Bahai, Eastern Spirituality & More

I’d like to review a Bahai Center here in San Diego for the Reader. Here’s what Bahai’s site says about the faith:

We are Bah?°’??s – members of the Bah?°’?? Faith, the second most widespread of the world’s independent religions, established in 235 countries and territories throughout the world. We come from over 2,100 ethnic, racial, and tribal groups and number some 5 million worldwide.

For more than a century, Bah?°’?? communities around the globe have been working to break down barriers of prejudice between peoples and have collaborated with other like-minded groups to promote the model of a global society. At the heart of our belief is the conviction that humanity is a single people with a common destiny. In the words of Bah?°’u’ll?°h, the Founder of our Faith, “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”

Bah?°’u’ll?°h taught that there is one God Who progressively reveals His will to humanity. Each of the great religions brought by the Messengers of God – Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad – represents a successive stage in the spiritual development of civilization. Bah?°’u’ll?°h, the most recent Messenger in this line, has brought teachings that address the moral and spiritual challenges of the modern world.

I was curious if any of you out there have dabbled with this or an Eastern religion?

  • Bruce Chant

    March 23, 2005, 9:35 pm

    Within a couple of months of becoming a Christian I met a Ba’hai guy at uni. Took me forever to get my head around what this guy was saying he believed. It seemed pretty nebulus to me. He gave me a strange, convoluted answer when I asked “so which church do you attend?”. I was naive and it is worth noting I did meet this guy at an on-campus Christian run event. Which I worked out later supported his theory of “different ways up the same mountain” or however he put it.

  • Fox

    March 24, 2005, 2:31 pm

    Ba’hai seams to me a derivative of Hinduism. Hinduism teaches that as the ages of man progress god/gods incarnate on earth to provide “ground truth” and guidance toward the higher existence. Additionally though fundamentalist Hindus hold strongly to a series of rituals and systems, philosophically Hinduism does is open to what path you take to the goal of attaining the higher existence. Ba’hai simply mixes that philosophy and theology with modern figures and concepts refusing to recognize that most of the modern/non-Indian ones (especially Christ and Mohamed) specifically state the exclusivity of their system. Unfortunately Eastern, especially Indian philosophical concepts can appear to be well developed and provide seemingly amazing answers to the apparent complexity of existence and all of its paradoxes. However Ba’hai cannot reasonably explain evil, sin, the uniqueness of God, or even the need for salvation. In the end I believe it is just a spin off of Hindu/Eastern philosophy and theology mixed with modern religious mechanisms.

  • D. Goodmanson

    March 24, 2005, 4:06 pm

    From what I’ve read (limited) Ba’hai actually was birthed out of of Islamic areas.

    “The independent nature of the new Faith was first proclaimed during the Conference of Badasht in 1848 when a group of the followers of the Bab (the Herald of the Baha’i Faith), gathered in the hamlet of Badasht in North East Iran to discuss the nature of their new Faith.

    As the new religion first spread in countries predominantly Muslim, many of it’s followers maintained the strong ties they had with their Muslim families and friends.”

  • Ryan

    April 15, 2005, 6:21 am

    If you’re really interested in this, please do yourselves a favor and read this article.
    And check out some of the other links on that page, together they should answer all of your questions about the origin of the Baha’i Faith and its basic teachings.

  • kasia

    August 1, 2005, 3:02 pm

    hey, I can see the comments are pretty old so probably the question is no longer valid, but just in case you need that. The Baha’i Faith is no mixture or sect or derivative of anything, it is an independent religion whose writings,principles and guidance reflect all aspects of life. For your further interest I am placing all interesting links: po polsku

    edit Admin: Too many links

    Good luck in your independent search for the truth!

  • Bahai Blog

    April 15, 2012, 3:44 am

    Doug, you’re correct, the Baha’i Faith was revealed within a predominantly Islamic society and not surprisingly it will be familiar to those with a Muslim background. However as an independent religion it is unique and can not be said to resemble either Islam or Buddhism.

    Even before the Baha’i Faith was proclaimed, the Babi Faith which was its precursor had a distinct break with Islam marked by the Badasht conference. This was a tumultuous time as centuries old dogma was destroyed – among them the equality of men and women (Tahirih removed her veil to the consternation of her fellow believers).