Ruhi does not represent the Baha’i Faith or Bahá’u’lláh

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Ruhi is not and does not represent the Baha’i Faith or Bahá’u’lláh, the Manifestation of God.

While Bahá’u’lláh taught unity of Faith, he never spoke of a singular teaching dogma such as Ruhi. Quite the contrary, Bahá’u’lláh advocated freedom of discussion and thought.

The principles of the strict uniform teaching method for the Baha’i Faith called Ruhi are based on the harsh instructional disciplines of Marxist liberation theology that has roots in the jungles of South America.  The teaching method was copied, adapted and espoused by Farzam Arbab, who started a personal business in Cali, Columbia – the Ruhi Institute – during the height of the cocaine activity in the area.  Arbab named his endeavor “Ruhi” after his father.


Farzam Arbab

Arbab – a man driven by the fundamentals of Marxism has been described as “ruthless,” “vicious,” and “vindictive” – subsequently managed to gain a seat on the Baha’i Universal House of Justice in Haifa. Once in a seat of power and influence, Arbab set about manipulating leadership and the fundamental foundations of the Baha’i Faith.

The Marxist-rooted influence of Arbab is a dark force, a test, a momentary challenge that the Baha’i Faith must overcome … and it will.

At a time of low growth and poor community development in the Baha’i Faith some years ago, Arbab claimed his Ruhi style of systematic training and group study would attract massive numbers of new followers.

Ruhi has been at the core of Arbab’s agenda to remold the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh, the current day Manifestation of God. Arbab claimed the uniform Ruhi teaching program would bring “armies” of new followers to the Baha’i Faith. In reality, Ruhi has been a failure that has created financial hardship on Baha’i administrations around the world and resulted in a loss of members. There is no growth.

Using tactics that have often been called “strong arm” and through threat, backbiting, intimidation and harsh punishments, Arbab forced through his “vision.” He claimed the Ruhi program was “proven” (untrue), had been thoroughly vetted by academics and research (untrue), and would result in many more members of the Faith (untrue).  It was all a con-job by Arbab. Nevertheless, anyone who stood in his way – from fellow House of Justice members to Baha’i leaders around the world – have been punished, ostracized and dismissed. He gained so much power that no one was allowed to stand in Arbab’s maniacal ways.


Under Arbab’s regime, National Spiritual Assemblies worldwide have been bullied.  Good leaders treated rudely and forced out.  Arbab has populated the “institution” with cronies and family members.


Paul Lample

More is being written about the depth of inaccurate and misinformation in the series of Ruhi books.  Sacred quotes by Bahá’u’lláh and his eldest son `Abdu’l-Bahá‘ – Center of the Cause – have been erroneous or taken out of context.  Shoghi Effendi, Guardian of the Faith, has all but been written out of Ruhi.

The reality of Ruhi is clear failure. The Baha’i Faith under Arbab and Ruhi has been in a state of precipitous decline in members and participation worldwide. Ruhi has not attracted new members but rather has driven many Baha’is away from the religion.  The damage has been severe.

The private organization behind Ruhi – Palabra Publications in West Palm Beach, Florida – casts a shadow of conflict of interest and lack of ethical behavior by Palabra’s three owners – Arbab; Paul Lample, Arbab’s partner, minion and fellow Baha’i Universal House of Justice member; and Cap Cornwell, owner of a painting company in Palm Beach, Florida.


        Cap Cornwell

While Arbab and Lample have assured Baha’is that Palabra Publishing is a not-for-profit organization, it is privately owned and not registered with the state of Florida. While no public records are available, Palabra Publications apparently has generated a fortune for Arbab, Lample and Cornwell by being the sole-source for all Ruhi teaching materials.  Ruhi has made them rich.

Cap Cornwell’s Advanced Painting building in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Palabra is located within Cornwell’s paint company at 7369 Westport Place, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Arbab, who has spoken of his contempt for the United States and the American people, lives in communist China although he visits West Palm Beach, Florida, to monitor his Ruhi business endeavors.  His influence over the Bahá’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel, remains so great that he is afforded a permanent office suite, unprecedented for a former member of the House of Justice.

It’s okay for members of the Baha’i Faith and who believe that Bahá’u’lláh is the Manifestation of God to speak out, discuss and shed fear of reprisal. We must adhere to unity and embrace the Faith of God, the Baha’i Faith.  But, we must not accept or condone bullying.  Fear is a weapon of a destructive force.

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