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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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September 17, 2017 at 3:36pm
Without: To The Blessed Beauty Unity without the Blessed Beauty would not exist. Roses without thorns would not be as beautiful. Religions without God's Manifestations would be secular creations. Stars without atomic reactions would not shine. Peace without the Glory of God would be impossible. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Poem 177 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty. ... [Read more]
Deciphering a Dream
September 16, 2017 at 9:05pm
Deciphering a Dream: To The Blessed Beauty The vision came in a dream. Acre by acre grains of white light were consuming humanity's fear. I contemplated its significance. Grains are particles of light: photons of divinity, Manifestations of God. The meaning became clear. Divine unity reflected to humanity through the Blessed Beauty, the light of God for today. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Poem 176 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty. ... [Read more]
Holy Night
September 16, 2017 at 7:34pm
Holy Night: To The Blessed Beauty On this night, God's Nightengale{footnote:#}Refers to Baha'u'llah, the Glory of God, the Blessed Beauty. nested in the Tree of Life, His song echoed from paradise, the walls came down, and the world gave birth to a New Heaven and a New Earth. On this night, humanity consumed the leaven of unity to became a single species, as God intended us to be. On this night, Christ Returned in the Father's glory, and reveal the co... [Read more]
The Glory of the Lord
September 15, 2017 at 12:27pm
The Glory of the Lord: To the Blessed Beauty "And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate which faces toward the east." Ezekiel 43:4 King James Version Blessed Beauty, I contemplate the prophecies fulfilled by your revelation, and that of your forerunner. You, the Glory of the Lord, and Him, God's Gate. The Bab, The Gate of God. Blessed Beauty, I meditate upon the dream that caused me to look deeper into your revel... [Read more]
At the Beginning of a New Week
September 11, 2017 at 9:16pm
At the Beginning of a New Week: To the Blessed Beauty "O Son of My Handmaid! Be not troubled in poverty nor confident in riches, for poverty is followed by riches, and riches are followed by poverty. Yet to be poor in all save God is a wondrous gift, belittle not the value thereof, for in the end it will make thee rich in God." Bahá’u’lláh{footnote:#}Bahái Words for September 10, 2017. At the beginning of a new week, I contemplate my blessings, and I reali... [Read more]
Reading Sacred Scriptures
September 10, 2017 at 2:43pm
Reading Sacred Scriptures: To The Blessed Beauty Honey dew condensed On leaves of the Tree of Life Quench my spirit's thirst Peace roses refresh Morning air of God's new day Rouse seekers from sleep Jazz ensemble sings Gospel music revealing The Glory of God Rainbows dance across Dark clouds of dawn scattering The forces of night Silken threads woven Molecule by molecule Embrace scattered thoughts {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Poem 171 of 200 ... [Read more]
Walking With Baha'u'llah
September 9, 2017 at 2:38pm
Walking With Baha'u'llah: To The Blessed Beauty Each prayer I say, each scripture I read, enhances our daily walk. I walk each day with the Blessed Beauty, I listen for His advice in the prayers I intone in the scriptures I read, or in the silence of meditation. This walk is not easy because I have said, "I believe." I believe are the words that attracts test, which is the way of faith. Sometimes I stumble, sometimes I fall, and sometimes my Lord... [Read more]
I an Proud To Be A World Citizen!
September 4, 2017 at 10:41pm
I an Proud To Be A World Citizen! To The Blessed Beauty I chose to embrace the future of humanity, the interdependence of the nations, the unifying forces of a multitude of factors that are present in the world today. I am a world citizen, I am proud of my country: the planet Earth. I walk through the flower garden of humanity, with tears rolling down my face, while the words of Baha'u'llah reverberate through my mind: “The earth is but one country, and man... [Read more]
I Am A Warrior of The Blessed Beauty
September 9, 2017 at 3:31pm
I Am A Warrior of The Blessed Beauty: To The Blessed Beauty I am a warrior of the Blessed Beauty, armed with the trust and love of God I proclaim to all the oneness of humanity, of religion, and of God. I am a warrior of the Blessed Beauty, I am a follower of the light, with a prayer on my lips, faith the blessings and the promises of God I move into the future announcing to all, who are willing to listen, God's Most Great Name. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:&#... [Read more]
A Talk With Baha'u'llah
September 10, 2017 at 2:20pm
A Talk With Baha'u'llah: To The Blessed Beauty "O Son of Being! Bring thyself to account each day ere thou art summoned to a reckoning; for death, unheralded, shall come upon thee and thou shalt be called to give account for thy deeds." Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words , Part One: From the Arabic: Number 31 Blessed Beauty, Baha'u'llah, There is something about the sunset that saddens me. It is time to face reality! Did I read form God's... [Read more]
Love is the Secret
August 29, 2017 at 10:11pm
Love is the Secret: To The Blessed Beauty "Know thou of a certainty at Love is the secret of God’s holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings. Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true fel... [Read more]
A Healthy Spirit
September 10, 2017 at 7:43pm
A Healthy Spirit: To The Blessed Beauty Blessed Beauty, create in me a healthy spirit, purify my heart with the love of God, help me to celebrate through stanza and line, through metaphor and simile, through rhythm and rhyme the bicentenary of your birth. Blessed Beauty, forgive me for the wasted time of worrying without placing my troubles in your hands, and help me to be steadfast in Your Covenant. Blessed Beauty, I know that steadfastness, daily prayer, and med... [Read more]
Power In The Word
September 10, 2017 at 6:53pm
Power In The Word: To The Blessed Beauty There is power in the word Word of God! It is the Holy Spirit flowing through the seeker's soul transmuting the lead of unbelief into the gold of faith. Just as electricity causes the filaments in a light bulb to glow, the Holy Spirit causes the believer's soul to shine with love for God and His Prophet. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Poem 164 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty. The free dictionary gives o... [Read more]
My North Star
August 28, 2017 at 10:25pm
My North Star: To The Blessed Beauty The Blessed Beauty is my guiding light through the darkest night! He is the one in whose Name I pray when I supplicate forgiveness, intone gratitude, or articulate my needs. The Blessed Beauty, Baha'u'llah, Revealer of God's Word for today, the North Star of my soul, and my inspiration. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Poem 163 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty. I got the idea for this poem form a blog prom... [Read more]
Total Eclipse
September 10, 2017 at 7:17pm
Total Eclipse: To The Blessed Beauty O Lord, like the moon coming between the Earth and the Sun I see fear and dogma coming between humanity and the Blessed Beauty eclipsing the light of unity. O Lord, I know this darkness is only temporary, please help me to proclaim Divine Unity in a way that will scatter this gloom enveloping the planet. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Poem 162 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty. ... [Read more]
God's Promise Kept!
