The Bahá'í teachings prescribe daily prayer and intimate communion with God as the foundation for a life devoted to spiritual advancement and service to humanity.
All are welcome to participate in building a vibrant community life in their neighbourhoods by hosting or attending regular devotional gatherings. These gatherings are held in hundreds of places across the country in diverse settings such as homes, local community centers and other public venues.
The heart of a devotional meeting is the sharing of prayers and passages from Holy Scriptures, but beyond this there is no set form. Devotional meetings are a chance for us to learn how to create an uplifting, spiritual atmosphere. This often involves music and the arts. The key is to help clear our minds from the anxieties of our daily lives and to meditate on our higher purpose.
Anyone can hold a devotional meeting
And most importantly, these devotional meetings can be held by anyone, either by hosting one in your own home, or helping to host a meeting elsewhere. The Bahá’í teachings seek to empower us to create an uplifting and spiritual atmosphere in our own communities.
You are welcome to join a devotional meetings near you, and to simply sit, meditate and enjoy the atmosphere, or to play a more active role in hosting or organizing one.
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“Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men.”— Baha'u'llah