The Divine Mystery

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  • ‘The Divine Mystery’ is a booklet-album that includes eleven songs in honor of the centenary of the Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá. The lyrics to ten of the songs are from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, and the eleventh is an arrangement of the well-known poem "Hold Thou my Hand" written in His honor. Two of the pieces on the album set to music are recently translated prayers of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. The album includes a bonus track of 'Heavenly Grace' alternate version without drums for a more meditational listening experience.

    Immediate download of all the songs is available upon purchase.

    All the lyrics are printed in the booklet, which features a beautiful photograph of the Master and includes a brief introduction to His life. Professional photographs of Holy Places in Haifa and Akka associated with the life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá are elegantly placed throughout the booklet.

    The product comes packaged in a gold chiffon bag so that it can be given as a special gift, and each booklet includes a unique download code to be used to download the music. I hope that this album and booklet will be given as gifts to friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to celebrate the life of 'Abdu'l-Baha.

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    Immediate download of all the songs is available upon purchase.

    All the lyrics are printed in the booklet, which features a beautiful photograph of the Master and includes a brief introduction to His life. Professional photographs of Holy Places in Haifa and Akka associated with the life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá are elegantly placed throughout the booklet.

    The product comes packaged in a gold chiffon bag so that it can be given as a special gift, and each booklet includes a unique download code to be used to download the music. I hope that this album and booklet will be given as gifts to friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to celebrate the life of 'Abdu'l-Baha.

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    Immediate download of all the songs is available upon purchase.

    All the lyrics are printed in the booklet, which features a beautiful photograph of the Master and includes a brief introduction to His life. Professional photographs of Holy Places in Haifa and Akka associated with the life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá are elegantly placed throughout the booklet.

    The product comes packaged in a gold chiffon bag so that it can be given as a special gift, and each booklet includes a unique download code to be used to download the music. I hope that this album and booklet will be given as gifts to friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to celebrate the life of 'Abdu'l-Baha.

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    Immediate download of all the songs is available upon purchase.

    All the lyrics are printed in the booklet, which features a beautiful photograph of the Master and includes a brief introduction to His life. Professional photographs of Holy Places in Haifa and Akka associated with the life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá are elegantly placed throughout the booklet.

    The product comes packaged in a gold chiffon bag so that it can be given as a special gift, and each booklet includes a unique download code to be used to download the music. I hope that this album and booklet will be given as gifts to friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to celebrate the life of 'Abdu'l-Baha.

