5 Year Plan Talks by Tom Price

Baha’i music composer Tom Price recently gave a series of three talks about the Five Year Plan at the Tennessee Baha’i School. With his permission, Baha’i Blog is pleased to share with you the talks to stream from our site or to download – and best of all, it’s completely free!

The study of the 5 Year Plan is something we’ve all been encouraged to do, and we hope these talks will help you with this. We know that anyone who has ever heard Tom Price speak will be frantically clicking away at the download buttons, and for those of you who have yet to tune in to one of Tom’s talks, you’re in for a treat!

If you’d prefer to download the MP3 files to your computer, just click on the talk link below and a “Download” link will appear which you can use to grab the file.

We hope you enjoy the talks and please let us know what you think in the comments section and feel free to share this post with your friends.

Happy Listening!

PLEASE NOTE: During these talks Tom Price mentions that these are a part of a series of talks he has prepared. The rest of these talks have not been recorded yet, but Tom will be providing them to Baha’i Blog once they are presented. If you’d like to be notified of our new posts (like these talks), please sign up to our email list.

The Talks

 

Tom Price - Part 1 : The Organic Process of the Five Year Plan Tom Price - Part 2 : The Twofold Mission of the Five Year Plan Tom Price - Part 3 : The High Calling of the Five Year Plan

 

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Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for more than a decade and he’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. He has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the DawnBreaker Collective and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of MANA albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the Building Momentum and Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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Discussion 71 Comments

  1. Fabulous talks. I learn by listening, so I would love to find out where we can have access to the rest of the program that Tom Price mentions (8 day program in total)

  2. Awesome talks! He really has a great speaking style and the content is excellent – would love access to the rest of his presentations. Thanks Guys!

  3. Dear Naysan

    Thanks for making these available. Very interesting, informative, inspiring, and i like the sense of humour “Epochal Magnitude” cracks me up, but yah the depth of insight and particularly the focus on “Transformation” and putting into practise….i love it, and he mentioned other talks and making these available, the full series of around 8 hours…do you have access to these? Can you put me in touch with Tom Price. I volunteer for the Bahai Distribution Service SA and i would love to, if Tom gives us permission, to make CD copies availble to friends for listening in their cars and ipods and homes etc. What do you think?

    1. Hi Walied, thanks for your message and your support! We’re so glad everyone is making good use of the talks and enjoying them!

      Tom will be giving us access to the talks as he gives them, and we’ll be posting them up on Baha’i Blog for sure.

      As to the duplication and distribution you’d have to check with Tom about that one. Could you please send me a personal email (naysan@bahaiblog.net) with your request for this and we’ll go from there. Thanks Walied!

  4. Dearest Nysan
    I enjoyed very much this talk by Mr. Tom Price, and sent to our dear ones and dear friends.
    Thanks
    Siavash from Portugal

  5. Very lovely talks. Thanks for sharing them. Can we get the rest of them, or have Tom’s email so we can directly ask him for them?
    Thanks a bunch.

    1. Hi Parvin,

      Glad you enjoyed them! The rest of the talks have not yet been recorded yet, but Tom will be providing us with them once he does them (as he prefers to record them live), and then we’ll be posting them up on Baha’i Blog. If you’d like to be notified of our new posts (like these talks), please sign up to our email list: http://bit.ly/uk6XhO

      Thanks!

  6. Wonderful! Right away I shared these talks with family and friends in our Bahái community here in Nova Betânia
    which is a rural village near Brasília, the capital of Brazil.

    I think these talks are Price-less. Naysan–thanks so much for sharing, and please send more if possible.

    Jacques

    1. Obrigado Jacues!

      We are all very grateful to Tom Price for giving these wonderful talks and sharing them with us. More to come soon! Please send our love to the friends in Brazil! If you could help us let the friends in Brazil (who speak English) know about the blog as well that would be wonderful.

    1. No problem Nabil, glad you enjoyed them and a special thanks goes to Tom Price for making them available to us! Please help us share the link to the post with your friends so others can benefit from it too. Thanks! -Naysan

  7. Dear Naysan,
    This is wonderful. I think this is amazing . Could you please kindly e-mail me the other 7. Many thanks. Shahin

    1. Hi Shahin,

      Glad you enjoyed them! The rest of the talks have not yet been recorded yet, but Tom will be providing us with them once he does them (as he prefers to record them live), and then we’ll be posting them up on Baha’i Blog. If you’d like to be notified of our new posts (like these talks), please sign up to our email list: http://bit.ly/uk6XhO

      Thanks!

  8. On listenning to the 5 year plan spoken by Tom Price I was motivated to find this web site and learn more. It is really accessable info. Stated wisely and inspiringly. Yay!

