On 13 March 2015, Cyclone Pam hit the South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, killing 16 people and destroying thousands of homes. Tanna, an island in the south of Vanuatu and with a population of approximately 32,000, was one of the worst affected areas. Tanna island is also one of five locations where – as the Universal House of Justice announced in its 2012 Ridvan Message – a new local Baha’i House of Worship will be built.
Payman and Sima Rowhani, two Baha’is from Vanuatu, have shared the following wonderful account of their visit to the Baha’i friends in Nakayelo Village on Tanna Island, which we are reproducing on Baha’i Blog, with their permission.
While it is clear from their account that the people of Vanuatu are going through a difficult time, it also demonstrates the incredible courage and resilience of the people there. Continue reading
An animation produced by the Australian Baha’i Community explaining the Iranian government’s policy aimed at destroying the Baha’i community in Iran. The denial of access for Baha’is to a higher education is one of the many strategies implemented to achieve that aim.
To learn more and take action visit: http://educationisnotacrime.me/
Singer-songwriter Omid Master lives in Port Douglass, a small coastal town popular with the tourists in the tropical north-east of Australia. Omid has been strumming and thumping out the tunes with a rock band for years, and having already released a few commercial albums with tracks successfully hitting the local charts, he’s recently taken it down a notch and recorded an acoustic album with the help of a few friends.
The album’s called Acoustic Baha’i Devotions, and that’s exactly what it is – Baha’i Prayers and Writings set to unplugged, down-to-earth acoustic guitar and other instruments.
Check out his his website, and you can also read Baha’i Blog’s interview with Omid Master here: Acoustic Devotions: An Interview with Omid Master
It always puts a smile on my face when I find out about individuals from different parts of the world who take the initiative to put the Sacred Writings of the Baha’i Faith to music, and share it with others.
So it gives me great pleasure to share Music of the Heart, the fourth and latest album by Singaporean Baha’i Michelle Koay. All of the ten songs on Michelle’s album consist of the Chinese translations of Baha’i prayers by The Bab, Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha put to music, and the album also includes the karaoke versions of the prayers too.
I decided to catch up with Michelle to find out more about her and this wonderful musical initiative: Continue reading
The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions is an organisation that aims to bring people of faith together to work for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. Since 1993, the Council for a Parliament of World Religions has organised a total of four Parliaments which have been held in Chicago, Cape Town, Barcelona and Melbourne. The fifth Parliament will be held in 2015.
This video, created for the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, beautifully encapsulates the vision behind this worldwide interfaith movement.
Smith & Dragoman’s third album titled The Mystery, is another mystical and soul-stirring musical experience from the Canadian duo Smith & Dragoman.
Each of their albums are based on a certain chapter in the history of the Baha’i Faith. The Mystery, is largely on the life and personage of Abdu’l-Baha.
You can buy a physical or digital version of their album here.
You can also read Baha’i Blog’s interview with Brett Smith of Smith & Dragoman here.
To Light a Candle by Maziar Bahari – Trailer from Iranwire.com Vimeo on Vimeo.
By now, many of you would have heard of or seen the documentary ‘To Light A Candle’ by Maziar Bahari. This documentary highlights the persecution of Baha’is in Iran, and focuses in particular on the denial of their right to an education. Continue reading
“Imagine a school where your teachers are your friends and mentors, looking for the best within you, and helping you see strengths within yourself that you may not have known were there…where helping you develop your character is as important as helping you develop your mind…where helping you be the best person you can be is as important to helping you be the smartest person you can be…a school that sees you essentially as a spiritual being, and nurtures the life of the spirit…”
That school exists, and it’s called Townshend International School.
Townshend International is a Baha’i-inspired school located in a town called Hluboka nad Vltavou in the south of the Czech Republic. It’s about a two hour train ride from the nation’s capital, Prague, and its students come from all over the world to attend. I’ve visited the school and I know many people who have studied there, and I have to say that everyone I know who’s attended Townshend International School can’t say enough good things about it, and how the school had a profound effect on both their spiritual and academic growth.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Vivek Williams, the School Director of Townshend, and I thought it would be great to ask him a few questions to find out more about this wonderful Baha’i-school and to share it with everyone: Continue reading
Vahid Rafati presents a talk entitled “The Evolving Role of Baha’i Scholarship” at the 2014 Association for Baha’i Studies North America Conference in Toronto, Canada.
From Watering The Soul, this track features music by Arlen Yanch, the voice of Karim Rushdy, and of course the Writings of Baha’u’llah.
The full text of the Fire Tablet is available in the Baha’i Reference Library. And you can find more of Karim’s music on Bandcamp.