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Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 19: Kevin Locke

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 Kevin Locke, which in Lakota is “Tokaheya Inajin” meaning “First to Rise”. Both Lakota and Anishnabe, Kevin is a Native American Baha’i who is a world famous visionary Hoop Dancer, preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator with nearly 40 years of performing to over hundreds of thousands of people in over 90 countries. Living in Standing Rock, USA, Kevin talks to me about Lakota culture, some of their traditional prophecies and the power of women in their society. He tells me how he became a Baha’i, explains the power of engaging in the arts and connecting to the creator, and how the revelation of Baha’u’llah touches all the peoples of the earth, no matter what cultural background they come from, and how important it is for us learn from each other and about our collective heritage and so many other fascinating things. At the end of the conversation, Kevin shares with us a beautiful song on the flute called ‘The Eagle’s Flight’. Continue reading

Help Baha’i Blog get 10,000 YouTube Subscribers!

Hello everyone! We’ve just discovered that YouTube has studios located in different parts of the world, and that we can have access to them if we reach 10,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel! So we’re asking everyone who likes what we’ve been doing, to help us achieve this goal as fast as possible by clicking ‘Subscribe‘ on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel, and it would be great if you could spread the word and ask everyone else you know who likes Baha’i Blog to help us too!

The Baha’i Blog team has been working hard to create high quality Baha’i-inspired content online, and having access to a YouTube Studio would really be a huge help! If you can take a few seconds to help us make this happen by clicking here to ‘SUBSCRIBE’, we’d really appreciate it! Continue reading

A New Documentary about Actress Carole Lombard

We’re so excited to let everyone know about this exciting new documentary about Carole Lombard by Vargha Mazlum! Carole Lombard was a famous American actress who lived from 1908 to 1942 and who ranks among the greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema. Carole was a Baha’i and Vargha set out to tell her story. Narrated by Eva La Rue, this documentary is available for purchase and download from 9StarMedia. We’re always keen to find out more about Baha’i movies and documentaries so we were thrilled when Vargha agreed to be interviewed!

Baha’i Blog: Hi Vargha! Thanks for joining us! To begin, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your film background?

Hi Naysan! Thank you for this opportunity. I was raised in Italy and lived over 19 years in China. Now I am back in Europe. I have been involved with music since my childhood. I was part of a music group and we traveled all around Europe and the US to share what we believe in: ‘the world is one country and mankind its citizens’. The passion for music is always there and now I am recording audio material for China and Italy. Some years ago I started to look into filming as there was a need for creating audiovisual material for China and in the last few years this has become more and more a passion of mine.

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“Unite the Hearts” by Juliet & Adam [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 Nashville, USA with Juliet and Adam Crossley who sing “Unite the Hearts” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

The Bobo & Kipi Show [Trailer]

Produced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bobo & Kipi is a children’s television show that takes place in a magical African village where the audience is invited to take part in every new amazing discovery. Our guides on these fun-filled, action-packed, music-laden adventures are Bobo, the little Bonobo, and Kipi, the Okapi. Based on virtues, every situation becomes an opportunity to discover new ways to approach challenges in daily life! Bobo & Kipi contributes to young viewers’ character development by promoting essential qualities necessary for their relationship to family, friends and society. These qualities are presented in lively, funny and entertaining ways. Studies have shown that children learn best when they are having fun and Bobo & Kipi certainly makes learning fun. Bobo & Kipi includes elements that every child and parent will enjoy. Continue reading

Baha’i Group on Reddit Celebrates 9 Years!

Reddit is a popular social media website that’s been around since 2005, and it’s primarily aimed at sharing news and fostering discussion. Reddit users (known as “redditors”) can post links to interesting content such as news articles, images, or videos; alternatively, they can also post text-based “self-posts” to share their own stories, anecdotes, or questions. Any “redditor” can create a community (known as a “subreddit”) devoted to any topic they wish, and each subreddit is independent and is moderated by a team of volunteers.

Make sense? Good!

Because there’s a subreddit about the Baha’i Faith, and it’s been around for nine years now! So I decided to catch up with a good friend who’s one of the Baha’i subreddit (or “/r/bahai”) moderators known as “/u/dragfyre” (yep, that’s how they do things in the reddit world, they don’t give their actual name), and I asked him all about the Baha’i subreddit. Here’s what /u/dragfyre had to say: Continue reading

Vuelo al Reino (Flight to the Kingdom) by Leonor Dely [Official Music Video]

“Vuelo al Reino” (Flight to the Kingdom) is a song in Spanish about death performed by Leonor Dely in the lively style of the Colombian cumbia.

Inspired by the Baha’i Writings, the song was written by Enidia Rinaldi, and she shared it with her son Daniel Badi Rinaldi as a gift after she was diagnosed with cancer. Her wish was for people to have a different perspective towards death, that it shouldn’t always be sad, and instead a celebration of life.

Below are the lyrics to the song in both Spanish and English, and you can find out more about the background to the song in Daniel’s own words: Continue reading

A Dramatized Reading of E. G. Browne’s Meeting with Baha’u’llah

In honour of this year’s joyous celebration of the bicentenary anniversary of Baha’u’llah’s birth, Baha’i Blog is thrilled to share with you a downloadable audio reading of Edward Granville Browne’s account of meeting Baha’u’llah.

E. G. Browne, a professor from Cambridge University, met Baha’u’llah in the Mansion of Bahji in April 1890 on four separate occasions and recorded his thoughts and impressions of his first meeting for posterity. He was the only Westerner to meet Baha’u’llah and his account, although brief, is a treasure as it offers us a unique perspective of what it was like to attain Baha’u’llah’s presence. Continue reading

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