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Ridvan Message 170 BE

Ridvan Message 170 BE

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The annual Ridvan message from the Universal House of Justice for 2013 (170 BE).
The annual Ridvan message from the Universal House of Justice for 2013 (170 BE).

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THE
UNIVERSALHOUSE
OF
JUSTICE
Ridvan2013
To
the
Baha'fs
of
the
World
DearlylovedFriends,
"The
Book
of
Godiswideopen,andHisWordissummoningmankinduntoHim."InsuchexhilaratingtermsdoestheSupremePendescribetheadvent
of
theday
of
unionandingathering.
BahaVllah
continues:"Inclineyourears,Ofriends
of
God,tothevoice
of
Him
Whomtheworldhathwronged,andholdfastuntowhatsoeverwillexaltHisCause."He
furtherexhortsHisfollowers:"Withtheutmostfriendlinessandinaspirit
of
perfectfellowship
takeyecounseltogether,anddedicatethepreciousdays
of
yourlivestothebetterment
of
the
worldandthepromotion
of
theCause
of
HimWhoistheAncientandSovereignLord
of
all."Belovedco-workers:Thisstirringpronouncementcomestomindunbidden
when
weseeyourconsecratedeffortsaroundtheworldinanswertothecall
of
BahaVllah.
ThesplendidresponsetoHissummonscanbewitnessedoneveryside.Tothose
who
pausetoreflectonthe
unfoldment
of
theDivinePlan,itbecomesimpossibletoignorehowthepowerpossessedby
theWord
of
Godisascendantinthehearts
of
womenandmen,childrenandyouth,incountry
aftercountry,inclusteraftercluster.
Aworldwidecommunityisrefiningitsabilitytoreaditsimmediatereality,analyseits
possibilities,andapplyjudiciouslythemethodsandinstruments
of
theFiveYearPlan.As
anticipated,experienceismostrapidlyaccumulatinginclusterswherethefrontiers
of
learningarebeingconsciouslyadvanced.Insuchplaces,themeansforenablinganever-risingnumber
of
individualstostrengthentheircapacityforservicearewellunderstood.Avibranttraining
institutefunctionsasthemainstay
of
thecommunity'seffortstoadvancethePlanand,asearly
aspossible,skillsandabilitiesdevelopedthroughparticipationininstitutecoursesaredeployed
inthefield.Some,throughtheireverydaysocialinteractions,encountersoulswhoareopento
theexploration
of
spiritualmatterscarriedoutinavariety
of
settings;someareinapositionto
respondtoreceptivityinavillageorneighbourhood,perhapsbyhavingrelocatedtothearea.
Growingnumbersarisetoshoulderresponsibility,swellingtheranks
of
thosewhoserveas
tutors,
animators,
and
teachers
of
children;
whoadministerandcoordinate;
or
who
otherwise
labourinsupport
of
thework.Thefriends'commitmenttolearningfindsexpressionthrough
constancyintheirownendeavoursandawillingnesstoaccompanyothersintheirs.Further,
theyareabletokeeptwocomplementaryperspectivesonthepattern
of
actiondevelopingin
theclusterfirmlyinview:one,thethree-monthcycles
of
activity—therhythmicpulse
of
theprogramme
of
growth—andtheother,thedistinctstages
of
aprocess
of
educationforchildren,
forjunioryouth,andforyouthandadults.Whileunderstandingclearlytherelationshipthat
connectsthesethreestages,thefriendsareawarethateachhasitsowndynamics,itsownrequirements,anditsowninherentmerit.Aboveall,theyareconscious
of
theoperation
of
powerfulspiritualforces,whoseworkingscanbediscernedasmuchinthequantitativedata
Baha'i
WorldCentre
P.O.
Box155
3100101
Haifa,Israel
Tel:972(4)8358358Fax:972(4)8358280Email:secretariat@bwc.org
 
