Selections From the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá
200: O my spiritual loved ones! At a time when an ...
O my spiritual loved ones! At a time when an ocean of trials and tribulations was surging up and flinging
its waves to the heavens, when multitudes were assailing us
and the tyrannical were inflicting upon us crushing wrongs
--at such a time a band of individuals, intent on defaming
us, allied themselves with our unkind brother, brought out
a treatise that was filled with slanderous charges, and
levelled accusations and calumnies against us.
In this way they alarmed and confused the government
authorities, and it is obvious what the condition of this
captive then became, in this dilapidated fortress, and what
terrible harm and mischief was done, far worse than words
can tell. In spite of everything, this homeless prisoner remained
inwardly tranquil and secure, trusting in the peerless
Lord, yearning for whatever afflictions might have to
be encountered in the pathway of God's love. For bolts of
hate are, in our sight, but a gift of pearls from Him, and
mortal poison but a healing draught.
Such was our state when a letter came to us from the
They had covenanted together, so they
wrote, to remain at one in all things, and the signatories one
and all had pledged themselves to make sacrifices in the
pathway of the love of God, thus to achieve eternal life. At
the very moment when this letter was read, together with
the signatures at its close, `Abdu'l-Bahá experienced a joy so
vehement that no pen can describe it, and thanked God that
friends have been raised up in that country who will live
together in perfect harmony, in the best of fellowship, in
full agreement, closely knit, united in their efforts.
The more this compact is reinforced, the happier and the
better shall all things be, for it will draw unto itself the confirmations
of God. If the lovers of the Lord are hoping for
grace to win as their friends the Company on high, they
must do all they can to strengthen this compact, for such an
alliance for brotherhood and unity is even as watering the
Tree of Life: it is life everlasting.
O ye lovers of God! Make firm your steps; fulfil your
pledge to one another; go forth in harmony to scatter
abroad the sweet savours of God's love, and to establish His
Teachings, until ye breathe a soul into the dead body of this
world, and bring true healing in the physical and spiritual
realms to everyone who aileth.
O ye lovers of God! The world is even as a human being
who is diseased and impotent, whose eyes can see no longer,
whose ears have gone deaf, all of whose powers are corroded
and used up. Wherefore must the friends of God be competent
physicians who, following the holy Teachings, will
nurse this patient back to health. Perhaps, God willing, the
world will mend, and become permanently whole, and its
exhausted faculties will be restored, and its person will take
on such vigour, freshness and verdancy that it will shine out
with comeliness and grace.
The first remedy of all is to guide the people aright, so
that they will turn themselves unto God, and listen to His
counsellings, and go forth with hearing ears and seeing eyes.
Once this speedily effective draught is given them, then, in
accordance with the Teachings, they must be led to acquire
the characteristics and the behaviour of the Concourse on
high, and encouraged to seek out all the bounties of the
Abhá Realm. They must cleanse their hearts from even the
slightest trace of hatred and spite, and they must set about
being truthful and honest, conciliatory and loving to all
humankind--so that East and West will, even as two lovers,
hold each other close; that hatred and hostility will perish
from the earth, and universal peace be firmly rooted in
O ye lovers of God! Be kind to all peoples; care for every
person; do all ye can to purify the hearts and minds of men;
strive ye to gladden every soul. To every meadow be a
shower of grace, to every tree the water of life; be as sweet
musk to the sense of humankind, and to the ailing be a
fresh, restoring breeze. Be pleasing waters to all those who
thirst, a careful guide to all who have lost their way; be
father and mother to the orphan, be loving sons and
daughters to the old, be an abundant treasure to the poor.
Think ye of love and good fellowship as the delights of
heaven, think ye of hostility and hatred as the torments of
Indulge not your bodies with rest, but work with all
your souls, and with all your hearts cry out and beg of God
to grant you His succour and grace. Thus may ye make this
world the Abhá Paradise, and this globe of earth the parade
ground of the realm on high. If only ye exert the effort, it is
certain that these splendours will shine out, these clouds of
mercy will shed down their rain, these life-giving winds will
rise and blow, this sweet-smelling musk will be scattered
far and wide.
O ye lovers of God! Do not dwell on what is coming to
pass in this holy place, and be ye in no wise alarmed. Whatsoever
may happen is for the best, because affliction is but
the essence of bounty, and sorrow and toil are mercy unalloyed,
and anguish is peace of mind, and to make a
sacrifice is to receive a gift, and whatsoever may come to
pass hath issued from God's grace.
See ye, therefore, to your own tasks: guide ye the people
and educate them in the ways of `Abdu'l-Bahá. Deliver to
mankind this joyous message from the Abhá Realm. Rest
not, by day or night; seek ye no moment's peace. Strive ye
with all your might to bring to men's ears these happy
tidings. In your love for God and your attachment to
`Abdu'l-Bahá, accept ye every tribulation, every sorrow.
Endure the aggressor's taunts, put up with the enemy's
reproaches. Follow in the footsteps of `Abdu'l-Bahá, and in
the pathway of the Abhá Beauty, long at every moment to
give up your lives. Shine out like the day-star, be unresting
as the sea; even as the clouds of heaven, shed ye life upon field
and hill, and like unto April winds, blow freshness through
those human trees, and bring them to their blossoming.
1. [This letter was signed by four hundred and twenty-two believers in America, and sent on 4 July 1905.]