May 29, 1992, marks the
centenary of the passing of Bahá'u'lláh. His
vision of humanity as one people and of the earth as a common
homeland, dismissed out of hand by the world leaders to whom
it was first enunciated over a hundred years ago, has today
become the focus of human hope. Equally inescapable is the
collapse of moral and social order, which this same
declaration foresaw with awesome clarity.
The occasion has encouraged
publication of this brief introduction to
Bahá'u'lláh's life and work. Prepared at the
request of the Universal House of Justice, trustee of the
global undertaking which the events of a century ago set in
motion, it offers a perspective on the feeling of confidence
with which Bahá'ís the world over contemplate the
future of our planet and our race.