To
the
Baha'fs
of
the
World
2
Ridvan
2013
thatreflectthecommunity'sprogressasinthearray
of
accountsthatnarrateitsaccomplishments.
Whatisespeciallypromisingisthatsomany
of
thesedistinctiveandsalientfeatureswhich
characterize
the
clustersfurthestadvancedarealsoevidentincommunitiesat
much
earlierpointsintheirdevelopment.
Astheexperience
of
thefriendshasdeepened,theircapacityforfosteringwithinacluster
arichandintricatepattern
of
life,embracinghundredsoreventhousands
of
people,hasrisen.Howpleasedwearetonotethemanyinsightsthebelieversaregainingfromtheirendeavours.Theyappreciate,forinstance,thatthePlan'sgradualunfoldmentatthelevel
of
theclusterisa
dynamicprocess,onethatisnecessarilycomplexanddoesnotlenditselftoreadysimplification.
Theyseehowitmovesforwardastheyincreasetheirabilitybothtoraiseuphumanresources
andtocoordinateandorganizewelltheactions
of
thosewhoarise.Thefriendsrealize
that
as
thesecapacitiesareenhanced,itbecomespossibletointegrateawiderrange
of
initiatives.Equally,theyhavecometorecognizethatwhenanewfeatureisintroduceditrequiresspecial
attentionforsometime,butthatthisinnowaydiminishesthesignificance
of
otheraspects
of
theircommunity-buildingendeavours.Fortheyunderstandthat
if
learningistobetheirmode
of
operation,theymustbealerttothepotentialofferedbyanyinstrument
of
thePlanthatproves
tobeespeciallysuitedtoaparticularpointintimeand,wherecalledfor,investgreaterenergyinitsdevelopment;itdoesnotfollow,however,thateverypersonmustbeoccupiedwiththesame
aspect
of
thePlan.Thefriendshavealsolearnedthatitisnotnecessaryfortheprincipalfocus
of
theexpansionphase
of
everycycle
of
aprogramme
of
growthtobedirectedtowardsthe
sameend.Conditionsmayrequirethatinagivencycle,asanexample,attentionbeprimarily
aimedatinvitingsoulstoembracetheFaiththroughintensiveteachingefforts,undertakenasindividualsorcollectively;inanothercycle,thefocuscouldbeonmultiplyingaspecificcore
activity.
Furthermore,thefriendsareconsciousthatthework
of
theCauseproceedsatdifferentspeedsindifferentplacesandforgoodreason—itis,afterall,anorganicphenomenon—and
theytake
joy
andencouragementfromeveryinstance
of
progresstheysee.Indeed,they
recognizethebenefitthataccruesfromthecontribution
of
eachindividualtotheprogress
of
the
whole,andthustheservicerenderedbyeachone,inkeepingwiththepossibilitiescreatedbya
person'scircumstances,iswelcomedbyall.Gatheringsforreflectionareincreasinglyseenas
occasionswherethecommunity'sefforts,intheirentirety,arethesubject
of
earnestanduplifting
deliberation.Participantslearnwhathasbeenaccomplishedoverall,understandtheir
own
laboursinthatlight,andenhancetheirknowledgeabouttheprocess
of
growthbyabsorbingthecounsels
of
theinstitutionsanddrawingontheexperience
of
theirfellowbelievers.Suchexperienceis
alsosharedinnumerousotherspacesthatareemergingforconsultationamongstfriendsintenselyengagedinspecificendeavours,whethertheyarepursuingacommonline
of
actionorservinginaparticularpart
of
thecluster.Alltheseinsightsarelocatedinawiderappreciationthatprogress
ismosteasilyachievedinanenvironmentimbuedwithlove—oneinwhichshortcomingsareoverlookedwithforbearance,obstaclesareovercomewithpatience,andtestedapproachesare
embracedwithenthusiasm.Andsoitisthat,throughthewisedirection
of
institutionsandagencies
of
theFaithfunctioningateverylevel,thefriends'exertions,
howevermodest
individually,coalesceintoacollectiveefforttoensurethatreceptivitytothecall
of
theBlessed
Beautyisidentifiedquicklyandnurturedeffectively.Aclusterinthisconditionisclearlyone
wheretherelationshipsamongtheindividual,theinstitutions,andthecommunity—thePlan's
threeprotagonists—areevolvingsoundly.
 
