|As the new millennium approaches, the
crucial need facing the human race is to find a unifying vision of the nature of man and
society. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá'u'lláh
The driving force behind the
civilizing of human nature, Bahá'u'lláh asserts, has been
successive interventions of the Divine in history. It has been through this influence that
the innate moral and spiritual faculties of humanity have been gradually developed and the
advancement of civilization made possible. Associated with the missions of such
transcendent figures as Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad, the phenomenon is an ever-recurring one; it is without
beginning or end because it is fundamental to the evolutionary order itself.
Although nurtured by the process, humanity has never
understood it. Instead, people have constructed around each episode in their spiritual
experience a separate religious system. Throughout history the religious impulse has been
hobbled by the resulting contradictions and bitter conflicts.
Bahá'u'lláh compares the maturation
of the human race as a whole to the experience of its individual members who struggle,
successively, through the stages of infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Today, humanity
has entered on its collective coming-of-age,endowed with the capacity to see the entire
panorama of its development as a single process.
The challenge of maturity is to accept that we are one
people, to free ourselves from the limited identities and creeds of the past, and to build
together the foundations of global civilization.
The power that is awakening this consciousness throughout the
world is the universal Revelation of God promised in all the scriptures of mankind's past.
Its spokesman is Bahá'u'lláh whose teachings provide a blueprint
for the social organization of the planet and whose growing influence is the great untold
story of our time.