Forum: “Bahá’u’lláh’s Promise of Universal Peace”

Bahá’u’lláh’s room in Bahji , where He met Professor Brown in 1890
Source: Bahá’í International Community

The theme, “Bahá’u’lláh’s Promise of Universal Peace” will be the focus of a forum planned for 30 September at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning, 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

In April 1890, Professor Edward Granville Browne of Cambridge University met Bahá’u’lláh in four successive interviews. During the first meeting, Bahá’u’lláh underlined the significant changes that would take place in the world as the result of the forces released through His revelation: “… That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled.” He then questioned Professor Brown: “What harm is there in this? …” Bahá’u’lláh continued His utterances by promising that “… Yet so it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the ‘Most Great Peace’ shall come.… Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country; let him rather glory in this, that he loves his kind.”[1]

The “Most Great Peace” promised by Bahá’u’lláh is the Universal Peace or the peace between the nations that has proved quite elusive in the world today, though desired by everyone. The teachings of Bahá’u’lláh explain that the  “Universal Peace” is a spiritual phenomenon that occurs when some other requirements are fulfilled, the ultimate of which is the acceptance of the unity of mankind. In this regard, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá  explains, “But the wise souls who are aware of the essential relationships emanating from the realities of things consider that one single matter cannot, by itself, influence the human reality as it ought and should, for until the minds of men become united, no important matter can be accomplished. At present universal peace is a matter of great importance, but unity of conscience is essential, so that the foundation of this matter may become secure, its establishment firm and its edifice strong.”[2] 

In a forum planned for 30 September, 7.30 pm at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning this topic will be explored in details. Everyone is welcome to attend.

[1]           J.E. Esslemont — Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era, Page 39-40

[2]           ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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