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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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Universal House of Justice Message Marking the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah

The Universal House of Justice has just released a message marking the occasion of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah.

The message provides a context in which to consider the life and mission of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith, and it can be used at appropriate occasions connected with your Bicentenary celebrations, and also shared with those whom you feel might be receptive to its contents.

The letter can be found on the Baha’i International Community’s website dedicated to the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah and is available in English, Persian, Spanish, and a number of other languages: bicentenary.bahai.org

Here is the message from the Universal House of Justice in English: Message from the Universal House of Justice Marking the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah

We have also included the message in full below: Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 23: Siamak Hariri

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’m in Toronto, Canada at the lovely home of award-winning architect Siamak Hariri. Siamak is the architect of the Baha’i House of Worship for South America, located in Santiago, Chile, and he talks to me about his family and how he was first drawn to architecture, some of his thoughts and inspirations behind the design of the temple and its relationship with the community, and how architecture can touch the heart. We discuss the interplay between material and nonmaterial, where things like proportion and composition are enveloped in mysticism, ideas relating to prayer, and how things like composition and refinement are important and how they’re connected to our higher aspirations. He also shares some of his understandings of the Baha’i Faith, some of his favorite Baha’i Writings, and the importance of shaping our thinking in a way that looks to the future and affects generations to come. I hope you enjoy this conversation. Continue reading

Recognizing Baha’u’llah on the Bicentenary of His Birth – A Talk by Hooper Dunbar

In this talk by Mr. Hooper Dunbar, he shares his personal reflections, thoughts and comments in regard to the worldwide spread of Baha’u’llah’s resplendent Faith and its healing Message. Given the close proximity to the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, Mr. Dunbar invites us to consider the progressive stages in the rise of the Sun of Truth and the potential offered for greater awareness of the role Baha’u’llah plays in our collective lives. Continue reading

Stories of Baha’u’llah Told by Children

“Stories of Baha’u’llah” is a series of short videos produced by Clark Donnelly and Mary Darling of Westwind Pictures. You may have already seen their work, such as The Baha’is, or Tablets of the Divine Plan.

In this sweet and sincere series of videos, each video consists of a child telling us a one particular story relating to Baha’u’llah.

I got in touch with Mary Darling to find out more about the initiative, and here’s what she had to say: Continue reading

“Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World”, a New Baha’i Blog Initiative

The Baha’i Blog team is excited to launch a new initiative called “Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World”, in honour of the bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

In this initiative, we share portraits of Baha’is and their friends from different countries and territories all over the planet. Accompanying their photographs are a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives.  Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 22: Ruha Benjamin

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 Dr. Ruha Benjamin, a mother, a scholar, an author and associate professor in African American Studies at Princeton University, who writes and speaks about science and technology, race and inequality. Ruha and I talk about racist robots and the use of technology, the relationship between unity and justice, the Marshall Islands and the example of her parents, Star Trek, marriage as a soul growing machine, and how bringing about social change also needs to consider the spiritual reality of things. We also look at the importance of independent investigation of truth and the need to challenge our own assumptions, plus the wonderful example of Abdu’l-Baha and how He challenged the status quo. I hope you enjoy the conversation! Continue reading

Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism & Transforming Words into Deeds – Ruha Benjamin (ABS 2017)

“Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism and Transforming Words Into Deeds” is a talk delivered by Dr. Ruha Benjamin at the Association for Baha’i Studies Conference in Orange County, California in August 2017. Dr. Benjamin is a scholar and teacher who writes and speaks widely about science and technology, race and inequality. She is an associate professor in African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science and technology, race-ethnicity and health, knowledge and power.

In this talk, Dr. Ruha Benjamin shares how we can figure out what our role is, how we can understand the ways through which we see the world, and how we can share an understanding of reality through a lens of social science and a lens of spiritual wisdom. Throughout her discourse, she speaks about personal struggles and collective struggles to courageously impart the nobility of humanity. Continue reading

Beautiful Struggle – A Talk by Dr. Ruha Benjamin [AUDIO TRACK]

This is the audio of “Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism and Transforming Words Into Deeds”, is a webinar delivered by Dr. Ruha Benjamin at the Santa Monica Baha’i Centre on August 27th, 2017. Dr. Benjamin is a scholar and teacher who writes and speaks widely about science and technology, race and inequality. She is an associate professor in African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science and technology, race-ethnicity and health, knowledge and power.  Continue reading

Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism & Transforming Words into Deeds – A Talk by Dr. Ruha Benjamin

“Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism and Transforming Words Into Deeds” is a webinar delivered by Dr. Ruha Benjamin at the Santa Monica Baha’i Centre on August 27th, 2017. Ruha is a scholar and teacher who writes and speaks widely about science and technology, race and inequality. She is an associate professor in African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science and technology, race-ethnicity and health, knowledge and power.  Continue reading

The Verge of the New – A Series of Talks by Steven Phelps

“The Verge of the New” is an eight-part series of talks given by Dr. Steven Phelps at the Norwegian Baha’i Summer School (July 2nd-8th, 2017).

In these talks, Dr. Steven Phelps, an American Baha’i physicist, philosopher and translator, introduces a way of looking at the past and future of religion in the context of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment.  Continue reading