Five Hot Tips to Beat the Heat and Firescape Your Garden

Five Hot Tips to Beat the Heat and Firescape Your Garden














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Lawndale, CA (PRWEB) August 08, 2013

With wildfires and record-high temperatures—the cause of so much damage out West, including the loss of hundreds of homes in Colorado Springs, the death of 19 firefighters in Arizona and wildfire damage in all 50 states, Tesselaar Plants went to the experts for tips on how to beat the heat in the garden and help prevent wildfires.

“This trend of heat and drought is why ‘firescaping’ – or fire-safe landscaping – has become so popular,” said Anthony Tesselaar, co-founder and president of international garden plant marketer Tesselaar Plants. “It’s also why we’ve rounded up this list of expert strategies for helping your garden deal with the heat and risk of fire.”

Pros offering the following tips include Dave Egbert, a California firefighter and gardener who runs the website FiresafeGardens.com; JoAnne Skelly, a firescaping educator with the “Living with Fire” program run by the University of Nevada’s Cooperative Extension in Carson City; and Scott Cohen of Green Scene Landscaping and Pools in Los Angeles.

“Fire safety at home has become a hot topic for rural and suburban gardeners as the number of homes destroyed by raging wildfires has increased,” said Egbert in “Fire-Safe Favorites,” an article in the fall 2012 issue of Pacific Horticulture magazine. “The fire-safe garden can be a rich and colorful landscape, offering year-round interest and beauty while doubling as an important tool in the fight against wildfires.”

1. Remove fire hazards.

While it may seem like a no-brainer, it’s important to continually check for and remove easily flammable and ignitable materials on and around your house – especially anything within 30 feet. “Doing this will greatly minimize the chance of a burning ember setting your property ablaze,” said Skelly.

This means removing any dead or drought-stressed vegetation from your landscape, gutters and roof as well as plants, shrubs and trees that produce combustible materials like dead branches, needles, pine cones and leaves. Skelly also recommends regular prunings at the appropriate times and, when planting trees, keeping in mind their mature height and width so limbs are kept at least 15 feet away from power lines, chimneys and other structures.

Likewise, said Egbert, flammable materials on or around your house – like wooden shingles, outdoor furniture and mulch – should be replaced with nonflammable ones. Stacked wood and scrap lumber piles should be moved at least 30 feet away from the house.

Egbert also suggests installing fire-resistant surfaces and finishes, minimizing roof eaves and removing overhanging decks and fencing. Any trees within 100 feet of the home should have limbs removed up to 10 feet off the ground.

2. Choose the right plants.

“When temperatures hit the high 90s and even three digits,” said Tesselaar, “it’s wise to have some drought- and heat-resistant plants in your garden. He recommends sedum, stonecrop, verbena, coneflowers, lantana, ornamental grasses, phormiums (New Zealand flax), salvia, yucca (Adams Needle from plant developer Monrovia is a great choice) and Festival™ cordyline. Easy-care, drought-tolerant shrubs include potentilla, barberry, buddleia, boxwood, cotoneaster, juniper, and witch hazel. Easy-to-grow annuals that survive in drought conditions include geraniums, ageratum, calendula, cosmos, snapdragons, and Dusty Miller.

Flower Carpet™ roses are also drought tolerant once established. “Even though we had temperatures of 113 degrees for several days and no rain, all I did was water them very well once a week, and they performed beautifully,” reported Carrie Glenn of Howe, Oklahoma (Zone 6b), a Tesselaar Plants home garden tester.

As firescaping becomes increasingly popular, so too, have the number of plants identified or marketed as fire-safe. But Skelly warns that such proclamations come via anecdotal evidence, not scientific testing, and that lists of such plants vary from state to state.

“We try to encourage people to use plants that are deciduous instead of evergreen, shorter instead of taller, herbaceous instead of woody and free of waxes, oils and resins,” she said.

“Traditional firescaping plants have included succulents like cacti, sedum and ice plant,” said Tesselaar, “but there are many more fire-safe plants than you may realize.” Monrovia, he noted, lists 812 firescaping or “firewise” varieties on its website – from agapanthus (or Lily of the Nile) like the sturdy Storm™ series to cannas like the colorful Tropicanna® to fragrant phlox like the Volcano® line.

Egbert, who lives on the Big Sur coast of California, recommends ‘Roger’s Red’, an especially red form of the California grape, California fuchsia (hummingbird trumpet), ‘Catalina’ epilobium, agastache (hummingbird mint), garden asters, Flower Carpet Red® groundcover roses, UC Verde® buffalo grass, spreading prickly pear and seasonal flowering bulbs.

Cohen likes new twists on old standbys, like ‘Hummel’s Sunset’, a colorful variegated version of Crassula ovata (jade plant or money tree); ‘Sunburst’ aeonium and ‘Kitten Ears’ tradescantia (which works well as a ground cover or in a hanging basket).

3. Open it up.

Another sure-fire firescaping strategy involves designing more open space into the landscape. Throughout the property, Cohen recommends vegetation-free strips as fuel breaks to slow or stop a blaze. “These can be decorative rock gardens, faux riverbeds, water features or decomposed granite walkways.”

Similarly, Skelly advises maintaining a separation between layers of vegetation, to eliminate a “ladder of fuels.” Less is better, she says: “Simplify visual lines and groupings. Create islands of plants with lots of open space between.”

But Egbert cautions against clearing vegetation all the way down to bare soil, which can encourage erosion and the growth of weeds.

“A bonus to opening up your landscape is that you’ll find you’ve simplified things,” added Tesselaar. “The breaks in vegetation can add interesting elements to the landscape and overall, it can become more peaceful and relaxing to look at and maintain.”

4. Get in the “zone.”

Some plants are wired by Mother Nature to withstand the heat. “I call them the ‘ultimate fighters’ of the horticulture world,” said Tesselaar. “It’s also a good idea to simply pay attention to what works in your hardiness zone.”

“If you’re looking to add some ‘ultimate fighters’ to your garden, the first step is to look at neighboring gardens to see what seems to be holding up well and what’s struggling,” added Tesselaar. “Your local garden centers can also provide advice about tried-and-true plants that perform best in your area, especially in harsh conditions.”

Cohen creates fire-safe landscapes by dividing the area around the home into concentric zones. These self-designed zones provide a strategy for planning your landscape. The closer the zones are to the structure, suggested Cohen, the stricter the fire suppression guidelines should be.

For example, Cohen calls the 30-foot area closest to the house “Zone 1.” This area is reserved for the heaviest landscape editing, the most vigilant pruning and cleanup and the most fire-resistant plants (in his area, this includes agapanthus, ‘Pixie’ gazania, red hot poker, California fuchsia and pittosporum in addition to a well-watered lawn of creeping red fescue). The next 30 to 100 feet – “Zone 2” – should have low-growing ground covers and succulents (he uses colorful drifts of dwarf oleander, sedum, jade plant and miniature ice plant) to prevent ground fires from racing to Zone 1.

Zone 3, says Cohen, should be a 50-foot-deep area with drought-resistant, reduced-fuel shrubs like rock rose and well-watered flowers like yarrow and California poppies. In Zone 4, about 150 feet away from the house, Cohen focuses more on selective removal of fire-prone plants and the cleanup and pruning of what remains: “Trim plantings in order to create groups of native plants 20 feet apart.”

5. Keep it watered.

As temperatures rise, keeping up with watering is the ultimate firescaping strategy.

“While we want to conserve this valuable resource, it can be helpful to use drip irrigation systems that are inexpensive to set up and that can get water where it matters most – right at the base of plant,” said Tesselaar. “This curbs fungal disease by keeping water off foliage. Also, since you’re only watering the roots, you aren’t encouraging weeds.”

“Watering is a necessary deterrent to fires,” said Skelly. “Keep plants lush. The closer you get to the house, the more vigilant you must be.”

Sprinkler systems, added Cohen, also play a major role in reducing fire risk: “A combination of drip systems and low-precipitation overhead irrigation will keep plants filled with water and less likely to burn.” On the other hand, he warned, you should monitor irrigation to prevent the drowning of any drought-tolerant plants.

“So remember – keep your landscape watered, lean, clean and green,” said Tesselaar, “but don’t be afraid to experiment with color and texture and choose plants that offer you season-long interest.”

Resources:

http://www.livingwithfire.info

http://www.firesafegarden.com

http://www.pacifichorticulture.org

http://www.greenscenelandscape.com

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Flickr image collection: Fire-safe & drought-tolerant plants

About Tesselaar

Tesselaar Plants searches the world and introduces new plants for the home garden, landscape, home décor and gift markets. Tesselaar undertakes extensive research and development of its varieties and, once they’re selected for introduction, provides marketing and promotional support through its grower and retail network. The Tesselaar philosophy is to introduce exceptional plants while “making gardening easy” for everyone, so it makes its products as widely available as possible. Tesselaar believes the more gardeners there are, the better it is for everyone.

