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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 occurred on October 21, 2017.
The Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb will occur on October 29, 2019
Born: 1 Muharram 1235 AH - 20 October 1819
The Bicentenary Celebration of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh occurred on October 22, 2017
The Celebration of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh will occur on October 30, 2019
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)
200 Years Since His Birth: Who Is Bahá’u’lláh?  by Genevieve Seri (September 9. 2017)

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 Foreignness
200 Articles in 200 Days for the 200th Anniversary of Bahá’u’lláh’s Birth  
by Michael Curtotti

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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The Wayfarer's Journey Begins
March 2, 2019 at 7:35pm
The Wayfarer's Journey Begins In the first dim light of morning, Before the sun set's dawn's clouds ablaze, Or the nightingale intones his praise, From the bed of sleeplessness I raise, Proclaiming the joy of morning. Restless in the light of morning, I seek the Point of Adoration The Gate of divine inspiration, The Tabernacle of salvation, I search for the star of morning. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is the fifth poem in a series of two hundred ... [Read more]
Portal of Grace
February 17, 2019 at 3:53pm
Portal of Grace He is the portal of grace, through which came humanity's salvation and forgiveness of sins. He is the door of hope opening the way to unity and world peace. He is the gate of the Almighty giving humanity access to the garden of paradise. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is the fourth poem in the series of 200 I am writing for the Bicentenary Celebration of the Birth of The Bab. ... [Read more]
The Twin Holy Days: Holy Night and Sunrise
February 10, 2019 at 10:17pm
The Twin Holy Days: Holy Night and Sunrise To The Bab and Baha'u'llah Holy Night: To The Bab Raise your voices in exaltation, for on this wondrous night hope gave birth to salvation, when the herald of the day of resurrection was born. He is the Gate of God, the morning star announcing a new day, and the forerunner of Baha'u'llah, the Glory of God. Sunrise: To Baha'u'llah Dawn breaks above the mountains of separation, melting the... [Read more]
The Great Trumpet Has Sounded
February 5, 2019 at 2:15pm
The Great Trumpet Has Sounded "Tahirih, with her face unveiled, stepped from her garden, advancing to the pavilion of Baha’u’llah; and as she came, she shouted aloud these words: 'The Trumpet is sounding! The great Trump is blown! The universal Advent is now proclaimed!'" Abdu’l-Baha, Memorials of the Faithful , p. 202. The trumpets have sounded, the bugles have blown, their blasts reverberating across the Earth. Foundations crumble and walls collap... [Read more]
Intoning the Prayer of The Bab
February 1, 2019 at 7:33pm
Intoning the Prayer of The Bab Word by word I sip The wine of Divine blessings From the chalice of the Remembrance of God. Sentence by sentence I consume the Bread of Life From the pen of the Primal Point. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem two of two-hundred I am writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab. This poem was inspired by the prayer in the book The Remembrance of God: Prayer from the Bab . ... [Read more]
1 Muharram 1235 AH
January 29, 2019 at 12:08am
1 Muharram 1235 AH "Blessed art thou, O night! For through thee was born the Day of God, a Day which We have ordained to be the lamp of salvation unto the denizens of the cities of names, the chalice of victory unto the champions of the arenas of eternity, and the dawning-place of joy and exultation unto all creation." Baha'u'llah{footnote:#} Days of Remembrance , Birth of the Bab: Selection 40. O Night of Beauty! All the world lay sleeping in beds of heedless... [Read more]
Snow White Bird
January 19, 2019 at 2:10pm
Snow White Bird In dreamless sleep the world reposed On that portentous night: No creature stirred save a snow white bird Mounting in silent flight. Over high mountains a bright star rose Turning night into day; Waking the children of God from The beds in which they lay. Rising it voice in praise of God The white bird greeted the light; Rousing from slumbers of heedlessness Denizens of the night. Arming hate's bow with the arrows of fear Aimed at the bird o... [Read more]
