Inspiration, rejuvenation, motivation, purpose, meaning – all are essential ingredients to one’s sense that his or her life is on track, is worth living. Yet, day to day, one is hard-pressed to find or feel them and is challenged to maintain a positive, holistic and hopeful outlook.
In the Bahá’í Faith, there is no clergy or priesthood. Everyone is a participant. We hold spiritual or devotional gatherings in our homes and neighbourhoods. They take many forms. Some are spontaneous, others are carefully planned. Some are energetic and exuberant, others are quiet and reflective. The element that unites them all is a spirit of reverence and respect. Bahá’ís in cities and villages around the world hold devotional gatherings and are experiencing renewed strength and vigour in their lives and communities as a result.
Music, food, and discussion are often present, though the primary purpose is to have a spiritual focus to transform, unify, and revitalise. For many, these gatherings become a refreshing refuge from the grinding aspects of everyday life. Participants are able to share and consult on spiritual principles to gain some perspective on how these principles can be applied to their day-to-day affairs.
The musical selections and material are diverse, coming from a variety of cultures and styles. There is no established ritual and no solicitation of funds. Readings are taken from any source of spiritualims and, for example, from the Holy Scriptures of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism and Bahá’í Writings to create an environment of unity and harmony. Participants are encouraged to bring their own books or favourite passages to share – so we can all learn from each other.
Alternatively, for those of us who just want to meet socially for a tea or coffee to chat about spiritual aspects of life, then Spiritual Café is for you. One thing is for sure, there are plenty of coffee houses to choose from in Bromley. This is where frienships are forged and meaningful conversations take place.
What ever takes your fancy, everyone is invited and it’s free. Why not come to a devotional gathering taster session to see what it’s like, make friends and get involved.