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.’