Spiritual transformation is the basis for lasting improvements in our lives and central in our approach to social change.
The world today is facing a series of unprecedented challenges. At the same time, we are also faced with tremendous opportunities
to work towards the common good and of creating peaceful and flourishing societies. To have a purposeful life, following good moral standards and
achieving cooperation amongst individuals and nations are all derived from the spiritual dimension of life.
Therefore, the same way as we improve and transform our material surroundings for the new year, we also need to focus on the development of our spiritual capacities. We need to reinforce our material achievements with spiritual perfections.
As stated in the Bahá'í Writings: “… the world of spirit needs new life, the world of mind necessitates new animus and development, the world of souls a new bounty, the world of morality a reformation, the world of divine effulgence ever new bestowals. …thoughts must be lofty and ideals uplifted in order that the world of humanity may become assisted in new conditions of reform. When this reformation affects every degree, then will come the very Day of the Lord of which all the prophets have spoken. That is the Day wherein the whole world will be regenerated.”
Solutions to global problems through spiritual principles
There are spiritual principles through which solutions can be found for global problems. Decency and integrity of individual and collective conduct; the solving of problems through the application of spiritual principles; the practice of consultation in a spirit of unity; and the belief in the oneness of humanity, for example.
Cultivation of a sense of spirituality - that mystic feeling which unites us with God - is essential for our spiritual well-being and
growth. We are all endowed with innate spiritual capacities, development of which is critical to human advancement. These capacities are capacities of the
soul; the human soul which is eternal. Spiritual growth is the process of developing our spiritual capacities. Considering that man's life on earth is a
preparation for the spiritual world to follow, as such the proper and full development of spiritual capacities should be the primary goal in our lives.