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Celebrating the two hundredth Anniversaries of The Birth of Baha'u'llah and The Bab

In 2017 Baha'is around the world will celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah. Then in 2019 they will celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the Birth of the Bab. This journal will contain poems and prose inspired by these two anniversaries. In addition, I will include thoughts and poems inspired by the scriptures revealed by Baha'u'llah and the Bab.

Before Naw-Ruz of 2015, the Baha'i or Badi calendar "was synchronized to the Gregorian calendar".1 After Naw-Ruz of 2015, the date of the vernal equinox was established as the birthplace of Baha'u'llah which unlocked the Baha'i calendar from the Gregorian calendar.2 Because of this the dates of the celebrations are now calculated according to the Baha'i/Badi calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar which was the case before Naw-Ruz 2015.

Twin Holy Days
Celebrated on the fist and second day following the eight new moon after Naw-Ruz

The Celebration of the Birth of the Báb occurs on October 21, 2017.
Born: 1 Muharram 1235 AH - 20 October 1819
The Bicentenary Celebration of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh occurs on October 22, 2017
Born: 2 Muharram 1233 AH - 12 November 1817

Links to Articles
Articles in the Huffington Post

Baha’is Prepare for Bicentennial in 2017   By Shastri Purushotma (December 30, 2016)
Baha’is To Celebrate “Twin Holy Days” For First Time Worldwide   By Shastri Purushotma (November 5, 2015)

Articles in Baha'i Chronicles

Note: I'm in the process of reading these article. I will post them when I finish reading.

Articles in Beyond Forgiveness

Note: I'm in the process of reading these article. I will post them when I finish reading.

Articles in BahaiTeachings.org

Note: I'm in the process of reading these article. I will post them when I finish reading.

The Short Obligatory Prayer
Revealed by Bahá'u'lláh

"I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my poverty and to Thy wealth.
There is none other God but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting."

Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, CLXXXI

The Remover of Difficulties
Revealed by The Bab

"Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants and all abide by His bidding!"
Selections from the Writings of the Báb

1  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bah%C3%A1%27%C3%AD_calendar
2  ibid

