Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 64: Bitahnii Wayne Wilson

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 episode, I’m joined by Bitahnii Wayne Wilson, a Navajo Baha’i from the remote community of Pine Springs on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. We talk about the service work he’s doing in his community, Navajo traditions and prophecies, and how they relate to the Baha’i Faith. Bitahnii also tells us about the changes he made in his own personal life and how he became a Baha’i, the meaning behind a “clan”, and he shares Baha’i and Navajo prayers with us. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much I did!

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

* Help support Bitahnii’s service work here: K’eh Native Action

* Follow and connect with Bitahnii on Facebook here: facebook.com/Navajo-Wayne-Wilson

* The Universal House of Justice

* Shoghi Effendi

* Abdu’l-Baha

* The Bab

* Baha’u’llah

* Native American Baha’i Institute [NABI]

* Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 19: Kevin Locke

* Bitahnii mentions the following excerpt from a prayer by the Bab:
“Immeasurably exalted art Thou, O Lord! Protect us from what lieth in front of us and behind us, above our heads, on our right, on our left, below our feet and every other side to which we are exposed. Verily, Thy protection over all things is unfailing.”

* Baha’i academic and author Christopher Buck

* The Importance of Service in the Baha’i Faith

* Baha’i Temples: A Brief Introduction

* The Baha’i Principle of Progressive Revelation

If you find Native American culture and the Baha’i Faith as interesting as I do, here are some more links you may enjoy:

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 55: Anisa & Doug White
The Path Home: Reflections on Truth and Reconciliation
Re-Telling Reconciliation – A Talk by Roshan Danesh
– ARTICLE: Some Native American Prophecies and the Baha’i Faith
– AUDIO: Some Native American Prophecies and the Baha’i Faith

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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Discussion 1 Comment

  1. I actually attended that council fire. I was 10 years old. It was exciting to see about 1000 people attending. We danced a peace dance around a huge bonfire. I watched a lamb be slaughtered for the mutton stew they made for us, although I couldn’t eat it after watching. All the Baha’is were asked to adopt a native family. There were eight in my family and a family friend and we adopted a family of seven for dinner. We camped in a tent, something our family didn’t normally do. It was a memorable event. So exciting.

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