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A spiritual solution to economic problems

This is number nine of a list of 10 Principles of the Baha’i Faithin the 1992 publication entitled Baha”i Teachings for the New World Order, Mouhebat Sobhani described how the ten principles were extrapolated from talks given by Abdu’l-Baha during His teaching trip in North America in 1912 that were published in The Promulgation of Universal Peace.

The following quote is from a talk at Brotherhood Church, Bergen and Fairview Avenues, Jersey City, New Jersey given by Abdu’l Baha on 19 May 1912, from notes by Esther Foster published in Promulgation of Universal Peace

“Among the results of the manifestation of spiritual forces will be that the human world will adapt itself to a new social form, the justice of God will become manifest throughout human affairs, and human equality will be universally established. The poor will receive a great bestowal, and the rich attain eternal happiness. For although at the present time the rich enjoy the greatest luxury and comfort, they are nevertheless deprived of eternal happiness; for eternal happiness is contingent upon giving, and the poor are everywhere in the state of abject need. Through the manifestation of God’s great equity the poor of the world will be rewarded and assisted fully, and there will be a readjustment in the economic conditions of mankind so that in the future there will not be the abnormally rich nor the abject poor. The rich will enjoy the privilege of this new economic condition as well as the poor, for owing to certain provisions and restrictions they will not be able to accumulate so much as to be burdened by its management, while the poor will be relieved from the stress of want and misery. The rich will enjoy his palace, and the poor will have his comfortable cottage (Abdu’l Baha , 19 May 1912, New Jersey).” 

References

  • Sobhani, Mouhebat. 1 January 1992. Baha”i Teachings for the New World Order. Waldorf Enterprises. 67 pages. Approved by the Reviewing Committee of the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States of America. ASIN: B0006QE89M.
  • ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. 1982. The Promulgation of Universal Peace. US Bahá’í Publishing Trust. Second edition. Pages 129-13.
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