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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)
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 Forgiveness

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Articles in BahaiTeachings.org

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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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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]
Vox Dei
October 26, 2017 at 3:44pm
Vox Dei{footnote:#}The Voice of God : To The Blessed Beauty God speaks, words of power might, through the vocal chords of His Chosen One. God writes, scriptures and laws, using the fingers of His Manifestation. The Blessed Beauty is the voice of the Almighty and the Pen of the Most High. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Poem 197 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty. ... [Read more]
I Feel A Poem Coming On
October 6, 2017 at 5:39pm
I Feel A Poem Coming On: To The Blessed Beauty "I feel a poem coming on," rising out of my subconscious mind, and proclaiming the Blessed Beauty's name. It is a free style poem, whose inspiration comes from two sources: the first source is the bicentenary of Baha'u'llah's birth, and the second is a poetry newsletter. This is not an unusual response, I can trace most of my odes to numerous influences. Even when the verses are secular I can fe... [Read more]
My Safe Place
October 4, 2017 at 7:35pm
My Safe Place: To The Blessed Beauty Blessed Beauty, You are my safe place, You are my sheltered harbor in the storms of life. I pick up my phone, I open the prayer app, I intone a prayer for protection, a prayer for teaching, a prayer of gratitude, and I feel the Holy Spirit flowing through God's revealed word. You are my safe place, You are the one I talk to in times of stress, You are the one I hold onto when the winds of hate and fear attempt to push me off ... [Read more]
Paradigm Shift
October 4, 2017 at 2:17pm
Paradigm Shift: To The Blessed Beauty P rototypes of reality transform, A s heart by heart concepts of unity spread R ecreating the status quo of civilization. A nchors that held fast in past dispensations D isengage from antiquated interpretations. I n this Divine Dispensation, G od has sent the Blessed Beauty: M irror of the Almighty. S ource of peace and unity, H e is God's supreme Manifestation, I nitiator of the paradigm shift F acing the world today, ... [Read more]
In the Eye of the Storm
October 3, 2017 at 6:16pm
In the Eye of the Storm: To The Blessed Beauty In the eye of the storm, calm flows between dark eyewalls. Within the eye, light winds of positive energy, spiritual attributes of faith, love, detachment, etc. keep keep my soul buoyant and air born. Outside the eye, the negative winds of disunity and hate drive me toward the ground. To remain within the eye, I meditate and deepen on the scriptures and the prayers of the Blessed Beauty. {dropnote:"Poet... [Read more]
Who Is Baha'u'llah?
October 3, 2017 at 5:04pm
Who Is Baha'u'llah? To The Blessed Beauty "Followers of the Gospel. Behold the gates of heaven are flung open. He that had ascended unto it is now come. Give ear to His voice calling aloud over land and sea, announcing to all mankind the advent of His Revelation…” And to the Jewish people, “whilst from the Burning Bush breaketh forth the cry: ’lo, the sacred Pledge hath been fulfilled, for He, the Promised One, is come!”’ And, “The Father hath come. That whi... [Read more]
Make Today Better
October 1, 2017 at 7:17pm
Make Today Better: To The Blessed Beauty "Let each morn be better than its eve and each morrow richer than its yesterday." Baha'u'llah A better morning, a breeze whispers through palm trees, and I sip a cup of hot coffee. Alláh-u-Abhá! A better afternoon, the sun cast its light upon humanity, and I sip a glass of cold sweet tea. Obligatory prayer intoned. A better evening, sunset cools city streets, and I consume chocolate. Meditation on ... [Read more]
Light Up the Planet
October 1, 2017 at 5:16pm
Light Up the Planet: To The Blessed Beauty Light up the planet with the name of Baha'u'llah, the Blessed Beauty. Light up the planet, carry the light of His scriptures to a dark, weary, and storm tossed world waiting for the light of dawn. Light up the planet, with the good news of a New Heaven and a New Earth, of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem atop Mount Carmel, its white dome glistening in the sun. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Poem 189 of 200... [Read more]
Light of the World
September 30, 2017 at 7:31pm
