(October 15, traditional Islamic Calendar date of the Birthdays of the Bab and Baha’u’llah.)
Yes, I realize I have posted nothing for a very long time.
Perhaps it is as Baha’u’llah has said:
“My silence is by reason of the veils that have blinded Thy creatures’ eyes to Thee, and my muteness is because of the impediments that have hindered Thy people from recognizing Thy truth.”
Perhaps, as it is said, imitation is the best form of flattery.
This is a photo of the scroll shown at the National Rainbow Gathering (along with a presentation) in New Mexico, July 2009, at Chai Baha’i Café.
We are All as Waves on the Same Sea of Existence
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2
Underlying all physical phenomenon is a universal sea in which the force of love, manifest as the power of attraction, gives rise to the plane of physical reality. We can observe this force in all things. Those having a “New-Age” background might identify this force, or Spirit, as Gaia. Baha’is refer to this Divine Feminine as the “Maid of Heaven”, the “Primal Will”. A spiritually aware person comes to recognize that this Spirit pervades all Creation, such as the rock, the plant, the animal, the human and beyond. Indigenous cultures have never lost this knowledge.
Baha’u’llah, in His Tablet of Wisdom, wrote, “Nature is God’s Will and is Its expression in and through the contingent world. It is a dispensation of
In a passage from the Old Testament referring to this Spirit as “Wisdom” – translated as “Sophia” in the Greek – these verses were written,
“The Lord created Me at the beginning of His work, the first of His acts of old. He established Me before Time was, in the beginning, before He made the earth: even before He made the depths … When He established the heavens, I was there, when He drew a circle on the face of the deep … when He marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside Him, arranging all things; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always …” Proverbs 8:22-30 (RSV amended by the Septuagint Bible)
The verses reveal this Spirit as the Instrument of God’s creative process. This is the Spirit of God that “moved upon the face of the waters”. It was the first Being to be created, even before time yet existed.
`Abdu’l-Baha explained that, “The first thing which emanated from God is that universal reality, which the ancient philosophers termed the ‘First Mind,’ and which the people of Baha call the ‘First Will.’ This emanation, in that which concerns its action in the world of God, is not limited by time or place; it is without beginning or end – beginning and end in relation to God are one. The preexistence of God is the preexistence of essence, and also preexistence of time, and the phenomenality of contingency is essential and not temporal, as we have already explained one day at table. Though the ‘First Mind’ is without beginning, it does not become a sharer in the preexistence of God, for the existence of the universal reality in relation to the existence of God is nothingness, and it has not the power to become an associate of God and like unto Him in preexistence.” Some Answered Questions, p. 203
In the New Testament this Will is called the Word in the verse: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” John 1:1-2
Again, from His Tablet of Wisdom, Baha’u’llah explains that, “The world of existence came into being through the heat generated from the interaction between the active force and that which is its recipient. These two are the same, yet they are different. Thus the Great Announcement informs thee about this glorious structure. Such as communicate the generating influence and such as receive its impact are indeed created through the irresistible Word of God which is the Cause of the entire creation, while all else besides His Word are but the creatures and the effects thereof.” Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 140
Put simply, when the Primal Will “touched” the plasma sea this created “heat” which was translated into a wave of motion. These swirling waves upon the sea consolidate into the matter which builds the universe. The “touch” itself is the origin of motion, i.e. all the known forces of the universe including gravity, electro-magnetism and the two nuclear forces.
Thus God, through the instrument of the Primal Will (also designated as “the Word”) created both the electro-magnetic force to communicate the “generating influence” and the sea of embryonic matter to receive it. The Primal Will interacted upon the plasma sea through the electro-magnetic force. This generated heat which was absorbed by the sea of embryonic matter (i.e. a sea of plasma constituted of undifferentiated particles). The heat was translated into movement and the particles, under the influence of the electro-magnetic force, started to spin taking on swirling spiral relationships and from this the world of existence gradually came to be in the form we experience today.
The First Wave
Substance and Form arise from the 1st Wave
In the background plasma sea of energy (i.e. the water) a ripple or wave occurs due to the Primal Will and this is the arising influence of the force of attraction at the atomic level. That is to say, the Primal Will’s electro-magnetic “touch” influences the water to put forth a wave – a swirl or ripple that weaves the fabric of space-time.
The verses from Genesis reveal that the Primal Will is not the water itself but is the Spirit of God moving upon the water. The “water” of plasma was influenced by the Primal Will. It stirred the one water, causing a differentiation into yin and yang and subsequently forming the atomic structure of electrons surrounding and circling a central point wherein protons and neutrons collected and “solid matter” appeared. From this structure distinct elements of hydrogen, helium etc. were produced.
