armed with the power of thy name (music video)

Baha’i artist Devon Gundry (who I met at Bosch Baha’i School, and whose music I’ve featured here in the past), comes out with a brilliantly moving, profoundly touching new music video for a song based on one of my favourite passages from the Baha’i Writings. See the video below, or in full force on Vimeo thanks to Director Justin Baldoni. Thanks to Praveen for the link!

Armed with the power of Thy name nothing can ever hurt me, and with Thy love in my heart all the world’s afflictions can in no wise alarm me.

From a prayer by Bahá’u’lláh

persepolis 2: safeguard the innocent

The amazing young men and women behind Mideast Youth and the Muslim Network for Baha’i Rights have created the following video based on Marjane Satrapi’s award-winning animated film Persepolis—with the persecution of Iran’s Baha’is as its theme. As an introduction to the video, entitled Persepolis 2: Safeguarding the Innocent, the creators state: “2,500 years ago, Cyrus the Great penned down what is regarded as the first declaration for human rights, affirming the right to freedom of worship. But centuries later, what is the situation of Iran’s largest religious minority?” Watch it on Youtube — a Farsi version is also available.

these great oppressions / o son of man

Here’s a really cool version of everybody’s favourite musical fireside song, These Great Oppressions—performed by Canadian Baha’i musician Dean Kalyan.

These great oppressions
That have befallen the world
Are preparing it for the advent
Of the Most Great Justice

These fruitless strifes
These ruinous wars
Shall pass away
And the Most Great Peace shall come

And, as an added bonus, here’s JB Eckl and Eric Dozier performing another musical fireside song, O Son of Man, at a concert in Austin, TX. See more!

If thou lovest me,
turn away from thyself
If thou seekest my pleasure,
regard not thine own
That thou mayest die in me
And I may eternally live in thee
O Son of Man!

backbiting music video

Polynesian music group Mana wins the awesomeness award of the month with their new music video pulled straight from the pages of Ruhi Book 1 and the writings of Bahá’u’lláh:

That seeker should also regard backbiting as grievous error, and keep himself aloof from its dominion, inasmuch as backbiting quencheth the light of the heart, and extinguisheth the life of the soul.

Bahá’u’lláh, Kitáb-i-Iqan (The Book of Certitude), p. 194

february update

rideau canal 2well it’s certainly been a while since the last update, hasn’t it? I blame the season. I love winter, but for some reason, every time it comes around, I just slow down like nobody’s business. sad. I guess it’s more of the winter blahs (I keep blogging about them every year… I sense a pattern developing). On a positive note, I got a chance to get out and visit ottawa’s winterlude festival—no skating that day, but got to admire the ice sculptures and have a taste of some maple taffy on snow:

this winter, I definitely want to go out and visit a sugar bush somewhere out in the country. I haven’t even taken a vacation this winter for crying out loud! last year at around this time, I had just come back from a week’s worth of travelling across Canada—visiting friends in Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg. …Actually, that’s not quite true. At this time last year, I was recovering from a sudden attack of kidney stones… well, more like a massacre, actually, but it did teach me some things.