The SACRED SHRINE OF BAHA'U'LLAH
where His Holy remains rest, near Akka in Israel,
the Baha'i Qiblih.
Every year, on May 29 at four o'clock in the morning, millions of faithful sing soulful songs because...
By the righteousness of God! The Dawn hath truly brightened and the light hath shone forth and the night hath receded. Happy are they that comprehend. Happy are they that have attained thereunto.
This Dawn is the revered person of the Prophet BAHA'U'LLAH, a Persian name which means 'Glory of God'.
Didn't CHRIST say that He would return in the glory of the Father? So consider the following to know the truth of the Return.
And when Thou didst purpose to unveil Thy sovereignty, and to glorify Thy word, and to reveal Thy bounteousness and mercy, Thou didst raise up one of Thy servants, and didst choose Him above all Thy creatures, and didst single Him out for Thy purpose, and didst clothe Him with the robe of Thy guidance, and didst immerse Him beneath the seas of Thy majesty and grandeur, and didst sanctify Him from all that beseemeth not the greatness of Thy glory and the power of Thy might, and didst bid Him to cry out before all that are in heaven and on earth, and summon the multitudes to the Manifestation of Thy Self and the Revealer of Thy signs.
On that blessed Night of May 29, 1892, a witness to the sacred Ascension of Baha'u'llah, the future Guardian of the BAHA'I FAITH, Shoghi Effendi, reported for the posterity these TOUCHING MOMENTS.
Methinks, the spiritual commotion set up in the world of dust had caused all the worlds of God to tremble. Eight hours after sunset on that darksome night when the heavens wept over the earth, what had been revealed in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas was finally realized. My inner and outer tongue are powerless to portray the condition we were in... In the midst of the prevailing confusion, a multitude of the inhabitants of 'Akká and of the neighbouring villages, that had thronged the fields surrounding the Mansion, could be seen weeping, beating upon their heads, and crying aloud their grief...
For a full week after that great calamity, a great number of mourners, the rich, the poor, the orphans and the oppressed partook of the food that was generously dispensed by the bereaved family... From the second day of the ascension of the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsistent Lord to His Most Holy and exalted Dominions on high, men of learning and poets, both Muslim and Christian, began to send telegrams of condolence to the presence of the Most Great Branch. They sent poems eloquently extolling the virtues and lamenting the loss of the Beloved.
Closing our eyes but opening our hearts, it is now time to pay great homage to the Station of our Lord and Master, the divine Manifestation of God for this day and age.
But Baha'u'llah did not leave this dusty world without addressing some uplifting words to the mourners:
Thus, the sage was able to say much later about his eldest son, Abdu'l-Baha, that :
Let not your hearts be perturbed, O people, when the glory of My presence is withdrawn, and the ocean of My utterance is stilled. In my Presence amongst you there is a wisdom and in My absence, there is yet another, inscrutable to all but God, the Incomparable, the All-Knowing. Verily, We behold you from our realm of glory, and shall aid whosoever arise for the triumph of Our Cause with the hosts of the Concourse on high and a company of Our favoured angels.
With the setting of the Sun of Baha, the Moon of His Covenant rose in reflected glory, lifting the darkness of a night of despair, and lighting the path to the unity of all humankind.
If, like us, you wish to commemorate the Ascension of Baha'u'llah and fill your soul with prayers and uplifting readings, humbly bowing before the Sacred Threshold, awaiting the MEETING, here are some suggestions and poignant MELODIES.
O thou who art cheered through the Fragrances of God!
When thou desirest and yearnest for meeting in the world of vision; at the time when thou art in perfect fragrance and spirituality, wash thy hands and face, clothe thyself in clean robes, turn toward the court of the Peerless One, offer prayer to Him and lay thy head upon the pillow. When sleep cometh, the doors of revelation shall be opened and all thy desires shall become revealed.
And whenever I chose to hold my peace and be still, lo, the voice of the Holy Ghost, standing on my right hand, aroused me, and the Supreme Spirit appeared before my face...
Praise be to Thee, O Lord, my God, my Master, my Possessor, my King. Now that I have confessed unto Thee my powerlessness and the powerlessness of all created things, and have acknowledged my poverty and the poverty of the entire creation, I call unto Thee with my tongue and the tongues of all that are in heaven and on earth, and beseech Thee with my heart and the hearts of all that have entered beneath the shadow of Thy names and Thine attributes, not to shut us from the doors of Thy loving-kindness and grace, nor to suffer the breeze of Thy bountiful care and favor to cease from being wafted over our souls, nor to permit that our hearts be occupied with any one except Thee, or our minds to be busied with any remembrance save remembrance of Thy Self.
Be wonderfully blessed !
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