Some Basic Principles

The Bahá'i House of worship in Kampala,
Uganda was completed in 1961.
The Bahá'i Temple in Panama City, Panama
was dedicated in 1972.
The Bahá'i Temple in Sydney (Ingleside),
Australia was dedicated in 1961.

Let your vision be world-embracing, rather than confined to your own self. The Evil One is he that hindereth the rise and obstructeth the spiritual progress of the children of men. It is incumbent upon every man, in this Day, to hold fast unto whatsoever will promote the interests, and exalt the station, of all nations and just governments. -Bahá’u’lláh

The principle of the Oneness of Mankind is the pivot round which all the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh revolve. In order for humanity to attain this goal, Bahá’u’lláh has given us principles such as:

  • Independent investigation of truth
    Bahá’u’lláh taught that each human being must acquire knowledge through their own processes, and not blindly believe or follow others. He made it a fundamental obligation. He taught that mankind has reached the age of maturity and each person must investigate and decide for his/her own self. For this reason, there is no clergy in the Faith.

  • Equality of men and women
    The equality of the sexes is seen by Bahá'is as a spiritual and moral standard that is essential for the unification of the planet and the unfoldment of world order. For Bahá'is it is important to implement this principle in individual, family, and community life. Although, men and women are equal in the Bahá'i Faith, this equality does not imply sameness. It provides a balancing force for the advancement of humanity:
    "And among the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh is the equality of women and men. The world of humanity has two wings - one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible. Not until the world of women becomes equal to the world of men in the acquisition of virtues and perfections, can success and prosperity be attained as they ought to be." -‘Abdu’l-Bahá

  • Elimination of all kinds of prejudices
    Prejudice is a dangerous and destructive mind-set and force. Bahá’is believe that in order for the unity of mankind to come to fruition, prejudice of all kinds, whether be it religious, racial, national, or any other kind, must be abolished.

  • Harmony of religion and science
    Religion must be supported by science and vice versa. Religion without reason can easily become superstition. And science without religion can lead to materialism. They are a tempering force to one another and together, they shine a brighter light on truth. Here again, this principle provides a balancing force:
    "We may think of science as one wing and religion as the other; a bird needs two wings for flight, one alone would be useless. Any religion that contradicts science or that is opposed to it, is only ignorance - for ignorance is the opposite of knowledge. Religion which consists only of rites and ceremonies of prejudice is not the truth. Let us earnestly endeavour to be the means of uniting religion and science." -‘Abdu’l-Bahá

  • Universal compulsory education
    The Bahá’i teachings emphasize that each child should be educated. If there is no family, or parent to make sure of the availability of instructions, the community should then ensure that the child receives an education.

  • Elimination of extremes of wealth and poverty
    In today's world, there is a tremendous economic gap between the poor and the wealthy. The misery this brings on an ever-growing population must be mitigated. Humanity cannot fully flourish when there are such economic extremes and disparities. The Bahá'i Faith offers a spiritual solution to economic problems.

  • Universal auxiliary language and script
    In addition to a person’s mother language, Bahá’u’llah emphasized the need for an additional world language. In order for all the peoples of the world to feel more unified with each other, and to ensure clearer communication, one common world language and script is imperative. Therefore, wherever a person travels, they can communicate with ease with the people of all lands.

  • Universal Peace upheld by a World Tribunal
    A world commonwealth of nations, based on principles of federalism, needs to be created through agreement of all nations. This world government would have to be sovereign, with power to enforce its decisions. It must make sure that all countries are treated fairly and that the planet survives in a healthy state.

"Verily I say, the human soul is, in its essence, one of the signs of God, a mystery among His mysteries. It is one of the mighty signs of the Almighty, the harbinger that proclaimeth the reality of all the worlds of God."  -Bahá’u’lláh
"O SON OF SPIRIT!
The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes." -Bahá’u’lláh

©2015 The Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Salem, Oregon. All Rights Reserved.