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Rhythm-A-Day Blog for January 19, 2020: World Religion Day, Bahai

Posted by Wolf Murphy on

World Religion Day

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼís of the United States started World Religion Day in 1950. It is celebrated the third Sunday in January each year. It has come to be celebrated internationally.

Baha'i Temple in Evanston, IL. Photo by Wolf Murphy.

Pillar of the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette, IL. Note the symbols of multiple faiths worked into the interlace. Photo by Wolf.

It is rooted in the Baháʼí principles, including the oneness of religion and of progressive revelation (the continuous evolution throughout human history).The purpose of World Religion Day is to emphasize that the basic ideas behind all spiritualities are the same, and to seek to encourage the perception of religions as a unifying thread in human expression instead of as a divisive one.

O ye children of men! The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men . . . Whatsoever is raised on this foundation, the changes and chances of the world can never impair its strength, nor will the revolution of countless centuries undermine its structure.

—Baha’u’llah

While there are no standard Baha'i rhythms, the following rhythms are accompaniments to the Baha'i Unity Song sung in Swahili:

Today's Video Lesson


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