I am currently taking an online course called The Badi (Baha’i) Calendar, Reshaping Our Material, Social, and Spiritual Reality. But I am also reading about the history, traditions, and calendar of the ancient Bulgarians and find intriguing the similarities of these calendar systems separated by millennia. Whatever calendar we use, it is a reminder of our relationship with time. When a new spiritual era is ushered in, a new calendar calls us to reset our clocks not only physically but spiritually as well.
The Bahá’í year, in accordance with the Badi’ calendar, consists of nineteen months of nineteen days each, with the addition of certain intercalary days (four in an ordinary year and five in a leap year) between the eighteenth and nineteenth months in order to adjust the calendar to the solar year. The Báb named the months after certain attributes of God. The Bahá’í New Year, Naw-Ruz, is astronomically fixed, coinciding with the March equinox.
~ Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, / Notes : Note 147
As we approach the Winter Equinox, let us reflect on the concept of time and the calendars as metaphors for the cycles of nature and the numbered days of our physical lives.
“Time and the Bahá’í Calendar” Interfaith Prayer Station
What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, homemade banana bread baked with love and shared with a smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing music and prayers with friends gets us all closer to the Creator.
Join us this Monday, December 21st, 2015, for an Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation on the theme “Time and the Baha’i Calendar“.
We’ll start at 7:00 pm with a healthy dinner followed by a brief presentation on the Baha’i Calendar and readings of selected Holy Writings and Prayers. We have many books of prayers from different faith traditions but if you wish, feel free to bring your own prayers or inspiring writings. We will uplift and refresh our souls with inspiring musical selections and we’ll conclude with tea and sweets.
We’ll also say prayers for anyone in need, so if you can’t join us and would like to request prayers — or if you need directions — please contact me.
Until we meet, enjoy this informative video of the Badí Calendar: