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The Ridvan Message 2016 (173 B.E.)

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The Universal House of Justice has just addressed the Baha’is of the world with the latest Ridvan message.

Each year on the first day of Ridvan, the Universal House of Justice addresses a letter to the worldwide Baha’i community, known as the Ridvan message. These letters touch on many subjects, including the growth and vibrancy of the Baha’i community, its efforts to contribute to the life of society, and the progress of specific projects and plans. Continue reading

Register for the Chile Temple Inauguration by 15 May, 2016.

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The erection of the continental House of Worship for South America in Santiago, Chile is quickly moving towards its completion and registration to attend the inauguration of the temple is open. This much awaited and historic occasion will mark a milestone in the development of the worldwide Baha’i community, where Baha’is of South America and the rest of the world, together with their guests, will gather at a dedication ceremony, in celebration of the message of unity brought by Baha’u’llah.

I’ve had quite a few people asking me about the inauguration, and with less than 30 days left to register for the event, I thought it may be useful to post about this in order to both help and remind everyone about this historic occasion.

So here’s some important information about the inauguration of the temple in Chile: Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s Top 10 Audio Posts of the Year

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To wrap up our Top 10 Baha’i Blog lists of the year as a result of our 5th year anniversary, we finish things off with a countdown of the top 10 audio posts added to Baha’i Blog’s Audio Section based on the highest traffic from Naw-Ruz 2015 to Naw-Ruz 2016.

Baha’i Blog’s Audio Section is where we post both original content produced by Baha’i Blog, and curated content from others found in the online world (strictly adhering to copyright laws of course). To date we’ve published approximately 100 posts in the Audio Section where you can find everything from Baha’i-inspired talks, to interviews to music, and it’s where we continue to add new items every week!

Here are the top 10 posts in Baha’i Blog’s Audio Section for the year starting the countown from number 10: Continue reading

BahaiChoralMusic.com – A New Site for Baha’i Choral Music, Composers & Choirs

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Baha’i-inspired choral music is continually reaching new heights and choirs are sprouting up in many localities around the world. Baha’is, like people of every Faith, or even no Faith, love music. It brings joy to the soul, lifts the heart and rejuvenates the spirit. Singing together is even more powerful, especially when we’re singing the word of God, and Shoghi Effendi would urge that choir singing by men, women and children be encouraged.
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Baha’i World Centre Re-launches the “Baha’i Media Bank”

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Here at Baha’i Blog, we take the images we use for our articles very seriously. Besides trying our best to choose the ‘right’ type of image for each of our articles, we always make sure that we’re using images that we have copyright permission to use. But it’s not always that easy. It can be especially hard to find certain images relating to the Baha’i Faith, and then when you do find them, you have to somehow find out who owns the image and try to seek permission from the copyright holder to use the image.

That’s why the team here at Baha’i Blog is super-excited about the Baha’i World Centre’s recent re-launch of the “Baha’i Media Bank”! Continue reading

5 Baha’i Books About Marriage

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In the Baha’i Writings we are told that marriage is “a fortress for well-being” and preparation for a lasting union is something we can all benefit from. So whether you’re single and hoping to find a partner, or already investigating someone’s character, I thought it would be useful to put together a short list of books to help you get started in your own preparation to building that fortress. Continue reading

12 Wonderful Resources about the Life of Abdu’l-Baha

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Over the last several days, Baha’is around the world have observed two Baha’i holy days related to Abdu’l-Baha, the eldest son of Baha’u’llah who led the Baha’i community after Baha’u’llah’s passing. Abdu’l-Baha is often referred to by Baha’is as ‘the Master’, but the title “Abdu’l-Baha” is Arabic for “Servant of Baha”, and He is considered the perfect example of how to live according to the Baha’i Teachings.

The first of the two recent Baha’i holy days is known as ‘The Day of the Covenant‘, observed on November 26. It signifies the establishment of Baha’u’llah’s Covenant with humanity. The second holy day was two days later on November 28, and is known as ‘The Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha’, commemorating the passing of Abdu’l-Baha.

So in honor of Abdu’l-Baha, and in the interest of helping us learn more about His wonderful personage, I thought it would be useful to list a small selection of resources which may assist us in learning more about His fascinating life. Continue reading

5 Tips for Starting a Devotional on Meetup.com

5 Tips Starting Devotional on Meetup.com

Meetup.com is an online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings in over 196 countries. It’s typically used by people wanting to practise a new language, meet people in a new city, or dress up as wizards and play dungeons and dragons. So my friends and I thought, why don’t we start a devotional on Meetup.com for people who are interested in having soulful reflections?

We live in Melbourne, Australia, and one year on and we’ve had 105 people express their interest by joining the group. We’ve held 19 Meetups with an average of 11 people attending each time. The diversity of backgrounds and views has made it a fascinating way to meet people from our local area who are looking to have meaningful conversations.

Based on our experience and our learnings, here are five tips for starting a devotional of your own using Meetup.com: Continue reading

Child of Mine: A Baha’i Inspired Composition for Expectant Parents

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There is a wealth of information and differing opinions about pregnancy-related issues online and in print, so much so that expectant parents often feel quite overwhelmed when sourcing information. When I first fell pregnant, I avoided reading like the plague in fear that I would get confused and (more) anxious about my impending role as a parent. I decided the best way to source information was to turn to the Writings, and most other things could be learnt on the job.

A dear friend of mine, Kamelia Khoshmashrab has made it easy to find information about pregnancy-related matters from a Baha’i perspective with the release of her compilation Child of Mine. The publication brings together Baha’i Writings on a range of topics and is the perfect go-to resource for anyone who is planning, expecting or has just given birth to a baby.

Child of Mine is divided into five chapters as follows: pre-pregnancy matters, matters within pregnancy and breastfeeding, infant health, matters after birth and the spiritual environment of infants. Topics covered include (but are not limited to) chastity and the purpose of marriage, IVF and surrogacy, miscarriages, vaccinations, naming a child, godparents, and postpartum depression.

Baha’i Blog spoke to Kamelia to find out more about the new release: Continue reading