Food for the Soul: Day 9 – Refresh

'At the hour of dawn, my drooping soul is refreshed...' Today, going with the feeling of the song 'Refresh & Gladden' (taken from a well-loved Bahá'í prayer, author unknown), we'll focus on the sweeter side of our relationship with God - the lover and the Beloved, the child and the caring Parent, the river eagerly rushing to the Sea. Sometimes we get caught up in the blinding splendor ...

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Food for the Soul: Day 8 – Healing

In a letter written in 1933, Shoghi Effendi, a direct descendant of Bahá'u'lláh and known as the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith wrote: "We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment outside us and say that once one of these is reformed everything will be improved. Man is organic with the world. His inner life moulds the environment and is itself also deeply affected by it. The ...

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Food for the Soul: Day 7 – Contentment

Say: God sufficeth all things above all things, and nothing in the heavens or in the earth but God sufficeth. the Báb
suf·fice (/səˈfīs/) 1. be enough 2. meet the needs of Synonyms: satisfy – be sufficient – last – be enough. What is it that will 'satisfy – be sufficient – last – be enough' for, or 'meet the needs' of a spiritual being during its relatively short stay in ...

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Food for the Soul: Day 6 – Unite the Hearts

“The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men.” Bahá'u'lláh, quoted by Shoghi Effendi, Advent of Divine Justice Ahhhh... unity. Our favorite word as Baha'is. More often than not you will hear it as the go-to answer that we are willing to share with folks who inquire about our Faith. It is the beginning and the end of all we are striving to bring forth into ...

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Food for the Soul: Day 5 – While the City Sleeps

While the City Sleeps by The Badasht Project 'Like a thief in the night...' Planet Earth is famous for its perfect spot in the solar system, its air, water, photosynthesis, biodiversity... and to top it all off, playing host to the unfolding drama of its ever-quirky homo sapiens culture. It is not so famous for its hospitality towards those who came to be regarded (much later) as Prophets, Messengers ...

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Food for the Soul: Day 4 – Hollow Reed (Remembering the Craftsman)

'O God! Make me a hollow reed, from which the pith of self hath been blown - that I may become a pure channel through which Thy love may flow unto others.' How many times have we heard these words in song or conversation, or seen them depicted in the moving images of talented artists? It is one of those lines that singers want to sing and painters want ...

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Food for the Soul – Day 3: He Maketh Victorious

For people inclined to bring their human will in line with that of a Higher Power, the eternal question is: Does God really care what happens to little ol' me? And if so... how much? And if my will really is in line with His, how much energy, power and wherewithal are we talking about here - is anything beyond Him? OK, that's at least three questions. So we need ...

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Food for the Soul – Day 2: A note to ‘self’

...but which 'self?' In the Hidden Words, Bahá'u'lláh writes:

O MY SERVANT! Free thyself from the fetters of this world, and loose thy soul from the prison of self. Seize thy chance, for it will come to thee no more.Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words
During the fast the self is ever present and most of the time quite insistent. Many times, particularly ...

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Food for the Soul – Day 1: Humility

O my God! O my God! Glory be unto Thee for that Thou hast confirmed me to the confession of Thy oneness, attracted me unto the word of Thy singleness, enkindled me by the fire of Thy love, and occupied me with Thy mention and the service of Thy friends and maidservants. O Lord, help me to be meek and lowly, and strengthen me in severing myself from all things ...

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Food for the Soul: 19 Days of Music & Devotion

During the Bahá'í month of fasting from March 2-20 - the 'Holy Season' - the Badasht Project would like to share one song from Badasht vol. I and II on each of the 19 days - along with some inspiring passages from the Bahá'í Writings connected to the song's theme, as well as a beautiful image to dazzle your eyes. The music will be waiting for you at the ...

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