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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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The Descendants: A Divine Collaboration

When three really close friends from California – Bella Blue, Aubrey Wood and Gia Sky – hear about the 114 world-wide Youth Conferences announced by the Universal House of Justice, they decide to get together to see what they could do to support it – oh, and did I mention that they’re all professional musicians!?

What resulted from their get-together was the creation of a music group called ‘The Descendants’ and the release of a wonderful debut album called A Divine Collaboration. Continue reading

Iran & UN: Improving Human Rights (Dutch with English subtitles)

This film made in The Netherlands, was made to express a longing for the betterment of the human rights situation in Iran.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is an instrument established by the UN to assist all countries in the world to improve their human rights situations. A UN Special Rapporteur has been assigned to support Iran in its efforts to improve human rights. Will Iran have meaningful conversations in the near future with the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights to help its own citizens?

To watch the video with subtitles in a few other languages, use the links below:

* Persian subtitles: http://youtu.be/tQ9oaAS-3pY
* French subtitles: http://youtu.be/TVOxTSmXyBk
* Portuguese subtitles: http://youtu.be/d1urDXEUsdM

Ridvan (Smith & Dragoman Cover) by Malaysian Youth

Once again a group of young Baha’is from the Malaysian Baha’i community have filmed and recorded a beautiful cover of the song Ridvan by Smith & Dragoman.

You can listen to and purchase the original song Ridvan by Smith and Dragoman from their album Mystery here, and also check out the video and song ‘Baha’u’llah‘, also performed by some of the Malaysian Baha’i youth, and which is one of the most popular videos in Baha’i Blog’s video section.

Identity and the Spiritual Journey in the Badi Calendar – A Talk by Dr. Nader Saiedi

Thanks to the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Santa Monica, California, we’re happy to share with everyone a great talk given by Professor Nader Saiedi called “Identity and the Spiritual Journey in the Badi Calendar”.

Last year, the Universal House of Justice sent a letter to the global Baha’i community implementing the worldwide adoption of the Baha’i calendar, known to Baha’is as the Badi calendar, and in this 99 minute talk, Professor Saiedi explains and reflects on various aspects of its nature and history.

Professor Nader Saiedi is well known for his books Logos and Civilization and Gate of the Heart. Born in Tehran, Iran. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Pahlavi University in Shiraz and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. For over 25 years he was a professor of sociology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 2013, he became the Taslimi Foundation Professor of Baha’i Studies in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA. (Read more about Nader Saiedi here.)

You can also listen to Professor Saiedi’s series of talks entitled ‘Text and Context in the Baha’i Heroic Age’ here.

We’d really like to thank Dr. Saiedi for this wonderful talk, and also thank the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Santa Monica for organising and recording it.

Happy listening!

Happy Ridvan from Baha’is around the World

This video shares Ridvan greetings in different languages from the delegates of the 11th International Baha’i Convention in Haifa, Israel, 2013.

The video was made by Heitha Beane, one of the delegates from Belize at the International Convention. While riding buses or waiting for the next part of the program to start, Heitha started asking people to say “Happy Ridvan” into the camera.

Happy Ridvan to everyone from the Baha’is of Belize!

Identity and the Spiritual Journey in the Badi Calendar – A Talk by Dr. Nader Saiedi

You know we love Baha’i talks here on Baha’i Blog, and now thanks to the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Santa Monica, California, we’re happy to share with everyone a great talk given by Professor Nader Saiedi called “Identity and the Spiritual Journey in the Badi Calendar”.

Last year, the Universal House of Justice sent a letter to the global Baha’i community implementing the worldwide adoption of the Baha’i calendar, known to Baha’is as the Badi calendar, and in this 99 minute talk, Professor Saiedi explains and reflects on various aspects of its nature and history. Continue reading

Refuge – A Devotional Album from Finland

Refuge is the wonderful musical outcome of a group of friends and musicians in Finland, who came together to record an album inspired by the Holy Writings of the Baha’i Faith.

The majority of songs are in English but there are a few in Finish as well.

You can also read Baha’i Blog’s interview with Elina Kuitunen and Mea Karvonen of Refuge here: Nordic Devotion: An Interview with Refuge

Blessed is the Spot – The Church of St John the Evangelist Choir

St John’s choir sings the Baha’i Prayer ‘Blessed is the Spot’ by Baha’u’llah.

This is an Anglican Church found in Ottawa, Canada, and the video was uploaded to Youtube by Caitlin Beck, who brought the prayer to the music director because she had learned the prayer as a child growing up in the Baha’i community. She also grew up in this Church singing in the choir and later worked there. The choir now sings it often.