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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 Physical & Spiritual Reality of Marriage (pt. 1 & 2) – A Talk by Furugh & Raymond Switzer

In this talk called ‘The Physical & Spiritual Reality of Marriage (parts 1 & 2)’ given at the Norwegian Baha’i Summer School July 5th, 2017, Furugh and Raymond Switzer hold a workshop about the physical and spiritual reality of marriage.

Furugh and Raymond Switzer are a wife and husband team currently based in Hungary, and they have conducted workshops and led seminars on relationships and parenting in many different countries. Continue reading

Hands of the Cause Documentary Series: An Interview with Fred Badiyan

The Hands of the Cause of God documentary series is a classic set of four documentaries made by filmmaker Fred Badiyan. This outstanding four-part documentary recounts the lives of the Hands of the Cause of God within the historical context of the Baha’i Faith. Told through first person interviews and incredible never-before-seen archival footage, their incredible lives and service come to life in a powerful way, and which will inspire future generations.

Fred Badiyan – who happens to be my great-uncle by the way – has really dedicated his life to serving the Baha’i Faith through media, and his example has truly been a huge inspiration for me personally. He has made many Baha’i documentaries including Crossing Frontiers, Not Even A Lamp, Jewel In The Lotus, and Shoghi Effendi: Guardian of the Baha’i Faith.

Years in the making, Fred made this wonderful series on the Hands of the Cause of God years ago, and it’s now been digitized and made available on 9StarMedia, so I decided to touch base with Fred and ask him a few questions about this important documentary series: Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 20: Nader Saiedi

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 speak with Nader Saiedi, Taslimi Foundation Professor of Baha’i Studies in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at University of California. Born in Tehran, Iran, and having lived in the US since 1978, professor Saiedi tells me about his personal journey from being a staunch Marxist to becoming a Baha’i, and how he was humbled by the sacred Baha’i Writings and moved by the steadfastness of the Baha’is being persecuted in Iran. Among other things, we talk about slavery, historical consciousness, and the thousands of untranslated and unpublished tablets by the Bab and Baha’u’llah he’s been studying recently. Hope you enjoy the conversation! Continue reading

The Movement – Colby Jeffers feat. Awu [Official Video]

This is the official music video for the song ‘The Movement’ by Colby Jeffers featuring Awu. The song was filmed in Awu’s hometown of Bamenda, Cameroon, and it aims to inspire young people across the world to wake up and use their power and energy to uplift humanity and make a positive difference. Focusing on positive qualities, such as love, hope, service, wisdom, and justice, the song calls on youth to tap into their spirit in order to be the change that the world needs. Continue reading

Panalangin: A New Album by Paolo Escobar

When I was at the Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference in Phoenix, USA at the end of last year, I heard the beautiful thundering voice of someone singing to open one of the sessions, and let’s just say that it really got my attention. The song was by Filipino-American, Paolo Escobar, and we managed to meet at the conference and get to know each other. Since then we’ve caught up a couple of times, and he said something which really stuck with me: “All my life I’ve been passionate about two career paths…” he said. “My first passion, or the thing I was most passionate about was to become a musician. My second passion was to become a chef. I became a chef and it helped pay the bills and it’s been great and all, but when I had my birthday and I reassessed my life, I realized now after over a decade of working in what I would call my ‘second passion’, that I need to pursue my first passion: ‘music’. So I quit my job and am now giving it everything I’ve got.” Well I was glad to hear it, because I love Paolo’s music and I was excited when he released his album and agreed to do an interview with Baha’i Blog, so here it is: Continue reading

Why Educating Girls is the Key to Fixing the World

Yassin Saar, the creator and director of Starfish International, the girl’s education program in the Gambia, explains what African girls and women need most: choices.

Using her mother as a case study, African educator Yassin Saar persuasively and forcefully explains why the Baha’i teachings call for prioritizing the education of girls. Yassin’s mother, the first girl to go to school from her poor rural village in Africa, raised four children, giving all of them a way to have a significant impact on the world. With that model in mind, Yassin discusses the Baha’i model of compulsory education for all children—and the primacy of girl’s education within that framework. “What African women need are choices,” she says—and she challenges every person in the audience to provide for the education of one African girl to give her those choices. Continue reading

‘The Calling’: A New Book About Tahirih

Hussein Ahdieh and Hillary Chapman have just released an insightful and exciting new book titled The Calling: Tahirih of Persia and Her American Contemporaries. This dynamic duo was behind Awakening: A History of the Babi and Baha’i Faiths in Nayriz and have most recently worked together to produce a captivating history of women’s suffrage and the women’s rights movement in both Iran and the United States in the 1840’s. Dr. Dorothy Marcic of Columbia University has praised the book with these words:

Moving back and forth between the two struggles in such distant lands, the authors skillfully illustrate the common themes of what might otherwise seem as disparate social phenomenon. The book reads smoothly, and the reader wants to keep turning the page to find out what happens. How unusual is such writing in a work as thoroughly researched and referenced as The Calling. Writing such as this is not easy, and yet the authors make it appear as effortless as an autumn leaf blowing in a chilly wind.

Hussein graciously agreed to tell us more about his new book and the history it uncovers.  Continue reading

Help Baha’i Blog Reach 10,000 YouTube Subscribers!

Hello everyone! As many of you may have noticed by now, we’ve been asking everyone to help us reach 10,000 subscribers on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube channel, and we could use your help!

We recently discovered that YouTube has studios located in different parts of the world, and that we can have access to them if we reach 10,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel, so we’re asking everyone who likes what we’ve been doing, to help us achieve this goal as fast as possible by clicking ‘Subscribe‘ on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel. We’d also be very grateful if you could help us spread the word and ask everyone you know who likes Baha’i Blog to help us too!

The Baha’i Blog team has been working hard to create high quality Baha’i-inspired content online, and having access to a YouTube Studio would really be a huge help! If you can take a few seconds to help us make this happen by clicking here to ‘SUBSCRIBE’, we’d really appreciate it! Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 19: Kevin Locke

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 Kevin Locke, which in Lakota is “Tokaheya Inajin” meaning “First to Rise”. Both Lakota and Anishnabe, Kevin is a Native American Baha’i who is a world famous visionary Hoop Dancer, preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator with nearly 40 years of performing to over hundreds of thousands of people in over 90 countries. Living in Standing Rock, USA, Kevin talks to me about Lakota culture, some of their traditional prophecies and the power of women in their society. He tells me how he became a Baha’i, explains the power of engaging in the arts and connecting to the creator, and how the revelation of Baha’u’llah touches all the peoples of the earth, no matter what cultural background they come from, and how important it is for us learn from each other and about our collective heritage and so many other fascinating things. At the end of the conversation, Kevin shares with us a beautiful song on the flute called ‘The Eagle’s Flight’. Continue reading

Help Baha’i Blog get 10,000 YouTube Subscribers!

Hello everyone! We’ve just discovered that YouTube has studios located in different parts of the world, and that we can have access to them if we reach 10,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel! So we’re asking everyone who likes what we’ve been doing, to help us achieve this goal as fast as possible by clicking ‘Subscribe‘ on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel, and it would be great if you could spread the word and ask everyone else you know who likes Baha’i Blog to help us too!

The Baha’i Blog team has been working hard to create high quality Baha’i-inspired content online, and having access to a YouTube Studio would really be a huge help! If you can take a few seconds to help us make this happen by clicking here to ‘SUBSCRIBE’, we’d really appreciate it! Continue reading