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Awakened is a collection of Baha’i writings and prayers in English and Chinese put to music by Serene Sunderland and Adam Varjavandi. Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, teaches that music is a ladder for the soul. Through this collection of music we wish to uplift the souls of all those who listen.

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released January 2, 2011

All songs written by Serene Sunderland, except Home of Peace, which is an old Scottish Gaelic melody originally adapted by Christina St Clair.

Serene Sunderland - Composition and arrangements (except Home of Peace), guitar and vocals.
Adam Varjavandi - Guitar; music production and arrangements on Awakened, I Bear Witness, Home of Peace and Blessed is the Spot.
Tom Evans - Flute on Awakened, I Bear Witness and Veiled (English and Chinese)
Paul Meredith - Music production, guitar, bass, drums and shaker.
贾彬彬 (Byron Jia) - Backing vocals on Veiled (Chinese)

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Track Name: Awakened 苏醒
I have wakened in Thy shelter, O my God, and it becometh him that seeketh that shelter to abide within the Sanctuary of Thy protection and the Stronghold of Thy defense.  Illumine my inner being, O my Lord, with the splendors of the Dayspring of Thy Revelation, even as thou didst illumine my outer being with the morning light of Thy favor.

我已在你的庇护下苏醒, 我的上帝啊!
以你启示之黎明的光亮来照耀我的内心。
Track Name: Veiled 隐藏 (Chinese)
人之子啊!

隐藏于我永恒的本质和远古的存在,
我仍然知道我对你的爱。
因此我创造了你,
将我的形象铭刻于你,
将我的圣每 展现于你。
Track Name: I Bear Witness 我自行见证说
I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee.  I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my poverty and to Thy wealth. There is none other God but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.
我自行见证说,我的上帝啊!
你造生了我来认识你与崇拜你。
我在这个时刻表明我的无能和你的万能,我的贫穷和你的富裕。
除你以外别无上帝, 你是艰苦中的救难者, 自由永有者。
Track Name: This is the Day 非凡的日子 (Chinese)
这是上帝最非凡的恩惠倾注给人类的日子,是祂至大的恩宠渗透给万物的日子。世界各族人民都应当协调彼此的歧见,并以绝对团结与和平的精神,共同生活在祂保佑与仁慈的庇荫下。
Track Name: Home of Peace 和平之家
我的家是和平之家, 是幸福和喜悦之家
我的家是笑声和欢声之家, 笑声和欢声之家
无论谁踏入这个家,定会满怀喜悦离开, 这是光明之家, 这是光明之家.
My home is the home of peace, the home of joy and delight
My home is the home of laughter, and exultation.
Whosoever enters the portals of this home must go out with gladsome heart.
This is the home of light, this is the home of light.
Track Name: Blessed is the Spot 祝福在此地
祝福在此地,在屋宇,在地方, 在城里,在心田,在山岭,在避难所,在掩蔽穴,在山谷,在陆地,在海洋,在岛屿在草原,凡歌颂上帝之处,祂的圣名荣耀。
Track Name: Marriage Prayer 婚礼祷文
O my Lord!  O my Lord!  These two bright orbs are wedded in Thy love, conjoined in servitude to Thy Holy Threshold, united in ministering to thy Cause.  Make Thou this marriage to be as threading lights of Thine abounding grace, O my Lord, the All-Merciful, and luminous rays of Thy bestowals, O Thou the Beneficent, the Ever-Giving, that there may branch out from this great tree boughs that will grow green and flourishing through the gifts that rain down from Thy clouds of grace. Verily, Thou art the Generous.  Verily, Thou art the Almighty. Verily, Thou art the Compassionate, the All-Merciful.
Track Name: Veiled 隐藏 (English)
O SON OF MAN!
Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My beauty.
Track Name: This is the Day 非凡的日子 (English)
This is the Day in which God’s most excellent favors have been poured out upon men, the Day in which His most mighty grace hath been infused into all created things. It is incumbent upon all the peoples of the world to reconcile their differences, and, with perfect unity and peace, abide beneath the shadow of the Tree of His care and loving-kindness. Allah-u-abha!
Track Name: Candle (Ya Baha) 蜡烛
Behold the candle, how it gives its light. It weeps its life away drop by drop to give its flame. You must die to the world and so be born again, and enter through the kingdom of heaven. Ya Baha! You are an angel, and if your feet be firm, be steadfast as a rock that no earthly storm can move. And as you have faith, so shall your powers be and know that til the end I am always with you, Ya Baha! Look at me, follow me, be as I am. How I long to travel, even though on foot and in the utmost poverty to these regions and cry out Ya Baha!
Track Name: Blessed is the Spot 祝福在此地 (English)
Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow, where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified. Ya Baha'u'l-Abhá.