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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

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

Diversity | Inside the Colorful World of a Ballerina | Kayla Taylor

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In this talk, produced by the wonderful team behind Bahaiteachings.org, Kayla Taylor, a young Black, white and Hispanic ballerina explores the uneasy tension present in non-diverse environments. Kayla explores the lack of diversity in the ballet world and offers, “We must understand that we are one human family, and help teach others the same thing.” She continues, “So I challenge you: look around the room […] If there is an uneven ratio in any category, ask yourself why. And if the reason is unjust, ask yourself how you can change it.”  Continue reading

Ellen “Mother” Beecher: A Sheaf of Light

Ellen Tuller Beecher known affectionately as "Mother Beecher" (1840-1932)

Ellen Tuller Beecher known affectionately as "Mother Beecher" (1840-1932)

In 1844 Siyyid Ali Muhammad, known to the world as the Bab, spent a quiet evening in His home, with Mulla Husayn. That evening, outwardly unnoticed, signified the birth of a new dispensation, era, and cycle in humanity’s history. Four years earlier, in the United States, a woman was born who was destined to become one of the spiritual progeny of the energy released into the world from that momentous conversation.

When, at the end of the 19th century, Ellen Tuller Beecher declared her belief in Baha’u’llah as the Manifestation of God for this Day, she was nearly 60 years old. At the time she was one of only several hundred individuals in the United States who were registered members of the Baha’i community. She immediately entered into correspondence with Abdu’l-Baha. Some of the letters from Him to Mother Beecher, as she came to be known, contain many well-known passages from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha regarding the importance of unity:  Continue reading

Service | How I Became Addicted to Helping Others | Travis Van Winkle

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The wonderful team behind Bahaiteachings.org have recently released a series of webtalks! In this talk, actor and philanthropist Travis Van Winkle shares his spiritual journey to find meaning in his life and to rid himself of self-doubt, feelings of worthlessness and low self-esteem. Travis recounts how he encountered the Baha’i Faith and began serving others, which gave his life purpose and a sense of happiness.  Continue reading

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