‘Fire and Gold’ blends eastern and western musical styles and features a number of languages including English, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. The theme is the tests and difficulties of life, and the title comes from the Hidden Words of Baha’u'llah: “Busy not thyself with this world, for with fire we test the gold and with gold we test our servants”. The music is diverse and reflects influences from around the world.
In addition to Elika’s piano performances, the songs also include a number of outstanding musicians on Celtic harp, Persian nay flute and santour, Spanish guitar,Chinese erhu, flute and cello.The result is a sophisticated, yet catchy fusion of progressive ideas with ancient, classic overtones layered with gorgeous melodies that has literally brought tears to many listeners. It truly eases the soul from the burdens of this earthly life and uplifts it with divine illuminations.
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This is another favorite quotation of mine. It vividly describes how, like the bird, we long to soar in the heavens, yet have no choice but to live in this world of dust. For the bird this means keeping its wings clear of the dust; for us it means keeping our souls free from hate and envy. I love how the instrumentation musically depicts the flight and struggle of the bird. To view the video for 'The Bird which Soareth": www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xlnf-pPPDFg
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.
-Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, CLIII, page 327.