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Hearing Health Solutions Featured on NBC4’s Daytime Columbus TV Program

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Darryl Will Appears on Daytime Columbus Hosted by Gail Hogan

Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) September 30, 2013

Daytime Columbus host Gail Hogan helps educate local residents about hearing loss and possible solutions in her interview with Columbus audiologist Darryl Will of Hearing Health Solutions. Darryl appeared on the daytime talk TV program to help raise awareness about hearing health and to share alarming data about its prevalence among the elderly, veterans and teenagers. The video recording of the program can be viewed on the Hearing Health Solutions website and YouTube channel.

In the interview, Darryl Will discusses hearing loss, the common signs of hearing loss, and modern hearing aid options for those suffering. Darryl indicates that many people suffering from hearing loss don’t even realize it’s a problem because it happens so gradually and they don’t notice a difference day to day. In many cases, the family members are the first to notice that hearing ability is declining. For example, when a loved one notices the TV volume gradually getting louder or recurring requests to repeat what is being said, Hearing Health Solutions suggests a comprehensive hearing evaluation. Not all hearing losses are treated with hearing aids. Sometimes simply removing wax build-up can restore normal hearing. However, many people avoid scheduling a hearing test, because they assume that the audiologist will recommend hearing aids. There can be many causes of hearing loss and just as many solutions that will be determined after the evaluation.

Where appropriate, Hearing Health Solutions provides a wide range of hearing aids to accommodate the unique needs of each patient. Solutions can include traditional styles behind the ear and hearing aids that are placed down in the ear canal. A new “invisible” hearing aid by Lyric is also offered by Hearing Health Solutions and is an extended-wear hearing aid that can be worn in the shower, during exercise, and for up to 3 months at a time.

Darryl Will encourages those that suspect they are experiencing some hearing loss to go see an audiologist in Columbus for an evaluation to determine the exact cause and the best solution.

About Darryl Will:

Audiologist, Darryl Will, received both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Science and Master of Arts degree from The Ohio State University. He was a co-founder of Hearing Health Solutions in 1983. He has 30+ years experience in the field of audiology and specializes in the identification and rehabilitation of hearing loss through amplification. Darryl is also a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology.

About Hearing Health Solutions:

Hearing Health Solutions includes three locations in Columbus as well as locations in the Delaware, Dublin and Westerville communities in Ohio. Since 1983, Hearing Health Solutions has served individuals in Columbus and the surrounding area.

The company’s nine audiologists and board certified hearing instrument specialists work with customers to determine the degree of hearing loss and find potential solutions – whether a client needs one hearing aid or two, and whether they’re interested in digital or analog technology – to fit a customer’s preferences and lifestyle. All employees have graduate-level degrees in audiology or communication disorders and have years of experience helping clients to improve their hearing.

These professionals can work with customers to determine the cause of hearing issues, like tinnitus, and help customers to control their symptoms. Hearing Health Solutions offers hearing aid fitting and evaluation services as well as adjustment and maintenance services. Customers can bring their hearing devices in for ear wax removal or service anytime after their purchase.

For those who are concerned about perceived hearing loss, or dealing with a ringing in the ears, whether a customer is looking for a first hearing aid or searching for a replacement, Hearing Health Solutions has a variety of options from digital or analog hearing aids to cell phone accessories and earplugs designed to help customers to hear the world as clearly as possible.

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(PRWEB UK) 7 June 2013

Following an increase in enquiries, Hidden Hearing has issued advice on cleaning ears and preventing long term hearing loss in the process.

The ear canal has cells within it that produce cerumen, otherwise known as ear wax, but a build up of this can sometimes lead to temporary hearing loss and pain. Hidden Hearing explains how this can be dealt with safely:


    The amount of ear wax produced by the ear varies from person to person and some people will experience build up at a much faster rate. Ear wax should naturally fall out of its own accord but excessive build up can be removed by a GP with a painless process called syringing.

    It is important to remember that nothing should be inserted into the ears to remove dirt, debris or wax – including cotton buds. According to the head of the Ear Nose and Throat department at St Barthlomew’s in London, 25-50% of cases are ‘traumatic perforations’ caused by direct injury such as a cotton bud being used to clean the ears.