Thus, at the Atomic level of existence we find this active, attractive force expressed as a type of fundamental electro-magnetism. It is a simple physicality which gives rise to substance and structure in the form of minerals that are in turn a foundation for the higher life-forms. Despite serving this function, the mineral itself is not organically alive. In terms of spirit this first level is “one-dimensional” that is, relative to living beings it is static – a pile of dirt is inert. The chemical interactions between the elements are vastly different from biological evolution. Even though the elements progress into more complex patterns they don’t automatically or accidentally become living beings.
However, even without being alive the mineral encloses a tremendous amount of energy. In order to even begin to comprehend how much energy is bound up into the atomic form by this first wave reflect upon the force let loose when the bonds of only a few atoms were broken as occurred with the use of atomic bombs in the 20th century. The power of a single atom is truly awe-inspiring.
But we observe that Western science is overly focused on the material yang side of the equation, thus creating imbalance leading to destruction. The current instrumentation of Western science has discovered that every particle has “spin” (that is, it is moving in a circular fashion) but it hasn’t developed to the point that it can perceive the deeper reality of the wave, it only sees its effect of causing “spin”. The instruments of western science can only measure effects not causes, it takes the human mind to theorize as to the cause of the effect and then test the theory by further examination of effects. This method is only useful to a certain point because of its inherent limitation of only being able to examine effects. Therefore, Western science has yet to comprehend even this first wave and is still struggling to examine the function of atomic structure.
Spiritual science is more balanced with regard to the yin causes underlying the yang effects and thus we observe, accordingly, that the Spirit, the Primal Will, expresses itself upon the physical plane through electro-magnetic waves focused upon the sea of embryonic matter. These are like swirling waves of movement traced on the face of the deep. Even while giving rise to individual realities these waves do not lose their inherent connection to the spiritual depths which underlie them.
Three Levels Constituting the Spiral of Physical Life
The Second Wave
Capacity for Evolutional Information arises from the 2nd Wave
At the Botanical level of existence a second wave of attraction is joined to the first wave. This 2nd wave creates a living dimension. The electro-magnetic force has advanced to a level that can be observed as a magnetism by which a plant has the power to draw sustenance, such as minerals, into itself. The beings most commonly thought of as “plants” are those which convert sunlight into living energy by a process known as “photosynthesis”. Their movement in response to the sensation of heat from sunlight exhibits a certain level of awareness. Thus we can see that the sign of life is awareness. This awareness is like the birth of spirit into a physical form and therefore all life is the offspring of Spirit.
The plant grows and reproduces itself by means of seeds which contain the life force. Even while dormant in the stage of seed the life force is intrinsic to the plant. These seeds contain plant genes made from a substance called DNA. Genetic structure is uniquely different from atomic structure. Atoms do not have genes as do plants. The combination of two waves of reality is expressed in the form of a double helix, having two strands intertwining. In terms of spirit, this is a two-dimensional existence. Whereas the existence of the mineral is static and one-dimensional, plants, because of their genetic material, can evolve as life-forms, that is, even though individual plants die, the instructions for life, the code of life contained in the genetic information, is passed on through its seed. Thus the genetic substance provides a platform for the process of evolution.
The new reality brought about by the two combined waves eventually gives rise to a receptive ground for yet another dimension but first this capacity must evolve in myriad forms with the botanical evolution continuing from the earliest stages of bacteria and algae to the point wherein at its extreme limit certain plants (possibly fungi) are ready to “cross over” and evolve into amoebas. This metamorphosis is not an accident nor does it occur as a voluntary action on the part of the plant, rather this is a quantum leap brought about by the influence of a third wave traced by Spirit.
Having the potential for another electro-magnetic dimension to come into play, the genetic capacity receives the 3rd wave. Without the evolved genetic material there would be nothing for this dimension to hook onto and thus no platform for its interaction upon the physical plane.
The Third Wave
Conscious Perception of Information arises from the 3rd Wave
At the Zoological level of existence three waves have interlocked and merged to form a new being – the animal. The third wave of influence from Spirit affects the genetic material causing a new capacity to arise within it. A clear physical expression of the influence of the 3rd wave is the gradual development of beings having a nervous system. The purpose of the nervous system including the brain, is to register and interpret sense perceptions. The capacity that distinguishes the animal from the plant is that of the five senses. The animal becomes individually conscious of its specific existence because it can touch, taste, smell, hear and see the environment surrounding it.
With the progressive expression of its effect on the genes the 3rd wave eventually gives rise to animal species which have sufficient brain capacity to be self-aware, that is, they are aware of their own existence. Whereas the botanical beings feel existence without thinking anything about this experience the animal beings have the capacity for distinctly individual awareness. So, while plants experience life without being conscious of it, animals have the capacity to find meaning in their experience. The level of this meaning relates to survival. Thus, for instance, an herbivore will note the appearance of another animal in its vicinity, first it freezes, then if all its senses register that this is a predator, its brain interprets the signals it has received to mean danger and puts this into action: fight or flight. The plant will also react to its environment but rather than making choices based on brain interpretations, its reactions are more spontaneous than intentional.
