In 1863, Bahá’u’lláh first announced His Divine Mission as a Messenger of God during the 12 days He called the days of Paradise (i.e. “Ridván” which is pronounced rezz-von). This event took place in a rose-filled garden full of singing birds, where family and friends stayed in large tents. It was a brief interlude in the 40 years of the persecution and imprisonment of Bahá’u’lláh. Each year Bahá’ís commemorate these joyous, significant days, the “Festival of God,” the beginning of the Faith.
About this Revelation, Bahá’u’lláh wrote: “This is the Voice of God, if ye do but hearken. This is the Day Spring of the Revelation of God, did ye but know it. This is the Dawning-Place of the Cause of God, were ye to recognize it.” (Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 33)
“As to the significance of that Declaration let Bahá’u’lláh Himself reveal to us its import…. “The Divine Springtime is come, O Most Exalted Pen, for the Festival of the All-Merciful is fast approaching…. Take heed lest anything deter Thee from extolling the greatness of this Day — the Day whereon the Finger of Majesty and Power hath opened the seal of the Wine of Reunion, and called all who are in the heavens and all who are on earth…. He it is Who hath laid bare before you the hidden and treasured Gem, were ye to seek it. He it is who is the One Beloved of all things, whether of the past or of the future.” And yet again: “Arise, and proclaim unto the entire creation the tidings that He who is the All-Merciful hath directed His steps towards the Ridván and entered it. Guide, then, the people unto the Garden of Delight which God hath made the Throne of His Paradise…” Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 156. A longer article on Ridván may be read here.
At Ridván, Bahá’ís annually elect members of local and national administrative bodies, called Spiritual Assemblies. Bahá’u’lláh taught that in an age of universal education, there was no longer a need for a special class of clergy. Instead, he provided a framework for administering the affairs of the Faith through a system of elected councils at the local, national and international levels. All Bahá’í elections occur through secret ballot and plurality vote, without candidacies, nominations or campaigning. From our 2011 post.
All are invited to these Ridván Holy Day celebrations:
Thursday April 20, 3:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 16103 SW Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR, 97035. 1st day of Ridván celebration. No collection is taken, dress is informal. The bookstore will be open. For more information, please call Beth at 503-636-1674.
Thursday April 20, 3:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203. 1st day of Ridván celebration. No collection is taken, dress is informal. For more information, please call 503 289-6331.
Thursday April 27, 7:00 pm, 16103 SW Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR, 97035. 9th day of Ridván celebration. No collection is taken, dress is informal. The bookstore will be open. For more information, please call Beth at 503-636-1674.
Sunday April 30, 7:00 pm, 16103 SW Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR, 97035. 12th day of Ridván celebration. No collection is taken, dress is informal. The bookstore will be open. For more information, please call Beth at 503-636-1674.
Friday April 14, 7:00 pm. Dialog: “How Religion Affects our Lives. Tranquility Within.” Nine Star Ranch Wilsonville. Our speaker this evening will be Roger Nesbit, Portland attorney. You and your guests are warmly welcomed to a lively evening of dinner, discussion and fellowship! For more information and directions, please call Farah & Tulsi Ramchandani at 503 925-9909.
Monday April 17, 7:00 pm. Dialog: “Social Justice” Bahá’í Center, 16103 SW Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR, 97035. Everyone is welcome to this discussion of Bahá’í solutions relating to social justice issues. For more information, please call Jan at 503-639-8919.
There are a variety of activities every month, with several devotional gatherings weekly throughout the metro area, including every Sunday at the Portland and Beaverton Bahá’í Centers. To see more of the many activities each week in the area, please visit the website calendar at portlandbahai.org for a listing of prayer gatherings, children’s classes, youth activities, and introductory discussion gatherings. The website is the place to check for last-minute changes in events!
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