- Aug 2018
Those are great points. As well I always saw them to be valuable deepening tools, especially for people who have recently become Bahá'ís in the case of the first few books. I like my personal method of deepening but I would benefit as well from some variant off the Ruhi Books. That is, I go back to the thought that seminar forum like that of St John's College would be awesome.One comment about the Ruhi courses-- those of us who are long-time Baha's should not think of them primarily as a resource for us to learn about the Teachings then judge them based on how many new things we learned from them. Rather, we should look at them as an opportunity to learn how to explain the Teachings to others in concise and clear terms, and therefore be more effective teachers. Inevitably we will see new things in the Writing we never noticed before, and will learn from others who are studying with us. But the focus should be on how we can better serve. Just my opinion!
Since it has been a long time since I looked at a Ruhi book and I never was in a study group I'm wholly unqualified to be rendering opinions. So I'll just keep on making these comments from the peanut gallery. Oh and sorry, I should have read more carefully. You specified, "those of us who are long-time Baha's...". So my point is yet more like the Peanut Gallery :-D