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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

The Descendants: A Divine Collaboration

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When three really close friends from California – Bella Blue, Aubrey Wood and Gia Sky – hear about the 114 world-wide Youth Conferences announced by the Universal House of Justice, they decide to get together to see what they could do to support it – oh, and did I mention that they’re all professional musicians!?

What resulted from their get-together was the creation of a music group called ‘The Descendants’ and the release of a wonderful debut album called A Divine Collaboration.

The lyrics of their songs are all taken directly from the Baha’i Writings, prayers and holy texts, and the group sets them beautifully to uplifting contemporary music.

You can read Baha’i Blog’s interview with The Descendants here: Divine Collaboration: An Interview with The Descendants

Iran & UN: Improving Human Rights (Dutch with English subtitles)

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This film made in The Netherlands, was made to express a longing for the betterment of the human rights situation in Iran.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is an instrument established by the UN to assist all countries in the world to improve their human rights situations. A UN Special Rapporteur has been assigned to support Iran in its efforts to improve human rights. Will Iran have meaningful conversations in the near future with the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights to help its own citizens?

To watch the video with subtitles in a few other languages, use the links below:

* Persian subtitles: http://youtu.be/tQ9oaAS-3pY
* French subtitles: http://youtu.be/TVOxTSmXyBk
* Portuguese subtitles: http://youtu.be/d1urDXEUsdM

Ridvan (Smith & Dragoman Cover) by Malaysian Youth

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Once again a group of young Baha’is from the Malaysian Baha’i community have filmed and recorded a beautiful cover of the song Ridvan by Smith & Dragoman.

You can listen to and purchase the original song Ridvan by Smith and Dragoman from their album Mystery here, and also check out the video and song ‘Baha’u’llah‘, also performed by some of the Malaysian Baha’i youth, and which is one of the most popular videos in Baha’i Blog’s video section.

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