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Elika Mahony’s Song for Ridvan in 11 Languages

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In 2015, Elika Mahony lovingly released “Rejoice with Exceeding Gladness”, a free downloadable song dedicated to the Festival of Ridvan. The song was a musical gift and when it was originally released, Elika generously shared the song in six different languages. This year, she has released the song in an addition five languages! The total languages include: English, Swahili, German, Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Swedish, and Portuguese! Some of the talented musicians involved include Sonbol Taefi, Eric Harper, Angela Owens and Sofie Wensbo.Elika has also made an instrumental version of her song available so that you can sing it in any language. The songs can be downloaded or streamed from Elika’s Bandcamp pageContinue reading

“No God Is There” by Brianna Butler [Audio Track]

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Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is 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 New York City, USA with Brianna Butler who sings “No God Is There” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

7 Ways to Celebrate the Festival of Ridvan at Home

Children showing their artwork in Norte del Cauca, Colombia. (Photo: courtesy of the Baha'i International Community)

Children showing their artwork in Norte del Cauca, Colombia. (Photo: courtesy of the Baha'i International Community)

Now that my eldest is four years old, she understands a lot more about the significance of Baha’i holy days. This has made me increasingly reflect on how we commemorate these special days as a family aside from attending our community’s events. In the first volume of The Revelation of Baha’u’llah, Adib Taherzadeh describes the Ridvan Garden in Baghdad with these words:

There, Baha’u’llah appeared in the utmost joy, walking majestically in its avenues lined with flowers and trees. The fragrance of roses and the singing of nightingales created an atmosphere of beauty and enchantment.

This year we will be celebrating the King of Festivals by adding some beauty and enchantment to our daily lives in the following 7 ways:  Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 15: Susan Gammage

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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 interview professional life coach Susan Gammage from Canada. We talk about how she became a Baha’i, why she became a life coach, and how she uses the Baha’i Writings in her work and everything she does. We delve deep into the idea of “sin” and “shame” and she explains why she believes “it’s the stories that separate us and the reactions that unite us”. We talk about her very popular blog SusanGammage.com and all of the books she’s written and working on. We discuss the spiritualization of money; workaholism and other addictions; what she’s currently reading, and how forgiveness is the key to solving so many things within us. Continue reading

Empowering Youth to Be the Light of the World | Nava Ghalili

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In this talk, produced by Bahaiteachings.org, Emmy-nominated TV journalist and researcher Nava Ghalili studies youth based on the belief that every child is potentially the light of the world, and at the same time, its darkness. She asks: “What does it look like, to be a bringer of light to the world?” She discovers that youth who are empowered to see their spiritual attributes within, and who have opportunities to put those attributes into practice, can become the world’s light-givers.  Continue reading

Jim Dennis’ Latest Album ‘The Daystar of Baha’

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Jim Dennis is passionate about pioneering new soundscapes when it comes to Baha’i-inspired music and his latest album, The Daystar of Baha, does just that. Jim has six albums available for download on Bandcamp and his latest is his second album with a deep connection to the Writings of the Baha’i Faith (his first is called Spreading Rays of Light and was inspired by his desire to better memorize the quotations found in the Ruhi books). Jim graciously agreed to tell us more about his music, his creative process, and how it all comes together in his studio:  Continue reading

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