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Old 12-10-2013, 11:35 PM   #161
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From the writings of the Master.

In sooth, there will be found in those regions certain persons like the Pharisees of the time of Christ, who, night and day, will exert themselves with all heart and soul to cast forth doubts, in order that they may deprive the souls of the glad-tidings of the Holy Spirit. They will disseminate false rumors and utter many a calumny and will publish and announce (false) stories. They will undertake all these only for the sake of earthly vanities.
And some Pharisees among the missionaries of the Gospel will hasten thither from Persia and say, “We are aware of the secret of the matter.” All they may say is sheer slander.
Now know you these [things], that in its time you may dispel and annihilate the darkness of those suspicions, like unto a manifest light. I beg of God that He may grant thee a power that thou mayest resist all in the earth—how much more these weak, hired individuals who receive salary and bribe for spreading such calumnies!

Be ye admonished, O possessors of understanding!

Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas. Page 730
That is interesting, do not remember ever reading that quote!

Shows you can read a book but not take in the words, as I have read the book a few times!!!!

Thanks Bill

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Old 12-11-2013, 05:47 AM   #162
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That is interesting, do not remember ever reading that quote!

Shows you can read a book but not take in the words, as I have read the book a few times!!!!

Thanks Bill

Regards Tony
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‘Abdu’l-Bahá told a story about a Persian believer’s journeys and how he could not sleep at night while in the wilderness for fear of someone stealing his new shirt, a new gift from a prominent person. After several sleepless nights he decided to get rid of the shirt so he could relax.
(Rafati, Vahid, Sources of Persian Poetry in the Bahá’í Writings, Vol. lll, p. 80)
 
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The Master’s radiance will inspire men and women for centuries yet unborn. He was joyful when most people in similar circumstances would have been filled with sorrow. He said that ’sorrow is like furrows, the deeper they go, the more plentiful is the fruit we obtain.’ (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 145)
 
Old 12-18-2013, 08:12 PM   #165
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The Master’s radiance will inspire men and women for centuries yet unborn. He was joyful when most people in similar circumstances would have been filled with sorrow. He said that ’sorrow is like furrows, the deeper they go, the more plentiful is the fruit we obtain.’ (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 145)
Infinite

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My name is Abdu'l-Bahá, my identity is Abdu'l-Bahá, my qualification is Abdu'l-Bahá, my reality is Abdu'l-Bahá, my praise is Abdu'l-Bahá, Thraldom to the Blessed Perfection is my glorious refulgent diadem; and servitude to all the human race is my perpetual religion. Through the bounty and favor of the Blessed Perfection, Abdu'l-Bahá is the Ensign of the Most-Great-Peace, which is waving from the Supreme Apex; and through the gift of the Greatest Name, he is the Lamp of Universal Salvation, which is shining with the light of the love of God. The Herald of the Kingdom is he, so that he may awaken the people of the East and of the West. The Voice of Friendship, Uprightness, Truth and Reconciliation is he, so as to cause acceleration throughout all regions. No name, no title, no mention, no commendation hath he nor will ever have except Abdu'l-Bahá. This is my longing. This is my supreme apex. This is my greatest yearning. This is my eternal life. This is my everlasting glory! Express ye the same thing which is issued from my pen. This is the duty of all. Consequently the friends of God must assist and help Abdu'l-Bahá in the adoration of the True One; in the servitude to the human race; in the well-being of the human world and in divine love and kindness.

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Blinkey, this is an amazing passage one of my favorites of all time
 
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Blinkey, this is an amazing passage one of my favorites of all time
Yes I have to agree, a most wonderful declaration of faith and service.

The Masters understanding of his Fathers Station, his ability to understand peoples character and thoughts are in themselves miracles.

How anyone can investigate Baha'u'llah, His life and Words and not understand that He is the Voice of God for this Day is beyond my understanding.

But then we are told that it is only through the Grace of God that people are given a hearing ear and seeing eyes.

How blessed to have this Grace.
 
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Abdu'l-Baha

George Townshend, one-time Canon of St Patrick’s Cathedral, in Dublin, Ireland and Archdeacon of Clonfort Cathedral, who became an ardent Bahá’í, wrote: … In ‘Abbas Effendi’s character the dominant element was spirituality. Whatever was good in His life He attributed not to any separate source of virtue in Himself but to the power and beneficence of God. His single aim was servitude to God. He rejoiced in being denuded of all earthy possessions and in being rich only in His love for God. He surrendered His freedom that He might become the bondservant of God; and was able at the close of His days to declare that He had spent all His strength upon the Cause of God. To Him God was the center of all existence here on earth as heretofore and hereafter.
(Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 134)

No mere mortal in His day could claim to be His teacher. He learned well and thoroughly. When, late in His life, Bahá’u’lláh took up residence at Bahji, the Master remained in ‘Akka to attend to a multitude of details, which otherwise might have distracted Bahá’u’lláh from His writing. But frequently the Master carried news to Bahji. He then reported on religious questions He had encountered. It was observed that Bahá’u’lláh asked for His answers and then approved them with ‘very good‘. His wisdom was as astonishing as His knowledge. The Master’s profound wisdom coupled with His all-encompassing, tender love were capable of producing a revolution in the inner life of those with whom He came in contact. This revolution was a ‘change of heart‘. Horace Holley became ‘conscious of a new sympathy for individuals and a new series of ties by which all men are joined in one common destiny.’ He discovered that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá restores man to his state a little lower than the angels.’ (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 117)

