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Unity in Humanity

“So powerful is the light of unity that it

can illuminate the whole earth”

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Hinduism c. 3000 BC The Bahá'í Faith 1844 AD

Meet together, speak together, let your minds be of one God maketh no distinction between the white and the
accord, as the Gods of old, being of one mind, accepted black. If the hearts are pure both are acceptable unto
their share of the sacrifice. May your counsel be common, Him. God is no respecter of persons on account of either
your assembly common, common the mind, and the color or race. All colors are acceptable unto Him, be they
thoughts of these united. A common purpose do I lay white, black, or yellow. Inasmuch as all were created in
before you, and worship with your common oblation. Let the image of God, we must bring ourselves to realize that
your aims be common, and your hearts of one accord, and all embody divine possibilities. In the estimation of God all
all of you be of one mind, so you may live well together. men are equal. There is no distinction or preference for
any soul, in the realm of His justice and equity. God did
– Rig Veda 10.191.2-4
not make these divisions, these divisions have had their
origin in man himself. Color is not important; the heart is
He who experiences the unity of life, sees his own self in
all beings, and all beings in his own self, and looks on Verily, the words which have descended from the heaven
everything with an impartial eye. of the Will of God are the source of unity and harmony for
– Bhagavad Gita 6.29 the world. Close your eyes to racial differences, and
welcome all with the light of oneness. We desire but the
good of the world and the happiness of the nations, …that
Be united, speak in harmony, all nations should become one in faith and all men as
Let your minds apprehend alike. brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between
Common be your prayer the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of
Common be the end of your assembly, religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled.
Common be your resolution; That the various races of humankind lend a composite
Common be your deliberations. harmony and beauty of color to the whole.
Alike be your feelings, united be your hearts.
Common be your intentions, perfect be your unity. Let all associate, therefore, in this great human garden
even as flowers grow and blend together side by side
– Rig Verda without discord or disagreement between them.

– Shoghi Effendi
quoting Bahá'u'lláh in The Advent of Divine Justice

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The Bahá'í Faith 1844 AD Judaism c. 1500 BCE

The Purpose of the one true God, exalted be His glory, in Whoever is able to protest against the transgressions of
revealing Himself unto men is to lay bare those gems that his own family and does not do so is punished for the
lie hidden within the mine of their true and inmost selves. transgressions of his family. Whoever is able to protest
That the divers communions of the earth, and the against the transgressions of his community and does not
manifold systems of religious belief, should never be do so is punished for the transgressions of his community.
allowed to foster the feelings of animosity among men, is, Whoever is able to protest against the transgressions of
in this Day, of the essence of the Faith of God and His the entire world and does not do so is punished for the
Religion. These principles and laws, these firmly- transgressions of the entire world.
established and mighty systems, have proceeded from
one Source, and are the rays of one Light. That they differ – Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 54b
one from another is to be attributed to the varying
requirements of the ages in which they were
promulgated….. Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell
The utterance of God is a lamp, whose light is these in unity!
words: Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of – Psalms 133: 1
one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost
love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. He
Who is the Day Star of Truth beareth Me witness!

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the

whole earth.
– Bahá'u'lláh
Gleanings, p. 287-288

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Buddhism c. 400 BCE The Bahá'í Faith 1844 AD

