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Friday, September 17, 1999

Bahá'í followers perform to spread the message of peace

EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE  
PANCHKULA, Sept 16: "We are all living with a dream of world peace, hoping that everyone sees a world of love and unity...". These are the lines from a song which still echo the hearts of the students of Bhavan Vidyalaya who today witnessed an enthralling performance by 19 members of the Baha'i art group at their school in Sector 15 here. The group members, between the age group of 16-25 years, all school and college students, are here to spread the message of communal harmony and universal brotherhood.

The group constitutes members from far off places like Panchgani, Bangalore, Manipur, Lucknow, Indore, Sikkim, Mumbai, United Arab Emirates and Tanzania and they all have only one thing to say,"We have all come together with one vision: to tour India and share the message of communal harmony and world unity with its people. We believe the earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens."

The school students and teachers were spellbound as the group members presented meaningful skits, dances and songs. "Building bridges," a song presented by the group, asking people to overcome the illusory mental bridges that separate people of different lands, races and religion, received great applause from the audience.

Chairman of the local spiritual assembly of Bahá'í, Chandigarh, Anil Sarwal, also spoke on the occasion.

The Baha'i faith began in Iran in 1844 and the Prophet Founder is Bahá'u'lláh, which means "Glory of God". Sharing their views on religion, the Bahá'í members said they believed that religion becomes a cause of disunity when its followers forget that all religions come from the same God, whether he be called God, Allah, Ishwar or Khuda.

Copyright © 1999 Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay) Ltd.


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