Category Archives: Neighbourhood Devotional Gatherings

“Bahá’í view on The Life of the Spirit and Power of Prayer” Presentation Sunday Aug 20, 2017


Continuing with our efforts of raising awareness about the Bahá’í Faith and Bahá’u’lláh, Ajax Bahá’í community would like to welcome our neighbors to another event this time focusing on some insights from the Bahá’í Faith . A presentation is planned as a public events on Sunday Aug 20  from 2-4 PM, at the Ajax Main Library (Rotary room). The program includes a short presentation and viewing of very short documentaries and then an open floor discussion and sharing of thoughts about the Bahá’í view on The Life of the Spirit and Power of Prayer.

“Wert thou to attain to but a dewdrop of the crystal waters of divine knowledge, thou wouldst readily realize that true life is not the life of the flesh but the life of the spirit…”— Bahá’u’lláh

Baha’u’llah’s Revelation affirms that the purpose of our lives is to know God and to attain His presence. Our true identity is our soul, whose free will and powers of understanding enable us to continually better ourselves and our society. Walking a path of service to God and to humanity gives life meaning and prepares us for the moment the soul separates from the body and continues on its eternal journey towards its Maker. 

The soul has its origin in the spiritual worlds of God. It is exalted above matter and the physical world. The individual has his beginning when the soul, coming from these spiritual worlds, associates itself with the embryo at the time of conception. But this association is not material; the soul does not enter or leave the body and does not occupy physical space. The soul does not belong to the material world, and its association with the body is similar to that of a light with a mirror which reflects it. The light which appears in the mirror is not inside it; it comes from an external source. Similarly, the soul is not in the body; there is a special relationship between it and the body, and together they form a human being.

There is a very special relationship between the soul and the body, which together form a human being. This relationship lasts only the span of a mortal life. When this ceases, each one returns to its origin, the body to the world of dust and the soul to the spiritual worlds of God. Having emanated from the spiritual realms, created in the image and likeness of God, and capable of acquiring divine qualities and heavenly attributes, the soul, after its separation from the body, progresses for all of eternity.

Bahá’u’lláh says:

“And now concerning thy question regarding the soul of man and its survival after death. Know thou of a truth that the soul, after its separation from the body, will continue to progress until it attaineth the presence of God, in a state and condition which neither the revolution of ages and centuries, nor the changes and chances of this world, can alter. It will endure as long as the Kingdom of God, His sovereignty, His dominion and power will endure. It will manifest the signs of God and His attributes, and will reveal His loving kindness and bounty.”

 Bahá’u’lláh says:

“The purpose of God in creating man hath been, and will ever be, to enable him to know his Creator and to attain His Presence. To this most excellent aim, this supreme objective, all the heavenly Books and the divinely-revealed and weighty Scriptures unequivocally bear witness. Whoso hath recognized the Day Spring of Divine guidance and entered His holy court hath drawn nigh unto God and attained His Presence, a Presence which is the real Paradise, and of which the loftiest mansions of heaven are but a symbol … Whoso hath failed to recognize Him will have condemned himself to the misery of remoteness, a remoteness which is naught but utter nothingness and the essence of the nethermost fire. Such will be his fate, though to outward seeming he may occupy the earth’s loftiest seats and be established upon its most exalted throne.”

Prayer helps us to advance towards God and not lose sight of our special destiny. This is why we should pray constantly that through the love of God our souls may develop and be strengthened, and that we may firmly walk the path of eternal happiness with steadfastness.

From the Baha’i writing we get a deeper appreciation for prayer here are few quotes:

There is nothing sweeter in the world of existence than prayer. Man must live in a state of prayer. The most blessed condition is the condition of prayer and supplication. Prayer is conversation with God. The greatest attainment or the sweetest state is none other than conversation with God. It creates spirituality, creates mindfulness and celestial feelings, begets new attractions of the Kingdom and engenders the susceptibilities of the higher intelligence.”

“In the highest prayer, men pray only for the love of God, not because they fear Him or hell, or hope for bounty or heaven … When a man falls in love with a human being, it is impossible for him to keep from mentioning the name of his beloved. How much more difficult it is to keep from mentioning the Name of God when one has come to love Him. … The spiritual man finds no delight in anything save in commemoration of God.”

“If one friend loves another, is it not natural that he should wish to say so? Though he knows that that friend is aware of his love, does he still not wish to tell him of it? … It is true that God knows the wishes of all hearts; but the impulse to pray is a natural one, springing from man’s love of God.”      Abdu’l-Bahá

Since our purpose is to know God and develop our capacities through the teachings and guidance provided by His Manifestations and Divine educators who appeared at various times in the history of mankind, it becomes our duty to investigate and recognize the Divine Educator of our time. We also need to pray with absolute sincerity for God to show us the right path. Bahá’u’lláh  declared that He is that Manifestation of God, that Divine Educator which was promised in all the scriptures of the past and all prophecies were fulfilled by His coming and his teachings and guidance are the remedy needed so desperately for the world today.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the event.

