Being a Baha’i means to love and serve all humanity.

DID YOU KNOW? 
As per Abdu’l Baha, being a Baha’i means to love and serve all humanity.


When asked on one occasion: “What is a Baha’i?” Abdu’l Baha replied: “To be a Baha’i simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.” 

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On another occasion He defined a Baha’i as “one endowed with all the perfections of man in activity.” In one of His London talks He said that a man may be a Baha’i even if He has never heard the name of Baha’u’llah. He added:—


The man who lives the life according to the teachings of Baha’u’llah is already a Baha’i. On the other hand, a man may call himself a Baha’i for fifty years, and if he does not live the life he is not a Baha’i. An ugly man may call himself handsome, but he deceives no one, and a black man may call himself white, yet he deceives no one, not even himself.


One who does not know God’s Messengers, however, is like a plant growing in the shade. Although it knows not the sun, it is, nevertheless, absolutely dependent on it. The great Prophets are spiritual suns, and Baha’u’llah is the sun of this “day” in which we live. The suns of former days have warmed and vivified the world, and had those suns not shone, the earth would not be cold and dead, but it is the sunshine of today that alone can ripen the fruits which the suns of former days have kissed into life.


In order to attain to the Baha’i life in all its fullness, conscious and direct relations with Baha’u’llah are as necessary as is sunshine for the unfolding of the lily or the rose. The Baha’i worships not the human personality of Baha’u’llah, but the Glory of God manifest through that personality. He reverences Christ and Muḥammad and all God’s former Messengers to mankind, but he recognizes Baha’u’llah as the bearer of God’s Message for the new age in which we live, as the Great World teacher Who has come to carry on and consummate the work of His predecessors.



Intellectual assent to a creed does not make a man a Baha’i, nor does outward rectitude of conduct. Baha’u’llah requires of His followers wholehearted and complete devotion. God alone has the right to make such a demand, but Baha’u’llah speaks as the Manifestation of God, and the Revealer of His Will.


(Extract from Baha’u’llah and the New Era) 

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Being a Baha’i means to love and serve all humanity.

DID YOU KNOW?   As per Abdu’l Baha, being a Baha’i means to love and serve all humanity. When asked on one occasion: “What is...