to the Bahai Faith, from time to time throughout human history,
God has sent divine messengers, or manifestations of God, who
bring fresh outpourings of spiritual light that nourishes and
gives life to the souls and becomes the basis of a new religion
with its own character. They each bring new social teachings suited
for their time that become the basis of a new civilization. However,
the spiritual precepts that deal with eternal truths, such as
the unity of God, love, peace, truthfulness, honesty and trustworthiness
remain the same in all the religions.
Faith is an independent world religion which was founded in 1844
in Persia. Today, its more than six million members reside in
232 countries and dependent territories. The Bahai Faith
is devoid of rituals and priesthood, and its affairs are governed
by elected local, national and international governing bodies.
International Community has been one of the most active of the
non-governmental organisations in the various agencies of the
United Nations. It is involved in a wide range of activities including
peace-building, human rights, education, health, environmental
conservation and sustainable development and the promotion of
left: Universal House of Justice, Haifa; Baha'i House of Worship,
scriptures consist of a
large number of writings of the three central figures of the faith:
The Bab, the forerunner of
the Bahai Faith (1819 - 1850);
founder prophet of the faith (1817 - 1892);
and his son Abdul Baha (1844
teachings touch nearly every aspect of human life and are centred
on three essential truths:
The Oneness of God that there is only one God and that
God is actively concerned about the development of humanity.
is, and has from everlasting been, one and alone, without peer
or equal, eternal in the past, eternal in the future, detached
from all things, ever abiding, unchangeable and self-subsisting.
The Oneness of Religion that God sends to humanity a succession
of Educators to guide human beings with spiritual truths and to
reveal laws and ordinances needed at each stage of human existence.
is reality and reality in one. The fundamentals of the religion
are therefore one in reality. There is neither difference nor
change in the fundamentals.
The Oneness of Mankind that all human beings come from
the same stock and deserve equal treatments and opportunities
to shape their lives meaningfully in the interests of all mankind.
not one another as strangers. You are the fruits of one tree and
the leaves of one branch.
left: Shrine of the Bab; Baha'i House of Worship, New Delhi..