My Candle: To Baha'u'llah
December 15, 2018 at 8:37pm
My Candle: To Baha'u'llah The light shining in my darkness, The candle that guides my way, As I travel paths of starkness, Walking where matter has sway. Even in tornado's wind gusts, When doubt and fear terrorize, This candle's bright light I can trusts, God's splendid flame never dies. The Holy Spirit is my candle's flame, Each day His glorious name I proclaim. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Line Count: Form: Ravenfly has a syllable ... [Read more]
Reading the Writing of Baha'u'allah
November 20, 2018 at 4:04pm
Reading the Writings of Baha'u'llah The Word of God for healing of the nations, and the mending of the planet. Joy radiates peace beyond comprehension, and all encompassing love. The Holy Spirit flows from paragraph to paragraph: like snow melt descends to the ocean. Certitude' covenant inscribed by the Pen of Glory into the heart of matter. Christ's promise fulfilled by the Glory of the Father: the Kingdom of God on Earth. {dropnote:"Poet&#... [Read more]
Primal Point
September 27, 2018 at 11:16pm
Primal Point: To The Bab O Primal Point! Did stellar dust generate new stars at your nativity? Radiant orbs shining bright in their stellar nurseries; your own companies twinkling. O Gate of God! The darkness of dogma's night your rising light scattered. Your resplendent sun woke out of a dreamless sleep living letters. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}I originally wrote this on 2 Mashiyyat 159 B.E. This poem was put to music by a musician in Las Vegas, and san... [Read more]
The Wronged One of the World
September 14, 2018 at 6:07pm
The Wronged One of the World: To Baha'u'llah He is the wronged one of the world, At Him the spears of hate were hurled, Still He revealed to all God's will, He used a reed pen as His quill. Forty years of revelation, Wrote scriptures without cessation, God's promises He did fulfill, He used a reed pen as His quill. He proclaimed divine unity, The oneness of humanity, Accepted completely God's will, He used a reed pen as His quill. He is the wronged... [Read more]
Statement of Faith
September 1, 2018 at 4:52pm
Statement of Faith Baha'u'llah, the Pen of the Most High revealed scriptures that unify. His love I cannot deny, His will I cannot defy, that is why I am a Baha'i. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This Monorhyme poem was written on 13 Azama 175 B.E. I entered it in in response to the Day 1 prompt. ... [Read more]
Ode to The Bab
August 8, 2018 at 10:12pm
Ode to The Bab The Bab was the reveler of grandeur, The Gate of God, And the reflection of divine splendor. The Lamp of God, Ignited the the Holy Spirit's light, And spread across the darkness of faith's night. His pen inscribed God's love, prescribed Foretold God's Glory's{footnote:#}Refers to Baha'u'llah. healing might. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Line Count: 9 Form: A Ronsardian Ode us composed of 9-line stanzas each with a syllable... [Read more]
The Bab
May 12, 2018 at 4:17pm
The Bab Gate Of God The first Trumpet Blast announcing Resurrection. {dropnote:"Poet's Note;"}The translation of the word Bab is Gate. This is written in a Joybell form, which is a 6-line poem with s syllable count of 1, 2, 2, 2, 4, 4. There is no rhyme pattern, and this poem is centered. ... [Read more]
Trust in and Fear of God
April 14, 2018 at 7:21pm
Trust In and Fear of God "He who put his trust in God, God will suffice him; He who fears God, God will send him relief." Baha'u'llah Expect fulfillment of your prayers, and all necessities supplied; confidence in God is the guide: The Lord know your affairs. Relief knowing God is in charge, you can move forward without fear meeting each test as it appears; trepidation's discharged. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Form: Arogelles contains ... [Read more]
Baha'u'llah: Pen of Glory
January 14, 2018 at 11:31am
Baha'u'llah: Pen of Glory Glory of God, Christ Returned, Ancient Beauty, Divine Pen, Blessed Beauty, Prince of Peace, The Lord of Hosts, Sacred Hymn. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Form: Ch'i Yen Shih Meter: 4-line stanzas with 7 syllables each. Lines 2 and 4 rhyme. There is a caesura or a break after the 4th syllable in each line. ... [Read more]
Love's Riddle
January 2, 2018 at 8:52pm
