THE BAHA'I FAITH
(its essence brought by Bab) is the symbol of universality. <2>Humans
will never obtain peace and happiness unless they understand that no
matter how great is their power, wealth, position, or philosophy,
without a universal point of view and without considering the
well-being of the whole universe (in individual and collective
endeavors), all is in vain.
<3>If any nation, power, philosophy,
religion, or anything, loses this view, it will not last long.
Without the universal view, the individual or collective actions
will create negative reactions and will bring the downfall of the
<4>We can study history and observe this
truth: As long as the original philosophy of a truth which was given
by a founder with an expanded mind was followed, the people who
followed that expanded philosophy were the conquerors of the hearts
of other people. These ideologies spread so fast that it amazes the
reader how it was possible. <5>The same ideologies are
supposedly presented by the followers of these religions or
philosophies in the present age. If these ideologies spread so fast
then, why are they not spreading any longer but actually losing
their members? <6>The answer is their loss of the universal
view. The problem is the narrowness (the dogma) which has crept into
the original ideal.
<7>That is what happened to the first four
ideals in our
So a new Prophet was necessary (was planned) to come and further the
understanding of humanity. This Prophet was Bab (Baha'u'llah).
<8>He brought the fifth truth:
<9>The greatest contribution of this fifth
truth can be expressed in one sentence from
Baha'u'llah's teaching: If religion separates mankind by causing
disunity, IT IS NOT EXPRESSING THE SPIRIT OF GOD.
<10>The oneness of mankind is the pivot
around which all the teachings of
Baha'u'llah revolve. There are many practical suggestions given
order to create a universal environment and to establish a worldwide
justice. <11>Some of these are: acceptance of one language as
an international language along with the mother tongue; each
community must have a House of Justice, each nation must have a
National House of Justice, and an International House of Justice
should be established with members selected from the National or
Secondary Houses of Justice; and humans must make a systematic
effort to wipe out all those prejudices that cause division.