5 Great Resources for your Ruhi Book

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As most of you already know, Bahá’ís and their friends around the world participate in what is known as study circles, and these study circles use a sequence of books which are mainly based on the Bahá’í Writings, and they were developed by the Ruhi Institute in Colombia, so the books are often referred to as Ruhi books.

I often get asked by a lot of friends about different ideas or resources they can use for their study circle, and there’s no doubt that there are a bunch of great initiatives and resources out there for us all to use.

Using different ideas and accompanying resources is encouraged, and it’s a great way to enhance the study circle experience and really bring the Ruhi books to life, so I thought it would be a good idea to share five of them with you so you can benefit from them too.
So here they are:

 

1) Ruhi Resources dot org

The name says it all! This fantastic site has been around for the last 10 years and it’s packed with all things related to the Ruhi books. So if you’re in a study circle and looking for things related to a certain Ruhi book – no problem – just jump straight to the book tab to find out what music, course outlines and other materials are available for that particular book. There’s a ton of great material here so definitely pay the site a visit!

 

2) The MANA series of albums

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 4 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 are about to release a new album based on Ruhi book 6 as well, so keep an eye out for that too!

 

3) iMemorize iPhone App

This nifty little iPhone app will help you memorize your Ruhi book quotes in a jiffy. The app helps you memorize by using a word omission tool, and not only does it include quotes from other religions, but it also lets you add your own quotes as well. The app is also available for the iPad, and in both online and desktop versions as well, so check it out.

 

 

4) Ruhi Crafts website

This awesome site is packed with great ideas and activities dedicated to the role of the use of the arts, and it’s a great place to learn how to make crafts for your study circle! Want to learn how to make a rotating booklet or a woven star? This site lists the materials you’re going to need and takes you through the steps of making the actual craft, so get your colored paper an scissors ready!

 

 

5) The Official Ruhi Institute Website

This should be an obvious one, but I think it often gets overlooked. The official Ruhi Institute website offers some great reference materials like songs and videos, and it directs you to other resource links which are great for your study circle. It’s also a great place to send your new participants and friends who may be thinking about joining a study circle, as it explains what study circles are all about beautifully.

 

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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Discussion 10 Comments

  1. Yes, where has the wonderful website Ruhi resources gone to? Us not so inventive tutors needed it to make our classes fun and interresting, particular for the non- Baha’is.

  2. hey am a junior youth coordinator recently appointed as one.
    So i wanted to know how to make a refresher of book 5 an interesting one as in my locality people get bored easily with too much of reading and explaining.
    So what can i do additionally to make it interesting ??
    Hope my question is quite relevant for this blog…

  3. Wondering whether anyone knows of any place I can find ideas for activities to engage my Book 3 study circle participants in? I can’t seem to find any.

    1. Hi Cat,

      I found the website of the Aotearoa Institute of New Zealand. They include arts manuals for tutors (produced by the Training Institute for England) for some of the Ruhi books and these manuals have suggestions for arts activities you can do with your study circle participants in order to help them become more engaged with some of the concepts covered. Here is the link: http://aotearoa-institute.bahai.org.nz/resources-for-tutors/art-manuals-for-tutors I hope this helps!

      -Sonjel

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