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1. TABLETS OF `ABDU'L-BAHÁ

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1.1. TABLETS OF ABDUL-BAHA - VOLUME I

|N1|P1

O thou party(1) who art assisted by the hosts of the Kingdom

of El-Abha!
|P2
Blessed are ye who are assembled in the shadow of

the Word of God, who are abiding in the cave of the

Covenant of God, who are comforted by dwelling in

the Paradise of El-Abha(2,) who are cheerfully moved

with the breezes which blow from the point of the
providence of God, and who have arisen to render

service to the Cause of God, to promulgate the Religion

of God, to promote the Word of God and to

hoist the standards of sanctity in those regions and

climes.
|P3

By the life of El-Baha! Verily, the perfect and divine

power will breathe in you with bounties from the

Holy Spirit and enable you to accomplish a thing the

like of which hath never been seen by the eye of existence.

|P4
O party of the Covenant! Verily, the Beauty of

El-Abha hath promised the most great assistance to

the beloved who are firm in the Covenant and to confirm

them through the mightiest power. Ye will

surely find in your luminous assembly such signs as

will shine within hearts and souls. Adhere to the hem

of the robe of the Lofty One and do your best to

spread the Covenant of God and to be kindled with the

fire of the love of God, so that your hearts may move

with joy through the fragrances of humbleness which

are being diffused from the heart of Abdu'l-Bahá. Make

feet firm, strengthen hearts and rely upon the everlasting

bounties which will successively pour on you from

the Kingdom of El-Abha. Know, verily, the lights of

Bahá'í will shine forth unto you during your gathering

together in the brilliant Paradise.
|P5
It is incumbent on you to have union and harmony.

It is incumbent upon you to have affinity and accord,

so that ye may become united in body and soul as the

Pleiades, and as strings of brilliant pearls. Thereby

your foundation will be laid, your argument will become

manifest, your stars will beam forth and your
souls will be comforted.
|P6

When ye enter the spiritual meeting of Consultation,

chant the following commune, your hearts beating with

the love of God and your tongues purified from aught

else save the commemoration of God; so that the Most

Mighty Power may confirm you by the greatest assistance:

|P7
O my God! O my God! We are servants who

have sincerely turned our faces unto Thy grand face,

severed ourselves from all else save Thee in this great

day and are assembled together in this glorious meeting,

of one accord and desire, and unanimous in thought

to promulgate Thy Word amid Thy creatures.
|P8
O my Lord! O my Lord! Suffer us to be signs of

guidance, standards of Thy manifest Religion throughout

the world, servants of Thy Great Covenant - O our
exalted Lord! - appearances of Thy oneness in Thy
Kingdom, the El-Abha, and stars which dawn forth
unto all regions.
|P9

O Lord! Make us as seas rolling with the waves of

Thy great abundance, rivers flowing from the mountains

of Thy glorious Kingdom, pure fruits on the tree

of Thy illustrious Cause, plants refreshed and moved

by the breeze of Thy gift in Thy wonderful vineyard.

|P10
O Lord! Cause our souls to depend upon the signs

of Thy Oneness, our hearts to be dilated with the bounties

of Thy Singleness, so that we may become united

as are ripples on a waving sea; become harmonized as

are the rays which shine forth from a brilliant light;

so that our thoughts, opinions and feelings become as

one reality from which the spirit of accord may be

diffused throughout all regions.
|P11

Verily Thou art the Beneficent, the Bestower! Verily

Thou art the Giver, the Mighty, the Loving, the
Merciful!
|N2|P1

O ye(1) who are sincere! O ye who are attracted! O ye

who are yearning! O ye who are arising for
service to the Cause of God, for the promotion of

the Word of God and the spreading of the Fragrances

of God!
|P2

Verily, I read your excellent letter, its beautiful composition,

eloquent words and deep meanings. I praised

God and gave glory to Him for that He hath strengthened

you and confirmed you in serving His glorious

vineyard. Your faces shall be enlightened with the

radiance of supplication to God, invocation to Him,

humbleness and submissiveness to the friends (believers),

and your assembly will be made a magnet for the
lights of assistance from His Great Kingdom.
|P3

It is incumbent upon you to commemorate and ponder

upon the signs of God, to implore to God and to

be evanescent and subservient in the Cause of God.

This is what makes you the signs of guidance among

the people, stars shining in the supreme horizon and

thriving trees in the Paradise of El-Abha.
|P4
Then know ye that Abdu'l-Bahá is in cheerfulness

and joy and in the happiness of great glad-tidings

through being in this far distant prison(1.) By the life of

El-Baha! - this prison is my supreme paradise, my utmost

desire, the joy of my heart and the dilation of

my breast, my shelter, my asylum, my inaccessible cave

and my high protection. By it I glory among the
angels of heaven and the Supreme Concourse.
|P5

Be rejoiced, O friends of God, with this confinement

which is a cause of freedom, this prison which is
a means of salvation (to many) and this suffering

which is the best cause of great comfort. Verily, by

God, I would not change this prison for the throne of

the command of the horizons and would not exchange

this confinement for all excursions and enjoyments in

the gardens of the earth.
|P6
Verily, I hope, through the kindness of my Lord

and His mercy, bounty and generosity, to be suspended

in the air in His path and that my breast may become

the target to be pierced by thousands of bullets; or that

I may be cast into the bottomless seas, or thrown into

the wilderness and plains of barrenness. This is my

utmost aim, my supreme desire, the animation of my

spirit, the healing of my bosom and the sight of my

eyes.
|P7
As to you, O friends of God: Make firm your feet

in the Cause of God with such firmness as cannot be

shaken by the most great disasters of this world. Be

not troubled by anything under any condition. Be as

lofty mountains, dawning-stars from the horizon of

existence, brilliant lamps in the assemblies of oneness

and lowly souls, pure hearted, with the friends.
|P8

Be signs of guidance; lights of piety; severed from

the world, holding fast to the firm rope; spreaders of

the spirit of life; abiders in the ark of safety; manifestations

of mercy; dawning-stars of the mysteries of

existence; points of revelation; day-springs of light;

strengthened by the Holy Spirit; attracted toward God;

sanctified from all things and from the (natural) qualities

of people, and characterized with the attributes of

the angels of heaven - so ye may attain to the greatest

gift in this great century and new age.
|P9
By the life of El-Baha! No one will obtain this

great favor save he who cuts himself from this world,

being attracted by the love of God, who is dead to the

desires and appetites of self, sincere to God in all things

and meek, humble, imploring, pleading and lowly before

God.
|N3|P1
O ye who are firm in the Covenant!
|P2
The report of the Spiritual Gathering, which is
dated *** and sent by you, was received and

its contents were a source of great fragrance and spirituality.

I was glad to read the names of the revered
members.
|P3

The signature of that meeting should be the Spiritual

Gathering (House of Spirituality) and the wisdom

therein is that hereafter the government should not infer

from the term "House of Justice" that a court is

signified, that it is connected with political affairs, or

that at any time it will interfere with governmental

affairs.
|P4
Hereafter, enemies will be many. They would use

this subject as a cause for disturbing the mind of the

government and confusing the thoughts of the public.

The intention was to make known that by the term

Spiritual Gathering (House of Spirituality), that Gathering

has not the least connection with material matters,

and that its whole aim and consultation is confined to

matters connected with spiritual affairs. This was

also instructed (performed) in all Persia.***
|N4|P1
O my God! O my God!
|P2

These are servants who have turned unto Thy Kingdom

and hearkened unto Thy voice. Their hearts

were dilated by Thy call, responded unto Thy summons,

were attracted unto Thy beauty, acknowledged
Thy proofs, believed in Thy signs, confessed Thy

Oneness and arose for the service of Thy Cause and

the promotion of Thy Word.
|P3
O Lord! O Lord! Make them lamps of guidance,
lights glistening in the supreme apex, sparkling

stars in heaven, holy angels moving on earth and thriving

trees bearing delicious and fragrant fruits.
|P4
O Lord! O Lord! Purify their qualities, clarify

their consciousness, cleanse their hearts and illumine

their faces. Verily Thou art the Powerful, the Precious,

the Protecting!
|P5

O ye spiritual ones! The rules for election are those

which are customary in that country. The period of

election is five years.
|P6
O Lord! O Lord! Bless this Spiritual Gathering,
strengthen them by Thy power for the spreading of

Thy divine fragrances, cause them to follow Thy will

which is effective in the realities of all things, and aid

them by a confirmation such as never hath preceded to

any one in former centuries(1.) For these are servants of

Thy servants and Thou hast crowned them with this
diadem, the most luminous (Abha) gems of which
will shine unto all the horizons.
|P7
Verily Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty, the
Giver!
|N5|P1

O ye who are sincere! O ye who are firm! O ye who

are steadfast!
|P2

Verily, I received a letter from that brilliant body

and Spiritual Gathering - those who have arisen and

called out for the Kingdom of God among the peoples

of America.
|P3

Verily, know with certain knowledge that ye will be

confirmed by hosts from the Kingdom of El-Abha and

with inspirations from the Supreme Concourse in the

promotion of the Word of God. Verily, Abdu'l-Bahá is

with you and supplicates unto God, desiring His heavenly

blessings to surround you, His divine favors to

encompass you, the appearances of the Sun of Truth

to shine in your hearts, the glad-tidings of God to rejoice

your spirits, the fragrances of holiness to perfume

your nostrils, the verses of guidance to be chanted in

your gatherings, and the lamp of the Supreme Concourse

to illumine your meetings. Know with real assurance

that this light will encompass the horizons (the
world) with great brilliancy.
|P4
I ask God to make ye lamps ignited by the great

Light, so that ye may stand with all power, meekness,

humbleness, sacrifice and self-resignation and thus become

examples for the people and pure types for the

world, be salt of the earth, stars of guidance, great

trees with broad foliage and excellent fruits of fragrant

scent, growing by the bounty of the cloud of the
Kingdom of El-Abha.
|P5

I praise God that ye were firm in faithfulness in that

ye testified and acknowledged the efforts which Mirza

Assad Ullah(1) manifested in spreading the fragrances of

God and that ye thanked him for his labor and teaching

for you, and this is what gladdens the heart of
Abdu'l-Bahá.
|N6|P1

O thou(2) who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily, I read thy favored letter and was glad (to

learn of) the gatherings of the friends of God in your

spiritual assemblages and brilliant meetings.
|P3

I say unto thee the truth, that I am with you in spirit

and in heart, that I rejoice by your joy and am happy

by your happiness; and hear with the ear of spirit your

calling and scent with the spiritual nostrils the fragrances

of your garden.
|P4

O ye friends of God! Arise from the corporeal beds

(bodies) and ask for the divine favors, so that ye become

revived by the Holy Spirit through the breath
which the Spirit breathes into the souls.
|P5

By the glory of my Lord, there will be for your brilliant

assemblage an evident sign and great effects in the

spirits and the hearts. Therefore, gladden the friends

of the Merciful with the glad-tidings of thy Lord in

this time, and convey to them greeting from Abdu'l-Bahá

in this promised century, so that they may arise
with me in servitude to the Threshold of El-Baha.
|N7|P1
O ye servants of the Threshold of God!
|P2
The weekly reports of *** were received and
I was informed of their beautiful meanings which

proved firmness and steadfastness in the Cause of God

and solidity in the Covenant of God.
|P3

Through the favor and providence of the Beauty(1) of

Abha I trust that Spiritual Gathering will develop day

by day and will be reinforced by the strength of God.

|P4
Communication with the friends of God in other
countries is a source of fragrant spirituality.
|P5

O ye members of the Spiritual Gathering! Appreciate

this favor. This is the glorious crown of the Kingdom,

which, in this century, the Hand of the Great

Favor has placed on your head, and the gems of this

brilliant diadem will surely glisten unto all centuries.

|P6
Thank God that ye became a manifestation of such
favor and are addressed by such speech.
|N8|P1
O ye friends of Abdu'l-Bahá!
|P2
Verily I read your reports with great joy. They

are a cause of spirituality and fragrance and a source

of dilation of souls. If this Spiritual Meeting, by the

divine fragrance and heavenly confirmation, be firmly

established (or continued) it will become a source of

great signs and will be confirmed in matters of paramount

importance.
|P3

The Spiritual Meetings, which are organized in this

cycle of God and this divine century, have never had

their simile or likeness in bygone cycles. For the great

meetings (organizations) were under the protection of

aristocratic men, while these meetings (or organizations)

are under the protection of the bounty of El-Abha.

The helper or supporter of those (organizations)
was either a prince or a king; either a priest

was the principal, or a great republic (the cause); but

the Helper, the Assistant, the Confirmer and the Inspirer

of these spiritual meetings (or organizations) is
His Majesty the Everlasting God.
|P4

Consider not the present condition, but rather foresee

the future and the end. A seed in the beginning is

very small, but in the end a great tree. One should

not consider the seed, but the tree and its abundance

of blossoms, leaves and fruits.
|P5
Consider the days of Jesus, when there was only a

small body of people, and then observe the great tree

which grew from that seed and what an abundant fruit

it produced. This is greater than that, forasmuch as

it is the calling of the Lord of Hosts and the Voice of

the Trumpet of the Living God; it is the summons unto

the harmony and unison of the world, and it is the banner

of faithfulness, trustworthiness and friendship

among the different nations and sects of the universe;

it is the light of the Sun of Truth and the spirituality

of the Majestic One. Verily this great cycle (dispensation)

will encompass all the horizons and ultimately all

the nations will gather together under this standard.

|P6
Therefore, know the importance of this seed which

was planted in the divine field by the heavenly Gardener,

watered with the rain of grace and nurtured by

the heat and light of the Sun of Truth. Thus, O ye

friends of God, give thanks unto His Majesty, the One,

that ye became (or were made) the manifestation of

such a gift and the recipient of such favor.
|P7

Blessed are ye! Good-tidings unto you for this great

blessing!
|N9|P1

O ye who are sincere! O ye who are firm in the Covenant

of God in this new cycle!
|P2
Verily I praise God for that He confirmed you in

the service of the Cause of God in His great vineyard.

|P3
Write to Mrs. ... and convey to her greetings
and praise and say to her that her Lord will aid
and strengthen her in attaining her desire.
|P4

Convey my greeting and salutation unto the maid-servant

of God, the attracted one, Mrs. ..., the

respected. I ask God to make her a spreader of the

new Gospel, an utterer in praise of her Lord in that

vast region.
|P5
Convey my kindness and love unto the maid-servant

of God, who is thrilled by the fragrances of God, Miss

... of [that place] so that she may be rejoiced

by my greeting to her, the fullness of my favor, and

that she may be drawn by the love of God even as the

magnet attracts the iron.
|P6
O my precious friends in the Kingdom of God, the

members of the Spiritual Meeting! Communicate with

all parts of Persia; write replies to the letters which

are sent to you, with all joy, happiness, fragrance and

spirituality; because the friends of God in Persia are

all rejoiced in commemorating you in the meetings and

assemblies, in houses and Mashrak-el-Azcars(1.)
|N10|P1
O ye who are attracted by the Fragrances of God!
|P2

Verily I read your letters which uttered your steadfastness

in the Cause of God, your firmness in His Religion

and your joy by the breezes wafted from the
garden of the Kingdom of God.
|P3
The truth, I say unto you: "Verily, the Supreme

Concourse utter praise upon you, because ye forsook

the desires of self, were illumined by the light of guidance,

clothed yourselves with the garment of sanctity

and called in the Name of El-Abha among the people.

Verily, ye shall reap what ye sow and obtain the fruits

of what ye plant. This is a pre-ordained fact."
|P4

O ye beloved of God! When the winds blow severely,

rains fall fiercely, the lightning flashes, the thunder

roars, the bolt descends and storms of trial become

severe, grieve not; for after this storm, verily, the

divine spring will arrive, the hills and fields will become

verdant, the expanses of grain will joyfully wave,

the earth will become covered with blossoms, the trees

will be clothed with green garments and adorned with

blossoms and fruits. Thus blessings become manifest

in all countries. These favors are results of those

storms and hurricanes.
|P5

The discerning man rejoiceth at the day of trials,

his breast becometh dilated at the time of severe

storms, his eyes become brightened when seeing the

showers of rain and gusts of wind, whereby trees are

uprooted; because he foreseeth the result and the end

(of these trials), the leaves, blossoms and fruits (which

follow this wintry storm); while the ignorant (short-sighted)

person becometh troubled when he seeth a

storm, is saddened when it raineth severely, is terrified

by the thunder and trembleth at the surging of the

waves which storm the shores.
|P6

As ye have heard of the former times, when (for example)

Christ - glory be to Him! - appeared, a storm

of trials arose, afflictions appeared, the winds of tests

blew, the thunder of temptation descended and hosts

of people (Pharisees) surrounded the houses of the

friends; then the weak ones were shaken and were misled

after once being guided; but the disciples withstood

the hardships and endured the storms of ordeals, remaining

firm in the Religion of God. Then observe

that which occurred after the storm and what appeared

subsequent to that severity, whereby the members (followers)

trembled.
|P7
God changed the sorrow to joy, the destructive

darkness of calamity into the shining light from the Supreme

Concourse. The people at the beginning persecuted

and reviled the believers in God and said of them:

"These are the people of aberration." Then, when

their light appeared, their stars shone and their lamps

illuminated, the people returned into love and affinity;

they prayed to them, offered words of glory night and

day (in their name) and remembered them in eulogy,

reverence, honor and majesty.
|P8
Therefore, O ye beloved of God, be not grieved

when people stand against you, persecute you, afflict

and trouble you and say all manner of evil against you.

The darkness will pass away and the light of the manifest

signs will appear, the veil will be withdrawn and

the Light of Reality will shine forth from the unseen

[Kingdom] of El-Abha. This we inform you before

it occurs, so that when the hosts of people arise against

you for my love, be not disturbed or troubled; nay,

rather, be firm as a mountain, for this persecution and

reviling of the people upon you is a pre-ordained matter.

Blessed is the soul who is firm in the path!
|N11|P1
O thou servant(1) of God!
|P2
***Trust no man save him whose breast hath

been dilated by God through the light of faith, whom

God hath confirmed in His Religion, and who is severed

from all else save God and attracted by His Fragrances.

|P3

In future, of course, certain people will come to you

claiming faith; do not believe them nor trust them, unless

after critical examination, search and investigation,

and a long period of waiting, they shall appear to be

faithful and truthful in word, confident in heart, attracted

in spirit, pure in intention, patient in hardship,

enduring the most severe tests; then associate with

them. Because some sects will send certain men to

mingle with you in order to throw suspicion upon those

who are weak, therefore avoid them carefully. ***
But let such [deliberations] be hidden that you

may not become a cause of hindrance [to such souls].(1)

|N12|P1
O ye firm ones in the Covenant!
|P2
The report of [your meeting] was noted. All the

arrangements of the meeting are suitable and acceptable.

The reading of the Tablets which are sent to

special persons dependeth upon their consent. First

send the Tablets to them and if they should agree, the

same may be read in the meeting. All the arrangements

were good and suitable.
|P3

A special letter is enclosed for the maid-servant of

God, Mrs. .... Forward it. As to letters for

Chicago and its vicinity, if God so willeth (Inshallah),

they will be sent through the House of Spirituality. As

to the copying of the Tablets in a book for the House

of Spirituality, this dependeth upon the consent of the

receivers of the Tablets. If the owners of the Tablets

consent, copies should be kept and collected in the

House of Spirituality and it will be acceptable. Nevertheless,

this should be with perfect consent of the receivers.

|P4
Regarding arrangements for the Bahai Sunday

meeting for the purpose of worship, this is very suitable.

But, in a meeting for worship, first, prayer should

be chanted and supplication made until all gather; then

communion should be made. After praying, sacred

readings with melodious voices should be read by all

together. As this is the commencement of holding
meetings, this is sufficient.
|N13|P1
O God! O God!(1)
|P2
Thou dost look upon us from Thine unseen Kingdom
of Oneness, [beholding] that we have assembled

in this Spiritual Meeting, believing in Thee, confident

in Thy signs, firm in Thy Covenant and Testament, attracted

unto Thee, set aglow with the fire of Thy love,
sincere in Thy Cause, servants in Thy vineyard,

spreaders of Thy Religion, worshipers of Thy Countenance,

humble to Thy beloved, submissive at Thy

door and imploring Thee to confirm us in the service

of Thy chosen ones. Support us with Thine unseen

hosts, strengthen our loins in Thy servitude and make

us submissive and worshiping servants, communing
with Thee.
|P3
O our Lord! We are weak and Thou art the

Mighty, the Powerful! We are mortals and Thou art

the great life-giving Spirit! We are needy and Thou

art the Powerful and Sustainer!
|P4
O our Lord! Turn our faces unto Thy divine face;

feed us from Thy heavenly table by Thy godly grace;

help us through the hosts of Thy supreme angels and

confirm us by the holy ones of the Kingdom of Abha.

|P5
Verily Thou art the Generous, the Merciful! Thou

art possessor of great bounty and verily Thou art the

Clement and Gracious!
|N14|P1
O ye who are attracted! O ye who are firm! O ye
who are zealous in the service of the Cause of

God and are sacrificers of possessions and lives for

the promotion of the Word of God!
|P2
I perused your recent letter, dated *** and my

heart was filled with joy through its beautiful meanings

and its eloquent contents. Truly they were suggested

by the breaths of confirmation from the Glorious
Lord.
|P3
O friends of Abdu'l-Bahá and his co-sharers and

partners in the servitude of the Lord of Hosts! Verily

the greatest affair and the most important matter

today is to establish a Mashrak-el-Azcar(1) and to found

a Temple from which the voice of praisings may rise

to the Kingdom of the majestic Lord. Blessings be

upon you for having thought to do so and intending to

erect such an edifice, advancing all in devoting your

wealth in this great purpose and in this splendid work.

You will soon see the angels of confirmation following

after you and the hosts of reinforcement crowding before

you.
|P4

When the Mashrak-el-Azcar is accomplished, when the lights are emanating therefrom, the righteous ones are presenting themselves therein, the prayers are performed with supplication towards the mysterious Kingdom (of heaven), the voice of glorification is raised to the Lord, the Supreme, then the believers shall rejoice, the hearts shall be dilated and overflow with the love of the All-living and Self-existent (God). The people shall hasten to worship in that heavenly Temple, the fragrances of God will be elevated, the divine teachings will be established in the hearts like the establishment of the Spirit in mankind; the people will then stand firm in the Cause of your Lord, the Merciful.

Когда Машрикуль-Азкар будет закончен, когда он воссияет огнями, и праведные войдут в него, вознося пламенные молитвы к мистическому Царству, когда хвалебный глас вознесётся к Господу Всевышнему - тогда верующие возрадуются, сердца возвеселятся и переполнятся любовью к Вечно Живому и Самосущному. Люди поспешат сотворить молитву в сём небесном Храме, повеют благоухания Божии, святые учения укрепятся в сердцах, подобно тому, как Дух укрепляется в человечестве; засим люди пребудут твёрдыми в Деле Господа вашего, Милосердного.

Praise and greetings be upon you.
|N15|P1

O ye who are chosen! O ye who are firm! O ye who

are calling! O ye who are sincere!
|P2
Verily I praise my Supreme Lord for choosing you

to call in His Name among the people, for attracting

you to the beauty of El-Abha and for strengthening

you in rendering His Cause victorious.
|P3

I trust in Him to make your faces shine forth with

glorious lights in that clime, glistening as the face of

heaven by the light of the early dawn, unto the horizons.

|P4

Verily I herald unto you the confirmations which will

sustain you by the mercy of your Lord. For ye have

arisen with all your power to serve God's Cause in that

vast region. Ponder over this great bounty and manifest

attainment!
|P5

I send you the glad-tidings of the erection of the

Temple of worship (Mashrak-el-Azcar) in Ishkabad

[Russia], with all joy and great happiness. The friends

of God assembled together with rejoicing and conveyed

the stones themselves, upon their backs, while attracted

by the love of God and for the glory of God. Soon

that great Temple will be completed and the voice of

prayer and praise shall ascend to the sublime Kingdom.

|P6

I was rejoiced through your endeavors in this glorious

cause, made with joy and good interest. I pray

God to aid you in exalting His Word and in establishing

the Temple of Worship, through His grace and

ancient mercy. Verily ye are the first to arise for this

glorious cause in that vast region. Soon will ye see the

spread of this enterprise in the world and its resounding

voice shall go through the ears of the people in
all parts.
|P7

Exert your energy in accomplishing what ye have undertaken,

so that this glorious Temple may be built,

that the beloved of God may assemble therein and that

they may pray and offer glory to God for guiding them

to His Kingdom.
|P8
Convey my greeting and praise to the beloved of
God in that city.
|N16|P1

Your(1) three reports, together with the public announcement(2,)

were received. Praise be to God! all the

contents indicated firmness, spirituality and goodness.

The friends of the Spiritual Meeting are indeed manifesting

efforts in the Cause of God. Soon the unseen

strength of heaven will become evident, and such zeal

and earnestness will become manifest in that country

that it will affect all parts of the world.
|P2

Souls are like unto mirrors, and the bounty of God

is like unto the sun. When the mirrors pass beyond all

coloring and attain purity and polish, and are confronted

with the sun, they will reflect in full perfection

its light and glory. In this condition one should not

consider the mirror, but the power of the light of the

sun, which hath penetrated the mirror, making it a reflector

of the heavenly glory.
|P3

I hope that the House of Spirituality will become a

heavenly mirror and the lights of the Sun of Truth

will so penetrate it that all parts will be illuminated

through it.
|P4

Your public announcement was carefully considered,

and in some places slight corrections were made,

and it was returned to you. This announcement should

be given forth with wisdom, and not in haste, for it

would be a cause of stirring up. When ye find a soul

manifesting a demand for Truth, then ye may give this

to him, that he may be informed of the rudiments of

the Cause.
|P5
But my name should be confined to Abdu'l-Bahá in

all writings. This is the collective name which will

gather all the people, and it is the strong fortress and

protection of the Cause of God. The beloved ones

must limit themselves to this. However, ye may mention

me as the Light of the Love of God, the Flame of
the Guidance of God and the Banner of Peace and

Harmony. I trust in God that ye may ever be confirmed

through the Holy Spirit.
|N17|P1
O ye spiritual friends of Abdu'l-Bahá!
|P2

Your long letter was considered and its contents were

a source of happiness. Thank God that ye, western

friends, have become dawning-points of the love of

God and stars of knowledge leading to Him; night and

day are ye thinking of imparting life to souls and of

educating people of discernment.
|P3
Regarding the blessed word, the Greatest Name:

Its writing or spelling is according to its pronunciation

(i.e., it is spelled as it is pronounced) in the Persian

language. Baha is correct; Beha is incorrect. However,

this question must not cause inharmony and grief

among the friends. The truth shall become manifest.

|P4

Should ye attribute a mistake to a person, it will be

a cause of offense and grief to him - how much greater

would this be if it is attributed to a number of people!

How often it hath occurred that a slight difference hath

caused a great dissension and hath been made a reason

for division. Now, you write Bahá'u'lláh(1,) but do

not object to any person. All will eventually follow

the correct spelling.
|P5

In all matters, endeavor not to cause grief to any

one. Strive firmly to establish unity and harmony.

The least difference today may cause great difference

in the future.
|P6
O ye beloved ones of God! The manifestation of

the Light of Unity is for binding together the people

of the world. If this unity is not attained, the tree of

life is made fruitless, the heavenly bounty is not utilized.

The blessed blood (of the saints) was shed for

bringing about unity and harmony. These souls gave

their lives as sacrifice in order to produce the love that

bindeth the hearts of all the people. Therefore, ye

should all spend your efforts in uniting and reconciling

(the people), so that the light of God's love may permeate

the universe.
|P7

The Spiritual Meeting of men (House of Spirituality)

and the Spiritual Meeting of women (Assembly
of Teaching) in Chicago are indeed endeavoring to

serve. If they unite, as they should, they will produce

great results. Especially, if the Spiritual Meetings of

Chicago unite with those of New York and become

bound together, in a short while the fragrance of the

divine garden, which giveth life, will perfume all

regions.
|N18|P1
O ye spiritual friends of Abdu'l-Bahá!
|P2

Your letter was considered; its contents were a source

of satisfaction to the heart and its meanings indicative

of firmness and steadfastness in the Cause of God.

|P3

That gathering is under the shelter and protection

of the mighty Lord. I hope that, as it should be, ye

may be confirmed by the fragrance of the Holy Spirit

and day by day may grow in love for God and attraction

to the eternal beauty of the Sun of the horizons.
|P4

The spiritual love of God maketh man pure and holy

and clotheth him with the garment of virtue and purity.

And when man attacheth his heart wholly to God

and becometh related to the Blessed Perfection, the divine

bounty will dawn. This love is not physical, nay,

rather, it is absolutely spiritual.
|P5

The souls whose consciences are enlightened through

the light of the love of God, they are like unto shining

lights and resemble stars of holiness in the heaven of

purity.
|P6
The real and great love is the love of God. That

is holy above the imaginations and thoughts of men.

|P7
The beloved of God must each be the essence of

purity and holiness; so may they be known by their

purity, freedom and meekness in every land; they may

drink from the eternal chalice of the love of God, enjoy

its ecstasy, and through meeting the Beauty of

Abha, they should be joyful, active, aglow with zeal

and wonderful. This is the station of the sincere. This

is the quality of those who are firm. This is the illumination

of the faces of those who are near.
|P8

Therefore, O ye friends of God, ye must in perfect

purity attain spiritual unity and agreement to a degree

that ye may express one spirit and one life.
|P9

In this condition physical bodies play no part; the

command and authority are in the hand of the spirit.

When the spirit becometh all inclusive, the spiritual

union shall be attained. Night and day endeavor to

attain perfect harmony; be thoughtful concerning your

own spiritual developments and close your eyes to the

shortcomings of one another.
|P10

By good deeds, pure lives, humility and meekness be

a lesson for others.
|P11

Abdu'l-Bahá wisheth no one's heart to feel hurt, nor

will he be a source of grief to any one; for there is no

greater satisfaction than being a source of joy to the

hearts.
|P12

I ask God that ye may become like angels of heaven,

sources of happiness to souls.
|N19|P1
O ye dear friends of Abdu'l-Bahá!
|P2

The blessed letter indicating the election of the Spiritual

Meeting was received and proved a source of joy.

Thank God, the beloved of that city, in perfect unity,

love and oneness, held the new election and were confirmed

and strengthened to elect such holy souls as are

near the divine Threshold and known by the republic

of the beloved to be firm and steadfast in the Covenant.

|P3
Now they (the members of the Spiritual Meeting)

must, in perfect spirit and fragrance, in sincerity of

heart, in attraction by the fragrances of God and by

the confirmations of the Holy Spirit, engage in service;

in the promotion of the Word of God; the diffusion of

the fragrances of God; the training of souls; the promulgation

of the most great peace. They must raise
the Banner of Guidance and become the host of the
Supreme Concourse.
|P4
Indeed, blessed souls have been elected. When I

read their names, spiritual joy was immediately realized,

for, praise be to God! certain souls have appeared

in that continent who are servants of the Kingdom,

self-sacrificing ones of the Peerless Majesty.
|P5

O ye friends of mine! Illuminate the meeting with

the light of the love of God, make it joyful and happy

through the melody of the Kingdom of holiness, and

with heavenly food and through the "Lord's Supper"(1)

confer life.
|P6
Congregate in the utmost of joy and happiness and
commence with this commune:
|P7

O Lord of the Kingdom! Although we are assembled,

yet we are Thy scattered ones; captives of Thy

Shining Face. Although we are incapable, yet we anticipate

the manifestation of Thy strength and ability.

Although we are without capital and commodity, yet

we are aided by the treasury of the Kingdom. Although

we are a drop, yet we emanate from Thy sea

of seas. Although we are an atom, yet we are illumined

by Thy most bright Sun.
|P8

O Lord! Confirm us so that each one in this gathering

become a bright candle, a witness of the meeting,

a caller to the Kingdom; that the world of matter become

the mirror of heaven.
|P9

O ye dear friends of mine! The assemblies of those

regions must be connected with one another and must

communicate (correspond) with each other. Even

communicate with the assemblies of the East, so that

this may become the means of the great unity and
concord.
|P10

O ye spiritual friends! Firmness (constancy) must

reach a degree that if all the souls (Bahais) be destroyed

by the evil wishers and there remain but one,

that one singly and alone should be capable of withstanding

all who live on earth, and of spreading the
fragrances of holiness.
|P11
Therefore, when any terrible news or calamitous

tidings reach you from the land of desire (Acca), ye

should not grow cold, sad, or be affected thereby. Nay,

rather, ye must immediately in the utmost firmness,

arise for the service of the Kingdom.
|P12
This servant of the Threshold of His Majesty the

eternal God, hath always been and is in danger; there

hath never been a hope for rest. The utmost of his

hopes is that in the arena of martyrdom the cup of

grace become replete and the wine of great bounty

lend the wondrous ecstasy. This is the utmost of my

hopes and desires.
|P13

The Tablets of Ishraghat, Tarazat, Bescharat, Tajalliat

and Kalamat(1,) according to what is heard have been

translated and printed in those regions. Hasten to become

imbued with the qualifications and attributes set
forth therein.
|P14

And this letter(1) will close with reverential greetings,

in the utmost kindness, from me to the beloved ones

and to the maid-servants of the Merciful.
|N20|P1
***Thou(2) hast written concerning the Board of

Consultation. It is very proper thou shouldst exert

thyself with heart and soul so that this assembly shall

become a source of merciful events, and enter the

shadow of the protection and preservation of His Highness,

the One God. The more this gains strength and

becomes effective, the greater will become the penetration

of the Word of God, and the more will the doors
of confirmation be opened.
|P2

As to the Assembly of Teaching, the revered members

of which are the maid-servants of the Merciful,

they are also assisted by the help and the providence

of the Beauty of El-Abha. They will soon discover

that they are strengthened by the invisible hosts, and

rendered successful by the abundant bounty of the

Kingdom of the Forgiving Lord. They will set such

a flame to the regions as will kindle the heart of the

universe, and will cause the pillars of the world to

tremble. But all of their mention and thought in their

meeting should be confined to teaching the truth, and to

constantly persuade people in pure and divine brilliancy

and in absolute godlike spirituality. They should not

interfere with the affairs which have regard to the

Board of Consultation, because confusion of thought

conduces to division and causes disturbance to the mind,

and then pure spirituality would cease. But if all mentions

are turned into one mention, and all thoughts concentrated

in one point, then man will find (a higher)

spirit, and witness (a higher) confirmation. His power

and penetration will increase, and his armies and hosts

will gain successive victories. By this it is intended

that the assembly of the maid-servants of the Merciful

should be with pure spirituality and with absolute brilliancy,

and become a torch of that blessed fire, a center
of the merciful feelings.
|P3

The Assembly of Teaching is in this day of the first

importance, and is promised to be assisted and protected

through the assistance of His Highness, the One God.

|P4

Announce infinite glad-tidings to the revered maid-servants

of God - the members of the merciful assembly,

so that they may arise with the utmost tranquillity

(to further) prosperity and success, because

Abdu'l-Bahá is their strong and firm assistant through

the help and the providence of the Lord of Hosts.
|P5

Concerning organizing Houses of Justice of men and

Assemblies of Teaching of maid-servants of God, the

more endeavor is made, the more agreeable it will be.

It is very useful. Likewise, electing men and women

teachers, and their traveling and journeying in all parts,

and their going and coming in cities and villages, is

greatly conducive to the solidity of the Cause.***

|N21|P1

O ye leaves(1) of the Paradise of El-Abha, and the maid-servants

of the Merciful!
|P2
Verily, I read your words of thanksgiving to God,

and of celebrating the praise of God, for that He hath

illuminated your faces with the light of guidance, hath

transfigured Himself on your hearts with the bounties

of spirit, and hath made you as lofty and magnificent

trees bearing ripened fruits in the Paradise of El-Abha.

These signs will surely become manifest in your faces,

these lights will shine within your hearts, the splendor

of oneness will envelop you, and your brows will glitter

with rays shining from the Kingdom of El-Abha.
|P3

O maid-servants of the Merciful! Know that, verily,

this day is the day of teaching, this day is the day

of diffusing the fragrances of God, being severed from

aught else save God, attracted to the Word of God,

and clinging to the Covenant of God. There is no

work greater than this. Be ye entirely spiritual, purely

brilliant, cut your dependence from any other mention,

thought or purpose, and confine your mentions,

thoughts and occupations to spreading the fragrances

of God, and devote your attention to this great work.

By God, the True One, verily, the Sun of Truth will

cast forth its lights in your assemblies and will make

you shining lamps, glittering stars, brilliant signs, and

as souls attracted to the Holy Spirit. This is the great

prosperity! This is the manifest light!
|P4
Upon you be greeting and praise!
|P5
When ye assemble in the meeting of teaching (the

truth), it is incumbent on you to chant the following

supplication and commune:
|P6
O God, O God! We are Thy humble and submissive
servants, leaves of Thine exalted and verdant
paradise, drops from the basins of Thine abundant

mercy, and scattered particles flying about in Thy shining

rays.
|P7
O Lord, O Lord, render us successful through Thy

conquering power, in that which Thou lovest and approvest,

so that we may become standards of guidance,
signs of Thy Kingdom, the El-Abha [and that we
may] adore Thee, supplicate before the Kingdom of

Thy mercy, beseech Thy realm of might, be submissive

to Thy servants, humble before Thy maid-servants,

severed from aught else save Thee, sincerely turned

unto Thy face, aflame with the fire of Thy love, diffusing

Thy fragrances, united in Thy Cause, of one accord

in Thy religion, and firm in Thy Covenant. O God,

strengthen us through the fragrances of Thy sanctity,

that we may become sanctified from the stain of egotism

and lust, baptized with Thy Holy Spirit, with the fire

of Thy love and the water of Thy bounty.
|P8
Verily, Thou art the Bestower, the Assister, the
Confirmer, the Beneficent, the Merciful!
|N22|P1

O ye verdant and flourishing leaves(1) of the Blessed

Tree!
|P2

Verily, I read your letter, which expressed your spiritual

attraction to the fragrances of God, your service

to the Cause of God, your firmness in the Covenant of

God, your joy in this blessed and great day, your union

and harmony in the religion of God, your happiness in

diffusing the light of the knowledge of God, and your

work in the Vineyard of God - the Paradise of El-Abha.

Such prosperity, success, blessing and salvation

behooveth one like you! Blessed ye are, O ye stars

who are beaming with the light of the love of God!

Blessed ye are, O ye lamps lighted with the fire of the

love of God! Blessed ye are, O ye who are attracted

to the Kingdom of God! Glad-tidings be unto you, O

you who are severed from aught else save God! Blessed

ye are, O ye pure and chaste ones! Glad-tidings be

unto you through the gift of the Covenant, from the

light of which all regions are illuminated! Be rejoiced

that the lights of the Sun of Truth are shining forth

unto all parts; be gladdened at the gifts of your Lord,

which have surrounded all the universe; dilate your

breasts by chanting the verses of God, and console your

eyes by witnessing the bounties of the Supreme Concourse.

|P3

By God, the True One, verily, the angels of heaven

praise you every morn and eve from the loftiest apex,

and announce to you a favor which will surely appear

as clear and lucid as the sun in mid-day. Then your

faces will shine with a light which will gleam forth

unto all regions. Exert yourselves in (furthering)

unison and harmony, in diffusing the fragrances of God,

in preaching the Beauty of El-Abha, and promoting

the word of God. Let each one of you be attracted

to the love of the other, so that ye may become as fountains

flowing from one source, stars beaming with one

life, myrtles verdant and flourishing by the abundance

of one rain. By this your hearts will be purified, your

consciences illumined, your souls made clear, your banners

hoisted, and ye will become signs of guidance

among the maid-servants, standards of chastity and

piety throughout all the nations of the earth, and the

appearances of the gifts of your Lord among women.

|P4
Verily, I implore God to gaze upon you with the

eye of His mercy, to raise you through a godlike power,

to move you by the breezes of His glory, to make you

fluent in irrefutable and divine proofs and arguments,

to sever you from the world and all therein, to purify

and sanctify you from every material grade, and enable

you to diffuse the bounties of the Divine Worlds.
|N23|P1
O ye maid-servants of the Merciful!
|P2

Be rejoiced with the glad-tidings of God and thank

your Lord for that He assembled you in the brilliant

gathering with illumined faces, pure hearts, wherein the

mysteries of God are printed, and spirits gladdened by

the fragrances of God. This is from His favor to you

in this glorious century.
|P3

I ask God to adorn your heads with the pearls of His

favor, to ignite in your hearts the fire of the love of

God, to free your tongues in utterance of eloquent

words and excellent meanings and mysteries in the gathering

of the pious, to make ye roses of the paradise of

El-Abha, angels of heaven, united in opinions, harmonious

in thoughts and to manifest in your faces signs
of holiness of the Kingdom among the people.
|P4
Soon will your Lord make you growing trees in His

wonderful vineyard, blossoming, leafing and bearing

fruits of the paradise of El-Abha through the shadow

of His Name, the Merciful, the Clement.
|N24|P1
O ye(1) crying voices in the region of America!
|P2
Make level the path of the Covenant of God! Be
firm in the Alliance of God!
|P3

I surely read your answer to my words, and my heart

overflowed with joy and fragrance, when I heard of

your supplication to God, and of your entreaty to God,

and of your begging assistance of God, and of your

endeavor in the service of the Cause of God, and of

your effort in publishing the Alliance of God, and of

your yearning after and your longing for harmony and

union in the love of God.
|P4

Ye shall soon behold the lights of confirmation shining

forth unto your hearts and your spirits from the
Kingdom of Abha.
|P5

Stand up, as the standing of the souls by whose lights

of sincerity in the Cause of God the horizons are shining,

and guard the sheep of God with the staff of the
instructions of God.
|P6

I beg God to confirm thee to His will, as He confirmed

the Apostles (of Jesus) aforetime.
|P7
I know, verily, that the universal, never ending,

eternal, bright and divine establishments are only the

diffusing of the breaths of God, and the spreading of

the instructions of God, and all that are beside these,

though they be the reigning over all the regions of the

earth, or the construction of railroads from the earth

to the heavens, or means of transportation with the

rapidity of rising lightning from the globe of earth

to the globe of the sun, all are but mortal, perishing,

demolishing and disadvantageous, in comparison with

the divine establishments. Because the latter (divine

establishments) are intrinsic matters, while the former

are but metaphorical matters; the latter are truth, while

the former are imaginary.
|P8

Verily, I yearn after your visit as the yearning of the

thirsty after the fountain of the water of Euphrates

(agreeable water), but at present your remaining in

that region (America) is obligatory. Please God, when

it will be the occasion, I will inform you to come; and

(now) I will circumambulate instead of you the Holy

Tomb(1.) Glory be upon you!
|N25|P1

O thou son of the associate and companion(2) of Abdu'l-Bahá!

|P2
You brought many letters with you from those

regions, but on account of the great disturbance it was

not possible to write the answers. You saw what a

commotion was set up in the Blessed Spot(3) through the

instigation of the jealous brother. It still continues.

Therefore you must apologize: Say that Abdu'l-Bahá

has considered every one of the letters with the eye of

the spirit, has read each, and through the valid messenger -

that is, through the spiritual susceptibilities -
has sent each the message of peace and greeting.

Therefore, let them turn to the blessed and Radiant

Spot with a pure heart and an attracted spirit, that

they may receive answer through the lights radiating

therefrom.
|P3

Communication is not confined to writing. This is

a trace, while the spiritual message is fruitful and effective.

That is the essential, and without it communication

is useless.
|P4
O Thou kind God! That scattered assembly(1) is

Thine, and that gathering of friends is of Thee. Their

eyes are opened, their hearts in tune with Thy love, and

their ears in communion with Thy hidden mysteries.

|P5

O Thou who art self-sufficient! Let a beautiful song

reach this people from the birds of that garden, that

they may warble, rejoice and be happy, implore and

supplicate the Lord.
|P6
O Thou Educator! Train that assembly of the

righteous; comfort them; set their hearts aglow with

the fire of Thy love; acquaint them with Thy mystery

and commune with them, so that they may find Thy

kingdom of mysteries, become of the people of piety

and leading in liberty.
|P7
Grant them the soul immortal; enrich them above

the world, and detach them from the world; usher them

into the tent of Thy Kingdom and give them a portion

of the divine bounty.
|P8
Bestow upon them the everlasting life and bless
them with the new teachings. Make every one a

lighted torch and a warbling nightingale - the king of

the rose in the garden. Reveal to them Thine attractive

beauty; make each a growing tree on the shore of

Thy guidance, bearing the fruit of Thy grace. Thus

may the East illumine the West and the West become

the East of the Supreme Heaven.
|P9
Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Almighty, and
verily Thou art the Precious, the Omnipotent, the
Omniscient!
|N26|P1
O ye my divine friends(1!)
2

At a time when the sea of tests had become tempestuous

and the waves of calamity were heaving and the

hosts of nations were in the utmost violence and the

people of oppression dealt with infinite injustice, some

of the calumniators, uniting with our unkind brother,

wrote a letter replete with false accusations and engaged

in seditions and calumnies.
|P3
They confused the mind of the government and

agitated the state authorities. From this it is evident

how a prisoner in this ruined walled city would fare

and how the conditions are so full of perplexity and

confusion as to baffle all description! Notwithstanding,

this imprisoned exile is in the utmost firmness and

calmness, trusts in His Highness the Peerless God, and

wishes for every calamity and affliction in the path of

the love of God! (To us) the arrow of oppression is

a rich flow of divine bounty, and deadly poison is a

swift-healing antidote.
|P4
We were in such a state when a letter came from

the friends in America. The whole of its contents

showed an agreement on their paralt to be in unity and

harmony in all respects, and it was signed by all, determined

to be self-sacrificing in the path of the love of
God, in order thus to secure eternal life.
|P5

Upon perusing that letter and looking at the names

signed to it, such a joy and gladness came over Abdu'l-Bahá

as is beyond description, and he thanked God

that such friends are found in that country, who in

utmost joy and fragrance are in union and accord and

one in agreement with each other. The more this

Covenant is strengthened, the happier, the better, the

sweeter it will be and it will thus attract the divine

confirmations. If the friends of God are wishing for

confirmation in order to enjoy the friendship of the

Supreme Concourse, they must exert themselves to

confirm and strengthen this Covenant; for the making

of a covenant, and an alliance for brotherhood and

unity is like unto the irrigation of the tree of life which

is conducive to eternal life!
|P6

Briefly, O ye friends of God! Make your feet firm,

make a firm compact, and in union and accord endeavor

to diffuse the fragrance of the love of God and to

spread the divine teachings, in order that ye may impart

life to the dead body of this world, and bestow a real

healing on every one diseased (in soul).
|P7
O ye friends of God! The world is like the body

of man - it hath become sick, feeble and infirm. Its eye

is devoid of sight, its ear hath become destitute of hearing

and its faculties of sense are entirely dissolved. The

friends of God must become as wise physicians and

care for and heal this sick person, in accord with the

divine teachings, in order that - God willing - it may

perchance gain health, find eternal healing and that its

lost powers may be restored; and that the person of

the world may find such health, freshness and purity

that it will appear in the utmost beauty and charm.

|P8

The first remedy is to guide the people, so that they

may turn unto God, hearken unto the divine commandments

and go forth with a hearing ear and seeing eye.

After this swift and certain remedy hath been applied,

then according to the divine teachings, they ought to

be trained in the conduct, morals and deeds of the

Supreme Concourse, encouraged and inspired with the

gifts of the Kingdom of Abha. The hearts should

be purified and cleansed from every trace of hatred

and rancor and enabled to engage in truthfulness, conciliation,

uprightness and love toward the world of

humanity; so that the East and the West may embrace

each other like unto two lovers, enmity and animosity

may vanish from the human world and the universal
peace be established!
|P9
O ye friends of God! Be kind to all peoples and

nations, have love for all of them, exert yourselves to

purify the hearts as much as you can, and bestow
abundant effort in rejoicing the souls. Be ye a
sprinkling of rain to every meadow and a water of

life to every tree. Be ye as fragrant musk to every

nostril and a soul-refreshing breeze to every invalid.

Be ye salutary water to every thirsty one, a wise guide

to every one led astray, an affectionate father or mother

to every orphan, and, in the utmost joy and fragrance,

a son or daughter to every one bent with age. Be ye

a rich treasure to every indigent one; consider love and

union as a delectable paradise, and count annoyance

and hostility as the torment of hell-fire. Exert with

your soul; seek no rest in body; supplicate and beseech

with your heart and search for divine assistance and

favor, in order that ye may make this world the Paradise

of Abha and this terrestrial globe the arena of
the Supreme Kingdom. If ye make an effort, it is

certain that these lights will shine, this cloud of mercy

shall rain, this soul-nourishing breeze shall waft, and

the scent of this most fragrant musk be diffused.
|P10

O ye friends of God! Be ye not concerned with the

events transpiring at this Blessed Spot, and give no

thought thereto. Whatever may happen is good, for

calamities are bestowal itself, hardship is the reality

of mercy, discomposure is but composure of mind, and

sacrifice of life is a manifest gift. Whatever may happen

is a bounty from God, the Most High. Be ye

engaged in your own affairs; be employed in guiding

the people; train the souls in the qualities and nature

of Abdu'l-Bahá, and convey the glad-tidings of the

Kingdom of Abha to the people. Do not seek rest

during night and day and sit not tranquil for a minute.

Bring these glad-tidings to the hearing of mankind

with the utmost exertion, and accept every calamity

and affliction in your love for God and reliance on

Abdu'l-Bahá. Endure the censure of enemies and bear

the reproaches of the people of oppression with

patience. Follow the example of Abdu'l-Bahá and at

every moment wish to offer yourselves in the path of

the Beauty of Abha. Shine ye like unto the sun and

roar and move like unto the sea; impart life to mountain

and desert like unto clouds, and similar to the

vernal breeze, bestow freshness, grace and elegance on

the trees of human temples.
|N27|P1
O ye(1) children of the Kingdom!
|P2

It is New Year; that is to say, the rounding of the

cycle of the year. A year is the expression of a cycle

(of the sun); but now is the beginning of a cycle of

Realty, a New Cycle, a New Age, a New Century, a
New Time and a New Year. Therefore it is very
blessed.
|P3

I wish this blessing to appear and become manifest

in the faces and characteristics of the believers, so that

they, too, may become a new people, and having found

new life and been baptized with fire and spirit, may

make the world a new world, to the end that the old

earth may disappear and the new earth appear; old

ideas depart and new thoughts come; old garments be

cast aside and new garments put on; ancient politics

whose foundation is war be discarded and modern

politics founded on peace raise the standard of victory;

the new star shine and gleam and the new sun illumine

and radiate; new flowers bloom; the new spring become

known; the new breeze blow; the new bounty

descend; the new tree give forth new fruit; the new

voice become raised and this new sound reach the ears,

that the new will follow the new, and all the old furnishings

and adornments be cast aside and new decorations
put in their places.
|P4

I desire for you all that you will have this great

assistance and partake of this great bounty, and that in

spirit and heart you will strive and endeavor until the

world of war become the world of peace; the world

of darkness the world of light; satanic conduct be

turned into heavenly behavior; the ruined places become

built up; the sword be turned into the olive

branch; the flash of hatred become the flame of the

love of God and the noise of the gun the voice of the

Kingdom; the soldiers of death the soldiers of life; all

the nations of the world one nation; all races as one

race; and all national anthems harmonized into one

melody.
|P5

Then this material realm will be Paradise, the earth

Heaven, and the world of Satan become the world of

Angels.
|N28|P1
O ye(1) Cohorts of God!
|P2
A letter which was signed by you in general was

received. Its content was of the utmost beauty, sweetness,

eloquence and perfection. While reading it the

utmost happiness was produced. It spoke of fasting

during the month of the Fast. Happy is your condition

for you have executed the divine command; and

have arisen to fast in these blessed days. For this

physical fasting is a symbol of the spiritual fasting,

that is, abstaining from all carnal desires, becoming

characterized with the attributes of the spiritual ones,

attracted to the heavenly fragrances and enkindled

with the fire of the love of God.
|P3
Likewise your letter was an evidence of the union

and affinity of the hearts. I hope that through the

bounty and favors of the Most Glorious Lord, in this

new age, the regions of the West become the East of

the Sun of Truth, the believers of God become the

dawning-places of lights, the manifestors of the signs,

be protected and guarded from the doubts of the heedless

ones, remain firm and steadfast in the Covenant

and Testament, and strive day and night in order to

awaken those who are asleep, to make mindful those

who are heedless, to make confident of the mysteries

of the Kingdom those who are deprived, to confer a

share from the never-ending outpouring upon those who

are helpless, to become the heralds of the Kingdom and

to call the inhabitants of this terrestrial world to the

Celestial Realm.
|P4
O ye Cohorts of God! Today in the present world

each community is wandering in a wilderness, moving

in accord with some passion and desire, and running

to and fro in pursuance of his own imagination. Among

the communities of the world, this community of the

"Most Great Name" is free from every thought, keeping

aloof from every project and scheme, arising with

the purest designs and intentions, and striving and

endeavoring with the utmost hope to live in accordance

with the divine teachings in order that the surface of

the earth become the delectable paradise, the nether

world become the mirror of the Kingdom, the universe

become another universe, and the human race attain to

higher morals, conduct and manners.
|P5
O ye Cohorts of God! Through the protection and
help of the Blessed Perfection - may my life be a

sacrifice to His beloved ones! - you must conduct and

deport yourselves in such a manner that you may stand

out among other souls distinguished by a brilliancy like

unto the sun. If any one of you enters a city he must

become the center of attraction because of the sincerity,

faithfulness, love, honesty, fidelity, truthfulness and

loving-kindness of his disposition and nature toward

all the inhabitants of the world, that the people of

the city may all cry out: "This person is unquestionably

a Bahai; for his manners, his behavior, his conduct,

his morals, his nature and his disposition are of the

attributes of the Bahais." Until you do attain to this

station, you have not fulfilled the Covenant and the

Testament of God. For according to the irrefutable

texts, He has taken from us a firm covenant that we

may live and act in accord with the divine exhortations,

commands and lordly teachings.
|P6
O ye Cohorts of God! Now is the time when the

signs and the perfections of the "Most Great Name"

become manifest and clear in this golden cycle in order

that it may become demonstrated and established

beyond doubt that this period is the period of the

Blessed Perfection, and this cycle is distinguished from

all other cycles and epochs.
|P7
O ye Cohorts of God! If you observe that a soul

has turned his face completely toward the Cause of

God, his intention is centralized upon the penetration

of the Word of God, he is serving the Cause day and

night with the utmost fidelity, no scent of selfishness is

inhaled from his manners and deeds, and no trace of

egotism or prejudice is seen in his personality - nay

rather is he a wanderer in the wilderness of the love

of God, and one intoxicated with the wine of the

knowledge of God, occupied wholly with the diffusion

of the fragrances of God, and attracted to the signs

of the Kingdom of God; know ye of a certainty that he

is confirmed with the powers of the Kingdom, assisted

by the heaven of Might; and he will shine, gleam and

sparkle like unto the morning star with the utmost

brilliancy and splendor from the horizon of the everlasting

gift. If he is alloyed with the slightest trace

of passion, desire, ostentation or self-interest, it is

certain that the results of all efforts will prove fruitless,

and he will become deprived and hopeless.
|P8

O ye Cohorts of God! Praise be to God! - that the

Blessed Perfection hath freed the necks from the bonds

and fetters and released all from racial attachments by

proclaiming, "Ye are all the fruits of one tree and the

leaves of one branch." Be ye kind to the human world,

and be ye compassionate to the race of man, deal with

the strangers as you deal with the friends, be ye gentle

toward the outsiders as you are toward the beloved

ones, know the enemy as the friend, look upon the

satan as upon the angel, receive the unjust with the

utmost love like unto a faithful one, and diffuse far

and wide the fragrances of the musk of the gazelles of

Kheta and Khotan(1) to the nostrils of the ravenous

wolves.
|P9

Become ye a shelter and asylum to the fearful ones,

be ye a cause of tranquillity and ease to the souls and

hearts of the agitated ones, impart ye strength to the

helpless ones, become ye a treasury of wealth to the

indigent ones, be ye a remedy and antidote to the

afflicted ones, and a physician and nurse to the sick

ones. Serve ye for the promotion of peace and concord

and establish in this transitory world the foundation

of friendship, fidelity, reconciliation and truthfulness.

|P10
O ye Cohorts of God! Strive ye that this human

world may be changed into a luminous realm and this

mound of earth become the Paradise of Abha. Darkness

hath environed the world upon all sides. Savage
tempers and inclination predominate. The human

world has become the battlefield of the rapacious savages

and the arena of the heedless and ignorant ones.

The souls are either bloodthirsty wolves or beasts with

degenerate reason. They are either deadly poison, or

worthless plants. There are a few souls who in reality

have some humanitarian intentions and are thinking of

the well-being and prosperity of human kind. You

must in this instance (that is, service to humanity)

sacrifice your lives, and in sacrificing your lives celebrate

happiness and beatitude.
|P11

O ye Cohorts of God! His Highness, the Supreme(1)

- may my life be a sacrifice to Him! - hath given up

His life, and at every moment the Blessed Perfection(2)

in His own life sacrificed hundreds of lives, endured

dire calamities and oppressions. Laden with fetters

He was thrown into the dark dungeon, He was exiled

and banished to distant lands and finally passed His

days in the Most Great Prison(3.) Likewise a multitude

of friends drank the sweet chalice of martyrdom and

sacrificed soul, possession, family and relatives for the

Cause. How many houses were overthrown! How
many residences were pillaged and rapined! How

many buildings were razed to the foundation and how

many magnificent palaces were turned into a desolate

tomb! All these phenomena transpired only that the

world of humanity may become a luminous realm;

ignorance be changed into wisdom, human souls become

merciful, warfare and bloodshed be destroyed to their

very foundation, and the Kingdom of Peace become

paramount over all men. Now strive ye, that perchance

this Beloved of Hopes appear in the assemblage of the

world and this Providence become a realized fact.
|P12
O ye Cohorts of God! Beware lest ye offend the

feelings of anyone, or sadden the heart of any person,

or move the tongue in reproach of and finding fault with

anybody, whether he is friend or stranger, believer or

enemy. Pray in behalf of all and entreat God for

forgiveness and bounty for all. Beware, beware that

any soul take revenge or retaliate over another even if

he be a bloodthirsty enemy. Beware, beware that any

one rebuke or reproach a soul, though he may be an

ill-wisher and an ill-doer. Do ye not look upon the

creature, advance ye toward the Creator. Behold ye

not the rebellious people, turn your faces toward the

Lord of Hosts. Look ye not upon the ground, raise

your eyes to the world-illuminating Sun, which hath

transformed every atom of the gloomy soil into bright

and luminous substance.
|P13

O ye Cohorts of God! In the moment of catastrophe,

find ye patience, resignation and submission.
|P14

The more the calamities are intensified the less become

ye disturbed. Withstand ye, with perfect assurance,

the flood of trials and calamities, through the
power of His Highness, the Almighty.
|P15
Last year some of the known and unknown, friends

and strangers, slandered, calumniated and presented

false accusations against these exiled ones, before the

throne of His Imperial Majesty, the Padeshah of the

Ottomans; while these oppressed ones were entirely

free from those calumnies. The government, conformable

with prudent measures, arose to investigate these

calumnies and dispatched some commissioners (or examiners)

to this city. Therefore it is evident that the

field which was found by the ill-wishers and the flood

which was brought about by them, can neither be

written nor explained. However, relying upon God,

we conducted ourselves with the utmost patience and

submission, resignation and calmness; so much so that

if one did not know anything about these matters, he

would have thought that we were in perfect ease of

soul, enjoying the tranquillity of heart and mind, and

were engaged in happiness and felicity. The matters

reached to such an issue that the plaintiffs and calumniators

entered into alliance and intrigue with the officials,

in regard to the carrying out of the work of investigation.

Consequently, the plaintiff, the magistrate and

the witness became as one single soul. Therefore it

is clear what things transpired! But here one witnesses

the fairness and impartiality of His Imperial Majesty,

the Padeshah of the Ottomans, who so far has not

given any consideration to these slanders, statements,

stories and calumnies, but has dealt with the utmost

justice and equity. Truly, I say, if there had been any

other person except this Padeshah, no trace of these

exiled ones would remain. This is the truth! We

must not overlook justice. In reality today in the

Asiatic world, the Padeshah of the Ottoman Empire

and the Shah of Persia, Mozeffer-Eddin, are peerless

and have no equals. If you could realize the degree

of the malignity of the enemies, and the wickedness and

mischief done by the ill-wishers, especially by the unkind

brother, both here and in Persia, and that notwithstanding

these seditions and villainies, these two

kings have treated us with tranquillity and mildness,

ye would undoubtedly feel sure that both are just. If

they were like kings of bygone ages, unquestionably

every day thousands of souls would have been deprived

of life in Persia. Therefore pray ye earnestly in behalf

of these two kings, beseech for them protection and

confirmation in the threshold of the Almighty, and

ask for them, from God, victory and triumph; especially

for the Padeshah of the Ottoman Empire, who has

dealt at all times in justice with these exiled ones.

|P16
O Thou Omnipotent God! Perfume the nostrils of

the friends in the Occident with the breaths of the Holy

Spirit; and illumine the horizon of the West with the

light of guidance. Make the remote ones the near

ones, change the strangers into compassionate friends,

awaken those who are asleep, and make heedful those

who are heedless.
|P17
O Thou Glorious Lord! Confirm and assist these

noble friends with Thy good pleasure, suffer them to

become the well-wishers of the known and unknown,

enter them in the world of the everlasting Kingdom,

confer upon them a share from the outpouring of the

Realm of Might, make them real Bahais and sincere

godly ones, deliver them from superficiality and establish

them in Truth, make them the signs of the Kingdom
and brilliant stars in the horizon of the world,

make them the cause of the prosperity and composure

of the world of humanity and the servants of the

universal peace, intoxicate all of them with the wine

of Thy commands and exhortations and grant to all

good morals and conduct in the path of Thy teachings.

|P18
O my God! The desire of this Servant of the

Threshold is to see that the friends of the West have

embraced the beloved of the East, and the individuals

of the world of humanity are with the utmost kindness

the members of one assemblage, the drops of one ocean,

the birds of one rose-garden, the pearls of one sea,

the leaves of one tree and the rays of one sun.
|N29|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily, I received thy letter which proved thy yearning

to the Kingdom of God, thy exceeding desire to

the Beauty of God and thy great attachment unto the

Word of God.
|P3

Know, verily, that thy letters did not reach me until

now; but I love thee with all my heart and my soul,

for the sake of God.
|P4

Regarding thy presence, at this time, in this Brilliant

Spot(1 - it) is not in accord with the wisdom revealed

in the Book. But I pray God to make thee a

manifestation of His hidden favors, so that thou be

with me in His Sublime Kingdom.
|P5
We send for thee and thy revered wife, stones of
the Greatest Name(2.)
|N30|P1
O thou who art advancing unto God!
|P2
Verily I pray to God to make thee and thy revered
husband - under the shadow of His Greatest Name -

confirmed in all conditions, aided in the service of the

Cause of God with a confirmation on the part of the

Merciful Lord.
|P3
O my God! O my God! I ask thee to protect

these two birds in the orchard of Thy mercy, confirmed

in joy and happiness in the garden of Thy bounties,

warbling with the best melodies in the wood (garden)

of Thy knowledge. Verily Thou art the Precious, the

Mighty, the Protecting!
|N31|P1
O ye two(1) accepted ones in the Kingdom of God!
|P2

Your letter was read and its contents caused joy and

happiness. Thank God that in such a cycle ye have

stepped into the plane of existence, attained the glory

of the Lord of the Kingdom, obtained light from the

Sun of Truth and were ushered in under the shadow
of the Tree of Life in the paradise of joy.
|P3
Give the name "Rooha" (i.e., Spiritual) to your

new born child, and let your own name be "Saffa" (this,

in Arabic, means Peter or Rock).
|N32|P1
O ye two(2) truthful believers!
|P2

Your letter was received. Its contents were faith,

certainty and sincerity. It was an evidence of perceiving

eyes, attentive ears and acute mind. Were it not

so, ye would not have witnessed the lights of the Sun

of Truth, heard the divine Call, nor attained the knowledge

of God.
|P3
Although in body we are far from one another,

yet - praise be to God! - with life and heart we are

present in one assembly; we enjoy the spiritual meeting,

abide under the shadow of one Blessed Tree, are

attracted to the beauty of one Beloved and gaze in the

direction of one Object. Therefore, be not sorry on

account of the remoteness, but rather engage in the

commemoration of God and praise Him. I hope that
we may be together in all the worlds of God.
|P4
Teach the dear child Rooha this commune:
|P5
O God! Rear this little babe in the bosom of Thy

love and give it milk from the breast of Providence.