  9. Thanks Naysan, Great Talk, Really enjoyed it and was able to get a much better understanding on the significant of the Plan. Would love to get the full talk an soon as it is available.

  10. Great talks on a great subject, life transforming! I am starved to death for lack of such things here in Madagascar. Thank you soooooo much.
    Tom Price asked everyone to give him their email so that he could send them the rest of his talks. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease forward my email to him so that he can kindly send me the remaining of the 8 talks. Loving greetings, Nasrain

    1. Hi Nasrin,

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them! The rest of the talks have not been recorded yet, but Tom will be providing us with them once he does them (as he prefers to record them live), and then we’ll be posting them up on Baha’i Blog. If you’d like to be notified of our new posts (like these talks), please sign up to our email list: http://bit.ly/uk6XhO

      Thanks!

  11. This is one of the most inspiring talks regarding the Five Year Plan and
    the December 28 Letter from the Universal House of Justice
    that I have heard.

    I love the analogies which have helped me to grasp more of the
    important concepts of the plan and what my role is.

    would love to have access to the remaining talks if they are available.

    1. Hi Alfie, Yes, we’re so glad you enjoyed them and we’re so grateful to Tom for providing us with these wonderful talks! The rest of the talks have not been recorded yet, but Tom will be providing us with them once he does them (as he prefers to record them live), and then we’ll be posting them up on Baha’i Blog. If you’d like to be notified of our new posts (like these talks), please sign up to our email list: http://bit.ly/uk6XhO

  12. From all of us who live far, far away, I’d like to say thank you to Tom and to Baha’i Blog for making this wonderful talk available to us.

    We would all be grateful if we could get more of this kind of inspiration.

    Many thanks.

    1. No problem Jeanne!

      We’re very grateful to Tom for allowing us to share these talks and we’re so happy the friends are finding them useful.
      We’ll be adding the rest of Tom’s talks as he does them, and we’re working on getting other similar materials up on the blog as well.

      Thanks for your support, and please feel free to sign up to our mailing list so you can receive an email whenever we have a new article: http://bit.ly/v8KUwm

  13. Dear Naysan

    Thanks for posting these talks. He’s way is awesome
    Is it possible to get the text version of it?
    Thanks & regards

  14. My wife and I have listened to and discussed these talks at least 4 times, and each time we get more out of them.

    Thank you so much for posting them, and we eagerly look forward to the remaining talks as they become available.

    Baha’i love to all from Australia.

    1. Thanks so much for the comment and feedback! We’re so happy these talks have been so well received by everyone and a very special thanks goes to Tom Price for sharing these with the Friends. It would be great if you could let others know about it and share the blog as well. Thanks!

  15. In Tom Price’s talk on the “Organic Process” there is enormous power to unify and energize us all for the work of this 25-year period. I literally cannot wait to share these talks; may I receive the entire series. My thanks to Mr. Price! I see my part in achieving the Five Year Plan goals with new eyes and ears.

  16. Thank you so much for posting these talks. They are so inspiring and humorous – really great to listen too. I look forward to the rest of the talks and am glad that you will be posting them.

    Erika

  17. Although I find deconstructing fatiguing I managed to stay alert and even enjoy this. I would like to hear the rest, especially on Prejudice. I am particularly interested to hear about the prejudices , such as the stigma towards the mentally ill that demonizes them, and also criminalizes them and their,often, companions – substance abusers and users. And other such invisibilities of the old and sick. Those very prejudices of omission or commission that accompanies all stereotyping of a subgroup that is perceived to be deviant. I would be interested to hear Tom speak to this as the net, and this new site,can contribute much to the housebound becoming part of something community-like, which I hope you had planned for, on the web.

  18. ACTION: In Portland, OR, with encouragement from our Area Teaching Committee (ATC), a small, but growing number of believers, meet weekly to listen to the Talks by Tom Price on The Five Year Plan, 2011-2016. Individuals are given clipboards, pencils and copies of the current Five Year Plan. We listen, take notes and consult over bread and soup in a Baha’i home. Each Baha’i focuses upon his own role in the Plan and shares it, enabling the host to report back to the ATC.

  19. Thank you so much dear Tom! We realy enjoyed your talk and keep listing to it and posting for friends………
    Please keep talking and share!

    1. Dear Azam,
      I am glad to read your comment and to think of your community arising to listen to the talks because you make sure that Baha’is will have the opportunity to listen and consult upon the Plan. Do you have suggestions for insuring that Baha’is without Internet access are included in the process?

