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The Interconnection of All Things

interconnection of all things

All things are interconnected. … every part of the universe is connected with every other part by ties that are very powerful and admit of no imbalance, nor any slackening whatever.[1] When Abdu’l Baha made comments of this kind he had in mind the interconnection between the material, plant, animal and human kingdoms. The atoms…

Balancing Material and Spiritual Civilization

Baha'i House of Worship New Delhi - material and spiritual civilization

“No matter how far the material world advances, it cannot establish the happiness of mankind. Only when material and spiritual civilization are linked and coordinated will happiness be assured. “[1]  With these words Abdu’l Baha introduces another of the great principles of Baha’u’llah’s teachings. In short – that true civilization implies a balanced progress of…

Words of Love

words of love

I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may name thy name and fill thy soul with the spirit of life.[1] Armed with the power of Thy name nothing can ever hurt me, and with Thy love in my heart all the world’s afflictions can in no wise alarm me.[2]…

Harmony of Science and Religion – Dispelling Superstition

Harmony of Science and Religion

“Among … principles of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings was the harmony of science and religion“, with words such as these Abdu’l Baha introduces us to another core principle he identifies in Baha’u’llah’s teachings and thought. But what does this principle mean and how does it relate to the quite fractious debates that emerge from time to time…

We are One – Overcoming Racism Part 2

As introduced in yesterday’s article, racism is entirely incompatible with Bahá’u’lláh’s thought. “Close your eyes to racial differences, and welcome all with the light of oneness.”[1] As westerners began to join the Baha’i Faith early in the 1900’s, it was clear that racism would need to be addressed, and Abdu’l Baha, Bahá’u’lláh’s son, set out to do so.…

We are One – Overcoming Racism Part 1

gathering of humanity - flowers of a garden - against racism

While Bahá’u’lláh, a persecuted prisoner of the Ottoman Sultan, was promulgating his universal teachings of the oneness of humanity, wholly different and toxic doctrines were taking hold in western thought. Racism was emerging as scientific and intellectual orthodoxy and was to reach its horrific nadir in the holocaust of World War II. Europeans held dominance over their fellow human…

We are One – Bahá’u’lláh’s thought on the oneness of humanity

Oneness of humanity in action (c) Baha'i International Community http://media.bahai.org/detail/0969294

Shoghi Effendi, the great grandson of Bahá’u’lláh, described the oneness of humanity as the “pivot” of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings. When Bahá’u’lláh’s son Abdu’l Baha travelled the West in the early twentieth century he would often begin his talks with the principle of the oneness of humanity as the first of Bahá’u’lláh’s principles. When the English scholar Edward…