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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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October 16, 2023 at 1:03pm
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I Chose Baha'u'llah
October 29, 2022 at 6:06pm
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Baha'u'llah, the Lord of Host
October 8, 2022 at 12:27pm
Baha'u'llah, the Lord of Host Inspired by The Summons of the Lord of Hosts , pages 3-54, Súriy-i-Haykal (Súrih of the Temple) 1 Glorified is the Pen of God. Glorified is He who speaks from the Kingdom of Revelation. Blessed are the ears that hear His voice, and blessed are the eyes that read His Words. 2 He is God's living temple; He speaks with the voice of divine power and justice. Open the book He revealed and step into the temple of ... [Read more]
Epiphanies While Watching Baha'i Artists Singing on YouTube
August 27, 2022 at 8:24pm
Epiphanies While Watching Baha'i Artists Singing on YouTube 1 Listen to the nightingale singing in the tree of paradise proclaiming to the household of humanity the day-spring of happiness. 2 Baha'u'llah is the sun and 'Abdu'l-Baha the moon reflecting the light of Glory. 3 We are the waves of of the sea of humanity rolling onto the beach of unity. 4 In this day, God's living temple is Baha'u'llah. ... [Read more]
Close Companion: To Anis Zunuzi
July 10, 2022 at 1:17pm
Close Companion: To Anis Zunuzi{footnote:#}Anis Zunuzi was executed with the Bab on July 9, 1850. Resilience of faith Obedient and patient Steadfast companion His soul rejoicing It ascended with his Lord Into the Abha Paradise ... [Read more]
The Hour of Revelation
June 25, 2022 at 2:47pm
The Hour of Revelation The hour of revelation came in the darkness of the night when the heedless slept. Sing: Hallelujah! Raise your voices in praise. ForThe Bab{footnote:#}The Gate of God. has opened the door for the King of Glory{footnote:#}Baha'u'llah . The hour of revelation came in the Garden of Paradise and the world awoke to Alláh-u-Abhá Reverberating at first light. Sing: Hallelujah! Raise your voices in praise. For the Prince of Peace{footnote:... [Read more]
Spiritual Joy
May 27, 2022 at 1:40pm
Spiritual Joy My soul finds its greatest joy in worshiping the All-Glorious Creator through words of 'Abdu'l-Baha. Baha'u'llah, the Bab. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Line Count: 7 Form: Eintou: 7 lines with a syllable/word count of 2, 4, 6, 8, 6, 4, 2. Should be centered. Written for ... [Read more]
A New Day Dawns
April 23, 2022 at 9:59pm
A New Day Dawns Rising in faith firmament twin suns{footnote:#}Reference to the Bab and Baha'u'llah shed the healing rays of divine unity on humanity. This is the day that shall not be followed by night, when the Holy Spirit's light opens the Gate{footnote:#}The Bab to the Glory of God{footnote:#}Baha'u'llah . ... [Read more]
Celebrating Ridvan
April 18, 2022 at 1:46pm
Celebrating Ridvan I rejoice with the nightingales, singing their carols to the roses, singing their anthems of love in the Garden of Paradise. I raise my voice in "Hallelujah!" I proclaim my gratitude to the Creator of heaven and Earth for Baha'u'llah's revelation. ... [Read more]
Divine Physician
April 16, 2022 at 6:36pm
Divine Physician Baha'u'llah is the divine physician! His scriptures are fountains of renewal, rivers of living water that quench the parched souls of humanity. His tablets and epistles are loaves of freshly baked bread feeding the starving multitudes and healing the planet. ... [Read more]
Healing Scriptures
April 4, 2022 at 2:43pm
Healing Scriptures I read the healing scriptures revealed by The Bab, Baha'u'llah, and 'Abdu'-Baha. I raise my plea for divine assistance to understand the exalted words of the sacred writings, and comprehend the analogies they contain. I read the healing scriptures, and raise my plea for assistance to apply their prescriptions to healing of spiritual wounds. ... [Read more]
The Great Beyond
April 15, 2022 at 6:54pm
The Great Beyond T his is where I meet the Blessed Beauty{footnote:#}Baha'u'llah , H ear the voice of the Exalted One{footnote:#}The Bab , and E ncounter the Servant of Baha{footnote:#}'Abdu'l-Baha . G od's worlds, and His grace, are infinite, R each beyond the known into the unknown, E xtend into the spiritual realm, A lways beyond the reach of material existence: T ime has no meaning in the great beyond. B aha'u'llah has given us a glim... [Read more]
Construction of the Shrine of 'Abdu'l-Baha
March 29, 2022 at 5:07pm
Construction of the Shrine of 'Abdu'l-Baha {link:https://news.bahai.org/story/1588/} Section by section the trellis grow, from the positioning of the polystyrene{footnote:#}{link:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polystyrene} framework, the rebar, pouring the concrete, and the removal of the frameing. Soon the Shrine of 'Abdu'l-Baha join the other sacred buildings on Mount Carmel. ... [Read more]
