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The letter in which that leaf had expressed the ardent longing of her heart and revealed the depth of
her devotion has received my eager attention.
Indeed, the voice of lamentation that the loved
ones of God and His devoted servants have raised on
the occasion of this terrible adversity, this grievous
calamity, has caused the fire of His bereavement to
rage more fiercely than ever. In reality no pen can
depict the poignant feeling that surges in our hearts.
Every expression would prove utterly inadequate,
even less than the eye of a needle, inasmuch as words
and syllables are incapable of conveying the
intensity of this dire suffering. They are but a tiny
drop compared to an ocean. Even in the vast
immensity of inner significances and expositions
nothing can portray this calamitous event.
Moreover, the tale of how these prisoners have been
consumed by the fire of bereavement is interminable.
During this dark and dreadful calamity, and to
this God bears me witness, our souls melted and our
eyes unceasingly rained with tears.
Nevertheless, when faced with the irrevocable
decree of the Almighty, the vesture that best befits
us in this world is the vesture of patience and
submission, and the most meritorious of all deeds is
to commit our affairs into His hands and to surrender
ourselves to His Will. Therefore, it behoves that
leaf to take fast hold on the handle of resignation and
radiant acquiescence and to strictly adhere to the
cord of patience and long-suffering. God willing,
through His aid and heavenly confirmation you may
be enabled to exalt His Word and to render
exemplary service to His Cause, that perchance the
ears of all created things may be purged of the tales
of bygone ages and become endued with the capacity
to hearken to the holy verses that the Lord of all
men has proclaimed. Indeed, this is the underlying
purpose of man's existence during the brief period of
his earthly life. Please God, we may all be confirmed
and aided to achieve this.
Every manner of description that I use, and every
form of symbolic expression that I conceive will fail
to convey the extent of the ardent love and affection
that I cherish for you; however, it causes the fire of
love to glow more intensely and to burn more
brightly. Therefore, I had better confine myself to
these few lines.
At the court of the presence of the Most Mighty
Branch--may the lives of them that yearn after Him
and are wholly devoted to Him be sacrificed for His
holy presence--your name has been mentioned and
you became the recipient of His special favours.