Bahá'i Faith

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"The Bahá'í Faith is the youngest of the world's independent religions. Its founder, Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahá'ís as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, 
Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.”

“The central theme of Bahá'u'lláh's message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one
global society...The principal challenge facing the peoples of the earth is to accept the fact of their oneness and to assist the 
processes of unification.”

“Baha'u'llah taught that each human being is "a mine rich in gems" unknown even to the owner, let alone to others, and 
inexhaustible in its wealth. The purpose of life is to develop these capacities both for one's own life and for the service of humanity. 
The way of life which Bahá'ís seek to cultivate, therefore, is one that encourages personal development. Daily prayer and 
meditation free the soul from conditioned patterns and open it to new possibilities. Joining in projects with peoples of diverse 
backgrounds breaks down traditional prejudices”...and promotes a unity which celebrates diversity.

“According to Bahá'ís humanity is now coming of age. It is this that makes possible the unification of the human family and the 
building of a peaceful, global society. Among the principles which the Bahá'í Faith promotes as vital to the achievement of this goal 

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 realisation of universal education
the responsibility of each person to independently search for truth 
the establishment of a global commonwealth of nations 
recognition that true religion is in harmony with reason and the pursuit of scientific knowledge"

Patrick Villiers-Stuart,
11 Jul 2011, 09:13