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“Enough! Release the Baha’i Seven” – Support the New Global Campaign

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It’s now been eight years that the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders (also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’) have been held in an Iranian prison and enough is enough!

In observance of the eighth anniversary of their arrest and incarceration, the Baha’i International Community is launching a global campaign calling for their immediate release and we urge you all to join!

Taking the theme “Enough! Release the Baha’i Seven,” the campaign will emphasize the fact that, under Iran’s own national penal code, the seven are now overdue for conditional release. Continue reading

“Eshgh Manam” by Behzad Khoshmashrab

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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, Behzad Khoshmashrab sings “Eshgh Manam” in Persian. It is based on a poem by Mansour Hallaj which is cited in a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha revealed in honor of a Persian prince who was totally enamoured with the love of God and who taught the Faith constantly and audaciously until the end of his life. Continue reading

“Eshgh Manam” by Behzad Khoshmashrab [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, Behzad Khoshmashrab sings “Eshgh Manam” in Persian. It is based on a poem by Mansour Hallaj which is cited in a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha revealed in honor of a Persian prince who was totally enamoured with the love of God and who taught the Faith constantly and audaciously until the end of his life. Continue reading

Watering the Garden of our Soul

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One analogy that has developed in my head and heart recently is the notion that reading the Baha’i Writings can be analogous to watering the garden of our soul. This article was inspired by Haylee Navidi’s insightful post on farming as an analogy for community building, based on the 29 December 2015 message from the Universal House of Justice and other excerpts from the Writings, as well as recently being charged with the duty of watering a new garden where I live. Like I mean, the green stuff that grows outside. I actually had to water it. Continue reading

The Path Home: Reflections on Truth and Reconciliation

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We are very excited to share this short film commissioned by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada titled The Path Home, which gives a brief glimpse into the spiritual dynamic of a deeply complex conversation. Over the past six years, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada carefully unveiled the era of the Indian Residential Schools to the world. At seven national events, some 7,000 survivors of the schools shared their stories, bearing witness to both the horror and the hope of over 150,000 children that were forced to attend the schools. Continue reading

9 Great Books for Mothers

9 Great Books for Mothers

There are more parenting books out there than anyone can possibly read in a single life time. They cover everything from sleep training methods, to speciality gourmet puréed recipes, to yoga for little ones. Since I am an incorrigible bookworm, one of the first things I did when I became a mother was to poll other Baha’i mothers about what books really helped them. The following includes many of their suggestions, as well as a few others I’ve stumbled upon along the way: Continue reading

9 Breathtaking Photos from the Baha’i World Centre

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The Baha’i World Center in Israel is the spiritual and administrative heart of our Faith. So it’s no surprise that images of the Holy places are always popular with Baha’is around the world. In fact our previous post of images from the Baha’i gardens is one of our most viewed. When I recently stumbled upon Californian photographer Dana Allen’s gorgeous gallery of images from a 2013 trip to Haifa I was particularly excited. They are not only beautiful photos, but also some of the more unique that I’ve come across in their treatment and view. Dana’s graciously consented to us showcasing a set here, but if you’d like to see the whole gallery, as well as more stunning photography head to his portfolio site.

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