A growing number of people have found in the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh a compelling vision of a better world from which they have drawn insights and sought to apply Bahá’í principles to their lives and work
“Bahá’u’lláh has drawn the circle of unity, He has made a design for the uniting of all the peoples, and for the gathering of them all under the shelter of the tent of universal unity. This is the work of the Divine Bounty, and we must all strive with heart and soul until we have the reality of unity in our midst, and as we work, so will strength be given unto us.”
Established by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the Hawaiian Islands, the name Ho’ola represents one of the aims of the Institute — to revive or reinvigorate the spirit
Prayer is integral to Bahá’í life, whether at the level of the indivdual, community, or institutions. Bahá’ís turn their hearts in prayer to God repeatedly throughout the day—imploring His assistance, supplicating Him on behalf of loved ones, offering praise and gratitude, and seeking divine confirmations and guidance.
Bahá’í classes and activities for children are raising a new generation of spiritually vibrant young people with the potential to grow up free from prejudice. Through music, stories, art, games, drama, and community service, children learn about their relationship with God and that they have a critical role to play in serving humanity and bettering the world.
The junior youth spiritual empowerment program is open to young people between the ages of 11 – 14 and assists them to navigate through a crucial stage in their lives. The program helps them form a strong moral identity and empowers them to contribute to the well-being of their communities and the world at large.
The Bahá’í teachings emphasize that each person is in charge of his or her own spiritual development. While institutions exist to guide and release energies, and Bahá’í community life is to be characterized by an atmosphere of cordial consultation and encouragement, the responsibility for spiritual growth ultimately rests with each individual.
“The cup of knowledge is overflowing; blessed are they who partake in draughts! The fountain of life is issuing forth; blessed are they who drink!”
Service and worship are at the heart of the pattern of community life that Bahá’ís around the world are trying to bring into being. They are two distinct, yet inseparable elements that propel the life of the community forward.
The family unit is the nucleus of human society. It provides a vital setting for the development of praiseworthy qualities and capacities.
The gradual development of the Bahá’í community’s administrative structures and the refinement of its associated processes are areas that have received significant attention since the inception of the Bahá’í Faith.
Bahá’ís throughout the world to become involved in the life of society, working shoulder to shoulder with diverse groups to contribute to the advancement of material and spiritual civilization.