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 marked 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 signed a proclamation honoring the bicentennial.
Two just-concluded celebratory events included a festival in Cupertino and a dedication ceremony for a bench at Shoreline Park the Baha’i community has donated to the city of Mountain View.
Hamed Eshraghian is a Mountain View resident and member of the Baha’i community. For more information, visit mvbahais.org.