To
the
Baha'is
of
the
World
3
Ridvan2013
Fromthislandscape
of
thrivingactivity,oneprospectdeservesparticularmention.Inthemessageaddressedtoyouthreeyearsago,weexpressedthehopethat,inclusterswithan
intensiveprogramme
of
growthinoperation,thefriendswouldendeavourtolearnmoreabout
theways
of
communitybuildingbydevelopingcentres
of
intenseactivityinneighbourhoods
andvillages.Ourhopeshavebeenexceeded,foreveninclusterswheretheprogramme
of
growthhasnotyetachievedintensity,effortsbyafewtoinitiatecoreactivitiesamongthe
residents
of
smallareashavedemonstratedtheirefficacytimeandagain.Inessence,this
approachcentresontheresponsetoBaha'u'llah'steachingsonthepart
of
populationswho
arereadyforthespiritualtransformationHisRevelationfosters.Throughparticipationinthe
educationalprocesspromotedbythetraininginstitute,theyaremotivatedtorejectthetorpor
andindifferenceinculcatedbytheforces
of
societyandpursue,instead,patterns
of
action
whichprovelifealtering.Wherethisapproachhasadvancedforsomeyearsinaneighbourhood
orvillageandthefriendshavesustainedtheirfocus,remarkableresultsarebecominggradually
butunmistakablyevident.Youthareempoweredtotakeresponsibilityforthedevelopment
of
thosearoundthemyoungerthanthemselves.Oldergenerationswelcomethecontribution
of
the
youthtomeaningfuldiscussionsabouttheaffairs
of
thewholecommunity.Foryoungandold
alike,thedisciplinecultivatedthroughthecommunity'seducationalprocessbuildscapacityforconsultation,and
new
spacesemergeforpurposefulconversation.Yetchangeisnotconfined
merelytotheBaha'isandthosewhoareinvolvedinthecoreactivitiescalledforbythePlan,
whomightreasonablybeexpectedtoadoptnewways
of
thinkingovertime.Theveryspirit
of
theplaceisaffected.Adevotionalattitudetakesshapewithinabroadsweep
of
thepopulation.Expressions
of
theequality
of
menandwomenbecomemorepronounced.Theeducation
of
children,bothboysandgirls,commandsgreaterattention.Thecharacter
of
relationshipswithinfamilies—mouldedbyassumptionscenturiesold—altersperceptibly.Asense
of
dutytowards
one's
immediatecommunityandphysicalenvironmentbecomesprevalent.Eventhescourge
of
prejudice,whichcastsitsbalefulshadowoneverysociety,beginstoyieldtothecompelling
force
of
unity.Inshort,thecommunity-buildingworkinwhichthefriendsareengaged
influencesaspects
of
culture.
Whileexpansionandconsolidationhavesteadilyprogressedoverthepastyear,other
importantareas
of
activityhavealsomovedforward,oftenincloseparallel.Asaprimeexample,
theadvancesatthelevel
of
culturebeingwitnessedinsomevillagesandneighbourhoodsaredue
innosmallparttowhatisbeinglearnedfromBaha'iinvolvementinsocialaction.OurOffice
of
SocialandEconomicDevelopmentrecentlypreparedadocumentwhichdistilsthirtyyears
of
experiencethathasaccumulatedinthisfieldsincethatOfficewasestablishedattheBaha'i
WorldCentre.Amongtheobservationsitmakesisthateffortstoengageinsocialactionarelent
vitalimpetusbythetraininginstitute.Thisisnotsimplythroughtheriseinhumanresourcesitfosters.Thespiritualinsights,qualities,andabilitiesthatarecultivatedbytheinstituteprocess
haveproventobeascrucialforparticipationinsocialactionastheyareforcontributingtothe
process
of
growth.Further,itisexplainedhowtheBaha'icommunity'sdistinctspheres
of
endeavouraregovernedbyacommon,evolving,conceptualframeworkcomposed
of
mutually
reinforcingelements,albeittheseassumevariedexpressionsindifferentdomains
of
action.The
documentwehavedescribedwaslatelysharedwithNationalSpiritualAssemblies,andweinvitethem,inconsultationwiththeCounsellors,toconsider
how
theconceptsitexplorescanhelpto
enhanceexistingefforts
of
socialactionpursuedundertheirauspicesandraiseconsciousness
of
thissignificantdimension
of
Baha'i
endeavour.Thisshouldnotbeinterpretedasageneralcallforwidespreadactivityinthisarea—theemergence
of
socialactionhappensnaturally,asa
growingcommunitygathersstrength—butitistimelythatthefriendsreflectmoredeeplyonthe

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