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Old 11-27-2016, 08:34 AM   #1
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The Night of the Ascension of the Master

Tonight is the night of the Ascension of Abdul Baha, one of my most favorite figures of the faith. at times when I am extremely sad, by only looking at His photos I receive calm and if I want a guidance about something I ask Him to help me.
Thinking about His ascension and His very kind and loving manners always brings tears to my eyes. I wish I could see Him in Person... maybe in the next world I can.
now I will be happy if each of us can post something about the Beloved, Dear Abdul Baha in His night of ascension; about His favorite activities, His words, His kindness, whatever....

I, as the first person in the thread, share a story about the last days of His life. I am sure all of you have heard/read the story. I too read this before sometimes and yet it doesn't stop to be touching and beautiful:

John Bosch was one of those whom ‘Abdu’l-Bahá chose as a companion for the time when He should leave the world. Afterward, the friends saw that the Master knew the moment of His passing and had prepared for it. Some who had asked permission to visit Him at that time, He had gently turned away. But to John He had written, ‘I am longing to see you,’ and when John and Louise, responding, asked to come, His cable replied: ‘Permitted.’ They reached Haifa about November 13, 1921. John was present on November 19 at the Master’s last public talk; ‘Abdu’l-Bahá pointed to John on this occasion and addressed the talk to him: He spoke of divine love, and how different it is from human love. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, “The Universal Language of the Spirit”, Star of the West, October 1922, p. 163)

Three days before the last, John [Bosch] was in the garden and all at once he saw the Master. ‘He walked as straight as if He had been a young man. He looked well and strong. He walked like a general. When we had made one short round, about fifty steps, He left me. He went up to the garden, and came down and brought me a tangerine. In English He said: “Eat… Good.” I didn’t do like the Americans and put it away for a keepsake. I peeled it and ate it and put the peelings in my pocket.’ (Marzieh Gail, Dawn Over Mount Hira, p. 211-213)

Three days before his ascension whilst seated in the garden, he called me and said,

“I am sick with fatigue. Bring two of your oranges for me that I may eat them for your sake.” This I did, and he having eaten them turned to me, saying “Have you any of your sweet lemons?” He bade me fetch a few . . . Whilst I was plucking them, he came over to the tree, saying, “Nay, but I must gather them with my own hands.” Having eaten of the fruit he turned to me and asked “Do you desire anything more?” Then with a pathetic gesture of his hands, he touchingly, emphatically and deliberately said:
“Now it is finished, it is finished!”



His soul is for sure in much peace now and I wish that He looks at us in this night and sends us His helping power so that we can grow to be better people, detached and strong.

Allaho Abha
 
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:56 AM   #2
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Thank you for sharing dear Maryam
 
Old 11-27-2016, 11:03 AM   #3
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Stories of the Master

glory, master, servant, stories Stories of the Master (Servant of Glory) (Multi-page thread 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8)
Thread Rating: 1 votes, 5.00 average. BlinkeyBill

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Old 11-27-2016, 11:38 AM   #4
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glory, master, servant, stories Stories of the Master (Servant of Glory) (Multi-page thread 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8)
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ah! yes! that lovely thread. I will read those stories again. thank you so much Bill
 
Old 11-27-2016, 02:17 PM   #5
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O my Lord! I have drawn nigh unto Thee, in the depths of this darksome night, confiding in Thee with the tongue of my heart, trembling with joy at the sweet scents that blow from Thy realm, the All-Glorious, calling unto Thee, saying:

O my Lord, no words do I find to glorify Thee; no way do I see for the bird of my mind to soar upward to Thy Kingdom of Holiness; for Thou, in Thy very essence, art sanctified above those tributes, and in Thy very being art beyond the reach of those praises which are offered Thee by the people that Thou hast created. In the sanctity of Thine own being hast Thou ever been exalted above the understanding of the learned among the Company on high, and forever wilt Thou remain enwrapped within the holiness of Thine own reality, unreached by the knowledge of those dwellers in Thine exalted Kingdom who glorify Thy Name.

O God, my God! How can I glorify or describe Thee inaccessible as Thou art; immeasurably high and sanctified art Thou above every description and praise.

O God, my God! Have mercy then upon my helpless state, my poverty, my misery, my abasement! Give me to drink from the generous cup of Thy grace and forgiveness, stir me with the sweet scents of Thy love, gladden my bosom with the light of Thy knowledge, purify my soul with the mysteries of Thy oneness, raise me to life with the gentle breeze that cometh from the gardens of Thy mercy—till I sever myself from all else but Thee, and lay hold of the hem of Thy garment of grandeur, and consign to oblivion all that is not Thee, and be companioned by the sweet breathings that waft during these Thy days, and attain unto faithfulness at Thy Threshold of Holiness, and arise to serve Thy Cause, and to be humble before Thy loved ones, and, in the presence of Thy favoured ones, to be nothingness itself.
Verily art Thou the Helper, the Sustainer, the Exalted, the Most Generous.
 
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O my Lord! I have drawn nigh unto Thee, in the depths of this darksome night, confiding in Thee with the tongue of my heart, trembling with joy at the sweet scents that blow from Thy realm, the All-Glorious, calling unto Thee, saying:

O my Lord, no words do I find to glorify Thee; no way do I see for the bird of my mind to soar upward to Thy Kingdom of Holiness; for Thou, in Thy very essence, art sanctified above those tributes, and in Thy very being art beyond the reach of those praises which are offered Thee by the people that Thou hast created. In the sanctity of Thine own being hast Thou ever been exalted above the understanding of the learned among the Company on high, and forever wilt Thou remain enwrapped within the holiness of Thine own reality, unreached by the knowledge of those dwellers in Thine exalted Kingdom who glorify Thy Name.

O God, my God! How can I glorify or describe Thee inaccessible as Thou art; immeasurably high and sanctified art Thou above every description and praise.

O God, my God! Have mercy then upon my helpless state, my poverty, my misery, my abasement! Give me to drink from the generous cup of Thy grace and forgiveness, stir me with the sweet scents of Thy love, gladden my bosom with the light of Thy knowledge, purify my soul with the mysteries of Thy oneness, raise me to life with the gentle breeze that cometh from the gardens of Thy mercy—till I sever myself from all else but Thee, and lay hold of the hem of Thy garment of grandeur, and consign to oblivion all that is not Thee, and be companioned by the sweet breathings that waft during these Thy days, and attain unto faithfulness at Thy Threshold of Holiness, and arise to serve Thy Cause, and to be humble before Thy loved ones, and, in the presence of Thy favoured ones, to be nothingness itself.
Verily art Thou the Helper, the Sustainer, the Exalted, the Most Generous.
thank youuuuu
 
Old 11-27-2016, 11:00 PM   #7
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I was alone at home on this night. But just being reminded meant a lot to me. I'd call it a strong spiritual presence.

I have quite a strong feeling about the Master ever since I translated the Selections.

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