‘Radiant Heart’ – Shadi Toloui-Wallace

‘Radiant Heart’ – Shadi Toloui-Wallace with mother, Shidan

“Radiant Heart” is a song dedicated to the 1st Arabic Hidden Word of Baha’u’llah.
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March 14 (14 Alá/Loftiness)

“We have commanded you to pray and fast from the beginning of maturity; this is ordained by God, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers. Read more

March 11 (11 Alá/Loftiness)

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“It behoveth thee to consecrate thyself to the Will of God.  Whatsoever hath been revealed in His Tablets is but a reflection of His Will. Read more

March 9 (9 Alá/Loftiness)

“Consider thou and call to mind the time when Muhammad appeared.  He said, and His word is the truth:  ‘Pilgrimage to the House (Mecca) is a service due to God.’ Read more

March 6 (6 Alá/Loftiness)

They that immerse themselves in the ocean of His utterances should at all times have the utmost regard for the divinely-revealed ordinances and prohibitions. Read more

“The Prayers of Baha’u’llah” by Ruhiyyih Khanum

“Not the least of the treasures which Baha’u’llah has given to the world is the wealth of His prayers and meditations. Read more

3 AYYÁM-I-HÁ 173

 

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Here is a historical account of how Baha’u’llah and some of the early believers celebrated Ayyam-i-Ha:

On the first day of the Ayyam-i-Ha [Intercalary days] one of the pilgrims had invited Baha’u’llah and all the believers in Akka to lunch. I too went to Mazra‘ih. Early in the morning a large tent was pitched in front of the entrance to the garden on a delightful open space. That morning all the believers, numbering almost two hundred, consisting of those who were living in the Holy Land and the pilgrims, came to Mazra‘ih.

Around the time of noon, the Blessed Beauty came down from the Mansion and majestically entered the tent. All the believers were standing in front of the tent. Then Mirza Aqa Jan, standing in the presence of Baha’u’llah chanted a dawn prayer for fasting which had been revealed on that day. When the prayer was finished the Blessed Beauty instructed all to be seated. Every person sat down in the place where he was standing. His blessed Person spoke to us and after His utterances were ended He asked, ‘What happened to the Feast, is it really going to happen?’ Thereupon a few friends hurried away and soon lunch was brought in. They placed a low table in the middle of the tent. His blessed person and all the Aghsan [The male descendants of Baha’u’llah] sat around the table and since there was more room, He called some by name to join Him. Among these my name was called; He said, Aqa Tahir, come and sit.’ So I went in and sat at the table in His presence.

At some point Baha’u’llah said, ‘We have become tired of eating. Those who have had enough may leave.’ I immediately arose and His blessed Person left. At first the food which was left over on His plate was divided among the friends, and then group after group entered the tent and had their meal. Everyone at this feast partook of both physical and spiritual food.

–(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha’u’llah, vol. 4, p.8)

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13 Mulk (Dominion) 173 BE

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“The All-Knowing Physician hath His finger on the pulse of mankind. He perceiveth the disease, and prescribeth, in His unerring wisdom, the remedy. Every age hath its own problem, and every soul its particular aspiration. Read more

7 Mulk (Dominion) 173 BE

Release yourselves, O nightingales of God, from the thorns and brambles of wretchedness and misery, and wing your flight to the rose-garden of unfading splendor. Read more

8 Sharaf (Honour) 173 BE

Siyah Chal, Black Pit

XXXI: Contemplate with thine inward eye the chain of successive Revelations that hath linked the Manifestation of Adam with that of the Báb. I testify before God that each one of these Manifestations hath been sent down through the operation of the Divine Will and Purpose, that each hath been the bearer of a specific Message, that each hath been entrusted with a divinely-revealed Book and been commissioned to unravel the mysteries of a mighty Tablet. The measure of the Revelation with which every one of them hath been identified had been definitely fore-ordained. This, verily, is a token of Our favor unto them, if ye be of those that comprehend this truth…. And when this process of progressive Revelation culminated in the stage at which His peerless, His most sacred, and exalted Countenance was to be unveiled to men’s eyes, He chose to hide His own Self behind a thousand veils, lest profane and mortal eyes discover His glory. This He did at a time when the signs and tokens of a divinely-appointed Revelation were being showered upon Him—signs and tokens which none can reckon except the Lord, your God, the Lord of all worlds. And when the set time of concealment was fulfilled, We sent forth, whilst still wrapt within a myriad veils, an infinitesimal glimmer of the effulgent Glory enveloping the Face of the Youth, and lo, the entire company of the dwellers of the Realms above were seized with violent commotion and the favored of God fell down in adoration before Him. He hath, verily, manifested a glory such as none in the whole creation hath witnessed, inasmuch as He hath arisen to proclaim in person His Cause unto all who are in the heavens and all who are on the earth. 
~Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, pp 74-75