Baha'i sacred writings and authorised interpretations are available to everybody. We view these texts as divinely inspired.
Prayers revealed by Baha’u’llah, the Bab and 'Abdu'l-Baha enable us to develop and grow closer to God. There are prayers for assistance with difficulties, for children and youth, the departed, healing, humanity, marriage, praise and gratitude, protection, and spiritual qualities. Here is an example:
"O my God! Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose. May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law. Help them, O God, in their endeavour, and grant them strength to serve Thee. O God! Leave them not to themselves but guide their steps by the light of Thy knowledge and cheer their hearts by Thy love. Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord." Baha’u'llah
For more prayers visit: http://www.bahaiprayers.org
Sacred Writings (Scripture)
The original manuscripts of Baha’u’llah’s writings - some written in His own hand and others meticulously transcribed by His personal secretaries - are today kept at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel. They are equivalent to 100 books. Some are mystical works in lofty and beautiful prose, and others are direct statements on morality and ethics. There are scriptures on spiritual and social teachings, prayers, letters and poetic works. Some topics addressed are the journey of the soul; life after death; prayer and meditation; social action; healing; parenting; marriage; conservation; sustainable agriculture; education; healing racism; world unity and dietary guidance.
About 10% of Baha’u’llah’s Writings are now available in English and most of the world's major languages (more than 800 tongues). Bahá’í Reference Library--A website containing authoritative writings and guidance of Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice, as well as other Bahá’í texts. Translations are ongoing. Baha’u’llah’s principal works that have been translated and published in English include:
The Most Holy Book (Kitab-i-Aqdas)
The book of the laws and institutions that Baha’u’llah prescribed for a future world civilization.
The Summons of the Lord of Hosts
A collection of letters that Baha’u’llah wrote to the world leaders of His time.
Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah
A compilation of representative passages on a wide variety of subjects.
Prayers and Meditations
A compilation of prayers and texts for meditation.
The Hidden Words
A collection of spiritual maxims.
The Book of Certitude (Kitab-i-Iqan)
Baha’u’llah's principal doctrinal work, which explains the concept of the oneness of religion, the symbolic use of language in the sacred books, and Divine purpose in human history.
The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys
The best known of Baha’u’llah's mystical writings.
Other sacred writings
In addition to the writings of Baha'u'llah, Baha'is also recognize as divine scripture the writings of His Herald, the Bab. Some of these writings have been translated and published in Selections from the Writings of the Bab.
Authoritative interpretations of the sacred texts by Baha'u'llah and the Bab can be found in the very accessible works of Baha’ullah’s appointed successor, Abdu’l-Baha. Such books include:
Authoritative interpretations also can be found in the works of Abdul-Baha’s successor, Shoghi Effendi.