The teachings of the Founders of the world’s religions have inspired breathtaking achievements in literature, architecture, art, and music. They have fostered the promotion of reason, science, and education. Their moral principles have been translated into universal codes of law, regulating and elevating human relationships. These uniquely endowed individuals are referred to as
Manifestations of God in the Bahá’í writings, and include (among others) Krishna, Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, the Báb, and Bahá’u’lláh. History provides countless examples of how these Figures have awakened in whole populations capacities to love, to forgive, to create, to dare greatly, to overcome prejudice, to sacrifice for the common good, and to discipline the impulses of humanity’s baser instincts. These achievements can be recognized as the common spiritual heritage of the human race.
The Bahá’í Faith began with the mission entrusted by God to two Divine Manifestations—the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh.
Born two centuries ago, in October 1819, the Báb announced that He was the bearer of a message destined to transform the life of humanity, which stood at the threshold of a new era. He called for a spiritual and moral reformation, to improve the position of women and the lot of the poor. He founded a distinct and independent religion, inspiring His followers to transform their lives and carry out great acts of heroism. The Báb’s mission was to prepare the way for Bahá’u’lláh.