Thus, we observe that the electro-magnetic waves express as increasingly advanced dimensions of awareness and intentionality. At the level of the 3rd wave this dimension has had an influence on the genetic material causing it to evolve at an entirely new level beyond that of the plant. The beings arising as a result have rudimentary nervous systems and through further evolvement classes of animal from insect all the way through to mammalian life come into being.
At the earliest level of animal evolution we have single-celled amoeba, beyond that insects, further yet amphibians, reptiles, and so on. The most advanced stages of zoological evolution brings mammals into existence and at the furthest extreme of this stage we find the primates and cetaceans. The nervous system’s evolutionary process is recorded in the creatures themselves thus in the human we find a brain stem, the reptilian brain, the mammalian brain etc.
The 3rd wave awareness of existence has altered the genes to such an extent that a new capacity arises in the genes and this gives rise to a new being that is different from the animal even as the animal can be distinguished from the plant.
The Fourth Wave
Conscious Interpretation of Information arises from the 4th Wave
The awareness of one’s existence ultimately provides the capacity for yet another dimension of electro-magnetism to come into play. This is the 4th dimension, the human spirit. This spirit can only come into contact with animals whose genetic potential has reached a crucial degree. That is to say: once the capacity of animal awareness has evolved to a certain point, the species at the furthermost extremity of this level whose genes have specifically evolved to receive this particular new capacity, are then enabled to advance to this next stage. This is the Anthropo-logical level. As before, this metamorphosis is not an accident nor does it occur as a voluntary action on the part of the animal, rather this is a quantum leap brought about by the influence of the fourth wave traced by Spirit upon the page of existence.
The effect of this development is that another degree of awareness can now interact with evolution. The human species has been evolving over hundreds of millions of years and the effect of the fourth wave can now be perceived most clearly as a new capacity chiefly characterized by abstract thought. This “abstract” is a realm beyond that of the physical. Philosophical thought is an example of this realm. However just as developments under the influence of the previous waves did not occur immediately but over the course of time so it has been with the fourth wave.
Ultimately the capacity for awareness brought about by the fourth wave is that the human doesn’t merely passively experience the spiritual realms but becomes consciously aware of them and thus has the opportunity to become an active participant.
Just as the plant experiences life without being aware of it but the animal is aware of life, similarly the animal experiences spiritual forces but has no capacity to interpret the meaning and make choices, it merely experiences these forces at a very rudimentary passive level and thus isn’t truly aware of them. The human has the capacity brought about by the fourth wave and thus can become aware of the truly abstract realities beyond the physical realms.
Just like there were levels, stages and degrees of advancement in prior evolutionary waves there are also phases of advancement under the influence of the fourth wave. This can get to the point where it moves beyond actual electro-magnetic waves and once it does so it is no longer constrained to physical limitations and thus the advancement can occur much more rapidly.
This is the first stage in a shift to an entirely new paradigm of existence even as the plant was the first stage in an entirely new level beyond that of the atomic. Whereas the atomic level had existence it did not have an organically alive existence, but at the level of the plant we find organic life. At the extreme of the development brought about by the fourth wave we come to an entirely new order of life beyond that of organic life, it is spiritual life.
Three Levels Constituting a Spiral of Spiritual Life
Just as there were three stages of existence in the initial category of “life” there are three stages of spiritual life that can be attained by humans while still existing in the physical plane. These three circles or waves are beyond the power of the uninitiated human mind. These spiritual realities are not subject to imagination rather there is a system of spiritual law by which their effects come into play. Nevertheless there is a certain degree of choice — personal conscious choice as opposed to mere accident or instinct — which affects these outcomes. The difference then between a realized human and those who have yet to advance to this level is that a truly human being has transcended the animal condition and can choose to evolve spiritually. Furthermore, rather than this happening slowly over eons these quantum leaps can happen rapidly in the course of an individual human lifetime.
We cannot attain these levels by a mere whim but only thru preparation and reception. We cannot make a decision to force the 5th dimension to interact with us, we can only choose to evolve. This occurs in degrees until we reach a stage where the capacity to receive that next dimension has been developed. Spiritual evolution requires belief in Spirit. Baha’is refer to the power of the next dimension as the Spirit of Faith. This is the Breath of Life whose reception Jesus referred to as being “born again of the spirit”. The combination of the human spirit and the spirit of faith is as revolutionary as the coming into existence of the gene, the double helix spiral of life, this signifies a new spiral of life.
The quotes from the Tablet of Wisdom are all from the following passage of it.
