Light of Unity Celebrations

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200th Anniversary of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh

"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." ~Bahá'u'lláh

During the month of October 2017, the Baha’is in some 100,000 localities around the world will celebrate the Twin Holy Birthdays of the Báb (1819) and Bahá’u’lláh (1817). This year marks the Bicentennial celebration of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Baha’i Faith. These events, referred to as Light of Unity Celebrations, will be open to all; we encourage you to contact Baha’is in your local area for more information on how you can take part.

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Who is Bahá’u’lláh?
Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892), claimed to be no less than the Messenger of God to the age of human maturity, the Bearer of a Divine Revelation that fulfills the promises made in earlier religions, and that will generate the spiritual nerves and sinews for the unification of the peoples of the world. His teachings, centered around the recognition of the oneness of humanity, offer a compelling vision of a future world united in justice, peace, and prosperity.

“The Call of God hath been raised, and the light of His countenance hath been lifted up upon men. It behoveth every man to blot out the trace of every idle word from the tablet of his heart, and to gaze, with an open and unbiased mind, on the signs of His Revelation, the proofs of His Mission, and the tokens of His glory.” ~Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá'u'lláh’s coming was heralded by the Báb (1819-1850), meaning “the Gate.” In 1844, the Báb announced that humanity stood at the threshold of a new era--a new cycle of human history and social evolution. The Báb's mission was to prepare the way for the coming of Him whom God shall make manifest, who eventually appeared in the person of Bahá'u'lláh. For this reason, both the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh are revered as central figures of the Bahá'í Faith.

What did Bahá’u’lláh teach?

One God
Called by different names throughout the ages, the eternal God, the Creator of the universe, is limitless, all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving. God is one. The reality of God is beyond human understanding, though we may find expressions of God's attributes in every created thing.

"The peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God." ~Bahá'u'lláh

One Human Family
Beyond all differences of culture, class or ethnicity, regardless of differences in customs, opinions or temperaments, every individual is a member of one gloriously diverse human family. Each unique soul has a role to play in carrying forward an ever-advancing material and spiritual civilization.

"Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship…" ~Bahá'u'lláh


One Unfolding Religion
Humanity’s spiritual, intellectual and moral capacities have been cultivated by the successive Founders of the world’s religions--the Manifestations of God—among them Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and most recently, the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. Each religion originates from God and is suited to the age and place in which it is revealed. In essence, the religion of God is one and is progressively unfolding.

"For every age requireth a fresh measure of the light of God. Every Divine Revelation hath been sent down in a manner that befitted the circumstances of the age in which it hath appeared." ~Bahá'u'lláh

A Movement of Personal and Social Transformation
Baha’is, along with neighbors; including the youth and junior youth in our communities, have been helping to strengthen the foundation of society through programs that nurture spiritual growth, virtue development, foster amity and unity, and lead to joyful, purpose oriented lives. The focus is on transformation, empowerment and service. Young and old and people of all backgrounds are invited to participate.

All effort and exertion put forth by man from the fullness of his heart is worship, if it is prompted by the highest motives and the will to do service to humanity.” ~‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Sacred Writings
The writings of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh are considered by Bahá’ís to have been revealed by God. As the creative Word of God, these sacred writings have the power to touch the deepest recesses of our hearts and transform us and the world around us. The Bahá’í writings address the needs of the age and offer inspiration for individuals working to better themselves and their communities. Bahá’u’lláh enjoined His followers to read daily from the Sacred Texts.

“Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths.” ~ Bahá’u’lláh

Worship
Work done in the spirit of service to humanity is the highest form of worship. Prayer, offered both in private and in the company of others, is regarded as essential spiritual nourishment, providing inspiration for positive personal and social change.

“Gather ye together with the utmost joy and fellowship and recite the verses revealed by the merciful Lord. By so doing the doors to true knowledge will be opened to your inner beings, and ye will then feel your souls endowed with steadfastness and your hearts filled with radiant joy.” ~ Bahá’u’lláh

Administration
The affairs of the Bahá’í community are administered, without clergy, through institutions established by Bahá'u'lláh to foster universal participation and to diffuse knowledge, love, and unity. These and other principles constitute a model of just and unified global governance.

"Take ye counsel together in all matters, inasmuch as consultation is the lamp of guidance which leadeth the way, and is the bestower of understanding." ~Bahá'u'lláh

Representing a cross section of humanity, Baha’is come from more than 2,100 different ethnic and tribal groups living in over 100,000 localities throughout the world, numbering over five million. Currently more than 160,000 Baha’is reside in over 7,000 localities throughout the United States, including over 100 Indian reservations. The international Bahá’í community is quite possibly the most diverse organized body of people on the planet.

Meet Baha'is near you:

Greene & Clark County
Baha’i Faith, 502 Dayton St, Yellow Springs, OH 45387
937-319-1163
ysbahai@gmail.com
www.ohiobahai.org
Montgomery County
Baha’i Faith, 4730 Bigger Rd, Kettering, 45440
937-435-2689
KetteringBahais@aol.com
kettering.local.bahai.us

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