September 10, 2017 at 6:17pm
God's Promise Kept! To The Blessed Beauty God's promise kept! The Lord has returned in the Father's Glory. Eschatology fades into mythology, a new heaven and a new Earth are made known, and the Holy City-- the New Jerusalem-- stands upon Mount Carmel its white dome glistening in the sun. God's promise kept! The Promised One of all religions has removed the walls of separation from the foundation of faith. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is ... [Read more]
Matter and Energy
August 28, 2017 at 10:26pm
Matter and Energy: To The Blessed Beauty I meditate upon the mystery of my existence. There is a timeless quality about life, and about living that extends beyond what I comprehend. It stretches into an unknown realm that lies outside of the physical and beyond death. There is more to existence, than I have experienced or imagined. It is not that I am missing something, rather something exists that I cannot grasp with my finite brain, but, which, bridges both... [Read more]
In the Sanctuary
September 10, 2017 at 5:24pm
In the Sanctuary: To The Blessed Beauty I wake up in the shelter of God's love, intone a morning prayer of protection, inhale the cool fragrance of His glory from the scriptures revealed by the Blessed Beauty. Alone in my room, I sit in the sanctuary of the Divine presence feeling the Holy Spirit flow like water through an irrigation canal across the parched field of my soul. Whenever I read the verses or prayers revealed by the Blessed Beauty, I am transported to th... [Read more]
America, I Pray For You!
August 28, 2017 at 10:27pm
America, I Pray For You! To The Blessed Beauty "O Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings. O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Grea... [Read more]
Power of Music
August 28, 2017 at 10:28pm
Power of Music: To The Blessed Beauty "...We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high; make it not, therefore, as wings to self and passion...." Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas , paragraph 51 Once the music hits you, you are transported to another world, another planet, another time, or another place. Once the music hits you it penetrates body, mind, and soul making you its part... [Read more]
Key to the Door of Wisdom
September 10, 2017 at 2:39pm
Key to the Door of Wisdom: To The Blessed Beauty The Blessed Beauty is the key that opens the door of spiritual knowledge, wisdom. and insight. The revealed prayers are common sense solutions to trust in God through obedience to the Divine Will. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is Poem 156 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty. ... [Read more]
Treasury of Divine Mysteries
September 10, 2017 at 5:30pm
Treasury of Divine Mysteries{footnote:#}From a quote by 'Abdu'l-Baha about The Hidden Words : To The Blessed Beauty "This is that which hath descended from the realm of glory...revealed unto the prophets of old. We have taken the inner essence thereof and clothed it in the garment of brevity...". Baha'u'llah about The Hidden Words Precious gems from God's Pen encourage the reader to search for the inner meaning in the mine of Divine Scrip... [Read more]
Oh, Lord
August 12, 2017 at 6:51pm
Oh, Lord: To The Blessed Beauty Oh, Lord, make me a radiant light shining in the heaven of Thy love, reflecting to humanity the joy of Your Most Great Name. Oh, Lord, make me a luminous star outshining the meteors of night that streak across the midnight sky in their attempt to express Your love. Oh, Lord, make me a thunderbolt proclaiming to humanity the delight of service to the Blessed Beauty. Oh, Lord, make me a shining light penetrating the heart of darkness sc... [Read more]
Obligation of the Seeker
August 12, 2017 at 6:49pm
Obligation of the Seeker: To The Blessed Beauty "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." Matthew 7: 7-8, Christian Bible, King James Version Ask! Ask God to guide your steps through the Valley of Search, to give you patience in your quest for the Beloved, and to give you courage to overcome your fea... [Read more]
Crown of Martyrdom
September 10, 2017 at 3:21pm
Crown of Martyrdom: To The Blessed Beauty "Magnified be Thy name, O God, the Lord of heaven! Attire my head with the crown of martyrdom, even as Thou didst attire my body with the ornament of tribulation before all that dwell in Thy land. Grant, moreover, that they whose hearts yearn over Thee may draw nigh unto the horizon of Thy grace, above which the Day-Star of Thy beauty sheddeth its radiance. Ordain, also, for them what will make them rich enough to dispense with aught else... [Read more]

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