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Reflection – The power of a prophet

14 September, 2006

Love & Unity

 

All men, be they high or low, have sought and are still seeking so great an honor. All, however, have, as soon as the Sun of Truth shed its radiance upon the world, been deprived of its benefits, and have been shut out as by a veil from its glory, except them that have clung to the cord of the unfailing providence of the one true God, and have with complete detachment from all else but Him turned their faces towards His holy court.

-Bahá’u’lláh (‘Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh’, Translated by Shoghi Effendi, CXL)

Everyday I’m walking into discussions with people who are wanting to live in a world in which there is peace, and they want it in a realistic sense far from idealistic or irrational broad notions. Many want the mindstate of humankind to change, so eventually society’s structures will mirror this. Naturally in this technological age the Internet reflects this and is flooding with more and more ‘World-Embracing’ sites which for me further confirm my beliefs. Check out this one for example i’m sure you have seen similar one’s.

It seems like we can often think to ourselves that we can continue unaware of Baha’u’llah (‘The Glory Of God’), and attribute social change and people striving for peace just as natural progression irrespective of religion. Though more people searching and seeeking begs the question…What do they want? In my opinion some sort of unity, and I believe this is natural but it is God’s Will promised from the dawn of our very existance as we know it. Hence since 1844 the beginning of the Bahai era (promised day of all religions) it is well-documented that a new standard was raised and it was a very significant year religiously. If one wishes they may denie it, and many have and harmed others who believed in the twin manifestations though you can’t stop the truth from emerging eventually given its inevitability. Consider this :

“You can kill me as soon as you like, but you cannot stop the emancipation of women.”

-Táhirih (‘God Passes By’, 1944, Shoghi Effendi, p. 75)

The message of the gracious Táhirih resonates with many feminists today, even though amazingly she said that line in the 18th century. This is the foundations Baha’u’llah’s message was set in, it is a revelation which has been revealed very recently in context to theology. Religion is often disregarded in Western Societies but at the same time the vacuum created by shunning it is filled with an alternative, therefore having a spiritual void is unnatural in essence. So people will adapt to anything which for example will reaffirm the wonderful message of love from Christ, or the inspiring notion of submission to God Muhammad taught.

But adapting something old to form something different doesn’t make it new. New in the sense of writings which cater for the needs of the civilisations of today in universal form, creating a relevant code of laws covering every aspect of life and providing a plan for world governance to rule ultimately in an age of peace. To reiterate, God renewals his message through prophet-hood which is foreseen by each prophet through prophecy, not by man-made alterations or declarations of divinity through literal interpretations. Some may see this a contradiction when introducing the Baha’i Faith, but I ask you to independently read it’s scripture and compare it with the texts of all the worlds religions and then judge it’s divinity:

One hundred years ago, Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, proclaimed in clear and unmistakable language, to the kings and rulers of the world, to its religious leaders, and to mankind in general that the long-promised age of world peace and brotherhood had at last dawned and that He Himself was the Bearer of the new message and power from God which would transform the prevailing system of antagonism and enmity between men and create the spirit and form of the destined world order.

-Universal House of Justice (‘Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh’, 1967, Introduction)

It’s clear from this extract that the whole of the world could of had peace, when Bahá’u’lláh wrote this message to the world’s leaders in the latter part of the nineteenth century, though the general consensus was that of arrogance and ignorance causing the World Wars humanity is still recovering from today. “O Kings of the earth! We see you increasing every year your expenditures, and laying the burden thereof on your subjects. This, verily, is wholly and grossly unjust.” In this quotation Bahá’u’lláh criticises the inequalities of wealth and the injustices it causes, if you want to read it for yourself go here. Remember put simply this is one person offering world peace on the table (the power of a prophet) the ‘Easy way’ if you will, but the rulers at that time didn’t take it.

Though the establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth as the Christian prayer announces “Thy Kingdom come, They will be done, On earth as it is in heaven” is God’s Will. Therefore Bahá’u’lláh didn’t at that point give up, His dispensation is clearly aiding us through to the Lesser Peace and eventually the Greater Peace through the guided Institutions of the faith which are implementing the New World Order mentioned in His writings (Governed according to His Will & Testament).

In short God’s latest message for humankind if permeating throughout the world and it’s a beautiful thing. At the same time on the flip-side people are promoting a political agenda and are attaching it to their own views on religion in resistance to peace. But for me as the old world order is crumbling I don’t mind picking up the pieces where others are being misguided, helping to build the initial bridges to peace is a cool thing to be a part of.

Sorry this was a little random.

~Peace~

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