Who believes in unity?
Starry-eyed idealists? Guitar-strumming hippies? Denizens of a parallel universe? “The lovers… the dreamers… and me?”
These stereotypes – non-threatening, strange, removed from the mainstream – reflect an embittered humanity that in its sober, level-headed ‘maturity’ has come to regard unity as intangible… a dream.
But what if this notion comes not from our growing up, but rather our cowering in the face of what it will take to bring this unity about – or our lack of understanding God’s glorious plan for us?
The Writings of Bahá’u'lláh take a very firm stance on the issue of unity:
The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.Bahá'u'lláh
An Unshakeable consciousness
The Universal House of Justice has said that unity is only possible when based on an ‘unshakeable consciousness of the oneness of mankind.’ So if we are promoting unity, what we are really doing is educating our society at every level about the essential principle of oneness – and we must do so in the most cogent and grounded way possible.
So instead of another round of ‘Kum Ba Ya,’ here is a blast of reality from the pen of Shoghi Effendi. Read on… and be inspired!
“Let there be no mistake. The principle of the Oneness of Mankind—the pivot round which all the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh revolve—is no mere outburst of ignorant emotionalism or an expression of vague and pious hope. Its appeal is not to be merely identified with a reawakening of the spirit of brotherhood and good-will among men, nor does it aim solely at the fostering of harmonious cöoperation among individual peoples and nations. Its implications are deeper, its claims greater than any which the Prophets of old were allowed to advance. Its message is applicable not only to the individual, but concerns itself primarily with the nature of those essential relationships that must bind all the states and nations as members of one human family. It does not constitute merely the enunciation of an ideal, but stands inseparably associated with an institution adequate to embody its truth, demonstrate its validity, and perpetuate its influence. It implies an organic change in the structure of present-day society, a change such as the world has not yet experienced. It constitutes a challenge, at once bold and universal, to outworn shibboleths of national creeds—creeds that have had their day and which must, in the ordinary course of events as shaped and controlled by Providence, give way to a new gospel, fundamentally different from, and infinitely superior to, what the world has already conceived. It calls for no less than the reconstruction and the demilitarization of the whole civilized world—a world organically unified in all the essential aspects of its life, its political machinery, its spiritual aspiration, its trade and finance, its script and language, and yet infinite in the diversity of the national characteristics of its federated units.
It represents the consummation of human evolution—an evolution that has had its earliest beginnings in the birth of family life, its subsequent development in the achievement of tribal solidarity, leading in turn to the constitution of the city-state, and expanding later into the institution of independent and sovereign nations.
The principle of the Oneness of Mankind, as proclaimed by Bahá’u’lláh, carries with it no more and no less than a solemn assertion that attainment to this final stage in this stupendous evolution is not only necessary but inevitable, that its realization is fast approaching, and that nothing short of a power that is born of God can succeed in establishing it.”
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Food for the Soul: 19 Days of Music and Devotion is a series of devotional songs from Badasht vol. I & II coupled with inspiring images and quotations from the Bahá’í Writings, initially to accompany the Fast from March 2-20. Please use them in your own way, and share with your friends & family.