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Yaran – KC Porter

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The song “Yaran”, tells the story of the seven friends in Iran that were arrested and imprisoned unjustly, simply for believing in the Baha’i Faith, whose central teaching is the unity of humanity, of religion and of God. They have been held in prison since March, 2008, serving out a 20 year sentence.

The song is free for the first 200 downloads, I’d like to keep it free, but band camp won’t allow it. I hope you enjoy the song and keep our dear friends in your thoughts and prayers always, and do what you can to let leaders everywhere speak out against this grave injustice.

Thank you!!

– KC

Below are the song lyrics:

YARAN – by KC Porter

In Spring 2008,
In a world not yet awake,
Seven loving parents,
Arrested for their faith.

Taken from their loved ones,
And stripped of all they own,
Into a small, dark cell,
Their fate would not be known.

Teaching was their service,
Their leaders would forbid,
And now they’re serving countless years,
For things they never did.

Their only crime was selflessness,
And daring to believe,
That until there was unity,
The world would not know peace.

You Are Remembered And Not forgotten!

The world has come to know you,
As friends, as the Yaran,
Your strength and inspiration,
They help us carry on.

Bereft of every comfort,
Through day and sleepless night,
Still, in your darkest hour,
Your spirit’s shining bright!

We will not sleep,
‘Till you’re released,
We will not eat,
‘Till you are free,
How can we breathe,
While you’re in captivity?
A hundred million of our tears,
Are swelling up,
Swelling up the sea!

You Are Remembered And Not forgotten!
Let your spirit sing!

Join the Global Campaign to Help Free Imprisoned Baha’is – #7Bahais7years


Unfortunately the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran continues, and it has now been seven years that seven former Baha’i leaders (also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’) have been wrongfully imprisoned in Iran. These seven Baha’is formed the entire membership of the now-disbanded ad hoc group tending to the spiritual and social needs of the Iranian Baha’i community (in the absence of formally elected Baha’i leadership which was banned in 1983), and they were arrested and imprisoned for nothing more than their belief in the Baha’i Faith. Now the Baha’i International Community has launched a global campaign to mark the seventh anniversary of their wrongful imprisonment and to call for their immediate release.

Running for seven days (14 – 21 May, 2015), the global campaign is based on the theme “Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders”, and each of these seven days will focus on a different member of the seven arrested Baha’i leaders.

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Music with Zest – An Interview with Lemon Soul Trio

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As the Faith grows and develops, the artistic expression of its followers blossoms and grows. Recorded devotional music in French are rare gems so I was ecstatic when I learned about Lemon Soul Trio, a band whose motto is “un antidote contre le blues” (which roughly translates as “an antidote for the blues”) – a clever turn of phrase considering their jazzy, bluesy, world-music style.

Their first album, which bears their band’s name, was released in October 2014. It contains 9 tracks – a propitious number! While the majority of their lyrics are in French, their music is global in its appeal. The group is composed of three very talented musicians: Margaret Harmer, a percussionist; Nicolas Leroy, a guitarist; and Yasmin Farhoumand, a vocalist.

I was eager to find out more and Yasmin agreed to share some behind-the-tunes information on behalf of the band about their exciting work. Continue reading

Unite by Ali Youssefi

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In this song ‘Unite’, singer/songwriter Ali Youssefi is joined by about 50 singers and musicians from around the world!

The lyrics are based on the Baha’i Writings, and they are as follows:

Unite and bind together the hearts, join in accord all the souls. Oh Lord! Make these faces radiant through the light of Thy oneness. -Abdu’l-Baha

You can also watch the music video for the song ‘Unite’ here: Unite – Ali Youssefi

Mama, Papa & Me – Early Years Education

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The team at Media Makes Us visited a course run by Mama Papa & Me, who provide advanced level training for parents and caregivers to nurture the moral and intellectual development of children in their early years (0-5 years). The aim of these courses are to equip participants with the necessary capabilities, on the one hand, and on the other, to enable them to contribute more meaningfully and powerfully to the prevalent discourse in society surrounding parenting, child care and child development.

You can also read Baha’i Blog’s interview with Mama, Papa & Me founder Danielle Pee here: Mama Papa & Me: An Interview with Danielle Pee

An Honest Letter to Baha’i Youth about Sex

An Honest Letter to Baha'i Youth About Sex

In a way, I’ve been waiting for 19 years to write this letter and it’s an honor that you are taking a few minutes from your busy life to read my broken thoughts about this topic. Whether you are a Baha’i youth, a parent of one, or maybe someone who isn’t in either of those categories, I’m thrilled that you feel this topic is worthwhile of your time.

Let me get right to it. Sex within a marriage is wonderful. Continue reading

Happy Heart Kid: Character-building Activity Kits for Kids

Empathy Activity Kit. Photo courtesy of Happy Heart Kid

Empathy Activity Kit. Photo courtesy of Happy Heart Kid

I get really excited when I find out about products for children that aim to assist with their moral and spiritual development. I am so grateful to live in this age of instant communication so I can ask other Baha’i mothers questions about the materials and tools they have created and use in their daily lives but there are so few resources out there that are already thoughtfully assembled and ready to go. So you can imagine my joy in discovering Happy Heart Kid, a company that makes character building activity kits for little ones! I was eager to find out all about it and Archana Jiwnani, the woman behind Happy Heart Kid, was happy to oblige. Continue reading

Canopy – MJ Cyr

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Canadian singer/songwriter MJ Cyr’s first full-length album ‘Canopy’ is based on the Baha’i Writings and she aimed to find concepts and ideas that are universally inspirational to everyone no matter the belief or school of thought. MJ expressed how far too often, concepts connected to spirituality or Faith seem so out-of-reach, or taboo, and she hoped to create something that can show a softer, more tangible side.

You can also read Baha’i Blog’s interview with MJ Cyr here: Innocent In Heart: An Interview with MJ Cyr

Innocent In Heart – MJ Cyr

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This is the music video for the song ‘Innocent In Heart’ by Canadian singer/songwriter MJ Cyr. The song is from the album Canopy and is based on a quote from Abdu’l-Baha:

As for you, O ye lovers of God, make firm your steps in His Cause, with such resolve that ye shall not be shaken though the direst of calamities assail the world. By nothing, under no conditions, be ye perturbed. Be ye anchored fast as the high mountains, be stars that dawn over the horizon of life, be bright lamps in the gatherings of unity, be souls humble and lowly in the presence of the friends, be innocent in heart. Be ye symbols of guidance and lights of godliness, severed from the world, clinging to the handhold that is sure and strong, spreading abroad the spirit of life, riding the Ark of salvation. Be ye daysprings of generosity, dawning-points of the mysteries of existence, sites where inspiration alighteth, rising-places of splendours, souls that are sustained by the Holy Spirit, enamoured of the Lord, detached from all save Him, holy above the characteristics of humankind, clothed in the attributes of the angels of heaven, that ye may win for yourselves the highest bestowal of all, in this new time, this wondrous age.

You can also read Baha’i Blog’s interview with MJ Cyr here: Innocent In Heart: An Interview with MJ Cyr

What to Do When You Lose Your Way


At some time in our lives, we all lose our way. Whether it’s a detour, a sideroad, or ultimately just a different road, each of us has to find their own path. Perhaps the time we feel most fraught is in youth. On popular social media site Reddit, in the Baha’i channel, a discussion thread popped up in response to a youth seeking advice. Other Baha’is offered support and posted advice, much of which is applicable to anyone who is confused, lost or simply unsure. Like many Baha’is, I’ve had my times in just that place, and I thought the advice was worth reposting for anyone else who might find themselves looking for some wisdom. Continue reading

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