The Ancient Beauty

by Elika Mahony

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    ‘The Ancient Beauty’ is created in honor of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. The 11 songs on the album set the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh to music with piano, cello, santour, guitar and voice.The album cover has a beautiful laser cut rendering inspired by the inner gate at the entrance to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh and the album includes a short written introduction to the Life and Mission of Bahá’u’lláh.

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Intimation 05:31
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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1. English Rejoice with exceeding gladness, O people of Bahá, as ye call to remembrance the Day of supreme felicity... 2. Swahili Furahini kwa furaha kubwa mno, enyi watu wa Baha, mnapozikumbuka Siku ya Shangwe kuu kabisa... 3. Arabic اَنِ افْرَحُوا يا اَهْلَ اللّهِ بِذِکرِ اَيّامٍ فيها ظَهَرَ الفَرَحُ الأَعظَمُ 4. Chinese 巴哈的子民啊!当你们回忆起那最为幸福的日子时,尽情欢乐吧! Ba ha de zi min a! Dang nimen huiyi qi na zui wei xingfu de rizi shi, jin qing huan le ba! 5. Spanish Regocijaos con extrema alegría, oh pueblo de Bahá, cuando recordéis el Día de la felicidad suprema... 6. French Réjouissez-vous, ô peuple de Bahá, d'une joie sans pareille, en évoquant ce jour de suprême félicité... Chorus: Allah’u’Abha Quotation from the Writings of Baha'u'llah
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The Prince of Peace Supreme Heaven The Most Great Light Bahá’u’lláh The Blessed Beauty The Glorious Beauty The Ancient Beauty Bahá’u’lláh Holy Name Beauteous Name The Most Great Name Bahá’u’lláh The King of Glory The King of Kings The Most Great Ocean Bahá’u’lláh
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人人生来是为了推动文明不断进步的。 Ren ren sheng lai shi wei le tui dong wen ming bu duan jin bu de. All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. -Baha'u'llah 团结之光如此强大,足以照亮整个地球。 Tuan jie zhi guang ru ci qiang da, zu yi zhao liang zheng ge di qiu. So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. -Baha'u'llah
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O Son of Man! If adversity befall thee not in My path, how canst thou walk in the ways of them that are content with My pleasure? If trials afflict thee not in thy longing to meet Me, how wilt thou attain the light in thy love for My beauty? -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #50.
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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. -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #1.
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Amame 03:47
O Son of Being! Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant! -Baha'u'llah, Arabic Hidden Words, #5.
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O Son of Being! Make mention of Me on My earth, that in My heaven I may remember thee, thus shall Mine eyes and thine be solaced. -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #43.
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O Son of Man! Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My beauty. -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #3. 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. -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #15. O Son of Man! Humble thyself before Me, that I may graciously visit thee. Arise for the triumph of My cause, that while yet on earth thou mayest obtain the victory. -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #42. 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. -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #36.
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O Son of Being! My love is My stronghold; he that entereth therein is safe and secure, and he that turneth away shall surely stray and perish. -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #9.
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Arise 01:46
O people of Bahá! Soar upon the wings of detachment into the atmosphere of the love of your Lord, the All-Merciful. Arise then to render Him victorious..." -Bahá'u'lláh

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‘The Ancient Beauty’ was created in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. The 11 songs on the album set the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh to music with piano, cello, santour, guitar and voice. The album cover has a beautiful laser cut rendering inspired by the inner gate at the entrance to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh and the album includes a short written introduction to the Life and Mission of Bahá’u’lláh.

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released June 19, 2017

Words from the Writings of Bahá’u'lláh

Music composition: Elika Mahony
Piano and vocals: Elika Mahony
Additional editing, mixing & mastering: Jarome Matthew
Arrangement for Intimation: Farshid Samandari
Cover design: Elika Mahony & Nev

Additional Vocals:
Intimation: Martin Kerr
Advancing Civilization: Zhao Li 赵力
A Radiant Heart: Amelia Mahony
Amame: Ali Youssefi
Ancient Eternity: Arzhia Habibi
Rejoice with Exceeding Gladness: Elika Mahony (English & French), Auntieclare Rezin (Swahili), Sonbol Alavi Taefi (Arabic), Wang Jia Ni 王佳妮, Ali Youssefi (Spanish), Chorals: Elika Mahony, Nasim Enayati Maani, Ali Youssefi

Elika Mahony: Piano
Santour: Navid Goldrick
Cello: Heike Kagler (3,6,8)
Cello: Liu Man (7)
Cello : Stefan Hintersteininger (10)
Flute: Bruce Gremo
Guitar: Ali Youssefi (7)
Guitar: Larry Magee (2)
Percussion: Gustave Wayenece (7)

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