The Gate to Knowledge

Today we celebrate the Birth of the Bab, the forerunner of Baha’u’llah.

Gate to KnowledgeI have always felt a deep connection with this young Personage, whose life we will be studying in the Ruhi 4 study circle. Major Baha’i Holy Days have always coincided with major turning points in my life, whether I have been aware of that at the time or not. I honored this Holy Day by participating in a lovely celebration among friends, reminiscing with gratitude on the priceless gift of protection the Covenant of the Baha’i Faith provides us with, and singing songs of praise with singers of multiple generations.

My dear girls were not able to be at the celebration, so later on I went to visit them at their after school program to hug them, kiss  them and share with them a treat from the celebration,  encouraging them to make their own celebration at home.

Caring for my precious daughters has been a beautiful way of getting to know myself, and of growing for them and with them.

The Bab was the Gate to the knowledge of God, thus to the knowledge of our true selves. May we all live ever more knowledgeable of ourselves, and of God!

O My God! Thou art the All-Bountiful, Whose grace is infinite. Withhold not Thy servants from the most mighty Ocean, which Thou hast made the repository of the pearls of Thy knowledge and Thy wisdom, and turn them not away from Thy gate, which Thou hast opened wide before all who are in Thy heaven and all who are on Thy earth. O Lord! Leave them not to themselves, for they understand not and flee from that which is better for them than all that Thou hast created upon Thine earth. Cast upon them, O My God, the glances of the eye of Thy favour and bounty, and deliver them from self and passion, that they may draw nigh unto Thy most exalted Horizon, taste the sweetness of Thy remembrance, and delight in that bread which Thou hast sent down from the heaven of Thy Will and the firmament of Thy grace. From everlasting Thy bounty hath embraced the entire creation and Thy mercy hath surpassed all things. No God is there but Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Compassionate.
(Baha’u’llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 104)

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