“Nanhe Baalak (Little Children)” by Gloria Akhterjahan

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 Hamilton, New Zealand with Gloria Akhterjahan singing “Nanhe Baalak (Little Children)” in Hindi, from a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha.

This song was filmed and recorded in Hamilton, New Zealand, 21 February, 2021, and was composed by Gloria Akhterjahan.

PRAYER/LYRICS IN HINDI:

हे दयालु स्वामी! ये नन्हें बालक तेरी शक्ति की उंगलियों से बने हैं; ये तेरी महानता के अद्भुत चिन्ह हैं। हे ईश्वर! इन बालकों की रक्षा कर। इन्हें सहायता दे ताकि ये मानवजाति की सेवा के योग्य बन सकें। हे ईश्वर! ये बालक मोति हैं, इन्हें अपनी स्नेहिल कृपा की सीप में सुरक्षित रख। तू दयालु है और है सभी को प्रेम करने वाला।
– अब्‍दुल-बहा

PRAYER/LYRICS IN ENGLISH:

“O Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness. O God! Protect these children, graciously assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity. O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy loving-kindness. Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving.”
-Abdu’l-Baha

CHORDS & LYRICS:

C G F
{हे दयालु स्वामी! हे दयालु स्वामी! हे दयालु स्वामी! } x2
C Bb F-C
ये नन्हें बालक तेरी शक्ति की उंगलियों से बने हैं
C G F-C
ये नन्हें बालक तेरी शक्ति की उंगलियों से बने हैं
C G F
ये तेरी महानता के अद्भुत चिन्ह हैं।
Bb-C
हे ईश्वर!
Dm-E-Am
हे ईश्वर!
C G F C
हे ईश्वर! इन बालकों की रक्षा कर (रक्षा कर)
Bb C Bb C
इन्हें सहायता दे (इन्हें सहायता दे )
C F G C
{ताकि ये मानवजाति की सेवा के योग्य बन सकें।} x2
Bb-C
हे ईश्वर!
Dm-E-Am
हे ईश्वर!
C
ये बालक मोति हैं,
G F Bb C
इन्हें अपनी स्नेहिल कृपा की सीप में सुरक्षित रख।
C G F C
{तू दयालु है और है सभी को प्रेम करने वाला।} x2

You can also listen to and download the audio version of this song from Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page here: “Nanhe Baalak (Little Children)” by Gloria Akhterjahan [Audio Track]

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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