|The Scottish Bahá’í, No.41 – Autumn, 2005||mainland community news (1)|
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“Festival of Faiths” took place in the splendid surroundings of the Marryat Hall,
Dundee, on 4th June and was attended by over 200. Part of the evening involved
schoolchildren reading their “Dream of Peace”, alongside representatives of seven major
religions who read passages or prayers from their respective scriptures, based around the
theme of Seven Candles of Unity. Dancers from the Bharatiya Ashram performed, and
added colour and spectacle to the event, before the social part of the evening, when guests
were invited to mingle and partake of a delicious international buffet. The event was to
commemorate the centenary of Rotary International and had been organised by the Rotary
Clubs of Dundee and the Dundee Inter Faith Association (DIFA).
From The Edinburgh Bahá’í
With the Anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Brian Cooper arranged a service of peace to mark the occasion at the Theosophical Society, 28 Great King Street (where Abdu’l-Bahá also gave an address). Moving contributions to the service were sent in by Bahá’ís in Japan, and were read and made available.
Isomi Kondo (Nagasaki, Japan) — I was three years old when the bomb in Nagasaki was dropped. My mother and father, brother and sister were all killed on that day. Even though I was injured, and have lived my life without one of my hands, I was the only one to survive. My message to this assemblage is this.
“Every day I say the Prayers for Peace, that the world will change and love will replace hate, and peace will replace war. That the world will become one county as the Great Messengers of God have promised. And the terror that happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki will never happen again.
“God grant that the light of unity may envelop the whole earth, and that the seal, ‘the kingdom is God’s’, may be stamped upon the brow of all its peoples.” – Bahá’u’lláh
Seishi Hirahara (Hiroshima, Japan) — My mother saw the atomic bomb explode over Hiroshima before I was born. She was on a hill top, on an island 26 kilometres from Hiroshima, and saw a bright flashing light that she thought was children flashing a mirror in her eyes. I have known many people who lost their most precious friends and family on that terrible day. One of my close friends was in the middle of Hiroshima on that fateful day, and survived. He was a government official at the time, and had gone down into the basement into the vault to get some important paper, and the bomb exploded while he was there. Everything and everyone, disappeared around him. What important mission did God have that enabled him to survive? Well, he became a Bahá’í and served the cause of World Peace and Unity until his dying breath, for some 30 years.
Hiroshima still has the scars from that terrible day, on the land, on the people and in their hearts.
As a son of Hiroshima I would like to say that we, as a people, as fellow citizens of this planet have to recognize that we are all brothers. Also no matter what religion we are, if we listen to the voice of God, we will never kill each other. If we turn away from our animal side we have the power to be heavenly and live in peace.
“Let a man glory not in this, that he loves his country, but glory in this, that he loves mankind.” – Bahá’u’lláh
*A complete description of the this event may be found on the newsletter's Website at
http://www.breacais.demon.co.uk/sbn/sbn41/ or may be requested from the editor (contact details on page 33).