Cultivate this fresh plant in the rose-garden of Thy

love and nurture it by showers from the clouds of

Providence. Make it a child of the Kingdom and lead

it to the divine world. Thou art powerful and kind!

Thou art the Giver, the Bestower, whose blessings
precede all else!
|N33|P1
O thou who art attracted by the Word of God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy letter which contained new significances.

I ask God to make thee a new creature so that

the lights of human perfections may shine through thee

and to make thee kind hearted unto all human beings

so that thou mayest be a mercy unto souls, absolute

goodness to all, a sign of kindness, a word of tenderness.

Verily, thy Lord is the Mighty, the Powerful!

He reviveth whomsoever He wisheth by the spirit of

righteousness and granteth unto whom He wisheth

great bounty, guideth whom He wisheth unto the path

of life and confirmeth whom He desireth in attaining

the Kingdom of God.
|P3

As to thee, be confident in the mercy of thy Lord,

and ask what thou desirest. Verily, God is the Generous,

the Giver!
|N34|P1

O maid-servant of God, who art supplicating unto the

Sublime Kingdom!
|P2

Grieve not at the divine trials. Be not troubled because

of hardships and ordeals; turn unto God, bowing

in humbleness and praying to Him, while bearing every

ordeal, contented under all conditions and thankful in

every difficulty. Verily thy Lord loveth His maid-servants

who are patient, believing and firm. He draws

them nigh unto Him through these ordeals and trials.

|P3

Be not sorrowful on account of the departure of thy

good son. He hath indeed departed from this narrow

and gloomy world which is darkened by unlimited

sorrow, unto the Kingdom which is spacious, illumined,

joyous and beautiful. God delivered him from this

dark well and promoted him unto the Supreme Height!

He gave him wings whereby he soared to the heaven of

happiness. Verily this is the great mercy from Him

who is precious and forgiving.
|N35|P1
O thou who art advancing to the Dawning-point of
Lights!
|P2
Extend the hands of communion unto the sacred and

brilliant Threshold and read the following prayer:

|P3
O my God! O my God! Glory be unto Thee for that

Thou hast confirmed me to the confession of Thy Oneness,

attracted me unto the word of Thy Singleness,

enkindled me by the fire of Thy love, and occupied me

with Thy mention and the service of Thy friends and

maid-servants.
|P4

O Lord, help me to be meek and lowly and strengthen

me in severing myself from all things and in holding

to the hem of the garment of Thy Glory, so that my

heart may be filled with Thy love and leave no space

for the love of the world and the attachment to its

qualities.
|P5

O God! Sanctify me from all else save Thee, purge

me from the dross of sins and transgressions and cause

me to possess a spiritual heart and conscience.
|P6
Verily Thou art merciful and verily Thou art the
Generous, the Helper.
|N36|P1
O thou dear maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thy likeness (photograph) was received through
Mrs. ... and was seen. The light of faith
shone in thy brow and the smile of the Kingdom in

thy face. When I saw that likeness, I supplicated and

implored, at the Threshold of the Lord of the Kingdom,

to make thee a dear one of the two realms and

to free thee from every fetter save the love of God.

|N37|P1
O thou flower perfumed by the Breaths of the Love
of God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy written letter and have supplicated

unto God to receive thee in His Kingdom, to make

thee worthy to be called a child of the Kingdom, to be

firm in the Covenant of God as firm mountains and to

proclaim in His Great Covenant which He hath entered

into with the people of heaven and earth by a trace

of His Supreme Pen, until thou mayest be confirmed to

diffuse the fragrance of holiness in those climes and

regions.
|N38|P1
O thou who dost believe in the Unity of God!
|P2

Know verily nothing will benefit a person save the

love of the Merciful One. Nothing illuminates a man's

heart save the radiance which shines forth from the

Kingdom of God! Put away every thought and doubtful

mentioning and keep thy thoughts entirely on that

which uplifts man to the heaven of the gift of God and

that which causes every bird that belongs to the Kingdom

to soar unto the incomparable realms, the center
of everlasting grandeur in this world.
|N39|P1
O servant of God!
|P2
What thou hast written and that which thou hast

retained in mind are evident. Appreciate Mrs. ...

who reminds you of God and explains His divine
mysteries.
|P3
Regarding thy question concerning a verse in the

22nd chapter of Exodus: We gave a brief explanation

of it in a letter to Mrs. .... Please refer to
that. Owing to the great (press of) work, I have
not the time for several explanations.
|P4
I ask God that thou mayest attain such a state of

perception, as will enable thee to expound with knowledge

the words of the Holy Bible.
|N40|P1

O thou who art supplicating unto the Kingdom of God!

|P2

Rest assured in the mercy of thy Lord; be rejoiced

for my remembering thee; gladden thyself by the appearance

of the Kingdom of God, be attracted by the

fragrance of God and call out: "Ya Baha El-Abha!"

- from the depths of thy heart with all meekness and

supplication, attracted by the fire of the love of God.

(Then anoint or rub all the parts of the body.)
|P3

Verily, I say unto thee, if thou attainest the condition

we demonstrate to thee (i.e., if thou followest the

directions given) be confident in the speedy recovery

through the favor of God.
|N41|P1
O thou who art advancing unto the Kingdom of God!
|P2

I ask God to make thee a helper to the maid-servants

of the Merciful, to walk in the path of salvation, to

disperse the clouds of doubt from the horizon of the

hearts, to make the sun of knowledge manifest unto

souls and spirits and to confirm thee in a matter which

will make thee to raise the banner of the Covenant in

the world.
|N42|P1
O dear servant of God!
|P2
Observe how dear thou wert that He guided thee to

the Kingdom of Light, and how near to His Threshold,

that He granted thee admission into His Court. Thou

wert poor in spirit; He led thee to the Heavenly

Treasure. Thou wert in quest of illumination; He enlightened

thee through the rays of the Sun of Truth.

Thou wert athirst; He led thee to the Spring of Life.

Thou wert sick; He bestowed upon thee the Heavenly

Remedy.
|P3

I have read thy letter and have considered its contents.

Know this: That today whoever turns to the
Kingdom of the Glorious God, holds communion with

the Almighty One, the Omniscient, and lives wholly

the true and good life, the doors of progress and help

will be opened unto him everywhere; such an one will

be aided, victorious and protected.
|P4
Therefore, turn to the Supreme Kingdom, forget

thyself entirely and remain firm in the spiritual trials,

so that thou mayest see the favors of the Kingdom and

realize the heavenly confirmation.
|N43|P1
O thou who art uttering the praise of God!
|P2

Verily I read thy letter, which expressed thy surprise

at some of the commandments of the law of God, such

as that concerning the hunting of innocent animals.

Be not surprised at this. Ponder over the contingent

realities, their mysteries, wisdom, connection and relations.

The world is harmonious in all things and the

connection therein is mighty and nothing is missing.

All things are eaters and eaten in the physical creation.

The plant sucks from the mineral, the animal eats and

swallows the plant, and the human eats the animal.

Then the mineral (in turn) eats the human body.

Physical bodies are transferred from death to death and

life to life. Therefore, all things are subject to transfer

and change except the Cause of existence, which

cannot be changed or transferred, because it is the

foundation for life in all kinds and species and in all

possible realities in the world of creation.
|P3

If thou observest closely through a microscope the

water which man drinks and the air which he breathes,

thou wilt see that in every breath which man breathes,

that breath contains numerous animals, and in every

draught of water great numbers of animals exist. This

could not be prevented because the existent beings are

eaters and eaten and, by this, existence is caused; otherwise,

the relations between existent things would cease.

When a thing decomposes and decays, being bereft of

life, it becomes promoted to a world of life greater than

the former. For instance, it ceased in a mineral life

and was promoted to the vegetable life; then leaves the

vegetable life and is elevated to that of the animal;

then leaving the animal life it advances to the human,

and this is on account of the favor of thy Lord, the

Merciful, the Clement.
|P4
I ask God to strengthen thee in comprehending the

mysteries deposited in the reality of existence, to lift

up the veil from before thee and thy sister, so that the

concealed mystery and the hidden reality become manifest

as the sun at noon, and to confirm thy sister and thy

husband in entering the Kingdom of God, and heal thee

from all physical and spiritual disease in the world of

creation.
|N44|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thy writing was considered. I ask God that thy

mind(1) may be illumined with the light of knowledge

and faith to the extent that thy face will radiate its

glory, even as a light, when set aglow in the lamp, will

cast its rays to the surrounding regions.
|P3

I hope that the darkness of evil suggestions shall be

dispersed and that the veil of uncertainty shall be torn

asunder; that the beauty of truth may become manifest

with glory and the light of mercy become radiant. Thus

mayest thou, O maid-servant of God, with thy honorable

husband and revered son, become free from the

severe trials and appear with grace in the gatherings

of the people of God.
|P4

The nineteen-day fast(1) is a duty to be observed by

all. All should abstain from eating and drinking from

sunrise to sunset. This fast is conducive to the spiritual

development of the individual. The Greatest Name
should be read every day.
|N45|P1

O thou lamp ignited by the fire of the Love of God!

|P2

I ask God to make thee a sign of love, standard of

agreement, means of union and harmony and spreader

of peace among the people.
|P3

O maid-servant of God! Strive with all thy powers

in diffusing the spirit of real union among the people,

so that all who are on earth become one family, loving,

united, agreed, bound by the bonds of love and united

with all harmony in all things and conditions; this is

the greatest happiness of the human race in the world

of possibilities and the cause of attaining to all hopes

and reaching unto the Supreme Kingdom, after ascending

unto the world of God.
|N46|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2
Verily, I chanted thy poem. Its significance was

beautiful, its composition eloquent and its words excellent.

It was like the melody of the birds of holiness

in the paradise of El-Abha. The breasts of the maid-servants

of the Merciful were exhilarated by its chanting.

Blessed art thou for uttering forth such an excellent

poem and brilliant pearl.
|P3

Verily, these verses shall be sung in the divine meetings

and in the assemblages of the spiritual in the

course of ages and centuries to come, for thou hast

uttered the praise of thy Lord and expressed significant

meanings in eulogy of thy Lord, the Merciful, the Clement.

All poems shall be forgotten in the course of

time save those that are extraordinary; thy poem shall

be chanted with melody and best voices in the Center of

Worship (or Mashrak-el-Azcar) forevermore.
|N47|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily, I read thy poem, which contained new significances

and beautiful words. My heart was dilated by

its eloquent sense. I prayed God to make thee utter

more beautiful compositions than this. Thus thou

mayest be the first to praise the Beauty of El-Abha

and the first utterer of His Name among the women.

|P3
Chant the verses of guidance among the people and
commence [the composition of] melodies of great

beauty and effect in praise and glorification of the Generous

Lord.
|P4
We sent those poems to all countries, so that the

friends of God may remember thee and pray for confirmation

and aid in this great Cause in thy behalf.
|P5
O maid-servant of God! Warble as birds in the

garden of joy and pray to thy forgiving Lord, so that

the souls may rejoice through the psalms of the descendant

of David.
|N48|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thy letter reached me and I prayed God to bless

thee by His heavenly blessing in thy marriage with

Mr. ... and to confirm both of you with comfort
and repose and the turning of your hearts to the
Kingdom of God. May His divine providence abide
with you in all conditions and circumstances.
|N49|P1
O thou bird of pleasing tones!
|P2
Thy little book of poems, which were very sweet,

was read. It was a source of joy, for it was a spiritual

anthem and a melody of the love of God.
|P3
Continue as long as thou canst this melody in the

gatherings of the beloved; thus may the minds find rest

and joy and become in tune with the love of God.
When eloquence of expression, beauty of sense and

sweetness of composition unite with new melodies the

effect is ever great, especially if it be the anthem of the

verses of oneness and the songs of praise to the Lord

of Glory.
|P4
Endeavor your utmost to compose beautiful poems
to be chanted with heavenly music; thus may their

beauty affect the minds and impress the hearts of those

who listen.
|N50|P1
O thou spiritual lad!
|P2
May God uphold thee and edify thee in the flower

of thy youth and in the spring-time of thy life and may

He illumine thy face with the lights of advancement

unto God and turning unto the Kingdom of God. If

thou become firm and steadfast in the love of God,

thou shalt be confirmed with a confirmation whereby thy

face will be gladdened, thy heart rejoiced and all thy

family will be happy and pleased. Therefore, confine

thy thoughts and ideas in turning to God and submitting

unto Him and chant the signs (verses) of

thanks and praise for that by reason of which He hath

strengthened thee to attain this great gift.
|N51|P1
O thou daughter of the Kingdom!
|P2
Thank and praise God that He hath caused thee to

drink from the cup of the gifts and caused thee to

suckle from the bosom of guidance while yet very

young and didst possess but a few years of age. I beg

of God and hope that the love of God may be mingled

(and mixed) in thy flesh and bones and run in thy

whole being, like the running (or circulation) of the

spirit in the veins and in the arteries.
|N52|P1

O thou who art ignited through the brilliant Flame

which is blazing in this Blessed Spot!
|P2

Verily, I considered the meanings of thy letter and

my heart overflows with perfect and spiritual love unto

thee and unto the beloved ones of God, whose eyes are

brightened by witnessing the lights of God and whose

innermost hearts are purified by the love of God and

whose consciences are made clear by the knowledge of

God and whose hearts are tranquilized by the commemoration

of God. Theirs is the treasury of the
Kingdom and the abundant wealth of the storehouse

of the divine world! They are wealthy, not poor; they

are powerful, not weak; they are grandees, not mean

persons; and they are kindred, not strangers! Because,

verily, their wealth and honor is divine and supreme and

will never be consumed. Blessed are they! Glad-tidings

be unto them!
|P3
As to those souls who are preaching the Word of

God, it behooveth them to shake the dust of every land

which they have passed by off their shoes and to be with

God and without need of the rich - although their bed

is the soil, their light is the stars of the sky and their

food is the herbs of the desert - because theirs is the

wealth of the Kingdom, the honor of the realm of

might and the bounty of the divine world; and they are

not in want of this world and its cares. Their throne

is the mat of humility, their honor is in suffering every

lowliness in the path of the Loving Lord and their

wealth is being empty-handed from the pomps of the

world and its vanities and their provision is trusting in

God and being severed from all that is on the earth and

its wealth.
|P4
As to thee: Associate thou with the poor and be

united with the weak souls and hold intercourse with

the needy, with a compassionate heart and great love.

Because thereby is ordained for thee an eternal glory

in the Kingdom of God. Invite thou the people to the

Exalted World, to the Supreme Horizon and to the
Kingdom of El-Abha!
|P5

There is no harm in thy loneliness in those regions;

for verily, the hosts of confirmation are thy help, thy

Glorious Lord is thy protector and the angels of the

Kingdom are thy fellow-speakers. Glad-tidings be unto

thee for this! Blessed art thou for this!
|N53|P1
***O maid-servant of God!
|P2

If thou seekest eternal glory, let thyself be humble

and meek in the presence of the beloved of God; make

thyself the servant of all, and serve all alike. The

service of the friends belongs to God, not to them.

Strive to become a source of harmony, spirituality and

joyfulness to the hearts of the friends and the maid-servants

of the Merciful. This is a cause of great
satisfaction to Abdu'l-Bahá.***
|N54|P1

O thou leaf who art well watered through the out-pouring

of the cloud of favor from God!
|P2

Verily, I beseech, with all earnestness, the Omnipotence

of Might and Glory to brighten thy face by the

light gleaming from the lamp of the Alliance and to

quicken thy mind by the spirit which out-pours from

the Kingdom of God and to make thee a sign of His

signs which are shining in the horizons. Verily thy

Lord is mighty in all things of the things. He grants

that which He wisheth and to whomsoever He wisheth.

Verily, He is powerful and mighty!
|N55|P1
O servant of God!
|P2

Faith is the magnet which draws the confirmation of

the Merciful One. Service is the magnet which attracts

the heavenly strength. I hope thou wilt attain
both.
|N56|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2
How blessed thou hast been to have entered the
Kingdom of God! How near thou hast been to the
Paradise of Abha to have been ushered in!
|P3
I hope that thou mayest become a source of joy to

the hearts, a good example for people, imbued with

spiritual qualities in the world of humanity, and mayest

promulgate the divine teachings, so that the various

people may find unity and become freed from discord.

|N57|P1
O thou who art advancing toward God!
|P2
Verily I read thy letter of wonderful expression
and eloquent composition and thanked God that He
hath poured upon thee the bounty of guidance and
hath made thy heart a lamp of piety.
|P3

Verily I beseech God, with all humbleness, to remove

the covering from thine insight and to show unto

thee His great signs, and to make thee a banner of

guidance, severed from all else save Him, enkindled

with the fire of His love, engaged in His praise and

apprehending the realities of things; so that thou mayest

see with thine eyes, hear with thine ears and not

imitate any of the fathers and ancestors; have perception

in the matter of thy Lord, for the people are in

dark veils. By God, the True One, verily the doors

of the everlasting paradise are opened before the faces

of the devoted ones and the Tree of Life therein overshadows

the spiritual ones. Happy are those who enter
it and are sheltered under its shadow!
|N58|P1

O thou candle shining by the light of the Love of God!

|P2

That which thou hast inscribed and conceived of in

thy mind was manifest and clear. The contents indicate

spiritual signs and the meanings were like unto

a sweet chalice. I trust in God that thy pure mind

may become reflective of light; thus thou mayest become

prepared for the divine manifestation and attract
the light of guidance from the Heavenly Star.
|P3
O servant of God! Through the power of God's

love the weak become mighty, the poor become rich,

the little bird becomes a great eagle soaring on the

ethereal wave, the tiny plant grows into a great palm

tree.
|P4

O servant of God! Trials and tests are severe. If

thou seekest progress and advancement in the Kingdom,

remain firm and withstand. When it is possible

for thee to visit this land(1) in all fragrance and spirituality,

thou art permitted to come.
|P5

If thou canst help the up-building of the Mashrak-el-Azcar

in Chicago, it will be most acceptable.
|N59|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2

I am in the blessed place of the Holy Land and thou

art in foreign parts and I do not see thee with my material

eyes, but I see thee with the eyes of my heart and

I remember thee in recalling to thee that which the

Christ promised to the believers, the great blessing and

favor, the light of which illuminates those present and

those absent.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Be thou rejoiced because

of this good news which draws (inclines) the sanctified

hearts from all worldly conditions and know thou the

value of this great gift (favor) and do not exchange

it for the great sovereignty (of the world), for, verily,

the sovereignty of the world is a mortal rule and follows

pride. However, this gift is an eternal and a

divine favor, the light of which illumines the passing

of times and periods.
|N60|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily, I noted thy letter and utterance. God hath

accepted thy devotion, prayer and worship and hath

manifested upon thee the lights of His great favor,

ushered thee into His Kingdom, gave thee to drink of

the wine of His love and made thee to hear the melodies

of the birds of holiness in this wonderful day.
|P3

Thank God that He enriched thee beyond the delicacies

of this mortal world and caused thee to taste the
sweetness of His love in His New Kingdom.
|P4

O maid-servant of God! It is incumbent upon thee,

since thou hast attained the knowledge of God and His

love, to sacrifice thy spirit and all thy conditions for

the life of the world, bearing every difficulty for the

comfort of the souls, sinking to the depth of the sea

of ordeals for the sake of the love of faithfulness and

burning with the fire of torture and regret like unto a

lamp while the light is shining from thee unto the

surroundings.
|P5
O maid-servant of God! The mystery of sacrifice

is that man should sacrifice all his conditions for the

divine station of God. The station of God is mercy,

kindness, forgiveness, sacrifice, favor, grace and giving

life to the spirits and lighting the fire of His love in the

hearts and arteries. I asked God to make thee a sign

of mercy, the banner of kindness among His maid-servants.

|P6

O maid-servant of God! Sing with beautiful melodies

in the meetings of the maid-servants, praising
and glorifying thy Supreme Lord.
|P7
O maid-servant of God! The human spirit hath an

impression and effect in the world, but the divine Spirit

giveth life to the souls and confereth eternal life upon

those who are attracted to the fragrances of God. This

is the Great Cause from the Kingdom of thy Lord.

Be attached to this New Spirit which hath effective

power in the realities of things and creates new creatures.

|P8
O maid-servant of God! forsake every thought,
every remembrance and every praise, while holding

to the Word of God. Confine thy interests, thy works

and efforts to the Cause of God. Thus the spirit of

power and might will confirm thee and the manifest

light will shine upon thy brow.
|N61|P1
O servant of God!
|P2
I was very happy to receive thy letter because it
showed thy servitude to the One God and indicated

belief and assurance in the Cause of His Presence.

Thank God that thou art favored with this blessing,

that thou servest the friends of God and thou waitest

at the Threshold of the Merciful. I beg of God that

thou mayest be baptized by the baptism of Bahá'u'lláh

and become free from all the stains of the

mortal world and that thou mayest take delight in the

favors of God in the paradise of unity, and that thou

mayest be able to become pleasing to God and mayest

appear with thy face illuminated as a candle in the

world of eternity.
|N62|P1
O thou spiritual friend!
|P2

Verily, I was informed of the contents of thy letter

and increased gratitude unto God, for that He hath

granted the friends clear consciences, pure and holy

hearts, attraction unto the Kingdom of God, enkindlement

by the fire of the love and humbleness to God.
|P3

Glad-tidings unto ye for this abundant blessing, sufficient

bounties, wide mercy, glorious appearances;

therefore, be united in hearts and spirits, strive so that

ye may obtain the great favors, attain to the overflowing

chalice, perform charity (good deeds), gain the

spirit of life, attracted by the fragrance and depend on

the Lord of Signs. At that time your faces will be

illumined, your souls holy, your hearts severed from

this world and attached to the Supreme Concourse,

and you will call out with the most loud voice: "Glad-tidings

unto us through these divine favors and blessed
are we by this heavenly guidance!"
|P4

I was glad in heart when I saw thy likeness in the

photograph and looked at the resemblance like the

reality of thy identity and thanked God witnessing the

light of God in thy beautiful face.
|N63|P1
O thou kind friend!
|P2

Thy letter was received and its contents considered.

Man must, under all conditions, be thankful to God,

the One, for it is said in the blessed text: "If ye be

thankful I will increase thee."
|P3
Man must seek shelter in the mercy and protection

of God, for he is constantly subject to a hundred thousand

dangers. Save for the refuge and protection of
the Most High, man is without shelter.
|P4

I ask God to help thy children to gain knowledge, to

attain virtues and morals which are the refinements of

the reality of man, and to strengthen thee to remain

firm.
|P5
Convey my respect and greeting to Mr. ...
and to Mrs. .... I trust in the providence of
God that thou mayest ascertain what is worthy and

fitting for Bahais, and that day by day the love of God

may increase in the hearts.
|N64|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2

Be exceedingly grateful to the maid-servant of God,

Mrs. ... who guided thee, led thee to the Kingdom
of Glory and invited thee to the heavenly table,

so that thou mayest attain eternal life and enjoy the

happiness of the Kingdom.
|P3
Thou didst write: "How can I serve Thee?" The

greatest service is thine own firmness and steadfastness

and thy withstanding severe trials when they come.

Through firmness thou wilt perceive the opening of the

doors of grace.
|N65|P1
O thou plant in the garden of the Love of God!
|P2
Open the tongue of praise to the Horizon of Abha,

for having received light from Him in the age of youth,

and for having been planted by Him in the paradise of

glory.
|P3

I hope thou shalt be a child of the Kingdom, shalt

learn sciences, arts and significances, may become a full

grown tree, fruitful and green in the vineyard of God

and be happy and full of cheer through the showers of

the clouds of paradise.
|N66|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2

I rejoiced to read thy letter, for it indicated thy

progress unto the Kingdom of thy Glorious Lord, thy

wish to serve in His vineyard and thy faith in this

Cause which has shed its light upon those regions.

|P3

Blessed art thou for having opened the door of thy

home unto the people to come and hear of the Kingdom.

|P4
The maid-servant of God remembered thee in her

letter, mentioning thy great joy and progress in the

Cause of thy Lord.
|P5
Verily, I pray God to make thy home a center for

the radiation of light and the glowing of His love in

the hearts of His people. Know that in every home

where God is praised and prayed to, and His Kingdom

proclaimed, that home is a garden of God and a
paradise of His happiness.
|N67|P1
O Spiritual Assembly(1!)
|P2

Everything produces an impression in existence and

results in the course of ages. The (earthly) assemblies

established in the different parts of Europe, Asia and

America have no results save the help of the physical

and the mortal life in this lesser world, for the removal

of its conditions and reformation of its customs,
and in the end no name will remain thereof. But

every spiritual assembly of solid foundation, good

structure and unwavering constancy will last forever

and will send forth its illumination unto all regions.

|P3

Observe the gatherings of the disciples after Christ:

Their light is still shining, their power is still revealing

and their trumpets still resounding throughout the

ages. Such is the spiritual meeting.
|P4
O God! Confirm them in the promotion of Thy

Word among the people and in strengthening and multiplying

Thy servants. Verily Thou art the Bounteous,
the Merciful!
|N68|P1

O ye(1) two birds warbling in the Garden of Wisdom.

|P2
Verily, I saw your photographs, whose beauty

proved the turning of your hearts unto the Center of

Guidance and the dilation of your breasts by the appearance

of the Kingdom of God. The light of God

is verily shining in the face of the man who is of the

Kingdom, spiritual, heavenly, divine and Bahai. The

rest among the people are like animals; nay, they are

led astray from the Path.
|P3
Thank God for that He enlightened your faces by

the light of guidance, deposited in your hearts the

sign of faith, and made you of the chosen ones in this

new century.
|P4

The truth I say unto you! If ye were aware of what

God hath destined for you in the kingdom of His glory,

verily ye would rejoice exceedingly and soar with the

wings of joy unto the heights of happiness, crying with

the most loud voice: "Blessings and happiness from

this great attainment and evident bounty."
|N69|P1
O thou handsome child!
|P2
Thy spiritual father and thy good mother sent me

thy radiant picture and I rejoiced on seeing it. I pray

God to illumine thy heart with the light of the Manifestation,

to nurture thee in His mercy so that thou

mayest attain maturity in His love; thy spirit be enlightened

with beholding His light and thy spirit revived
by the bounty of the Holy Spirit, so that thou

mayest be a sign of the love of God, speaking in the

name of God, joyous by the favors of God, attaining

unto the sea of the mercy of God, and being baptized

with the water of life, the fire of love and the spirit of

attraction.
|N70|P1
O thou blooming rose in the garden of the Love of
God!
|P2
Verily, the heavenly angels address thee from the
Supreme Horizon, saying: "O maid-servant of God!

Be rejoiced for God hath chosen thee for His love and

sheltered thee under the shade of His Kingdom, the

lights of which shone forth, the signs of which were

manifested, the mysteries of which were unfolded, the

fragrance of which emanated, the waves of which

surged, the causes of which were promulgated, the suns

of which appeared, the moons of which shone and the

stars of which sparkled."
|P3
Therefore, praise God for that He honored thee

with presence in this great century and new cycle and

caused thee to attain this new bounty.
|P4
I ask God to send down upon thee a blessing and
upon thy family a favor from His Kingdom.
|N71|P1

O thou who art anticipating the appearance of the Gift

of God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy letter which indicated that thou

hast turned unto the Blessed Spot, that the Truth (of

God) hath revealed itself to thee, that thy fear is

quieted and that thou hast attained to composure, assuredly

believing in this great Cause.
|P3
Know thou, verily, there are many veils in which

the Truth is enveloped: gloomy veils; then delicate

and transparent veils; then the envelopment of Light,

the sight of which dazzles the eyes, as doth the sun

which is enveloped only in its own light and, as we look

at it, the sight is blinded and eyes are dazzled.
|P4

I beg of God to remove all the veilings and familiarize

the light with all eyes, so that man may not be
veiled from witnessing the Sun of Truth.
|P5

O maid-servant of God! Verily, the tests and trials

of God are very great and very violent. Beseech thou

God to protect thee from all doubts and to guard thee

from the interpretations of parabolical(1) verses, as made

by those who know not in what valley they are roving,

who speak according to their own selfish purposes and

after their own evil inclinations; who accept and then

reject; who believe in God and then deny Him; and

who appear firm and then backslide: thus thou beholdest

these oscillating daily.
|P6

"Leave them to amuse themselves with their own vain

discourses," and turn thou to the light of the Testament,

and rejoice at the bounty of the effulgence, and seek

shelter under the shadow of the standard of the Covenant.

Thou wilt soon find it fluttering on the highest

summits of glory, surrounded by the valiant hosts of

the angels of heaven and assisted by spiritual armies of

great number that proceed from the Supreme Concourse.

|N72|P1
O my tender friend!
|P2
Verily, the union between myself and thee is on a

solid foundation and a well made basis. Neither the

winds can remove it nor the events of time annihilate

it. It is everlasting and eternal, heavenly, spiritual and

divine, and it is of no end or termination. Consequently

be rejoiced at these words which cheer the

hearts of the righteous and the souls of the pious when

hearing them.
|N73|P1

O thou lamp who art illuminated with the light of the

Love of God!
|P2
Leave thou the world and abandon the people and

turn unto the Kingdom of thy independent Lord. Beseech

Him every morn and eve and supplicate to the

Gate of His Oneness to make thee firm and steadfast

in the Testament and to guard thee from all calamities,

with the eye of His protection, and protect thee from

the tests which are (so violent) as the whirlwinds which

uproot trees.
|N74|P1

O thou who hearest and seest in this wonderful Cause!

|P2

Verily, I read thy interesting letter, its beautiful

composition and I noted its purport which indicated

spiritual aspiration to the Kingdom of thy Great Lord.

|P3

Thank God for guiding thee unto the Straight Path,

manifesting unto thee the Evident Light. He shall

give thee a draught of the cup whereby thy spiritual

power will be increased. Thou shalt advance unto the

Lofty Station, acquire heavenly qualities and attain

knowledge of the significances of the words of God in

this glorious day.
|P4
It is incumbent upon thee to turn wholly unto the

Kingdom of God, to enter entirely into this wonderful

Cause, and to make thy thought, remembrance and

effort confined to the education of thy character, the enlightenment

through the Light of Abha, and to guide

the people to the Source of the mercy of thy Lord, the

Clement, the Merciful.
|P5

Comfort thy mother and endeavor to do what is conducive

to the happiness of her heart. Approach not

those who are drowned in the sea of this world, but

rather be enkindled by the fire of the love of God. Be

thou such a flame whereby the hearts may be set aglow.

|P6

It is incumbent upon thee to assemble continuously

with the beloved of God and to meet with those whose

faces are illumined with the light of the love of God.

Verily, I supplicate to God to make thee sincere in this

love, to illumine thee with the light of His Kingdom,

to destine unto thee the illumination by the light of His

attributes, to make thee a sign of mercy, a bird warbling

the verses of unity; that thou mayest be nurtured

in the bosom of His providence, and become a growing

tree bearing fruit in the Paradise of El-Abha.
|P7
Verily, thy Lord confirmeth him whom He willeth,
and He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.
|N75|P1

O thou who art agitated as oceans by the winds blown

from the direction of the Kingdom of God!
|P2
Verily I read thy wonderful letter, declaring the

grandeur of thy nature and the excess of thy love and

thine attaining the knowledge of God. Verily its contents

were as spiritual meanings poured forth from a

heart throbbing by the spirit of the love of God. I beseech

God to confer on thee, and on thy noble husband,

a perfect favor from His Supreme Kingdom, until your

faces may sparkle by its light, among the creatures, and

by which the fame of your love in God may be renowned

among the horizons.
|P3

By my life, this is a favor for which the angels of

heaven and the spirits of the holy ones are longing in

the Supreme World. And (I beg God) to prepare for

you your greatest desire - that is, the attaining (the

visit to) the blessed, perfumed, amber-scented Tomb(1,)

diffused in all horizons.
|N76|P1

Verily(2,) I read thy magnificent letter, thy brilliant

writing, and found its meanings as the chanting of the

verses of guidance and its foundation based on righteousness

and piety. Verily I beseech God to make thee

a sign of supplication, humbleness and submissiveness

unto God, so that thou mayest commune with thy Lord,

in the gloomy hours of night and in the morn and eve

while being enkindled with the fire of the love of God,

attracted to His fragrances of holiness, strengthened by

His Spirit, speaking His praise and bowing down before

His Threshold of Sanctity. Verily, He is the
Assister, the Beneficent!
|P2

Then know thou that, verily, the hosts of confirmation

from the Kingdom of God will assist every soul

who is severed from aught else save God, is associated

with the commemoration of God and is rejoiced at the

glad-tidings of God. Cut thyself from this world and

rely on the Supreme Concourse, so that thou mayest

hear the call from the Lofty Apex and thy face may

become illuminated with a light shining forth from the

Kingdom of El-Abha.
|N77|P1

O thou who art enkindled by the fire of the Love of

God!
|P2
Verily, I was informed of the text of thy letter,

wherein thou praisest the firm servant of God, Mirza

... and was rejoiced in heart for the signs of

joy which are manifested in thee in this illustrious day.

I ask God to make thee a sign of guidance, fountain of

knowledge and a caller in His name, the Merciful, so

that the hearts may become gladdened by the mention

of God and the souls be led to the Kingdom of God,

to this Great Dwelling Place and Sublime Home.
|P3

As to the four stations which I refer to in the divine

treatise: I ask God to open the door before thy face,

that thou mayest enter therein, that thou mayest attain

to its lights and become informed of its mysteries. I

shall not give a detailed explanation thereof, on account

of the great work (i. e., because of the exceeding

press of business).
|P4
Regarding the treatise (or pamphlet) which thou

didst compile in proof of the appearance of the Kingdom

of God - thou didst well! I shall read it at a

leisure time, and ask God to aid thee in compiling other

useful writings in demonstration of God.
|P5

As to organization of other meetings for the maid-servants

of the Merciful, for the spread of the fragrances
of God; this is the best deed and most complete

action. I ask God to strengthen thee in this matter

so that you may organize many gatherings for the spread

of the teachings of God. Thus the Lord of Hosts will

confirm you by armies of the Supreme Concourse and

hosts of the angels of heaven. Verily it is the army of

inspiration and the hosts of benediction.
|N78|P1
O thou who art marching onward to God!
|P2
I have read thy beautiful letter which contained

delicate meanings, and I am made glad by its contents

which expressed spiritual feelings. I have prayed to

God to send down upon thee a blessing from the Kingdom

of Heaven and thus make thy heart beat with joy
in the love of God, and make thee meek and humble

before the good maid-servants of God, and pure and

holy in His Kingdom.***
|N79|P1
O thou who art submissive and humble before the
Holy Threshold!
|P2

Know thou, verily, submissiveness is the good quality

of the maid-servants of God, and humility is the

character of the God-fearing leaves(1) who have sprung

forth from the Tree of Mercifulness.
|P3

Thou oughtest to be characterized with these, that

thou mayest be an example for the maid-servants of

the Merciful and a leader of the leaves who are moved

by the winds of the love of God. Abandon the concerns

of mankind and be naturalized with the attributes

of the angels of the Supreme Concourse, because these

angels humble themselves to the lowest thing of the

things despite their honor, glory, the loftiness of station

and the greatness of their might. This is seemly

to the unitarian women and an honor for those women

who are surely believing in God! This is the consolation

of the heart of the God-fearing women, and this

is a tranquility to the soul of those women who are attracted

to the fragrances of the Lord of Signs!
|N80|P1

O thou whose heart is soaring in the sky of the love of

God!
|P2
Praise be unto Him whose light hath risen, whose
appearance hath become exalted, whose signs are

promulgated and whose evidences are fulfilled. The

tongue of the realities of all things hath uttered:

"Glory be to my God, the El-Baha!" Thanks for His

manifest Beauty and for His Great Splendor! - for He

hath quickened mankind with the spirit of guidance

and hath rendered clear the White Path of Gifts,

through the arguments which are brilliant and clear to

the hearts of the intelligent, and whereby these hearts

are moved, enlightened, illuminated and become cognizant

of the Mighty Message(1) in this Manifest Day

of the Manifestation of the Honorable Station(2) when

the mystery of existence flows just as do the souls in

the bodies.
|N81|P1
O my God! O my God!
|P2
This, Thy servant, hath advanced toward Thee and

is passionately wandering in the desert of Thy love

and is walking in the path of Thy service, is expecting

Thy favors, hoping for Thy bounty, depending upon

Thy Kingdom and intoxicated by the wine of Thy gift.

|P3
O my God! Increase his fervor in Thy affection,

his constancy in Thy praise and his ardor in Thy love.

|P4
Verily, Thou art the Generous and endued with

great bounty. There is no God save Thee, the Forgiving,

the Merciful!
|N82|P1
O thou who hast acknowledged the Kingdom of God!
|P2

I received thy letter and considered its wonderful expressions

and found therein facts which show thine

approach toward God, thy passionate love of the Beauty

of God, thy cheerfulness in the Cause of God and

thy turning unto the Center of the Testament, for that

thou art brightened through the light of the effulgence.

|P3
Then praise God for that He hath made thee to

show the light of guidance, to lay hold on the hem of

the robe of greatness and to be attracted by the breaths

of the Supreme Concourse. This is a matter which

will satisfy thee from aught else save God and make

thee above all needs and will cause thee to acquire an

immortal wealth. Then thank God for this heavenly

bounty on which the life of spirit depends entirely in

all the worlds.
|N83|P1

O ye(1) two birds in the open-space of the Love of God!

|P2

Verily I read your letter and I inhaled therefrom a

spiritual fragrance which perfumes the nostrils of the

spirit. Thank ye God that He hath filled for you the

cup of gift with the wine of the great guidance and

hath abundantly bestowed His benefit on you and hath

enabled you to be healed from spiritual ailments which

deaden the souls. Truly, I say unto you verily this guidance

is a precious pearl and a gem, the lights of which

glitter and the rays of which beam forth during centuries

and ages. Appreciate ye its value and show

forth spiritual virtues, merciful characteristics and brilliant

manners; so that ye may be submerged in the seas

of great mercy and shine forth from the horizon of

mighty gift.
|N84|P1

O thou who art longing for the Orb of the Horizons(1!)

|P2

Verily, I read thine eloquent, accurate and wonderful

letter, whereby the feelings of thy heart and the

loftiness of thy thoughts and the craving of thy spirit

for the Kingdom of God were expressed.
|P3
Thank thou God that He hath given thee a power

for discriminating the reality of things, hath made thy

feet firm in the Path, hath made thy heart overflowing

with His love and hath exhilarated thee with the wine

of His knowledge.
|P4
I beg of God to entirely remove the veiling from

thine insight, so that thou mayest become duly cognizant

of the teachings of Bahá'í And I beg of God

to forgive thy sins and to illumine thy face with the

light of forgiveness, so that thou mayest conquer the

self which desires the earthly world and prevent it

from its wishes and appetites.
|P5

As to the spiritual meeting which ye have organized

for diffusing the fragrances of God (i. e., for teaching

the Truth), this is a good thing that ye have performed.

I beg of God, to make the Holy Spirit breathe

there in such fragrances which may perfume all regions.

|P6

Be not grieved at the smallness of your number and

thank God for the power of your spirits. He shall assist

you with such a confirmation whereat minds will be

astonished and souls will be amazed.
|N85|P1

O thou Secretary of the meanings emanated from the

hearts of the people of the Kingdom.
|P2

Verily, I have read thine eloquent letter and brilliant

writing, which indicated the attraction of the people of

God by the fragrances of His Kingdom, and their

gathering in the assembly of the merciful feelings and

the congregation of the upright.
|P3

I do supplicate God to confirm that spiritual assembly,

that gathering of commemoration, to that whereby

the merciful faces brighten, and I beseech Him to assist

them and thee to that whereby man ascends the

highest and noblest station of excellence and the loftiest

apex of honor, to make them humble and courteous
before the beloved of God, to become severed from
aught else save God, to beseech the Kingdom of

Abha, to be freed from every mention save the commemoration

of God, and to be sanctified from all the

grades of passion and desire, with pure, holy hearts

which are devoid of every feeling except entire attention

unto God, the Lord of the present and the world
to come.
|P4
I have written answers to the letters which thou

hast sent and I enclose them with this Tablet. I wrote

also a Tablet to the assembly(1;) read it unto them with

a fluent tongue and a heart overflowing with the love

of God.
|N86|P1

O ye(2) who have advanced! O ye who are rejoiced!

|P2

Verily, God hath, through His grace and generosity,

guided you toward His Kingdom, hath facilitated unto

you every good, hath favored you with the bounty of

guidance, hath made you signs of piety, hath caused a

blessing to descend upon you from heaven, and hath

made you banners of His commemoration among mankind.

|P3

Thank ye God for this gift, by reason of which the

hearts of the Supreme Concourse are exhilarated. The

fragrances of holiness shall soon be diffused and the

breeze of grace shall blow from the direction of the

providence of your Lord, whereby your mentioning

will be exalted, your light will become scintillating,

your backs will be strengthened and your joy will be

perfected.
|P4
Make you feet firm in the love of God, arise to

carry on the teachings of God, purify souls from desire

and illumine faces with the light of guidance; so that

ye may obtain the mighty gift and the great mercy.

|N87|P1

O ye(1) sincere ones and ye who are attracted and moved

by the breeze of the favor of God!
|P2

Verily, I have read the names of your beloved assembly

which deserves to be mentioned with sanctity

and which attracts the confirmation of the loving Lord

and seeks to attain to the favors of God, the Mighty,

the Compassionate!
|P3

I beseech God at all times, with all supplication,

humility and lowliness, to confirm those souls who have

no purpose in their deliberation and consultations save

to seek the merciful bounties and the divine invisible

confirmations.
|P4

I hope and request, through the bounty of my Lord,

that the greatest assistance and the most eminent confirmation

be granted unto you when ye are firm and

steadfast and withstand every difficulty which may befall

you in spreading the Cause of God in those regions.

|P5

By the life of God, all the confirmations of the Kingdom

of God will surround those whose hearts are firm,

whose feet are steadfast and whose souls are tranquilized

in the Most Great Cause.
|P6

Consider ye the past centuries, how a single one of

the beloved of God withstood all the people on the

earth because of his firmness in the love of God, and

his entire turning of the heart toward the Kingdom of

God and with the cup of his heart overflowing with the

wine of the knowledge of God.
|P7

Be ye assured with the greatest assurance that, verily,

God will help those who are firm in His Covenant

in every matter, through His confirmation and favor,

the lights of which will shine forth unto the east of the

earth, as well as the west thereof. He will make them

the signs of guidance among the creation and as shining

and glittering stars from all horizons.
|P8
Consequently, do ye beseech unto God and pray and

supplicate Him and ask Him for the greatest gift and

eminent favor.
|N88|P1
O thou who hast acknowledged the Kingdom of God!
|P2

I received thy letter wherein thou hast confessed the

appearance of the Kingdom of God at this time, declared

His Oneness and believed in His Words. Blessed

art thou for this clear confession! Thank the maid-servant

of God ... for she hath guided

thee to this Path and declared to thee the Call of God.

Shouldst thou offer all the treasures of the earth to

her, they would not equal this great guidance.
|P3

Depend upon God, be sincere and sever thyself from

all else save Him. Thus thou wilt receive the teaching

of God and thy heart will be made happy. May thy

tongue praise Him and thy sight behold the light shining

from the Sun of Truth.
|P4

Verily this is a rich blessing for which the saints of

the past longed. Be happy and say: "God chooses for

His favors whomsoever He willeth. He is the Merciful,

the Generous!"
|N89|P1

O ye who are set aglow with the fire of God's Love!

|P2
Blessed are ye for having been chosen by God for

His love, in this new age, and joy be to you for having

been guided to the Great Kingdom! Verily, your Lord

hath chosen you to show the path to the Kingdom of

God, among the people. The attracted maid-servant of

God, ... praised you in beautiful expressions
and informed me of your earnest endeavors in

serving, teaching and offering the chalice of Truth to

the maid-servants of God. I rejoiced to hear of your

efforts in the Cause of God. This is indeed good service.

|N90|P1
O thou who art turning unto God!
|P2

Thy letter was an inheritance of joy and happiness

unto me, for its significance was a supplication and an

entreaty unto God to make thee a pure servant, exempt

from all material desires, sanctified and severed from

all save God, that thou mayest be characterized with

the attributes of the heavenly angels, cleansed from all

desires and earthly wishes, with thy heart severed

from all save the knowledge of the divine teachings.

Verily, I pray God to nourish thee upon the breast of

bounty and rear thee in such a manner that all men of

learning shall be amazed, and to make thee a miracle

of guidance among the servants.
|N91|P1
O thou who art attracted to God!
|P2

I send this letter written by my own hand, that thou

mayest thank God, thy Lord, the Supreme, grow in

happiness in the love of God and be kindled by the fire

of His love, chanting verses of greetings and thanks,

and be quickened by the breezes of life blown from the

garden of the knowledge of God.
|N92|P1
O thou opened rose in the garden of El-Abha!
|P2

I have perused thy excellently worded letter showing

what is moving in thy heart by the emotions of the love

of God.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Chant the Words of God
and, pondering over their meaning, transform them

into actions! I ask God to cause thee to attain a high

station in the Kingdom of Life forever and ever.
|N93|P1
O thou who art tested with a great calamity!
|P2
Be not grieved nor troubled because of the loss

which hath befallen thee - a loss which caused the tears

to flow, sighs to be produced, sorrow to exist and hearts

to burn in great agony; but know, this hath reference

only to the physical body, and if thou considerest this

matter with a discerning and intelligent eye, thou wilt

find that it hath no power whatsoever, for separation

belongeth to the characteristics of the body. But concerning

the spirit, know that thy pure son shall be with

thee in the Kingdom of God and thou shalt witness his

smiling face, illumined brow, handsome spirit and real

happiness. Accordingly, thou wilt then be comforted

and thank God for His favor upon thee.
|N94|P1

O thou who art patient and resigning thyself to the

judgment (of God)!
|P2

Be not grieved at the calamity which hath unexpectedly

come upon thee and for the misfortune which

heavily weigheth upon thee. It behooveth one like

thee to endure every trial, to be pleased with the decree

and to commit all thy affairs to God, so that thou mayest

be a calm, approved and pleasing soul before God.

Know thou, that thy beloved son hath soared, with the

wing of soul, up to the loftiest height which is never-ending

in the Kingdom of God. Rejoice at this great

prosperity which the chosen ones were longingly asking

from the Holy and Exalted Threshold (of God).

Truly, I say unto thee, wert thou informed of the position

in which is thy son, thy face would be illuminated

by the lights of happiness and thou wouldst thank thy

forgiving Lord therefor and thou wouldst long for ascending

to that praiseworthy position.
|N95|P1

O thou who hast humbled thyself before the Kingdom

of God!
|P2

Blessed art thou that thine heart is attracted to the

Beauty of God, is illumined with the light of knowledge

and the ray of the Kingdom hath shone within it.

Know thou, verily, God is with thee under all circumstances

and guards thee from the concerns of the world
and makes thee a servant in His great vineyard.
|P3

As to thy question concerning training children: It

is incumbent upon thee to nurture them from the breast

of the love of God, to urge them towards spiritual matters,

to turn unto God and to acquire good manners,

best characteristics and praiseworthy virtues and qualities

in the world of humanity, and to study sciences

with the utmost diligence; so that they may become

spiritual, heavenly and attracted to the fragrances of

sanctity from their childhood and be reared in a religious,

spiritual and heavenly training. Verily, I beg
of God to confirm them therein.
|P4
As to thy revered husband: It is expedient that

thou shouldst behave toward him in the best way and

persevere in his good pleasure (i.e., please him) and

treat him with kindness under all aspects; until (or so

that) he may find that through thy turning toward the

Kingdom of God (i.e., by becoming a believer) thy

affection toward him and thy love for God is increased

and that thou hast regard for his good will in every

condition.
|P5

Verily, I beg of God to make thee steadfast in His

love and to cause thee to diffuse the fragrances of

sanctity in those places (i.e., to teach the Truth).

|N96|P1

O thou loving torch, flaming by the fire of the Love of

God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy letter sent by thee and was rejoiced

in heart by the wonderful meaning and eloquent

content, which proved thy extreme sincerity in the

Cause of God, thy steadfastness in the path of the

Kingdom of God and thy firmness in the religion of

God, forasmuch as this is of the utmost importance

before God.
|P3
How many souls advanced unto God, entered the

shadow of the Word of God and became celebrated in

the world, as Judas Iscariot. Then, when the tests became

severe and trials great, their feet turned from

the path; turned from confession to denial; changed

from love and affection to severe enmity. Then the

power of tests, whereby the foundations shake, were

manifested.
|P4

Judas Iscariot was one of the greatest disciples, was

called unto Jesus; he thought that Jesus increased his

kindness to Peter, the disciple, when saying to him:

"Thou art Peter; upon thee I shall build my church."

This speech affecting Peter with special impression

whereby envy was created in the heart of Judas and,

therefore, he turned after advancing, denied after confessing,

hated after loving, until he became the cause

of the crucifixion of the Glorious Lord and Manifest

Light. This is the end of envy which causes people to

turn from the right path. Such has taken place and

will occur in this Great Cause; but there is no harm in

it, as it is the cause of manifesting the firmness of the

rest and the arising of the firm souls who are as solid

as the lofty mountains in the love of the Manifest

Light.
|P5
As to thee, convey unto the maid-servants of the

Merciful that they must be firm in the love of El-Baha

at the time of the severe trials and tests; forasmuch as

the storms and winds occur during the winter seasons;

then comes the spring with the wonderful scenery and

it adorns the hills and plains with flowers and beautiful

birds sing the melodies of joy on the branches of the

trees and warble beautiful tunes on the roofs of bowers,

in wonderful melodies. Soon shalt thou see that

the lights have shone forth, the banners of the Kingdom

have been raised, the fragrances of God diffused,

the hosts of the Kingdom descending, the angels of

heaven confirmed and the Holy Spirit breathed into

those horizons (regions). Then shalt thou see the

waverers frightened and at loss. This is a complete

matter on the part of the Lord of Signs.
|P6
Blessed art thou for keeping firm in the Cause of

God. I pray God to give thee a divine spirit, spiritual

blood and to make thee a growing and thriving leaf on

the Tree of Life, so that thou mayest serve the maid-servants

of God in fragrance and spirituality.
|P7
Thy generous Lord will confirm thee in serving in

His great vineyard and will make thee an instrument

for spreading the spirit of concord and union among

the maid-servants of the Merciful, will open thine insight

by the light of knowledge and forgive thee thy
sins and change them to good deeds.
|P8

Verily thy Lord is the Forgiving, the Merciful and

Possessor of Great Bounty!
|N97|P1

O maid-servant of God who art swayed like a strong

branch by the breeze of God!
|P2

I have read thy letter which evinces the abundance

of thy love and the warmth of thy devotion and thy

zeal in acknowledging God.
|P3

Commit thyself to God; give up thy will and choose

that of God; abandon thy desire and lay hold on that

of God; that thou mayest be a holy, spiritual and heavenly

example among the maid-servants of God.
|P4
O maid-servant of God! Know thou that in the

sight of God, the conduct of women is the same as that

of men. All are the creatures of God and He has

created them after His form and likeness; that is to

say, after the form and likeness of the Manifestations

of His names and His attributes. From the spiritual

point of view, therefore, there is no difference between

women and men. "The nearer we draw to God, the

nearer He comes to us" without regard to whether the

person be a man or a woman. How many women,

thus drawn to God, have surpassed men in the shadow

of Bahá'í in bringing men under it - women famous
throughout the world!
|P5
The House of Justice, however, according to the
positive commandments of the Doctrine of God, has

been specialized to the men, for a (specific) reason or

exercise of wisdom on the part of God, and this reason

will presently appear, even as the sun at midday.
|P6
And as to you - you other maid-servants attracted

by the perfume of God - establish spiritual gatherings

(assemblies) and heavenly meetings. This work is

the beginning of the diffusing of the perfume of God

and the foundation of the elevating of the Word of

God and the making known of the commandments of

God. Is there a blessing greater than this? These

spiritual gatherings (assemblies) are sustained (reinforced)

by the Spirit of God, and their protector is
Abdu'l-Bahá, who spreads his wings (over) above

them. Is there a blessing greater than this? These

spiritual gatherings (assemblies) are glowing lamps

and heavenly gardens which cast the light of knowledge

upon the contingent world and cause the spirit of

life to penetrate to every quarter. This, then, is the

best means of the progress of the human race in all

conditions and circumstances. Is there a greater blessing

than this?
|N98|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily, I read thy beautifully composed letter and

thank God for that He granted thee characteristics,

attributes and deeds which made thee dear and loved

by the maid-servants of God and chosen to be the

president of the "Assembly of Teaching." Thank God

for that He confirmed thee by this wonderful bounty,

and, verily, I supplicate unto Him to strengthen thee

in rendering this great service in His great vineyard,

and to strengthen thy respected husband in patience

and forbearance in this test which will pass away, by

the help of God, and the veil be removed; difficulty will

be replaced by ease; hardships and trouble be changed

into comfort, in the shadow of His great Kingdom.
|N99|P1
O thou dear maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thank God that thou hast come near unto the Holy

Threshold and art dear in the Kingdom of His Glory.

Thou art president of an assembly which is a type of

the assemblages of the Supreme Concourse and a reflection

of the semblances of the Kingdom of God.

With heart and soul, with entire devotion, supplication,

humbleness and submissiveness, endeavor to promulgate

the law of God and strive to diffuse the fragrances

of God. Exert yourself to become the real

president of assemblies of spiritual ones and a companion

of the Kingdom of the Merciful.
|P3

Thou hast asked in regard to the 10th verse of the

21st chapter of Revelation and to the 17th verse:
|P4
Know that the firmament of the bright sun of the

world of possibilities is divided into twelve sections,

according to mathematical principles, which are called

the twelve constellations; likewise, the Sun of Truth

manifests and pours forth His bounty in twelve constellations

of holiness. By these constellations are

meant holy souls who are the manifestations of purity

and the dawning-points of the lights of Unity. Observe

that in the day of His Holiness the Speaker of

God (Moses), there were twelve holy souls who were

the leaders of the Truth. In like manner, in the cycle

of His Holiness the Spirit (Jesus Christ), note that

there were twelve apostles under the shadow of the

light of the Most High, and the Sun of Truth was

manifested through those bright dawning-places like

unto the phenomenal sun. Likewise, in the time of

His Holiness Mohammed, consider that there were

twelve dawning points of holiness who were the manifestations

of confirmation. Such is the case.
|P5

Accordingly, St. John, the divine, declared in his

vision regarding the twelve doors and the twelve foundations.

By the great and holy city of Jerusalem, which

is descended from heaven, is meant the sacred law of

God. This subject has been repeatedly explained in

many Tablets and in the Scriptures of the ancient

prophets. For example, it is said in one place: "I beheld

Jerusalem marching on to the wilderness." The purport

is that this Heavenly Jerusalem has twelve doors

through which the advancing souls enter into the City

of God. These doors are the souls who are the stars

of guidance and doors unto bounty and knowledge.

"At the gates twelve angels stood." By "angel" is

meant the power of the confirmation of God; that the

candle of the power of the divine confirmation shines

forth and is illumined in those souls. That is to say,

that each one of those souls will be confirmed by the

mightiest power. Those twelve gates surround the

whole universe. This signifies that all existence is under

the shadow of those souls; also, that these doors

are the foundation of the city of God, the divine Jerusalem;

that upon each of these foundations the name

of one of the Apostles of His Holiness the Spirit(1) is

written. That is to say, the manifestation of the perfections,

glad-tidings, virtues and high attributes of
that holy soul.
|P6

In brief, it is said that: "And he that talked with

me had a golden rod to measure the city and the gates

thereof and the walls thereof." The purport is this,

that certain souls guided (people) with a rod of the

plant, that is, a reed wherewith he shepherded the

sheep, like unto the rod of Moses; others trained (the

people) with a rod of iron and drove them, as in the

time of Mohammed (The scepter of Mohammed was

the sword). In this Greatest Day the rod of the plant

and the rod of iron are changed into a rod which is of

pure gold and is from the endless treasuries of the

Kingdom of God.
|P7

By the instrumentality of this, all people shall be

trained. Observe the difference: In a certain time

the teachings of God were like unto the twigs of a

tree and by them the signs of God were spread, the

law of God promulgated and the religion of God

founded. Later a time came when the rod of the divine

Shepherd was like iron, and now in this blessed

and glorious cycle that rod is become like unto pure

gold. What a great difference exists between them!

Therefore know that the law of God and the divine

teachings prove a great advance in this day. They

have reached a degree of supremacy, compared with

former ages. Nay, rather, this is pure gold, while that

was iron and wood.
|P8
This answer was written briefly because there was

no more time. You will certainly excuse. The maid-servants

of God must reach a station wherein they

themselves shall comprehend the realities and meanings,

to give clear explanations for each word and the

fountains of wisdom gush forth from the reality of

their hearts like a full flowing stream.
|N100|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily, I noted the contents of thy letter, which was

beautifully composed, was informed of thy sorrow, the

shedding of thy tears and the glowing of thy heart on

account of the imprisonment of Abdu'l-Bahá.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! This prison is indeed

more precious and sweet than a garden to me, this fetter

is greater than any liberty and the confinement is

broader than the most spacious wilderness. Therefore,

grieve not on this account. Verily, if my Lord destine

unto me and causes me to taste the sweetness of the cup

of the great martyrdom, my greatest desire will be fulfilled.

Fear not if this Branch be severed from the material

earth and cast aside the leaves - nay, rather, its

leaves will flourish, for this Branch will grow after it

is cut from the earth (world), will ascend until it

shelters the universe, its foliage will reach the Supreme

Apex and bear fruits, imparting fragrant perfume unto

the world. Therefore, turn unto thy Supreme Lord
and say:
|P4
O my God! O my God! This Thy maid-servant

supplicates to Thee, trusts in Thee and directs herself

unto Thee, asking Thee to shed Thy divine mercies

upon her, to manifest Thy spiritual mysteries and to

show forth Thy majesty unto her. O Lord! O Lord!

Illumine the sight of my husband, cheer his breast by

the light of knowing Thee, attract his heart unto Thy

manifest Beauty and gladden his spirit by the manifestation

of Thy radiant light. O Lord! Withdraw the

veil from his sight, grant him Thy compassion, exhilarate

him with the wine of Thy love among the people,

make him an angel of Thine walking upon the earth,

let his spirit soar unto heaven and make him a lamp

glistening with the light of Thy knowledge in the community.

Verily, Thou art the Generous, the Precious,
the Bestower!
|N101|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Be rejoiced through the grace of thy Lord and happy

through the bounties of thy God, the Most Merciful

of the Merciful. Thy Lord hath indeed chosen

thee for His love, guided thee unto the straight path,

attracted thee by the magnet of His knowledge, from

among women, and crowned thee with the diadem of

guidance among the maid-servants. Praise thy Lord

for this great favor, heavenly mercy and bounty which

hath no equal in the world of creation. Gladden the

maid-servants of the Merciful through the grace of

thy Lord. Thus their breasts may become dilated by

the holy fragrances emanating from the Kingdom of
El-Abha.
|P3
Soon the lights will glisten and the Sun of Truth

will shine with a burning ray in that country. At that

time the maid-servants who are firm and constant will

rejoice; while every doubtful soul who wavers will regret.

Woe unto him, woe unto him, in that day wherein

the beloved will attain joy by the surrounding Kingdom

of thy Lord, the Precious, the Beneficent! Verily,

the end is for them who are ushered into the tent of

the Covenant of thy merciful Lord.
|N102|P1
O thou who art turning unto the Kingdom of God!
|P2

Verily I am acquainted with the contents of the letter

which thou hast addressed to ... the

servant of God, and I find its significance excellent,

proclaiming the Truth about which there can be no
doubt or uncertainty.
|P3
Now the day has arrived in which the edifice of

God, the divine sanctuary, the spiritual temple, shall be

erected in America! I entreat God to assist the confirmed

believers in accomplishing this great service and

with entire zeal to rear this mighty structure which

shall be renowned throughout the world. The support

of God will be with those believers in that district that

they may be successful in their undertaking, for the

Cause is great and great; because this is the first Mashrak-el-Azcar

in that country and from it the praise
of God shall ascend to the Kingdom of Mystery and

the tumult of His exaltation and greetings from the

whole world shall be heard!
|P4
Whosoever arises for the service of this building

shall be assisted with a great power from His Supreme

Kingdom and upon him spiritual and heavenly blessings

shall descend, which shall fill his heart with wonderful

consolation and enlighten his eyes by beholding
the glorious and eternal God!
|P5

Give my greetings and salutations to thy honorable

husband and say to him from me: "Notice the sign

which shall soon appear in those regions and then your

searching heart shall be assured. Verily thy Lord is

the Powerful!"
|N103|P1
O thou who art assured by the grace of thy Lord!
|P2

I have perused thy excellent letter which shows that

thou art turning thy face unto the living, eternal One

and grasping the hem of His Grandeur and thy attraction

unto the Call of thy Supreme Lord. Well done!

Well done! O maid-servant of God, for thou hast believed

in the Glorious Beauty (El-Abha) and art confirmed

in the manifestation of the Kingdom of God,
during this time.
|P3

It behooveth thee to sever thyself from all desires

save thy Lord, the Supreme, expecting no help or aid

from anyone in the universe, not even from thy father

or children. Resign thyself to God! Content thyself

with but little of this world's goods! Verily, economy

is a great treasure. If one of thy relations oppress

thee, complain not against him before the magistrate;

rather manifest magnificent patience during every

calamity and hardship. Verily thy Master is the Lord

of Faithfulness! Forgive and overlook the shortcomings

which have appeared in that one, for the sake of love

and affection. Know that nothing will benefit thee in

this life save supplication and invocation unto God,

service in His vineyard, and, with a heart full of love,

be in constant servitude unto Him.
|P4
If thy daily living become difficult, soon (God)

thy Lord will bestow upon thee that which shall satisfy

thee. Be patient in the time of affliction and trial,

endure every difficulty and hardship with a dilated

heart, attracted spirit and eloquent tongue in remembrance

of the Merciful. Verily this is the life of satisfaction,

the spiritual existence, heavenly repose, divine

benediction and the celestial table! Soon thy Lord

will extenuate thy straightened circumstances even in

this world.
|N104|P1
O thou dear servant of God!
|P2

Thy letter was received and its contents noted. As

to instructions which thou desirest, they are as follows:

|P3
Believe in God; turn unto the Supreme Kingdom; be
attracted unto the Beauty of Abha; remain firm in

the Covenant; yearn for ascending unto the heaven of

the sun of the universe; be disinterested in the world;

be alive with the fragrances of holiness in the Kingdom

of the Highest; be a caller to love; kind to the human

race; gentle with humanity; interested in all the people

of the world; wish for harmony and seek friendship and

honesty. Be a healing for every wound, a remedy for

every sick, a source of harmony among the people;

chant the verses of guidance; pray to God; arise for the

guidance of the people; let thy tongue explain and thy

face illumine with the glowing of the love of God.

