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Raising Money for Baha’i Projects with Kickstarter and Indiegogo

Whether it’s an individual initiative or a community-backed idea, projects in the Baha’i Faith often need resources to get off the ground. While the institutions are certainly an option for finding support, a number of Baha’is have begun taking to the web, specifically to crowdfunding sites, to find backers for their projects. And they’re finding success too.

Kickstarter and Indiegogo are the most popular platforms. Here are five recent successfully funded Baha’i-related campaigns. Continue reading

Create In Me A Pure Heart – Fariba Laliberte

In this music video, Fariba Laliberte sings ‘Create In Me A Pure Heart’, a song from her album Surrender, and based on a prayer by Baha’u’llah:

“Create in me a pure heart, O my God, and renew a tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope! Through the spirit of power confirm Thou me in Thy Cause, O my Best-Beloved, and by the light of Thy glory reveal unto me Thy path, O Thou the Goal of my desire! Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up unto the heaven of Thy holiness, O Source of my being, and by the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me, O Thou Who art my God! Let Thine everlasting melodies breathe tranquility on me, O my Companion, and let the riches of Thine ancient countenance deliver me from all except Thee, O my Master, and let the tidings of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring me joy, O Thou Who art the most manifest of the manifest and the most hidden of the hidden!” ~ Baha’u’llah

From Chinese, to Persian, English and Swahili, Fariba Laliberte’s music explores rhythms of the world. Inspired by the Baha’i Holy Scriptures, it celebrates diversity and the spiritual journey of the human heart.

Listen to and purchase Fariba Laliberte’s album here.

The Baha’i Principle of Progressive Revelation

One of the things we often get asked about as Baha’is is our conviction of the principle of the oneness of religion. As it is one of the central teachings laid down by Baha’u’llah, it is of great importance that we are able to understand the implications of seeing all religions, in essence, as being as one. This way we are able to answer common questions we are asked, such as, “How can all religions be true when they appear to disagree in the ways they are practised?” or, “Sure, different religions can get along, but clearly they advocate for different things, no?”

A response to these questions will be inherently based upon the concept of Progressive Revelation, a core concept that suggests that religious truth is, in essence, one, and that it is progressively revealed by God through a series of divine Messengers. Christ, Muhammad, Moses, Krishna, Baha’u’llah and the Bab are some examples of these Messengers that are like perfect mirrors that reflect and manifest the perfections and attributes of God and reveal His Word. Through the lens of Progressive Revelation we are able to clearly see how all the great religions of the world are divine in origin and regard their founders as divine Manifestations of God. Continue reading

Mona With the Children – Doug Cameron (Cover by Neena)

In this video, Neena sings a cover of the 1985 hit “Mona With the Children” by Doug Cameron. This version was produced by Nabil Moghaddam of the popular duo Nabil & Karim.

The song is a protest song based on the true story of a Persian Baha’i girl named Mona Mahmudnizhad, who, in 1983, at the age of 16, together with nine other Baha’i women, was sentenced to death and hanged in Shiraz, Iran, because she was a Baha’i.

You can watch the music video to the original song by Doug Cameron here.

To find out some background about the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran, you can read this Baha’i Blog article: Some Background to the Persecution of the Baha’is in Iran

Unfortunately the persecution still continues, and you can find out the current state of persecution and find out how you can help through the Baha’i International Community’s website.

The 5 Year Plan – Tom Price

Baha’i music composer Tom Price recently gave a series of three talks about the Five Year Plan at the Tennessee Baha’i School. With his permission, Baha’i Blog is pleased to share with you the talks to stream from our site or to download – and best of all, it’s completely free!

The study of the 5 Year Plan is something we’ve all been encouraged to do, and we hope these talks will help you with this. We know that anyone who has ever heard Tom Price speak will be frantically clicking away at the download buttons, and for those of you who have yet to tune in to one of Tom’s talks, you’re in for a treat!

We hope you enjoy the talks and please let us know what you think in the comments section and feel free to share this post with your friends.

Happy Listening!

PLEASE NOTE: During these talks Tom Price mentions that these are a part of a series of talks he has prepared. The rest of these talks have not been recorded yet, but Tom will be providing them to Baha’i Blog once they are presented. If you’d like to be notified of our new posts (like these talks), please sign up to our email list.

Recreating Ourselves in the Image of the Master – Tom Price

Baha’i music composer Tom Price recently delivered six great new talks at the 2012 Tennessee Baha’i School, called “Recreating Ourselves in the Image of the Master”.

For those of you who have yet to hear one of Tom’s talks, you’re in for a treat! Last year we posted Tom Price’s talks on The Five Year Plan and it’s still one of our most popular posts ever!

In these wonderful talks Tom Price shares six of Abdu’l-Baha’s attributes and looks at how we can learn from them and adopt them into our own lives.

Abdu’l-Baha, (also referred to as the Master) was Baha’u’llah’s eldest son and appointed successor, and He is considered the perfect example of how to live according to the Baha’i teachings. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to North America, and Baha’i communities across the US and Canada have been celebrating His visit.

You can listen to these talks by either streaming them or by downloading them – and best of all, it’s completely free!

We hope you enjoy these talks as much as we do, and please let us know what you think in the comments section and feel free to share this post with your friends.

Happy Listening, and a BIG THANK YOU to Tom Price for this wonderful service!

Una Decisión – Latin American Music Initiative 2012 (Album 1)

I always love hearing about different Baha’i-inspired initiatives happening around the world, and a couple of friends recently told me about a wonderful musical initiative which took place in Ecuador, and so with the help of Eduardo Rioseco, one of the initiative’s participants, I thought it would be great to share this exciting experience and the music (which can be downloaded for free at the bottom of this post) with everyone! Continue reading

Talks by Mr. Grossmann from the New Zealand North Island Baha’i Summer School 2013

Mr. Hartmut and Mrs. Ursula Grossmann were the keynote speakers at the recent North Island Baha’i Summer School in New Zealand at the end of December 2013, and the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of New Zealand have given Baha’i Blog four of Mr. Grossmann’s audio talks for you to listen to.

Currently residing in Finland, the Grossmann’s are originally from Germany and Mr. Grossmann is a former member of both the International Teaching Centre and the Universal House of Justice, until he retired in 2008.

We’ve been asked to remind everyone that Mr. Grossmann gave these talks as an individual Baha’i, and not as a representative of the Universal House of Justice.

You can listen to these talks by either streaming them live from our site or by downloading them.

Also, if anyone is interested in the DVD of these talks (which will also include Mrs. Grossmann’s presentations), you can order it by contacting: [email protected]

We hope you enjoy these talks as much as we do, and we’d like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Grossmann and the organizers of the summer school and the National Spiritual Assembly of New Zealand for making these talks available to us all!

Happy listening!

“Sembrando Futuro” – Latin American Music Initiative 2013 (Album 2)

I always love hearing about different Baha’i-inspired initiatives happening around the world, and a couple of friends recently told me about a wonderful musical initiative which took place in Ecuador, and so with the help of Eduardo Rioseco, one of the initiative’s participants, I thought it would be great to share this exciting experience and the music (which can be downloaded for free at the bottom of this post) with everyone! Continue reading

Nader Saiedi – Text and Context in the Baha’i Heroic Age

Thanks to the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Santa Monica, California we’re happy to share with everyone a series of 12 talks given by Professor Nader Saiedi called “Text and Context in the Baha’i Heroic Age” held in 2014.

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.)

Happy listening!

Image by Felicia Ramirez via University of California’s Daily Bruin

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