The Baha'i Community of Orangeburg offers the following passages from the Baha'i Writings in preparation for the proclamation and lecture series to be held in Orangeburg February 28-March 28-March 28-March 19. "No man shall attain the shores of the ocean of true understanding except he be detached from all that is in heaven and on earth. Sanctify your souls, O ye peoples of the world, that haply ye may attain that station which God has destined for you..." "The first teaching of Baha'u 'llah is the investigation of reality. Man must seek the reality himself, forsaking imitations and adherence to mere hereditary forms." "Consider the past. How many, both high and low, have, at all times, yearningly awaited the advent of the Manifestations of God in the sanctified persons of His chosen Ones. How often have they expected his coming, how frequently they have prayed that the breeze of divine mercy might blow, and the promised Beauty step forth from behind the veil of concealment, and be made manifest to the word. And whensoever the portals of grace did open, and the clouds of divine bounty did rain upon mankind, and the light of the Unseen did shine above the horizon of celestial might, they all denied Him, and turned away from His face-the face-the face-the face of God Himself. Refer ye, to verify this truth, to that which hath been recorded in every sacred Book." "Therefore it is our duty in this radiant century to investigate the essentials of Divine religion, seek the realities underlying the oneness of humanity, and discover the source of fellowship and agreement which will unite mankind in the heavenly bond of love."