- Baha’is abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset for 19 days. While this abstention from food and drink is a test of one’s will and discipline, the Fast is not just about abstaining from food. The Fast is, primarily, a spiritual practice.
The Association for Baha’i Studies has a genuine online treasure trove of informative, engaging, uplifting and thoughtful talks on its YouTube channel. It also shares archival gems on Spotify, including this talk by Gol Aidun about the famed Baha’i calligrapher Mishkin-Qalam.
Gol Aidun offers one of the earliest scholarly expositions on the life and art of Mirza Ḥusayn-i-Isfahani (surnamed Mishkin-Qalam) who was one of the 19 Apostles of Baha’u’llah and a renown calligrapher in 19th century Persia. He was the creator of a calligraphic rendering of the Greatest Name used by Baha’is around the world.
Other posts on Baha’i Blog about calligraphy include–but are not limited to!–a short film about the art of Reza Mostmand, an artist from Iran living in Canada, and an interview with Brian Kirzius whose links the Baha’i Writings to his creative pursuits.
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