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What Kind of World – Music from the 2022 World Conferences of Queensland

Baha’i Blog is excited to share the song “What Kind of World” from “Music from the 2022 World Conferences of Queensland”.

“Music from the 2022 World Conferences of Queensland” is a collection of seven songs which were performed at the three major 2022 World Conferences which took place across Queensland, Australia (Cairns, Gold Coast, Brisbane), and have now been professionally filmed and recorded in a studio. Continue reading

What Kind of World [Audio] – Music from the 2022 World Conferences of Queensland

Baha’i Blog is excited to share the audio version of the song “What Kind of World” from “Music from the 2022 World Conferences of Queensland”.

“Music from the 2022 World Conferences of Queensland” is a collection of seven songs which were performed at the three major 2022 World Conferences which took place across Queensland, Australia (Cairns, Gold Coast, Brisbane), and have now been professionally filmed and recorded in a studio. Continue reading

Will We All Be Musicians in the Future?

More than 25 years ago I was praying at the Mansion of Mazra’ih, asking God for guidance on what to do next as I was leaving the Baha’i World Centre after two and a half years of service. While I was thinking of pioneering or travel-teaching, instead, I was startled to hear the word “music” pop into my head. That was so out of left field that it felt like a very clear answer to my prayer. Since then, I have been devoting more and more of my time and studies to music. Over time, I’ve been asking myself about the importance of music in the Baha’i Faith. Here is a small snippet of what I’ve learned so far. Continue reading

“Adversity” by Katie Eckert, Deborah Eckert & Ali Youssefi

Baha’i Blog 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 Willikies in Antigua and Barbuda with Katie Eckert, Deborah Eckert and Ali Youssefi singing “Adversity” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“Adversity” by Katie Eckert, Deborah Eckert & Ali Youssefi [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog 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 Willikies in Antigua and Barbuda with Katie Eckert, Deborah Eckert and Ali Youssefi singing “Adversity” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

The Concept of Peace in the Baha’i Faith – A Book by Miguel Santesteban Gil

George Ronald, as part of its Baha’i Studies series, has released a book titled The Concept of Peace in the Baha’i Faith by Miguel Santesteban Gil. In this book, Miguel analyzes texts of Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l-Baha and Soghi Effendi to understand a common element of unity, justice and peace. To quote the book’s blurb: “The study explores the logical, anthropological and ethical extensions of the key theme of peace as it moved from one stage to another in the development of a young religion heavily invested in the world.”

Miguel Santesteban Gil very kindly agreed to tell us about his latest publication. Here’s what he shared with us:

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

I was a born when the reverberations of the Spanish Civil War were sufficiently fresh to cast an ominous shadow in most of the family conversations we used to have at home, in Spain. I grew as a youth when the Cold War was at its peak. I well remember the articles my father used to read about the space race and the explanation he gave me once when I asked what it mean “not apt for irreconcilable ones,” a phrase I saw at the head of a magazine on the civil war. Living under a dictatorship schooled me in recognizing some of the evils of the twentieth century; but my inventory of ideas came to an abrupt widening when I first came across the Baha’i Faith at the age of 14. I became a Baha’i at 17, largely the result of many favourable circumstances, including the arrival in the intervening years of two Iranian Baha’i families that settled in Pamplona and acted as my spiritual family. I read widely, Baha’i texts as well as religious and cultural history books, and some philosophy of history. I met my wife, Elham Sami, at a Baha’i Youth School. She spoke Portuguese, which was enough to understand each other. We married in Melbourne and had three boys, two of them already married. We have a lovely grand-daughter, Alaia (happy in the Basque language), and another grandchild is on its way.

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Social Cohesion Podcast Series

The Social Cohesion podcast series was created by the Office of External Affairs of the Australian Baha’i Community, which views the discourse on social cohesion as a unique opportunity to work alongside groups and organisations to make meaningful contributions to the thinking that shapes the harmonious development of an increasingly diverse Australian society.

Themes explored in this eight episode podcast series include identity, shared values, creating inclusive narratives, the perspectives of youth, and building a post-pandemic society.

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My Experiences with Timeliness, Sequence & Spirituality

When I pay close attention to the timeliness, the sequence and the order to how I strive to apply the Baha’i Writings to my personal life, I feel a significant leap in my spiritual growth and understanding.

I suspect this type of discipline rolled over from my yoga teacher and therapy training, where timeliness and the sequence and order of doing things is the crux behind the “science of spirituality” that yoga is.

I will use the space below to outline what I have observed of how timelines, sequence and order, principles I learned and instituted in my yoga practice, affect my efforts to align my life and daily habits with the laws, teachings and principles of the Baha’i Revelation. These reflections are personal and the experiences shared are solely my own; everyone’s understanding and experiences of these principles will naturally be diverse and nuanced. Continue reading

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