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The Same Dust – Laura Harley

November 19, 2023, in Music > Recording Artist, by

“The Same Dust” is a melody composed by Laura Harley based on a passage from the Writings of Baha’u’llah about the oneness of humanity.

The quotation sung is as follows:

O CHILDREN OF MEN!
Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light!

Laura writes, “This song features a quote from the Baha’i Writings that describes a very deep consciousness of our inherent oneness as a human family. To truly apply the ideas in this passage requires constant inner work, regular reflection, and action in service to others around us. What a humbling and beautiful experience it has been to put these words to music!”

Find all of Laura Harley’s Baha’i-inspired music online.

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Sonjel Vreeland

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.
Sonjel Vreeland

Discussion 1 Comment

Such great words to put to music with care and love, thank you! Loved the chorus in particular.

Maury Miloff

Maury Miloff (December 12, 2023 at 12:06 AM)

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