“… As regards thine assertions about the beginning of creation, this is a matter on which conceptions vary by reason of the divergences in men’s thoughts and opinions. Wert thou to assert that it hath ever existed and shall continue to exist, it would be true; or wert thou to affirm the same concept as is mentioned in the sacred Scriptures, no doubt would there be about it, for it hath been revealed by God, the Lord of the worlds. Indeed He was a hidden treasure. This is a station that can never be described nor even alluded to. And in the station of `I did wish to make Myself known’, God was, and His creation had ever existed beneath His shelter from the beginning that hath no beginning, apart from its being preceded by a Firstness which cannot be regarded as firstness and originated by a Cause inscrutable even unto all men of learning.
That which hath been in existence had existed before, but not in the form thou seest today. The world of existence came into being through the heat generated from the interaction between the active force and that which is its recipient. These two are the same, yet they are different. Thus doth the Great Announcement inform thee about this glorious structure. Such as communicate the generating influence and such as receive its impact are indeed created through the irresistible Word of God which is the Cause of the entire creation, while all else besides His Word are but the creatures and the effects thereof. Verily thy Lord is the Expounder, the All-Wise.
Know thou, moreover, that the Word of God – exalted be His glory – is higher and far superior to that which the senses can perceive, for it is sanctified from any property or substance. It transcendeth the limitations of known elements and is exalted above all the essential and recognized substances. It became manifest without any syllable or sound and is none but the Command of God which pervadeth all created things. It hath never been withheld from the world of being. It is God’s all-pervasive grace, from which all grace doth emanate. It is an entity far removed above all that hath been and shall be.
We are loath to enlarge on this subject, inasmuch as the unbelievers have inclined their ears towards Us in order to hear that which might enable them to cavil against God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting. And since they are unable to attain to mysteries of knowledge and wisdom from what hath been unravelled by the Source of divine splendour, they rise in protest and burst into clamour. But it is true to say that they object to that which they comprehend, not to the expositions given by the Expounder, nor the truths imparted by the One true God, the Knower of things unseen. Their objections, one and all, turn upon themselves, and I swear by thy life that they are devoid of understanding.
Every thing must needs have an origin and every building a builder. Verily, the Word of God is the Cause which hath preceded the contingent world – a world which is adorned with the splendours of the Ancient of Days, yet is being renewed and regenerated at all times. Immeasurably exalted is the God of Wisdom Who hath raised this sublime structure.
Look at the world and ponder a while upon it. It unveileth the book of its own self before thine eyes and revealeth that which the Pen of thy Lord, the Fashioner, the All-Informed, hath inscribed therein. It will acquaint thee with that which is within it and upon it and will give thee such clear explanations as to make thee independent of every eloquent expounder.
Say: Nature in its essence is the embodiment of My Name, the Maker, the Creator. Its manifestations are diversified by varying causes, and in this diversity there are signs for men of discernment. Nature is God’s Will and is its expression in and through the contingent world. It is a dispensation of
Tablets of Baha’u’llah, pp. 140-142
 Many think of this Spirit as The Goddess or “Source”. However, since this Source Itself has a Source, It is not the Supreme Being. Therefore – as there is only one God (Who is not physcial and thus neither male nor female) – we don’t refer to the Gaia Spirit as god or goddess.
 “Will is that active force which controls these relationships and these incidents.” (Selections from the Writings of `Abdu’l-Baha, p. 198)
 Another translation reads: “The worlds were formed through the force emanating from the re-action of the active and passive principles; although the worlds are always the same, nevertheless they change constantly. Thus doth this Instructor, Who is greater than this great structure, inform thee.”
 All of which is included herein under the term “electro-magnetism”. By this term is intended a force more comprehensive than that commonly understood by 20th century physics.
 The most basic degree of life is that of prokaryote bacteria (and archaea). The botanical level continues from prokaryote (no nucleus for the genetic material) to eukaryote (having a nucleus).
 This is because the form of things is intrinsically influenced by the reality underlying them.
 At the most rudimentary level animals do not have much use for their brain, for instance, the (tunicate) sea squirt’s cerebral ganglion “brain” is only used to control movement and once it affixes itself to a rock, having no further need for its “brain” it digests it!
 At present we know of only one species that has definitely reached this stage but there may be capacity among other primates or among cetaceans.
 Which can evolve in spiritual capacity.
