Forum on Bahá’u’lláh –The Promise of All Ages

Approach to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh - Source: Source: Bahá’í World Centre

Approach to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh – Source: Bahá’í World Centre

The theme “Bahá’u’lláh – The Promise of All Ages” will be the focus of a forum that will be held on 25th March at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre Learning, at 7:30 pm.

Bahá’ís believe that in every age God sends a Messenger to mankind. The great religious teachers such as Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Christ and Muḥammad are a few of those Messengers who appeared over the last 6000 years. The Messengers of God manifest the attributes of God and teach mankind how to live. That is why they are also referred to as the Manifestation of God.

Through successive revelations, each Manifestation of God has built upon the revelations delivered before Him, introducing social teachings pertinent to that age, and leading the humanity to new spiritual heights.

In the middle of the 19th century, God summoned Bahá’u’lláh, meaning the “Glory of God”, to deliver a new revelation to humanity as the Manifestation of God for this Age.  His message is the spirit of this Day.  During 40 years of His Ministry and through His writings, He outlined a spiritual framework to bring about the organic and spiritual unity of humankind on earth.

Bahá’ís also believe that the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh is more than another message in the successive revelations from God.  Bahá’u’lláh has fulfilled the prophecies made in all the revelations of the past to the coming of the Promised One in this age.

Bahá’u’lláh Himself testifies: “The time foreordained unto the peoples and kindreds of the earth is now come. The promises of God, as recorded in the holy Scriptures, have all been fulfilled. Out of Zion hath gone forth the Law of God, and Jerusalem, and the hills and land thereof, are filled with the glory of His Revelation.1

In another of His Tablets, Bahá’u’lláh declares: “Verily I say, this is the Day in which mankind can behold the Face, and hear the Voice, of the Promised One. The Call of God hath been raised, and the light of His countenance hath been lifted up upon men. It behoveth every man to blot out the trace of every idle word from the tablet of his heart, and to gaze, with an open and unbiased mind, on the signs of His Revelation, the proofs of His Mission, and the tokens of His glory.2

The theme “Bahá’u’lláh – The Promise of All Ages” will be the focus of a forum that will be held on 25th March at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre Learning, at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

  1. Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 12.
  2. Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 10.

Wollongong Bahá’í Community Celebrates Ayyám-i-Há

Some of the participants in the Ayyám-i-Há celebration in Corrimal

Some of the participants in the Ayyám-i-Há celebration in Corrimal

Wollongong Bahá’í community celebrated Ayyám-i-Há on Saturday 26 February at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning with a pot luck lunch, devotions and games. It was a happy occasion for everyone who joined together, sang, played games and socialized. This was one of the celebrations that took place in Wollongong to celebrate Ayyám-i-Há.

Pass the parcel game: Ayyám-i-Há party at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning

Pass the parcel game: Ayyám-i-Há party at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning

In another celebration  in Corrimal neighbourhood on 19th of February, where Ayyám-i-Há party  has been an annual event for the last three years, another successful event was held in aid of Oxfam‘s wonderful worldwide programs against poverty. The day was blessed with sunshine and a park full of lovely, generous friends happy to play games and support Oxfam. From the sack races to limbo, from sponge relays to dress ups and donut-eating, everyone was relaxed and enjoyed themselves. The event raised $541.

Ayyám-i-Há are the four days (five in a leap year) between the Bahá’í month of Mulk (February 7 – February 25) and the last month of the Bahá’í year, `Alá’ (March 2 – March 20), which is the month of fasting. As the Bahá’í calendar consists of the 19 months with 19 days each, the Ayyám-i-Há provides an extra four days (or five in leap years) to complete the solar cycle.

During Ayyám-i-Há, Bahá’ís and their friends strive to show extra love, fellowship, and charity. Ayyám-i-Há is also a time when Bahá’ís give and receive gifts, particularly to children.

Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

The resting place of Bahá’u’lláh’s earthly remains at Bahji, the holiest place on earth for Bahá’ís

The resting place of Bahá’u’lláh’s earthly remains at Bahji, the holiest place on earth for Bahá’ís

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.

Visit to the Resting Place of Mother and Father Dunn


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Representative from the Bahá’í Community of Wollongong made a special visit to the resting place of Mother and Father Dunn at the Woronora Cemetery in Sutherland today, to honour and warmly remember the 56th anniversary of the passing of Clara Dunn on 18 November 1960 in Sydney. Mariette Leong shared warm personal stories of knowing Mother Dunn when she was growing up as a young girl in Adelaide, South Australia.

Clara, together with her husband John Henry Hyde Dunn, left America as Bahá’í pioneers to Australia in response to the Tablets of the Divine Plan, arriving in Sydney on 10 April 1920. They are regarded as the spiritual conquerors of a continent, and subsequently named as Hands of the Cause of God.

Sacred Moments: Oneness of Religion

Lotus Temple: Bahá’í Temple in India symbolising the "oneness of religion"

Lotus Temple: Bahá’í Temple in India symbolising the “oneness of religion”

Devotional Gathering At Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning

Sunday 6th November– 11:00 am

Corner of Princes Highway and Bellambi Lane, Russell Vale

One of the fundamental teachings of the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh is the “oneness of religion”. The reality of all the divine religions and their foundations are the same. However, over the ages, various forms and imitations have arisen and become the cause of differences among the followers. If these imitations are set aside and the reality underlying the beliefs are sought, perfect harmony and agreement can be reached.

