Istiqlál, 16 Jamál (Beauty), 179 B.E
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In the “Daily Log” post for 12 April 2022, I charted the evolutionary path of the administrative order for the Bahá’í Faith beginning first with the Central Figures during the Heroic Age followed by the Guardianship at the onset of the Formative Age in 1921 and culminating with the election and seating of the first Universal House of Justice in 1963 — an administration structure that will continue throughout the Formative Age and into the Golden Age. As with previous elements of this framework, I added the S-curve in the background to clarify how the pieces fit together:
With this addition, one can see how the Heroic Age corresponds to the initial dip in the fortunes of the Bahá’í Faith due to intense resistance and persecution adherents suffered at the outset. Were it not for the extraordinary, divine character of the three individuals who comprised the Central Figures — the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, and ‘‘Abdu’l-Bahá — of the Bahá’í Faith, it may well have never made it into the 21st century. The critically important, transitional role of the Guardian followed by the formalization of the unique institution of the Universal House of Justice generated an ongoing flow of spiritual guidance through correspondence and Plans that continues unabated today. Retrospectively and looking ahead, this approach builds the capacity of individual Bahá’ís wherever they may be in the world, develops their communities in accordance with spiritual principles, and strengthens the underlying Bahá’í institutions at every level all in preparation for the social transformation of the world as its destiny of “oneness” comes ever closer.
Today there is no greater glory for man than that of service in the cause of the Most Great Peace. Peace is light, whereas war is darkness. Peace is life; war is death. Peace is guidance; war is error. Peace is the foundation of God; war is a satanic institution. Peace is the illumination of the world of humanity; war is the destroyer of human foundations. When we consider outcomes in the world of existence, we find that peace and fellowship are factors of upbuilding and betterment, whereas war and strife are the causes of destruction and disintegration. All created things are expressions of the affinity and cohesion of elementary substances, and nonexistence is the absence of their attraction and agreement. Various elements unite harmoniously in composition, but when these elements become discordant, repelling each other, decomposition and nonexistence result. Everything partakes of this nature and is subject to this principle, for the creative foundation in all its degrees and kingdoms is an expression or outcome of love. 1
- ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 123. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/9#984729326 [return]