Rest not a moment and breathe not a breath of repose

until thou becomest a sign of God's love and a banner

of God's favor.
|N105|P1
O thou who art hoping for the Kingdom!
|P2
Thank thou God that He hath guided thee, led thee

to the Kingdom of Being, ushered thee under the shade

of the bounties of the Lord of Hosts, and that thou

hast stepped into the Paradise of Abha.
|P3
Do not grieve on account of the death of thy son,

neither sigh nor lament. That nightingale soared upward

to the divine rose-garden; that drop returned to

the most great ocean of Truth; that foreigner hastened

to his native abode; and that ill one found salvation

and life eternal.
|P4
Why shouldst thou be sad and heartbroken? This

separation is temporal; this remoteness and sorrow is

counted only by days. Thou shalt find him in the

Kingdom of God and thou wilt attain to the everlasting

union. Physical companionship is ephemeral, but

heavenly association is eternal. Whenever thou rememberest

the eternal and never ending union, thou
wilt be comforted and blissful.
|N106|P1
O dear servant of God!
|P2

Thy letter hath arrived and the contents have given

glad-tidings that the ground for the Temple hath been

bought and also told about the meeting which was held

concerning the needs for the Temple. From this news

great fragrance and joy were produced. Thanks be

to God that thou wast helped to establish a meeting for

this purpose. I hope that the members of this meeting

will become the receivers of the divine benevolence

and be aided by the heavenly assistances. But consult

with the House of Spirituality of Chicago. Ye must

all be perfectly united and harmonious until, through

this harmony, ye may perpetually receive help from

the Kingdom of God.
|P3
Concerning the members of this spiritual meeting,

you suggested that they be selected from all the spiritual

meetings of the other cities of America. I quite
approve and am very much pleased with this plan.
This will become the cause of harmony in the Word

in all America. Therefore, ask every spiritual meeting

in the other cities that they will each select one and

send him, and from these selected ones and with those

who are selected from the Chicago meetings, establish

a new meeting for the provision of the needs of the

Temple. If this be established with perfect fragrance

and joy, it will produce great results. In this new

meeting, especially for the establishment of the Temple,

ladies are also to be members.
|P4

Give to all the divine friends the glad-tidings of the

boundless heavenly blessings and tell them that the

glances of the eyes of Providence are upon them and

the perfect favor and bounty are descending upon
them.
|N107|P1
O thou dear maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thy letter, concerning the celebration of the anniversary

of the declaration of His Holiness the Supreme(1)

- may my spirit be sacrificed for Him! - which was held

on the land of the Mashrak-el-Azcar(2,) was read.
|P3
The utmost joy was attained, for - praise be to

God! - the friends of the Merciful passed some time

on that day joyous and singing in the land of the Mashrak-el-Azcar

and enjoyed commemorating the Lord of
the verses with the greatest joy.
|P4
That melody was heard by the Supreme Concourse

and that rose-song of the nightingale of faithfulness

gladdened the people of the rose-garden of Abha.
|P5
I am hopeful that, during the coming Rizwan(3,) a

great feast shall be held in the land of the Mashrak-el-Azcar,

a spiritual celebration prepared and the melodies
of the violin and the mandolin and hymns in

praise and glorification of the Lord of Hosts make all

the audience joyous and ecstatic.
|P6

A few days ago an epistle was written - therefore,

brevity is considered here.
|P7
Treat thy dear daughter, for me, with the utmost

kindness and, likewise, the other friends and maid-servants

of the Merciful.
|N108|P1
O attracted maid-servant of God!
|P2
The epistle written (and sent) through Mirza ...

was received. The account of the land designated for the

Mashrak-el-Azcar, of your placing therein, in company

with Mrs. ..., nine stones and pouring thereon

attar, water and olive oil, and of your commemorating

the Beauty of Abha and His Holiness the Supreme(1,)

was all understood.
|P3

That land is blessed because it is mentioned by the

name of Mashrak-el-Azcar. Surely, the beloved of

God and the maid-servants of the Merciful in all the

cities of America must put forth the utmost of effort

in order that the Mashrak-el-Azcar be raised in that

land.
|P4

I am hopeful through the aids and confirmations of

God that the beloved ones and the maid-servants of the

Merciful may achieve this service.
|P5

Express the utmost love and kindliness on behalf of

Abdu'l-Bahá to all the beloved and the dear maid-servants

of the Merciful, especially Mrs. ...
and thy dear daughter.
|N109|P1
O thou who art advancing to the Kingdom of God!
|P2
I have considered thy writing, which indicates

brightness of heart and the love of God. Blessed art

thou for having been thus favored and for having attained

to guidance.
|P3
You have asked me two questions: "That if the

same spirit is manifest in all the Manifestations and

Prophets, then what is the distinction or difference

between Christ (or rather Jesus) and the other

Prophets; also [what is the difference] between Father

and Son?"
|P4

Know that the human spirit is one, but it manifests

itself in various members of the body in a certain

(measure or) form. The human spirit is existent in the

sight (eyes); it is also existent in the brain, which is

the location of great functions and powers; it is also

existent in the heart, which organ is largely connected

with the brain or the center of the mind, and the heart,

or that center which is connected with the brain, has a

distinct and separate function, effect and appearance.

In this connection, the hair and nails have no command

(nor direct feeling).
|P5

Figuratively speaking, the Father is the center of the

brain and the Son is the center of the heart; the rest

of the Prophets are members and parts. Fatherhood

and Prophethood, in this case, are two expressions of

the same thing, as man and creature are two names of

the same reality. The word "man," however, is greater

than the word "creature" because it bears a weightier

meaning than the name "creature"; both are the same.

|P6

O maid-servant of God! I pray God to confirm thee

forever anew. Give greeting to thy dear mother.

Superstition hath somewhat overcome her. When the

imagined Satan overpowers, let her say: "O Baha-el-Abha!"

She should then turn to the highest Kingdom.

Thus will the imagined Satan leave her. [She] has a

form of obsession; therefore, you may not heed her

sayings.
|P7

Cultivate the land and thus, through its fruits, you

will obtain benefits. God will relieve you from care

(on account) of your mother.
|P8
Give your good husband my spiritual greeting. I

pray that he may be made a recipient of the divine

bounties and attain to the grace of God.
|N110|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of Holiness!

|P2

Be dilated in thy heart by the gentle breeze which

emanates from the garden of Eternal Life and enkindled

in the Tree of Sinai in the center of Paradise; so that

thou mayest be a pillar of fire and a cloud of light in

this age, wherein a drop grows into a large wave of

the sea, and a lamp glistens with the light of the

dazzling stars, and this is from the power which is

manifested by thy Lord, the Clement, the Merciful.

***
|P3

Be firm in the worship of God, fasting, praying, imploring

and invoking unto thy God, the Generous; so

that He shall destine to thee the honor of sacrifice in

the path of thy Beloved, the Ancient.
|P4
I ask God to grant thee thy greatest wish in this
wonderful time.
|N111|P1
O thou who art cheered through the Fragrances of
God!
|P2
When thou desirest and yearnest for meeting in

the world of vision; at the time when thou art in perfect

fragrance and spirituality, wash thy hands and face,

clothe thyself in clean robes, turn toward the court of

the Peerless One, offer prayer to Him and lay thy head

upon the pillow. When sleep cometh, the doors of

revelation shall be opened and all thy desires shall become

revealed.
|P3
Endeavor to guide thy mother and confirm her in

faith; when the heart becometh confident, the imagination

of Satan and evil vanisheth away. If the heart

becometh absolutely tranquil, suspicion and imagination

will entirely pass away.
|N112|P1
O thou dear maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thy letter was read and I am very happy that thou

art active and full of life through the spirit of Life and

that thou art firm and steadfast in this great Cause.

|P3

To enter the Kingdom is easy, but to remain firm and

constant is difficult. The planting of trees is easy, but

their cultivation and training to strengthen their roots

and to make them firm is difficult. Now, as thou art a

firm tree, thou shalt certainly grow and send out
branches, leaves and blossoms and bear fruits.
|P4

These branches, leaves, blossoms and fruits are the

souls who may be guided, through the providence of

God, by thee. Therefore, thou art confirmed and
strengthened.
|P5

Some of the friends intended to visit the Holy Land,

but hindrances prevented them and they have deferred

their coming. You should also remain with your

mother and serve her until a suitable time arrives.

|P6

Give my greetings and praise to my spiritual friend

[thy husband] and gladden him with the joyful tidings

of God; also, give the same to the friends of God and

His maid-servants.
|N113|P1
O thou who has sought shelter in the Impregnable
Cave!
|P2
Verily, the glad-tidings of God have encompassed

Abdu'l-Bahá from all directions. While his heart is

beating with the love of God, he holds a cup full of

the knowledge of God in his right hand and wishes

to give the seekers to drink of this wine, so that they

may, perchance, be exhilarated with this cup, which is

overflowing with the signs of God.
|P3

Be thou rejoiced at these words, because thou wilt

partake of this wine which refreshes hearts and souls.

|N114|P1
O thou who art confessing the Oneness of God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy letter and I besought God to cause

thee to promulgate His divine Manifestation, to be rejoiced

at the bounty of His Kingdom, to adhere to His

Testament, to hold fast to the hem of the robe of His

grandeur, to exert thyself in His Cause, to desire the

unity of His dearly beloved ones, and the harmony
amongst His chosen ones and to endeavor to remove

the doubts which are being emanated from deceitful

souls.
|P3

By the might of my Lord, verily, the Lord will assist

only those who will remain firm in His Cause, and

desire union, love, humility and submissiveness, and to

become separated from aught else save God. Every

forehead which is illuminated with these lights will be

a lamp of guidance and a star whereby all horizons

will be lighted.
|P4

Exert thyself with all thy heart and soul and with

all strength, so that thou mayest become a sign of firmness

and as a banner of the Word of God which may

wave on every lofty edifice through the favor of thy

Glorious Lord.
|P5
As to thy question concerning the 12th chapter of

Ecclesiastes: This is prophecy regarding the coming

of Jesus in that book, the signs and marks of which

were fulfilled with the appearance of the Promised

One of the Bible(1;) but since the Jews did not understand

the meaning thereof, so they denied Jesus and -

God forbid! - said that He was the deformed (Antichrist).

Then it is said by Jesus in the Gospel, that

similar signs would appear in the "last day" - or in

other words - in the day when Christ will come the

second time in this world.
|P6

The interpretation of these statements is mentioned

in the clearest manner and with the most wonderful

proofs in the Book of Ighan(1.) His honor, Ali-Kuli-Khan,

has already translated this Book which will soon

be published in America(2.) Then you will be informed

of the explanation and interpretation of these verses

and statements as elucidated by the Blessed Perfection.

Therefore my interpretation is not necessary.
|P7
As to thy question concerning the 54th chapter of

Isaiah: This chapter refers to the Exalted Leaf, the

mother of Abdu'l-Bahá. As a proof to this it is said:

"For more are the children of the desolate, than

the children of the married wife." Reflect upon this

statement and then upon the following: "And thy

seed shall inherit the Gentiles and make the desolate

cities to be inhabited." And truly the humiliation

and reproach which she suffered in the path of God is

a fact which no one can refute. For the calamities and

afflictions mentioned in the whole chapter are such afflictions

which she suffered in the path of God, all of
which she endured with patience and thanked God
therefor and praised Him, because He had enabled

her to endure afflictions for the sake of Bahá'í During

all this time, the men and women (nakazeen) persecuted

her in an incomparable manner, while she was
patient, God-fearing, calm, humble and contented

through the favor of her Lord and by the bounty of

her Creator.
|P8

As to thee - O thou who art confessing the Oneness

of God! - rise with all thy power to keep firm in the

Testament of God, and firmly believe that, verily, all

troops are defeated save those of the Testament and

all banners are reversed, save that of the Covenant of

God, which will wave over all horizons and will overshadow

the hosts of spirit, love and peace, while agitated

by the breeze of the favor of God. Be thou

of the number of this great host and among the vanguard

of this great and powerful army.
|N115|P1
O thou illumined youth!
|P2
Thank thou God, for that the tongues spoke in thy

praise and the pens moved with thy love, thy knowledge

and thy enkindlement by the fire of the love of God.

One of them is the pen of Abdu'l-Bahá. Therefore, be

a sign of knowledge, standard of assurance and a light

of God, so that thou mayest become strengthened by

the breaths of the Holy Spirit in these days.
|N116|P1
O thou revered sincere one!
|P2

Know thou, verily, the brilliant realities and sanctified

spirits are likened to a shining crescent. It has one face

turned toward the Sun of Truth, and another face opposite

to the contingent world. The journey of this

crescent in the heaven of the universe ends in (becoming)

a full moon. That is, that face of it which is

turned toward the divine world becomes also opposite

to the contingent world, and by this, both its merciful

and spiritual, as well as contingent, perfections become

complete.
|N117|P1
O thou servant of God!
|P2

Thy letter was received. Thou hast spoken concerning

thy lack of ability and capacity. Wert thou without

ability and capacity, thou wouldst not have advanced

toward the Kingdom of Abha.
|P3

Consider how there are thousands of heedless souls

who are asleep, while there is one who is conscious and

awake! Even as His Holiness Christ has said, the

friends of God are the salt of the earth, and the salt is

but a little part of the whole. Undoubtedly the friends

of God have been endowed with ability and capacity,

on which account they became of the "chosen" and not

of the "called."
|P4

O thou spiritual friend! This world is a prison for

heavenly souls, and this earthly world is but a cage, and

not a nest, unto the divine birds. A prisoner who is

awake and conscious will certainly seek for freedom, and

a mindful bird will certainly wish for deliverance from

the cage. When the heart becometh free from attachment

unto this world, it will crave for the world of the

Kingdom and seek for eternal life.
|N118|P1

O thou who are enkindled by the fire of the Love of

God!
|P2

Verily, I received thy good and beautiful letter and

I found it to be a sign of thy love and an evidence of

thy being attracted to the Beauty of El-Abha. I ask

God to make thee a caller to the Kingdom of El-Abha,

in those regions; to give thee a draught of the wine of

grace, to attract thee to the center of guidance, to cause

thee to ascend unto the Supreme World and to confirm

thee by the fragrances of the Holy Spirit, until thou

mayest guide the people unto the kingdom of immortality,

revive the hearts by the fragrances of God

and plant the seed of guidance in the field of the souls,

by a help from thy Lord, the Merciful, the Clement.

|P3
As to the wonderful melody whereby thy spirit was

revived, verily it is a melody of the melodies of the

divine music, which will cause the spirits to ascend unto

the Supreme Horizon and will (cause) the mysteries

to be unfolded.
|P4
O maid-servant of God! Be one of the angels of

peace and a saint in the world. Verily thy Lord will

cause thee to listen to that wonderful melody, through

the spiritual instrument.
|P5

Regarding thy visit to this region(1,) it is not permissible

at this time. But when the time comes, permission

will be granted thee to present thyself at this

Source of Light and Dawning-Point of the love of thy

Lord, the Forgiver.
|N119|P1

O thou who art made happy by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily, I have not forgotten thee and will never forget

thee. I supplicate my Lord and thy Lord to make

thee a sign of His love among the maid-servants of the

Merciful and an overflowing chalice with the wine of

His knowledge among the women, so that thou be filled

with the love of thy Lord and be severed from aught

else save Him. Verily thy Lord is the Generous and

the Giver. He will give thee what will dilate thy

breast, enlighten thine eyes and attract thee in all conditions

and circumstances.
|N120|P1

Convey(1) my love to the maid-servant of God, Mrs.

..., and say: "Serve God all you can, for this
service is eternal and lasting."
|N121|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thank God for choosing thee, saving thee and granting

thee of these great blessings and glorious attainments.

Verily, thy Lord shall confirm thee in that

which shall surprise the minds, through the glowing of

its love and the manifestations of the signs of its favors.

It is incumbent upon thee to be pure and holy. It is

incumbent upon thee to be severed from all else save

thy Lord. Confine thy attention and thoughts to the

Cause of thy great Lord and to diffusing His fragrances

in that country.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Commune with thy Lord,
saying:
|P4
O my God! my God! Thanks be to Thee for guiding
me unto Thy Kingdom, for opening before my face

the door of Thy guidance, enlightening my eyes with

beholding Thy signs, and filling my heart with the feelings

of Thy love.
|P5
O Lord! O Lord! Make me severed from the

world and void of its conditions, attracted by the fragrances

of Thy holiness among Thy maid-servants,

free in heart, happy in soul, cheerful in mind, longing

for the Kingdom of Thy Beauty, and glowing with the

fire of Thy love in the world. Thus may I enkindle

the light of guidance in the hearts of Thy servants.

|P6
Verily, Thou are the Powerful, the Bestower, the
Precious, the Mighty!
|N122|P1
O thou who art attracted by the Breath of God!
|P2

With all joy I read thy brilliant letter and was informed

of its expression and meanings, which showed

thine abundant love in God, thy humility before the

beloved of God, thine attraction to the fragrances of

God and thy firmness in the Testament of God.
|P3
I beg of God to make thee promote perfect harmony

among the believers of God and pure affection amid

the chosen ones of God and make thee [to] cause greatest

tranquillity to all the creatures and [to] show

kindness towards all the people on the earth, because

the bounty of the Merciful God is but pure love, great

prosperity and universal peace among different people

in all regions and laying the foundation of great happiness

and felicity for all the creatures.
|P4

Consequently, O thou who art attracted by the fragrances

of God, exert thyself and fail not to infuse

affection throughout all hearts and souls; [fail not] to

gather all the souls together in the assemblage of union

and cheerfulness, so that the beloved of God may become

as a levied army of the Supreme Concourse and

as a host of salvation descending from the Kingdom

of Abha and conquer the countries of hearts and the

cities of souls with their tongues, similar to sharp

swords whereby fortresses and castles are conquered.

|P5

By the Life of God! Verily I love thee with all my

heart and pray for thee every eve and morn that the

forgiving Lord may enable thee to serve in His excellent

vineyard and make thee a sign of His signs, to

cause thee to deliver His Cause, diffuse His breath

(and I beg of Him) to strengthen thine honorable

wife to that which behooveth these days. Verily He is

the Giver of Confirmation in all circumstances!
|N123|P1
O thou who art assuredly believing in God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy brilliant letter and thanked God

for that He hath created a maid-servant for Bahá'í who

prays for Abdu'l-Bahá and begs a blessing through the

abundance of the favor of God for him (Abdu'l-Bahá)

and his household.
|P3

O maid-servant of God! Do beseech and pray constantly

for Abdu'l-Bahá and beg the confirmation and

assistance of God in his behalf, because I am earnestly

fond of the prayer of the maid-servants of God in my

behalf and of their asking the blessing of God for this

servant!
|P4

I begged of God to ordain all good unto thee for thy

praying for Abdu'l-Bahá.
|N124|P1

O thou who art turning unto the Kingdom of God, and

looking unto the Day-spring of the lights of God!
|P2
I, with the utmost joy and cheerfulness, have

perused the contents of thy letter, which shows thy

faith in God, thy assurance in the Kingdom of God,

the gladness of thy breast in hearing the voice of God

and the adherence of thy heart to the word of God.

|P3

O servant of God! rejoice through the glad-tidings

of God, be happy by the wafting of the fragrance of

God, and cling to the Kingdom of God in such wise

that it makes thee separate thyself from the world and

kindle in thy heart the fire of the love of God to such

an extent that any one who approaches thee will feel

its warmth; and if thou desirest to attain to this station,

thou shouldst turn thyself wholly unto God. Perhaps

an illumination will descend upon thee by which

the fragrances of God will be diffused throughout those

regions and districts and thou wilt be a lamp of guidance

from which the lights of knowledge will emanate

and spread in those far countries and distant lands.

|N125|P1
O thou who art imploring God!
|P2

I was indeed acquainted with the great misfortunes

and afflictions which have befallen thee, but I hope that

through the bounty of thy Lord, He may ordain unto

thee heavenly fragrance and spirituality, attractive and

internal perceptions and incorporeal susceptibilities;

that He may grant thee strength after weakness, give

thee rest after trouble, bring thee nigh to Him, and

make thee a sign of His love among all His maid-servants,

and forgive thy father, mother, brother and
grandfather their sins.
|P3
Verily, He is the Pardoner, the Forgiver.
|N126|P1

O visitant to the Resort(1) of spirits (who are) sincere in

the Religion of God!
|P2

Blessed is the mother who bore thee and the breast

whose milk suckled thee and the bosom wherein thou

wert nurtured, because thou hast apprehended the Day

of the Lord, hast prepared thyself to enter in unto His

kingdom, hast set thy face singly toward His Gracious

Countenance, hast believed in the Manifest Light, hast

rejoiced in the Abundant Grace, hast responded to the

Voice of thy Lord with a sincere and beating heart and

hast presented thyself from those regions at the Glorious

Threshold and hast marked thy forehead with the

pure, holy, fragrant Tomb(1,) the breaths of whose

sanctity are spread abroad throughout the lands as

fragrant musk is diffused unto the distant place! Then

thank thy Lord, the Merciful, the Clement, for this

great salvation (or fruition, achievement, or attainment)

and exceeding grace!
|P3
Now as to what thou askest concerning the spirit

and its "return" to this world of humanity and this

elemental space: Know that spirit in general is divided

into five sorts - the vegetable spirit, the animal spirit,

the human spirit, the spirit of faith, and the divine

spirit of sanctity.
|P4

The vegetable spirit is the virtue augmentative, or

growing or vegetative faculty, which results from the

admixture of the simple elements, with the co-operation

of water, air and heat.
|P5

The animal spirit is the virtue perceptive resulting

from the admixture and absorption of the vital elements

generated in the heart, which apprehend sense-impressions.

|P6

The human spirit consists of the rational, or logical,

reasoning faculty, which apprehends general ideas
and things intelligible and perceptible.
|P7
Now these "spirits" are not reckoned as Spirit in

the terminology of the Scriptures and the usage of the

people of the Truth, inasmuch as the laws governing

them are as the laws which govern all phenomenal

being (i.e., all existences belonging to the phenomenal

or material universe, called "the world of generation and

corruption"), in respect to generation, corruption, production,

change and reversion, as is clearly indicated in

the Gospel where it says: "Let the dead bury their

dead;" "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and

that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit"; inasmuch as

he who would bury these dead was alive with the vegetative,

animal and rational human soul, yet did Christ -

to whom be glory! - declare such dead and devoid of

life, in that this person was devoid of the Spirit of Faith,

which is of the Kingdom of God.
|P8

In brief, for these three spirits there is no restitution

or "return," but they are subordinate to reversions and

production and corruption.
|P9

But the Spirit of Faith which is of the Kingdom (of

God) consists of the all-comprehending Grace and the

perfect attainment (or salvation, fruition, achievement)

and the power of sanctity and the divine effulgence

from the Sun of Truth on luminous light-seeking
essences from the presence of the divine Unity.

And by this Spirit is the life of the spirit of man, when

it is fortified thereby, as Christ saith: "That which is

born of the Spirit is Spirit." And this Spirit hath both

restitution and return, inasmuch as it consists of the

Light of God and the unconditioned Grace. So, having

regard to this state and station, Christ announced that

John the Baptist was Elias, who was to come before

Christ (Matt. 11:14). And the likeness of this station

is as that of lamps kindled (from one another):

for these in respect to their glasses and oil-holders, are

different, but in respect to their light, One, and in respect

to their illumination, One; nay, each one is identical

with the other, without imputation of plurality, or diversity

or multiplicity or separateness. This is the Truth

and beyond the Truth there is only error.
|P10

But as to the question of the Trinity, know, O advancer

unto God, that in each one of the cycles wherein

the Lights have shone forth upon the horizons (i.e.,

in each prophetic dispensation) and the Forgiving
Lord hath revealed Himself on Mount Paran (see

Habbakkuk 3:3, etc.) or Mount Sinai, or Mount Seir

(see Ezekiel 35), there are necessarily three things:

The Giver of the Grace, and the Grace, and the Recipient

of the Grace; the Source of the Effulgence, and

the Effulgence, and the Recipient of the Effulgence;

the Illuminator, and the Illumination, and the Illuminated.

Look at the Mosaic cycle: The Lord, and
Moses, and the Fire (i.e., the burning bush), the
Intermediary; and [at] the Messianic cycle: The

Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost the Intermediary;

and in the Mohammedan cycle: The Lord,
the Apostle (or Messenger, Mohammed), and
Gabriel (for, as the Mohammedans believe, Gabriel
brought the Revelation from God to Mohammed).

Look at the sun and its rays and the heat which results

from its rays; the rays and the heat are but two effects

of the sun, but inseparable from it; yet the sun is one

in its essence, unique in its real identity, single in its

attributes, neither is it possible that anything should

resemble it. Such is the essence of the Truth concerning

the Unity, the real doctrine of the Singularity, the

undiluted reality as to the (Divine) Sanctity.
|P11

But as to the question concerning the atonement on

the part of the Holy Redeemer, I have explained this

to thee by word of mouth in a plain and detailed manner,

devoid of ambiguities, and I have made it clear to

thee as the sun at noonday.
|P12
And I ask God to open unto thee the gates, that

thou mayest thyself apprehend the true meanings of

these mysteries. Verily, He is the Confirmer, the

Beneficent, the Merciful!
|N127|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2
The means of communication being severed(1,) your

letter of *** was received only in these days. You

have made mention of the persons who have lately accepted

the Truth. Convey most wonderful Abha
greetings to Mrs. ... and say: "Thank thou

God for thou hast worn a crown studded with gems of

the knowledge of God and partaken of the fountain of

the Water of Life." Convey also most wonderful
greetings to Mrs. ... and say: "Thou wast in

darkness and thou hast attained the world of lights.

Thou was not informed of Almighty God. I hope
thou wilt witness signs."
|P3

O thou real friend! Another letter [hath just been]

received from thee. Its contents bear upon the cablegram

which was sent to prevent publication. By thy

dear life, thou wast not meant by it; for numerous

publications were seen in newspapers and magazines

which were not proper. The purpose of that cablegram

is this: That each one of the beloved ones of God

(believers in general who may wish to publish any

writings or articles, etc.) should first send the same to

the Holy Land, to be seen (or examined) and then

printed. And this matter is general and this (message)

was sent equally to America, Persia, India and Turkestan.

I have the utmost love for thee and thy family

for thou servest me - how can I be offended at you?

Be assured and happy. Convey my greetings to thy

sons and also to the maid-servant of God, thy wife.

|N128|P1
O thou slave of the Beauty of Abha!
|P2
Thy letter was received. Praise be to God! It

indicated thy firmness and steadfastness in the love of

God - therefore, it was the cause of happiness.
|P3
Thou hast written regarding the meeting of his
honor Mr. ..., his respected wife and daughter.
Truly, I say, Mr. ... is a blessed soul and

is engaged in the service of the Cause and his extreme

hope is to bring about affinity between the souls and

cause the believers to be united and agree. This is

also my highest hope. I hope, God willing, this unity

and agreement will be established and this imprisoned

one, immersed in the sea of trials, become exhilarated

and rejoiced. The aim of the appearance of the Blessed

Perfection - may my life be a sacrifice for His beloved

ones! - was the unity and agreement of all the people

of the world. Therefore, my utmost desire, firstly, is

the accord and union and love of the believers and

after that of all the people of the world. Now, if

unity and agreement is not established among the believers,

I will become heartbroken and the afflictions

will leave a greater imprint upon me. But if the fragrance

of love and unity among the believers is wafted

to my nostrils, every trial will become a mercy, every

unhappiness a joy, every difficulty an expansion, every

misery a treasure and every hardship a felicity.
|P4
Convey on my behalf the utmost love and kindness

to the favored maid-servant of God [thy wife], and

thy worthy and noble sons.
|N129|P1

O thou who art awakened from the sleep of negligence

and forgetfulness!
|P2
Thank God for that He hath awakened thee from

thy sleep, found thee after thy being lost and quickened

thee after thy death. Verily, I beg God to confirm

thee by a power by which thou mayest be enabled
to worship God and to serve His Cause and to be
submissive and lowly before the beloved of God.
|P3
Verily, I remember thee in my prayers and in my

invocation, beseeching the Heavenly Father, the Lord

of Hosts, to confirm thee by a power and cause thee

to be firm and to work and serve in the olive garden

of God and to be lowly and submissive before His
Holy and Exalted Threshold.
|N130|P1

O thou fortunate and righteous, sincere and pious!

|P2
Thank thou God for that by reason of which the

breath of God hath awakened thee and the spirit of

God hath quickened thee and raised thee from among

the dead with a joyful spirit of life.
|P3

In my prayers I supplicate God to bestow upon thee

in all cases and aspects an influential and penetrating

power that thou mayest be a firm, faithful and successful

servant in the garden of El-Abha, and a skillful
laborer in the vineyard of God.
|N131|P1
O thou who art advancing toward the Kingdom of
God!
|P2
Verily, I supplicate God to illuminate thy heart

through the light which is shining from the Supreme

Concourse that His mightiest power may strengthen

thee to be firm, steadfast, submissive and lowly before

the Kingdom of God, and to be an example of good

deeds among the maid-servants of the Merciful. And

I beseech Him to make thy breast a clear mirror to

reflect the light of the spirit of God.
|N132|P1
O thou at whose mention I am rejoiced!
|P2
By God, the True One, verily pure hearts are as

clear and brilliant mirrors which imprint the one on

the other, and hearts discover the secrets of hearts.

Therefore, they (hearts) chant the verses of longing

and recite the odes of glorification and praise. Consequently,

the recourse is to pages of hearts, not pages
filled with written lines.
|P3

Give my greetings to thy revered wife and announce

to her the glad-tidings of a gift from God; and I beg of

God to make her a spark from out the fire of His love.

Verily He is the Powerful, the Mighty!
|N133|P1
O thou who art assured in God!
|P2

Verily we read thy letter and asked for thee confirmation.

Verily thy Lord will strengthen thee in

great spirituality and cause thy heart to overflow with

the gifts of God.
|P3

All the servants of the Merciful here convey to thee

greetings and praise.***
|N134|P1
O thou who art advanced towards God!
|P2

Verily I implore God to cause thee to be a sign of

the book of Genesis, declaring His mentionings and

His praise among the creatures, with brilliant face,

smiling mouth, dilated breast and rejoiced heart, for

the manifestation of His evident glory and the appearance

of His illumining Beauty from that wonderful
horizon.
|P3

Surely a day will come when all thy desires will be

attained and God will answer all that which thou hast

prayed for in thine heart, and I beg of Him to make

all that which thou hast longed for long ago very attainable.

Then thine heart will be overflowed with joy
on account of such a great bounty.
|N135|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily I read thy new letter and was informed of its

meanings, which proved thy lowliness to thy Glorious

Lord.
|P3

Verily we promised thee, by the favor of thy Lord,

last year, that thy Lord would grant thee "sight of

eyes" (i.e., a son), a blessed birth. Thanks and praise

be unto God for that He granted thee a good

descendant and dilated thy breast by this great bounty.

It is incumbent on thee to offer many thanks to the

Merciful Lord for this great favor in the world of

humanity. Verily I implore unto God to make him a

sign of His Kingdom, illuminated, spiritual and god-like

among the children.
|N136|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2
Thank God for giving and granting thee "sight of

eyes" (i.e., a son) whereby thy bosom becomes dilated

and thy heart rejoiced.
|P3

Then make his name "Ruhullah" (i.e., the Spirit of

God), so that the Spirit of thy Lord, the Merciful of

the Merciful, will confirm him.
|P4

O maid-servant of God! Know, verily, that the one

who bore similar name (i.e., Ruhullah), son of Varga,

was martyred in the path of God in the twelfth year

of his life. While he was beneath the unsheathed sword

he called out "Ya Baha-el-Abha!" until he was killed

in the path of God.
|P5

We called thy son by this noble name so that he may

have a great station in the Kingdom of God.
|N137|P1
O thou sincere servant of the True One!
|P2

Thy letter caused joy to the hearts. Its meanings

perfumed the nostrils like unto a tender flower and a

red rose. The heat of thy longing was felt and thy

wish to present thyself to the blessed Threshold was

recognized. Happy art thou who hast entered this
Supreme Paradise under the shadow of the Tree of

Life and hast partaken of the Heavenly Table. This

Servant hath also the utmost longing to see thee and

hopeth that some day this wish may be attained. But

in these days, owing to the sedition of these faithless

ones (i.e., violators), coming to this blessed region is

(subject to) great caution. Therefore, leave it to some

other time and be engaged in diffusing the lights of the

Sun of Truth.
|P3
Turn thou unto the Kingdom of Oneness and chant

thou the verses of Singleness. Be thou invested with a

robe, the embroidery of which is purity and sanctity and

the woof and warp of which is the spirituality of the

Mighty Lord, so that thou mayest inhale the fragrance

of the divine rose-garden from the garment of the real

Joseph and so divest thyself of the mantle of bodily

things that angelhood and ideal spirituality become

realized (in thee).
|N138|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2
I have seen the letter which thou hast written to
Mr. .... The opinion (expressed therein) was

very agreeable. The Spiritual Meeting of Consultation

of New York must be in the utmost union and

harmony with the Spiritual Meeting of Consultation

of Chicago, and that which they deem advisable to
publish, these two Meetings of Consultation must

unitedly approve of it and deem its publication advisable.

Then the Meeting of Consultation must send

one copy thereof to Acca, in order that it may be also

approved of here and then returned, and that then it

may be printed and published.
|P3
That the two Spiritual Meetings of Chicago and

New York must be in unity and harmony is very important,

and when a Spiritual Meeting may be also

organized in Washington in a befitting manner, these

two meetings (of Chicago and New York) must be
also in unity and harmony with that meeting.
|P4

To be brief, it hath been decided by the Desire of

God that union and harmony may day by day increase

among the friends of God and the maid-servants of
the Merciful One, in the West. Not until this is

realized will the affairs advance by any means whatever!

And the greatest means for the union and harmony

of all is Spiritual Meetings. This matter is very

important and is as a magnet (to attract or) for divine

confirmation. If the beauty of this Divine Beloved

One - that is, unity of believers - does appear in the

ornament of the Kingdom of Abha, it is certain that

those countries will, in a short time, become the Paradise

of Abha and the light of Unity (or Oneness) and

Singleness will shine upon the whole world from the

West. We(1) are endeavoring with all heart and soul,

have no rest night and day, nor a moment of tranquillity,

so that we may make the world of humanity
the mirror of the divine unity; how much more the

beloved of God! And this wish and hope shall appear

and shine forth at that time when the true friends of

God may arise and act in accord with the teachings of

the Beauty of Abha - may my life be a sacrifice to His

beloved ones! One of the teachings is that love and

faithfulness must so prevail in the hearts that men may

see the stranger as a friend, the sinner as an intimate

fellow, may count enemies as allies, regard foes as

loving comrades, call their executioner the giver of

life, consider the denier as a believer and the unbeliever

as a faithful one - that is, men must behave in such

a manner as may befit the believers, the faithful, the

friend and the confidant. If this lamp may shine in

a befitting manner in the assemblage of the world you

will find that the regions will become fragrant and the

world become a delectable paradise, the surface of the

earth will become an excellent garden, the world will

become as one home, the different nations will become

as one kind, and the peoples and nationalities of the

East and West will become as one household. I hope

such a day may come and such lights may dawn and

such a Countenance may appear in the utmost beauty.

|N139|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

Though thy letter was brief in words, it was ample

in significance. It indicated that thy heart is illumined,

thine inner sight is open and thine ear of understanding

is familiar with the mystery. This is a gift from God,

the Independent.
|P3
Thine expression of kindness to Miss ... is

very acceptable. Be thou kind to all on the earth, a

care-taker (or helper) to every sick person, an open

treasure to every indigent one; offer thou salutary water

to the athirst; bestow the bread (or food) of life upon

the hungered; console thou the helpless, exhort the ignorant

and seek forgiveness for the sinner.
|P4
If, hereafter, thou mayest write a letter to Miss
..., deliver unto her this my message:
|P5
"O Miss ...! The Tree of Life is full of

blossoms, leaves and fruits! - the shade thereof is a

peace to the soul and a rest to the consciousness. Whosoever

is under this Tree will certainly partake of fruit.

But shade trees are many in the forest, which, though

fresh and verdant, are, nevertheless, fruitless. This

truth shall finally become clear and manifest unto thee."

|P6

Kiss thou the face and hair of Ruhullah on my behalf.

|N140|P1
O God who art without likeness!
|P2
The servant of Thy Kingdom, Mr. ...,

reached the Holy Threshold in the utmost of sincerity

and longing and sought Thy good will. It is some

time that he hath been engaged in the land of America

with Thy commemoration and known by Thy commendation.

To the beloved he is a cause of joy and
to the friends a means of unity and gladness.
|P3
O world Creator! For his life - well done! - for
he is alive with Thy name and thoughtful of Thee
night and day. Confer upon him Thy grace that he

may daily receive a new life, attain a fresh bounty,

offer a new service to Thy Threshold and serve Thy

Throne.
|P4
Thou art the Giver, the Forgiver and Thou art the
Pardoner, the Educator!
|N141|P1
O thou servant of Baha'!
|P2
Thy visit is accepted and thy name ever mentioned

in the presence of Abdu'l-Bahá. I forget thee not for

a moment but remember thee always. I seek confirmation

and strength from God for thee. Rest thou assured

and be happy in the love of Abdu'l-Bahá. Know

for a certainty that divine confirmation will arrive and

great attainment be made.
|N142|P1
O servant of Baha'!
|P2
Thy letter written to his honor, Mirza ...,

with the enclosed map of the ground of the Mashrak-el-Azcar,

hath been seen.
|P3

The place is suitable, but if it were possible to have

a wider piece of ground, so that the building should

stand in the middle, surrounded by a flower garden, it

would be better and more pleasing; otherwise, if this is

not possible, the building on the present ground is also

permissible.
|P4
The flowers which Ruhullah picked on the ground
of the Mashrak-el-Azcar and thou didst send to me

brought with them and exhaled a very sweet fragrance.

This fragrance is just as thou didst write, "the fragrance

of the rose-garden of the unity of the East and

West." I hope that daily these fragrances may become

more powerful and more diffused throughout the world.

|P5
Thou must hasten to send his honor ...

all the writings for which he asked, to Rangoon, India.

|P6
An utmost happiness was produced by the news of
the good health and safety of the friends of God.
|P7
My spiritual beloved, his honor, Mr. ..., is

rendering a great service to the Kingdom of Abha and

becoming a means of strong attraction towards, and

connection with the world above by making this long

tour(1) and giving the news of the Holy Spot and diffusing

the fragrances of the love of God.
|P8

As to the calamities and afflictions of Abdu'l-Bahá:

These are not calamities, but bounties; they are not afflictions,

but gifts; not hardships, but tranquillity; not

trouble, but mercy - and we thank God for this great

favor.
|N143|P1
O thou who art advancing unto God!
|P2
Praise God that He guided thee to the Path of His

Kingdom, blessed thee with the word of holiness, and

illumined thy heart with a light shining in the lofty

Kingdom.
|P3

O maid-servant of God! Every star hath a setting,

but the star of the knowledge of God in the divine

heaven; every light shall darken save the light of the

guidance of God; every dignity shall vanish away save

the glory under the shadow of the Word of God.
|P4

Verily, I pray God to make thee firm in this Path;

to cause thee to enter the Ark of Safety; and to

strengthen thee in becoming humble and meek to the

maid-servants of the Merciful, and in overcoming self

and passion through the power from God.
|N144|P1
O my dear, intimate friend!
|P2
Verily, I address thee with such an appellation

whereby the hearts of those who are endowed with intelligence,

are dilated with joy; because, verily, this is

from my heart which is overflowing with the love of

God - and an appellation that proceeds from love will

certainly be as a spirit for the souls, as a light to the

eyes, as a life to bodies and as a dressing for the hearts

and bodies which are wounded and lacerated by the

afflictions of this world. Then be consoled by the

praise of thy Lord, whenever thou art attacked by
grief and sorrow.
|N145|P1
O thou candle of the Love of God!
|P2
I ask God to grant thee by His favor and grace

that which is thy utmost desire; that the closed doors

become opened, the uneven roads become even, thy

face shine by the love of God, thy sight become brighter

by witnessing the signs of God; that thou mayest attain

spiritual joy, eternal happiness and heavenly life.

|N146|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thank God that thou dost believe in the Greatest

Manifestation, art confident in the Word of God and

dost hold to the divine teachings. I hope that thou

mayest be confirmed to give the Message to thy friends

and relatives and guide them also. Be patient and forbearing

and treat them with great love and kindness.

Surely the attributes of the people of God will have

their effect eventually upon the people.
|N147|P1
O thou beloved of my heart!
|P2

Verily, my soul longs for thee, for the lamp of the

love of Bahá'í is lighted within thy heart and I love

to look upon thy face, for it is glittering with the light

of guidance among the creatures. Glory be to Him
who hath united hearts together! Glory be to Him

who hath brought the East and West under the shadow

of the Blessed Tree, the root of which is firmly fixed

in the earth and the branches of which reach unto the

Supreme Concourse!
|N148|P1
O thou who art partaking of the Heavenly Food!
|P2
Know thou verily the Divine Food is descending
from heaven, but only those taste thereof who are

directed to the light of guidance, and only those can

enjoy it who are endowed with a sound taste. Otherwise

every diseased soul disliketh the delicious and merciful

food and this is because of the sickness which

hath seized him, whereby the El-Zekkum(1) is sweet (to

his taste) while he fleeth from the ripe fruit of the Tree

of the Living and Pre-existent God - and there is no

wonder in that.
|P3
In a similar way, thou beholdest some women who

have abandoned the Testament, and to them the bitterness

of discord is sweet. They keep aloof from the
Extended Shadow and dwell under the shade of a
"black smoke." Alas for them and grief for them!

They will surely lament and find themselves in loss.

Verily, this is but an evident truth!
|N149|P1

O thou tree, developed in the garden of the Love of

God!
|P2

Be well watered with the abundant rain falling from

the clouds of the Testament of God, that thou mayest

bring forth fresh and ripe fruits which are beneficial

to the hearts and souls.
|N150|P1
O thou spiritual man and merciful being!
|P2

I have read thy brilliant letter which showeth the

utterance of thy praise upon the Beauty of El-Abha,

the Most Glorious. Blessed thou art! Glad-tidings

unto thee for that by reason of which thou hast drunk

from the cup which is overflowing with the wine of

the love of God, and hast become intoxicated from that

pure wine which was given to thee from the hand of

Providence in the meeting of the knowledge of God.

|P3

Take the cup of sanctity in thy right hand and pass

the glass of the Kingdom, in the social meeting - which

is the wine of the love of God and the sweet, pure, cool

water of the knowledge of God - and give to drink to

those who are in attendance, that they may rejoice, be

happy and sing the hymns of sanctity and unification,

offering their praise to the Supreme Kingdom.
|N151|P1
O thou who art attracted to the Holy Fragrances!
|P2

The light of truth hath made thine eyes to see, the

voice of God hath made thine ears to hear and the

lights emanating from the beauty of the Light of the

World both made thine heart attracted and astonished.

I hope that thou wilt cut thyself from all that is in this

world; wilt sever thyself from all desires of this transitory

world; wilt attach thy heart entirely to the light

of truth and wilt, at all times, rise in the service of

truth in the rose-garden of God.
|P3

The deriding of the enemy addeth to the joy of the

heart and the taunting of the ignorant becometh the

means of spirituality and fragrance.
|P4

Observe that the Pharisees called His Holiness, the

sweet and the divine Christ, Beelzebub or the head of

evil spirits. This people (the people of the world)

are in the depths of ignorance and their reproach and

detraction are like praise and congratulation.
|P5
I hope that, in the path of the love of God, thou

wilt exert thyself exceedingly and thus wilt enjoy life.

|P6
The letter which thou hadst written to Mrs. ...

was perused by me. Indeed, its contents were indicative

of divine knowledge and showed that thou art

really attracted to the Beauty of God. Thou hast very

well explained the question of the progress of man in

the higher stations and his reaching the life eternal.

This explanation is indeed from the confirmation of the

Holy Spirit.
|N152|P1
O thou who art accepted of God!
|P2

Know thou that, verily, the eye of favors is directed

to thee and is beholding thee with a divine glance, so

that thou mayest, with clear eyes, see the lights of the

Kingdom upon the horizon. Remember, at all times,

this great favor and thank thy Lord and supplicate to

Him every day.
|N153|P1
O thou servant of God!
|P2

According to what I have heard, thou hast experienced

a great financial loss. Do not feel sorry, for

thou wilt be compensated. I hope that whatever thou

hast lost will come back to thee. But this material

loss is not a very grave one; it is for a time and shall

pass away. Alhamdallah!(1 - that) thou hast a share in

the Kingdom of God and art receiving gifts from the

treasury of the Holy Spirit. Do not feel sorry; do

not brood over the loss; do not sit down depressed;

do not be silent; but, on the contrary, day and night

be engaged in the commemoration of thy Lord in the

greatest joy and gladness.
|N154|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Beauty of the Deity!

|P2

Verily, I have read thy clear letter, and was heartily

cheered at its elegant style, because it indicated thy

sincerity in the Cause of God, thy hearty adherence

to the Word of God, and thy service in the vineyard

of God.
|P3
O thou maid-servant of God! Be tranquil and

know, verily, that indeed, the Holy Ghost in this glorious

age teacheth every soul that is sincerely faithful,

firm and drawn to the Kingdom of the Great Lord.

Verily, I address thee with a heart overflowing with

the love of God.
|P4

I beg of God to ordain for thee all that which thou

desirest and grant thee the honors of meeting, and

that thou mayest be a true maid-servant, emptied of all

save Him, that thou mayest be apt in serving in His

vineyard and in guiding thy two children into His
Right Path.
|P5
Indeed thou wilt see the teachings of God spread

in those regions by the breath of the Holy Spirit, and

thou wilt discover the fragrances of the paradise of

the Kingdom.
|P6

Verily, these glad-tidings are very great for thee,

and also for the maid-servants of the Merciful One,

and for the men of God in that wide region (i.e.,
America).
|N155|P1

O ye(1) who are longing for the beauty of El-Abha!

|P2

Verily that Light (i.e., the Light of the Manifestation)

shone forth from the horizon of the Manifestation,

appeared upon the horizon of existence, and the

darkness was changed into light; the Sun of Guidance

dawned in the horizon of heaven, whereby the eyes
which were looking unto the Kingdom of God were

illuminated, the breasts which were filled with God's

love were dilated, and the heavenly spirits were attracted

by the magnet of the Holy Spirit, so that the

hearts became as pure mirrors reflecting the godlike

appearances and manifesting the heavenly lights - except

the eyes which were in the veil of imitation of the

forefathers (i.e., those who followed the theories of

their fathers) were hindered from or veiled from witnessing

that brilliant and godlike illumination, and the

people held to the superstitions of the Pharisees and

neglected the mystery of God and the glad-tidings (recorded)

in the Holy Scriptures, which elucidated the

appearance of the Lord of Hosts in the promised day.

|P3

As to you - O ye who are attracted to the fragrances

of God! - kneel down and thank God for choosing
you to enter His wonderful Kingdom.
|P4
How many of the Pharisees were waiting for the

appearance of the Spirit (i.e., Jesus) then were veiled

from it. But ye have taken away the veil and were

guided unto the light, have given up imitating forefathers

and directed your eyes to the Sun of Truth,

which is shining in the Supreme Horizon. This is a

favor to you on the part of your Lord, and a gift for

you.
|N156|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thy letter was understood. Thou hast asked, very

humbly, for certain things and all were worthy to be

coveted. Thou desirest forgiveness of sins; didst ask

for great unity and peace; sought nearness to the
Threshold of God; hoped to be detached from thine

own will, seeking the will of God; prayed for rescue

from self-love (or selfishness); hoped for progress in

the station of knowledge; desired to serve God; and

prayed that thy honorable husband and thy children

may be set aglow with the fire of the love of God and

may manifest light on their brows through the radiance

of the knowledge of God. All these wishes are well

worthy of asking. Especially the rescue from self-love.

This is a strange trait and the means of the destruction

of many important souls in the world. If man be imbued

with all good qualities but be selfish, all the other

virtues will fade or pass away and eventually he will

grow worse.
|P3
I hope the beloved of God and the maid-servants

of the Merciful will be entirely freed from selfishness.

Should this become their nature, they will indeed become

manifestations of great bounties, and the doors
of the divine grace will open.
|P4
Be thou grateful to Mrs. ... for having led
thee to the Straight Path and guiding thee to the

Kingdom of God. If thou shouldst thank her a thousand

times an hour, thou wilt fail to thank her sufficiently

for the attainment.
|N157|P1

***O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Know thou that the heart of Abdu'l-Bahá is overflowing

with great love for thee, and verily he is night

and day invoking and beseeching the Kingdom of God

that He may make thee a sign of His mercy among
His creatures, a cause of love and harmony and a

means of hinging [or a pivot for] every good among

the people of all regions, and to make thee announce to

the people the opening of the door of the Kingdom.

"Verily God will appropriate His mercy unto whom He

pleaseth."
|P3
O thou servant of God! Turn thy face thoroughly
unto God, so that He may make thee to show forth

the Greatest Gift and make thee to be a source of those

signs which may prove thy proper relationship unto

God and the joy of thy heart, through the fragrances

of the Holy Spirit, in every moment and instant.
|P4

Be thou sure that, verily, thy deceased child is now

one of those babes who are suckled in the Kingdom

of Life, under the charge of the Beauty of El-Abha.

"Verily, God confirmeth whom He wisheth!"
|N158|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily I read thy excellent letter which contained

thy praises of the Supreme Lord. Verily I supplicate

God to confirm thee in that which He desireth, to

protect thee from conceit and self-exaltation and from

selfish concerns, to make thee devoted unto Him and

resigned unto Him and to be the means of promoting

the divine love amongst the dearly beloved of God.

And I beseech Him to preserve thee from the confirmed

tests and great trials which break backs and

perish souls and to make thee a sign of submissiveness

and a standard of meekness, lowliness and humility

before the Kingdom of the Mighty and Omnipotent
God.
|N159|P1
O thou who art advancing unto the Kingdom of God!
|P2
Verily I noted thy writing and was made glad by

thy letter. I pray God to cause thee to attain the

bounties of the Kingdom, so that thou mayest arise

for the service of the Cause of God and that of the

world of humanity - and (may God's) blessings descend

upon thy honorable wife. Verily my Lord is

kind unto His servants and is the Generous, the Giver

of Bounty!
|P3
Know that the return of Christ for a second time

doth not mean what the people believe, but, rather,

signifieth the One promised to come after Him. He

shall come with the Kingdom of God and His power
which hath surrounded the world. This power (or

reign) is in the world of hearts and spirits and not in

that of matter (or bodies). For the material world

is not comparable to a single wing of a fly, or rather

less in the sight of thy Lord, wert thou of those who

know! Verily Christ came with His Kingdom from

the beginning which hath no beginning and will come

with His Kingdom to the eternity of eternities, inasmuch

as in this sense Christ is an expression of the

divine reality, the simple essence and heavenly entity

which hath no beginning or ending. It hath appearance,

arising and manifestation and setting in each of the

cycles.
|N160|P1
O thou who art marching unto God!
|P2
Thy letter was read. Its contents indicated thy
devotion to the Horizon of the Living God and thy

love for the Promised Perfection. Firmness is, however,

a requisite. Thou must remain solid and firm
as a great mountain.
|P3

Regarding thy revered wife, thou hast written that

a warmer place is more suitable than the cold. If this

winter thou shouldst go to those regions, it is better.

I ask God that thou, thy wife and thy friends may
draw nigh unto the Spiritual Beauty.
|N161|P1
Rejoice, O maid-servant of God!
|P2
- for that thou hast known God and heard His call

and art attracted to His breaths! Then prostrate thyself

and kneel down before the gracious Lord, in His
great Kingdom, and say:
|P3
"My Lord! My Lord! I praise Thee and I thank
Thee for that whereby Thou hast favored Thine

humble maid-servant, Thy slave beseeching and supplicating

Thee, because Thou hast verily guided her unto

Thine obvious Kingdom and caused her to hear Thine

exalted Call in the contingent world and to behold

Thy Signs which prove the appearance of Thy victorious

reign over all things.
|P4
"O my Lord, I dedicate that which is in my womb

unto Thee. Then cause it to be a praiseworthy child

in Thy Kingdom and a fortunate one by Thy favor

and Thy generosity; to develop and to grow up under

the charge of Thine education. Verily Thou art the

Gracious! Verily Thou art the Lord of Great Favor!"

|N162|P1

O thou who art afflicted by a visitation by which thine

eyes are overflowing with tears!
|P2

Be not grieved and afflicted for this calamity which

hath befallen thee; nay, rather, rejoice that God hath

favored (thy babe) with His heavenly gifts. Truly,

I say unto thee, wert thou informed of that felicity

which thy babe hath attained in the worlds of God,

thy breast would be dilated and thy soul would be

purified. Truly, I say unto thee, thy child will be

fostered from the breast of the gift of God in the

Exalted Kingdom and will be nursed in the bosom of

mercy in the Supreme World of God. Therefore, be

filled with delight, for the favor of thy Lord is very

great!
|P3
I beg of God to pour on thee becoming patience,

so that thy heart may be consoled with the fragrance

of His mercy and that thy breast may be dilated with

His favors, that thou mayest attain to the spiritual

states which are lasting forever and ever.
|P4
Thou oughtest to bear it with becoming patience.

Again, thou oughtest to patiently bear this calamity

which hath flowed thine eyes with tears and hath
greatly afflicted thee.
|N163|P1
O thou who art advancing unto the Kingdom of God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy beautiful letter, its good composition,

and I scented from the garden of its significances

the fragrance of God's love. I pray God to confirm

thee in the Path, to cause thee to enter the Ark of

Safety, to reveal unto thee the signs and manifest to

thee the evidences; thus thou mayest be firm in the

love of God, steadfast in the religion of God and a

growing tree by the bounty of the Kingdom of El-Abha.

|P3
O maid-servant of God! Be rejoiced for God hath
made thee a believing maid-servant in His Holy

Threshold and a leaf of the leaves of the Tree of Life.

If God giveth thee good descendants and a manly son,

rest assured in that he will be a good son, looking unto

the Supreme Horizon and confident in his soul by the

favors of the Lord of the High Heavens.
|P4

I supplicate God to make His beloved ones in Cincinnati

(O.) glow with the fire of Sinai, imploring unto the

Kingdom of El-Abha, meek and lowly for the sake

of God among His beloved, denying self and passion,

grasping the robe of piety, so that they may be lamps

of guidance in those regions. I pray God to make thee

a maid-servant whose garment shall be faithfulness and

the crown of her head the love of El-Baha.
|P5

Convey greeting and praise from me to thy honorable

husband. I ask God to aid him with a strength

whereat minds shall amaze in the Cause of the Living

God.
|N164|P1

O ye(1) illumined faces! O ye divine souls! and O ye

spiritual temples!
|P2

Verily, I read your letter which uttered your extreme

love and entire attraction to the Kingdom of God,

your trust in God, your immersing into the deep seas

of the bounties of God and your chanting the verses

of thanksgiving to God, because He guided you to

His Eternal Kingdom, manifested to you His evident

light, descended upon you a heavenly table through

His great favor, planted you in His glorious vineyard

and caused you to become manifestations of guidance

among the people and dawning-points of wisdom among

the creatures.
|P3
O servants of God! Sanctify the soul and dilate

the breast by the promise your Lord gave you, that,

verily, He confirms you through the hosts of inspiration.

Ye will see (the time when) your faces shine

as stars in the horizon of guidance and your heads

crowned by the crown of success in the Supreme World.

|N165|P1
O Thou kind Lord!
|P2
These souls are Thy friends and this gathering is

longing for Thee. They are captives of the lights of

Thy Beauty and ecstatic by Thy musk-scented locks.

Their hearts are Thine; they are Thy poor, humble and

homeless; they have severed themselves from relative

and stranger and have established the relationship of

unity with Thee. They have adored Thee. They were

sons of earth; Thou hast made them new fruits of the

Kingdom. They were plants of the desert of bereavement;

Thou hast made them trees of the rose-garden of
knowledge. They were silent; Thou hast made them

speak. They were extinct; Thou hast lighted them.

They were sterile soil; Thou hast made them the rose-garden

of significances. They were the children of the

world of humanity; Thou hast caused them to attain

development and the maturity of the Kingdom!
|P3

O kind One! Grant them shelter and security under

Thy protection, preserve them from tests and trials,

send them invisible help and confer upon them the
doubtless bounty, O Thou kind Beloved!
|P4
They are the body and Thou art the Life. The

body is dependent for its life and freshness upon the

Spirit - therefore they are in need of confirmation and

long for the Breaths of the Holy Spirit in this new

Cause!
|P5

Thou art the Able! Thou art the Giver, the Educator,

the Forgiver, the Pardoner and the Light shining
from the Invisible Realm!
|N166|P1

O ye(1) who are attracted to the Heavenly Kingdom! O

ye who are enlightened by the Light of Guidance!
O ye lamps lighted by the Light of Love and
Affection!
|P2

Verily, I have read your brilliant letter, which indicated

your enkindlement by the fire of the love of

God and prayed [for] your entrance into the Kingdom

of God.
|P3

Blessed ye are, O ye who are firm and steadfast in

the Covenant of God!
|P4

Blessed ye are, O ye shining stars from the horizon

of the love of God!
|P5

I supplicate to God to make you the heralds of His

mercy, spreaders of the fragrances of His holiness, utterers

of His name, servants in His vineyard and dwellers

in the Paradise of El-Abha; so that ye may become
signs of guidance, standards of love and divine

fruitful trees, cheerfully moved by the breezes of God.

|P6

Make firm your feet in the Cause of God; dilate your

breasts by the glad-tidings of God and turn to the

kingdom of God with pure hearts, sanctified souls, cheerful

spirits, brightened eyes and illumined faces. Verily,

I say unto you then (when ye become so) the angels of

holiness will welcome you by the glad-tidings of God,

the Mighty, the Powerful.
|N167|P1

O ye(2) maid-servants of the Merciful! Leaves of the

Tree of Life!
|P2

Thank ye the Lord, for He hath removed the covering

from off your insight, illuminated your eyes by

witnessing the Sun of Truth, purified your souls, and

hath quickened your hearts through the holy fragrances

which are being diffused from the garden of the kingdom

of His Great Glory!
|P3

O ye maid-servants of the Merciful! It is incumbent

upon you to soar up with wings of joy and happiness

unto the apex of exultation and gladness; for He hath

assigned unto you the greatest guidance in the Day of

Resurrection, and hath crowned you with the diadem

of glory and divine honor among the women of the

whole world, and hath chosen you above the queens of

the world for His great bounty.
|P4
Verily, the crowns which are on the heads of the

noble women - the queens of the world - all their bases

will be finally broken, their gems scattered away, their

luster removed and will become as dispersed dust. But

your magnificent crowns are everlastingly brilliant and

permanently glorious and mighty and their gems scintillating

throughout cycles and ages.
|P5

This is the highest gift! This is the greatest bestowal!

Thank ye your Lord for this great bounty and

favor! O ye maid-servants of the Merciful! verily,

your Lord, the Supreme, is calling upon you from His

Ancient Kingdom and announces unto you such glad-tidings,

whereat the hearts of the angels of heaven
rejoice.
|P6

It is incumbent upon you to strip yourselves of every

old garment (i.e., old beliefs and past customs). It

is incumbent upon you to be severed from this contemptible

earthly world. It is incumbent upon you (to
seek after) the Kingdom, in this great Day!
|P7

Purify ye your hearts, sanctify your souls and cleanse

your spirits; so that ye may attain to this great success.

Then ye will become the angels of heaven, will enter

among the Supreme Concourse and will permanently

abide in the paradise of union (with God), and will be

associated with the Beauty of El-Abha.
|N168|P1
O ye(1) firm, steadfast, and faithful Believers!
|P2

Verily, I, from this brilliant and Blessed Spot, speak

to you face to face, while ye are in that far distant

country, saying:
|P3
"O people of loyalty, O people of faithfulness, O
people who are awakened by the Breath of God, O

people who are inhaling the scent of life from the Spirit

of God! The path hath become smooth, the way

straightened, the carpet of the Kingdom is spread, the

Tabernacle hath been elevated upon the Hill of Might,

the powers of heaven have been shaken, the corners

of the earth have quaked, the sun has been darkened,

the moon ceased to give light, the stars have fallen, the

nations of the earth have lamented, and the Son of Man

hath come upon the clouds of heaven with power and

great glory, and He hath sent His angels with the

sound of the great trumpet, and no one knows the meaning

of these emblems save the wise and informed.
|P4
"Ye are the angels, if your feet be firm, your

spirits rejoiced, your secret thoughts pure, your eyes

consoled, your ears opened, your breasts dilated with

joy, and your souls gladdened, and if you arise to assist

the Covenant, to resist dissension and to be attracted

to the Effulgence! Verily, I say unto you that the

Word of God has assuredly been explained and has

become an evident sign and a strong and solid proof,

and its traces shall be spread in the East and West,

and to these all heads shall bow and all souls shall submit

and kneel down with their faces to the ground."
|N169|P1
O ye(1) dear friends and maid-servants of God!
|P2

A good fragrance is coming from the rose-garden of

Kenosha and a pleasing breeze is blowing from the

orchard of the hearts of the friends and maid-servants

of the Merciful.
|P3

Praise be to God, that town, by the presence of the

beloved ones and the maid-servants of the Merciful,

hath become a veritable paradise and its space, like

unto the heavens, is illuminated with radiant lamps.

If this conflagration and attraction continue for a

period, Kenosha will soon attain great provisions, will

travel with speed through the degrees of existence and

make great progress in the orders of the Kingdom.
|P4

Therefore, this prisoner implores and supplicates at

dawn, seeking strength and confirmation for the beloved

of that town. Thus may heavenly confirmation become

your associate and the morn of eternal happiness dawn

upon ye and the Sun of Reality rise with such brilliancy

as to dispel entirely the gloom of ignorance from
those horizons.
|P5
O ye real friends and dear maid-servants of God!

The Lover of the East in perfect love has outstretched

His two hands to embrace the beloved of the West and

to rejoice in that love and unity.
|P6
O ye beloved of God! As long as ye can strive to

set aglow the hearts with love, be attracted to one another

and be members of each other. Every soul of

the beloved ones must adore the other and withhold

not his possession and life from them, and by all means

he must endeavor to make that other joyous and happy.

But that other (the recipient of such love) must also

be disinterested and life-sacrificing. Thus may this

Sunrise flood the horizons, this melody gladden and

make happy all the people, this divine remedy become

the panacea for every disease, this Spirit of Reality

become the cause of life for every soul.
|P7

O ye friends and maid-servants of the Merciful! It

is life-offering, rejoicing, happiness and the manifestation

of Divine Favors.
|N170|P1

O thou servant who art near and dear to the Glorious

Threshold!
|P2
Give thanks to God for having been ushered into
His Kingdom, partaken of the heavenly table and
the "lord's supper," attained ecstasy by the wine

of His love, become enrolled as a soldier of life among

the hosts of the Lord, and [for His having] blessed thy

head with a crown of great guidance, whose gems and

pearls illumine the ages.
|P3

Convey the greetings of this imprisoned one to the

beloved of God in the spiritual assembly of Kenosha.

Say unto them: "The Cause is Great! Great! and the

Kingdom of the Majestic Lord overshadoweth heaven

and earth. Your spiritual assembly should be a source

of joy to the world of humanity and be so illumined

with light as to dispel the darkened horizons, withstand

the power of tests, remain firm and constant, be not

disturbed by ordeals and feel no difficulty in spreading

the light of guidance. If ye attain this attitude of

firmness, the confirmation of the Divine will verily penetrate

the world through your meeting. But this requires

disinterestedness in worldly things and devotion to the

Kingdom of Abha, perseverance and effort are requisites

and firmness is a necessity. I beg God to illumine

the faces of each of you so that they may shine as stars

in the high firmament."
|N171|P1
O thou who art turning to the divine Kingdom!
|P2

The lengthy epistle was considered. Notwithstanding

lack of time and opportunity, on account of exceeding

love an answer will be written.
|P3
Thank God thou didst become a soldier of life;

subdued the domain of hearts with the arms of the love

of God and the sword of concord and peace; didst go

after the army of the Kingdom of Abha; followed the

Supreme Concourse and by the aid of the Spirit made

many conquests.
|P4
The merciful assembly of Kenosha hath in reality

taken food and provisions from the Kingdom of Abha

and become confirmed by the aid of the Sun of Reality.

