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What if Birth and Death are Actually the Same? | Justin Baldoni

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In this talk, produced by the wonderful team behind Bahaiteachings.org, actor and My Last Days creator Justin Baldoni asks, “What if birth and death are actually the same?” Justin compares the world of the womb to this world and speaks about the physical attributes that we develop in utero in order to use them here. He very movingly describes the birth of his daughter, passing through a dark tunnel into the light, and hopes he will one day greet her joyously once more, when she passes from this world to the next. He wonders whether the prophets of God— such as Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, and Baha’u’llah—described death as a beautiful, spiritual transition because They knew where we’re all going. To finish, Justin asks one more question: “What are you spending your time developing?” Continue reading

19 Resources for the Fast

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As we move into the early days of the Fast, here are some Baha’i Blog resources and a few other great finds from around the web dedicated to this special time of year. They include articles that offer a variety of perspectives on the Fast. There’s a diversity of personal reflections, music, videos and a quiz! We hope these resources, listed in no particular order, give you some food for thought (pun intended!) during these spiritually rejuvenating days. Continue reading

Social Media | A Million Likes Don’t Manifest Love | Raha Lewis

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In this talk produced by Bahaiteachings.org, attorney and entertainment journalist Raha Lewis explores the benefits and the pitfalls of using social media. She explains how she stopped focusing on social media in order to build a true and loving network of real friends, based on this Baha’i teaching: “Love manifests its reality in deeds, not only in words”. Continue reading

Cleanliness and Our Spirit

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Have you ever stopped to think about why it is that cleanliness plays such an important role in the way we feel? In our homes, our workspace, our school or any other place we are in?

In the last year or so, my husband and I have been reflecting on the importance of cleanliness and the amount of time that needs to be dedicated to such tasks without feeling weighed down. We have also been reflecting on how we can set certain habits in our lives so that they do not become arduous but rather feel like an act of love. Ultimately, I think a significant portion of our time in this life is dedicated to cleaning, in every sense, whether it be physical or spiritual and both are important and necessary for our exaltation.  Continue reading

Melissa Charepoo’s Children’s Books for Ayyam-i-Ha, the Fast & Naw-Ruz

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When Melissa Charepoo couldn’t find resources to explain Ayyam-i-Ha, the Fast and Naw-Ruz to her children, she went out and made them herself! I admire her gumption and devotion tremendously! She wrote and illustrated two books: Celebrating Ayyam-i-Ha Around the World and Observing the Fast and Celebrating Naw-Ruz Around the World. I am excited about Melissa’s accomplishments and wanted to hear more about the process of putting these books together.

Baha’i Blog: Hi Melissa! Thank you so much for joining us! To begin, could you please tell us a little about yourself and your work writing children’s books?

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“Make Them to Grow” by Sophie, Siria & Ashkan

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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 Sophie Rutstein, Siria Rutstein and Ashkan Ziaie who sing “Make Them to Grow” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha.  Continue reading

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