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“Let your vision be world embracing…” — Bahá’u’lláh

Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab, October 2019

Last part of 2019

Bahá’ís of Plano marked the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Báb, the Prophet and Herald of Bahá’u’lláh the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith.


Inspired by the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, millions of people

worldwide celebrated the 200th anniversary of His birth in October 2017. In October 2019,

people celebrated the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb, whose revitalizing message

prepared the way for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh.


The Báb (1819-1850) is the Prophet and Herald of the Bahá’í Faith. He announced, in the

middle of the mid-1800s, that He was the bearer of a message destined to transform humanity’s

spiritual life. His mission was to prepare the way for Bahá’u’lláh, who would usher in an age of

unity, peace, and justice.


This two year Bicentenary period is a celebration of the birthdays of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh,

Whose teachings are transforming the lives of families, neighborhoods, and communities

around the country and the world. Their vision of the oneness of humanity is an antidote to the

racial prejudice and materialism that are corroding American society.

“Now more than ever we need positive models of social change that bring people together

rather than divide them". “This is what we will be celebrating in the months leading up to the Báb birth in October.”


The 2019 Bicentenary is not a single event, but rather, a highlight in an ongoing series of

community-building activities, generated at the grassroots level all around the country. Activities

that reinforce Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the oneness of humanity and empowers people of every

background to participate. 


To learn more please visit  https://www.bahai.us/ or come and see us at the Plano Baha'i Center.


Who is the Báb?


The Báb (1819-1850), whose name means “the Gate,” is a Prophet and Herald to a Divine

Mission, inaugurated in 1844, which is considered the beginning of the Bahá’í Era--a new cycle

of human history and social evolution. The Báb’s call was for spiritual and moral reformation. He

paid special attention to improving the position of women and the lives of the poor. His six-year

mission was to prepare the way for the coming of a Manifestation of God, Bahá’u’lláh, Who

would usher in the age of peace and justice promised in all the world’s religions.


Who is Bahá’u’lláh? 


Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), whose name means “The Glory of God,” is considered by millions

around the world as the Divine Educator for this age. His coming was foretold by all of the

world's religions. In His writings, Bahá’u’lláh outlines a framework for the development of a

global civilization which takes into account both the spiritual and material dimensions of human

life. His teachings, centered around the recognition of the oneness of humanity, offer a

compelling vision of a future world united in justice, peace, and prosperity. 


What did Bahá’u’lláh teach?


One God


Called by different names throughout the ages, the eternal God, the Creator of the universe, is

limitless, all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving. God is one. The reality of God is beyond

human understanding, though we may find expressions of God's attributes in every created

thing. “The peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one

heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God.” -- Bahá’u’lláh


One Human Family


Beyond all differences of culture, class or ethnicity, regardless of differences in customs,

opinions or temperaments, every individual is a member of one gloriously diverse human family.

Each unique soul has a role to play in carrying forward an ever-advancing material and spiritual

civilization. “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…” --Bahá’u’lláh


One Unfolding Religion


Humanity’s spiritual, intellectual and moral capacities have been cultivated by the successive

Founders of the world’s religions--the Manifestations of God—among them Abraham, Krishna,

Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and most recently, the Báb and

Bahá’u’lláh. Each religion originates from God and is suited to the age and place in which it is

revealed. In essence, the religion of God is one and is progressively unfolding. “This is the

changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.”--Bahá’u’lláh


Origins


The Bahá’í Faith originated in Iran in the mid-19th century. In less than 200 years it has become

a universal faith present in every country in the world with adherents from virtually every

national, ethnic, religious and tribal background.

 

A Movement of Personal and Social Transformation


The international Bahá’í community, numbering more than five million, is quite possibly the most

diverse organized body of people on the planet.  United by their belief in Bahá’u’lláh, and

inspired by His teachings, members strive to live out the twofold moral purpose of transforming

their own characters while simultaneously contributing to the advancement of society.

Bahá’u’lláh taught that religion is a cohesive force in society and a system of knowledge that

has, together with science, propelled the advancement of civilizations.


Sacred Writings


The writings of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh are considered by Bahá’ís to have been revealed by

God. As the creative Word of God, these sacred writings have the power to touch the deepest

recesses of our hearts and transform us and the world around us. The Bahá’í writings address

the needs of the age and offer inspiration for individuals working to better themselves and their

communities. Bahá’u’lláh enjoined His followers to read daily from the Sacred Texts, “Immerse

yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls

of wisdom that lie hid in its depths.”


Worship 


Bahá’ís consider work done in the spirit of service to humanity as the highest form of worship.

Prayer, offered both in private and in the company of others, is regarded as essential spiritual

nourishment, providing inspiration for positive personal and social change. Individuals pray daily

and observe an annual period of fasting. The Bahá’í Faith has no clergy or sacraments, and has

very simple practices for life transitions such as marriage and funerals.

Administration 


The affairs of the Bahá’í community are administered, without clergy, through institutions

established by Bahá’u’lláh to foster universal participation and to diffuse knowledge, love, and

unity. This administrative order includes both elected and appointed institutions at local,

national, and international levels. Non-partisan elections and collective decision-making are

hallmarks of Bahá’í administration. These and other principles constitute a model of just and

unified global governance.

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Video

Check out this great video about Baha'u'llah 

Check out this short summary of the Bahá’í Faith