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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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Canarias Avanza

‘Canarias Avanza’ is a video documentary in Spanish and was produced by the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the Canary Islands.

The 47 minute video looks at the process of community development offered to society through different activities, while highlighting some of the components that are helping in this process such as the youth movement, love and unity, and accompaniment.

Check Out the New bahai.org Website!

New_Bahai.orgAs most of you know, bahai.org is the official website of the worldwide Baha’i community, and whenever someone asks me what website they should use to find out more about the Baha’i Faith, I always give them the bahai.org address.

bahai.org has just gone through a beautiful redesign with new menu options and catagories to choose from. It’s still in its final stages of testing and development, and you can choose to revert to the old design as well, but the new design is refreshing and straightforward, helping you and your friends easily find out What Baha’is Believe, What Baha’is Do and making the Baha’i Reference Library easily accessible.

Have a look at the new bahai.org site by clicking here.

Do I Really Matter?

‘Do I really matter?’ is a short video about our ability to make a difference, and was made by some of the youth in Belmopan, Belize, who are involved in Baha’i community building activities.

The story is of Sara and Michael who are finding out whether we can really make a difference with the seemingly small choices we make.

True Lover – Nasim Anayati Ma’ani

Music video from Nasim Anayati Ma’ani based on the song ‘True Lover’ from her album The Longing, with lyrics taken from The Hidden Words by Bahá’u’lláh and music by Grant Hindin Miller.

You can purchase the album on iTunes here.

Here is the Hidden Word the song is based on:

“O SON OF JUSTICE!
Whither can a lover go but to the land of his beloved? And what seeker findeth rest away from his heart’s desire? To the true lover reunion is life, and separation is death. His breast is void of patience and his heart hath no peace. A myriad lives he would forsake to hasten to the abode of his beloved.”

‘Towards a Better Society’ – A New Video about Junior Youth

Towards a Better Society is a new 53 minute documentary from the Baha’i Community of the United Kingdom which follows the movement of youth; before, during and after the London Youth Conference in 2013.

The London Youth Conference was one of 114 Youth Conferences announced by the Universal House of Justice across the globe, and the documentary captures the personal stories of young people from Camberwell (London), Sheffield and Ennis (Republic of Ireland) as they strive to work towards building a better society.

Hopefully this film will serve as an inspiring resource and tool for furthering the community building efforts at the grassroots.

Happy viewing everyone!

Luke Slott – Create In Me a Pure Heart

“Create in Me a Pure Heart” is a prayer from Baha’u’llah performed and composed by Luke Slott from his album titled Create in Me a Pure Heart.

The prayer:

“Create in me a pure heart, O my God, and renew a tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope! Through the spirit of power confirm Thou me in Thy Cause, O my Best-Beloved, and by the light of Thy glory reveal unto me Thy path, O Thou the Goal of my desire! Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up unto the heaven of Thy holiness, O Source of my being, and by the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me, O Thou Who art my God! Let Thine everlasting melodies breathe tranquillity on me, O my Companion, and let the riches of Thine ancient countenance deliver me from all except Thee, O my Master, and let the tidings of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring me joy, O Thou Who art the most manifest of the manifest and the most hidden of the hidden!” -Baha’u’llah

You can also read the Baha’i Blog interview with Luke Slott here: Create in Me a Pure Heart: An Interview with Luke Slott

Two Series of Talks Now Available from Dr. Amin Banani and Dr. Nader Saiedi

Professor Amin Banani on the left and Professor Nader Saiedi is on the right.

Pictured above on the left is Dr. Amin Banani, and on the right is Dr. Nader Saiedi.

We’re always trying to get our hands on Baha’i talks here at Baha’i Blog (taking copyright seriously of course), and in fact one of the requests from our recent Baha’i Blog Survey was to make more Baha’i Talks available.

And now, thanks to the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Santa Monica, California we’re happy to share with everyone two sets of talks held at the Santa Monica Baha’i Centre.

The first is a series of three talks given by Professor Amin Banani in 2003 on the “World Order of Baha’u’llah”.

The second is a series of 12 talks given by Professor Nader Saiedi called “Text and Context in the Baha’i Heroic Age” held in 2014.

Both were held at the Santa Monica Baha’i Centre, and we are so grateful to the Santa Monica Baha’i Community for not only organizing these talks, but for taking the initiative to record them! Continue reading

Design for Local House of Worship in Colombia has been Unveiled

Pictured above is the design of the local Baha'i House of Worship to be built in the Norte del Cauca region of Colombia. (Image: Baha'i World News Service)

Pictured above is the design for the local Baha’i House of Worship to be built in the Norte del Cauca region of Colombia. (Image: Baha’i World News Service)

The design for the local Baha’i House of Worship to be built in the Norte del Cauca region of Colombia was unveiled on Sunday 14 September to an audience of 500 people from the region and other visitors.

The Baha’i World News Service explained that a small team from the Colombian architectural firm, CUNA, presented the approved plans, and Eduard Lopez, one of the architects working on the project, described the process by which the team developed the design for the Temple:

“Mr. Lopez explained that its members spent many hours, over the course of months, visiting different communities and groups in Norte del Cauca, listening to their ideas and thoughts about the House of Worship, coming to understand their aspirations, and participating in their community-building activities.”

Read the full article about the unveiling of the design of the House of Worship in Colombia from the Baha’i World News Service website: news.bahai.org/story/1020
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