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Unity is at the core of this vast Revelation in every aspect of it when we’re talking about various principles like the equality of women and men, the relationship and the harmony of science and religion, universal education - all of these at the core have unity and justice, in harmony, of humanity.

It’s the lighthouse of your life that sets the standards by which you live, provides the goals for something to attain to, and it interprets the world. Through being a Baha’i, I understand and appreciate 6,000 years of history, spiritual history, civilization’s history. And I appreciate the processes that we’re undergoing today. This means that when terrible things happen, you don’t fall into despair because you know it’s part of a process. And the future is glorious.

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I’ve always been interested in social change and social transformation and I always think about what Abdu’l-Baha said which is that the purpose of life is to acquire divine virtues. That’s it, that’s the purpose of our lives. To me that seems really doable as an individual and I can see how acquiring divine virtues allows us to disrupt and challenge some of the issues of the world.

...this is the greatest Birthday to celebrate. It means an opportunity for a spiritual renewal, to celebrate all together the coming of the Manifestation of God to the Earth 200 years ago, and to spread the Teachings of the Baha’i Faith to the rest of the world. It means joy.

When my wife was eight months pregnant we discovered that she had three brain tumors. Through that process of discovery, preparing for the surgeries, preparing to have a baby, all that process, you pray a lot and you turn it over and put it into God’s hands. There was such a sense of certainty that came with that. It wasn’t blind trust or anything... it was transformational.

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I believed the principles of the Faith before I knew the Faith exists. Learning about the Faith was a confirmation of the principles that I had in my heart. And it was like, ‘Voila! This is it!’ This is what I had been believing all my life but I didn’t know there was a faith that would name out all these principles.

The Revelation of Baha’u’llah is a beautiful, magical struggle that gives meaning, purpose and hope to my limited understanding of my essence of who I am but in a crazy and beautiful way. It encourages me to continue the search, to continue the growth, to continue the transformation that sometimes is painful. The Revelation of Baha’u’llah to me is so powerful. It’s a spiritual rehabilitation. It has allowed me to enter spiritual rehab in this physical world.

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I try and have the Faith animate all the things that I do. I find I’m happiest when I’m serving. Point blank. No question about it. If I try to be happy, if I try all the things you think will make you happy, even spending a lot of time with my friends, if it’s idle, ultimately I’m not happy. But doing things like starting a Junior Youth group and doing outreach - it’s like exercising. At first I don’t what to do it. I’m like, ‘Please! No!’ but once I do it, I’m so glad I did. And it’s very addictive. It’s like exercising and endorphins. You get spiritual endorphins.

Every time we create yet one more strong marriage then it’s a basic building block for the unity of the entire planet. So it starts with marriage and then it expands to family, and then it expands to the city, and then to the country and then to the entire planet. If we don’t get unity right at that basic building block how can we bring the whole planet together?

I began to engage in the Ruhi Institute process and implement the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program. Through this I was able to witness the transformative power that the Baha’i Faith has on the community from the grass roots, as well as each individual person that engages in this process.

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...the Teaching of the oneness of mankind has been very important in my life and the way I act and interact with others. The idea that, inevitably, we are moving toward a more united and together society makes me really reflect about my own actions and how I treat other people and the thoughts I have and the words I speak... that hopeful principle impacts all my actions on a daily basis.

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One of the most intriguing aspects of the Baha’i Faith is that we are all encouraged to be seekers of truth. This principle is unprecedented in all the religious systems of the world. It drives us as individuals to investigate reality; motivates us to question practices, dogmas, and traditions; and forces us look within ourselves to honestly reflect on who we are and who we want to become. Without a clergy, we study the sacred Writings and comprehend them according to our own spiritual perception. The more we search and question, the higher we increase our spiritual maturity and understanding. This knowledge cannot be obtained through any worldly institution—it can only be acquired through the independent investigation of truth. Baha’u’llah writes in the Kitab-i-Iqan, ‘Then will the manifold favors and outpouring grace of the holy and everlasting Spirit confer such new life upon the seeker that he will find himself endowed with a new eye, a new ear, a new heart, and a new mind. He will contemplate the manifest signs of the universe, and will penetrate the hidden mysteries of the soul.’