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bullet.gif (837 bytes) The Bahá'ís
bullet.gif (837 bytes) Unity in Diversity
bullet.gif (837 bytes) Bahá'u'lláh
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Social and Moral
Teachings
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Spiritual Beliefs of
the Bahá'í Faith
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) A System for
Global Governance
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) A Century of
Growth and
Expansion
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) New Approaches
to Old Problems
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Towards the New
World Order

Social and Moral Teachings

A BLEND OF THE PROGRESSIVE AND THE TRADITIONAL, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON UNITY

There has never been a futurist, a forecaster, or a prophet whose vision has so accurately foreseen the critical features of the landscape before humanity.

One of the extraordinary features of the writings of Bahá'u'lláh is the degree to which they accurately forecast the cutting edge issues that humanity has increasingly faced.

Throughout His writings, Bahá'u'lláh called for a complete restructuring of the global social order. His vision of renewal touches on all aspects of life, from personal morality to economics and governance; from community development to religious practice.

The central theme of Bahá'u'lláh's writings is that humanity is one single race and the day has come for its unification into one global society. Through an irresistible historical process, the traditional barriers of race, class, creed, faith and nation will break down. These forces will, Bahá'u'lláh said, give birth in time to a new universal civilization. The crises now afflicting the planet face all its peoples with the need to accept their oneness and work towards the creation of a unified global society.

Bahá'u'lláh outlined certain fundamental principles upon which this new world civilization should be founded. These include the elimination of all forms of prejudice; full equality between the sexes; recognition of the essential oneness of the world's great religions; the elimination of extremes of poverty and wealth; universal education; a high standard of personal conduct; the harmony of science and religion; a sustainable balance between nature and technology; and the establishment of a world federal system, based on collective security and the oneness of humanity.

Covering questions pertaining to the role of women, race relations, economic justice, environmental degradation, and world order, these principles illustrate the concerns that have fueled the century's most dynamic movements. And, accordingly, they have come to head the social and political agenda of humanity.

There has never been a futurist, a forecaster, or a prophet whose vision has so accurately foreseen the critical features of the social landscape. Far from fading, a century after He lived, the issues Bahá'u'lláh focused on have come to dominate the collective life of humanity.


Unity the Theme

The Bahá'í Faith's progressive approach to human society originates with Bahá'u'lláh's emphasis on unity. Indeed, if one were to characterize His teachings in a single word, that word would be unity.

Throughout His writings, Bahá'u'lláh emphasized the importance--and the reality--of unity and oneness. First, God is one. All of the world's great religions are also one. They represent humanity's responses to the revelations of the word and will of God for humanity by successive Messengers from the one God. These understandings lie at the heart of the concept of unity in Bahá'u'lláh's teachings.

From this fundamental concept of Divine and religious unity, other principles emerge. Bahá'u'lláh teaches that all humans, as creations of the one God, are also one people. Distinctions of race, nation, class or ethnic origin are ephemeral when understood in this context. Likewise, any notions of individual, tribal, provincial or national superiority are discarded in the Bahá'í Faith. Speaking through Bahá'u'lláh, the voice of God proclaims: "Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest."  continues continues


"Excerpted from The Bahá'ís, a publication of the Bahá'í International Community."


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Students at the New Era School in Panchgani, India,corne from all over the world, reflecting Bahá'u'lláh's teachings that all humanity is one race.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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