Art and Literature

Entries about creativity in all its forms, plus original creative material.

Bahá'í Burial Ring

Introducing a new Burial Ring in precious metal at an affordable price.

Double thick Gold plating over pure Sterling Silver creates an appropriately dignified adornment to wear through eternity. The words...

"I came forth from God and return unto Him, detached from all save Him, holding fast to His name, the Merciful, the Compassionate."

...are clearly inscribed in two lines around the outside of the ring in flowing type that one customer said reminded her of the Lord of the Rings inscription. Gold does not tarnish, and will protect the silver underneath so the ring should last thousands of years longer than the base-metal and epoxy burial rings that are available elsewhere.

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Fire & Gold - Hidden Words Painting

Acrylic on MDF board and from a series called "Peacing It Together" Original Work by Artist Tricia Hague-Blackford.

Size: 122cmx61cmx3cm

Painting from metaphor from Baha'i Scriptures.

"O Son of Being! Busy not thyself with this world, for with fire We test the gold, and with gold We test Our servants." - Baha'u'llah -

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Bahai writings on meditation, presented by Susan Lewis Wright. Soothing 'new age' sight and sound effects provide an excellent introduction to the meditative experience and the essential harmony of science and spirituality. Concludes with a very uplifting rendition of Baha'u'llah's beautiful "Ye are the stars..." quote. It's definitely 'yeast' for the bread of your mind and soul!


If you like the music, get the album, "Bird"

Style- Versatile mostly contemporary abstract

If there is one person who has never seized (sic) to amaze me, it is Varyan Edwards. I first met her at a workshop held at RIIC in Kanye for visual artists. International as well as local artists were invited for this endeavour.

{josquote}Varyan, whose appearance can remind one of "Tabetha", the character in the "Passions" TV series, dresses very colourfully. A member of the Bahai Faith, she also plays the guitar and explains that her guitar playing has more to do with the spiritual rather than with the entertainment aspect.{/josquote}

Thapong Visual Artists Trust had just been established under her leadership. This was in 1991. The workshop went on for two weeks prior to Christmas.

Edwards was born in Hong Kong where she lived for a while and also in England before moving to Africa in 1965. She studied art for four years at Rhodes University in South Africa from 1968 to 1972 majoring in the history of art.

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Review of "Táhirih TheAlogy"

A later edition of this review is now available.

When Starr Saffa was kind enough to let me read her book, I promised to set out my thoughts on what she had written. And although I haven't mastered all of the intricacies of the English idiom, I managed to read Starr's book over the space of a month.

I should say from the start that I find it difficult, as a Baha'i, to discuss with any objectivity a book so unambiguously hostile to my religion. This has made certain precautions necessary. First, I will focus on the general theme of Starr Saffa's book, the idea that we have recently entered an age in which the male and female natures are approaching a state of balance. Second, I will not engage in refutation or apologetics: these can await a more rigorous treatment in the future.

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