The Way to world Peace

Baha’u’llah, the Prophet Founder of the Baha’i Faith communicated the way to world peace a little over 100 years ago:1

The Great Being, wishing to reveal the prerequisites of the peace and tranquility of the world and the advancement of its peoples, hath written: The time must come when the imperative necessity for the holding of a vast, an all-embracing assemblage of men will be universally realized. The rulers and kings of the earth must needs attend it, and, participating in its deliberations, must consider such ways and means as will lay the foundations of the world’s Great Peace amongst men.  Such a peace demandeth that the Great Powers should resolve, for the sake of the tranquility of the peoples of the earth, to be fully reconciled among themselves.  Should any king take up arms against another, all should unitedly arise and prevent him.  If this be done, the nations of the world will no longer require any armaments, except for the purpose of preserving the security of their realms and of maintaining internal order within their territories. This will ensure the peace and composure of every people, government and nation. We fain would hope that the kings and rulers of the earth, the mirrors of the gracious and almighty name of God,  may attain unto this station, and shield mankind from the onslaught of tyranny. 

Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, Tablet of Maqsud 

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Gnosticism

I read, THE FORBIDDEN RELIGION  by Jose M. Herrou Aragon.

Available here

I learned:

The material universe, including this material world, is hell.

The God of this universe, and this world, is Satan.

Satan has underlings that help him. The lord of the material earth is, Satan Kumara.

There is a Higher God and a Higher Realm. This God is shrouded in mystique. He is referred to as, God the Unknowable. 

The god of this world (Satan) has worked to deceive people into confusing him with the Unknowable God. 

The Unowable God sends a Representative of Himself to earth on rare occasions at enormous sacrifice and pain to His Messenger. This Person inspires worship of the Unknowable God.

Religious truths and writings are twisted over time to direct people’s love and service away from the the True God to the false god. The false god has also created the illusion of a devil that is not himself.

The serpent, Lucifer, who spoke to Eve in the Garden of Eden, was the Messenger of the Unknowable God. He encouraged Eve to eat the fruit of the tree of Knowlege. The god of the world had commanded her and Adam not to eat the fruit of that tree, saying they would die. When Eve and Adam did eat the fruit, their eyes were opened and they knew the difference between the Uncreated Kingdom and the created realm. Their god had lied, they did not die. The serpent had told the truth, they had been made wise.

The god of this world created the body and the soul of man. A physical material part, the body of dust, and an animic part, the breath of this creator, which we call soul. 

But there is a third part, an Uncreated and Eternal Spirit. That Spirit was asleep in Adam and Eve until they ate of the Tree of Knowledge. The god of this world prefers that that part remain asleep so people will accept him as God and he can feed on their passive spiritual energy.

The god of this world likes battles, wars, diseases, accidents, plagues, disasters and so forth, so he can feed on the misery of human beings. He likes animals to be slaughtered by humans and other animals so he can feed on their misery as well.

The imperfections of this world reflect the imperfections of its creator.

Gnosticism was persecuted and it’s writings destroyed early in the Christian Era. The only books on Gnosticism that survive are those written by its critics. The critics would have, in my opinion, highlighted the more shocking of the Gnostic beliefs and exaggerated them to make them appear absurd. With that filter I have mollified some of the ideas which I found difficult to reconcile with my existing belief system as follows:

My Befief


I don’t believe that the Perfect, Just, although Unknowable, God would have abondoned human beings into the care of a lunatic demigod, other than Divine Messengers being sent every age or so. I believe there is a way that we can come into His presence right now. (Of course that would be through our relationship with the Messenger which Gnosticism also acknowledges).

I don’t believe that the Unknowable God would have delegated the created universe to an arrogant, inept, perverse spirit without there being a way to improve on his ineptitude. Perhaps that is where we come in.

I found The Forbidden Religion to be somewhat depressing to read. There are demons and devils everywhere and there is next to nothing we can do about it, is what I understood the writer to be emphasizing. I derived comfort from the following passage from the writings of Baha’u’llah:

The comforting words of Baha’u’llah

“Say: Beware, O people of Baha, lest the strong ones of the earth rob you of your strength, or they who rule the world fill you with fear. Put your trust in God, and commit your affairs to His keeping. He, verily, will, through the power of truth, render you victorious, and He, verily, is powerful to do what He willeth, and in His grasp are the reins of From the Writings of Baha’u’llah (Cited in Shoghi Effendi, “The Advent of Divine Justice” p. 82)


Peace and Prosperity

​Everyone wants peace and prosperity. What we disagree on, sometimes, is how best to attain it.  By alienating each other, we are driving peace and universal prosperity father away. Does your vision of the future include everybody, or are you attracted to some kind of an elitist view that seeks to oppress certain strata of society while elevating the segment you hope to be in?