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“Jedinstvo (Unity)” by Ali Youssefi [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 Belgrade, Serbia with Ali Youssefi who sings “Jedinstvo (Unity)” in Serbian, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s 10 Most Popular Video Posts of the Year

To celebrate Baha’i Blog’s 6th year anniversary, we posted our top 10 articles of the year, so now in the spirit of continuing the celebration, it’s time to list the top 10 videos posted in Baha’i Blog’s video section for the year!

As you hopefully know by now, Baha’i Blog has an Audio Section, an Image Section, our Article Section, and the very popular Video Section, where we’ve published over 200 videos so far of both original content produced by Baha’i Blog, and curated content made by others found on the web (but taking copyright seriously of course).

In this top 10 countdown, we list the top 10 videos with the most amount of traffic posted to our video section from Naw-Ruz 2016 to Naw-Ruz 2017 based on Google Analytics. (Please note that this is not based on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel).

So let’s begin the countdown starting from number 10: Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 13: Erika Batdorf

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 Canadian multidisciplinary artist, performer and creator, Erika Batdorf. Erika’s work has received numerous awards and been featured around the world. She was in California attending an SBCAST retreat, so I sat with her and had an amazing conversation about how science and art intersect; her show ‘Burnish‘ and how like all of her work it’s inspired by the Baha’i Writings. We discuss how our physical body and the ability to “feel” our body – like the beating of our heart, or even the power of walking – has an effect on our soul. She shares the fascinating story of how she was first introduced to the Baha’i Faith at the age of nine, and how as a teen, she would hitchhike dressed as a clown to get herself to Green Acre. She shares one of her personal struggles, her favorite Baha’i quote, and she also offers some wonderful advice to young Baha’i artists. Continue reading

Moreland Baha’i Community Prepares for the Bicentenary of Baha’u’llah’s Birth

In this video created by the Moreland Baha’i community in Australia, we catch a glimpse of how their community, like so many others around the world, is planning the celebration of the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah taking place in 2017. The expectation is that the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah happening this year will be a big event. A really big event, with the hope of seeing 10 times the number of people attending as there are Baha’is in the community.  Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s 10 Most Popular Articles of the Year

Every year just after Naw-Ruz, Baha’i Blog celebrates its birthday, and now that we’ve just turned six years old, it’s time to start doing our annual ‘Top 10’ countdown of Baha’i Blog’s most popular posts.

As you know, Baha’i Blog has an Article section, a Video section, an Audio section, an Image Gallery, a YouTube Channel and a Soundcloud page, but written articles are the first thing we started out with, and they range from news and personal reflections, to interviews and tributes. We post two original articles per week, and so far we’ve published over 600 since we first began.

In this Top 10 countdown, we list the 10 most read Baha’i Blog articles of the last year (from Naw-Ruz 2016 to Naw-Ruz 2017), based on Google Analytics. So now ladies and gentlemen, here’s the countdown starting from number 10: Continue reading

“The Balance” by Juliet & Amelia Rasekhy [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 sisters Juliet and Amelia Rasekhy singing “The Balance” based on the Words of Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

William Sutherland Maxwell: Distinguished Architect

William Sutherland Maxwell, November 14th, 1874 - March 25th, 1952 (Photo: courtesy of the Baha'i International Community)

William Sutherland Maxwell was a distinguished soul whose life is best summarized in the words of Shoghi Effendi. The Guardian cabled the following obituary to the Baha’is of the world on March 26, 1952:

With sorrowful heart announce through national assemblies that Hand of Cause of Baha’u’llah, highly esteemed, dearly beloved Sutherland Maxwell, has been gathered into the glory of the Abha Kingdom. His saintly life, extending well nigh four score years, enriched during the course of Abdu’l-Baha’s ministry by services in the Dominion of Canada, ennobled during the Formative Age of Faith by decade of services in Holy Land, during darkest days of my life, doubly honoured through association with the crown of martyrdom won by May Maxwell and incomparable honor bestowed upon his daughter, attained consummation through his appointment as architect of the arcade and superstructure of the Bab’s Sepulchre as well as elevation to the front rank of the Hands of Cause of God.

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Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 12: Michael Penn

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 my Baha’i friend Michael Penn, a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the US. We talk about how he became a Baha’i and the cool story of how he and his wife met; we discuss beauty and being our authentic self; hope and hopelessness; racism and how each one of us can overcome it; how the human being is the most sensitive signal detection system in the known universe – yep that’s right! and we talk about the book he’s working on, and how philosophy is the bridge between science and spirituality. Continue reading

This Phenomenal Life: A Book of Wonder by Misha Blaise

I’ve been following the visual artist Misha Blaise for a while on Instagram. There’s an infectious exuberance to her work. Her use of colour revives my heart and I’m pleased and delighted that she just created a gift book for adults (that older children and teens will love too) called This Phenomenal Life: The Amazing Ways We Are Connected with Our Universe. The book shares short incredible thought-provoking facts about the universe and concludes with a quotation you may recognize. I’m not the only one smitten with Misha’s work: the book got a starred review on Publishers Weekly! We’re excited to present this small gallery of some of the gorgeous work included in This Phenomenal Life and to share with you her own words about putting the book together. Without further ado, here’s the bright, loveable, incredible work of Misha Blaise!  Continue reading

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