Photo Ridvan garden
The Bahá'í Garden of Ridvan, near Akko, Israel

 

Exhortations

Principles to live by from the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh

  • To be united
  • To associate with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship
  • To honor one's parents
  • To marry
  • Not to wish for others what one does not wish for one's self
  • To teach the Faith of God
  • To study the Holy Writings
  • To study arts and sciences that benefit humanity
  • To take counsel together
  • To repent to God of one's sins
  • To be truthful
  • To be trustworthy
  • To be faithful
  • To be righteous and fear God
  • To be just and fair
  • To be tactful and wise
  • To be courteous
  • To be hospitable
  • To be persevering
  • To be detached
  • To be absolutely submissive to the Will of God
  • To consult competent doctors when ill
  • To be clean
  • Not to stir up mischief
  • Not to be proud
  • Not to be hypocritical
  • Not to be fanatical
  • Not to prefer one's self to one's neighbor
  • Not to contend with one's neighbor
  • Not to indulge one's passions
  • Not to lament in adversity
  • Not to contend with those in authority
  • Not to lose one's temper
  • Not to anger one's neighbor

 

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Love and unity

"O ye that dwell on earth! The religion of God is for love and unity; make it not the cause of enmity or dissension. In the eyes of men of insight and the beholders of the Most Sublime Vision, whatsoever are the effective means for safeguarding and promoting the happiness and welfare of the children of men have already been revealed by the Pen of Glory."

- Bahá'u'lláh

 

Beyond tolerance

"Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship."

- Bahá'u'lláh

 

Trustworthiness

"Say: O people of God! Adorn your temples with the adornment of trustworthiness and piety. Help, then, your Lord with the hosts of goodly deeds and a praiseworthy character. We have forbidden you dissension and conflict in My Books, and My Scriptures, and My Scrolls, and My Tablets, and have wished thereby naught else save your exaltation and advancement."

- Bahá'u'lláh

 

The best adornments

"Adorn your heads with the garlands of trustworthiness and fidelity, your hearts with the attire of the fear of God, your tongues with absolute truthfulness, your bodies with the vesture of courtesy. These are in truth seemly adornings unto the temple of man, if ye be of them that reflect."

- Bahá'u'lláh