What is spiritual vision?
How can we practice using our inner perceptions?
Why do we need insight to promote world peace?
What we can perceive when we use our inner perception?
How do we understand the Truth of the Word of God?
–Through following the commandments,
–By understanding the Word of God and translating it into action,
–When we understand the Word of God, His Vision is in our minds.
–When we put that vision into action, so people can see it.
–When we invite friends into the institute process, friends enter the door of learning to see with their own inner vision
–Bahá’u’lláh’s vision can only be perceived through insight, which can be gained in the institute process.
–To see the spiritual reality which Bahá’u’lláh taught us, we need to enter the path of service.
Today the Glory of God is shining the light of Ancient Glory through the light of Divine Justice. How can we see that light and see the Vision of Bahá’u’lláh brought to us? There are three aspects we can look at.
Glad-Tidings / Learn about the Divine Laws and what has changed in this Dispensation
In every new Era in the Kingdom of God, the Glad-Tidings are announced, and a new King ascends to the throne of God, such as Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, and Baha’u’llah. “Every age hath its own problem, and every soul its particular aspiration. The remedy the world needeth in its present-day afflictions can never be the same as that which a subsequent age may require. Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and center your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements.”(Bahá’u’lláh). God adjusts the Laws for the purpose of the Work in every new era of the Kingdom.
Learn about the Divien Justice / Apply the Laws and Priniciple in our daily life
To gain the knowledge of God is not the same as gaining knowledge from the world by studying and analyzing. It is through serving humanity, serving the Cause, and being guided by it. So, to learn about Divine Justice we must serve the Cause. The Baha’i community-building process is to walk on the path of service and learn more about Divine Justice.
“Whoso maketh efforts for Us, in Our Ways shall We assuredly guide him.” (Bahá’u’lláh)
The Actions that make Divine Justice manifest in the human world / Service to Communities
Walking on the Path of Service with a community, we pursue a twofold moral purpose: to attend to one’s own spiritual and intellectual growth and to contribute to the transformation of society. Progress on the path entails the development of a number of capabilities that require understanding and knowledge, spiritual qualities, and praiseworthy attitudes, as well as a host of abilities and skills. The sources of knowledge upon which the books of the Institute draw are, on the one hand, the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and, on the other, the accumulating experience of the worldwide Baha’i community in furthering material and spiritual civilization. It is Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the individual we can become and of the civilization we can build that inspires the Institute.