Friday, March 14, 2014

March 14th in Baha'i History

1914 - Birth of Richard Nolen, Knight of Bahá’u’lláh named for pioneering to Azores.

For a Biography of Richard Nolen Click Here

1939 – The Time and Means Through which the Lesser and the Most Great Peace will be Established

With reference to the question you have asked concerning the time and means through which the Lesser and Most Great Peace, referred to by Bahá'u'lláh, will be established, following the coming World War: Your view that the Lesser Peace will come about through the political efforts of the states and nations of the world, and independently of any direct Bahá'í plan or effort, and the Most Great Peace be established through the instrumentality of the believers, and by the direct operation of the laws and principles revealed by Bahá'u'lláh and the functioning of the Universal House of Justice as the supreme organ of the Bahá'í superstate -- your view on this subject is quite correct and in full accord with the pronouncements of the Guardian as embodied in "The Unfoldment of World Civilization".  

(14 March 1939 to the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States and Canada, and to an individual believer) Letter on behalf of Shoghi Effendi  (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 194)

1985 – Letter from the Universal House of Justice on Human Suffering and the Reconstruction of society

The amelioration of the conditions of the world requires the reconstruction of human society and efforts to improve the material well-being of humanity. The Bahá'í approach to this task is evolutionary and multifaceted, involving not only the spiritual transformation of individuals but the establishment of an administrative system based on the application of justice, a system which is at once the "nucleus" and the "pattern" of the future World Order, together with the implementation of programmes of social and economic development that derive their impetus from the grass roots of the community.  Such an integrated approach will inevitably create a new world, a world where human dignity is restored and the burden of inequity is lifted from the shoulders of humanity. Then will the generations look back with heartfelt appreciation, for the sacrifices made by Bahá'ís and non-Bahá'ís alike, during this most turbulent period in human history. 

[ WOB, p. 144.] (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 663)

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