    The outer ear, (the viable part) should be cleaned with a wet facecloth. The ear canal (non-visible) does not need to be cleaned in most cases and will be naturally loosened by water during hair washes and showers.

    Hearing aids should be regularly cleaned of wax according to care instructions.

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.























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JAPANAMANIA

This November we brought “UP OUR SLEEVE: the dublab covers project” to Tokyo and Kyoto. What a surreal excursion. Japan is far out. Tokyo is a megalopolis buzzing at the seams with inertia. No space is unoccupied for long. Human traffic flash floods every intersection. Great masses swirl in their busy courses weaving like bees bathed in neon. The constant bellows and barks of Parisians or New Yorkers are absent. The people of Tokyo move quietly. It is their buildings that do the talking. Giant video screens crown towers. Their flashes and screeches rapidly boast of the latest techno-gizmo as spazz-out techno breaks scatter across the block. It’s easy to experience vertigo from the ground here. Tokyo is compact and chaotic. Stores and restaurants are hidden deep within glass and steel exteriors. Want those boots? Take the elevator to the 16th floor, turn left, right, and try them on.

This is an altogether different land. If you don’t speak Japanese, voices splash your ears in chattering waves and Kanji phrases flutter like indecipherable butterflies into your mind. Give into the tide and you’ll fall in love. Or, get out and find piece of mind.
Kyoto is like Tokyo after deep breaths and bubble baths. It is an ancient city of mountainside temples and aromatic, alleyway shrines. Kyoto greeted our crew hugged by flaming autumn trees and sparkling streams. The city drifts on pleasant vibes. The pace is slow, the people warm. Kyoto and Tokyo have the exact same letters in their names. Is this coincidence or a sign of deeper power at work? You make the call. Meanwhile enjoy this article about Japan. Following are some random observations from an awestruck outsider.

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CUTIES – Japanese girls are like beautiful bubblegum strolling the streets in leg warmers. All you can do to keep from chomping them up is fill your mouth with rice balls. (The wasabi and salmon variety are quite tasty.) Ladies don’t fret. This is not a place for one-sided gender shock. Everyone in Japan dresses fresh. They have ingrained fashion sense set on the future. My “relaxed” fashion sense looked slummy beside them. If I tied my shoes tight and smoothed my shirt on my next step I was sure to encounter a hip kid sans laces, sporting a giant wrinkled poncho and alligator mask. Damn it, they can pull off formal dress with a paper bag and string.

YUM – Food is cheap. It’s not dirt-cheap but who wants to eat dirt? You can score a tasty, filling lunch for . Dollar sushi spots are hot. If you are a vegetarian or avoid certain edible elements beware. If you’re a ten year old be even more aware. You’ll swear an extra from “Aliens” landed on your plate. If you’re an open minded eater chomp away cheerily. Octopus balls are a crispy culinary highlight. (Warning: there are no burritos in Tokyo).

INSERT COINS – Japan has the world’s most vending machines per capita. Around every corner these mechanical do-gooders give all night access your cravings. Whether that is underwear, beer, smokes, or chowder you’re in luck. The hot milk tea and hot apple tea will fill your life with love. They are always the perfect, tasty temperature. You’ll never encounter an empty machine or the magic elves that maintain them.

TRASH BAN – You’ll have more luck spotting a clan of bikini-clad daredevil armadillos than a trashcan in Tokyo. Most public refuse receptacles were removed after the serin gas attack by brainwashed cultists. Word is they stuffed ruthless wares in rubbish bins. At least the Japanese war on terrorism is reasonable. However, at any given moment I carried a pound of trash stuffed in my pockets. How does the place remain so sparkling clean? Refer to the magic elves above.

WONKA GONE WRONG – There is a very freaky trend in Japan. Some girls seemingly want to be reborn as Jamaicans. Walk in a mall and you’ll see ladies in “island attire” with bright orange skin and bleached perms. They look like bling bling Oompa Loompas. I’m not one to judge but if I did the score would be: CREEPY.

ROMPER ROOM – Traditional Japanese homes and restaurants cover their floors in woven Tatami mats. Before entering, slip off your shoes and ease into the comfortable world of straw. It’s fun to sit down for a meal and know at any moment you could reenact the famous underwear and socks slip’n’slide scene from “Risky Business.” If they question your undie undulations just reply, “I’m a baby Sumo!” Head to the powder room and you’ll find sandals awaiting your naked foot. It’s all quite liberating.

