Members of the Australian Baha’i community are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i religion.
The great prophetic figure known as Baha’u’llah (“The Glory of God”) was born in Tehran, Persia, in 1817.
In 1920, the religion he founded, the Baha’i Faith, arrived in Australia where there are now Baha’is in all parts of the country.
The bicentennial celebrations are being held throughout the year in neighbourhoods of Australian towns and cities as well as in rural areas, focusing on festivities around 21-22 October.
Here in Mudgee, there will be a display in the Library from Monday to Saturday, October 16-28.
The great vision of Baha’u’llah (1817-92) is of a world civilisation based on the principle of the oneness of humanity and captured in the quotation: “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”
He said a united world would produce the peace and prosperity foretold in the Holy Books of the great religions of the world and in the poems and songs of sages down the ages.
It was an inspiring prediction of the eventual end point of the globalisation process the world is now witnessing with all its disorder, retreats and advances.
Baha’u’llah outlined the steps necessary to achieve an ordered progression into a just and peaceful world.
This includes an inner transformation of people as well as a revitalisation of our society based on principles of justice and respect for all people as equal members of one human family.
The Baha’i Faith, now established worldwide, teaches the equality of women and men, the abolition of the extremes of wealth and poverty, the harmony of science and religion, and the establishment of an equal standard of human rights for all people.
Seeking to implement the vision of Baha’u’llah, Baha’is across Australia and in all countries of the world are striving with their friends and neighbourhoods in their local areas to grow unity at the grassroots.
To this end, they are establishing venues for collective devotions, creating study circles to examine writings of spiritual and practical significance, and are conducting spiritual education programs to inspire children and youth to bring out in themselves such qualities as diligence, selflessness, compassion and service to others.