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Martha Root’s Speeches and Social Discourse: Cosmic Education for a Universal Age

Hand of the Cause of God Martha Root sitting front and center, with a group of women in Melbourne, Australia, c. 1924. Photo courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

A century ago, on July 22, 1919, Martha Root embarked on a 20-year journey to destinations in Europe, Australia, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. These travels were motivated by a desire to share Baha’u’llah’s teachings with diverse audiences through public speaking and writing. Before setting out, she had honed her rhetorical skills during her career as a journalist, performer, and teacher. You can learn more about Root’s purpose-driven life from this earlier Baha’i Blog article.

Root is a role model for participating in the discourses of society; she wrote countless articles and speeches applying Baha’i teachings to a host of issues, including new media (radio), intercultural communication, women’s rights, international relations, and economic inequality. For a research project, I studied 25 of her speeches. I was particularly struck by “Culture and World Peace” (also titled “What Is Culture?”), which she delivered during her final trip around the world. Between 1938 and 1939, Root gave this talk to audiences including college students in India and women’s organizations in Australia. When you read the speech (below), you will observe that she appealed to these audiences by discussing women’s role in society and higher education, among other themes.  Continue reading

Worship & Service: Strengthening the Devotional Character of our Communities – Roya & Sahba

In this presentation given at the Heroes Teaching Conference held in Brisbane, Australia, 6-7 April, 2019, Roya Anvari and Sahba Abedian share snippets from the film ‘A Widening Embrace’, in order to assist our understanding, and explore how every act of service will contribute to the development of vibrant communities, how “Devotional gatherings, the embryo of the local Mashriqu’l-Adhkar (House of Worship), kindle the stirrings of the spirit and ignite the flame of service”, how visiting one another’s homes weaves bonds of love and union, and how teaching can become a way of life. Continue reading

Worship & Service: Strengthening the Devotional Character of our Communities – Roya & Sahba [Audio]

In this presentation given at the Heroes Teaching Conference held in Brisbane, Australia, 6-7 April, 2019, Roya Anvari and Sahba Abedian share snippets from the film ‘A Widening Embrace’, in order to assist our understanding, and explore how every act of service will contribute to the development of vibrant communities, how “Devotional gatherings, the embryo of the local Mashriqu’l-Adhkar (House of Worship), kindle the stirrings of the spirit and ignite the flame of service”, how visiting one another’s homes weaves bonds of love and union, and how teaching can become a way of life. Continue reading

Cloud9: How Bass Adjustment Enshrines Unity in Electronic Music

Cloud9 is a podcast produced by Baha’i Teachings. Its aim is to feature interviews with artists and discuss what inspires them to make a positive contribution to the world. In this episode, Baha’i Teachings’ arts editor Shadi Toloui-Wallace speaks with Austrian artist and producer, Raha Poostchi, who is also known as Bass Adjustment. Raha shares his hopes that music by Bass Adjustment will help listeners reflect and take action on their contributions to the betterment of the world through selfless service, because this in essence is worship.  Continue reading

Inspired By: An Album by Heart to Heart

When I heard Heart to Heart’s album, Inspired By, I felt that it was a musical expression of Baha’u’llah’s words “the earth is but one country and mankind its citizen”. Its global and diverse sounds are genuine and a credit to the band’s name. Thankfully the Baha’i community is so interconnected that, with the help of the internet, it was easy to find out more about this musical collaboration. I was able to hear from Alex Christensen about this multi-cultural, rich, and heartfelt album. Here’s what he shared with me:

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Heart to Heart is a collective of artists living in the Vancouver area who are learning to create music inspired by their own stories and their involvement in community building efforts. For this album, the artists involved were three brothers: Eric, Alex, and Dan Christensen.

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9 Images from the Official Bicentenary Instagram Page

We are so excited about the official Instagram page dedicated to celebrations of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of Baha’u’llah and the Bab: the Instagram username for this page is @twinbirthdays. This account, which is an offshoot of the Bahai.org family of official websites, first went live in 2017 and featured select materials you might have seen on the website for the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah: www.bicentenary.bahai.org.

This Instagram page will be updated with images and videos in the coming weeks and months as Baha’i communities around the world begin celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Bab, the Prophet-Herald of the Baha’i Faith. Perusing images now might help inspire and encourage other artistic endeavours around the world. To give you a glimpse, here are nine images from the @twinbirthdays page but be sure to follow it on Instagram in order to see and watch content as it is posted! Continue reading

“Filho do Ser (Son of Being)” by Sonia Gomes

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 Lisbon, Portugal with Sonia Gomes who sings “Filho do Ser (Son of Being)” in Portuguese, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“Filho do Ser (Son of Being)” by Sonia Gomes [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 Lisbon, Portugal with Sonia Gomes who sings “Filho do Ser (Son of Being)” in Portuguese, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

Immortal Youth – A Compilation in Honor of the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab

Immortal Youth: A Tribute to the Life and Station of the Bab is a new volume released in honor of this year’s bicentennial anniversary of His Birth. Initiated and compiled by the editorial department of the US Baha’i Publishing Trust, this softcover book offers some sacred and authoritative texts of the Baha’i Faith that pertain to the life and station of the Bab. The 118 page book is organized in an accessible manner and is divided into sections covering the birth, declaration, martyrdom, and station of the Bab, followed by a selection of His own prayers and meditations. It includes Writings of Baha’u’llah and the Bab as well as Writings and recorded utterances of Abdu’l-Baha and writings of Shoghi Effendi.

Immortal Youth gathers together passages and Writings found elsewhere into one commemorative book: it is beautifully designed and a befitting tribute to the Bab. While neither an exhaustive or comprehensive collection, the book’s introduction explains that “it is hoped that this book will offer an opportunity for readers to reflect on the life and station of the inaugurator of the Baha’i Dispensation, the towering Figure described by Baha’u’llah as ‘the Primal Point, the Divine Mystery, the Unseen Essence, the Dayspring of Divinity, and the Manifestation of Thy Lordship, through Whom all the knowledge of the past and all the knowledge of the future were made plain.'”  Continue reading

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