Selections From the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá
42: O ye co-workers who are supported by armies ...
O ye co-workers who are supported by armies from the realm of the All-Glorious! Blessed are ye, for ye
have come together in the sheltering shade of the Word of
God, and have found a refuge in the cave of His Covenant;
ye have brought peace to your hearts by making your home
in the Abhá Paradise, and are lulled by the gentle winds that
blow from their source in His loving-kindness; ye have
arisen to serve the Cause of God and to spread His religion
far and wide, to promote His Word and to raise high the
banners of holiness throughout all those regions.
By the life of Bahá! Verily will the consummate power
of the Divine Reality breathe into you the bounties of the
Holy Spirit, and aid you to perform an exploit whose like
the eye of creation hath never looked upon.
O ye League of the Covenant! Verily the Abhá Beauty
made a promise to the beloved who are steadfast in the
Covenant, that He would reinforce their strivings with the
strongest of supports, and succour them with His triumphant
might. Erelong shall ye see that your illumined assemblage
hath left conspicuous signs and tokens in the hearts and
souls of men. Hold ye fast to the hem of God's garment,
and direct all your efforts toward furthering His Covenant,
and burning ever more brightly with the fire of His love,
that your hearts may leap for joy in the breathings of
servitude which well out from the breast of `Abdu'l-Bahá.
Rally your hearts, make firm your steps, trust in the everlasting
bounties that will be shed upon you, one following
another from the Kingdom of Abhá. Whensoever ye
gather in that radiant assemblage, know ye that the splendours
of Bahá are shining over you. It behoveth you to seek
agreement and to be united; it behoveth you to be in close
communion one with the other, at one both in body and
soul, till ye match the Pleiades or a string of lustrous pearls.
Thus will ye be solidly established; thus will your words prevail,
your star shine out, and your hearts be comforted....
Whenever ye enter the council-chamber, recite this
prayer with a heart throbbing with the love of God and a
tongue purified from all but His remembrance, that the
All-Powerful may graciously aid you to achieve supreme
O God, my God! We are servants of Thine that
have turned with devotion to Thy Holy Face, that have
detached ourselves from all besides Thee in this glorious
Day. We have gathered in this Spiritual Assembly, united
in our views and thoughts, with our purposes harmonized
to exalt Thy Word amidst mankind. O Lord, our God!
Make us the signs of Thy Divine Guidance, the Standards
of Thine exalted Faith amongst men, servants to Thy
mighty Covenant, O Thou our Lord Most High, manifestations
of Thy Divine Unity in Thine Abhá Kingdom,
and resplendent stars shining upon all regions. Lord! Aid
us to become seas surging with the billows of Thy wondrous
Grace, streams flowing from Thine all-glorious
Heights, goodly fruits upon the Tree of Thy heavenly
Cause, trees waving through the breezes of Thy Bounty
in Thy celestial Vineyard. O God! Make our souls
dependent upon the Verses of Thy Divine Unity, our
hearts cheered with the outpourings of Thy Grace, that
we may unite even as the waves of one sea and become
merged together as the rays of Thine effulgent Light;
that our thoughts, our views, our feelings may become
as one reality, manifesting the spirit of union throughout
the world. Thou art the Gracious, the Bountiful, the
Bestower, the Almighty, the Merciful, the Compassionate.