Therefore, I am hopeful that, day by day, it may advance

and progress.
|P5
The members of the Spiritual Meeting (the Board

of Consultation) must endeavor, by the power of the

Holy Spirit, to make the souls real Bahais. If they attain

this glorious purpose, that country will be illumined

and that land will become a veritable paradise, all

nations will look to that assembly and from the explanation

and exposition thereof receive realities and
meanings.
|P6

O thou servant of Bahá'í Always remind the friends

of the greatness of the great message.
|P7
Convey longing greeting of great love from me to
the members of the Meeting of Consultation: ***

Whenever I think of them I find soulful repose and

conscious joy.
|P8
The feast (supper) [every nineteen days] is very

acceptable and will finally produce good results. The

beloved and the maid-servants of the Merciful must

inaugurate the feast in such wise as to resurrect the

feast of the ancients - namely, the "lord's supper."

The attracted maid-servant of God, Mrs. ...,

I hope will be inspired so she may become the means

of unity among the friends in every city. That meeting

for feast for which thou wert preparing and providing,

should recur every so often, so that it may

prove a means of attracting the confirmation of the

Kingdom of Abha.
|P9
Inform the maid-servant of God, who prepared her
home as a [temporary] Mashrak-el-Azcar, that this
service was accepted in the Kingdom of Abha.
|P10
Inform the near (dear) maid-servant of God [thy
wife], who hath organized a school of industry in

order that children may learn an industry and chant

communes, that this is very agreeable.
|P11
O thou servant of God! To look after the sick is

one of the greatest duties. Every soul who becomes

sick, the other friends should certainly offer the life

(of service) in the utmost kindness.
|P12
Thou hast asked regarding the naming of children:

When thou wishest to name a babe, prepare a meeting

therefor; chant the verses and communes, and supplicate

and implore the Threshold of Oneness and beg

the attainment of guidance for the babe and wish confirmated

firmness and constancy; then give the name

and enjoy beverage and sweetmeat. This is spiritual

baptism.
|P13
His honor, Mr. ..., Mrs. ... and ...

arrived. They were attracted by the fragrances of

God and ignited by the fire of the love of God. With

a new spirit and fresh life they returned.
|P14

O son of the Kingdom! Thy services in the Kingdom

of Abha are evident, well known and accepted.
Indeed thou art a truthful servant of the Holy

Threshold and a firm caller to the divine Kingdom.

|P15

Strive so that the odor of violation cease and all

come under the protection of the Covenant.
|P16
Remain in and about that town and know that trial

is the cause of promotion. But thou must deal with

all in the utmost love and do kindness. Although they

lift up the head of pride, show thou greater humility

and meekness and treat them with the utmost submission

and lowliness.
|P17
Show the utmost kindness in my behalf to the near
maid-servant of God (thy wife).***
|N172|P1
O thou attracted maid-servant of God!
|P2

This is a blessed address. If thou fulfill its requirements,

which are purity of intention, attractive love,

insight, discovery of truth and absolute spiritual attitude,

thou wilt become entirely free from the physical
conditions and wilt soar to the spiritual realms.
|N173|P1
O servant of God!
|P2

The content of thy letter was replete with spiritual

feelings and was a source of pleasure and of joy.
|P3

Of my freedom thou hast expressed great joy. I am

free, although I should remain in prison. All fortresses

and castles shall not confine me, and the dungeon
cannot bring me under the narrow bondage of

the world. The spirit is ever soaring, even if the body

be in the depths. What can these ignorant creatures

do? They might imprison the body, but the spirit

they cannot; the spirit will ever soar in the atmosphere

of eternal bliss and glory. Therefore, neither the

prison is a cause of sorrow, nor freedom from it a source

of joy.
|P4
When thou findest the way to the Kingdom, the

earthly world shall be of no account; and when thou

art illumined the darkness will not affect thee - nay,

rather the four corners of the earth will then be radiant

and every thorn will become a rose and a rose-garden.

|N174|P1
O thou who art near to the Threshold of Abha!
|P2
I have considered what thou hast written to Mirza
... as well as the letter addressed to me. Thou

hast written concerning the publication of some proofs

and arguments along with the Hidden Words. Now,

since they are published, circulate them among the people.

I hope that it may produce beneficial results. Perchance

some of the souls who are truth-seekers may get
a little information about this Cause.
|P3

But afterward, if thou desirest to get the translation

of a Tablet from the Blessed Writings, it must be translated

by a committee of two Persian translators together

with two competent English writers. The Persians

should translate, and the writers mould the significance

into profound, musical and perfect cast of

style in English, and in such wise that the musical sweetness

of the original Persian may not be lost. Then the

material must be forwarded to me. I will consider the

matter and give permission for its publication and circulation.

Consequently, rejoice thou that thou hast

already become specialized with this permission, that

thou hast circulated publications.
|P4

In brief, translation is one of the most difficult arts.

In both Persian and English utmost proficiency is necessary,

that the translator be a writer and use as the

vehicle of expression great eloquence and fluency of

tongue.
|P5

I hope that thou mayest be confirmed with great service

in the Cause of God.
|P6
Announce to ... on my behalf longing greeting,
and show to him kindness and love with thy whole
energy, for he is very dear to me.
|N175|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2
The letter which thou hast written to his honor,
Mirza ..., was received. Its contents imparted
the utmost happiness. Thank God that thou hast

crossed the ocean of the East and the West, reached

to the Goal of Desire and attained to the visit of the

Holy Threshold.
|P3

Although the length of thy stay in this Most Great

Prison was very short, yet I hope that it may become

like unto the oil, which no sooner comes in touch with

the fire than it becomes ignited. Therefore, God willing,

important results will be the outcome of this visit.

|P4

O thou who are firm in the Covenant! Be thou firm

in the Cause and be engaged in service. Awaken the

souls and make mindful the (heedless) minds. The

spiritual outpouring will become uninterrupted and the

meetings of heart to heart constant. Rest thou assured

upon the favor and bounty of the Beauty of Abha.
|P5
I became very sad upon hearing the news of the
death of Mr. ..., but I implored and entreated

the Threshold of Oneness and sought mercy in his behalf.

Convey my greeting and love to his son and say:

"Do thou not lament on account of the death of thy

father. Trust thou in God. Rely upon the Kingdom

of Abha. That father of thine hastened to the world

of immortality and took a share from the realm of the

Merciful and with the utmost joy hath attained to eternal

life in the everlasting universe. Walk thou also in

the footsteps of thy father and be characterized with

his attributes and qualities. Enkindle thou his lamp

and fructify his garden, so that thou mayest become his

real son and worthy of the favors and gift of the
Almighty."***
|N176|P1
O my spiritual beloved!
|P2

The days of association and intimacy(1) are not forgotten

and the sweetness of that love and meeting is
still tasted in my heart.
|P3

Praise be to God! Its signs are apparent and its results

manifest. Thank thou God thou wast assisted in
teaching the maid-servant of God, Mrs. ..., and

supplicate Him that thou mayest be confirmed in the

guidance of innumerable souls. The confirmation of

the Kingdom is with thee. Rest thou assured. Loosen

thy tongue with the utmost fluency and eloquence and

summon the souls to the Kingdom, explain the proofs

and give forth the arguments, and instruct the people

in the exhortations and advices of God.
|P4
I pray in thy behalf and supplicate for thee from

the Kingdom of Glory protection and providence.***

|N177|P1

O thou(1) fresh, slender branch saturated with the abundant

rain of His bounty!
|P2
I ask God to continue the heavenly abundant gifts

upon thee and to grant thee more freshness, tenderness

and fineness day by day. Verily I say unto thee that

man is likened unto a tree. And as the life of a tree

and its tenderness and brilliancy depend on the abundant

rain descending from the clouds, so also the happiness

of man, his pleasure, dignity, loftiness of position

and highness of rank depend on the abundant
bounty of the Kingdom and the light of the Sun of
Truth coming from the horizon of the gift of God.
|N178|P1
O thou who art turned to the Kingdom!
|P2

Thou shouldst establish a divine and heavenly transaction.

By God the Truth! Every divine transaction

is eternal and everlasting and giveth the heavenly spirit

to the pure hearts attracted to God, enlighteneth the

world with the bright shining [light] of love and unity,

affinity and agreement. But every worldly transaction,

although it be a gift through which the far and the

near be profited, still it is transient and temporary and

will not last for ages and its blessings will not extend

successively to the righteous people in the ages to

come. And as the heavenly abundance and the divine

gifts and the omnipotent grace come in these days
successively and uninterruptedly, therefore, thou

shouldst establish a heavenly edifice to facilitate and

level the way before the divine transaction, to carry out

the divine order, to gladden the pure hearts of every

one, to sanctify thyself from everything but God and to

keep aloof from all the worldly things for the Cause of

God; to be kindled with the fire of the love of God, to

spread the fragrance of God and to expose thyself to

the gentle breeze of God.
|P3

O my dear! If thou lovest to be happy and pleasant,

this is the cup that is full of the wine of glee and

delight; and if thou desirest to have the ancient glory,

the eternal retinue and the everlasting dominion, thou

must look after these gifts which wave in the horizon

of bounty with a brilliant light to all sides and regions.

|P4

By my life! If thou knowest what thou art commanded

and speak openly of it, the dominion is for thee,

the Kingdom is for thee and thy shining star will never

set, thy brilliant light never sink, thy brimful treasure

never be consumed and thy brave army never be
defeated.
|N179|P1

O thou who art nurtured from the breasts of the Kingdom

of God, who wert brought up in the lap of
the Guidance of God!
|P2

I supplicate to God - exalted and glorified is He! -

with a submissive, imploring and attracted heart unto

the Kingdom of God, to assist thee, while still very

young and of small age, with that by reason of which

the vigorous men and the greatest souls were assisted

in attaining perfection. Do not be amazed or astonished

at the command of God, according to the ordinances

of Christ - glory be to Him! - unto the children

who have been fostered from the breasts of the bounty

of God. I ask God that thou mayest be as one of them.

This is glad-tidings emanating from a heart filled by

the love of God. Therefore, know its value and station.

|N180|P1

O thou spiritual temple whose heart is drawn unto the

Horizon of Certainty!
|P2

Verily, I am now in the Assembly of the beloved of

God, whose hearts are kindled with a burning, blazing

and flaming fire from the fragrance of God, and I have

mentioned thee with a heart overflowing with thy love.

By my God! It is love which hath surrounded me from

all directions and thus I mention thee with a beating

heart and with a spirit turned unto the horizon of El-Abha.

|P3

Therefore, thank God for this bounty, the traces of

which I hope will be spread, its lights shine and the

fragrance of its breath diffused in the whole world of

existence forever and ever.
|N181|P1
O thou heavenly, brilliant and precious pearl!
|P2
I greet thee from this Holy Land with a fragrance

from God and I desire that thy heart become animated

through the gentle breeze of God, thy bosom dilated

with joy by the miracles of the gifts of God, thine eye

consoled by seeing the lights of God, thy tongue by

uttering the mention of Bahá'u'lláh, and thy taste to

become sweet through the divine table descending from

heaven. Verily, I say unto thee that the gifts of thy

Lord are encircling thee in a similar way as the spirit

encircles the body at the beginning of the amalgamation

of the elements and natures in the womb; the power of

the spirit begins then to appear in the body gradually

and successively according to the preparation and capacity

to receive that everlasting abundance. I ask God to

help thee that the spirit will carry out its power in thee

as desired and wished.
|N182|P1
O thou faithful servant of the True One!
|P2

I received thy letter and its contents caused the utmost

joy and fragrance within me, because it showed

thy firmness in the Cause of God and proved thy steadfastness

in the love of the Word of God. Its meanings

were the mystery of unity and its expression showed thy

firm intention in serving the glorious Lord.
|P3

I beseech the Threshold of Unity with all humility

and supplication to make thee confirmed in His service

and to enable thee to be serviceable in the Holy Threshold;

that thou mayest not be a moment at rest nor take

a breath of composure; nay, rather to pass all thy life

in this greatest gift and this supreme favor employed

in diffusing the breath of God; that thy sincerity of

heart, thy sanctity and purity may increase and that

thou mayest become entirely separated from aught else

save God. Except a man be purified and sanctified

from the soil of his dependence on this world, the

spiritual purity will not become manifest in him. The

more the mirror is clear and pure the greater will the

rays and the bounties of the Sun of Truth show forth

from it.
|P4

As to those things published in journals against thee:

Thou shouldst not be grieved nor sorry therefor,

because thousands of journals have written traducing

Abdu'l-Bahá, have given false and base accusations and

awful calumnies. Notwithstanding these he was neither

troubled nor grieved thereby; nay, rather these caused

me to exert myself more than usual in the path of God

and to drink the cup of sacrifice and to boil in the fire

of His love. Man must seek to gain the acceptance of

God and not that of the different classes of men. If

one is praised and chosen by God, the accusation of all

the creatures will cause no loss to him; and if the man is

not accepted in the threshold of God, the praise and

admiration of all men will be of no use to him.
|P5

By all these it is meant that thou must not be sorry

and grieved because of these things the papers have

written against thee; nay, rather trust in God and be

unmoved by either the praise or the false accusations

declared by people towards thee, depend entirely on

God and exert thyself to serve His holy vineyard. All

else save this is but imagination, though it be the praises

of all people in thy behalf; because all else is of no

result and bears no fruit.
|P6
As to thine action against the journal which hath

libeled thee: It is not at all best to bring action against

them, because there is no profit in doing that; nay, it

will lead to more sayings of a similar nature. Under

these circumstances silence is best. Thou must not be

disappointed, sorry or grieved thereat; God will remove

all these difficulties. If thou wilt employ thyself

in the service (of the Cause of God) the past losses

will be recovered and all the troubles will be settled.

|P7
This is the manifest truth.
|P8

Send my greetings to the enlightened leaf, the maid-servant

of God, thy noble wife.
|N183|P1
O thou son of the Kingdom!
|P2

Consider the bounty of the Lord and the gifts of thy

Creator. He hath chosen thee to love Him and selected

thee from among His beings to know Him and distinguished

thee particularly with the gift of dazzling light

through which the faces of the righteous will shine.

Verily I say unto thee that this gift now signifieth a

globule and a date stone which shall spring up and

grow until it becometh a tree of solid root and the

branches thereof will extend to the East and West.

Then the tongues shall utter: "This is naught but a

great bounty!"
|N184|P1

O thou who art rejoicing at the Glad-tidings of God!

|P2

Thank thou God for that by reason of which He hath

enabled thee to traverse the seas and countries and come

safe to a Spot wherein the lights are shining with great

brilliancy. Thank Him for the help He rendered thee

to visit the pure and Holy Tomb and revolve around it,

the fragrance of which hath excelled that of the flowers

of the dawn.
|P3

Go back to those regions where thy return is expected

by those souls who, through the signs of thy Lord, became

attracted unto Him, the Unconstrained, and say

unto them: "Glad-tidings unto you who are sincere!

Glad-tidings unto you who are faithful servants! Verily

I have seen the Kingdom of God with its doors open,

the garden of El-Abha with extensive sides and regions,

with dazzling lights, rolling seas, verdant and beautiful

orchards, overflowing beds, green trees, fresh and bright

leaves, perfumed flowers, sweet rivers, gentle breeze,

beautiful air, magnificent views, elegant and handsome

lips and mouths."
|P4
Tell them that "The suns of the garden of El-Abha

are still shining, the moons rising, the stars brightening,

the gifts perpetual, the grace perfect, the glad-tidings

spreading, the signs of singleness and oneness are

chanted in the cloister of its Godhead and the flags of

sanctity are waving above the palaces of its glory.

Come here! Come here!"
|N185|P1

O thou who art drawn unto God and kindled by the Fire

which burned on Mt. Sinai!
|P2

Set aside every mention save the mention of God and

abandon everything save the divulgence of the Testament,

be attracted by the magnet of the Covenant that

thou mayest see the triumph of the angels of the King

of the Kingdom and the valor of the hosts of the Lord

of Might. By the life of the Lord! The Invincible

Power will indeed strengthen, the Holy Spirit will

speak in thy mouth, the Word of God will be revealed

in thy heart, the sound of the trumpet of the Lord will

gladden thee, the light of unity will shine from thy

brow, the doors of success and prosperity will be opened

upon thy face and the secrets of the Holy Books will

be unfolded. Then, at that time, thou shalt cry at the

top of thy voice, saying: "Blessed I am for this great

bounty! Blessed I am for this evident victory! Blessed

I am for this power which could not be resisted by the

powers of whomsoever is upon the earth!"
|N186|P1
To him who is looking unto God! O thou who art
gazing unto the Center of the Covenant - may God
confirm thee!
|P2

I supplicate God, beseech Him and pray to Him that

He may deliver the souls from the deluge of tests and

kindle the lamp of sincerity in the midst of the hearts.

As to thee - O thou who art sincere in the Cause of God,

looking unto the Kingdom of God and uttering the

praise of God! - thank thou Him for that by reason of

which He hath made thee wholly faithful in His Cause,

kindled thy heart with the fire of the Testament, illumined

thy mind with the light and conveyed unto thy

spirit the glad-tidings of the breaths of the Holy Spirit

in the world of effulgence. Therefore, roll up thy

sleeves to serve the Covenant, make the hearts firm in

the Covenant of the beloved Lord, create harmony and

agreement among the believers and impart to them the

glad-tidings of the confirmation which they will receive

from God if the differences of opinion be removed and

if they unite and agree, be firm in spreading the fragrance

of God, divulging the traces and chanting the

signs of God. Verily, I send thee good news of the

confirmation which thou shalt receive, the like of which

was never seen by the eyes in those regions, and of the

success, the lights of which will brilliantly shine in those

regions - if thou wilt arise with all thy power to assist

the Testament of God and to serve the Covenant of
God.
|P3

Give all the beloved salutations and praise. El-Baha

is upon you all, O people of El-Baha!
|N187|P1
O ye who are turned towards the Kingdom and drawn
unto the Holy Fragrance diffused from the Garden
of El-Abha!
|P2
Arise with every power to assist the Covenant of

God and serve in His vineyard. Be confident that a

confirmation will be granted unto you and a success on

His part is given unto you. Verily, He shall support

you by the angels of His holiness and reinforce you

with the breaths of the Spirit that ye may mount the

Ark of Safety, set forth the evident signs, impart the

spirit of life, declare the essence of His commands

and precepts, guide the sheep who are straying from

the fold in all directions, and give the blessings. Ye

have to use every effort in your power and strive earnestly

and wisely in this new century. By God, verily

the Lord of Hosts is your support, the angels of heaven

your assistance, the Holy Spirit your companion and the

Center of the Covenant your helper. Be not idle, but

active and fear not. Look unto those who have been

in the former ages - how they have resisted all nations

and suffered all persecutions and afflictions, and how

their stars shone, their attacks proved successful, their

teachings established, their regions expanded, their

hearts gladdened, their ideas cleared and their motives

effective. Ye are now in a great station and noble rank

and ye shall find yourselves in evident success and prosperity,

the like of which the eye of existence never saw
in former ages.
|P3
El-Baha and salutations be upon every one who is

firm in the Covenant, free from dissension, sanctified

from deceits and steadfast in the path.
|N188|P1
O thou herald of the Kingdom of God!
|P2

Hearken with the ears of (thy) spirit to the Concourse

of El-Abha, and thou wilt hear, verily, the

angels of the Supreme Concourse blessing and praising

thee, while saying: "Be thou rejoiced, O thou who hast

arisen to serve the Cause of God and to promote the

Word of God, and be gladdened at the light of the
gift of God!"
|P3

By God, the True One, verily, the gifts of God are

in such profusion as to rush like a torrent, overflow

as a sea, and shower as rain. Gird up thy loins,

strengthen thy back, make firm thy feet, and exert thyself

in quickening souls, dilating breasts, illumining insights,

giving hearing to ears, and attracting hearts.

Unseal the jars of the choice wine of the love of God,

and give the craving ones to drink from this cup which

is overflowing with the knowledge of God.
|P4
O my friend, the affection of my heart unto thee

cannot be expressed through any interpretation, and I

can hardly write it or acknowledge it: Turn with thy

breast unto the heart of Abdu'l-Bahá, and then this concealed

fact will be disclosed, and the hidden mystery
[be] unveiled unto thee.
|P5

Verily, I beseech God to make thee a tree with ripened

fruits within reach, overshadowing those regions.
|P6

It is incumbent upon thee to be meek, to be humble,

to be submissive and suppliant before the Threshold of

the Merciful. It is incumbent upon thee to serve the

beloved of God in that spiritual clime.
|P7

Send my greeting and praise to thy revered wife, to

thy esteemed daughter and to thy other children. I beg

of God to enable all of them to render service to His

Cause in His great vineyard.
|N189|P1

O thou who hast arisen to render service to the Cause

of God in His Great Vineyard!
|P2

Verily, I have already written thee several letters,

and sent them to thee at different times. Now, I address

thee with such words whereby the souls of the

proximate ones are rejoiced, and the faces of the sincere

ones are cheered.
|P3

O my friend, verily the Cause is great and great, and

the penetration of the Word of God in the temple

(body) of all the regions is similar to the pervasion of

the soul in a sound body.
|P4

By the life of Bahá'í verily, the power of the Kingdom

of God hath taken hold of the pillars of the world,

and hath possessed all the nations. Thou wilt surely

find the standards of the Testament waving in all regions,

the chanting of the verses of unity raised in

exalted assemblies, and the lights of the Sun of Truth

and its heat dispersing the thick clouds massed on the

horizon. Be rejoiced at this glad-tidings, whereby the

hearts of the sincere among the beloved are cheered.

|P5

O my friend, isolate all thy faculties and senses from

every other mention and thought, and follow the example

of Abdu'l-Bahá in servitude to the Holy and Exalted

Threshold. Hasten to the field of sacrifice, craving

for the most great martyrdom; expend thy life and

all of thy grades in love for God and in attraction to

the Beauty of El-Abha.
|P6
By God, the True One, man should seek only this

bounty, inasmuch as it is everlasting, eternal, divine,

spiritual, luminous and merciful. Be sanctified from all

the universe, and send my greeting and praise to the

spiritual leaf, the being who relies upon the grace of

her Lord - the maid-servant of God, thy revered wife,

and say unto her that she may address the veiled ones

(those blind to the Truth), saying: "Verily, eyes are

dazzled by gazing at the sun, and it is impossible to

consider it because of the intensity of its rays; and verily

the sea cannot be contained in a cup. The weakness

of eyes does no harm to the sun, nor the smallness

of the cup to the sea."
|P7

Then let her explain to the people, and make known

to every questioner, by saying: "Verily, minds are limited,

and the splendor of lights is so great as not to be

comprehended by (man's) reflective faculties. Ye

ought to have the sight of the heart so that ye may apprehend

the reality of the mysteries of God which are
deposited behind coverings."
|N190|P1

O thou who hast sought illumination from the Light of

the Guidance of God!
|P2

Verily I read thy words of thanksgiving to God for

that He hath directed thee to His Kingdom, illuminated

thine insight with the light of guidance, and baptized

thee with the water which hath descended from

heaven, with the fire which was ignited in the Sinaitic

Tree, and with the Holy Spirit which quickeneth hearts

and souls. Then, thank thou God for this gift whereby

thy face is shining amid the concourse of Chosen
Ones.
|P3

Know thou, verily, man before reaching (spiritual)

maturity passes his days and only apprehends trivial

things which are clear on account of their exoteric indications,

but when he attains full development, then he

grasps the reality of things and their esoteric facts.

Every day after maturity is equivalent to one year before

it, on account of (man's) perception, understanding

apprehension and discoveries.
|P4

Now, thou hast reached development and apprehended

the degree of maturity: Gaze at the grades of

the existence, the realities of beings, the allegories in

the epistles of God, and the mysteries in the Old and

New Testament. By the life of Bahá'í the covering

will be removed from off thee (i.e., facts will be unfolded

to thee), and thou wilt be informed of that

which all the philosophers and wise men are unable to

apprehend. Verily, this is a gift which God assigns

only to such of His chosen servants as He willeth. Verily,

thy Lord will inspire thee with the mysteries of God,

the Protector, the Self-subsistent.
|P5

Verily, I beseech the Lord of Hosts to increase thy

faith each day over that of the previous day, to confirm

thee through His Holy Spirit, to give thee capacity to

partake of the lights of knowledge and wisdom, to

make thee a herald of the Covenant in those regions,

and to instruct thee in that which thou knowest not; so

that thou mayst become a physician for bodies as well

as souls, to heal bodies with the medicines which are

useful and beneficial for physical (sickness), and to

cure hearts and souls with that antidote which quickeneth

hearts and souls.
|P6

O my friend, it is incumbent upon thee to be severed

(from all else save God), to be attracted, to be sincere,

and to spend thy life in the path of God. Be thou holy,

spiritual, divine, lively, brilliant, godlike, sanctified,

pure, with merciful character, firm in the Covenant,

fluent and knowing; and gaze toward the Kingdom of

El-Abha with a heart brimming over with the love of

God, with tears flowing in the commemoration of God,

with a face scintillating through the light of God, with

a heart sincere to the beloved of God, and with a

sword which divides truth from falsehood. By God,

the True One, the Spirit of Bahá'í will assist thee with

such strength that all the concourse of the earth will

fail (to withstand).
|N191|P1
O my Lord, my Hope!(1)
|P2
Praise be unto Thee, for Thou hast sent down unto

us this spiritual table, supreme benefit and heavenly

blessing. O our Lord! Strengthen us to partake of

this heavenly food, so that its fine essence may run

through the pillars of our spiritual being and that we

may thereby obtain a celestial power for serving Thy

Cause, promulgating Thy signs and adorning Thy vineyard

with lofty trees, the fruits whereof shall be near

(to gather) and of perfuming fragrances. Verily Thou

art the Possessor of great bounty! Verily Thou are the

Clement, the Merciful!
|N192|P1
O my Lord, my Hope!(2)
|P2
Thanks be unto Thee for these foods and benefits.

O Lord! Suffer us to ascend to Thy Kingdom and to

sit at the tables of thy divine world. Nourish us with

the food of Thy meeting and cause us to attain to the

sweetness of beholding Thy beauty, forasmuch as this

is the utmost wish, the mightiest gift and the greatest

bestowal. O Lord, O Lord! Make this feasible unto

us. Verily Thou art the Beneficent, the Giver! Verily

Thou art the Bestower, the Mighty, the Merciful.
|N193|P1
O thou seeker of the True One!
|P2

If thou wishest the divine knowledge and recognition,

purify thy heart from all beside God, be wholly

attracted to the ideal, beloved One; search for and

choose Him and apply thyself to rational and authoritative

arguments. For arguments are a guide to the

path and by this the heart will be turned unto the Sun

of Truth. And when the heart is turned unto the Sun,

then the eye will be opened and will recognize the Sun

through the Sun itself. Then (man) will be in no need

of arguments (or proofs), for the Sun is altogether

independent, and absolute independence is in need of

nothing, and proofs are one of the things (of which absolute

independence has no need). Be not like Thomas;

be thou like Peter. I hope you will be healed physically,

mentally and spiritually.
|N194|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thank God, thy faith increased and thou didst become

attached to the Kingdom of the Merciful. Endeavor

and supplicate and pray God that, day unto day,

thy firmness and steadfastness may grow and that thy

countenance may radiate through the light of guidance.

Thus shalt thou stand solid as an iron mountain. For

firmness attracts the bounty of God and steadfastness is

a magnet to receive His strength. Pray thou God for

this (attainment), and I will pray to Him to awaken

the two people that they may avoid alcoholic drinks.

|P3
Hypnotism hath a weak influence over bodies, but

hath no result. But the power of the Kingdom of God

is great. If thou canst, endeavor to obtain a share

of that power.
|P4

I ask God to help [thy son] in attaining faith and

assurance and in directing himself to the desired One.

Although young, he shall attain maturity. May the

love of God take root in his heart from his youthful age.

|N195|P1

O thou who art a young tree in the Garden of the Love

of God!
|P2

I supplicate to God that He may develop and flourish

thee with the shower of mercy, the heat and light

of the Sun of Truth and the soul-imparting breeze of

the Paradise of Abha and to bestow upon thee a great

limitless delicacy and freshness.
|N196|P1

O thou who art quickened by the Divine Fragrances!

|P2

I considered thy letter. Its expression was wonderful

and indicated the brilliancy of thy heart and conscience.

Be hopeful of the mercy of the Lord of

Creation, whose grace is infinite and the sea of whose

gift is boundless. I beg of the abundant favor of

that Ancient Lord that thou mayest decorate thy spiritual

reality (being) with the human perfections, be

endowed with a new life, keep steadfast in the Covenant,

diffuse the fragrances (i.e., teach the Truth) and deliver

the Cause of God.
|N197|P1
O thou who art acknowledging the Oneness of God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy letter which contained beautiful

meanings and wonderful texts; was informed of thy

turning unto God and thy attainment unto the bounty

of the Kingdom, which is apparent and manifest by
the appearance of God.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Let not thy hands tremble

nor thy heart be disturbed, but rather be confident and

firm in the love of thy Lord, the Merciful, the Clement.

|P4

O maid-servant of God! Verily, all existence is [a

book of] pages and tablets which utter the glad-tidings

of the appearance of the Kingdom of thy Lord, the
Supreme, the Great.
|P5

Observe the pages of the universe and discover the

traces which appeared! Hast thou seen or heard in

any of the previous centuries or generations that which

is manifested in this Glorious Age? If the writings

of the previous centuries, the middle centuries and the

later centuries, be compared with that which is manifested

in this single century, they will not weigh against

it! Nay, rather, they are as drops of water in comparison

with the ocean. Magnified is He, who hath

crowned this century with the appearance of His Kingdom!

|P6
As to thee, turn unto God with a heart cheerfully

swayed by His love and kindled by the fire of His desires,

both day and night. The lights of God will appear

unto thee, the mysteries of God be unfolded to thee

and thy bosom healed by the exhortations uttered by the

Supreme Pen.
|P7

Convey my greeting and praise to thy respected husband

and say to him that the Jews are still expecting

Christ and long to see Him in all anticipation and great

zeal, while His light was manifested, His beauty shone

forth, His call was raised, His trumpet blown, His

standard hoisted, and His stars sparkled; but the Pharisees

are yet in an amazing slumber, immersed in former

traditions, and they make play with the signs of Thy

Lord, the Merciful, the Clement.
|P8
Thank God that He guided thee unto the fountain

of guidance, gave thee to drink from the cup of affection,

summoned thee unto His Supreme Kingdom and

chose thee from among those people. This is a favor

wholly above comprehension and is not realized by the

intellects which are negligent of the Lord of hosts and

angels.
|P9

O thou friend! Endeavor so that thou mayest ascend

to the station which is above the firmaments, near to the

Generous Lord who created and made thee.
|N198|P1
O thou bright pearl!
|P2
Endeavor, and spare no effort, and hasten to the
Kingdom of thy Lord, the Lord of the shining and
clear evidences and arguments.
|P3

Verily, by Truth, every seed cast in this great and

magnificent century (period) will be cultivated by God

and produce plants through the abundance of the clouds

of His mercy, which preceded the postulates, and from

which all the existing beings have been awakened and

issued, and to which they will return.
|P4
Therefore, use thy utmost power to sow and cast

those pure seeds, the divine teachings, in the hearts

which move and cheer by the fragrance of God.
|P5
Convey my greeting and praise to thy honored,

noble-minded husband, for I love him with all that

is within me.
|N199|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Breaths of God! - may

God confirm thee!
|P2

Verily I read thy letter, which contained expressions

like as of "the pure sealed wine," showing what throbs

of the thoughts of the love of God in the mind of that

righteous one (thyself) and that which shines of the

lights of the knowledge of God in the heart of that

beloved one.
|P3

I beseech God to ordain thee as a sign of His great

signs, to confirm thee to shine as a light in the lantern

of America; to cause thee to be stripped and cut from

all positions, to announce the good tidings of God, to

diffuse the breaths of God, to speak the praise of God

and to turn thy face to the Kingdom of Abha, to be

freed from depending on this world, to be kindled by

the fire of the love of God, to be adorned with the

ornament of perfection; to be the center of those virtues

and characteristics wherewith the inner qualities of

man are ornamented, to be confirmed by the breaths of

the Holy Ghost, to call on the name of God.
|P4
O my beloved one! It is incumbent upon thee to

be firm in the Covenant and to stand up and serve the

religion of God. Verily, this is the magnet of confirmation

and assistance, the attracter of all success and
the leader of hosts of gifts.
|P5
May God protect thee from all accidents! May the
Glory of Abha be upon thee!
|P6

Convey my greetings to the spiritual leaf, the servant

of God, thy honored wife, the esteemed ...,

and say unto her: "Serve in the olive garden of God,

that God may help thee by those confirmations by which

intellects are astounded and the perceptions are cleared."

|N200|P1
O thou who art sincere in the Religion of God!
|P2
Verily, the maid-servant of God, the assured leaf

[thy wife] hath presented herself in the Sacred Spot

and is blessed by the pure and holy dust, inhaled the

fragrances of God from the meadow of Acca and remembered

thee in the presence of Abdu'l-Bahá. She

will soon return unto thee, while being watched over

by the glance of the providence of God.
|P3

I beseech God to cause thee to partake of the heavenly

table, to be firm in the love of God and to transmit

His lights in those regions; to make thee severed from

all else save Him and to be a servant of His Cause,

and to strengthen thee with a power which may penetrate

into the reality of things.
|N201|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Speech of Abdu'l-Bahá!

|P2
Verily I speak unto thee through the tongue of my

spirit, from the spiritual direction, and explain for thee

the mysteries of the kingdom and the meanings of the

sacred, heavenly books. Direct thyself unto the Lord

of the Supreme World and loosen thy tongue, so that

He shall confirm thee by the spirit of Beyan (i.e., explanation)

and breathe into thy mouth the Holy Spirit

and move thy tongue with the best meanings and mysteries.

|P3

Trust in God and rely on His great bounty, because

His bounty is overflowing like the seas, brilliant like

unto the lights, flowing like currents of water and raining

like the clouds. It is incumbent upon thee to be

humble, lowly and submissive at the appearance of the

lights of the gifts of thy Lord, in every instant. Serve

the friends of God under all circumstances and conditions.

This is the station of the spiritual ones; this

is the honor of the Bahais; this is the glory of the sincere

ones and this is the sovereignty of the unitarians.

|N202|P1
O thou who art attracted unto the Beauty of Abha!
|P2
Verily I call thee, from this Spot, with a speech

whereby the spirit is breathed into hearts and bodies,

and address thee with a calling whereby His clear wine

overflows in the fountain of a heart which is consumed

by the love of God.
|P3

Verily, I love thee with my heart, my spirit and my

mind, and associate with thee in spirit (and converse

with thee) by my innate tongue. I love for thee to

arise for that to which I have arisen in servitude to the

Sublime and Holy Threshold, turning unto God, hoping

for martyrdom, so that thou mayest attain to the

gift, the lights of which glisten in the eternal horizon(1.)

|N203|P1

O thou whose heart is overflowing with the love of God!

|P2

Verily, I received thy beautiful letter and praised

God for kindling the fire of His love in thy heart and

cheering thy spirit with the cup of the gift of thy Lord.

I ask God to increase thy intoxication with this wine

and gladden thy spirit with this great gospel. I wrote

letters to those whose names thou didst mention in thy

letter. Deliver them with rejoicing face, revived heart,

and tongue uttering the name of the Merciful.
|N204|P1

O thou who art confident in the appearance of the Kingdom

of God!
|P2

Verily I read thy letter, which was beautifully composed

and which proved thy great love, the extent of

thy knowledge and the illumination of thy sight, by

witnessing the signs whereunto the heads bow in reverence

and faces show respect.
|P3
O beloved! Thank God that He chose thee for His

love and elected thy wife for the calling of the appearance

of the Kingdom of God. Verily, this is a great

favor, and wert thou aware of the results which will

follow it in the Kingdom of God, thou wouldst, verily,

rejoice exceedingly and wouldst call with loud voice:

"Blessed are we for this great favor, and glad-tidings

be unto us for this glorious attainment."
|P4

Consider the past, so that thou mayest become informed

of the mysteries which shall be disclosed in the

future. When the disciples were calling in the name

of Christ, the Jews scoffed, scorned and laughed at

them. They were saying, "They (i.e., the disciples)

are taken with madness, and madness is made an art."

They even beat them with whips, threw stones at them,

prevented the people from approaching them, and were

saying, "This man (Christ) is naught but a sorcerer,

blasphemeth God and is possessed of a devil."
|P5
Then observe how that persecution and scorn were

changed to glory, honor and reverence. Ultimately,

they (the Jews) honored their sublime stations and

acknowledged their loftiness, which was exalted, promoted

and glorified in the center of the horizons until

it reached the degree of exaggeration in deeds. They

made for them likenesses and pictures, decorated with

jewels shining in the eyes; they placed these likenesses

or pictures in the temples, churches and

monasteries built on the tops of the mountains, and worshipped

them with respect, glory, majesty and reverence.
This is the condition of the neglectful ones who

are deprived of the Truth (the Manifestations of God)

at the day of their existence among them. After the

ascension of their (the prophets') spirits unto the Center

of Purity and Piety, then the negligent ones repent

and return, making likenesses and pictures according to

their own ideas, which do not bear resemblance, and

worship the same. This is the station of the ignorant

ones who are as animals, following every croaker and

shaken by every wind. "Forsake them to play in their

shallow waters."
|P6
As to thee: Be happy because of what thy Lord,

the Clement, the Merciful, hath given thee; choosing

thee and thy esteemed wife for entrance into His Kingdom,

for calling in His name, praising Him in assemblies,

gatherings and meetings.
|P7

The truth I verily say unto thee, this divine grace

cannot be exchanged for the sovereignty of the earth,

the east or the west. For that (the worldly kingdom)

is naught but dreams, torture to the spirit, trouble for

the hearts; its mortality is certain and its destruction

a well known fact - while this spiritual kingdom and

divine grace will shine, and it is an Abha (Glorious)

jewel which will glisten on the diadems of great glory

in the course of centuries and cycles.
|N205|P1
O thou who art directed unto God!
|P2
Thy revered wife, Mrs. ..., is indeed confirmed

by the fragrances of the spirit and rendered victorious

by the hosts of the Kingdom. Verily, she hath

abandoned comfort and ease; calleth in the name of God

in those regions; hath remained firm in God's religion;

and no power of test hath shaken her. Rest thou assured!

Her light shall shine in the globe of the love

of God and her face shall be illumined with the light

of God's bounty!
|P3

I pray for a heavenly blessing to descend upon the

heart of [thy wife], for she arose for the spreading of

God's fragrances. I ask God to protect thee and her

from the winds of trial. May thy tongue be moved

to utter beautiful explanations and may the hearts of

the people of Johnstown (N. Y.) become tender, so

that they may be guided to the Fountain of the Water

of Life and be illumined by the lights shining from the

kingdom of heaven.
|N206|P1

Be(1) not in despair, but rather smile by the mercy of

thy Lord; and be not sorrowful when meeting with

worldly difficulties and depressions, for they pass away

- and thine shall be immortality during ages and centuries,

times and cycles.
|N207|P1

Be(2) not sad on account of poverty, nor be sorrowful

when the people scorn thee. Remember the poverty of

Jesus, the persecution of the Jews to His glorious person

and the scorn of Him. Verily, that poverty is the

glory of the beginning and the ending. It is a light

which hath illumined the heavens and the earth.
|N208|P1

***O thou who art attracted to the Kingdom of God!

|P2
***Consider not the present state, for it is

the time of sowing seeds in that country (America)

and, of course, great difficulties are met with, differences

and hindrances of the people being severe. Firmness

must uphold us. As the servants and the maid-servants

of the Merciful stand firmly and persevere,

the good seed will soon grow and bear the fruit of

blessing. Then will spirit and fragrance prevail, and

joy and rejoicing come from the heavenly sphere; the

sorrows and toils shall be forgotten and the eternal

peace and rest appear. I trust, through the bounty of

Abha, that ye may be strengthened to serve and to
spread the Word of God.***
|P3

The giving ... the ring(1) of the Greatest Name is

very beautiful. The ring should be worn on the small

finger of the right hand.
|P4

The prayer for forgiveness(2) in behalf of those who

have passed, ignorant, from this world, will be sent

as requested.
|P5
Regarding the "two wings" of the soul: These

signify wings of ascent. One is the wing of knowledge,

the other of faith, as this is the means of the ascent

of the human soul to the lofty station of divine perfections.***

|N209|P1
O Thou Forgiving Lord!(3)
|P2

Although certain souls finished the days of life in

ignorance, were estranged and selfish, yet the ocean of

Thy forgiveness is, verily, able to redeem and make

free the sinners by one of its waves. Thou redeemest

whomsoever Thou willest and deprivest whomsoever

Thou willest not(1!) Shouldst Thou treat justly, we all

are sinners and deserve to be deprived; and shouldst

Thou observe mercy, every sinner shall be made pure

and every stranger shall become a friend. Therefore,

forgive and pardon and grant Thy mercy unto all.

Thou art the Forgiver, the Light-giver and the Compassionate!

|N210|P1
O thou sign of the Love of God!
|P2

Be rejoiced that thou hast held the cup of providence

in thy hand and drunk the choice wine of guidance,

opened thine eye and witnessed the lights of the Kingdom,

unstopped thine ear and heard the voice of the
Lord of Hosts.
|P3
Be not grieved at the death of thy dear daughter.

This divine bird flew away to the rose-garden of the

Merciful and that plant of humanity hastened to the

garden of the Kingdom of El-Abha. That drop returned

to the Most Great Sea and that ray betook herself
to the Most Great Orb. Be happy and thankful

because thou wilt see her face shining in the divine

Kingdom and wilt find her as a lamp amid an assembly

in the spiritual heaven.
|N211|P1
O thou who art commemorating the praises of God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy letter of elegant expression, for

which I supplicate to God to make thee meek, humble

and fit for the effulgence of the light of His love among

the maid-servants; and (I beg of God) to make all

mankind the children of His mercy! This is the utmost

mercy of Abdu'l-Bahá for which he is endeavoring

night and day and is summoning all to this fountain

which is flowing with the pure water of the gift of God.

Verily, I pray God to assemble all mankind in the

shadow of the standard of peace and under the tents

of love in the Paradise of El-Abha; so that all of them

may become the children of God and His beloved ones.

Verily thy Lord is compassionate to the servants who

are rightly guided.
|P3

As to thee: Appreciate the value of thy father, for

he taught thee to await the manifestation of the Light

of Lights. Verily he hath inhaled the fragrance of

the Paradise of El-Abha and his nostrils are therewith

perfumed. Therefore, he bade thee to anticipate and

prepare thyself for the appearance of the Kingdom of

God.
|N212|P1
O thou dear one!
|P2

Blessed art thou, for thou hast entered into the bosom

of the training of God and drunk the cup of knowledge

while thou art young in age among girls. Thank thou

God for that He hath caused thee to taste the sweetness

of His love at thy earliest childhood. I beg of God

to protect thee from wavering in the Cause of God, to

make thee firm in the Covenant of God, to guard thy

mother in the stronghold of His great Kingdom and

to make thee a girl successful and nurtured from the

breast of the love of God, refreshed from the milk of

His knowledge in this great day.
|N213|P1
O thou young in age and great in mind!
|P2
[There is] many a young child who is mature and

grown up, and many an aged [one] who is ignorant and

stupid. Growth and maturity are in intellect and understanding

and not in age and duration of life. Verily thou

hast known thy Lord while thou art young in age; but

there are thousands of women who are heedless of the

commemoration of God, veiled from the Kingdom of

God and deprived of the bounty of the gift of God. As

to thee, thank thy Lord for this great gift. I beg of God

to heal thy mother, who is revered in the Kingdom of

God.
|N214|P1
O my God, my God!
|P2

I am a servant attracted to Thee, humbly coming to

the door of Thy Oneness and addressing the kingdom

of Thy mercy.
|P3

Yes, my God, permit that I should be entirely Thine,

occupied in thinking of Thee, inflamed by the fire of

Thy love and separated from all except Thee, so that

I may work in Thy Cause, spread Thy wisdom, transmit

Thy knowledge and the joy of knowing Thee.
|P4
Yes, my God, I am a flame lighted by the hand of

Thy power. Do not permit that it be extinguished by

the winds of trials. Increase my love for Thee, my

ardor for the Beauty of Thy Oneness, the fire that

burneth in me in the Sinai of Thy Singleness, and the

eternal life in me, through Thy bounty and grace; for

Thou art the Protector, the Watcher, the Pitiful and

the Merciful!
|N215|P1
O thou who art attracted to the Beauty of God!
|P2

Verily, I was rejoiced when I read thy excellent letter,

which portrayed a spiritual attraction and a rejoicing

at the (news) of the merciful Kingdom! Know

thou verily, the hand of divine Providence hath attracted

thee to the Throne of the Kingdom, and the divine

glad-tidings hath caused such joy and happiness in thee,

that thou hast removed the covering and lifted the veiling

from the Countenance of the Divine Beauty, beheld

the Brilliant Face through thine insight, and became

cognizant of the mysteries of purity and sanctity in this

divine Cause!
|P3

Now, with a heart overflowing with the love of God,

supplicate to God with all joy, and thank thou God

for this guidance and this high gift. And know thou,

that verily, the vanguards of the gifts of thy Lord

shall overtake thee from all sides (parts) when thy

feet become firm in the Path.
|N216|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Light of Guidance!

|P2

Verily, I read the signs of thy thanks to God, for

He hath guided thee unto the Path of the Kingdom,

dispelled the darkness, caused thee to enter into the

light of faith, and awakened thee to the proof and

argument. This is through the grace of thy Lord,

the Merciful, who hath chosen thee for His knowledge

and hath adorned thy head with the crown of His love

which is scintillating in the apex of glory and beneficence.

|P3

Verily, I beseech the Threshold of Mercifulness to

kindle the lamp of light within thy heart, so that thy

breast may thereby be dilated and thy soul rejoiced.

|P4
Thou art present in spirit in a meeting (in Acca)

in which the gifts of God are radiating, even though

thou art remote in regard to body in the far away land.

|P5
As to thy coming here now, this is not in accord

with the wisdom revealed in the Gospels. But the time

shall come and thou wilt attain to the gifts of thy Lord.

But for the present, make thy tongue fluent in praising

thy clement Lord at every moment and time, so that

thou mayest attain to all good under the shadow of

the Lord of Generosity and Beneficence.
|N217|P1

O thou who hast gained illumination from the Light of

Guidance!
|P2

Verily, I perused thy brilliant letter, which showed

that thou hast advanced toward God, thy sight illumined

by witnessing the signs of God, thy heart cheered

by the sacred and spiritual breeze which is being blown

from the garden of the Kingdom of God.
|P3

It behooveth thee to spend thy life, body and blood

in the path of God, for this mighty gift.
|P4

Verily, I inhale the fragrance of faithfulness from

the believers of that brilliant and pure city. I beg of

God to make His beloved and maid-servants in that

city as one band, united in soul, heart and tongue, even

as stars assembled in the constellation of Unity, although

the distance between them is extensive and the
interval infinite.
|P5

O maid-servant of God! Know thou, the first bounty

from the True One is love, unity and harmony, and

without these all the deeds pass in vain and give no

result. Love is the result of the Manifestation and

the glorious purpose of the rising of Light on the

Mount, in the Sinai of the Forgiving Lord.
|P6

It is incumbent upon you (to act) with merciful harmony

and spiritual unity, so that the bounties of your

Lord may embrace you and make you as waves in this

sacred, moving sea. This is seemly of the believing

women! This is the spirit of the assured women! This

is the light of the peaceful women! This is the ultimate

wish of the attracted women!
|P7

Verily, I beseech God to illumine thy sight by witnessing

the light of hopes and cause thee to speak His

praise among the maid-servants, and to make thee steadfast

in this path, on which feet have slipped through
the power of tests.
|P8
And I beg of Him to enable thee to confirm thy

parents and make thee a servant in His great vineyard,

and cause the consolation of thine eye, thy noble child,

to enter the garden of His exalted Kingdom.
|N218|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily, I read thine excellent letter and was informed

of thy turning unto God, thy drawing near unto the

lofty holy Threshold, thy drinking from the Fountain

of Life and that thine heart hath partaken of the lights

of heaven. Verily, I beg of God to ordain for thee in

the future to come to this Blessed and White Land, to

cause thee to hear the melodies of the Dove and to

grant that thou mayest present thyself before the hands

of Abdu'l-Bahá.
|P3
Exert thyself, O maid-servant of God, that thou

mayest guide thy relatives and bring union and accord

among the beloved ones and harmony among the maid-servants

of God; and that thou mayest become of the

myrtles of the Paradise of Oneness and of the trees

of the Reality of Singleness.
|P4

Every flock of the sheep of God which is protected

under the shadow of the Divine Shepherd will not be

scattered, but when the sheep are dispersed from the

flock, they will necessarily be caught and torn by the

wolf.
|P5

Therefore, it is incumbent upon you to flock together!

It is incumbent upon you to be united! It is

incumbent upon you to expose yourselves to the fragrances

of God at every time and moment!
|P6
Verily, I am with you when you turn unto God and

are attracted to the fragrances of God, and I pray for

confirmation, union, harmony and love in your behalf.

|P7

Deliver my greetings and praise to the maid-servants

of God there.
|N219|P1

O thou wonderful leaf of the Tree of the Love of God!

|P2

All that thou hast written was perused. It was read

from beginning to end, and it caused joy and fragrance.

But we write a brief but useful answer, on account of

the lack of leisure. Engage thou in commemorating

God at every morn and turn unto the Horizon of Mercifulness.

|P3
Take some honey, recite "Ya Baha-ul-Abha," and

eat a little thereof for several days. For these thy prevailing

diseases are not on account of sins, but they are

to make thee detest this world and know that there

is no rest and composure in this temporal life.
|P4

I beg of God that thou mayest find a cheerful life,

cause the increase of the longing of all present in the

meetings of the maid-servants of the Merciful One and

bring joy and happiness to the handmaidens of God;

so that thou mayest diffuse the fragrances and chant

the manifest verses. Supplication to God at morn
and eve is conducive to the joy of hearts, and

prayer causes spirituality and fragrance. Thou shouldst

necessarily continue therein.
|P5
I beg of God that the closed door may be opened

before the face of the friends and that they may be

enabled to visit the Holy Threshold.
|P6

Trust thou in the divine grace and have hope in the

merciful gift. If thou wishest for everlasting joy and

happiness, engage thou in delivering (teaching) the

Cause of God night and day, for the commemoration of

God attracts confirmation and assistance like unto a

magnet.
|N220|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thy letter was received and thy words produced effect

in the hearts. For thy letter showed thy love for

the Glorious Lord, proved thy knowledge of His Highness,

the Merciful One, and indicated thy effort and

exertion in unifying the beloved ones and creating harmony

among the chosen ones.
|P3
O thou esteemed (or dear) maid-servant of God!

All that thou hast looked upon - even the dominion of

Victoria, the Queen of England - is but an image on

the water and a mirage of phantasms! That which is

a reality and is eternal and everlasting is the love of

God, is the knowledge of His Highness, the Forgiver,

is the spread of the perspicuous religion of God, the

uplifting of the Word of God, and the diffusion of

the lights of the guidance of God!
|P4
I beg of God, that thou and thy revered husband

and thy affectionate father will be confirmed by the

gift of the Merciful One; and that thy brother will

also follow you, in order that he may, through the

gems and pearls of the guidance of God, wear a kingly

crown on his head.
|P5
O thou favored maid-servant of God! I give thee

the name Natekah (i.e., Speaker - gifted with speech;

it can also be written Nategheh), in order that thou mayest

find an eloquent speech in teaching (the Truth);

that thou mayest kindle the lamp of light in those parts,

especially in Baltimore, and bestow joy and happiness

upon the hearts through the commemoration of
God.
|P6

My good pleasure is in this, that thou shouldst devote

thy time wholly to teaching (the Truth), so that

thou mayest train the souls, illumine the eyes, and

make the ears hearing.
|N221|P1
O thou bird who art warbling in the Garden of the
Guidance of God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy excellent and brilliant letter.

It showed how thou hast sought the fire of guidance

from the Sinaitic Tree, and art shining by the light of

faithfulness of the Supreme Concourse.
|P3

Blessed art thou; again, blessed art thou! Glad-tidings

be unto thee; again, glad-tidings be unto thee!
|P4
Appreciate the worth of this peerless and choice

Pearl (of the Truth). By the life of God, verily, this

is the most splendid jewel which glitters on the crown

of glory, among all the people of the world.
|N222|P1

O ye(1) two doves, flying in the verdant Gardens of the

Kingdom!
|P2
Thank ye your Lord for that by reason of which He

hath guided you into the Path of Safety, led you unto

the Fountain of Life, turned your faces unto the Lord

of the evident Signs, and baptized you with the Water

of Life, and the everlasting spirit of safety, in this new

and glorious century.
|P3
Your pictures came to the presence of the servant

of God, who is supplicating to His Kingdom that He

may cause to descend upon you the heavenly blessings.

He was rejoiced by seeing your likenesses, for his

spirit is attached to the Spirit. And from the flowers,

which were enclosed in your note, he has smelled the

scent of the gardens of your hearts, which are ornamented

by the flowers of faith and assurance; and I ask

God to continue sending upon you the gifts of His merciful

benevolence at all times.
|N223|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Bounty of El-Abha!

|P2

Verily, I have read thine excellent message, which

announced thy praise to thy Supreme Lord, and I have

understood thine effort and endeavor in spreading the

perfume of guidance and propagating the Supreme
Word!
|P3
Verily, I implore God to keep thee and thy wife

steadfast in such service with which both of your faces

may shine in the Concourse of El-Abha!
|P4

Indeed, this is the treasure of the Kingdom, which

(treasure) ceaseth not; and I beg of Him to cause

you (both) to be in no need of the false beauty of the

world and to be as two rising stars in the horizon of

existence!
|N224|P1
O thou messenger in the command of God!
|P2
Blessed art thou for guiding ... unto the

Fountain of the Water of Life, caused him to enter

the Ark of Safety, demonstrated unto him the manifest

signs, and proved to him the elegant proofs. May

God reward thee with the best of rewards, in the end

and the beginning. Therefore, continue spreading the

fragrances of God in this new age, which dawns as

the sun with the lights of favors unto the horizon of

ages and centuries.***
|N225|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

Be rejoiced at the mercy of God and be delighted by

the remembrance of thy Master! Thank thou Him,
for He hath removed the veils from thy sight and

shown thee a Glorious Face! Blessed art thou, as thou

hast sought martyrdom in the Cause of God! Know

thou verily, He will strengthen thee to the service of

His Cause in His vineyard.
|N226|P1

O thou who art set aglow with the Fire of the Love of

God!
|P2

Thy letter reached me and I noted its beautiful contents.

I ask God to augment thy faith, certainty, steadfastness

and firmness, that thus thou mayest be a cause

for enkindling the fire of the love of God in the hearts

of the maid-servants of God.
|P3

We sent thee a rosary, as thou didst so wish. Mention

God(1) with this and thus thou mayest be strengthened

in spirit and fragrance, in joy and love.
|P4
Convey my greeting and praise to thy honorable
husband, Mr. ..., the beloved, the precious and
honored.
|N227|P1
O thou who art advancing toward the Kingdom of
God!
|P2

I received thy letter and was informed of the content

of thy speech.
|P3
Know thou, verily, Bahá'í was the Sun of Love and

Peace, who shone forth with the Light of Guidance and

was a Spirit of Life to all regions. The signs of His

effulgence shall appear when the love of God shall influence

the hearts, just as the soul influenceth bodies.

The clouds of darkness shall be dispelled from the manifest

light of love and peace, and from the abundant
bounty of reconciliation and tranquillity.
|P4

As to thee: Do not look at thy weakness and impotence;

nay, look at the power of thy Lord, which

hath surrounded all regions. The sea of forgiveness

hath moved and the waves of pardon and beneficence

have submerged the people of sin. Be isolated from

the grades of self and desire, so that thou mayest succeed

in that which behooveth the service of the Kingdom

of God, and that thou mayest be healed from
every disease and sickness.
|P5

As to the "white dove," it is the Holy Spirit. It

shall flutter over thee and over the head of the beloved

of God.
|P6

Verily I beseech God to assist thee with the spirit of

knowledge and enable thee to be good and benevolent

to all the people of religions.
|N228|P1

O thou who art advancing toward the Divine Kingdom!

|P2
What thou hast written was understood and noted.

Thou hast asked concerning the station of this servant.

The station of this servant is servitude to the Holy

Threshold (Bahá'u'lláh) and I glory and honor in

this. Abdu'l-Bahá is the standard of the divine love,

the sign of the gift of God, the servant of the assemblage

of the merciful ones, the light of the meeting

of the spiritual ones. He is the orb of peace and reconciliation

and the light of love in the world of humanity.
He is the herald of the Kingdom of the Merciful

One and the promulgator of the religion of rectitude

and security. This is the station of this servant! This

is the Truth!
|P3

I hope through the divine grace that the brilliancy

of the love of God will pervade all regions, and that

he will remove warfare and strife from the world of

existence. Then the human world will become expressive

of the unity of the merciful world, the inferior

world will become a clear and purified mirror reflecting

the Supreme Concourse, the East and West will embrace

each other like unto two longing ones and the

North and South will shake hands and clasp each other

in the arms like unto two beloved ones. This is the

station of Abdu'l-Bahá.
|P4
As to the light thou dost witness: It is not an

earthly light (phenomenal); nay, rather, it is a heavenly

light. It cannot be seen by the sight; nay, rather,

it is perceived by the insight.
|P5

As to the resurrection of the body of Christ three

days subsequent to His departure: This signifies the

divine teachings and spiritual religion of His Holiness

Christ, which constitute His spiritual body, which is

living and perpetual forevermore.
|P6

By the "three days" of His death is meant that after

the great martyrdom, the penetration of the divine

teachings and the spread of the spiritual law became

relaxed on account of the crucifixion of Christ. For

the disciples were somewhat troubled by the violence

of divine tests. But when they became firm, that

divine spirit resurrected and that body - which signifies

the divine word - arose.
|P7

Likewise the address of the angels to the people of

Galilee, "That this Christ will return in the same way

and that He will descend from heaven," is a spiritual

address. For when Christ appeared, He came from
heaven, although He was outwardly born from the

womb of Mary. For He said: "No man hath ascended

up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven."
|P8
He said: "I came down from heaven and likewise

will go to heaven." By "heaven" is not meant this infinite

phenomenal space, but "heaven" signifies the

world of the divine kingdom which is the supreme station

and seat of the Sun of Truth.
|P9
To be brief: The mysteries of the Holy Books are

many and require explanation and elucidation. I hope

thine insight will be so opened that the divine mysteries

may become manifest and clear.
|N229|P1
O thou candle of the love of God!
|P2
I read what thou hast written. Its meanings were

spiritual and its contents merciful. It indicated (thy)

pure intention and expressed clear brilliancy.
|P3
I beg of God that thou mayest become an associate

and partner of Abdu'l-Bahá in servitude to the Holy

Threshold of Bahá'í that thou mayest praise me in my

pure servitude and summon all to the Most Great
Guidance.
|N230|P1
O thou who art advancing toward God!
|P2
What thou hast written was perused. Thou hast

written concerning the meeting of His Highness Christ

after the crucifixion and that some of the apostles perceived

Him but did not recognize Him; but that they
did recognize Him after the breaking of bread.
|P3

Know thou that the Messianic Spirit and the outpouring

of the Holy Spirit is always manifest, but

capacity and ability (to receive it) is more in some

and less in others. After the crucifixion the apostles

had not in the beginning the capacity and ability of

witnessing the Messianic reality. For they were agitated.

But when they found firmness and steadfastness,
their inner sight became opened, and they saw

the reality of the Messiah as manifest. For the body

of Christ was crucified and vanished, but the Spirit of

Christ is always pouring upon the contingent world,

and is manifest before the insight of the people of

assurance.
|P4
O thou seeker of the kingdom of God! If thou

wishest thy speech and utterance to take effect in the

hardened hearts, be thou severed from all attachment

to this world and turn unto the Kingdom of God. Enkindle

the fire of the love of God in the heart with

such intensity that thou mayest become a flame of fire

and a luminous lamp of guidance. At that time thy

speech will take effect within the hearts, through the

confirmation of the Holy Spirit.
|N231|P1

O thou sincere servant of the Lord of the Kingdom!

|P2
Thou art favored and accepted in the Threshold of

His Highness the Incomparable One, and art beloved

and praised in the presence of Abdu'l-Bahá. Thy services

in the divine kingdom are evident and registered

and the most eminent reward and the most great bounty

are destined and in store for thee. The confirmation

which hath descended unto thee is conducive to unlimited

favor. Therefore, be thou engaged in the glorification

of the Forgiving Lord.
|N232|P1

O thou whose heart is filled with the Love of God!

|P2

I was informed of thy longing for meeting (me) and

that thy breast is boiling with the love of God. Blessed

are thou for this wish.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Beseech thou God to be

filled with His love and make thy tongue fluent with

the glorification of God.
|P4

Verily, I supplicate God to forgive thy father and

to submerge him in the sea of forgiveness and pardon.

|P5

Be not grieved at the death of that infant child, for

it is placed in trust for thee before thy Lord in His

great Kingdom.
|P6
Verily God will bestow upon thee that whereby thy

heart shall be rejoiced and thy breast shall be dilated.

Verily thy Lord is compassionate and merciful!
|N233|P1

O thou favored maid-servant in the Threshold of the

Almighty!
|P2

The letter which thou hast written was perused and

its contents were noted. Thou hast written concerning

spiritual hearing and insight. The insight (or inner

perception) is a correct sight, for it never blundereth.

But the outward sight doth err (or misjudgeth); it

seeth the mirage as water, considereth the revolving

flame as a circle, imagineth the images reflected in a

mirror as a reality and judgeth huge bodies as small

ones, from a remote distance. There are many evidences

as to the blundering of the sight; but the insight

apprehendeth the reality and discovereth the mysteries.

|P3

As to the difference between inspiration and imagination:

Inspiration is in conformity with the Divine

Texts, but imaginations do not conform therewith. A

real, spiritual connection between the True One and

the servant is a luminous bounty which causeth an

ecstatic (or divine) flame, passion and attraction.

When this connection is secured (or realized) such an

ecstasy and happiness become manifest in the heart that

man doth fly away (with joy) and uttereth melody and

song. Just as the soul bringeth the body in motion, so

that spiritual bounty and real connection likewise moveth

(or cheereth) the human soul.

As to truthful dreams: I beg of God that thy inner

eye (insight) may be so opened that thou mayest thyself

differentiate between truthful and untruthful
dreams.
|P4

Treat thy friends and relatives in general with the

utmost kindness and love; (deal in like manner) even

with strangers (or outsiders). Convey my great compassion

to the little maid-servant of God, ....

She must memorize and recite the following commune:

|P5

"O loving God! I am a young child, a suppliant, a

captive. Be Thou my refuge, my support, my protector.

I am in distress: give me the means of tranquillity.

I am needy: bestow upon me the treasure of

the Kingdom. I am dead: give me the Spirit of Life.

I am weak: favor me with power and strength, so that

I may be a maid-servant in Thy Threshold, with perfect

purity and sanctity; sacrifice myself unto Thee, be

quit of myself and seek Thee, walk in the path of Thy

good pleasure, speak Thy secret and witness the signs

of Thy Oneness wherever I look. O God! Make

me ablaze, like unto the fire of Thy love, and make me

free from attachment to this mortal world, until I find

the peace of soul and the rest of conscience.
|P6
"Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty! Thou art the
Hearer, the Seer!"
|N234|P1
O thou who art advancing toward God!
|P2
Blessed art thou, for the lights of guidance have

shone forth upon thee and the bounty of the Supreme

Kingdom hath illumined thy heart. The effect of the

Spirit will surely increase within hearts, so souls will

grow in advancing toward the Kingdom, the wonderful

bounty shall appear from the invisible kingdom, the

hidden exalted world, and your powers and firmness

will increase in the Cause of God, the Lofty, the
Mighty.
|N235|P1
O thou Godlike person and spiritual friend!
|P2

Verily God hath, through His bounty and grace, removed

the covering from off thine eyes and inspired thee

the night in which the Morn of Guidance dawned and

the Holy Spirit breathed in the being of "The Exalted,

the Supreme"(1.) Ye went out(2,) desirous to witness and

visit the Lord, and awaited the appearance of the Great

Bounty in that brilliant night. Is there any evidence

greater than this to the discerning? No, by my Beloved,

the Abha! This is a gift to which ye have

been assigned among mankind. Thank ye God for this

bestowal in which the inspired ones glory in the kingdom

of heaven.
|P3

As to thee, strengthen thou thy back to spread that

Spirit and diffuse that Light and arise to serve the Cause

of God in His vineyard, so that thou mayest be of the

first to call in the name of God and draw nearer

unto the Kingdom of thy Lord, the Glorious, the Supreme.

