International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture

Statement

 

On the International Peace Seminar

 

The International Peace Seminar, which was launched in 2000, is an established and ongoing, non-profit, scientific and cultural social project of the International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture and the three non-profit associations:

 

The International Association for Parent Education, the Support Association for the International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture, and the International Association for Justice, Human Rights, Professional Honour and Honour of Office.

 

The common goal is to promote the idea of peace at all levels of society, to contribute to science and culture and to celebrate the unity of mankind in its diversity.

 

 

To Heal the Planet­­—Unity in Diversity
In Commemoration of the 200th Anniversary
of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

 

Throughout world history, from era to era, great extraordinary figures appear who claim to be endowed with a divine message that can transform man and human society for the well-being of all. They are met with fierce resistance from the powerful, are tormented, persecuted, banished, martyred or they live a life of martyrdom. Ultimately, however, their cause triumphs, unites the most disparate peoples and produces a great civilization.

 

In darkest Persia of the middle of the nineteenth century, in the most odious of dungeons, a new divine message was revealed to a prisoner in heavy chains—a message that has spread throughout the planet as the youngest world religion.

 

The prisoner, born in 1817 and of high and noble lineage, had once been offered a position as vizier at the Shah's court. Known as the "father of the poor", He however preferred to commit himself to those who lived in misery and bondage.

 

He, as His great-grandson wrote, "was assailed by those same

forces of ignorance and fanaticism, was imprisoned in Tihrán, was banished, in 1852, from His native land to Baghdad, and thence to Constantinople and Adrianople, and finally to the prison city of 'Akka, where He remained incarcerated for no less than twenty-four years, and in whose neighbourhood He passed away in 1892. "

 

The divine mission which the prisoner received in the dungeon was no less than the unification of the whole of humanity in a just, vibrant and flourishing world order.

 

The name of the prisoner: Bahá'u'lláh. His mission: The proclamation of the dawn of the stage of maturity of mankind, the approach of the age when "the peace of the planet" is "definitely and permanently ensured" and the efflorescence of an ever-advancing, world-encompassing civilization.

 

In the words of His great-grandson, Shoghi Effendi, Bahá'ú'lláh taught:

 

"The fundamental principle enunciated by Bahá'u'lláh, the followers of His Faith firmly believe, is that religious truth is not absolute but relative, that Divine Revelation is a continuous and progressive process, that all the great religions of the world are divine in origin, that their basic principles are in complete harmony, that their aims and purposes are one and the same, that their teachings are but facets of one truth, that their functions are complementary, that they differ only in the non-essential aspects of their doctrines, and that their missions represent successive stages in the spiritual evolution of human society."

 

His aim is, "to reconcile rather than accentuate the divergences of the conflicting creeds which disrupt present-day society."

 

"The Bahá'í Faith upholds the unity of God, recognizes the unity of His Prophets, and inculcates the principle of the oneness and wholeness of the entire human race."

 

"It, moreover, enjoins upon its followers the primary duty of an unfettered search after truth, condemns all manner of prejudice and superstition, declares the purpose of religion to be the promotion of amity and concord, proclaims its essential harmony with science, and recognizes it as the foremost agency for the pacification and the orderly progress of human society."

 

Further basic principles also include:

  • Equal rights, opportunities and privileges for men and women
  • Comprehensive universal education
  • Elimination of the extremes of poverty and wealth
  • Abolition of the institution of priesthood
  • Prohibition of slavery, asceticism, mendicancy and monasticism
  • Encouragement of marriage and the law of monogamy

 

Moreover, the Bahá'í religion "exalts any work performed in the spirit of service to the level of worship, urges either the creation or the selection of an auxiliary international language, and delineates the outlines of those institutions that must establish and perpetuate the general peace of mankind."

 

On the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Bahá'u'lláh, the 12th International Peace Seminar is devoted to Bahá'u'lláh's healing peace-inducing message of "Unity in Diversity".

 

 

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