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Free eBook | The Five Year Plan 2011-2016: Summary of Achievements and Learning

The Five Year Plan 2011-2016: Summary of Achievements and Learning has recently been launched as a free digital publication. Prepared under the supervision of the International Teaching Centre, this helpful document charts the development of the Baha’i worldwide community and it illustrates examples of the new culture Baha’is are developing around the world. It shares, among many other themes, what we have learned about releasing the potential of youth, enhancing institutional capacity, and establishing Houses of Worship. It discusses developments at the Baha’i World Centre, social action initiatives and instances where Baha’is have participated in the discourses of society.

Reading about the achievements of Baha’is and their friends all over the world can help inspire and inform your current and future services.

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“O Senhor” by Pedro Giomo [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 Hluboka nad Vltavou, in the Czech Republic with Pedro Giomo who sings “O Senhor” in Portuguese based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

Fasting, Prayer and Meditation: A Baha’i-Inspired Reflection

The Baha’i Writings often exhort us to live in a state of prayer and meditation. In one passage, Abdu’l-Baha explains that prayer and fasting are “the cause of awakening and mindfulness and conducive to protection and preservation from tests.” In another, Shoghi Effendi talks about a “mystic feeling” that unites us with the Creator, and says that this state “can be brought about and maintained by means of meditation and prayer.” As Baha’is, we can explore the truth of these claims through formal scientific inquiry, as well as through a process of action, reflection, and consultation.

I think the best way to begin on any path of inquiry is to transform claims into questions. For instance, how do prayer and fasting result in “awakening and mindfulness,” and how are these practices conducive to protection and preservation from tests?  Continue reading

9 Days of Pilgrimage: An Album by Peter Smith

Peter Smith is very dear to my heart and I consider him an honorary uncle. I am always delighted when our paths cross and I was fortunate to serve at the Baha’i World Centre at the same time as him. That’s when I got to hear live versions of some of the pieces on 9 Days of Pilgrimage, an album that was recently released digitally. Some of its songs provide historical narratives, while others share experiences of pilgrimage. All are moving.

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