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Bahá'í Study Circles
The purpose of Bahá'í study circles is to provide participants with the knowledge, spiritual insights and skills to enable them to contribute to the betterment of society, starting with their own neighborhood. This is done through systematic study of a sequence of courses based on the Bahá'í Writings using the courses of the Ruhi Institute, which is the most common curriculum used in study circles.
The Ruhi Institute's main sequence of courses aims, in its entirety, at achieving three overall objectives: providing insights into spiritual matters, imparting knowledge about the Bahá'í Faith, and helping to develop specific acts of service.
If you would like to join our study circles, please contact us. Schedules of ongoing study circles will be posted on this page soon.
There are currently seven books in the Institute's main sequence of courses:
- Book 1: Reflections on the Life of the Spirit
- Book 2: Arising to Serve
- Book 3: Teaching Children's Classes, Grade 1
- Book 4: The Twin Manifestations
- Book 5: Releasing the Powers of Junior Youth
- Book 6: Teaching the Cause
- Book 7: Walking Together on a Path of Service
The first book in the sequence of courses is largely concerned with the question of identity. What is the real identity of the "I" in the sentence "I walk a path of service"? A group of people progressing through this book develops their capacity to read and reflect on the Bahá'í Writings, to study prayers, and to shape a pattern of life known for its devotional character.
Book 2 of the main sequence explores the nature of a path of service and the manner in which it is to be trodden. An essential feature of community life is unity and fellowship. Participants think about the joy of service, teaching the Faith, and acquire the skills and abilities, knowledge and qualities, needed to enter into conversations with others that are uplifting to the mind and spirit.
The second act of service addressed by the Institute is in the area of the spiritual education of children. The education of children is essential to the transformation of society. Book 3 focuses on some of the knowledge, skills and qualities necessary for those wishing to enter this important field of service. Participants learn to foster the development of spiritual qualities in small children with love and discipline.
Book 4 in the main sequence returns to the question of identity, the "I" in the statement "I walk a path of service". History shapes much of the identity of individuals, as well as entire peoples. The second and third units in the book are dedicated to the study of the life history of Bahá'u'lláh, the Author of the Bahá'í Faith, and His Forerunner, the Báb. Seeing clearly the elements that characterize the past enables individuals to contribute more effectively to shaping the future.
According to the Bahá'í teachings, an individual reaches the age of maturity at 15, when spiritual and moral obligations become binding. The years immediately before this age, then, take on special significance. This is the time when fundamental concepts about individual and collective life are formulated in the mind of an adolescent struggling to leave behind the habits of childhood. Youth between the ages of 12 to 15 have much to say, and whoever treats them as children misses the opportunity to help them form a proper identity. Book 5 focuses on some of the concepts, skills, qualities, and attitudes that experience has shown are required by those wishing to implement a program for the spiritual empowerment of junior youth.
People from every walk of life are welcome to explore the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh and learn how they can apply them to better their lives. All Bahá'ís, then, share liberally and unconditionally the teachings and precepts of their Faith. Although the propagation of Bahá'u'lláh's message is one of the most essential services to be rendered, teaching is also a state of being—a state of being in which one is constantly sharing with others that which one has been so bountifully blessed.
Book 7 is dedicated to an act of service crucial to the functioning of the Ruhi Institute itself, namely, helping a group of individuals go through the initial six courses in the sequence. That individuals accompany one another on a path of service to their communities is central to the process of capacity building set in motion by the courses. Participants study the spiritual dynamics of advancing along a path of service, examine some of the concepts, attitudes, skills and abilities needed to accompany a group a friends on this path, and consider the role of the arts in the activity of a study circle.