## Essentials **[YouTube: A 2-minute Introduction to the Bahá’í Faith](https://youtu.be/wHpOy7vgqtI)** [2015] **[YouTube: What is the Bahá’í Faith? A 14-minute Introduction by Rainn Wilson](https://youtu.be/zLSaDVG4yBE)** [2019] **[Bahai.org](https://bahai.org)** Official website of the Bahá’í International Community. **[Bahai.us](https://bahai.us)** Official website of the Bahá’ís of the United States. **[RaceUnity.us - Race Unity in America: an Oral History](https://www.raceunity.us/)** > _Bahá’ís in the US have for a century worked to end racism and promote race unity. RaceUnity.us is an oral video history of that story, started by non-Bahá’í journalist Maziar Bahari. The project looks at successes and challenges Bahá’ís face — and what they're doing now to address this vital issue._ **[BahaiTeachings.org](https://bahaiteachings.org)** and **[BahaiBlog.net](https://bahaiblog.net)** Both are hubs for news, articles, talks, interviews, and podcasts. ## Books **[Bahai.org/library - The Bahá’í Reference Library](https://bahai.org/library)** The authoritative online source of the Bahá’í writings. Searchable; good user-interface. **[BahaieBooks.org - Bahá’í eBooks Publications](https://bahaiebooks.org/ebooks-by-author)** Completely free authorized mobi (Kindle) and ePub (iBooks/Google Play Books) versions of Bahá’í books. Don't buy unauthorized eBook reproductions from Amazon, ever. **[Bahá'í Writings on Souls, Death, and True Life](http://b19.org/bahai/souls.html)** A compliation put together by the maintainer of this page. ## Music videos **[Bahá’í Blog Studio Sessions](https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLePDtgwcyKAScvchcLzY-XZTmP2tdN-EY)** Beautifully-produced videos from around the world of Bahá’ís and their friends putting the Bahá’í Writings to music. ## Photos **[media.bahai.org - Bahá’í Media Bank](https://media.bahai.org)** Provides awesome high-quality photos for non-commercial purposes. ## Junior youth? Study circles? **[Ruhi.org - The Ruhi Institute](https://www.ruhi.org)** Responsible for the programs currently used in Bahá’í children's classes, the junior youth spiritual empowerment program, and the main sequence of courses for adults (commonly referred to as "study circles"). **[YouTube: The Bahá’í World View](https://youtu.be/vqg-qcadglU)** [2015] A 10-minute introduction that looks at what the Bahá’í Faith is and what Bahá’ís have been doing in their communities. **[YouTube playlist: The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program](https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLI2MCtLnHm7r2VDIvTIyhM2cVgOoV0M6J)** [2012-2017] > _Falling between the ages of 12 and 15 and representing a transition from childhood to youth, young adolescents — referred to as “junior youth” — experience rapid physical, intellectual, and emotional changes. Their spiritual powers expand. A new level of awareness fosters in them an increased interest in profound questions and in their talents and abilities. During this short and critical three-year period, ideas about the individual and society that may very well shape the rest of their lives are formed. However, delight at these new powers is often combined with feelings of worry, discomfort, and doubt that may produce contradictions in behavior. Directing their new abilities towards selfless service to humanity is therefore needed at this age._ **[YouTube: Study Circles](https://youtu.be/KUbxNsPY1nY)** [2018] > _Travian Mitchell of Durham, North Carolina gains spiritual comfort and community through Bahá’í study circles._ ## Documentaries All the rest of these are 1+ hour-long movie-quality documentaries. #### **A Rich Tapestry** [2020] Watch: **[YouTube playlist](https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLI2MCtLnHm7qcaXDRO-KLoor_6LxPFCMr)** > _A video storytelling series that illustrates how love is being translated into action to address questions of race and culture in the United States._ #### **Dawn of the Light** [2019] Watch: **[bahai.org/dawn-of-the-light](https://bahai.org/dawn-of-the-light) or [YouTube](https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLI2MCtLnHm7oPbpSEoPxuVa2C5PHWVz2b)** Follows the story of eight people from around the world as they describe their spiritual journeys to discovering the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. > _Two hundred years ago, the Báb appeared, inaugurating a new Dispensation and preparing humanity for the light of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation. Dawn of the Light portrays several individuals from different continents as they relate their own personal search after truth and meaning. They share their discovery that God has sent two Divine Manifestations — the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh — Whose teachings are revolutionizing human thought and behavior, changing darkness into light. The film shows glimpses of how this same discovery is inspiring the efforts of many across the globe to serve humanity and to contribute to building a new pattern of life._ #### **A Widening Embrace** [2018] Watch: **[bahai.org/widening-embrace](https://bahai.org/widening-embrace) or [YouTube](https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcQIEJkmscnDsCS83ndbh01z-lnFS75uw)** About community-building efforts of the Bahá’í world, as seen through the eyes of local populations. > _Across the globe, followers of Bahá’u’lláh and their friends are striving in earnest to contribute to the well-being of their communities and the advancement of society. A Widening Embrace captures some experiences and insights from a selection of neighborhoods and villages, in rural and urban settings. Here, a process of building vibrant communities is unfolding through individual and collective action propelled by a commitment to learning, in the words of Bahá’u’lláh, how to "translate that which hath been written into reality and action."_ #### **Light to the World** [2017] Watch: **[bahai.org/light-to-the-world](https://bahai.org/light-to-the-world) or [YouTube](https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLI2MCtLnHm7qb1H0IIVnS0uIYpBSv84nn)** Shares personal reflections from around the world about aspects of the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh and illustrates how His Teachings are transforming the lives of individuals and communities. > _There is a story unfolding. It is a story of humanity’s progress through history, propelled by the teachings of Messengers of God Who have guided humanity through its stages of development, and now to the dawn of its maturity. Two hundred years ago, such a prophetic Figure appeared: Bahá’u’lláh. He brought teachings for this age that represent an end to division and otherness, through which – at long last – the oneness of humankind can be realized. Discover more through accounts of people from diverse nations whose lives have been transformed by the light that Bahá’u’lláh brought to the world._ #### **To Serve Humanity** [2014] Watch: **[YouTube](https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLePDtgwcyKATsq9rV9bcsTZcgQ7tv6bhi)** > _In February 2013, the Universal House of Justice announced a series of youth conferences to be held around the world. Thousands of young people from villages and neighborhoods spanning every continent gathered to consult on the ways in which their generation can contribute to the spiritual and material well-being of their communities. This series of short films (combined into one video) captures the insights and conversation among participants as they explore some of the themes that are central to the process of community building. The words of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, “God is the helper of those souls whose aim is to serve humanity and whose efforts and endeavors are devoted to the good and betterment of all mankind”, inspire the hearts of many youth, who are collectively striving to translate their aspirations into reality._ #### **Frontiers of Learning** [2013] Watch: **[bahai.org/frontiers](https://bahai.org/frontiers) or [YouTube](https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLePDtgwcyKASTxvX_w2HR0k2NSZ-HzpEt)** > _Young and old, in cities and villages around the world, are taking part in a process of community building based on concepts enshrined in the Bahá’í Teachings. This uplifting film produced by the Bahá’í World Centre, captures the insights and experiences of children, junior youth, youth, and adults — in Canada, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and India — whose efforts to build vibrant communities are at the frontiers of learning._