One of the last pilgrims to visit ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the Holy Land in 1921 was Anna Kunz, the daughter of a Swiss theologian who lived in Zurich in Switzerland. She later recalled, ‘As I think of him now. I always love to think, first, of his great simplicity, his marvelous humility which knows of no self existence, and last, or better, first, of his boundless love.’
(Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, in appearance, was a man of medium height though to all who met Him, He gave the impression of such majesty that He seemed much taller. His beard was flowing and white; His head covering, whether a turban or tarboosh, was white also. But, meeting Him, none of these details were even noticed. It was only the spirit one felt and the outpouring love. Love filled Him and flowed out from Him to bathe and encompass everyone in His presence. He was, as we all know, the Mystery of God. His Station is unique. There has been no one like Him in any past religious era, nor will there ever be such in the future. Bahá’u’lláh had bestowed upon Him the assurance of God’s guidance in His explanations of anything in the Teachings that needed clarifying for the believers and, when He was but ten years old, His Father, Bahá’u’lláh, addressed Him and referred to Him as ‘the Master.’ He was the perfect Exemplar of the Bahá’í Teachings: He lived by prayer and wished only to be known as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá the servant of the servants. He made no mistakes. Yet, with all this, He needed, as we all need, the constant attitude of prayer to renew and revivify Him, and, urging us ever upward. His constant adjuration was, “Do as I do. Be as I am.
(Reginald Grant Barrow, Mother’s Stories: Stories of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Early Believers told by Muriel Ives Barrow Newhall to her son, p. 36)

Today humanity is increasingly concerned – and rightly so – with ‘the quality of life‘. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was absorbed with both its spiritual and its physical dimensions: He knew that as the quality of man’s spiritual life improves, his physical life would improve also – the other world reflects the inner man. He was fully aware that we are indeed on a ’spiritual journey from self to God‘. He wanted all people to be aware of this vital fact also – then they could truly arise to their real potential, both in this world and in the next.
(Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 134)
 
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'Abdu'l-Bahá in America

In 1912, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, traveled from coast to coast across America after a lifetime of imprisonment and persecution.

He called on America to become a land of spiritual distinction and leadership and gave a powerful vision of America’s spiritual destiny — to lead the way in establishing the oneness of humanity.

Today we remember and celebrate ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s presence among us. Navigate this site to explore the rich heritage of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey across America — the themes He addressed, the cities He visited, and the people He encountered.

In neighborhoods across America, we are drawing on His vision and His example to build unified, purposeful and spiritually uplifted communities. We invite you to get involved by finding Bahá’ís near you.

This Week in 1912: Top Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá | 'Abdu'l-Bahá in America
 
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March 27, 1912
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Abbas Effendi Soon to Tour America to Preach Bahá’í Revelation.

HAS THOUSANDS OF FOLLOWERS HERE

All Creeds May Meet Upon a Common Ground in This Faith.

Washington, March 27. — Abbas Effendi, the leader of the Bahá’í movement and interpreter of its revelation, will arrive in New York in the early spring for a tour of America. Preparations are being made for his entertainment, in the various cities he will visit, among the followers of the movement and others who are interested in the cause of universal peace and the advancement of the world.

It is not enough, they argue that men should theorize and argue among themselves about creeds, but let them live the life
The Bahá’ís believe that universal peace is possible only through the harmonizing of religious differences among all races and nations. They teach that all religions were of divine origin and that all have been more or less corrupted, after the lapse of centuries, by theology and dogma. Therefore the truth of religion should be simplified and each religionist carried back to the first principles of his own system. Since the fundamental basis of each system is the same as that of every other, Jews, Christians, Mohammedans and Hindoos, if they live up in each ease to the potentialities of their own creeds, will find themselves meeting upon a common basis of service and love.

So All May Be Servants of God.

The Bahá’í revelation has been given to mankind, they say, to teach this great lesson. It is not enough, they argue that men should theorize and argue among themselves about creeds, but let them live the life, such as was taught by the founder of their religion. They will thus find themselves drawn together by the vital force of the spirit and will find themselves the servants of each other and the servants of God likewise.

It is stated that in Persia, where the movement started about 67 years ago, there have been no less than 20,000 martyrs. Abbas Effendi himself the third of the trinity of leaders of Bahá’ísm, was a prisoner of the Turkish and Persian governments from the age of nine until the revolution of the Young Turks a few years ago. The sultan, ‘Abdul Hamid, sentenced him to prison for life.

Put the Founder to Death.

So great was the fanaticism of the Moslems that they regarded any liberal tendencies as a mark of infidel and visited it with the most cruel punishments. Such was their narrowness and prejudice when Ali Mohammed, who took unto himself the spiritual title of the Báb, arose among the Persians in 1844. He was put to death and his successor, Bahá’u’lláh died in prison in 1892.

Abbas Effendi or ‘Abdu’l-Bahá since that time led the movement. He was born in 1844, on the, very day the Báb made his declaration. While a prisoner at Akka he was visited by persons from both Europe and America who were attracted by his fame as a teacher and went in search of light.

It is estimated that about one-thirtieth of the Persians are now Bahá’ís, who represent the enterprising and progressive element among them. Besides these, the movement is now known and advocated in all parts of the wold. From the time of the World’s Fair in Chicago, when it first became known in America, the number of the friends of the movement has steadily increased, so that now Bahá’í assemblies may be found in most large cities the country.

Creed no Bar to Its Acceptance.

One great advantage which it has over other movements which advocate liberalism is that it does not force people to leave their churches. Its followers are commanded to mix freely with the people of all religions and take the Bahá’í spirit of love and service into whatever fraternities organizations they may be connected with.


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Grace very much wanted to attend the Unity Feast at West Englewood, the Feast given by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and now commemorated every year. But Dr Krug said Saturday was his only free day, and he wanted her to play golf with him. She asked the Master what to do. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said: ‘You must always consider the Doctor. You and Miss Krug must play golf with him.’ So she and her young daughter had to go to the country club, not more than a mile from the Unity Feast—and play golf. The Doctor became a Bahá’í, and both he and Grace were present in Haifa (1921), when the Master left this life.
(Marzieh Gail, Arches of the Years, p. 107)
 
