Ridvan celebrates Baha’u’llah’s time in the garden of Ridvan where He publicly declared His station as a Manifestation of God. The Ridvan Festival is 12 days long and is also the time of year where Baha’is elect their governing bodies.
When a Baha’i pilgrim named Ruth Moffett visited the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, Shoghi Effendi, she recorded many notes. In one session, the Guardian spoke about steps to use prayer to solve a problem, which Ruth recorded. This ‘pilgrim note’ recollection was later circulated back to the Guardian who noted they were ‘personal suggestions’ but were ‘quite sound’. The note was later referenced in a letter from the Universal House of Justice dated 11 October 1978. You can read it here: https://bit.ly/3QyzM5z
We’ve adapted Ruth Moffett’s pilgrim note into a video, narrated by Bilyana Blomeley.
The full adapted text is:
From prayer to action Begin with prayer. Stay a while in the silence. Arrive at a decision and hold this. It might seem impossible to accomplish, but if it seems to be an answer then … Have determination. Many fail here. Do not let the decision become simply a wish or vague longing. When determination is born … Have faith and confidence. The right way will appear, the door will open the right thought, the right message, the right principle will be given to you. Then, as you rise from prayer … Take action. Act as though it had all been answered. Act with tireless, ceaseless energy. And as you act, you, yourself, will become a magnet, a channel for the Divine power to flow through you.
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.