Daystar

by Ali Youssefi

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With the purpose of our creation in mind, 'Daystar' compiles quotes of Bahá'u'lláh, The Báb and `Abdu'l-Bahá, focusing primarily on our capacity to bring light and joy into the world. Through world collaborations, various languages, and the exploration of many instruments and sounds it addresses individual growth, overcoming our tests and hardships, and turning to our Creator for guidance, and it aims to instill a sense of empowerment, especially in the younger generation, as we strive to create love and harmony in our communities and the world.

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released May 25, 2019

All music composed by Ali Youssefi except for ‘Adversity’ (by Ali Youssefi, Mitchel Doran & Tiyamike Mkanthama)
All lyrics from the Bahá’í sacred writings except for ‘Youth Can Move the World’ (written by Ali Youssefi)

Mixed by Mike Gannon (tracks 1-5, 9 & 10) & Ivan Mihoci (tracks 6-8)
Mastered by Jarome Matthew
Graphic design by Shadi Youssefi

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Track Name: Daystar
O MY FRIEND! Thou art the daystar of the heavens of My holiness, let not the defilement of the world eclipse thy splendor. Rend asunder the veil of heedlessness, that from behind the clouds thou mayest emerge resplendent and array all things with the apparel of life.

(From The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh)
Track Name: Love Is Shining
...Strive, therefore, to create love in the hearts in order that they may become glowing and radiant. When that love is shining, it will permeate other hearts...

(From the writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá)
Track Name: Oh Mi Siervo
(Spanish) ¡OH MI SIERVO! Rompe las cadenas de este mundo y libera tu alma de la prisión del yo. Aprovecha tu oportunidad pues no volverá a ti nunca más.

(English) O MY SERVANT! Free thyself from the fetters of this world, and loose thy soul from the prison of self. Seize thy chance, for it will come to thee no more.

(From The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh)
Track Name: Adversity
O SON OF MAN! If adversity befall thee not in My path, how canst thou walk in the ways of them that are content with My pleasure? If trials afflict thee not in thy longing to meet Me, how wilt thou attain the light in thy love for My beauty?

(From The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh)
Track Name: Forgiveness
I beg Thee to forgive me, O my Lord, for every mention but the mention of Thee, and for every praise but the praise of Thee, and for every delight but delight in Thy nearness, and for every pleasure but the pleasure of communion with Thee, and for every joy but the joy of Thy love and of Thy good-pleasure, and for all things pertaining unto me which bear no relationship unto Thee, O Thou Who art the Lord of lords, He Who provideth the means and unlocketh the doors.

(From the writings of The Báb)
Track Name: Healing Prayer
I call on Thee O Peerless One, O Eternal One, O Single One! Thou the Sufficing, Thou the Healing, Thou the Abiding, O Thou Abiding One! I call on Thee O Most Praised One, O Holy One, O Helping One! Thou the Sufficing, Thou the Healing, Thou the Abiding, O Thou Abiding One!

(Excerpt of a prayer revealed by Bahá’u’lláh)
Track Name: Amai Crearti
(Italian) O FIGLIO DELL’UOMO! Amai crearti e perciò ti creai. AmaMi dunque così che Io possa proclamare il tuo nome e colmare l’anima tua con lo spirito della vita.

(English) O SON OF MAN! I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may name thy name and fill thy soul with the spirit of life.

(From The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh)
Track Name: Youth Can Move The World
On a day like any other, gray clouds in the sky
I went for a walk trying to forget the emptiness inside
But with every step I took I saw the gaze of many more
Lost in their own thoughts of hopelessness not knowing where to turn anymore
So I walked and walked trying desperately to leave it all behind
When I came across a youth whose words still linger in my mind

Youth can move the world.

Living in an age consumed by self-interest
With injustices far, far as the eye can see
We must be firm, firm as a rock
By day and by night we must labor ceaselessly
While singing

Youth can move the world.

To every generation a moment comes
The opportunity of a lifetime to contribute to the fortunes of humanity
And if you pause to reflect, you will see
The moment has come, the time is here
We must commit, forget all of our fears
Look not at each others shortcomings and think not of our own
Pass by all inequities, however they are shown
We must radiate from the heart, help each other grow
Live a life of service from which blessings will flow.

(Lyrics by Ali Youssefi)
Track Name: Prayer For Protection
O God, my God! I have set out from my home, holding fast unto the cord of Thy love, and I have committed myself wholly to Thy care and Thy protection. I entreat Thee by Thy power through which Thou didst protect Thy loved ones from the wayward and the perverse, and from every contumacious oppressor, and every wicked doer who hath strayed far from Thee, to keep me safe by Thy bounty and Thy grace. Enable me, then, to return to my home by Thy power and Thy might. Thou art, truly, the Almighty, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

(Prayer revealed by Bahá’u’lláh)
Track Name: Sorrow Not
Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy
and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by
Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace. To each and every one of them you will, no doubt, attain.

(From the writings of Bahá’u’lláh)