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Windhoek The Bahá’í communities in countries around the world, including Namibia, recently celebrated two very significant holy days. These “Twin Holy Days” marked the births of the Twin Manifestations of the Bahá’í Faith – the Prophet Founder Baha’u’llah (“The Glory of God”), born in Tehran in 1817, and the Herald of the Faith, The Bab (“The Gate”), born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1918. These holy days had previously been celebrated in Western countries, according to the Gregorian calendar, which, as a solar calendar, had their birthdays several weeks apart. With the further implementation of a new calendar system for the Bahá’í community this year, these holy days were observed according to a lunar element of the calendar and thus fell on consecutive days. The Namibian Bahá’í community celebrated the birth of these Twin Lights, these two holy beings, but, even more so celebrated the divinely inspired teachings, which they brought to the world, in a beautiful gathering of about 200 people over the two days. The programme consisted of prayers, songs, readings of the Holy Writings, and talks, and were conducted in an utmost spiritual atmosphere. These teachings address all aspects of life, and offer inspiration and guidance to all humanity. Considering individual spirituality and development, the Bahá’í writings assert that each human being has a two-fold moral purpose: the growth and development of the individual, and participation of the individual in the development of his community and the global society: Speaking to the reality of the times in which we live, the Bahá’í teachings offer decisive commentary on many ills and challenges affecting humanity. Prejudices of all kinds – of gender, race, tribe, wealth, religion, nationality – are among the most blatant barriers to peace, prosperity, and well-being of all humankind. The Bahá’í teachings further explain that this is not only because of the direct harm these prejudices inflict, but also because of the separation and divisions they create, which, in turn, prevent people from finding within themselves, and from demonstrating, their innate capacity for compassion, selflessness, fairness, and unity. Bahá’ís believe that the vision of all people should be “world-embracing”, recognising that events in one part of the world affect and influence people and events in all other parts of the world. Therefore, we Namibian Bahá’ís work side by side with our countrymen, across the full spectrum of our society, to realise our common moral purpose, in the faith and conviction that the good endeavours and advances that we make together here, will shed light upon the world.
2015-11-25 10:21:52 2 years ago