Truly, I say unto thee, if thou be steadfast

in this Cause and arise with all thy power to promote

the Word in those parts, and if thou render thine utmost

efforts in breathing the Spirit of Life into the

hearts of the righteous, thou wilt find thyself assisted

by the angels of heaven and the hosts of the Supreme

Concourse; thou wilt hoist the banner of peace and

the sounds of the trumpet will be heard in the tunes of

love and union throughout those countries; thou wilt

guide people (literally, souls) to the running water of

life and lead them to the field of knowledge; thou wilt

give them to drink the wine of assurance and quicken

them with the fragrances of the Merciful One; thou

wilt clothe them with the robes of bestowal and give

them to drink the wine of faithfulness in love for Baha',

so that they will be awakened from the sleep of selfish

desires and behold the signs of their Mighty Lord in

this exalted life. This is better for thee than all the

glory and dominion of the world.
|P4
As to thy coming at this time to the Blessed Spot

(Acca), this is not in accordance with the wisdom revealed

in the Tablets. Send unto us some of the traces

of thy pen (writings) so that we may see it and pray

God to assist and render thee successful in everything.

|N236|P1

O thou whose face is illumined with the Light of the

Love of God!
|P2

The answer already hath been delayed, but there is

no harm in that. For, verily, my heart is gazing unto

thee, my love is constant and permanent for thee and

the fragrances of holiness are wafting (over thee) and

my spirit is pouring upon thee, and the spiritual communication

is extended between us.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! It is incumbent upon thee

to show forth the greatest steadfastness; it is incumbent

upon thee to stand the tests of the Lord! Be

thou firm in the love of thy Lord, the Clement, the

Merciful!***
|N237|P1

O thou who art enkindled with the Fire of the Love

of God!
|P2
Thy letter was received and I was informed of the

contents. It was a proof of truthfulness and sincerity

and an evidence of spiritual feelings. Consider how

the radiance of the light of the Holy Spirit doth illumine

the court of the soul, that it bringeth about spiritual

discoveries and produceth merciful attachment!

The essential meeting is that spiritual attachment (or

union) and heartfelt feelings; when this gift becometh

manifest, heavenly bounties will be attained and hopes

shall be fulfilled. It is the same as I have written: Thou

shalt attain to visit Acca; but now a physical visit (or

presence) will lead to interference on the part of the

ignorant and cause the tumult and commotion of the

unwise. For the present, satisfy thyself with a spiritual

union. God willing, thy coming will be also brought

about afterward.
|P3
Occupy thyself with the Kingdom as much as thou

canst and forget all else save the True One; in order

that thou mayest, day by day, find a new power in the

Cause of God and gain a great stability.
|N238|P1
O thou who art advancing toward the Threshold of
Mercifulness!
|P2

Verily, I have read the expressions of thy longing

for the visit and thy craving to come to this Brilliant

Spot. But the violators of the Covenant of God have

stirred up the dust of deception, and besides this, there

are numerous obstacles and it is impossible for thee to

come in these times. But verily, I pray my Lord to

make this success feasible unto thee in a future time.

There is for this a mature wisdom concealed from sight,

but it shall appear as clear as the sun in midday.

|P3

As to thee, be rejoiced at the glad-tidings of thy

Lord and trust in His great gifts, the lights of which

have shone forth upon the horizons of hearts and souls,

and trust in the assistance of thy Master, and ask what

thou wishest of the gifts of thy Lord, the Unconstrained!

Draw nigh unto Him with a pure heart,

cheerful face, gazing eye and a joyful spirit and plunge

with thy whole being into the sea of the love of God

and forget all else save Him, so that thou mayest be

filled with such spiritual sentiments from the kingdom

of God, which will take the reins of desire from thy

hands and move thee with the power of thy Lord, just

as the wind moveth a mote in the open air as it willeth.

At that time we will draw unto each other in spirit, a

nearness which will be eternal, everlasting and endless.

|N239|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily, I considered the meanings of thy beautiful

words and found them as a peerless, brilliant pearl,

shining with a luster of the lights of the love of God.

God shall surely enable thee [to speak] in more eloquent

and wonderful words through a confirmation
from the Spirit of the gift of God.***
|P3

O maid-servant of God! Verily, the picture (photograph)

is an indication of what is in the heart of man.

There are faces which are rejoiced and brilliant like

unto the garden of paradise and faces which are dusty

and dark and are covered with the dimness of fire.

|P4

Verily I beg of God that He may strengthen thee in

whatever matter thou mayest undertake and unto which

thou mayest advance.
|P5

O maid-servant of God! Thy heart shall surely have

attractions and revelations through the power of the

Beauty of El-Abha, which will be followed by glad-tidings

and signs, in every minute and instant. Verily,

I reveal unto thee in spirit and address thee in heart,

a speech which will open unto thee the doors of mysteries

which are concealed behind veils. When mirrors

become pure and the lights shine, the signs of the Sun

of Truth shall reflect therein with most wonderful

splendors.
|P6

O maid-servant of God! Verily, I have not forgotten

thee and will not forget thee. Trust thou in the love

of Abdu'l-Bahá, for verily, nothing equals it.
|P7
O maid-servant of God! Verily, the Household(1)

present unto thee greeting and praise, with all longing

and attraction.
|N240|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!

|P2
I pray to God that He may cause to descend upon

thee a heavenly blessing, quicken thy heart with the

Holy Spirit into an everlasting life and make thy heart

a source of merciful sentiments; so that thy breath

may become a quickener of the souls, thine attractions

may move the heart of the world, thy strong love may

attract the hearts of men, and that thine abundant affection

may become a mercy to mankind in the world

of existence. Verily, my Lord is Powerful, Potent and

the Bestower!
|P3

Be thou loving to every afflicted one, a dispeller of

sorrows to every grieved one, a refuge to every fearful

one, a heavenly food to every destitute one, a balm to

every wounded one, a consolation to dejected hearts,

a blessing to unfortunate souls, a treasure to every begging

one and a succor to every lamenting one - so that

thou mayest be a banner of guidance and the essence

of piety among the maid-servants of thy Supreme Lord.

Verily, thy Lord is the Beneficent, the Gracious, the

Bestower!
|N241|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2
***I beg of God that He may make [that

place] a center of merciful events and a point whereon

the lordly favors may fall; and that He may make thee

so ablaze with the fire of His love that the flame of the

love of God may pervade all those parts.
|N242|P1
O thou dear maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thy letter was received and a sweet odor wafted

from the rose-garden of its meanings. Thou hast offered

thanks before the threshold of the One God, for

that thou hast stepped into the Court of the Manifestation

in such a blessed day and hast partaken a share and

portion from the bounties of the Pre-existent Beauty(1.)

This mortal world is fickle and unstable like unto a

shifting shadow, and the human life is like unto a

mirage and a reflection on the water. When thou lookest

at the result thou wilt consider the preliminaries as

important, otherwise, preliminaries without a result are

of no fruit or harm; they are pure fancy and sheer

darkness. Therefore even a short duration of life is

sufficient.
|P3
I beg of God that He may render thee successful

so that thou mayest find the result of the supernal life

from the temporal life and attain to the gift of the

heavenly food and be strengthened to serve the Cause

of God.
|N243|P1
O thou who art esteemed in the Threshold of the
Almighty!
|P2

Praise thou God, for that thou hast found the Light

of Guidance, recognized the Lord of the Kingdom, art

engaged in the service of the Divine Garden and hast

guided a number of souls and led them to the Kingdom

of Existence. When thou occupiest thyself with all

thy strength in service, thou wilt become a magnet of

attraction and cause every seeker to reach the presence

of the Desired One; thou wilt raise a great clamor in

the world and evince such an ecstasy and rapture that

will astonish the minds.
|P3
Send my loving greeting to those souls whom thou

hast guided unto the divine kingdom and say unto them:

"Ye must appreciate Miss .... Move your tongues

in thanksgiving and be obliged for her great effort; for

she gave you to drink the wine of guidance from the

cup of the love of God and led you to the kingdom of

lights. Were you to thank her for many years as a

reward for this guidance, ye will not be able to repay

your obligation for this gift."
|P4
Thou hast written concerning the Impersonality of

the Divinity. Personality is in the Manifestation of the

Divinity, not in the Essence of the Divinity. The reality

of the divine world is purified and sanctified from

limits and restriction. But the pure Mirror, which is

the Manifestor of the Sun of Truth and in which
the Sun of Truth is manifest in full appearance -

that mirror is restricted, not the lights. The soul

pervadeth throughout the whole body, and its commands

are effective in all the parts and limbs of man.

Notwithstanding its utmost sanctification (or abstraction)

this soul is manifest and evident in all its grades,

in this material form. By seeing God is meant beholding

the Manifestation of Himself; for witnessing the

sun in its entire splendor, in a clear glassy surface, is

identical with witnessing the essence of the sun itself.

|P5
When the souls of the sincere depart (from this

body), then their unreal vision (i.e., seeing) is changed

into a vision of reality. Even as man, when in the

age of babyhood and imperfection, though he seeth

things, yet that vision is superficial and external. But

when he reacheth the world (or age) of perfection and

becometh endowed with reasoning faculty and (the

power of) discrimination and comprehension, then that

vision of his is a vision (i.e., seeing) of reality(1) and

not the unreality.
|P6

It is evident that the divine nearness is an unlimited

nearness, be it in this world or the next one.

This is a nearness which is sanctified from the comprehension

of the minds. The more a man seeketh light

from the Sun of Truth, the nearer he will draw. For

instance, a clear body is near unto the sun, and a black

stone is far from the sun. This nearness dependeth upon

clearness, purity and perfection and that remoteness

is due to density, dullness (or obscurity) and imperfection.

|P7

As to the question whether the souls will recognize

each other in the spiritual world: This (fact) is certain;

for the Kingdom is the world of vision (i.e.,

things are visible in it), where all the concealed realities

will become disclosed. How much more the well-known

souls will become manifest. The mysteries of which

man is heedless in this earthly world, those will he

discover in the heavenly world, and there will he be

informed of the secret of truth; how much more will

he recognize or discover persons with whom he hath

been associated. Undoubtedly, the holy souls who find

a pure eye and are favored with insight will, in the

kingdom of lights, be acquainted with all mysteries, and

will seek the bounty of witnessing the reality of every

great soul. Even they will manifestly behold the

Beauty of God in that world. Likewise will they find

all the friends of God, both those of the former and

recent times, present in the heavenly assemblage.
|P8

As to the difference and distinction between Lazarus

and that "rich man": The first was spiritual, while

the second was material. One was in the highest degree

of knowledge and the other in the lowest depths of

ignorance. The difference and distinction will naturally

become realized between all men after their departure

from this mortal world. But this (distinction)

is not in respect to place, but it is in respect to the soul

and conscience. For the Kingdom of God is sanctified

(or free) from time and place; it is another world and

another universe. But the holy souls are promised

the gift of intercession. And know thou for a certainty,

that in the divine worlds, the spiritual beloved ones

(believers) will recognize each other, and will seek

union (with each other), but a spiritual union. Likewise,

a love that one may have entertained for any one

will not be forgotten in the world of the Kingdom.

Likewise, thou wilt not forget (there) the life that

thou hast had in the material world.
|P9
O thou maid-servant of God! Hold fast to the

Most Strong Handle(1) and be thoroughly attracted to

the Kingdom of Abha, until thou mayest at every instant

find a new confirmation and attain to a wonderful

gift and become a cause for the guidance of souls.

|N244|P1
O thou who hast attained to Truth!
|P2

I beg of God that the divine light which is spoken

of in the Twelfth Chapter of John may shed its rays

upon thee forever, so that thou mayest always be in

light. The life of man in this world is short and will

soon draw to an end. Consequently one must appreciate

(or count as gain) every breath (or moment) of

his life and endeavor in that which is conducive to eternal

glory.
|P3
Thou hast written concerning the shining assembly

of Washington (D. C.): This caused me great joy, for

that assemblage is a rose-garden of mysteries and very

sweet fragrances are being inhaled from it. I hope

that through the sincerity of heart of the friends and

maid-servants of God, that assembly will continue and

be extended (or grow) day by day, will increase in

luminosity every moment and that the members of that

assembly will make extraordinary progress in the Divine

Threshold.
|P4

If the health and well-being of the body be expended

in the path of the Kingdom, this is very acceptable and

praiseworthy; and if it is expended to the benefit of

the human world in general - even though it be to their

material (or bodily) benefit and be a means of doing

good - that is also acceptable. But if the health and

welfare of man be spent in sensual desires, in a life

on the animal plane, and in devilish pursuits - then disease

is better than such health; nay, death itself is

preferable to such a life. If thou art desirous of health,

wish thou health for serving the Kingdom. I hope

thou mayest attain a perfect insight, an inflexible resolution,

a complete health and spiritual and physical
strength in order that thou mayest drink from the

fountain of eternal life and be assisted by the spirit

of divine confirmation.
|P5
Say unto ...: "Thou art sowing pure seeds,

but that soil (wherein the seeds fall) is full of useless

plants, weeds and rubbish. Therefore the seeds are

wasted. Consequently, come and sow those seeds in a

pure, sweet and fertile soil, in order that they may

vegetate, become fresh and verdant and form into heaps

on heaps of harvest."
|P6
Send my greeting to ... and say unto her:

"The sun is in the utmost effulgence but the surface

turned toward it must be a mirror; the clearer and purer

it is, the more lights shall be reflected therein."

|P7
Send my loving greeting to his honor ... and
say unto him: "Do not miss the opportunity. Now

is the springtime and the bounty of heaven is pouring

on earth and the fields and rose-gardens are in growth

and development. Exert thyself as much as thou canst,

in order that through this everlasting bounty and the

sprinklings of the clouds of the divine gift, thou mayest

grow and thrive like unto a fruitful tree, with the

utmost freshness and purity."
|P8
That matter (or substance) which is the cause of

the moderation and perfection of the body is that perfect

moderate temperament which is produced by the

organization and admixture of constituent elements;

that matter (or substance) is material (or physical) not

spiritual. But reason, which comprehends (or detects)

the realities of things, is a spiritual reality, not physical

(or material). Therefore the animal is deprived of

reason, and it (reason) is specialized to mankind. The

animal feeleth realities which are perceptible to the

senses, but man perceiveth intellectual realities (or

things perceptible to reason). Consequently, it hath

become evident that reason is a spiritual faculty, not

physical (or material).
|P9

The Holy Land is not tranquil in these days(1.) Consequently,

let thy presence (or coming) in the Holy

Land depend on some other time. Endeavor night and

day in serving the Cause of God; this service is real

visit, and this is meeting, itself.
|P10
Deliver my greeting to each one of the friends of

God and maid-servants of the Merciful with the utmost

love.
|P11
That blessed name which thou hast asked to remain

with thee forever and become the cause of spiritual

progress - that name is "Aseyeh," which is the name

of the mother of Abdu'l-Bahá. I give the blessed name

to thee. Be therefore in the utmost joy and happiness,

and be engaged in all gladness and attraction (or

ecstasy) for thou hast become the object of such a

favor.
|N245|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!

|P2
I know how great a love thou hast! Thou art like

unto a blooming rose in the rose-garden of the love of

God and thou art like unto a fruitful tree on the bank

of the stream of knowledge of God. I beg of God

that thou mayest always enjoy spiritual nearness and

ever be rejoiced. Reveal thou (or teach thou) the

Word of God; be not grieved at the people's lack of

hearing. Do thou sow the seed, and God will make it

grow and the cloud (or rain) of mercy will develop it.

|P3
Convey greeting to the beloved of God and to the
maid-servants of the Merciful.
|N246|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thy detailed letter was perused. On account of the

multitude of occupations and work, a brief answer is

written. This brief Tablet is most significant. Thou

art forever in my memory and in reality thou art present.

Thou art never forgotten!
|P3

Blessed is thy state that thou art firm in the Covenant

and steadfast in the Cause of God. Rest thou

assured of the bounty and providence of the Heavenly

Lord. Be thou rejoiced! Be thou a merciful being!

Be thou illumined! Associate with all the maid-servants

of the Merciful with utmost love and kindness,
also with other women of the world.
|P4
I have prayed for the outpouring of the blessing

upon those souls for whom thou hast asked supplication

of the Holy Spirit (in their behalf). I hope that they

may become quickened through the breeze of life wafting

from the garden of immortality and be gladdened

with utmost happiness and joy. But the capacity is necessary

for the descent of rain, and preparation of

soil is of great importance. The heavenly outpouring

will develop from the pure ground roses and hyacinths.

We also hope that such things will appear from them.

|P5

Convey my respectful greeting to the attracted maid-servant

of God .... I am always engaged in

her remembrance, beseeching for her merciful gifts

from the Heavenly Father. Utmost bounty is extended

toward her.
|P6
Exert thyself in studying the Persian language in

order that with perfect eloquence and fluency thou mayest

talk, read and write.
|P7
Know thou the value of ... for she hath an

illumined heart and a soul gladdened with the love of

God. She hath presented herself at this Blessed Spot,

hearing the utterances of Abdu'l-Bahá with her own

ears. Blessed is she, and again, blessed is she!
|N247|P1
O thou dear maid-servant of God!
|P2
The letter that thou hast written in Persian was

highly appreciated. I have read it from beginning to

end. It contained wonderful thoughts.
|P3
Convey my longing greetings to all the friends in

Washington (D. C.). Also present my respectful greetings

to the maid-servants of the Merciful. Present my

respectful salutations to the maid-servant of God, the

Eternal, the Protector, Mrs. ..., for she is near

and dear in the Threshold of Oneness. I beseech God

that she may be confirmed and assisted in all stations

and attain the heavenly confirmations.
|N248|P1
O thou who art attracted to the Kingdom of God!
|P2
The letter written by you *** was received. Its
contents became evident. The expressions (of thy

letter) evinced utmost attraction and caused joy and

fragrance.
|P3

Thou hast asked for permission to come to our presence

with his honor .... I am also longing

greatly after the meeting of the friends. If there was

no obstacle, it would be very acceptable, but in these

days, thy presence (in this land(1)) is not according to

wisdom. Besides this, thou must be engaged in the

service of the Kingdom in those parts. Also, the presence

of his honor(2) ... is of utmost necessity in

those parts, for we henceforth forward all the Tablets

to him for translation, that he may send to the believers.

If he should move, this work would be neglected.

Therefore now thou must wait until some happy occasion

will bring this about later on.
|P4

Also, thou hast written concerning the meeting with

the minister of Persia. This is very acceptable. The

believers of God must render utmost consideration toward

Persian ministers and officials.
|P5
Also convey respectful greetings from Abdu'l-Bahá
to all the friends of God.
|N249|P1
O thou maid-servant of the Blessed Perfection!
|P2

Thy letter was received. It was written in Persian.

I was very much pleased. I hope thou wilt memorize

all the poetry of the Blessed Perfection and chant with

wonderful melody in the assemblages and gatherings.

These verses will soon be translated into English poetical

form and then this Divine Song will rise from
those lands and reach the Abha Kingdom in utmost
joy and happiness.
|P3
Thou hast written that ... is giving lessons

of [the Book of] Ighan(1;) this news brought me real

joy.
|P4
Thou hast written that ... hath started upon

her trips again, to be engaged in the service of the

Kingdom. In reality she is attracted and will bear

every calamity and trial in the path of the Blessed Perfection

and this very thing will be conducive to her
spiritual development.
|P5

O thou attracted one! If thou art able, be thou engaged

in the promotion of the Cause of God, either
with ... or alone.
|P6
O thou maid-servant of God! Whatever thou dost

and upon whatever occasion thou showest any effort,

the end will prove fruitless except in teaching the Cause

of God and in serving the divine Kingdom.
|P7

If the means of thy travel to these parts(2) be brought

about, it is better to come alone, because ...
must remain in those parts and be engaged in the

service. The confirmation of the Holy Spirit will

descend upon him uninterruptedly.
|P8

Convey respectful greeting to the beloved maid-servant

of God ... and love her.
|N250|P1
O thou attracted maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thy letter *** was received and its contents produced

happiness and joy, for it evinced affinity and
love among the maid-servants of the Merciful One

gathering in the assemblages and commemorating the

name of the True One. ***
|P3
Convey my respectful greeting to ... and

announce to her: "This period is a blessed period; endeavor

that thou mayest live according to the requirements

of this Glorious Age."
|P4
Convey my greeting to ... and say: "The

Heavenly Table is descended; become thou hungry in

so far as thou canst and partake of that Food."
|P5
Announce thou to ...: "At a time when the

light of the Sun of Truth hath penetrated into all those

regions, then the spiritual oneness will become realized.

Therefore, make thou an effort that the souls may become

attracted with the light of the Kingdom and the

shining heavenly lamp become ignited in thy house. I

beseech God that thou mayest become a center of merciful

feelings in those regions and seek after the everlasting

glory."
|P6

I prayed for those whose names thou hast mentioned

in thy letter, asking from God confirmation and assistance

in their behalf. Say to the beloved maid-servant
of God, ..., to write the book which she had
in mind.
|N251|P1
O thou favored maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thy letter was received. Thou hast expressed joy

on account of thy visit to the friends in Chicago.

I also yearn to visit them. At the time when ye were

assembled in the house of Mrs. ..., Abdu'l-Bahá
was also present with heart and soul.
|P3
I hope that thou mayest become an incarnation of

love and an embodiment of spirit and personification of

kindness and that thou mayest progress day by day in

the spiritual attributes through the Beauty of Abha.

|P4

Convey respectful greeting on my behalf to the dear

and kind maid-servant of God, the assured leaf, ....

Behold thou how attracted and enkindled she is! Love

and have great consideration for the attracted maid-servant

of God, .... Exercise the utmost affection
and kindness toward the dear maid-servant of
God, ....
|P5
O thou maid-servant of God! No one hath any way

to the Reality of Deity except through the Instrumentality

of the Manifestation. To suppose so is a
theory and not a fact.
|P6
Convey greeting on my behalf to ... and

say: "If thou art desiring the refulgent light, add to

thy love for God. If thou art begging for the breaths

of the Holy Spirit, become thou engaged in the commemoration

of the Beauty of Abha. If thou art seeking
everlasting glory, choose humility in the path of

the True One. If thou art aspiring to eternal life, sacrifice

thy soul in the way of God."
|P7
Announce my love and affection to the attracted
maid-servant ... and say: "Every eye which

is weeping for the sake of the love of God is blessed;

every ear which is hearing the divine call is blessed.

Then may thine eyes flow with the tears of joy because

of the coruscation of the fire of the heart and may thy

soul and thy spirit be attracted to the Beauty of the

Beloved."
|P8

Show forth kindness on my behalf to the maid-servants

of the Merciful whom thou hast mentioned by

name in thy letter and impart to them the glad-tidings

of the Kingdom.
|P9
Give especial greeting to ... and say:

"There lie glorious meanings in the word "Allaho-Abha".(1)

I hope thou wilt discover those significances."
|N252|P1
O thou spiritual maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thy letter was received and its contents became

known. God willing, the vision will become actualized.

Announce thou to ...: "Become thou a new

creation and be thou patient and forbearing. Be baptized

by the fire of the love of God and by the spirit

of the knowledge of God, in order that thou mayest

become characterized by the spiritual attributes; attain

to the nature of that kind Beloved; be so enkindled that

thou mayest illumine a region, become a sign of guidance

and an ensign of the love of God."
|P3

O thou maid-servant of God! I know that thou hast

spiritual love for Abdu'l-Bahá and this is confirmed and

beyond doubt.
|P4
Say to ...: "Leave thou the "New Thought"
and seek after the New Kingdom. The "New
Thought" is a part of the New Kingdom. When thou

hast found the latter, thou hast found the former; nay

rather, thou hast found all things."
|N253|P1
O thou attracted maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thy letter was received. Thou hast manifested

cheerfulness and gladness on account of the news of

my happiness. Abdu'l-Bahá hath the glad-tidings of the

Kingdom of Abha. His happiness hath no sorrow in

its trail and His life is not followed by any death. To

him, prison is a court; to him, a tomb is a spacious palace;

to him, a well is the apex of heaven; and to him,
manacles and chains are the throne of ether.
|P3

If at times he becometh sad, it is not on account of

affliction and adversities, but that grief is produced from

a word or an act which is against the exhortations and

behests of the Blessed Perfection.
|P4

For instance: I hope that the believers of God may

become the cause of the unity and agreement of the human

realm, and suffer other nations and communities

of the world to enter under the shade of the Canopy of

Oneness. Now, when the news reacheth me that the

slightest differences have crept in among the believers

of God, I become sad and heartbroken.
|P5

The point is this: Afflictions or hardships, ordeals

or trials, do not make me weak or faint, nor do they in

the slightest degree make me sad or unhappy.
|P6

Thou hast written regarding the feast *** I became

very happy therefrom. Convey greeting on
my behalf to the favored maid-servant of God,
... and say: "On that night thy house was

the nest and the shelter of the birds of God. The divine

melodies and the celestial lyres made that place a

feast of heaven and an assembly of the Kingdom.

Abdu'l-Bahá was present there in heart and soul and

was joyful and happy. Thank thou God."
|P7
Announce salutation to Mrs. ... and say:

"A thousand times, Well done! - that thou art working

in the vineyard of the Kingdom and hast arisen to faithfulness

and art engaged in the service of His Highness,

the Almighty! Thou art helping the helpless ones and

art comforting those who are insane."
|P8
Convey respectful greeting to Mrs. ... and

say: "May thy joy be unending and thy comfort and

happiness everlasting! May thy life be eternal and the

light of thy thought the heavenly glad-tidings."
|P9

Convey greeting and kindness to the maid-servant of

God, ..., and say: "If thou art desiring an

illumined house, enkindle thou therein the lamp of the

love of God; and if thou art seeking after a heavenly

palace, make thy house the gathering place of the believers

of the Merciful One; so that the splendors of

the Sun of Truth may cast therein rays spiritual and the

harmony of holiness ascend to the Kingdom of Abha."

|P10
Say to the maid-servant of God, ...: "Thy

voice and thy melody in singing reached the ears of

Abdu'l-Bahá, and produced joy and fragrance."
|P11
O thou maid-servant of God! The feast given by

Mrs. ... became highly acceptable and the respected

personages who served in that feast, as did
..., Mr. ..., Mrs. ... and
Mrs. ..., are in reality worthy of all praise.

They were engaged in the duty and the work of Abdu'l-Bahá

and have arisen to serve the believers of God.
|P12
Convey my greeting to his honor ... and

say: "Thou didst deliver a wonderful talk on that

night. Well done! Well done! That talk was given

in the West yet Abdu'l-Bahá became happy from it in

the East."
|P13
I congratulate and compliment the maid-servant of
God, ..., in her firmness and steadfastness in

the Cause of God. Truly, I say, she is illumined, spiritual,

heavenly and celestial. She taketh care of the

strangers among the friends and serveth and praiseth

the servants of God.
|P14

O thou maid-servant of God! Do not be slow in the

study of the Persian language and be thou engaged in

the service.
|N254|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2

Thy letter was received. Thou hast written regarding

thy trip to the Holy Land. God willing, this desire

of thine will be realized.
|P3
The name Aseyeh is acceptable in the Threshold of

Oneness, for the daughter of Pharaoh had this name,

who, when (Moses) the Light of Guidance dawned,

became confirmed by the Merciful One, left the court

of Pharaoh with its grandeur and sovereignty and became

perfumed with the fragrances of holiness. Then

she assisted in the service of His Holiness (Moses) -

upon him be peace! Also, Aseyeh was the name of my

mother.
|P4

Thou hast written that thou lovest the Bible. Undoubtedly,

the friends and the maid-servants of the

Merciful should know the value of the Bible, for they

are the ones who have discovered its real significances

and have become cognizant of the hidden mystery of

the Holy Book.***
|P5
Deliver my greeting to ... and say: "I

supplicate God that thou mayest gladden and rejoice

the heart of ... with the melody of the Kingdom,

rend asunder the veil of her concealment, enlighten

her face with the light of the Most Great Guidance

and make her eyes see and her ears hear."
|P6
Say on my behalf to the maid-servant of God, ...,
"The end of every (material) work is without

result, because it is perishable and inconstant, but the

first (real) work is attraction to the fragrance of God,

enkindlement with the fire of the love of God, reading

the verses of Unity and beholding the lights from the

Dawning-place of Mystery.(1) After that cometh the training

of the soul, purification of character and service to

humanity. If thou art able to accomplish any one of

these, the result is eternal and the fruit everlasting."

|P7

Thou hast written regarding thy coming to the Holy

Land; do not hasten, for then thou mayest travel with

comfort. It would be better not to resign from the

school, nay rather, avail thyself of the opportunity

during vacation time which is in the season of summer,

and present thyself in this land; because thy presence

in that school is fruitful. Thou shalt finally study the

Persian language.***
|N255|P1

O thou whose breast is dilated with the Fragrances

of God!
|P2

I received thy letter which showed thine advance toward

the Kingdom of God.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Verily, the weakness of

body and its strength do neither harm nor benefit; nay,

rather the spirit must be strong through the breath of

the Holy Spirit, at this time, so that it may apprehend

the consummate wisdom which is deposited in this great

age. I beg of God that He may increase joy and

fragrance in thy spirit, give thee power and strength,

and that He may help thee at every moment in faith

and assurance. Verily my Lord is powerful in all

things! Trust thou in the grace of thy Master and ask

that which thou wishest from His Name, the Clement,

the Merciful.
|N256|P1
O thou who art rejoiced at the Kingdom of God!
|P2

The letter indicating thy great wish to be a maid-servant

of the Cause of God in His wonderful and excellent

vineyard, was received.
|P3
Thank thou God that He hath removed the veil and

hath manifested unto thee the reality of things until

thou hast apprehended that, verily, the world and all

of its concerns are but confused dreams and of non-duration.

|P4

Verily I beg of God to grant thy greatest wishes and

bestow upon thee the good of this and the world to

come.
|N257|P1
O thou herald of the Kingdom!
|P2

Thou wast not alone in the trip that thou didst undertake

in various places. The spirit and soul of

Abdu'l-Bahá was with thee. Although thou hast been

afflicted with many and severe persecutions, hast heard

derision, scorn and contempt and observed the opposition

of the heedless ones, yet this is conducive to thy

glory, that thou hast been made a target for the arrow

of opposition in the Path of God and hast drunk the

cup of affliction. Consider this, how many a calamity

was submitted to by those sanctified souls in bygone

ages and to how many sufferings they were resigned!

Thou also must endure dire oppression and ordeals in

the Path of Abha and maintain the feet of steadfastness

and firmness. Then thou shalt behold the confirmation

of God surrounding thee. Rejoice thou and be

happy that thou hast attained to this station and walked

in the footsteps of the holy souls.
|P3
Announce on my behalf longing greeting to Mr.
... and say, "The melody of the Kingdom is

that which hath caused the motion of the universe; the

musk-diffusing fragrance of the rose-garden of God is

that which hath perfumed the nostrils; and the reflection

of the Sun of Truth is that which hath illumined

the whole earth. Now is the beginning of illumination!

Therefore, the people of darkness imagine that they

can oppose (this Revelation); yet, ere long they shall

find themselves in loss and consternation! They shall

observe that the power of the Word of God hath subdued

East and West. Be thou not sad and dispirited

on account of the opposition of the heedless ones. Soon

they shall regret sorely. Reflect thou how the Pharisees

persecuted and looked down in contempt upon His

Holiness the Christ. The result was that His lamp became

ignited, His light began to shine and His followers

sparkled like unto the stars from the horizon of

existence; and the consequence to the Pharisees was the

pangs of remorse and regrets."
|P4

Convey, also, greeting to the maid-servant of God,

Mrs. ... and say, "Thy house is the nest and

the shelter of this heavenly bird. Undoubtedly, thou

must enkindle the lights of the Kingdom therein."
|P5

Likewise convey respectful greeting on my behalf to

Mrs. ... and say, "I ask God that thy house

may become the gathering-place of the spiritual ones

and the assembly of the godly ones; that the light of

Truth may shine therein and make it brilliant and
resplendent."
|P6
Also convey longing greeting to Mr. ... and

say, "Those souls who, in the time of His Highness

Christ, turned their faces toward the Kingdom and

quaffed the wine of guidance from the cup of the Word

of God, had their troubles changed into everlasting

bliss. No matter how much they heard the rebuke of

the heedless ones, observed the censure of the relatives,

were afflicted with the injury of the oppressors and

thrown into abjection, yet that ignominy finally became

eternal glory. Thou must show the utmost love and

kindness towards the heedless ones and the oppressors

and ask from God forgiveness and pardon for them, for

they are ignorant. If they understood, they would not

oppress; nay, rather would they arise (to serve the

Cause) with faithfulness."
|P7

Announce, also, respectful greeting from me to Mrs.

... and Mr. ... and say, "The sons of

the Kingdom are scattered throughout the whole world,

but the ignorant Pharisees have arisen with the utmost

hatred instigating persecutions. They imagine that

persecution and suffering will hinder the promulgation

of the Cause; whereas no rampart is able to obstruct the

descent of the waves of the Most Great Sea; no veil can

conceal the rays of the Sun of Truth; no wall can stay

the wafting of the Divine Breeze; and no power is able

to resist the Spirit of God. Be ye not sad nor dejected

on account of the disturbance and uproar of the people

of desire and passion. Ere long the symphony of the

Kingdom shall silence all the other noises. Rest ye assured

and illumine your house with the lights of divine
commemoration."
|P8
Give my greeting to Mr. ... and announce

to him, "Caiaphas and Annas were the colossal pillars

of the Mosaic Dispensation in the day of His Highness

the Spirit; but as they did not acknowledge the

Word of God, they fell from the apex of glory to the

bottom of the pit of the greatest abasement. But Peter

was a catcher of fish; as he turned his face toward

the Word of God, the fame of his imperishable, deathless

and immortal glory encircled East and West; and

he found in the sovereignty of the Kingdom, eternal

and everlasting majesty. It is the same in these days."

|N258|P1
O thou who art attracted to the Kingdom of God!
|P2

Thy letter was read with the utmost attention. The

poetry was beautiful.
|P3

Praise be to God, thou art severed from all else save

the Heavenly Father. Thou hast been of the earth -

thou art now of the Kingdom. Thou hast been of the

world - thou art now of the Realm of Might. Thou

art spreading the divine Teachings. Thank thou God,

thou art bearing trials in the path of the Kingdom and

art enduring persecutions and sufferings. These afflictions

are conducive to the spiritual development and the

descent of the Holy Spirit.
|P4

O thou dear maid-servant of God! I supplicate God

that He suffer thee to become a herald of the Kingdom

in all those places, so that thou mayest proclaim the

glad-tidings of the Lord of Hosts.
|N259|P1

O thou beloved and benevolent daughter of the Kingdom

of God!
|P2

The letter which thou hast written was received. I

read it with the utmost love; thy services became

known and thy forbearance in the afflictions became

evident and manifest. Happy is thy condition, for

thou art spending thy days in heralding the Kingdom

and art crying, "O ye concourse of men! Make ye

straight the path; walk ye in the direct road!" Thou

hast abandoned ease and accepted thousands of hardships

and traveled for the purpose of promoting the
Word of God.
|P3
Convey on my behalf love to Mrs. ... and

say, "Praise be to God, thou art set aglow with the fire

of the Love of God and hast arisen in the service of

the Cause of God."
|P4
Announce my affection to the maid-servant, ...

and say, "Thank thou God that thou hast become related

to the Kingdom and art an object of the favors
of the Lord of Might."
|P5
Gladden the heart of Mrs. ... by the divine

glad-tidings and say, "Be thou like unto a bird and

unweariedly soar upward until thou reachest the Supreme

Apex."
|P6
Say thou to Mr. ..., "When engaged in useless

service the end is loss within loss. Therefore, serve

thou the Lord of the Kingdom, which in the end is
profit within profit."
|P7
Announce my respectful greeting to Mrs. ...
and her daughter and say, "Thank ye God that ye

have illumined faces with the light of Guidance and ye

have perfumed the nostrils with the holy fragrances of

the rose-garden of the Kingdom of Abha."
|P8

Proclaim the glad-tidings of the bounty of the Almighty

to Mrs. ... and deliver my respectful
greeting to Mrs. ... and say, "In the churches

turn thy face toward the Kingdom of Abha and supplicate

the help of the Holy Spirit, and, with a detached
heart, begin to talk."
|P9
Convey respectful greeting to Mr. and Mrs. ...
and say, "Be ye thankful to God that your house

became the nest of the birds of the divine garden and

the shelter of the flocks of heaven. They sit together,

read the holy Tablets, are engaged in the commemoration

of the True One and strive and endeavor to promote

the Word of God."
|P10
O thou maid-servant of God, Mrs. ...!

Regarding the star with five points, thou hast made an

excellent comparison.
|P11
O thou maid-servant of God! If it is possible,

change the meeting of every nineteen days into a feast.

***
|P12
O thou maid-servant of God! Those fishes which

thou hast seen in the vision are the souls who are swimming

in the sea of this nether world. God willing, thou

wilt bring them out of the nether world, with the net

of the love of God, into the immensity of the Kingdom.

Those brilliant stars which thou hast beheld are the

children of the Kingdom. That brilliant crescent is

the Cause of God. The appearance of His Highness

Christ and His white robe and resplendent light in His

blessed face is the proof of the power and the promulgation

of the Word of God in America.
|P13

Therefore, it is the same thing which I said: "The

night is drawing nigh and then no one can work."

Consequently, one must hasten to perform something

and show forth exertion.
|N260|P1

Thy(1) letter was received. It became conducive to

happiness. Up to the present thou hast been serving in

the Kingdom of God and hast been assisted. I hope

that, in the future, thou wilt become assisted more and

serve more. Praise be to God! Thou art watched by

the glances of Providence and art encircled with endless

bounties. I hope that, day by day, thou mayest

step further, become characterized with a godlike nature

and disposition, manner and morals, in order that

thou mayest become the cause of the guidance of many

souls and the instrument for the illumination of a

region.
|N261|P1
O thou beloved maid-servant of God!
|P2

The letter, which thou hast forwarded through Mrs.

... was received. Thank thou God that thou

art assisted in the thralldom of His Threshold, art favored

in the Kingdom, art heralding the Name of the

True One, art speaking of divine praises, art guiding

the souls to the Sun of Truth, art quickening the dead

with the breaths of the Holy Spirit and art endeavoring

with heart and soul to spread the Cause.
|P3
Thou hast Mrs. ... as thy partner and sharer,

(1) Following Tablet as received bore no opening line of address.

co-operating with each other to serve, and hast lived in

her house.
|P4
Show thou forth love to Mrs. ... and convey

to her greetings on my behalf. Associate with her and

seek her companionship as far as possible, for it is conducive

to the development of you both.
|N262|P1
O thou who art advancing toward God!
|P2

Verily, I received thy letter, which showed that thou

hast turned unto the Kingdom of God and advanced toward

the Beauty of El-Abha.
|P3
Verily, thy Lord hath chosen thee for His love,

elected thee for His knowledge and selected thee for entering

the Paradise of El-Abha, so that thou mayest

attain to the mightiest bliss and greatest honor: It is

no other than the Light which is shining upon hearts

and sights and the Spirit which is thrilling and flowing

within veins and nerves!
|P4

Verily, thou hast attained thereto, for thou hast acknowledged

the Oneness of God and His Singleness, and

turned unto His Face, the lights of which are shining

from the horizon of the unseen, upon all regions!
|N263|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Call of the Kingdom!

|P2

Thy letter was presented and I was informed of thy

expression. And it was glorious proof of thine abundant

reliance upon the Kingdom of thy Lord and of
thine excessive love for thy great Master.
|P3
Know thou, verily, the Kingdom is a magnet of the

divine world, and it attracteth the iron of pure hearts

which are capable of the bounties of the Lord of

Might. Blessed art thou, for thou hast turned unto

the Lord of Heaven, thy heart hath relied upon the

light of guidance, thou hast advanced toward the center

of righteousness, and thy spirit is cheered by the bounty

of the Supreme Concourse.
|P4
Verily, I beseech God to strengthen thee with the

Most Great Power, so that the Spirit may pour upon

thee the teachings of the Beauty of El-Abha, and to

baptize thee with the water of life, the fire of the love

of God and with the spirit of confirmation among the

maid-servants.
|P5
O maid-servant of God! It is incumbent upon thee

to supplicate to thy Lord, to seek His nearness with thy

heart, to be submissive and humble before His maid-servants

and to serve His great vineyard.
|P6
Forsake the mortal grades (i.e., things of the

world) and be engaged in praising thy Lord; so that

His Holy Spirit may assist thee; may make thee a sign

of faith and illumine thy heart with the light of assurance,

and that thou mayest become a sign of peace, a

servant of reconciliation, love and security. Verily, my

Merciful Lord is gracious under all aspects!
|P7
As to thy question concerning Christ: Know thou,

He was perfect in respect of spirit as well as body. His

material (body) was a perfect body in every respect;

none of His material conditions were imperfect at all,

inasmuch as imperfection is contrary to perfection. His

heavenly condition was also a perfect one, comprising

all the divine perfections. Reflect thou upon these

words, so that the door of knowledge may be opened

before thy face.
|P8
Verily, I beseech God to strengthen the assured
leaves (or women) whom thou hast mentioned in thy

letter, under all grades, aspects and circumstances.

|N264|P1
O thou who art turning unto the Kingdom of God!
|P2

Thy letter came and I was informed of its wonderful

contents. Know thou, verily, all the doors are closed

except the door of the kingdom of God! All the trees

are without fruit except the Tree of Life planted in the

paradise of God! All the winds are disquieting to the

souls except the breeze of God! All the cups are turbid

except the cup of the love of God! Every benefit

vanisheth except the food of heaven. It is incumbent

upon thee to partake thereof.
|P3

Verily, I beg of God to strengthen thee in these divine

gifts, merciful bestowals and supreme favors. Exert

thyself, so that thou mayest abundantly enjoy this

glorious grace.
|N265|P1
O my God! O my God!(1)
|P2

This is a servant who hath ascended to the Kingdom

of Thy Mercifulness; supplicated to the realm of Thy

Might and Singleness; is rejoiced at the appearance of

Thy Kingdom; the effulgence of Thy lights and the

spread of Thy signs. He hath believed in Thy Verses,

been overtaken with the ecstasy of Thy love and with

the cheer of Thy affection, until his soul craved to behold

Thy Beauty - and could not (or was unable to) endure

the grief and violence of the fire of separation,

hastened unto the Supreme Friend and betook himself

to Thy Threshold of Holiness at the visiting places of

grandeur!
|P3

O my Lord! Suffer him to abide in a blessed abode

and cause him to enter into a retreat of faithfulness and

favor him to everlastingly dwell in the heavenly paradise,

the precinct of meeting in the shelter of Thy great

mercy!
|P4

Verily, thou art the Beneficent, the Merciful, the

Powerful, the Forgiving, the Mighty, the Bestower!

|N266|P1
O thou who art honorable and faithful to God!
|P2
How many men and women awaited the manifestation
of the Messiah after Moses? Yet when His beauty

shone forth and His face appeared, they (the people)

did not recognize Him, but continued to follow the superstitions

of the Pharisees, who used to say: "Where

is the authority of the Messiah? Where is the throne

of David, the Glorious? Where is his iron rod?

Where are his innumerable hosts? Where are his attacking

armies? Where are the angels of heaven?

Where do we see justice of government existing among

people and even among beasts and insects? Where is

his great majesty? Where is his power, which shaketh

heaven and earth? Is not this a claim of one who is

bewildered and wandering amidst valleys and hills?

Doth he not ride upon an ass, while on his head there

is a crown of thorns and he is despised?"
|P3

Indeed, all of the foregoing statements are of the evil

opinions which the Pharisees used to proclaim through

every man's tongue. But those who had listening ears

and clear insight, listened not to such misleading

speeches, but realized the Messiah as the rising Sun

with His effulgent face, and that the radiance of His

illumination was diffused over the whole world. They

regarded even the ass on which He (Christ) was

mounted as a splendid throne and also the thorns which

were upon His head as a brilliant diadem!
|P4

Verily, direct thou thine own self towards His Kingdom,

that thou mayest perceive that His traces and
authority continue forever and will never cease!
|N267|P1
O thou whose heart is empty and pure through the
Light of the Word of God shining therein!
|P2

I have read thy brilliant letter which proveth thy humbleness

before the Divine Might and thy cheerfulness

by the fragrances of God emanating from the gardens

of expression and facts. I ask God to make thee, thy

relations and kindred attentive to the Merciful Might

and the Supreme Kingdom and to illumine their sights

and hearts by the light of the knowledge of God. And

[be] thou rejoiced at the mercy of thy Lord and this

great abundance from the Kingdom of Mysteries. Be

thou a strong and fortified refuge and a high cave. This

is naught else than to cut thyself from everything beside

God, to be drawn by the fragrances of God and to be

happy and joyful by the gift of God.
|N268|P1
O thou who art shining with the Kingdom's Lights!
|P2

Verily, I am informed of thine earnest desire for the

Kingdom of God, thy sparkling by the love of God and

thy longing for the service of the sacred and effulgent

Threshold. I pray God to kindle and light the lamp

of knowledge in the glass of thy heart, so that it may

shine upon all parts of the world and bring thy husband

to the life by the Spirit of Life, assist thee to announce

the good news by the illuminating Light, and remove

the covering of thy sight so that thou mayest see God's

Beauty and His Essential Perfection, His astonishing

profusion and His appearance to the hearts and spirits.

***
|N269|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thy letter *** was received; its contents were
very sweet. The sweetness of the meanings was

unlimited. I ask God that thou mayest find rest and

comfort in the shelter of the holy Banner of Peace and

Concord; become the means of spreading the love of

God; attain boundless health and security; grow joyfully,

day by day, through the glad-tidings; soar on

high through ecstasy and delight; sing the melody and

proclaim the call, "Ya Baha-ul-Abha!"
|P3
O maid-servant of God! That call to which thou

didst listen is from the Kingdom of Abha. Therefore,

praise and glorify the Possessor of that Call, so
that the call may be repeated.
|P4

As to the interpretation of the vision, it is thus:

Ascent from earth to heaven indicateth growth in the

love of God and development in the knowledge of God.

The more thou dost develop, the brighter and more

spacious becometh the pathway to the Kingdom. The

building in front of which thou didst stand is an edifice

of divine edifices, a station of the spiritual stations. I

hope that thou mayest attain to that station, also to

other stations which are the other edifices.
|P5
I supplicate and implore the Kingdom of Abha in

behalf of thine honored husband and all the family and

the friends in Cincinnati. I pray that the heavenly

blessings may descend, the divine bounties become possible

and that thou mayest become a true caller of the
Word of God.
|N270|P1

O thou who art turned to the Kingdom of the Lord, the

Forgiving!
|P2

With prayers and supplications and with submissive

songs of the Texts of God, I plead to Him to accept

thee in His Kingdom; to clothe thee with the mantle of

sanctity; to gloriously cover thee with the veil of abstinence;

to illumine thy brow with the light of singleness;

to console thine eyes with the seeing of the Texts

of the Kingdom in the human form; and to make thee

utter the mentioning of Him, rejoicing through His

bounty, heralding His Kingdom with a bright face,
whose light will illumine all sides.
|N271|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

It is incumbent upon thee to turn thyself wholly to

the kingdom of God, to sever thyself from aught else

but Him, to be filled by the love of God, to put on the

garment of sanctity and continence, which is free from

worldliness, to [become] transfigured in the mantle of

the gifts of the kingdom of God and to be a great sign

among the maid-servants of God; that the Supreme

Concourse may send out through thee a fragrance by

which hearts may be cheered and spirits rested.
|P3

Give this Truth to every pliable soul that thou mayest

deem ready to harken unto the voice of God; for

this is better unto thee than the earth and that which

is thereupon.
|N272|P1

O thou who art longing to witness the lights from the

Beauty of El-Abha!
|P2

Thy letter reached me at this moment and I was rejoiced

at thine excellent words which proved the enkindlement

of the fire of the love of God in thy heart.

Be confident in the bounty of thy Lord. Verily He will

make thee a manifest example and an evident proof for

the attainment of His Kingdom in this glorious century.

Then the fire of His love will flame in thy heart,

the light of His knowledge will shine in thy face, thy

tongue will speak with eloquent explanation and thy

spirit will be attracted unto the kingdom of knowledge.

|P3
O maid-servant of God! The Spirit knoweth the

spirit, the Spirit addresseth the spirit and the Spirit associateth

with the spirit.***
|N273|P1
O thou spiritual clarion!
|P2

The voice of the physical clarion may travel the distance

of three miles, but the harmony of the spiritual

Clarion reacheth to the East and the West. The effect

of that is only in the bodies; but the effect of this is in

the spirits. The first proclaimeth the time of prayer;

the second announceth the appearance of the Most

Great Resurrection. That hath no conscious knowledge

of its own voice; while this is exhilarated and rejoiced

by its own melody.
|P3

How significant and eloquent were those new verses,

for they were the notes of the clarion of the love of

God!
|P4

Raise thou this call as much as thou canst, and sound

and blow this clarion continually night and day, so that

the souls may become quickened and the people find

eternal life.
|N274|P1
O thou dear maid-servant of God!
|P2

What thou hast written hath caused joy and happiness,

for it was an evidence of turning to the Kingdom

and of seeking the bounty of heaven. I ask God to

provide means whereby that which is thy utmost hope

may be realized.
|P3
Concerning the young Japanese, the answer to his

letter is enclosed herein. Perchance this youth may be

the cause of guiding his family and people.***
|N275|P1

O thou flower of the Rose-Garden of the Love of God!

|P2

The letter which thou hast written was read. Thou

hast written regarding the arrival of the beloved maid-servant

of God, Mrs. ...; that she has lived for

eighteen days in your house and become the cause of joy

and fragrance among the believers.
|P3

Praise be to God! that thou hast seen the effulgence

of the light of the Covenant which hath enlightened all

the countries. Invoke thou God that day by day the

splendors of the Orb of regions may become manifest

and evident more and more.
|P4
Thou hast asked for permission to present thyself

with thy dear husband in this Blessed Spot. In these

days it is not according to wisdom. Postpone this matter

until some other time.
|P5

Convey greeting and kindnesses on my behalf to all

the maid-servants of the True One.
|N276|P1

O thou who art kindled with the fire of the Love of

God!
|P2

Blessed art thou, for thy letter was presented at the

Blessed Spot and was read by Abdu'l-Bahá with a

delight and love which is journeying out towards all

directions.
|P3
O servant of God! Be thou a sign of guidance, a

standard of the Supreme Concourse and a light shining

in the meeting of the maid-servants.
|P4

Verily, I beseech my Lord to grant thee thy greatest

wishes and to bestow on thee the privilege of entering

into the center of the Kingdom of God; and to make

thee a herald in His name, in that vast and extensive

region.
|P5

Deliver my greeting and praise to all the maid-servants

of God.
|N277|P1

O thou dazzling gem by the light of the Love of God!

|P2

Verily I read thy beautiful, elegant and expressive

letter which informed [me] of thine extreme love for

God, which (love) impresseth the souls and dilateth the

breasts and which causeth thy heart to become filled with

the knowledge of God and overflow with the favor of

God.
|P3
I ask God to make thee a sign of mercy and an
exemplar of servitude to the Sublime Threshold.
|P4
Thank God for saving thee from baseness, trouble,

selfishness and death, and [that He] took away the veil

from before thine eyes, manifested unto thee the Beauty

of El-Abha, granted thee healing, planted in thy heart

the seed of love and thereby chose thee from among the

maid-servants. Therefore, endeavor so that thou dedicate

(thyself) entirely to God; no thought or mention

should remain in thee save the name of thy Supreme

Lord. Endeavor so that those countries become
illumined by the light of the gift of God.
|P5
Embrace the light of thine eyes (thy son) on my
behalf in the Kingdom of God.
|N278|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thy letter was received and its contents read. Thank

God that thou wast guided by the light of guidance and

attracted to the Kingdom of Abha. Serve God day

and night and seek happiness from His name. Although

thou hast met with many difficulties and passed

through many trials, yet thou must thank God that thou

didst attain to the light of guidance and directed thyself

to the Kingdom of Glory.
|P3
I hope that thou mayest be a cause of guidance to

people and that thou mayest seek absolute spirituality.

Train thy dear son in such a manner that he will attain

the illumination of the Kingdom, will become a true

servant of God, a light of love and a radiance of
harmony.
|N279|P1

O thou who art enkindled with the fire of the Love of

God!
|P2
Thank thou thy revered friend and thy attracted

(spiritual) sister who hath guided thee to this right

path and given thee to drink the choice wine of knowledge

from the cheerful cup. Wert thou duly informed

of this divine bounty, thou wouldst kneel down and

prostrate thyself before her for this great gift. For,

verily, thou wert athirst and she was a clear running

fountain. Thank thou God for that He hath favored

thee with her meeting, that thou art benefited by her

clouds and sought light from her lamp. Wert thou to

expend all that is in the earth, thou wouldst not appreciate

her due value. Glorified is He who hath enabled

her to illumine thine insight, to purify thy heart, to

dilate thy breast and to sanctify thy soul!
|P3
Then know thou, if thy revered husband herald the
Kingdom of God among peoples, he would find the

doors of the Kingdom open before his face among the

nations, and then his breath would take effect within

the heart of the world through the breath of the Holy

Spirit.
|P4
I beg of God to guide him unto that whereunto He

hath guided thee, and to favor him with that with which

He hath favored thee. At that time the lamps of gifts

will be enkindled among thy kinsmen and people.
|P5

Verily, thy Lord is the Beneficent, the Merciful, the

Giver!
|P6
Upon ye be greeting and praise!
|P7
Abdu'l-Bahá Abbas.
\bTabletsAbdu'l-Bahá-II

1.2. TABLETS OF ABDUL-BAHA - VOLUME II

|P8

"It is hoped that wonderful effects will be displayed

in the future, that the friends of God may live and

act in accord with the heavenly teachings, in order

that the region of America may become the Paradise

of Abha, that desert and wilderness become
the rose-garden of human perfections, the verses

of guidance be read, the melody of "Ya Baha El-Abha!"

reach the Kingdom of Beauty; warfare
and bloodshed be removed from among the people,
affinity and love hoist their tent upon the apex
of the world, and all mankind become real friends
with one another and each soul respect the other.
Whenever these signs appear, then it will become
manifest that the Tablets have had their effect."
|P9
Abdu'l-Bahá Abbas
|N280|P1

O thou who art attracted by a Breath that passed upon

thee from the Holy Garden, the Blessed Spot -
the Paradise of El-Abha!
|P2

I have read thy brilliant letter, which although short

in words yet [is] loquacious, and shows thy firmness in

the Covenant of God, thy steadfastness in the religion

of God, thy adherence to the laws of God, and thine

energy which thou hast shown towards the doctrines of

God. Thou hast done well. Thou hast done well, O

thou shining star in the Horizon of El-Abha! Well

done! Well done! O thou burning candle in the glass

of that remote country!
|P3
It hath been reported by ... that thou hast

rendered valuable services to the vineyard of God and

His beloved servants, that thou art encouraging the

shaking hearts and making them more firm and solid,

and about the facilitations thou hast made for the promotion

of the utterances of God amongst the people.

By the Life of God! the angels of heaven magnify thee,

the Supreme Concourse praise thee, the party of the

Kingdom of El-Abha announce to thee the glad-tidings

and the hosts of the unseen assist thee and render thee

victorious through the banners of Baha'.
|P4

I have answered the two supplications sent through

thee by two newly guided servants.
|N281|P1
O thou honorable lady!
|P2

Verily, I received thy excellent letter and read it and

my heart was gladdened with its content, which shows

thy guidance. Thou hast - praise be unto God! -

entered under the shadow of the Kingdom of God and

become one of the sheep of God; [entered] under the

education of the Holy Shepherd, who hath sacrificed

His soul and body, as well as His grades, to His subjects.

|P3

As to the letters which thou hast sent, I forward to

thee their answers through this letter and thou wilt send

them to the owners; thereby thou wilt be rewarded in

the Kingdom of God, since thou hast guided those souls

unto the Right Path, and caused them to enter the
Kingdom of God. El-Baha be upon thee!
|N282|P1
O thou who art advancing towards God!
|P2
I have already read thy letter sent to his honor,
.... May God confirm and strengthen thee to

serve His Cause and to enable thee to speak His praise

among the maid-servants of the Merciful, and to call

out in His name in those regions and climes; so that

thou mayest work in the vineyard of God with thy

heart severed from aught else save God, and overflowing

with the waters of the knowledge of God.
|P3

We have herewith written answers to the three supplications

which thou hast sent.
|P4

Rejoice at the glad-tidings of God, in this day wherein

the fragrances of holiness have perfumed the nostrils

of all in the universe!
|N283|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

I was informed of the contents of thy letter and rejoiced

with the fragrances which are being diffused

from the garden of its texts. It showed that thou art

inebriated with the wine of the love of God and moved

by the breezes of acceptance which are blowing from

the point of the favor of God.
|P3

By my life, I was rejoiced at thy humility, submissiveness,

lowliness and meekness in the Cause of

God, inasmuch as rendering service to the maid-servants

of God is a mighty crown, which all the greatest queens

among women will glory to wear.
|P4

O maid-servant of God! thou oughtest to pray; thou

oughtest to be suppliant; thou oughtest to be humble in

every time and moment.
|P5
I beg of God to enable thee to serve Him in His
glorious vineyard, and in His garden, by the holy

fragrances of which all regions are perfumed in this

great day.
|P6

As to thy coming to this land, there is no harm in

that. Thou art permitted to come and this is an ample

reward unto thee.
|N284|P1
O thou believer in God!
|P2

Thy letter was received and from its contents happiness

was realized. It was a proof of faith and assurance

and of firmness in the Covenant and Testament.
|P3
Desire thou through the bounty and mercy of the

Lord of Might that He make thee a cause of spreading

the fragrances of God and confirm thee in the
service of the Kingdom of God.
|P4
The letter of Mrs. ... was considered and for

thy sake a letter was written her. It is enclosed.

|P5
I pray God and supplicate the Threshold of Mercy

for both of you that you may attain to that which is

the will of God and may be aided and strengthened
(while) in this mortal world.
|P6
There is much work and I have not the leisure to
write more than this.
|N285|P1
O thou who hast turned towards the Lights of the
Alliance!
|P2
Verily, I greet thee from this White Place, the

bright, blessed Holy Land, and say: "Greeting and

praise and blessings and glory be upon thee, O thou

believer in God, and (O thou) enkindled by the fire

of the love of God!
|P3

"Verily, the Lord of Hosts shall watch thee with the

gaze of the eye of favor and shall assist thee in a matter

whereby thy breast shall rejoice and thine eye shall

brighten and thine affairs shall be arranged and composed

from all directions."
|P4

Therefore, thou wilt call and say: "Blessing be upon

me for this great favor and for this manifest success!"

|N286|P1
O thou who art directed unto God!
|P2
Verily, I saw thy photograph and was rejoiced by

perceiving thy illumined likeness, which proved the

purity of thy heart and thy being well directed unto

God.
|P3

Strive with thy power to paint thy likeness on the

pages of the hearts with such beauty as to brighten the

minds. That beauty is the splendor of the Merciful

and the glad-tidings of thy Lord, the Clement, whereby

the faces shine with an eternal light in the course of

ages and centuries.
|N287|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2
In these times thanksgiving for the bounty of the

Merciful One consists in the illumination of the heart

and the feeling of the soul. This is the reality of

thanksgiving. But, although offering thanks through

speech or writings is approvable, yet, in comparison

with that, it is but unreal, for the foundation is spiritual

feelings and merciful sentiments. I hope that you

may be favored therewith. But the lack of capacity

and merit in the Day of Judgment does not prevent one

from bounty and generosity, for it is the day of grace

and not justice, and to give every one his due is justice.

Consequently, do not look upon thy capacity, nay,

rather, look upon the infinite grace of the Bounty of

Abha whose grace is comprehending and whose bounty

is perfect.
|P3

I beg of God through the confirmation and assistance

of the True One thou mayest show the utmost eloquence,

fluency, ability and skill in teaching the real significances

of the Bible. Turn toward the Kingdom of

Abha and seek the bounty of the Holy Spirit. Loosen

the tongue and the confirmation of the Spirit shall reach

thee.
|P4

As to that great Sun which thou sawest in a dream:

That is His Holiness the Promised One and the lights

thereof are His bounties. The surface of the water is

transparent body - that is, pure hearts. Its waves are

the moving of the hearts, the cheering of the souls -

that is, spiritual feelings and merciful sentiments.

Thank thou God for that thou hast had such a revelation

in the world of dreams.
|P5

As to the fact that man must entirely forget himself,

by this is meant that he should arise in the mystery of

sacrifice and that is the disappearance of mortal sentiments

and extinction of blamable morals which constitute

the temporal gloom, and not that the physical

health should be changed into weakness and debility.

|P6

I humbly supplicate to the Threshold of Oneness that

heavenly blessings and merciful forgiveness may overtake

thy dear mother, sisters and loving relations, especially

thy betrothed who suddenly departed from this
world to the next one.
|N288|P1
O thou seeker of the Kingdom!
|P2
Thou hast forwarded thy photograph and it was

considered. In thy face a brilliant light is apparent and

that sparkling light is the love of God. All faces are

dark except the face which is a mirror of the light

of the love of divinity. This light is not accidental -

it is eternal. It is not temporal but real. When the

heart hath become clear and pure then the face will become

illuminated, because the face is the mirror of the

heart.
|P3

I was indeed very happy to look at thy picture and

pray God that thy face may become shining. Be happy

and joyful and in this Age be it illuminated and full of

light.
|N289|P1
O thou kind maid-servant of God!
|P2

Truly, I say, thou art worthy of the service in the

Kingdom and art meriting to be a maid-servant in the

threshold of the love of the realm of Might. Rest

thou assured upon the bounty and favors of the Lord

of Hosts, who will undoubtedly confirm thee.
|P3

Restrict all thy time to the spreading of the fragrances

of God and be thou engaged in the guidance of

souls. I associate with thee in spirit at all times and

am thy friend and helper.
|P4

Ere long thou shalt behold that innumerable centers

are going to be organized in America(1) for the purpose

of the promotion of the Cause of God and hearing the

speeches of the maid-servants of the Merciful and the

believers of God. Consider thou the days of Christ,

how they were a very few, yet in a short space of time

they caused a clamor and acclamation throughout all

regions.
|P5
Convey my greetings to Mrs. ... and say:

"These seeds which are scattered here and there are

spreading strong roots in the bosom of the earth and

these will develop and grow until many harvests are

gathered. Rest thou assured."
|P6
O thou maid-servant of God! Show thou the utmost
affection and love toward Mrs. ... Truly, I
say, his honor Mirza ... is beloved and kind.

Ere long he shall behold the universal confirmation

descending upon him.
|P7

O thou maid-servant of God! Strive thou in Buffalo

(N.Y.) so that perfect and lasting spiritual assemblies

may be established and the souls be trained and progress

spiritually.
|P8
Convey my respectful greetings to Mr. and Mrs.
... and say: "A most great gift is prepared

and made ready for you in the universe of the Kingdom

and the invisible realm. Display ye an endeavor

and show ye an effort, so that ye may attain to it and

become eternal and everlasting."
|P9
Exercise the utmost affection on my part to Miss
... and say: "If thou art seeking a heavenly
palace, make thy house the gathering-place of the
friends of God."
|P10

O thou maid-servant of God! Praise be to God that

thou has become famous throughout the regions as a

Bahai. This favor is worthy of the utmost thanks and

praise.
|P11
O thou maid-servant of God! Whenever thou art

intending to deliver a speech, turn thy face toward the

Kingdom of Abha and, with a heart detached, begin

to talk. The breaths of the Holy Spirit will assist thee.

|P12
Assist thou Dr. ... and help her all the time.

