Spreading Rays of Light

by Jim Dennis

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This album was many years in the making. The original inspiration was from my Ruhi study circle facilitators. I had challenges reciting quotes from the Holy Writings, so I started to make up songs to help me remember. It all starts with one chord and one word and the rest just 'Flows' into place.
Many thank you's to my family and friends, and to the Stockton Bahai Community for allowing me to 'experiment' with these songs at feasts.

I pray that these songs will inspire souls and comfort hearts.
I encourage the friends to freely use these songs in any fashion that will respectfully promote the Bahai Faith and to bring people of all faiths closer together.

All profits from this album will go to the National Bahai Fund.

Also, please visit my website, www.christsreturn.org

With much love and gratitude----Jim Dennis

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released April 25, 2013

All songs were created, performed and produced by Jim Dennis.
"Heavenly Confirmation" features Jamie, Noelani and Dori Dennis.
"Ridvan" and the "The Yaran Prisoner Prayer"
features Doriann-Carreira Dennis.
Album photo by: Jeff Stein Photography- Kauai sunset.

I experimented with different recording frequencies with help from Melodyne. Created in my home studio using garageband and various instruments.

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Track Name: True Peace and Tranquility
True Peace and Tranquility

intro: E E Asus2 E 453hz capo 4th

E ````````````````````````````````````````````Asus2 ```````````` E
True peace and tranquility will only be realized (when)
B ```````````````````````````````````````````````````````Asus2``````````````````````````````E
when every soul will have become the well-wisher of all mankind.
B ````````````````````````````Asus2``````````````````````E
He Who is the All-Knowing beareth Me witness:
B````````````````````````````````````````````````````F#m7
were the peoples of the world to grasp the true
B````````````````````````````F#m7
significance of the words of God, they would
B`````````````F#m7
never be deprived of their
E``````````````````Bsus2```````````E
portion of the ocean of His bounty.
````````````Asus2``````````E
In the firmament of truth
A sus2 ```````````````E
there hath never been,
F#m7````````````````````````` Asu2````````````````````E
nor will there ever be a brighter star than this.”
F#m7 `````````````````````````Asus2```````````````````E
nor will there ever be, a brighter star than this.”
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`````````````B``````````````````````````````````````````````````Asus2
I want true peace and tranquility, I need true peace and tranquility
````````````````````B
Help me achieve true peace and tranquility,
``````````````````Asus2
don't you want true peace and tranquility, well then
``````````````````````B`````````````````````````````````````````````````E
You must become the well-wisher of all mankind,
``````````````````B``````````````````E`````````````````Asus2``````````````E
of all mankind of all mankind, of all mankind, all mankind
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Baha'u'llah, Tabernacle of Unity, page 7
Track Name: Incline Your Ears
Incline Your Ears


C`````````````````````````````````````G
Incline your ears,,,,,,,, O friends of God,

````````````F``````````````````````````````````C````````````````````G
to the voice of Him,,, Whom the world hath wronged,,,,,,,,,,

``````````C`````````````````````G ``````````````````````````````F```````G
and hold fast unto whatsoever will exalt,,,,, His Cause.

Dm````````````````````````````````C
He, verily, guideth whomsoever He pleaseth

```````````````````G
unto His straight Path. ,,,,,,,,,,,,

C ```````````````````````G````````````````````````F
T h i s is a Revelation,,, that infuseth strength

`````````````Am``````````````G```````````````````````C ````````````G F G C
into the feeble, and crowneth with wealth the destitute.
Track Name: The Author of All Manifestations
The Author of All Manifestations

Verse 1

Cadd9`````````````````````G```````````Cadd9```````````G
O God, Who art the Author of all Manifestations,
```````Cadd9 ```````````G
the Source of all Sources,
`````````Cadd9`````````````````````G
the Fountainhead of all Revelations,

```````````````D2``````````````````` Cadd9 G
and the Wellspring of all Lights! 
```````````````D2```````````````````` Cadd9 G
{and the Wellspring of all Lights!} 
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Verse 2

Cadd9 ````````````````G
I testify that by Thy Name
`````Cadd9```````````````G
the heaven of understanding
```````````````````Cadd9```````````````````` G
hath been adorned, (hath been adorned)