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On hearing him [‘Abdu’l-Bahá], two things amazed us. First, he seemed to be wrought up to the highest pitch of anger and indignation. Never before had we heard him speak an angry word. We had known him sometimes impatient and peremptory, but never angry. And then, his great excitement had apparently given him command of the Turkish language, which no one had ever heard him speak before. He was, in Turkish, and in the most impassioned and vehement manner, protesting against, and denouncing, the treatment of the officers and demanding the presence of the Governor, who in the meantime had returned to the city. The officers seemed cowed by his vehemence, and the Governor was sent for. He came, and seeing the situation said, ‘It is impossible, we cannot separate these people.’ The Governor returned to his palace and telegraphed to Constantinople. The next day he received a reply granting permission to the followers of the Blessed Perfection to accompany him. We were told to prepare for immediate departure, but were not told to what place we were to be sent. When we set out there were seventy-seven in all in our band.
(Myron Henry Phelps and Bahiyyih Khanum, Life and Teachings of Abbas Effendi, p. 48-55)
 
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Judas Iscariot was the greatest of the disciples, and he summoned the people to Christ. Then it seemed to him that Jesus was showing increasing regard to the Apostle Peter, and when Jesus said, ‘Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church,’ these words addressed to Peter, and this singling out of Peter for special honour, had a marked effect on the Apostle, and kindled envy within the heart of Judas. For this reason he who had once drawn nigh did turn aside, and he who had believed in the Faith denied it, and his love changed to hate, until he became a cause of the crucifixion of that glorious Lord, that manifest Splendour. Such is the outcome of envy, the chief reason why men turn aside from the Straight Path. So hath it occurred, and will occur, in this great Cause. But it doth not matter, for it engendereth loyalty in the rest, and maketh souls to arise who waver not, who are fixed and unshakeable as the mountains in their love for the Manifest Light.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 163)
 
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To Mrs Smith, a new Bahá’í, who belonged to a distinguished Philadelphia family and who was suffering with a headache, the Master said, ‘You must be happy always. You must be counted among the people of joy and happiness and must be adorned with divine morals. In a large measure happiness keeps our health while depression of spirit begets diseases. The substance of eternal happiness is spirituality and divine morality, which has no sorrow to follow it.’ (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 129)

Stanwood Cobb remembers:...........‘Abdu’l-Bahá came into my room one morning without His translator. He sat beside me and took one of my hands in both of His and held it for a minute or two. He had not at any time inquired as to my health. He knew. From that moment on I found myself permanently relieved of these depressive moods. No matter how hard the going, I have always since then been glad to be alive.
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KITÁB-I-‘AHD (Book of the Covenant)

Thou not a Story of Abdul'Baha, this is the Document Penned by Baha'u'llah to appoint Abdul'Baha as the center of Baha'ullah's Covenant. A powerful work and full of Authority.

I think this is a good place to read it, it gives us an idea as to why Abdul'Baha was our perfect example!

ALTHOUGH the Realm of Glory hath none of the vanities of the world, yet within the treasury of trust and resignation We have bequeathed to Our heirs an excellent and priceless Heritage. Earthly treasures We have not bequeathed, nor have We added such cares as they entail. By God! In earthly riches fear is hidden and peril is concealed. Consider ye and call to mind that which the All-Merciful hath revealed in the Qur’án: ‘Woe betide every slanderer and defamer, him that layeth up riches and counteth them.’ Fleeting are the riches of the world; all that perisheth and changeth is not, and hath never been, worthy of attention, except to a recognized measure.
The aim of this Wronged One in sustaining woes and tribulations, in revealing the Holy Verses and in demonstrating proofs hath been naught but to quench the flame of hate and enmity, that the horizon of the hearts of men may be illumined with the light of concord and attain real peace and tranquillity. From the dawning-place of the divine Tablet the day-star of this utterance shineth resplendent, and it behoveth everyone to fix his gaze upon it: We exhort you, O peoples of the world, to observe that which will elevate your station. Hold fast to the fear of God and firmly adhere to what is right. Verily I say, the tongue is for mentioning what is good, defile it not with unseemly talk. God hath forgiven what is past. Henceforward everyone should utter that which is meet and seemly, and should refrain from slander, abuse and whatever causeth sadness in men. Lofty is the station of man! Not long ago this exalted Word streamed forth from the treasury of Our Pen of Glory: Great and blessed is this Day—the Day in which all that lay latent in man hath been and will be made manifest. Lofty is the station of man, were he to hold fast to righteousness and truth and to remain firm and steadfast in the Cause. In the eyes of the All-Merciful a true man appeareth even as a firmament; its sun and moon are his sight and hearing, and his shining and resplendent character its stars. His is the loftiest station, and his influence educateth the world of being.
Every receptive soul who hath in this Day inhaled the fragrance of His garment and hath, with a pure heart, set his face towards the all-glorious Horizon is reckoned among the people of Bahá in the Crimson Book. Grasp ye, in My Name, the chalice of My loving-kindness, drink then your fill in My glorious and wondrous remembrance.
O ye that dwell on earth! The religion of God is for love and unity; make it not the cause of enmity or dissension. In the eyes of men of insight and the beholders of the Most Sublime Vision, whatsoever are the effective means for safeguarding and promoting the happiness and welfare of the children of men have already been revealed by the Pen of Glory. But the foolish ones of the earth, being nurtured in evil passions and desires, have remained heedless of the consummate wisdom of Him Who is, in truth, the All-Wise, while their words and deeds are prompted by idle fancies and vain imaginings.
O ye the loved ones and the trustees of God! Kings are the manifestations of the power, and the daysprings of the might and riches, of God. Pray ye on their behalf. He hath invested them with the rulership of the earth and hath singled out the hearts of men as His Own domain.
Conflict and contention are categorically forbidden in His Book. This is a decree of God in this Most Great Revelation. It is divinely preserved from annulment and is invested by Him with the splendour of His confirmation. Verily He is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.
It is incumbent upon everyone to aid those daysprings of authority and sources of command who are adorned with the ornament of equity and justice. Blessed are the rulers and the learned among the people of Bahá. They are My trustees among My servants and the manifestations of My commandments amidst My people. Upon them rest My glory, My blessings and My grace which have pervaded the world of being. In this connection the utterances revealed in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas are such that from the horizon of their words the light of divine grace shineth luminous and resplendent.
O ye My Branches! A mighty force, a consummate power lieth concealed in the world of being. Fix your gaze upon it and upon its unifying influence, and not upon the differences which appear from it.
The Will of the divine Testator is this: It is incumbent upon the Aghsán, the Afnán and My Kindred to turn, one and all, their faces towards the Most Mighty Branch. Consider that which We have revealed in Our Most Holy Book: ‘When the ocean of My presence hath ebbed and the Book of My Revelation is ended, turn your faces toward Him Whom God hath purposed, Who hath branched from this Ancient Root.’ The object of this sacred verse is none other except the Most Mighty Branch [‘Abdu’l-Bahá]. Thus have We graciously revealed unto you Our potent Will, and I am verily the Gracious, the All-Powerful. Verily God hath ordained the station of the Greater Branch [Muḥammad ‘Alí] to be beneath that of the Most Great Branch [‘Abdu’l-Bahá]. He is in truth the Ordainer, the All-Wise. We have chosen ‘the Greater’ after ‘the Most Great’, as decreed by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Informed.
It is enjoined upon everyone to manifest love towards the Aghsán, but God hath not granted them any right to the property of others.
O ye My Aghsán, My Afnán and My Kindred! We exhort you to fear God, to perform praiseworthy deeds and to do that which is meet and seemly and serveth to exalt your station. Verily I say, fear of God is the greatest commander that can render the Cause of God victorious, and the hosts which best befit this commander have ever been and are an upright character and pure and goodly deeds.
Say: O servants! Let not the means of order be made the cause of confusion and the instrument of union an occasion for discord. We fain would hope that the people of Bahá may be guided by the blessed words: ‘Say: all things are of God.’ This exalted utterance is like unto water for quenching the fire of hate and enmity which smouldereth within the hearts and breasts of men. By this single utterance contending peoples and kindreds will attain the light of true unity. Verily He speaketh the truth and leadeth the way. He is the All-Powerful, the Exalted, the Gracious.
It is incumbent upon everyone to show courtesy to, and have regard for the Aghsán, that thereby the Cause of God may be glorified and His Word exalted. This injunction hath time and again been mentioned and recorded in the Holy Writ. Well is it with him who is enabled to achieve that which the Ordainer, the Ancient of Days hath prescribed for him. Ye are bidden moreover to respect the members of the Holy Household, the Afnán and the kindred. We further admonish you to serve all nations and to strive for the betterment of the world.
That which is conducive to the regeneration of the world and the salvation of the peoples and kindreds of the earth hath been sent down from the heaven of the utterance of Him Who is the Desire of the world. Give ye a hearing ear to the counsels of the Pen of Glory. Better is this for you than all that is on the earth. Unto this beareth witness My glorious and wondrous Book.


