"The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens"
- the Baha'i writings
A baha'i-inspired program strives to raise consciousness to higher levels.
The junior youth spiritual empowerment program, a Baha'i-inspired endeavor, draws upon an evolving conceptual framework of Baha'i principles. Though the moral concepts in the materials that the junior youth study are inspired by these teachings, they are not religious in nature, nor do they treat subjects that are explicitly Baha'i. Our vision is not teach and enforce the laws and teachings within the group, but rather to use the profound moral standards outlined within it to strengthen in friends the will to take charge of their own development and contribute to the progress of their communities.
The materials used in the program incorporate spiritual and moral themes that promote such a process of transformation. Further, the texts include not only readings, but also exercises that address language skills, critical analysis and higher thought processes, moral values, and social action.
Baha'i's see that the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the future of society and of the nature and purpose of life. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Baha'u'llah.
Baha'i's believe that throughout history, God has sent to humanity a series of divine Educators—known as Manifestations of God—whose teachings have provided the basis for the advancement of civilization. These Manifestations have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Baha'u'llah, the latest of these Educators, explained that the religions of the world come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God.