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Book Two – Arising to Serve

Under ‘To the Collaborators’: “The units of the Ruhi Institute aim, in their entirety, at achieving three over all objectives: Providing insights into spiritual matters, imparting knowledge about the Faith, and helping to develop skills for specific acts of service.”

Book 2 is largely concerned with skills and abilities for specific acts of service.”

The basic concept underlying all the units of the Ruhi Institute, irrespective of the particular emphasis of each, is that of ‘walking a path of service’.”

Those who enter the program of the Institute set out on a path of personal spiritual growth and service of others.”

This path necessarily begins with very simple acts of service, which then grow in complexity as the capacities of the participants increase.”

The first act of service is introduced in the second unit of this book, ‘Deepening Theme’, which is designed to help the students develop the capability of making periodic visits to the homes of newly enrolled believers and sharing with them a number of themes.”



Practices

It is important to note that the knowledge they are acquiring is gained in the context of sharing it with others.”

It is hoped that this will set the stage for a life in which personal growth and service to others are seen as an integrated whole, and not as separate and sometimes conflicting ends.”

Of course, in order to develop the necessary skills and abilities, it is not enough for the participants to simply study the themes in this unit and complete the corresponding exercises.”

Opportunities need to be created for them to put the skills they are acquiring into practice.”

What would be most desirable is for them to visit, either in groups or individually in the company of more experienced friends, the homes of nearby families for this purpose.”

Under ‘The Joy of Teaching’:

To understand that the joy of teaching is in the very act in sharing with others the Word of God, independent of immediate results.”

Under ‘Deepening Themes’:

To develop the capability of making periodic visits to the homes of newly enrolled believers and sharing with them a number of deepening themes.”

Visit a few families and study with them at least the first three themes presented in this unit.”

Under ‘Introducing Bahá’í’ Beliefs’:

To acquire the ability to introduce Baha’i’ ideas into a conversation.”


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