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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Perspective: Celebrating 200 years of Baha'i faith

Every year each faith community commemorates the anniversary of several special events, including those associated with the lives of its founder and other significant people within that community.

            These occasions are times of collective joy or sorrow, and always a time of reflection.

            Oct. 22 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the prophet-founder of the Baha’i faith, Baha’u’llah, which means “Glory of God.” This is a special and joyous event for all of the Baha’i communities around the world.

            Baha’u’llah taught that there is one God who is the source of all major religions. The common purpose of these religions, he explained, is the education of humankind, which despite its diversity is one family.

            Because of his teachings, Baha’u’llah spent 40 years of his life in exile and imprisoned. His extensive writings, which include prayers, commentaries and letters to both individuals and the rulers of the world, are a blueprint for the spiritual transformation of the individual and society.

            “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens,” Baha’u’llah wrote.

            He called for the elimination of all forms of prejudice and for unity and collaboration among all the peoples of the world. He affirmed the equality of women and men and the harmony of science and religion. He called for the universal education of all children and the elimination of extremes of wealth and poverty.

            Mountain View Mayor Ken Rosenberg has already signed a proclamation honoring this bicentennial. Baha’i communities of Silicon Valley – including Los Altos and Mountain View – will be celebrating the special occasion in the coming weeks. Two celebratory events have been scheduled.

  • A dedication ceremony for a bench donated to the city of Mountain View by its Baha’i community in honor of the bicentennial is slated noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Kite Lot at Shoreline Park. The event will feature a ribbon cutting, live music and a picnic.

  • The Light of Unity Festival, sponsored by the Baha’is of Silicon Valley, is set for 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Quinlan Community Center, Cupertino Room, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino. The program will include a talk, live music and refreshments.

            Hamed Eshraghian is a Mountain View resident and member of the Baha’i community. For more information, visit mvbahais.org.

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