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Post by RonPrice on Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:07 pm

The Official International Baha'i Site is at: bahai.org and this site will be useful to readers here at The Gnostic Way if they have contact with Baha'is nowand/or in the future or if they simply want to know more about this new world religion with features not dissimilar with the gnostic path. Gnosticism refers to diverse and syncretistic religious movements in antiquity. The Baha'i Faith is not syncretistic but is often seen as such by uninformed investigators/seekers. As Wikipedia states "gnosticism sees humans as having divine souls trapped in a material world created by an imperfect god; this being is frequently identified with the Abrahamic God and is contrasted with a superior entity, referred to by several terms including Godhead." There are elements here similar to the Baha'i Faith but the comparison and contrast is complex. I invite those interested to follow-up on their own path and interest.-Ron Price, Tasmania.
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Post by Dramos on Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:31 pm

Glad to meet you

I don't know of the "true" origins of Gnosticism because I live in the present. That for which exist within is the unseen knowledge, a knowing for that which is and that which is not. I don't follow any said belief system, nor shall I for it only inhibits that for truly what IS.

If one feels that there is any type of imperfection, then it is only in the mind of those who "create" such things. One must be able to view things as "whole, complete perfection".

People tend to think of disasters or misfortunes to be results of an imperfect system, it is only in the "thought" of men stuck to the views within the physical realm. Things happen for reasons and thus, at times, cannot be explained.

Alchemy is one of those areas of which men took literal sense of the writing, when if fact has nothing to do with anything physical. Same with the Bible, it too is lived in the literal sense, I have come to realize that it is the story about YOU and helping you to find your true essence.

Can you tell me a little more about Baha'i and what it is about. I like hearing first hand experiences, for that is what we are doing here experiencing what life IS, sharing with one another. Personally I don't like to quote anything because it only takes away from my authentic self, I just would rather enjoy hearing your words.

Besides it's been kind of quiet around here, let's spice it up a bit.

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Re: Official International Baha'i Site

Post by RonPrice on Sat Nov 07, 2009 2:49 pm

I am happy to talk/write about my experiences. You can find them all over the internet. I introduced my experience at many sites like this with the following little piece entitled: GOOGLE-MICROSOFT
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In the first year after I retired from FT work, July 1999 to July 2000, Google officially became the world's largest search engine. With its introduction of a billion-page index by June 2000 much of the internet's content became available in a searchable format at one search engine. In the next several years, 2000-2005, as I was retiring from PT work as well as casual and most volunteer activity that had occupied me for decades, Google entered into a series of partnerships and made a series of innovations that brought their vast internet enterprize billions of users in the international marketplace. Not only did Google have billions of users, but internet users like myself throughout the world gained access to billions of web documents in google’s growing index/library. It was a finer and more useful library than any of those in the small towns where I would spend my retirement.

In 1994, at the age of fifty and as I was beginning to eye my retirement from FT work as a teacher and lecturer, Microsoft launched its public internet web domain with a home page. Website traffic climbed steadily and episodically in the years 1995 to 1999. Daily site traffic of 35,000 in mid-1996 grew to 5.1 million visitors in 1999. Throughout 1997 and 1998 the site grew up and went from being the web equivalent of a start-up company to a world-class organization. I retired from FT work at just the right time in terms of the internet capacity to provide me with access to information by the truckload on virtually any topic. This new technology had also developed sufficiently to a stage that gave me the opportunity, the capacity to post, write, indeed, “publish” is quite an appropriate term, on the internet at the same time. From 1999 to 2005, as I say, I released myself from FT, PT, casual and most volunteer work, Google and Microsoft offered more and more technology for my writing activity.

The Internet has become emblematic in many respects of globalisation. Its planetary system of fibre optic cables and instantaneous transfer of information are considered, by many accounts, one of the essential keys to understanding the transformation of the world into some degree of order and the ability to imagine the world as a single, global space. The Internet has widely been viewed as an essential catalyst of contemporary globalisation and it has been central to debates about what globalisation means and where it will lead.

There are now several hundred thousand readers engaged in parts of my internet tapestry, my jig-saw puzzle, my literary product, my creation, my immense pile of words across the internet--and hundreds of people with whom I correspond on occasion as a result. This amazing technical facility, the world wide web, has made this literary success possible. If my writing had been left in the hands of the traditional hard and soft cover publishers, where it had been without success when I was employed full time as a teacher, lecturer, adult educator and casual/volunteer teacher from 1981 to 2001, these results would never have been achieved.

I have been asked how I have come to have so many readers at my website and on my internet tapestry of writing that I have created across the world-wide-web. My literary product is just another form of published writing in addition to the traditional forms in the hands of publishers. The literally hundreds of thousands of readers I have at locations on my tapestry of prose and poetry, a tapestry I have sewn in a loose-fitting warp and weft across the internet, are found at over 4000 websites where I have registered: forums, message boards, discussion sites, blogs, locations for debate and the exchange of views. They are sites to place essays, articles, books, ebooks, poems and other genres of writing. I have registered at this multitude of sites, placed the many forms of my literary output there and engaged in discussions with literally thousands of people, little by little and day by day over the last decade. I enjoy these results without ever having to deal with publishers as I did for two decades without any success.