SHOP TIL YOU POP

I once heard that 80% of the world’s vinyl eventually ends up in Japan. Their record buying culture is intense. In some shops album prices hover between 0 and 0. If you want to pay your rent and still score some cuts here are a few suggestions.

ONSA RECORDS – This small, cozy spot in Shimokitazawa is an ultra-focused record boutique. It’s stocked with the hottest spectrum of slowbeat tunes. If you’re searching for Bubble Core, Warp, Fat Cat, Leaf, Tomlab, or other innovative micro-imprints this is the place. The attached teashop adds to the mellow vibe. Sip some oolong and spread almond cookie crumbs amongst next wave wax.
www.onsarecords.com

DISK UNION – This is a serious, pre-meditated threat to financial security. Floor upon floor upon floor of well-organized records greet vinyl lovers with a sinister grin. The extremely tasteful techno, experimental, and hip-hop floors inspire wide eyes but the used rock/jazz/world floor really floats the record collector boat.. Timeless albums by My Bloody Valentine, Can, Os Mutantes, Shuggie Otis, Serge Gainsbourg, Nico, Hugh Mundell, Stereolab, and more fill the shelves. The in-store stereo oozes vintage psych-rock sure to loosen joints and purse strings.
www.diskunion.co.jp

SPIRAL RECORDS – Nestled in Aoyama’s architecturally wowee-zowee Spiral Building you will find a specialty shop stocked with rich sounds. Equally offered are quiet electronics, unconventional hip-hop, dub, and Afro-Latin discs. This is also home to the excellent Farlove record label. If you visit, bow once, clap twice and buy their perfectly balanced Twilight World 2.0 compilation. It will serve as a superior sidekick on your Nippon trip.
www.spiral.co.jp

STAR SEARCH

We were introduced to some delightfully dizzy new music in Japan. Many discs exchanged hands with greetings and smiles. Take a look at some new Japanese music masters below. If any of these become the next Yellow Magic Orchestra you will know where you heard it first. Oh yeah, don’t forget the folks we couldn’t fit: Nobukazu Takemura, Masakatsu Takagi, Win a Sheep Free, Sangatsu, Susumu Yokota, World Standard, Tujiko Noriko, Ogurusu Norihide, Fantastic Plastic Machine, United Future Organization, Kyoto Jazz Massive, ShingO2, Towa Tei, and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

PEPE CALIFORNIA – Our pals Kozyndan turned us onto this Tokyo-based outfit. Their album the Nice Nice is a sunny jaunt found on Farlove Records. Drums (steel, trap, and electronic), percussion, violin, guitar, and bass mesh to elevate ears. Pepe California asked us to play an opening set for their gig in Yokohama, then suggested we scratch along live with one of their tunes, and finally invited us to sing a Ramones tune with them. We thought what the hell we’re in Japan. The dublab crew was in rare form indeed, whipping around the stage belting out “Blitzkrieg Pop” to a crowd of bewildered kids.
www.pepecalifornia.com

KB – Pepe California’s guitarist/bassist in solo mode. His sound swings similar to the breezy tone of the group effort but slightly more slippery. It’s subdued and dreamy. Paid Holiday is rich, hypnotic music for rowing boats or painting sunsets. The stained glass sparrow cover design by Bluemark is stunning.
www.bluemark.co.jp

AZERU – If you are a fan of the swirling chimes, lightly plucked guitars, and soft voices of Mice Parade then say hi to your new pal Azeru. The album Anchoyu glimpses relaxed moments of Japanese living. You can almost taste the bamboo waving in the wind. If you do, you might be a panda bear.
www.h3.dion.ne.jp/~bufflof

SLOWMAN – The debut album from Spiral Records buyer Sohei Tsurutani. The Floating Deck hits a perfect stride between techno thump and ambient waves. His upbeat tones sound like Herbert set adrift on memory bliss. This is a nice start for hopeful sound.
www.bitofheaven.net/english/artists_e/slowman/slowman.html
CAPPABLACK – We have been playing their music for years and were thrilled out of our britches to meet Hashim B., one half of Cappablack. This cat was raised in San Diego and has a global ear for sound. Cappablack’s output on Tokyo’s Soup-Disk label turns ears on with deeply dynamic hip hop pop offs. Soon they’ll release an album on Berlin’s ~scape.
www.soup-disk.com

