THE BAHA'I NEW YEAR




The resting-place of
the Founder of the Baha'i Faith,
Baha'u'lla
h.



Dear Angels,

The Baha'i Fast is now past. What is coming next ?

Occurring on the VERNAL EQUINOXE, the first day of the Baha'i year is named Baha, associated with the Most Great Name, the one of BAHA'U'LLAH Himself, also named in the Holy Scriptures of the past, the Day of God.
Happy the one who entereth upon the first day of the month of Bahá, the day which God hath consecrated to this Great Name. And blessed be he who evidenceth on this day the bounties that God hath bestowed upon him; he verily, is of those who show forth thanks to God through actions betokening the Lord's munificence which hath encompassed all the worlds. Say: This day, verily, is the crown of all the months and the source thereoff, the day on which the breath of life is wafted over all created things. Great is the blessedness of him who greeteth it with radiance and joy. We testify that he is, in truth, among those who are blissful.

- Bahá’u’lláh
Naw-Ruz is therefore an important astronomical time to engage in prayer, meditation and celebration.

Intended for our spiritual uplifting, this speech delivered in Paris during a spring equinox by the son of Baha'u'llah, published in Star of the West, fills our soul with wonder and joy.

I am extremely glad to see you on this Naw-Ruz occasion. This day is the anniversary of many historical events, among them the victory of the Persians over the Arabs who invaded Persia and were successfully repulsed.

This day in Persia inaugurates a feast which continues for thirteen days and in which all take part, rich and poor alike. They adorn themselves with new clothes and their houses are open to all. Money is distributed, music is played and the houses are decorated with flowers, for it is a fete; work is put aside and enjoyment invited. Travelers in Persia feel this transformation, for the country is in a state of complete renewal. A town which seemed dead yesterday comes to life today. People who looked anxious yesterday, today have faces shining with gladness. The poor man of yesterday, with sordid garments, is well dressed today and the whole national life is infused with joy.

From time immemorial this day has been consecrated, for in this there is a symbol. At this moment the sun appears at the meridian and the day and night are equal. Until today the north pole has been in darkness.

This sacred day when the sun illumines equally the whole earth is called the equinox and the equinox is the symbol of the divine messenger. The sun of truth rises on the horizon of divine mercy and sends forth its rays on all. This is the beginning of the spring.

When the sun appears at the equinox it causes a movement in all living things. The mineral world is set in motion, plants begin to sprout, the desert is changed into a prairie, trees bud and every living thing responds, including the bodies of animals and men.

The rising of the sun at the equinox is the symbol of life and the human reality is revivified; our thoughts are transformed and our intelligence is quickened. The sun of truth bestows eternal life, just as the solar sun is the cause of terrestrial life. The day of the appearance of God’s messenger on earth is ever a sacred day, a day when man commemorates his lord.

Among the ancient Persians this day was looked upon as the holy day of the year - a day when hospitals and charitable institutions were founded, collections for the poor were made and every effort put forth that it might not be allowed to pass without leaving some divine trace and throughout Persia one sees these historical traces.

I am spending this New Year’s day in Paris. I hope for considerable results from this fact. May a powerful influence remain in your hearts, signs of eternal joy and happiness that will illumine the kingdom in this city. May the breezes of the Holy Spirit waft upon you, that your intelligence may progress and your souls rejoice in your lord. Thus will you become eternal beings shining in the divine kingdom.
- Abdu'l-Baha
For even more pleasure, consider watching this nice VIDEO illustrating the phenomenon of equinox.

The STUDY and the recitation of the TABLET OF THE HOLY MARINER is a particularly appropriate way to take advantage of such an auspicious moment of spiritual transition.

So to hear the chanted NAW-RUZ PRAYER and read the Text, you can visit this LINK.

A VIDEO particularly suitable for this first day of the Baha'i year, so very joyous.


Therefore, a very Happy Naw-Ruz, beloved Friends !


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