Our good or evil deeds follow us continually like shadows. It is incumbent upon every man, in this Day, to hold fast
That which is most needed is a loving heart! Regard thy unto whatsoever will promote the interests, and exalt the
people as men do an only son. Do not oppress them, do station, of all nations and just governments. Through each
not destroy them; keep in due check every member of thy and every one of the verses which the Pen of the Most
body, forsake unrighteous doctrine and walk in the High hath revealed, the doors of love and unity have been
straight path. Exalt not thyself by trampling down others, unlocked and flung open to the face of men. We have
but comfort and befriend the suffering. Walk, monks, on erewhile declared – and Our Word is the truth:
tour for the benefit of the people, for the happiness of the
people out of compassion for the world, for the welfare, "Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of
the blessing, the happiness of devas and men. friendliness and fellowship."
– Vinaya Pitika, Mahavagga: 28
Whatsoever hath led the children of men to shun one
another, and hath caused dissensions and divisions
amongst them, hath, through the revelation of these
In safety and in bliss, may creatures all be of a peaceful
words, been nullified and abolished. From the heaven of
heart. Whatever living things there are; whether weak or
God's Will, and for the purpose of ennobling the world of
strong with none excepted. Great or small, seen or
being and of elevating the minds and souls of men, hath
unseen, dwelling far or near, born or awaiting birth – may
been sent down that which is the most effective
all be blessed with peace. Let no one work another one’s
instrument for the education of the whole human race.
undoing, or show contempt in any place. Let no one wish
Of old it hath been revealed: "Love of one's country is an
another harm, through provocation or resentful thought.
element of the Faith of God." The Tongue of Grandeur
Just as a mother with her life protects her child, her only
hath, however, in the day of His manifestation
child, let all-embracing thoughts for all that lives be yours.
An all-embracing love for all the universe, in all its height
and depth and breadth, unstinted love, unmarred by hate
“It is not his to boast who loveth his country, but it is his
within, not rousing enmity.
who loveth the world."
– The Sutta Nipata
– Bahá'u'lláh
Gleanings, p. 94-95

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The Bahá'í Faith 1844 AD Christianity 1 AD

The day is approaching when all the peoples of the world Your love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil;
will have adopted one universal language and one cling to what is good. Be devoted to each other with
common script. When this is achieved, to whatsoever city mutual affection. Excel at showing respect for each other.
a man may journey, it shall be as if he were entering his Never be lazy in showing such devotion. Be on fire with
own home. These things are obligatory and absolutely the Spirit. Serve the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in
essential. It is incumbent upon every man of insight and trouble, and persistent in prayer. Supply the needs of the
understanding to strive to translate that which hath been saints. Extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who
written into reality and action…. That one indeed is a man persecute you. Keep on blessing them, and never curse
who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire them. Rejoice with those who are rejoicing. Cry with those
human race. The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is who are crying. Live in harmony [and unity] with each
he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the other. Do not be arrogant, but associate with humble
peoples and kindreds of the earth. In another passage He people. Do not think that you are wiser than you really
hath proclaimed: are. Do not pay anyone back evil for evil, but focus your
thoughts on what is right in the sight of all people. If
It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own possible, so far as it depends on you, live in peace [and
country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. unity] with all people.
– Romans 12 9-19
The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.
– Bahá'u'lláh
Gleanings, p. 250 Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no
city or house divided against itself will stand.
– Mathew 12.25

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Islam c. 613 AD The Bahá'í Faith 1844 AD

Hold fast, all together, to God's rope, and be not divided The time must come when the imperative necessity for
among yourselves. Remember with gratitude God's favor the holding of a vast, an all-embracing assemblage of men
on you, for you were enemies and He joined your hearts will be universally realized. The rulers and kings of the
in love, so that by His Grace you became brethren. You earth must needs attend it, and, participating in its
were on the brink of the fiery Pit, and He saved you from deliberations, must consider such ways and means as will
it. Thus does God make His Signs clear to you, that you lay the foundations of the world’s Great Peace amongst
may be guided. Let there arise out of you one community, men. Such a peace demandeth that the Great Powers
inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and should resolve, for the sake of the tranquillity of the
forbidding what is wrong: those will be prosperous. Be not peoples of the earth, to be fully reconciled among
like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall themselves. Should any king take up arms against
into disputations after receiving Clear Signs. another, all should unitedly arise and prevent him. If this
be done, the nations of the world will no longer require
– Qur'an 3.103-5
any armaments, except for the purpose of preserving the
security of their realms and of maintaining internal order
O mankind! We created you from a single pair of a male within their territories. This will ensure the peace and
and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that composure of every people, government and nation. We
you might know each other. Verily the most honoured fain would hope that the kings and rulers of the earth, the
among you in the sight of God is he the most righteous. mirrors of the gracious and almighty name of God, may
attain unto this station, and shield mankind from the
– Qur’an 49.13 onslaught of tyranny.
– Bahá'u'lláh
Gleanings, p. 250

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