01. Same divine song, New words
Updated: May 26
Today Bahai's around the world celebrate The Festival of Ridvan – the holiest and happiest days of the Baha’i year and an auspicious time to establish new projects dedicated to the service of God. Several years after its inception, today I launch my 'new and improved' Baha'i Comment website; BahaiComment.com
It conveniently synchronises with the advent of a strange new world into which our entire planet has been rudely thrust by Covid.
Over recent weeks 'experts' in the media have struggled to find appropriate phrases to describe today's extraordinary time; 'a modern plague', 'uncharted waters'. The capitalist world laments a 'deep-freeze for the economy'.
Everyone wants someone to find a solution. But its sheer enormity is overwhelming, too hard to fully comprehend or plan for. Many lament the possibility of ever creating a 'new normal'. But in the eyes of a philosopher, sage or religious person, this situation is not new.
In the Old Testament of the Bible, the great King Solomon asserted “There Is Nothing New Under The Sun” --Ecclesiastes 1:4-11 With these words he dramatically foretold present circumstances on earth, referring to an aspect overlooked by most modern observers - the folly of human existence when the workings of God are omitted.
No matter how exciting life may seem to be “under the sun,” ultimately, it has no value without God. The present time can be seen as the "final dance on the part of wisdom, [the] conclusion of the ways of man". In Solomon's time it signified an end-point to the unfoldment of human wisdom found in the Old Testament, and heralded the advent of the New, as manifest in the teachings of Christ. 'New' in our present time is the advent of Baha'ullah.
God has never left His creation without guidance. Since the Beginning that had no Beginning, people over the face of the planet have received great Teachers, Gurus and Holy Souls, singing the same divine song in different words and different voices, and this will ever continue to be true into the future.