Spiritual Concepts


The principle of the oneness of humankind is the pivot around which all the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh revolve. Bahá’u’lláh taught that humanity, after a long and turbulent adolescence, is at last reaching a stage of maturity in which unity in a global and just society finally can be established. To this end, the Bahá'í Faith prescribes laws of personal morality and behavior, as well as social laws and principles, to establish the oneness of humanity.

Bahá'ís believe:

  • the purpose of life is to know and worship God, to acquire virtues, to promote the oneness of humankind and to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization
  • all humanity was created by one God and is part of one human race
  • work performed in the spirit of service is a form of worship

Bahá'ís practice:

  • independent investigation of truth
  • daily prayer and communion with God
  • a life dedicated to the service of humanity
  • fellowship with the followers of all religions
  • high moral principles, including trustworthiness, chastity and honesty
  • avoidance of materialism, partisan politics, backbiting, alcohol, drugs and gambling

Social principles include:

  • equality of women and men
  • the elimination of prejudice
  • a spiritual solution to the economic problem
  • the abolition of extremes of poverty and wealth
  • the establishment of a world commonwealth of nations
  • recognition of the common origin and fundamental unity of purpose of all religions
  • the harmony of science and religion as two complementary systems of knowledge and practice
  • the adoption of a world auxiliary language, as well as a universal script, currency, and system of weights and measures

Oneness of God

Bahá’í teachings focus on unity – the oneness of God, the oneness of religion, and the oneness of the human race. …more

Oneness of Religion

The Founders of all the great religions have come from God, and all of the religious systems established by Them are part of a single divine plan directed by God. …more

The Coming of Age of Humanity

Humanity is now leaving behind its childhood and entering the long-awaited period of maturity, when a global and just world order can be realized. …more

The Life of the Soul

The evolution or development of the soul and its capacities is the basic purpose of human existence. …more

Human Nature

Unlike contemporary prevailing views that assume human beings are innately self-interested, competitive, and conflict-based, the Bahá’í Faith has a positive conception of human nature. …more

Justice

Justice is a capacity of the human soul. It enables each of us to see the world through our own eyes and protects us from the blind imitation of tradition, from religious prejudice, and intolerance. …more

Death and the Afterlife

“Know thou of a truth that the soul, after its separation from the body, will continue to progress until it attaineth the presence of God…” — Bahá’u'lláh …more

“Holy words and pure and goodly deeds ascend unto the heaven of celestial glory.”

— Bahá’u’lláh