What Bahá’ís Do
Inspired by the teachings of Baha'u'llah and the guidance of the Baha'i institutions, Baha'is of Sri Lanka follow a systematic pattern of human resource development in a seamless fashion building capacities of individuals from different age groups and different walks of life to enable them to lead a life of service to the society. The experience and learning of the Baha'is of Sri Lanka, credence to the fact that human beings are born noble and that it is the word of God which is endowed with that regenerative power- understanding of which helps one to engage in an enduring path of spiritual and social transformation. The activities that drive this process are:
Members of the Bahá’í Community are working together with their neighbours and friends to promote and contribute to the well-being and progress of society. Whether it may be in urban centres and rural villages, in homes and schools’ individuals are participating in a dynamic pattern of life, taking part in activities, which are, at once, spiritual, social and educational. These activities include Participatory Group Study, The Spiritual Education of Children, Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment and Devotional Gatherings. All of which, offer opportunities to study and reflect upon spiritual topics, provide personal and social transformation, seek to develop essential virtues such as truthfulness, trustworthiness, honesty and sharpens their spiritual perception, whilst enhancing the powers of expression.
The education of each child is compulsory. In addition to this wide-spread education each child must be taught a profession, art, or trade, so that every member of the community will be enabled to earn his own livelihood. Work done in the spirit of service is the highest form of worship. - ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, on Divine Philosophy,p. 83-
The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (JYSEP) is a global movement and is program that is open to all young people aged between 12 and 15. This is a crucial period of a junior youth’s life as they leave childhood behind and undergoes profound change.
A study circle is intended to develop the spiritual skills of the participants as a way to enrich one’s own spiritual life and to be of service to humanity. All individuals participating are seen as active agents of their own learning, and tutors strive to create an atmosphere that encourages individuals to assume ownership for the educational process.
Community Building Activities
The Baha’is host devotional gatherings at homes and community centers to take advantage of such benefits through prayer and the reading together of the Bahá'í Writings and from other Holy Scriptures to create an environment of unity and harmony. There are no rituals; no one individual has any special role. A spirit of communal worship is generated by these simple gatherings.
Globally, The Nineteen Day Feast may possibly assume different outward forms. However, the core program, which includes the reading of prayers, a portion devoted to sharing news and consulting on community affairs, and a portion for socializing is a consistent factor kept in all communities.
“The beloved Guardian made it absolutely clear that the command to cease work during the nine Holy Days is a matter for conscientious obedience by every individual believer. In the case of businesses and other undertakings entirely even though non Bahá’ís may be members of their staffs.” - Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 301
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