Conductor, composer and vocalist Van Gilmer discusses the Baha’i Faith, the significance of the House of Worship, and the practice of his religious tradition.
For Baha’is, work done in the spirit of service to others is, as Abdu’l-Baha puts it, “the highest form of worship.” In this new series of video essays, journalist Temily Tianmay explores the professions, occupations and crafts of various Baha’is, to see how they express the powerful injunction of Baha’u’llah that work equals worship.
The Baha’is are a religious minority in Iran. They are systematically imprisoned, tortured and killed by the Iranian government. The Islamic regime bans the Baha’is to study or teach in Iranian universities. But the Baha’is do teach, and they do study. Since 1987 the Baha’is started BIHE, an underground university with hundreds of students in Iran, and dozens of teachers in Iran and around the world. Through powerful interviews, exclusive secret footage shot by citizen journalists, rare archival material and dramatic letters written by a Baha’i prisoners currently in jail in Iran, To Light a Candle shows how a small minority has defied the brutal systematic religious persecution through non-violent resistance and educating their youth. A film by Maziar Bahari.
You can find more information about the film here: www.tolightacandlefilm.com
When I was about four years old a very special person visited our home in Papua New Guinea and met with the Baha’i community. I recall my parents being so enamoured with him, and like so many of the Baha’is who met him, they were taken by his wisdom, his humor and his humility.
The visitor was Hand of the Cause Abu’l-Qásim Faizi.
I was actually even named after his son Naysan, and my parents were just one example of the many Baha’is everywhere who loved him. I actually have a picture with Mr. Faizi from that time and I wish that I was older and could have known him, so whenever I would hear stories about him, I would listen attentively, so the moment I saw the release of a new book entitled Faizi by his daughter May Faizi-Moore, I bought a copy straight away!
I managed to get in touch with May Faizi-Moore to ask her some questions about this wonderful new biography about her father:
In a new letter dated July 10, 2014, The Universal House of Justice has called upon the Baha’is of the world to universally adopt the Baha’i calendar — known as the Badi calendar — effective from the upcoming Naw-Ruz.
Rather than paraphrase or quote certain parts of the letter, I’ve decided it would be best to include this significant and exciting new letter below. The letter can also be viewed on the official website of the Universal House of Justice here.
Here is the letter: Continue reading
A documentary about the Baha’i Faith that focuses on faith in action: “Let deeds not words be your adorning” (Baha’u’llah). This documentary profiles the lives of three South African Baha’is from different social and racial backgrounds who each exemplify at least one principle of the Baha’i Faith in action: These principles include: the equality of women and men, the education of (girl) children and the elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty. A look at the lifestyles and daily choices of these featured Baha’is reveals that the Baha’i faith offers practical solutions to today’s global problems. Some of these specific solutions are portrayed first hand as we follow our protagonists who live out their faith through their various careers and pastimes. In short, BAHA’I FAITH, A WAY FORWARD shows how faith can transcend the murmur of prayers and syllables and can translate into concrete steps that promote global unity and prosperity.
In this great little video using stop motion animation, Sophie Rutstein shares a passage about ‘Joy’ from a talk given by Abdu’l-Baha in Paris. The quote is: “Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness.”
Once-in-a-while you meet someone who’s able to pick up any instrument and play it, and Jamey Heath is one of those extremely talented musicians, who can not only play just about everything, but who also has a beautiful voice – and boy can he sing!
I keep bumping into Jamey at different events and conferences throughout the years, and most often he’s behind a piano or with guitar in hand singing a song based on a Baha’i prayer or the Writings.
The U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Information has just released a video on the Baha’i International Community’s United Nations Office in New York and its approach to sustainable development.
The Baha’i International Community (BIC) is an international non-governmental organization with offices in New York, Geneva and Brussels, with representation to the UN and the European Union, and affiliates in over 180 countries, which together represent over 5 million members of the Baha’i Faith.
You can find out more about the Baha’i International Community by visiting their website: www.bic.org
The U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs has just released a video on the Baha’i International Community’s United Nations Office in New York and its approach to sustainable development.
The Baha’i International Community (BIC) is an international non-governmental organization with offices in New York, Geneva and Brussels, with representation to the UN and the European Union, and affiliates in over 180 countries, which together represent over 5 million members of the Baha’i Faith. Continue reading