Baha'u'llah - The Divine Educator - In the middle of the 19th century, God summoned Baha'u'llah-meaning the Glory of God-to deliver a new Revelation to humanity. For four decades thousands of verses, letters and books flowed from His pen. In His Writings, He outlined a framework for the development of a global civilization which takes into account both the spiritual and material dimensions of human life.I have never aspired after worldly leadership. My sole purpose hath been to hand down unto men that which I was bidden to deliver by God... - Baha'u'llahBaha'u'llah suffered 40 years of imprisonment, torture and exile for bringing God's latest message to humanity. Today, His life and mission are becoming increasingly well-known across the planet. Millions of people are learning to apply His teachings to their individual and collective lives for the betterment of the world. The Bab - Herald of the Baha'i Faith - In the middle of the 19th century-one of the most turbulent periods in the world's history-a young merchant announced that He was the bearer of a message destined to transform the life of humanity. At a time when His country, Iran, was undergoing widespread moral breakdown, His message aroused excitement and hope among all classes, rapidly attracting thousands of followers. He took the name The Bab, meaning the Gate in Arabic.With His call for spiritual and moral reformation, and His attention to improving the position of women and the lot of the poor, the Bab's prescription for spiritual renewal was revolutionary. At the same time, He founded a distinct, independent religion of His own, inspiring His followers to transform their lives and carry out great acts of heroism.The Bab announced that humanity stood at the threshold of a new era. His mission, which was to last only six years, was to prepare the way for the coming of a Manifestation of God Who would usher in the age of peace and justice promised in all the world's religions: Baha'u'llah. 'Abdu'l-Bah'a - The Perfect Exemplar - In the early years of the 20th century, 'Abdu'l-Baha-the eldest Son of Baha'u'llah-was the Baha'i Faith's leading exponent, renowned as a champion of social justice and an ambassador for international peace.Upholding unity as the fundamental principle of His teachings, Baha'u'llah established the necessary safeguard to ensure that His religion would never suffer the same fate as others that split into sects after the deaths of their Founders. In His Writings, He instructed all to turn to His eldest Son, 'Abdu'l-Baha, not only as the authorized interpreter of the Baha'i Writings but also as the perfect exemplar of the Faith's spirit and teachings.Following Baha'u'llah's passing, 'Abdu'l-Baha's extraordinary qualities of character, His knowledge and His service to humanity offered a vivid demonstration of Baha'u'llah's teachings in action, and brought great prestige to the rapidly expanding community throughout the world.'Abdu'l-Baha devoted His ministry to furthering His Father's Faith and to promoting the ideals of peace and unity. He encouraged the establishment of local Baha'i institutions, and guided nascent educational, social and economic initiatives. After His release from a lifetime of imprisonment, 'Abdu'l-Baha set out on a series of journeys which took Him to Egypt, Europe and North America. Throughout His life, He presented with brilliant simplicity, to high and low alike, Baha'u'llah's prescription for the spiritual and social renewal of society.