Bahá’í Faith

I sometimes refer to Bahá’í related concepts/quotes in my blog so here is a quick back story and summary of information…..
 
My Story
After a decade long spiritual search, my path has led me to Bahá’u’lláh. I started investigating the faith during my junior year at university. A year later (in 2005) I declared, a decision that has had significant and wonderful effects on my life….the choice wine of His laws are so therapeutic.

“Think not that We have revealed unto you a mere code of laws. Nay, rather, We have unsealed the choice Wine with the fingers of might and power. To this beareth witness that which the Pen of Revelation hath revealed. Meditate upon this, O men of insight!”

The Bahá’í Faith
The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent religions. Its founder, Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahá’ís as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that include Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad. Bahá’u’lláh’s (“Glory of God” in Arabic) essential message is of unity. He taught the oneness of God, the oneness of the human family, and the oneness of religion. 

“The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.”

Bahá’ís believe:
  • the purpose of life is to know and worship God, to acquire virtues and to promote the oneness of humankind
  • all humanity was created by one God and is part of one human race
  • work performed in the spirit of service is a form of worship
Bahá’ís practice:
  • independent investigation of truth
  • daily prayer and communion with God
  • a life dedicated to the service of humanity
  • fellowship with the followers of all religions
  • high moral principles, including trustworthiness, chastity and honesty
  • avoidance of materialism, partisan politics, backbiting, alcohol, drugs and gambling
Social principles include:
  • equality of women and men
  • the elimination of prejudice
  • a spiritual solution to the economic problem
  • the abolition of extremes of poverty and wealth
  • the establishment of a world commonwealth of nations
  • recognition of the common origin and fundamental unity of purpose of all religions
  • the harmony of science and religion as two complementary systems of knowledge and practice
  • the adoption of a world auxiliary language, as well as a universal script, currency, and system of weights and measures
Other notable figures:
  • The Báb – Prophet who foretold the coming of Bahá’u’lláh
  • `Abdu’l-Bahá (“Servant of Glory” in Arabic) – Eldest son of Bahá’u’lláh. Appointed by Bahá’u’lláh as the one authorized interpreter of the Bahá’í teachings and as Head of the Faith after His own passing.
  • Shoghi Effendi – Grandson of `Abdu’l-Bahá, appointed the guardian of the faith until the Universal House of Justice (elected administrative body) was fully established

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