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1.
At all times do I speak of you and call you to mind. I pray unto the Lord, and with tears I implore Him to rain down all these blessings upon you, and gladden your hearts, and make blissful your souls, and grant you exceeding joy and heavenly delights.... -‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 37
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English: Let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path. Swahili: Acha moyo wako uwake kwa wema kwa wale wote wanaoweza kupita njia yako. Spanish: Dejad que vuestro corazón se encienda con amorosa bondad hacia todos los que se crucen en vuestro camino. Chinese: 要让你的心为所有你遇到的人燃烧出炽热的爱火。
 Yao rang ni de xin wei suo you ni yu dao de ren ran shao chu chi re de ai huo. Italian: Fate che il vostro cuore sia pieno di amorevole gentilezza per tutti quelli che incontrate sul vostro cammino. French: Que votre coeur soit embrasé par une affectueuse bonté envers tous ceux qui peuvent croiser votre chemin. -‘Abdu’l-Bahá Chorus: Ye are all the leaves of one tree. Ye are all the waves of one sea - ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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We must look higher than all earthly thoughts; detach ourselves from every material idea, crave for the things of the spirit. -‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 39 Let nothing grieve thee, and be thou angered at none. -‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 25 When calamity striketh, be ye patient and composed. -‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 73 Be thou not unhappy; the tempest of sorrow shall pass; regret will not last; disappointment will vanish. -‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas vol. 3, p. 557
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O Thou the Compassionate God. Bestow upon me a heart which, like unto a glass, may be illumined with the light of Thy love, and confer upon me thoughts which may change this world into a rose garden through the outpourings of heavenly grace. -Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha'i Prayers, p. 71
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My home is the home of peace. My home is the home of joy and delight. My home is the home of laughter and exultation. Whosoever enters through the portals of this home, must go out with gladsome heart. This is the home of light; whosoever enters here must become illumined. Mi hogar es el hogar de la paz. Mi hogar es el hogar de la alegría y el deleite. Mi hogar es el hogar de la risa y el regocijo. Quienquiera traspase los portales de esta casa, debe salir con un corazón alegre. Éste es el hogar de la luz; quienquiera entre aquí, debe quedar iluminado”. -From a reported utterance of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, published in Star of the West, vol. 9, no. 3, 28 April 1918, p. 40
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When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. -‘Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 29
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O Lord so rich in bounty, so replete with grace, Whose knowledge doth mine inmost heart and soul embrace! At morn, the solace of my soul is none but Thee; The knower of mine ardent goal is none but Thee. The heart that for a moment hath Thy mention known Will seek no balm save longing pain for Thee alone. Withered be the heart that sigheth not for Thee, And better blind the eye that crieth not for Thee! In all mine hours of deepest gloom, O Lord of might, My heart hath Thy remembrance for a shining light. Do, through Thy favour, breathe Thy spirit into me, That what hath never been may thus forever be. Consider not our merit and our worth, O Lord of bounty, but the grace Thou pourest forth. Upon these broken-winged birds whose flight is slow Out of Thy tender mercy newfound wings bestow. -Prayers of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, no. 26, from the newly translated prayers of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Reference Library
8.
O Thou kind Lord! Bestow heavenly confirmation upon this daughter of the kingdom, and graciously aid her that she may remain firm and steadfast in Thy Cause and that she may, even as a nightingale of the rose garden of mysteries, warble melodies in the Abhá Kingdom in the most wondrous tones, thereby bringing happiness to everyone. Make her exalted among the daughters of the kingdom and enable her to attain life eternal. Thou art the Bestower, the All-Loving. -‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha'i Prayers, p. 253
9.
O Thou beloved of my heart and soul! I have no refuge save Thee. I raise no voice at dawn save in Thy commemoration and praise. Thy love encompasseth me and Thy grace is perfect. My hope is in Thee. O God, give me a new life at every instant and bestow upon me the breaths of the Holy Spirit at every moment, in order that I may remain steadfast in Thy love, attain unto great felicity, perceive the manifest light and be in the state of utmost tranquillity and submissiveness. Verily, Thou art the Giver, the Forgiver, the Compassionate. -‘Abdu’l Bahá, Additional prayers revealed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Reference Library.
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O my Lord, my Beloved, my Desire! Befriend me in my loneliness and accompany me in my exile. Remove my sorrow. Cause me to be devoted to Thy beauty. Withdraw me from all else save Thee. Attract me through Thy fragrances of holiness. Cause me to be associated in Thy Kingdom with those who are severed from all else save Thee, who long to serve Thy sacred threshold and who stand to work in Thy Cause. Enable me to be one of Thy maidservants who have attained to Thy good pleasure. Verily, Thou art the Gracious, the Generous. -‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers: A Selection of Prayers Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, page 32-33.
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‘Abdu’l-Bahá, I’m far from home The road is dark, I’m alone Hold Thou my hand, Hold Thou my hand ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, be Thou my guide When I am weak stay by my side Hold Thou my hand, Hold Thou my hand Chorus ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, O dearest Friend Help me to reach my journey’s end Hold Thou my hand, Hold Thou my hand ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, hear me I pray O help me lest I go astray Hold Thou my hand, Hold Thou my hand ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, I shall not fear When I am sure that Thou art near Hold Thou my hand, Hold Thou my hand ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, O dearest Friend Help me to reach my journey’s end Hold Thou my hand, Hold Thou my hand ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, I’m far from home The road is dark, I’m alone Hold Thou my hand, Hold Thou my hand ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, O dearest Friend Help me to reach my journey’s end Hold Thou my hand, Hold Thou my hand
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The Mystery of God - Titles of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá The Servant of Baha عبدالبها The Mystery of God سرالله The Most Great Branch غصن اعظم ‘Abdu’l-Bahá The stainless Mirror of His light مرات صافی انوارش The unerring Interpreter of His Word مبین مصون از خطای آیاتش The Perfect Exemplar مثل اعلا ‘Abdu’l-Bahá The Limb of the Law of God غصن الامر The Centre of His Covenant ¬ The Mainspring of the Oneness of Humanity مصدر و منشا وحدت عالم انسانی ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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'The Divine Mystery' is my latest album which includes eleven songs and a booklet in honor of the centenary of the Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá. The lyrics to ten of the songs are from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, and the eleventh is an arrangement the well-known poem "Hold Thou my Hand", written in His honor. Two of the pieces on the album set to music recently translated prayers of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. The album includes a bonus track of 'Heavenly Grace' alternate version without drums for a more meditational listening experience.

Immediate download of all the songs is available upon purchase as well as a digital booklet of the lyrics, photographs and a brief introduction to the life of 'Abdu'l-Baha.


For the PHYSICAL booklet-album:

All the lyrics are printed in the booklet, which features a beautiful photograph of the Master and includes a brief introduction to His life. Professional photographs of Holy Places in Haifa and Akka associated with the life of the Master are elegantly placed throughout the booklet.

The product comes packaged in a gold chiffon bag so that it can be given as a special gift, and each booklet includes a unique download code to be used to download the music. I hope that this album and booklet will be given as a gift to friends, colleagues and neighbors to celebrate the life of 'Abdu'l-Baha.

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released August 9, 2021

Music composition: Elika Mahony
Piano and vocals: Elika Mahony
Editing, mixing & mastering: Jarome Matthew
Additional keyboard and instrumentation: Jarome Matthew
Mixing on ‘We Must Look Higher: John Thompson
Additional audio editing: Fei Hou
Booklet design: Elika Mahony & Oops BC
Melody for ‘Hold Thou My Hand’: Gloria Faizi
Guitar composition for ‘Fragrances of Holiness’: Taraz Mahony

ADDITIONAL VOCALS

Home of Peace: Ali Youssefi
Waves of One Sea: Elika Mahony (English & French), Auntieclare Rezin (Swahili), Ali Youssefi (Spanish), Tracy Chen (Chinese), Naim Abid (Italian)
Choir: Elika Mahony, Tracy Chen, Ali Youssefi, Amelia Mahony, Ayana Douglas
Amelia Rae, Allison Grove Khoury, Milan Rosen, John Luckey
The Mystery of God - Titles of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Sonbol Taefi (Persian), Ayana Douglas, Eric Harper

INSTRUMENTS

Piano: Elika Mahony
Cello: Brenda 小小 (2,5,7)
Flute: Jeff Waldo (2)
Guitar: Amine Naami (2,4)
Guitar: Larry Magee (2)
Guitar: Eric Harper (6)
Guitar: Taraz Mahony (10)
Guitar: Felipe Duhart (9)
Percussion: Gustave Wayenece (2)

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