Perchance, God willing, she may attain to guidance.

Exercise the utmost kindness to ... and say:

"Whatsoever is thy desire is found in the Cause of

Bahá'u'lláh. If thou art asking confirmation and

assistance, be thou faithful, firm and steadfast."

|N290|P1
O thou who art advancing unto the Kingdom of God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy letter which was sent to us, and I

noted its contents, wherein thou prayest for confirmation

to serve thy Lord. I pray God to bless thee and

aid thee to receive His trusts, so that thou mayest receive

the greatest favor in the world of humanity.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Forget all else save God,
be in communion with Him, supplicate and pray to

Him to make thee conqueror over the material things,

impressed by the bounties of the Kingdom, commemorating

the name of thy Lord, pure from all else save

Him, and imbued with the spiritual attributes of those

who are holy (and high); then shall thy breaths have

effect upon the hearts, and attract the hearts of thy son

and husband unto the Kingdom of God.
|P4

I pray God to confirm thee in this, to make firm thy

heart in faith, and give thee a spiritual power, effective

in hearts and spirits.
|N291|P1

O thou who art set aglow with the Fire burning in the

Tree of Sinai!
|P2

Verily, I read thy letter, which speaks of the throbbing

of thy heart by the thoughts of the love of God

and indicates the unity of the maid-servants of the

Merciful, their harmony in the word of God, and their

attraction by the fragrances of God, for they are the

waves of one sea, the leaves of one tree, and the flowers

of one garden. By these tidings the heart of

Abdu'l-Bahá was made happy and he attained thereby

fragrance and spirituality.
|P3

For the Greatest Name and the Ancient Beauty(1 - )

may my soul be a sacrifice to His beloved - endured all

difficulty and ordeals for the purpose of uniting the

hearts of the beloved of God; that they might be exhilarated

through the wine of unity and proclaim with
one voice:
|P4
"Hasten to love, to love, O people of the world!

Hasten to harmony, to harmony, O creatures of the universe!

Hasten to peace, to peace, O mankind!

Hasten to safety, to safety, O concourse of the Divine!

Hasten to concord, to concord, O hosts of the Merciful!

Hasten to oneness, to oneness, O people of El-Baha, among the people!"

|P5

I ask God to aid you in spreading these fragrances,

and in reading these words in the supreme assemblages

and great meetings.
|P6

Convey my spiritual greeting to thy honored sister.

I ask God to confirm the weak and to make them
mighty in the kingdom of His Majesty. I pray God

to guide thy honorable husband to the Path of the Kingdom,

the Sublime, and to aid thee in the service of His

Cause in His glorious vineyard.***
|N292|P1
O thou who hast advanced towards Baha'!
|P2

Truly, I say unto thee, wert thou to spend all that is

on earth, thou couldst not obtain this gift which God

hath strengthened thee to take freely. Lo! it is the

guidance of God and it is being attracted to the Beauty

of El-Baha! Thank God for this gift, which is the

most wonderful jewel which is glittering on the crown

of great glory and honorable position.
|N293|P1

O thou who art anticipating the descent of the Gift of

God!
|P2
The sweetness of the expressions contained in thy

words reached the taste of my perception and I was informed

of the glorious aim embodied in thy sentences.
|P3
No doubt the breeze of God hath awakened thee

from thy sleep, until thou hast become conscious of

the bounties of the Kingdom which are descending at

this time.
|P4

As to thy desire to be severed from this mortal life

and thy great attraction to the eternal life: This is becoming

to every discerning human being who hath a

lofty character. I pray God to ordain for thee this pure

life and make thy heart attracted unto exalted grades,

favored in His Supreme Kingdom, humble and meek

before every penitent servant and diffusing the fragrance

of God in this new age.
|N294|P1
O thou shining ray!
|P2

Verily, the ray, being transmitted from the etheric

sphere, rends the space and reaches the surface of the

earth and dispels the gloomy darkness. Verily, be thou

one of the rays of the Sun of Truth and then thou wilt

cause the darkness of error to disappear and wilt change

its intense obscurity into a discovering light which will

guide (the people) unto the Kingdom of God.
|N295|P1
O thou effulgence of the Kingdom!
|P2
I read thy letter and was informed of thy speech,

the contents of which were full of the feelings within

thy consciousness, and of thy spiritual sympathies. The

light is divided into two kinds, material and spiritual.

The material light is a vanishing matter and is known

by etheric vibrations. But the spiritual light is the divine,

eternal and never-ending quality and is a truth of

the Kingdom. Blessed is thy face for that it hath taken

a portion and a radiance from that Light.
|N296|P1
O thou candle of the Love of God!
|P2
The light of man depends on the light of the love

of God. Thank thou God, for thou hast illuminated

thy face with this light and hast partaken of the bounty

of the Kingdom of El-Abha, chanted the verses of

unity and worn the crown of guidance of the Glorious

Lord on thy head. This is the real Kingdom!
|N297|P1
O thou who art desirous of the Kingdom of God!
|P2

Thy letter was the cause of happiness and its contents

were the proof of thy turning to the Shining

Beauty. In this blessed period, when the light of the

endless bounties is illuminating the dark world, some

souls, like the butterfly, circled round the Divine Lamp

and with perfect yearning sacrificed their lives.
|P3

I ask of God that thou mayest be one of those souls,

so that the rays of knowledge will shine forth from thy

face to those regions and will be the cause of guiding

the seekers of Reality.
|P4

Though thou wert obliged to leave Baltimore, I hope

that thou wilt be the cause of guidance in Washington

(D.C.). Receive proofs and evidence from Mirza Abul

Fazl(1) so that thou wilt be armed with convincing proofs

and sufficient argument to break down the ranks of

denial, pride and ignorance.
|N298|P1
O thou dear friend!
|P2
The maid-servant of God ... hath remembered
thee in her letter and hath thus made my heart

busy with thy thought. Consider how much she must

care for thee to have remembered thee in such a place.

Indeed, this is great love and I am hopeful that this

may be a confirmation to thee, so that thou mayest become

a personage of the Kingdom, heavenly, illumined

and spiritual and a means of spreading and exemplifying

the qualities and attributes of God.
|N299|P1
O thou who art advancing toward God!
|P2

The letter of that divine maid-servant was received

and contents were apprehended. The morn of guidance

is beaming forth from the supreme horizon and

the light of oneness is shining on the supreme apex.

The verses of unity are being chanted and the evidences

of the Glorious Lord are in themselves the greatest witness

and proof.
|P3

I beg of God that thou mayest be so replenished with

the spirit of the love of God that there may not remain

(in thee) any place or access for the winds of tests. For

what can dark doubts do with the light of guidance, or

clouds with the shining moon? Tests and trials only

cause agitation to weak hearts. But the pure souls, a

hundred thousand tests are but to them like mirage,

imagination and shadow. The shadow cannot withstand

the rays of the sun and pure fragrances of holiness

will not be concealed through the doubts of the

beetle. The headache of wavering (or hesitancy) will

not affect those exhilarated with the wine of the love of

God.
|P4

In sooth, there will be found in those regions certain

persons like the Pharisees of the time of Christ, who,

night and day, will exert themselves with all heart and

soul to cast forth doubts, in order that they may deprive

the souls of the glad-tidings of the Holy Spirit. They

will disseminate false rumors and utter many a calumny

and will publish and announce (false) stories. They

will undertake all these only for the sake of earthly

vanities.
|P5
And some Pharisees among the missionaries of the

Gospel will hasten thither from Persia and say, "We

are aware of the secret of the matter." All they may

say is sheer slander.
|P6
Now know you these [things], that in its time you

may dispel and annihilate the darkness of those suspicions,

like unto a manifest light. I beg of God that

He may grant thee a power that thou mayest resist all

in the earth - how much more these weak, hired individuals

who receive salary and bribe for spreading such
calumnies!
|P7
Be ye admonished, O possessors of understanding!
|N300|P1
O thou dear maid-servant of God!
|P2

Your letter was received. Its contents were a glorious

proof that thy heart and soul are attracted to the

fragrances of the Merciful One. Thank thou God for

that thou art awakened by such a Breeze and quickened

by such a Spirit and hast found joy and fragrance.

|P3

Those souls who have attained to faith, if they be

protected and preserved from tests and keep firm and

steadfast, the divine confirmations will surround them

from all directions.***
|P4
I beg of God that thou wilt be confirmed with the

love of God in all conditions. I beg of God that thou

mayest be so assisted in serving the Holy Threshold

that all thy family will be astonished and amazed, and

will glory and honor.
|N301|P1
O ye shining Assembly!(1)
|P2
The meeting that you organized hath attracted the

divine gaze and the subject of your conversation was

the divine commemoration. A ray from the Kingdom

of Abha fell upon that assemblage and that meeting

was adorned, and a number of souls, supplicants to

God, were gathered in that meeting. If this assembly

continues as it is befitting and behooving, great results

will thereby appear and conduce to the illumination of

those parts, spiritual progress will ensue, the lights of

the Sun of Truth will shine, hearts will be illumined,

eyes will become seeing, ears become hearing, the lukewarm

(or withdrawn ones) become aflame, the inanimate
(or numbed ones) will be enkindled in soul and

an ecstasy will come to all by which those present will

be astonished.
|P3

I supplicate to and invoke before the Threshold of

Oneness, saying:
|P4
"O Thou Creator! Preserve and protect Thou that

assembly from grave (or general) tests and keep them

firm and constant in the Covenant and Testament.

Confer upon them such steadfastness as will enable

them to withstand doubts and root out the foundation

of calumnious rumors; for some person hath appeared

(or arisen) with the utmost falsehood, in those parts,

and publisheth false reports in some newspapers."
|P5
O ye members of the shining assembly! Each one

of you must resist doubts (or false rumors) in those

parts like unto a great barrier, until the invisible confirmations

may appear and merciful assistance may become
manifest. May your souls be cheered!
|N302|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily, I read thy letter of thanksgiving to God, for

He hath illumined thy heart with the light of the

Mightiest Guidance, dilated thy breast through the fragrance

of the garden of His Kingdom, the Abha,

caused thee to speak His praise in that remote and extensive

country, and hath enabled thee to guide souls

who are attracted to the beauty of God and enkindled

by the fire of His Love at this moment.
|P3
By the Lord of Hosts, God hath ordained for no

one greater good than this, or any spirit more brilliance

than this, or any spirit more activity than this.
|P4

Were the dominions of the whole, entire earth to be

thine, it would not equal this great dominion which is

no other than spreading the guidance of God. Forasmuch

as the earthly dominion is like unto the kingdom

of Edward VII, king of England, his coronation day

became unto him the day of griefs, the day of sorrows,

and the days of moaning; his joy was changed into

abundant sorrow, and the light of happiness was transformed

into the darkness of a gloomy night. This is

the condition of the world, its honor, its dominion, its

glory and affluence.
|P5

But as to thee - O thou who art attracted unto God!

- thou hast established an eternal and everlasting

throne through the guidance of God, and hast become

crowned with a diadem, the gems of which scintillate

throughout centuries and ages; nay, rather, for cycles

and periods!
|P6
This throne cannot be shaken by the powers of the

earth and its calamities; nor can incidental obstacles,

worldly impediments, or all the diseases and ailments

prevent or delay this coronation.
|P7
For this is under the protection of God and His

preservation, defended by His guard and in the stronghold

of His patronage, and is watched over by the eye

of His mercifulness. Therefore, thank thou God forevermore!

|P8

Deliver my greetings to the attracted maid-servant

of God thy honorable wife, and bear unto her the glad-tidings

of the graces of her Lord.
|N303|P1
O thou whom I mention with my heart and tongue!
|P2
Though I do not see thee with mine eyes, I do see

thee with my heart, and mention thee with the fullness

of love, clemency, yearning and attraction, supplicating

my Lord that we may meet together at the meeting of

His Kingdom and the pavilion of His might, where we

shall chant the verses of thanks for His bounty, generosity

and gifts, the lights of which have shone upon all

horizons and their effulgences have become intense upon

the hearts of the people of harmony.
|P3
O thou my dearly beloved! Hasten! Hasten! to

the gifts of thy Lord, the Merciful! Come to the Benefactor;

avail thyself of this opportunity and take thy

portion of this Greatest Treasure in this promised day!

|N304|P1
O thou spiritual youth and merciful young man!
|P2

Consider the grace of thy Master; how He hath directed

thee to the fountain of salvation, until thou hast

drunk from the salsabil (i.e., clear water of life) of

the guidance of God, in this holy and rich garden.

|P3

Cling to this firm handle and make thy feet steady

in this path, so that the bounties of thy Supreme Lord

may successively pour upon thee and make thee a sign

of His mighty knowledge.
|N305|P1
O thou who art directed to the Light of Guidance!
|P2
Thank thou God, for thou hast chanted the verses

of the Mighty Guidance in the assemblage of knowledge

and hast unfurled the banner of attraction in those

most extensive places. Therefore, appreciate this with

due appreciation and know thou that this guidance is a

gift, greater than which cannot be imagined. Forasmuch

as it is a bounty from the Glorious Lord, a success

to every sincere servant, a light for the faces of devoted

ones and a bestowal from the Lord, the Clement,
the Merciful.
|N306|P1

O ye(1) two who are advancing towards the Kingdom of

God!
|P2
Mr. ... hath praised you that, verily, ye have

rent the veil asunder, removed the covering, become informed

of the mysteries of God and of the symbols of

the Holy Bible, have understood the interpretations of

its verses, discovered the truth of its evidences and been

guided to the Path of His Kingdom; are imploring for

His heavenly gifts and are engaged in His commemoration

among seekers. Verily, I thank God, for He

hath guided you and ordained for you this great success

and manifest bounty. Kiss, on my behalf, the faces

of your august children who are nurtured from the
breast of the guidance of God.
|N307|P1
O My God! O My God!
|P2
This thy servant hath abandoned superstitions,
emerged from darkness and hath entered into Thy

Light which hath shone forth to the world! Praise be

unto Thee, O My God! for thou hast removed the covering

from his insight, caused the reality of Guidance

to appear unto him and hath ordained for him a gift

which is not followed by destruction!
|P3
O Lord! O Lord! Send unto him a gentle breeze
from the garden of Thy sanctity in Thy Kingdom of

Abha, so that he may be refreshed and developed as a

flourishing branch in that adorned and thickly planted

grove; cause his tongue to speak Thy praise among
mankind and confirm him through the breath of Thy

Holy Spirit at the time of prayer, so that he may become

a soul unto bodies, a light unto every eye, a joy

to every heart, a consolation to every depressed one, a

happiness to every grieved one, and a proof to every

gazer! Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Potent, the

Bestower, the Merciful, the Giver!
|N308|P1
O thou who art advancing unto God!
|P2
Thy precious and beloved letter came to hand and

all contents noted. Consider how the bounty of God

hath surrounded thee until it brought thee to the shore

of the sea of the endless and boundless gift of God! I

supplicate the benevolence of God and His providence

to make thee a dazzling light and a merciful and

bounteous gift to His creatures; and to enable thee to

be firm and steadfast in the Cause of the Truth and to

appoint thee as a means for the exaltation of His Word.

|N309|P1

O thou confirmed by an inspiration from the Kingdom!

|P2

Blessed thou art, for thou hast delivered the Word

of thy Lord to ..., the maid-servant of God!
|P3

Glad-tidings unto thee for that by reason of which

the spring of knowledge hath flowed out in the garden

of thy heart, inundated thy tongue and made thee utter

the name of thy Lord and call the people to the Kingdom

of thy God!
|P4

I supplicate God, my Lord and thy Lord, to illumine

thy forehead with the light of success and victory,

strengthen thy spirit by the breath of God, quicken thee

by the spirit of God and make thee a pillar of guidance

set up in the firmament of the Kingdom of God.
|P5

Grieve not because of my imprisonment and calamity;

for this prison is my beautiful garden, my mansioned

paradise and my throne of dominion among mankind.

My calamity in my prison is a crown to me in which I

glory among the righteous. Thou shalt hear greater

than this.
|P6

I ask God to assist whosoever is related to thee to

receive guidance in the future days, and to bless Mrs.

and Miss ..., Miss ..., and Miss ...,
and make them the signs of His gift among
the people of the world.
|N310|P1

O thou who art attracted unto the Beauty of El-Abha!

|P2

Verily I read thy recent letter***, and noted its beautiful

contents and meanings which proved thy firmness
in the straight Path.
|P3

O friend! Be set aglow with the fire of the love of

God, so that the hearts of the people will become enlightened

by the light of thy love.
|P4
Supplicate to God, pray to Him and invoke Him at

midnight and at dawn. Be humble and submissive to

God and chant the verses of thanksgiving at morn and

eve, for that He guided thee unto the Manifest Light

and showed to thee the straight Path and destined to

thee the station of nearness in His wonderful Kingdom.

Verily I ask God to augment for thee, every day, the

light of guidance and His gift of virtue, comfort and

ease. Thus thou mayest set a good example in that region;

that He may lift up the veil from before the eyes

of thy mother and father, so that they may witness the

lights of the Kingdom of God, which have encompassed

all regions.
|N311|P1

O thou who hast spread the Fragrance of God! - may

God confirm thee!
|P2

Since thou hast reached America, we have not received

any message announcing to us thy safe and sound

arrival there, but Mr. ..., in a letter to us, hath

endeavored to explain in detail that thy return was like

showers of rain to that country and like the attack of a

lion upon those valleys and mountains. He also informed

us that thou hadst been received there with honors

by the best men; by those whose breasts were dilated

by the gentle breeze coming from the gardens of the

Kingdom of God.
|P3

O thou who warmest thyself by the fire of the love

of God, spreading from the Tree of the Covenant!

Let thy soul be at ease and thy heart in peace concerning

the perfect success and progress which the pen is not

able to express, for in a short time thou shalt see the

flag of the Kingdom waving in those far and wide

regions, and the lights of the Truth shining brilliantly

in its dawn above those horizons, and thou shalt know

that thou art the center of the circle of the love of God,

the axis around which souls revolve in their way and

supplication to God. Therefore, thou must widen thy

heart, dilate thy breast, have patience in plenty, calmness

of soul and cut thyself from everything but God!

By God, the truth is, if thou goest according to the

teachings of El-Abd(1) and followest the steps of Him

who is annihilated in God, thou shalt see that the

cohorts of the Kingdom of God will come to thy help,

one after another, and that the hosts of the Might of

God will be in thy presence in steady succession, the

gates of the great victory opened and the rays of the

brilliant morning diffused! By thy life, O my beloved!

if thou didst know what God had ordained for thee,

thou wouldst fly with delight and thy happiness, gladness

and joy would increase every hour! El-Baha be
upon thee!
|P4

Present to the beloved people of God there my longings

for them. Preach to them the glad-tidings of
God.***
|P5

Present my best greetings to the honorable and spiritual

women, to those who are very much attracted toward

God, and particularly to that one who has proved

that it is possible for a camel to pass through a needle's

eye. May God keep them in joy and happiness and
burning with His love.
|N312|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2
Be rejoiced for my mentioning thee and gladden

thine eyes by the bounty of thy Lord. Know, verily,

that His favor unto thee is great, great; for He guided

thee unto the Merciful Light, confirmed thee in bearing

calamities and hardships in the path of God, on
the part of the neglectful ones.
|P3

There is no harm in any affliction which befalleth

thee in the love of El-Baha, for this affliction is a gem

which glistens and shines on the crown of guidance

which adorns thy head among the maid-servants. Remember

the hardships of the disciples, and what Mary,
the Virgin; Mary, the Magdalene; and Mary, the

mother of Jesus, bore in the path of God; especially

Barbara, until she was martyred in the love of Christ;

and she being attracted unto the Kingdom of God, her

spirit soared unto the summits of holiness in the paradise

of eternal life, in the place of Meeting.
|N313|P1

O thou whose nostrils are perfumed with the Fragrances

of God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy letter which contained graceful expressions

and was of a well made foundation, and I

inhaled the odor of the love of God from the garden

of its meanings and witnessed the lights of sincerity in

the Cause of God from the dawning-place of its mysteries.

|P3
Blessed art thou, O maid-servant of God, for thou

art attracted to the Word of God, and thy heart is

illuminated with the lights of the guidance of God, and

thy soul is cheered by the gentle breeze blowing from

the direction of the favor of God.
|P4

Verily thy Lord is gracious toward thee. Thank thou

God for this great bounty and praise Him for He hath

caused thee to enter His New Kingdom; and glorify
Him for He hath chosen thee from among those men
and women "who were called."
|P5

Preach the Kingdom of God to every man and maid-servant

who is waiting the appearance of His Glorious
Kingdom. The lights of guidance shall surely be

spread, even as the morning light spreads over all the

regions of the earth; all the regions of the earth shall be

refreshed by the Word of God.
|P6

Deliver my longings and greetings to the consolation

of thine eye(1,) ..., and to thy younger son, ....

Verily I love them both even as a compassionate father

loveth his dear children. As to thee, have for them

an abundant love and exert thine utmost in training

them, so that their being may grow through the milk

of the love of God, forasmuch as it is the duty of

parents to perfectly and thoroughly train their children.

|P7

There are also certain sacred duties on children toward

parents, which duties are written in the Book of

God, as belonging to God. The (children's) prosperity

in this world and the Kingdom depends upon the

good pleasure of parents, and without this they will be

in manifest loss.
|P8
Send my greetings to ...(1,) who is free in this
world, but a slave of God in His Great Kingdom.
|N314|P1
O dear servant of God!
|P2

The tests of God are surrounding you from all directions

and many afflictions have occurred; but thanks be

to God that you and your honorable husband are patient,

thankful and constant.
|P3

The necessity and the particularity of the assured

and believing ones is to be firm in the Cause of God

and withstand the hidden and evident tests. Thanks

be to God that you are distinguished and made eminent

by this blessing. Anybody can be happy in the

state of comfort, ease, health, success, pleasure and joy;

but if one will be happy and contented in the time of

trouble, hardship and prevailing disease, it is the proof

of nobility. Thanks be to God that that dear servant

of God is extremely patient under the disastrous circumstances,

and in the place of complaining gives
thanks.
|P4

Verily I am pleased with both you and [your husband],

and I ask God that you may find pleasure and

ease in another world - for this earthly world is narrow,

dark and frightful, rest cannot be imagined and

happiness really is non-existent, everyone is captured

in the net of sorrow, and is day and night enslaved by

the chain of calamity; there is no one who is at all free

or at rest from grief and affliction. Still, as the believers

of God are turning to the limitless world, they

do not become very depressed and sad by disastrous

calamities - there is something to console them; but the

others in no way have anything to comfort them at the

time of calamity. Whenever a calamity and a hardship

occurs, they become sad and disappointed, and hopeless

of the bounty and the mercy of the Glorious Lord.
|P5

Give especial greetings of Abha to all the friends of

God and the divine servants, and give them deep love

from Abdu'l-Bahá.
|P6
O dear servant of God! Give my greeting and love

to your boys. I ask God that each one of them become

a shining lamp.
|N315|P1
O thou dear maid-servant of God!
|P2

In reality thou art faithful and assured, thoughtful

and mentioning the name of thy Lord. All the inhabitants

of the Kingdom are satisfied with thy service,

and the approximate angels are opening their tongues

in thy praise. These angels are spiritual and merciful

powers, and in one sense the angels are those sanctified

souls who have disentangled themselves from the world

of possession and are confirmed with the powers of the

Kingdom. However, be thou not sad. Rejoice and
delight in the divine glad-tidings!
|P3

I know that thou art in difficulty, but this difficulty is

conducive to the everlasting felicity and this weakness

is followed by the supreme strength. Consider thou

how the faithful women in the time of Christ, and after

the departure of His Highness, underwent hardships!

What difficulties did they not bear; and what calamities

did they not endure! But that adversity and trial,

misfortune and derision, became the cause of imperishable

and deathless glory and rest.
|P4

Do ye not look upon the beginning of the affairs; attach

your hearts to the ends and results. The present

period is like unto the sowing time. Undoubtedly it is

impregnated with perils and difficulties, but in the future

many a harvest shall be gathered and benefits and

results will become apparent. When one considers the

issue and the end, exhaustless joy and happiness will

dawn.
|P5

Live thou as far as thou art able according to the

divine commands and advices, because they are conducive

to eternal life.
|P6

Caress and kiss on my behalf, with utmost love and

yearning, thy two dear children. I supplicate God

that they may become the servants of the Cause of God

as their father and mother have, and be trained according

to Bahai education, so that they may become two
great signs of the love of God.
|N316|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily, I read thy interesting letter, understood from

it an excellent meaning and pray to God to augment

thy love, knowledge, certainty and confidence.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Everything of importance

in this world demands the close attention of its seeker.

The one in pursuit of anything must undergo difficulties

and hardships until the object in view is attained and

the great success is obtained. This is the case of things

pertaining to the world. How much higher is that
which concerns the Supreme Concourse! That Cause

involves every favor, glory and eternal bliss in the world

of God. The seeker after the great guidance and eternal

happiness necessarily will encounter difficulties. He

must be patient under such circumstances. The chosen

believers of the past quaffed the chalice of suffering and

sank deep in the ocean of trials until they attained to

that blessed station and sublime beatitude.
|P4
Verily, I pray to God to aid thy children in the

service of the Word of God, the furtherance of His

Covenant and the spread of His fragrances, for this is

the great happiness of this life and that to come.

|P5

I ask God to confirm the maid-servants of God, Mrs.

... and Mrs. ..., in spirituality and to

make them firm in turning unto the Center of Mercy

and to make them sincere unto His glorious Face.
|P6
Convey my greetings to Madam ... and say

to her: "Be not sorrowful on account of separation;

verily, thy Lord is of more good to thee than anything

in the material world. He is the best companion and

the best friend and will accompany thee under all
aspects."
|P7
Convey my regards to the maid-servant of God,

..., and say to her: "Be rejoiced, O maid-servant

of God, through the fragrances which have perfumed

the world. Seek an abundant share from this
table which hath descended from heaven."
|P8
O maid-servant of God! It is necessary for every

soul who believeth in her Lord to send Abdu'l-Bahá a

letter of acknowledgment in the Oneness of God.
|N317|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2
Glad-tidings unto thee because of my address and

answer to thee! God hath purified thee from iniquities

when He hath drowned thee in the sea of His mercy
and made thee drink the cup of faith and the pure

wine of knowledge. Well done! Well done! because

thou hast desired the evanescence of thy will for the will

of God, sought the augmentation of the love of God,

the enlargement of the knowledge of God and straightforwardness

in the path of God. I ask God to assist

thee under all conditions and to enable thee to attain

the utmost of hopes.
|N318|P1

O thou who art calling in the Name of God and heralding

unto the Kingdom of God!
|P2

Verily I considered the contents of thy recent letter,

thy beautiful writing and I observed thy heartfelt

thanks. Verily my heart is filled with love and affection;

overflowing with spiritual attractions.
|P3

Verily know that the Tablets (Book) of Abdu'l-Bahá

and his address is a hidden mystery and concealed fact.

No one is informed of its greatness and importance at

these times, but in the course of time and future centuries

the signs thereof will be manifested, the lights

thereof will dawn forth, the fragrances thereof will be

diffused and the greatness, the importance thereof will

be known. The truth I say unto thee, that each leaflet

from Abdu'l-Bahá will be a wide-spread book, nay,

rather, a glistening gem on the Glorious Crown. Know

thou its value and hold great its station.
|P4

Then praise God for that He chose thee to love Him

and elected thee to spread His fragrances. He selected

thee from among the women of the world, so that thou

become a flame to the fire of His love, a sign of the

Kingdom of His Grace and a summoner to His Name,

in humbleness and meekness, invocation and supplication

to God.
|P5

Verily I ask God to protect thee from the waves of

tests and storms of trial until thou becomest firm in the

Cause of thy Lord - a firmness whereby thou be enabled

to withstand all nations and peoples. When thou

art thus confirmed by God, with firmness and solidity

in His Covenant among the people, thou wilt see the

hosts of the Kingdom shelter thee from all sides with

banners whereunto all heads bow.
|P6
O maid-servant of God! It is incumbent upon thee

to be firm! It is incumbent upon thee to be steadfast!

It is incumbent upon thee to be steadfast! It is incumbent

upon thee to be steadfast in the Cause of the

Light which hath shone forth unto the world with great

brilliancy!
|P7

O maid-servant of God! Verily, Mary, the Magdalene,

was a villager, but she kept firm in the Cause

of Christ and confirmed the apostles at the time she

declared to them (thus): "Verily, Christ is alive and

eternal and death did not overtake Him; and verily,

the foundation of His religion is not shaken by His

crucifixion at the hand of the oppressors!" By this her

face is eternally shining from the horizon of guidance.

|P8
O maid-servant of God! The circumstances will be

severe for every thankful servant (i.e., believer in the

Teachings) in those boundaries and countries. The

people shall arise against you with the most bitter

hatred, opposition and envy. Swords of persecution

and curses shall be thrown at you by all the nations.

The wind of tests and trials shall fiercely blow and

thereby the weak trees, which are not firmly rooted in

this wonderful vineyard, shall be uprooted. But the

trees which are strong, thriving and green will be

strengthened, their branches extended, their leaves

opened, their appearance beautified and their blossoms

and fruits increased. I ask God to make thee one of

those firmly rooted trees and an extended branch in this

most great vineyard, and to make thy heart like unto

a cup overflowing with His love in every assemblage.

Verily He is the Powerful, the Generous!
|P9
Supplicate to God to guide Mrs. ..., so that

she may become thy partner and partaker of this great

bounty, and to confirm the family of Mr. ..., so

that they may be blest with blessings and successive aids

and with the appearance of the manifest signs. Thus

all ye may become spreaders of the banner of union,

love, harmony and peace upon plains and deserts, hills

and mountains.
|N319|P1
O thou who art firm in the love of God!
|P2

Verily I read thy recent letter *** and I praised God

for His glorious mercy and His blessings which are

successively poured into the pure hearts.
|P3
I have written a reply to the letter of ... and

have enclosed it with this letter. I ask God to make

him a sign of guidance and to guide, through him,

souls (people) of his native land and of other people.

Verily, my God chooses whomsoever He willeth, by

His mercy and generosity, for entrance into the Kingdom

of Glory and shineth the lights of (His) Beauty

upon them. Blessed is he who keeps firm in the Path

and stands for the Cause of thy Merciful Lord - a
firmness like unto the lofty mountains.
|P4
O maid-servant of God! Verily, I pray God to

sanctify thee from the material and thus clothe thee

with the garment of holiness and the mantle of purity

and send through thee the glad-tidings of thy Lord

from the Kingdom of Heaven.
|P5
O maid-servant of God! It is incumbent upon thee

to be firm and steadfast, for by it man attains the greatest

hope. Bear every difficulty and be content with any

ordeal for the love of thy Lord, so that thou mayest

obtain that favor, the lights of which shine throughout

the horizons.
|N320|P1
***O ye(1) shining faces and spiritual beings!
|P2

Verily, I was rejoiced at beholding those merciful

faces in whose brows the lights of guidance shine on

account of their turning unto the Kingdom of El-Abha!

|P3
O ye beloved of God and His chosen ones!
|P4

Blessed are your ears, for they have heard the Call!

|P5

Blessed are your eyes, for they have beheld the signs of their Mighty Lord!

|P6

Blessed are your tongues, for they have uttered the praise of my Lord, the Supreme!

|P7

Blessed are your nostrils, for they have inhaled the odor of faithfulness from the people of guidance!

|P8

Blessed are your hearts, for they are attracted to the Beauty of El-Abha!

|P9

Blessed are your breasts, for they are dilated by the knowledge of God!

|P10

Blessed are your souls, for they have partaken of the spirit of life from the fragrances of sanctity in the Paradise of El-Abha!

|P11
Thank ye God! for He hath guided you unto His
Kingdom and hath chosen you from among the called

ones of nations! Your Lord hath indeed crowned you

with the diadem of eternal glory (which will continue)

throughout cycles and ages! Truly I say unto you,

verily, the angels of heaven repeatedly bless you, for

ye have advanced toward God and turned unto His

Great Kingdom. Ye shall surely see in this effulgence

a flash which will pervade all regions. At that time,

all nations and communities will arise to praise and

glorify you, and they will bless themselves with your

commemoration in gatherings, temples of worship and

in exalted assemblies. Is there any gift greater than

this?
|P12

It is incumbent upon you to have union and harmony

and love and uprightness, and to be characterized with

the morals of your Lord, the Clement; to walk in the

highway of equity and beneficence. Be ye manifestations

of the mercy of God, dawning-places of the light

of His great bounty, and arise with all steadfastness,

truthfulness, trustworthiness, compassion, modesty,

love and accord with the people of the world, no matter

of what community they may be; inasmuch as it behooveth

the light to shine even upon the rocks in the

field, and the soul is qualified for quickening individuals,

even though they be of the ugliest and most disagreeable

form, and a pure tree is adapted to bestow a

blessed fruit even upon those who throw stones at it.

|N321|P1

O ye(1) who are attracted! O ye who are united! O ye

who are believers and assured!
|P2

Glad-tidings unto you for that ye believed in God,

were attracted to the Beauty of God, were directed

unto the Kingdom of God and were kindled by the fire

of the love of God!
|P3

Therefore, I say unto you that, verily, the angels

of the Kingdom pray for the maid-servants of the Merciful;

the possessors of brilliant hearts, spiritual susceptibilities,

godlike feelings, heavenly attributes, holy

characteristics, confident souls, perfection of humanity

and sanctified and pure souls who are striving to spread

the spirit of harmony - holy above qualities (pertaining

to) nature and passion - spreaders of the fragrances of

God severed from all else save God, banners of union

and peace - signs of love and accord!
|P4
Blessed are ye for organizing the assembly of

unity! I ask God to confirm you by the divine aid and

strengthen you by the heavenly strength so that every

one of you may become a shining star by the light of

the love of God in the world, and banners moving by

the breezes of love and peace on the heights of glory

among mankind; and lamps brilliant by the lights of

eternal majesty on the assemblies of men.
|P5

If ye keep firm in this path, ye will see by the eyes

of joy signs wherefore ye will thank your Forgiving

Lord, and will be confirmed by the hosts from the
Supreme Concourse and angels from the Kingdom of
El-Abha.
|N322|P1

O ye(1) longing ones! O ye cheered ones! O ye attracted

ones! O ye who are beseeching the Kingdom of
God!
|P2
Blessed are ye, for ye have removed the covering;
witnessed the lights of the Sun of Truth which is

shining from the horizon of bestowal; are attracted by

the fragrances sent forth from the garden of the Kingdom;

have arisen to praise the Lord of Grandeur and

Might, and have resolved to disseminate the teachings

of God in those vast and extensive regions!
|P3
Truly I say unto you! Verily, ye have cast away

superstitions; have partaken an abundant portion from

that Reality which is shining upon all regions; have

perceived the manifest signs, have entered the ark of

salvation and attained unto eternal life, under the

shadow of the Lord of Hosts, gazing unto the Most

Honorable Station, enkindled with the fire ablaze in

the tree of existence, in the spot of Sinai; responding to

the call of the Clement One, severed from the world,

and yearning for the place of sacrifice in the path of

Baha'.
|P4

You will surely hear from this call a ringing voice

in the regions. Then the nations will awake to this

effulgence and hasten unto the fountain of the Covenant;

so that they may drink fresh and salutary water
from the grace of your Lord, the Clement.
|P5

At that time, the faithful shall be cheered, the sincere

shall rejoice and the yearning ones shall be drawn

unto the unseen world, the Kingdom of your Lord, the

Merciful!
|P6
O ye beloved of God and His chosen ones! Trust

ye in the divine confirmation, the merciful bounty and

the supreme bestowal. Verily, He will confirm your

hearts, dilate your breasts, make your tongues fluent

and will rejoice your souls by a grace from the Compassionate

Merciful One!
|P7

O ye beloved of Bahá'í Do not look at your weakness,

nay, rely upon the confirmation of the Holy Spirit.

Verily, It maketh the weak strong, the lowly mighty,

the child grown, the infant mature and the small great.

|P8
I beg of God that He may make you diffusers of

His fragrances, servants of His Cause, gazers unto His

Face, speakers in His praise, and that He may protect

you against tests and trials, so that ye may become shining

lights, beaming stars, gleaming lamps and lofty
trees. Verily, this is not difficult with God!
|P9
Verily, I hope from God that ye may become my

associates in servitude to His Holy Threshold and my

partners at the entrance of the Door of His Oneness;

so that ye may equally serve in His great vineyard.

Then thank ye your Lord, for He hath favored you

with this manifest success. By God, the True One!

this cannot be equalled either by the dominion of the

world or by the gift of ruling over all regions with

pomp, glory and power! Reflect ye upon the chosen

ones of God in the earlier ages! How their worth was

unknown during their days; how they were known by

people as but ordinary individuals and unimportant

persons! Afterwards, their arguments appeared, their

lights scintillated, their stars beamed, their trees became

lofty, their mysteries gleamed forth, their fruits were

praised, their reservoirs became overflowing, their gardens

adorned, their birds warbled and their joy became
perfect in the Kingdom of their Beneficent Lord.
|P10
O my God! O my God! These are souls who have

advanced toward Thy Kingdom; their breasts dilated

by supplicating to Thy Realm of Might; their eyes

anticipating the descent of Thy mercy; and their spirits

rejoiced at Thy grace and gift!
|P11
O my God! O my God! Guard them by the eye of

Thy protection, preserve them in the cave of Thy defence,

deliver them from the grade of the contingent

world, protect them during the violence of tests and

trials, and assist them by a power from the breath of

Thy Holy Spirit, in the world of existence! Verily,

Thou art the Beneficent, the Mighty, the Clement!
|N323|P1

O thou who art kindled by the Fire of Guidance which

blazed and burnt in the Tree of Sinai!
|P2
By the life of God, I am moved with joy by the

mention of the beloved and delighted in the love of the

elect! And now, with a heart clear from aught else

save God and overflowing with the love of God, I

mention thee, supplicating God to make thee a lamp

of guidance in those districts, that out of thee the spirit

of knowledge may be spread upon the hearts and spirits

until thou becomest a spring of fresh and sweet water

whereto the thirsty and earnest desirers will come to

drink, and thus be satisfied with the sweetness thereof.

|P3

Rejoice at this address which I hope from God will

have a great effect on thy heart and spirit and accordingly

become the banner of the Supreme Concourse in

that distant and extensive spot(1) through which certain

nations and tribes would be directed with bright faces,

rejoiced hearts and speaking tongues uttering the praise

of God.
|N324|P1
O thou who art advancing toward God!
|P2

Verily I read thy letter which thou hast sent through

Mrs. ... and was rejoiced at its contents, which

indicated thy excessive love and thy great passion for

the Kingdom of God!
|P3

O my friend! Thank thou God for He hath illumined

thy sight with a radiance which is shining forth

from the Sun of Truth; hath quickened thee, and baptized

thee with the water of life and with the fire of
the love of God.
|P4

I beg God to bless thee so that thou mayest diffuse

the fragrances of God in those countries and purify

hearts from the filth of ignorance and to make thy

revered wife and honored daughters signs of His love

among the maid-servants of God, and to ordain for

thee a reward befitting one who hath attained (the visit

of) the Holy Threshold in this Cause.
|P5

Verily, I bestowed every kindness upon the maid-servant

of God, Mrs. ..., because she hath been

the cause of thy guidance, and hath given thee to drink

the cup of knowledge.
|N325|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2
Supplicate God that thou mayest be confirmed to
what is worthy and fit for the Most Mighty Cycle.
|P3
Deliver my respectful greeting to Mr. ... and

refresh him with regards and affection. Convey my

longing greeting to [Messrs.] ..., ...,
and ... and say [to them] to engage with Mr.
... in the service of the Word of God with the

utmost love and affinity, in order that they may behold

the confirmation of the Supreme Kingdom and observe

the protection and preservation of His Highness the

Almighty. Truly their hearts are like unto a cup,

overflowing with the wine of the love of God and at

all times I expect to hear good news of them.
|P4
O thou dear friend! Thou hast said the truth!

Last year(1) was the time of test for all the friends.

Trials for the faithful believers are like unto divine

bestowal and everlasting gifts.
|P5
The firmness and steadfastness of the person will

become evident and manifest. How could the disciples

of His Holiness (Christ) attain to any spiritual development

if they did not undergo trials and tests!
|P6

O friend! Although we are weak, yet the confirmations

of the Merciful Lord are inexhaustible. Pray

thou that the ill-natured become good-natured and the

weak become strong.
|P7

The dream thou hast seen is in accord with thy interpretation.

I hope that Mr. ... may become the

light of the Merciful One and be confirmed and assisted

to spread the Cause of God.
|N326|P1
My God! My God! Elohim(2.)
|P2
To this Thy servant give the understanding of the
Old Testament and the New and enable her to speak

forth with mighty voice and to sing with power the

holy songs and to discover the real meaning and the

secret mysteries of those verses, for Thou art the

Powerful Inspirer and the Mighty One!
|N327|P1
O maid-servant of God, thou who hast given up thy
life to the service of the Kingdom of God!
|P2

I have read the signs of thy thankfulness to God for

guiding thee to the way of the Lord, to the path of

salvation which leads to the Tent of the Testament

behind the Tabernacle in the Capital of the Kingdom.

|P3
Know in the reality of assurance that every true

woman who is attracted by the fragrances of holiness

in this most glorious age will surpass even the most

developed men of previous centuries.
|P4

It is incumbent upon thee to make thy greatest effort;

to put forth thy full strength; to supplicate and to

worship, and to be careful to put thy full trust in the

Kingdom of the Lord Most High.
|P5
Make ready thy soul that thou mayest be like the

light which shineth forth from the loftiest heights on

the coast, by means of which guidance may be given to

the timid ships amid the darkness of fog and the
heaving of the sea.
|P6

Then gain the knowledge of godliness and learn the

exact facts from the revered Abul Fazl(1,) and, if it be

possible, remain there a few months.
|P7

With regard to thy friend, send her to the sea coast

or accompany her to Marseilles and return to Cairo

that thou mayest learn the necessary proofs.
|P8

Then return to America - this is in case it is possible

for thee. If anything happens otherwise, the way is

open and it will be made convenient for thee - say

always in the name of God - and rely upon Him; but

to understand the teachings regarding the Truth is

absolutely required. And upon God let thy confidence

rest.
|N328|P1

O thou who in truth art attracted through the Breaths

of the Holy Spirit!
|P2

I sent to thee a letter few in words and full in its

meanings and its mysteries, showing signs of good-tidings.

By my life, there are manifested meanings in
the mysteries of the words!
|P3

At present I address thee in plain language without

being veiled, and I say to thee: "Stand up with

all thy strength to guide the followers of negligence

and blindness, and diffuse the breaths of God in those

regions; and set off with all speed to New York and

Chicago and call with the loudest voice in the assemblies

of the beloved ones and invite them to the Alliance of

God; and make them steadfast in the Covenant of God,

and bear good-tidings to all the steadfast ones, and

inspire all who waver to be firm in the religion of God

and to resist all force which is against the Alliance of

God. Verily I promise the confirmation of the Holy

Spirit to thee in those great assemblies whenever ye

argue upon the Covenant of God."
|N329|P1
O thou who art attracted to the Kingdom of God!
|P2

I hope thou wilt ride thy steed in this field as much

as thou canst and that thou mayest know nothing except

praising, worshiping and extolling the Sun of the World

of Creation.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! The radiance of favor is

(cast) upon thy head and thou art clad with the robe

of gift. Praise be unto God, that the breeze of the

divine spring maketh the soul thrive and the fragrances

of holiness are quickening the heart of man. Favor

is perfect and bounty is overflowing - the doors of

prosperity are opened and hearts are expanded and

dilated. The drops of the cloud of favor are continually

(falling) and the lakes of graces are successively

overflowing. The wine of the love of God is circulating,

and the melodies of thankful birds are astonishing

all people distant and near. The radiance of the

Manifestor of the Mount is illuminating all hearts and

breasts and the never-ending bounties are successively

(flowing) from the divine Kingdom. I hope that,

through the favor of the Blessed Perfection, thou wilt

become the lamp of the society of Green Acre (Me.),

and wilt become the cup-bearer of the wine of the love

of God, thou wilt invite a great number of people into

the Kingdom of the Powerful Lord and wilt teach

numerous souls, thou wilt put the crown of the exalted

gift upon thy head and wilt rule over the empire of the

greatest spirituality, and thou wilt become the envy of

the queens of all regions and wilt be the rival of all the

celebrated people of the world.
|N330|P1
O thou who art wholly advancing unto God!
|P2

Verily I have read thy letter in answer to mine and

praised God - may glory and dignity be unto Him! -

for by reason of which He hath kindled the lamp of

guidance in the glass of thy heart, lighted in thy breast

the fire of love and faithfulness, illumined thy face with

the light of His knowledge among women and chosen

thee for spreading His fragrances amid the maid-servants.

Be happy and rejoice at this speech through

which the sick will recover, the sad become cheered, the

dumb speak and the deaf hear; rather, the decayed

bones will be quickened and the rocks and stones be

affected.
|P3

Remember my spiritual favors which have uninterruptedly

descended upon thee at the table which was
spread under the abundant gifts of the Kingdom of

God. Verily, I continue supplicating God to make to

grow from the luxuriant garden of the heart the

aromatic plants of His knowledge, through the abundant

rain pouring forth from the clouds of His Kingdom,

the Most Great; that thou mayest be a herald of

the Covenant in those regions and a preacher of the

Kingdom of God in those distant isles.
|P4

Blessed thou art for this letter. Glad-tidings unto

thee for this speech!
|N331|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!

|P2

By God the Truth, verily the angels of the Supreme

Assembly pray for thee every morn and eve and announce

to thee glad-tidings! O blessed art thou who

hast devoted thyself to diffusing the fragrances of God!

Know thou that, verily, thy Lord will surely strengthen

thy hands and assist thee through the hosts which are

hidden from the sight of the heedless ones, and will

give the victory through a numerous army from the

Supreme Assembly and will illuminate thy heart with

the rays shining from the Kingdom of Abha, the Most

Glorious! O maid-servant of God! Gird up thy loins,

strengthen thy back, be not discouraged or grieved if

people are pouring the arrows of scorn and blame thee,

insomuch as in this thou wilt follow the example of

those who have endured every tribulation and calamity.

|P3
As to the young man and his revered wife, [as to]

both of whom thou hast informed me: I beseech God

to remove the veil from them and lift the covering

from before their faces, so that they may witness the

greatest signs of their Lord, the Great, in this day in

which all the regions of heaven and earth are sparkling

with the lights of their Lord. Tell him, "Verily the

Kingdom hath appeared with the ornaments of sanctity

on the apex of the world of being. Thou oughtest to

enter therein, and this is glad-tidings unto thee and to

all those who have been expecting the advent of the

Kingdom of their Lord with true heart turned toward

God."
|N332|P1
O thou who art attracted to the Word of God!
|P2

Verily I read thy excellent letter, nay, rather thy

brilliant, peerless pearls, which proved thy sincerity in

the Cause of God, the enkindlement of thy heart with

the fire of the love of God and the illumination of thy

face through the light of the gift of God.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Know, verily, I was with

you in spirit during your assemblage in the meeting of

the commemoration of God, the House of Agreement,

under the Standard of Peace, and I perceived ye with

my spirit on the Mount of Salvation and shared with

ye in celebrating the praise of my Lord, and I smiled

with all cheerfulness, joy and gladness when I found

that ye were beseeching God and supplicating before

the Kingdom of God. I beseech God to guide some of

those who have given themselves to the Word of God,

while they know not the Word. And I beg of God to

give insight to every heedless one, so that he may

witness the signs of his Mighty Lord in this great century

wherein the Lord is glorified for the bounties and

gifts which He hath bestowed on all the horizons [i.e.,

regions] through His Ancient Grace.
|P4
Verily I wrote an answer to the letter of ...
and enclose it in this letter.
|P5
O maid-servant of God! By God the True One,
verily Abdu'l-Bahá invokes God to strengthen thee

through the mightiest power, so that thou mayest become

a star of guidance in Green Acre, to diffuse the

fragrances of God, to blow forth the spirit of God, to

summon people to the Word of God, and may speeches

pour forth from thy pure lips as a torrent which rapidly

pours down from the loftiest mountains!
|N333|P1
O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of the
Garden of the Covenant and art speaking the
praise of the Orb of the Universe!
|P2

Know thou, verily, I read thy letter which expressed

the commemoration of thy Lord, the Great, and indicated

that the fire of the love of God is ablaze in thy

heart and in the soul of the sincere ones. Truly I say

unto thee, verily thy magnificent letter was as one of

the melodies of the birds of holiness in the wonderful

garden. Verily the hearts of the Supreme Concourse

are dilated with the songs which thou hast warbled on

the Blessed Tree in the Exalted Paradise.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Verily Abdu'l-Bahá was

with you in Green Acre in his spirit, soul and in all

of his spiritual grades, and he was your companion in

your meetings and was bearing unto you, with his spiritual

tongue, the glad-tidings of the divine splendors

which shall be poured forth upon you from the Kingdom

of God, in a short time.
|P4

O maid-servant of God! Be rejoiced at this glad-tidings

whereby the hearts of the people of the Kingdom
of El-Abha are moved with joy. Verily I beseech

God to make Green Acre as the Paradise of El-Abha,

so that the melodies of the nightingale of sanctity may

be heard from it and that the chanting of the verses of

unity may be raised therein; to cause the clouds of the

great gift to pour upon it the rains falling from Heaven;

to make those countries become verdant with the myrtles

of truth and inner significances and to plant therein

blessed trees, with the hand of Providence, which may

bring forth pure and excellent fruits wherefrom the

fragrances of God may be diffused throughout all regions.

These signs shall surely appear and these lights
shall shine forth.
|P5

O maid-servant of God, the Merciful! It is incumbent

upon you to unveil the covering and to witness the

Beauty of the Almighty! Ye shall surely see the lights

rising in those parts, as ye have already seen them. Ye

shall surely behold a Pillar of Fire extending upward to

the Supreme Apex and it will call unto you with the

most wonderful expression and will address you, saying:

|P6
"I am the Ancient Light! I am the Lord of the

Exalted Kingdom! I am the Star shining forth unto

the horizon of the hearts of the people of Oneness!"

|P7

O maid-servant of God! Be tranquil in heart and be

enkindled with the fire ignited in the Blessed Tree - an

enkindlement which may cause a fire to blaze in the

inanimate hearts in those regions.
|P8
O maid-servant of God! Be not disheartened if

thou hearest the murmuring of the deniers, the clamor

of the hypocrites, the shouting of the contradictors, the

barking of the furious, harmful dogs, in those climes.

Remember the persecutions which consecutively befell

the disciples of Christ from the perverse Jews. Consequently,

withstand their oppositions with all quiescence

and dignity (patience) and their contradictions with

all cheerfulness, gladness and dilation of heart (i.e.,

exaltation) by day and night. Resist their fighting

with peace and reconciliation, their blows with kindness

and perfection and their blame with joy and tranquillity.

Do beseech God to direct them to the Path of Salvation

and breathe into them the Spirit of Life. Be thou a

light to every darkness, a dispeller of every sadness, a

healer for every sick person, a quencher for every thirst,

a shelter for every refugee, a refuge for every captive.

If the Pharisees interfere with thee, it is incumbent

upon thee to implore God to guide them to the road of

salvation! And it is incumbent upon thee to be affable

to them under all circumstances, to be patient in afflictions,

to be courteous with the enemies and to pray

for the hateful sinners! This is the nature of the faithful

and convinced women believers whose hearts are

dilated with the fragrances of God and who instruct

(people) in the teachings of God!
|P9
O maid-servant of God! Trust in the grace of thy

Lord. He shall surely assist thee with a confirmation

whereat minds will be amazed and the thoughts of the

men of learning will be astonished. Consider the divine

splendors in Green Acre: One of them is the tree of

fire and another is what was witnessed by thy friend -

a light shining forth unto all sides. This is through

the grace of thy Lord unto thee! Consequently, be

engaged in perusing St. John's Revelation; all these

signs are spoken of in that vision. Thou shalt soon

behold (things) still greater than this.
|P10
O maid-servant of God! It is incumbent upon thee

to diffuse the fragrances of God and to be occupied in

delivering (teaching) the Cause of God! Deliver my

greeting to ... and say unto them: "Trust ye in

the grace of your Lord and thank your Master, for He

hath directed you to the Path of the Kingdom of God.

Verily He is the Assister, the Beneficent!"
|P11

The coming of any one to these countries is, at this

time, difficult and unallowable. I beg of God to facilitate

it and then we will permit ... to come. I
beg of God to manifest His lights in the heart of
... so that he may apprehend that which he

never before apprehended and behold the mysteries of

the Kingdom with real certainty in this glorious age.

|P12

God willing, next year some of the teachers (of the

Truth) will present themselves at Green Acre and will

cause the voices of the people of the Kingdom to reach

the Supreme Apex.
|N334|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God and

enkindled with the Fire wherein Moses, the
Speaker, found Guidance!
|P2
May it be salutary to thee, the draught from this

cup, which is overflowing with the wine of the love of

God.
|P3

Blessed art thou, that thy heart is connected with the

callings of the Kingdom of El-Abha, so that thou

hast dispensed with the telepathic wires of the world,

because the terminal of the spiritual wire reached the

center of thy heart and the other is placed in the

Spiritual Center, vibrating informations constantly

through the power of the Spirit and successively conveying

the great glad-tidings. This is the station of

(or for) every maid-servant whose heart is filled with

the love of God and attracted to the Beauty of El-Abha.

|P4
Thank God for showing unto thee and thy dear
friend, the revered ..., the great power and
might of the Kingdom personified in the body of
humanity, and that thou didst worship Him with a
brilliant heart, and He addressed thee (saying):

"Peace be unto thee! Peace be unto thee!" His white

vestment is the garment of the Manifestation and [His]

brilliant color. Regarding the gems which appeared on

His breast, they are peerless pearls of wisdom which

shine unto the horizons with a godlike fame. As to His

shining face, verily it hath illumined the earth and

dispersed the darkness from the contingent world.

Regarding thine entrance with thy friend into the gallery

lighted with lamps, know thou that gallery is the

world of humanity and the lamps His wonderful teaching,

His all-wisdom, His perfect bounty and His clear

manifestation. He is the Absent-Present in the world

of humanity.
|P5
O maid-servant of God! It is incumbent upon thee

to diffuse the fragrances, it is incumbent upon thee to

promulgate the teachings of God and it is incumbent

upon thee to breathe the spirit of life into the hearts

of the people of those regions, so that thou be a lamp

of guidance in the recess of Green Acre. Take the

cup of the love of God in thy right hand and with thy

left hand hoist the banner of universal peace, love and

affection among the nations of the earth. Call out

(saying): "Hasten! Hasten unto the Great Bounty!

Press! Press forward unto the Abundant Mercy!

Speed! Speed unto the Manifest Light! Be urgent!

Be urgent for the Great Attainment! Verily, by God

the Truth, the doors of the Kingdom are opened, the

lights of God have shown forth and illumined the

horizon of the earth! The Lord of Hosts hath descended

with the army of lights and angels of heaven

and depressed the armies of darkness! He sent His

angels to all directions, with a call of the trumpet of

realities and meanings, instructions and teachings!

Therefore, O people of the earth, appreciate the opportunity,

in this new century, wherein the lights have
been revealed by the Glorious Lord!"
|P6
In regard to the school which thou didst think of

and its organization: I ask God that thou shouldst

become confirmed in it with all order and command.

But now it is necessary first to organize the Cause of

God in those countries; then, order and preparation.

Therefore arise, through a power from God, in organizing

the Cause of God - that is, the diffusion of the
fragrances of God, promotion of the Word of God

and heralding unto the nations and peoples with a pre-existent

power the appearance of the Most Great Sun.
|N335|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily I read thy excellent letter and was dilated

through its excellent contents. Know thou that the

distance of habitation doth not prevent the rising of

the lights, and that time and place only control the

bodies and not the spirits which are free from the contingent

beings, nor (do they control) the realities which

are sanctified from the stains of the world. When

the Spirit is breathed in the East, its signs immediately

appear in the West and it hath a spiritual dominion

which penetrates the pillars of the world.
|P3
Then know thou that God hath not ordained any

greater happiness and joy than the removing of the

veils by witnessing the Kingdom of God and presenting

oneself in an assembly which is radiant with merciful

emotions which cannot be apprehended by minds
and thoughts.
|P4

O maid-servant of God! Verily opposition will wax

fierce upon thee and denial and unbelief will day by

day increase. People will arise to oppression and people

will torment thee for thou hast believed in God, art

attracted to the fragrances of God and hath spoken

His praise among the maid-servants. They will

execrate, revile, curse and oppress thee with acute

tongues. Be not distressed at this; nay, rather continue

with an increased firmness and stanchness in the Cause

of God. For through calamity the heart of Abdu'l-Bahá

is attracted; through (suffering) oppression the

breast of Abdu'l-Bahá is dilated; through enduring afflictions

the faithfulness of Abdu'l-Bahá is proven;
through imprisonment the soul of Abdu'l-Bahá is

cheered; at every moment he wishes to quaff the cup

of sacrifice in the path of God.
|P5
O maid-servant of God! Opposition shall surely

pass away, the dark clouds in all regions will be dispelled

and the lights of the Covenant shall shine forth.

At that time your value shall appear among the nations

of the world and tribes and people will arise to praise

you. Take warning by the former cycles and the bygone

Manifestations.
|P6
O maid-servant of God! Verily the Cause is great

and great! Regiments and regiments enter therein!

Some people must necessarily turn their backs upon it,

on account of their lack of sincerity in the Cause of

God and for their selfishness and egotism.
|P7

O maid-servant of God! A pure sea doth not accept

a dead body, therefore the waves will necessarily throw

the dead finally upon the shores.
|P8
O maid-servant of God! When some souls turn

away from the love of God, there is no harm therein.

Did not Judas Iscariot, the chief of the apostles, turn

away on account of jealousy for Peter the apostle?

Likewise, some people must necessarily turn away on

account of jealousy for others.
|P9

As to thee: Consider the predecessors as a warning

to posterity and purify thy heart from all else save

God, under all circumstances. When thou wast in Acca

we pointed this out to thee.
|P10
O maid-servant of God! Whenever sorrows and

afflictions grow violent toward thee, remember that

which we told thee during thy presence in these lands;

then thy sorrows shall be removed and thy heart shall

become dilated through the fragrances of God in these

days.
|P11
Be thou rejoiced at the glad-tidings of God! Be

as a globe of fire from which the heat of the love of

God will be diffused. Sanctify thyself from the grades

of this world, be purified from the superstitions of

people and be characterized with spiritual qualities. Be

thou a mountain of quiescence, a sign of meekness, a

sea of patience, a light of love, a standard of utter

separation (from all else save God), so that thou
mayest become everlasting in the Kingdom of God.
|P12

The light shall surely encompass the maid-servants

who are attracted by the fragrances of God and it will

shine forth from their faces upon all regions.
|P13
O maid-servant of God! Let thy joy and happiness

be increased every moment through the light of God.

|P14

Verily, the Exalted Leaf and the brilliant Leaves(1)

remember thee by night and day. Then know thou,

verily the prison is my wonderful paradise in love for

Bahá'í it is my lofty stronghold, my impregnable mansion

and glorious throne. Be not grieved thereat, nay,

rather beg of God to make me quaff the cup of sacrifice

in the path of Baha'.
|N336|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!

|P2

I am already informed of the import of thy wonderful

letter and the meanings of thine excellent words.

I was rejoiced to find how it expressed that thou art

devoted to God, turning unto the Supreme Horizon,

enkindled with the fire of the love of God and attracted

to the fragrances of God.
|P3
I beg of God to increase thy separation from the
world, thy supplication before the Kingdom of God
and thy yearning for the Beauty of God.
|P4

What thou hast said (in thy letter) concerning the

servant of Bahá'í the "Mother of the Faithful," is but

true. Verily she is purified in soul, enkindled by the

fire of the love of God, hath sincerely turned unto her

Master, hath completely faced toward the Kingdom of

God and hath arisen to diffuse His fragrances in all

parts and serve His friends with a sincerity and joy

unto which the Supreme Concourse beareth witness.

She shall surely have a firm and steady footing in the

Cause of God, her face shall shine forth from the

Horizon of Loftiness, her fame shall be spread in the

Kingdom of God, and [she] shall have a ringing voice

throughout regions, and the lights of her glorious deeds

shall beam forth during cycles and ages.
|P5
As to ... and ..., verily the faces of

these are as the pupil of the eye; although the pupil

is created black, yet it is the source of light. I hope

God will make these black ones the glory of the white

ones and as the depositing of the lights of love of God.

And I ask God to assist them in all circumstances, that

they may be encompassed with the favors of their
Loving Lord throughout centuries and ages.
|P6
As to ..., verily God hath ordained for her

a noble station. The lights of knowledge shall surely

shine forth from her face upon the world. Verily she is

attracted to the word of her Lord, was dilated by

hearing the speech of Abdu'l-Bahá at the time of meeting

and her eyes became consoled by witnessing the
signs of her Mighty Lord.
|P7
As to the maid-servant of God ...: God

hath indeed favored her with an excellent disposition

which is like fragrance from a garden of the Merciful

and she passeth her days in serving the Cause of God.

I beg of God to confirm and assist her under all aspects

and circumstances.
|P8
As to the son of the "Mother of the Faithful": I

beg of God to make his ears attentive, his eyes observing,

his heart abounding with the lights of guidance and

to make his soul as one of the signs of his Mighty

Lord. Pray ye in his behalf night and day that God

may strengthen him in a matter which may shine, beam

and glow in the niche of the Kingdom of God and

that He may cause him to arise and assist the pious

ones, to seek bounty from the signs, to gain illumination

from the lights, to deliver the necks of all men from

the chains of superstition, to feed the needy ones upon

the food of the Kingdom of God and support the weak

ones with a penetrative power from the Word of God.

Verily thy Lord is the Confirmer!
|N337|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!

|P2
We have written a clear and efficient answer to

... out of the love for thee and for her; otherwise

Abdu'l-Bahá is free from any other mention than
that of God.
|P3
As to thee, be not grieved at anything whatever.

There is a right wisdom in whatever happens in this

great Cause. Be not grieved if the trash of the world

is decreased in thy hands, for thy brilliant heart is a

great treasury, inasmuch as every heart which trusts in

the grace of its Lord is illumined through the lights

of its Creator and it is one of the treasuries of the

Kingdom, filled with the wealth of His divine world

and heavenly bounties. This is a great wealth!
|P4
Deliver my greetings to ... and announce to

him the glad-tidings of God and say unto him: "This

day is the day of soaring and the day of shining. This

day is the day of the Ancient Honor, Abundant

Wealth, Mighty Dominion and Great Gift. Appreciate

thou its value and do not neglect it, so that thou

mayest attain to that which was longed for by the holy

ones in bygone ages and centuries."
|N338|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily I read thy letter which indicated thy knowledge

of the significances of the Revelation of St. John.

I ask God to enlighten thine eyes by witnessing His

lights which have illumined the horizon of existence to

eternity of eternities. Praise God that He manifested

unto thee the brilliancy of the Sun of Truth which is

shining from the Kingdom of El-Abha; and God made

thee look with divine eyes at the reality of revelation.

Rest assured the light of the love of God will envelope

the world with great illumination.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! May God increase thy

glowing with the fire of His love and by a light from

the rays of the Sun of the Universe.
|P4
O maid-servant of God! Raise the call at Green
Acre, summon all unto the Kingdom of God whose

lights shone forth, fragrances wafted, clouds changed

into tears (or drops of rain) and guardians smiled.

|N339|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily I read thy last letter and gathered from its

meanings the mysteries of thy great love. I supplicate

to my Lord that He may at every moment increase

thy joy and fragrance, thy speech and utterance, thine

attraction and enkindlement, and that He may heal thee

from the infirmities which have affected thee and weakened

thy feeble body, and strengthen thee to guide mankind

into the Supreme Kingdom and quicken hearts by

the fragrances of the Paradise of Abha, so that thou

mayest become a bird warbling upon the twigs of the

Tree of Life, with most wonderful melodies and most

charming tunes.
|N340|P1
O thou artery pulsating in the body of the world!
|P2

Verily I read thy recent letter which indicated conscious

joy and abundant happiness from the glad-tidings
of the Kingdom of El-Abha. Know, verily,

that the feast is the day wherein God opened thine insight

through the Manifest Light, showed thee unto

His Great Kingdom and granted to thee to drink from

the chalice overflowing with the wine of divine guidance

among the maid-servants. Is there a feast more

happy and more noble than this? No, indeed, by the

Lord of Heaven, it is a day wherein the thirsty one

attaineth to the Spring from which gusheth forth cool

and refreshing water, the lover meeteth his Loved One

and the sick one is healed by the remedy of the Physician.

