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Mike Shreve was a teacher of yoga at four universities. (The portrait above was drawn by one of his students in 1970.) Then a spiritual rebirth brought him into a real relationship with God and drastically changed his heart, his life and his belief system.  Read his story here.

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This faith grew out of Babism, which itself developed as an offshoot of the Shiite sect of the Muslim faith. On May 23, 1844, Siyyid Mírzá `Alí-Muhammad began to proclaim in the land of Persia the fundamentals of his theology. He became known as the Bab (a Persian term meaning "the Gate"ť) because he was revered as a "gate" of true revelation. He announced that various prophets of the past were divine Manifestations and that he was a Prophet and a Manifestation of God. He claimed greatness equal to Mohammed, yet identified himself only as a forerunner of an even greater Manifestation of God destined to emerge nineteen years later. A strong advocate of monogamy, the Bab preached against the polygamy so prevalent in the society of his day. Though greatly persecuted, this sect survived. In 1863 a disciple of the Bab named Mírzá ?usayn-`Alí Núrí declared that he was the "Manifestation" foretold by the Bab. He took the name Bahá'u'lláh (which means "the glory of God"ť).

Bahá'í­s believe strongly in the oneness of the human race and the establishment of a universal religion for all. It has no official priesthood and no system of sacraments in its belief system. There is no preaching in Bahá'í­ temples, simply the reciting of scriptures from the sacred texts of all religions. Especially in its beginning years, members of this faith suffered severe persecution.

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