All posts by Naysan Naraqi. Browse Other Authors

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!

Visit Author's Website

The Baha’i Chair for World Peace: An Overview

This video about ‘The Baha’i Chair for World Peace’ at the University of Maryland, shares an overview of what the program is about and its fundamental purpose.

‘The Baha’i Chair for World Peace’ is an endowed academic program that advances interdisciplinary examination and discourse on global peace. While drawing certain initial insights from religion, the program aims to develop a sound scientific basis for knowledge and strategies that lead to the creation of a better world. Continue reading

Wizdome – Colby Jeffers [Official Music Video]

This is the official music video for the song Wizdome, the title track of the album by Phoenix-based Baha’i rapper Colby Jeffers. Colby aims to deliver socially and spiritually conscious hip-hop music, and the song and video explore his creative process as a rap artist, which includes turning to God and the scriptures of the Baha’i Faith for inspiration when writing his lyrics. The video features various locations and murals in Phoenix and the Sunnyslope neighborhood, where Colby resides. Continue reading

Wizdome: A New Hip-Hop Album by Colby Jeffers

“Socially and spiritually conscious hip-hop that aims to uplift, educate, and inspire” is the tagline Phoenix-based Baha’i hip-hop artist Colby Jeffers uses when explaining his music, and he’s not wrong! In his new debut album Wizdome, Colby presents a diverse collection of Baha’i-inspired hip-hop tracks that touch upon a variety of socially and spiritually conscious themes, and includes collaborations with a selection of artists in order to channel the Teachings of Baha’u’llah. The results are awesome! Continue reading

Where Science and Spirituality Meet with Love – A Talk by Dr. Marjan Davoudi

This is a talk by Dr. Marjan Davoudi called Where Science and Spirituality Meet with Love given at the Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference (Phoenix, USA) in December, 2016. 

In this presentation about “love” by Dr. Davoudi, she explores scientific findings, specifically in the field of neuroscience, and also mystic schools of thought on spiritual love, and looks at where these schools of science and spiritual thought meet with love in one place. Continue reading

Doctrine of Recovery: Portraits of an Ever-Advancing Civilization

Every year, thousands of people from around the world gather at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to discuss issues related to indigenous peoples. At the 11th Session of the “Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues” held in 2012, the Baha’i International Community (BIC) photographed and recorded a number of participants and compiled this photo-essay. The perspectives shared in this photo-essay represent the views of the interviewees and not of the BIC. Continue reading

The Baha’i Song Project: An Interview with Dayyan & Nadine

As you may have noticed from things like Baha’i Blog’s Studio Sessions series or all of the music-related interviews we’ve done, you’ve hopefully come to realize that here at Baha’i Blog we’re passionate about the use of the arts and music. That’s why I was thrilled when I found out about a wonderful initiative called The Baha’i Song Project, a unique and exciting website that was originally launched in 2011 to foster and encourage the incorporation of music and singing in community life. Created by Dayyan Smith and Nadine Reyhani, the The Baha’i Song Project includes videos of songs from the Baha’i Writings, in a multiplicity of languages, and downloadable lyrics and chords so anyone can learn the melody and the words. The site is easy-to-use and brimming with resources like their YouTube Channel, so I got in touch with Nadine and Dayyan who were happy to share more about this wonderful initiative:  Continue reading

Power Over All Things – Anise K feat. Nathaniel [Official Music Video]

In this song “Power Over All Things” by producer Anise K and featuring the beautiful vocals of one of Australia’s biggest voices, Nathaniel, they’ve set to music a prayer by Baha’u’llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

When Nathaniel was asked why he wanted to sing this song, even though he’s not a Baha’i himself, he said that the world needs more assistance and aid from a higher source. Continue reading

Changing the World One Wall at a Time: A New Film about one of the World’s Largest Street Art Campaigns

A few days ago in Los Angeles, USA, I had the pleasure of attending the world premiere of an exciting new documentary film called “Changing the World One Wall at a Time”. The film is about one of the world’s largest street art campaigns held over the last year to raise awareness for the thousands of young Baha’is who are barred from higher education in Iran because of their beliefs.

The campaign was called “Education Is Not A Crime“, and it was initiated by Maziar Bahari, an Iranian Canadian journalist, filmmaker and human rights activist, who although not a Baha’i himself, feels that the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran (Iran’s largest religious minority) is emblematic of many of the problems Iran faces. Continue reading

Celebrating 100 Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions Around the World!

Baha’i Blog’s very popular music series called “Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions” is still going strong, and last week we just published our 100th Studio Session so as you can imagine, we’re super excited!

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends around the world, to come into a studio to film and record them singing a song based on the Baha’i Writings. We then make these videos and audio recordings available on our YouTube Channel and SoundCloud page for everyone to listen to and download for free.

We publish one Studio Session per week, and so far we’ve recorded in 21 locations in 11 different languages across the globe! Continue reading