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Sunday, November 13, 2016

An ode of Rúmí’s Baha’u’llah wrote down for one of the believers to sing

‘Abdu’l-Baha tells us that : “At one time, Bahá’u’lláh had written down an ode of Rúmí’s for him, [Ustád Ismá’íl] and had told him to turn his face toward the Báb and sing the words, set to a melody. And so as he wandered through the long dark nights, Ustád would sing these lines:

I am lost, O Love, possessed and dazed,
Love’s fool am I, in all the earth.
They call me first among the crazed,
Though I once came first for wit and worth.

O Love, who sellest me this wine, [1]
O Love, for whom I burn and bleed,
Love, for whom I cry and pine—
Thou the Piper, I the reed.

If Thou wishest me to live,
Through me blow Thy holy breath.
The touch of Jesus Thou wilt give
To me, who’ve lain an age in death.

Thou, both End and Origin,
Thou without and Thou within—
From every eye Thou hidest well,
And yet in every eye dost dwell.
- ‘Abdu’l-Baha  (‘Memorials of the Faithful’)
[1] This wine, Rúmí says elsewhere, comes from the jar of “Yea verily.” That is, it symbolizes the Primal Covenant established between God and man on the day of “Am I not your Lord?” On that day, the Creator summoned posterity out of the loins of Adam and said to the generations unborn, “Am I not your Lord?” Whereupon they answered, “Yea, verily, Thou art.” Cf. Qur’án 7:171.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Virtues Rap

Verse 1
Now follow me closely, it won't take long.
Virtues are what bring humanity along.
We want you to know that we just don't get it.
Virtues are admired, but rarely get the credit.

Verses 2
Now you got your plants and your animals too,
But they got limits when compared to you.
It's boys and girls who are gonna win.
They're the ones who got Virtues within.

Verse 3
Now you got your kindness and patience galore.
Assertiveness and caring are great, that's for sure.
Courage, love and service and add some forgiveness
Is what the world wants to see, more of not less.

Verse 4
There are lots of virtues, that are really where it's at
Like cleanliness, respect and that little one, tact.
And even with our parents, courtesy's a hit.
The one called enthusiasm's our favorite.

Verse 5
We all know about honesty and justice.
Folks are keen on unity, you'll just have to trust us.
Determination, detachment, obedience, too –
With a little dash of reverence, we'll rap them to you.

Verse 6
Now all these virtues, you know they're just right
And that a man with no virtues is a lamp without a light.
With our virtues revealed, you'll give us the nod.
Hey, a world full of virtues is a world full of God.

Final Chorus
Without virtues,
You're nothin'.
WITH virtues,
You're SOMETHIN'.
(Brilliant Star, September-October 1999)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Baha’i Mother – a poem by Sydney Sprague

[This incident occurred in Zanjan, Persia, in the Days of the Blessed Beauty, Baha'u'llah]

Alone within she stood; the crowd without,
With horrid taunting jeer and mocking shout,
Were making out of death a ghastly feast,-
As human blood is banquet for the heart.

She knew, alas too well, who was their prey;
In one brief hour they had snatched away
From out her arms, her own, her well-beloved.

Ah, for this crime was Heaven itself not moved!
Why should her boy, a tree of strength and truth,
Be struck down in the beauty of his youth?

Why should the wicked triumph o'er the good,
The lamb be given to the wolves for food?

Yet often, he to her this warning gave:
"Know thou, man cannot soul and body save,—
My soul I give to God; if others lust
For Bahai blood, then bravely die I must."

The woman remembered; strength came to her heart;
"O God," she prayed, "grant unto me a part
Of this day's sacrifice to Thee.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Orientation – a poem by May Maxwell

O thou divine Bird   
From gardens of light!   
Thy heart piercing song   
Hath shattered the night,   
Dispelling the gloom   
And flooding the air!   
The world bath not seen   
But felt thou wert there.     

O thou divine Rose   
From gardens of love!   
Thy form of substance,   
Thy breath from above,   
Exhales to the world   
A perfume so rare,   
That tho' still unseen   
We know thou art there.     

O thou divine Star   
From the realms on high!   
Thy radiant beams   
Fill earth, air, and sky!   
Bereaved of the Sun   
The world unaware   
Now turns to Its Glory   
And sees Thou art there!    
- May Maxwell  (Star of the West, Vol. 15, No. 4, July 1924)  

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Ayyám-i-Há is Coming

Ayyám-i-Há is coming! Ayyám-i-Há is near!
Intercalay’s coming, the time for fun and cheer.
The Báb proclaimed that these are days that we give to the poor.
We have good food and give our gifts and open up our door, door, door, door,
door, door, door, door.

Ayyám-i-Há is coming! Ayyám-i-Há is near!
Intercalay’s coming, the time for fun and cheer.
The Báb proclaimed that these are days that we give to the poor.
We have good food and give our gifts and open up our door, door, door, door,
door, door, door, door.
(Child’s Way magazine, January-February 1978)

Sunday, May 10, 2015