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How to Be a Heroic Baha’i Today

A youth studying the spiritual empowerment of junior youth in Montero, Bolivia. (Photo: Baha'i Media Bank)

Oftentimes, I find myself reading chronicles from early Baha’is, immersing myself in their stories of complete selflessness, utter sacrifice, and staunch devotion to the Cause of God.

I find myself thinking that my humble undertakings serving the Baha’i Faith pale in comparison to what they endured in a bid to spread the Message of Baha’u’llah.

Abdu’l-Baha writes:

…ye must in this matter—that is, the serving of humankind—lay down your very lives, and as ye yield yourselves, rejoice.

But what does it mean to lay down our lives? I think that this is one of many metaphorical references found in the Baha’i Writings to giving up one’s life and it makes me ask myself, what does it symbolically look like for me to give up my life to the beliefs I hold dear? And how can I do so rejoicingly?

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Worldview and the Law of the Persian Bayan – A Series of 4 Talks by Dr. Nader Saiedi

In this series of four talks by Dr. Nader Saiedi called ‘Worldview and the Law of the Persian Bayan’, Dr. Saiedi offers a holistic, yet concise look at the Persian Bayan, the Mother Book of the Bab’s Dispensation. These talks explore the worldview offered in the Persian Bayan by looking at the work in its totality, as well as examining its laws, commandments and ordinances. Continue reading

Ya Baha’u’l-Abha (O Thou Glory of Glories) – European Baha’i Choral Festival 2019

“Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” is the eleventh song from the European Baha’i Choral Festival that was held from May 29 – June 2, 2019 at the Baha’i House of Worship in Langenhain, Germany. This Arabic song was composed and conducted by Ameli Dziemba and its words are a repetition of “Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” which means “O Thou Glory of Glories”. Continue reading

Ya Baha’u’l-Abha (O Thou Glory of Glories) – European Baha’i Choral Festival 2019 [Audio Track]

“Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” is the eleventh song from the European Baha’i Choral Festival that was held from May 29 – June 2, 2019 at the Baha’i House of Worship in Langenhain, Germany. This Arabic song was composed and conducted by Ameli Dziemba and its words are a repetition of “Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” which means “O Thou Glory of Glories”. Continue reading

Hope from Iran 3 – The Final Film in the ‘Hope from Iran’ Trilogy

Hope from Iran 3 is the final film of the Hope from Iran trilogy, and this time, filmmaker Flavio Azm Rassekh focuses on the unique story of two Iranian Baha’is who left Iran right after the Islamic Revolution to start a new life abroad. Their stories have a deep connection with the current situation in Iran today, and in the end, it all comes back together in a full circle.

I got in touch with filmmaker Flavio Azm Rassekh to find out more about Hope from Iran 3, and here’s what he shared: Continue reading

Hope From Iran 3

‘Hope from Iran 3’ is the final film of the ‘Hope from Iran’ trilogy, and this time, filmmaker Flavio Azm Rassekh focuses on the unique story of two Iranian Baha’is who left Iran right after the Islamic Revolution to start a new life abroad. Their stories have a deep connection with the current situation in Iran today, and in the end, it all comes back together in a full circle. Continue reading

EBBF Podcast Episode 12: The Unusual Story of a Values Based French Patisserie… in New Delhi

The Ethical Business Building the Future organization, otherwise known as EBBF, is a not-for-profit that aims to promote moral and spiritual wisdom and principles found in the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and the great religious traditions of the world, such as the principles of justice, respect, trustworthiness, integrity and unity.

#discoveringhow is EBBF’s podcast series where you can hear personal experiences and insights from ebbf members — each episode offers you stepping stones, fresh ideas, and the personal learnings of people who believe that ethical business can and should build the future.

In this episode we are taking you to India, where the dream of a Persian French family of taking to India the culinary pleasures of a very typical French Patisserie comes true. The Christine, Kazem and Laurent Samandari first share practical ideas on how to make sure such a dream can come true and then in the second part of this podcast we dig deeper into the values that are at the foundation of this very successful enterprise, planning to have over a 100 patisseries spread around India.  Continue reading

Hope from Iran 2 – A Film Celebrating the Lives of Four Baha’i Women

I’m excited to share a short film called ‘Hope From Iran 2’ by my dear friend Flavio Azm Rassekh in collaboration with Persian BMS.

Hope From Iran 2‘ is a follow-up film to its predecessor ‘Hope From Iran‘, but this film takes on a slightly different angle by exploring the lives of four very talented women who have been touched, not only by the Baha’i Faith, but in particular by the life and example of a famous Persian poetess and Baha’i heroine known as Tahirih.

Flavio is a filmmaker from Brazil, and besides truly being like a brother to me, we’ve collaborated on numerous projects together over the years, and his unwavering dedication, hard work, and passion for serving the Baha’i Faith through various avenues of media and the arts is always an inspiration.

I decided to touch base with Flavio about ‘Hope From Iran 2’, and share what he had to say with our readers: Continue reading

Hope from Iran 2

In this short film called Hope from Iran 2, producer/director Flavio Azm Rassekh shares how the lives of four very talented women have been touch by the Baha’i Faith, and in particular, by the role model of a famous Persian poetess and Baha’i historical figure called Tahirih. Inspired by the life of Tahirih, these women fight for equality and fellowship by making courageous choices in their lives relating to faith. Continue reading

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