October 22nd of this year marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the Bahá’í Faith and the most recent of God’s Messengers to humanity–whose number includes Christ, Muhammad, Buddha, Krishna, Moses, Zoroaster, and an unknown number of other Messengers whose names have been lost. In addition to the universal mission of all such Messengers–to guide humans individually and collectively ever-closer to God–Bahá’u’lláh came to inaugurate the age of human maturity whose hallmark will be the complete unification of all of humanity into one world-embracing fellowship. His birth, therefore, was a moment of epochal importance in human history, and for those who have come to know Him through His writings, a day of deep personal feeling as well.
Bahá’ís around the world are preparing to mark this bicentennial–dubbed the “Light of Unity Festival”–with especially joyful celebrations and acts of service to our fellow humans. As a small contribution to these festivities, I would like to offer a chapbook of my Bahá’í-inspired poetry: Dry in the Sea. The name is taken from a passage in Bahá’u’lláh’s most renowned mystical text, The Seven Valleys:
A lover feareth nothing and no harm can come nigh him: Thou seest him chill in the fire and dry in the sea.
A lover is he who is chill in hell fire;
A knower is he who is dry in the sea.
For the rest, I’l let the poems speak for themselves, but I wish you all a joyful commemoration of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh!
You can learn more about the Bahá’í Faith at bahai.org.
I had a print shop here print up a few as proper chapbooks to share with friends who are physically close at hand, but I’d like to share a digital version of it here. You can download it here. The file is rather large, so I have created a version with no pictures as well (not as pretty, but much easier to download):