Excerpt from an interview with Raúl Pavón
by Kurt Heinpublished in Radio Bahá'í Ecuador: A Bahá'í Development Project, page 155
Kidlington, Oxford: George Ronald, Publisher, 1988
"Whatever idea we have had in the past which seemed useful, in the sense of inventing something to produce something, must have as its first step a pure and sincere beginning by someone who gives all that he has for humanity, with the same spirit that the planter has been he plants: the 'mystique' of the planter. He plants because of the act of planting, independent of the harvest, independent of the success of the harvest; he plants because he must plant.
I have seen it in the campesinos when I was planting (with them). When the planting was finished . . . . I had an intimate communication with God, in my prayer. For me it was an unconscious act . . . a creative act . . . . I clearly remember when I planted beans or rice in the jungle - when I had finished spreading the seeds, before covering them with soil - I always prayed.
But, when I prayed, I wasn't asking for a good harvest. Control - the supervision, the consultation - applies to how to do it, not whatever end we are trying to achieve. . . .
Radio Bahá'í has shown us that radio cannot be directed only were one wants: It goes! And how does it go? One must think universally, and this is liberating - to me, to you, and to all those of us who are involved in it . . . If your thinking is limited to a particular response it limits your participation. . . .
For me, creativity is the answer to everything. Because, if you don't have a mind that seeks creativity, you will not learn, nor see the results with God places in front of you . . . you will see only those things that you want to see. If you do it in the spirit of prayer, of search - the creative things, you will immediately encounter marvelous things which have always been with you and which you had not seen before."