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Introduction to Reform Bahai Faith, A Talk Presented to the Troy Interfaith Group
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"Close your eyes to racial differences and welcome all with the light of oneness. Be the cause of the comfort and the advancement of humanity. This handful of dust, the world, is one home: let it be in unity." —Baha'u'llah

"Associate with the followers of all religions with spirituality and fragrance." —Baha'u'llah

"Know that in every age and dispensation all divine ordinances are changed, according to the requirements of the time, except the law of Love which, like unto a fountain, flows always and is never overtaken by change." —Baha'u'llah

"We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations. That all nations should become one in faith, and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened. These fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away and the Great Peace shall come. Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country; let him rather glory in this, that he loves his kind." —Baha'u'llah

"O friends! In this day the Door of Heaven is opened by the key of the Godly Name, the Ocean of Generosity is manifested and is rolling before your faces, and the Sun of Providence is shining and gleaming: do not be exclusive." —Baha'u'llah, The Universal Principles of the Reform Bahai Faith (15).

"O friends! It is the wish of Abdul-Baha that the friends may establish general unity and not a particular meeting of unity. You must have great consideration for this fact, for during the past cycles though such events (found of particular, i.e., exclusive unity meetings) were, in the beginning, a means for harmony, they became in the end the cause of trouble." Tablets of Abdul-Baha, Vol. II, 1919, page 394. [boldface added]

"The Bahai Movement is not an organization. You cannot organize the Bahai Movement. The Bahai Movement is the spirit of the age. It is the essence of all the highest ideals of this century. The Bahai Cause is an inclusive movement. The teachings of all religions and societies are found here. Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Mohammadans, Zoroastrians, Theosophists, Freemasons, Spiritualists, etc., find their highest aims in this Cause. Socialists and philosophers find their theories fully developed in this movement" —Abdul-Baha

"The sun of truth rises in each season from a different point of the horizon—today it is here, yesterday it was there, and tomorrow it will appear from another direction. Why do you keep your eyes eternally fixed on the same point? Why do you call yourselves Christians, Buddhists, Mohammedans, Bahais? You must learn to distinguish the sun of truth from whichever point of the horizon it is shining! People think religion is confined in an edifice, to be worshiped at an altar. In reality it is an attitude toward divinity which is reflected through life." —Abdul-Baha

"This movement is not an organization—it is the realization of a new spirit. The foundation of that spirit is the love of God; and its method, the love and service of mankind. Many who have never heard of this revelation teach its laws and spiritual truths. These people are performing what Baha'u'llah hath commanded though they never heard of him. The power of Baha'u'llah's words is compelling—therefore, you must know and love them. For instance, in the spring season trees burst forth into verdure, though they are not conscious of the sunshine, of the falling rain or the gentle breeze—nevertheless, the power of nature urges them on to yield forth their fruits." —Abdul-Baha

"There are no officers in this Cause. I do not and have not 'Appointed' anyone to perform any special service, but I encourage everyone to engage in the service of the Kingdom. The foundation of this Cause is pure spiritual democracy and not a theocracy." —Abdul-Baha.

"No one can bottle up the Bahai Spirit. The Bahai Spirit is the most illusive ether; it is here, it is there, it is everywhere. It is the origin and substance of the highest ideals of this and the coming ages. The Bahai Spirit is undogmatic, super-racial, inter-social and non-partisan. The Bahai Religion is not an exclusive society, but a Divine congregation, the dome of which is the Infinite Heaven, and the temple of which is the expanse of the earth." —Abdul-Baha

"You can be a Bahai-Christian, a Bahai-Freemason, a Bahai-Jew, a Bahai-Muhammadan." Abdul-Baha in London (98).


Those new to the Reform Bahai Faith might find it helpful to start with About and Some Vital Bahai Principles.

Please feel free to share and distribute, in any manner, preferably in full, the 95 Theses, On Bahai Liberty, the Reform Bahai Articles, and Abdul-Baha's authentic 1912 Covenant.

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