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"Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the diverse elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms.  Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spiritu of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high aiming race and nation. "

~~ Abdu'l-Baha 

from the Writings of Abdu'l Baha p. 27. 

 

 

What do the Baha'i believe

    The Bahai people believe that all faith is unified in the eyes of God, and that there are certain principles under which God intended for us to live.  Those principles include: 

  • Racial Unity: Bahai believe that racism hinders the development of the individual and even entire communities.  It blights human progress, and is corruptive.  
  • Emancipation of Women: Denying the equality of women is an injustice agains half of the world's population and encourages men to bring harmful attitudes to the workplace and eventually the world.  
  • Economic Justice: The disparity between rich and poor is a source of acute world suffering, and keeps the world instable and on the brink of war.  
  • Patriotism within a global perspective: Citizens should be proud of their countries and their national identities, but secondarily to the pride of being a human amongst humans.  
  • Universal education: Bahais believe that historically ignorance has been a principle reason for the decline of societies and the perpetuation of prejudice.  Baha scriptures state that every human deserves an education including the right to learn to read and write. 
  • Universal language: A common language would make communicating clearer and more efficient.  All people should learn a common language in addition to their cultural language.
  • Respect for the environment: The exploitation of the Earth's resources destroys the balance of life and harmony.  Material development should foster not only the body but the mind and spirit as well. 
  • World Federal System: The Bahai scripture states that there should be a global international federation in place that governs the resources, solves problems and coordinates resolutions for the entire planet.  
  • Religious Dialogue: Bahai believe that religious strife has caused the majority of world war and conflict.  The Bahai believe that all faith comes from God and that all paths to the divine are cornerstones for interfaith dialogue.  The basis of all faith is love and harmony, most of which have common values and concerns.  

    The goals  of the Bahai faith are for people to realize that we live in one humanity and that we are one human family that should treat each other fairly and with respect.  Bahai believers work toward bringing their principles to fruition with good deeds and political and charitable enterprises.  They work particularly closely with the United Nations and projects such as environmental agencies, agricultural improvement projects, vocational training institutes and rural health care facilities.  Interreligious agencies and advocating and promoting interfaith and interspiritual dialogue is particularly important to the Bahai people.  

Who do the Bahai believe in

     There are three major figures of the Bahai faith.  There is the Bab, Baha'u'llah, and Abdu'l-Baha.

     The Bab (meaning The Gate ) was born Mírzá 'Alí Muhammad, from Shíráz, a part of Iran (then Persia) who had a vision from God and a message of love and unity among all people.  In May 1844 he began to dispense these ideas to others and was quickly persecuted, exiled and eventually executed in 1850.  

     Baha'u'llah was born Mírzá Husayn-'Alí and became the next to carry the message of the Bab.  He was similarly imprisoned in Tehran and was moved from prison to prison until his death in 1892.  During his 24 years or so working toward the Bab's legacy, he formulated the laws and ordinances wrote over a hundred volumes on  the principles of the faith, proclaimed His Message to  kings, rulers both Christian and Muslim, including the Pope, the Caliph of Islam, American leaders,  the leaders of Shí'ih and Sunní Islam, and the high priests of the Zoroastrian religion.

     Abdu'l-Baha was born the son of Baha'u'llah and was originally named  'Abbás Effendi and was declared prodigy of Baha in his early childhood.  Abdu'l-Baha also remained imprisoned until the Young Turk revolution and was released from confinement in 1908.  He spoke in many places including Europe and America, passing in 1921.  

     Each of these men wrote and spoke extensively on the principles of the Bahai and it is these scriptures that are revered most by the Bahai today.  

    Shoggi Effendi Rabbani is the grandson of Abdu'l-Baha and is the Guardian of the Bahai faith.  Shoggi Effendi Rabbani died in 1957 after organizing the faith to be extolled about the world, with a world centre, a shrine to Bab, and the institution of the Universal House of Justice.  

     The Bahai also believe that the words of other prophets/messengers such as Jesus, Krishna, Mohammed, Zoroaster, Buddha, and Abraham are just as valid and important to understand and emmulate.  

