The Ruhi Institute conducts courses and educational programs for diverse age groups, from the tender age of 5 and 6 to adulthood. Provided below is a description of three of its current endeavors, together with a list of the materials used in each one. It should be noted that the lists will continue to undergo change as experience in the field advances, and new titles will be added as an increasing number of curricular elements under development reach the stage where they can be made widely available. Below are the current titles in the series designed by the Ruhi Institute for youth and adults. The books are intended to be used as the main sequence of courses in a systematic effort to enhance capacity for service. The sequence is conceived in terms of three cycles, each one concerned with the spiritual and moral empowerment of individuals from a particular perspective.
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Post a Comment. Reflections on the Baha'i Faith. This is a message I sent to the Baha'is in New Hampshire. It has to do with a service that Baha'is are rendering worldwide -- offering free moral education to young people. I have removed from it the names and contact information for individual Baha'is. The font is very large because this was requested by some readers who could not otherwise access the posting.
Dear friends throughout the New Hampshire Cluster. I've been asked to serve as the newsletter person for this cluster. And here's why I'm saying it this way. Personally, I think that when we say "We're doing a Ruhi Book," some of us have the impression that we're going to sit down through some lessons, and when we're done, presto, the masses will enter the Faith.
And it's taken me much too long to learn that the institute program isn't about "taking books. It's about work. Work that counts, work that is focused exactly where the House of Justice wants it focused. So that's how I'm looking at the new program that is being held at Green Acre.
Yes, we're going through Book 5 in the Ruhi Sequence. And through that, we're learning how to facilitate the junior youth books. If you haven't already seen them, these are some of the wonderful books the youth will be using. Those of you who have already received this training, please be patient with this latecomer as I explain that these spiritual empowerment programs for junior youth train them to think in new ways, to look at themselves as God looks at them- as powerful agents for growth, as artists and beautifiers, as promoters of standards of excellence in all they do.
In these deceptively simple lessons, we are training youth to be a part of the "spiritual solution" to civilization's problems by learning to seek God's confirmations in their lives, to analyze hope and despair, to distinguish between flattery and praise, and to strive for excellence. These kids learn to translate the principles of Baha'u'llah into direct action. Though Book 5 is based on the Baha'i Writings, these youth programs we will learn to facilitate, are not religious instruction.
The programs we will later set up, will be a safe haven for junior youth to come together and learn to work together to build a better and more beautiful world. They will apply the Baha'i principles which are really principles common to all faiths, brought by Baha'u'llah into world-mindedness and world action. And these are good, solid programs.
Baha'is who have studied intercultural education, and who have seen the results of these spiritual empowerment programs in the lives of youth, know that these are highly effective programs of the highest caliber, that reach young people where they live, and truly help to orient their souls and their deeds. These empowerment programs are better education than they receive elsewhere -- and we provide them free.
In these programs, the kids learn to recognize the difference between true beauty and the beauty that must die. They learn to conquer the forces in society that rob them of their true identity as noble human beings, and how to work together for the common good. Older youth are trained to serve junior youth as their true friends and wise advisors. In these days when kids are facing challenges none of us faced when we were young, when they are in great danger of being swept away; under the guiding hand of the House we are teaching these kids, and are ourselves learning, how to make a difference in the world.
We're not only "doing a Book 5. We're learning how to focus and animate youth, we're demonstrating that the Baha'i community is selflessly giving to the precious young. And while we're at it, we can compensate for the loss of these youth groups shut down in Iran. As you can read on page 9 of this One Country Newsletter , some Baha'is in Shiraz were brought to trial for a social-economic program in which they were serving sick children.
Part of the evidence against them was the Junior Youth book "Breezes of Confirmation" which this Book 5 trains us to facilitate. And since the government of Iran shut that one down in Shiraz, let's build up a thousand more. And then, Bani Dugal can let the government of Iran know about them, and eventually they'll learn that it's not wise to mess with the Baha'i Faith. And maybe, in the process, someone else will help your kids, or your grandkids.
Account after account, in which junior youth in countries all over the planet give voice to their thoughts as participants in the programme, testifies to the validity of this vision. There is every indication that the programme engages their expanding consciousness in an exploration of reality that helps them to analyse the constructive and destructive forces operating in society and to recognize the influence these forces exert on their thoughts and actions, sharpening their spiritual perception, enhancing their powers of expression and reinforcing moral structures that will serve them throughout their lives.
At an age when burgeoning intellectual, spiritual and physical powers become accessible to them, they are being given the tools needed to combat the forces that would rob them of their true identity as noble beings and to work for the common good. One of the titles Shoghi Effendi uses for Baha'u'llah is "the Inspirer and Founder of a world civilization. And that's what we Baha'is are best at.
Maybe you will be able to participate in this institute course, and if so, please contact [ Or if you've already taken the Book 5 course, maybe you'll feel moved to participate in one of the youth empowerment programs we already have going in this cluster; or to pray for the success of the neighborhood children's classes, and devotionals, and junior youth programs in our cluster; or to be an assistant in the classes; or to be a silent prayer partner accompanying a teacher; or to be a driver; or to help train children to dance and sing; or share this information with those friends who do not have internet access; or make home visits to families; or help translate for French speakers, or maybe even one of the African languages.
These programs are an excellent way for friends of the Faith, including non-Baha'i relatives who are supportive of the Faith, to find an avenue of service where it's really needed. To participate in these ways, or set up another institute course, please contact one of the members of the Area Teaching Committee [ Cease idly repeating the traditions of the past, for the day of service, of steadfast action, is come.
Now is the time to show forth the true signs of God, to rend asunder the veils of idle fancy, to promote the Word of God, and to sacrifice ourselves in His path. You can see photographs of some of these wonderful youth gatherings at this website.
These photographs were commissioned by the Universal House of Justice, and they demonstrate the wonderful spirit of this service the Baha'i community is giving to the world. Posted by Brent Poirier at PM. No comments:. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.
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The institute or training institute served the needs of the thousands who began entering the religion in areas where large-scale expansion was taking place. Such places needed a physical facility to which group after group of newly enrolled believers would be invited to attend courses that helped them deepen their knowledge of the principles of the Faith. Over the years, both in conjunction with and independent of these institutes, various courses —e. A key component of their work was founded on the basic tenet that the essence of humankind is spiritual and that helping individuals acquire spiritual attributes would lead to the advancement of civilization. Early participants provided feedback to the authors and then over several years the first official release of books took place. The current head of the religion, the Universal House of Justice , has noted the progress of the work since the early s. The goal of the Ruhi Institute courses is to "evoke a transformative learning experience through a learner-centered, experiential, and collaborative approach facilitated by a tutor rather than an instructor, a teacher, or an expert.