Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers, whose teachings guide and educate us and provide the basis for the advancement of human society. These Messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Their religions come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God.
Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, brought new spiritual and social teachings for our time. His essential message is of unity. He taught the oneness of God, the oneness of the human family, and the oneness of religion.
Bahá’u’lláh said, “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens,” and that, as foretold in all the sacred scriptures of the past, now is the time for humanity to live in unity.
Founded more than a century and a half ago, the Bahá’í Faith has spread around the globe. Members of the Bahá’í Faith live in more than 100,000 localities and come from nearly every nation, ethnic group, culture, profession, and social or economic background.
Bahá’ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the nature and purpose of life and of the future of society. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh.
A vision of human prosperity
People everywhere yearn for an end to the conflict, poverty and suffering so prevalent throughout the planet.
The teachings of Bahá’u’lláh offer a vision of peace and human prosperity in the fullest sense of the term – an awakening to the possibilities of the spiritual and material well-being now within reach.
Unity: the basis of a new civilisation
Bahá’u’lláh compares humankind to the fruits of one single tree and the diverse and beautiful flowers of a single garden.
“The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch”— BAHÁ’U’LLÁH
There is no possibility of achieving world peace until the fundamental principle of unity has been accepted and given practical effect in the organization of society:
“The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established”
“Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship… So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth”— BAHÁ’U’LLÁH
Unity in diversity
The unity that must underpin a peaceful and just social order embraces diversity. Oneness and diversity are complementary and inseparable.
Acceptance of the concept of unity in diversity implies the development of a sense of world citizenship and a love for all of humanity.
“The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord”— ‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ
Each person is a trust of the whole of humankind
Humanity’s crying need will not be met by a struggle among competing ambitions or by protest against one or another of the countless wrongs afflicting a desperate age. It calls, rather, for a fundamental change of consciousness, for a wholehearted embrace of Bahá’u’lláh’s teaching that the time has come when each human being on earth must learn to accept responsibility for the welfare of the entire human family.
In the Bahá’í view, the body of humankind is one and indivisible, each member of the race is born into the world as a trust of the whole. This trusteeship constitutes the moral foundation of most of the other rights, principally economic and social. The security of the family and the home, the ownership of property, and the right to privacy are all implied in such a trusteeship. The obligations on the part of the community extend to the provision of employment, mental and physical health care, social security, fair wages, rest and recreation, and a host of other reasonable expectations on the part of the individual members of society.
What can we do?
The world civilisation envisaged by Bahá’u’lláh will take centuries to build. And building it will take the commitment of the whole of humankind, starting in neighbourhoods and villages.
The Bahá’ís are committed to creating this spiritual community, in which principles such as the oneness of humankind, the oneness of religion , the equality of the sexes, and the elimination of the extremes of poverty and wealth become reality.
To do this, Baha’is are striving to apply the teachings of Baha’u’llah to their own lives and their communities. These teachings promote a new way of thinking, studying, and acting. The goal is for participants to feel spiritually empowered to live a life of service to others.
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