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Music: Food for the Soul

Bahai Writings | Oct 29, 2012

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Bahai Writings | Oct 29, 2012

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The art of music is divine and effective. It is the food of the soul and spirit. Through the power and charm of music the spirit of man is uplifted. It has wonderful sway and effect in the hearts of children, for their hearts are pure, and melodies have great influence in them. The latent talents with which the hearts of these children are endowed will find expression through the medium of music. Therefore, you must exert yourselves to make them proficient; teach them to sing with excellence and effect. It is incumbent upon each child to know something of music, for without knowledge of this art the melodies of instrument and voice cannot be rightly enjoyed. Likewise, it is necessary that the schools teach it in order that the souls and hearts of the pupils may become vivified and exhilarated and their lives be brightened with enjoyment.

Abdu’l-Baha (Promulgation of Universal Peace, pp 52)

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  • Reggie Newkirk
    Apr 5, 2013
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    I would like to see photographs of other kinds of musicians or groups of musicians in addition to orchestral. In my view, often when conversations about music take place they seem to gravitate to what is known as European classical and their derivatives. Diversify representational pictures of musician performing their art. For example: Dizzy Gillespie, Seals and Crofts and then there are hip hop artists as well as other musical art forms from various continents. I try to remember no musical art form as a "conern on the market" enjoyed by Baha'is. Surely they may be various in taste -- ...but not all of us have a taste for classical music.
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    • Cyrus G
      Apr 6, 2013
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      Great point, Reggie. It'd be cool to see a follow-up post to this article that talks about different Baha'i musicians and the relationship with the principle of Unity in Diversity.
  • Ahmadnur
    Feb 23, 2013
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    If you think you need a new faith made up in 1800 to unite people then you need think twice beausce after a while the bahai faith will just split up in groups again. Is there some arbitrary date as to the formation of a religion and its being acceptable? I could just as easily say If you think you need a new faith made up in 622 to unite people then you need to think twice becuase after a while the Islamic faith will just split up in groups again.If you think you need a new faith made ...up in 312 to unite people then you need to think twice becuase after a while the Christian faith will just split up in groups again.If you think you need a new faith made up in 1800 B.C.E. to unite people then you need to think twice becuase after a while the Jewish faith will just split up in groups again.That's a pretty hollow argument against anything, all formalized religions are born of the uniting of different groups of people under a single unified tradition. That argument could be templated to fit any religion anywhere.
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