The Purpose of the one true God, exalted be His glory, in revealing Himself unto men is to lay bare those gems that lie hidden within the mine of their true and inmost selves. That the divers communions of the earth, and the manifold systems of religious belief, should never be allowed to foster the feelings of animosity among men, is, in this Day, of the essence of the Faith of God and His Religion.
(Baha’u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u'llah, p. 287)
Today we had the 2nd International Day at work. It was an incredibly diverse and delicious event which illustrated very eloquently how feasible Baha’u'llah’s vision of unity in diversity is. As I was enjoying the food and the company of my coworkers, I was thinking that they don’t even know that the party was organized not only by our HR department but by Baha’u'llah Himself! The company has around 190 employees (a derivative of 19). We had food from 27 countries (a derivative of 9):
- St. Lucia
- United States
This was the most joyous celebration of diversity I have experienced at the work place. It truly was a celebration of the human diversity and its beauty as expressed in colors, decorations, and delicious food. I am in awe at the beauty of the human fusion Baha’u'llah’s vision has produced and is continuing to produce:
Therefore, Bahá’u'lláh hath said that the various races of humankind lend a composite harmony and beauty of color to the whole. Let all associate, therefore, in this great human garden even as flowers grow and blend together side by side without discord or disagreement between them.
(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 68)
O Thou Provider! The dearest wish of this servant of Thy Threshold is to behold the friends of East and West in close embrace; to see all the members of human society gathered with love in a single great assemblage, even as individual drops of water collected in one mighty sea; to behold them all as birds in one garden of roses, as peals of one ocean, as leaves of one tree, as rays of one sun.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i Prayers, p. 157)
Oh and by the way — this is my 90th post on this blog. In case you wonder why this is more important than a 100th post, Baha’is love the numbers 9, 19, and all their derivatives
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