``````````D2```````````````````````````Cadd9 `````G
and the ocean of utterance hath surged,
````````````D2 ``````````````````````````Cadd9 ````G
{and the ocean of utterance hath surged,}
---------------------------------------------

Verse 3

`````````````````` Cadd9 `````````````` G
and the dispensations of Thy providence
Cadd9 ```````````````G
have been promulgated unto

`````D2`````````````````````Cadd9 ``G
the followers of all religions.
`````D2`````````````````````Cadd9 ```G
{the followers of all religions.}
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Cadd9``````````````````````G
(I testify that by Thy Name)

``````Cadd9 ```````````````G
the heaven of understanding
``````````````Cadd9 ``````````````````````` G
hath been adorned, (hath been adorned)

```````````````D2 `````````` ````````````` Cadd9 ``G
{and the ocean of utterance hath surged,}
````````````````D2````````````````````````` ``Cadd9 ```G
{and the ocean of utterance hath surged,}


``````````````D2```````````````````Cadd9 G
{and the Wellspring of all Lights!} 
````````````````D2``````````````````Cadd9 G
{and the Wellspring of all Lights!} 


d2 ````````````cadd9 ````g
the ocean,,,,Yeah yeah

d2`````````````````````cadd9 ``` g
the followers of all religions

the ocean has surged
the wellspring of all lights

the ocean of utterance has surged
the ocean of utterance has surged
Track Name: Paradise
PLEASURE THE BAB,,,,, SWB p.77


D```````````````````DM7
There is no paradise
`````````Csus2/g
more wondrous for any soul
``````D```````````DM7
than to be exposed
`````Csus2/g
to God's Manifestation
````````````D
in His Day………………
`````Bm```````````````````````````````D
to hear His verses and believe in them,
`````Bm
to attain His presence,
`````````````````D
which is naught but the presence
```````A
of God………………..
```D``````````````````````DM7
to sail upon the sea
````````````Csus2/g
of the heavenly kingdom
````````````````````````D
of His good pleasure………………
```````````A
and to partake of the choice fruits
````````````Csus 2/g````````````````````````````````````D
of the paradise of his…. Devine O n e n e s s.

(Repeat the last 2 lines two more x's)

Csus 2/g = 335533 DM7 = xx0222
Track Name: Spreading Rays
Spreading Rays

Intro E A C#m A

Verse 1

C#m```````````````````````````` A
This love is not of the body
````````````E ``````````````````` A
but completely of the soul.
E `````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` A ``````````````````````````E
And those souls whose inner being is lit by the love of God
E ````````````````````````````````````````````````A `````````````````````E
are even as spreading rays(rays ,rays, rays) of light,

Chorus
````````````````D ``````````````````A `````````````E
and they shine out like stars of holiness
```````D `````````````` A ````````` E -----------D--A--E,,,D--A--E
in a pure and crystalline sky.

Verse 2
```````````Bm`````````` A `````````````````````````` E
For true love, real love, is the love for God,
``````````````````Bm`````````````A `````````````````E
and this is sanctified beyond the notions
`````````D `````````A`````` E
and imaginings of men.
````D ```````A```````````` E
{and imaginings of (women.)}

{Instrumental}
E------A------E
E------A------E

Chorus (LOUD AND PROUD!!!!!)

````````````````` D ``````````````` A `````````````E
{and they shine out like stars of holiness
```````D ```````````A``````````````` E
in a pure and crystalline sky.}
`````````````````D ``````````````````A `````````````````E
{and they shine out like stars of holiness
````````D ```````````````A``````````````E
in a pure and crystalline sky.}


SWA PAGE 203
ABDUL BAHA
Track Name: Heavenly Confirmation
INTRO : Am F Am

````````````````Am
O Thou kind Lord! …
F```````````````````````````````````````````G
Bestow heavenly… confirmation….
Am ```````````````````````````````````````````````C
upon this…. daughter of the kingdom,
````````Am
and graciously aid her that she may
G ``````````````````````````````````Am
remain firm…….. and steadfast
`````````````F
in Thy Cause
``````````````````G
and that she may, ……
```````````````````Am
even as a nightingale….
````````````G`````````````````````````````````Am
of the rose g a r d e n… of mysteries,
``````````````G ````````````````````````````````````````````Am
warble melodies…….. in the Abhá Kingdom
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Gsus```````````````````````````````````````C bar
in the most……. wondrous tones,
Gsus ````````````````````````````````````````````````````C bar
thereby bringing………. happiness to everyone. 
````````````````````F```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````Am
Make her exalted among……. the daughters of the kingdom
```````````G```````````````````````````````````````C`````````````G
and enable her……. to attain life…… eternal.
`````````````````````````````F ````````````````````````````````Am G
Thou art the Bestower,……. the All-Loving.
```````````````````F`````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````Am
Make her exalted among……. the daughters of the Kingdom ``
````````G `````````````````````````````````````````C`````````````G
and enable her……. to attain life…… eternal.
`````````````````````````````F```````````````````````````````````Am G C
Thou art the Bestower,……. the All-Loving.


‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Track Name: The Yaran--Prisoner Prayer
Prisoner Prayer

Am
Dear Friends
Dm
We Pray for you
Am
Dear Friends
F`````````````````````````````````````````````````Am
Remember the words of your Lord
Am
Dear Friends
Dm
Strength be with you
Am
Dear Friends
Gm ```````````````````````````````````````Am
Only God knows what you've been through
Gm ````````````````````````````````Am
What can I do here for you
Dm````````````````````````Am
All I know how to do
Dm ```````````````````````````````Am
Is teach the Faith like you………
Bb````````````````````````````````````````````````````````C
Going to teach the Faith, Don't hesitate
Bb````````````````````````````````````````````C
This is the time, this is the place
`````````````````````````````````````````D
I'm going to teach my Faith
``````````````````````````````````````````A
I’m going to teach my Faith
````````````````````````````D``````````````````````````````````````A
God give you strength, God give you strength
````````````````````````D
From here to L.A.
````````````````````````````````A
Up to New York State
````````````````````````D
Philadelphia P.A.
````````````````````````````````````A
The San Francisco Bay
`````````````````````D``````````````````````````A
The Bahai Faith, The Bahai Way
D```````````````````````A``````````````````````````D``````````````````````````````````````````A
Dear Friends we pray for you, Dear friends thanks be to you
D```````````````````````A````````````````````````````````````D
Dear Friends, God speed with you, Dear Friends
Track Name: Morning Prayer
Spanglish Morning Prayer


E```````````````````C#m```````A ```````````````C#m A
Heeeeee despertado bajo tu amparo

````````````E`````````````````A
Oh my God ,Oh Mi Dios

E```````````````````````````C#m ````A````````````````````C#m A
Yyyyyyyy Corresponde a quien busca

``````````````E```````````````A
that the shelter to abide,,,,,,

```````````````B`````````````````````````````A
within the sanctuary of thy protection

``````````````C#m``````````````````````A```````````````````````E
and the stronghold of thy defense of thy defense.................................

B `````````````````````````A````````````````````````E``````````````````````A
Illumina my inner being ,,,,,,,Oh my Lord ,, Oh mi Dios

B````````````````````A```````````````````E```````````````````A
Con los esplendores de la aurora de la aurora,,,,,,

B``````````````A``````````````````E
De tu revelacion,,, asi como

``````````A```````````````E```````````````A ``````````````````````````````````E
Illuminaste, illuminaste.........aaaaaaaaaa........... Illuminaste

``````````````B `````````````````A ``````````````````````````````E
My outer being with the morning light of the favor.........................

``````````````B ```````````````A`````````````````````````````````E`````````````````````A````````````````E
con la luz of the morning light of thy favor,,,, de tu favor de tu favor

A``````````````````````````E
Ooooo De Tu Favor

`````````````B``````````````A ```````````````````````````````````````E
con la luz of the morning light of thy the favor,,

```````````B````````````````A ```````````````````````````````````E``````````````````A```````````````````E
con la luz of the morning light of thy favor ,,de tu favor de tu favor
Track Name: Indomitable Power
A``````````````````````````````D sus 2``````````````````````` A
O Thou Who art the Lord of indomitable power

C sus2``````````````````````````````````````D sus2
To transform us through Thy bounty into

````````````````````````A
That which Thou Thyself dost posses

`````````D sus 2`````````C sus 2````````````````````````````A
And Enable us to become fountains of thy light

A```````````````````````````Dsus2```````````` A
And graciously vouchsafe unto us

``````````````````````C sus 2
that which beseemeth the

D sus 2`````````````````A
majesty of the t r a n s c e n d e n t dominion

C sus 2```````````````````D sus 2``````````A
(the majesty of the transcendent dominion)



Selections of the writings of The Bab, pages 233-234
Track Name: Ridvan
RIDVAN

A ````````````````````````````````````C#m
12 days in the garden of Ridvan
D`````````````````````````E
Full of joy and praise

A```````````````````````````````````````````````C#m
They came from near and far to Ridvan
D``````````````````````````````````````E
Bagdad the city of God's Gift


A`````````````````````````````````````````````C#m
The trumpet sounded loud in Ridvan
D```````````````````````````````E
God's promise had arrived

A```````````````````````````````````````````````C#m
It happened in the garden of Ridvan
D `````````````````````````````````````````````E
His light brightened up our sky

F#m``````````E
April 21, 1863

A ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````C#m
The time was right in the garden of Ridvan
D`````````````````````````````````````````E
Oh how we waited for that day

F#m`````````````````````````````````````E
They prepared for the great journey
D````````````````````````````````````E
Exhiled to the promised land

F#m``````````````````````````E
This is the holiest of days
D```````````````````````````````````E
The foundation of our Faith

A`````````````````C#m
Never forget Ridvan
D````````````````````````````````E
The hope for a better day
D``````````````````````````````````E
Join us on the 2nd of May

A``````````````````````````````````````````````C#m
He revealed unto us his great purpose
D`````````````````````````````````E
Mankind must live as one
D````````````````````````E
All religions are one
D``````````````````````````````````E`````````````````````A
The grace of God is one………….In RIDVAN
Track Name: The Master
The Master

(Verse 1)

Bm`````````````````````G``````````````````````A
This story is of a man we call the Master
Bm `````````````G```````````````A
Servant and Son of The Glory of God

Bm```````````````````````G````````````````A
The shining light in times of uncertainty
``````Bm```````````````````````G```````````````A```````````````D ````````A
To spread God's new word was his destiny (his destiny)

Bm`````````````````G```````````````A
No matter how tough the adversity
Bm``````````````````````````````````````G ``````````````````````````A
he persevered through peace-love and joy and unity
(help me sing the praises of)
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(Chorus)

`````````D```````````````Gsus``````A
The Exemplar ---Abbas Effendi`
```````Bm```````````G```````````A
The Master ---Adbul Bahaaaaaaaa

D```````````````Gsus```````A
A builder, a teacher, a prisoner

Bm```````````````````````G```````````````A
He called him 'The Mystery of God”

Bm``````````````````````G````````````````A
He called him “The apple of mine eye”

(Verse 2)

````````````````````Bm`````````G````````````````````````A
He spoke in churches, temples and universities

````````````````Bm````````G`````````````````A
To priests,pastors,rabbis and dignities

Bm`````````````````````````````````````G ````````````````````````````````A
He revealed The Promulgation of Universal Peace`

````````````Bm``````````````G``````````````````A````````````````````````D``````````` A
No more war-crimes,, hate-lies,,, or poverty (no more poverty)

Bm`````````````````G````````````````````A
Soooo many battles had he fought

`````````````````Bm`````````````````````G`````````````````A
But by the Father's hand he overcame them all
(that's why we sing the praises of)

(back to chorus)
Track Name: Traveling Prayer
Traveling Prayer


`````````````E`````````````A````````````````````E
I have risen this morning by Thy grace,
`````````B7
O my God,
E ```````````````````A `````````````````E
and left my home trusting wholly
````B7
in Thee,
E````````````````````````A````````````````E
and committing myself to Thy care. 
D```````````````````````````````E
Send down, then, upon me,
D`````````````````````````````````````E
out of the heaven of Thy mercy,
G#m ```````````````````````A
a blessing from Thy side,
G#m`````````````````````A`````````````````````B7
and enable me to return home in safety
E `````````````````````A``````````````E
even as Thou didst enable me
B7``````````````````````````````E
to set out under Thy protection
D````````````````````````````````````````````````E
with my thoughts fixed steadfastly upon Thee.
D`````````````````````````````````````````E
There is none other God but Thee,
```````E ```````````````````A``````````````````E``````````````````````B7````````E
the One, the Incomparable, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

Bahá’u’lláh