The  Sacred Moments on 6th November will provide an opportunity to reflect on the topic of “oneness of religion”. You are warmly invited to attend and experience new dimensions of sacredness. In Sacred Moments, participants unite with one another in prayer. There are no rituals and no one individual has any special role. All are welcome.

Local Bahá’ís Attend Chile Temple Dedication

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Three local Bahá’ís, Tahereh Samsami, Golshah Naghdy and Fazel Naghdy were among 5000 Bahá’ís from all around the world who participated in the dedication of Chile Bahá’í Temple in Santiago which took place from 13 to 16 October. This signifies a historic conclusion to a century-long process of raising up continental Bahá’í Houses of Worship around the world.

The Chile Temple has nine identical wing-like panels of translucent cast glass curve around to form the temple’s dome. Natural light passes through the glass and floods the white marble interior while at night, light emanates softly from within the structure.

From left Tahereh Samsami, Golshah Naghdy, and Fazel Naghdy

The construction of the Temple has taken a Toronto-based architectural team, and hundreds of other contributors from all around the world, some 14 years to bring to completion. The development of the Temple has been a combination of innovations in technology and design and traditional Chilean craftsmanship and materials. Every fixture, the seating and the lighting, has been treated with the same, loving attention to detail.

House of Worship is a pivotal institution of Bahá’í community life, ordained by Baha’u’llah as a sacred structure open to all and referred to as “Mashriqu’l-Adhkár”which translates to “Dawning Place of the Mention of God.” Although a Bahá’í Temple is a universal place of worship, its purpose is not solely to provide a place for prayer and meditation. Rather, Houses of Worship are conceived of as institutions that will contribute to the social and economic progress of the populations for whom they are sanctuaries of peace and reflection. They are expressions of the deep connection between worship and service. Around each House of Worship, essential dependencies will in time emerge, dedicated to social, humanitarian, educational, and scientific pursuits.

First School Holiday Camp at WBCL

holiday-camp

The first school holiday camp for children of 5-12 years old was held at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning on 28 September 2016. The camp called: KidZ 4 Peace: Living in Harmony with Others, explored the values and environment conducive to a harmonious community through stories, songs, plays, arts, crafts and games. There were nine children who participated in the camp.

The program of the day consisted of four main sessions on harmony, justice, unity and trustworthiness, in addition to the time allocated to singing, children’s presentations, and games.

During the day, children learned how living in harmony with others looked and felt like. Despite our racial, cultural, social, physical and intellectual capabilities, everyone deserves to be accepted and treated with respect, fairness and kindness. Through stories, children understood that all the people on earth are interconnected with each other as we all live on one earth. We all need to participate, cooperate and work together for common good. We also need to use the power of unity as there is strength in unity.

More camps are planned for future school holidays.

Sacred Moments: Oneness of Mankind

oneness-of-mankindDevotional Gathering At Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning

Sunday 2nd October– 11:00 am

Corner of Princes Highway and Bellambi Lane, Russell Vale

The oneness of mankind is the bedrock of the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh. He calls mankind: “Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one  branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. He Who is the Daystar of Truth beareth Me witness! So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.

The  Sacred Moments on 2nd of October will provide an opportunity to reflect on topic of oneness of mankind. You are warmly invited to attend and experience new dimensions of sacredness. In Sacred Moments, participants unite with one another in prayer. There are no rituals and no one individual has any special role. All are welcome.

Sacred Moments: Nearness to God

Shrine of the Bab

Shrine of the Báb on Mt Carmel, Haifa

Devotional Gathering At Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning

Sunday 4th September– 11:00 am

Corner of Princes Highway and Bellambi Lane, Russell Vale

Bahá’u’lláh asserts that “a servant’s glory resideth in his nearness unto God, and that, unless he draweth nigh unto Him, naught else can ever profit him, even should he hold sway over the entire creation.” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá also mentions that nearness to God “is dependent upon attainment to the knowledge of God, upon severance from all else save God. It is contingent upon self-sacrifice …”

The  Sacred Moments on 4th of September will provide an opportunity to reflect on topic of the nearness to God. You are warmly invited to attend and experience new dimensions of sacredness. In Sacred Moments, participants unite with one another in prayer. There are no rituals and no one individual has any special role. All are welcome.

Sacred Moments: The Love of God

Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh at Bahji, Israel

Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh at Bahji, Israel

Devotional Gathering At Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning

Sunday 7th August – 11:00 am

Corner of Princes Highway and Bellambi Lane, Russell Vale

‘Abdu’l-Bahá refers to the love of God as “the fruit of human existence“,  “the spirit of life“, and “the eternal bounty“. He further stresses that without the love of God “the contingent world would be in darkness“, “the hearts of men would be dead, and deprived of the sensations of existence“, “spiritual union would be lost“,  and “the light of unity would not illuminate humanity“.

The  Sacred Moments on 7th  of August will provide an opportunity to reflect on the nature and influence of the love of God. You are warmly invited to attend and experience new dimensions of sacredness. In Sacred Moments, participants unite with one another in prayer. There are no rituals and no one individual has any special role. All are welcome.