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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

Centenary of the Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha

More information as 2021 progresses.

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

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

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

Prayer for America
Revealed by 'Abdu'l-Baha

"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 Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world. O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy. Make it precious and near to Thee through Thy bounty and bestowal."
Baha'i Prayers

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

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Walking the Mystical Path: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
September 23, 2021 at 2:32pm
Walking the Mystical Path: To 'Abdu'l-Baha He walked the mystical path, with practical feet; a feat few of us can accomplish. He didn't withdraw hermit-like into a cave or monastery, rather he lived among the multitudes serving God through service to humanity. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem #50 of the 100 I am writing for the centenary of the Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha. ... [Read more]
Always With Us: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
September 15, 2021 at 10:19pm
Always With Us: To 'Abdu'l-Baha He is always with us watching us from the Abha Paradise, and-- when our prayers are unselfish-- coming to our assistance in dreams or other ways. He is always with us in the written memories of those who met him and those who accompanied him in his travel. He is always with us in the transcripts of the talks he gave, the prayers he revealed, and the tablets or epistles he wrote. He is always with us encouraging us to o... [Read more]
Divine Itinerary: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
September 14, 2021 at 1:09pm
Divine Itinerary: To 'Abdu'l-Baha All his Earthly life he followed God's itinerary, and not one chosen by a travel agency. Obedient to the Divine Will, he chose the station of servitude to the King of Glory{footnote:#}Baaha'u'llah and humanity. Never looking down on any person or up to anyone-- save the Lord of Hosts{footnote:#}One of Baha'u'llah's titles. -- he walked with equal grace among both the rich and the poor. {dropnote:... [Read more]
Beautiful Prayers: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
September 1, 2021 at 9:39pm
Beautiful Prayers: To 'Abdu'l-Baha "Therefore strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers. Turn towards God, and seek always to do that which is right and noble. Enrich the poor, raise the fallen, comfort the sorrowful, bring healing to the sick, reassure the fearful, rescue the oppressed, bring hope to the hopeless, shelter the destitute!" 'Abdu'l-Baha,{footnote:#} Paris Talks , 26: Good Ideas Must Be Carried into Action {footnote:#}{lin... [Read more]
'Abdu'l-Baha Demonstrated Baha'u'llah's Teachings
August 27, 2021 at 1:29pm
'Abdu'l-Baha Demonstrated Baha'u'llah's Teachings He walked the walk and talked the talk, cared for God's flock, proclaimed world peace, that war would cease. He was a citizen of Earth, showed joy and mirth, humble and kind, always refined. He was trustworthy and steadfast, with knowledge vast, announced God's cause, obeyed God's laws. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem #46 in the 100 poem I'm writing for the centen... [Read more]
Ancestral Home: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
August 23, 2021 at 6:31pm
Ancestral Home: To 'Abdu'l-Baha Born on May 23, 1844, in his father's mansion in Tehran; his ancestral home was the Provence of Nur-- the Provence of Light. He spent his early childhood sometimes in Tehran and sometime at the country estate in Nur. At eight his life suddenly changed. His father, Baha'u'llah, along with other Babis was imprisoned in the Síyáh-Chál-- the Black Pit of Tehran. In 1853. Baha'u'llah and his family wer... [Read more]
Sharing the Bread of Life: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
August 15, 2021 at 1:51pm
Sharing the Bread of Life: To 'Abdu'l-Baha His footsteps reverberate through Akka, through Haifa, through Alexandria, through Paris, through London, through New York, through Canada{footnote:#}'Abdu'l-Baha made a short visit to Canada while on his journey through the United States. , across America, and back to New York. From 1911 to 1913, he shared the Bread of Life and the wine of immortality on his Journey West{footnote:#}{link:http://www.thejourneywes... [Read more]
The Streets of Paris: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
