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Esperanto is a global person-to-person friendship and cooperation language that quickens and guides people toward global spirituality and the Community of Earth. UNESCO recognizes it as in line with the aims of the United Nations, and it is now the 30th largest language in Wikipedia, with one to two million users in over 100 countries.

'Esperanto' comes from 'espero', meaning hope, and its spiritual benefits include helping youth to experience and practice positive global communication virtues based on equal dignity and respect for all people free from histories of power, race, and class. But it also helps youth to sharpen mental acuity, to learn their own native languages, and to learn difficult languages like English. In fact, Esperanto and English together are a strong "one-two punch" for knocking out the world language barrier.

Esperanto is important for Baha'is. As revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, the global people-based project of evolving and building a common second language is a central tool of the Cause of God in helping humanity move itself toward maturity. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá saw Esperanto as the beginning of this project and the "end of foreigness." He learned some Esperanto himself, urged Baha'is to help get it into the schools, and said that efforts spent on it would bestow “divine benefits" and would "not be lost." In 1937, Shoghi Effendi proposed provisional personal adoption of Esperanto by Baha'is. In 1973, the Universal House of Justice created the Baha'i Esperanto League to help collaboration.

Today, every Bahá’í youth can act by creating Five Year Plan projects that utilize Esperanto andbeginto reap its immediate spiritual, educational, cultural, and international home hospitality benefits.

See our growing FILES and LINKS sections for additional information and ways to begin.

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  • Bahá'í
  • May 16, 2002
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