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Importance of Unity

Book 2 Arising to Serve: Unit 2: Deepening themes: Section 4: Importance of Unity: pages 35-43

2: Unit 2: Deepening themes

Book 2 Arising to Serve: Unit 2: Deepening themes: Importance of unity

“The imperfect eye beholds imperfections. The eye that covers faults looks toward the Creator of souls. He created them, trains and provides for them, endows them with capacity and life, sight and hearing; therefore, they are the signs of His grandeur. You must love and be kind to everybody, care for the poor, protect the weak, heal the sick, teach and educate the ignorant.”(Abdu’l-Baha, “5 May 1912, Talk at Children’s Meeting, Hotel Plaza, Chicago, Illinois, Notes by Marzieh MossPromulgation of Universal Peace, p. 93)

Unity in the Baha’i Faith is discussed under headings such as unity in diversity, unity of mankind …

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C. 1908-1909, the following passage was sent to Bahá’í Publishing Committee by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá just prior to their publication of the Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas
Author: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Source: Bahá’í Publishing Committee, 1909 edition Pages: 730

He is God! O Thou Almighty Lord! Strengthen all mankind that they may do according to the instructions and teachings recorded in these writings, so that wars and strifes may be eliminated from the world of man; that the roots of enmity may be destroyed and the foundations of love and affection be established; that the hearts may be filled with love and the souls be attracted; that wisdom may advance and the faces become brightened and illumined; that there be no more wars and strifes and that reconciliation and peace appear; that the Unity of the world of man may pitch its tent on the “apex of the horizons,” so that peoples and parties become as one nation, that different continents become as one continent and the whole earth as one land; that the sects of antagonizing and dogmatic religions be unified; that the world of creation be adorned and all the people of the earth abide in unity and peace. (signed) 1908-9. Abdul-Baha Abbas. Verily, Thou art the Giver, the Bestower, the Beholder!

tags: unity, peace, love, wisdom, end of wars, one world, world unity, dogmatism, Tablets from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to individual America believers

Unity as one of the virtues
The Virtues Project by Linda Kavelin Popov and Dan Popov lists assertiveness, caring, cleanliness, compassion, confidence, consideration, courage, courtesy, creativity, detachment, determination, enthusiasm, excellence, faithfulness, flexibility, forgiveness, friendliness, generosity, gentleness, gratitude,  helpfulness, honesty, honor, humility, idealism, joyfulness, justice, kindness, love, loyalty, mercy, moderation, modesty, obedience, orderliness, patience, peacefulness, prayerfulness, purposefulness, reliability, respect, responsibility, reverence, self-discipline, service, steadfastness, tact, thankfulness, tolerance, trust, trustworthiness, truthfulness, unity,

Timeline
On 17 December 1919
‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote the The Tablet to The Hague to the Central Organisation for Durable Peace in The Hague, The Netherlands.‘Abdu’l-Bahá sent the tablet entitled Foundations of World Unity The members of the Central Organization for a Durable Peace, The Hague; to whom this Tablet was sent in reply to several letters.

References

  • ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. 1908-9. “Strengthen all mankind that they may do according to the instructions and teachings recorded in these writings.” Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas 730 pages.
  • ‘Abdu’l-Bahá “The Source of Unity.” Bahá’í World Faith—Selected Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Section Only)
    Author: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Source: US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1976 edition Pages: 449
  • ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. 1979. Foundations of World Unity. US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1979 sixth printing Pages: 112
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