What makes Music the Ladder of Our Soul?

Classical music night is a community-supported space for the masters and students of classical music to join together to perform, support, enjoy, and practice classical music. The venue of a living room adds a special feel and charm to this elevating experience.

The evening is open to the community and especially those who wish to support classical music performance and enjoyment by all especially the youth.

 

We especially like to thank the participation and performance of Quartet Euphoria along with their loving mentorship and support of classical music in support of social justice and excellence in arts.

It is most gratifying for us to host this reoccurring event at our home realizing that music has a special place as art to elevate the human soul and incline it towards lofty nights.

 

“We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high; make it not, therefore, as wings to self and passion. Truly, We are loath to see you numbered with the foolish.”

– Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 38
Quartet Euphoria at Classical music night at Geulas’

“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

“Among certain nations of the East, music was considered reprehensible, but in this new age the Manifest Light hath, in His holy Tablets, specifically proclaimed that music, sung or played, is spiritual food for soul and heart. The musician’s art is among those arts worthy of the highest praise, and it moveth the hearts of all who grieve. Wherefore, O thou Shahnaz,[1] play and sing out the holy words of God with wondrous tones in the gatherings of the friends, that the listener may be freed from chains of care and sorrow, and his soul may leap for joy and humble itself in prayer to the realm of Glory.” [1 Shahnaz, the name given to the recipient of this Tablet, is also the name of a musical mode.]

– Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 112

“O servant of Baha!
Music is regarded as a praiseworthy science at the Threshold of the Almighty … By virtue of this, consider how much the art of music is admired and praised. Try, if thou canst, to use spiritual melodies, songs and tunes, and to bring the earthly music into harmony with the celestial melody. Then thou wilt notice what a great influence music hath and what heavenly joy and life it conferreth. Strike up such a melody and tune as to cause the nightingales of divine mysteries to be filled with joy and ecstasy.”

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, from a recently translated Tablet to an individual believer; Bahá’í Writings on Music, a compilation of the Universal House of Justice (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 411 )

 

Our next classical music night and potluck will be on July 28, 2018, in Claremont.

A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 20 years, specializes in using the Bahá’í Teachings to identify theories, techniques, and approaches that produce the best results for her clients. She is the founder and executive director of the Center for Global Integrated Education, a non-profit Bahá’í-inspired educational organization.

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