31: Although that supreme calamity, that ...
Although that supreme calamity, that great ordeal, the ascension of `Abdu'l-Bahá, put the
torch to the harvest of our hearts, and brought down
both our outer and inner beings, wedding us to grief
and ceaseless pain, yet praised be God, He Who is
the Dayspring of the Covenant has appointed in
writing a specific centre, and designated the
Guardian of the Cause, Shoghi Effendi, as the one
toward whom must turn all those who follow
Bahá'u'lláh--His purpose being that the Faith of
God and His Cause should remain secure and safe.
For this greatest of gifts it is fitting that we should
return a thousand thanks to the one Beloved, and
offer a thousand praises to His court of holiness.
Likewise, the hand of divine grace has reared
blessed souls who are shining today like lamps of
guidance in the assemblage of the Company on
High, and who like luminous stars are casting their
bright rays across the skies of faithfulness. How
often we heard the Master, the Centre of the
Covenant, say: `At the time when Christ rose out of
this mortal world and ascended into the Eternal
Kingdom, He had twelve disciples, and even of
these, one was cast off. But because that handful of
souls stood up, and with selflessness, devotion and
detachment, resolved to spread His holy Teachings
and to scatter abroad the sweet fragrances of God,
disregarding the world and all its peoples, and
because they utterly lost themselves in Christ--they
succeeded, by the power of the spirit, in capturing
the cities of men's hearts, so that the splendour of the
one true God pervaded all the earth, and put the
darkness of ignorance to flight.
`Now when I shall depart from this world, I shall
leave more than fifty thousand blessed individuals,
every one of whom is staunch and firm as the high
mountains, shining out over the earth like sparkling
stars. These are the quintessence of loyalty and
fellowship and love. They are the self-sacrificing
watchers over the Cause, and they are the guides to
all who seek after truth. Judge from this what the
future will be!'
It is certain that when we act in accordance with
the Teachings of the Abhá Beauty and the counsels
of `Abdu'l-Bahá, then will this world become the
Abhá Paradise, and its thorns and brambles of
cruelty will change into a blossoming garden of the
May we all be enabled to achieve this end.