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The Ode of the Dove

Discussion in 'Baha'i Faith DIR' started by arthra, Dec 19, 2019.

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    arthra Baha'i

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    Lately I've been offering deepening on the Ode of the Dove or as it's known in Arabic as "Qasídiy-i- Varqá'íyyih" first revealed when Baha'u'llah was in exile from Persia and in retreat as some might call it in Kurdistan near Sulemanniyih around 1856...

    Baha'u'llah sometimes resided in a cave called "Sar Galu" and sometimes in a residence of stone. His lifestyle at the time was close to being a "Darvish". Some of the Sufis were in contact with Him and on one occasion asked Him to compose a poem similar to the writings of Ibn-al-Farid
    an Arabic mystical poet of the thirteenth century. Baha'u'llah responded to the request and composed "Ode of the Dove" which originally had two thousand verses! Only 127 verses are available today and I decided to post the opening lines here:

    1. I was enthralled by light rays from a face
    Whose advent dimmed and darkened every star,

    2. As though the sunbeams of Her beauty's glow
    appeared and dazzled planets from afar.

    3. Her joy diffused the musk of the unseen,
    Her stature raised the Spirit up above.

    4. The End-Time's Trump resounded when She blew;
    Her breath caused shadows of the clouds to move.

    5. Her gleam reveals Mount Sinai's deathlessness;
    Baha's bright light is kindled when She glows.

    6. Then to Her west the sun of splendor dawned,
    and to Her east, the moon of moons arose.

    7. The mistral's fragrance wafted from Her hair,
    and Beauty's eyes were solaced by Her gaze.

    8. Her shining face gave Guidance sage advice,
    and Moses' soul was cleansed by Her form's blaze.

    9. The heart of hearts embraced Her eyelid's dart.
    For Her locks' lasso, Being's head was bent.

    10. Her footprints constitute My highest aim,
    the earth She trod, the most high Throne's advent.

    11. To win Her I have wept in every eye;
    in exile, I have burned in every fire.

    12. I spread myself out so that Her foot might
    tread on My heart, and I win My desire.

    13. I sought to gain Our union everywhere;
    I scrawled letters of nearness on all earth.

    14. And if I rush to oneness with Her light,
    Then I am cast back, losing closeness' berth.

    15. And if I plead for union, hands upraised,
    She answers with a sword: "My lovers' prize!"

    16. The firmness of our bond was My sole care;
    Her goal is our relationship's demise.

    17. I said, "To meet, I'd offer Thee My all.
    Have mercy, do not publish My disgrace.

    18. Since I love Thee too well, then make us one--
    That we might for eternity embrace."


    Read more of "Ode of the Dove" at
    Ode of the Dove
     
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    arthra Baha'i

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    I'm adding a You tube video on the Caves of "Sar Galu"... where Baha'u'llah was believed to have been in retreat around 1856...

     
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    arthra Baha'i

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    The Ode of the Dove can also be found on You Tube... There is a chant style with English translation:

     
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