It exemplifies the essential principles of the Bahá’í Faith. It is a monument dedicated to the unity of God, unity of all religions and unity of humankind. It stands as another testimony to the efforts of the Bahá’ís of India towards the promotion of communal harmony, and unity in diversity. It attracts to its portals more than 4 million visitors of diverse religious backgrounds and nationalities every year. Under its dome, people from all walks of life come and pray from various Holy Scriptures in supplication to the one Creator of all humanity.
The Bahá'í House of Worship also provides opportunities for children, youth and adults to participate in spiritual classes for their all round growth and development. It also houses institutions of higher learning for intellectual training of the youth in order to prepare them for meaningful participation in social discourses . These activities exemplify the role of the Bahá'í House of Worship in integration of worship with service which is a cardinal principle of the Bahá'í Faith.
Community Building Activities of the Bahá’ís in India
Inspired by the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh and the guidance of the Bahá’í institutions, like all different parts of the World, Bahá’ís of India follow a systematic pattern of human resource development to develop capacities of individuals from different age groups and all walks of life to enable them to lead a life of service to society.
Bahá’ís believe that all human beings are born noble. The activities that Bahá’is are engaged in, help in building vibrant communities that take ownership of their own development at the grassroots level. One of these activites is devotional gatherings / in diverse settings, uniting with people of other Faiths in prayer. When people from diverse backgrounds pray together, it creates bonds of love and unity. Prayer is a central element in all religious traditions and these meetings stress its universal nature.
Prayer offers people an opportunity to commune with their Creator, and to contemplate more deeply on what they do and how they can help the betterment of their society. Others include empowerment of Children, junior youths ,study circles open to all, that enable people of varied backgrounds to advance on equal footing and explore the application of spiritual teachings to their individual and collective lives.
Participation in social action is a prominent feature of a life dedicated to the service of the entire human race. Bahá’í development initiatives are designed to engage and benefit all the members of a community and not just Bahá’ís.
At the heart of all Bahá’í development undertakings is the recognition of a deep and inseparable connection between the practical and spiritual aspects of daily life. Tapping the spiritual roots of human motivation provides the essential impulse that ensures genuine social advancement.
Material advancement is not viewed as an end in itself, but rather as a vehicle for moral, spiritual, and social progress.
Meaningful social change does not simply result from the acquisition of technical skills, but more importantly from the development of qualities and attitudes that foster cooperative and creative patterns of human interaction.