“I Am Thy Servant” by Asher & Jasmin [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog 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 Santiago, Chile with Asher Smith and Jasmin Akhavan singing “I Am Thy Servant” based on excerpts from a prayer by the Bab.

This song was filmed and recorded in Santiago, Chile on 26 May, 2019.

You can also watch the video recording of this song on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube channel here: “I Am Thy Servant” by Asher & Jasmin

Here is the full prayer by the Bab followed by the chords and lyrics below:

“Verily I am Thy servant, O my God, and Thy poor one and Thy suppliant and Thy wretched creature. I have arrived at Thy gate, seeking Thy shelter. I have found no contentment save in Thy love, no exultation except in Thy remembrance, no eagerness but in obedience to Thee, no joy save in Thy nearness, and no tranquillity except in reunion with Thee, notwithstanding that I am conscious that all created things are debarred from Thy sublime Essence and the entire creation is denied access to Thine inmost Being. Whenever I attempt to approach Thee, I perceive nothing in myself but the tokens of Thy grace and behold naught in my being but the revelations of Thy loving-kindness. How can one who is but Thy creature seek reunion with Thee and attain unto Thy presence, whereas no created thing can ever be associated with Thee, nor can aught comprehend Thee? How is it possible for a lowly servant to recognize Thee and to extol Thy praise, notwithstanding that Thou hast destined for him the revelations of Thy dominion and the wondrous testimonies of Thy sovereignty? Thus every created thing beareth witness that it is debarred from the sanctuary of Thy presence by reason of the limitations imposed upon its inner reality. It is undisputed, however, that the influence of Thine attraction hath everlastingly been inherent in the realities of Thy handiwork, although that which beseemeth the hallowed court of Thy providence is exalted beyond the attainment of the entire creation. This indicateth, O my God, my utter powerlessness to praise Thee and revealeth my utmost impotence in yielding thanks unto Thee; and how much more to attain the recognition of Thy divine unity or to succeed in reaching the clear tokens of Thy praise, Thy sanctity and Thy glory. Nay, by Thy might, I yearn for naught but Thine Own Self and seek no one other than Thee.”
-The Bab

LYRICS & CHORDS:

(Guitar tuned down 2 steps)

Introduction: Am – G – C – C/F – Am – G – C – Em – C/F

Am G C C/F
Verily I am Thy Servant, O my God
Am G C C/F
And Thy poor one and Thy suppliant
Am G C C/F
And Thy wretched creature, wretched creature
Am G C E C/F
I have arrived at Thy gate, seeking Thy shelter

Dm Am7 G C/F Cmaj7
I yearn for naught but Thine Own Self, Thine Own Self
Dm Am7 G C/F
And seek no one other than Thee

Am G C C/F
I have found no contentment save in Thy love, Thy love
Am G C – Em – C/F
No eagerness but in obedience to Thee
Am G C C/F
No joy save in Thy nearness, in Thy nearness
Am G C – Em – C/F
No tranquillity except in reunion with Thee
Am – G – C/F
With Thee

(Repeat complete)

Am G C C/F
I have found no contentment save in Thy love, Thy love
Am G C – Em – C/F
No eagerness but in obedience to Thee
Am G C C/F
No joy save in Thy nearness, in Thy nearness
Am G C – Em – C/F
No tranquillity except in reunion with Thee
Am – G – C/F
With Thee
Am – G – C/F
With Thee
Am – G – C/F- C
With Thee”

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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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