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by Mark Towfiq
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Bahíyyih Khánum
Pages 15-16

15: O my spiritual sister! ...

O my spiritual sister! God be praised, through the Ancient Beauty's grace and bounty, we have set foot safe and sound upon this shore, and arrived in this town [1] ...


These coasts were once the place where the breezes of God's loving kindness blew, and here in this sacred Vale the Son of Spirit [2] raised up His call of `Here am I, O Thou My Lord! Here am I!' That is why we here perceive, from every direction, the sweet breathings of holiness.


My meaning is, rest thou assured, this servant is suffering neither from any trouble, nor hardship, nor fatigue. I am looking after myself, and keeping away from all mental preoccupations; all, that is, except for one thought, which doth indeed disquiet the mind--and that is, God forbid, that thou shouldst sorrow.


I hope that out of the bestowals and bounties of the Ancient Beauty, He will in His grace bring comfort to every heart.



1. [Tiberias.]

2. [Jesus.]