Oneness of Humanity

"O SON OF MAN! 
Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My beauty."

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O CHILDREN OF MEN!

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. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light! Heed ye this counsel that ye may obtain the fruit of holiness from the tree of wondrous glory.                                                                     (Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words)

     

Ye are all the leaves of one tree and the drops of one ocean.”

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God, the Almighty, has created all mankind from the dust of earth. He has fashioned them all from the same elements; they are descended from the same race and live upon the same globe. He has created them to dwell beneath the one heaven. As members of the human family and His children He has endowed them with equal susceptibilities. He maintains, protects and is kind to all. He has made no distinction in mercies and graces among His children.
                                                                               
 (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 413)

Elimination of all forms of predudice
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Racism is the most challenging issue confronting America. A nation whose ancestry includes every people on earth, whose motto is E pluribus unum, whose ideals of freedom under law have inspired millions throughout the world, cannot continue to harbor prejudice against any racial or ethnic group without betraying itself. Racism is an affront to human dignity, a cause of hatred and division, a disease that devastates society.

Notwithstanding the efforts already expended for its elimination, racism continues to work its evil upon this nation. Progress toward tolerance, mutual respect, and unity has been painfully slow and marked with repeated setbacks. The recent resurgence of divisive racial attitudes, the increased number of racial incidents, and the deepening despair of minorities and the poor make the need for solutions ever more pressing and urgent. To ignore the problem is to expose the country to physical, moral and spiritual danger.

Aware of the magnitude and the urgency of the issue, we, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, speaking for the entire U.S. Bahá'í community, appeal to all people of goodwill to arise without further delay to resolve the fundamental social problem of this country. We do so because of our feeling of shared responsibility, because of the global experience of the Bahá'í community in effecting racial harmony within itself, and because of the vision that the sacred scriptures of our Faith convey of the destiny of America.

                                                                                                   (National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States)

"O SON OF SPIRIT!
My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting." 

                                                                                                                      (Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words)

Justice

 

"O SON OF SPIRIT! 
The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes." 

                                                                                                                    (Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words)

The light of men is Justice.  Quench it not with the contrary winds of oppression and tyranny. 

The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men.

                                                                                                                                 (Baha'u'llah, Words of Paradise pg 67)

 

All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. The Almighty beareth Me witness: To act like the beasts of the field is unworthy of man. Those virtues that befit his dignity are forbearance, mercy, compassion and loving-kindness towards all the peoples and kindreds of the earth."

                                                                                                                      (Gleanings From the Writings of Baha’u’llah)

There is no other gathering like this on the planet.
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This is a photo of a Bahá'í International Convention, held every 5 years, where more than 1300 representatives from over 166 nations on earth, unite to elect the international governing body of the Bahá'ís of the world. There is no electioneering, no posturing, no competition. Those who are elected have no individual power, status, wealth, or authority. Their only mandate is the service of humanity.

 

Those representatives from the countries which have the highest GDP or the biggest population or the greatest military might have no more power or influence than those representing the most impoverished nations on the planet. They stand together, equal.