“My Only Joy” by Felipe & Lydia [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 Felipe Duhart and Lydia Mills singing “My Only Joy” based on the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha.

This song was filmed and recorded in Santiago, Chile on 26 May, 2019, and music was composed by Lydia Mills.

You can also watch the video recording of this song on Baha’i Blog’s Youtube channel here: “My Only Joy” by Felipe & Lydia

QUOTE/LYRICS:

“And yet, from one point of view, this wanderer was saddened and despondent. For what pain, in the time to come, could I seek comfort? At the news of what granted wish could I rejoice? There was no more tyranny, no more affliction, no tragical events, no tribulations. My only joy in this swiftly-passing world was to tread the stony path of God and to endure hard tests and all material griefs. For otherwise, this earthly life would prove barren and vain, and better would be death. The tree of being would produce no fruit; the sown field of this existence would yield no harvest. Thus it is my hope that once again some circumstance will make my cup of anguish to brim over, and that beauteous Love, that Slayer of souls, will dazzle the beholders again. Then will this heart be blissful, this soul be blessed.”
-Abdu’l-Baha

LYRICS & CHORDS:

Introduction: C#m7 F#m7 Bsus2 C#m7

C#m7 F#m7
My only joy in this swiftly-passing world
Bsus 2 C#m7
Was to tread the stony path of God
C#m7 F#m7
My only joy in this swiftly-passing world
Bsus 2 C#m7
Was to tread the stony path of God

A Bsus2
And to endure hard tests and all material griefs
A Bsus2
And to endure hard tests and all material griefs

Interlude: C#m7 F#m7 Bsus2 C#m7

C#m7 F#m7
My only joy in this swiftly-passing world
Bsus 2 C#m7
Was to tread the stony path of God
C#m7 F#m7
My only joy in this swiftly-passing world
Bsus 2 C#m7
Was to tread the stony path of God

A Bsus2
For otherwise, this earthly life would prove
A Bsus2
Barren and vain, and better would be death.
A Bsus2
The tree of being would produce no fruit
A Bsus2
The sown field of this existence would yield no harvest

Interlude: C#m7 F#m7 Bsus2 C#m7

C#m7 F#m7
My only joy in this swiftly-passing world
Bsus 2 C#m7
Was to tread the stony path of God
C#m7 F#m7
My only joy in this swiftly-passing world
Bsus 2 C#m7
Was to tread the stony path of God

A Bsus2
Thus it is my hope that once again some circumstance
A Bsus2
Will make my cup of anguish to brim over
A Bsus2
And that beauteous Love, that Slayer of souls
A Bsus2
Will dazzle the beholders again
A Bsus2
Then will this heart be blissful, this soul be blessed
A Bsus2
Then will this heart be blissful, this soul be blessed
A Bsus2
Then will this heart be blissful, this soul be blessed

(Repeat)

Watch the entire 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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