The writings of Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá form the sacred scriptures of the Bahá’í Faith. Shoghi Effendi, as appointed Guardian and interpreter, expounded the meaning of the scriptures. Since 1963, the Universal House of Justice, as the body designated by Bahá’u’lláh to legislate on the application of His laws and principles, has been providing necessary elucidations of questions that Bahá’u’lláh has left for its attention. MORE>>>>
A Way of Life
For the individual, the day-to-day practice of the Bahá'í Faith gradually becomes an entirely new way of life. Yet, in contrast to the image of a religious lifestyle that is cloistered or ignorant of worldly concerns, the way of life for Bahá'ís and their families is one which is at once and the same time both deeply spiritual and eminently practical. MORE>>>>
Major Principles and Beliefs of the Baha'í Faith
The oneness of the world of humanity
The foundation of all religion is one
Religion must be the cause of unity
Independent investigation of truth
Equality between men and women
Religion must be in accord with science and reason
A universal auxiliary language
An international tribunal
The abolition of all forms of prejudice
Spiritual solution of economic problems
Prayer & Devotion
The Baha'i teachings prescribe daily prayer and intimate communion with God as the foundation for a life devoted to spiritual advancement and service to humanity.
"Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men."
In addition to practicing private prayer and meditation, Baha'is gather in their homes and communities for collective worship. Devotional gatherings are scheduled regularly to share a devotional spirit of joy, love and fellowship. Readings are taken from the Baha'i writings and the Scriptures of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism and Buddhism. Participants are encouraged to bring their prayer books or favorite passages from the Scriptures to share. These gatherings often offer prayers for healing or assistance to those in need. Musical selections are diverse, coming from a variety of cultures and styles. There is no established ritual and no solicitation of funds. Light refreshments are often served. MORE>>>>
O Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with thy love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings. O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world. O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy. Make it precious and near to Thee through Thy bounty and bestowal.