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Waging Peace in the Midst of War

a french regiment entrenched at Verdun

As we have already seen, during World War 1 Abdu’l Baha wrote a series of letters to the Baha’is of North America. While the world was waging war, Abdu’l Baha was waging peace. This is the first of a series of articles with the aim of placing these letters in the context of events occurring…

A Stronger Thought of Peace

a stronger thought of peace

When a thought of war comes oppose it with a stronger thought of peace. It is such a striking statement that it often comes to mind.  It appears in a talk given by Abdu’l Baha in Paris in 1911. I charge you all that each one of you concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love…

To the Rulers of Society: the Summons of the Lord of Hosts

kings and rulers napoleon III and bismark

A number of articles have already noted that Bahá’u’lláh wrote to the rulers of society.  For example, the Suriy-i-Haykal – the Tablet of the Temple; articles such as the article on justice; Against Persecution of Minorities, and the Sultan’s Puppet Show.  Many of these letters are collected in a book entitled The Summons of the…

Plan B – The Lesser Peace

lesser peace

* * * As noted previously, Bahá’u’lláh wrote to kings and rulers. He did not expect them to accept his proclamation of messianic fulfilment. Indeed he knew they would not. In his message to Queen Victoria he sets out an alternative for the world’s rulers: an alternative he refers to as the Lesser Peace. Now…

Achieving Unity

achieving unity

It was not obvious when Bahá’u’lláh stated it, but it is obvious today. The problems of the world cannot be solved and human welfare and peace cannot be achieved, until humanity’s unity “is firmly established”. Yet if we look around the world, there is nothing more obvious than the divisions that beset human beings. No two men…

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…

Higher Learning – Science and Peace

science and peace - harmony of science and religion - assembly hall stanford university

During his journey through North America Abdu’l Baha visited a number of universities. He spoke at Columbia University in New York, Howard University in Washington DC and Stanford University in Palo Alto. Much of my life is associated with universities. So these talks have special meaning at a personal level.  Particularly at Columbia and Stanford,…

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…