Baha’i Perspectives is a group collaboration: a network of writers working different jobs and living in different continents and time zones.
We examine a multitude of themes, ranging from news and current affairs to observations on modern-day society, from topics of general interest to thoughtful reflections. Though diverse in content, the articles written and the thoughts conveyed share a common unifying thread: that the time has come to do away with the prejudices which plague our planet — of race, colour, nationality, political view and religion — and truly live according to Baha’u'llah’s rallying call that “The Earth is but one country and mankind its citizens”.
Born in nineteenth-century Persia, the Great Personage of Baha’u'llah suffered cruel persecution at the hands of the people and rulers of the age.
The Ancient Beauty hath consented to be bound with chains that mankind may be released from its bondage, and hath accepted to be made a prisoner within this most mighty Stronghold that the whole world may attain unto true liberty. He hath drained to its dregs the cup of sorrow, that all the peoples of the earth may attain unto abiding joy, and be filled with gladness.
Throughout forty years of exile and imprisonment in all corners of the Ottoman Empire, Baha’u'llah triumphantly declared that the Promised Day foretold in the Holy Books of the past had arrived; that the historical reasons keeping human beings apart had been swept away, and that the pressing necessity of this new age is for mankind to unite under one banner.
That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith.
Baha’ullah taught that religious truth is not absolute but relative, that all Divine Messengers, such as Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Christ, Muhammad and now Baha’u'llah, brought teachings relevant to the age in which they lived, and all provided the necessary creative impulse for the spiritual and material advancement of humanity. Like skilled Physicians, they diagnosed the diseases and identified the maladies, then prescribed the remedy.
Know of a certainty that in every Dispensation the light of Divine Revelation hath been vouchsafed unto men in direct proportion to their spiritual capacity.
Today’s major problems are global in nature, and therefore require sustainable global solutions. Baha’u'llah revealed over one hundred volumes of teachings, commentaries, laws and exhortations which provide the basis for these solutions, and which Baha’is offer to everyone as the blueprint for the establishment of a future world commonwealth, “marking the last and highest stage in the stupendous evolution of man’s collective life on this planet.” It is towards this vision of lasting peace that humanity must advance if it is to enjoy a prosperous future for all. And with this noble vision in mind, the Baha’i Perspectives authors offer their thoughts on the multitude of topics discussed.
What is going on in the world today?
There are two simultaneous processes in the world today..
One.. Disintegration. The rise in depression, drug abuse, alcoholism and suicide, the breaking down of family structures, moral decay, the ever-widening wealth gap, financial meltdown, the rise in fanaticism and terrorism, the growing atomic threat, the glaring inability of existing institutions to minister to the needs of a continually evolving humanity, the despairing sense of aimlessness confronting people worldwide.
Two.. Integration. The growing acceptance that discrimination along gender, racial or ethnic lines is unacceptable, the first signs of more inclusive political and economic blocs, the rise in literacy rates worldwide, greater intermingling of ideas and cultures brought about by trans-continenetal migration and technological advances. All of these integrative processes are affirmations of the core teachings of the Baha’i Faith: that God is one, that all religions come from one Source and that the human race is one single race whose purpose and destiny is peace, justice and unity.
An open invitation
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