Community Building Concept – A Baha’i Perspective Presentation April 2, 2017

All across Canada, individuals are engaged in a process to advance their spiritual, social and intellectual development and to contribute to the development of their communities.

The activities at the heart of this process are meetings that

Public Event April 2 2017, at Ajax Main Library
Public Event April 2 2017, at Ajax Main Library

strengthen the devotional character of the community, classes that nurture the tender hearts of children, groups that assist junior youth to navigate through a crucial stage of their lives, and study circles that foster the understanding and application of the Baha’i teachings to individual and collective life.

These activities are offered by Bahá’í communities around the world and they involve people of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of religion, who share a common purpose: to promote the welfare and wellbeing of the whole

“The Path Home” is a documentary film commissioned by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada to honour all those who have helped the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in meeting its noble purpose over the past six years.


"The Path Home documentary"
“The Path Home documentary”


The reflections in the film touch on spiritual insights that we offer with humility as a small contribution to furthering the processes of truth and reconciliation currently underway in Canada.

(Content from Building community website of Baha’i community of Canada)

“Why all religions are one?” A Bahá’í perspective presentation on Feb 25

This is one more in series of public events that our community is offering this year to our neighbors in Ajax.  The event is on Saturday Feb 25 from 2-4 PM, at the Ajax Main Library (Rotary room). The program includes a short presentation and viewing of very short documentaries and then an open floor discussion and sharing of thoughts on such a profound subject.

Public event on Saturday Feb 25, 2017 at Ajax Main Library
Public event on Saturday Feb 25, 2017 at Ajax Main Library

Bahá’ís around the world are engaged in raising awareness about this fundamental principle of their belief that all religions are one in reality and all come from the  one source. What humanity desperately needs to find today is that unifying vision of our future society and the nature and purpose of our lives.  Bahá’ís believe that such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh.

“He Who is your Lord, the All-Merciful, cherisheth in His heart the desire of beholding the entire human race as one soul and one body.”— Bahá’u’lláh

In every corner of the world,  Bahá’ís shoulder to shoulder with their friends and neighbors inspired by these writings  work together to improve their lives and contribute to the advancement of their communities.

This event is free and open to all.

Showing of Documentary film:“The Bahá’ís”

As part of an on going effort to introduce who Baha’i’s are? how do they contribute to the betterment of their society? and how do they put Baha’ullah’s teaching in to practice  in their daily lives through community building activities?, the Baha’i’s community of Ajax has planned a series of ongoing monthly public events at the Ajax Main Library (Rotary room).

The event on Saturday Jan 28 from 2-4 PM,  is a short one hour documentary that asks viewers to consider a different perspective on religion than the one portrayed in the mainstream media. The film follows an intriguing set of individuals as they help to build peaceful, just and unified communities.

Religion is often portrayed in mainstream discourse as having little relevance to the modern world. It is considered naïve, divisive, even dangerous. At best, it’s something to be kept private.

Public event on Saturday Jan 28, 2017 at Ajax Main Library
Public event on Saturday Jan 28, 2017 at Ajax Main Library

However, in villages and cities, on farms and in indigenous populations across the globe, a small but growing number of people are putting into practice spiritual teachings that they believe are not only relevant to the future of our world, but absolutely vital if we are to overcome historic divisions of gender, race, religion and politics.

“The Bahá’ís” is produced in association with Vision TV.

The event is open to all and admission is free.

What is Devotional Gathering?

What is a Devotional Gathering? What should I expect if I am invited to one?


 A regular gathering of people from all faiths and backgrounds who come together in a locality to share prayers and worship. Often held in homes in a neighborhood. Devotional gatherings are considered an essential practice of the spiritual wellbeing of a community, and follow NO set form or rituals.

Bahá’ís and friends get together, often in their homes, in an atmosphere of joy and peacefulness, to read and meditate on inspiring teachings from the religions of the world. Each gathering has its own character, and may involve music or the arts if the host so chooses, but the underlying purpose is the same: to commune with the sacred and increase the devotional character of our homes and neighborhoods.

Every human being has a longing at the core of his/her heart to commune with its Maker. Collective worship in a diverse setting engenders spiritual susceptibilities, hence a more healthier and  united community.


  • The purpose is to strengthen the neighborhood by focusing on friendship and unity.

Bahá’ís around the world are engaged in local grass-roots experiments in devotional gatherings. Devotion, prayer, meditation, and reflection lie at the heart of spiritual life. It is the main cornerstone block of community building activity.

There is no set form for such gatherings. There are no dogmas or rituals. These devotional gatherings are open to all and are intended to embrace that attitude of prayer and devotion that is universal to all religions. Music is often a component in the gatherings.


People are welcome to simply sit, meditate and enjoy the spiritual atmosphere, or participate by reciting some of the readings or prayers. It may include reflection on the readings and normally ends with socialization and refreshments.