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Baha'i International Peace Day Devotional

posted Aug 20, 2015, 3:23 PM by Sean Donovan
Peace in the Heart and Harmony on Earth

International Peace Day Devotional

Sunday 20 September 2015

10 – 12 am

CWA Hall Mittagong




All Welcome

Sponsored by the Baha’is of Wingecarribee Shire


Welcome – Chloe Tortorella, Wingecarribee Baha’i Community

Introduction – (Renica Adam, Macarthur Diversity Services)

Music

Peace Readings


We have enjoined upon all mankind to establish the Most Great Peace -- the surest of all means for the protection of humanity. The sovereigns of the world should, with one accord, hold fast thereunto, for this is the supreme instrument that can ensure the security and welfare of all peoples and nations. They, verily, are the manifestations of the power of God and the daysprings of His authority. We beseech the Almighty that He may graciously assist them in that which is conducive to the well-being of their subjects. A full explanation regarding this matter hath been previously set forth by the Pen of Glory; well is it with them that act accordingly.

Baha’u’llah: The Second Ishraq


God that made the world and all things therein....giveth to all life, breath, and all things: And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth....

Christianity: The New Testament, Acts 17:24-26


God, the Almighty, has created all mankind from the dust of earth. He has fashioned them all from the same elements; they are descended from the same race and live upon the same globe. He has created them to dwell beneath the one heaven....His teachings are the means of establishing union and fellowship among mankind and awakening love and kindness in human hearts. He proclaims the oneness of the kingdom of humanity. He rebukes those things which create differences and destroy harmony; He commends and praises every means that will conduce to the solidarity of the human race.

Baha’i Faith: Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 297

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Grandfather, Great Spirit, all over the world the faces of living ones are alike.... Teach us to walk the soft earth as relatives to all that live.

Native American: Sioux prayer


Every being in the universe is an expression of the Tao....

Taoism: Lao-Tzu, Tao-Te-Ching, no. 51


In every man, there is a spark of the Divine Soul.

Jewish rabbinic teaching: Rabbi Isaac of Worka


Thou art My lamp, and My light is in thee.

Baha’i Faith: Baha’u’llah, Arabic Hidden Words, no. 11


There is one body, and one Spirit...one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Christianity: The New Testament: Ephesians 4:4,6.

And when a man sees that the God in himself is the same God in all that is, he hurts not himself by hurting others: then he goes indeed to the highest Path.

Hinduism: Krishna, The Bhagavad-Gita, XIII, 28


Music

If any differences arise amongst you, behold Me standing before your face, and overlook the faults of one another for My name's sake and as a token of your love for My manifest and resplendent Cause. We love to see you at all times consorting in amity and concord within the paradise of My good-pleasure, and to inhale from your acts the fragrance of friendliness and unity, of loving-kindness and fellowship.

Baha’i Faith: Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, pp. 288, 315


To dwell in a peaceful land, with right desires in one’s heart—this is the greatest blessing.

Buddhism: Words of the Buddha


Refreshments


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