Baha’u’llah’s Description of the True Seeker
“. . . O my brother, when a true seeker determineth to take the step of search in the path leading to the knowledge of the Ancient of Days, he must, before all else, cleanse and purify his heart, which is the seat of the revelation of the inner mysteries of God, from the obscuring dust of all acquired knowledge, and the allusions of the embodiments of satanic fancy. He must purge his breast, which is the sanctuary of the abiding love of the Beloved, of every defilement, and sanctify his soul from all that pertaineth to water and clay, from all shadowy and ephemeral attachments. He must so cleanse his heart that no remnant of either love or hate may linger therein, lest that love blindly incline him to error, or that hate repel him away from the truth. Even as thou dost witness in this day how most of the people, because of such love and hate, are bereft of the immortal Face, have strayed far from the Embodiments of the divine mysteries, and, shepherdless, are roaming through the wilderness of oblivion and error. That seeker must at all times put his trust in God, must renounce the peoples of the earth, detach himself from the world of dust, and cleave unto Him Who is the Lord of Lords. He must never seek to exalt himself above any one, must wash away from the tablet of his heart every trace of pride and vainglory, must cling unto patience and resignation, observe silence, and refrain from idle talk. For the tongue is a smouldering fire, and excess of speech a deadly poison. Material fire consumeth the body, whereas the fire of the tongue devoureth both heart and soul. The force of the former lasteth but for a time, whilst the effects of the latter endure a century.
That seeker should also regard backbiting as grievous error, and keep himself aloof from its dominion, inasmuch as backbiting quencheth the light of the heart, and extinguisheth the life of the soul. He should be content with little, and be freed from all inordinate desire. He should treasure the companionship of those that have renounced the world, and regard avoidance of boastful and worldly people a precious benefit. At the dawn of every day he should commune with God, and with all his soul persevere in the quest of his Beloved. He should consume every wayward thought with the flame of His loving mention, and, with the swiftness of lightning, pass by all else save Him. He should succour the dispossessed, and never withhold his favour from the destitute. He should show kindness to animals, how much more unto his fellow-man, to him who is endowed with the power of utterance. He should not hesitate to offer up his life for his Beloved, nor allow the censure of the people to turn him away from the Truth. He should not wish for others that which he doth not wish for himself, nor promise that which he doth not fulfil. With all his heart should the seeker avoid fellowship with evil doers, and pray for the remission of their sins. He should forgive the sinful, and never despise his low estate, for none knoweth what his own end shall be. How often hath a sinner, at the hour of death, attained to the essence of faith, and, quaffing the immortal draught, hath taken his flight unto the celestial Concourse. And how often hath a devout believer, at the hour of his soul’s ascension, been so changed as to fall into the nethermost fire. Our purpose in revealing these convincing and weighty utterances is to impress upon the seeker that he should regard all else beside God as transient, and count all things save Him, Who is the Object of all adoration, as utter nothingness.
These are among the attributes of the exalted, and constitute the hall-mark of the spiritually-minded. They have already been mentioned in connection with the requirements of the wayfarers that tread the Path of Positive Knowledge. When the detached wayfarer and sincere seeker hath fulfilled these essential conditions, then and only then can he be called a true seeker. Whensoever he hath fulfilled the conditions implied in the verse: ‘Whoso maketh efforts for Us,’ he shall enjoy the blessing conferred by the words: ‘In Our ways shall We assuredly guide him.’
Only when the lamp of search, of earnest striving, of longing desire, of passionate devotion, of fervid love, of rapture, and ecstasy, is kindled within the seeker’s heart, and the breeze of His loving-kindness is wafted upon his soul, will the darkness of error be dispelled, the mists of doubts and misgivings be dissipated, and the lights of knowledge and certitude envelop his being. At that hour will the mystic Herald, bearing the joyful tidings of the Spirit, shine forth from the City of
Baha’u’llah (The Kitab-i-Iqan, pp. 192-196)
Talk Given by Lee Brown (Cherokee)
1986 Continental Indigenous Council,
There was the cycle of the mineral, the rock. There was the cycle of the plant. And now we’re in the cycle of the animal coming to the end of that and beginning the cycle of the human being. When we get into the cycle of the human being, the highest and greatest powers that we have will be released to us. They will be released from that light or soul that we carry to the mind. But right now we’re coming to the end of the animal cycle and we have investigated ourselves and learned what it is to be like an animal on this earth.
At the beginning of this cycle of time, long ago, the Great Spirit came down and He made an appearance and He gathered the peoples of this earth together they say on an island which is now beneath the water and He said to the human beings, “I’m going to send you to four directions and over time I’m going to change you to four colors, but I’m going to give you some teachings and you will call these the Original Teachings and when you come back together with each other you will share these so that you can live and have peace on earth, and a great civilization will come about.” And he said “During the cycle of time I’m going to give each of you two stone tablets. When I give you those stone tablets, don’t cast those upon the ground. If any of the brothers and sisters of the four directions and the four colors cast their tablets on the ground, not only, will human beings have a hard time, but almost the earth itself will die.”
And so he gave each of us a responsibility and we call that the Guardianship. To the Indian people, the red people, he gave the Guardianship of the earth. We were to learn during this cycle of time the teachings of the earth, the plants that grow from the earth, the foods that you can eat, and the herbs that are healing so that when we came back together with the other brothers and sisters we could share this knowledge with them. Something good was to happen on the earth.
