Baha’i Blog’s 10 Most Popular Video Posts of the Year

To celebrate Baha’i Blog’s 6th year anniversary, we posted our top 10 articles of the year, so now in the spirit of continuing the celebration, it’s time to list the top 10 videos posted in Baha’i Blog’s video section for the year!

As you hopefully know by now, Baha’i Blog has an Audio Section, an Image Section, our Article Section, and the very popular Video Section, where we’ve published over 200 videos so far of both original content produced by Baha’i Blog, and curated content made by others found on the web (but taking copyright seriously of course).

In this top 10 countdown, we list the top 10 videos with the most amount of traffic posted to our video section from Naw-Ruz 2016 to Naw-Ruz 2017 based on Google Analytics. (Please note that this is not based on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel).

So let’s begin the countdown starting from number 10:

#10 “Aye Pesar-e-Ruh (O Son of Spirit)” by Seaon, Sasha & Sam

Aye-Pesar-e-Ruh-400x225Baha’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, we’re in San Francisco, USA with Seaon Shin, Sasha Bayan and Sam Suggs who sing “Aye Pesar-e-Ruh” (O Son of Spirit) in Persian, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. This song was filmed and recorded on 5 February, 2017 in San Francisco, USA. Continue reading…

#9 Beyond the Culture of Contest | Michael Karlberg | TEDx

Beyond-a-Culture-of-Contest-400x225In this TEDxInnsbruck talk, Michael Karlberg, a communications professor, shares some of the ideas found in his book Beyond the Culture of Contest.

Michael Karlberg explores how competition and adversarialism, with its social inequities and lack of ecological sustainability, lie at the heart of current Western societies. He presents how imperative it is for us to learn how to work together and discusses the advantages of mutualism. Continue reading…

#8 “Dear Maiya” – A day in the life of Justin Baldoni

Dear-Maiya-400x225Baha’i actor and filmmaker Justin Baldoni was asked by Wells Fargo and The CW to create a short film telling the story of what a typical day in Justin’s life looks like, so in this short 4 minute video, Justin shares a day in the life of his family, work, and service with the world.

Justin Baldoni is an American Baha’i filmmaker, director and actor from Los Angeles, California. He currently stars in the television series “Jane the Virgin” and owns Wayfarer Entertainment, a production company which aims to create content which makes people happy and is well known for a series called My Last Days available on Soul Pancake. Continue reading…

#7 The Intellectual Life of the Baha’i Community: Lecture by Dr. Arbab

The-Intellectual-Life-of-the-Bahai-Community-400x225In this video, produced by the Association for Baha’i Studies, Dr. Farzam Arbab delivers the keynote lecture at the 2016 ABS Conference in Montreal. Dr. Arbab’s talk is titled “The Intellectual Life of the Baha’i Community”.

Dr. Arbab, former member of the Universal House of Justice, speaks about the dynamics of the intellectual pursuits of the Baha’i community in the 34th H. M. Balyuzi Memorial Lecture. He explores how we should endeavour to discover solutions to the problems of humanity, seek knowledge and develop our intellectual capacity. He discusses three conditions needed in order for us to develop intellectually and bring about enlightenment: courage, a lack of elitism, and the harmony of science and religion. Continue reading…

#6 “Make Them to Grow” by Sophie, Siria & Ashkan

Make-Them-to-Grow-Sophie-Siria-Ashkan-400x225Baha’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, we’re in New York City, USA with Sophie Rutstein, Siria Rutstein and Ashkan Ziaie who sing “Make Them to Grow” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. This song was filmed and recorded in New York City, USA, January 2017. Continue reading…

#5 The Baha’i Temple of South America – Breathtaking Interior Footage

Bahai-Temple-of-South-America-400x225This short film produced by Templo Baha’i de Sudamerica (Baha’i Temple of South America) offers a glimpse of the breathtaking and majestic interior of the Chile House of Worship.

To watch the newsreels that document the House of Worship’s construction, in either English or Spanish, please visit the Vimeo channel of the Templo Baha’i de Sudamerica:

This Baha’i World News story describes how spirit and form fuse in Siamak Hariri’s design for the Chile temple and you can read about the public inauguration of the temple and its power to unite people in this story. Continue reading…

#4 “Unity Prayer” by The Cocker Brothers

Unity-Prayer-The-Cocker-Brothers-400x225Baha’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, we’re in Brisbane, Australia with The Cocker Brothers who sing the “Unity Prayer” based on the Writings of Baha’u’llah. This song was filmed and recorded in Brisbane, Australia, February 2016. Continue reading…

#3 The Roots of the Baha’i Faith: The Bab and Baha’u’llah

The-Roots-of-the-Bahai-Faith-The-Bab-and-Bahaullah 400x225This wonderful short video about the Bab and Baha’u’llah was prepared by the Baha’i National Centre of the United States and explains the origins of the Baha’i Faith covering some of its early history.

There are a few articles on Baha’i Blog related to the history of the Faith and the impact of its Founders on the world. Here are a couple that might be of interest: The Bab – What was He like? and The Birth of Baha’u’llah and the Spirit of the Age. You can also read about the twin holy birthdays of the Bab and Baha’u’llah and their significance here. Continue reading…

#2 News Report on South Carolina’s Second Most Common Religion

South-Carolina-WMBF-News-Report-400x225This video is a news report by Mandy Noell on WMBF News in South Carolina, USA called “Breaking the Baha’i code: An in-depth report on South Carolina’s second most common religion”.

A recent census in the US showed that the Baha’i Faith was the second largest religion in the US state of South Carolina, and in this news report, they look at the history of the Baha’i Faith and explore why there’s such a large number of Baha’is in South Carolina. Continue reading…

#1 The Forces of Light and Darkness – Hooper Dunbar

Forces-Light-andDarkness-Hooper-Dunbar-400x225This wonderful 22 minute video documentary takes a look at the life and artistic works of Hooper C. Dunbar, while exploring the idea of light and darkness throughout history and as the ideas relate to the Baha’i Faith.

Hooper C. Dunbar is a former member of the Universal House of Justice and he currently resides in California. Continue reading…

Well, that’s the list of the top 10 most popular videos of the year from our video section, and be sure to head on over there to check out the hundreds of videos we’ve curated from the web.

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Do you have a favourite video from our video section? If so, let us know in the comments section below.

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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