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“Anthem” is an early acoustic version of a song by Ramine Yazhari that sets to music a beautiful passage from the writings of Abdu’l-Baha. The song was released in honor of the centenary of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha.
The words of Abdu’l-Baha sung are as follows:
The anthem of the Abha Kingdom can be heard from the celestial Concourse:
O lifeless one, bereft of heart and soul, Come to life, come thou to life!
O slumbering one, wrapt in mire and clay, Awake, do thou awake!
O drunken one, so dazed and gone astray, Clear thy mind, clear thou thy mind!
The world is filled with sweetest musk; the eyes are brightened with His light; the heavens now are set ablaze. From life and self be freed, be wholly freed!
Now is the time for sacrifice; here waft the breaths of Paradise; secrets Divine are all made known. Lead thou the lovers nigh, lead them nigh!
The sweetly singing mystic bird, upon a verdant cypress bough, imparteth knowledge to the soul; Commit His secrets to thy heart! Commit His secrets to thy heart!
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.
`” …in this new age the Manifest Light hath, in His holy Tablets, specifically proclaimed that music, sung or played, is spiritual food for soul and heart.
The musicians’ art is among those arts worthy of the highest praise, ”
Quoted from page 112, in Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Centre, 1978.
Marco Kappenberger (December 12, 2021 at 8:14 PM)