What Baha'is do
Welcome to Devotionals
Baha’is across the face of the earth pray and worship God
What are devotionals and why are they important?
Participating in devotionals that bring people together helps you create and fashion a new pattern of life that is distinguished in your city because of its unifying character. It is simply to pray together. To worship God in different settings and be united in prayer.
The welcoming spirit of the Devotional is a spirit of peace wherein, for example, individuals may ask for prayers for a specific reason such as healing, or for any reason. There is no rigid format, simply praying together for the love of God, and for the protection of our families and the citizens of our city.
Imagine a world where people of all races and all religions regularly gather together to pray? There may not be people of all races in your community, or even of different religions. You get the picture. Because God wants unity.
Devotionals are open to people of all religions, and even to people who are not religious but are curious about the nature of prayer and worship. So there is no format or rituals for how prayers are to be voiced. Many Christians spontaneously pray from their hearts. Just as Christians pray the Lord’s Prayer, Baha’is are accustomed to praying while using their choice of the hundreds of prayers revealed in the sacred scripture of the Baha’i faith.
Believing in God and Setting an example by praying together
Service Activities Of Community Life
If you want to join others to serve the children and youth in your neighborhood, for example, you're welcome to participate in the Study Circles. The materials discussed in the Study Circles are taken from the writings of the Baha'i faith. This is necessary because the Baha'i faith sees humankind as a whole wherein if any part of the whole is not equally treasured and helped to advance the local community and society in general will suffer.
In every case, reflecting together in Study Circles on various aspects of the Baha'i writings that apply to human potential and development, for example, increases both the capacity for service and the joy that comes from selfless service. The important thing is local communities improve from Study Circles.
Devotionals are open to people of all religions, and even to people who are not religious but are curious about the nature of prayer and worship. So there is no format for how prayers are to be voiced. Many Christians spontaneously pray from their hearts. Just as Christians pray the Lord's Prayer, Baha'is are accustomed to pray the prayers revealed in the sacred scripture of the Baha'i faith.
The welcoming spirit of the Devotionals is a spirit of peace wherein individuals may ask for prayer for a specific reason such as healing, or for any reason they require. There is no rigid format, simply praying together for the love of God.
Everyone with an open mind can see that we live in a new age, wherein, for example, men and women are equal, mankind is one, and the world is one country as seen from space. Therefore there is a desperate need to impart the consciousness of oneness to girls and boys so they can be leaders in this new age, and share their vision.
Therefore the materials used in the Children's Classes are inspired by the Baha'i writings. For example, in a coloring book for children the images show children of different races playing together and may have a phrase associated with a belief taught in the sacred scripture of the Baha'i faith.
In no case is anything done in children's classes to make any child feel less than another. In fact, quite the opposite. Baha'is are taught to be the dust beneath the feet of the peoples of the world and not to denigrate others, or exalt themselves in anyway above others, and, of course, that includes children.
The people who are participating with the Baha’is in the Study Circles in your city are at the grass roots and know what the community needs in order to thrive. Also since the other aspects of the core activities are an essential part an integrative process, in most cases, the system itself can provide the manpower needed to actualize and continue the service projects for as long as necessary because youth are being empowered with the spirit of service.
While the themes explored in the Jr Youth Spiritual Empowerment program are seen from a Baha'i perspective, they are not religious instructions as such. In fact, quite the opposite. Instead they focus on helping youth develop a strong moral identify that empowers them to live up to their determination to serve their communities. The inherent potential of youth is to transform themselves and society and thus contribute to the advancement of civilization. The reason Jr. Youth enjoy the Spiritual Empowerment program is they're at the center of every activity, and they are empowered to express, discover and develop their inherent potential.
"That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith."
Audio. That which the Lord hath ordained
There is only One God the Creator of Heaven and Earth. None of the manifestations or prophets are God.
The human race is one family. All people are equal in the sight of God. Slavery, war, and cruelty are forbidden.
Baha’u’llah is the only messenger, prophet, or Manifestation of God to state men and women are equal.
Science without religion becomes destructive and religion without science produces ignorance and superstition.
Prejudice is a disease. It produces people who don’t think for themselves and default to their weaknesses.
Humanity cannot advance without universal education because education of boys and girls advances civilization.
Politics divides people and disobedience to government leads to anarchy, destruction, and oppression.
People prize freedom over oppression but it can never be achieved without independent investigation of truth.
Given universal education and striving for world peace will inspire the rich to share more wealth of their own volition.