  20. SHARING: Portland, Oreon is grateful to have a Baha’i Center. We started gathering at the Center on Thursday mornings for 3 hours. Today 6 Baha’is, including a pioneer from Panama listened to Talk #3, “The Hight Calling of the Five Year Plan,” took notes and consulted at length. The Baha’is included those with or without Internet access. NEXT: Each participant is to invite another Baha’i for ongoing reading and study of The Plan on Thursdays at the Center. This number will grow!

  21. We have reached a stage where we had to ask ourselves “what did we miss, basically”? These talks I feel will cover much of the answers we looking for. Looking forward to the rest of the talks which could assist us in the way we study the guidance from the Universal House of Justice. Many thanks for these inspirationals.

  22. Dear Naysan,

    We just discovered your website and listened to Mr. Tom Price talks.
    We’re sharing the downloaded talks with our Dutch Bahá’í friends and everybody is inspired by his talks!
    Thank you for sharing them with us.
    Loving regards,
    Harry Koree

    1. Hi Harry,

      I’m so glad to hear that you’ve discovered the site and that you’re enjoying the talks! We really appreciate you letting us know, and thanks for helping us let the friends know about the site too! -Naysan

  23. Dear mister Price,

    Thank you very much for the inspiring talks!
    The way you speak on these divine matters makes the fire in my hart light up!

    Now i am even more exited to attend to the Local Spiritual Assembly gathering tonight:)

    Greetings from The Netherlands.

    Mihdi Reyhani

  24. I’ve listened to them 7 times already and try to memorize the theme’s so I could use them in my classes! I really can’t wait to hear the rest! Do we already know when the other files are going to be released?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Keyvan, I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed them! We’re still waiting to hear from Tom about when the rest of the talks will be completed, but he’s assured us that he will be providing us with them once he does them (as he prefers to record them live), and then we’ll be posting them up on Baha’i Blog. If you’d like to be notified of our new posts (like these talks), please sign up to our email list: http://bit.ly/uk6XhO
      Thanks Keyvan!

  25. Many thanks for this refreshing and inspiring material. Any chance of getting the remaining talks, perhaps through Tom Price himself?!

    Kind Regards

    Hormoz

    1. Hi Hormoz,

      Glad you enjoyed them! The rest of the talks have not yet been recorded yet, but Tom will be providing us with them once he does them (as he prefers to record them live), and then we’ll be posting them up on Baha’i Blog. If you’d like to be notified of our new posts (like these talks), please sign up to our email list: http://bit.ly/uk6XhO

      Thanks again!

  26. Naysan joon, do you happen to have the transcripts of the talks? If not, would you kindly ask Tom if he is willing to share them. Thanks very much in any case. Dalian, China

    1. Hi Shohreh, I don’t think there are any transcripts of these talks available but I’ll check with Tom and let you know. Thanks for your support!

    2. I have not heard such wonderful talks in a long time
      What a wonderful time in history to be living!
      I see the five year plan in a totally different perspective.
      Even though I am physically unable to travel teach, my
      Daughter is doing just that!
      Thans so much.

  27. Are we praying and believing in THE CREATOR out of fear or we are really encounter the CREATOR or are we believing the preachers. prophets,saints and so ali religious belivers who came to this world left their teacings for us to follow. Whateve it can be there is THE CREATOR who created all HIS creation for us to follow one teacing that the teachings are of reality that there is only ONE CREATOR and THE ONENESS OF ONE is prevailing in all souls as we are all bleong to that only ONE CREATOR.

  28. Just recently I heard a talk by Tom Price on this quote.

    Therefore, while there is yet time and the arrow is in the bow, enter ye the chase and strike ye the game. This game is the good-pleasure of God, and this chase is the merciful Providence; that is, living in accord with the divine instructions.

    (Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v3, p. 573)

    I wonder if you could pass on my thoughts to him that while I thought the talk was very good and very appealing to youth I think this interpretation of the word ‘game’ is incorect. I am sure that ‘game’ here refers to, in metaphorical terms, the catching of something you are chasing as in catching a rabbit rather than a game that people play. In this case the ‘game’ is the good pleasure of God and God with his merciful providence guides us in our chase for this ‘game’. We hold the arrow in the bow and while there is time – that is the ‘game’ is in sight – we should ‘strike’ and gain the good pleaasure of God – that we should seize the moment, it is something that is not always available, and while it is before us we should take our opportunity.

    Yours sincerely Helen Gordon

  29. We know that anyone who has ever heard Tom Price speak will be frantically clicking away at the download buttons….

    it behooveth thee to glory in My name, not in thine own;

    (Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)

    I feel very uncomfortable about the way you guys promote one individual. I hope this isn’t any kind of electioneering!! Please forgive me for being frank. I have the best intentions and bear no malice towards anyone. Give talks, promote the Teachings but in a humbly way or try and be a little wiser and tone it down a bit. Statements like the above polarize Baha’is and our Faith is about unity not the importance of any individual however talented.