God Bless all - Regards Tony
 
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Fascinating what is said about the leaders of nations
 
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Fascinating what is said about the leaders of nations
Aidan - Yes it is full of Authority re this subject!

How about what Baha'u'llah pens re Abdul'Baha - I think this is also good to post here and give contecxt and authority to the Stories of Abdul'Baha

TABLET of the BRANCH

He is Eternal in His Abha Horizon!

Verily, the Cause of God hath come upon the clouds of utterances and the polytheists are in this day in great torment! Verily, the hosts of revelation have descended with banners of inspiration from the heaven of the Tablet in the name of God, the powerful, the mighty! At this time the monotheists all rejoice in the victory of God and His dominion, and the deniers will then be in manifest perplexity.

O ye people! Do ye flee from the mercy of God after it has encompassed the existent things created between the heavens and earths? Beware lest ye prefer your own selves before the mercy of God, and deprive not yourselves thereof! Verily, whosoever turneth away therefrom will be in great loss. Verily, mercy is like unto verses which have descended from the one heaven, and from them the monotheists drink the choice wine of life, whilst the polytheists drink from the fiery water; and when the verses of God are read unto them, the fire of hatred is enkindled within their breasts. Thus have they preferred their own selves before the mercy of God, and are of those who are heedless.

Enter, O people, beneath the shelter of the Word! Then drink therefrom the choice wine of inner significances and utterances; for therein is hidden the kawther of the glorious One --- and it hath appeared from the horizon of the Will of your Lord, the merciful, with wonderful lights.

Say: Verily, the ocean of pre-existence hath branched forth from this most great Ocean. Blessed, therefore, is he who abides upon Its shores, and is of those who are established thereon. Verily, this most sacred temple of Abha ---the Branch of Holiness--- hath branched forth from the Sadratu'l-Muntaha. Blessed is whosoever sought shelter beneath it and is of those who rest therein.

Say: Verily, the branch of command hath sprung forth from this root which God hath firmly planted in the ground of the will, the limb of which has been elevated to a station which encompasses all existence. Therefore, exalted be He for this creation, the lofty, the blessed, the inaccessible, the mighty!

O ye people! Draw nigh unto It, and taste the fruits of its knowledge and wisdom on the part of the mighty, the knowing One. Whosoever will not taste thereof shall be deprived of the bounty, even though he hath partaken of all that is in the earth --- were ye of those who know.

Say: Verily a word hath gone forth in favor from the most great Tablet and God has adorned It with the mantle of Himself, and made it sovereign over all in the earth and a sign of His grandeur and omnipotence among the creatures; in order that, through it, the people shall praise their Lord, the mighty, the powerful, the wise; and that, through it, they shall glorify their creator and sanctify the self of God which standeth within all things. Verily, this is naught but a Revelation upon the part of the wise, the ancient One!

Say: O people, praise ye God, for its Manifestation, for verily it is the most great favor upon you and the most perfect blessing upon you; and through Him every moldering bone is quickened. Whosoever turns to Him hath surely turned unto God, and whosoever turneth away from Him hath turned away from My beauty, denied My proof and is of those who transgress. Verily, He is the remembrance of God amongst you and His trust within you, and His manifestation unto you and His appearance among the servants who are nigh. Thus have I been commanded to convey to you the message of God, your Creator; and I have delivered to you that of which I was commande His messengers, and then His holy servants.

Inhale the fragrances of the Ridvan from His roses and be not of those who are deprived. Appreciate the bounty of God upon you and be not veiled therefrom --- and, verily, We have sent Him forth in the temple of man. Thus praise ye the Lord, the Originator of whatsoever He willeth through His wise and inviolable Command!

