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Baha’i inspired music

Lately I’ve been seeing more music by artists who are Baha’is, and thought I’d share some with you.  Everyone has different taste in music, of course.   I know a lot of musicians, so I’m only going to highlight a few here.  Perhaps at one point I’ll get around to linking to everyone.

The Hidden Words – Nathan & Nabil Huening (songs available for download!) Great for devotionals.  The songs are based on The Hidden Words, which is a book of Writings by Baha’u’llah.

“This is that which hath descended from the realm of glory, uttered by the tongue of power and might, and revealed unto the Prophets of old. We have taken the inner essence thereof and clothed it in the garment of brevity, as a token of grace unto the righteous, that they may stand faithful unto the Covenant of God, may fulfill in their lives His trust, and in the realm of spirit obtain the gem of Divine virtue.”   (Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)

Ellis&Knight – Vahid Ellis and Hayden Knight

“Ellis&Knight was formed in August of 2007, under the scorching Brazilian sun. Through travel and the Baha’i Faith, Vahid Ellis and Hayden Knight ended up as roommates in the Brazilian capital, and quickly realized that music was an inspiration they shared…Our first album entitled “Groundwork” will be out soon, and we hope that it will inspire people and offer something new to the world of music: a fusion of hip-hop, acoustic guitar, melodic vocals and thoughtful lyrics that blend and bring together diverse elements and styles.”

Everlasting Fire – Alessandro. You can download his album through Amazon or the iTunes store, and listen to a few full-length songs on Myspace.

“His love for music and the performing arts, his love for people of all races, creed and culture, his firm conviction that artists are essentially story tellers, whose tales should uplift the heart and call to the higher, noble nature of the human being, his vision for the future of this beautiful planet, – all these permeate this first recorded suite of Alessandro’s songs. They are offered with the hope that they may point the way to that quest for beauty that is at the heart of all human endeavor.”

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Sound

Last night the storm took over my sleep, and I only wish I could have been awake to enjoy it. Instead I drifted in and out of sleep, imagining it was an earthquake (the thunder was so powerful it shook my bed…at least I think it did).

An hour ago the skies were blue with white clouds, and now again the rain is drenching the trees outside my window into a dark dark green color. And now again the sun is struggling behind the white/gray fluff to shine through my window.

But sometimes I think that thunderstorms are better appreciated when asleep. It makes dreams so much more interesting.


(the view out of my office window this morning)
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O ye beloved of God! When the winds blow severely, rains fall fiercely, the lightning flashes, the thunder roars, the bolt descends and storms of trial become severe, grieve not; for after this storm, verily, the divine spring will arrive, the hills and fields will become verdant, the expanses of grain will joyfully wave, the earth will become covered with blossoms, the trees will be clothed with green garments and adorned with blossoms and fruits.

-Abdu’l-Baha

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Teaching

I’m still working on reading Child of the Covenant, which is definitely one of my favorite books now. There is a chapter on the subject of teaching the Faith which I really enjoyed, and wanted to share some of the Writings and paragraphs from it.

The Cause of Bah’u’llh is founded on the truth of God’s Revelation and truth cannot be clothed in false standards. It cannot employ the techniques of salesmanship, propaganda, expediency and compromise. The methods used in the commercial world to attract people to new ideas, such as extravagant and sensational publicity based on slogans, extreme statements and similar gimmicks, are all alien to the Cause of God.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Child of the Covenant, p. 249)

This paragraph really hit home for me. I study management and marketing. In the business world, the goal is to make your product stand out, have something different to offer (or seem to have something different). Whatever ploy the marketer can use is fair game. However, in the Baha’i Faith, we have no need of such things. The Faith stands out on its own.

Throughout His ministry Bah’u’llh exhorted His followers to teach the Cause of God with great wisdom. He did not approve of teaching the public indiscriminately.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Child of the Covenant, p. 250)

In his teaching work a Bah’ presents the message of Bah’u’llh as one would offer a gift to a king. Since his primary object in teaching is not to increase numbers but rather to bring a soul to its God, a Bah’ ought to approach his fellow men with feelings of love and humility and, above all, take to them the transforming power of Bah’u’llh and nothing of himself. Indeed, if he tries to project himself by impressing upon the listener his knowledge and accomplishments and if he aims to establish the ascendancy of his arguments while teaching the Faith, then the power of Bah’u’llh cannot reach him.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Child of the Covenant, p. 249)
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“God hath prescribed unto every one the duty of teaching His Cause. Whoever ariseth to discharge this duty, must needs, ere he proclaimeth His Message, adorn himself with the ornament of an upright and praiseworthy character, so that his words may attract the hearts of such as are receptive to his call. Without it, he can never hope to influence his hearers.”
(Bah’u’llh, Gleanings, p. 335)

“Teach ye the Cause of God, O people of Baha, for God hath prescribed unto every one the duty of proclaiming His Message, and regardeth it as the most meritorious of all deeds. Such a deed is acceptable only when he that teacheth the Cause is already a firm believer in God, the Supreme Protector, the Gracious, the Almighty.”
(Bah’u’llh, Gleanings, p. 278)

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