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, hopeful outlook.
The Word of God, say the Bahá'í writings, provides inspiration,
rejuvenates souls, gladdens hearts, and renews one's sense of purpose.
Bahá'ís host devotional gatherings in homes and community centers to take advantage of such benefits through prayer and the reading together of the Bahá'í writings and other scriptures and to create an environment of unity and harmony. Prayer is a central element in all religious traditions and these meetings stress its universal nature.
The Hillsborough Spiritual Café is an occasional devotional meeting where prayers and passages from all major religions are read. Music and poetry intersperses the readings and a nightly theme threads all passages. Afterwards, many large and small conversations follow, refreshments are served and all participants share in the fellowship that is the true human experience. Many visitors return, friendships are forged, and the social fabric is strengthened.
When and Where
The Spiritual Café is usually held on a Saturday night in Hillsborough, NJ. Please email Mr. Pieter Ruiter for the next date and directions.
“... and I drove up to [the] Spiritual Café. We picked up my friend ... who has been interested in coming to the monthly event since like fall semester. As always, the event was uplifting and intriguing on mental and spiritual levels. The topic was "Unity of Religions," but our discussions varied. Gosh, I love discussing spirituality.”
6/12/05, a participant, 19 years
“... THIS is the FUTURE!”
11/13/04, a participant, 18 years
A Previous Program as Sample
November 13th 2004 - Uplifting the Spirit through the Arts. Dedicated to jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie.
Other Devotional Meetings in the Area
Devotional meetings are also held by the Bahá'í communities of:
- Cranbury/West Windsor
- Highland Park/New Brunswick/Rutgers University
- Old Bridge
- Princeton/Princeton University
Please check their calendar listings for up-to-date information.
Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.
O Thou kind Lord! Thou hast created all humanity from the same stock. Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household. In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence.
O God! Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided for all, dost shelter all, conferrest life upon all. Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy Mercy.
O Thou kind Lord! Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect harmony.
O God! Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind.
O God! Establish the Most Great Peace.
Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together.
O Thou kind Father, God! Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love. Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance. Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.
Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind.