I am interested to learn that this year marks the silver jubilee of the Baha’i House of Worship in New Delhi, India which was opened in 1986. Popularly called the ‘Lotus Temple’ the edifice receives an amazing 4.3 million visitors every year- both from India and around the globe…
On 12th April- after more than two years of extensive restoration and conservation work- the Shrine of the Bab on Mount Carmel, Haifa was newly unveiled. In 2008, the Shrine was declared – along with the Shrine of Baha’u'llah near Acre – as a site of “outstanding universal value” on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Given the current bloodshed in Libya I find ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s reference to the 1911-12 Italo-Turkish War between the Kingdom of Italy and the Ottoman Empire to be most poignant.
Consider what is happening in Tripoli; how the poor are being killed and the blood of the helpless is being shed upon both sides; children made fatherless, fathers lamenting the death of their sons, mothers bewailing the loss of dear ones. And what is the benefit after all? Nothing conceivable. Is it therefore justifiable? The domestic animals do not manifest hatred and cruelty toward each other; that is the attribute of the wild and ferocious beasts. In a flock of one thousand sheep you will witness no bloodshed. Numberless species of birds are peaceful in flocks. Wolves, lions, tigers are ferocious because it is their natural and necessary means for obtaining food. Man has no need of such ferocity; his food is provided in other ways. Therefore it is evident that warfare, cruelty and bloodshed in the kingdom of man are caused by human greed, hatred and selfishness. The kings and rulers of nations enjoy luxury and ease in their palaces and send the common people to the battlefield; offer them as the food and targets of cannon. Each day they invent new instruments for the more complete destruction of the foundations of the human race. They are callous and merciless toward their fellow-creatures.