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A Nightingale’s Cry: A New Album by Mea

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A couple of years ago, Baha’i Blog featured a great Baha’i-inspired musical initiative out of Finland called Refuge, and now one of the participants of that initiative, Mea Karvonen, has just released her very own debut album entitled A Nightingale’s Cry.

A Nightingale’s Cry is an instrumental album of piano pieces inspired by the Baha’i Faith, and the tracks comprise of both original pieces composed by Mea, and also ones inspired by songs composed by other Baha’i musicians such as Tom Price, Jean Rebstock Murday and others which have touched her in one way or another, like the piece called Grace & Favor, based on an Iranian Baha’i song she’s been singing since she was a child. Additionally, Mea has also included a download of the sheet music to these songs as well, which is always great!

I recently caught up with Mea to find out more about her music and her debut album: Continue reading

How losing everything is the perfect opportunity to win anything | Arash Aazami | TEDxLancasterU

Arash Aazami

In his talk Arash shares about his personal journey and how losing everything can give the opportunity to win anything.

Arash Aazami founded the world’s first energy interdependence company: BAS – Benefit to All Stakeholders, which quickly grew into a serious alternative to conventional energy companies and became one of The Netherlands fastest growing companies and whose business model, the Path to Zero, won two categories at 2014 MIT Climate CoLab Challenge. He recently resigned from the board of his company to dedicate his time to empower people and organisations to find and utilise their full potential.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

3 Ways to Become a Better Listener

3 Ways to Become a Better Listener

Listening isn’t easy. There is so much more to it than allowing sound waves to tickle their way into your ears. How can we become better listeners? In reflecting on this question, I have the following three suggestions:

1. A Gentle Silence is Golden

Baha’u’llah says that “the tongue is a smoldering fire and excess of speech a deadly poison.” I have grappled with these striking and powerful words for a long time but I know it to be true from all those times I found myself in conversation just itching to put forward my ideas and ignoring what others were saying. My excess of speech consumed me and deafened me and I am slowly learning that the way to be a better listener is to simply. Stop. Talking. Howard Colby Ives, an early Baha’i, describes this feeling perfectly and he explains how Abdu’l-Baha was the perfect listener. Ives writes: Continue reading

The Baha’i Gardens in Haifa (drone video)

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What’s known in Israel as the “Baha’i Gardens” are a Baha’i holy place and a major tourist site in Haifa, Israel. The garden terraces are located around the golden-domed Shrine of the Bab on Mount Carmel, where Baha’is from around the world come to pay their respects while on pilgrimage. The staircase includes nineteen extremely beautiful terraces, extending almost one kilometer, covering about 200,000 square meters of land. The gardens combine works of stone and metal as well as fountains and green expansive lawns. The garden overlooks the panoramic views of the city, the Galilee Hills and the Mediterranean Sea.

You can find out why the Baha’i Faith has its holy places in Israel from this Baha’i Blog article: Why is the Baha’i World Centre in Israel?

The Importance of Memorizing the Baha’i Writings

Importance of Memorization in Baha'i Faith

Memory is one of the five spiritual powers that we, as humans, possess. In addition to the five physical senses, we also have imagination, thought, comprehension, memory, and what Abdu’l-Baha terms the “common faculty”.

While our physical senses enable us to navigate through the material world, it is our spiritual powers that allow us to transcend it. Memory is therefore something unique to us and non-occurring in the natural world. As Abdu’l-Baha says, “man is fortified with memory” – it is an attribute and a strength with which we have been endowed.

When we look through the sequence of Ruhi courses, it is evident that the memorization of quotes and prayers plays a key role in our study. Tutors and participants alike sometimes struggle with the expectation to commit long passages of text to memory, particularly when unaccustomed to the style of language often used. It might even seem unnecessary to memorize in a world where smartphones allow us easy and instantaneous access to prayers and Writings from wherever we are.

Our willingness to memorize is key to being able to do so. The importance of memorization should therefore not be lost on us: Continue reading

Baha’i Blog Images – Galleries of Beautiful Baha’i-related Visual Works


A big part of our mission here at Baha’i Blog is to showcase and highlight the amazing Baha’i projects and work going on around the world. That’s why a year ago we broadened our site with a gallery of great Baha’i-related video, and then this year we added a showcase of Baha’i-inspired music and audio. Today we’re excited to launch yet another new part of the site.

Baha’i Blog Images features photos, wallpapers, design, art and other imagery. We’ll be publishing photographic portfolios from talented Baha’i creators, historic and event related images, evocative art and design, and of course pictures of beautiful Baha’i architecture, plus lots more! Continue reading

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