Adjective: epoch-making ‘epuk ‘meyking

1. Highly significant or important especially bringing about or marking the beginning of a new development or era.

Amidst all the fanfare surrounding the end of a unique journey to presidency in the United States, it seems apt to make mention of a historic American journey of a different kind, which occurred some one hundred years ago. A landmark event that, to this date, not many people know about.

It was in the course of these epoch-making journeys and before large and representative audiences, at times exceeding a thousand people, that ‘Abdu’l-Baha expounded, with brilliant simplicity, with persuasiveness and force, and for the first time in His ministry, those basic and distinguishing principles of His Father’s Faith..

The independent search after truth, unfettered by superstition or tradition;
the oneness of the entire human race, the pivotal principle and fundamental doctrine of the Faith;
the basic unity of all religions;
the condemnation of all forms of prejudice, whether religious, racial, class or national;
the harmony which must exist between religion and science;
the equality of men and women, the two wings on which the bird of human kind is able to soar;
the introduction of compulsory education;
the adoption of a universal auxiliary language;
the abolition of the extremes of wealth and poverty;
the institution of a world tribunal for the adjudication of disputes between nations;
the exaltation of work, performed in the spirit of service, to the rank of worship;
the glorification of justice as the ruling principle in human society, and of religion as a bulwark for the protection of all peoples and nations;
and the establishment of a permanent and universal peace as the supreme goal of all mankind

– these stand out as the essential elements of that Divine polity which He proclaimed to leaders of public thought as well as to the masses at large in the course of these missionary journeys.

(Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By)

Fast forward a hundred years. Switch on the TV or tune into the radio, and many of these society-transforming ideals are now widely acknowledged by politicians and leaders of thought alike.

Those that aren’t accepted yet, eventually will be.

What remains is an acceptance of their Source.

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  1. Truly- these elements are permeating the minds and hearts of human beings everywhere and cannot be denied.

  2. Good job on this article. You are right; these ideas were introduced to a world which (at the time) couldn’t fully appreciate their relevance. E.G. a global system of organization was feared as a means of usurping national sovereignty. (Our present economic systems are testament enough to the shortsightedness of such ideas). Thankfully today, a lot of people see most of the principles Abdu’l-Baha spoke of as common sense. And we, as a species, have matured significantly since incorporating some of them into our lives. Imagine what might happen if we incorporated the Source in the same manner.

    Water is always sweetest at its source. So too, I would suggest is knowledge!

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