Testimonials of Prominent Personalities about the Bahá'í Faith

Dr Mrs Janak Palta McGilligan Last Updated: Monday, 22 August 2016 (13:28 IST)

“We spend our lives trying to unlock the mystery of the Universe, but there was a Turkish Prisoner, Bahá'u'lláh, Who had the key.”

“The Bahá’í Faith is a solace to humankind.”

INDIRA GANDHI (Former Prime Minister)
“The Bahá’í Faith seeks to bring people together to enable them to realize their unity and their own inner potentialities for growth. It commands wide respect in our land which believes in rendering equal homage to all religions and creeds.”

The Supreme Court of India
In 1994, the Supreme Court of India  cited the Bahá’í teachings on tolerance and unity as an example of communal harmony: "A neutral perception of the requirement for is to be found in the Bahá’í Faith." 

DR. A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM, Former President of India, at the 25th anniversary of the Bahá'í House of Worship, New Delhi, 20 March 2011
“Friends, when I am in this beautiful Bahá'í temple environment, I see everywhere around me, harmony in thinking, harmony in action and harmony in every way of life.”“Friends, when I was reading this booklet – common origin of humanity, the founder of Bahá'í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh proclaimed: the utterance of God is a lamp, whose light is these words: ye are the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch.”“Dear Bahá'í friends, you have the tradition of unity of minds and above all tolerance – tolerance and tolerance of appreciating multi cultures, multi-religions and multi-languages.

You are celebrating the silver jubilee of Temple of Harmony “Bahá'í House of Worship”, and the message radiating from this temple which myself have experienced number of times is, connectivity of people, and connectivity of their minds, their thoughts and their actions.
I am sharing these thoughts with all of you, since all the members of Bahá'í community believe in the borderless world for promoting universal development, harmony and the peace.”

DR. S. RADHAKRISHNAN, Former President of India
“The Bahá’í Movement is a sign of the times. It is an increasing desire of thoughtful men and women in all religions to find out the Religion behind all religions which requires us to believe the Unseen and work for human fellowship. This is the fundamental truth and all the rest is a matter of opinion. The Bahá’í Movement is in keeping with the past tradition of India and I therefore welcome it and wish it well.”

“The Founder of the Bahá’í Faith is undoubtedly one the Great Seers of the Modern Age. The Gospel that He enunciated and the programme that He enjoined upon His followers are singularly like a prophesy of the ideal and dream that inspires the heart of youth with (the) quest for a brave new world built upon equity, fellowship and peace.

“In the midst of all the tragic horrors of hate and bloodshed that surround us today His message to humanity does indeed fulfill the meaning of His name, and carries the ‘Glory of God’ into the darkness.”

“To remember the teachings of the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith is to remember the oneness of humanity. This understanding is needed more than anything else in the world today.”

“In fact, the Bahá’í Faith gives us the great and precious message of unity in religion. How much the world needs such a spirit today…. How far we are from the one far off divine event to which the whole creation is destined to move…. the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man.“Perhaps the Bahá’í Faith is destined to be and may prove to be, the greatest single force in achieving that Godly consecrated consummation.”

G. V. MAVLANKAR, First Speaker of the Lok Sabha:-
“It has given me a new approach and a new light about the occasional coming of Prophets. Indeed, it seems inevitable that Prophets must come to this world as humanity progresses if civilization and culture have to continue their progress on the basis of human evolution. This conception of the coming of a prophet from time to time, to put humanity on a firmer basis of a new outlook on religion and new social conditions, is identical with the concept of the Hindu Philosophy, as expounded in the Bhagvad Gita.

In fact, it would be wrong to call it even the Hindu philosophy; it is properly named as the Philosophy of the Human Life (Manava Dharma Shastra). The Lord had told Arjuna that “whenever there is any decline in the observance of Dharma, I come again on earth to re-establish it.” What else is this but an assurance that the Prophets appear from time to time as the conditions and needs of the society change?“The conception of “One God and One Humanity” is the need of the day for progress of humanity and world peace, I am happy that the Bahá’ís are making worldwide endeavour in the desired direction, and I am sure, it will achieve success in the end.”

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