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Bahá’í Quotes on Education

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he Bahá’í sacred writings emphasize the importance of education as the key to material and spiritual progress. The Bahá’í teachings exalt knowledge, promote free inquiry and learning, and emphasize the importance of acquiring expertise in such arts and sciences as will promote human prosperity. Here are some quotations from the Bahá’í writings about education and its importance:

“Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.”
— Bahá’u’lláh

“Arts, crafts and sciences uplift the world of being, and are conducive to its exaltation. Knowledge is as wings to man’s life, and a ladder for his ascent. Its acquisition is incumbent upon everyone.”
— Bahá’u’lláh

“Bend your minds and wills to the education of the peoples and kindreds of the earth, that haply the dissensions that divide it may, through the power of the Most Great Name, be blotted out from its face, and all mankind become the upholders of one Order, and the inhabitants of one City....”
— Bahá’u’lláh

“Close investigation will show that the primary cause of oppression and injustice, of unrighteousness, irregularity and disorder, is the people’s lack of religious faith and the fact that they are uneducated.”
— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

“The primary, the most urgent requirement is the promotion of education. It is inconceivable that any nation should achieve prosperity and success unless this paramount, this fundamental concern is carried forward. The principal reason for the decline and fall of peoples is ignorance. Today the mass of the people are uninformed even as to ordinary affairs, how much less do they grasp the core of the important problems and complex needs of the time.”
— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

“…knowledge is the cause of human progress.”
— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

“To promote knowledge is thus an inescapable duty imposed on every one of the friends of God.”
— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

“The education and training of children is among the most meritorious acts of humankind and draweth down the grace and favour of the All-Merciful, for education is the indispensable foundation of all human excellence and alloweth man to work his way to the heights of abiding glory. If a child be trained from his infancy, he will, through the loving care of the Holy Gardener, drink in the crystal waters of the spirit and of knowledge, like a young tree amid the rilling brooks. And certainly he will gather to himself the bright rays of the Sun of Truth, and through its light and heat will grow ever fresh and fair in the garden of life.”
— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

 

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