“Verily I am Thy servant, O my God, and Thy poor one and Thy suppliant. I have arrived at Thy gate, seeking Thy shelter. I have found no contentment save in Thy love, no exultation except in Thy remembrance, no eagerness but in obedience to Thee, no joy save in Thy nearness, and no tranquility except in reunion with Thee.”
– The Báb
Oct. 29 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the forerunner and prophet-herald of the Baha’i Faith, the Báb, meaning “the Gate.”
The Báb’s ministry began in 1844 when he was 25 and lasted only six years. He appeared in a society oppressed by fierce religious fanaticism but wrote extensively. His eloquent prayers and profound expositions and commentaries spoke of and prepared people for the imminent appearance of a divine teacher who would guide humanity toward global justice, unity and peace.
No less than 20,000 of the Báb’s followers, who, he wrote, “refused to barter their newly born faith for the fleeting honors and security of a mortal life,” were put to death. He himself was executed by firing squad in 1850. But his message endured, his promise was fulfilled and the divine teacher he spoke of became known as the founder of the Baha’i Faith. The Báb’s life story has been depicted in the film, “The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith” (see thegatefilm.com).
As Baha’is around the world commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of The Báb, two local celebrations are scheduled, both free and open to the public.
• Mountain View Baha’is are set to host an event 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave.
The program will include live music, short talks, an art display and children’s activities, followed by lunch. Doors will open at 11 a.m.
To RSVP, visit mountainview200.eventbrite.com.
• Los Altos Baha’is have scheduled a celebration 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino.
The program will feature live music, a talk, a video presentation and refreshments.
Hamed Eshraghian is a Mountain View resident and member of the Baha’i community. For more information, visit bahai.us.