Baha'i House of Worship in India, known as the Lotus Temple
Baha'i House of Worship in India, known as the Lotus Temple

Core Beliefs

The principle of the oneness of humankind is the pivot around which all the teachings of Baha'u'llah revolve.

Baha'u'llah 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 Baha'i Faith prescribes laws of personal morality and behavior, as well as social laws and principles, to establish the oneness of humanity.

Baha'is 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
  • the soul, created at the moment of conception, is destined by God to reach the afterlife, where it will continue to progress until it attains the presence of God

Baha'is practice:

  • daily prayer and communion with God
  • high moral principles, including trustworthiness, chastity and honesty
  • independent investigation of truth
  • a life dedicated to the service of humanity
  • fellowship with the followers of all religions
  • avoidance of excessive materialism, partisan politics, backbiting, alcohol, drugs and gambling (For more information, read a description of Baha'i laws excerpted from A Short Introduction on the Baha'i Faith, by Dr. Moojan Momen)

Social principles include:

  • 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 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