‘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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This piece takes one on a journey through life. A friend once described the process of spiritual growth as being akin to climbing a series of mountains. You ascend, see a beautiful vista, then descend, passing through a valley only to climb back up once more. In the same way our spiritual progress goes through the peaks and valleys of successes and failures. But what is most important is that we keep on climbing… for something heavenly is in store…
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.