You know that “Lo, the Nightingale of Paradise singeth upon the twigs of the Tree of Eternity.” But do you recall the “Mystic Dove singing upon the twigs of this snow-white Tree,” or that “The Bird of the Throne warbleth its melody in its retreats of holiness?” Indeed, there are scores of writings describing the process of revealing the Word of God as that of creating music. With so many references to the Divine Melody, one might be tempted to think that the metaphor has some deeper significance than just a pretty phrase.
If this idea resonates with you; if it strikes a chord and sings in your heart, then this book is a great place to start your deep dive into the metaphor of music as a reflection of Divine Revelation.
From the cover:
The Divine Melody is a collection of gems from the Writings of the Bahá’í Faith that refer to the Word of God as music emanating from the Mystic Dove or the Nightingale of Paradise. This beautiful and mystical concept refers not only to the Divine Word as a melody but also to the spiritual calling for us to spread the Divine Word in song and to lift up our voices to the praise and glorification of God.
“Hearken then unto that which the Bird of Heaven uttered, in the sweetest and most wondrous accents, and in the most perfect and exalted melodies…” — Bahá’u’lláh
“Give ear unto that which the Dove of Eternity warbleth upon the twigs of the Divine Lote-Tree…” — Bahá’u’lláh