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Vahid: A New Baha’i-inspired Creative Journal

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Baha’i inspired literary journals are rare but the creative people behind the fantastic website Nineteenmonths have recently launched Vahid.

Vahid showcases fiction, photography, poetry, creative non-fiction, and other visual pieces: it is both beautiful to look at and wondrous to read. Two issues have already been published (available in print or electronically through Amazon) and a third issue is currently accepting submissions.

I was thrilled when Caitlin Castelaz, the founding editor of Vahid and the writing editor for the website, agreed to tell us about this exciting new publication. Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 2: Tierney Sutton

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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 multi-award winning Jazz singer and legend, Tierney Sutton. Tierney has won and been nominated for countless awards, including six consecutive Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Tierney and I talk about how she first got into music, became a Baha’i, why she studied Russian, the power of music and the Holy Word, how Jazz and consultation relate, her favourite Baha’i quote, and what she’s working on in her personal life. She even sings a beautiful prayer for us all as well, so I hope you enjoy this one! Continue reading

How to Make a Fun Bookmark

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In this “Creative Ideas” video by Baha’i Blog, Onni shows us how to make a fun bookmark, because the team here at Baha’i Blog love to read, and Baha’u’llah tells us that “Knowledge is a veritable treasure for man, and a source of glory, of bounty, of joy, of exaltation, of cheer and gladness unto him.”.

“Creative Ideas” by Baha’i Blog is where we show you a variety of games and arts-and-crafts you can use at home and in your activities. Continue reading

3 Ways Our Deeds Define Us

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In a world that is being governed more and more by the words of those leaders and individuals who prove “skillful at appealing to superficial emotion”, we are called to lofty heights, to rise above the sea of slogans to a spiritual distinction that is defined by our deeds. These slogans are nullifying our ability to act and rise beyond our “natural inertia” and become those beings of light that are distinguished by their actions.

It is in this world of gross materialism, the mud of our current reality, that the lotus of action must bloom. It must be our actions that distinguish us as those who truly believe: people who “do as they say”. The deeds of our lives are those that distinguish our moral selves and continually imbue us with the principle of an unwavering commitment to integrity. Here are three ways that our deeds can define us:  Continue reading

“Ablaze” by Sofia, Avinash, Goleta & Pradheep

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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 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with Sofia Ong, Avinash Naid, Goleta Burriston and Pradheep Kay singing “Ablaze” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

“Ablaze” by Sofia, Avinash, Goleta & Pradheep [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 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with Sofia Ong, Avinash Naid, Goleta Burriston and Pradheep Kay singing “Ablaze” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

Introducing Baha’i Blog’s New Podcast: The Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson

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Baha’i Blog is soooo excited to launch our very first series of podcasts which we’ve aptly named “The Baha’i Blogcast” hosted by the very funny and wonderful Baha’i actor Rainn Wilson.

In this series of weekly podcasts, Rainn interviews members of the Baha’i Faith and other 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. Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 1: Naysan and Rainn

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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 our very first episode, we kick things off with the founder of Baha’i Blog Naysan Naraqi and I interviewing each other. We talk about Baha’i Blog, education for young girls in Haiti, world citizenship, being a Baha’i in Hollywood, books we’re reading, and some of the things we’re working on within our own spiritual development. Continue reading

Movement, Change and the Purpose of Life

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The wind blows. Clouds move across the sky. Winter leeches colours from the leaves. Life is movement and change! Or in the words of the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus: “No man ever steps in the same river twice.”

When I wandered the lonely and confusing plain between atheism and theism as a spiritual seeker, I reached a stage where I felt bewildered with the transitory nature of the world. I stopped and questioned the very nature of life: change. “Why?” I asked myself, “is there movement and change at all?” It seems like a silly question but when you think about it, God could have created any type of universe, so why did He create one that was ever-changing and impermanent?

Only some years later did I receive my answer: change is progress. Abdu’l-Baha explains that “Change is a necessary quality and essential attribute of this world, of time and place.” The reason that change is necessary, He explains, is that “the world of existence is progressive”.  Continue reading

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