The religion of the Baha'I faith, which is perhaps the youngest of the world's independent religions, was founded by Baha'u'llah (1817 - 1892), about one hundred years ago. It is regarded by the Bahai's as the most recent in the line of messengers of God that stretches back in time and that includes Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ, and Muhammad.
The unification of humanity into one global society and that humanity is one single race is the central theme of the Baha'u'llah's message. The Baha'is' God, he said, has set in motion historical forces that are breaking down traditional barriers to race, class, creed, and nation, and this will, in time, give birth to a universal civilization. Therefore the only challenges facing earth's peoples are to accept the fact of their oneness and to assist in the process of unification.
The principles of the Baha'i Faith stress these goals: -
- The abandonment of all forms of prejudice.
- Assurance to women of full equality of opportunity with men.
- Recognition of the unity and relativity of religious truth.
- The elimination of extremes of poverty and wealth.
- The realization of the Universal education.
- The responsibility of each person to independently search for truth.
- The establishment of a world federation.
- Recognitions that true religion are in harmony with reason and the pursuit of scientific knowledge.
All these principles are valid ones that ought to be dealt with. They are ages old, but why would it be necessary to put in place by a new religion? The one true religion is the only means of accomplishing the results. If it was good in the beginning, why is it not good now or for the future? We must be engaged in some form of comparative studies of all religions to successfully determine their values. Only through wisdom can mankind ever relinquish prejudice and bigotry; any other way as religious tolerance is futile.
The worldwide community of some four million Baha'is boasts that they are represented by most nations, races, and cultures of the world and this sets the best example of a practical effect of the teachings of the Baha'u'llah. This experience they say will be a source of encouragement to all who share their vision of humanity as one global family and the earth as one homeland.
"There is no distinction whatsoever among the Bearers of My Message. They all have but one purpose; their secret is the same secret. To prefer one in honor to another, to exalt certain ones above the rest, is in no wise to be permitted. Every true Prophet hath regarded His Message as fundamentally the same as the Revelation of every other Prophet gone before Him . . ."
"The measure of the revelation of the Prophets of God in this world, however, must differ. Each and every one of them hath been the Bearer of a distinct Message and hath been commissioned to reveal Himself through specific acts. It is for this reason that they appear to vary in their greatness . . . It is clear and evident, therefore, that any apparent variation in the intensity of their light is not inherent in the light itself, but should rather be attributed to the varying receptivity of an ever-changing world."
"Every Prophet whom the almighty and peerless Creator hath purposed to send to the peoples of the earth hath been entrusted with a message, and charged to act in a manner that would best meet the requirements of the age in which He appeared." Selections from the writings of Abdul'I'Baha (Pg. 87)
The prophet Mohammad is thought to have received the last revelation, the Koran. But this might not be true since it is in contradiction to the revelation of Baha'u'llah, which was just more than a hundred years ago. Now, if these were true messengers of the same God, someone is a liar. How can there be so many inconsistencies of an Omniscient God?
The automakers who have been building automobiles for over a century, now know how they should be maintained throughout its entirety it is the reason these vehicles come with a manual (instructions). Similarly, God has been creating this universe over and over (eternal) and by the same reasoning He knows (Omniscient) what is necessary for us to maintain it and it is the reason He gave us instructions (revelation) on how to protect ourselves and the planet we live on. Automakers don't send out new instructions when a vehicle fails and likewise, why would God send new instructions (messengers) because we have failed?
The wrangles and feuds that existed in every era in the long line of these messengers are hardly a feat worthy of any compliment. It is absurd to call Buddha a messenger of God when Buddhists believe in neither God nor a soul.
The Baha'i centers all over the world are, no different from those of Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam. All are extravagantly and luxuriously built amidst expensively immaculate and picturesque landscapes while millions of children worldwide are dying of starvation and living in absolute poverty. Is this, what is called, "one global family?"
The Baha'i believed that there is only one God, the Creator of the universe. Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers, each of whom has founded a great religion.
The goal, they believe, has been to develop the innate noble characteristics of every human being, and to prepare the way for advancing global civilization. The Baha'is believe knowledge of God's will for humanity in the modern age, was revealed just more than one hundred years ago to Baha'u'llah, who is the latest of these divine messengers.
But on the other hand, these strings of messengers only brought divisions. Abraham was not a messenger. Actually, there is nowhere in the Bible where he was given a revelation. Furthermore, if the Ten Commandments were revealed to him, he would not have committed adultery and Moses would not have murdered.
Krishna and Buddha taught nonviolence while many others did the opposite. The religion of Buddhism is atheistic whilst the others are theists. Moses taught "an eye for an eye" and Jesus taught "turn the other cheek" which contradicts each other. Muhammad taught Islam for all and death to all infidels (unbelievers).
The Baha'i like the masses of the dogmatic believers seek the visible and external evidence to proclaim the existence of the Almighty. Prophets, messengers of God or God-heads, revelation or holy books, churches or places of worship, miracles or prayer of healing, idols or crucifixes, are all external means of belief. This irrational trend has become more vigilant by daily misguided and false messages, which have engulfed the planet through modern technology, as the "absolute truth."
It stifles the conscience when we are led to believe that the righteousness proclaimed by the Baha'i brings us closer to universal peace. And yet followers of many of these messengers who consider themselves so are the first to lash out in anger for stereotyping, blasphemy or desecrating anything considered holy.
"History tells us that societies based on adoration of persons fall prey to mental thraldom which leads to moral, intellectual, as well as spiritual emasculation." Vedic Light.Had these messengers not brought conflicting messages, their followers would not have revolted with such fury, which at most times incense very fatal and volatile events. Truly righteous people do not only bring happiness to themselves, but also to those who diligently follow them.
"If there is a God we must see him if there is a soul we must feel it, otherwise, it is better not to believe it. It is better to be an atheist than to be a hypocrite." Swami Vivekanand
This does not mean seeing God in a literal sense, as the gullible would like to think, but through the thorough practice of Yoga where God is perceived by the senses and is consciousness felt by the inner self, the concept of self-realization.