    Tom should know better. The Master was always humble and NEVER promoted his own self or talks but always promoted the Blessed Beauty. We are not perfect but Tom should know much better as I thought he was much more mature than to allow his name to be bandied about like a pop star.

    Mirza Abu’l-Fadl was an outstanding Bahá’í scholar. Early in this century the Master sent him to the United States of America both to teach and to help the believers to deepen. ‘After his return, he and a number of American pilgrims were seated in the presence of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Akka. The pilgrims began to praise Mirza Abu’l-Fadl for the help he had given them, saying that he had taught many souls, defended the Cause most ably against its adversaries, and had helped to build a strong and dedicated Bahá’í community in America. As they continued to pour lavish praise upon him, Mirza Abu’l-Fadl became increasingly depressed and dejected, until he burst into tears and wept loudly. The believers were surprised and could not understand this, even thinking that they had not praised him enough! ‘Then ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explained that by praising him they had bitterly hurt him, for he considered himself as utter nothingness in the Cause and believed with absolute sincerity that he was not worthy of any mention or praise.’
    (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

    I wish you all the best with your talks Tom and hope you enjoy your time. I’m nobody but I hope you have a little think about this.

    I had to use an anonymous email and name as I don’t want your fans coming after me LOL but my concern is genuine and sincere and I mean you well and I love and respect you. Forgive me if I have offended anyone or you.

    1. Hi Jo, thanks for your comment and please understand that Tom has nothing to do with the way the team at Baha’i Blog has promoted his talks.

      Some of the points you raised are valid concerns, but when we write about something here on Baha’i Blog, whether it be about a talk, or a Baha’i musician and their album, or even about a topic like the Nineteen Day Feast, our articles are written with a personal tone in the way we express ourselves.

      One could even argue that we shouldn’t ever write about musicians, or individuals doing things in the world because this may be seen as ‘campaigning’, but one of the aims of Baha’i Blog is to let Baha’is know about the many wonderful initiatives and resources out there in the world. We do have a Directory on the site, and we could just allow Baha’is to use this resource alone, but the fact is that they don’t, and furthermore it would be quite boring, so the team at Baha’i Blog tries to bring certain things to the attention of its readers when possible, and the tone they use when they write about it is an expression of their own enthusiasm.

      The point is that the lines for this sort of thing are blurred and difficult. A good talk is a good talk, a good musician is a good musician. Our hope is that Baha’is have the maturity to separate the individual from the content, and that the Baha’i community deepens themselves enough about Baha’i elections and the role of institutions so that such interviews or posts do not influence them in any way shape or form.

      I hope you’ve found the blog and the content we’ve provided useful, and thanks again for your input Jo!

      1. Hi Naysan. I really appreciate your open mindedness and I love the way you explained it. I love your maturity and that shows that the Baha’i Community is able here to consult openly and frankly with complete unity. It’s a huge plus for us when we can explain our concerns openly knowing Baha’is will listen and be loving as you have been. We always want and need creative people like Tom who act as vehicles for inspiring others to greater heights of service and devotion.

  30. What is people’s understanding of how to win the good pleasure of God and how do we know if or when we have won it? For me personally it’s been a lifelong campaign to win God’s good pleasure but I’ve never actually known if I have or not. Even though I fast every year, in the Naw Ruz prayer Baha’u’llah tells us not to be too presumptuous because God could decree one who has not fasted as having fasted and one who has fasted as having never fasted!! So I assume this applies to everything we do for the Faith. All I really want personally at the end of the day is for God in the next world to say well done.

    I thought about whether pleasing the House of Justice wins the good pleasure of God but there were people who had tremendous praise heaped upon them by Baha’u’llah and the Master only to become Covenant breakers so even if we’re really trying to win God’s good pleasure when and how do we know? Anyone?

    If Tom gave a talk about that I would be very interested to hear it. Could he think about that? Love to all.

  31. I may be a little biased being Tom’s son… but I can’t get enough of these talks and the many I have of Tom… I would argue that I’ve listened to them more than anyone in the world… they are in my ipod, my cd player, my computer, and anywhere else I can keep them. I keep the recordings constantly playing in my car to and from work… and most especially there is nothing better than when I’m traveling long distances! We all have talents… Tom has this great talent. The talks always seem to have a great balance of content, analogy, and humor! I hope you guys will find his many other talks… http://global-music.org/tom%20price%20talks.htm

    With Much Love!

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