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.
In this meditative video we hear the well-known poem by Ruhiyyih Khanum titled “This is Faith”. The full text of the poem is written below.
THIS IS FAITH
To walk where there is no path To breathe where there is no air To see where there is no light – This is Faith.
To cry out in the silence, The silence of the night, And hearing no echo believe And believe again and again – This is Faith.
To hold pebbles and see jewels To raise sticks and see forests To smile with weeping eyes – This is Faith.
To say: “God, I believe” when others deny, “I hear” when there is no answer, “I see” though naught is seen – This is Faith.
And the fierce love in the heart, The savage love that cries Hidden Thou art yet there! Veil Thy face and mute Thy tongue Yet I see and hear Thee, Love, Beat me down to the bare earth, Yet I rise and love Thee, Love! This is Faith.
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.