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Old 04-20-2018, 02:36 AM   #1
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Happy Ridvan

May all be immersed in much joy on this the First Day of Ridvan BE175

Love to all

Regards Tony
 
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Old 04-20-2018, 05:41 AM   #2
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Thank you Tony. As the time for observing the first day of that “Most Great Festival” in my part of the planet will arrive in the coming hours, I am recalling and will offer some of the “words of God” expressed and vocalized through Bahá'u'lláh, “Who is the Revealer of His undoubted proofs”:


“The Divine Springtime is come, O Most Exalted Pen, for the Festival of the All-Merciful is fast approaching. Bestir thyself, and magnify, before the entire creation, the name of God, and celebrate His praise, in such wise that all created things may be regenerated and made new. . . .

“Arise, and proclaim unto the entire creation the tidings that He Who is the All-Merciful hath directed His steps towards the Ridván and entered it. Guide, then, the people unto the garden of delight which God hath made the Throne of His Paradise. We have chosen thee to be our most mighty Trumpet, whose blast is to signalize the resurrection of all mankind.

“Say: This is the Paradise on whose foliage the wine of utterance hath imprinted the testimony: 'He that was hidden from the eyes of men is revealed, girded with sovereignty and power!' This is the Paradise, the rustling of whose leaves proclaims: 'O ye that inhabit the heavens and the earth! There hath appeared what hath never previously appeared. He Who, from everlasting, had concealed His Face from the sight of creation is now come.' From the whispering breeze that wafteth amidst its branches there cometh the cry: 'He Who is the sovereign Lord of all is made manifest. The Kingdom is God's', while from its streaming waters can be heard the murmur: 'All eyes are gladdened, for He Whom none hath beheld, Whose secret no one hath discovered, hath lifted the veil of glory, and uncovered the countenance of Beauty.' . . .

“Rejoice with exceeding gladness, O people of Bahá, as ye call to remembrance the Day of supreme felicity, the Day whereon the Tongue of the Ancient of Days hath spoken, as He departed from His House, proceeding to the Spot from which He shed upon the whole of creation the splendors of His name, the All-Merciful. God is Our witness. Were We to reveal the hidden secrets of that Day, all they that dwell on earth and in the heavens would swoon away and die, except such as will be preserved by God, the Almighty, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.”


Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, XIV

-LR

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Old 04-20-2018, 12:20 PM   #3
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Thank you Larry, great passages. I like this by Abdul'baha as it should always bring out our happy and thankful side;

SPIRITUAL SPRING

"Do ye know in what cycle ye are created and in what age ye exist? This is the age of the Blessed Perfection and this is the time of the Greatest Name! This is the century of the Manifestation, the age of the Sun of the Horizons and the beautiful springtime of His Holiness the Eternal One!
The earth is in motion and growth; the mountains, hills and prairies are green and pleasant; the bounty is overflowing; the mercy universal; the rain is descending from the cloud of mercy; the brilliant Sun is shining; the full moon is ornamenting the horizon of ether; the great ocean-tide is flooding every little stream; the gifts are successive; the favors consecutive; and the refreshing breeze is blowing, wafting the fragrant perfume of the blossoms. Boundless treasure is in the hand of the King of Kings! Lift the hem of thy garment in order to receive it.
If we are not happy and joyous at this season, for what other season shall we wait and for what other time shall we look?
This is the time for growing; the season for joyous gathering! Take the cup of the Testament in thy hand; leap and dance with ecstasy in the triumphal procession of the Covenant! Lay your confidence in the everlasting bounty, turn to the presence of the generous God; ask assistance from the Kingdom of Abhá; seek confirmation from the Supreme World; turn thy vision to the horizon of eternal wealth; and pray for help from the Source of Mercy!
Soon shall ye see the friends attaining their longed-for destination and pitching their tents, while we are but in the first day of our journey.
This period of time is the Promised Age, the assembling of the human race to the “Resurrection Day” and now is the great “Day of Judgment.” Soon the whole world, as in springtime, will change its garb. The turning and falling of the autumn leaves is past; the bleakness of the winter time is over. The new year hath appeared and the spiritual springtime is at hand. The black earth is becoming a verdant garden; the deserts and mountains are teeming with red flowers; from the borders of the wilderness the tall grasses are standing like advance guards before the cypress and jessamine trees; while the birds are singing among the rose branches like the angels in the highest heavens, announcing the glad-tidings of the approach of that spiritual spring, and the sweet music of their voices is causing the real essence of all things to move and quiver." (Abdulbaha)

Regards to all Tony
 
Old 04-25-2018, 08:08 AM   #4
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Yes, It's my place. Every year at Ridvan, the Universal House of Justice releases a Ridvan Message addressed to the Baha’is of the world. Being the legislative authority, the Baha’i community looks to the Universal House of Justice for counsel, guidance and direction in its spiritual and administrative affairs.

Happy Ridvan
 
Old 04-25-2018, 11:37 AM   #5
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Yes, It's my place. Every year at Ridvan, the Universal House of Justice releases a Ridvan Message addressed to the Baha’is of the world. Being the legislative authority, the Baha’i community looks to the Universal House of Justice for counsel, guidance and direction in its spiritual and administrative affairs.

Happy Ridvan
Yes and we await that Message

Hope you are well and happy.

Regards Tony
 
Old 04-26-2018, 03:41 PM   #6
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Happy Ridvan to all!

Question: How do you all celebrate Ridvan?
I have never actively celebrated it until this year. For my first Ridvan I'm trying to make it feel festive and different. So far, here's what I've done:

I had put up tent mesh in my room, to simulate the inside of a tent.
Bought some lovely flowers to put on my nightstand.
My room, till Ridvan is over, is lit only by candlelight.
I also have a 24-hour Youtube playlist playing, where during the hours of the night it will play nightingales, and during the day there will be running water (since I have an aquarium I already experience this), wind, distant bells, and birds. If any of you would like I can post a link to this playlist.

Currently going to try to decorate with some hand-drawn 9 pointed stars and paper flowers among other things.

How do you all celebrate Ridvan? I'd imagine it varies quite a bit!
 
Old 04-27-2018, 12:47 AM   #7
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Happy Ridvan to all!

Question: How do you all celebrate Ridvan?
I have never actively celebrated it until this year. For my first Ridvan I'm trying to make it feel festive and different. So far, here's what I've done:

I had put up tent mesh in my room, to simulate the inside of a tent.
Bought some lovely flowers to put on my nightstand.
My room, till Ridvan is over, is lit only by candlelight.
I also have a 24-hour Youtube playlist playing, where during the hours of the night it will play nightingales, and during the day there will be running water (since I have an aquarium I already experience this), wind, distant bells, and birds. If any of you would like I can post a link to this playlist.

Currently going to try to decorate with some hand-drawn 9 pointed stars and paper flowers among other things.

How do you all celebrate Ridvan? I'd imagine it varies quite a bit!
Well you have a great Ridvan Celebration happening, full of Spirit, Love it.

Yes it depends what community you are in, or if you have no community. There are no set ideas. At some time we say the Ridvan Tablet. I have also found other Tablets with provisional translation for Ridvan.

http://bahaiprovisionaltablets.blogs...et-of.html?m=1

Also Visiting the aged and sick is done by quite a few as well.

It will be the Most Great Festival and it sounds you have got it happening already

I am away until next Wednesday. Luckily my Wife and I join our old friends in their Community Feast tomorrow (600km away), they have a Pot Luck Lunch before the feast. (Everyone brings a dish or two to share)

May the remainder of your Ridvan be very rewarding.

Regards Tony

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