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Praise
March 27, 2022 at 7:32pm
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Praise Lord God Almighty, Creator of the Heavens, Earth, and everything between. I give thanks to you for the Long Healing Prayer and the Fire Tablet. I give praise to you for the contentment that comes from reading your sacred word. ... [Read more]
Baha: The Most Great Name of God
March 25, 2022 at 6:03pm
1 The Greatest Name of God reverberates through the sacred scriptures of religion. 2 Life's Journey took my soul through the valley of shadows into the light of Baha. {dropnote:"Poet's Note:"}Tetractys: 5 line stanzas with syllable counts of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 See {link:http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/tetractys.html} ... [Read more]
Surrendering All to Baha'u'llah
March 24, 2022 at 3:47pm
Surrendering All To Baha'u'llah I surrender all to You, Baha'u'llah! I surrender all my fears, all my worries, all my tears, and everything to you, O Lord, that does not meet with your accord. ... [Read more]
Happy Ridvan
March 23, 2022 at 7:59pm
Happy Ridvan{footnote:#}Pronounced rez-vahn. Sunset on March 20 to sunset on May 2, 2022 H allelujah! For the Divine Springtime A nd the Most Great Festival of Paradise{footnote:#}Paradise is the meaning of Ridvan. . P roclaim the joyous news to all the world P ublicize the Twelve Days of Ridvan, and Y ield praise unto the All Glorious Lord. R esplendent echoes from 1863, I nvites the whole world to celebrate, the D ays when Baha'u'llah declared His missi... [Read more]
Joyous Naw-Ruz
March 21, 2022 at 8:54pm
Joyous Naw-Ruz Warbling nightingales joyfully greet the New Year, celebrate Naw-Ruz. Nightingales warbling proclaim the month of Splendour, extol the Glory of God. Warbling nightingales the excellence of their hymns usher in spring's equinox. Nightingales warbling light up despondent spirits wishing a joyous Naw-Ruz. ... [Read more]
A Prayer of Thanksgiving to Baha'u'llah
March 20, 2022 at 5:04pm
A Prayer of Thanksgiving to Baha'u'llah Pen of the Most High, I intone my gratitude, for all the blessing I have received. Glory of the All-Glorious, I give thanks for the test and difficulties that have strengthened my faith and certitude in the Creator. ... [Read more]
Happy Naw-Ruz
March 19, 2022 at 8:43pm
Happy Naw-Ruz Naw-Ruz sunset March 20, 2022 to sunset March 21, 2022 H e has come to unite humanity, A nd to heal the wound of separation. P raise Baha'u'llah, God's Most Great Name, P raise the Lord of Hosts, Baha'u'llah. Y a Baha'u'l-Abha! Ya Baha'u'l-Abha!{footnote:#}“O Thou Glory of Glories!” N ow we greet a New Day and a New Year-- A lláh-u-Abhá! Alláh-u-Abhá!{footnote:#}"God the All-Glorious!" -- W ith ... [Read more]
Scriptures Revealed by The Bab and Baha'u'llah
March 15, 2022 at 9:43pm
Scriptures Revealed by The Bab and Baha'u'llah These are the crystal waters of Divine Mercy, flowing from the fountain of God's love that sooth the parched throats of thirsty wanderers in the desert of doubt. Their elegant language inspires interpreters to strive for perfection in the exquisite English translations. Their metaphors and similes-- translated from the original Persian and Arabic-- speak directly to seekers soul. ... [Read more]
We Are Not Alone
March 14, 2022 at 1:57pm
We Are Not Alone We are not alone Baha'u'llah is always a prayer away. Forget all save God Beseech assistance with tests and difficulties. We are not alone as we tread life's weary way we have the All-Glorious Lord. ... [Read more]
In The Day of God
March 13, 2022 at 9:37pm
In The Day of God In the Day of God sincerity does not doubt hearing the nightingale sing in the Tree of Life. In the Day of God the Holy Spirit's unfailing power reverberates through the corridors of faith igniting sacrifice. In the Day of God love transforms the seeker into the faithful servant, proclaiming a new heaven and a new Earth. ... [Read more]
Titles of Baha'u'llah
March 11, 2022 at 7:16pm
Titles of Baha'u'llah{footnote:#}Each of the first four stanzas begins with a title of Baha'u'llah, while the last stanza contains four of His titles. The Best Beloved The lamp of the Almighty Humanity's hope The Ancient Beauty Reflects divine attributes To the human race The Pen of Glory Announced the three onenesses Spirit of the age The Glory of God The mediator between God and humankind The Lord of Hosts, Prince of Peace The Blessed Beauty, ... [Read more]

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