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“Melodies of the Nightingale” contains 15 original songs, written, composed and recorded by Elika Mahony, Fiona Doomun-Rouhani and Michele Brown. The CD was inspired by the sacred Writings of the Baha’i Faith, and the contemplative nature of the music makes it ideal for individual reflections, meditations and group devotions.

In the spring of 1863 Baha'u'llah, "the Glory of God", paced amidst the roses and nightingales of the Garden of Ridvan and announced to those around Him that the long-awaited cycle of human unity had finally dawned. A new civilization, He proclaimed, one spiritual in nature and global in scope, would gradually emerge out of the chaos and disorder of our transitional age. Although an exile and a prisoner for forty years, Baha'u'llah, "the Nightingale of Paradise", never ceased to sing His "holy and sweet melodies" of the love of God. In over one hundred volumes He appealed to humanity to forsake the disabling prejudices and age-old animosities that have so long divided it, and invited all to enter the new garden of paradise - that of global humanity.

Words by Baha'u'llah,`Abdu'l-Bahá, and The Bab
Lyrics for all the songs here:
elikamahony.com/melodies_nightingale/lyrics1.htm

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released January 1, 1997

Music composed, arranged and performed by Elika Mahony, Michelle Brown and Fiona Doomun, 1997.

Cover Art by Foo Sai Heng.

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Track Name: Noble Have I Created Thee
O Son of Spirit! Noble have I created thee, yet thou
hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which
thou wast created.
-Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words, Arabic #22.
Track Name: Remover Of Difficulties
Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say:
Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants and
all abide by His bidding!
-The Bab, Baha’i Prayers, page 28.
Track Name: The Everlasting Beauty
O Friends! Abandon not the everlasting beauty for a
beauty that must die, and set not your affections on
this mortal world of dust.
-Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words, Persian #14.
Track Name: Create In Me A Pure Heart
Create in me a pure heart, O my God, and renew a
tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope! Through the
spirit of power confirm Thou me in Thy Cause, O my
Best-Beloved, and by the light of Thy glory reveal
unto me Thy path, O Thou the Goal of my desire!
Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up
unto the heaven of Thy holiness, O Source of my being,
and by the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me, O
Thou Who art my God! Let Thine everlasting melodies
breathe tranquillity on me, O my Companion, and let
the riches of Thine ancient countenance deliver me
from all except Thee, O my Master, and let the tidings
of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring
me joy, O Thou Who art the most manifest of the
manifest and the most hidden of the hidden!
-Baha'u'llah, Baha’i Prayers, Pages 142-143.
Track Name: My First Counsel
O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a
pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a
sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.
-Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words, Arabic #1.
Track Name: Melody Of The Dove Of Heaven
O My Children! I fear lest, bereft of the melody of
the dove of heaven, ye will sink back to the shades of
utter loss, and, never having gazed upon the beauty of
the rose, return to water and clay.
-Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words, Persian #13.
Track Name: Healing Prayer
Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of
Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and
love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my
healing and my succor in both this world and the world
to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the
All-Knowing, the All-Wise.
-Baha'u'llah, Baha’i Prayers, page 87.
Track Name: Whither Can a Lover Go?
O Son of Justice! Whither can a lover go but to the
land of his beloved? and what seeker findeth rest away
from his heart's desire? To the true lover reunion is
life, and separation is death. His breast is void of
patience and his heart hath no peace. A myriad lives
he would forsake to hasten to the abode of his
beloved.
-Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words, Persian #4.
Track Name: Turn Thy Face Unto Mine
O Son Of Utterance! Turn thy face unto Mine and
renounce all save Me; for My sovereignty endureth and
My dominion perisheth not. If thou seekest another
than Me, yea, if thou searchest the universe for
evermore, thy quest will be in vain.
-Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words, Arabic #15.
Track Name: Light Of Divine Guidance
O Lord, my God! Assist Thy loved ones to be firm in
Thy Faith, to walk in Thy ways, to be steadfast in Thy
Cause. Give them Thy grace to withstand the onslaught
of self and passion, to follow the light of Divine
Guidance. Thou art the Powerful, the Gracious, the
Self-Subsisting, the Bestower, the Compassionate, the
Almighty, the All-Bountiful.
-`Abdu'l-Baha, Baha’i Prayers, page 167.
Track Name: Be Thou Content With Me
O Son of Man! Be thou content with Me and seek no
other helper. For none but Me can ever suffice thee.
-Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words, #17.
Track Name: Rejoice In The Gladness Of Thy Heart
O Son of Man! Sorrow not save that thou art far from
Us. Rejoice not save that thou art drawing near and
returning unto Us.
O Son of Man! Rejoice in the gladness of thine heart,
that thou mayest be worthy to meet Me and to mirror
forth My beauty.
-Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words, Arabic #35 and #36.
Track Name: Seize Thy Chance
O My Servant! Free thyself from the fetters of this
world, and loose thy soul from the prison of self.
Seize thy chance, for it will come to thee no more.
-Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words, Persian #40.
Track Name: Unity Prayer
O my God! O my God! Unite the hearts of Thy
servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose. May
they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law.
Help them, O God, in their endeavor, and grant them
strength to serve Thee. O God! Leave them not to
themselves, but guide their steps by the light of Thy
knowledge, and cheer their hearts by Thy love.
Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord.
-Baha’u’llah, Baha’i Prayers, page 204.
Track Name: Messenger
O Son of the Supreme! I have made death a messenger
of joy to thee. Wherefore dost thou grieve? I made
the light to shed on thee its splendor. Why dost thou
veil thyself therefrom?
-Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words, Arabic #32.