“It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”
The Baha’is believes in the oneness of the human family, which calls on us to eliminate all form of prejudice whether based on race, religion, or gender from our relationships.
The Sri Lankan Bahá’í Community
The Bahá'í Faith was first established in Sri Lanka in the 1950s. Since that time, Baha’is hail from every background-from the vibrant city of Colombo to the coast line of Negombo through the historical city of Kandy into the tea capital of the central province all the way to the northern peninsula. Regardless of their cast, creed and ethnicity, Baha’is open their homes to gatherings for collective worship, for junior youth spiritual empowerment programs, for classes for the spiritual education of children and for participants to enrich their lives in interactive study classes. All this pave the way for the betterment of Sri Lanka, characterized by Unity, Justice and Devotion for the common good.
The Baha’i Community of Sri Lanka, together with their neighbors and friends are working together to achieve social transformation, which brings spiritual and material requirements of life into dynamic coherence. In addition, we believe as Baha’is that true prosperity is advance when we equip the Country’s masses with capacity building, spiritual maturity and spiritual insights in order to build a world based on the oneness of Mankind.
Throughout history, God has sent to humanity a series of divine Educators—known as Manifestations of God—whose teachings have provided the basis for the advancement of civilization. These Manifestations have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, explained that the religions of the world come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God.
What Bahá’ís Do
Inspired by the teachings of Baha'u'llah and the guidance of the Baha'i institutions, Baha'is of Sri Lanka follow a systematic pattern of human resource development in a seamless fashion building capacities of individuals from different age groups and different walks of life to enable them to lead a life of service to the society.
The experience and learning of the Baha'is of Sri Lanka, credence to the fact that human beings are born noble and that it is the word of God which is endowed with that regenerative power- understanding of which helps one to engage in an enduring path of spiritual and social transformation. The activities that drive this process are:
“…And yet, is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions? For if the character of mankind be not changed, the futility of God’s universal Manifestations would be apparent.”
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