Prayer for the Departed

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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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One of the many challenges of life is losing a loved one. This piece is included as a prayer for those who have moved on to the next realm. There are a few choral parts that are intended to represent the angels surrounding our dear ones, guiding and protecting them. I would like to dedicate it to my father-in-law, Leslie P. Mahony, Jr., whom I never met in this world but look forward to meeting in the next.

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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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from Fire and Gold, released January 1, 2008

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