31. Unity is Essential to the Establishment of World Peace
This world is a school room. It is exists solely for our personal training.
O SON OF BOUNTY! Out of the wastes of nothingness, with the clay of My command I made thee to appear, and have ordained for thy training every atom in existence and the essence of all created things. --Baha'u'llah, Hidden Words 29
What a remarkable statement. Imagine; every single atom has been created for our training! Every thing you can see, or hear or smell or touch. Both the known and even the unknown. Even all that is out there in space...
There is no randomness. Everyone here has been created for a purpose and is a participant in the very purpose of all existence. And that means YOU.
You have been created for a purpose. You and I are participants in the very purpose of all existence.
Clearly we could all have been programmed in advance with all knowledge of all things. Then, like clones, we would all know the same things without the least effort.
And there would be no losers... But there would also be no winners, no diversity in our expression of that knowledge, no pleasure in our accomplishment, no need for effort.
Earthly existence provides all the tools required for our learning. However, what we do about these tools is the result of our individual choice - our personal actions; the outcome is ours to decide.
It requires acquiring knowledge, displaying volition, and then acting upon those;
The attainment of any object is conditioned upon knowledge, volition and action. Unless these three conditions are forthcoming, there is no execution or accomplishment. In the erection of a house it is first necessary to know the ground, and design the house suitable for it; second, to obtain the means or funds necessary for the construction; third, actually to build it. Therefore, a power is needed to carry out and execute what is known and admitted to be the remedy for human conditions—namely, the unification of mankind. --Abdu'l-Baha, Promulgation of Universal Peace 58
The growth and progress of all humanity is derived from the education and teachings of the holy teachings.
We are here for a reason; we must not only derive our personal growth from the Teachings, but to be most effective we must share them with others. In the process of sharing our understanding, it becomes reinforced and strengthened in ourselves. Abdu'l-Baha has been quoted as saying that 'The teacher learns 9 times as much as the student'.
In 'Paris Talks' He explains that, unlike plants and animals who develop though various phases - inevitably ending in death and a return to the mineral form - the potential of our human growth is unlimited.
All creation, whether of the mineral, vegetable or animal kingdom, is compelled to obey the law of motion; it must either ascend or descend. But with the human soul, there is no decline. Its only movement is towards perfection; growth and progress alone constitute the motion of the soul.
Divine perfection is infinite, therefore the progress of the soul is also infinite. From the very birth of a human being the soul progresses, the intellect grows and knowledge increases. Bahá’u’lláh has announced that the foundation of all the religions of God is one, that oneness is truth and truth is oneness which does not admit of plurality. --Abdu'l-Baha Promulgation of Universal Peace, 110 –8 October 1912 Talk at Leland Stanford Junior University, Palo Alto, California
Once the physical development is completed our continuance is as a spiritual being. And that point of physical completion takes place at the moment of death. Whatever we have learned of this physical world ends, and our spiritual development continues. We take with us whatever we have acquired of our spiritual being. --Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks.
The Prophets and Messengers of God have been sent down for the sole purpose of guiding mankind to the straight Path of Truth. The purpose underlying their revelation hath been to educate all men, that they may, at the hour of death, ascend, in the utmost purity and sanctity and with absolute detachment, to the throne of the Most High.---Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, rev. ed. (Wilmette: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1984), Sec.81, pp.156-7
Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and dramatist, observed;
"Armies cannot stop an idea whose time has come. No army can stop an idea whose time has come. Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come".
The one thing that is stronger than all the armies in the world and is capable of transforming human existence, is the power of unity; a principle and idea whose time has now come.