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RELEASED: December 1st 2005
LABEL: Live Unity Productions, Inc.
TOTAL LENGTH: 01:18:11
FORMAT: 320 kbps MP3
CATEGORIES: Audio Book - Storytelling
GENRE: Audio Book, Storytelling, Inspirational
This is the incredibly stirring narrative of the life of Mirza Mihdi, The Purest Branch. The story is accompanied by an unforgettable soundtrack that pulls the listener in. The story, which lasts approximately 43 minutes, is then followed by the underlying instrumental music tracks to aid in meditation, reflection, or for communities to have the opportunity to recite the narrative themselves with the accompanying music.
Mirza Mihdi is an heroic figure, a member of the Holy Family of Baha'u'llah and the youngest son of Baha'u'llah and Asiyih Khanum. This is a narrative of his brief life between 1848 and 1870. The Purest Branch, an appelation given to him by his illustrious Father, was born in Tehran and was separated from his Father and mother when Baha'u'llah was exiled to Baghdad in 1852. He joined his parents in Baghdad in 1860 and then suffered three successive exiles with his Father over the next ten years to finally be imprisoned in the Citadel of Akka in 1868. While walking on the roof of the Most Great Prison on June 23, 1870, he fell through a skylight to his death.
Baha'u'llah accepted his life as a ransom for His Cause in an act of sacrifice comparable to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the martyrdom of the Imam Husayn. The life of Mirza Mihdi was the sacrifice Baha'u'llah had to make to release the energies needed to bring about the unity of humanity.
The music written for this astonishing story was inspired by the life and spirit of Mirza Mihdi and the power of the sacrifice of his precious blood. Many wonderful musicians contributed to this music including Ron Allen on flutes, Kevan McKenzie on percussion, Hugh Marsh on violin, Asher Lenz on keyboards, Orest Hrynewich and Stephen Skratt for computer programming and Kevin Doyle, Sean Karp and Shaun Gratto for recording and engineering the music and voice record. Thanks to Tonya, Jorane and Rick Hyslop for their wonderful vocals. Thanks to Dina Torrans for her beautiful artwork.
Photos © 2004 Baha'i World News Service
Photo of the stairs leading to the roof by Jon Rezin
Additional graphic design by Jon Rezin
Jack Lenz, December 01/2005
Jack Lenz - Mirza Mihdi 1848-1870