Study is teaching -- oneself. Education is the teaching of others. Baha'u'llah describes teaching as this spectrum from teaching oneself to teaching others. He goes as far as making self-teaching the "first obligation" and a proof of the sincerity of the teacher. Although education typically extends over three spheres: the body, the mind and the spirit, yet the education of the spirit has to be the foundation. What is materialism if it is not an inversion of this principle? In the Kingdom of God, the first shall be last.
Self-teaching is deemed the 'first obligation' in the Bahá'í Faith to ensure teachers are sincere and well-grounded in the spiritual principles they impart, embodying the learning they espouse.
Materialism prioritizes the physical over spiritual education, an inversion of Bahá'í tenets which hold the cultivation of the soul as the foundation of true learning.
Within Bahá'í education, spirituality is central; it strengthens the inner virtues, infusing teachings with ethical significance beyond mere intellectual attainment.
Bahá'í education nurtures the triad of body, mind, and spirit, with the education of the spirit providing the essential core for a balanced and holistic development.
In Bahá'í pedagogy, the teacher's sincerity ensures educational authenticity and efficacy, connecting learners with the profound truths of the teachings.
The spirit's education is prioritized in the Bahá'í Faith to shape noble characters and foster enlightenment that transcends material existence.
Self-teaching and the education of others in the Bahá'í context are interdependent, creating a continuous cycle of learning and teaching that propels spiritual progress.
Bahá'í educational methods transcend materialism by emphasizing the primacy of spiritual values and virtues in the lifelong quest for knowledge and wisdom.