The Bahá’í community of Wollongong, in concert with the Bahá’í community worldwide, is gearing up to celebrate the two-hundred-year anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (meaning the Glory of God), the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, on 12th October 2017.
Bahá’u’lláh is the latest Manifestation of God for this age. In the previous dispensations, the Manifestations of God— the Founder of great religions such as Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, cultivated the humanity’s spiritual, intellectual and moral capacities.
Throughout history, the great religions have provided the primary driving force behind the civilizing of human character, eliciting self-discipline, devotion and heroism from their followers. Many of religion’s moral principles have been translated into structures and patterns of conduct which have served to elevate human relationships and advance humanity’s collective life.
With the appearance of every new Manifestation of God, a fuller measure of inspiration for the next stage in the awakening and progress of humanity was released into the world.
In the middle of the 19th century, God summoned Bahá’u’lláh to deliver a new Revelation to humanity. For four decades thousands of verses, letters and books flowed from His pen. In His Writings, He outlined a framework for the development of a global civilization which takes into account both the spiritual and material dimensions of human life.
Bahá’u’lláh suffered 40 years of imprisonment, torture and exile for bringing God’s latest message to humanity. Today, His life and mission are becoming increasingly well-known across the planet. Millions of people are learning to apply His teachings to their individual and collective lives for the betterment of the world.
Through a participatory process, the community is currently consulting and planning to hold befitting activities in Wollongong to observe the bicentennial birth of Bahá’u’lláh. The events will be announced on the community website as they are finalized.