Lesser Peace

The kingdom of peace, salvation, uprightness and reconciliation is founded in the invisible world, and it will by degrees become manifest and apparent through the power of the Word of God!

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 409

. . . the precise circumstances attending the establishment of the Lesser Peace are not known to us; even its exact timing is concealed in the Major Plan of God.

The Universal House of Justice, A Wider Horizon, Selected Letters 1983-1992, p. 62

An orientation to process is apparent throughout the writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi concerning the attainment of world peace. For example, the Guardian reported the Master as having acclaimed actions taken at the conclusion of the First World War to have signalized "the dawn of the Most Great Peace". This stands in contrast to pre-occupation with the short term in the wider society today which focuses exclusively on events rather than on evolutionary processes.

Universal House of Justice, 19 April 2001, http://bahai-library.com/published.uhj/unity.peace.html

As a result of consecrated human endeavour over decades, and indeed centuries, this spiritual reality is gradually expressed in physical form.

Universal House of Justice, 19 April 2001, http://bahai-library.com/published.uhj/unity.peace.html

In reviewing this material it becomes apparent that there is nothing in the authoritative Bahá’í Writings to indicate that the Lesser Peace would be established before the end of the twentieth century. However, there are clear statements affirming that the unity of nations would be, in the words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, "securely established" during the twentieth century.

Universal House of Justice, 19 April 2001, http://bahai-library.com/published.uhj/unity.peace.html

It should not be imagined that the processes now moving in the world will be free from challenge or difficulty. There may well be set-backs, and conflicts may erupt periodically, as humanity proceeds towards the emergence and consolidation of the Lesser Peace, giving rise in due course to the establishment of the Most Great Peace.

Universal House of Justice, 19 April 2001, http://bahai-library.com/published.uhj/unity.peace.html