“Make Me As Dust” by Danika, Lauren, Adeeb & Jeremy [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 Chicago, USA with Danika Amusin, Lauren Hermann, Adeeb Zaer, and Jeremy Lambshead singing “Make Me As Dust”, based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha.

This song was filmed and recorded in Chicago, USA, December, 2018.

You can also watch the video recording of this song on Baha’i Blog’s Youtube channel here: “Make Me As Dust” by Danika, Lauren, Adeeb & Jeremy

LYRICS:

“Cover my face in the dust of the threshold of thine…
Graciously look upon thy…humble…servant…with the glances of thine eye
…give me the grace to serve thy loved ones…illumine my brow with the light of adoration
Help me to be selfless at the heavenly entrance of thy gate…
…make me as dust in the pathway of thy loved ones.”
-Abdu’l-Baha

LYRICS TAKEN FROM THIS PRAYER:

He is the All-Glorious!
O God, my God! Lowly and tearful, I raise my suppliant hands to Thee and cover my face in the dust of that Threshold of Thine, exalted above the knowledge of the learned, and the praise of all that glorify Thee. Graciously look upon Thy servant, humble and lowly at Thy door, with the glances of the eye of Thy mercy, and immerse him in the Ocean of Thine eternal grace.
Lord! He is a poor and lowly servant of Thine, enthralled and imploring Thee, captive in Thy hand, praying fervently to Thee, trusting in Thee, in tears before Thy face, calling to Thee and beseeching Thee, saying:
O Lord, my God! Give me Thy grace to serve Thy loved ones, strengthen me in my servitude to Thee, illumine my brow with the light of adoration in Thy court of holiness, and of prayer to Thy kingdom of grandeur. Help me to be selfless at the heavenly entrance of Thy gate, and aid me to be detached from all things within Thy holy precincts. Lord! Give me to drink from the chalice of selflessness; with its robe clothe me, and in its ocean immerse me. Make me as dust in the pathway of Thy loved ones, and grant that I may offer up my soul for the earth ennobled by the footsteps of Thy chosen ones in Thy path, O Lord of Glory in the Highest.
With this prayer doth Thy servant call Thee, at dawntide and in the night-season. Fulfill his heart’s desire, O Lord! Illumine his heart, gladden his bosom, kindle his light, that he may serve Thy Cause and Thy servants.
Thou art the Bestower, the Pitiful, the Most Bountiful, the Gracious, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

-Abdu’l-Baha

CHORDS:

Intro: Am, C, D

Am, C, D
I cover my face in the dust of the threshold of thine
Am, C, D
Graciously look upon thy humble servant
Am, C, D
with the glances of thine eye (with the glances of thine eye)
Am, C,
give me the grace to serve thy loved ones,
D
illumine my brow with the light of
Am, C, D
adoration (light of adoration)
Am, C
give me the grace to serve thy loved ones,
D
illumine my brow with the light of
Am, C, D
adoration (light of adoration)
I cover my face in the dust of the threshold of thine
Am, C, D
Graciously look upon thy humble servant with the glances of thine eye
Am, C, D
with the glances of thine eye, glances of thine eye
Am, C,
give me the grace to serve thy loved ones,
D
illumine my brow with the light of
Am, C, D
adoration (light of adoration)
Am, C
give me the grace to serve thy loved ones,
D
illumine my brow with the light of
Am, C, D
adoration (light of adoration)
I cover my face in the dust of the threshold of thine
Am, C, D
Graciously look upon thy humble servant with the glances of thine eye
Am, C, D
with the glances of thine eye, glances of thine eye
Am, C, D
Help me to be selfless at the heavenly entrance of thy gate
Am, C, D
make me as dust in the pathway of thy loved ones
Am, C, D
Help me to be selfless at the heavenly entrance of thy gate
Am, C, D
make me as dust in the pathway of thy loved ones (x10)
Am, C, D

And check out more songs from some of the friends in Chicago here: chicagobahaicommunity.bandcamp.com

Check out BahaiBlog.net (http://bahaiblog.net/) for more great Baha’i-inspired content, and watch the Studio Sessions video series on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel here: https://bit.ly/1LtjUx9

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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