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This book is not a “comprehensive” nor an “official” coverage of the Congress and Holy Year. Rather, it is a book of the personal testimonies of the Holy Year’s participants, providing a taste of the Holy Year—a delicious taste.
The objectives in publishing such a book are several:
- To bring Bahá’ís of the various communities around the world into closer touch with each other—through the sharing of these experiences—in our collective thoughts and hearts.
- To reveal a glimpse of the underlying Power of the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh, which we know exists, and which we know was present at the Congress, with actual examples of how that Power was manifested. The testimonies convey the thrills, joys, hardships, and wonders that characterized this historic occasion of possibly one of the most diverse gatherings of this magnitude in recorded history, celebrating the unity of humankind.
- To bring to life for future generations the Bahá’ís of the Holy Year, just as the Tuesday evening Youth Movement Forum theatrical performance at the World Congress brought to life the dawn-breakers and pioneers to us, today’s generation. The Youth Movement Forum taught us what it means to be Bahá’í. We need that. This book illustrates the meaning of being a Bahá’í in this day, a day which will be looked back upon in the future as a pivotal turning point in humankind’s history.
I pursued my vision for the book with vigor and prayed for assistance. From Bahá’ís around the world, I received dreams and visions; stories, accounts and experiences; poems, feelings and impressions of the Bahá’í World Congress and Holy Year. This is their story. 1
My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.
- Kafes, J. Michael. In the Eyes of His Beloved Servants: The Second Bahá’í World Congress and Holy Year. 1st Edition, J Michael Kafes Publications, 1994, xi-xii. [return]