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Poem 91 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty.
July 24, 2017 at 1:41pm
Tokens of God's Love: To The Blessed Beauty The tokens of God's love, His greatest gifts to humanity, are His Manifestations, the Prophets He sends in every age to reveal his will to humankind. Each Messenger comes when the human race is falling into the pit of self-destruction because of obedience the its own selfish desires. Each one has a specific mission, brings laws, and Holy Writings to carry us forward until the next divine messenger arrives, with ... [Read more]
Poem 90 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty.
July 24, 2017 at 12:36pm
God's Gift: To The Blessed Beauty "Our gift from God is who we are: Our gift to God is what we become." Author Unknown What is God's gift to us? It is our souls; the spiritual mirror within each human being that, when polished, reflects the divine attributes. What is our gift to God? It is the effort we make to polish the mirror, so that we can become our true selves. ... [Read more]
Poem 86 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty
July 23, 2017 at 7:32pm
Call of the Nightingale: To The Blessed Beauty ... [Read more]
Poem 79 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty
July 21, 2017 at 6:41pm
Contemplating the Three Onenesses: To The Blessed Beauty One God Original cause generated evolution's laws. Nature responded with cause and effect. Each spiritual law has its physical counterpart. The Divine Unknowable Essence is the original cause. The Deity operates in accordance with Its own laws; directs evolution's spiritual and material symphony. One Race Original parents produced a single species. Nature's prism the spectrum separ... [Read more]
Poem 78 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty
July 21, 2017 at 5:30pm
Fruits of the Tree of Life: To The Blessed Beauty How can humanity's hunger be satisfied? How can humanity's thirst be quenched? With the fruits of the Tree of Life from which the wine of unity is distilled! What are the fruits of the Tree of Life that will sate humankind's hunger and quell its thirst? Gather from the Tree of Life the twelve fruits of peace; harvest the fruits of The Oneness of God, The Oneness of humanity, The Common foundation of all re... [Read more]
Poem 76 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty
July 22, 2017 at 6:43pm
Living a Baha'i Life: To The Blessed Beauty To live a Baha'i life, I must move forward taking each day as it come, and dedicating it to The Blessed Beauty. To live a Baha'i life, I must breath one prayer at a time, while I attempt, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to obey Baha'u'llah's commands. To live a Baha'i life, I must plant seeds one heart at a time, proclaiming the good news of The Glory of God. ... [Read more]
Poem 75 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty
July 20, 2017 at 10:59pm
Prayer Beads: To The Blessed Beauty Alláh-u-Abhá! Intoned in morning's silence, God's praise upon my lips. Alláh-u-Abhá! I move each green bead, Across across green lace cording. Alláh-u-Abhá! Empowers my fearful soul, To ascend out of doubt's crypt. Alláh-u-Abhá! Heals my heart's broken winged bird To proclaim Baha'u'llah's name. Alláh-u-Abhá! Centers my scattered thought On the Point of Adoration, Alláh-u-Abhá! Attunes... [Read more]
Poem 62 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty
July 19, 2017 at 2:07pm
Prayer: To The Blessed Beauty "There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of Allah." Hadith It is the remembrance of the Divine Essence, by whatever name you address Him, that polishes your soul and removes the dross from the mirror of your heart. The beauty and wisdom of prayer is the connection it forms between yourself and the creator of the universe. The reality of prayer is communion wit... [Read more]
Poem 59 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty
July 21, 2017 at 10:50pm
I Am a Baha'i Woman: To The Blessed Beauty I am a Baha'i woman who was not born into the Baha'i Faith. I chose to become a Baha'i because I believe that Baha'u'llah is the latest in the line of messengers sent by God, the creator of the universe. The path that led me to change my religion from Southern Baptist to Baha'i was a long one, in both years and miles. My search started when I was living in Blackwell, Oklahoma, with two dreams. The first dream occurr... [Read more]
Poem 57 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty
July 22, 2017 at 10:33pm
People of the Book: To the Blessed Beauty We are Baha'i, we are people of the book, we are brothers and sisters to Jew, Christian, and Muslim. Our Holy Books were revealed by The Bab and Baha'u'llah. We accept the validity of the Jewish scriptures, the Christian scriptures, and the Muslim scriptures. Through the revelation of Baha'u'llah, we are people of the Book. ... [Read more]
Poem 50 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty.
July 23, 2017 at 6:55pm
Day of Beauty: To the Blessed Beauty The Tongue of My power hath, from the heaven of My omnipotent glory, addressed to My creation these words: “Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty.” Happy is the lover that hath inhaled the divine fragrance of his Best-Beloved from these words, laden with the perfume of a grace which no tongue can describe. Think not that We have revealed unto you a mere code of laws. Nay, rather, We have unsealed the choice Wine with the fingers o... [Read more]
Poem 49 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty.
July 23, 2017 at 7:25pm
Light in the Darkness: To the Blessed Beauty "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." John 1:5 King James Version of the Christian Bible He was the light shining in the Black Pit{footnote:#}Siyah-Chal , weighed down by Qará-Guhar and Salásil{footnote:#}These chains, one of which weighed 51 kilograms, were so infamous they were given their own name. . While chained in the darkness of the Siyah-Chal He received His mission from ... [Read more]
Poem 48 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty.
July 22, 2017 at 10:17pm
Day of Glory: To the Blessed Beauty "Thou seest me, O my God, detached from all save Thee and cleaving unto Thee. Guide me, then, in all mine affairs unto that which profiteth me for the glory of Thy Cause and the loftiness of the station of thy loved ones." Bahá’u’lláh{footnote:#}Baha'i Words for December 20, 2015 Blessed Beauty, I contemplate the magnificence of a solar day. One day ends at sunset as another begins. When I was growing up, I very seldom go... [Read more]
