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The Baha’i Gardens in Haifa (drone video)

What’s known in Israel as the “Baha’i Gardens” are a Baha’i holy place and a major tourist site in Haifa, Israel. The garden terraces are located around the golden-domed Shrine of the Bab on Mount Carmel, where Baha’is from around the world come to pay their respects while on pilgrimage. The staircase includes nineteen extremely beautiful terraces, extending almost one kilometer, covering about 200,000 square meters of land. The gardens combine works of stone and metal as well as fountains and green expansive lawns. The garden overlooks the panoramic views of the city, the Galilee Hills and the Mediterranean Sea.

You can find out why the Baha’i Faith has its holy places in Israel from this Baha’i Blog article: Why is the Baha’i World Centre in Israel?

The Importance of Memorizing the Baha’i Writings

Memory is one of the five spiritual powers that we, as humans, possess. In addition to the five physical senses, we also have imagination, thought, comprehension, memory, and what Abdu’l-Baha terms the “common faculty”.

While our physical senses enable us to navigate through the material world, it is our spiritual powers that allow us to transcend it. Memory is therefore something unique to us and non-occurring in the natural world. As Abdu’l-Baha says, “man is fortified with memory” – it is an attribute and a strength with which we have been endowed.

When we look through the sequence of Ruhi courses, it is evident that the memorization of quotes and prayers plays a key role in our study. Tutors and participants alike sometimes struggle with the expectation to commit long passages of text to memory, particularly when unaccustomed to the style of language often used. It might even seem unnecessary to memorize in a world where smartphones allow us easy and instantaneous access to prayers and Writings from wherever we are.

Our willingness to memorize is key to being able to do so. The importance of memorization should therefore not be lost on us: Continue reading

“The Fire” by Denzil & Ephrim Aumua [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, brothers Denzil and Ephrim Aumua sing “The Fire”, based on an excerpt from a tablet by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

Baha’i Blog Images – Galleries of Beautiful Baha’i-related Visual Works

A big part of our mission here at Baha’i Blog is to showcase and highlight the amazing Baha’i projects and work going on around the world. That’s why a year ago we broadened our site with a gallery of great Baha’i-related video, and then this year we added a showcase of Baha’i-inspired music and audio. Today we’re excited to launch yet another new part of the site.

Baha’i Blog Images features photos, wallpapers, design, art and other imagery. We’ll be publishing photographic portfolios from talented Baha’i creators, historic and event related images, evocative art and design, and of course pictures of beautiful Baha’i architecture, plus lots more! Continue reading

No peace for Iran’s Baha’is on ABC’s “Earshot” hosted by David Rutledge

This is an episode on a radio program called “Earshot” hosted by David Rutledge on ABC (Australia):

The systematic persecution of members of the Baha’i faith in Iran shows no sign of easing. For Iranian-born Bahai’s in Australia, gratitude and love for their adopted home is mixed with distress at the plight of their co-religionists back in Iran. We travel to the western NSW town of Dubbo to meet with Baha’is and talk about education, memories of life in Iran, and their hopes and fears for the future.

You can find out more about “Earshot” here: www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro…ms/earshot/about/

Baha’i Chronicles – A New Site Chronicling the History of the Baha’i Faith

Here at Baha’i Blog we’re passionate about Baha’i history, and so we’re super excited to share with everyone a wonderful new site called Baha’i Chronicles, which aims to document the stories of the heroes and heroines of the Baha’i Faith, both past and present.

Baha’i Chronicles (BahaiChronicles.org) is the brainchild of Neda Nassir Najibi and Vanda Marie Khadem. Three years ago, Neda Najibi had started a series on her Facebook page titled “Did You Know”, which portrayed stories about Baha’i heroes and heroines, and while researching these individuals, she realized that there wasn’t a single website which captured the heroism, struggles, victories, sacrifices, and dedication of all of the Baha’is, both past and present. The stories of Baha’i heroes and heroines had also been a constant source of strength and inspiration in Vanda’s life, and it was her dream that future generations of children have access to the Baha’i Faith’s precious global heritage. So after several phone conversations, texts, emails, brainstorming sessions, and with the unfortunate passing of Neda’s father Nassir Najibi, who was an enormous influence on her, the two of them came up with idea and launched Baha’i Chronicles in his honor.

Neda is an old friend of mine, and so I decided to catch up with her to find out more about Baha’i Chronicles: Continue reading

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