Light of the World: To The Blessed Beauty Come! Join with us in celebrating the Light of the World on the 200 th birthday of Baha'u'llah. He came to unite humanity, to scatter the forces of disunity, and He was bound by chains so that we could be free. He is the Blessed Beauty, He is the Prince of Peace, The Glory of God, and the Promised One of all religions. Come! Raise your voices in praise to the Everlasting Father, who has sent Baha'u'llah, ... [Read more]
Spread Hope
September 30, 2017 at 1:18pm
Spread Hope: To The Blessed Beauty Spread hope across the Earth, Proclaim God's Most Great Name, He is the Prince of Peace, He is the Word Made Flesh, It's time for war to cease. Spread hope across the Earth, Proclaim the Lord Returned, In the Father's Glory, He is the Lord of Host, Celebrate His story. Spread hope across the Earth, The Glory of the Lord, Announced the unity, Of God, of religion, And of humanity. Spread hope across the Earth, Proclaim ... [Read more]
Let My Light Shine
September 29, 2017 at 11:28pm
Let My Light Shine: To The Blessed Beauty "O Son of Being! Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee. Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me. For I have created thee rich and have bountifully shed My favor upon thee. " Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words , Part One: From the Arabic: Number 11 Blessed Beauty, let my light shine, Let it be a radiant sign, To spirits seeking a lifeline, Or sacred wine, or sacred wine. Let the light of my soul ... [Read more]
Bridge of Peace
September 27, 2017 at 2:51pm
Bridge of Peace: To The Blessed Beauty Blessed Beauty Bridge to planetary harmony Prince of Peace The bridge to peace and unity, the scriptures of all religions foretold His coming. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, He followed the Will of God, He revealed verses of love, power, and unity, and He brought together humanity. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Poem 185 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty. ... [Read more]
Tabernacle of Unity
September 25, 2017 at 4:33pm
Tabernacle of Unity: To The Blessed Beauty "O well-beloved ones! The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. We cherish the hope that the light of justice may shine upon the world and sanctify it from tyranny." Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh , CXII: “Behold the disturbances which, for many a…” O Thou Tabernacle of Unity, O T... [Read more]
Double Rainbow
September 24, 2017 at 10:28pm
Double Rainbow: To The Blessed Beauty Every time I see a double rainbow it reminds me, of the Twin Holy Days, of the Birthdays of the Bab and Baha'u'llah. God's ancient covenant fulfilled, and His thousand plus names united by the Divine Messengers for today. Each time I see a double rainbow, I say a prayer of gratitude for the light of the Holy Spirit shining through the Gate{footnote:#}The Bab , and the Glory of God{footnote:#}Baha'u'llah . {dr... [Read more]
September 24, 2017 at 11:50am
Mindfulness: To The Blessed Beauty Enhanced comprehension of the Holy Writings. When you chant God's Most Great Name, focus on “Alláh-u-Abhá”, as you move the prayer beads across their cord; move the beads let the thought of movement pass, and exhale “Alláh-u-Abhá!” Mindfulness focus on your breath, on your steps, or on the moment which passes a thought through your mind. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Poem 182 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed... [Read more]
Food of the Spirit
September 23, 2017 at 7:53pm
Food of the Spirit: To The Blessed Beauty Morning scriptures, breakfast for my hungry spirit, rises word-by-word through my waking mind to feed and energize my soul. The good news, revealed by the Blessed Beauty, quenches my spirit thirst and sates it hunger. I am ready to meet the tests and difficulties, the joy and victories, of the day. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Poem 181 of 200 Dedicated to The Blessed Beauty. ... [Read more]
September 23, 2017 at 2:33pm
Heartstrings: To The Blessed Beauty The effulgence of His radiant words strum the strings of my soul, and echo through my being transforming doubt into certitude. In intone prayers of healing, and feel the Holy Spirit restorative energy stimulating the chords of happiness. His scriptures touch my heartstrings, making music that causes my spirit to sing. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Poem 180 of 200 Dedicated to the Blessed Beauty. Heartstrings - "the dee... [Read more]
Blessed Planet
September 22, 2017 at 6:13pm
Blessed Planet: 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 There is no place on Earth, that is Godforsaken, because of one of God's Manifestations. B lessed is the planet Earth! L aughter and joyful s... [Read more]
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]

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