Verily, those who withhold themselves from the shelter of the Branch are indeed lost in the wilderness of perplexity; and are consumed by the heat of self-desire, and are of those who perish.

Hasten, O people, unto the shelter of God, in order that He may protect you from the heat of the Day whereon none shall find for himself any refuge or shelter except beneath the shelter of His Name, the clement, the forgiving! Clothe yourselves, O people, from the dart of doubts and superstitions, and that ye may be of those who are assured in those days wherein none shall ever be assured and none shall be firmly established in the Cause, except by severing himself from all that is possessed by the people and turning unto the holy and radiant outlook.

O ye people! Do ye take unto yourselves the Jebt as a helper other than God, and do ye seek the Taghoot as a Lord besides your Lord the almighty, the omnipotent? Forsake, O people, their mention, then hold the chalice of life in the Name of your Lord, the merciful. Verily, by God, the existent world is quickened through a drop thereof, were ye of those who know.

Say: In that Day there is no refuge for any one save the command of God, and no salvation for any soul but God. Verily, this is the truth and there is naught after truth but manifest error.

Verily, God hath made it incumbent upon every soul to deliver His Cause according to his ability. Thus hath the command been recorded by the finger of might and power upon the Tablet of majesty and greatness.

Whosoever quickens one soul in this Cause is like unto one quickening all the servants and the Lord shall bring him forth in the day of resurrection into the Ridvan of oneness, adorned with the Mantle of Himself, the protector, the mighty, the generous! Thus will ye assist your Lord, and naught else save this shall ever be mentioned in this day before God, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers.

As to thee, O servant, hearken unto the admonition given unto thee in the Tablet; then seek the grace of thy Lord at all times. Then spread the Tablet among those who believe in God and in His verses; so that they may follow that which is contained therein, and be of those who are praiseworthy.

Say: O people, cause no corruption in the earth and dispute not with men; for, verily, this is not worthy of those who have chosen in the shelter of their Lord a station which shall indeed remain secure.

If ye find one athirst, give him to drink from the chalice of Kawtha and Tasneen; and if ye find one endowed with an attentive ear, read unto him the verses of God, the mighty, the merciful, the compassionate! Unloose the tongue with excellent utterance, then admonish the people if ye find them advancing unto the sanctuary of God; otherwise abandon them unto themselves and forsake them in the abyss of hell. Beware lest ye scatter the pearls of inner significance before every barren, dumb one. Verily, the blind are deprived of witnessing the lights and are unable to distinguish between the stone and the holy, precious pearl.

Verily, wert thou to read the most mighty, wonderful verses to the stone for a thousand years, will it understand, or will they take any effect therein? No! by thy Lord, the merciful, the clement! If thou readest all the verses of God unto the deaf, will he hear a single letter? No! Verily, by the beauty, the mighty, the ancient!

Thus have We delivered unto thee some of the jewels of wisdom and utterance, in order that thou mayest gaze unto the direction of thy Lord and be severed from all the creatures. May the spirit and glory rest upon thee, and upon those who dwell upon the plain of holiness and who remain in the Cause of their Lord in manifest steadfastness!

From Baha'i World Faith (Wilmette: Baha'i Publishing Trust, 1966 [third printing]), pp. 204 - 207.

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When ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was first in Chicago it, was Spring and He was eager to go to the zoo. He had never seen a large city zoo, and He was very merry over the prospect. Then it was explained to Him that, this being the Spring of the year, most of the animal-mothers would be bearing litters and, at the first approach of a stranger, they‘d rush their babies into safe hiding. This did not perturb ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at all. He wanted to go anyhow. So a group of five or six of the Friends took Him. He motioned to them to stay a little behind and He went forward all alone. And, as He approached each cage, the small animal-mother brought out all her babies to show Him, then hurried them back to safety and protection from the following Friends.
(Reginald Grant Barrow, Mother’s Stories: Stories of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Early Believers told by Muriel Ives Barrow Newhall to her son, p. 38-39)
 
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When ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was first in Chicago it, was Spring and He was eager to go to the zoo. He had never seen a large city zoo, and He was very merry over the prospect. Then it was explained to Him that, this being the Spring of the year, most of the animal-mothers would be bearing litters and, at the first approach of a stranger, they‘d rush their babies into safe hiding. This did not perturb ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at all. He wanted to go anyhow. So a group of five or six of the Friends took Him. He motioned to them to stay a little behind and He went forward all alone. And, as He approached each cage, the small animal-mother brought out all her babies to show Him, then hurried them back to safety and protection from the following Friends.
(Reginald Grant Barrow, Mother’s Stories: Stories of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Early Believers told by Muriel Ives Barrow Newhall to her son, p. 38-39)
That is a good one - "The Mystery of God"

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This is such an awesome thread!

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One of interesting incidents I remember well is about a parrot which was presented to the Master. He had put it in the Pilgrim House. My uncle, who was the steward of the Pilgrim House taught the parrot to say ‘Allah-u-Abhá’ to whoever approached it. Also, he had trained it to say, ’say, say, say O Bahá.’ The people, who heard the parrot’s voice and didn’t see it, thought that a person was there. One day ‘Abdu’l-Bahá called my uncle and told him, ‘Muhammad Hassan, bring the parrot to me tomorrow. I intend to present it to the governor of Akka.’ Muhammad Hassan took the cage containing the parrot to the Holy House and put it beside the window of the hall. His Holiness ‘Abdu’l-Bahá used to get up early morning, walk for a while and would chant prayers while walking. When, that day, He got up and approached the cage of the parrot, it said, ’say, say.’ The Master was very happy and, smiling, advanced towards to parrot and asked, ‘what should I say?’ The parrot said, ‘O Bahá!’ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá exulted too much and later told my uncle, ‘Hassan, this parrot saved itself. Since it said to me, “say, say” and when I asked it what to say, it fluently said, “Say O Bahá!” Take it back to the Pilgrim House. I do not desire to send it out of this place.’ When the parrot was dead, my uncle took its feathers and wrote down, ‘these are the feathers of a parrot which belonged to His Holiness ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and He has admired several times its fluency.’ This was the effects of training which had some positive outcomes even for a parrot.
(Persian Source: Ahang-i-Badi, vol. 29, no. 327, p. 37)
 
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At another meeting later in the month, someone asked about the long lives of some people in the Bible. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explained that the long lives mentioned in certain books and narratives have a different basis. For instance, it was the custom in former times to mention the dynasty or family by the name of one person only. However, the people in the following ages thought that the length of time that a family survived was the length of the life of the family’s founder.
(Earl Redman, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, p. 150)
 
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I read the free preview of Abdu'l-Baha in Their Midst last week on Amazon.com. Great read.
 
