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Cloud9: Film Producer, Steve Sarowitz and the Making of The Gate

Cloud9 is a podcast produced by Baha’i Teachings. Its aim is to feature interviews with artists and discuss what inspires them to make a positive contribution to the world. In this episode, Baha’i Teachings’ arts editor Shadi Toloui-Wallace interviews Chicagoan Steve Sarowitz about his documentary film The Gate. Steve first heard about the Baha’i Faith in his early 20s while attending college, and was instantly attracted to the Baha’i concept of progressive revelation. Although he was deeply moved by the Baha’i Teachings, he waited almost 30 years before declaring his faith publicly, while on a serendipitous trip to Akka, Israel, where he visited the Baha’i Holy Sites and Shrines. When he returned to Chicago, eager to share his news, he was encouraged by a friend to make a movie about the Baha’i Faith.  Continue reading

New Book ‘Did You Ever Wonder: A Story About the Bab as a Child’

It is not very often that I get to promote the Baha’i-inspired work of an author who lives nearby but Dr Will van den Hoonaard lives only a couple of Canadian cities away! He recently published a children’s book about the Bab when He was a child. The book is titled Did You Ever Wonder: A Story About the Bab as a Child. Children love to hear stories about other children and I think the approach Will has taken is brilliant. He cheerfully agreed to share with us how this book came to be and in honor of the Declaration of the Bab, we want to share these details with you:

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“Repair for Refuge” by David Khavari [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 San Francisco, USA with David Khavari who sings “Repair for Refuge” from the Writings of the Bab. Continue reading

The Other Witnesses: Khadijih Bagum and Haji Mubarak at the Declaration of the Bab

The House of the Bab, where the Bab declared His mission on 23 May 1844 in Shiraz, Iran, before its destruction in 1979. Photo courtesy of the Baha'i International Community.

When picturing the scene of the Bab’s Declaration, I think of His house in Shiraz, quiet and dark during a spring night in 1844. I think of an upper room where He converses with Mulla Husayn, revealing His spiritual mission as the Promised One and the Prophet-Herald of a new Manifestation of God, Baha’u’llah. My mind does not travel beyond that upper chamber to explore the house’s other rooms.

But let us wander. We will discover that two other inhabitants are awake physically and spiritually that fateful night: the Bab’s wife, Khadijih Bagum, and servant, Haji Mubarak. Let us meet these two.  Continue reading

Songs from Zambia

A traditional song and dance welcoming participants at the gathering of Lunda Baha'is. Photo: courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

The Baha’i World News Service released a great news story titled “Lunda people draw on Baha’i Teachings to transform culture, music”. The article recounts how vital music is to the Lunda people in Mwinilunga, Zambia for communication and as a cultural expression; collective singing is integral to daily activities and interactions. “Our singing is inspired by our culture and tradition,” says Gregory Kaumba, a member of the Baha’i community in Mwinilunga. “But now, much of what we sing about is influenced by the Baha’i writings.” Included in the news article is a short playlist of five songs, sung by the Lunda people, and they are all joyful expressions of their love for the Teachings of the Baha’i Faith.  Continue reading

The Six Million Dollar Kid – An Interview with Bobby Aazami

A dear friend of mine, Bobby Aazami, mentioned to me a while back that he was working on a monologue called The Six Million Dollar Kid, and if any of you have ever met Bobby, you know that he’s hilarious, and a great storyteller too. “What’s it about?” I asked Bobby. “My experience as a victim of child sex abuse.” he replied. Oh… that wasn’t the answer I had expected to hear…

I recently had the privilege of attending Bobby’s one-man show called The Six Million Dollar Kid live in Sydney, Australia, and it was an amazing evening of music and storytelling about the heavy topic of child abuse. The event was emotional, and had me laughing one minute and crying the next. Even though it was difficult and confronting, it was still full of love and hope, and thoughts of it still linger in my mind, even now some months later.

Through The Six Million Dollar Kid, Bobby tells his story of being an Iranian boy obsessed with Steve Austin from the American TV show The Six Million Dollar Man, and when the Islamic Revolution breaks out and his family flees to the U.S., he believes it’s all part of his destiny to become the next Bionic Man. Soon after the move, tragedy strikes, and his family asks him to cover up a dark secret.

I wanted to interview Bobby about The Six Million Dollar Kid to find out more about it, and to help bring awareness to a topic that gets swept under the rug far too often: Continue reading

“Dis Dieu suffit (Say God Sufficeth)” by Edelo & Emma

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 Paita, New Caledonia with Edelo Waengene and Emma Wayenece who sing “Dis Dieu suffit” from the Writings of the Bab in French. Continue reading

“Dis Dieu suffit (Say God Sufficeth)” by Edelo & Emma [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 Paita, New Caledonia with Edelo Waengene and Emma Wayenece who sing “Dis Dieu suffit” from the Writings of the Bab in French. Continue reading

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