Talk on the Baha’i Faith and the Arts

Hi all. Been a minute since I’ve been around these parts. Hope everyone is doing well. It’s been a very challenging few months but I am now experiencing incremental victories by the day, so things are good. Here is video of my first public talk, The Baha’i Faith and the Arts at the Houston Baha’i Center back in August.

In the talk we explore some philosophical underpinnings regarding how art is defined and how its purpose is perceived. We also delve into some perspectives on the arts from assorted historical figures such as Beethoven, Shakespeare and Van Gogh. The talk wraps up with an analysis of what the Central Figures and Institutions of the Baha’i Faith have to say about the arts and how these conceptions intersect with and are possibly influenced by some of the philosophical foundations presented at the beginning. Enjoy!

Poetic Reflection on a Baha’i Sacred Writing

O Oppressors on Earth!

Withdraw your hands from tyranny, for I have pledged Myself not to forgive any man’s injustice. This is My covenant which I have irrevocably decreed in the preserved tablet and sealed it with My seal of glory.

~ Bahá’u’lláh

via April 16.

Uncover this stone
And study his tears,
Until you capture the message
Inscribed in them.
Notice how they tremble
To the rhythm
Of your expectant hands,
From whence he is daily acquainted
With the despair
That has become as intimate
As his shadow.

Know that the time has come
For the requital
Of so many messages
Forcefully silenced
Upon their very dispatch.
Know that his abased countenance
Will still reflect the radiance
Of the Covenant
That will shatter this stone
Of perpetual immobility,
Causing every other stone
To crumble in turn,

Until the scaffold of injustice falls
And the seeds of humanity’s redemption
Are planted and nurtured
By unshackled hands.