Prayer Station – part 2

So, who cares that only two people came? I love hosting a devotional gathering! It nurtures my soul in more than one ways — the saying of prayers itself but also being with others who enjoy saying prayers too. Baher came and so did his friend Armin. I am enjoying having guy friends. It should be totally not surprising but it has been years since I have had the opportunity to enjoy getting to know people who might be very different from me yet are so similar. We said prayers, listened to music, chanted, ate, talked about growing up, about living, about being. How cool is to have a network engineer who can cook chicken biryani and an internet entrepreneur who can play Persian melodies on Yamaha synthesizer come to your place, chant prayers in Arabic and Farsi, tell you about the beauty and dangers of riding a sports bike, share stories about the mischief they did while growing up and inspire the certitude of service and humility of devotion. Life can be so rich and beautiful with friends.

Here is the program from last nights “Prayer Station”

All Things Are of God“, from “A Family Affair” featuring the vocals of Tara Ellis and Sean Gilmer:

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth
Say, all things are of God (4)
The first remedy of all is to guide the people aright, so that they will turn themselves unto God
Say, all things are of God (4)
The source of all learning is the knowledge of God, exalted be His Glory, and this cannot be attained save through the knowledge of His Divine Manifestation.
Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face.
Say, all things are of God (4)

In case you wonder where these gorgeous lyrics come from (and you should wonder), I made it easy for you and researched it all by using Ocean:

The utterance of God is a lamp, whose light is these words: Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. He Who is the Daystar of Truth beareth Me witness! So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. The One true God, He Who knoweth all things, Himself testifieth to the truth of these words.
(Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 14)

Say: O servants! Let not the means of order be made the cause of confusion and the instrument of union an occasion for discord. We fain would hope that the people of Baha may be guided by the blessed words: ‘Say: all things are of God.‘ This exalted utterance is like unto water for quenching the fire of hate and enmity which smouldereth within the hearts and breasts of men. By this single utterance contending peoples and kindreds will attain the light of true unity. Verily He speaketh the truth and leadeth the way. He is the All-Powerful, the Exalted, the Gracious.
(Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 222)

The first remedy of all is to guide the people aright, so that they will turn themselves unto God, and listen to His counsellings, and go forth with hearing ears and seeing eyes. Once this speedily effective draught is given them, then, in accordance with the Teachings, they must be led to acquire the characteristics and the behaviour of the Concourse on high, and encouraged to seek out all the bounties of the Abha Realm. They must cleanse their hearts from even the slightest trace of hatred and spite, and they must set about being truthful and honest, conciliatory and loving to all humankind — so that East and West will, even as two lovers, hold each other close; that hatred and hostility will perish from the earth, and universal peace be firmly rooted in their place.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 244)

The source of all learning is the knowledge of God, exalted be His Glory, and this cannot be attained save through the knowledge of His Divine Manifestation.
(Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 156, from “Words of Wisdom“)

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer to the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.
(Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 93)

Then, to reinforce the unity message, we heard another chant by Tara Ellis, “Unity” from her “Devotions“:

God grant that the light of unity may envelop the whole earth, and that the seal, “the Kingdom is God’s”, may be stamped upon the brow of all its peoples.
(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 11)

Last but not least, to prepare us for the refreshments, we enjoyed the Afro-Cuban-Colombian-Spanish version of “So powerful is the light of unity…”, “Tan Potente” from the “Talisman” album by Leonor Dely & Millero Congo:

¡Tan potente es la luz de la unidad que puede iluminar toda la tierra!

If you ever want to cheer yourself and dance, treat yourself to this beautiful song! Tan Potente!

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