The promise of the Bahai Revelation was the universal tolerance and acceptance of all humanity that its teachings championed. Never before was there a religion that so brilliantly espoused the unity and brotherhood of men and women of all nations, races, and creeds.
More than that, the teachings of the Bahai Revelation were spiritually refreshing. The awe inspiring life and teachings of Abdu'l-Baha impressed many with His teachings that all of reality fundamentally was an expression of the Holy Spirit from the lowest forms of life up through to humanity, and that the physical world was but the shadow of an even more vast and powerful spiritual world. With this teaching as the foundation, the Master espoused a religion of brotherly love, tolerance, and world unity that was the last hope for a distressed humanity.
How unfortunate that the followers of this religion have so utterly failed to live up to the standards upon which this Cause was founded. The world today sees a Faith in which Bahais sue other Bahais over the right of the minority Bahais to even identify themselves with Baha'u'llah. We see a Faith strangleholded by a corrupt and paranoid leadership that seeks to control its followers and crush its enemies.
All of the ideals and spiritual truths upon which the religion was founded are presently nothing more than empty words. The Bahai Faith has become a pathetic shell of its once glorious promise. Whatever happened to the idea that "the souls of the people of Baha, who have entered and been established within the Crimson Ark, shall associate and commune intimately one with another, and shall be so closely associated in their lives, their aspirations, their aims and strivings as to be even as one soul"? (Gleanings, p. 169-70). The fundamental verities of the Cause of God have been neglected and abandoned. The organization of Bahais that now occupies the World Center is the refuge for bitter, close-minded fanatics unable to even express themselves openly and in good faith.
I urge all Bahais of every denomination to come together and abandon the estrangement and hatred for one another. Do not let your leadership keep you from associating with the followers of all religions, including other denominations of Bahai. Let us look to our common love for and belief in Baha'u'llah and turn away from the bitter disputes that have divided us. Tolerance means that each and every one of us can believe what we will about these matters but that should not prevent us from communicating with one another in a spirit of love and fellowship, and mutual understanding. If the Bahais can be so bitterly divided, then what hope is left for this Faith to serve as a focal point for the unity of the planet? What hope is left for the survival of humanity when the Message of its deliverance has been diluted by hatred and division?
"Look about thee at the world: here unity, mutual attraction, gathering together, engender life, but disunity and inharmony spell death." Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 31