It was with great sadness that I received the news of the passing of Russ Garcia, a man who was not only known for his outstanding career in the international music industry, but a man who was also known for his great love and dedication to the Faith.
Both Russ and his lovely wife Gina became Baha’is in 1955. They soon set sail to various parts of the world in order to spread the Baha’i teachings of love and peace, eventually anchoring and settling in New Zealand.
There are so many things I’d like to say about him. He was a man who was loved by everyone who met him. Russ and Gina were an icon in not only the New Zealand Baha’i community, but they were well known and loved throughout the world.
I first met Russ in the early 90’s when I was working on music for the Youth for One World performance group, and Russ offered to do anything he could to help. He offered to let us use his personal recording studio to record some songs for a musical we were working on, and I was just some kid, but we were all welcomed into his home and treated like family. Continue reading →
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A few months ago here on Baha’i Blog we featured a YouTube music video and interview of two Canadian Baha’is Blair Cameron and Nadim Merrikh who perform under the moniker the Dapper Rappers. Since that interview Blair and Nadim have released two more songs, the most recent of which has just won both the music and overall categories at the Tony Blair Faith Shorts competition for 2011!
Co-founders of Oneworld Publications husband and wife team Novin Doostar and Juliet Mabey.
Oneworld is an independent publisher focusing on non-fiction and was founded in 1986 by husband and wife team Juliet Mabey and Novin Doostdar. Oneworld now publishes around sixty books a year and works with authors, literary agents and publishing partners around the world.
I decided to catch up with Oneworld co-founder Juliet Mabey to find out more about the work they’re doing to bring quality, consciousness-raising books to as many people around the world as possible.
In Baha’i Blog’s last Trivia Quiz about Baha’i Houses of Worship, one of the questions made reference to “The Spiritual Axis” and this seemed to stump a lot of people, so I thought it would be a good idea to explore what “The Spiritual Axis” is all about.
In a world where the term “axis” – as it appears in the media – has political connotations (and somewhat sinister, at that), the concept of a spiritual axis is both uplifting and intriguing.
The notion of a spiritual axis is indeed remarkable. That a spiritual axis between two far flung countries can exist and result in a capacity to advance the spiritual growth of other countries in the region and beyond is truly awe-inspiring! Continue reading →
Abdu’l-Baha returning to his home on Haparsim Street in Haifa, Israel. (Image courtesy of Baha’i Media Bank)
Abdu’l-Baha was a global revolutionary.
In the Middle East, He led a household that practiced equality between women and men. In Europe, He spoke in churches about the oneness of all the religions. And in America, He emphatically practiced and preached about racial unity.
How one man, in a lifetime lived mostly in exile and imprisonment, managed to affect so many lives around him and lead a nascent faith to spread from one corner of the globe to become a world religion, is a remarkable expression of the mystery of Abdu’l-Baha.
Born the eldest son of Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l-Baha was not a prophet, and did not have any type of ‘mystic unity’ with Baha’u’llah. But He did perfectly reflect the teachings of His father – so much so that He was titled the Mystery of God.
In Abdu’l-Baha, the ‘incompatible characteristics of a human nature and a superhuman knowledge and perfection’ were blended and ‘completely harmonised’. There are endless accounts of Abdu’l-Baha’s magnetic personage, approachability, kindliness and love that personify His mystery.
One of the early American Baha’is said it is through the heart that we best glimpse Abdu’l-Baha’s special nature. So here I’ve given my personal top 5 reasons, from the heart, as to why Abdu’l-Baha was a mystery. Continue reading →
Abdu’l-Baha as a young man (Photo: Baha’i Media Bank)
Baha’is around the world celebrate what is known as The Day of the Covenant on 4 Qawl, according to the Baha’i calendar.
The other Holy Days, commemorating days of historical significance in the Baha’i Faith, are fairly easy to understand. We celebrate anniversaries of the birth and declaration of both The Bab and Bahá’u’lláh. We commemorate the martyrdom of the Bab and the ascension of Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. We also celebrate Naw Ruz to mark the beginning of the Baha’i New Year.
On average, the population of today’s world live with more material comfort, less illness, greater equality and far more opportunities than people who lived at any other time in history. In spite of this, the World Health Organization has estimated that by the year 2030, depression will be the most prevalent and debilitating illness in the world – in both rich and poor nations.
Judging from the number of bestselling self-help books out there on how to achieve happiness in life, this question seems to be a pretty big one for a lot of people. It seems that many people acknowledge that in spite of being financially comfortable, having a good job and an active social life, true happiness remains out of reach. Continue reading →
It’s time for another Baha’i Blog Quiz, and seeing as 2011 celebrates some significant birthdays for 3 Baha’i Houses of Worship, we’ve decided to dedicate this one to, yep, you guessed it, Baha’i Houses of Worship! Continue reading →
This weekend (Nov 12-13), the Baha’i community of India commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the Baha’i House of Worship in New Delhi, India, known to many as the Lotus Temple.
Over five thousand people from all walks of life and religious traditions from all over India and 50 other countries gathered in New Delhi for the celebrations. In addition to prayers, music, presentations and performances, the event also presented three individuals and organisations with “Champion of Social Transformation” awards for their contributions in the fields of education of the girl child, youth empowerment and communal harmony.
The Baha’is of India aren’t the only ones commemorating the anniversary of the House of Worship. The Government of India, as part of its Incredible India tourism campaign, is featuring the iconic lotus-shaped temple on posters and billboards in 14 countries from South Africa to Japan, from the U.S.A. to Singapore. Continue reading →