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

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
http://bahaichronicles.org/


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
http://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


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

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The Spirit of Prayerfulness: To The Bab
September 21, 2019 at 5:23pm
The Spirit of Prayerfulness: To The Bab The house is silent, the night air is cool, the midnight hour approaches, and I perform my ablutions preparing myself for communion with the Beloved. I open my prayer book, intone a prayer for forgiveness, and meditate upon the words. I feel the tranquility of the Holy Spirit flow through my entire being washing away the worries of the day. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem 140 of the 200 I am writing to celeb... [Read more]
Poetic Inspiration: To The Bab
September 21, 2019 at 4:44pm
Poetic Inspiration: To The Bab His scriptures inspire the poet's soul to reach beyond the mundane expressions of material existence to find new metaphors and similes to express her love for the Creator. His prayers are the generative impulse that encourages victory over writer's block. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem 139 of the 200 I am writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab. ... [Read more]
Manifold Tokens: To The Bab
September 21, 2019 at 4:12pm
Manifold Tokens: To The Bab I contemplate the manifold tokens of God's love that unite beneath the shelter of divine unity-- of progressive revelation-- the Manifestations of the Unknowable Essence that created the universe. The Bab-- one of the tokens of God's love-- was like the purifying floods of spring clearing the debris of winter from the river of religions and opening the channel for Baha'u'llah. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is ... [Read more]
Listening to the Words of the Bab
September 20, 2019 at 5:06pm
Listening to the Words of the Bab I listen to the song God's word cannot be wrong, His light Leads us through fear's dark night To the dawn of a bright new day When brotherhood holds sway Free of war's noisy fray, and peace The chains of fear release, The bonds of love increase on Earth. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem 137 of the 200 I am writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab. Form: {xlink:http://thepoetsgarret.com/2011Cha... [Read more]
Divinely-Ordained Scriptures: To The Bab
September 18, 2019 at 5:32pm
Divinely-Ordained Scriptures: To The Bab Words flowed from the Unknowable Creator through the Primal Will, through the Holy Spirit, into the pure soul of the Bab, and across blank pages to create Divinely-Ordained Scriptures. Divinely-Ordained Scriptures kindle the fire of joy in the hearts of the seekers, in the minds of God's lovers and transform prayer into action. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem 136 of the 200 I am writing to celebrate the B... [Read more]
Vitalizing Fragrance: To The Bab
September 18, 2019 at 5:16pm
Vitalizing Fragrance: To The Bab A vitalizing fragrance wafts across the Earth proclaiming to humanity a new day, and announcing to the lovers of God the renewal of religion. A vitalizing fragrance unlocks doors of seekers' hearts revealing a new vision of unity that unites the the human race and reveals sacred books of all religions as chapters in the book of Progressive Revelation. A vitalizing fragrance rises from Persia and wafts across the planet carrying... [Read more]
Reunion With the Divine: To The Bab
September 17, 2019 at 4:34pm
Reunion With the Divine: To The Bab I seek reunion with the Divine, yet God is a spiritual essence without incarnation in matter. How do I find reunion with the Divine? I contemplate Tahirih, the Pure One, who-- without ever meeting the Bab-- found reunion with God through the scriptures revealed by the Bab. Reunion with God come through acceptance of the Divine Manifestation, who represents the God Head on the plane of matter. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:&#... [Read more]
Sheltering Support: To The Bab
September 17, 2019 at 3:33pm
Sheltering Support: To The Bab In the sheltering support of God's ancient covenant humanity finds shelter in this age of darkness when the battalions of good and evil confront each other. The sheltering support of God's covenant was renewed when the Bab proclaimed His mission and announced the coming of Him Whom God Will Make Manifest. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem 133 of the 200 I am writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of Th... [Read more]
