Like the spiritual springtime it celebrates, the Bahá’í Faith has an efflorescence of Holy Days associated with its history at this time of year. On May 29, Bahá’ís around the world observe the anniversary of the passing of the faith’s prophet/founder, Bahá‘u’lláh.
His quiet exit from this world in 1892 stands in marked contrast to the nearly 50 years of imprisonment, exile, suffering and torture that preceded it. Yet no matter the upheaval and pain of his worldly days, the motivating purpose and power of his life and teachings embody the invitation we’ve all been given to transcend this world in favor of a greater, and deeper, reality.
As I contemplate seeing beyond the illusions of the material world to catch glimpses of the Real one, Bahá‘u’lláh has words waiting for me:
We cherish the hope that through the loving-kindness of the All-Wise, the All-Knowing, obscuring dust may be dispelled and the power of perception enhanced, that the people may discover the purpose for which they have been called into being. In this Day whatsoever serveth to reduce blindness and to increase vision is worthy of consideration. This vision acteth as the agent and guide for true knowledge. … keenness of understanding is due to keenness of vision. ~Tablets of Bahá‘u’lláh, p. 35.