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5 Things I’ve Learned About God as Our True Friend

What is a true friend? Someone who is always there for us? Someone who never lets us down? Someone who is completely sincere? I think that a true friend is all of these things.

On the one hand, a true friend is someone who doesn’t need to force themselves to be your friend because friendship is about sincerity. But on the other hand, a true friend is someone who doesn’t let you down, and this does require effort – to meet, visit, and stay in touch. Inevitably, since we are only human, we will sometimes let each other down. I know I have felt let down by friends, and I’m sure that I have let my friends down too, and probably in ways that I’m not even aware of.

This can make us feel quite alone, like our friends are not really there for us. But this feeling of aloneness and abandonment is also a gift. All of us, whether we believe in God or not, must at some time face ourselves and feel our aloneness because while we do live together on this earth, we all live within the prism of our own consciousness. And if we do happen to believe in God, in that place of aloneness, we are perhaps even better able to see that God is our True Friend.

So, in what way is God our True Friend? Here are five things I’ve learned:  Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 32: Moojan Momen

Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

In this episode I’m in Chelsea, England with Moojan Momen – medical doctor by day, academic by night! Moojan has authored dozens of books and papers on a variety of topics ranging from things like The Baha’i Faith and Hinduism, to The God of Baha’u’llah. Moojan tells me what led him to research and writing, and he also shares his thoughts on what makes the Baha’i Faith unique. We discuss the emphasis Baha’u’llah places on consultation, and we also look at how certain social structures can change if we want them to, and the importance of that change coming from the grassroots. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did! Continue reading

ABS 2018 – Jesse Washington: Navigating Discourse on Race Within the Politicized Landscape of Journalism

“Navigating Discourse on Race Within the Politicized Landscape of Journalism” is a talk delivered by Jesse Washington at the Association for Baha’i Studies Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) in August 2018. In this talk, Jesse Washington talks about the benefits of maintaining an open mind and conversing with those who hold opposing viewpoints to your own. He discussing the effects of spiritual principles on journalism and offers some experiences of how he deals with deeply flawed and racist ideals with love as a journalist.  Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s New ‘World Citizen’ T-shirt Design Now Available!

The team at Baha’i Blog is super excited to launch our latest t-shirt design on the Baha’i Blog Shop! It’s called ‘World Citizen’, and like all of our t-shirt designs, we only print a limited number in a variety of sizes, and once we’re sold out, that’s it! So hurry up and order your shirts before they’re gone!

The Baha’i Blog team has created these shirts to help us raise funds to keep doing what we’re doing, and to also explore the use of Baha’i-inspired content through the medium of worn apparel. All of our shirts include FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING too! So if you’d like a cool Baha’i-inspired t-shirt and also want to help us in our endeavors, then check out our online shop and place your orders now!

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“Led mig (Guide Me)” by Ann-Sofie, Rasmus, Sasha & Nora

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Stockholm, Sweden with Ann-Sofie Wensbo, Rasmus Blomqvist, Sasha Semenova and Nora Emadén who sing “Led mig (Guide Me)” in Swedish and English, based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Music composed by Ann-Sofie Wensbo. Continue reading

“Led mig (Guide Me)” by Ann-Sofie, Rasmus, Sasha & Nora [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Stockholm, Sweden with Ann-Sofie Wensbo, Rasmus Blomqvist, Sasha Semenova and Nora Emadén who sing “Led mig (Guide Me)” in Swedish and English, based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Music composed by Ann-Sofie Wensbo. Continue reading

1844: A New Book About Prophecy and the Baha’i Faith

Eileen Maddocks has written a book called 1844: Convergence in Prophecy for Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Baha’i FaithI love the title as I think it succinctly describes the prophetic mysteries it explores.

I have never written a book but I think it’s a fantastic achievement. I was eager to hear from Eileen about the process of putting this book together and was grateful when she offered to share her thoughts and experiences. If you’re interested in self-publishing a Baha’i-inspired book, you might find her comments particularly helpful!

Baha’i Blog: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

What in the world happened in 1844? It was a year of intense expectation and then disappointment in the West, and of intense searching and then Divine Revelation in the East.

Over a century later I was a late bloomer, so to speak––late to the Faith (declared in my mid-forties) and late to research and writing. But serving at the Baha’i World Centre for 16 years later in life was an incomparable education that defined the rest of my life. When I retired from the World Centre and settled in Burlington, Vermont, writing and editing beckoned me and another career path evolved.

Editing, research, and writing are lonely work. I have balanced this cerebral and lonely aspect of my life with a serious study of ballet and I dance with Ballet Vermont in its production of Farm to Ballet, a full-length classical ballet that portrays life on a Vermont farm from spring through autumn. The performances are given at various farm venues for large audiences and raise money for various agricultural and land conservation endeavors.

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“Apple of Mine Eye” by James & Kyan

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in London, in the United Kingdom with James Mohajer and Kyan who sing “Apple of Mine Eye” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“Apple of Mine Eye” by James & Kyan [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in London, in the United Kingdom with James Mohajer and Kyan who sing “Apple of Mine Eye” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

14 Books About the Baha’i Faith and Christianity

As many friends of Baha’is around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and in the spirit of celebrating the divine origin of Christianity, we thought we’d share a short list of books about Christianity and the Baha’i Faith. The list includes titles written by Abdu’l-Baha and by early Baha’is as well as some fresh off the printing press; you’ll find books about the fulfilment of prophecy, and books that examine the Sacred Writings of both faiths.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but we hope it gives you a glimpse of some of the titles out there on this subject. Continue reading

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