The theme “Bahá’u’lláh—The Divine Educator” will be the focus of a forum that is planned for 6th May at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning, at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The world of existence – embracing vegetable, animal and human kingdoms – is in need of education. The reality of the mineral kingdom is physical. Hence, material education is sufficient. A garden is merely created by removing the weeds, improving the soil, planting new flowers, etc. These are all material education.
In the animal kingdom, it is possible to change the response and behaviour of the animals through education. For example, a wild animal can be domesticated.
Humans have a complex reality consisting of three components of physical, intellectual and spiritual. The human physical, intellectual and spiritual realities are endowed with predestined potentialities and capacities. Education is the only means to discover and develop these capacities. Each one of these human realities is in need of a specific education to acquire perfection.
Material education ensures the development, well-being and comfort of the human physical body. Human or intellectual education aims to unveil and develop the capacities and powers of human intellect. Spiritual or divine education develops the divine qualities and gifts hidden in the human spiritual reality. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explains that “Divine education is that of the Kingdom of God: it consists in acquiring divine perfections, and this is true education; for in this state man becomes the focus of divine blessings, …”1
In every age, religions have provided spiritual or divine education together with material and intellectual education. For this reason, the Prophets and Manifestations of God are known as the divine educators and are in fact the true educators of humanity. The radiance and effulgence of the world of existence is dependent on divine education. “This is evident that, when the hearts are purified and through the divine education and heavenly teachings become the manifestators of infinite perfections, they are like clear mirrors and the Sun of Truth will reflect with might, power and omnipotence in such mirrors, and to such an extent that whatsoever is brought before them is illumined and ignited.“2
Bahá’ís believe that Bahá’u’lláh (meaning the Glory of God), the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, who was born in 1817, is the divine educator for this age. In the middle of the 19th century, God summoned Bahá’u’lláh to deliver a new Revelation to humanity. During forty years of His imprisonment, thousands of verses, letters and books flowed from His pen. In His Writings, He outlined a framework for the development of a global civilisation which takes into account both the spiritual and material dimensions of human life.
The theme “Bahá’u’lláh – The Divine Educator” will be the focus of a forum that is planned for 6th May at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre Learning, at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
- ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 8.
- ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Lights of Guidance, p. 488.