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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 Foreignness

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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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]
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]

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