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I read the free preview of Abdu'l-Baha in Their Midst last week on Amazon.com. Great read.
I must look it up, thanks for the info
 
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How about it folks assist with other stories please.
 
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Bill you are doing such a great job I think I would risk repeating a story you have already posted

God Bless and regards Tony
 
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Allah'u'abha. I have just obtained the book "Vignettes from the life of Abdu'l-Baha",collected and edited by Annamarie Honnold. What a marvellous book dear friends, a blessed find.
 
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Bill you are doing such a great job I think I would risk repeating a story you have already posted

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Dear Tony, please please go ahead, what does it matter if a story is repeated.
Are not these stories (and all factual) so wonderful truly Baha'u'llah named him our exemplar and that he is.
 
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Allah'u'abha. I have just obtained the book "Vignettes from the life of Abdu'l-Baha",collected and edited by Annamarie Honnold. What a marvellous book dear friends, a blessed find.
Yes dear friend, it is a book I keep close at all times, for me is a guide on how one should live ones life day to day.
 
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Ali-Kuli Khan becomes one of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s secretaries and begins translating His correspondence with the American Baha'is
Ali-Kuli Khan (c. 1879-1966) was also known as Nabilu'd-dawlih. He was an eminent Iranian Baha'i who served briefly as 'Abdu'l-Baha’s English-language secretary between 1899-1901. He was subsequently sent to America where he was the first to translate into English some of the most important works of Baha’u’llah, such as the Kitab-i-Iqan, the Seven Valleys and the Glad-Tidings. He also continued to translate 'Abdu'l-Baha’s correspondence with the American Baha'is. Ali-Kuli Khan was appointed Iranian charge d'affaires in Washington in 1910 and later served in various high-ranking diplomatic positions. His marriage to Boston society girl Florence Breed (1875-1950) in 1904 not only caused comments on two continents, but was praised by 'Abdu'l-Baha as the first marriage between East and West, a symbol of the unity taught by the Baha’i Faith. Their daughter, Marzieh Gail (1908-93), also became an eminent Baha'i writer and translator. Her translations from Persian and Arabic include The Seven Valleys by Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s The Secret of Divine Civilization. (Adapted from Summon up Remembrance, by Marzieh Gail, and A Concise Encyclopedia of the Baha’I Faith, by Peter Smith) Here is how his daughter Marzieh Gail composed from his memoir his first pilgrimage to Haifa, the resulting meeting with ‘Abdu’l-Baha, and the amazing way through which he became able to translate Arabic Tablets – a language he didn’t know prior to his pilgrimage.

It was still dark the next morning, some time before dawn, when the ship anchored about a mile off Haifa. In those days Haifa was a town of negligible importance, and the harbor was not deep enough to permit a steamer to come in any nearer. A number of believers, with Haji Muhammad-Taqi Manshadi, came out by rowboat to meet the pilgrims and get them ashore. Everything was still dark, and the outline of Mount Carmel barely visible.

Once on land, Khan knelt and kissed the earth, and offered thanks to God for granting him his dearest wish.

Since it was still so early, Khan was taken to the coffee house of Husayn Effendi, a Baha'i who regularly greeted and served refreshments to newly arrived pilgrims.

‘The Master is right here in Haifa,' someone said.

At this, Khan, terrified, broke down and wept. 'How can one such as I,' he cried, 'one with so many shortcomings -- how can I stand in the presence of One from whose all-seeing eyes nothing whatever is hidden?'

The believers offered words to quiet him down.

'You'll see,' they told him, 'He is not like that. He is all bounty and mercy. He will make it easy for you to endure the awe of His presence. He has invited you to come and once you see Him you will have no more worries.'

Then, as the sky brightened, they led him about a quarter of a mile away to a house near the sea, and while they walked, Khan kept weeping and voicing his fears….

The arriving party climbed the brick steps leading to the courtyard. Khan was shaking and his heart pumped too fast. What sort of Being was he going to see? He had known but one photograph of the Master, the youthful one taken at Adrianople, in the days when veiled women, gazing down from their latticed windows, would throw roses at His feet. When he dared to look, there, standing tall before him, was One in turban and robe, One with a full beard, dark but with much gray intermingled, and a face just as Khan had always visualized the countenance of Baha’u’llah.

‘I saw this was Baha’u’llah,' he said in after years. ([in Persian] Didam Baha'u'llahst.) Khan collapsed, fell to the floor.

'He lifted me up,' Khan would say, 'put His arms around me, and kissed me on both cheeks. Noting the state I was in He told His attendant to take me to another room and give me some tea.'

Ustad Muhammad-'Ali helped Khan to the corner room where the pilgrims would rest.

Within a few minutes 'Abdu'l-Baha' sent for him. By now, to his surprise, Khan felt strong enough to stand in His presence. The Master said:

'Marhaba! Marhaba! (Welcome, welcome), Jinab-i-Khan. You have suffered much on your wanderings, but welcome! Praise be to God, you have reached here in safety.

'The Blessed Perfection, Baha'u'llah, has promised to raise up souls who would hasten to the service of the Covenant, and would assist me in spreading His Faith. His Cause has now reached America and many in the Western world are being attracted to His Teachings. You, with your knowledge of English, are one of those souls promised me by Baha'u'llah. You have come to assist me by translating His Sacred Writings as well as my letters to the friends in America and elsewhere in the West.'