The last eight years of internet posting, 2001-2009, have been immensely rewarding. When one talks one likes to be listened to and when one writes one likes to have readers. It is almost impossible, though, to carry literary torches as I do through internet crowds or in the traditional hard and soft-cover forms, without running into some difficulties. My postings singe the beards of some readers and my own occasionally. Such are the perils of dialogue, of apologetics, of writing, of posting, indeed, I might add, of living. Much of writing and dialogue in any field of thought derives from the experience each of us has of: (a) an intimate or not-so-intimate sharing of views in some serendipitous fashion or (b) what seems like a fundamental harmony or dissonance between what each of us thinks and what some other person thinks. In some ways, the bridge of dialogue is immensely satisfying; in other ways the gulfs over the valleys of life are unbridgeable. When the latter is the case and when a site is troubled by my posts, I usually bow out for I have not come to a site to engage in conflict, to espouse an aggressive proselytism but, rather, to stimulate thought and, as I say, share views. And so, for now, I remain yours sincerely and I look forward to hearing from you should you desire to write again.-Ron Price, George Town, Tasmania, Australia.

If you google: Ron Price followed by any one of dozens of words like: poetry, literature, history, Baha'i, religion---etc. and you will find out about my thoughts in my own words.


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Re: Official International Baha'i Site

Post by Dramos on Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:37 pm

Thank you, I have a passion for writing as well. Though it is not the "I" writing or the "knowing" of things, frankly I'm glad for this because of still living in a material realm controled by the physical senses.

Anywho, I took the time to read some of your articles, all I can say is "fascinating". I for one enjoy diversity, it's not for me to say this is the right or wrong way for it just IS.

We are all experiencing life in different ways, essentially re-discovering our true essence. Being aware of this we realize we are all one in the same.



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Thanks, Dramos

Post by RonPrice on Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:57 pm

Thanks, Dramos....indeed, we all all one...and the axis of the oneness of humanity will gradually be realized int eh decades and centuries ahead.-Ron in Tasmania
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Post by Dramos on Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:50 pm

I enjoy humor as well.....

Just have to ask, have you seen any Tasmanian "devils"?

Ok, part of the reason I asked (besides having a little fun), my father-in-law was talking about this last week and he had metioned about an article he read that they made a "come back", I thought that to be interesting because I had heard they were extinct.

Isn't it interesting how things seem to come full circle within all aspects of life.

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Humour and Devils

Post by RonPrice on Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:47 am

If you google "the Tasmanian Devil" you will get more information than you could ever want. I only see them on TV. As far as humour is concerned, here is an item from my prose-poem works.-Ron
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CARTOONIST AND POET

Reading about the work of cartoonist Gary Larson and how he works I could not help compare and contrast his modus operandi and my own with respect to writing prose and poetry. Larson draws inspiration from similar sources to my own: interests, experiences and memories. He is sensitive about his readers and whether they understand his work. And so is this the case with me and my literary opus. I have one eye on my readers most of the time, but another on the world and all that is therein. Sometimes I shut one eye and open the other; at other times I open both eyes one, I like to think, to “the hallowed beauty of the Beloved.”

Both Larson and I like our work to speak for itself but, after years in classrooms explaining things to students, I am not bothered if I have to discuss my work. This, though, I rarely have to do. I’m not popular enough to have to so engage my mental powers. Larson is never comfortable analysing his cartoons. We are both painstaking about making our work unambiguous. One interesting sub-set of his work is cartoons about cartoons and, for me, poems about poetry. Ideas for his work and mine can and do come from anywhere. Being a cartoonist is a solitary life as it is being a poet, but there are fewer really successful cartoonists. Few poets and few cartoonists get rich.-Ron Price with thanks to Jackie Morrissey in The Complete Far Side: Volume One: 1980-1986, by Gary Larson, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Kansas City, 2004, pp. viii-xiii.

Yes, things that just drift into
your head, Gary, little musings
when one is alone with one’s
thoughts and I, too, jot them
down. But, unlike you, Gary,
I get lots of ideas from others,
indeed, a veritable cornucopia
of sources. But we both had our
door openers, eh Gary? Mine was
Roger White, the unofficial laureate
poet of the international Baha’i
community in the 1980s and ‘90s.

But I must most deeply thank the
internet, a world-wide-web that
got my work out-there or my words
would have remained gathering dust
in my files forever. And, finally,
like Larson’s Humour Police, his
readers, and my Poetry Police, my
readers, who hover around and let
me know in no uncertain terms that
I have crossed some invisible line
into total obscurity or obsolescence
and that I am just wasting my time.

Ron Price
14 December2007

PS. I also want to thank: (a) my son for loaning me the biggest, fattest book I’ve ever held in my hands or on my lap, The Far Side, Volume 1, and for continuing to make me laugh as he has done since he was just a little chap; and (b) my wife whose honesty, persistence and her multitude of other qualities have made her my indefatigable collaborator.
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Post by Dramos on Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:50 pm

Ron,

Thanks for sharing my friend, one can never cease to learn new things.

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