Indeed brother, indeedIt is also true that many of these activities and institutions predated Ruhi by many decades.
We are talking here about God.I would take a course if I had the time, and felt that the course would provide a learning opportunity. I would do this regardless of my personal opinion about the teacher, if I felt that the coursework materials and dialogue with other students would be valuable.
Yes, money. If nothing else, one has to pay for the gas to drive to a meeting.Money?
Key here is that you wanted to join, you saw value in it.When I joined the Army National Guard back in 1978 and went to Basic Training, I was amazed at how basic the training was.
Just like drafted soldiers make peace with their unfortunate situation and cooperate, because otherwise, they get shot.Worldwide, humanity is not any higher than somewhere around that level, and the Ruhi 1 Course was created with that in mind, which makes it seem very elementary and redundant for people much above say, a 4th grade reading level. Nevertheless, it serves a fundamental purpose both for instruction and interaction. It works, establishes common understanding, does NOT restrain or inhibit independent thought and personal comprehension. On the contrary, it has the effect of causing people to look at the Writings with their own eyes and express themselves. This is the purpose and goal of the facilitator - to overcome inertia, hand people the tools, and let them build whatever understanding they themselves can do.
Perhaps you can direct me to some more reading that demonstrates that the Ruhi Institute IS the definition of what is and what is not Baha'i community life, so I can deepen my understanding of the directives of the Universal House of Justice.Indeed brother, indeed
The Ruhi Institute has simply formalised what is, and what is not, Baha'i community life, and made it accessible to all.
Another aspect of community life which predates Ruhi was the mass exodus of Baha'i declarations seen in many countries in the 70's and 80's with zero consolidation work.
If you want to know the core of the Baha'i Faith and not just opinions about it, I can recommend starting with a personal reading of the Writings of Baha'u'llah and Abdu'l-Baha.I have a 3-hour drive to the closest Baha'i meeting. I'm not going to drive that far for mere opinions.
When I say that I will not satisfy myself with mere opinions I mean that I expect that the people who are making various claims on the topic "God" will actually stand behind them, with their persons.If you want to know the core of the Baha'i Faith and not just opinions about it, I can recommend starting with a personal reading of the Writings of Baha'u'llah and Abdu'l-Baha.I have a 3-hour drive to the closest Baha'i meeting. I'm not going to drive that far for mere opinions.
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actually proves herself to be omniscient, because being omniscient is what it takes to know how God works.Let me share with you a historical FACT, not an opinion, but a fact.
This is the way God works whether you like it or not, take it or leave it, there is nothing anyone in this forum can change about this fact.
Hi Matthew,Perhaps you can direct me to some more reading that demonstrates that the Ruhi Institute IS the definition of what is and what is not Baha'i community life, so I can deepen my understanding of the directives of the Universal House of Justice.
That would be greatly appreciated.
Certainly Ruhi has provided a valuable framework for deepening and consolidation of new believers and an avenue of service. At the same time, there are some Baha'is who do not care for Ruhi and find that approach to deepening is not their cup of tea.
"What the friends throughout the world are now being asked to do is to commit themselves, their material resources, their abilities and their time to the development of a network of training institutes on a scale never before attempted."
(Ridván 153 message to the Bahá'ís of the World)
"The programmes of the institutes must be designed to instil in the participants a good understanding of the fundamental verities of the Faith and to help them acquire skills and abilities that will enable them to serve the Faith effectively."
(Ridván 153 message to the Bahá'ís of Africa)
If the history of how the training institute is the fundamental institute for moulding Baha'i community life is something you may be interested in I would recommend the book "Turning Point" (by Palabra Publications).Over the years, in conjunction with these institutes, and often independent of them, a number of courses...were developed for the purpose of helping the friends gain an understanding of the fundamental verities
of the Faith and arise to serve it. These efforts have contributed significantly to the enriching of the spiritual life of the believers and will undoubtedly continue in the future.
Universal House of Justice Dec 26 1995