What in the heavens & on earth is Baha’i?
“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.” The Dalai Lama
I have always respected and believed that ALL major religions are from God and reflect the same spiritual truth of love and compassion.
My spiritual journey has been long and circuitous (one that I will write about at a later time when I have time!). When I read about the Baha’i World Faith it made immediate sense and spiritually resonated with my beliefs.
Here’s a short synopsis:
“According to the Bahá’í Faith’s teachings, the human purpose is to learn, to know, and to love God through such methods as prayer, reflection and being of service to humanity.”
Baha’i Basic Beliefs:
- All humanity is one family.
- Women and men are equal.
- All prejudice—racial, religious, national, or economic—is destructive and must be overcome.
- We must investigate truth for ourselves, without preconceptions.
- Science and religion are in harmony.
- Our economic problems are linked to spiritual problems.
- The family and its unity are very important.
- There is one God. We all pray to the same God.
- All major religions come from God.
- World peace is the crying need of our time.
“Essentially a mystical Faith, the Baha’i teachings focus on the soul’s relationship with the eternal, unknowable essence of God, and recommend daily prayer and meditation to everyone. Baha’is believe that the human spirit lives eternally, and so endeavor to illumine their souls with spiritual attributes—kindness, generosity, integrity, truthfulness, humility and selfless service to others.”
Religions come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God.
Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers, whose teachings guide and educate us and provide the basis for the advancement of human society. These Messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and the last one, a Manifestation of God, Baha’u’llah. All religions come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God.
Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers (19th-century Persia) brought new spiritual and social teachings for our time. His essential message is of unity. He taught the oneness of God, the oneness of the human family, and the oneness of religion. Bahá’u’lláh said, “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens,” and that, as foretold in all the sacred scriptures, now is the time for humanity to live in unity.
“The Baha’i writings say that religion must be the source of unity and fellowship in the world—but if it produces enmity, hatred and bigotry, the absence of religion would be preferable.”
You can read more here: http://www.bahai.org/
“We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion …. This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith. In this sense, there is no need for temple or church, for mosque or synagogue, no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple.” ― Dalai Lama XIV