Poem 47 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty.
July 22, 2017 at 4:46pm
The Reason for Literacy: To the Blessed Beauty The reason for literacy is the read the word of God. Author Unknown Literacy, the capability of each individual to read and write, is a gift from God. Through literacy, we can read the Holy Scriptures of every revealed religion for ourselves. Through comprehension, we can come to a personal understanding of the meaning, and find the unifying factors in the revelations of God's will. ... [Read more]
Poem 46 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty
July 22, 2017 at 4:24pm
Feast of Loftiness: To the Blessed Beauty "O affectionate seeker! Shouldst thou soar in the holy realm of the spirit, thou wouldst recognize God manifest and exalted above all things, in such wise that thine eyes would behold none else but Him. “God was alone; there was none else besides Him.” So lofty is this station that no testimony can bear it witness, neither evidence do justice to its truth. Wert thou to explore the sacred domain of truth, thou wilt find that all things... [Read more]
Poem 45 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty
July 19, 2017 at 10:40pm
It's My Life: To the Blessed Beauty It's my life to live as I chose, and I chose to give it to Baha'u'llah. It's my life, and I'll live it for the Glory of God, even though it leads to a martyr's death I'll walk the path of faith. It's my life, I'll live it God's way singing the hymns of unity and intoning Alláh-u-Abhá! {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"} This is the second poem I have written with this title the firs... [Read more]
Poem 44 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty
July 22, 2017 at 4:12pm
Feast of Dominion: To the Blessed Beauty "Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified." Bahá’u’lláh{footnote:#}Bahái Words for March 26, 2017 The winds of faith blow across the Earth, carrying with it dominion's aroma; we inhale the scent... [Read more]
Poem 43 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty
July 21, 2017 at 4:18pm
Songs of the Ancient Beauty: To the Blessed Beauty Reverberating across the planet Earth, The songs of the Ancient Beauty, Engender humanity's new birth, And reveal the quintessence of unity. Their splendor echoes in expanding waves of life, Their brilliance fills the universe with love; Their radiance dispels alienation's strife, And illumines the horizon of unity. Their glory reflects in the lens of creation, Their effulgence infuses the humanity's spirit, ... [Read more]
Poem 42 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty
July 20, 2017 at 4:32pm
Feast of Sovereignty: To the Blessed Beauty "Having created the world and all that liveth and moveth therein, He, through the direct operation of His unconstrained and sovereign Will, chose to confer upon man the unique distinction and capacity to know Him and to love Him — a capacity that must needs be regarded as the generating impulse and the primary purpose underlying the whole of creation." Bahá’u’lláh{footnote:#}Baha'i Words for April 14, 2015 Flowe... [Read more]
Poem 41 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty
July 20, 2017 at 12:12am
Is Anybody Out There? To the Blessed Beauty "Know thou that every fixed star hath its own planets, and every planet its own creatures, whose number no man can compute." Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh , LXXXII: “Thou hast asked Me concerning the…” Is anybody out there? I have to answer "Yes!" The Blessed Beauty tells me that all stars have planets, and all planets life. For me, this is a matter of script... [Read more]
Poem 39 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty
July 18, 2017 at 3:30pm
The Kindness of Strangers: To the Blessed Beauty The Blessed Beauty has said that we, humanity, are the leaves and fruits of a single tree. We are one race, one species, the flowers of God's garden. Whether we know each other or not, we are all related, so showing kindness to strangers is showing kindness to a family member. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}I got the idea for this title from a writing.com spiritual newsletter: . ... [Read more]
Poem 38 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty
July 17, 2017 at 5:07pm
Feast of Questions: To the Blessed Beauty "Were any man to ponder in his heart that which the Pen of the Most High hath revealed and to taste of its sweetness, he would, of a certainty, find himself emptied and delivered from his own desires, and utterly subservient to the Will of the Almighty. Happy is the man that hath attained so high a station, and hath not deprived himself of so bountiful a grace." Bahá’u’lláh{footnote:#}Baha'i Words for June 3, 2015. ... [Read more]
Poem 37 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty.
July 13, 2017 at 7:16pm
A Poem Fell Into My Hand: To the Blessed Beauty A poem fell into my hand today, red as the martyrs rose, its scarlet perfume wafted across the planet from ‘Akká, Israel. A poem fell into my hand today, its rose-colored petals reminded me of Mírzá Mihdí{footnote:#}http://bahaichronicles.org/mirza-mihdi/ , the Purest Branch, and his sacrifice for the Blessed Beauty. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}I got idea for the title and the first line from reading (Poe... [Read more]
Poem 36 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty
July 18, 2017 at 2:41pm
Feast of Speech: To the Blessed Beauty "O Son of Utterance! Thou art My stronghold; enter therein that thou mayest abide in safety. My love is in thee, know it, that thou mayest find Me near unto thee." Bahá’u’lláh{footnote:#}Baha'i Words for January 3, 2016. Words reverberate through the room as each person reads a passage from the sacred scriptures. We come together every nineteen days to celebrate the Lord's Supper. To renew our souls wit... [Read more]
Poem 35 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty
July 15, 2017 at 1:26pm
Chanting The Greatest Name: To the Blessed Beauty "It hath been ordained that every believer in God, the Lord of Judgement, shall, each day, having washed his hands and then his face, seat himself and, turning unto God, repeat "Alláh-u-Abhá" ninety-five times. Such was the decree of the Maker of the Heavens when, with majesty and power, He established Himself upon the thrones of His Names. Perform ye, likewise, ablutions for the Obligatory Prayer; this is the command of... [Read more]

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