Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh in Wollongong

Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh and surrounding gardens

This October, Bahá’ís in Wollongong, together with their sister communities around the world will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah. Celebrations planned will commemorate Baha’u’llah’s extraordinary life, His teachings and vision for a materially and spiritually prosperous world.  Bahá’u’lláh delivered a new revelation from God. His mission was to spiritually re-awaken humanity and unite all the peoples of the world. Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings form the basis of the Bahá’í Faith and offer a vision of infinite hope and healing. “My object is none other than the betterment of the world and the tranquillity of its peoples,” wrote Bahá’u’lláh. For this noble purpose, He endured a life of persecution, imprisonment, torture, and exile.

According to the recent message from the Universal House of Justice, the supreme governing institution of the Bahá’í Faith: “Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings testify to the nobility of the human spirit.   The society He envisions is one worthy of that nobility and founded on principles that guard and reinforce it. The oneness of the human family He places at the core of collective life; the equality of women and men He unequivocally asserts.  He reconciles the seemingly counteracting forces of our own age-science and religion, unity and diversity, freedom and order, individual rights and social responsibilities. And among His greatest gifts is justice, manifested in institutions whose concern is for the progress and development of all peoples.”[1]

Bahá’u’lláh (1817-92) is the latest in the series of Divine Messengers who founded the world religions as part of the progressive revelation of God’s guidance to humanity. Bahá’u’lláh (“The Glory of God”) is the One promised in the scriptures of the world’s great faith traditions. Born on 12 November 1817 in Tehran, Bahá’u’lláh was the son of a wealthy nobleman and government minister. He devoted Himself to the care of the poor and became a follower of the Báb (1819-1850), His spiritual forerunner. After receiving His revelation in 1852, Bahá’u’lláh was exiled, eventually to the Ottoman-ruled Holy Land (now Israel). He remained a prisoner for the rest of His life. His voluminous writings include many beautiful prayers, passages of spiritual upliftment, guidance for the spiritual life of the individual and society, and proclamation to the most powerful rulers of His time. Bahá’u’lláh passed away near Acre in the Holy Land where His shrine is now set amid beautiful gardens and attracts pilgrims and visitors from around the world.

While some Bahá’ís are celebrating this momentous occasion with their families, friends, neighbours and colleagues in their homes, the formal celebration in Wollongong will take place on 21st of October in building 67 room 207, University of Wollongong, 7:30 pm. For your personal invitation to this event, please write to gongbahais@gmail.com

For the news of Celebration of the Bicentenary Birth of Bahá’u’lláh from around the globe, please visit https://bicentenary.bahai.org/.

[1]          The message of the Universal House of Justice, October 2017.

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