“Talents and Faculties” by Louis, Bahiyyih, Oisin & Danny

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in London, the United Kingdom with Louis Djalili, Bahiyyih Devine, Oisin Devine, and Danny Djalili who sing “Talents and Faculties” taken from a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha.

This song was filmed and recorded in London, in the United Kingdom, September 2018.

Here is the full prayer, followed by the quotation used for the lyrics and the chords:

“O Thou kind Lord! Thou hast created all humanity from the same stock. Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household. In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence.
O God! Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided for all, dost shelter all, conferrest life upon all. Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy Mercy.
O Thou kind Lord! Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect harmony.
O God! Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind.
O God! Establish the Most Great Peace.
Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together.
O Thou kind Father, God! Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love. Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance. Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.
Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind.”

-Abdu’l-Baha

LYRICS & CHORDS:

O God! Thou art kind to all
Bbmin7, Cmin7
Thou hast provided for all
Let the religions agree and make the nations one
So that they may see each other (C#maj7) as one family (C maj)

Thou hast… (F min7) endowed… (A# maj) each and all, O God, each and all with talents and faculties.

And all are submerged
A#min7, C min7
in the Ocean of Thy Mercy
O Thou Kind Lord! Unite all. (C#maj7)
May they all live together in perfect harmony
A#min7, Cmin7
O God! Raise aloft the banner (C#maj7) of the oneness (C major) of mankind.

Thou hast… (F min7) endowed… (A# maj) each and all, O God, each and all with talents and faculties. X2

You can also listen to and download the audio version of this song from Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page here: “Talents and Faculties” by Louis, Bahiyyih, Oisin & Danny [Audio Track]

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You can also watch the “Studio Sessions” video series on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel here: Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions playlist

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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