The development of the Bahá’í community life is closely related to education, and one gives impetus to the other. The process gives special attention to the education of young ones, youth, and the enrichment of the spiritual life of the entire community. This allows all the individuals in the community to be active agents in the learning process and see themselves as involved in the process of generation of knowledge; knowledge guided by Bahá’u’llah’s Revelation is then applied to address the numerous social issue. Because the promise of the future of the community depends on the children and youth, the nature of education they receive from that early age must be given due consideration. Community life takes on both the material and spiritual dimensions, and both must be given equal emphasis if the community is to advance. The development of community life clearly has great implication for culture of the society, and is more felt in places where deep study of the Writings and their application into social reality has become a perpetual habit, where artistic endeavors, skills and talents have been harmoniously merged into the activities that bring diverse people together.
Temples are symbols of the reality and divinity of God -- the collective center of mankind. Consider how within a temple every race and people is seen and represented -- all in the presence of the Lord, covenanting together in a covenant of love and fellowship, all offering the same melody, prayer and supplication to God. Therefore, it is evident that the church is a collective center for mankind. For this reason there have been churches and temples in all the divine religions…( Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace).Learn More
The beginning of all things is the knowledge of God, and the end of all things is strict observance of whatsoever hath been sent down from the empyrean of the Divine Will that pervadeth all that is in the heavens and all that is on the earth. — Bahá’u’lláh