“We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls…” –Abdu’l-Baha

I love this video (Song: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay, performers: PS22 Chorus in NYC)!

It reminds me of certain quotes:

“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, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 52)

“Thus should it be among the children of men! The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord. If you meet those of different race and colour from yourself, do not mistrust them and withdraw yourself into your shell of conventionality, but rather be glad and show them kindness. Think of them as different coloured roses growing in the beautiful garden of humanity, and rejoice to be among them.”

(Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 53)

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6 responses to ““We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls…” –Abdu’l-Baha

  1. absolutely beautiful..the music and the children’s choir

  2. Very moving. Thanks.

  3. Steve Licata

    The music is great but just look at the body language and expressions on the children’s faces – it’s so moving!

  4. Wow, that is fantastic. Thanks!! It is so moving to see these diamonds shine! And its a great son, too.

    The quote about the music and the ladder is from Baha’u’llah as far as I know, from the Kitab-i-Aqdas though …

  5. Wow, that is fantastic. Thanks!! It is so moving to see these diamonds shine! And its a great song, too.

    The quote about the music and the ladder is from Baha’u’llah as far as I know, from the Kitab-i-Aqdas though …

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