India Officially Celebrates a Special Treasure.

Former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Kalam addressing a gathering marking the inauguration of the 25th anniversary year of the Baha'i House of Worship in New Delhi. Dr. Kalam described the House of Worship as "a temple of peace, a temple of happiness and a temple of spirituality."

India is a rising sun on the horizon of the modern world. The advantages of a long history of civilization, a stable democracy, tolerance for religious diversity, and a command of the English language are among many unique qualities that put India at the forefront of leadership on many fronts including the advances in Integrated education and forwarding spiritual civilization.

 

Indian government officials know very well how to unify and utilize their diverse and most precious resource, their people. Harmonizing rather than eliminating or controlling diversity has proven to be the key to India’s forging ahead in the race for moral leadership. They also, know fully well that those elements in Indian society that harmonize the diverse elements of India’s history and culture are vital to the rise of India as a global civilizing leader. Prejudice of any kind can eat into the vitals of any society like leprosy eats into the vitals of a single body. “So Powerful is the light of Unity that it can illuminate the whole world” teaches Baha’u’llah. India has gained much wisdom about the power of unity in diversity and guards it like a most precious treasure.  The Baha’i Lotus Temple therefor stands as a witness to this wisdom and leadership and is recognized as a Venue for Spiritual and Moral Education for Children and Young People.

Baha'i House of Worship in India

According to Baha’i World News Service,

More than 400 guests – including government officials, along with representatives of the diplomatic community and non-governmental organizations – gathered at the House of Worship for the festive inauguration of its silver jubilee year.

 

“When I am in this beautiful Baha’i temple environment,” the former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Kalam told the gathering

“I see everywhere around me harmony in thinking, harmony in action, and harmony in every way of life.”

Describing the House of Worship as

“a temple of peace, a temple of happiness and a temple of spirituality,”

Dr. Kalam extended his best wishes to the Baha’i community in its efforts to eradicate prejudice, disharmony and conflicts in society.

“One of the greatest missions of this temple of harmony is to transmit the message to give and give to the entire humanity,”

Dr. A.P.J. Kalam
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  • Some 400 dignitaries gathered in the Baha’i House of Worship in New Delhi for a prayer service to mark the inauguration of its 25th anniversary year.

 

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India’s current President, Shrimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil sent her “warm greetings and felicitations,” in a special message to the celebration, held on 20 March.

 

A traditional Indian-themed dance performance, titled Rainbow, led by renowned dancer and choreographer Swagatha Pillai, was also part of the evening’s program. After the speeches and performances at the Temple’s Information Center, guests attended a special service in the House of Worship, which included prayers from the children’s choir of the Little Angels School of Gwalior. An “iconic structure”

 

The Baha’i House of Worship popularly referred to as the “Lotus Temple”, is one of the most visited monuments in the world. Completed in 1986, it has received an average of 4.3 million visitors every year – from all nations, religions, and walks of life.

 

Kumari Selja, Indian Minister of Culture, described the House of Worship as

“Certainly one of the many facets that make India incredible.” “The Temple itself stands as an iconic structure reflecting the true essence and cultural ethos of our great nation which has welcomed people of all Faiths to its shores and sheltered them,”

Kumari Selja, Indian Minister of Culture

Ms. Selja wrote in a message for the occasion.

“Like the lotus which blossoms pure above muddied waters, we too can rise above differences of caste, creed, class, community, nationality and gender and put forth our best efforts towards making the world a beautiful place,”

Kumari Selja, Indian Minister of Culture

We wish similar progress for the rest of the world.

Keyvan Geula is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist; LMFT. She received her Master of Science in Marriage, family, and Child Therapy from the University of La Verne, in La Verne, California. She employs the latest research in behavioral sciences, neuroscience, and the Baha’i principle of the oneness of all humanity to serve the well-being of her clients.

She offers her services as a clinician, lecturer, trainer, and supervisor to a global set of clients in person and online. In her clinical work, she incorporates the wisdom of the Baha’i Writings, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy research, Mindfulness meditation, and consultation skills, as well as knowledge of the spiritual self.

She is an adjunct professor of Behavioral Sciences at Citrus Community College, faculty of continued education at Claremont Graduate University. She teaches psychology online to students at Baha’i Institute of Higher Education.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of Center for Global Integrated Education (CGIE), a non-profit Baha’i-inspired educational organization, which explores oneness of all humanity, and teaches the integrated mind-body-spirit approach in education.

She has served for two years as the producer and host of a two-hour weekly live radio show for the Persian community in Sothern, California focusing on the role of the psychology of spirituality in personal and social transformation, creativity, emotional and social intelligence, and a greater sense of harmony in a global society. She also has been the host and producer of TV series called Transforming Human Consciousness for eight years. She regularly writes and blogs on www.cgie.org/blog on topics related to integrated education, the oneness of humanity, the powers of the human spirit in the betterment of global society, elimination of all prejudice, equality of women and men, and education reform. Some of her shows are posted on her; Keyvan Geula YouTube Channel.

Mrs. Geula has served in several Baha’i institutions since her youth in Iran and USA.

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