Preparing for the Ascension of Baha'u'llah

Jun 2006
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Ascension of Baha’u’llah



Video on the Ascension:

Ascension of Baha'u'llah

“With the ascension of Bahá'u'lláh draws to a close a period which, in many ways, is unparalleled in the world's religious history. The first century of the Bahá'í Era had by now run half its course. An epoch, unsurpassed in its sublimity, its fecundity and duration by any previous Dispensation, and characterized, except for a short interval of three years, by half a century of continuous and progressive Revelation, had terminated. The Message proclaimed by the Báb had yielded its golden fruit. The most momentous, though not the most spectacular phase of the Heroic Age had ended. The Sun of Truth, the world's greatest Luminary, had risen in the Siyah-Chal of Tihran, had broken through the clouds which enveloped it in Baghdad, had suffered a momentary eclipse whilst mounting to its zenith in Adrianople and had set finally in 'Akká, never to reappear ere the lapse of a full millenium.

“God's newborn Faith, the cynosure of all past Dispensations, had been fully and unreservedly proclaimed. The prophecies announcing its advent had been remarkably fulfilled. Its fundamental laws and cardinal principles, the warp and woof of the fabric of its future World Order, had been clearly enunciated. Its organic relation to, and its attitude towards, the religious systems which preceded it had been unmistakably defined. The primary institutions, within which an embryonic World Order was destined to mature, had been unassailably established. The Covenant designed to safeguard the unity and integrity of its world-embracing system had been irrevocably bequeathed to posterity. The promise of the unification of the whole human race, of the inauguration of the Most Great Peace, of the unfoldment of a world civilization, had been incontestably given. The dire warnings, foreshadowing catastrophes destined to befall kings, ecclesiastics, governments and peoples, as a prelude to so glorious a consummation, had been repeatedly uttered. The significant summons to the Chief Magistrates of the New World, forerunner of the Mission with which the North American continent was to be later invested, had been issued. The initial contact with a nation, a descendant of whose royal house was to espouse its Cause ere the expiry of the first Bahá'í century, had been established. The original impulse which, in the course of successive decades, has conferred, and will continue to confer, in the years to come, inestimable benefits of both spiritual and institutional significance upon God's holy mountain, overlooking the Most Great Prison, had been imparted. And finally, the first banners of a spiritual conquest which, ere the termination of that century, was to embrace no less than sixty countries in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres had been triumphantly planted.

“In the vastness and diversity of its Holy Writ; in the number of its martyrs; in the valor of its champions; in the example set by its followers; in the condign punishment suffered by its adversaries; in the pervasiveness of its influence; in the incomparable heroism of its Herald; in the dazzling greatness of its Author; in the mysterious operation of its irresistible spirit; the Faith of Bahá'u'lláh, now standing at the threshold of the sixth decade of its existence, had amply demonstrated its capacity to forge ahead, indivisible and incorruptible, along the course traced for it by its Founder, and to display, before the gaze of successive generations, the signs and tokens of that celestial potency with which He Himself had so richly endowed it.”

~ Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 223

 
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Had people realized a single truth in the Books of God revealed in the past Dispensations they would have come forth in flocks seeking Baha'u'llah's forgiveness for the days they have spent in darkness and become Baha'is. Baha'u'llah's Revelation is the zenith of all Revelations and His message of unity the greatest message to mankind. Unity is of Godly essence. Unity of mankind, Unity of His Manifestations, and Unity of God.

In praising Baha'u'llah's station the Bab has said that He is the first believer in Him! This speaks of Baha'u'llah's mighty station.
 
Jun 2006
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Just a few more hours or so till our observance tomorrow morning at 3:00 am...

The Blessed Beauty, in unmistakable language, hath made this promise in His Book:

'We behold you from Our realm of glory, and shall aid whosoever will arise for the triumph of Our Cause with the hosts of the Concourse on high and a company of Our favoured angels.'
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[1 Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, LXXII ]
 
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Had people realized a single truth in the Books of God revealed in the past Dispensations they would have come forth in flocks seeking Baha'u'llah's forgiveness for the days they have spent in darkness and become Baha'is. Baha'u'llah's Revelation is the zenith of all Revelations and His message of unity the greatest message to mankind. Unity is of Godly essence. Unity of mankind, Unity of His Manifestations, and Unity of God.

In praising Baha'u'llah's station the Bab has said that He is the first believer in Him! This speaks of Baha'u'llah's mighty station.
Well your assuming he was truthful in the first place and in the Christian bible men do know the truth there is God but still reject him nontheless. Knowing the truth doesn't mean one is going to accept it, I know what the bahai confess and reject it as wrong and somewhat blasphemous.
 
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Excerpts from The Ascension of Baha'u'llah program..

David Merrick collected material to be used in a program observing the anniversary of the Ascension of Baha'u'llah ...what follows is an excerpt:

O Thou the King of creation and the Ruler of this world and the world to come! Both in Thy presence and in Thy absence Thou hast been the cause of the tranquillity of the hearts of men and the advancement of the nations. From the moment Thou didst mount Thy throne until Thy ascension to the Realms of Eternity, Thou wert at all times, at day and at night, each month and each year, the cause of the exaltation of mankind. No needy suppliant who had set his heart toward Thee was turned back from the door of Thy generosity without vouchsafing unto him supreme felicity and goodly gifts, and no sorrowful destitute was sent out of Thy All-glorious presence except that Thou didst bestow upon him blissful joy and ample hope.

[Nabil, edited.]

'Akka Period

'Akka

After a life of exile from one city to the next, Bahá'u'lláh was finally abandoned to the walls of Akka , a prison city of Galilee in Israel, where the worst criminals were sent from all parts of the empire to end their days. So great was the stench and disease, it was said that if a bird flew over the city, it would die and fall to the ground.

The journey to Akka as prisoners was a terrible one. Bahá'u'lláh and His companions, family and children, all arrived extremely sick. Wading from the boats to the seashore, hordes of people gathered to fling scorn and insult into their faces, exclaiming that they were to be chained in dungeons or thrown into the sea.

They were led through the streets in a sea of remorseless mockery and contempt, and thrown into a stinking room, ankle-deep in mud, overpowering them with the vilest of odours. There was little water or food, and so foul, it was impossible to swallow.

So many were crowded together and the summer months so hot, almost everyone became dangerously ill. No doctor was allowed; no one knew where they were; no letters could come or go; all entry to the city was forbidden.

This situation continued for two years. Everyone gave the best of whatever they had, to Bahá'u'lláh. He always received this kindly, and returned it to them again, choosing to live just as they were living, and to sleep upon the infested floor.

One night, the Purest Branch was walking free from these conditions on the prison roof. He was engaged in meditation, and fell without looking through the small skylight to the stone floor below. As he lay there, Bahá'u'lláh offered him the choice between life and death. In his beautiful nature, he asked to be a sacrifice that would enable people to visit Bahá'u'lláh. Bahá'u'lláh permitted this, and in a short while, the prisoners were moved out to a more pleasant residence, to roam the city at large, and be visited; with Bahá'u'lláh to remain indoors.

The alchemy of Bahá'u'lláh's presence and the sacrificial love of Abdu'l-Bahá, everywhere transformed pitiless enemies into devoted friends. In due course, although no edict had set Him free, Bahá'u'lláh was moved to better accomodation and permitted the freedom of the city and its surroundings.

At the time of Bahá'u'lláh's ascension from this world, He was living at Bahji. His relatives were living very close by in 'Akka, and the entire city held both Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá in their hearts with incomparable honour.


The Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh
 
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