Basic Baha'i Principles
- Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.
- Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor and look upon him with a bright and friendly face.
- Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge.
- Be fair in thy judgement, and guarded in thy speech.
- Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men.
- Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts.
- Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive.
- Be eyes to the blind and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.
- Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown on the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.
Gleanings From The Writings Of Baha'u'llah #CXXX pg. 285
To Live The Life is:
- To be no cause of grief to anyone
- To be kind to all people and to love them with a pure spirit.
- Should opposition or injury happen to us, to bear it, to be as kind as ever we can be, and through all, to love the people.
- Should calamity exist to the greatest degree, to rejoice, for these things are the gifts and favours of God.
- To be silent concerning the faults of others, to pray for them, and to help them, through kindness, to correct their faults.
- To look always at the good and not the bad. If a man has ten good qualities and one bad one, look at the ten and forget the one. And if a man has ten bad qualities and one good one, look at the one and forget the ten.
- Never to allow ourselves to speak one unkind word about another, even though that other be our enemy.
- To do all our deeds in kindness.
- To cut our hearts from ourselves and from the world.
- To be humble. To be servants of each other, and to know that we are less than anyone else.
- To be as one soul in many bodies; for the more we love each other, the nearer we shall be to God; but to know that our love, our unity, our obediance must not be by confession, but of reality.
- To act with cautiousness and wisdom.
- To be truthful.
- To be hospitable.
- To be reverent.
- To be the cause of healing for every sick one, a comforter for every sorrowing one, a pleasant water for every thirsty one, a heavenly table for every hungry one, a star to every horizon, a light for every lamp, a herald to everyone who yearns for the Kingdom of God.