Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.
In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.
In this episode I'm in London, England with my dear friend, fellow actor and comedian, the hilarious Omid Djalili. Omid takes me on a ride full of stories and banter, where he tells me about his family and what it was like growing up in the UK as the only 13 year old with a mustache. We talk about soccer, prayer, dreams, gratitude, and the importance of connecting our lives to service and community building. Omid tells me how he got into comedy, and he shares four life-changing points about his career, which I think you'll find extremely interesting! Join me and Omid in this thought-provoking and fun conversation!
To find out more about Omid Djalili and some of the things we covered in the podcast, check out the following links:
* Find out more about Omid Djalili here on: www.omidnoagenda.com
* Check out 'Hopeful: An Autobiography' by Omid Djalili: Book: https://amzn.to/2qp7LTD ; Audiobook: https://amzn.to/2SDJUwy
* Rainn's autobiography 'The Bassoon King' can be found here: Book: https://amzn.to/2AEXrgs ; Audiobook: https://amzn.to/2QbHlQx
* Omid mentions the term "Allah'u'Abha" and “Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” which you can read about here: https://bit.ly/2znwuMu
* Omid mentions the Universal House of Justice: universalhouseofjustice.bahai.org
* Omid mentions the passing of Shoghi Effendi, known to Baha'is as 'the Guardian of the Baha'i Faith', which can find learn more about here: https://www.bahai.org/shoghi-effendi/
* Omid talks about the 'Shrine of the Bab' which you can learn more about here: https://bit.ly/2F1yKPz
* Omid and Rainn talk about the Institute Process and Ruhi books: www.ruhi.org
* Omid and Rainn talk about the 'Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program' [JYSEP], which you can learn about here: https://bit.ly/2QnTeD2
* Omid shares the following passage about prayer from the Universal House of Justice: "Prayer is the essential spiritual conversation of the soul with its Maker, direct and without intermediation. It is the spiritual food that sustains the life of the spirit. Like the morning’s dew, it brings freshness to the heart and cleanses it, purifying it from attachments of the insistent self. It is a fire that burns away the veils and a light that leads to the ocean of reunion with the Almighty. On its wings does the soul soar in the heavens of God and draw closer to the divine reality. Upon its quality depends the development of the limitless capacities of the soul and the attraction of the bounties of God, but the prolongation of prayer is not desirable. The powers latent in prayer are manifested when it is motivated by the love of God, beyond any fear or favour, and free from ostentation and superstition. It is to be expressed with a sincere and pure heart conducive to contemplation and meditation so that the rational faculty can be illumined by its effects. Such prayer will transcend the limitation of words and go well beyond mere sounds. The sweetness of its melodies must gladden and uplift the heart and reinforce the penetrating power of the Word, transmuting earthly inclinations into heavenly attributes and inspiring selfless service to humankind."
* Omid mentions Baha'i Blog Studio Sessions: https://bit.ly/1LtjUx9
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