A Word from the Honorary President
The objective of this Foundation is ethics and human solidarity. Ostad Elahi considered all human beings to be free in their thoughts, in the choice of their beliefs, and in the meaning they seek to attribute to their lives. Were this principle truly accepted and observed, conflicts among humankind would cease to exist, for we would respect and be drawn toward each other. It is thus by eliminating the will to impose one’s authority and opinions onto others that the conditions for mutual tolerance and genuine solidarity are forged. In following the dictates of their conscience, human beings will naturally feel solidarity with others and reconnect with the universal ethical principles that reside within them.
What is of paramount importance in the question of tolerance is the restoration of amicable relations that it enables among human beings. This restoration of relations cannot be achieved unless human beings return to and come to know themselves. In other words, we cannot be at peace with others unless we first find peace within ourselves. If human beings achieve self-knowledge, they will naturally turn to others, for it is human nature – if such nature is healthy – to be drawn to our fellow beings and to love them.
Ostad Elahi developed a line of thought that transcends confessions, rituals, and dogma, one that is in a sense transversal to all beliefs. What he was primarily concerned with was to enable all human beings to naturally cultivate their inner being. To this end, he sought to explain the processes at work in the implementation of ethics and to set forth the principles adapted to our inherent nature, whose practice culminates in a true spirit of tolerance and solidarity.
The work of the Foundation finds its inspiration in the idea of inciting thought and action that leads to the pursuit of an in-depth knowledge of what constitutes ethics and its practice. This pursuit will uncover and shed light on universally recognized principles, refine the means for applying such principles in various contexts, and ultimately lead to awareness of the concrete and at times unexpected benefits of implementing these principles in daily life.