Food for the Soul: Day 13 – Benediction

'every benediction is thine' The Benediction was composed in 1909 by Louise Waite, an early American Bahá'í composer with a very special relationship with 'Abdu'l-Bahá, who constantly encouraged her efforts and praised her compositions, addressing her lovingly as 'Shahnáz' (royal falcon). Many of His recorded words regarding music are taken from letters to Ms. Waite, thus immortalizing her - and her music - in Bahá'í history. The piece ...

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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: 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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‘Encounters’ Nashville report: Experiencing the Arts

Imagine if you will ...watching in rapt attention as an artist completes a live painting in front of you, serenaded by diverse singers and instrumentalists and inspired by quotations like this: Can you paint upon the page of the world the ideal pictures of the Celestial Concourse? The pictures which are in the ideal world are eternal. I wish you to become such an artist. Man can paint those ideal ...

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Music City Initiative – a teaching project

The next few weeks promise to be pretty eventful. A cross-section of the Nashville Bahá'í community is engaged in a project called the Music City Initiative, which builds on a vision which the Badasht Project piloted 7 years ago in Victoria, BC. The idea is to bring music and the arts into the forefront of the community's activities, thereby bringing a more intense spirit into everything we do. Close Encounters (...

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