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Local Bahá’ís to Celebrate Twin Holy Days
Bahá’ís from Santa Fe city and county will gather on November 2nd, 2016, to observe the births of the two founders of the Bahá’í Faith. The event will take place at the Santa Fe Women’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe at 5:30 p.m.
The Twin Holy Days mark the birth of The Báb on October 20, 1819 and the birth of Bahá’u’lláh on November 12, 1817. In recognition of the unique status of these figures as “Twin Manifestations,” or co-founders of a major religion, Bahá’ís around the world celebrate these births on successive days on dates fixed by a blended solar and lunar calculation. This year the dates fall on November 1 and November 2.
Bahá’ís believe that The Báb (born Sayyed Ali Muhammed in Shiraz, Persia – present day Iran) took his title, meaning “The Gate,” in recognition of His status as a prophet announcing the end of one religious era that began with Adam and the herald of a new era beginning with Himself. He foretold the coming of a second, greater Manifestation of God within a short time of his own passing, whose ministry would promote the unity of God, of all religions and of all humanity. The Báb’s teachings, especially on the equality of women and men and the birth of a new religion, led to a religious and social uprising in Persia. The repercussions from the quelling of that uprising persist to the present day in the persecution of Bahá’ís in Iran. The Báb was executed in 1850. Other Bahá’í Holy Days mark the declaration of his mission on May 23 and his death on July 9.
According to Bahá’ís, Bahá’u’lláh (born Mirza Husyan-Ali Nuri in Teheran, Persia) is not only the Manifestation of God heralded by the Báb, but also the Promised One of all religions. His title translates as “The Glory of God.” In a ministry that ran from 1863 to 1892, Bahá’u’lláh produced hundreds of volumes of work from mystical and poetic to scholarly and expository. Chief among His themes are the oneness of God, of religion and of mankind, the promise of world peace, and the doctrine of progressive revelation. By “progressive revelation,” Bahá’ís mean that God’s Word unfolds through new prophets as mankind evolves and confronts new challenges. Bahá’u’lláh announced Himself as the messenger for our time. Often, the messengers that God sends to reveal His Word are persecuted and even killed in their own time only to be recognized later as the founders of great religions. Bahá’u’lláh was Himself imprisoned throughout his ministry, first in Persia, then in Iraq, later in Turkey and finally in Palestinian Syria (now Israel.) Other Bahá’í Holy Days mark the declaration of his mission from April 20 through May 1 and His death on May 28.
The Bahá’í Faith was established in Santa Fe in 1970 and now has active communities in both the city and county. Current efforts focus on neighborhood community building and spiritual education. Through gatherings open to all, Bahá’ís work with the followers of diverse religions to strengthen the spiritual character of communities by sharing and studying prayers with one another. In their spiritual education efforts, local Bahá’ís sponsor children’s classes in which games, songs and simple memorization teach principles held in common by all religions. For young teens, junior youth spiritual empowerment groups study more complex concepts such as justice, divine confirmation and moral decision-making. These youth groups also design and carry out neighborhood projects. Adult study circles focus on more explicit Bahá’í teachings that are appropriate for members of the wider community seeking an understanding of the faith and for those who wish to assist with children’s classes or junior youth groups.
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