Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 65: Angelina Diliberto Allen (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 Baha’i author, Angelina Diliberto Allen. Angelina shares how her family became Baha’is, some pioneering experiences, and how being in a chewing-gum commercial helped her and her twin sister go on pilgrimage. We talk about what the House of Justice calls “this infinitely poignant moment”, and Angelina tells us some fascinating stories about the six Western Baha’is who were in the Holy Land at the time of Abdu’l-Baha’s passing. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this conversation as much I did!

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

* The Universal House of Justice
* Shoghi Effendi
* Abdu’l-Baha
* The Bab
* Baha’u’llah

* 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:

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

* Book: John David Bosch: In the Vanguard of Heroes, Martyrs, and Saints by Angelina Diliberto Allen

* Check out Baha’i Blog’s interview with Angelina about this book here: John David Bosch: In the Vanguard of Heroes, Martyrs, and Saints

* Book: When the Moon Set Over Haifa by Angelina Diliberto Allen

* John Bosch and Louis Bosch.

* Baha’i actor Lloyd Haynes

* Book: ‘God Passes By‘ by Shoghi Effendi

* Dr. Florian Krug

* Baha’i Pioneering

* Knight of Baha’u’llhah to Swaziland, John Allen

* Who Are the Knights of Baha’u’llah?

* Baha’i Pilgrimage

* Louis Gregory

* The Shrine of the Bab and its Significance

* The Significance of the Shrine of Baha’u’llah

* 6 Questions About the Independent Investigation of Truth

* William Sears

* Who Were the Hands of the Cause?

* Study Circles and the Ruhi sequence of courses.

* What is the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program? (JYSEP)

* Angelina talks about my father, Robert Wilson, whom I discuss on Baha’i Blogcast Episode 54 with Sean Hinton (part 2).

* QUOTE: “He is, and should for all time be regarded, first and foremost, as the Center and Pivot of Baha’u’llah’s peerless and all-enfolding Covenant, His most exalted handiwork, the stainless Mirror of His light, the perfect Exemplar of His teachings, the unerring Interpreter of His Word, the embodiment of every Baha’i ideal, the incarnation of every Baha’i virtue, the Most Mighty Branch sprung from the Ancient Root, the Limb of the Law of God, the Being “round Whom all names revolve,” the Mainspring of the Oneness of Humanity, the Ensign of the Most Great Peace, the Moon of the Central Orb of this most holy Dispensation—styles and titles that are implicit and find their truest, their highest and fairest expression in the magic name Abdu’l‑Baha.”
-Shoghi Effendi

* An Introduction to the Will and Testament of Abdu’l-Baha

* Curtis Kelsey

* Abdu’l-Baha’s Sister: A Tribute to Bahiyyih Khanum, The Greatest Holy Leaf

* QUOTE: “The content of the Will of the Master are far too much for the present generation to comprehend, it needs at least a century of actual working before the treasures of wisdom hidden in it can be revealed” Letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi –

* Baha’i World News Service article about the Shrine of Abdu’l-Baha

* Abdu’l-Baha’s wife: Munireh Khanum

* Baha’i Publishing Trust of the United States

* Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum

* Video: Crossing Frontiers: Portrait of a World Citizen – Featuring the life of Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum

* Amelia Collins

* Book: The Priceless Pearl by Ruhiyyih Rabbani

* The Baha’i Covenant: A Brief Overview

You can find all of our episodes here on the Baha’i Blogcast page, and be sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Baha’i Blogcast for more upcoming episodes on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and Soundcloud.

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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