Mighty Succor: To The Bab
September 17, 2019 at 3:13pm
Mighty Succor: To The Bab Oh, Thou Gate of God, in the prayer and scriptures You revealed I can feel the breath of the Holy Spirit as it flows through sentence and line, paragraph and stanza. Relief pours across my soul, as I meditate on the words or listen to the prayers sung. Oh, Thou Primal Point, when I intone Your sacred paragraphs I know that that aid and assistance will descend from the Celestial Concourse to guide me through the fog of tests and difficu... [Read more]
Singing the Sacred Scriptures: To The Bab
September 16, 2019 at 3:21pm
Singing the Sacred Scriptures: To The Bab This poem was inspired by {xlink:https://www.bahaiblog.net/2019/09/30-bahai-blog-studio-sessions-based-on-the-writings-of-the-bab/#more-49323}30 Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions Based on the Writings of the Bab . Scripture inspired music, croons holy words, The musicians play the instruments, sing The Bab's sacred verses, Words expressing the Primal Will of God, the Holy Spirit flows through the chords. {dropnote:"Poet's Not... [Read more]
God's Manifestation: To The Bab
September 14, 2019 at 10:22pm
God's Manifestation: To The Bab His beauteous countenance, Remembrance of God His knowledge embraces divine unity, one God with many names His vitalizing influence reflects the Primal Will, God's Manifestation renewing religion and educating humanity {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem 130 of the 200 I am writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab. Form Three-Five-Seven:1. written in 3 lines, however, the 3 lines may be broken into 6 lines ... [Read more]
Unfailing Success: To The Bab
September 14, 2019 at 3:37pm
Unfailing Success: To The Bab "Turn not your religion into a means of material gain, spending your life on vanities, and inheriting thereby on the Day of Resurrection that which would displease Him Whom God shall make manifest, while ye deem that what ye do is right." The Bab{footnote:#} Selections From the Writings of the Báb Unfailing success is found in divine virtues not in self-worship. Partnered with the physical body, the soul struggles between two op... [Read more]
The Verses of God: To The Bab
September 14, 2019 at 2:45pm
The Verses of God: To The Bab "No doubt is there that the verses of God are verses that shine forth from this Tree, for the Eternal Essence has ever existed in His state of singleness, whereas the verses are a matter for creativity, which is the work of the Primal Will, in whom none can be seen save God alone. Although, in this day men do not look upon the verses of God, yet before long these same verses shall be recited in the most exalted manner and Bayans worth one thousand mi... [Read more]
The Dimensions of Oneness: To The Bab
September 12, 2019 at 3:43pm
The Dimensions of Oneness: To The Bab Oneness flows across the foundation of the religion of God; across the ancient covenant that unites the revelation of Adam with that revelation by the Bab. The Bab, that Gate opening the way to the revelation of Baha'u'llah, and foretells the arrival of World Peace. These are the dimensions of oneness, symbolized by the Bab and enunciated by Baha'u'llah: one God with many names, religion one foundation unif... [Read more]
Be Thou: To The Bab
September 12, 2019 at 3:29pm
Be Thou: To The Bab "Verily, we have believed in Thee and in Thy signs ere the dawn of Thy Manifestation, and in Thee are we all well-assured. Verily, we have believed in Thee and in Thy signs after the fulfillment of Thy Manifestation, and in Thee do we all believe. Verily, we have believed in Thee and in Thy signs at the hour of Thy Manifestation and bear witness that through Tine injunction 'Be Thou' all things have been created." The Bab{footnote:#}from a Table... [Read more]
The First and the Second Night: To The Bab
September 10, 2019 at 8:53pm
The First and the Second Night: To The Bab "O concourse of earth and heaven! This is that first night, which God hath made to be a sign of that second night, whereon was born He Wom no praise can befittingly extol and no attribute describe. Well is it with him who reflecteth upon them both." Baha'u'llah On the first night{footnote:#}1 Muharram 1235 AH - 20 October 1819 , Siyyid Ali Muhammad, the Bab, was born. On the second night{footnote:#} Muharram ... [Read more]
For God: To The Bab
September 10, 2019 at 7:23pm
