BALLAD OF BAHA’U’LLAH By Daniela Agostini

(Note from Daniela: Baha’u’llah is the Prophet Founder of the Bahai Faith)

 

Bahà`u`llàh was born Nov 12, 1817 into a Persian clan

No teacher could teach him God`s plan

 

One night Bahà`u`llàh`s  father had a dream

His son swam in the ocean at the head of a team

 

Fish followed holding to his hair strands

As he led schools unimpeded to many lands

 

When the boy grew the shah offered him a high position

But Bahà`u`llàh`s aim was : “heal the sick and with justice fight imposition”

 

At 27 the Bab, a new messenger of God gave Bahà`u`llàh a scroll

The Bab was preparing  people for one foretold by many a holy soul.

 

Bahà`u`llàh said this Bab speaks the Truth, he clearly can

This Bab speaks from God so we`ll follow this man.

 

The police said Bab, your Truth is just spam

I`m going to jail the people that follow your plan

 

 

So Bahà`u`llàh  and the Bab became leaders to persecute

In 1852 Bahà`u`llàh is sent to prison down a very dark chute.

 

In Tihran, the chain around his neck

Would have made any other man a wreck

 

While in prison the maid of Heaven came to say

Bahà`u`llàh you are the light of this day!

 

You are the promised one, the Prophets of old foresaw

From Darkness you will illumine a new Law.

 

After months  imprisoned Baha`u`llah is banished

He and his family arrive in Bagdad famished

 

In Bagdad, Bahà`u`llàhs word spread in every direction

Because the times were fierce and the people needed protection.

 

His followers came from far to seek his counsel

Again the shah said “be gone you scoundrel”

 

 

In April 1863 before  leaving Bagdad

Bahà`u`llàh spent 12 days outside the city a bit sad

 

The people came to the garden to say good bye

He announced:”I am the manifestation of God  from  on high”

 

Then the festival of Ridvan began

Declaring Bahà`u`llàh  and his all encompassing plan

 

From 21 April to 2nd of May

We celebrate Ridvan to this very day!

 

Bahà`u`llàh is now sent to Constantinople

Then later he is banished to Adrianople

 

A prisoner in Exile, he asks for wars to ceise

And pleaded for the most great peace!

 

Again, he becomes famous and to Akka he is sent

That is where the most great prisoners  – repent

 

 

The conditions in Akka were the worst of the worst

So Bahà`u`llàh`s followers came to comfort the man that was their first

 

From this confinement he wrote the Bahai Book of Laws

This Kitabi-Aqdas gave his critics – pause

 

To the disenfranchised his teachings brought reconnection

And to the fragmented people he taught reunification

 

In May 1892 Bahà`u`llàh passed on and rests in Bahji

It is the most holy spot on earth to see.

 

Akka and Haifa are the heart and mortar

On which Bahais usher in a new world order

 

From this new world order humanity resounds

From there true prosperity for everyone abounds…!

 

 

BIO:  After residing in Oregon, USA for over 30 years, Daniela returned to Switzerland in 2014 to live full time.  Currently retired and working on her memoir, she has two grown daughters in the USA whom she tries to see often. She enjoys long walks in the beautiful Swiss countryside and living a quiet life with her sister.

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High Performance Writing Tips

If you haven’t heard of Steven Kotler, author of Small Furry Prayer, Rise of Superman, Last Tango in CyberSpace and multiple other best sellers, then brew a cup of tea, put your feet up and give some of his videos your quality time and attention.
Kotler, a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and co-founder and director of research at The Flow Research Collective has multiple free videos on YouTube. (Here’s one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bshSbNFXLww)
He also posts articles, his research and newsletters on improving personal performance, including how to be a better writer, on his website: https://www.stevenkotler.com.
With such a plethora of imaginative and insightful information about writing on the internet, it’s a challenge to access and absorb it all.  Thankfully, WWZ contributor Jena Griffiths provided a heads up on free videos recorded by Kotler on writing.  And this is NOT a case, where ‘free’ equals ‘no value’!  Take a look.  You’ll ‘see’ new ways to draw in your reader and catch their interest.
Thanks Jena!
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The Protestant Reformation – 500th Year Celebration! Deborah Hoffmann

THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION 500th Year 2019

By Deborah Hoffmann

On this beautiful late summer day, of course, my first visit was to the Cathedral for the noon organ concert.  Built in the 11th to 13th century and is said to have been founded by Charlemagne.  It was here that Zwingli began preaching his reform ideas in 1519.

The modern colorful stained-glass windows are the work of Augusto Giacometti 1932.

The original Zwingli statue has been removed from the Wasserkirche where he gazed towards the Lake of Zurich in the shade of a great tree. He is being treated to a healing from rust.  Meanwhile the city has created a series of Zwingli copies occupying special places in Zurich, each with its own message for the Present day citizens.  Overlooking the Limmat below the cathedral is the white Zwingli Bishop who would like to be remembered as the great Reformer.  Beside him is a silver Zwingli carrying a bag of plastic trash he has collected and is really cross about the careless citizens.

On December 6th, all of the Zwinglis will be auctioned off for charity.  I hope somebody from Wildhaus in the Toggenburg will come, as that is Zwingli’s birthplace. The ancient wooden house (1484) is a small museum, and it would be fine to have a statue in front of the church!

In front of the Landesmuseum stands the turquoise Zwingli with a large clock.  He is amazed at how stressed the citizens are and asks them to slow down and be more philosophical about life.

Zwingli would like to be remembered for modernizing and humanizing the church.

But unfortunately during the battle of Kappel on Albis he was murdered by  those who considered him a HERETIC!

 

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