Rediscovering Mana

Last night’s study circle provided a wonderful opportunity to dig out from my “old” musical collection the wonderful music of Mana, the Australian youth music group which recorded two CDs based on the quotations from the Ruhi 1 and 2 study circles. Their first album, “Reflections on the Life of the Spirit” was the soundtrack for the first study circle I ever facilitated around 2003. In the craziness of the past 5 years I had forgotten how wonderful and joyful this music is. And how practical too — for what could be an easier and more uplifting way to memorize the quotations than by singing along with these joyful youth from down under?

Mana’s CDs are still available at the Baha’i Bookstore, and I would highly recommend buying them even though they might seem pricey at the current exchange rate ($19.95). But if you always prefer a bargain and you own an MP3 player, you can download all ten songs of the CD from DivineNotes for only $10. Not bad for a wonderful collection of songs that will uplift your spirit and remind you of the timeless truth contained in the Baha’i Writings:

…backbiting quencheth the light of the heart, and extinguisheth the life of the soul.

Breathe not the sins of others so long as thou art thyself a sinner.

Speak no evil, that thou mayest not hear it spoken unto thee, and magnify not the faults of others that thine own faults may not appear great…

O Son Of Being! How couldst thou forget thine own faults and busy thyself with the faults of others? Whoso doeth this is accursed of Me.

And for those visually inclined, the YouTube video of Mana’s song Backbiting is a true feast for both the eyes and the ears (just press play):

One Response to “Rediscovering Mana

  • Mitko,

    Yes, I agree. I enjoy incorporating this music into study groups, too. I also like the Exile to Exaltation CD by the Boston Praise Collective. I use excerpts, which include spoken word and music, for Book 4 study group on the Bab and Baha’u’llah, especially the section on the Siyah-Chal. Thanks for including the youtube link. I didn’t know about that.

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