Prayers and Meditations is a collection of prayers and spiritual meditations selected by Shoghi Effendi from among the writings of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith. The book was first published in 1938 and along with a letter from Shoghi Effendi suggesting that this book, more than any other, would be a source of spiritual development for the Baha'is.
Prayers and Meditations in Bahá'í practices serve as intimate conversations with the Divine, designed to nurture spiritual growth, reflect on moral guidance, and foster a deep personal connection with Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings.
The anthology 'Prayers and Meditations' was meticulously selected by Shoghi Effendi from Bahá'u'lláh's writings, intended as a spiritual toolkit for Bahá'ís to cultivate closeness to God and to enrich their devotional life.
Unique in its intimacy and depth, 'Prayers and Meditations' captures the essence of Bahá’í spirituality, offering a profound selection that transcends daily rituals and enters the realm of transformative communion.
Bahá’ís incorporate 'Prayers and Meditations' into daily practice as guidance for contemplation, seeking enlightenment, and as an instrument to resonate with the varied emotional and spiritual states encountered throughout life.
Through the poetic language and mystical insights in 'Prayers and Meditations,' individuals find a path to self-reflection, ethical behavior, and an understanding of their purpose within the context of Bahá’í Faith and the wider world.
The collection is imbued with central Bahá’u’lláh's themes such as unity, detachment, and the journey of the soul, thus reflecting the fundamental tenets of his revelation and the beauty of the Bahá’í spiritual paradigm.
'Prayers and Meditations' enriches group worship by providing a shared reservoir of reflective readings that inspire collective insight, solidarity, and a collective spiritual experience within the Bahá’í community.
Non-Bahá’ís find universal value in 'Prayers and Meditations' as it offers timeless wisdom, fosters interfaith appreciation, and provides solace that transcends religious boundaries.