Musician, Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Artist

The Bird which Soareth

I can hardly believe it has been 10 years since the release of my album, Fire and Gold!  Over the years, I have been touched by the many stories people have shared about how the album has affected their lives.

In order to celebrate 10 years of its release, for the next 3 days I am having a 50% off everything sale on my website.  Click here for more detailsHead on over to the website and enter this code at checkout for your 50% discount: fireandgold10years

I also wanted to share a video (below) for a piece on the album called ‘The Bird which Soareth’.

In this passage, Bahá’u’lláh describes the relationship between the material and the spiritual aspects of our lives through the metaphor of a bird. He depicts how the bird, despite being free to soar through the heavens, struggles in its longing for the things of the earth and at times finds itself so trapped by its desires that it is unable to fly. Bahá’u’lláh concludes by exhorting us not to allow ourselves to become stuck in the mud and clay of vain desires, nor to be hindered by the dust of envy or hate. I find this image very helpful when facing material challenges!

Here are Baha’u’llah’s words:

“Ye are even as the bird which soareth, with the full force of its mighty wings and with complete and joyous confidence, through the immensity of the heavens, until, impelled to satisfy its hunger, it turneth longingly to the water and clay of the earth below it, and, having been entrapped in the mesh of its desire, findeth itself impotent to resume its flight to the realms whence it came. Powerless to shake off the burden weighing on its sullied wings, that bird, hitherto an inmate of the heavens, is now forced to seek a dwelling-place upon the dust. Wherefore, O My servants, defile not your wings with the clay of waywardness and vain desires, and suffer them not to be stained with the dust of envy and hate, that ye may not be hindered from soaring in the heavens of My divine knowledge.”

 

The bird which soareth