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A Personal Reflection on Forgiveness

What does it mean to forgive those who wrong us personally or do terrible things to others in the world? Abdu’l-Baha affirms that,

Inasmuch as God is clement and loving to His children, lenient and merciful toward our shortcomings, why should we be unkind and unforgiving toward each other?

And:

Let not your heart be offended with anyone. If someone commits an error and wrong toward you, you must instantly forgive him. Do not complain of others. Refrain from reprimanding them, and if you wish to give admonition or advice, let it be offered in such a way that it will not burden the bearer. Turn all your thoughts toward bringing joy to hearts. Beware! Beware! Lest ye offend any heart.

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Power Over All Things – Anise K feat. Nathaniel [Official Music Video]

In this song “Power Over All Things” by producer Anise K and featuring the beautiful vocals of one of Australia’s biggest voices, Nathaniel, they’ve set to music a prayer by Baha’u’llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

When Nathaniel was asked why he wanted to sing this song, even though he’s not a Baha’i himself, he said that the world needs more assistance and aid from a higher source. Continue reading

Pepe’s Story: A Short Film about Friendship and Service

This short animated film produced by Illumine Media Project is the result of a collective learning process around stop motion, storytelling and the process of writing short stories, characters and scenarios that are uplifting for young people. In this film, Pepe is a 13 year old who lives in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada and learns about service to his community and friendship. Continue reading

Changing the World One Wall at a Time: A New Film about one of the World’s Largest Street Art Campaigns

A few days ago in Los Angeles, USA, I had the pleasure of attending the world premiere of an exciting new documentary film called “Changing the World One Wall at a Time”. The film is about one of the world’s largest street art campaigns held over the last year to raise awareness for the thousands of young Baha’is who are barred from higher education in Iran because of their beliefs.

The campaign was called “Education Is Not A Crime“, and it was initiated by Maziar Bahari, an Iranian Canadian journalist, filmmaker and human rights activist, who although not a Baha’i himself, feels that the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran (Iran’s largest religious minority) is emblematic of many of the problems Iran faces. Continue reading

“Messenger of Joy” by Roz, Amelia & Andre

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 San Francisco, USA with Roz Fanaieyan, Amelia Fanaieyan and Andre Segovia who sing “Messenger of Joy” from the Writings of the Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“Messenger of Joy” by Roz, Amelia & Andre [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 San Francisco, USA with Roz Fanaieyan, Amelia Fanaieyan and Andre Segovia who sing “Messenger of Joy” from the Writings of the Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

Celebrating 100 Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions Around the World!

Baha’i Blog’s very popular music series called “Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions” is still going strong, and last week we just published our 100th Studio Session so as you can imagine, we’re super excited!

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends around the world, to come into a studio to film and record them singing a song based on the Baha’i Writings. We then make these videos and audio recordings available on our YouTube Channel and SoundCloud page for everyone to listen to and download for free.

We publish one Studio Session per week, and so far we’ve recorded in 21 locations in 11 different languages across the globe! Continue reading

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