The room seemed charged with His words. They resounded ever after in Khan's mind and heart.

Then He said, 'You must reside with me and assist me in my work.'

He stretched out His hand to the table and took up a pack of folded papers, the sort He used for Tablets, and passed them over to Khan.

'These are the answers', He said, 'that I have written to some of the American Baha’is. Go and translate them into English.'

Khan unfolded the top ones. They were Tablets 'Abdu'l-Baha had written in His own hand. They were in Arabic.

'But my Master,' he cried, 'these are not in Persian! These are Arabic! In my college I studied European languages, but not Arabic!'

No one had ever in his life looked at Khan with such loving eyes and such a smile. Still smiling, 'Abdu'l-Baha reached for His rock candy on the table. Filling both His hands He told Khan to cup his palms for the candy. Then, His eyes mysteriously solemn, and His voice taking on a new, strange tone, 'Abdu'l-Baha said: 'Go, and eat this candy. Rest assured, the Blessed Perfection will enable you to translate the Arabic into English. Rest assured that as time goes on you will be assisted to translate from the Arabic much more easily than from the Persian.'

They both remained standing throughout the whole interview, Khan before the Master, within a few feet. Dismissing him, the Master pointed to the bedstead in the room and said He had taken a house in the German Colony and was no longer using this bed.

'This is your bed,' He told Khan. 'Sleep in it.'

When night came, Khan did-not have the courage to sleep in the Master's bed. And so [he] lay down on the floor. This went on for three nights. On the morning of the fourth day Usta'd Muhammad-'Ali, the Master's attendant, entered the room and said, 'Jinab-i-Khan, you have wandered many weary weeks and months, and all that time you have lived and longed for the day when you might enter the Master's holy presence. Now that your wish has been granted and your goal reached, are you aware that you are disobeying the Master?

Khan was shocked to hear him. 'What on earth do you mean?' he asked.

'I mean that you have not slept in the Master's bed, as He told you to do.'

'I did not intend to disobey Him,' stammered Khan. 'I simply was not brave enough to sleep in a bed in which the Center of Baha'u'llah's Covenant had slept.'

But he promised Ustad that from now on he would obey, although it was only with fear and trembling that he finally crept into the bed which had been 'Abdu'l-Baha's….

As for his difficult new task, Khan said that from that first meeting some new power was created in him, and he set to work with dictionaries and other helps and began to translate. During the several months spent in His presence, Khan translated the Master's Arabic as well as His Persian (and other language) Tablets, and afterward, through the years in America, he continued this work, and it did indeed become easier for him to put Arabic into English than to translate from his native tongue.

Unlike Persian, which is Indo-European, Arabic is a Semitic language, so difficult that the Master, an expert in Persian, Turkish and Arabic -- His writings taught as a model by scholars in the East -- reportedly called Arabic a 'bottomless abyss'. English-speaking readers of Baha'i Writings are fortunate, receiving them all in English, and not conscious that to Persian readers the same page may suddenly slip into Arabic, a foreign tongue, much as if an English text should suddenly pass into Latin. On occasion, Baha'u'llah Himself has translated the Arabic into Persian, so that the English reader reads the same text twice. Khan did, of course, work with helps and in the beginning for some months he studied the Occidental translators of Babi and Baha'i Writings, among them E. G. Browne, the distinguished orientalist who was the guest of Baha'u'llah at Bahji (April 15-20, 1890). While these offered some assistance, he eventually found them wanting in many ways and he tried to produce new expressions and combinations of words to convey implications and shades of meaning. He reached the conclusion that a profound study of the languages involved was not enough to present an adequate rendition of the creative words of Baha'u'llah and the Master -- for these are in themselves a new language with new connotations. No matter how great the scholar, Khan decided, unless he or she is a true believer, devoted to the Faith, the translation will fall short. This was also along the lines of Mirza Abu'l-Fadl's comment, that when he first read the Iqan [the Book of Certitude], as a non-believer, its deep meanings remained obscure to him, but when he read it afterward as a believer, it was the key that unlocked all the holy Scriptures of the past.

Khan tried to follow the literal sense of the original as closely as he was able. On many occasions, verbally and in Tablets, 'Abdu'l-Baha called Khan His best translator. This was long before the superlative achievements in the field by Shoghi Effendi, with his perfect English, Arabic and Persian, and his French so accomplished that he had to make a decision, Laura Barney said, as to whether he should put Baha'i basic literature into English or French. The Master told Khan not to worry, expert translators would come in the future, and assured him his work showed a deep and intimate knowledge of the inner meaning of the creative words.
(Marzieh Gail, Summon up Remembrance, pp. 107-113)
 
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Dr Youness Afroukhteh describes the experience of visiting the shrine of Baha’u’llah in the presence of Abdu’l Bahá. Taken from “Memories of Nine Years in Akka” (page 25-26).
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Sometimes ‘Abdu’l-Baha travelled by carriage, but most of often on foot. Arriving in Bahji, He would rest briefly in the room adjoining the Shrine and then summon the friends inside, where in complete silence He would disperse rosewater on each and every visitor. After kneeling to kiss the threshold, He would rise to chant the Tablet of Visitation. As I write these words I can see with the eye of the spirit ‘Abdu’l-Baha standing before the threshold in supplication and I can hear His sublime powerful voice chanting the beautiful verses. Here memory plays no part, for it is the heart and the soul that in a state of utter attraction commit to the treasury of the spirit every word that leaves the blessed lips of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. My feeble heart trembles at the vibrations of His blessed voice as if there were a direct connection between that celestial chant and the nerve centre of my heart.
 