For God: To The Bab "Verily, I do this for God, the Lord of the heavens and earth, the Lord of all that is seen and unseen, the Lord of Creation." The Bab{footnote:#}The Bayan, in Nader Saiedi, Gate of the Heart: Understanding the Writings of the Bab, p. 312. It is for God that I write, composing odes day and night for the Remembrance of God{footnote:#}Reference to the Bab, who is one of the Manifestations of God. . It is for God that I proclaim this gloriou... [Read more]
Spiritual Impulse: To The Bab
September 9, 2019 at 5:33pm
Spiritual Impulse: To The Bab The appearance of the Bab helped move humanity's spiritual evolution forward, prepared the way for Baha'u'llah, and humankind's unity. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem 122 of the 200 I am writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab. ... [Read more]
On The Brink of Maturity: To The Bab
September 9, 2019 at 5:25pm
On The Brink of Maturity: To The Bab Humanity stands on the brink of maturity, its childhood left behind in the fog of yesterday. The Bab is the gate that symbolizes humankind's passage from its childhood of separation into the unity of its maturity. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem 121 of the 200 I am writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab. ... [Read more]
Divine Revelation: To The Bab
September 7, 2019 at 7:20pm
Divine Revelation: To The Bab Through Divine Revelation the Unknowable Creator is made know to humanity. Each Holy Manifestation reflects the attributes of God to His creation. Spiritual teachers God's Manifestations through childhood toward maturity. The Bab is the gate through which came the Glory of God to assist humanity in its maturity. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem 120 of the 200 I am writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Bir... [Read more]
Well-Spring of Blessings: To The Bab
September 7, 2019 at 6:42pm
Well-Spring of Blessings: To The Bab "It is seemly that the servant should, after each prayer, supplicate God to bestow mercy and forgiveness upon his parents. Thereupon God’s call will be raised: ‘Thousand upon thousand of what thou hast asked for thy parents shall be thy recompense!’ Blessed is he who remembereth his parents when communing with God. There is, verily, no God but Him, the Mighty, the Well-Beloved." The Bab{footnote:#} Selections from the Writings of ... [Read more]
Heavenly Blessings: To The Bab
September 3, 2019 at 6:40pm
Heavenly Blessings: To The Bab I contemplate the heavenly blessings. The first things that come to mind are His books, tablets, epistles, and commentaries upon the Qur'an. Second us the way the lives of those who accepted Him as the Lord of the Age were transformed. Before His word called their soul from the tomb of self they were sparrows. After their resurrection, they became eagles proclaiming His Cause throughout Persia. {dropnote:"Poet's No... [Read more]
The Deathless Youth: To The Bab
September 3, 2019 at 7:34pm
The Deathless Youth: To The Bab Raise your voices in praise and gratitude for the Deathless Youth-- the Immortal Youth-- has stepped forth from the invisible into the visible. He is none other than, the Lord of the Age, the Bab, and He has come with a mighty book. He has come to open the Gates of Paradise for the Glory of God. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem 117 of the 200 I am writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab. ... [Read more]
He is Worthy of Praise: To The Bab
September 1, 2019 at 5:18pm
He is Worthy of Praise: To The Bab Raise your voices in praise to the Blessed Bab. He was the morning star rising before the sun. Sing “Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá”{footnote:#}“O Thou Glory of Glories!” , Chant "Alláh-u-Abhá”{footnote:#}“God the All-Glorious.” , because the Bab prepared the way for the Glory of God{footnote:#}Baha''u 'llah. . Proclaim your gratitude, announce the glorious news to all humanity because the day has come for peac... [Read more]
Meditating on Sacred Scriptures: To The Bab
September 1, 2019 at 4:17pm
Meditating on Sacred Scriptures:: To The Bab Equanimity and joy, the Holy Spirit's echoes flow through English translations of sacred scriptures revealed by His Holiness the Bab. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}This is poem 115 of the 200 I am writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab. Line Count: 5 Form: The elements of the mGur are: 1. syllabic, lines are 7 syllables, sometimes more 2. most commonly a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines. Occasionall... [Read more]

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