What is a Bahá’í?

What is a Bahá’í?

Dr. Esslemont gave us a wonderful definition of a Bahá’í in “Baha’u’llah and the New Era”. Does the following depict the teaching in your community? “Intellectual assent to a creed does not make a man a Bahá’í, nor does outward rectitude of conduct. Bahá’u’lláh requires of His followers wholehearted and complete devotion. God alone hasRead More

Missing an opportunity

  The Baha’i Faith has no clergy. This is known to all. However, some Baha’is have found a handy substitute for the learned cleric. When confronted by a matter of discerning God’s Will for them as individual servants of God, or an esoteric understanding of the Writings that seems beyond their grasp, many Baha’is, evenRead More

Seeking the Confirmations of the Holy Spirit

The confirmations of the Holy Spirit, what are they and why do we need them? “Rest assured that the breathings of the Holy Spirit will loosen thy tongue. Speak, therefore; speak out with great courage at every meeting. When thou art about to begin thine address, turn first to Bahá’u’lláh, and ask for the confirmationsRead More

All Divine Religions are Composed of Two Parts

Some pertinent verses from the Writings: “…each of the divine religions is separable into two divisions. One concerns the world of morality and the ethical training of human nature. It is directed to the advancement of the world of humanity in general; it reveals and inculcates the knowledge of God and makes possible the discoveryRead More

Hiding your light under a bushel

I recently re-read an article entitled “Exploring the foundations of peace” presented on http://news.bahai.org/story/1090. The newsworthy import of the article was intended to be an effort by the Baha’i Chair of World Peace at the University of Maryland, Dr. Hoda Mahmoudi, to interest academics in a discussion regarding world peace. “We invite many scholars toRead More

The Foundation of the Baha’i Faith

  Baha’u’llah teaches that all the Divine Religions are of two parts: the essential spiritual portion that is the same for all divine religions and unchanging, forever; and the secondary, or mundane, portion which deals with issues of society, wills, laws and ordinances, marriage, etc. These foundations of the Religion of God, which are spiritualRead More

Baha’is and Spontaneous Prayer

  For many decades, Baha’is in the West have read and spoken the eloquent and meaningful prayers once spoken or written by the Bab, Baha’u’llah, and Abdu’l-Baha. Over time, these prayers have been collected into books and placed under descriptive headings for easy searching. These books are a priceless resource for all people, Baha’i orRead More

The Second Birth

As Baha’is we know that to have Eternal Life, we must be “born again.” Why is this? “Know then that ‘life’ hath a twofold meaning. The first pertaineth to the appearance of man in an elemental body, and is as manifest to thine eminence and to others as the midday sun. This life cometh toRead More

Are Baha’is presenting the Faith backwards?

Are Baha’is presenting the Cause of God backwards? When we speak to non-Baha’is about the equality of men and women, a universal ancillary language, and other principles of the Faith, are we offering them the essential Truth of God, or a lifeless husk? Are we giving of our finest, which is directions to an intimate,Read More

“I bear witness…”

“I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee.” from the Short Obligatory Prayer Each day Baha’is throughout the world recite the Short Obligatory Prayer, beginning with the first line, quoted above. That simple line of text has profound implications for all men. Throughout history menRead More