International Day of Peace – Internationale Dag van de Vrede

Today is the United Nations International Day of Peace. In 2002 the UN’s General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal. During the discussion of the U.N. Resolution that established the International Day of Peace, it was suggested that:

“Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace.”

For me the Baha’i Writings are so full of lovely quotations. These are some of my favourites:

“The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.

(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 286)

“Today there is no greater glory for man than that of service in the cause of the “Most Great Peace.” Peace is light whereas war is darkness. Peace is life; war is death. Peace is guidance; war is error. Peace is the foundation of God; war is satanic institution. Peace is the illumination of the world of humanity; war is the destroyer of human foundations. When we consider outcomes in the world of existence we find that peace and fellowship are factors of upbuilding and betterment whereas war and strife are the causes of destruction and disintegration.”

(Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith – Abdu’l-Baha Section, p. 231)

“The progress of the world, the development of nations, the tranquillity of peoples, and the peace of all who dwell on earth are among the principles and ordinances of God.”

(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 156)

And to see how all these beautiful quotations work in practice, I suggest you go to Fleur’s website Valleys Girl and check out her e-book Just One Day: practical peace diaries from around the world.

Have a Peaceful Day!

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