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…it’s been a while! Here’s what’s new…

The entire world has been shaken down this year mainly due to the Covid19 pandemic but also through numerous national and international challenges that have presented themselves.

During the lockdown back in March we were thinking of what we could do from behind our computers to provide solace, comfort and hope to whoever we could reach. So, we started a weekly devotional where we share quotes of the Baha’i Faith with everyone who’d like to participate and we connect with each other every Friday at 17.30 Zürich time.

The Meetup group is called ” Prayer and deepening on spiritual topics” and so far we are only a small group, but it is fantastic. We usually start with a song (we mostly use the ones on YouTube uploaded by Baha’i Blog) and then between 4-6 readings. The conversations are so rich! Having people from all over the world, with so many background stories, experience and perspective makes these meetings truly enjoyable and enlightening.

We will start sharing the PDF documents with you all so you can use them freely if you wish. Today I am uploading here the 1st one. The quotations do not have the entire reference (only the Author) but you can easily find them at http://www.reference.bahai.org

Hope this can be useful to you!
LOVE, A


Shoghi Effendi writes about PRAYER. The Guardian of the Baha’i Faith (March 1, 1897 – November 4, 1957)

In honour of our Beloved Guardian -who passed away today- Shoghi Effendi, who was the great-grandson of Baha’u’llah wrote many, many books and letters to believers to explain and clarify certain questions and doubts about the Writings of His Great-Grandfather and Grandfather (‘Abdu’l-Baha). One of the many amazing things written, that has been attributed to Shoghi Effendi was what we know as the Dynamics of Prayer which describes the process of decision-making when using prayer as a tool. So here it goes from the book Compilations, Principles of Bahá’í Administration, p. 90:

1st: Pray and meditate about it. Use the prayers of the Manifestations of God as they have the greatest power. Then remain in the silence of contemplation for a few minutes.

2nd: Arrive at a decision and hold this. This decision is usually born during the contemplation. It may seem almost impossible of accomplishment but if it seems to be as answer to a prayer or a way of solving the problem, then immediately take the next step.

3rd: Have determination to carry the decision through. Many fail here. The decision, budding into determination, is blighted and instead becomes a wish or a vague longing. When determination is born, immediately take the next step.

4th: Have faith and confidence that the power will flow through you, the right way will appear, the door will open, the right thought, the right message, the right principle or the right book will be given you. Have confidence, and the right thing will come to your need. Then, as you rise from prayer, take at once the fifth step.

5th: Then, he said, lastly, ACT; act as though it had all been answered. Then act with tireless, ceaseless energy. And as you act, you, yourself, will become a magnet, which will attract more power to your being, until you become an unobstructed channel for the Divine power to flow through you. Many pray but do not remain for the last half of the first step. Some who meditate arrive at a decision, but fail to hold it. Few have the determination to carry the decision through, still fewer have the confidence that the right thing will come to their need. But how many remember to act as though it had all been answered?

How true are those words – “Greater than the prayer is the spirit in which it is uttered” and greater than the way it is uttered is the spirit in which it is carried out.


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