Book 1 Reflections on the Life of the Spirit

The first book in the sequence of courses is largely concerned with the question of identity. What is the real identity of the “I” in the sentence “I walk a path of service”? Three aspects of identity from a Bahá’í perspective are explored in the book: “The reality of my existence is my soul which passes through this world to acquire the attributes it needs for an eternal and glorious journey towards God. 

My most cherished moments are those spent in communion with God, for prayer is the daily nourishment that my soul must receive if it is to accomplish its exalted purpose. One of my principal concerns in this life is to study the writings of Bahá’u’lláh, strive to increase my understanding of His teachings, and learn to apply them to my own daily life and to the life of the community.” 

The book consists of the units “Understanding the Bahá’í Writings”, “Prayer”, and “Life and Death”.

   Overview of Book 1


     Book 1 Quotations

       19 Quotes to memorize from Section 1 Understanding the Baha'i Writings

    Use of Music to Memorize 

What began as a Ruhi study circle of Pacific Islanders in Sydney, Australia, resulted in the wonderful service project and formation of the group called “MANA”. So far the group has produced 5 albums, each based on the quotations and passages found in Ruhi books 1 – 4, and their catchy Pacific rhythms and tunes make the memorization of the Ruhi quotes easy and fun! They have released a new album based on Ruhi book 6 as well.

Art Manual Link

Devotional Meetings

     Devotional Gatherings for Inspiration and Renewal    

     An insightful document about devotionals

     Inspiration, rejuvenation, motivation, purpose, meaning—all are essential ingredients to one’s

     sense that his or her life is on track, is worth living. As we learn in “Reflections on the Life of

     the Spirit”, Book 1 of the Ruhi Institute, the Baha’i teachings prescribe daily prayer and

     intimate communion with God as the foundation for a life devoted to spiritual advancement

     and service to humanity. The Word of God, say the Bahá'í writings, provides inspiration,

    rejuvenates souls, gladdens hearts, and renews one’s sense of purpose.

More ideas for Each Unit of Book 1 

Unit 1  Understanding the Baha'i Writings

Unit 2  Prayer

Unit 3  Life & Death