Ruhi Book 9
Gaining an historical perspective is the focus of the ninth course of the Ruhi Institute.
Unit 1: The Eternal Covenant
The Eternal Covenant is the major theme explored in Unit 1. Participants explore such concepts as God as unknowable essence; developing the attributes of God and spiritual powers; spiritual faculties; the love of God as the source of all creation; the infinitude of God's grace; the need for spiritual thirst; the all-pervasive knowledge of God; the powerlessness of human beings relative to God; the Greatest Name of God; and progressive revelation as explained in the Kitáb-i-Iqán.
Unit 2: Passage to Maturity
The impact of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation on the collective life of humanity is the major theme explored in Unit 2. In exploring this theme, participants reflect on the role our community has to play in advancing the stupendous civilization He has envisaged.
Unit 3: A Sacred Enterprise
In Unit 3 participants systematically examine key concepts informing the approach to societal transformation being taken by a community committed to social change but refusing to engage in violence and political revolution, civil disobedience, and sedition. They explore such topics as a Bahá’í view of history; reconceptualisation of power; the Baha’i community’s involvement in society at large; engagement in political activity; endeavours as manifestations of love; the necessary posture towards the guidance of the Universal House of Justice; use of scientific method; thinking in terms of process; capacity building in the three protagonists of society; accompaniment; continuity of action; the importance of focus; integration and coherence; building unity; and the Major Plan of God.
The capacities built include the ability to understand the eternal relationships between the realm of God, the realm of the Manifestations of God, and the realm of creation.
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