Prayer Advice?

Aug 2017
75
USA
#1
I’ve been trying to establish a prayer life that I feel called to. What I think I’m trying to do is have it be disciplined but not legalistic, be the focus on my life but not an exercise in pridefulness. It’s a tall order.
At minimum, we can say one short prayer, do 95 recitations, and read the Writings twice a day. What about expanding from that?
There's also the question of which prayers or how to pray. As Bahai's we have so many choices within our tradition as well as being able to draw from other traditions.
How do you pray?
 
Sep 2017
300
Earth
#2
Reading the writings and meditating on them, try and dig and find the hidden pearls hidden inside .. imagine what benefit they can bring you and others if you find them..
 
Aug 2017
75
USA
#3
Reading the writings and meditating on them, try and dig and find the hidden pearls hidden inside .. imagine what benefit they can bring you and others if you find them..
It's definitely true the Writings have many layers. I listened to the Tablet of Fire this morning.
 
Aug 2017
75
USA
#5
Will give it a listen now .. hope you are well mate, I can see you declared as a bahai, may gods good wishes be with you.
I am doing well! I'm hoping to get more actuve with local Baha'i group.
I've been talking about posting more regularly here and starting a blog too. We need a stronger pro-Bahai presence on this form and in general online. Any ideas on what to post/blog about? I'm making my way thru the Writings.
 
Sep 2017
300
Earth
#6
Im with you on that bud. Im thinking of starting a youtube channel about the bahai faith.. definatley need to be more active us guys in all areas in all ways.. Definatley get in touch with the community.. the 19 day feasts are oblig.
 
Oct 2017
45
Zanesville, Ohio
#7
I’ve been trying to establish a prayer life that I feel called to. What I think I’m trying to do is have it be disciplined but not legalistic, be the focus on my life but not an exercise in pridefulness. It’s a tall order.
At minimum, we can say one short prayer, do 95 recitations, and read the Writings twice a day. What about expanding from that?
There's also the question of which prayers or how to pray. As Bahai's we have so many choices within our tradition as well as being able to draw from other traditions.
How do you pray?
In my 50 years as a believer, it has been noted that "quality" goes beyond quantity. In this is meant the sincerity of the believer, hence, ones own quality of devotion. Likewise, prayer and meditation go hand in hand. One affects the other, as both affect the life of the believer.

A great book printed in the U.K after recommendations by the Baha'i Review Panel of the U.K. is "The Divine Art of Meditation" by Farnaz Masumian.
 
Oct 2014
1,762
Stockholm
#8
To tell you the truth, all that religious stuff has been hard for me to take in. After some 40-odd years as a Bahá'í, I find myself relatively happily settled with saying the short obligatory prayer and the 95 repetitions of the Gratest Name, feeling that this habit allows me to stay tuned in, relatively detached from the world.
 
Sep 2018
20
usa
#9
i say the short obligatory prayer once a day, when i get a chance. currently reading the Quran at my brakes at work, on my phone. sometimes i take a break from Quran and read a bahai book.
 
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Oct 2014
1,762
Stockholm
#10
I could add that I very seldom read a special prayer for a particular purpose. My experience is that if you stay tuned in, you automatically find the right way. Saying fervent prayers for a special purpose often leads to obsession with that purpose.

And, after all, one is just a

gnat
 
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