Today is the first day of the 12-Day Festival of Ridvan when Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, in 1863 declared He was a Manifestation of God.
In this, the most important Festival for Baha’is, He began to expound His Teachings, at the centre of which was oneness of humanity and the essential need to unite the world in order that the human race can live and cooperate in peace:
‘The Earth is but one country and Mankind its citizens.’
‘Let your vision world-embracing rather than confined to your own self.’ Baha’u’llah
In the current circumstances, where the Covid-19 virus has separated us, physically, it has also had the opposite effect, by making us more aware of and concerned for the vulnerable, more appreciative of those who do vital work in our societies and pushed us into realising our many commonalities as around the world people of all ages, nations and strata of society fall prey to the virus.
My hope is that we in WPOF can work together to further those expressions and realisations of unity and cooperation across Woking and its environs in the coming months and years as the world begins to recover from the devastation of the Coronavirus.
Simon Trick, member of the Baha'i faith
Date: Monday 29th June 2020