- Baha’is abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset for 19 days. While this abstention from food and drink is a test of one’s will and discipline, the Fast is not just about abstaining from food. The Fast is, primarily, a spiritual practice.
“Whatever We Are (Still Are We Thine)” is a song from Home of Light, Luke Slott’s album in honour of the centenary of the Passing of Abdu’l-Baha, and it is based on a passage from His Writings:
O holy Lord! O Lord of loving-kindness! We stray about Thy dwelling, longing to behold Thy beauty, and loving all Thy ways. […] Whatever we are, still are we Thine, and what we speak and hear is praise of Thee, and it is Thy face we seek, Thy path we follow. Thou art the Lord of loving-kindness, we are sinners and astray and far from home. Wherefore, O Cloud of Mercy, grant us some drops of rain. O Flowering Bed of grace, send forth a fragrant breeze. O Sea of all bestowals, roll towards us a great wave. O Sun of Bounty, send down a shaft of light. […] we come with no provision but our sins, with no good deeds to tell of, only hopes. Unless Thy concealing veil doth cover us, and Thy protection shield and cradle us, what power have these helpless souls to rise and serve Thee, what substance have these wretched ones to make a brave display? […] withered as we are, revive us with showers from Thy clouds of grace; lowly as we are, illumine us with bright rays from the Daystar of Thy oneness.
Home of Light, and all of Luke Slott’s albums, can be listened to on YouTube.
We’ve featured Luke’s music on Baha’i Blog over the years and in this interview he talks about a storytelling initiative that shared the stories and vignettes from crucial points in the Life of Adbu’l-Baha that inspired the music of Home of Light.
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