Baha’is believe in the power of prayer and you’ll find Baha’is and their friends, throughout the world, getting together to pray. This is often referred to as a ‘devotional gathering’ or ‘devotional meeting’, and they happen in diverse settings, whether in cities or villages.
A study circle is a small group that meets to study the course materials from the Ruhi Institute. This collection contains resources related to study circles, as well as resources to assist anyone with deepening their understanding of the Baha’i Writings.
As most of you already know, Bahá’ís and their friends around the world participate in what is known as study circles, and these study circles use a sequence of books which are mainly based on the Bahá’í Writings, and they were developed by the Ruhi Institute in Colombia, so the books are often referred to as Ruhi books.
I often get asked by a lot of friends about different ideas or resources they can use for their study circle, and there’s no doubt that there are a bunch of great initiatives and resources out there for us all to use.
Using different ideas and accompanying resources is encouraged, and it’s a great way to enhance the study circle experience and really bring the Ruhi books to life, so I thought it would be a good idea to share five of them with you so you can benefit from them too.
The name says it all! This fantastic site has been around for the last 10 years and it’s packed with all things related to the Ruhi books. So if you’re in a study circle and looking for things related to a certain Ruhi book – no problem – just jump straight to the book tab to find out what music, course outlines and other materials are available for that particular book. There’s a ton of great material here so definitely pay the site a visit!
What began as a Ruhi study circle of Pacific Islanders in Sydney, Australia, resulted in the wonderful service project and formation of the group called “MANA”. So far the group has produced 4 albums, each based on the quotations and passages found in Ruhi books 1 – 4, and their catchy Pacific rhythms and tunes make the memorization of the Ruhi quotes easy and fun! They are about to release a new album based on Ruhi book 6 as well, so keep an eye out for that too!
This nifty little iPhone app will help you memorize your Ruhi book quotes in a jiffy. The app helps you memorize by using a word omission tool, and not only does it include quotes from other religions, but it also lets you add your own quotes as well. The app is also available for the iPad, and in both online and desktop versions as well, so check it out.
This awesome site is packed with great ideas and activities dedicated to the role of the use of the arts, and it’s a great place to learn how to make crafts for your study circle! Want to learn how to make a rotating booklet or a woven star? This site lists the materials you’re going to need and takes you through the steps of making the actual craft, so get your colored paper an scissors ready!
This should be an obvious one, but I think it often gets overlooked. The official Ruhi Institute website offers some great reference materials like songs and videos, and it directs you to other resource links which are great for your study circle. It’s also a great place to send your new participants and friends who may be thinking about joining a study circle, as it explains what study circles are all about beautifully.
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.