World peace is not only possible but inevitable

24Jun 2016
The Guardian
World peace is not only possible but inevitable

Through the following quotations in this letter that I am sharing through your esteemed newspaper, The Guardian, I wish to bring to light that world peace and the lack of war is not only possible but inevitable for mankind to continue to survive and prosper.

Banning nuclear weapons, prohibiting the use of poison gases, or outlawing germ warfare will not remove the root causes of war.

Through the following quotations in this letter that I am sharing through your esteemed newspaper, The Guardian, I wish to bring to light that world peace and the lack of war is not only possible but inevitable for mankind to continue to survive and prosper.

World peace can be achieved not only through the obvious lack of warfare but more fundamentally can be fostered through social, political and racial unity and religious tolerance among all human beings. In this interconnected world, if we are to progress as a human civilization, world peace is the bedrock on which progress will have to be made and sustained.

About 165 years ago, Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith said, “Religion is the greatest of all means for the establishment of order in the world and for the peaceful contentment of all that dwell therein.”
Bahá’u’lláh also stated:

“We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations -- that all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that all bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease and differences of race be annulled -- and so it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away and the most great peace shall come… Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country; let him rather glory in this, that he loves his kind."

Abdu’l-Baha, the Son of Baha’u’llah said, “If the moral precepts and foundations of divine civilization become united with the material advancement of man, there is no doubt that the happiness of the human world will be attained and that from every direction the glad tidings of peace upon earth will be announced.

Then humankind will achieve extraordinary progress, the sphere of human intelligence will be immeasurably enlarged, wonderful inventions will appear, and the spirit of God will reveal itself; all men will consort in joy and fragrance, and eternal life will be conferred upon the children of the Kingdom.”

I would also like to quote from a statement of the Universal House of Justice, the supreme governing institution of the Bahá’í Faith, published in 1985, which states: “The Great Peace towards which people of good will throughout the centuries have inclined their hearts, of which seers and poets for countless generations have expressed their vision, and for which from age to age the sacred scriptures of mankind have constantly held the promise, is now at long last within the reach of the nations.

For the first time in history it is possible for everyone to view the entire planet, with all its myriad diversified peoples, in one perspective. World peace is not only possible but inevitable.”

It further adds, “Banning nuclear weapons, prohibiting the use of poison gases, or outlawing germ warfare will not remove the root causes of war. However important such practical measures obviously are, as elements of the peace process, they are in themselves too superficial to exert enduring influence. A genuine universal framework must be adopted.”

Let us keep aside all racial, religious, national, political, social prejudices and strive towards building a unified and peaceful global family, a family where members live together in perfect harmony, caring for the needs of each other, unified in thoughts and actions. We all have a role to play in building this better world.

We can bridge the divide among religions by holding community devotional gatherings where prayers and Holy Scriptures from all the different religions are recited or chanted. This will enable us to realise that the universal truth in all religions is the same.

Alongside, we should hold conferences and workshops where the participants learn how to teach values to children, to engage in community service activities, to assist and empower others to independently investigate spiritual truths, to learn how to competently express one’s views, and to engage in serving the broader needs of society for unity, justice, and equity.

In this manner, the sacred teachings of all the Prophets of God can be brought into action in our very midst, and the principle of World Peace can be established from a utopian concept to an inevitable reality that can embrace the entire globe. Let us arise and join our fellow brethren worldwide in the pursuit of establishing world unity which will inevitably lead to world peace.