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Fire, Air, Water and Earth in the Badi' (Bahá'i) Calendar

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A brief pictorial on the Bahá'i months showing their relationships to the earthly elements of: Fire, Air, Water and Earth - and what this signifies in the Divine Realm. Reference: 'Gate of the Heart: Understanding the Writings of the Báb' by Nader Saiedi.

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Fire, Air, Water and Earth in the Badi' (Bahá'i) Calendar

  1. 1. The Badi' Calendar A brief pictorial on the Bahá'í months showing their relationships to the earthly elements of: Fire, Air, Water and Earth, and what this signifies in the Divine Realm. Prepared by Niki Daniels - 10 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 171 BE Inspired by recent Wilmette Institute “Badi' Calendar” course
  2. 2. The 19 Bahá'í months are grouped according to earthly elements which signify divine laws: FIRE (3) AIR (4) WATER (6) EARTH (6)
  3. 3. The Báb, who created the Bahá'í calendar, explained that the 19 months correspond to the first four words in the Persian Bayan, which together contain 19 letters. “Thus, He hath destined each day to be the springtime of one of His laws, that the inmates of this paradise may partake of divine delights in the utmost joy possible within the realm of creation.” This and subsequent quotes are quoted from a tablet of The Báb in Gate of the Heart: Understanding the Writings of the Báb by Nader Saiedi (page 328).
  4. 4. “Therefore, during the first three months – the months of glorification – the fire of the hearts of existent beings is kindled.”
  5. 5. The Fire of God Bahá Jalál Jamál Splendor Glory Beauty
  6. 6. “During the next four months – the months of the celebration of praise – the spirits of the contingent beings are created, during which time they are provided for.”
  7. 7. The Air of Eternity ‘Aẓamat Núr Raḥmat Kalimát Grandeur Light Mercy Words
  8. 8. “In the subsequent six months – the months of the exaltation of unity – God causeth the beings to expire, not as a physical death, but the death of negation and life in affirmation.”
  9. 9. The Water of Divine Unity Kamál Asmá’ ‘Izzat Mashíyyat ‘Ilm Perfection Names Might Will Knowledge Qudrat Power
  10. 10. “Finally, in the last six months – which are the months of magnification – The Lord of the universe, glorified and exalted be He, quickeneth those souls who have died to the love of anyone other than Him and have remained steadfast in His love.”
  11. 11. The Sacred Realm of the Earth Qawl Masá'il Sharaf Sulṭán ‘Alá’ Mulk Speech Loftiness Dominion Sovereignty Honor Questions
  12. 12. Reference: Gate of the Heart Understanding the Writings of the Báb by Nader Saiedi Find this on Project Muse: http://muse.jhu.edu/books/9781554581276

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