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The Lovely Hand-Lettered Works of Elly Sabet Collins

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The art of hand-lettering and calligraphy is my favourite design medium and I love when I discover a new-to-me artist who beautifies the prayers and sacred Writings of the Baha’i Faith. I was completely captivated when I first saw the work of Elly Sabet Collins from Australia. Her meticulous and warm lettering and her dainty detailed illustrations or embellishments frame the texts she chooses beautifully. In this post, we get to ask Elly about her work and highlight a few of her amazing pieces. If you’re hungry for more, you can follow Elly’s artwork on InstagramContinue reading

‘Where I Stand’ by Tom Francis

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In this acoustic video recording, Tom Francis sings “Where I Stand”, a song inspired by the poetry of Mahvash Sabet, a member of the Yaran imprisoned for her beliefs since 2008. A book of her works, called Prison Poems, is made of poems that were smuggled out of Evin Prison and then translated into French and English. Tom’s homage to her poetry in this song is especially poignant. While the video is simple, the song is richly textured and deeply moving.  Continue reading

Shirin Sabri’s ‘Companions of the Crimson Ark’

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I’m very excited to tell you about Companions of the Crimson Ark by Shirin Sabri. It’s the first in a new series of books for youth and junior youth and it includes stories of early believers from the time of Baha’u’llah. This book is an excellent way to learn about Baha’u’llah, His station, and the spiritual transformation He inspired in those around Him.

I think this book is arriving at the perfect time as we prepare ourselves for the bicentenary of Baha’u’llah’s Birth to be celebrated in October. Shirin was happy to chat and share with us a little about her latest publication and I hope you enjoy our conversation!

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“Bestow Upon Me a Heart” by Geoffrey, Sarah, Shadi & Hoda

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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 Vancouver, Canada with Geoffrey Tyson, Sarah Mohebiany, Shadi Toloui-Wallace and Hoda Toloui-Wallace who sing “Bestow Upon Me a Heart” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

“Bestow Upon Me a Heart” by Geoffrey, Sarah, Shadi & Hoda [Audio Track]

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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 Vancouver, Canada with Geoffrey Tyson, Sarah Mohebiany, Shadi Toloui-Wallace and Hoda Toloui-Wallace who sing “Bestow Upon Me a Heart” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

4 Day Fundraiser: Buy Our T-Shirts and Help Support Baha’i Blog!

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Over the next 4 days (26-30 January), we’re selling three different t-shirt designs to help support Baha’i Blog, and also because we think it’s time we had some cool Baha’i-inspired t-shirts out there!

All our shirts include FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING too! So if you like what we’ve been doing and want to help support us, check out our pop-up store online and place your orders now!

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“Verily I Say” by Nadia & Roshan [Audio Track]

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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 New York City, USA with Nadia Affolter & Roshan Affolter who sing “Verily I Say”, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah.  Continue reading

The Journey of the Soul: An Illustrated Reflection

November, 2015. Ink pencil on paper.

November, 2015. Ink pencil on paper.

“One body, two souls!” a friend exclaimed when he saw me during my pregnancy. Shoghi Effendi explains that the soul or spirit of a human being is associated with the body at the moment of conception. The soul is a mystery, an intangible, untouchable and yet essential part of who we are. Abdu’l-Baha explains,

The essence of the human soul is clarified from material substances and purified from the embodiment of physical things. It is exclusively luminous; it has no body; it is a dazzling pencil of light; it is a celestial orb of brightness.

I was in a coffee shop when I found out I was pregnant and began reflecting on the transformation that was taking place, as well as this notion of the soul. Describing this discovery, I wrote:  Continue reading

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