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"What It is To Be A Baha'i"

A man asked Shoghi Effendi: "What is the object of life to a Baha'i?" I wondered in my own mind what it had been. Had he told the man that to us the object of life is to know God, or perfect our own character? I never really dreamed of the answer he had given: the object of life to a Baha'i is to promote the oneness of mankind. The whole object of our lives is bound up with the lives of all human beings: not a personal salvation we are seeking, but a universal one. We are not to cast eyes within ourselves and say "Now get busy saving your soul and reserving a comfortable berth in the Next World!" No, we are to get busy on bringing Heaven to earth. That is a very big concept. The Guardian then went on to explain that our aim is to produce a world civilization which will in turn react on the character of the individual.

This does not mean we must neglect to prune our personalities and weed out our faults and weaknesses. It means we have to do a lot of radiating out to others of what we know to be true through the study of Baha'u'llah's teachings... If we don't and won't learn to work with our fellow believers as we can and should in our Baha'i community life, then we cannot very well expect that the world is going to listen to us or follow our example. It is not a bunch of regulations; it is a mould of oneness, a mould of joint life. Every single thing we conceive of as being Baha'i -- love, justice, lack of prejudice, fair-mindedness, liberality, understanding, etc. -- should find its living embodiment in our way of conducting, as a group, our affairs. When we have oneness we will more than likely have it or be able to produce in our community. What is the world looking for except just this, something that actually does enable people to work and live harmoniously together? Until we can do it ourselves why should we believe anyone else is going to be interested in our ideas really seriously?

Abdul-Baha said that the secret of self-mastery is self-forgetfulness. If there is anything wrong with the way our administration works, it is this, that we just don't forget ourselves. Our own little ego--big one--goes right along with us into our…meeting: there we sit with our superiority or inferiority complex or just our normal healthy selves, waiting to impose our views or to get upset over an imaginary insult, or just to monopolize unconsciously time, or to be too tired to make the effort to contribute our legitimate share. I should be allowed to say this, in all humility and with deep sympathy for all my fellow Baha'is, as I served on many committees…and I look back with horror and amusement on my past follies and attitudes. I can remember how very important my point of view was to myself, how offended or distressed I got if it was not at least weighed with great consideration, how I sometimes believed only I was a firm Baha'i amongst those present who were about to wreck the Cause by a majority decision which I did not share. We must be patient with not only others, but with ourselves too. But also we must try much harder to be Baha'is in the place where it counts most heavily--in our joint Baha'i life.

There is really nothing easier in this world than to tell other people what to do, the pinch begins when you try to tell yourself what you ought to do and get yourself to do it. Even we Baha'is share in this commonest of human weaknesses. We are prone to fix our attention on the failings of our fellow believer, and think that if the person was not such an impediment, the affairs of our group or community would run smoother. Of course, there is probably justification for our criticism. But the criticism is not going to help matters much; on the contrary, it is more likely continually to divert our attention from more important tasks. At the same time some bias, some defect of our own, is no doubt a test and hindrance to others as much as theirs is to us. The best way to overcome our weaknesses is twofold: Try to perfect yourself, for if you are better it stands to reason the sum total of the community is that much better too; and direct you energies into really working according to the administration which is a living, dynamic thing and not a set of dos and don'ts.

Baha'is quickened as they are by the fire of a living religious conviction, are for the most part conscientious in following the laws and principles of their Faith. The sacrifices they make, such as not drinking, when it is the commonest social custom of the age, living a chaste and noble life in a society that for the most part believes any restriction on its sensual life to be unnecessary and unhealthy, accepting censure and even ostracism rather than go against the belief that all colors and classes are to be treated with absolute equality and associated with freely and lovingly--are gladly accepted as means of demonstrating the reality of their Faith.

There is no doubt, too, that Baha’is have a high reputation for character and integrity amongst those who contact them. But for some reason or other, all our little weaknesses seem to come out in the working of administrative order. I have thought about this very much and wondered why it is so...It can't be the whole answer--but maybe it will help a little towards finding it.

We have a tendency to put aside spiritual laws when we deal with administrative problems. This is the exact opposite of the whole concept of Baha'i governance. Baha'u'llah has come to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. It implies a world run by law, but spiritual laws. It implies order, discipline, organization but based on the principles given by God's unerring Prophet and not constructed by the little, self-interested minds of men. It follows that a Baha'i should be living up to the teaching to the fullest extent of his capacity…And yet so often you see a very fine Baha'i put aside a lot, if not all of his spiritual attitudes when he enters a meeting and becomes a business man, or even something faintly resembling a politician! When this happens…inspirational guidance from on High flies out of the window! We have plugged up the pipe line, just like the members of all other floundering councils of the world, by mixed motives, personality problems, individual aggressiveness, etc. Is it because we feel we are competent to run any mundane affairs according to our own lights? Whatever it is, it is the thing that is preventing us from showing that love and unity, amongst a body of people for which the whole human race is starving.

We think too much of our own capacities and abilities, and altogether too little of what the power of God can do through any little soul, however insignificant, who opens himself to that power. The greatest living example of what one person can do who hitches herself to the power of God that I have seen, was Martha Root. Not that she was insignificant, she was not; she was a fairly gifted and intelligent woman. But what she accomplished was infinitely beyond her own resources. She also well understood the process work. She used to say "Baha'u'llah does it". She was too modest to put the matter even more pointedly and say: "I LET BAHA'U'LLAH DO IT."

--A letter to the Baha'i youth from Ruhiyyih Khanum, 1948

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