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‘Abdu’l-Bahá was appointed the “Center of the Covenant” by Bahá’u’lláh: the one Bahá’ís turned to after the death of Bahá’u’lláh. In this way, sects of the Faith did not develop. When early Bahá’ís asked for a day to honor ‘Abdu’l-Bahá he said they could celebrate the Day of the Covenant on November 26. With this in mind, and in honor of the divinity of Jesus being celebrated at this season, here is an excerpt from the second talk given in America by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, in April 1912.
“The divine Prophets came to establish the unity of the Kingdom in human hearts. All of them proclaimed the glad tidings of the divine bestowals to the world of mankind. All brought the same message of divine love to the world. Jesus Christ gave His life upon the cross for the unity of mankind. Those who believed in Him likewise sacrificed life, honor, possessions, family, everything, that this human world might be released from the hell of discord, enmity and strife. His foundation was the oneness of humanity. Only a few were attracted to Him. They were not the kings and rulers of His time…. All of them were men of the least consequence in the eyes of the world. But their hearts were pure and attracted by the fires of the Divine Spirit manifested in Christ. With this small army Christ conquered the world of the East and the West. Kings and nations rose against Him. Philosophers and the greatest men of learning assailed and blasphemed His Cause. All were defeated and overcome, their tongues silenced, their lamps extinguished, their hatred quenched; no trace of them now remains. They have become as nonexistent, while His Kingdom is triumphant and eternal….
Jesus Christ knew this would come to pass and was content to suffer. His abasement was His glorification; His crown of thorns, a heavenly diadem. When they pressed it upon His blessed head and spat in His beautiful face, they laid the foundation of His everlasting Kingdom….
Through His death and teachings we have entered into His Kingdom. His essential teaching was the unity of mankind and the attainment of supreme human virtues through love. He came to establish the Kingdom of peace and everlasting life. Can you find in His words any justification for discord and enmity? The purpose of His life and the glory of His death were to set mankind free from the sins of strife, war and bloodshed….
Christ was a divine Center of unity and love. Whenever discord prevails instead of unity, wherever hatred and antagonism take the place of love and spiritual fellowship, Antichrist reigns instead of Christ…. To be a real Christian is to be a servant in His Cause and Kingdom, to go forth under His banner of peace and love toward all mankind, to be self-sacrificing and obedient, to become quickened by the breaths of the Holy Spirit, to be mirrors reflecting the radiance of the divinity of Christ, to be fruitful trees in the garden of His planting, to refresh the world by the water of life of His teachings – in all things to be like Him and filled with the spirit of His love.” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 6)
Interfaith Prayers for Peace, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6:30-9:30 pm, Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Ave, Gresham, Oregon 97030. Join the Bahá’ís of Gresham, Fairview and surrounding communities for our monthly interfaith prayer vigil at the Gresham Library, in the heart of downtown Gresham. Please feel free to bring prayers, music, poetry, and other expressions of peace as we seek to build community in troubled times. Children welcome. Monthly on the first Tuesday.
Devotions: SE Portland, Wednesday Dec. 5, 6:30 pm. We love to meet new people and look forward to seeing you at our monthly interfaith devotional program followed by a potluck dinner. For more information, please call the Moshtael-Hill family, 503-282-0783.
Introductory dialog, Friday Dec. 7, 7:30 pm, Beaverton. Discussions on any topic of your choosing related to the Bahá’í Faith. You are welcome to suggest topics in advance. All are warmly welcomed to this informal gathering. For more information, please call Amineh and Roland at 503-645-6765.
Devotions: SE Portland, Sunday Dec. 16, 7:00 pm. Devotions and virtues! For more information, please call Parvin and Amir at 971-277-7684.
Dialog and Music, Gladstone, Friday, Dec. 28, 7:00-9:00 pm. We invite you to join us in a monthly informal discussion about the Bahá’í teachings, featuring live music relating to spirituality. Bring your instruments! For more information, please call Jack and Leslie at 503 803-8796 or Mary at 503 995-8959.
There are many devotional gatherings weekly throughout the metro area, including every Sunday at both the Portland and Beaverton Bahá’í Centers, and there are also many introductory discussions. Bahá’í Center of Lake Oswego hosts many events each month, which are posted on their Facebook page. To see more of the activities, please visit the website calendar at portlandbahai.org for a listing of discussion gatherings, devotionals, children’s classes, and youth activities. The website is the place to check for last-minute changes in events!
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To watch the 50-minute film Light to the World, about the life of Bahá’u’lláh and the impact of His teachings on people around the world, go to http://www.bahai.org/light-to-the-world/ or click HERE.
This dvd is in the Washington County public library system.