how to pray on bahai prayer beads
“Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified.” —Bahá’u’lláh
Members of the Baha’i Faith recite the Greatest Name of God, “Allah-u-Abha”, 95 times each day. This is a teaching that was given to them by Baha’u’llah in the Most Holy Book, the Kitab-i-Aqdas. To assist in this practice, many Baha’is use prayer beads to keep count. Using prayer beads is a lovley way to meditate and pray whilst holding each bead.
There is no fixed rule on how to use Baha’i prayer beads, but a common way is to use a set of 95 prayer beads, with an additional larger bead or marker so you can tell when you have completed the 95. The prayer beads are usually held in one hand, draped over the fingers, and the thumb is used to pull one bead at a time over the first finger for each recitation of the Greatest Name.
Baha’i prayer beads can also be used to recite other short prayers some number of times, like the “Remover of Difficulties” prayer. Some Bahai prayer bead sets have a small marker after the 19th bead, so that they can be used to count 19 for prayer repetitions.
Some Baha’i prayer bead sets are made with fewer beads, such as a combination of 19 beads and 5 beads because 19 times 5 is 95. This style of Bahai prayer beads can be used with two hands, one to count off the 19, and the other to count off the 5 for each round of 19.
Prayers For The Bahai Prayer Beads:
Daily Obligatory Prayer
I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my poverty and to Thy wealth. There is none other God but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.
Remover of Difficulties
Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding!
My Lord and Master
O my God, my Lord and my Master! I have detached myself from my kindred and have sought through Thee to become independent of all that dwell on earth and ever ready to receive that which is praiseworthy in Thy sight. Bestow on me such good as will make me independent of aught else but Thee, and grant me an ampler share of Thy boundless favors. Verily, Thou art the Lord of grace abounding.
O my God, my Master, the Goal of my desire! This, Thy servant, seeketh to sleep in the shelter of Thy mercy, and to repose beneath the canopy of Thy grace, imploring Thy care and Thy protection.
I beg of Thee, O my Lord, by Thine eye that sleepeth not, to guard mine eyes from beholding aught beside Thee. Strengthen, then, their vision that they may discern Thy signs, and behold the Horizon of Thy Revelation. Thou art He before the revelations of Whose omnipotence the quintessence of power hath trembled.
No God is there but Thee, the Almighty, the All-Subduing, the Unconditioned.
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I beseech Thee by Thy Chosen Ones, and by the Bearers of Thy Trust, and by Him Whom Thou hast ordained to be the Seal of Thy Prophets and of Thy Messengers, to let Thy remembrance be my companion, and Thy love my aim, and Thy face my goal, and Thy name my lamp, and Thy wish my desire, and Thy pleasure my delight.
I am a sinner, O my Lord, and Thou art the Ever-Forgiving. As soon as I recognized Thee, I hastened to attain the exalted court of Thy loving-kindness. Forgive me, O my Lord, my sins which have hindered me from walking in the ways of Thy good pleasure, and from attaining the shores of the ocean of Thy oneness.
There is no one, O my Lord, who can deal bountifully with me to whom I can turn my face, and none who can have compassion on me that I may crave his mercy. Cast me not out, I implore Thee, of the presence of Thy grace, neither do Thou withhold from me the outpourings of Thy generosity and bounty. Ordain for me, O my Lord, what Thou hast ordained for them that love Thee, and write down for me what Thou hast written down for Thy chosen ones. My gaze hath, at all times, been fixed on the horizon of Thy gracious providence, and mine eyes bent upon the court of Thy tender mercies. Do with me as beseemeth Thee. No God is there but Thee, the God of power, the God of glory, Whose help is implored by all men.