August 12, 2021 at 10:42pm
The Streets of Paris: To 'Abdu'l-Baha "I am very glad to be here with you. I am very glad to see you all here. I love you very much. I have been in many beautiful houses, but this is more beautiful to me than any of the others, for the spirit of the love of BAHA'O'LLAH is here. You are all receiving the teachings of God and learning how to act and live and some day you will be great and wise for having learned the truth. I have seen many beautiful rich children, b... [Read more]
World Citizen: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
August 8, 2021 at 11:36am
World Citizen: To 'Abdu'l-Baha "That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race. The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth. In another passage He hath proclaimed: It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens." Bah... [Read more]
Happiness: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
August 4, 2021 at 3:11pm
Happiness: To 'Abdu'l-Baha H e is Baha'u'llah's gift to the Baha'is, A ppointed the Center of his father's Covenant, P referred the title Servant of Baha, P assed his life in service to humanity, I n all of his actions he reflected Divine Attributes, N ever angry, he demonstrated patience, E xpressed his joy through praise and prayer, S teadfast in obedience to God, S tayed the course no matter what the obstacle. {dropnote:"Poet... [Read more]
Tea with 'Abdu'l-Baha
August 1, 2021 at 9:37pm
Tea with 'Abdu'l-Baha The Master walked into my dream carrying an elegant silver Persian tea pot, with ten silver tea cups, on a silver tray, He stopped in front of me, gave me a cup, poured tea in the cup, and dropped in a sugar cube before going on the the next person. After everyone had been served, the Master poured himself a cup of tea, put a sugar cup in and we drink our tea. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem #39 of the 100 I'm w... [Read more]
Gender Equality: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
July 31, 2021 at 3:08pm
Gender Equality: To 'Abdu'l-Baha "The Tenth Principle of the teaching of Bahá’u’lláh is the equality of the sexes." 'Abdu'l-Baha{footnote:#}{link:https://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/PT/pt-51.html} {footnote:#} Paris Talks , page 160 {footnote:#}See also Emmeline Pankhurst, Abdu’l-Baha, and the Suffragettes by David Langness {link:https://bahaiteachings.org/emmeline-pankhurst-abdul-baha-and-the-suffragettes/} Gender equality a branch on the ... [Read more]
Prayer in Action: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
July 24, 2021 at 3:21pm
Prayer in Action: To 'Abdu'l-Baha He did not delay he worked everyday and made his prayers action. No fence was too high nor opposition too dense, because he relied on the power of the Holy Spirit to help him stay his chosen course. He was never tense or worried about momentary delays, because he saw the eventual success of his endeavors. He demonstrated prayer in action all the days of his Earthly life. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poe... [Read more]
A Blitz Poem To 'Abdu'l-Baha
July 20, 2021 at 1:37pm
A Blitz Poem{footnote:#}{link:http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/blitzpoem.html} To 'Abdu'l-Baha Servant of Baha Servant of Glory Glory of God Glory of service Service to humanity Service is prayer Prayer is sweet Prayer is action Action is faith Action is joy Joy bestows wings Joy is praise Praise is worship Praise is love Love is reconciliation Love the Holy Spirit's Breath Breath of God Breath of life Life eternal Life a journey Journey toward... [Read more]
Certitude: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
July 17, 2021 at 9:28pm
Certitude: To 'Abdu'l-Baha Faith that doesn't quit! Steadfast as a redwood tree, Firm as granite cliffs. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem #35 in the 100 I'm writing for the centenary of the Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha. ... [Read more]
Obedience: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
July 8, 2021 at 5:16pm
Obedience: To 'Abdu'l-Baha “Let us try to understand the commands of the Most High and to order our lives as He directs.” 'Abdu'l-Baha{footnote:#} Paris Talks , page 108 {footnote:#}Quoted in My Thoughts on the Meaning of Obedience by Peter Gyulay {link:https://www.bahaiblog.net/2021/07/my-thoughts-on-the-meaning-of-obedience/#more-36123} The epitome of acquiescence, quintessence of understanding God's Will, lived in accordance with the Divine Word. ... [Read more]
Senectitude: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
July 3, 2021 at 2:43pm
Senectitude{footnote:#}{link:https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/senectitude} : To 'Abdu'l-Baha S enetitude never stopped him E ach day was a testament to his spiritual fortitude N ight and day he was the Servant of Baha{footnote:#}The meaning of 'Abdu'l-Baha. E xample of the divine virtues to humanity C enter of the Covenant of Baha'u'llah T he appointed interpreter of Baha'u'llah's scriptures I n old age, he took a th... [Read more]
Mirror of the Prophets: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
June 28, 2021 at 5:02pm
Mirror of the Prophets: To 'Abdu'l-Baha "The Master reflects the qualities of the Manifestations as if He were a mirror. He reflects not only those of Bahá'u'lláh but also of Christ as He is the exemplar of the spirit of the Prophet...." (From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, The Unfolding Destiny of the British Baha'i Community, p. 440) The perfect mirror reflecting the divine attributes of God's Holy Manifestations. Selfl... [Read more]
Meditation on a Photo of 'Abdu'l-Baha
June 27, 2021 at 11:43am
Meditation on a Photo of 'Abdu'l-Baha How can I describe the wisdom in his eyes: compassion for the downtrodden and disenfranchised. The gentle smile that understands, my struggle to comprehend physical death as a part of God's plan. Humble, steadfast Servant of Baha, perfect in his generation, interpreter of the writings of Baha'u'llah-- God's most recent Manifestation. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem #31 of the 100 I'... [Read more]
Happiest in Diversity: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
June 24, 2021 at 10:07pm
Happiest in Diversity:{footnote:#}{link:https://www.bahai.us/happiest-in-diversity/} To 'Abdu'l-Baha It was the diversity of the audience that gave him joy. He was happiest, when he saw both black and white people at the same table. He was forthright when it came to the importance interracial unity, and uncompromising in its practice. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem #30 of the 100 I'm writing for the Centenary of the Ascension of 'Ab... [Read more]
Fearless: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
June 21, 2021 at 1:56pm
Fearless: To 'Abdu'l-Baha At 64 he fearlessly proclaimed the oneness of humanity and God's Most Great Name to Europe and America. Across three continents-- in churches and public halls-- he attempted to tear down the walls that separated humankind. On his three year journey west his footsteps doubly blessed the ground on which he trod, and his actions reflected the Glory of God. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem #29 in the 100 poems I am w... [Read more]
The Beauty in Diversity: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
June 20, 2021 at 5:26pm
The Beauty in Diversity: To 'Abdu'l-Baha {xlink:https://www.bahai.us/diversity-a-thing-of-beauty/}Diversity a Thing of Beauty Beautiful diversity God's gift to humanity, the flowers in His divine garden. Look at the exquisite elegance of the various skin tones. all expressing the charm and loveliness of the human species. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem #28 of the 100 poems I'm writing for the Centenary of the Ascension of 'Abdu&... [Read more]
Father Figure: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
June 19, 2021 at 3:11pm
Father Figure: To 'Abdu'l-Baha {xlink:https://bahaiteachings.org/abdul-baha-a-father-figure-for-humankind/}Abdu’l-Baha: A Father Figure for Humankind by Anne Gordon Perry The perfect example of selflessness and love his guidance to humanity reverberates across the world. One hundred years after his passing, we-- who chose to fallow Baha'u'llah-- look to 'Abdu'l-Baha for lessons on how to live, while struggling to show forth justice and equali... [Read more]
Laying The Foundation-Stone: To 'Abdu'l-Baha
May 27, 2021 at 4:35pm
Laying The Foundation-Stone: To 'Abdu'l-Baha{footnote:#}{link:https://www.bahai.us/laying-the-cornerstone/} On a cold and windy day in May, the congregated in Wilmette-- a city located on the shores of Lake Michigan, just outside of Chicago-- for the groundbreaking and laying the cornerstone of the first Mashriqu’l-Adhkars{footnote:#}Dawning-points of praise and mentionings of God of the Occident. Taking a gold trowel, 'Abdu'l-Baha and delegates repres... [Read more]
'Abdu'l-Baha's Relationship with Baha'u'llah
May 27, 2021 at 2:08pm
'Abdu'l-Baha's Relationship With Baha'u'llah{footnote:#}{link:https://bahaiteachings.org/abdul-bahas-relationship-to-his-father-bahaullah/} The first to recognize his father's station, 'Abdu'l-Baha spent his life in service to God's Manifestation. Choosing the position of servitude, 'Abdu'l-Baha is the perfect reflection of radiant light of Baha'u'llah. Baha'u'llah showed His affection for His son, by honoring ... [Read more]

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