Green and living trees can absorb the bounty of the sun; dead roots and withered branches are destroyed by it. Therefore, man must seek capacity and develop readiness. As long as he lacks susceptibility to divine influences, he is incapable of reflecting the light and assimilating its benefits. Sterile soil will produce nothing, even if the cloud of mercy pours rain upon it a thousand years. We must make the soil of our hearts receptive and fertile by tilling in order that the rain of divine mercy may refresh them and bring forth roses and hyacinths of heavenly planting.
‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace. (Wilmette: US Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1982 second edition) P. 148. Available from http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/PUP/pup-55.html#pg148
Small Scale Farming: Simple, Successful, Sustainable
Sugeno-san is a philosopher. His love affair with the land is poetry. “These trees are planted by our ancestors. These ‘tambos’ — the orderly descending terraces of rice paddy fields — are blessings from our communal mountains and forests. We smallholder farmers are the guardians of this Earth. It is our ancestral connection with their spirits. We pay our respects by respecting the land.” I realise that this deep and profound link between our planet and our humanity is being shattered by our human greed and ever-rising consumption. Read more…
Impacts on Water Quality after Hurricane Sandy
NOAA – Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center
Center Director: Dr. Reza Khanbilvardi
The City College of New York
June 12, 2013
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Source: United Nations FAO