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What is the Baha’i Ringstone Symbol?

(Photo courtesy of 9starjewelry.com)

Everything you know is put to the test when you have children. Recently, after singing the prayer that begins “O God! Educate these children…” for what must have been the 1,000th time, my five year old asked me: “What is the Sun of Reality?”. She stopped me in my tracks. I really had to think about it, and think about how to explain my thoughts. She also frequently asks about what is referred to as “the ringstone symbol”, a work of calligraphy often found on Baha’i-inspired jewelry, and used by many of our family members. My answers to all these questions need some work, so this prompted me to read up on this significant symbol and, in preparation for the next time she asks about it, I’ve written up seven questions and answers about the ringstone symbol:  Continue reading

A ‘Stories of Baha’u’llah’ Video – Who Is Baha’u’llah?

“Stories of Baha’u’llah” is a series of short videos produced by Mary Darling and Clark Donnelly of Westwind Pictures. You may have already seen their work, such as The Baha’is, or Tablets of the Divine Plan. In each video in this sweet and sincere series, a child tells us a story about Baha’u’llah.  Continue reading

The Trumpet Blast: Music Inspired by the Life of Baha’u’llah

Nikolai Clavier is the creative mind behind The Trumpet Blasta musical score for a play about the life of Baha’u’llah by that same name. Performed in Norway to celebrate the Bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, this 15 track instrumental album includes pieces titled ‘Ridvan’, ‘The Heavenly Maid’, and ‘The Mansion of Bahji’, among many others. 

Nikolai Clavier’s Trompetstøtet, or The Trumpet Blast, premiered in Beitostølen, Norway in July of 2017. Each song accompanies a scene about the life of Baha’u’llah but listening to the soundtrack, even without the dialogue and action of the play, is nevertheless a dramatic experience. Nikolai gladly agreed to tell us more about this musical arrangement and the performance it accompanied. I hope you enjoy our conversation! Continue reading

“Love Is My Stronghold” by Jordan Raj

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 Hluboka nad Vltavou, in the Czech Republic with Jordan Raj who sings “Love Is My Stronghold” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“Love Is My Stronghold” by Jordan Raj [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 Hluboka nad Vltavou, in the Czech Republic with Jordan Raj who sings “Love Is My Stronghold” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

Celebrating Ridvan in Our Garden

Ridvan is the King of Festivals in the Baha’i calendar. The twelve days of the Festival of Ridvan mark the momentous occasion when Baha’u’llah told His supporters that He was the Promised One they had been awaiting. At that time, Baha’u’llah was in a beautiful garden on the Tigris River in Baghdad. The garden was named Ridvan, or Paradise in English, by Baha’u’llah’s followers. Roses in full bloom lined its paths. Nightingales sang throughout the night. Baha’u’llah said:

The Divine Springtime is come, O Most Exalted Pen, for the Festival of the All-Merciful is fast approaching. Bestir thyself, and magnify, before the entire creation, the name of God, and celebrate His praise, in such wise that all created things may be regenerated and made new.

Baha’is around the world reflect on the story of Ridvan each year. One year I realised that the Festival of Ridvan is the perfect time of year for big gardening projects. We live in Sydney, Australia so while the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying spring, we are in the midst of autumn. Each Ridvan I do things such as the mass planting of seeds, building new garden beds, pruning, etc. While I work in my garden, I reflect on the time Baha’u’llah spent in the Ridvan garden.  Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s Top 10 Audio Tracks of the Year

To celebrate Baha’i Blog’s 7th birthday, we’ve published a post on our top 10 articles of the year, and our top 10 image posts of the year, and now it’s time to list our 10 most popular audio tracks of the year.

At Baha’i Blog we produce our own original audio content, like this dramatized reading of E. G. Browne’s meeting with Baha’u’llah, and we also share curated audio content from the online world (always adhering to copyright laws of course).

You can find tons of great Baha’i-inspired audio content on our Soundcloud page, and in the Audio section on the Baha’i Blog website.

In this top 10 countdown, we list the top 10 audio tracks based on the number of plays and downloads from Naw-Ruz 2017 to Naw-Ruz 2018. So let’s get on with the countdown starting from number 10: Continue reading

Jacqueline Claire’s Soul-Nourishing Artworks

Every morning of the Fast I received an email from the talented and jubilant Jacqueline Claire (you may remember her as the author of “My 9 Tips for Creating Imaginative Spaces for Elevated Conversation” or “My 9 Practices for a Spiritually Restorative Nineteen Day Feast”). Each email was part of a project called “19 Days of Inspiration” and each message featured a quotation from the Baha’i Writings, one of her artworks, and a few words that linked the two.

I have yet to meet Jacqueline personally, but her sense of creativity and joyfulness is contagious! Here we share a few of her works, and a few of her words about them. It may no longer be the Fast, but I hope you find them soul-nourishing nevertheless!  Continue reading

“Corazon puro (Pure Heart)” by Chandra & Eric

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 Phoenix, Arizona with Chandra Susilo and Eric Schechter Vahid who sing “Corazón puro (Pure Heart)” in Spanish from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

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