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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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“Give Me Thy Grace” by Sara, Samira & Shayda [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 on Prince Edward Island, Canada, with Sara Chesley, Samira Eblaghi and Shayda Sobhani who sing “Give Me Thy Grace” from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

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

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

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 14: Holiday & Kathryn

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 sit down with my wife Holiday Reinhorn and dear friend Kathryn Adams to talk about LIDÈ, a not-for-profit educational initiative the three of us started. LIDÈ, which means both “Leader” and “Idea” in Haitian Kreyol, uses the arts and literacy to build resilience and empower at-risk adolescent girls in rural Haiti, helping them to transition into academic or vocational education.

The three of us share our experiences and talk about how the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti not only decimated the nation, but also uncovered the need for educating and empowering adolescent girls. We discuss the need and importance of hope; the importance of not only education, but why specifically the education of women is paramount. We also talk about the idea of adopting a “grassroots-up” approach to development work rather than a “top-down” approach, and we touch on ‘accompaniment’ and how each one of us has a gem within us which needs to be mined. We discuss the importance of trust and having faith; what a “tap-tap” is, and how LIDÈ’s program for kids with disabilities came to life. Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s 10 Most Popular Audio Posts of the Year

To celebrate Baha’i Blog’s 6th year anniversary, we posted our top 10 articles of the year, and our top 10 video posts of the year, so now it’s time to list our top 10 most poular audio posts of the year!

Baha’i Blog has an Image Section, our Article Section, a Video Section, and an Audio Section, where we’ve published about 200 audio posts consisting of both original content produced by Baha’i Blog, and curated content made by others found on the web (but always taking copyright seriously of course).

In this top 10 countdown, we list the top 10 audio posts with the most amount of traffic posted to our Audio Section from Naw-Ruz 2016 to Naw-Ruz 2017 based on Google Analytics. (Please note that this is not based on Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page but check that out too for more great audio content).

Now let’s get on with the countdown starting from number 10: Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s 10 Most Popular Video Posts of the Year

To celebrate Baha’i Blog’s 6th year anniversary, we posted our top 10 articles of the year, so now in the spirit of continuing the celebration, it’s time to list the top 10 videos posted in Baha’i Blog’s video section for the year!

As you hopefully know by now, Baha’i Blog has an Audio Section, an Image Section, our Article Section, and the very popular Video Section, where we’ve published over 200 videos so far of both original content produced by Baha’i Blog, and curated content made by others found on the web (but taking copyright seriously of course).

In this top 10 countdown, we list the top 10 videos with the most amount of traffic posted to our video section from Naw-Ruz 2016 to Naw-Ruz 2017 based on Google Analytics. (Please note that this is not based on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel).

So let’s begin the countdown starting from number 10: Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 13: Erika Batdorf

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 Canadian multidisciplinary artist, performer and creator, Erika Batdorf. Erika’s work has received numerous awards and been featured around the world. She was in California attending an SBCAST retreat, so I sat with her and had an amazing conversation about how science and art intersect; her show ‘Burnish‘ and how like all of her work it’s inspired by the Baha’i Writings. We discuss how our physical body and the ability to “feel” our body – like the beating of our heart, or even the power of walking – has an effect on our soul. She shares the fascinating story of how she was first introduced to the Baha’i Faith at the age of nine, and how as a teen, she would hitchhike dressed as a clown to get herself to Green Acre. She shares one of her personal struggles, her favorite Baha’i quote, and she also offers some wonderful advice to young Baha’i artists. Continue reading

Moreland Baha’i Community Prepares for the Bicentenary of Baha’u’llah’s Birth

In this video created by the Moreland Baha’i community in Australia, we catch a glimpse of how their community, like so many others around the world, is planning the celebration of the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah taking place in 2017. The expectation is that the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah happening this year will be a big event. A really big event, with the hope of seeing 10 times the number of people attending as there are Baha’is in the community.  Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s 10 Most Popular Articles of the Year

Every year just after Naw-Ruz, Baha’i Blog celebrates its birthday, and now that we’ve just turned six years old, it’s time to start doing our annual ‘Top 10’ countdown of Baha’i Blog’s most popular posts.

As you know, Baha’i Blog has an Article section, a Video section, an Audio section, an Image Gallery, a YouTube Channel and a Soundcloud page, but written articles are the first thing we started out with, and they range from news and personal reflections, to interviews and tributes. We post two original articles per week, and so far we’ve published over 600 since we first began.

In this Top 10 countdown, we list the 10 most read Baha’i Blog articles of the last year (from Naw-Ruz 2016 to Naw-Ruz 2017), based on Google Analytics. So now ladies and gentlemen, here’s the countdown starting from number 10: Continue reading

“The Balance” by Juliet & Amelia Rasekhy [Audio Track]

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 San Francisco, USA, with sisters Juliet and Amelia Rasekhy singing “The Balance” based on the Words of Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading