The Journey West Podcast: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Travels to Europe and North America
Produced by a group of Bahá’ís in 2012 for the centenary commemoration of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s travels westward, The Journey West is a 27-episode podcast that explores ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey to Europe and North America in 1911-1913: a mission not only to spread the teachings of His Father, Bahá’u’lláh, but also to exemplify what it means to be a Bahá’í.
Each episode is about half an hour long and is divided into three parts. The first part features a story about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, often with artfully re-enacted accounts of those who personally met Him as they describe their impressions of their encounters. The stories are brought to life with ambient sound effects of the time: the clopping of a horse’s hooves, train whistles and other sounds that set the various scenes of the early 1900s. The story is then followed by a relevant and reverent recitation of a portion of one of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s many talks given at a variety of venues during His journey. To wrap up the episode, a roundtable discussion of the theme presented by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in His talk explores how ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s masterful articulation of His Father’s teachings guides us on a personal level, provides healing to our communities, and unites humankind.
Whether you are looking for meaningful content to listen to on your walks, or searching for engaging media to share with your friends and families for the centenary commemoration of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Journey West podcast has something for everyone who is interested in learning more about the figure described as the stainless Mirror of Bahá’u’lláh’s light and the perfect Exemplar of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings.