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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.

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1.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Unity Prayer 03:52
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.
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Messenger 02:55
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.

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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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