About the Ascension of Baha’u’llah

Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith, passed away on 29 May, 1892. This holy day is commemorated by Baha’is all over the world and is known as ‘The Ascension of Baha’u’llah’. To pay their respects, Baha’is honor this holy day with prayers and selections from the Baha’i Writings. It is also one of nine days in the year where work should be suspended. The date to commemorate the Ascension shifts within the Gregorian calendar — in the Baha’i calendar it always falls on the 13th of Azamat .

The final resting place of Baha’u’llah, known as the Shrine of Baha’u’llah, is located in Bahji (outside Akka, in present day Israel), and is the Point of Adoration to which Baha’is turn when reciting their Obligatory Prayer

In commemorating this holy day, we thought we’d share these 16 Baha’i Blog resources about the Life of Baha’u’llah, His Ascension and the Shrine of Baha’u’llah:

1. The Ascension of Baha’u’llah

In this article, Naysan shares a historic account of the Ascension of Baha’u’llah, including a passage from Shoghi Effendi’s God Passes By to help us commemorate this Holy Day.

2. Remembering the Ascension of Baha’u’llah

Preethi helps us remember the Ascension of Baha’u’llah by posing some reflective questions and taking us back to the times of the early believers.

3. The Significance of the Shrine of Baha’u’llah

This article explores the events following the Passing of Baha’u’llah and describes the surroundings of His final resting Place and its gardens.

4. Reflections on the Ascension of Baha’u’llah

Matt highlights the sacrifices endured by Baha’u’llah, His Proclamation to the kings and rulers of the world and the importance of His Station.

5. The Passing of Baha’u’llah and His Covenant

In this article, we are reminded of the Covenant of Baha’u’llah and how Abdu’l-Baha was His Appointed Successor and the Centre of His Covenant

6. Stories of Baha’u’llah

Sonjel shares some of her favourite stories and books about Baha’u’llah.

 

7. The Tablet of Visitation: A Personal Reflection

Dellaram offers her personal reflections on some passages from the Tablet of Visitation for Baha’u’llah, which is often recited during this holy day.

8. The Sun of Baha Has Set: Images of Bahji

Negeen Sobhani’s glorious photographs taken from dusk til dawn transport us to the Shrine of Baha’u’llah, the Mansion of Bahji where He passed away, and their surrounding gardens.

9. 43 Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions Based on the Writings of Baha’u’llah

In honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, we compiled a list of all the Baha’i Blog Studio Session based on the Writings of Baha’u’llah. At that time, we had shared 43 Studio Sessions in a diversity of languages.

10. A Dramatized Reading of E.G. Browne’s Meeting with Baha’u’llah

This audio reading takes us back in time to 1890 when E. G. Brown, a Cambridge University professor, first visited Baha’u’llah at the Mansion of Bahjí in Akka and attained His Presence.

11. Omid Gollmer’s Nightingale Sessions

Omid Gollmer is a musician based in Stuttgart, Germany. In commemoration of the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, he created several videos where he put excerpts from the Baha’i Writings to music. The video series is titled “The Nightingale Sessions”. In this video, Omid and Irena sing one of Baha’u’llah’s Hidden Words in German.

12. “The Life of Baha’u’llah”: A New Children’s Book by Melissa Charepoo

In this new 72-page book filled with elegant drawings, Melissa chronologically outlines the events of Baha’u’llah’s life from His Birth to His Ascension through short stories and explanations of Baha’i concepts. The book also includes a family tree, a timeline, maps, and a glossary. It’s a fantastic and beautiful resource!

13. Baha’u’llah: The Divine Physician – A New Video from the Baha’is of the UK

“Baha’u’llah: The Divine Physician” is a 17 minute video produced by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United Kingdom. It features youth and junior youth from diverse backgrounds, and from different parts of the UK, discussing the problems facing the world today and how Baha’u’llah’s message offers a healing remedy to address these issues.

14. “Light to the World”: A Film for the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah

The Universal House of Justice commissioned a feature film for the joyous and historic Bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah. This wonderful film shares several personal reflections from around the world about aspects of the life and teachings of Baha’u’llah and it illustrates how His Teachings are transforming the lives of individuals and communities.

15. Stories of Baha’u’llah Told by Children

“Stories of Baha’u’llah” is a series of short videos produced by Clark Donnelly and Mary Darling of Westwind Pictures. In this sweet and sincere series of videos, each video consists of a child telling us a one particular story relating to Baha’u’llah.

16. Pathways – The Baha’i Gardens in the Holy Land

In this beautiful video piece called “Pathways”, filmmaker Kyle Corea shares a visual exploration of the pathways and gardens in the Baha’i holy places in Haifa and Bahji in the Holy Land.