Blessed art thou for attaining unto this!
|P3

Verily, the people who rejoice in the day of the feast

and enjoyed the tree(1) (which) was decorated, following

the custom of ancient times, are the people of superstitions.

By the Majesty of thy Lord! Were they

in the time of Christ, they would turn their backs and

would not behold His smiling, glorious face; but today

they play in the shallow waters of their superstitions

without discretion.
|P4
Therefore, thank God for His having privileged

thee to attain nearness to the Blessed Tree which is

grown upon the highest Sinai and is set aglow with the

fire of God's love, calling unto responsive listeners. I

supplicate God to heal thee from all troubles and diseases

and make thee a sign of guidance and a standard

of the Supreme Concourse in those regions and particularly

at Green Acre.
|N341|P1
O thou esteemed maid-servant of the Loving Lord!
|P2
What thou hast written in recommendation of a

number of Christians was perused. Although the presence

of these persons will, in these times, cause the

revolt of the heedless ones and increase the trouble,

yet for your sake we will send them a telegram to

Egypt and permit them to come and visit. This is but

for thy sake, and Abdu'l-Bahá cannot endure to meet

but the people of the Merciful and does not wish to

be in union except with the heavenly ones.
|P3

O thou chosen maid-servant of God! It is time for

thee to cry aloud and fervently, day and night, not to

sit still for a moment, not to rest for an instant, but to

be always engaged in the commemoration of God and

invite the people with the utmost longing and ecstasy

unto the Kingdom of God.
|P4

Raise thou such melodies and harmony in Green Acre

that may reach unto the Kingdom of Abha and cause
joy and exaltation in the angels of heaven! This

matter needs a great enthusiasm (heat or exertion)

and a sanctity and purity like unto a manifest light.

Thou knowest what secrets doeth the spirit of Abdu'l-Bahá

communicate with thee and what glad-tidings he

giveth unto thee! Show forth thy capacity and merit,

for without capacity the Gift doth not become manifest.

|N342|P1
O thou dear maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thy letter was excellent and its contents were perfect

and complete. Happy is thy condition for that thou

hast not forgotten the time of thy visit(1;) nay, at every

instant thou hast grown in this thought and art remembering

the exhortations of Abdu'l-Bahá and wishing in

thy soul to put them thoroughly into practice. Praise

be to God that thou hast kept steadfast with all firmness

under the millstone of tests like unto a grain of

diamond. Be not grieved; tests lead to the development

of holy souls and the ardor of the flame of fire

causeth the pure gold to shine and the violence of winds

is conducive to the growth and thriving of a firm and

well rooted tree.
|P3

If the earthen house and mortal dwelling-place was

burned(2,) yet I hope that thou mayest build thy nest and

abode, like unto the birds of holiness, in the Tree of

Life in the Divine Kingdom.***
|P4
All the members of the household, especially the

Exalted Leaf(1,) send most wonderful Abha greetings.

The maid-servant of God, ..., is present here

longing for you with the utmost joy and happiness.

|P5

As to the catalogue of the book of which thou hast

written, convey (the following) to the author of that

book:
|P6
"Although thou hast exerted the utmost endeavors

in compiling this book and hast written the life of His

Kingdom Christ and His blessed sayings - and this

service and labor deserve favor - yet these are events

of former times and all that is past is of a different

effect. If thou art a hero of the field and a melodious

bird in the garden of the Merciful One, speak of the

Beauty of Abha, for it is ready and present. Consider

that the last year's springtime is past and all that

thou mayest say or hear (about it) is but a story (or

narrative); but appreciate thou this New Year's Spring

- which is this present time - hath pitched its tent with

the utmost magnificence in the field and plain and hath

made the mountain and desert verdant and fresh, hath

made the trees to appear pure and fresh, blooming with

flowers and blossoms through the vernal bounty and

caused them to bring forth pure fruits. Nor all that

thou mayest speak of the past springtime, be it even

spoken with all excellence and eloquence and in accord

with reality, all that will, nevertheless, be a past story.

|P7
"Do thou not abandon that which is ready in the

present time until thou mayest gain the result and gather

fruits from the garden of thy hopes and wishes.

Otherwise, thy book is a book of history - it will be

concluded and forgotten. Harken unto me (i.e., take

my advice): One single ready drop is better than a

sea which is past. More especially, this New Cause

is like unto a sea, while all those which are past were

like unto rivers."
|N343|P1
O bird without a nest!
|P2

It is reported thy home and shelter is burnt, thy resting

place and habitation is become desolate. Though

this news is greatly affecting, yet do not be sorrowful

and disheartened, because the birds of the divine gardens

have nests on the branches of the Tree of Life.

The earthly abode is not worth the attachment of the

heart, for this structure will surely be destroyed, but

that which is of worth to freed ones (detached from

all save God) is the heavenly palace and the court of

Divine Majesty. Thanks be to God that for each one

of the divine freed slaves and the heavenly and dear

maid-servants, an indestructible mansion will be erected

in the New Kingdom. This mansion will be an

everlasting dwelling, an eternal abode and shelter.

|P3
There is a hidden wisdom in the burning of the

house which before long will be clearly known. Divine

attractions and heavenly bounties alone cause happiness

to the hearts.
|P4
Use your utmost endeavors to dwell in the thought

that in Green Acre this year the divine proclamation

will be raised to the heavenly zenith and the lights

of the supreme guidance will enlighten those regions.

|P5

Be sure that heavenly assistance will be given and

that the breeze of the Divine Garden will perfume the

nostrils of the inhabitants of the earth. Some of the

weak souls thought that this dear maid-servant of God

was attached to this house and to this perishable world.

Now the house is burnt, all will realize that thy attraction

is increasing, thy steps are drawing near, thy

flag is raised higher and thy condition more excellent.

Show forth such happiness and joy that all will be astonished.

|N344|P1
O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of the
Kingdom of El-Abha!
|P2

I read thy letter which was beautifully composed and

which indicated that thy delicate body hath gained rest.

I send thee the answer spiritually so that the signs of

the address may become manifest in thy heart. Verily

thou art with me in spirit at all times. I ask God to

make thee follow my example in establishing the Kingdom

of Unity and Peace and building up the Dominion
of Love and Faith which was founded by the

Beauty of El-Abha. Rest and repose are necessary for

thee in these days; be thou composed in all conditions.

Thou art with me under all circumstances. Then

thank God for His guidance unto thee. He hath made

thee drink from a cup overflowing with the wine of His

love in the world. I ask God to make thee the essence

of holiness and purity among the maid-servants of the

Merciful - thus thou mayest be a brilliant flame in the

universe.
|P3

All the Illumined Leaves, the maid-servants of God

in this most great prison, convey to thee greeting and

praise.
|N345|P1
Inquire(1) after the health of Miss ..., send

her my greeting and say: "Many ideas rise up in the

human mind; some of them concern truth and some untruth.

Among such ideas those which owe their source

to the Light of Truth will be realized in the outward

world; while others of a different origin vanish, come

and go like waves on the sea of imagination and find

no realization in the world of existence.
|P2

"Similarly, numerous, various meetings and assemblages

have been organized during the past ages and bygone

centuries. All these produced no result except

those assemblages which rendered unmixed service to

the Light of Truth; from such assemblages alone great

results were realized in the world of existence.
|P3

"For instance, consider how many a thousand assemblages

- religious, political and literary - have been

organized in India, Persia, Turkestan, Chinese countries

and, in a word, in every part of Asia. All these

gave no result except that assemblage of the disciples

of Christ on the mount fifty days after Christ's ascension.

All that hath since been effected along the line of

diffusing the holy fragrances of Christ, uplifting the

Word of God, spreading the Gospel, training souls and

guiding the people, hath been wholly from the result

of the effects produced by that assemblage of the disciples.

Those effects are continual even in the present
time.
|P4

"Consequently, if one looks for praiseworthy results

and wishes to produce eternal effects, let him make exceeding

effort, in order that Green Acre may become
an assemblage for the Word of God and a gathering

place for the spiritual ones of the heavenly world.

|P5

"The moldered, two-thousand-years-old superstitions

of the heedless, ignorant peoples, whether of Asia or

Europe, should not be spread in that revered gathering

place; for, if such be the case, let it be known for certain

that that assemblage will yield no result and will,

before long, be forgotten and consigned to oblivion,

similar to other meetings of bygone times.
|P6
"I beg of God that that esteemed maid-servant of

God shall be the cause of spreading the Cause of God,

so that the Light of Truth may shine and the world be

illumined.
|P7

"When you reflect attentively, you will find that the

Word is what we have hereby said and that all else

save this is pure imagination, is of no stability and is

evanescent.
|P8

"The tree must have roots in order to yield fruit.

The trees of the forests of Asia have yielded no fruit

for thousands of years, except the blessed Trees of the

Divine Manifestations, for each one of these Trees

hath so developed and flourished that it hath trained

and nourished the whole earth with fruits and yields."

|N346|P1
O thou beloved maid-servant of God!
|P2

What thou hast written was considered. It indicated

purity of heart and advancement toward God.
|P3

O thou maid-servant of the Blessed Perfection! Be

thou not sad, neither be thou unhappy; although the

divine tests are violent, yet are they conducive to the

life of the soul and the heart. The more often the pure

gold is thrown into the furnace of test, the greater will

become its purity and brilliancy and it will acquire a

new splendor and brightness. I hope that thou art thyself

in such a position.
|P4

Consider thou the lives of the former sanctified souls;

what tests have they not withstood and what persecutions

have they not beheld; while they were surrounded

with calamities they increased their firmness and while

they were overwhelmed with tests they manifested more

zeal and courage. Be thou also like unto them.
|P5
The utmost favor is shown toward thee and the

divine bounties are thy guide. Endeavor thou, as far

as thou canst, in order that thou mayest be like unto

a chaste and clear mirror, cleansed and purified from

every dust, so that the outpouring of the rays of the

Sun of Truth may descend and thou mayest illumine

those who are around thee. This is my counsel to thee.

I pray always in thy behalf and supplicate for thy confirmation

and assistance, in order that thou mayest become
a sign of the Most Great Bounty and be the cause

of the guidance of many souls. If thou art mindful,

seek thou the favor everlasting and the illumination

eternal. Do thou some work, that thou mayest become

favored in the Threshold of the Almighty and

a beloved maid-servant of the Blessed Perfection, in

the Kingdom.
|P6
His honor ... hath delivered thy message.

I entreat God that thine utmost hopes and desires may

become realized.
|P7
Every one in the Holy Household is engaged in thy

remembrance and sends thee their longing greeting.

|P8
Convey to ... my respectful greeting and

announce to him: "No matter how brilliant a receding

star is, its light never reaches to this world. Worship

thou the newly ascendant Shining Luminary whose

lights are glittering and whose proof is self-evident.

Become thou the cause of guidance of the person whom

thou art respecting. No matter how much endeavor

and effort is shown, a tree which hath been in existence

for two thousand years or more will never bring new

and fresh fruits. This is the truth and there is nothing

beyond the truth but manifest error."
|N347|P1
O thou who art favored in the Kingdom of the
Almighty!
|P2
The letter that thou hast written with the utmost

eloquence, compassion, humility and submission of heart

and spiritual emotions, hath been read.
|P3

If the people live and act in accord with the General

Tablets which are revealed to the beloved of the East

and of the West, this universe will become another

universe and the whole existence of this world will be

clad in another garment. You must encourage and reinforce

the beloved of God and the maid-servants of

the Merciful that they may live and act in accord with

the teachings in the General Tablets.
|P4

Consider thou how vast is the arena of the Kingdom

- it hath environed the whole world. The splendor

of Providence hath encircled all races, nations, communities

and religions; the foundation of foreignness

is swept away and the basis of Oneness is established;

love hath become universal and the spiritual ties are

strengthened.***
|N348|P1
O thou favored maid-servant of God!
|P2

The meeting which thou hast formed and therein assembled

the faithful (or believers) together and engaged
with them in the commemoration of God, caused
the Supreme Concourse to praise and the angels of
heaven to applaud.
|P3

Be thou a cause of unifying hearts as much as thou

canst and guide thou the heedless souls, and in this

spiritual springtime perfume thou nostrils with the

sweet fragrances of the rose-garden of the Kingdom.

This is eternal life; this is everlasting Glory! And this

is a peace which is not followed by any trouble! All

else save this is a plaything of children and is useless

and nonsense!
|N349|P1

O thou who art advancing towards the Shining Orb of

the Horizons!
|P2
Verily, the East and West have already glittered
through the light which is shining forth from the

Horizon of the mercy of thy Lord, the Clement, the

Merciful, but the blind are still in great error.
|P3
The Call of God is already raised throughout all

concourses of the earth; but the deaf are still muffled

in thick veils. All things have already uttered the

praise of God; but the dumb are still continuing in their

astounding silence.
|P4
As to thee: Listen to the Supreme Concourse and

hear the call, "Glory be unto my Lord, the El-Baha!"

|N350|P1
O thou who art spreading the Cause of God!
|P2

I hope thou wilt become as a rising light and obtain

spiritual health - and spiritual health is conducive to

physical health - so that thou mayest be enabled to

liquidate thy debts and be strengthened to attain the

blessing of the Forgiving Lord; that thou mayest become

a mirror of truth and reveal the spiritual brilliancy

of the heavenly universe to all eyes, direct large

numbers of people under the shadow of the Powerful

Lord and guide all thy family and relations unto the

Greatest Guidance; and that thou mayest be honored

with a visit to the Holy Threshold after having attained

to all these gifts.
|N351|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2
Acquire the Persian tongue, so as to learn of the

meanings of the divine words and to know the divine

mysteries, to develop an eloquent speech and to translate

the blessed Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh. The Persian

language shall become noteworthy in this cycle; nay,

rather, the people shall study it in all the world.

|N352|P1

O thou rose of the Rose-Garden of the Love of God!

|P2

His Holiness Christ - may my spirit be His sacrifice!

- saith in the Gospel, "Many are called, but few

chosen." That is, many have been invited to faith, but

few chosen for guidance. Praise be to God that thou

wert of the chosen, realized the Day of the Lord, heard

the divine Call and attained the Light of Reality! Endeavor

and make an effort that certain souls may be

trained, of whom His Holiness Christ said, "Ye shall

know the tree by its fruits." That is to say, every soul

is known by (his) conduct, manners, words and deeds.

Therefore, we must strive with life and heart that, day

by day, our deeds may be better, our conduct more

beautiful and our forbearance greater. That is, to cultivate

love for all the world; to attain beatific character.

|P3
O maid-servant of God! Study Persian and acquire

it more day by day, for by the study of this language

great and boundless results are obtained.
|P4
Convey greeting and praise to thy revered mother

and also to all thy sisters. I hope that all may become

bright as the candle through the light of the love of

God.
|N353|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2
Be happy for thou hast found guidance, witnessed

the light of Truth and hearkened unto the exhortations

of Abdu'l-Bahá. Though the worth and value of this

gift is not apparent and manifest in this world of mortality,

in the divine world this gift is abundantly radiant

and brilliant. Thou shalt of course perceive (or
behold) this.
|P3
I have not forgotten thee nor will I do so, and I

always beg of God that thou wilt day by day increase

in love and that thy heart will become more illuminated.

I was rejoiced with the kindness shown by the dear

maid-servants ... toward .... For God

hath guided the maid-servants of the Merciful in order

for kindness (to appear) so that they may become a

mercy to all mankind (or all the creatures) and a gift

to the world of humanity.
|N354|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2
The tongues have spoken of thy attraction to God

and the pens testified of thy burning by the fire of the

love of God. Indeed the heart of Abdu'l-Bahá approveth

of this, because it feeleth its heat from this
distant and Blessed Spot.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! By God, the Truth, the
Spirit of Christ from the Supreme Concourse doth

in every time and aspect announce to thee this great

good news.
|P4

Be, therefore, a divine bird, proceed to thy native

country, spread the wings of sanctity over those spots

and sing and chant and celebrate the name of thy Lord,

that thou mayest gladden the Supreme Concourse and

make the seeking souls hasten unto thee as the moths

hasten to the lamp, and thus illumine that distant country

by the light of God.
|N355|P1
O thou bird warbling in the Garden of the Love of
God!
|P2
Thank God that He hath illumined thine insight,

led thee unto the Fire glowing in the Tree of Man,

caused thee to utter His praise among the creatures

and guided certain women to whom thou delivered the

Word of God.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Verily thy Lord lighteth

the lamp of love in the heart of whomsoever He chooseth.

This is indeed the great happiness. He confirmeth

him in the service of His Supreme Vineyard.
|P4

I pray God to confirm the relatives in attaining to

the Brilliant Light, to let the light of insight shine

forth to the hearts and sights, to aid thy friends in being

illumined by the light of El-Baha and [being] fed

from the heavenly table, and to make thee empty, void

from the thoughts of the life of this world and filled

with the love of thy Lord, ready for His service, uttering

His praise and demonstrating with proofs the appearance

of the Kingdom of God.
|N356|P1
O thou who art conscious!
|P2

At last thou didst learn of the path of salvation and

didst find the straight way. Now remain firm that

thou mayest attain confirmation and victory.
|P3
The powers of the sympathetic nerve are neither

entirely physical nor spiritual, but are between the two

(systems).(1) The nerve is connected with both. Its

phenomena shall be perfect when its spiritual and physical

relations are normal.
|P4
When the material world and the divine world are

well co-related, when the hearts become heavenly and

the aspirations grow pure and divine, perfect connection

shall take place. Then shall this power produce

a perfect manifestation. Physical and spiritual diseases

will then receive absolute healing.
|P5

The exposition is brief. Ponder and thou shalt understand

the meaning. Although, on account of lack

of time, the answer is short, by close reflection it shall

be made long.
|N357|P1
O thou who art advancing to the Kingdom of God!
|P2

On perusing the contents of thy brilliant letter, I

became cognizant of the secrets of thy heart, which is

illumined by the clear light.
|P3
Verily, I supplicate my Lord to cause to descend

upon thee an abundant grace of the spirit of His Holiness,

that thine eyes may become clear and thy mind

rejoiced by the gift which hath shone over all regions.

|P4

Know that the poor people hasten by parties to the

Kingdom of God; the weak become mighty before thy

Lord, and the slaves when entering the shadow of thy

Lord attain the station of masters, lords and freed

slaves in the presence of God.
|P5
Grieve not because of my confinement, for it is a

joy to my heart, a pleasure to my spirit, a good news to

my soul, an utmost desire of my hope, an intended

aim of my aspiration; because it is a confinement in the

path of God, the Lord of the worlds.
|N358|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

I have read thy letter which indicated thy straightforwardness

in the love of God and thy desire in spreading
this brilliant light among the offspring of the

Africans. How good is the intention! And what an

excellent aim this great aim is! Indeed the hearts of

the Africans are as a blank scroll of paper upon which

thou canst write any phrase; but thou must have patience

and a heart as firm as a mountain, owing to the

innumerable hardships that may intervene, which could

be endured only by one who surrenders to grievous
calamities.
|P3

If thou art of the people of this field (race-course)

let loose the reins and rely upon the Merciful, and He

will indeed assist thee with the hosts of the unseen at

all times. Use thy utmost power to affiliate the hearts

and, with the whole of thy might, bring the scattered

souls into union.***
|P4

Look not unto thy weakness, but rely upon thy Lord,

and He will then grant thee all thy desires and reveal

to thee the answer without asking.
|N359|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Thou hast said aright, that verily, Abdu'l-Bahá looketh

to deeds and not to words. Even as it was said by

Christ, "Ye shall know them by their fruits."
|P3

Be not grieved if the affairs are made difficult and

troubles have waxed intense upon thee from all sides!

Verily thy Lord changeth the hardships into facility,

troubles into ease and afflictions into greatest composure.

Verily, thy Lord is on the right path!
|P4

Tests and trials shall soon arise, blessed are those

who endure patiently! Blessed are those who keep

firm! Be patient, that thou mayest be rendered victorious

in thy greatest wishes, and know thou that verily,

thou art with me in the nearness of my Lord, the Supreme.

|P5

Verily, this is a glad-tidings unto thee forevermore!

|N360|P1

O thou who art controlled by the attraction of the Fragrances

of God!
|P2

I perused thy letter which speaks of thy love to God

and thine attraction to the Beauty of God, and I became

cheered in heart by its beautiful contents. In my previous

letter to thee it was my intention to point out to

thee that in the way of exalting the Word of God there

are tests and trials, and in His love there are at all

times calamities and afflictions and sufferings. Therefore,

it behooveth one to first ponder over these calamities

and wistfully accept them, then undertake to spread

the fragrances of God and exalt His Word. At that

time, whatever may befall him in the love of God, of

reproach, persecution, reviling, abuse, insult, beating,

imprisonment or assassination, will not offend him;

rather it will augment his attraction to the Beauty of

God. This was what I intended previously. Otherwise,

woe and misery to the soul which hunts after comfort,

luxury, wealth and affluence, while it is remiss of

the mention of God; because calamity in the path of

God is a favor to Abdu'l-Bahá.
|P3

In one of the Tablets the Beauty of El-Abha sayeth,

"I never passed by a tree that my heart did not address

it, saying, `Would that thou wast cut in My Name, that

upon thee my body should be crucified!'"
|P4

This is that which was uttered by the Greatest Name.

This is His Path! This is the evidence of His Great

Kingdom!
|N361|P1
O thou who art commemorating the Name of God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy interesting letter and my heart

was made happy by its beautiful contents.
|P3

O maid-servant of God! Rest assured in the bounty

of thy Lord and place thy confidence in Him, for He

will confirm thee in all aspects and under all conditions.

|P4

Know, verily, that the seed, however virile it may be,

however strong the hand of the sower, however pure

the water that watereth it, it is impossible for it to

grow, blossom and bear fruit in a short time; nay, a

long period is needed for its development.
|P5

So is the Kingdom of God. Consider the seed which

was sown by Christ; verily, it did not blossom until

after a long period. Thus it is incumbent upon thee

to be patient in all affairs. Verily thy Lord is powerful,

forgiving, precious and persevering! Depend upon the

favor of thy Lord. He shall bless thee and protect thee

under the shadow of His generosity and mercy.
|N362|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

I supplicate and implore my Lord to strengthen thee

by the Spirit of Life, make thee enter the Ark of Safety,

and show thee the evident signs; that the veils of the

people of suspicion may be rent asunder and the brilliant

proof of God become manifest to all regions, and

thy heart be made a clear mirror wherein are printed

the Lights of the Kingdom of the earth and heaven.

|N363|P1
O thou who art remembered by Abdu'l-Bahá!
|P2

Thy letter which is couched in graceful words hath

given me joy and happiness, for it showeth how thou

art controlled by the attraction of the fragrances of

God and how thou art kindled by the flame of fire that

burneth in the Tree of Sinai.
|P3
Blessed art thou because of this great bounty and

manifest abundance! Verily, by day and by night I

do mention thee and thy daughter who is the delight of

thine eye, and supplicate God to make you both two

burning lamps, shining at the meetings of the maid-servants

of God, spreading the light of knowledge,

burning the moth of imaginations and surmise and removing,

through the light of manifest evidences and
peremptory proofs, the darkness of suspicions.
|N364|P1

O thou whose heart is moved by a breeze blowing from

the Garden of El-Abha!
|P2
Thy elegant and terse letter, couched in graceful

words, was read by me. I rejoiced at the fragrances

of love, which being scented from the verdant gardens

of the Paradise of El-Abha, have cheerfully moved
thee.
|P3

O maid-servant of God! Be submissive to thy Lord,

humble to His servants and compliant to his maid-servants.

Overcome passions and desires, purify the
heart from remembrance of aught save that of thy

Lord, the Precious, the Gracious, and be controlled by

the attraction of the Beauty of God, that His remembrance

may run as the spirit in thy blood veins and

limbs, and thus fill thee with the thoughts of the love of

God.
|P4

O maid-servant of God! Ignite the fire of love in

the hearts which are remiss of the mention of God that

they may become awakened by the breath of God, and

quickened by His Spirit in this Great Day.
|N365|P1
O thou attracted maid-servant of God!
|P2

Verily, I bow my face to the dust of the Threshold of

El-Baha and to Him who sitteth on the Throne, I

petition as a supplicating captive, begging Him to make

thee to behold His Glorious Face and to purify thine

insight from aught else save Him among the people.

Verily, He is the refuge of all and our Great Protection!

|P3

We are all poor at His Door, weak before His Power,

lowly at His Threshold, and we possess the power

of neither good nor harm. He is indeed the Confirmer,

the Strengthener, the Benevolent!
|P4

Truly hath He opened before our faces the doors of

the Kingdom, granted us the treasures of His mysteries

through the divine bounty and He hath chosen us

for His love, for attainment unto His lights, the study

of His teachings, the spreading of His name, the guidance

unto His path and service in His great vineyard.

I pray for confirmation in thy behalf and thou shouldst

pray for strength on my part. Thy prayers for me

should be that I may attain martyrdom in His path,

that my spirit may be His sacrifice, and that my blood

may be shed for His love.
|P5

O maid-servant of God! verily, I long for that cup,

which is overflowing with the bounty of God, as a patient

desiring to be healed, as a thirsty soul seeking

water, as the poor in quest of wealth, and as one in

separation yearning after the meeting of the beloved

one night and day.
|N366|P1
O thou who art advancing to the Kingdom of God!
|P2

Verily, I pray God to make thee the sign of guidance

among the maid-servants of the Merciful, to enkindle

in thy heart a spark of that fire which was ignited in

the Sinaiatic Tree and to give thee to drink an overflowing

cup from the choice wine of the love of God,

until the intoxication of that wine may so prevail upon

thee that thou mayest thereby forget all else save God,

be attracted to the Beauty of God, glorify thy Lord

and sanctify Him during morn and eve.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! It is incumbent upon thee

to be severed from the desires of the world, and it is

incumbent upon thee to be attracted to the Supreme

Kingdom. At that time thou wilt become fluent in
tongue and thou wilt speak in most eloquent words

through the confimation of the Holy Spirit. This is

that gift which the Lord of Heaven hath promised!
|N367|P1

O thou who dost believe in the Spirit of Christ, in the

Kingdom of God!
|P2

The body is composed, in truth, of corporeal elements

and every composition is necessarily subject to decomposition;

but the spirit is an essence, simple, pure, spiritual,

eternal, perpetual and divine. He who seeketh

Christ from the point of view of His body hath, in

truth, debased Him and hath gone astray from Him;

but he who seeketh Christ from the point of view of

His Spirit will grow from day to day in joy, attraction,

zeal, proximity, perception and vision.
|P3

Thou hast then to seek the Spirit of Christ in this

marvelous day. The heaven whither Christ ascended

is not an infinite space. His heaven is much rather the

kingdom of His Lord, the Munificent. As He said,

"The Son of Man is in heaven." It is known then that

His heaven is beyond the boundaries that surround

existence and that He is elevated for the people who

adore.
|P4

Pray God to ascend to this heaven, to taste of its

food - and know thou that the people have not understood

to this day the mystery of the Holy Scriptures.

They believe that Christ was deprived of His heaven

when He was in this world, that He had fallen from the

heights of His elevation and that later He ascended to

this elevated pinnacle - that is to say, towards the heaven

which doth not exist, for there is only space. They

expect that He will descend from this heaven seated

upon a cloud. They believe that there is in the heavens

a cloud upon which He will be seated and by which He

will descend; while, in reality, the clouds are vapors

which rise from the earth and which do not descend

from the heavens. The cloud mentioned in the Holy

Scriptures is the human body, because it is a veil for

them, like a cloud, which prevents them from seeing the

Sun of Truth which is shining in the horizon of Christ.

|P5
I pray God to open before your face the gates of

revelation and of vision in such a way that thou shalt

learn the mysteries of God in this known day.***
|N368|P1

O ye who are considering the Kingdom of your august

Savior!
|P2

I know the ardor which enflames you both(1) with the

desire to present yourselves in the Sacred Place and

I desire, also, to see you both. But my Lord hath a

supreme wisdom and His wisdom hath required the
imprisonment of Abdu'l-Bahá and the prevention of

visits of impassioned friends. It is a temporary condition

that will pass away in the future. In the meantime

I shall remember you in my heart and I love you

with a holy affection that is spiritual, divine, eternal

and perpetual; that is founded on the surest base and on

the most durable of foundations. I pray God to remove

all the veils and to illumine your hearts with

lights shining from the Supreme Horizon, in such a

manner that the light of guidance shall move before

you and that your hearts shall dilate in perceiving great

signs. Turn towards California with a luminous

face, a joyous soul, an attracted heart, an enlightened

spirit, an eloquent speech and a radiant expression. In

those regions God will, through you, become the guide

of many people.
|N369|P1

O ye two(1) singing birds in the Garden of Belief!

|P2
I have read your letter in which you confess the

Unity of God and the grandeur of His reign, and in

which you make known that you have been attracted

by the perfumes of God and that you have bathed in

the sea of knowledge. Thank God for that! I pray

God to strengthen your steps in the straight road, to

preserve you from violent tests, in making of you two

green and fruitful trees in His great vineyard, to the

end that ye may arrive at a favor that shall make of

you two elected ones in the court of the august Lord.

Appreciate this favor and give thanks to your Savior

that He hath heaped upon you this great kindness.
|N370|P1
O thou who art turning unto the Kingdom of God!
|P2

Thy letter is received and perused. It afforded us

joy and pleasure, gave us good news and is the token

of the wealth of thy love. This period of time is the

Promised Age, the assembling of the human race to

the "Resurrection Day" and now is the great "Day of

Judgment." Soon the whole world, as in springtime,

will change its garb. The turning and falling of the

autumn leaves is past; the bleakness of the winter time

is over. The new year hath appeared and the spiritual

springtime is at hand. The black earth is becoming a

verdant garden; the deserts and mountains are teeming

with red flowers; from the borders of the wilderness

the tall grasses are standing like advance guards before

the cypress and jessamine trees; while the birds are singing

among the rose branches like the angels in the highest

heavens, announcing the glad-tidings of the approach

of that spiritual spring, and the sweet music of

their voices is causing the real essence of all things to

move and quiver.
|P3
O my spiritual friend! Dost thou know from what

airs emanate the notes sung by those birds? They are

from the melodies of peace and reconciliation, of love

and unity, of justice and security, of concord and harmony.

In a short time this heavenly singing will intoxicate

all humanity; the foundations of enmity shall

be destroyed; unity and affection shall be witnessed in

every assembly; and the lovers of the love of God at

these great festivals shall behold their splendor.

|P4
Therefore, contemplate what a spirit of life God

hath given that the body of the whole earth may attain

life everlasting! The Paradise of El-Abha will soon

spread a pavilion from the pole-star of the world, under

whose shelter the beloved shall rejoice and the pure

hearts shall repose in peace.
|N371|P1
O ye two(1) pilgrims of the Holy Shrine!
|P2

The news of your protected and safe arrival in Paris,

France, reached here and made me glad and happy.

The news expressed the love and devotion of the beloved

of Paris, who met you with the greatest joy

and cheerfulness, and who are themselves in love, peace

and harmony.
|P3

You shall openly declare all the signs of the Kingdom

that you saw with your own eyes and shall suggest with

greatest joy and happiness all the divine teachings that

you heard. I ask and supplicate God to make you two

convinced souls, to bring you forth with such a steadfastness

that each of you may withstand the people of

a country, and to intoxicate you with the wine of the

love of God so that you may cause your hearers to
dance, to be joyful and to exult.
|P4

This is the time of happiness; it is the day of cheerfulness

and exhilaration. For, praise to God, all the

doors are opened through the bounty of the Glorious

Beauty. But one must show forth perseverance and

self-devotion and consecrate his thoughts, until the tree

of hope may give fruit and produce consequences.
|N372|P1
O ye two(1) lamps of the Love of God!
|P2
Your letter to ... was read and its contents

considered. Its meanings expressed the feelings of

spiritual hearts and emanated from the spring of the

conscience. This is from the bounty of the Kingdom of

Abha. I hope that this drop will increase and grow

and become like unto an ocean; that your faith, certainty

and love toward God may grow, that your light

may increase, that ye may become heavenly and that ye

may receive aid and confirmation at every moment,
spreading the Word of God and promulgating His
religion.
|N373|P1
O thou respectful soul!
|P2
Thy letter with its great and expressive contents

gave me satisfaction. It gave utterance to the feelings

of thy heart and to thy contentment. Thy going to

California was for the best. I hope that it will give

great results; that through thee the ignorant will receive

knowledge, the blind will gain sight, the deaf will

hear, the dumb will speak, the negligent will awaken,

the heedless will receive intelligence. If thou arisest as

it must and should be in the service of the Cause, the

divine assistance will direct and the heavenly, everlasting

help will continue. I hope that thou wilt be

assisted to the intention which thou hast in thy heart.

|N374|P1
O thou faithful maid-servant of God!
|P2
What thou hast written me hath been seen. Indeed

thou belongest to the Kingdom and thou turnest towards

the Horizon of Abha. I ask from the bounty

of God that thou mayest be enflamed day by day more

and more by the fire of the love of God.
|P3

It seems that thou wast uncertain whether to occupy

thyself in writing or in delivering the tidings of the

Cause of God. In these days, to deliver the glad-tidings

is the best of all. Open then thy tongue to

the guidance of the human race on any occasion that

presents itself.
|P4
Thou hast asked about knowledge and cognition.

Read the divine books and tablets and look into the

books of proofs that have been written in presenting

this Cause. One of them is the Book of Ighan(1,) which

is translated into English. There is also the book(2) by

Mirza Abul Fazl and there are others written by the

believers. In the time to come, many divine books and

tablets will be translated and thou wilt read them; but

thou mayest ask God that thou mayest attract divine

knowledge by the magnet of the love of God. When

the soul becomes sanctified in every condition and becomes

pure and holy, then the door of the divine knowledge

will be opened to the face.
|P5
Thou hast written about the dear maid-servant of
God, Mrs. .... That one attracted unto God is

indeed always occupied in the service and she doth her

utmost to spread the divine lights; if she continueth in

the same way there will be great results in the future.

That which is of the greatest importance is to have

firmness, steadfastness and constancy.
|P6

I pray God that through the desires and the efforts

of the maid-servants of the Merciful the foot of the

mountains by the ocean's shore(3) will be enlightened by

the brilliancy of the love of God in such a way that its

light may be transmitted all over the world.
|P7
You ask if, through the appearance of the Kingdom

of God, every soul hath been saved. The Sun of Reality

hath appeared to all the world. This Luminous

Appearance is salvation and life; but only he who hath

opened the eye of reality and who hath seen these lights

will be saved.
|P8

You also ask about the eventual victory of spirituality

in this Bahai age. It is certain that spirituality

will overcome materiality and that the divine will have

the victory over the human; it is also true that by divine

education souls in every condition of existence will be

elevated, except those that are blind, deaf, dumb and

dead. How can such souls comprehend the light? The

sun lighteth up all the dark world, but the blind man

hath no portion in its brilliancy; the cloud of mercy

poureth forth streams of water, but the sterile land will

never produce plants and flowers.
|P9

Give my greetings to the maid-servant of God, Mrs.

... and to her daughter. I pray God to assist

them and to help them, that their meeting day by day

will grow brighter and that their hearts will be more

and more attracted.
|P10
If you see Mrs. ..., give her my greeting

and say to her: "Thou hast come to Acca, thou hast

seen my teachings, thou hast heard my explanations and

thou hast smelled the sweet odors of the Kingdom. Do

not forget this, and try with thy heart and soul to

diffuse this fragrance to thy respected husband also."

|P11

Give my greetings to all the maid-servants of God.

|N375|P1
O thou attracted maid-servant of God!
|P2

The celebration of the Feast of Naurooz(1) made me

glad. Consider how different this meeting was from

that of last year. Consider the bounty and the blessing

of God. Therefore, know that this Cause is progressive.

All the obstacles of the world cannot hinder it.

Thou didst realize divine joy and happiness in that

meeting. Is it possible for earthly gatherings to give

such divine joy? This bounty is in itself the greatest

evidence of the appearance of the Kingdom. I ask

God to increase daily the fire and zeal of the love of

God. Thus may that land become a veritable paradise

and the heavenly attainments become manifest.
|P3
If thou knewest in what (spiritual) state I write

this letter thou wouldst surely become like a flame of

fire and set aglow the hearts by the fire of the love of

God.
|P4

Thou hast written concerning the Most Holy Book.(1)

It is intended that in the future - inshallah(2 - means)

will be provided and with the utmost care it will be

translated and sent to those regions.
|P5
O thou dear maid-servant of God! The souls who

bear the tests of God become the manifestations of

great bounties; for the divine trials cause some souls to

become entirely lifeless, while they cause the holy souls

to ascend to the highest degree of love and solidity.

They cause progress and they also cause retrogression.

|P6
Dr. ... hath well said. Surely this Cause is

beyond imaginations and thoughts. Convey greetings

of respect to him, to his revered wife, to his son and

to his bride.
|P7

O thou maid-servant of God! Surely, if holy souls

are found and arise to do well the commandments and

precepts of God, to serve, they will verily become

centers of light; an illuminating ray will extend from

their hearts to all parts and the continent will become

radiant.
|P8

Surely, all must today be called to love, to unity and

to kindness; to integrity, to friendship, to fellowship

and to divine worship. I hope that thou and thy dear

husband may continue to serve in all spirit and fragrance

and that in this world ye may remain two radiant
candles and in the eternal horizon ye may glisten
like unto two shining stars.
|N376|P1
O thou beloved maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thy letter *** was received and its contents became

known.
|P3
In this most Merciful Age the ignorant prejudices

are entirely removed, therefore the marriage of Miss

... to Mr. ... is permissible; but Miss
... must exert herself day and night so that,
like the favored maid-servant of God, Mrs. ...

she may guide her husband. She must not rest until

she makes him her spiritual as well as physical partner

in life. But the Bahai engagement is the perfect communication

and the entire consent of both parties.

However, they must show forth the utmost attention

and become informed of one another's character and

the firm covenant made between each other must become

an eternal binding, and their intentions must be

everlasting affinity, friendship, unity and life. The

bridegroom must, before the bridesman and a few

others, say: "Verily, we are content with the will of

God." And the bride must rejoin: "Verily, we are

satisfied with the desire of God." This is Bahai matrimony.

|P4
Regarding the marriage of Mr. ... and Miss
..., that also, God willing, is blessed.
|P5
The marriage of the Bahais means that both man
and woman must become spiritually and physically

united, so that they may have eternal unity throughout

all the divine worlds and improve the spiritual life of

each other. This is Bahai matrimony.
|N377|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thy letter hath arrived. It brought joy to all hearts,

for it carried the proof of thy sincere work. Today,

directing mankind in the right path is the magnet which

will attract to us the help of God. All those who consecrate

themselves to this work are accompanied by

divine protection. Thus, rely upon God and address

thy supplications to the Most High. Then, after perfect

renunciation, care for the souls of the undirected

and negligent. I pray that thou mayest be aided and

strengthened.
|P3

Thou hast demanded the permission to go to Algeria

in order to give thyself to the direction of men; may

God aid and help you in this work.
|N378|P1
O thou who art seeking for the Power of the Holy
Spirit!
|P2

The reality of man is like unto a sea, and the Holy

Power is like unto brilliant pearls. Not until the sea

moveth in waves doth it throw a shell of pearls upon the

shore. Therefore if thou wishest to become heavenly,

cut thy attention from the earth; that is, cease to attach

thy heart unto this world and seek connection with

or attachment to the Kingdom and turn unto God. And

when thou doest this, thou wilt become the mercy of

God and a gift of the Almighty. Consider how the
attracted maid-servant of God, Mrs. ..., is in

constant progress through the heavenly bounty. I hope

that thou mayest become likewise.
|N379|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

What thou hast written was perused and its contents

became manifest. Thou hast questioned how thou

canst accept this divine cause, for thou art a member

of the Church: (Know thou) in the day of the Manifestation

of Christ, many souls became portionless and

deprived (from the favor of God) because they were

members of the Holy of Holies in Jerusalem. According

to that membership, they became veiled from that

brilliant Beauty. Therefore, turn thou thy face to the

Church of God which consists in divine instructions and

merciful exhortations. For what similarity (is there)

between the church of stone and cement and the Celestial

Holy of Holies!
|P3
Endeavor that thou mayest enter in this Church of
God. Although thou hast given oath to attend the

church, yet thy spirit is under the Covenant and Testament

of the Spiritual Divine Church. Thou shouldst

protect this. Although they consider the wine and the

bread in the church as the blood and body of Christ,

yet this is but the appearance and not the reality. But

the reality of Christ is the words of the Holy Spirit.

If thou art able, take a portion thereof.
|P4
The performance of baptismal celebration would

cleanse the body, but the spirit hath no share; but the

divine teachings and the exhortations of the Beauty of

Abha will baptize the soul. This is the real baptism.

I hope that thou wilt receive this baptism.
|N380|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2
The subject matter of thy letter is known to me.

Happy is thy condition, for thou hast loved Jesus always

and wept over His sufferings. Sufferings though

they were intense in those days, yet they are more intense

in these days and are more worthy of being wept

over. But at present, one must not weep, but one must

show forth firmness and steadfastness and withstand

the tests.
|P3

I beg of God that that maid-servant of God and all

her family be blessed, remain firm and steadfast in love

for His Holiness Bahá'í and arise (to do) that which

is befitting these days.
|N381|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Light of the Kingdom!

|P2

Thank thou God, that in this glorious period, thou

hast advanced toward the Manifest Light; thou hast

beheld the doors of the Kingdom open and considered

entrance therein conducive to eternal prosperity and

success. Thou hast arisen to serve the Cause of God

and occupied thy time in assisting in the spiritual meeting.

Ere long thou shalt know what a light thou hast
enkindled.
|N382|P1

O thou who hast been attracted by the Magnet of the

Kingdom!
|P2
Note that thy Lord hath manifested the Magnet of

the souls and hearts in the Pole of the existing world,

to which all the sacred hearts are attracted from the

far distant lands and countries.
|P3

The iron body is attractable although at long distances

away; but the earthen one is not although in
contact and very close.
|P4

Therefore, thank thou God for being an attractable

body, to be drawn to the Magnet of the Kingdom of
God.
|N383|P1

O thou whose heart hath been filled with the love of

the Beauty of God!
|P2
I have read thy kind letter and voiced thy words

which show the excess of thy love to God, the greatness

of thine adherence to the Cause of God and the abundance

of thine attraction to the Kingdom of God. From

a man like unto thee such words are always expected

and it is your duty thus to proclaim.
|P3

I do greet thee from this Exalted Place, while thou

art in that far distant country, and present to thee salutations

and praise, and I see thee with the eye of the

heart as though thou were present here and I speak to

thee by the tongue of the Spirit, saying: "Blessed thou

art with every blessing! Then preach to the beloved

of God in that country the glad-tidings of El-Baha."

|P4
The form of prayer requested by thee:
|P5
My God! my God! Thou art my hope and my
beloved, my intended aim and desire! With great

humbleness and entire devotion I pray to Thee to make

me the minaret of Thy love in Thy region, the lamp

of Thy knowledge among Thy creatures and the banner

of Thy gift in Thy Kingdom.
|P6
Make me one of Thy worshippers who cut themselves
from everything but Thee and sanctify themselves
from everything pertaining to the world and

divert themselves from the defects of the suspicious.

|P7

Let my heart be dilated with joy through the spirit

of confirmation from Thy Kingdom and illumine my

sight with seeing the hosts of success following one

another and descending upon me from thine Omnipotence.

|P8

Thou art the Almighty, the Invincible, the Powerful!

|N384|P1
O thou who art turned to the Kingdom!
|P2

In truth, I say unto thee that if a spark of the fire of

the love of God should fall into a heart, its flame will

increase gradually, as the breeze blows upon it, until

the sparks of the flame reach the Supreme Kingdom,

providing the necessary preparations are made to kindle

that fire in thy heart, to shed the tears from thine eyes

and to bring thy patience to an end for the purpose of

being drawn into the Kingdom of El-Abha.
|P3

In truth, I say unto thee, if thou hear this call, do

not relax in mentioning God, nor grow weary of spreading

the fragrances of God. And then rejoice at the

good news of the gifts which shall shine as the sun in

the highest culmination of America.
|N385|P1
My God! My God!
|P2

I am a servant, miserable, humbled, submissive and

low at the door of Thy Oneness, supplicating Thee

with a heart full of Thy love and a face rejoiced at

Thy glad-tidings!
|P3
O God! Make me of those who are drawn unto

light and [who] detest darkness; with a heart overflowing

with the lights of Thy love among mankind; a

tongue fluent in mentioning Thee in the assemblies of

worship (remembrance); a breast, cheered and widened

with Thy knowledge when uttering explanations; an

eye consoled with seeing Thy traces in all directions;

a foot firm in Thy Covenant, which I have received

from the traces of the Supreme Pen; a spreader of

mysteries to those who are heedless of them, who have

veiled themselves with doubts and suspicions.
|P4
Verily Thou art the Almighty, the Powerful, the
Generous!
|N386|P1

O thou who art kindled with the fire of the Love of

God!
|P2
Verily I read thy words which showed thy yearning

love in God, and chanted thy expressions written in His

praise.
|P3
I beg of God to make thee a sign of guidance, a

standard of righteousness and a lamp shining with the

light of the knowledge of God.
|P4
Give my greeting and salutation to Mrs. ...

and say to her: "Be not disappointed by the calamity

which hath befallen thee and be not grieved that the

consolation of thine eye (thy child) hath left the world

of dust and hath ascended to the expanse of the Kingdom,

that he hath abandoned the abode of the lowest

world and hath sought refuge in the presence of the

greatest mercy, where the Lord hath placed him in a

comfortable abode."
|P5

We have already written a consoling letter(1) to her,

whereby her breast will be dilated and her soul will

cheer.
|N387|P1
O thou who art attracted unto the Beauty of God!
|P2

Verily I have read thy excellent letter and was gladdened

by its wonderful meaning. Blessed art thou, as

thou hast been kindled like a lamp by the fire of God's

love and as thou hast supplicated unto God and communicated

with thy Lord with an eloquent tongue and
excellent explanation.
|P3
Verily I pray unto my Lord with all humbleness,

meekness, obedience and submissiveness - which demolisheth

every edifice of self-exaltation - that He shall

strengthen thee by the fragrances of holiness and the

breath of the Spirit of Truth and cause thee to be dedicated

(or severed) unto God, purged and purified

from the dross of the world, holy and sanctified from

carnal passions, sacrificing thy soul to the beloved of

God, contented with that which the Lord hath granted

thee in the world, anxious to perform noble and good

deeds while following the teachings of God, and in all

things adhering to the law of God.
|P4

As God liveth! Shouldest thou be honored by attaining

to this station, thou wilt find thyself in the center

of the Paradise (Ferdowce), the highest of paradises!

|N388|P1
O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God
and steadfast in the Covenant of God!
|P2

Verily I read thine eloquent letter, the composition

of which was beautiful, words excellent and significances

interesting, and I thanked God that He hath chosen

certain souls for His knowledge and love, deposited in

their hearts His mysteries, manifested from their faces

His lights and made them the signs of His Kingdom,

the banners of His majesty, the trees of His paradise

and the birds of the garden of His holiness.
|P3

O thou, my honorable friend! Verily I scented the

fragrance of meekness and humbleness from the orchard

of the meanings of thy letter and was caused to

rejoice, smile and be made glad that God hath made

thee humble and submissive to His beloved. Verily

this is the greatest bounty from God and by it the

breast of Abdu'l-Bahá is dilated in this remote prison.

|P4

O friend! Verily the prison is my paradise and the

chains my necklace; my balance (or testing) is my

redemption (or salvation) and the castle is my fortified

safety, for this imprisonment is in the path of my Lord

and it is my salvation, my joy, my gratitude and happiness.

Verily, in calamity the face of Abdu'l-Bahá

shineth and through hardship joy is attained by this

servant in all conditions.
|P5

O thou friend! Be not sorrowful because of my imprisonment

and lament not for my difficulties; nay,

rather ask God to increase my hardship in His path,

for therein lies a wisdom which none are able to comprehend

save the near angels.
|P6

O thou friend! Verily, those among the friends who

were martyred in the path of God - verily this is a

favor from God which He bestoweth upon whomsoever
He chooses; verily God is the most bountiful! -

they attained what the holy ones in the Supreme Kingdom

yearned for, and quaffed the wine of grace from
the bountiful hand of thy Lord the Merciful - may
my spirit be a sacrifice to them!
|P7
Therefore, be not sorrowful, for in it is a great

bounty for them and by it (martyrdom) the fire of the

love of God is increased in glowing, the Word of God

in spreading, the standard of God in elevation, the

fragrances of God in diffusion, and by this blood the

tree of peace is watered, the orchard of unity and harmony

pruned, and by it the fragrances of holiness

emanate from the Tree of Life and are being diffused

in the world. Verily this is from the mercy of God,

which is bestowed upon whomsoever He wishes.
|P8
O friend! I implore to God to make thee a banner

of the banners of the Kingdom, firm and steadfast, unshaken

by the most severe winds of tests and trials in

this terrestrial world; to confirm thee in the servitude

of the Sublime Threshold; to guide through thee many

souls and to make thee a sign of meekness and humbleness

before the beloved of God, the Mighty, the Protecting!

|N389|P1

O thou who art arisen for the service of the Cause of

God!
|P2

I received thy recent letter and rejoiced in spirit at

its interesting contents which indicated thy arising for

the service of the Kingdom of God, servitude unto His

beloved ones and meekness and lowliness to His chosen

ones.
|P3

I ask God to augment, day by day, thy zeal, attraction

and glowing with the fire of God's love; to destine

for thee a glorious station (or mansion) in His great

Kingdom and to open before thy face doors of success

and dilation, such that hearts shall be amazed and

minds astounded.
|N390|P1

O thou who art controlled by the attraction of the Holy

fragrances of the gardens of God's Kingdom!
|P2

Thy brilliant letter, which thou hast sent by the beloved

..., was read by me. The bounty is of
God for that He hath inspired thee with the word

of fidelity and chosen thee from among those who are

called, whether men or women. Therefore, thank thou

thy Lord at morn and eve and glorify His praise for

this favor. Verily a great favor is bestowed upon thee!

|P3
Our dear friend ... hath arrived. He praises

the beloved of God and His maid-servants and adorns

the ears with the pearls of praiseworthy actions and

good qualities of the elect and the faithful.
|P4

I supplicate God to enable him and every one else to

serve Him in the garden of El-Abha and to help thee

to be gentle, humble and submissive; to reveal Himself

upon thee with the attributes of the Merciful and to

grant thee a heavenly table at all times.
|N391|P1
O thou honored friend!
|P2

Verily the sight of Providence is far reaching and the

divine glance is perfect. Thou hast always been a recipient

of favors and the object of the bounty of the

glorious Beauty of Abha. I trust in God that thou

mayest be thus aided by Him to serve His Cause and so

shine as a luminous star in the horizon of His Kingdom,

an illumining candle burning in the assemblage

of the Bahais; that thou mayest be confirmed by a power

of the Kingdom and attain divine bounty and providence.

|P3
As to the question of women being chosen rather
than men: In this cycle there were men who arose

through a divine power and who shone forth as the sun

from the dawning-point of holiness; and, likewise, there

appeared certain women who became side by side with

men. The expression which you quote, "Every woman

who is directed to the guidance of God in this great

age, will surpass men in every respect," signified that,

in this age, certain women will appear who will surpass

some men. It does not mean that they will surpass

all the men who have given their lives as sacrifices

in this Cause; for in this wonderful cycle there appeared

such men as his holiness Khudoos, his holiness Bab-el-Bab,

his holiness the "King of Martyrs" and his holiness

the "Beloved of Martyrs," his holiness the great Vaheed(1,)

and such ones who have no equals in the world
of existence.
|P4

If, in the letters to the maid-servants of the Merciful,

there hath been written in the sense of encouragement

(that from which such meanings can be inferred), the

purport is that some women in this wonderful age have

surpassed some men, and not that all women have surpassed

all men. The members of the House of Spirituality

must give unlimited encouragement to women.

In this age, both men and women are in the shadow of

the Word of God. Whosoever endeavors the most

will attain the greatest share, be it of men or of women,

of the strong or of the weak.
|P5
As to the matter of teaching and the choosing of

men, the letters which I have written to the Spiritual

Meeting (House of Spirituality) of which you are a

member, will answer this question and will manifest the

station of men who remain firm in the Covenant of God.

Refer to them.
|P6
As to the number of Tablets to women, this is due

to the fact that most of the letters which come to the

Holy Land are from women. Rarely do letters come

from men and, naturally, to women the most are written.

Men are enjoined more than women to give the

Message of the Cause of God and to diffuse His fragrances.

|P7
My dear friend! If thou didst know how dear thou

art to Abdu'l-Bahá, thou wouldst spread wings, and

through excess of joy, soar and begin teaching all that

country.
|P8

As to the question: "Whither shall we turn in our

prayers?" There is an appointed center toward which

one must direct himself in prayer, but at present this

center is not unfolded because of wisdom. In its time

this shall be announced. At present, in those regions,

you should direct yourself, as formerly, to the East.

The appointed and certain center will be announced in

its time.
|P9
You also ask: "To whom shall we turn?" Turn to

the Ancient Beauty. If it be the will of God, the

blessed likeness (of the Manifestation) will be sent in

its proper time, so that, in the world of the heart, thou

mayest direct thyself to that holy likeness and thus be

saved from imagination and phantasy. However, in
the Temple (Mashrak-el-Azcar) the blessed picture
must never be placed (or hung) on the wall. This
you should know.
|P10

As to the subject of babes and infants and weak ones

who are afflicted by the hands of oppressors: This

contains great wisdom and this subject is of paramount

importance. In brief, for those souls there is a recompense

in another world and many details are connected

with this matter. For those souls that suffering is the

greatest mercy of God. Verily that mercy of the Lord

is far better and preferable to all the comfort of this

world and the growth and development of this place

of mortality. If it be the will of God, when thou shalt

be present this will be explained in detail by word of

mouth.
|N392|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2
Your letter *** arrived at this time and was read

with great care. Its contents proved a source of gladness,

for it indicated firmness.
|P3

Today firmness is of the greatest favors of the merciful

Lord. How many a soul who traveled in one pathway

and after a time wanting firmness (or constancy)

went back; yea, followed the way again until he reached

the same point (as before) and arrived at the first

destination. Thus did he waste his life and endeavored

to set the minds (of the people) uneasy and doubtful.

The opportunity and portion of these souls became an

evident loss.
|P4

Thank thou God that thou art firm and constant and

art abiding at the threshold of servitude. I ask God to

increase daily thy faith and certainty, trust and firmness.

Give thou the glad-tidings in a manner which

shall set afire souls that are in lethargy, give life to

them that are dead and sight to the blind.
|P5

Give greeting and praise from Abdu'l-Bahá to all the

friends of God, particularly to the maid-servant of God,

the firm and steadfast Mrs. .... Tell her to

"feel at rest; thou art ever in my mind, with me and

present in the gathering. God willing, I shall ask thee

to come."
|N393|P1

O thou friend of old and O thou incomparable companion!

|P2
Many letters have so far been received from thee

and lengthy answers have been written to them, but it

is strange that they have not reached thee. I was

grieved when Mr. ... said thou hadst not received

them. Therefore, I write this epistle immediately

so that it may be a cause of comfort to thee.
|P3
O dear friend! Thou art more deserving than

others; thou art worthy of every favor and attention.

Is it possible then that I should answer others and leave

thee disappointed? God forbid! Thou art an old and

true believer; in faith thou hast attained precedence;

thou art constantly engaged in servitude; with an eloquent

tongue thou art teaching the Cause of God; thou

hast become the cause of faith in others; whenever thou

findest an opportunity thou dost travel and visit the

believers, disseminating the fragrances of God; thou

hast a soul full of glad-tidings and hast an enlightened

and clear heart. I have a great attachment for thee;

how is it possible then that I should disappoint thee?

|P4

I pray and supplicate God and ask for favor and help

for thee. I am very desirous to behold thy face.
|P5

Convey to all the beloved of God the utmost longing

on the part of Abdu'l-Bahá.
|N394|P1
O Lord! O Beloved!
|P2
The truthful servant, Mr. ..., abandoned

home, left his native land and crossed the great ocean

until he reached the shore of the Holy Land and arrived

at the Blessed Spot. He laid his head upon the

threshold of the sacred dust; he implored and supplicated

the Gateway of Unity and sought confirmation
and strength.
|P3

Now he is returning to his native clime to serve and

to spread the fragrances of the Holy Spirit.
|P4
O Lord! Confirm him, aid and strengthen him

through the hosts of the Kingdom, so that he may become

the cause of the spread of the Word of God, the

cause of joy and happiness to the friends and the means

of awakening the negligent. Thou art the Mighty and

Powerful and Thou art the Precious, the Almighty, the

Wise!
|P5
O thou truthful servant of the Beauty of Abha!

With a power of the Kingdom, a divine attraction and

a spiritual breath, return thou to that land; fill to overflowing

the lives and hearts with the wine of the love of

God; be the cause of joy to all and the means of unity

and agreement to all; because through unity and agreement

do the beloved of God hoist the standard, shine

with the light of the love of God and are tender to

one another.
|P6

This is the attitude of the beloved of God and this

is the example and life of the sons of the Kingdom of

God.
|N395|P1
O thou herald of the Kingdom!
|P2

Thank God that thou didst come to the holy shrine,

put thy head upon the holy dust, reached the gathering-place

of the spiritual ones, became a member of the assembly

of the Merciful, found friendship with Abdu'l-Bahá

and with the utmost love and joy spent a few

days there. Then thou didst receive permission to return

so that thou mayest serve the Kingdom on the
continent of America and show (to the people) the
way to heaven and lead them toward the Lord of

Hosts. I hope that, with a divine strength and a godlike

personality, with a heavenly guidance, with a divine

attraction and with a spiritual zeal, thou wilt educate

the people.
|P3

O thou, the firm one in the Covenant! Give my respectful

greeting to thy honored wife and say to her
from me: "The Jewish people were expecting the

manifestation of Jesus and were at the same time attracted

to Moses. When His Holiness Christ appeared,
they (the Jewish people) thought that holy

personality intended to take away the eternal honor of

Moses. Moses, in the eye of Israel, had no equal.

Now, these had never thought that a greater than him

(Moses) would appear. So this way of thinking became

the cause of their being kept away from the Light

of Christ and they were prevented from the precious

things of the Holy Spirit, notwithstanding the fact that

the greatest friend of Moses was Christ and He made

His Holiness Moses great in the eye of the world and

made Him to be glorious in the contingent world;

whereas, even now, Israel (that is, the Jews) deny His

Holiness, the promised Christ, and count Him to be

an enemy of His Holiness Moses and of Aaron and

David; and they were kept away from the bounties of

Christ. They think that no other great person like

Moses could ever come upon the earth and if such a

person should be sent (by God), he must come under

the shadow of His Holiness Moses and promulgate

the law of the Torah. This negligence on the part of

the Jews became the cause of keeping away a multitude

from the heavenly bounties and from the beneficence

of the Holy Spirit for nineteen-hundred years.
|P4

"The Sun is ever the same, but the place whence the

Sun hath appeared hath changed. Then, at Christ's

time, it appeared in the sign of Aquarius, but now it hath

manifested itself from the sign of Cancer. These signs

are just for an illustration. The sun is the same sun,

no matter from what sign it may manifest itself or from

what spot it may arise. Thou must look at the Sun;

do not become veiled by the places from which the Sun

appears."
|P5
O Mr. ...! Likewise instruct and give my

love to thy dear son and say: "O dear one of Abdu'l-Bahá!

Be the son of thy father and be the fruit of

that tree. Be a son that hath been born of his soul and

heart and not only of the water and clay. A real son

is such an one as hath branched from the spiritual part

of a man. I ask God that thou mayest be at all times

confirmed and strengthened."
|P6

O thou servant of Bahá'í Thou hast asked regarding

the political affairs. In the United States it is necessary

that the citizens shall take part in elections. This

is a necessary matter and no excuse from it is possible.

My object in telling the believers that they should not

interfere in the affairs of government is this: That

they should not make any trouble and that they should

not move against the opinion of the government, but

obedience to the laws and the administration of the

commonwealth is necessary. Now, as the government

of America is a republican form of government, it is

necessary that all the citizens shall take part in the

elections of officers and take part in the affairs of the

republic.
|P7
O thou firm one in the Covenant! We give thee

Thahbet (the Firm) for a name, so that this name be

an example of firmness and in the future thou mayest,

even more than before, be confirmed in service, and

upon thee be El-Baha-el-Abha!
|N396|P1
O thou Thahbet (Firm) in the Covenant!
|P2

Thy letter was received. It indicated firmness and

steadfastness; therefore, it gave me joy and gladness.

|P3
Today the greatest of all affairs in the Cause is

firmness and steadfastness. A tree will not give fruit

unless it be firmly rooted. A foundation will not last

unless it be firm. There is nothing in this world of

man greater than firmness. A soul who is firm will become

a son of the Kingdom of God and will be confirmed
with the power of the Holy Spirit.
|P4

For this reason I have named thee Thahbet (meaning

firmness) and I ask the True One and supplicate

Him that thou shalt remain firm in the Cause of God

as an unshakable mountain and that the whirlwinds of

test shall never have any effect upon thee; nay, rather

that thou shalt be the cause of the firmness of others.

|P5
With me thou art beloved and I ask God that thou

mayest become the lighthouse of guidance in those regions

and that thou mayest shine with the lights of oneness

in this world of man.
|N397|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2
The letter, which thou hast written to his honor
Mirza ..., was considered.
|P3
Be thou happy! Be thou happy! that thou hast put
aside rest and composure; that thou hast traveled

through and visited different states and endured innumerable

inconveniences so that thou might diffuse

the fragrances of mysteries and perfume the nostrils of

the spiritual ones. When thou wert engaged in the

service of the Cause, thou wert my partner in all trials

and difficulties. Thou hast been my associate and companion

and both of us were intoxicated and exhilarated
with the wine of the love of God.
|P4
Praise be to God that thou hast been confirmed in

the service and I have likewise been assisted in visiting

the Holy Threshold. In one day(1) the world hath become

another world and the chains and manacles of

prison and incarceration have been broken to pieces,

and Abdu'l-Bahá hath attained to the meeting of the

Holy Threshold.
|P5
Although in prison, I have experienced the utmost

joy and fragrance, the heart was attracted, the spirit

rejoiced, the eyes turned toward the Kingdom of God

and the tongue mentioning the Name of the True One

and displaying the utmost effort and endeavor in the

promotion of the Word of God and the diffusion of

the fragrances of God; yet, under all difficulties, there

have been no shortcomings, nor hath there been any

lack of enthusiasm. The call hath been raised uninterruptedly

and the fragrances of holiness have been
diffused through all regions and empires.
|P6

In the meeting that had been organized in Los Angeles

the rays of the Sun of Truth shone forth, making

it an assembly of illumination. The house of Mr. and

Mrs. ... became the nest and shelter of the birds
of the Kingdom, and the house of Mrs. ... and
the residence of Miss ... in Pasadena became

the gathering-place of the Merciful and the rose-garden

of realities and significances. I supplicate from the

bounty and favor of His Highness the Almighty to assist

those holy souls by the invisible confirmations and

that they be helped by the providence and grace of His

Highness the One.
|P7

Convey on my behalf longing greeting to the brother

of Mr. ... and say: "Praise God that thou

hast followed in the footsteps of thy respected brother,

associated with him and become his confidant."
|P8

Likewise announce my longing greeting to the assemblies

of Oakland and San Francisco. The houses
of Mrs. ... and Mrs. ... have become

the place of reading the divine verses and the nests of

the nightingales of the heavenly orchard. A sweet

fragrance hath reached the spirit and soul from those

assemblies.
|P9

Praise be to God, that in all cities the believers have

met thee with the utmost attraction and thy shining

face and joyful disposition became the cause of the enkindlement

of the fire of their souls and hearts. Undoubtedly

thou shalt also make a trip to Green Acre.
|P10
The utmost joy was produced by the news of the

purchase of the ground for the erection of the Temple.

