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“Messenger of Joy” by Roz, Amelia & Andre [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends 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 Roz Fanaieyan, Amelia Fanaieyan and Andre Segovia who sing “Messenger of Joy” from the Writings of the Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

Celebrating 100 Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions Around the World!

Baha’i Blog’s very popular music series called “Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions” is still going strong, and last week we just published our 100th Studio Session so as you can imagine, we’re super excited!

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends around the world, to come into a studio to film and record them singing a song based on the Baha’i Writings. We then make these videos and audio recordings available on our YouTube Channel and SoundCloud page for everyone to listen to and download for free.

We publish one Studio Session per week, and so far we’ve recorded in 21 locations in 11 different languages across the globe! Continue reading

11th Annual Baha’i Choral Festival at Baha’i Temple in Wilmette, Illinois, USA

Each year more than 200 singers from diverse backgrounds and faiths come from around the globe to participate in the Baha’i House of Worship Choral Music Festival, which concludes with two public concerts in the auditorium of the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, USA.

This year marked the 11th Annual Baha’i Choral Festival, and more than a thousand people came to the concert at the Baha’i temple to hear the uplifting music and spiritual readings from the world’s religions. This is a live video stream from the event which took place on May 28, 2017. Continue reading

My 9 Tips for Creating Imaginative Spaces for Elevated Conversation

Shoghi Effendi tells us “everyone is a potential teacher. He has only to use what God has given him” and when the Universal House of Justice speaks of “people hailing from every human group, inspired by the Revelation of Baha’u’llah” that will “give expression to patterns of thought and action engendered by His teachings” and evolve “new elements of culture,” it is talking about you!

A few months ago I hosted an art show birthday party to usher in my 29th year. I wanted to accomplish many things, mostly to unite my spiritual and artistic communities in an uplifting atmosphere of elevated conversation. I really wanted my guests to be encouraged to have meaningful conversations from the get-go.  Continue reading

“Ó Amigo (O Friend)” by Bruno Silvestre

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends 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 Lisbon, Portugal, with Bruno Silvestre who sings “Ó Amigo” in Portuguese, which means “O Friend” in English, and is from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“Ó Amigo (O Friend)” by Bruno Silvestre [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends 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 Lisbon, Portugal, with Bruno Silvestre who sings “Ó Amigo” in Portuguese, which means “O Friend” in English, and is from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

‘Women Who Changed the World’: Biographical Stories of Inspiring Women.

Perhaps you’ve already heard Sarah Perceval’s enchanting voice. She has recorded several story-telling audio collections such as Ancient Beauty: Stories from the Life of Baha’u’llah, The Bag of Jewels: A Sparkling Collection of Wisdom Stories Celebrating the Virtues, The Master: Stories of Abdu’l-Baha for Children, and Illumined Youth: Stories of Spiritual Transformation. Her latest project is an album of stories called Women Who Changed the World: Biographical Stories of Inspiring Women. Interwoven with music by Kelly Snook, these audio stories share glimpses of the lives of 10 women from various corners of the world who changed our world for the better — they include Tahirih, Florence Nightingale, and Rosa Parks.

I often get to ask musicians about their albums and their creative processes, but this is my first time interviewing a storyteller. Here’s what Sarah shared with me:  Continue reading

Audio Reading: Universal House of Justice Letter on Economic Life

Baha’i Blog is happy to provide an audio recording of the 1st of March, 2017 letter on economic life from the Universal House of Justice.

You can read the message in full or download it from the website of the Universal House of Justice. This letter, worthy of much study and reflection, relates to our economic lives and its implications for the welfare and prosperity of humanity. Although intended to reach institutions and communities, this letter is directed especially to us all as individuals.

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The Sun of Baha Has Set: Images of Bahji

Every year, Baha’is around the world commemorate the Ascension of Baha’u’llah that occurred on May 29, 1892. Shoghi Effendi masterfully penned this description of what followed in the hours after dawn on that historic day:

The news of His ascension was instantly communicated to Sultan Abdu’l-Hamid in a telegram which began with the words “the Sun of Baha has set” and in which the monarch was advised of the intention of interring the sacred remains within the precincts of the Mansion, an arrangement to which he readily assented. Baha’u’llah was accordingly laid to rest in the northernmost room of the house which served as a dwelling-place for His son-in-law, the most northerly of the three houses lying to the west of, and adjacent to, the Mansion. His interment took place shortly after sunset, on the very day of His ascension.
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