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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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9 Ways to Fast When You Can Eat

This March will be the third consecutive year that I will not be physically fasting and I think I am finally getting some ideas for how I can still participate. (If you’re unfamiliar with the 19 day Baha’i Fast, Sara wrote a great introduction about it).

There are many reasons to be exempt from fasting whether it’s age, health, performing physical labour, menstruation, travel, pregnancy, or nursing a child (exemptions from the Fast can be found in the synopsis and codification of the Kitab-i-Aqdas). At first I really struggled with being exempt. On one hand I was grateful: the fast is not meant to make us ill or malnourished and my baby’s development relied heavily on me eating well. On the other hand, I felt like I was no longer participating in a spiritual marathon. I was on the sidelines. I was so disconnected from the Fast that I offered my Baha’i friends food to eat in the middle of the day (so embarrassing!).

Having a grumbling tummy or parched mouth is an excellent reminder that you are fasting and without those physical cues I felt disconnected. But it’s not all about the food, so this year I’ve made a list of ways to fast when you can eat – some of which I’ve already tried, and some of which I’m looking forward to implementing: Continue reading

The Signature Paper Artistry of Renée Farrant

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Several months ago we featured the music video of Baha’i singer Shameem’s new song Under One Sun. Not only is it lovely music, but the whole clip showcases some amazing paper artwork, including a full-length dress made of paper! I had never seen this kind of artistry before, and it’s truly something to behold. The work is courtesy of the talented hands of Renée Farrant, a Baha’i from Western Australia who expresses herself and her faith through this deceptively simple medium in some extremely intricate forms, often marrying two and three dimensional pieces with light and shade. You can find Renée’s work online, and we asked her to give us some insight into the inspiration and process that goes into it. Continue reading

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