|About the Book|
It is incumbent upon every man of insight and understanding, Bahaullah states, to strive to translate that which hath been written into reality and action. To be a Bahai, to live the life, means to comprehend the Word of God and act on it,MoreIt is incumbent upon every man of insight and understanding, Bahaullah states, to strive to translate that which hath been written into reality and action. To be a Bahai, to live the life, means to comprehend the Word of God and act on it, individually and collectively. It is to make the reality of ones personal life and the pattern of society at large reflect the teachings. Bahaullah Himself affirms that the object of every Revelation is to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions. Otherwise, He observes, the futility of Gods universal Manifestations would be apparent.When a new Revelation is brought to humanity, it upsets the equilibrium of the old social order. It unites the hearts and minds of those who recognize it and thus forges a new community. From within that community must emerge a consciousness that can decipher and a capacity that can apply the new teachings in order to make the world a different place. How do we move from a world centered on materialism and self-gratification to one that is centered on the application of spiritual principle and service to humanity? How do we transcend dissension and destructive criticism to harvest the fruits of critical thought in a united search for truth? What is the nature of the process through which we understand the meaning of the Sacred Texts and put the teachings into practice so that we can contribute to the unfoldment of an ever-advancing civilization?This book explores how, as Bahais, we try to understand the Word of God as given to us in Bahaullahs Revelation and how we act on our understanding to achieve His purpose.