Ruhiyyih Khanum observed the following:
"Many wonderful prayers exist in all languages and all religions; but the prayers of Baha'u'llah possess a peculiar power and richness all their own. He calls upon God in terms of the greatest majesty, of the deepest feeling; sometimes with awe; sometimes with pathos; sometimes in a voice of such exultation that we can only wonder what transpired within His soul at such moments.
He uses figures of speech that strike the imagination, stir up new concepts of the Divinity and expand infinitely our spiritual horizons. Much, no doubt, of their perfection is lost in translation as He often employed the possibilities and peculiarities of the Arabic and Persian languages to their fullest. Some of His prayers, following the style of the Surihs of the Qur'an, end every sentence in rhyme--though they are not poems--and the custom of alliterating words, thus imparting a flowing sense of rhythm to the sentences, is very often resorted to in all His writings, including His prayers. Nevertheless the original charm and beauty pervades the translations...
(Ruhiyyih Khanum, "The Prayers of Baha'u'llah," Baha'i World Volume IX, 1940-1944, pp. 795-96)
One has only to read aloud the following from the Long Obligatory Prayer to hear the rhythmic music contained in the sacred writings.
"Too high art Thou for the praise of those who are nigh unto Thee to ascend unto the heaven of Thy nearness, or for the birds of the hearts of them who are devoted to Thee to attain to the door of Thy gate."
Prayer by Baha'u'llah
One of the great prayers of power--- and one of the deepest talks you're ever likely to hear on it --
Baha'u'llah's "Tablet of Ahmad" is now online.
Recorded in an informal setting in Dallas, Texas in 1999 -- shortly before his death -- Baha'i scholar Richard Gurinsky, author of Learn Well This Tablet, speaks from the heart with a wealth of knowledge.
"The Tablet of Ahmad was revealed by Baha'u'llah to be read when one feels himself in exceptionally difficult circumstances.*"
(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to the Baha'is of Kenosha, April 14, 1932)
Here also is an article about Richard Gurinsky and the Tablet of Ahmad.
"Possess a pure, Kindly & Radiant heart..."
"A kindly toungue is the lodestone of the hearts..." --Baha'i quote
May enthusiasm not lead me to lay a burden on any soul...
Celebrating this Newly Launched Blog--
-- a good place to post those things that are just a little too pointedly
from a Baha'i Perspective to incllude on the main page of this domain...
Our Main Blog
brings Baha'i ideals to all peoples, but some things may seem over- done for some who shy away from faith...