woman that this singular pain of existence, no matter how periodic or constant is what it is for a reason and not at all beholding to mere accident or the caprice of infancy, childhood, or what the general population calls “callow youth.”
Such reasons and realizations are forever beyond the mind or physical senses but ever so obvious to the soul of any least being who in fact possesses spiritual faculties granted and confirmed within through an ever-increasing knowledge, force-fed or otherwise, and the generous quota and allowance of never-ending experience in a potent conspiracy that leads anyone with eyes to see or ears to hear to the gradual mistrust of all senses and consumption in the realisation of whatever happiness is presumed to be possible, a condition always limited, always governed by the laws of supply and demand and its neighbours, the laws of diminishing returns. If a man escapes the prison of his own self and his own people both of which are infinite and unchecked in desire and entirely destitute of ultimate satisfaction by reason of their instrumental dependence on the laws of nature and the instincts of the same, by default he will discover an ascendency which is at once both infinite and free of appetite and therefore liberated from the need of self gratification and satisfaction. Through this ascendency he will experience a constancy in the revelation of the supra-corporeal greatness of his own creation matched and made co-equal with its natural inevitable conversion into perceivable, even invincible action as he witnesses the same within himself grown far beyond his own vain imaginings. Wedded to this is the multiplication of the majesty and powers of his own being willingly drowned in the greater purposes of his own kind and by extension beyond this singular and collective power all such ambition and submission become necessarily dwarfed immediately and perceivably by a conscious interaction with the Creation and its Creator. In short, he discovers the endless presence of a certitude in his own being matched with that of mankind, both of which are far removed from the reach of opinion, reason, or any other mortal stimulus.
I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my poverty and to Thy wealth. There is none other God but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting. ―Bahá’u’lláh
It is incumbent upon every man of insight and understanding to strive to translate that which hath been written into reality and action…. That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race. The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth. In another passage He hath proclaimed: It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens. ―Bahá’u’lláh
Both prey and predators in this world are innocent and unaware of anything further than birth to life to death and their absolute connection with one another; this innocence and ignorance is common to all levels of material existence from the mineral to the vegetable to the station of the animal and equally, crucially to that of man and mankind, itself. Whether as a witness to a single soul’s glorious destiny or to the collective magnificence of a divine civilization, these creations in concert transcend the incidentals of any given life or history, and such esoteric knowledge as exposure of either to the ignorant and without the benefit of education inevitably descends to a level of hell beyond the imagination or the naïveté of the individual or his collective peers. Such esoteric knowledge becomes exoteric the instant any soul or people comes to know and understand not so much the nature of physical creation, but the realities of their respective spiritual destinies, destinies which by default exceed the combined powers of the entire known physical universe. I suspect that something of this was to be understood when The Christ said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” *
*John 16:33 [King James Version 1734]