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How to Make a Serviette Flower

“Creative Ideas” by Baha’i Blog is where we show you a variety of games and arts-and-crafts you can use in your activities.

Baha’u’llah says: “O my Lord! Make Thy beauty to be my food, and Thy presence my drink, and Thy pleasure my hope, and praise of Thee my action…” One of the attributes of God is beauty. In this “Creative Ideas” video by Baha’i Blog, Patrik shows us how to make serviette flowers to beautify your table. It’s a neat idea for any time of the year but you might find it especially helpful during Ayyam-i-Ha, when we provide good cheer to others, or during the Fast. Continue reading

Seasons of Spirituality: Ayyam-i-Ha, the Fast and Naw-Ruz

As a person of faith, I have always believed that all of us are – as French philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin so succinctly put it – not human beings having a spiritual experience, but rather, spiritual beings having a human experience. It is this duality of existence that has given rise to some of the questions that countless individuals have grappled with over the course of civilizations.

What is my purpose in this world? How do I survive the harsh realities of life and attain comfort and security for myself and those who depend on me? How do I do all this while also abiding by lofty ideals and higher principles of justice and compassion? What does it mean to live a life that is grounded in reality and pragmatism while also honouring the nobility of the human spirit?

If you are reading this blog, it is likely that these are questions that you too struggle with from time to time. That’s why this time of the year – the days spanning the Baha’i observances of Ayyam-i-Ha, the Fast and Naw-Ruz – are some of my favourite in the year. Continue reading

“O Son of Being” by Bakang Nakedi [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 Johannesburg, South Africa with Bakang Nakedi who sings “O Son of Being” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

4 Spiritual Qualities that Help Unite Marriages

I love being in a happy marriage. I love the quotations from the Baha’i Writings that talk about the wonderfulness of marriage. Sometimes though the guidance is challenging to understand and follow. I’m currently striving to grasp this particular quotation below, especially the second sentence:

Baha’is should be profoundly aware of the sanctity of marriage and should strive to make their marriages an eternal bond of unity and harmony. This requires effort and sacrifice and wisdom and self-abnegation.

These are my thoughts on that sentence, based on my personal experience and my work as a marriage and relationship educator and coach based in the United States and working with couples in many countries.  Continue reading

The Art of Lua Shayenne

Award-winning professional choreographer and dancer Lua Shayenne has a burning need to create.

Half Ghanaian, half Italian, born and raised in the Ivory Coast, and now living in Toronto, Canada, Lua draws on the aesthetics and values of West African dance and culture in order to create dance pieces that seek to challenge multiple conventions and stereotypes, and explore current subject matters with the aim to be a catalyst of social change and spiritual progress.

In this short film, Lua shares some of the thoughts and inspiration behind her art. Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Moojan Momen About the Afnan Library Trust (UK)

Dr. Moojan Momen at the doors of the Afnan Library. Photo: Courtesy of Immersed Photography

The events of Baha’i history are so close to us that we can easily be connected to those early heroic days–Rainn Wilson wrote about meeting a person who had met Baha’u’llah! I am fascinated by our history and how we are recording, capturing and preserving it for future generations. When I came across the Afnan Library Trust’s Facebook page and saw a photograph I had never seen before of the Greatest Holy Leaf, I was delighted and thrilled and I wanted to share some of that excitement with you (as well as the photograph, which can be seen below!). In this interview, Dr Moojan Momen, one of the Trustees of the Afnan Library, shares a little bit about this extraordinary institution:

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