Abdu'l-Baha's Divine plan leaves no doubt that the purpose of teaching is not merely to increase the number of believers, but to increase the quality of the believers. Teaching must be a transformative educational activity or there will be "no result whatsoever." Teaching, in this context, generally refers to the process of electrifying the soul, of transforming the human spirit with a new and broader vision of God's purpose in the world -- a vision which is so captivating and compelling that it cannot be separated from action. Thus "faith" is defined as "first, conscious knowledge". What is conscious knowledge if is not an understanding so profound that it results in immediate, direct, spiritual action?
The quality of a Bahá'í believer is defined by a profound understanding of the Faith that inspires transformative action and contributes to personal and community growth, reflecting the principles and teachings of the Bahá'í Faith.
Conscious knowledge in the Bahá'í context refers to a deep, reflective understanding of spiritual truths that naturally compels one to act and serve, demonstrating the transformative power of true learning and faith.
Transformation is central to Bahá'í education, aiming to electrify the soul and empower individuals with a vision of their purpose in harmony with God’s plan, promoting a profound change in character and conduct.
Spiritual action is the natural outcome of conscious knowledge; it is the demonstration of faith in practice, signifying that teaching in the Bahá'í Faith is not just informational but deeply transformational.
Bahá'í teaching should emphasize the development of virtues, deepening one's understanding of the Writings, and applying them in daily life, ensuring that the increase in believers is accompanied by spiritual maturity.
Quantitative growth, while important, must be balanced with qualitative development; large numbers of believers without a corresponding increase in understanding and action would not fulfill the true educational goals of the Bahá'í Faith.
In Bahá'í teaching, action reflects faith through the embodiment of spiritual principles and teachings in one's daily life, bridging the gap between knowledge and practice for the betterment of society.
Indicators of quality in Bahá'í teaching include the depth of one's understanding of the Faith's principles, the practice of these in personal conduct, and the ability to relate spiritual concepts to real-world situations.