Fire and Gold

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    ‘Fire and Gold’ blends eastern and western musical styles and features a number of languages including English, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. The theme is the tests and difficulties of life, and the title comes from the Hidden Words of Baha’u'llah: “Busy not thyself with this world, for with fire we test the gold and with gold we test our servants”. The music is diverse and reflects influences from around the world.

    In addition to Elika’s piano performances, the songs also include a number of outstanding musicians on Celtic harp, Persian nay flute and santour, Spanish guitar,Chinese erhu, flute and cello.The result is a sophisticated, yet catchy fusion of progressive ideas with ancient, classic overtones layered with gorgeous melodies that has literally brought tears to many listeners. It truly eases the soul from the burdens of this earthly life and uplifts it with divine illuminations.

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O My servants! Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace. To each and every one of them you will, no doubt, attain. -Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, CLIII, page 329.
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The knowledge of Him, Who is the Origin of all things, and attainment unto Him, are impossible save through knowledge of, and attainment unto, these luminous Beings who proceed from the Sun of Truth. -Bahá’u’lláh, Kitáb-i-Iqán, page 142. Unlock the gates of true understanding and let the light of faith shine resplendent. -‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá'í Prayers: A Selection of Prayers Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, The Báb and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, 2002, page 113.
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O Son of Man! Neglect not My commandments if thou lovest My beauty, and forget not My counsels if thou wouldst attain My good pleasure. -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #39.
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To walk where there is no path To breathe where there is no air To see where there is no light This is Faith To cry out in the silence The silence of the night And hearing no echo, believe And believe again and again This is Faith To hold pebbles and see jewels To raise sticks and see forests To smile with weeping eyes This is Faith To say God I believe when others deny I hear when there is no answer I see though naught is seen This is Faith And the fierce love in the heart The savage love that cries Hidden Thou art yet there! Veil Thy face and mute Thy tongue Yet I see and hear Thee love Beat me down to the bare earth Yet I rise and love Thee, love This is Faith
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O Man Of Two Visions! Close one eye and open the other. Close one to the world and all that is therein, and open the other to the hallowed beauty of the Beloved. -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Persian #12. Grieve thou not over the troubles and hardships of this nether world, nor be thou glad in times of ease and comfort, for both shall pass away. This present life is even as a swelling wave, or a mirage, or drifting shadows. -‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, pages 177-178.
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I beg Thee to forgive me, O my Lord, for every mention but the mention of Thee, and for every praise but the praise of Thee, and for every delight but delight in Thy nearness, and for every pleasure but the pleasure of communion with Thee, and for every joy but the joy of Thy love and of Thy good-pleasure, and for all things pertaining unto me which bear no relationship unto Thee, O Thou Who art the Lord of lords, He Who provideth the means and unlocketh the doors. -The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pages 182-183.
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O Son of Man! Should prosperity befall thee, rejoice not, and should abasement come upon thee, grieve not, for both shall pass away and be no more. -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #52.
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Ye are even as the bird which soareth, with the full force of its mighty wings and with complete and joyous confidence, through the immensity of the heavens, until, impelled to satisfy its hunger, it turneth longingly to the water and clay of the earth below it, and, having been entrapped in the mesh of its desire, findeth itself impotent to resume its flight to the realms whence it came. Powerless to shake off the burden weighing on its sullied wings, that bird, hitherto an inmate of the heavens, is now forced to seek a dwelling-place upon the dust. Wherefore, O My servants, defile not your wings with the clay of waywardness and vain desires, and suffer them not to be stained with the dust of envy and hate, that ye may not be hindered from soaring in the heavens of My divine knowledge. -Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, CLIII, page 327.
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The world is but a show, vain and empty, a mere nothing, bearing the semblance of reality. Set not your affections upon it… The world is like a vapor in a desert, which the thirsty dreameth to be water and striveth after it with all his might, until when he cometh unto it, he findeth it to be mere illusion. -Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, CLIII, page 328. O Son of Being! Busy not thyself with this world, for with fire We test the gold, and with gold We test Our servants. -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #55.
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O Lord! Thou art the Remover of every anguish and the Dispeller of every affliction. Thou art He Who banisheth every sorrow and setteth free every slave, the Redeemer of every soul. O Lord! Grant deliverance through Thy mercy and reckon me among such servants of Thine as have gained salvation. -The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, page 193. ¡Oh Hijo de la Luz! Olvídate de todo menos de Mí y entra en comunión con Mi espíritu. Esto pertenece a la esencia de Mi mandamiento, por tanto vuélvete a él. -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #16.
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Armed with the power of Thy name nothing can ever hurt me, and with Thy love in my heart all the world's afflictions can in no wise alarm me. -Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations of Bahá’u’lláh, page 208.
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O my God! O Thou forgiver of sins, bestower of gifts, dispeller of afflictions! Verily, I beseech Thee to forgive the sins of such as have abandoned the physical garment and have ascended to the spiritual world. O my Lord! Purify them from trespasses, dispel their sorrows, and change their darkness into light. Cause them to enter the garden of happiness, cleanse them with the most pure water, and grant them to behold Thy splendors on the loftiest mount. -‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá'í Prayers: A Selection of Prayers Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, The Báb and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, 2002, page 41.
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O Lord, my God and my Haven in my distress! My Shield and my Shelter in my woes! My Asylum and Refuge in time of need and in my loneliness my Companion! In my anguish my Solace, and in my solitude a loving Friend! The Remover of the pangs of my sorrows and the Pardoner of my sins! -‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá'í Prayers: A Selection of Prayers Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, The Báb and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, 2002, page 132.
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Introductory passage: In the year 1852 Baha’u’llah lay wrapped in the gloom of the Siyah-Chál, the subterranean dungeon of Tihrán. The darkness, filth, and character of the prisoners made that prison one of the most abominable places to which a human being could be condemned. It was there, with His feet in stocks and His neck weighted with chains that He received the first intimations of His Divine Mission. -Based on the Writings of Shoghi Effendi, Messages to America by Shoghi Effendi, page 99. During the days I lay in the prison of Tihrán, though the galling weight of the chains and the stench-filled air allowed Me but little sleep, still in those infrequent moments of slumber I felt as if something flowed from the crown of My head over My breast, even as a mighty torrent that precipitateth itself upon the earth from the summit of a lofty mountain. Every limb of My body would, as a result, be set afire. At such moments My tongue recited what no man could bear to hear. -Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, page 22.

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‘Fire and Gold’ blends eastern and western musical styles and features a number of languages including English, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. The theme is the tests and difficulties of life, and the title comes from the Hidden Words of Baha’u'llah: “Busy not thyself with this world, for with fire we test the gold and with gold we test our servants”. The music is diverse and reflects influences from around the world.

In addition to Elika’s piano performances, the songs also include a number of outstanding musicians on Celtic harp, Persian nay flute and santour, Spanish guitar,Chinese erhu, flute and cello.The result is a sophisticated, yet catchy fusion of progressive ideas with ancient, classic overtones layered with gorgeous melodies that has literally brought tears to many listeners. It truly eases the soul from the burdens of this earthly life and uplifts it with divine illuminations.

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released January 1, 2008

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