The Voice of God Calls

The moment that a Divine Prophet declares His mission is the most significant of all those in the history of our planet. One minute there is no Jewish religion, no Christian religion, and the next minute, by the Command of God, there is. The handful of witnesses at that time can not grasp the significance of what happened or what is to come. The momentous Declaration of Bahá’u’lláh occurred in a glorious springtime garden called Ridván (paradise), on an island in the Tigris River. Roses filled the air with perfume, and the music of birds was unceasing. Bahá’u’lláh stayed in a tent in that garden for 12 days during April 1863, while waves of visitors came to see Him and bid Him goodbye as He was sent on the next stage of exile from His native land. The thrill of the Declaration that He was God’s Promised One was mixed with the overwhelming sorrow of His departure to the farthest reaches of the Ottoman Empire (now Turkey.)

photo of Baha'u'llah's tent

Tent of Baha’u’llah. Rod Clarken photo.

“He called that time the “Divine Springtime,” the “Festival of God” when “all created things were immersed in the sea of purification,” “the breezes of forgiveness were wafted over the entire creation,” “the Day whereon the Tongue of the Ancient of Days hath spoken.” He said: “Look not upon the creatures of God except with the eye of kindliness and of mercy, for Our loving providence hath pervaded all created things, and Our grace encompassed the earth and the heavens.” (Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 32)

“Attract the hearts of men, through the call of Him, the one alone Beloved. Say: 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. This is the Source of the commandment of God, did ye but judge it fairly. This is the manifest and hidden Secret; would that ye might perceive it. O peoples of the world! Cast away, in My name that transcendeth all other names, the things ye possess, and immerse yourselves in this Ocean in whose depths lay hidden the pearls of wisdom and of utterance, an ocean that surgeth in My name, the All-Merciful. Thus instructeth you He with Whom is the Mother Book.” (Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 33)

All are lovingly invited to celebrate the Days of Ridván!

First Day of Ridván:  Sunday April 21

Wilsonville, 2:00-3:00 pm, The New Center, 33950 SW Ladd Hill Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070.  For more information please call Farah at 503 925-9909.

Portland, 3:00-5:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203.  Bring a flower! Children welcome!!  For more information please call 503 289-6331.

Lake Oswego, 3:30-5:30 pm, Bahá’í Center, 16103 Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR 97035.  For more information, please call Beth at 503-636-1674.

Ninth Day of Ridván:  Monday April 29

Newberg, dinner will be served at 6:00, program at 7:00 pm. For more information, please call Mandy at 503-538-5695.

Portland, 7:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203.

Lake Oswego, 7:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 16103 Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

Twelfth Day of Ridván:  Thursday May 2

Portland, 7:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203.

Lake Oswego, 7:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 16103 Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

Tuesday, April 16, 23, and 30, 7:00 pm, Newberg:  Study “The Book of Certitude” by Bahá’u’lláh; the “book of unsurpassed preeminence among the writings of the Author of the Bahá’í Revelation.”  For more information, please call Don and Donna at 503-557-8019 or 503-557-8018.

For updates and the complete calendar of metro-area events, click HERE.

There are many devotional gatherings weekly throughout the metro area, including every Sunday at both the Beaverton and Portland Bahá’í Centers.  The Bahá’í Center of Lake Oswego hosts many devotionals and discussions each month, which are posted on its Facebook page.  To see more activities, please visit the website calendar at portlandbahai.orgThe website is the place to check for last-minute changes in events!
Please like us on Facebook “Portland Metro Baha’i Community,” “Baha’i Center of Lake Oswego” and “Baha’i Faith of Newberg Oregon.”

To watch the 50-minute film Light to the World, about the life of Bahá’u’lláh and the impact of His teachings on people around the world, go to http://www.bahai.org/light-to-the-world/ or  click HERE.  This dvd is in the Washington County public library system.

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