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Today humanity is increasingly concerned – and rightly so – with ‘the quality of life‘. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was absorbed with both its spiritual and its physical dimensions: He knew that as the quality of man’s spiritual life improves, his physical life would improve also – the other world reflects the inner man. He was fully aware that we are indeed on a ’spiritual journey from self to God‘. He wanted all people to be aware of this vital fact also – then they could truly arise to their real potential, both in this world and in the next.
(Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 134)
 
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At another meeting later in the month, someone asked about the long lives of some people in the Bible. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explained that the long lives mentioned in certain books and narratives have a different basis. For instance, it was the custom in former times to mention the dynasty or family by the name of one person only. However, the people in the following ages thought that the length of time that a family survived was the length of the life of the family’s founder.
(Earl Redman, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, p. 150)
 
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While on pilgrimage in Haifa in 1909, Alice Breed asked ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: if we build the Temple (the American House of Worship) quickly and send a ship for You, will You come to America? Qbdul-Bahá responded: I will come of my own volition to America if they build the Mashriqu’l Adhkar quickly. But (sadly, and very gently) they will not build it quickly. Then in April of 1911, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote the American Bahá’ís: if the friends and the maid-servants of the Merciful long for the visit of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, they must immediately remove from their midst differences of opinion and be engaged in the practice of infinite love and unity...if ye are yearning for my meeting, and if in reality ye are seeking my visit, ye must close the doors of differences, and open the gates of affection, love and friendship … Verily, verily, I say unto you, were it not for this difference among you, the inhabitants of America … would have, by now, been attracted to the Kingdom of God … Is it meet that you sacrifice this most glorious bounty for worthless imaginations?
(Earl Redman, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, p. 7)
 
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Shortly after his arrival ‘Abdu’l-Bahá met the Rev. R. J. Campbell of the City Temple, together with the editor of the Christian Commonwealth newspaper. The editor noted that when Rev. Campbell entered the room, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá rose from his chair and advanced to meet him, with smiling face and arms extended. The older men grasped both the hands of the younger and, retaining them, warmly greeted him … Standing face-to-face, linked hand-in-hand, in the center of the room, these two spiritual leaders of worldwide fame, - Eastern and Western, but essentially one in their outlook on life - formed an impressive picture. During the conversation, Rev. Campbell said: “I should like you to visit the City Temple", to which ‘Abdu’l-Bahá responded, saying, “I should like to come. I know that the City Temple is the center of progress in the religious world, and seeks to promote the universal understanding.” Just a few days later, on Sunday, 10 September, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá arrived at the City Temple during the evening service to give His first public address in the Western world. “The visit was kept secret", wrote Wellesley Tudor-Pole, but the congregation was as usual very large, probably well over 2000 … ‘Abdu’l-Bahá then spoke animatedly for about nine minutes, in Persian, in full, vibrant tones, wrote Tutor-Pole. And the whole congregation was held spellbound … After the Master finished speaking, Wellesley Tudor-Pole read the English translation of his speech … After the service, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote the following in the pulpit Bible: this book is the Holy Book of God, of celestial Inspiration. It is the Bible of Salvation, the Noble Gospel. It is the Mystery of the Kingdom and its light. It is the Divine Bounty, the sign of the guidance of God. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ‘Abbás.
(Earl Redman, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, p. 31-32,34)
 
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The Master’s radiance will inspire men and women for centuries yet unborn. He was joyful when most people in similar circumstances would have been filled with sorrow. He said that ’sorrow is like furrows, the deeper they go, the more plentiful is the fruit we obtain.’ (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 145)

In the days of Bahá’u’lláh, during the worst times in the Most Great Prison, they would not permit any of the friends either to leave the Fortress or to come in from the outside. “Skew-Cap” and the Siyyid lived by the second gate of the city, and watched there at all times, day and night. Whenever they spied a Bahá’í traveler they would hurry away to the Governor and tell him that the traveler was bringing in letters and would carry the answers back. The Governor would then arrest the traveler, seize his papers, jail him, and drive him out. This became an established custom with the authorities and went on for a long time—indeed, for nine years until, little by little, the practice was abandoned.
It was at such a period that the Afnán, Hájí Mírzá Muhammad-‘Alí—that great bough of the Holy Tree —journeyed to ‘Akká, coming from India to Egypt, and from Egypt to Marseilles. One day I was up on the roof of the caravanserai. Some of the friends were with me and I was walking up and down. It was sunset. At that moment, glancing at the distant seashore, I observed that a carriage was approaching. “Gentlemen,” I said, “I feel that a holy being is in that carriage.” It was still far away, hardly within sight.
“Let us go to the gate,” I told them. “Although they will not allow us to pass through, we can stand there till he comes.” I took one or two people with me and we left. At the city gate I called to the guard, privately gave him something and said: “A carriage is coming in and I think it is bringing one of our friends. When it reaches here, do not hold it up, and do not refer the matter to the Governor.” He put out a chair for me and I sat down.
By this time the sun had set. They had shut the main gate, too, but the little door was open. The gatekeeper stayed outside, the carriage drew up, the gentleman had arrived. What a radiant face he had! He was nothing but light from head to foot. Just to look at that face made one happy; he was so confident, so assured, so rooted in his faith, and his expression so joyous. He was truly a blessed being. He was a man who made progress day by day, who added, every day, to his certitude and faith, his luminous quality, his ardent love. He made extraordinary progress during the few days that he spent in the Most Great Prison. The point is that when his carriage had come only part of the way from Haifa to ‘Akká, one could already perceive his spirit, his light.
After he had received the endless bounties showered on him by Bahá’u’lláh, he was given leave to go, and he traveled to China. There, over a considerable period, he spent his days mindful of God and in a manner conformable to Divine good pleasure. Later he went on to India, where he died.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Memorials of the Faithful, p. 16-18)
 
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The word “eliminate” was often on his lips; he would eliminate non-essentials, get rid quickly of secondary matters, push away the trivial debris of life. He used carry this process of elimination into his newspaper. He knew exactly which pages of The Times had the news he wanted to look at - the leaders, the world news, and above all, the editorials - and he would scan these quickly and then proceed to rip out with his fingers the articles he wanted to look at or read carefully and throw the rest away - he had eliminated it! It does not require much acumen to understand that this, aside from being efficient, was the reflection of a very deeply tired-out mind, trying to push away so many burdens. Even an extra piece of paper had become a burden.
(Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Priceless Pearl, p. 200)
 
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