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Dedicating the Fast to a Goal

Every year during March Baha’is observe a 19 day Fast. According to Abdu’l-Baha, fasting symbolizes detachment from earthly things. It is my understanding that fasting is a time for aligning our inner compass with God’s will and getting a grip on our lower nature.

Physical fasting is a symbol of that abstinence, and is a reminder; that is, just as a person abstains from physical appetites, he is to abstain from self-appetites and self-desires.

It seems like the Fast is a perfect time to challenge our insistent self, set some goals and start a journey towards a destination. So why not dedicate the period of Fast for a specific purpose?  Continue reading

“Aye Pesar-e-Ruh (O Son of Spirit)” by Seaon, Sasha & Sam

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in San Francisco, USA with Seaon Shin, Sasha Bayan and Sam Suggs who sing “Aye Pesar-e-Ruh” in Persian, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah.  Continue reading

“Aye Pesar-e-Ruh (O Son of Spirit)” by Seaon, Sasha & Sam [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in San Francisco, USA with Seaon Shin, Sasha Bayan and Sam Suggs who sing “Aye Pesar-e-Ruh” in Persian, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah.  Continue reading

Toward Prosperity: New BIC Statement About the Role of Women and Men

Toward Prosperity: The Role of Women and Men in Building a Flourishing World Civilization is a new document released by the Baha’i International Community (BIC). This five page statement was prepared as a contribution to the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. It includes these powerful words: “Women and men are equal, and always have been.” This document examines prosperity, as it relates to “the economic empowerment of women in the changing world of work” and the BIC states that “while the path towards prosperity has many obstacles, it is also paved with hope.” With the recent release of this statement and the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we wanted to help spread the word about this statement as it offers the leaders of the world a Baha’i perspective on a critical subject.  Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 10: Joy DeGruy

Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

In this episode I interview Dr. Joy DeGruy, an internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter living in the United States. We talk about how she became a Baha’i and her research and work creating and developing the concept of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. We also talk about how we can affect change in society, especially when it comes to dismantling racism, and we end our discussion speaking about Joy’s love of fishing. Continue reading

New Letter from the Universal House of Justice on Economic Life

On 1 March, 2017 the Universal House of Justice wrote a letter to the Baha’is of the World on economic life.

While all letters from the Universal House of Justice merit repeated study and reflection, this letter arrived just as the Fast began, a period unique in its dedication to prayer, meditation, introspection, study and action. I hope the Fast, and the spiritual attributes it helps strengthen, act as a magnifying glass so that I can better understand and implement this recent guidance in my daily life. Continue reading

What if Birth and Death are Actually the Same? | Justin Baldoni

In this talk, produced by the wonderful team behind Bahaiteachings.org, actor and My Last Days creator Justin Baldoni asks, “What if birth and death are actually the same?” Justin compares the world of the womb to this world and speaks about the physical attributes that we develop in utero in order to use them here. He very movingly describes the birth of his daughter, passing through a dark tunnel into the light, and hopes he will one day greet her joyously once more, when she passes from this world to the next. He wonders whether the prophets of God— such as Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, and Baha’u’llah—described death as a beautiful, spiritual transition because They knew where we’re all going. To finish, Justin asks one more question: “What are you spending your time developing?” Continue reading

19 Resources for the Fast

As we move into the early days of the Fast, here are some Baha’i Blog resources and a few other great finds from around the web dedicated to this special time of year. They include articles that offer a variety of perspectives on the Fast. There’s a diversity of personal reflections, music, videos and a quiz! We hope these resources, listed in no particular order, give you some food for thought (pun intended!) during these spiritually rejuvenating days. Continue reading

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