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New Book: Navigating Materialistic Minefields

Viv Bartlett has authored an intriguing new book called Navigating Materialistic Minefields. The book is written in a conversational style and Viv draws on his own personal experiences however the subjects covered are deeply meaningful and can provide readers with a spiritual perspective for daily life.

Viv kindly agreed to tell us more about his new book, what inspired him to write it, what it covers and what he hopes you’ll take away with you once you’ve finished reading. Here’s what he shared with us:

Baha’i Blog: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1945 and became a Baha’i when 20. This was the result of joining my mother in an intense search to make sense of why my 14-year-old younger brother–a child–was ‘taken’ after accidentally electrocuting himself. Before I accepted Baha’u’llah I considered myself an atheist. His Teachings on life after death, however, were so comforting along with others focused on the oneness of humanity. In effect, shocked by my brother’s death, I was very concerned about how all manner of suffering, individually and collectively, could be reduced to the lowest possible level.

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Shoghi Effendi: Guardian of the Baha’i Faith

This video recounts the life of  Shoghi Effendi, the beloved Guardian of the Baha’i Faith. Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum shares her experiences, vivid memories and stories of the life of the Guardian from his birth to his passing.

Produced by Badiyan Productions in 1994, Baha’i Blog was graciously given the rights to publish “Shoghi Effendi: Guardian of the Baha’i Faith” on our YouTube channel, and this historical gem of a documentary offers rare footage, photographs and interviews. Continue reading

A Music Video to Celebrate Tahirih’s Life

We don’t get to choose our place or time of birth. It just so happens that I was born in the 20th century in Canada. From this perspective, where women have freedom of movement, have access to higher education and can choose who they marry, it’s quite difficult to imagine the life of Tahirih, a poet, feminist and activist living in Persia back in the early 1800s. Continue reading

Face to Face – Poem by Tahirih, Music by Pierre Weber and Lorraine Manifold

This video shares a poem by the heroine, Tahirih, who was born in Persia in 1814 and who was a strong proponent of women’s emancipation at a time when most women were kept illiterate and hidden away from society. Tahirih was an influential poet, women’s right activist and theologian.

In August 1852, at the age of 38, Tahirih was executed even though she could have saved herself by consenting to marry the king of Persia. Her last recorded words were, “You can kill me as soon as you like, but you will never stop the emancipation of women.”

The melody of this song and its music video were created by Lorraine Manifold (she also sings the piece) and Pierre Weber composed its piano accompaniment. This video is released in honour of the 170th anniversary of Tahirih’s execution. Continue reading

MIGHTY – Story 7: The Visitor [VIDEO]

This is the illustrated video version of “MIGHTY – Story 7: The Visitor”, the seventh of seven stories for children about Abdu’l-Baha from the book called MIGHTY.

The team at First Valley books have graciously given Baha’i Blog permission to share the audiobook of ‘Mighty’, a children’s book about Abdu’l-Baha. Told through the eyes of a traveller, a doctor, an aristocrat, a writer, a young boy, a wealthy woman, and a little girl, ‘Mighty’ consists of seven stories about Abdu’l-Baha, and His extraordinary life of love, justice, compassion and humility will inspire children to be of service to the world. Continue reading

Baha’i Blog Is on TikTok!

Baha’i Blog is on TikTok!! And we’re very excited about it!

If you’ve been following along, you know that Baha’i Blog is headed in a new direction. We’re putting our efforts towards augmenting Baha’i Blog with new ways of surfacing, celebrating and utilising the arts in the hopes that it inspires people in Australia to participate in the transformation of society. Part of our exploration involves using a platform and creating forms of video content that are totally new to us.

As part of the changes we’re implementing, we’re also focusing on our audience in Australia and engaging more Australian creators. It’s never too late to get involved and you can find out more about how to be part of our Creator Network here!

We’re still in the early stages of developing our TikTok channel and we’ll continue to create, consult and reflect on what we’re learning. We’d really love to hear what you think of the videos we’ve already made: input and feedback are more than welcome! You can comment below or email [email protected]

Follow us on TikTok: @thebahaiblog

Here is a sampling of some of the videos we’ve shared so far:
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