RIOW ARAI – An ace beat machine man. We played two shows with him and at each he really freaked it. Using only two discs he cut back and forth skillfully, creating chunky new edits of his already mind tumbling beats. Check for Device People on Soup-Disk and Mind Edit, new on Leaf.
www.riowarai.com

Well friend, that was a teeny-weeny taste of Japan. Open your eyes for a second in Tokyo and you can take in ten thousand times what you just read. Regardless, I hope these words inspire you to dive deeper into Japanese culture. Start wearing a kimono each and every day, utter not an English word, and play the bamboo flute in local talent shows. There you go! You got it and got it good.

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Arise with whole enthusiasm of your hearts

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Arise with whole enthusiasm of your hearts
The Dangers Of Ear Candles
Image by Glenn Franco Simmons
Excerpt source: Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. Author: Bahá’u’lláh. Source: U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1990 pocket-size edition. Excerpt © Bahá’í International Community. Photos © Bahá’í Writings As Art.

CLI: Release yourselves, O nightingales of God,…

Release yourselves, O nightingales of God, from the thorns and brambles of wretchedness and misery, and wing your flight to the rose-garden of unfading splendor. O My friends that dwell upon the dust! Haste forth unto your celestial habitation. Announce unto yourselves the joyful tidings: “He Who is the Best-Beloved is come! He hath crowned Himself with the glory of God’s Revelation, and hath unlocked to the face of men the doors of His ancient Paradise.” Let all eyes rejoice, and let every ear be gladdened, for now is the time to gaze on His beauty, 320 now is the fit time to hearken to His voice. Proclaim unto every longing lover: “Behold, your Well-Beloved hath come among men!” and to the messengers of the Monarch of love impart the tidings: “Lo, the Adored One hath appeared arrayed in the fullness of His glory!” O lovers of His beauty! Turn the anguish of your separation from Him into the joy of an everlasting reunion, and let the sweetness of His presence dissolve the bitterness of your remoteness from His court.

Behold how the manifold grace of God, which is being showered from the clouds of Divine glory, hath, in this day, encompassed the world. For whereas in days past every lover besought and searched after his Beloved, it is the Beloved Himself Who now is calling His lovers and is inviting them to attain His presence. Take heed lest ye forfeit so precious a favor; beware lest ye belittle so remarkable a token of His grace. Abandon not the incorruptible benefits, and be not content with that which perisheth. Lift up the veil that obscureth your vision, and dispel the darkness with which it is enveloped, that ye may gaze on the naked beauty of the Beloved’s face, may behold that which no eye hath beheld, and hear that which no ear hath heard.

Hear Me, ye mortal birds! In the Rose Garden of changeless splendor a Flower hath begun to bloom, compared to which every other flower is but a thorn, and before the brightness of Whose glory the very essence of beauty must pale and wither. Arise, therefore, and, with the whole enthusiasm of your hearts, with all the eagerness of your souls, the full fervor of your will, and the concentrated efforts of your entire being, strive to attain the paradise of His presence, and endeavor to inhale the fragrance of the incorruptible Flower, to breathe the sweet savors of holiness, and to obtain a portion of this perfume of celestial glory. Whoso followeth this counsel will break his chains asunder, will taste the abandonment of enraptured love, will attain unto his heart’s desire, and will surrender his soul into the hands of his Beloved. Bursting through his cage, he will, even as the bird of the spirit, wing his flight to his holy and everlasting nest.

Night hath succeeded day, and day hath succeeded night, and the hours and moments of your lives have come and gone, and yet none of you hath, for one instant, consented to detach himself from that which perisheth. Bestir yourselves, that the brief moments that are still yours may not be dissipated and lost. Even as the swiftness of lightning your days shall pass, and your bodies shall be laid to rest beneath a canopy of dust. What can ye then achieve? How can ye atone for your past failure?

The everlasting Candle shineth in its naked glory. Behold how it hath consumed every mortal veil. O ye moth-like lovers of His light! Brave every danger, and consecrate your souls to its consuming flame. O ye that thirst after Him! Strip yourselves of every earthly affection, and hasten to embrace your Beloved. With a zest that none can equal make haste to attain unto Him. The Flower, thus far hidden from the sight of men, is unveiled to your eyes. In the open radiance of His glory He standeth before you. His voice summoneth all the holy and sanctified beings to come and be united with Him. Happy is he that turneth thereunto; well is it with him that hath attained, and gazed on the light of so wondrous a countenance.
~ Bahá’u’lláh

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. Author: Bahá’u’lláh. Source: U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1990 pocket-size edition. Excerpt © Bahá’í International Community. Photos © Bahá’í Writings As Art.

