On the oneness of humanity

Sunday, September 10, 1911: at the City Temple, London

A provisional translation from Khetabat-e Hazrat-e `Abdu’l-Baha dar safr-e-Europa (Talks of ‘Abdu’l-Baha in his European travels), page 19

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He is God,
Distinguished guests, and seekers in the path of God,

Praise be to God, the lights of reality have shone forth, the gentle winds have wafted from the divine rose garden, the call of the Kingdom has been raised in all regions, the breaths of the Holy Spirit have entered our innermost hearts, bestowing everlasting life. In this wonderful age, the East is illumined, the West is fragrant, and those who are spiritually aware can catch the scent of amber. The sea of the unity of the human race is in motion, the banner of the Holy Spirit has been raised. Every fair-minded person will testify that this is a wondrous day, that this era is the era of Almighty God. Soon the earth will be a very paradise. It is the day of the oneness of the sons of men, and the unity of all communities.

The ages of ignorance gave rise to prejudices, which are the foundation of antagonism between the children of Adam. In this day of triumph, God’s bounty is unmistakable. The ensign of the oneness of humanity will fly from the poles of the globe. Disputes and conflicts will be a thing of the past, and the first light of the world’s great peace will dawn. The world will be renewed, and all men will be brothers. All the communities will be as the flags of the All-Glorious. Bloodthirstiness is an attribute of the animal, while peace and righteousness are benefits offered by the human station. His Holiness Baha’u’llah has said “Justice and equity are the life of the world.” Praise be to God, in this country the standard of justice has been raised, and the equality of all has been openly proclaimed. There is tranquillity and well-being, security and happiness. God is one, humanity is one, the foundations of the divine religions are one. Love is the reality of the Godhead. O my friends, strive with all your hearts until the east and west embrace one another like two dear friends.

O God, illumine this gathering, assist these souls. Make their faces to shine, make their inward character the rose garden of the Merciful. Give life to their hearts through the breaths of the Holy Spirit, and bestow the most great guidance, that their souls may become exquisite. Lavish heavenly blessings upon them and make them worthy of Thy bestowals. Given them shelter and protection under Your guardianship and care. Grant them Thy unfailing favours and ordain for them the blessing of perfect fellowship. Thou art the Knowing, the Giver, the bestower of bounties.

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