there are a lot of Baha'is in the world, whether you know it or not. so many of my dearest friends who are not Baha'is have told me time and time again, that "they have never met a Baha'i they didn't like & think was awesome". and while i am sure that one day they may meet one they don't like, as there are currently more than 5 million of us spread all around the globe. but one thing i REALLY, REALLY love about my religion is that there are sooo many inspiring individuals who seek out creative paths for the pure love of art - and expression of it, and they do not lose sight of their relationship with their soul along the way. i think this can be a challenge for all of us. BUT i get really excited to see awesome people doing awesome, positive work, especially when they get quite a bit of hype too.
so many people hear the word "religion" and automatically think "so uncool", "so oldschool", so this, so that. and i can't blame them, it can totally be true. sure you may call me bias, but some of the coolest, most inspiring individuals i have met are Baha'is...Baha'is who are constantly striving to do what they can with their unique gifts to contribute to the betterment of our world and in some way, making the world a more tolerable, beautiful place to live in.
religion CAN be cool. religion can be forward thinking. religion can be full of a bunch of really neat people bursting at the seams with delightful creative processes*.
in this case, its two wonderfully creative Baha'i men - Ferraby Lionheart & Rainn Wilson:
this music video is hilarious and beautiful. ferraby just came out with his new album which is reallllly good and he is currently on tour with the WATSON TWINS (hell yes!!!). here is his video featuring Rainn:
Here is an article in SPIN mag about ferraby and rainn's collaboration.
Have a listen for yourself & check him out on tour. Here is ferraby's myspace page.
and also, i really really love this song that ferraby sings, which is a prayer by Baha'u'llah from the Holy Writings of the Baha'i Faith:
*this of course isn't to say that those that are not Baha'is are "less than" IN ANY SENSE OF THE WORD. most of my dearest friends are not Baha'is and i celebrate them the same.