an oracle and the internet*

here’s a neat little video put together by Matthew Levine of Anthem for the World fame—it’s based on the statement made by Shoghi Effendi in the World Order of Bahá’u’lláh letters that many now construe as foreshadowing the creation of the Internet. Check it out (nice music, too!):

A mechanism of world inter-communication will be devised, embracing the whole planet, freed from national hindrances and restrictions, and functioning with marvellous swiftness and perfect regularity.

* no, this is not about the Internet Oracle.

holla back seattle: baha’i hip-hop

It wasn’t until I read about them on the one and only Baha’i Blog and actually had a chance to hear some of their music that I started to light up: Common Market is serious business. Seriously challenging and seriously honest vocals—many inspired by the teachings of the Baha’i Faith—delivered by Ra Scion, along with seriously refreshing and uplifting beats from Blue Scholars‘ DJ Sabzi, make this combo into a mix between revolution and revelation. I bought two copies of Common Market’s album, and the songs on it still enjoy frequent rotation onto my iTunes playlist. Recent news from LiveJournal user sciontific—Ra Scion’s wife—shares an Associated Press article about the growing Seattle hip-hop scene that extensively features both Common Market and Blue Scholars and their independent record label, Massline Media. Check it out and don’t be left behind—and do check out the new Blue Scholars album, Bayani, for a share of lyrical bliss.

baha’i pilgrimage: counting the waves

Here’s a little Baha’i pilgrimage video I put together out of clips taken during my family’s pilgrimage to the Baha’i World Centre in Israel—specifically, to the old city of ‘Akká. There are many Muslim traditions (hadith) about ‘Akká, some of which are quoted by Bahá’u’lláh in His Epistle to the Son of the Wolf. This video is based on the tradition which states, “He that counteth forty waves [in ‘Akká], while repeating: ‘God is Most Great!’—exalted be He—God will forgive his sins, both past and future.”

cyprus baha’i arts festival

The Cyprus Baha’i Arts Festival was held in the city of Limassol from June 23th-29th. You can read up a little more about it on the Baha’i World News Service. Fortunately for those of us who couldn’t manage a plane ticket to Cyprus, highlight videos such as the one below are sprouting up, chronicling the event. You can also do a search on YouTube to find videos of individual performances.