Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 62: Shahin Sobhani (In Honor of Abdu’l-Baha)

Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

In this special episode in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the passing of Abdu’l-Baha, I’m joined by my good friend Shahin Sobhani, who among many other things, was the creator of, a site dedicated to the time Abdu’l-Baha spent in North America. Shahin tells us about his childhood and his Baha’i ancestors, and shares stories about Abdu’l-Baha, whom Baha’u’llah called “The Mystery of God”. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this conversation as much I did!

Find out more about some of the things we covered below:

* Learn more about Abdu’l-Baha and the commemoration of the Centenary of His passing here: The Mystery of God

* Website created in honor of Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to North America:

* Read this Baha’i Blog interview with Shahin Sobhani about Relaunches in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Passing of Abdu’l-Baha

* Find out more about:
The Universal House of Justice
Shoghi Effendi
The Bab

* Shahin is the founder of SwissVBS

* Shahin mentions the following:
Mulla Husayn
Battle of Fort Tabarsi
The Dawn-breakers
Islamic/Iranian Revolution
Persecution of the Baha’is in Iran
Landegg International University
Dr. Hossein Danesh
Suheil Bushrui
Townshend International School
Baha’i Firesides
May Maxwell
John Robarts
Audrey Robarts
Baha’i Pioneering
Tablet of Ahmad
Louis Gregory

* Shahin talks about Douglass Martin

* Douglas Martin Talks: Historical Consciousness and the Divine Plan

* Shahin metions Nader Saiedi, who was also a guest on the Baha’i Blogcast: Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 20: Nader Saiedi

* Shahin mentions Rhett Diessner, who was also a guest on the Baha’i Blogcast: – Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 43: Rhett Diessner-

* Rainn mentions Mona Foundation, CEO, Mahnaz Javid, who was also a guest on the Baha’i Blogcast: Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 49: Mahnaz Aflatooni Javid

* Website about ‘One Common Faith’:

* ‘One Common Faith’ article: An Introduction to ‘One Common Faith’

* Audio reading of One Common Faith

* Here’s the animation Shahin helped with: What is the Baha’i Faith? An Introduction by Rainn Wilson

* Book: ‘God Passes By‘ by Shoghi Effendi

* Quote by Baha’u’llah about Abdu’l-Baha: “Blessed, doubly blessed, is the ground which His footsteps have trodden”.

* You may also be interested in listening to ‘The Journey West‘ podcast.

* QUOTE: “Freedom is not a matter of place. It is a condition.” -Abdu’l-Baha

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Thanks for listening!

-Rainn Wilson

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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