Arise with whole enthusiasm of your hearts
The Dangers Of Ear Candles
Image by Glenn Franco Simmons
Excerpt source: Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. Author: Bahá’u’lláh. Source: U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1990 pocket-size edition. Excerpt © Bahá’í International Community. Photos © Bahá’í Writings As Art.

CLI: Release yourselves, O nightingales of God,…

Release yourselves, O nightingales of God, from the thorns and brambles of wretchedness and misery, and wing your flight to the rose-garden of unfading splendor. O My friends that dwell upon the dust! Haste forth unto your celestial habitation. Announce unto yourselves the joyful tidings: “He Who is the Best-Beloved is come! He hath crowned Himself with the glory of God’s Revelation, and hath unlocked to the face of men the doors of His ancient Paradise.” Let all eyes rejoice, and let every ear be gladdened, for now is the time to gaze on His beauty, 320 now is the fit time to hearken to His voice. Proclaim unto every longing lover: “Behold, your Well-Beloved hath come among men!” and to the messengers of the Monarch of love impart the tidings: “Lo, the Adored One hath appeared arrayed in the fullness of His glory!” O lovers of His beauty! Turn the anguish of your separation from Him into the joy of an everlasting reunion, and let the sweetness of His presence dissolve the bitterness of your remoteness from His court.

Behold how the manifold grace of God, which is being showered from the clouds of Divine glory, hath, in this day, encompassed the world. For whereas in days past every lover besought and searched after his Beloved, it is the Beloved Himself Who now is calling His lovers and is inviting them to attain His presence. Take heed lest ye forfeit so precious a favor; beware lest ye belittle so remarkable a token of His grace. Abandon not the incorruptible benefits, and be not content with that which perisheth. Lift up the veil that obscureth your vision, and dispel the darkness with which it is enveloped, that ye may gaze on the naked beauty of the Beloved’s face, may behold that which no eye hath beheld, and hear that which no ear hath heard.

Hear Me, ye mortal birds! In the Rose Garden of changeless splendor a Flower hath begun to bloom, compared to which every other flower is but a thorn, and before the brightness of Whose glory the very essence of beauty must pale and wither. Arise, therefore, and, with the whole enthusiasm of your hearts, with all the eagerness of your souls, the full fervor of your will, and the concentrated efforts of your entire being, strive to attain the paradise of His presence, and endeavor to inhale the fragrance of the incorruptible Flower, to breathe the sweet savors of holiness, and to obtain a portion of this perfume of celestial glory. Whoso followeth this counsel will break his chains asunder, will taste the abandonment of enraptured love, will attain unto his heart’s desire, and will surrender his soul into the hands of his Beloved. Bursting through his cage, he will, even as the bird of the spirit, wing his flight to his holy and everlasting nest.

Night hath succeeded day, and day hath succeeded night, and the hours and moments of your lives have come and gone, and yet none of you hath, for one instant, consented to detach himself from that which perisheth. Bestir yourselves, that the brief moments that are still yours may not be dissipated and lost. Even as the swiftness of lightning your days shall pass, and your bodies shall be laid to rest beneath a canopy of dust. What can ye then achieve? How can ye atone for your past failure?

The everlasting Candle shineth in its naked glory. Behold how it hath consumed every mortal veil. O ye moth-like lovers of His light! Brave every danger, and consecrate your souls to its consuming flame. O ye that thirst after Him! Strip yourselves of every earthly affection, and hasten to embrace your Beloved. With a zest that none can equal make haste to attain unto Him. The Flower, thus far hidden from the sight of men, is unveiled to your eyes. In the open radiance of His glory He standeth before you. His voice summoneth all the holy and sanctified beings to come and be united with Him. Happy is he that turneth thereunto; well is it with him that hath attained, and gazed on the light of so wondrous a countenance.
~ Bahá’u’lláh

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. Author: Bahá’u’lláh. Source: U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1990 pocket-size edition. Excerpt © Bahá’í International Community. Photos © Bahá’í Writings As Art.