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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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“Family life: Marriage and Relationships and Childhood Education” a Talk by Erica Toussaint-Brock

In this talk given by Erica Toussaint-Brock called “Family life: Marriage and Relationships and Childhood Education”, Ms. Toussaint-Brock shares her thoughts about living a coherent life from the standpoint of building civilization. She looks at the roles of the individual, marriage and family in the spiritualization of mankind and in attaining unity in all human relationships, whether it’s achieving the equality of women and men or increasing the stability of marriages. Continue reading

“Family life: Marriage and Relationships and Childhood Education” a Talk by Erica Toussaint-Brock [AUDIO]

In this talk given by Erica Toussaint-Brock called “Family life: Marriage and Relationships and Childhood Education”, Ms. Toussaint-Brock shares her thoughts about living a coherent life from the standpoint of building civilization. She looks at the roles of the individual, marriage and family in the spiritualization of mankind and in attaining unity in all human relationships, whether it’s achieving the equality of women and men or increasing the stability of marriages. Continue reading

“America’s Destiny: Insights from the Baha’i Teachings” a Talk by Ken Bowers

In this talk titled “America’s Destiny: Insights from the Baha’i Teachings” by Ken Bowers, he shares some stories relating to the events of bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, and also explores how the Revelation of Baha’u’llah is a miracle, and how we have to be actively engaged in helping to put our plans into action. Continue reading

“America’s Destiny: Insights from the Baha’i Teachings” a Talk by Ken Bowers [AUDIO]

This is the audio version of a talk titled “America’s Destiny: Insights from the Baha’i Teachings” by Ken Bowers, where he shares some stories relating to the events of bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, and also explores how the Revelation of Baha’u’llah is a miracle, and how we have to be actively engaged in helping to put our plans into action. Continue reading

What are We Waiting For? Serving Humanity in a World of Extremes – A Talk by Dr. Payam Akhavan

In this talk titled ‘What are We Waiting For? Serving Humanity in a World of Extremes’, International Law Professor and former United Nations prosecutor, Dr. Payam Akhavan, talks about his personal experience as a refugee and as a Human Rights lawyer, and he shares how the execution of a young Baha’i woman in Iran would change the course of his life forever. Continue reading

What are We Waiting For? Serving Humanity in a World of Extremes – A Talk by Dr. Payam Akhavan [AUDIO]

In this talk titled ‘What are We Waiting For? Serving Humanity in a World of Extremes’, International Law Professor and former United Nations prosecutor, Dr. Payam Akhavan, talks about his personal experience as a refugee and as a Human Rights lawyer, and he shares how the execution of a young Baha’i woman in Iran would change the course of his life forever. Continue reading

Treasure – Colby Jeffers (ft. Joel, Bill, Kishan, DJ, and Jose Maria) [Official Music Video]

This is the official music video for the song Treasure, by Phoenix-based Baha’i rapper Colby Jeffers and featuring Joel, Bill, Kishan, DJ, and Jose Maria.

Colby aims to deliver socially and spiritually conscious hip-hop music, and his songs explore his creative process as a rap artist, which include turning to God and the scriptures of the Baha’i Faith for inspiration when writing his lyrics. This song was written as an ode to Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith, and this year marks the bicentenary of His Birth celebrated this year by Baha’is and their friends around the world. Continue reading

“Food as Medicine” a Presentation by Dr. Shad [Audio]

In this talk, Dr. Shad (Farshad Fani Marvasti MD, MPH) explores the role of “Food as Medicine,” the interplay with the Baha’i Writings and an update on the state of the science with respect to food as medicine in the care and prevention of disease. The talk draws on his experience as a practicing physician, researcher and medical educator to look at selections from the Baha’i Writings as well as evidence from emerging scientific theories and research in this field of medicine. Continue reading

Circling Spirits: A New Album by Roman Orona

(Photo credit: Robert Doyle/Canyon Records)

Raised in the culture of his Apache roots, Roman Orona, also know as “Ish Hish Itsaatsu” which means “One Who Dances With Eagles” in Apache, is a Native American performer and musician whose new award-winning album of Apache songs called Circling Spirits, expresses his people’s sacred values and acknowledges the spirits of the ancestors who sacrificed their lives, families and lands, so that their tribal communities could endure.

I had the pleasure of meeting Roman while briefly living in Arizona, so I decided to catch up with him to talk about his new album and how his faith as a Baha’i and as a Native American heritage have shaped his life and his music. Continue reading