Love's Riddle I am the mystery of God's dispensation. I am the manifestations of the mercy of the Almighty. I am the source of spirituality. I am the light of heaven. I am the breath of the Holy Spirit energizing the human soul. I am the source of Divine revelation. I am the living link intrinsic in reality. I am the formula guaranteeing joy in all the worlds of God. I am illumination in the darkness. I am the organic connection between God... [Read more]
Leftover Time to Kill
January 2, 2018 at 8:35pm
Leftover Time to Kill Contracted into its primordial atom, the universe trembled in anticipation of resurrection. Shattered into its components, time moved forward, the end was left behind; leftover time veils a new heaven and an new Earth. Poised on the edge of eternity, the Kingdom of God on Earth waits for recognition. Unaware of its own existence a new race has leftover time to kill. Madness ensues! Portless and anchorless humanity wanders obsessed, w... [Read more]
The Lover's Prayer
January 2, 2018 at 8:14pm
The Lover's Prayer Goal of my desire! Forgive the love for you that hope for paradise, that sees as heaven its reward for worshiping your light. Beloved of my soul! Forgive the love that fears hell's fire, that hold above my trembling spirit eternal punishment. Answer of my prayers! Bless me with unselfish love that neither fears nor hopes, but worships your immortal essence for itself alone. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"} This poem was inspired by a... [Read more]
Trust God: A Meditation
January 2, 2018 at 8:57pm
Trust God: A Meditation “God is sufficient unto me; He verily is the all sufficing. In Him let the trusting trust." Baha'u'llah “God is sufficient unto me;" He provides my every need Gives me strength to proclaim His names "He verily is the all sufficing.” Prayer by prayer I place my worries In His Almighty Hands "In Him let the trusting trust." Test by test I learn to trust The Everlasting Father ... [Read more]
Pondering the Bicentenary Celebration of Baha'u'llah's Birth
October 28, 2017 at 11:45pm
Pondering the Bicentenary Celebration of Baha'u'llah's Birth "In reality all are members of one human family -- children of one Heavenly Father. Humanity may be likened unto the varicolored flowers of one garden. There is unity in diversity. Each sets off and enhances the other's beauty." Baha'i Writings Let You Vision Be World-Embracing I look at the program from the bicentenary celebration that took place here in Las Vegas. The program and the... [Read more]
Thank You Baha'u'llah
October 26, 2017 at 11:57pm
Thank You Baha'u'llah Thank you, Baha'u'llah, for the technical difficulties that force me to find solutions outside of my perceived limitations and teach me patience. Thank you, Baha'u'llah, for the chance to read The Dawnbreakers and learn deepness of the faith of the Letters of the Living. Thank you, Baha'u'llah, for the inspiration of your epistle and tablets. ... [Read more]
October 26, 2017 at 3:55pm
Beatitudes: To The Blessed Beauty B lessed the night that witnissed His Birth; E ach twinkling star proclaimed God's Glory, A nd the salvation of humanity. T he Spirit of Truth, the Blessed Beauty, I ntoned the blessing of the Almighty, T asted the savor of sacrifice, U nited the foundations of religion, D estroyed the walls of separation, E nkindled love for the Divine in the S ouls if the seekers after truth. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Poem 200 of... [Read more]
Lamp of Splendor
October 26, 2017 at 3:56pm
Lamp of Splendor: To The Blessed Beauty Lamp of Splendor your light glows bright, Its radiant rays hearts ignite, With the brilliance of amity, That unifies humanity, Into a limpid rainbow light. You are the one who scatters night, The foundations of faith you unite, Prove the soul's immortality, Lamp of Splendor. You put hate's demons into flight, Your glow, the Holy Spirit's light, You proclaim peace and unity, You encourage diversity, Your scriptures r... [Read more]
Lamp of Glory
October 9, 2017 at 6:45pm
Lamp of Glory: To The Blessed Beauty "O thou beloved of my heart! Verily, my soul longs for thee, for the lamp of the love of Baha is lighted within thy heart and I love to look upon thy face, for it is glittering with the light of guidance among the creatures. Glory be to Him who hath united hearts together! Glory be to Him who hath brought the East and West under the shadow of the Blessed Tree, the root of which is firmly fixed in the earth and the branches of which reach unto... [Read more]

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