To the South, he gave the yellow race of people the Guardianship of the wind. They were to learn about the sky and breathing and how to take that within ourselves for spiritual advancement. They were to share that with is at this time.
To the West He gave the black race of people the Guardianship of the water. They were to learn the teachings of the water which is the chief of the elements, being the most humble and the most powerful. When I went to the
To the North He gave the white race of people the Guardianship of the fire. If you look at the center of many of the things they do you will find the fire. They say a light bulb is the white man’s fire. If you look at the center of a car you will find a spark. If you look at the center of the airplane and the train you will find the fire. The fire consumes, and also moves. This is why it was the white brothers and sisters who began to move upon the face of the earth and reunite us as a human family.
And so a long time passed, and the Great Spirit gave each of the four races two stone tablets. Ours are kept at the Hopi Reservation in
I talked to people from the black race and their stone tablets are at the foot of
The stone tablets of the yellow race of people are kept by the Tibetans, in
The guardians of the traditions of the people of
Each of these four peoples happen to be people that live in the mountains.
So we went through this cycle of time and each of the four races went to their directions and they learned their teachings. It was on Newsweek not too long ago that eight out of ten foods that people eat on the earth are developed here in the western hemisphere because that was our Guardianship, to learn the teachings of the earth, and the things that grow from the earth. We were given a sacred handshake to show when we came back together as brothers and sisters that we still remembered the teachings. It was indicated on the stone tablets that the Hopis had that the first brothers and sisters that would come back to them would come as turtles across the land. They would be human beings, but they would come as turtles. So when the time came close the Hopis were at a special village to welcome the turtles that would come across the land and they got up in the morning and looked out at the sunrise. They looked out across the desert and they saw the Spanish Conquistadores coming, covered in armor, like turtles across the land. So this was them. So they went out to the Spanish man and they extended their hand hoping for the handshake but into the hand the Spanish man dropped a trinket. And so word spread throughout
So when they got to the west coast of this land the elders that were made aware of these prophecies said they would then begin to build a black ribbon. And on this black ribbon there would move a bug. And when you begin to see this bug moving on the land, that was the sign for the First Shaking of the Earth. The First Shaking of the Earth would be so violent that this bug would be shaken off the earth into the air and it would begin to move and fly in the air. And by the end of this shaking this bug will be in the air around the world. Behind it would be a trail of dirt and eventually the whole sky of the entire earth would become dirty from these trails of dirt, and this would cause many diseases that would get more and more complicated. So the bug moving on the land, of course I it’s easy to see now. In 1908 the Model-T Ford was mass produced for the first time. So the elders knew the First Shaking of the Earth was about to come about that’s the First World War. In the First World War the airplane came into wide usage for the first time. That was that bug moving into the sky. And so they knew something very important would happen. There would be an attempt to make peace on earth on the west coast of this land and so the elders began to watch for this. They began to hear that there was going to be a League of Nations in
So they knew things would happen. Things would speed up a little bit. There would be a cobweb built around the earth, and people would talk across this cobweb. When this talking cobweb, the telephone, was built around the earth, a sign of life would appear in the east, but it would tilt and bring death. It would come with the sun. But the sun itself would rise one day not in the east but in the west. So the elders said when you see the sun rising in the east and you see the sign of life reversed and tilted in the east, you know that the Great Death is to come upon the earth, and now the Great Spirit will grab the earth again in His hand and shake it and this shaking will be worse than the first. So the sign of life reversed and tilted, we call that the Swastika, and the rising sun in the east was the rising sun of
The worse misuse of the Guardianship of the fire is called the “gourd of ashes”. They said the gourd of ashes will fall from the air. It will make the people like blades of grass in the prairie fire and things will not grow for many seasons. I saw on television not too long ago that they were talking about the atomic bomb, the gourd of ashes. They said it was the best-kept secret in the history of the United States., The elders wanted to speak about it in 1920. They would have spoken of it and foretold it’s coming if they could have entered into the
So they knew after the Second Shaking of the Earth when they saw the gourd of ashes fall from the sky then there would be an attempt to make peace on the other side of this land. And because the peace attempt on the west coast had failed, they would build a special house on the east coast of this
“We represent the indigenous people of
They retreated to one of the Six Nations Reserves in
So then they knew other things would happen on the Earth, and the United Nations would not bring peace on earth but there would be continuing and deepening confusion. And that the little wars would get worse. So they retreated to the Six Nations Reserve and they talked about this and they said the time is really getting close now 1949. They said, “We’re going to divide the
One that I used to listen to many times, over and over, was Thomas Banyaka. He is a Hopi man. I believe he is still living. He was authorized to speak in English about what was on the stone tablets and he has dedicated his lifetime to doing this. And they began to tell us at these gatherings, they said “In your lifetime you’re going to see things happen” It was strange when they said it in the 1950’s and 1960’s but now it seems very clear. But then it was unusual. They said, “You’re going to see a time in your life when men are going to become women. The Great Spirit is going to make a man on the earth. He made him a man but this man is going to say, “I know more than the Great Spirit. I’m going to change myself to be a woman:” And they will even nurse children. The Great Spirit is going to make the woman on the earth. She’s going to say, “I know more than the Great Spirit. I want to be a man. And she will be physically a man.” This sounded strange. And maybe in a vision they saw Boy-George.
