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January 29, 2015

O ye that inhabit the heavens and the earth! There hath appeared what hath never previously appeared. Divine Springtime

This is the Day in which God’s most excellent favours have been poured out upon men, the Day in which His most mighty grace hath been infused into all created things. Gleanings Older site

Be united in counsel’, is Bahá’u’lláh’s appeal, ‘be one in thought. May each morn be better than its eve and each morrow richer than its yesterday. Man’s merit lieth in service and virtue and not in the pageantry of wealth and riches. Take heed that your words be purged from idle fancies and worldly desires and your deeds be cleansed from craftiness and suspicion.’LAWḤ-I-HIKMAT (Tablet of Wisdom)

‘Dissipate not the wealth of your precious lives in the pursuit of evil and corrupt affection, nor let your endeavours be spent in promoting your personal interest. Be generous in your days of plenty, and be patient in the hour of loss. Adversity is followed by success and rejoicings follow woe. Guard against idleness and sloth, and cling unto that which profiteth mankind, whether young or old, whether high or low. Beware lest ye sow tares of dissension among men or plant thorns of doubt in pure and radiant hearts.’LAWH-I-HIKMAT (Tablet of Wisdom)

26 November 2012 Social Action: a paper prepared by the Office of Social Action and Economic Development (OSED) at the Baha’i World Centre 26 November 2012

23 January 1995 The Prosperity of Humankind The Universal House of Justice. Bahá’í World Centre

16 September 1993 Bahá’í Social And Economic Development: Prospects for the Future

November 21-22, 1983 The Future of Canada: A Bahá’í Perspective A Brief presented to The Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects of Canada. The Canadian Bahá’í Community, through its National Spiritual Assembly Saskatoon.

“Over a century ago, Bahá’u’lláh warned that the accelerating course of social change on this planet would pass through periods of upheaval which He described as calamitous. Some of these He indicated were inescapable features of the process and others the consequence of failures of leadership on the part of
mankind’s major institutions. Most of these developments He saw as focused in the twentieth century, and He indicated that their climax, in the concluding years of the century, would entail disorder and suffering on a scale mankind had never before known. He warned, for example, that:

“Strange and astonishing things exist in the earth, but they are hidden from the minds and understanding of men. These things are capable of changing the whole atmosphere of the earth and their contamination would prove lethal.”

The time would come, Bahá’u’lláh said, when the misuse of these resources, together with unforeseen excesses produced by the prevailing materialism in the developed world, would call into question the very survival of civilization itself. He foresaw a period when “all eyes shall stare upward with terror,” when “the
very limbs of mankind shall quake. Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh”28

These dangers now represent the growing perceptions of the mass of mankind and have begun to generate widespread anxiety. They need no reiteration here from religion in order to draw attention to them, nor do we mention them for that purpose. On the contrary, it seems clear that one of the greatest handicaps to sound planning for the future is the paralysis of thought and courage which a contemplation of the threat to our survival produces. We hope it is not inappropriate, therefore, if we conclude our presentation to this Commission with a reference to the cause of the optimism with which our own community faces the future. Mankind has, we believe, the promise of God that, however frightening and painful the experience and however sweeping the social dislocations, the human race will pass successfully through the approaching, final stage in the process which is welding us into a single human family. It is in this context that we see the extraordinary promises made about our own nation being realized.”The Future of Canada: A Bahá’í Perspective

20 October 1983 The Universal House of Justice called for the incorporation of social and economic development processes into the regular pursuits of the community and announced the establishment of the Office of Social and Economic Development (OSED) at the Bahá’í World Centre to “promote and coordinate the activities of the friends” in field of development field at the grassroots of the community.


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