By My life and My Cause! Round about whatever dwelling the friends of God may enter, and from which their cry shall rise as they praise and glorify the Lord, shall circle the souls of true believers and all the favoured angels.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Meetings, p. 3)
Every meeting which is organized for the purpose of unity and concord will be conducive to changing strangers into friends, enemies into associates, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá will be present in his heart and soul with that meeting.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 553)
Hold meetings and read and chant the heavenly teachings, so that city may be illumined with the light of reality and that country become a veritable paradise by the strength of the Holy Spirit.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 631)
If a few souls gather together in a beloved meeting with the feelings of the Kingdom, with the divine attractions, with pure hearts and with absolute purity and holiness, to consort in spirit and fragrance, that gathering will have its effect upon all the world. The conditions, the words and the deeds of that gathering will lead a world to eternal happiness and will be an evidence of the favors of the Kingdom. The Holy Spirit will strengthen them and the hosts of the Supreme Concourse will render them victorious and the angels of Abhá will come in succession.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 409)
In short, in all the meetings, whether public or private, nothing should be discussed save that which is under consideration, and all the articles be centered around the Cause of God. Promiscuous talk must not be dragged in and contention is absolutely forbidden.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 55)
It behooveth the friends in whatever land they be, to gather together in meetings, and therein to speak wisely and with eloquence, and to read the verses of God; for it is God’s Words that kindle love’s fire and set it ablaze.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Meetings, p. 3)
Shoghi Effendi was delighted to hear of your conversation with Sir.... How much he hopes to have such scholars obtain a true understanding of the spirit and teaching of the Cause and arise to dissipate that veil of misconceptions that is prejudicing the mind of the scholars in the western world.
(Shoghi Effendi, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 260)
The Local Assembly can obtain additional information about an area through interviews and conversations with a cross-section of the Bahá’ís, local officials, leaders of thought, social service agencies, community organizations, economic development groups, chambers of commerce, and local residents.
(Letter from the Office of Social and Economic Development at the World Center, approved by the Universal House of Justice, dated December 13, 1983, to a National Spiritual Assembly, cited in NSA USA - Developing Distinctive Bahá’í Communities)
The attracted leaves should not, when associating with each other, talk merely about the temperature of the weather, the coldness of the water, the beauty of the flowers and gardens, the freshness of the grass and the flowing water. They should rather restrict their discussions to glorification and praise and the uttering of proofs and reasons, to quoting verses and traditions and putting forth clear testimonies, so that all the homes of the loved ones will be converted into gathering places for lessons on teaching the Cause. If ye do so, in a short while the outpourings of the Kingdom will be so manifested that each one of the handmaidens of the Merciful will become a perspicuous book revealing the mysteries of the Lord of Mercy.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, from a Tablet translated from the Persian, Compilation on Women)
We hear that thou hast in mind to embellish thy house from time to time with a meeting of Bahá’ís, where some among them will engage in glorifying the All-Glorious Lord... Know that shouldst thou bring this about, that house of earth will become a house of heaven, and that fabric of stone a congress of the spirit.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 94)
Whensoever they gather in their meetings let their conversation be confined to learned subjects and to information on the knowledge of the day. If they do thus, they will flood the world with the Manifest Light, and change this dusty earth into gardens of the Realm of Glory.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 374)