They said “You’re going to see a time in your lifetime when the human beings are going to find the blueprint that makes us.” They call that now, DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid. They said, “They re going to cut this blueprint.” They call that now, genetic splicing. And they said, “They’re going to make new animals upon the earth, and they’re going to think these are going to help us. And it’s going to seem like they do help us. But maybe the grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to suffer.” I don’t know if you heard on the news last night in the
They said (and I know many of you are from tribes that also have this prophecy, “You’re going to see a time when the eagle will fly its highest in the night and it will land upon the moon.” Some tribes say the eagle will circle the moon. Some tribes say the eagle will fly it’s highest in the night. “And at that time,” they say, “Many of the Native people will be sleeping,” which symbolically means they have lost their teachings. There are some tribes that say it will be as if they are frozen: they’ve been through the long winter. But they say, “When the eagle flies it’s highest in the night, that will be the first light of a new day. That will be the first thawing of spring.” Of course, at the first light of a new day, if you’ve stayed up all night, you notice it’s really dark. And the first light, you want to see it, but you can’t. It sneaks up on you. You want to see it change but it’s dark and then pretty soon it’s getting light before you know it. We’re at that time now. The Eagle has landed on the moon, 1969. When that spaceship landed they sent back the message, “The Eagle has landed.” Traditionally, Native people from clear up in the Inuit region, they have shared with us this prophecy, clear down to the Quechuas in
But we’re in that time now. We’re between the first light of a new day and the sunrise. The sunrise is about to come and when it comes up everyone is going to see it. But you know how it is in the village there’s a few people that get up early, and there are some that sleep until noon. I’m probably one of those that sleeps until noon.
They said when that Eagle lands on the moon, the powers will begin to come back to us. As an alcoholic person, I feel that one of our greatest diseases is alcoholism. Within seven days of the time of the Eagle landing on the moon, the first Native alcoholism program was started on an Apache reservation in
So he said at this time you’re going to see that things will speed up, that people on the earth will move faster and faster. Grandchildren will not have time for grandparents. Parents will not have time for children. It will seem like time is going faster and faster. The elders advised us that as things speed up, you yourself should slow down. The faster things go, the slower you go. Because there’s going to come a time when the earth is going to be shaken a third time. The Great Spirit has been shaking the earth two times: the First and Second World Wars to remind us that we are a human family, to remind us that we should have greeted each other as brothers and sisters. We had a chance after each shaking to come together in a circle that would have brought peace on earth, but we missed that.
Tonight they were talking on the news about the sign for the Third Shaking of the Earth. I heard it while sitting in the airport after I missed my plane. They said they’re going to build what the elders called the “house in the sky”. In the 1950’s they talked about this: they will build a house and throw it in the sky. When you see people living in the sky on a permanent basis, you will know the Great Spirit is about to grab the earth, this time not with one hand, but with both hands. Many of you of Native background may have heard “the spirits will warn you twice, but the third time you stand alone.” We’ve had two warnings, the first two World Wars, but now we stand alone in the third one. As it says in the Baha’i Writings, there will be no-one protected. When this house is in the sky, the Great Spirit is going to shake the Earth a third time and whoever dropped that gourd of ashes, upon them it is going to drop.
They say at that time there will be villages in this land so great that when you stand in the villages you will not be able to see out, and in the prophecies these are called “villages of stone”, or “prairies of stone”. And they said the stone will grow up from the ground and you will not be able to see beyond the village. At the center of each and every one of these villages will be Native people, and they will walk as “hollow” shells upon a “prairie of stone”. They said “hollow shells” which means they will have lost any of their traditional understandings; they will be empty within. They said after the Eagle lands on the moon some of these people will begin to leave these “prairies of stone” and come home and take up some of the old ways and begin to make themselves reborn, because it’s a new day. But many will not. And they said there’s going to come a time when in the morning the sun is going to rise and this village of stone will be there, and in the evening there would just be steam coming from the ground. They will be as steam. And in the center of many of those villages of stone when they turn to steam, the Native people will turn to steam also because they never woke up and left the village. And this used to bother me when I was a young man. I used to ask the elders, “Isn’t there anything we can do?” And they said, well, it’s just that way that if a person does not have the spiritual eyes to see, it’s very hard to show them. Or if they don’t have the ears to hear, it’s very hard to speak with them. We wish that we could go get them all but we can’t. It’s just that some are not going to wake up. But some will wake up .
And so they say there’s going to be the Third Shaking of the Earth. It’s not going to be a good thing to see but we will survive it. We will survive it.
And when we survive it, then there’s going to be another attempt to make a circle of the human beings on the earth. And this time the Native people will not have to petition to join but will be invited to enter the circle because they say the attitude towards us will have changed by then, and people will let us into the circle and all the four colors of the four directions will share their wisdom, and there will be a peace on earth. This is coming close. A lot of times when I share this message of the prophecies, people say, “Can’t we change it? Could we stop it?” The answer is yes. The prophecies are always “either/or”. We could have come together way back there in 1565, and we could have had a great civilization, but we didn’t. Always along the path of these prophecies, we could have come together. We still could. If we could stop the racial and religious disharmony, we would not have to go through this third shaking. The elders say the chance of that is pretty slim. It seems to me like it’s pretty slim, too. But they say what we can do is we can “cushion” it. The word we use is “cushion”. We can cushion it so it won’t be quite as bad. How do we do this? We do this by sharing the teaching that will reunite us. The Hopis in their prophecies say there will be a religion that comes here. Maybe it will be true and bring unity, or maybe it will not be true and not bring unity. If it does not bring unity, a second religion will come, and the people of this religion are known in the Hopi language as the Bahani, the people of Baha. Ni means “people of”. So I was looking for the people of Baha. I wondered who the people of Baha were. I was a Baha’i for quite a while before somebody told me that Baha’i means “people of Baha”. I thought, “Oh my God!” Here I was looking for it all these years and I never even noticed it! And I found it!
I was stubborn and didn’t want to become a Baha’i but my grandfather who passed away, you know he must have found out about it in the next realm because he came back to me four times to tell me, “Hey, look at that again, look at that again. Look one more time.” Baha, it means “light or glory”. Baha’i means “follower of the light”, or the “people of Baha”. We’ve been waiting for these people for a long time. They say they will bring a Teaching that will unite the earth. So we need to share this Teaching. They say the fire will come from the North. So here we are, in a circle, in the North, talking about the Bahanis, the “people of Bah”, and the teachings of Baha’u’llah.
When I heard about these [prophecies], none of them made any sense. Now most of it has come to pass. Last I heard on the news, they said the “house in the sky” will be put up in 1996. It was going to be put up sooner, but it’s been postponed for four years. Maybe it will be postponed again. But in not too long it’s going to go up. The earth as we know it is going to change.
Each of us carry, I believe, a sacred drop of light. In the Indian teachings, they say it takes nine ancestors to agree before conception can occur. Nine ancestors of the husband and the wife have to come together in the spiritual realm and say; “We will bring life,” before a woman can become pregnant. At that time the soul is born.
I delivered my first daughter and a man from the Blood Reserve who went to
After we go through and then we carry it back here and it radiates to the mind but for some reason in this cycle we’ve been in the lower natures, the animal thought. But now we’re going into the human world. The mind is going to be opened up to the radiance of our own soul and the cycle of the human beings is going to come back, and something so good is going to happen on the earth that it cannot even be described. The elders say it in different ways. They say, there will be grass at that time when they make that circle and bring the peace on earth. There will be blades of grass that have not quite come through the earth. Even they will try to push themselves up to be part of that day when the sun rises. The elders explain it like this: out here, outside this building, long before there was a fair-ground here, there were Native people. They say many of these Native people in different tribes were aware of these things, and they told the children. Their children grew up.
You know, one time a scientist came to the Hopis and they said, “We want to take a piece of the stone tablets.” They said “We want to take the stone tablets to a scientific laboratory to determine how old they are.” The Hopis said, “We know how old they are”. Well, the scientists said, “We want to confirm it.” Well, the Hopis let them take a little piece, and they did that by the carbon dating method. They found these tablets were at least 10,000 years old, maybe 50,000. So when I say, “Thousands of years ago, there were Native people that spoke of these things,” that’s exactly what I mean. They told their children and thousands of years ago, their children grew up and told their children, and then their children grew up and told their children. And they spoke about the people that will live in this time.
And now it is us. We are the ones they spoke of long ago. They say to be alive, to come into creation and to live upon the earth at this time is a great honor. In the cycle of time, from the beginning to the end, this time we are in now will change the purification of all things. They say this is the hardest time to live, but it is also the greatest honor to be alive to live and see this.
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A good friend of mine in Montana whose grandmother just passed away last year, the last thing she said to him was “Make a place for yourself in the mountains because the air will become so hot down here,” where they were at on a reservation, that it would be hard to breath. And it won’t be long, That’s the last thing she told her grandson when she was passing. Go on the mountains and make a place for yourself. Put some things there that you can survive with. People are going to run to the mountains to survive and the Native people must be ready for this.