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Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and 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 while 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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The Life of Hushmand Fatheazam, as told by Fariborz Sahba

Mr. Hushmand Fatheazam, former member of the Universal House of Justice, passed away in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 89 on August 13th, 2013 — five years ago today. I think it would be impossible for me to sum up his vast accomplishments, or describe in detail the brilliance of his character. Instead, I’d like to share what the Universal House of Justice sent to all National Spiritual Assemblies following his passing:  Continue reading

Ebbf Podcast Episode 1: Meaningful Work Experiences & Ideas from Ebbf Members

The Ethical Business Building the Future organization, otherwise known as ebbf, is a not-for-profit that aims to promote and moral and spiritual wisdom and principles found in the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and the great religious traditions of the world, such as the principles of justice, respect, trustworthiness, integrity and unity.

#discoveringhow is ebbf’s podcast series where you can hear personal experiences and insights from ebbf members — each episode offers you stepping stones, fresh ideas, and the personal learnings of people who believe that ethical business can and should build the future.

In Episode 1 of ebbf’s #discoveringhow podcast, we hear from Dhairya Pujara about how his need for meaningful work made him leave his job and we learn about the traits of meaningful work that Stephane Zahrai has experienced and suggests other enterprises live up to. Finally, Serge Thill offers an article about his ideas on the principles behind meaningful work. This article is read by South African ebbf member Tahirih Michot.  Continue reading

The Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival

Several months ago I was invited to participate in a one-day festival called “The Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival” held in May in Brisbane, Australia, about an hour from where I currently live. Unfortunately I was overseas at the time, but I was so excited to hear about this initiative, as it’s the first I’d ever heard of such a festival. As an avid reader and as the editor of Baha’i Blog where we publish thousands of posts and articles, writing is definitely something I’m passionate about!

“The Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival” was the brainchild of Brisbane photographer and author, Ian Hallmond, and I heard so many great things about the festival. When I returned to Australia, I met up with Ian to find out more about the initiative: Continue reading

Life of Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney

In this talk given by Mona Khademi at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. (USA), we learn about the life of Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney and her connections with Iran and Iranians. Mona discusses Laura’s upbringing and family life, how she heard about the Baha’i Faith, and her travels to Akka and Iran. Mona shares the process behind Laura’s work to compile Some Answered Questions and talks about her marriage to Hippolyte Dreyfus-Barney. In this talk, we also learn about Laura’s long life of service to others which was inspired by the principles of the oneness of humanity, and the equality of women and men.  Continue reading

Dedication of the Baha’i Temple in Norte del Cauca, Colombia

On Sunday, 22 July 2018, more than a thousand people gathered to celebrate a historic moment, as the first Baha’i House of Worship in Colombia opened its doors to all. Greetings from the authorities of Villa Rica, talks, music and traditional dances were all a part of the dedication event that gave way to groups visiting the House of Worship in a spirit of reverence and deep joy. The Inauguration of the House of Worship marks a new stage in the development of Baha’i Faith in Colombia. (*NOTE: Click on the “cc” button for English subtitles.) Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 29: Billy Roberts

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 Billy Roberts, a dear friend who’s a therapist by profession, and who has also served in a variety of capacities on a number of Baha’i Institutions. He was also behind an initiative called the ‘Baha’i Black Mens Gathering’, so in this conversation Billy tells us about the Black Mens Gathering, what he’s learned by serving on various Baha’i Institutions, and how he became a Baha’i. We also talk about the benefits of therapy, ideas around culture and identity, and some of the lessons we can all learn from the African-American experience.

I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did! Continue reading

Consulting Detective: A Crime Novel by Alan Manifold

A new Baha’i-inspired crime novel has recently been published by my dear friend, Alan Manifold, and to be honest, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of a novel of this kind being released, so I’m so excited to share this everyone!

Alan Manifold is the author of Consulting Detective, a murder mystery set in contemporary United States, and it’s centred around a Baha’i character whose actions are guided by principles and teachings of the Baha’i Faith. We eagerly chatted with Alan about his new crime novel, and here is our conversation:

Baha’i Blog: Hi Alan, can you tell us a little bit about the book?

Consulting Detective is quite possibly the first murder mystery to feature a Baha’i detective. Police Detective Mihdi Montgomery is called to investigate the murder of a Jewish Rabbi in a synagogue in his Chicago suburb. Montgomery works to find the murderer amongst all those with a motive and opportunity. Mihdi questions people to determine how and to what extent they are involved, but he also uses the Baha’i process of consultation with multiple groups to tap into the power of collective experience and wisdom.

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