   How do the Bahai celebrate their beliefsHolidays, Prayers and Worship 

     Holidays: Holidays are celebrated from sundown the night before until sundown.

 October  20 Birth of Bab*    

November  12 Baha'ullahs Birthday*  

'Ayyám-i-Há   Celebration before fasting time 

 March 2-20 Month of Fasting:

 March 21 Naw-Ruz* - New Year.

April 21-May 4 - Ridvan

 Declaration of the Báb - May 23

 Ascension of the Bahá'u'lláh - May 29

 Race Unity Day - June 13

Martyrdom of the Báb - July 9
   

Abdu'l-Baha, the Son of Bahá'u'lláh, wrote the following about the Bahá'i holy days:

"In the sacred laws of God, in every cycle and dispensation there are blessed feasts, holidays and workless days. On such days all kinds of occupations, commerce, industry, agriculture, classes, etc. should be suspended."

"All should rejoice together, hold general meetings, become as one assembly, so that the national oneness, unity and harmony may be demonstrated in the eyes of all."

The Bahá'i calendar includes nine holy days, which all have the significance of major feasts whose observance is required. Seven of them are joyful days celebrated by picnics or festal gatherings at which music, the reading of verses and tablets, and short addresses suitable to the occasion are contributed by those present. The anniversaries of the Martyrdom of the Báb and the Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh are celebrated with solemnity by appropriate meetings and discourses, the reading of prayers and tablets. All Bahá'i holy days run from sundown to sundown.

                 I tried to learn about what Bahai's actually do during the holidays, and the best I can learn is that they basically do what anyone else does on a holiday... spend time with people they like, eat food they like, listen to music and enjoy... and observe the day.  

Prayers and Worship: There are several prayers on this page, and there are pages that are linked on this site where some important sacred texts and prayers can be read and learned right here online.  The teachings of the Bahai includes a detailed journey of knowledge in the spiritual nature of human beings, and an important emphasis on unifying humanity, beginning with the love of the family as well as a prescription for solving the social ills of human society.  Bahai people consist of those who accept the message of the Baha'u'llah. There are no clergy people, and there is little ritual.  There is not usually a weekly worship service, but rather a monthly get together often called a Feast, where adherents get together to pray, discuss, consult on social issues and plan social activities.  Each local community of Bahai elects by a secret ballot (no campaigning and no nominations) a nine member assembly which coordinates and administers, as well as conducts marriages and funerals.  

 Click the title to review an online book written by Baha'u'llah about prayers and meditations. This piece courtesy of Sacred Texts.  Visit more sacred texts at http://sacred-texts.com

 

Bahai Links

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The Calendar

The following table shows the names of Bahá'í days, months and their meanings:-

Each day of the month is named as are the months, ie the first day of the month is the day of Baha and the last is the day of 'Ala'.

Days Translation Gregorian
1 Glory Saturday
2 Beauty Sunday
3 Perfection Monday
4 Grace Tuesday
5 Justice Wednesday
6 Majesty Thursday
7 Independence Friday
Months Translation Gregorian
1 Splendour March 21
2 Glory April 9
3 Beauty April 28
4 Grandeur May 17
5 Light June 5
6 Mercy June 24
7 Words July 13
8 Perfection August 1
9 Names August 20
10 Might September 8
11 Will September 27
12 Knowledge October 16
13 Power November 4
14 Speech November 23
15 Questions December 12
16 Honour December 31
17 Sovereignty January 19
18 Dominion February 7
-- Intercalary February 26
19 Loftiness March 2
 

 

 

 

Years, these are in cycles of 19, every 19 years is called a Vahid. Every 19 Vahid's is called a Kull-i-Shay'.
1 Alif A
2 Ba' B
3 Ab Father
4 Dal D
5 Bab Gate
6 Vav V
7 Abad Eternity
8 Jad Generosity
9 Bah Splendour
10 Hubb Love
11 Bahhaj Delightful
12 Javab Answer
13 Ahad Single
14 Vahhab Bountiful
15 Vidad Affection
16 Badi' Beginning
17 Bahi Luminous
18 Abha Most Luminous
19 Vahid Unity

O Thou Whose Face is the Object of My Adoration

 by Matthew  Levine, a Bahai 

(with permission)

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. 

Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor and look upon him with a bright and friendly face.

Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge.

Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech.

Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men.

Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression.  

Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. 

Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of erring. Be an ornament of the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility --p. 285. 

O my God ! O my God !

Unite the hearts of thy servants, 

and reveal to them Thy great purpose. 

May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law.

Help them, O God, in their endeavor, and grant them strenth to serve Thee.  

O God! Leave them not to themselves, but guide their steps by the light ofThy knowledge and cheer their hearts by Thy love. 

Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord.

~~~ Baha'u'llah Bahai Prayers, p. 204 

Peace by Jaqi Garba , a Bahai

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A selection of links to Bahá'í websites

  • General information and access to online Bahá'í resources
    1. The Bahá'í World - official presence of the Bahá'í Faith on the Web
    2. The Bahá'í Faith Index (bahaindex.com) - up-to-date news, plus a search engine and directory with over 3300 Bahá'í links, and information in over 40 languages
    3. www.bahai.com - features information in Persian, Arabic, Spanish, and English
    4. The Bahá'ís, an HTML format magazine on the Faith (also in Italian, Bulgarian, French, Spanish, and Chinese)
    5. The Bahá'í Study Center (bahaistudy.org) - contains a handy glossary, audio/video materials such as mp3 versions of books on tape, and online courses using Blackboard CourseInfo.
    6. Bahá'í by Subject - extensive and also searchable information on theological, historical, and spiritual issues.
    7. A Bahá'í Faith Page - Bahá'í Vision - many Bahá'í links, and especially nice are the daily prayer and quote
    8. Planet Bahá'í - a broad-based resource on the Bahá'í Faith including feature articles, a large link library, weekly newsletter, discussion forum, and chat room.
    9. The Bahá'í Ring - a community of over 200 Bahá'í websites, allowing you to browse from one to another in a very unique and refreshing way. Membership is open to anyone with a Bahá'í-oriented website.
    10. Bahá'í World News Service - news headlines from the Bahá'í International Community
  • Bahá'í Writings resources (search engines, study programs, compilations, etc.)
    1. The Bahá'í Library - massive searchable collection of Bahá'í texts, articles, bibliographies, translations, etc.
    2. The Bahá'í Writings page at bahaindex.com, containing links to versions of texts (such as other languages, or downloadable versions)
    3. The Bahá'í Sacred Writings - a selection from the Bahá'í World, the official site of the Bahá'í Faith
    4. Search for words in the Bahá'í Writings using the TrueSeeker search engine; a very effective search.
    5. The International Bahá'í Library's official website, from the Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa, Israél
    6. Bahá'í Writings index at bahai.com. User-friendly interface with most widely sought-after texts available in either html or unformatted text.
    7. Download Bahá'í Devotions for Feasts, Firesides, Meetings. Over 175 documents (in Microsoft Word .doc, Adobe Acrobat PDF, and regular web page format) on numerous topics are available.
  • Administrative bodies and communities
    1. Full listing of Bahá'í communities' websites worldwide
    2. Bahá'í International Community - United Nations Office: Statement Library
    3. One Country - the online newsletter of the Bahá'í International Community
    4. The BCCA (Bahá'í Computer and Communication Association) - responsible for many mailing lists and websites. Its website includes introductory Bahá'í information as well as utilities for calculating your direction to the Qiblih, as well as for determining sunrise and sunset times for the Fast.
    5. The Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom
    6. The Bahá'ís of the United States
    7. The Bahá'ís of Brazil
    8. The Bahá'ís of India
    9. The Bahá'ís of Australia
    10. The Bahá'ís of South Africa
    11. The Bahá'ís of Malaysia
    12. The Bahá'ís of Russia
    13. The Bahá'ís of Italy
    14. The Bahá'ís of France
    15. The Bahá'ís of Canada

        

 

 

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