Puneh Ala’i, the founder of For the Unseen, a non-profit organization focused on creating sustainable solutions for the relief of human suffering, recounts her first trip to the war in Syria—and why she went. “To spread the message of one human race,” says humanitarian, Baha’i and non-profit founder Puneh Ala’i, explaining why she goes to war zones to alleviate human suffering. During her first trip to Syria, Puneh realizes that simply taking supplies and food aid to those who suffer isn’t a sustainable strategy—so she and a colleague start a school for Syrian refugee children, called Birds of Hope. Its mission? “To teach every student, even though they’ve endured psychological trauma, that they can be agents of change for something better and more positive.” Puneh says “I encourage you to live with your hearts open, to respond with love, and to actively make a difference.” Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/bahaiteachings… Follow us on FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/bahaiteachings.org Follow us on TWITTER: http://twitter.com/bahai_teachings Follow us on INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/bahaiteachings Visit us at: http://www.BahaiTeachings.org
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The Bahai Gardens in Haifa comprise a staircase of nineteen terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel.
The geometry of the complex is built around the axis connecting it with the City of ‘Akko, which also has great historical and sacred significance for Bahá’ís. At its heart stands the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb, which is the resting place of the Prophet-Herald of the Bahai Faith. (www.ganbahai.org.il)
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A lot of people ask me “What’s my religion?”
Music: Arlen Yanch
Vocals: Jeff Caverly
Album: Facing East
Mixed and mastered by Dan Cherkas
Dedicated to the memory of Joseph Sheppherd.
This is a prayer revealed by The Bab:
“God is sufficient unto me,
He verily is the All-sufficing
In Him let the trusting trust.”
Music and vocals produced by Arlen Yanch.
Vocals sung by Samar Rushdy.
Mixed by Jeff Caverly.
Additional vocal production by Samar Rushdy
Additional cello by Jeff Caverly.
Special thanks to ChokChai for allowing me to use his video.
Special thanks to Galen Humber for recording the vocals.
The Báb – Herald of the Bahá’í Faith
In the middle of the 19th century—one of the most turbulent periods in the world’s history—a young merchant announced that He was the bearer of a message destined to transform the life of humanity. At a time when His country, Iran, was undergoing widespread moral breakdown, His message aroused excitement and hope among all classes, rapidly attracting thousands of followers. He took the name “The Báb”, meaning “the Gate” in Arabic.
With His call for spiritual and moral reformation, and His attention to improving the position of women and the lot of the poor, the Báb’s prescription for spiritual renewal was revolutionary. At the same time, He founded a distinct, independent religion of His own, inspiring His followers to transform their lives and carry out great acts of heroism.
The Báb announced that humanity stood at the threshold of a new era. His mission, which was to last only six years, was to prepare the way for the coming of a Manifestation of God Who would usher in the age of peace and justice promised in all the world’s religions: Bahá’u’lláh.
“His life is one of the most magnificent examples of courage which it has been the privilege of mankind to behold…”
— Tribute to the Báb by the 19th century French writer A.L.M. Nicolas
Video Recorded in Baha’i Public Information Office – Adelaide, Australia
O Thou kind Lord!
Thou hast created all humanity from the same stock. Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household. In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence.
O God! Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided for all, dost shelter all, conferrest life upon all. Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy Mercy.
O Thou kind Lord! Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect harmony.
O God! Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind.
O God! Establish the Most Great Peace.
Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together.
O Thou kind Father, God! Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love. Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance. Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.
Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind.
Melody written by Pamela Block
Performed by Michael Kelly