A New Video Gift – The Bird Which Soareth

I would like to share a gift of a video that we just completed for one of the songs on one of my albums, Fire and Gold.  The song is titled, ‘The Bird Which Soareth’ and we thought it would make a perfect video because of the evocative imagery in the words by Baha’u’llah.  The words, used in Book 1 of the Ruhi series, describe the relationship between the material and the spiritual world through the metaphor of a bird.  Despite its freedom the bird struggles in its longing for the things of the earth and finds itself so trapped by its desires that it is unable to resume its flight.

Although it is simple compared to many music videos, we wanted to create something special.  My producer, Jarome who also does videos, produced it using various original and unique video clips and combined them with photos to reflect the meaning of the words.
There are two versions – one with the lyrics of the song in the video (Windows media format) and another high quality Quicktime version without the lyrics.

Thought of the Day:

“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.”




    Varya November 12, 2008Reply

    Dear, thank you for a wonderful gift. Tessa and I enjoyed it a lot!

    Sigi November 13, 2008Reply

    Dear Elika,
    I love it, I’m looking forward to show it to the rest of the family. It’s wonderful.

    Zaynab November 13, 2008Reply

    Dear Elika,
    Thank you for sharing such wonderful gifts (more precious that so many other material things we receive in our daily lives!) and thank you also to Jerome for putting such beautiful and dignified images together. We would love to see all of the songs on Fire & Gold on video and will be sure to share it with our friends during devotional gatherings.
    I was only able to see the YouTube version, is there a way to open the other versions so that we can display them on a larger screen?
    Much love from Cleveland, Zaynab & Aaron

    Naree November 13, 2008Reply

    Dear Elika,
    Feichang xie xie ni for the song and video! Though not a musician, I truly appreciate all the wonderful music you are creating!! Have there been talks about creating a podcast/radio program that features all the latest up and coming (as well as established) musicians in our community? It would be great to have all of this amazing music centralized and consolidated in one (web) place. Perhaps there already is such a site…?
    Big hugs from Memphis, TN!

    Kurt Hein November 13, 2008Reply

    Asante sana!
    An inspiring gift to share with my friends, globally.

    Susy November 13, 2008Reply

    Dear Elika.
    I am enjoying this song so much.thank you for a wonderful gift.I will share it with my family and my friends.
    lots love from Susy

    Nicholas November 14, 2008Reply

    Ahsante sana Elika!
    I just downloaded while listening to the blessed lyrical tune .I should say I will share this with Sarah the moment she gets back from the launch of IPG in one of the clusters in Mbeya-Tanzania.Once more thanks a bunch Elika, na karibu Tz siku moja au mbili.lol

    jaleh November 15, 2008Reply

    Elly love love love. What a gift for all of us to have and share. you are forever loved and remembered by all.
    Love you lots one of your greatest fans!

    jaleh November 15, 2008Reply

    Elly love love love. What a gift for all of us to have and share. you are forever loved and remembered by all.
    Love you lots
    one of your greatest fans!

    Sherri November 15, 2008Reply

    Well done, Elly joon! The changes you made to the video are great!

    Elika November 26, 2008Reply

    Thank you to all of you for sharing your comments and appreciation for the video. I’m so glad you are enjoying it and sharing it with your friends.

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  • Tooba September 15, 2010Reply

    Great choice of the passage! Excellent performance!

    Elika October 11, 2015Reply

    Thank you dear Tooba!

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