I hope that ere long they may lay the foundation.
|P11

Deliver on my behalf divine glad-tidings to the assemblies

in Seattle, the members of the houses of Mrs.
... and Mrs. ... and the assemblies in

Portland and Denver and say: "O ye sons and daughters

of the Kingdom! Be ye thankful that although the
light of guidance hath dawned from the East, yet,

praise be to God, it illuminated both the East and the

West! In order that glorification and thanks may be

shown for these bounties, the words and actions must

be in accordance with the advices and behests of His

Highness Bahá'u'lláh. Thanks does not depend upon

words but upon deeds!"
|N398|P1
O ye(1) beloved of God and His sincere friends!
|P2

By the life of God! The hearts are cheered whenever

you are mentioned, the souls are comforted in your

love, the holy spirits are captivated by your fragrance,

the eyes are expecting to see you and the hearts are

longing to meet you, owing to the fact that your hearts

were kindled with the fire of the love of God, your

ears were charmed by hearing the Word of God and

your souls were rested in the appearance of the mysteries

of God.
|P3
Blessed are ye, O children of the Kingdom of God!

Glad-tidings to ye, O friends of God! as He hath made

your destiny great and your share victory and happiness,

your lamps lighted and your spring to yield supply!

|P4
Ye are the most brilliant stars! Ye are the most

dazzling lamps! Ye are the green branches! Ye are

the ripe fruits! Ye are the beautiful gardens! Ye are

the overflowing bowls!
|P5
God is merciful and compassionate! His bounty is
great and great! He appropriateth by His mercy

those whom He liketh and chooseth for His love those

of whom He approveth. This is in accordance with

what Christ said: "Many are called, but few chosen."

|P6

God maketh your endeavor praiseworthy, your reward

great and your days in El-Baha feasts and pleasures,

because of your casting away the imaginary god
and accepting the Knowable, for [your] discarding

every evil spirit, craving for the witnessed Light and

for turning your faces to the Exalted Position.
|P7
God will show forth your endeavor, increase your

spirit and fragrance, perfume the different directions

with your perfume, enlighten the horizon with your

light and quicken the hearts with that which is treasured

within you; will cheer the souls with what you

have accomplished and cause the verses of thankfulness

to be recited in all places; the banner in remembrance

of you to wave through all the ages; your fame

and praise to encircle the horizon and the tongues to

speak of your virtues and good endeavors.
|P8

By the living Truth! That bounty is great and great

and the Lord is supreme in majesty! The confirmation

is successive and success is continuous, and the kindness

of your God, the Merciful, the Compassionate, will

surround you from all sides.
|N399|P1

O ye(1) sincere ones! O ye firm ones! O ye heralds of

the Kingdom of God!
|P2

Fly away with joy! Flutter in the open of the Kingdom!

Spread the wings of sanctity in those districts

and lands, so that the shadow of the King of the Kingdom

may be stretched over those climes and the fragrances

of God be diffused in those tracts and in those
vast and extensive regions.
|P3

By the Lord of the Kingdom! If one arise to promote

the Word of God with a pure heart, overflowing

with the love of God and severed from the world, the

Lord of Hosts will assist him with such a power as

will penetrate the core of the existent beings.
|P4

As to ye, be rejoiced, O ye children of the Kingdom

of God! Your faces will surely become illuminated,

your brows shining, your breasts dilated with an abundant

bounty and refreshed with a rain pouring from

the clouds of the gift of God. You will find yourselves

as souls for the temple of the contingent world and as

arteries pulsating in the body of the universe. Your

faces will shine with the light of favor throughout all

environments.
|P5

Make your feet firm; withstand the creeds (or multitudes);

chant the Book; and explain mysteries through

an inspiration on the part of your Exalted Lord, the

possessor of glory and honor!
|N400|P1

O ye two(2) revered persons, ye servants in the vineyard

of God!
|P2

Verily, I read your letter and was informed of its

contents filled with spiritual attractions and thanked

God - glorified is He! - for His grace and His merciful

bestowals.
|P3

It behooveth you to be the first assistant to the Word

of God, the first servant of the Cause of God and the

first one to withstand the spreaders (of false rumors)

who say that which they know not, who calumniate

God, well knowing that they are calumniators and that

they, themselves, have contrived the thing for their

own sakes, and evil is that which they do.
|P4
Remember what the Pharisees published concerning

Jesus, attributed to Him and said about Him and how

they oppressed Him until they paraded Him in Jerusalem

in such a form as made the angels of sanctity to

weep in the Sublime Kingdom. They put on His head

a crown of thistles; nay, more, they cast dust in His

face - into a face whereby the heaven and the earth is

illuminated! They turned their backs upon Him, then

bowed and said: "Peace be unto thee, O King of
kings! Peace be unto thee, O King of the Jews!"
|P5

Of the same class are the Pharisees and priests in

this manifest day. "Leave them to amuse themselves

with their vain discourse." They are as people deluded

by their temptations and are isolated from the gifts of

your Lord, the Clement, the Merciful. "They are

deaf, dumb and blind; therefore, they will not understand."

|P6

Verily, I, through the grace of my Lord, have never

heeded these souls, even to reading their articles, inasmuch

as their articles signify no other than the buzzing

of flies to the hearing of an eagle, or the croaking of

a frog of the material world to the ears of the leviathan

of the sea of the Kingdom. Is it to be considered as

anything? No, by no means! Verily, the eagle soareth

high in the supreme apex while the flies rumble in

the lowest rubbish.
|P7

But it is incumbent upon you to block them up as a

stone with decisive arguments before which heads are

bowed and voices are made humble. God will

strengthen you therein. You will surely find these Pharisees

in manifest loss. Can one ever prevent the waves

of the sea of the Lofty One from rolling? Or is it possible

for me to restrain the fragrances of sanctity from

diffusion? Or can one withhold the sun from casting

its rays to all regions? No, by no means! Nay, rather

such souls make the table sent down from heaven unlawful

unto themselves.
|P8
How is the bat to be compared with the most great

orb which bestows bounty upon all regions! How is

the gnat to be compared with the eagle soaring in the

spacious firmament! How are Caiaphas and Annas to

be compared with the Christ mounted on the clouds
with great power and glory!
|P9
Thank God that He hath opened your insight to the
Light which is shining from the Supreme Concourse

and caused you to witness His most mighty signs. By

my life! the hearts of the people of Bahá'í are cheered

with such gifts!
|N401|P1

O ye(1) sincere, O ye firm and steadfast in the Testament

of God!
|P2

I have read your letter signed by you, which shows

your steadfastness and firmness in the Covenant of God

and His Testament, which was confirmed by the trace

of His Supreme Pen(1,) the greatness of which hath been

divulged in all the regions, entered the palaces of kings,

of which both rulers and subjects have been informed,

and no human being could ever deny it, even he who

turns away and backslides. It came to the imagination

of some children that they are able to abolish this Covenant,

the like of which was not known in the early centuries

and the heavenly ages of the past; and they shall
see themselves in evident loss!
|P3

But as to you, O ye firm and steadfast, be straightforward

in the Cause of God, let your feet be firm in

the Religion of God, and arise with every effort within

your power to render victorious the Covenant of God.

By God, the Truth, you will be assisted by a numerous

army, and re-inforced by a cohort of the angels of God.

Pay not the slightest attention to that which is said by

these children, for their statements and sayings are

nothing but confused dreams.
|P4

The Star of the Covenant shall shine intensely upon

all horizons and regions, and the violators will be as

bats hiding themselves in dark holes! It is enough

humiliation and abasement to them that they have violated

the Covenant of God and contradicted the Appointed

Center, and desired to demolish this solid edifice

- which, alas, could not be! By God, they did not

demolish but their own edifice, did not shake but their

own foundations, and did not scatter but their own

union, and to them shall come the news of what they

have done!
|P5

But as to you, O ye beloved of God, strengthen yourselves

by every effort and arise to serve the Cause of

God, for verily the Holy Spirit will confirm you by the

breaths of the True One in all cases and under all circumstances!

|N402|P1
O thou(1) who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2

***The prison is like a paradise to Abdu'l-Bahá, the

depth of the well is as the height of the moon - such is

my desire in the Path of the Blessed Beauty! Were

it not for the chain, sword and affliction, how should

the people of faithfulness be distinguished from the

people of hatred? Nay, otherwise, they would seem

as one. This wound cannot be remedied save by a host

of calamities, and this illness cannot be cured except by

the cup of affliction.
|P3
I ask God that I may not repose for a moment, but

that, night and day, in the love of the Blessed Beauty(2)

- may my spirit be a sacrifice to Him! - I may drink

from the rosy cup of the blood of the heart.
|P4

With every breath do I desire to perceive thousands

of afflictions approaching me from every inhuman one;

at one time, to rest in the bottom of a dungeon; at another,

to repose on the chain; and, ultimately, by the

favor and providence of the Blessed Perfection, to roll

my face and hair in my blood.
|P5

Therefore, their invitation(3) was not accepted because

they invited departure to that region. Lately, that

general letter was requested from Persia, and it was

sent thereto.***
|N403|P1

O ye(1) friends of God and daughters of the Kingdom!

|P2
The letter you have written was considered. It

caused abundant spirit and fragrance. It was not a letter,

it was a rose-garden. The fragrances of the flowers

of significances were exhaling from that garden and

perfumed the nostrils. It was a proof of unity and

oneness and an evidence of love and freedom.
|P3
I became very happy through reading it. I hope

that this love and unity may increase day by day, and

its effects may reach other regions. The purpose of the

coming of the Manifestation of the Mount is the unification

of the world of humanity. Therefore, the friends

of God and the daughters of the Kingdom must serve

this purpose and become the cause of joy to the heart

of Abdu'l-Bahá. Thus can they bring together under

the protection of the Tent of Oneness the other nations

and peoples; make this gloomy world radiant, this mundane

earth a plane of the Kingdom, and the material
world the manifestation of divine signs.
|P4
O ye friends and daughters of the Kingdom and

leaves of the Blessed Tree! Endeavor to make that

continent the Paradise of Abha, and the West the East

of Lights. This is the hope of Abdu'l-Bahá.
|N404|P1
O ye(2) dwellers of the Kingdom!
|P2

Thank ye God that ye have turned your faces toward

the Kingdom of Abha, and are yearning for the

outpouring of the Exalted Realm. Ye are accepted in

the Threshold of the True One and are chosen by the

Most Great Guidance!
|P3
Ye have asked regarding the word of the "Ransomed
Ones." The mystery of "Ransom" (or Sacrifice)
is a most great subject and is inexhaustible.
|P4

Briefly it is as follows: The moth is a sacrifice to

the candle. The spring is a sacrifice to the thirsty one.

The sincere lover is a sacrifice to the loved one and the

longing one is a sacrifice to the beloved. The point

lies in this: He must wholly forget himself, become a

wanderer (in the Abode of the Beloved) enamoured

with His Tresses. He must consign to oblivion the

body and soul, the life, comfort and existence. He

must seek the good pleasure of the True One; desire

the Face of the True One; and walk in the Path of the

True One. He must become intoxicated with His Cup,

resigned in His Hand and close the eyes to life and living,

in order that he may shine like unto the Light of

Truth from the Horizon of Eternity. This is the first

station of sacrifice.
|P5

The second station of sacrifice is as follows: Man

must become severed from the human world, be delivered

from the contingent gloominess, the illumination

of mercifulness must shine and radiate in him, the nether

world become as non-existent and the Kingdom become

manifest. He must become like unto the iron thrown

within the furnace of fire. The qualities of iron, such

as blackness, coldness and solidity which belong to the

earth disappear and vanish while the characteristics of

fire, such as redness, glowing and heat, which belong to

the Kingdom become apparent and visible. Therefore,

iron hath sacrificed its qualities and grades to the fire,

acquiring the virtues of that element.
|P6

Likewise, when the souls are released from the fetters

of the world, the imperfections of mankind and the

animalistic darkness, and have stepped into the Realm

of Abstraction, have partaken a share from the outpouring

of the Placeless and have acquired lordly perfections,

they are the "ransomed ones" (or the martyrs)
of the Sun of Truth, who are hastening to the
altar of heart and soul.
|N405|P1
O Thou Pure God!(1)
|P2
Gaze providently at the beloved ones and the dear
maid-servants in Chicago. Confer upon them Thy

bounty and grace. Teach them the law of the Kingdom,

burn away the veil of material superstition and
light the candle of Thy love in their hearts!
|P3
O God! The clay (or being) of these servants is

kneaded with the water of fidelity and the nature of

these maid-servants is adorned with love! They believe

and are assured. They are firm and steadfast;

they are kneeling and worshipping; they are uttering

(the Words) and are informed. Render them confirmed

and victorious with the hosts of strength. Aid

and gladden them through the angels of the Kingdom

of Abha! At every moment reveal a new power to
them and with every breath confer a great bounty.

Thus with a heavenly power, divine strength, merciful

fragrance, supreme light, and conscious attraction, may

they arise to serve Thee, to perfume the East and the

West with the fragrances of holiness, establish the universal

peace, promulgate integrity and honesty, to adore

the truth, become a means of life to the people of the

world, a cause of comfort and rest to them; to help the

spiritual meeting, to serve the gathering of the Lord,

to send well-informed souls (teachers) to other regions

and climes, to be self-sacrificing with life and heart, to

build the Mashrak-el-Azcar, to raise the anthem of

sanctity to the Supreme Kingdom, to live in perfect love

with one another; nay, rather, to be the cause of rest to

the whole world, to adorn the realm of creation, to destroy

the edifice of jealousy and envy and to establish

the law of love and unity, to be truthful servants of

mankind and conscientious well-wishers of the human

race!
|P4
O God! Thou art the Able, the Powerful! Thou

are the Confirmer and the Helper in all conditions and

circumstances!
|N406|P1

O thou whose breast is dilated (with joy) for the Kingdom

of Truth!
|P2

Verily I read thy letter which showed that thine inner

heart is attracted to the Beauty of God and that

thou hast entered the Kingdom of God. I beg of God

to make thy feet firm in this right path and to protect

thee from violent tests and from calumnies on the part

of every woman who hath, like unto Judas Iscariot,

turned away from the True One and who hath withdrawn

herself and is deprived of the mercy of God.
|P3
As to thee, O maid-servant of God! Blessed art

thou, for thou hast dealt with people in goodness and

good favor. Do not seek from them any reward whatever,

but seek all grace and beneficence from thy Lord,

and even deal with the people of great oppression in

faithfulness, for as much as this is becoming of the

people of Baha'.
|N407|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

The letter that thou hast written, through his honor

Mr. ..., was received. In reality, there is no

happiness in the world of existence for men except in

the splendors of the Light of the Kingdom.
|P3

Thou hast written concerning the acceptance (of this

Cause) by some French people. Make an effort in order

that some firm and steadfast souls may arise in this

great Cause from France, and to make that jungle a

garden of God.
|P4

Be assured in the favor and grace of God, for each

maid-servant of God who ariseth to serve the Kingdom

will undoubtedly be confirmed.
|N408|P1
O thou who art honored and dear!
|P2

Thy letter was received and was the source of pleasure,

for thou hast not forgotten this imprisoned one and

remembered Acca. Although thy days here were few,

as they were pleasant, they will count as years; a real

intimacy between thee and all the family was formed

which will not be forgotten in the passing of years.

|P3

I desire of God that thou wilt be heavenly, angelic

and spiritual; and as a torch, become illumined with

the love of God in the kingdom of existence.
|P4

In regard to the question thou askest about the picture

of this oppressed one, saying that it was much spread in

America: Know that this imprisoned one never had a

picture taken except in youth, and that one also on account

of the command and will of Bahá'u'lláh, I

merely consented so as to obey His command. Therefore

I do not like it to be greatly spread.
|P5

I desire of God, that the traces of the spiritual likeness,

which are attributes and qualities, will remain
eternally.
|N409|P1
O thou who art attracted to the Spirit of Truth!
|P2

In whatsoever matter man wisheth to engage, he must

first acquire some capability and make provisions and

preparations therefor. In this day, whatever soul intendeth

to raise the voice of the Kingdom, and to draw

people under the Tree of Life in the ideal paradise, and

to invite them to eternal life, must first be delivered

from all attachments, must even shut his eyes to rest,

quietude and to the mortal life of this world.
|P3

I hope thou hast abandoned all such (mortal) things,

and when thou hast attained to this great bounty, that

is, when thou art delivered from the attachments of this

mortal world, and hast intended to endure all calamities

in the path of God - in such wise that reproaches on

the part of the enemy will seem to thee as praise and

glorification, and the blame of the people of hatred will

appear like unto admiration and applause, and the bitterness

of afflictions will taste as the honey of favor and

all hardships be as sweetness - then canst thou step into

the path of the Kingdom and become the herald of
God.
|P4
Consequently, do thou show a steadfast and firm

footing in this station, engage in guiding the people

and call them unto the Kingdom; then wilt thou find

how the divine magnet - the power of the Word of

God - will attract the hearts and bestow ecstasy and

enthusiasm upon souls!
|P5

When thou reachest this station, there shall remain

no obstacles and no veil shall intervene, and all that is

thy highest wish shall be realized.
|P6
Send my greeting to Miss .... I hope she
may be wholly attracted to the Kingdom of God.
|P7

As to the book that thou intendest to write: When

thou hast written it (or if you write it), send it to the

Holy Land (i.e., Acca) to be seen (or examined) so

that thou mayest publish it afterward.
|N410|P1
O thou dear maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thy letter was received. Thy faith and certainty

became evident. Happy is thy condition, that in such

a day thou hast opened thine eyes and beheld the light

of the Sun of Reality.
|P3

Convey reverential greetings to the believing maid-servant

of God ... and say: "Be not grieved

and bear the ordeal from thy husband. The meeting

of the beloved of God and the maid-servants of the

Merciful take the place of his ignorance. I hope that

they may be the cause of joy and happiness to thee."

|N411|P1
O thou who art advancing to the Kingdom of God!
|P2
What thou hast written became evident and what
thou hast heard from Mirza ... regarding the

necessity of many teachers in America, is true. I have

said so. Indeed, there is need of a thousand teachers,

each one severed from the world, attracted by the Holy

Spirit in the Supreme Concourse and joyful through

the Kingdom of God and in perfect sanctity, holiness

and sufficiency.
|P3

This matter of teachers requires the greatest condition;

that is, they should never stain themselves with

the world, they should not look for the least pecuniary

reward from any soul; nay, rather they should bear the

utmost poverty and with the perfect wealth of nature(1,)

through the bounty of God, may they associate with

the people. They should seek no reward nor recompense.

Freely have they received, freely should they

give. His Holiness Christ sayeth: "When ye leave the

city, clean off from your shoes the dust thereof." The

holiness of the teachers must reach this degree. Thus

may they utter with eloquence, while in ecstasy and

great joy, and guide the people to the manifest light.

|P4

If this be the endeavor, strive with life and heart

and guide the people to the Kingdom of God, lead

them to the straight pathway, inform them of the greatness

and magnitude of this Cause and give them the

glad-tidings through the bounty of divine providence

and the revelation of the Sun of Truth in this great

age.
|P5
Convey my greeting to the advancing maid-servant

of God [thy wife], and say to her: "O maid-servant

of God! Seek whilst thou canst the life eternal and

wish for everlasting glory in the divine world."
|P6
Embrace twice thy children, and give my greeting
to the maid-servant of God, thy mother.
|P7
Thy name is Joseph. Let thy title be Bahai.
|N412|P1

O thou child of the Kingdom and firm in the Covenant!

|P2
Thy letter, through his honor Mirza ...,

was received and thy former letters also became acceptable

and through the contents of those writings utmost

joy and fragrance was produced, for they all evinced

faith, assurance and firmness in the Covenant.
|P3

In this day the most vital and momentous matter is

steadfastness in the love of the Manifestor of Light on

the Mount of Sinai and endurance of ordeals and unaccountable

calamities in this Cause.
|P4

Ere long the seditious people shall arise in that country

to deride the righteous ones and to ridicule the holy

ones. Every day they will cast ignominy and at every

moment they will present great persecution. They shall

revile the friends for the sake of the love of Bahá'í and

bring down upon them contempt and sarcasm; neither

do they fall short in creating torture.
|P5

This is the custom and sentence of the people of bygone

ages. Undoubtedly these things must transpire
in these days even with a greater intensity.
|P6

That is why His Holiness the Christ sayeth: "Everything

which hath happened in the cycles of the former

prophets will certainly occur again in these days." Consider

ye! What calumny, slander, cruelty and oppression

were brought down upon the apostles by the Israelites

for the sake of faith and assurance! They unlocked

the hands of pillage, persecuted and tortured those

sanctified souls. Therefore, there is no doubt but that

you will become afflicted with trial, calamity and oppression

in the path of the Beauty of Abha. These trials

are the essence of bestowal and pure bounty and the

proofs of your acceptance in the Threshold of Oneness.

Consequently, when the fire of trials is ignited, celebrate

ye in joy, dance with overflowing emotions and

be ye happy that - praise be to God! - ye have become

the target of contempt in the path of the Beauty of

Abha and are hated by the people of passion and
desire.
|P7

Thy services in the highway of the Kingdom are accepted,

thy toleration of the troubles is known and

manifest and thy eloquent speeches in the assemblies of

believers are heard and appreciated. I hope that

through these services thou mayest become the manifestor

of the favors of the Lord of the Kingdom and

recipient of the merciful glances of His Highness the

Magnificent and the Compassionate.
|N413|P1
O thou speaker in the remembrance of God!
|P2
Verily I say unto thee, O servant of God! The

earth and what is therein are imaginations or reflections

in mirrors or shades; but the bounty of the Kingdom

and the gifts of the invisible world are the thoughts of

the Merciful One, and the lordly radiances are immortal

and constant and unending. Thou must depend
upon these! Thou must depend unto these! Thou
must depend upon these!
|P3

Be assured with the true assurance that, verily, dependence

upon the Covenant of God is surrounded from

all directions by those gifts and the angel hosts assist

it on the right hand and on the left hand, and the

power of the Holy Spirit strengthens it in all circumstances

and meets it with signs of splendor in the horizons.

|P4
Therefore, confirm the wavering minds in the path

of God, and the feeble souls with the love of God.

|N414|P1

O thou pure soul who art kindled by the fire of the Love

of Baha'!
|P2
By God, the True One! thy letter created joy and

happiness within hearts, because it was speaking the

praise of Bahá'í and contained words which showed thy

attraction to the light of the Beauty of El-Baha.
|P3

Blessed art thou and blessed is thy heart which is

longing for the Kingdom of El-Baha, and that thou

art hoping to serve Bahá'í in His great vineyard and in

His wonderful garden!
|P4
I beg of God to favor thee with a power which may

encourage thee to promulgate the Truth and guide the

father and sister to the right path. I beg Him to make

thee a herald, in His name, in those regions.
|P5
Have resignation and devotion and attraction and

make thy heart empty of aught else save the love of

Bahá'í This is the state which was coveted by the

near ones and this is a position which was longed for by

the holy souls.
|N415|P1

O thou who hast turned thy face toward the Kingdom

of God!
|P2

I supplicate God that thou mayest become like unto

Peter, the "Rock" - unshaken, immovable and strong;

be assisted by heavenly confirmation; be helped to the

service of the Cause of God, opening thy tongue to

teach the divine instructions, and living and walking

according to the laws of the Book of Akdas(1.)
|P3

Thou hast asked permission to come to our presence:

These days are very difficult. God willing, it will be

brought about in the future. I pray to God that thou

mayest enter into such a state that presence and absence

may become equal in thine understanding.
|N416|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Thy letter *** was received. Its contents were of

the utmost grace, for it indicated that thou hast become

a heavenly, spiritual Bahai; that is, thou hast found the

attractions of heart and art aspiring to associate with

the Holy Fragrances.
|P3

Peter, who was the Rock (of the Christian dispensation),

was firm and solid; but, in the moment of

Christ's deliverance, that Rock quaked a little, until the

crowing of the cock was raised. I hope that thou wilt

become, in steadfastness, so firm and so solid that thousands

of deliverances would not cause thee to tremble.
|P4

This is the New Spirit and the uninterrupted assistance.

When this is attained, the language will become
eloquent and the utterance penetrating.
|N417|P1
O thou who hast approached the Kingdom of God and
hast looked toward the Center of the Covenant!
|P2

Verily, thy namesake, the faithful Joseph, fell surely

into grievous distress through the jealousy of his brethren,

who dishonored him; nay, outraged him, and cast

him behind their backs and threw him in a dark well;

they sold him for a paltry price - for a few pence -

returning to their father at eve weeping, and, with

his shirt stained with false blood, they slandered the

wolf who was free from blame. The same shall also

appear from these violators. Then interpret this vision:

How the conduct of these former evil-doers agreeth with

the course of the succeeding followers of the great

darkness!
|P3

Verily, thou who art called by this honorable name,

desire to have a portion in its great successes, to become

a cherished one in the Egypt of the love of God,

to possess qualities free from all evil and to become the

source of good deeds.
|P4
God assisteth whomsoever He pleaseth with that

which He pleaseth. Verily He is the Mighty and Powerful!

|N418|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily, I received thy letter which spoke of thy extreme

love for God, thy being occupied in the commemoration

of God and thy joy in the Spirit of God.
|P3

Verily, I supplicate God to enkindle in thy heart the

fire of His love; an enkindlement the light of which

shall affect all regions, so that thy face may become

illumined by the lights of the Spirit and [give forth]

fragrance in the world of possibility. Arise for the

service of the Cause of God in those countries which

are vast and spacious, and sing, warbling beautiful

melodies in the Name of thy Lord, the Supreme.
|P4
I saw thy photograph among the photographs of the

friends, witnessed the light of guidance glistening in thy

face and asked aid and strength for thee in this great

day.
|P5

The most important matter in this day is the spreading

of the fragrances of God in those cities. Verily,

confirmation will surround thee from all sides.
|P6

This matter is equivalent to thy presence in these

regions. Now presence is not allowable for a certain

wisdom which God shall manifest in future time.
|N419|P1

Verily I approach Thee, O my God, in the darkest hour

of this dark night, and pray Thee with my inmost
heart, while I am moving by Thy fragrances,
which are being diffused from Thy Kingdom of
Abha, and say(1:)
|P2

O my Lord, I have not words enough to praise Thee,

nor can the birds of meditation ever ascend to the

Kingdom of Thy sanctity. Thou art, in Thine entity,

sanctified from every praise and commendation, and art

purified, in Thyself, from the thanksgiving of the people

of emanation. Thou hast been eternally in the

sanctity of Thyself exalted beyond the comprehension

of the knowing among the Supreme Concourse, and

Thou shalt be permanently in the purity of Thine essence,

incomprehensible beyond the knowledge of the

praisers among the dwellers in the exalted Realm of

Might!
|P3

O my God, O my God, because of Thine incomprehensibility,

how can I ever mention Thee by any praise,
or glorify Thee by any commendation! Thou art, O

my God, exalted and sanctified from all praises and

glorification, O Thou, my beloved!
|P4
O my God, O my God, have pity on my impotence,

my abasement, my indigence, my shame, and my humility.

Give me the cup of Thy forgiveness and Thy gift,

move me by the breath of Thy love, dilate my breast

by the light of Thy knowledge, purify my person by the

mysteries of Thy Singleness, and quicken me through the

breezes of the garden of Thy mercy so that I may

sever myself from all beside Thee, lay hold of the

hem of the mantle of Thy majesty, forget aught else

save Thee, be associated with the fragrance of Thy

days, be enabled to continue faithful in the threshold

of Thy sanctity and stand up in the service of Thy

Cause, be submissive and lowly before Thy beloved
ones and to account myself as nothing in the

presence of Thy chosen ones. Verily, Thou art the

Helper, the Assister, the Exalted, the Generous!
|P5

O my God, O my God, I beg of Thee, by the effulgence

of the light of Thy countenance, whereby all

the regions of the world are illumined; by the glances

of the eye of Thy mercy, which comprehends all things;

by the billows of the sea of Thy favor, wherewith all

parts are overflowing; by the rains from the clouds of

Thy gift, which are falling upon the essence of the

created beings; by the radiance of Thy mercy, which

overpowers existence - to strengthen Thy chosen ones

to faithfulness, to enable Thy beloved ones to serve

Thine exalted Threshold, to encircle them through the

hosts of Thy power, which have encompassed all things,

and to assist them through Thy numerous armies from

the Supreme Concourse.
|P6
O my God, these are lowly souls in Thy doorway

and poor ones before Thy court, humbly seeking Thy

grace and in need of Thy confirmation, turning toward

the Kingdom of Thy Singleness, and yearning for the

bounties of Thy gift. O my Lord, refine their consciences

through the lights of Thy sanctity, and purify

their hearts through the gift of Thy confirmation, dilate

their breasts through the fragrances of joy and happiness,

which are being diffused from Thy Supreme Concourse,

and illumine their sight by witnessing Thy chief

signs. Make them signs of sanctity and standards of

purity waving on the apex of the contingent world, unto

all creatures; so that their words may take effect in the

hearts though they are even as flint. May they stand

up to serve Thee, to devote themselves unto the Kingdom

of Thy divinity, to turn unto the realm of the

might of Thy self-subsistence, to spread Thy signs, to

become illumined through Thy lights, to unfold Thy

mysteries, to direct Thy servants unto the running

water, and the fountain of Tassnime(1) which is gushing

and springing out in the midst of the paradise of Thy

Singleness; to unfold the sail of devotion on board the

Ark of Deliverance and sail on the sea of Thy knowledge,

to spread the wings of unity and soar up towards
the kingdom of Thy Singleness, to become servants
whom the Supreme Concourse may commend, and whom
the people of Thy Kingdom of Abha may praise, to

hear the invisible heralds who announce the chief glad-tidings;

to pray Thee at the dawn with the most wonderful
invocations, while yearning after Thy visit -
O my mighty Lord! - to weep every morn and eve,

longing for the entrance into the shadow of Thy great

mercy!
|P7

O my Lord, assist them in all cases, and help them

under all circumstances, through the angels of Thy

sanctity, who are Thine invisible hosts, and overwhelm

all the armies of the inferior concourse. Verily, Thou

art the Powerful, the Omnipotent, the Comprehending,

and Thou art the Almighty!
|P8
O pure God, O loving God! We are wandering
around Thy abode and longing for the gift of Thy

meeting, and are loving Thy characteristics. We are

helpless, humble, lowly, and weak; confer Thy mercy

upon us, favor us with Thy gifts, overlook our shortcomings,

and conceal our endless faults. We are Thine,
whatever we might be (good or bad), and whatever
we may say or hear is but Thy commendation. We

seek but Thy face, and we search but Thy path. Thou

art the loving God, while we are but sinners and love

Thee passionately. O Thou Cloud of Mercy (shower
upon us) a few drops! O Flower-garden of Favor

(send to us) some fragrances! O Sea of Gifts (flow

over us) Thy waves! O Sun of Grace (pour on us)

some radiances! Have pity on us, and show us favor.

We swear by Thy Beauty that we are full of errors,

and we have no deeds, but hopes. Except Thy concealing

veil should cover us, and Thy preservation and

protection should favor us, these weak souls have not

enough power to employ themselves in Thy service, and

these indigent ones have not enough wealth to show a

rich appearance. Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty!

|P9

I beg of Thee to assist them! Do refresh these faded

souls with the drops of the cloud of Thy gifts, and do

illumine these lowly beings through the effulgences of

the sun of Thy Singleness! I pray Thee to cast these

thirsty fishes into the sea of Thy mercy; guide their lost

caravan unto the asylum of Thy unity; direct these

bewildered souls unto the fountain of Thy guidance,

and cause these wanderers to abide in the shelter of Thy

might. Suffer the thirsty ones to drink from the Salsabil(1)

of Thy gifts, and quicken the dead by eternal

life. Endow the blind with sight, the deaf with hearing,

the dumb with speech, the lukewarm with energy,

the heedless with mindfulness, the sleepers with wakefulness,

and the proud with humility. Verily, Thou art

the Powerful, Thou art the Forgiver! Thou art the

Loving! Verily, Thou art the Generous, the Most
High!
|P10

O friends of God, and assistants of this humble servant!

When the Sun of Truth shone forth with His

infinite bounties from the dawning-place of hopes, and

the horizon of existence was illuminated through the

radiance of sanctity - then He cast forth such splendor

whereby the gloomy darkness disappeared! Therefore,

the earth became the envy of the celestial world, and the

realm of dust was made a scene of the exalted kingdom.

Then the fragrances of holiness exhaled, and the sweet

odors were diffused. The breeze of the divine spring

blew, and the fruitful winds of infinite generosity passed

by from the point of favor. The brilliant morning

dawned and the glad-tidings of the greatest gift were

announced. The divine spring appeared throughout the

contingent world. The earth of existence moved and

the material world was put in motion. The barren and

dried up soil turned into an eternal garden, and the inanimate

earth was endowed with eternal life. The

flowers and myrtles of knowledge grew, and the fresh

herbage of the knowledge of God flourished. The material

world showed forth the bounties of the Merciful,

and the visible world displayed the scene of the invisible

world. The call of God was raised, the divine banquet

celebrated, the cup of the Testament was circulated and

the universal acclamation was uttered!
|P11
Among the people, a multitude became intoxicated

with this divine wine - and a multitude were deprived

of this great favor. Many a soul enlightened his sight

and insight by the radiance of grace, and many were

cheered and rejoiced at the melodies of unity. Some

birds sang melodies and harmonies, and some nightingales

began to warble on the branches of the rose-tree
of mercifulness. The Kingdom and the phenomenal

world were adorned, and became the envy of the delectable

paradise - but, alas - and a thousand times alas! -

that the heedless souls are still in the sleep of negligence,

and the ignorant are keeping clear of this holy gift.

The blind are veiled, the deaf are bereft and the dead

despair of attaining to it; just as it is said (in the Koran)

"They despair of the life to come, as the infidels despair

(of the resurrection of) those who dwell in the graves."

|P12

As to you - O friends of the Merciful! - move your

tongues to thank the Loving Lord, and employ yourselves

in praising and glorifying the Beauty of the

Adored One, for ye were granted the privilege to be

exhilarated from this most pure cup, and became full

of cheer and attraction from this goblet of wine. Ye

have perfumed your nostrils with the fragrances of sanctity,

and delighted your senses with the scent of the

garment of the Joseph of faithfulness. Ye tasted the

honey of devotion from the hand of the Unique Beloved

and partook of the eternal table at the feast of

the blessing of the Presence of the Unity. This favor

is one of the special gifts of the Presence of the Merciful,

and this grace and generosity is one of the incomparable

gifts of our Loving Lord. This is in accordance
with what Christ said: "Many are called, but few

chosen." That is to say, there are many who are invited,

but those souls who are signalized with the grace

and favor of guidance are but very rare. "This is the

bounty of God; He will give the same unto whom He
pleaseth; and God is endowed with great bounty."
|P13

O friends of God! the candle of the Testament is surrounded

by the hypocritical winds of the people of the

world and the nightingale of faithfulness is surprised

by the crows of ill-nature - the violators. The mindless

birds of night are plotting against the dove of commemoration

and the ferocious beasts are prowling after

the gazelle of the plain of the love of God. So, He

is in great danger and painful affliction.
|P14
The beloved of God must be as firm as a mountain,

and must not quiver under the most violent shock, nor

grieve at the greatest calamities; but must be as a solid

foundation. They must cling to the hem of Glory and

trust in the Beauty of the Most High. They must lean

on the help and assistance of the Ancient Kingdom and

confide in the care and protection of the Generous Lord.

They must at every instant nourish and refresh themselves

with the dew of favor, and in every breath revive

and cheer themselves through the waves of the Holy

Spirit, raise themselves to serve the Cause of the Supreme,

and endeavor their utmost to diffuse the breath

of God. They must be as a strongly fortified fortress

for the defense of the blessed Cause, and as a well-made

fortification for the protection of the hosts of the

Pre-existent Beauty. They must in all conditions faithfully

guard the edifice of the Cause of God, and be

scintillating stars on the horizon of the visible; because

the gloomy darkness of all nations prevailed from all

directions, and all the creeds of the world are plotting

to quench their evident light. Notwithstanding the

strenuous opposition of all tribes, how can ye continue

heedless thereof? So, ye must be conscious and aware

thereof, and be ready to guard and preserve the Cause

of the Creator. For this day the most necessary duty

is to purify your morals, to correct your manners, and

to improve your deeds. The beloved of the Merciful

must appear with such morals and habits among the

creatures that the fragrant odor of the garden of sanctity

may perfume all the horizons and may quicken all

the dead souls, because the Manifestation of Divinity

and the dawning of the infinite lights of the Invisible

is intended for the education of souls and the refinement

of the morals of all in existence, so that some

blessed souls may be delivered from the gloomy world

of brutality and be characterized with attributes which

tend to adorn the being of man; that the earthly people

may become godlike, the dark ones may become illuminated,

the uninstructed ones may become familiar

with the mystery of the Kingdom, and the mortal souls

may be associated with the Immortal Splendor; the deprived

ones may partake of the endless sea, and the

ignorant may drink from the living water of knowledge;

the savage may give up their ferocity, and the cruel may

become forbearing; that the warlike may search after

true conciliation and the pitiless savages may be favored

with ideal peace; that the degraded may learn

about the condition of purity and the soiled ones may

attain to the stream of sanctity. If these divine bounties

do not appear in the being of men, the bounty of the

Divine Manifestation will prove fruitless and the splendor

of the Sun of Truth will become without effect.
|P15
So, O beloved of God, endeavor with your hearts

and souls, that ye may be qualified with the morals and

attributes of the Blessed Perfection, and partake of the

bounties of His sanctity; that ye may become signs of

unity and standards of oneness, discover the essence of

singleness and sing harmonies and lays in this divine

garden, in merciful melodies; that ye may become as

thankful birds, and sing a song in the rose-garden of

existence which may astonish minds and senses; that ye

may hoist a standard on the apex of the universe which

may flutter in the winds of favor, and plant a tree in

the field of the visible world which may bring forth

fruits of the utmost delicacy and freshness.
|P16
I swear by the Ideal Educator that, if ye act in

compliance with the divine exhortations, as revealed in

brilliant Tablets, this gloomy earth will become a mirror

of the Exalted Kingdom, and the inferior page will

display the Kingdom of Abha!
|P17

O friends of God! Praise be unto God that the invisible

bounties of the Sun of Truth are encompassing

you from all directions, and the doors of mercy are

opened from all parts. Now is the time to be benefited

and filled therewith. Seize the opportunity, and

lose not the chance. Keep yourselves entirely clear of

the world's conditions of gloom, and show forth the

characters and qualities of divine souls, that ye may

consider to what an extent the radiance of the Divine

Sun is shining and brilliant, and how the signs of favor

are showing forth from the invisible World of Unity.

|P18
O friends of God! Praise be unto God that His

Imperial Majesty, the Shah, acts with the utmost kindness,

and His Highness, the Prime Minister, is practising

the greatest fairness and equity towards the people.

So, the friends of God must night and day pray for the

permanence of the glorious empire, and raise themselves

to return thanks to His Majesty for his justice,

equity and kindness, because this is one of the indisputable

commandments of God, as revealed in all
celestial books.
|BTABLETS_ABDU'L-BAHÁ|N0|P0
|N420|P1
To the beloved of God in Persia!
|P2

O ye dear friends of Abdu'l-Bahá! It is some time

since any heart-thrilling melody hath reached the ear

of life from certain countries, and life and conscience

have not found happiness and joy. Howbeit all are

remembered at all times and are indeed present before

the sight. For, verily, the chalice of the heart is overflowing

with the wine of the love of the friends; and

their attachment and the desire to see them flow and

circulate in the veins and arteries, even as the spirit.

|P3

In this condition it is evident how sad and grieved

the heart is. In this storm of ordeal, whose wave hath

reached the Supreme Apogee, and the arrow of hate

hath come in succession from the six points; with every

breath there is bewildering news and every day astonishing

signs in the Blessed Spot.
|P4

The center of violation(1) supposed that through mere

pride the foundation of the Covenant and Testament

could be destroyed and that the righteous ones would

shun and disobey the ordinances of God. Therefore,

he spread writings of suspicion to all parts and busied

himself with secret plans.
|P5
At one time he cried that "The Divine Foundation

is overthrown, the law of God is abrogated, therefore

the Covenant and Testament of God are annulled!"

Again, he moaned and grieved that "We are exiles and

captives, hungry and thirsty, night and day!" One day

he effected disturbance and commotion, saying, "The

Oneness of God is abolished, and the Manifestation,

before the lapse of a thousand years, hath appeared!"(1)

|P6

Upon finding that these fictions were not successful,

he gradually planned corruptions and caused commotion.

He grasped every garment (means); he calumniated
to the government and he became acquainted

with some of the unfriendly, associated and became confidential

with them. Together they compiled a report

and presented it to the center of the government, which

disturbed the members of the cabinet.
|P7

Among their fictitious reports was this: That this

oppressed one(2) has hoisted the banner of independence;

upon that banner he has inscribed "Ya Baha El-Abha!"

and circulated it in all this country,(3) in the cities and

hamlets, even among the tribes in the desert, and that

he has summoned them all to assemble under the
banner.
|P8

O God, verily I seek shelter in Thee from this action

which is contrary to the precepts of Bahá'í nay, it is a

great wrong, committed only by every persistent sinner.

For Thou hast enjoined upon us obedience to kings and

rulers!
|P9
Among the fictions was that the building upon Mt.

Carmel was purposed to be a fort, built with perfect

solidity and strength, assigned it to be the "illumined

city" and made the Holy Tomb, the Sacred Mecca;

when in truth that is a building containing six vaults.

|P10

Among other fictions was, that he has founded a new

monarchy (kingdom) and that he has called all the

friends to this great wrong. God forbid; God forbid;

God forbid! Praise be to Thee!(1 - this) is a great

calumny! - that since the Sacred Tomb(2) has become a

visiting center for the world, it shall be a great misfortune

to the country and to the public! And that the

center of violation is not connected with these affairs,

nay rather, he is a Suni, Sanavi, Bekri, and Omari.(3)

That he knows the Blessed Perfection(4) to be only one

of the reformers among the people, and a follower of

the Path, and that these affairs were instituted by this

oppressed one.
|P11

In short, an inquisitory body was appointed by the

center of the great government - may her glory increase!

- and was sent to this land, taking up its abode

directly in the home of one of the plaintiffs. The parties

who joined in compiling the report and who were

co-partners of my brother were sent for and questioned

regarding the truth of the report. They amplified the

contents of the report, explained them, confirmed them

and above all added to them. They were the plaintiffs,

the witnesses and the judge. Now that body hath returned

to the Capital and every day terrible and frightful

news is received.
|P12

But Abdu'l-Bahá - praise be to God! - is in perfect

peace, composure and rest. He is not even disturbed

through this calumny and fiction, but rather hath

referred all affairs to the pre-ordained decree and in

perfect joy and happiness is ready to give up his life,

expecting every ordeal.
|P13

Praise be to God! - the kind friends of God are also

in a state of resignation and submissiveness. All are

happy, thankful, joyful and content. But the center

of violation presumed that after the shedding of the

blood of this oppressed one, or the throwing of him

into the great desert, or the casting of him into the

Mediterranean Sea, he will become nameless, traceless

and forgotten, and that he [himself] would find an

arena to gallop in and could win, with the spear of

suspicions and fictions, the object of his hopes and

desire. In vain! In vain! If there be no permanence

to the fragrance of the musk of faithfulness, will any

one be attracted by the vile odor of jealousy? If the

deer of God be torn asunder by dogs and wolves, no

one will run after the blood-thirsty wolf. If the nightingale

of significances end his days, no one will listen

to the croaking of the raven, nor to the cawing of the

crow. What vain imagination is this, and what an ignorant

display! Their actions are like unto a mirage

in the desert, which the thirsty imagines to be water,

but when he reaches it, finds it to be nothing.
|P14

In sooth, O ye friends of God, make firm your feet

and heart, make perfect resolve through the power of

confirmation of the Blessed Beauty; engage in the service

of the Cause of God and withstand the nations and

the peoples with the firmness, the solidity and the steadfastness

of the people of Bahá'í Thus may others

wonder how these hearts are fountains of trust and

mines of the love of His Majesty, the Merciful One.

Thus may ye remain unshaken by the painful occurrences

in the Holy Land, and may remain firm through the

disastrous events. If all the friends oppose (the Cause

of God) with sword and one remain (firm), he will be

the proclaimer of God, a divine herald, and will stand

before all upon the earth.
|P15

In sooth, you must not mind the events in the Radiant

Spot. The Holy Land is ever in danger and the flood

of ordeal comes from every side, for the call hath become

world-wide and the summons hath spread throughout

the earth, and enemies, both the unfamiliar and the

familiar, are engaged in their plans, their stratagems

and schemes to calumniate; and it is evident that such

a place is in danger, for against calumny there is no

defence, nay rather, some wandering oppressed souls

are imprisoned in a fortress, having no helper, assistant

nor shelter from the sword of accusation and the teeth

of calumny, save God!
|P16

Ye must think of this: How many dear friends have

hastened to the divine altar; how many blessed souls

have sacrificed life; what holy blood was shed; what

pure hearts were drowned in blood; how many breasts

were offered as targets for the arrows of malice, and

how many sanctified bodies were cut to pieces. What

is our duty? To be thinking of our own life and to

dissimulate and associate with enemies and friends, or

should we also follow the righteous and walk in the

footprints of those who are great?
|P17
The numbered days (of life) will vanish away, and

the present existence disappear. The garden of being

will lose its freshness and fragrance, the orchard of

mirth will miss its joy and beauty. The spring of life

will change into the autumn of death, the joy of happiness

of the palaces will change into the gloomy darkness

of the grave. Therefore, it is not worth attachment

and the wise person will not set his heart thereon.

The wise and great man seeketh heavenly glory and

divine might, desireth eternal life and seeketh nearness

to the Threshold of God.
|P18

For in the tavern of the mortal world the bile of the

man of God is not removed. He will not rest a moment

here and will not stain himself with the attachments of

the world. Nay, rather, the friends are the stars of

the summit of Providence and the planets of the firmament

of Guidance. With perfect strength do they dispel

darkness and destroy the foundation of envy and
enmity. They wish for the world and its denizens

unity and peace; they destroy the basis of war and

strife; they seek integrity, faithfulness and friendliness,

and are well-wishers even of the evil-disposed enemy.

Thus they make this prison of infidelity the sublime

mansion of fidelity, and this dungeon of envy a delectable

paradise.
|P19

O ye friends, endeavor with life and heart that this

world may become the mirror of the world of the Kingdom;

that the earthly kingdom be filled with the bounty

of the heavenly; that the voice of the Supreme Concourse

may be raised in commendation, and that the

traces of the bounty and grace of the Beauty of Abha

may envelop the earth!
|P20

His honor, Ameen(1,) hath praised highly the honored

servants and the maid-servants of the Manifest Light;

commending each one separately and eulogizing the

firmness and steadfastness of all; that - praise be to

God! - the friends and maid-servants of the Merciful

in all Persia are in perfect resignation and firm and

steadfast, like unto a firm and solid foundation, and in

an absolute state of ecstasy and attraction are engaged

in spreading the fragrance of the Lord of Lords.
|P21

Through this news, at this time of great jeopardy,

much happiness was realized, for the supreme hope and

desire of this oppressed one is the spirituality of the

hearts and the radiance of the beings of the friends.

When this gift is obtained every ordeal is for him as an

abundant bounty and a great shower.
|P22
O my God! O my God! Thou seest me drowned

in the sea of ordeals, seized upon by the fire of infidelity,

with tears flowing in the dark night rolling in the

bed of sleeplessness, mine eyes expectant to see the dawn

of the lights of Faith. And when I am anxious, as the

fish whose bowels are inflamed upon the dust, I anticipate

the manifestation of Thy bounties from all
sides!
|P23

O Lord! Surround the friends in other regions with

Thy great bounties and uplift those who are weak

among Thy chosen, through Thy strength and providence,

in every remote place!
|P24

O Lord, verily they are the captives of Thy love and

the prisoners of Thy host, the birds of the atmosphere

of Thy guidance, the fish of the sea of Thy providence,

the stars of the horizon of Thy bounty, the army of

the fortress of Thy law, the banners of Thy remembrance,

the eyes of Thy mercy, the fountains of Thy

grace and the springs of Thy generosity. Therefore,

guard them with the eye of kindness, confirm them in

promoting Thy Word, strengthen their hearts in Thy

love, reinforce their backs in Thy service, make firm

their loins in Thy servitude, spread through them Thy

fragrances, reveal through them Thy signs, manifest

through them Thy proofs, accomplish through them
Thy words and perfect through them Thy mercy!
|P25
Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty, and,
verily, thou art the Clement, the Merciful!
|N421|P1

El-Baha, praise, light, blessing and peace be upon thee,(1)

O thou fire of the Love of God, thou light of the
Kingdom of God, thou radiance of the Gift of
God, thou peerless pearl in the Sea of the Mercy
of God, thou sturdy lion in the Jungle of the
Guidance of God!
|P2

I testify that, verily, thou hast believed in God, thou

hast become assured of the Verses of God, thou hast

trusted in the appearance of the Kingdom of God, thou

hast turned unto God, thou hast kept firm in the Covenant

of God, thou hast served the Cause of God, thou
hast endeavored to promote the Word of God, and

thou hast suffered martyrdom in the path of God. May

the soul of men be a sacrifice to thee!
|P3

Blessed is the land which is reddened by thy blood!

Blessed is the heart which is burnt with the fire of thine

afflictions! Blessed is the eye which weeps over thy

disaster! Blessed are the hearts which are consumed

by thy calamities! Blessed are the bosoms which are

rent asunder by thy sufferings!
|P4
Praise be unto thee! Exaltation be unto thee!

Faithfulness be unto thee! O thou sign of guidance

and thou standard of great martyrdom!
|P5

O that the bullets which shot thee were shot at the

breast of Abdu'l-Bahá! O that the darts which pierced

thee would strike the heart of Abdu'l-Bahá! By the

might of my Lord, afflictions are much more favored by

Abdu'l-Bahá than the honey of life, inasmuch as this

cup is overflowing with the gift of God.
|P6

Blessed is the one who attaineth to visit thy grave!

Blessed is the forehead which is set against thy tomb!

Blessed is the man who serves thy sepulchre! Blessed

is the person who lights a lamp(1) at thy resting-place!

|P7

I beg of God to cause spheres of light to descend upon

thy sepulchre and the clouds of mercy to shower

rains of forgiveness upon thy resting-place and tomb!

|P8

Verily, He is the Compensator, the Beneficent, the

Giver!
|N422|P1
O thou peerless, matchless, glorious martyr!(2)
|P2

Verily, I salute thy pure dust, and thy holy, blessed

tomb, which is perfumed by the fragrances of sanctity

which are blowing upon thee from the Supreme Concourse,

and the lights which are cast upon thee from the
Kingdom of El-Abha, and the copious rain which

purifieth thy fragrant plain, and say: "Upon thee be

El-Baha! Upon thee be mercy, O thou lamp ignited

with the fire of the love of God, irradiated with the ray

of the gift of God, and aflame in the glass of the knowledge

of God! Thou art he who hath drunk the cup

of sacrifice, hath expended his life in the path of God,

and hath shed his blood on the earth in love for the

Beauty of God. For they did not appreciate thy merit,

denied thy dignity, were veiled from beholding the gift

of thy Lord, and supposed themselves to be just. No!

By no means!
|P3

"Punishment is for such as persecuted thee, hell is

for such as rejected thee, fire is for such as sentenced

thee to death, infernal flame be for such as betrayed

thee, and the hellish gulf is for such as shed thy blood

with impunity! And paradise is for such as love thee,

heaven is for such as serve thee, the everlasting abode

is for such as visit (thy tomb)!
|P4
"Upon thee be El-Baha! Upon thee be greeting

and praise, O thou who hast suffered martyrdom in the

path of God, and art submerged in the ocean of the

mercy of God!
|P5

"Blessed are the nostrils which will be perfumed by

the scent of thy brilliant spot! Blessed are the eyes

which will be illumined by the ray which is being cast

upon thee from the bounty of the Kingdom of El-Abha!

|P6
"I beg of God to make thy sepulchre a mine of

mercy, a depository of gifts, and to encompass it with

manifest signs. Verily, He is the Beneficent! the Giver!

Verily, He is gracious, and showeth great favor toward

martyrs, and He is the Bestower, the Generous!"
|N423|P1

The first light which shone forth from the horizon of

Eternity, the first radiance which was cast forth
from the Morn of Guidance, and the first mercy
which descended from the Kingdom of Heaven,

be upon thee,(1) O thou manifest light, thou "strong

rope," and the beloved one of the denizens of the
exalted heaven, who hast suffered martyrdom in
the path of the Lord of the Creatures, and who
art submerged in the sea of favors, through the
grace of thy Lord, the Clement! the Merciful!
El-Baha be upon thee! Praise be upon thee!
|P2
By God, the True One! The angels of mercy bless

thee in the Kingdom of El-Baha, and the nostrils of

the chosen ones are perfumed with the sweet odor which

is wafting from the garden of the Supreme Concourse

upon thy sepulchre; and hearts are burning, tears are

being shed, the power of endurance is cut off by the

grievous disaster and great martyrdom, whereby all

hearts are consumed!
|P3

I testify that, verily, thou art a martyr of faithfulness,

thou art peerless among the beloved, thou art
matchless among the chosen ones and art fortunate

among the pious! Blessed art thou, for they pierced

thy shining brow with a nail, and suspended upon it

thine outward decoration, tortured thee by reins, made

thee to ride on a furious bull, paraded thee in the city,

cut off thine ear with a sharp-edged blade, and by force

and compulsion made thee to devour it, tormented thee

with the torture of the wicked, persecuted thee with a

rage like unto the ferocity of ravenous wolves of the

plain and desert, and consumed thy pure body with the

torture of fire!
|P4

Blessed is the pure blood which was shed on the perfumed

soil, and which was poured out in the path of the

forgiving Lord! Blessed is thy body which was burned

by the hand of every transgressor! Blessed is thy

throat which was cut by the poniard of every traitor!

Blessed is thy breast which was stricken by the oppressors'

darts! Blessed is thy heart which was wounded

by a sharp sword! Blessed art thou, for thou hast

showed forth all happiness and joy when thou wert

being paraded in the streets of the people of haughtiness

and the people of wickedness were clapping their hands

and oppressing thee with innumerable blows and

wounds, whilst thou wert clapping thy hands with them

- O thou manifestor of light! - and wert warbling melodies,

whereby the people of the Kingdom of El-Abha
were moved and breasts dilated (with joy)!
|P5

By God, the True One! Verily, Abdu'l-Bahá inhaleth

the odor of faithfulness from that remote region,

the soil of which is reddened by thy pure blood, and

beholdeth the lights of bestowal successively pouring upon

thy resplendent tomb, and the rains of grace dropping

upon thy blessed resting-place, which is fragrant,

brilliant and magnificent!
|P6

Blessed is he whosoever may roll his face in the dust

of thine excellent grave! Blessed is he whosoever may

press his brow on thy great sepulchre!
|P7
Upon thee be El-Baha! Upon thee be praise! Upon

thee be bestowal, O thou honorable martyr, who hast

severed thyself from all things in the path of thine

Ancient Lord, who hast sacrificed thy soul, blood and

body in the path of thy Most Beautiful Beloved One!

|P8
Upon thee be grace from thy Lord, the Exalted!
the Great!
|N424|P1

O ye(1) beloved servants of Abdu'l-Bahá and the maid-servants

of the Merciful One!
|P2

It is the early dawn and the soul-refreshing breeze of

the Paradise of Abha is wafting upon all the contingent

beings, but it displays the effect only in pure hearts

and perfumes only the healthy mind. A seeing eye beholdeth

the splendors of the sun and a hearing ear

listeneth to the melody of the Supreme Concourse. Although

the mercy of the vernal shower and the heavenly

outpouring descend upon all the earth, yet only from a

virgin soil vegetation groweth while the brackish ground

is deprived and unproductive, for the traces of the outpouring

are not evident and manifest. Now the holy

Fragrances of Abha are diffused in every clime, but

only the spiritual souls are attracted and draw benefits.

It is hoped by this imprisoned one, from the bounty

of the Living Self-Subsistent, that, through the dominating

power of the Word of God, the nostrils of the

heedless ones become opened and partake a share from

the fragrances of the Rose-Garden of Mystery.
|P3

O ye friends of God! The real friends are the skillful

physicians and the divine instructions are the antidote

of the Merciful One and the remedies of the

hearts. They (the believers) heal the nostrils affected

with rheum, make mindful the negligent ones, give a

share to the deprived ones and make hopeful the hopeless

ones. In this day if anyone liveth in accord with the

heavenly teachings and instructions, he shall become a

spiritual physician to the world of humanity and the

trumpet of Israfel(1) to quicken the dead; for the confirmations

of the Kingdom of Abha are uninterrupted

and the victory of the Supreme Concourse is the associate

of every one who is pure in heart. The weak

gnat will become the strong royal falcon and the sparrow

is transformed into the eagle soaring toward the

apex of the Ancient Glory. Therefore, look ye not

upon your own capability and merit, nay rather, lay

your confidence in the bounty and protection, favor and

grace of the Blessed Perfection - may my life be a

sacrifice to His beloved ones! - and, mounting upon the

charger of magnanimity, rush ye toward the arena of

martyrdom, so that ye may win the polo of favors in

this vast field of God!
|P4
O ye maid-servants of the Merciful One! The

queens of the world went down to the tombs and disappeared

and vanished from the face of the earth.

There remained for them no fruit, no name, no trace,

no fame and no existence. But every one of the maid-servants

in the court of Oneness shone forth like unto

the brilliant stars from the glorious Ancient Horizon,

cast their rays upon centuries and cycles, attained to

their utmost desires in the Kingdom of Abha and
drank from the wine of meeting (with God) in the
Assembly of the Almighty. These souls have taken

a share from (the benefits) of being and obtained results.

|P5
O ye friends of this wronged one! Purify your

eyes from beholding [any as] strangers. Do ye not see

foreignness, nay rather, know all as friends; for with

the observation of strangeness, the practice of love and

unity is difficult.
|P6

In this wonderful age, according to the divine texts,

ye must befriend all nations and communities. Ye must

not look upon violence, force, evil intentions, persecutions

or hostility, nay rather, ye must raise your eyes

to the horizon of glory [and see] that each one of

these creatures is a sign of the Lord of Signs and [has]

stepped upon the arena of existence through divine

favor and supreme energy. Thus they are known and

not unknown, are friends and not strangers. We must

deal with all according to the above criterion.
|P7

Therefore, the beloved must, with infinite kindness

and love, associate and sympathize with both friends

and strangers and not look at all upon the merits and

capabilities of the persons. Under all circumstances

they must show forth genuine love and be not defeated

by the intensity of rancor, hatred, quarrel, malice and

the grudge of the people. Should they (the people)

shoot arrows they (the friends) must administer milk

and honey; if they give poison, the believers must impart

delicacies; if they cause pain, let the beloved be a

remedy; if they strike a blow, let them become the antidote.

|P8
O my God! O my God! Verily, these are Thy

weak servants and Thy submissive, faithful ones and

Thy sincere maid-servants who are humbled before

Thy illumined Threshold, acknowledging Thy Oneness

which hath appeared like unto the appearance of the

sun in midday, listening to Thy call from Thy mysterious

Kingdom and uttering Thy prayers with hearts
overflowing with Thy love and devotion!
|P9
O my Lord! Pour upon all of them the rain of Thy

mercy, [cause to] descend upon every one the showers

of Thy bounty from the clouds of Thy munificence,

make them graceful plants in Thy divine Rose-garden

and suffer these myrtles to become verdant, green and

refreshed by the outpouring from the Cloud of Thy
Singleness.
|P10
Verily Thou art the Powerful, the Most High, the

Mighty and Omnipotent, and the Creator of the earth

and heaven, and verily there is no God but Thee, the

Lord of the Manifest Signs!
|N425|P1
O servants(1) of the Blessed Beauty!
|P2

It is a well known fact that, owing to the frequency

of disturbances, the work of delivering the Message

hath been for a short time discontinued. In consequence,

persons travel less frequently to the different

parts of the country. It is known and clear that today

the unseen divine assistance encompasseth those who

deliver the Message. And if the work of delivering

the Message be neglected, the assistance shall be entirely

cut off, for it is impossible that the friends of God

could receive assistance unless they be engaged in delivering

the Message. Under all conditions the Message
must be delivered, but with wisdom. If it be not

possible openly, it must be done quietly. The friends

should be engaged in educating the souls and should

become instruments in aiding the world of humanity to

acquire spiritual joy and fragrance. For example: If

every one of the friends (believers) were to establish

relations of friendship and right dealings with one of

the negligent souls, associate and live with him with

perfect kindliness, and meanwhile through good conduct

and moral behavior lead him to divine instruction,

to heavenly advice and teachings, surely he would gradually

arouse that negligent person and would change
his ignorance into knowledge.
|P3
Souls are liable to estrangement. Such methods

should be adopted that the estrangement should be first

removed, then the Word will have effect.
|P4

If one of the believers be kind to one of the negligent

ones and with perfect love should gradually make

him understand the reality of the Cause of God in such

a way that the latter should know in what manner the

Religion of God hath been founded and what its object

is, doubtless he will become changed; excepting abnormal

souls who are reduced to the state of ashes and
whose hearts are like stones, yea, even harder.
|P5
If by this method every one of the friends of God

were to try to lead one soul to the right path, the number

of the believers would be doubled every year. But

this should be carried out with perfect wisdom and in

such a manner that no harm would ever result therefrom.

|P6
In the same way those who deliver the Message

should travel to all parts of the country. And if delivering

the Message should be the cause of disturbance,
let them then be engaged in encouraging and

educating the friends, in order that those souls receive

spiritual attraction and rejoice, seek delight and ecstasy,

acquire new life and through the fragrances of sanctity

gain vivacity and freshness.
|P7
The object is this, that in the time of peace and

safety this work of delivering the Message should be

carried on with the utmost fervor. But when there is

no peace and safety, extreme wisdom should be exercised,

though no complete cessation of effort is permissible,

for in that case the divine assistance shall be
entirely cut off.
|P8

With regard to the formation of benevolent associations,

surely this subject should be given due attention.

The disciples of His Holiness Christ - may my life be

a sacrifice unto Him! - were only eleven persons and

they had established a benevolent fund. So the establishment

of the fund had that degree of importance.
|N426|P1

O ye(1) sincere ones! O ye favored ones! O ye beseeching

ones! O ye supplicating ones!
|P2
Verily, I set my forehead on the dust and turn my
face toward the Lord of Lords and invoke my Lord

with intense fervor and attraction, that He may look

upon you with the glances of the eye of His providence,

watch over you with the gaze of His protection, unite

your hearts, dilate your breasts, harmonize your souls,

rejoice you with gladness, exhilarate you with the chalices

of salvation, make you steadfast in the divine Cause

and that He may enable you to cling to the hem of

the Almighty, to hasten toward the place of sacrifice

and to be sheltered under the shadow of the Blessed

Tree whose roots are planted firm and whose branches

are extended to heaven:
|P3
O my Lord! O my Lord! These are the chosen

ones whose faces are illumined with the light of guidance,

who found the heavenly table pleasing to their

tastes, who submitted willingly to every matter which

happened in the land and sought help from the hosts of

the Supreme Concourse. Their feet are indeed made

firm, their banners hoisted, their deeds righteous and

their actions just. O Lord! Make them fragrant

plants of Thy paradise, flowers of the garden of nearness,

verses of Thy glorious book, words of Thy "Published

Tablet" unto the people of the world and as falcons

soaring on the loftiest summit. Verily Thou art

the Beneficent, the Merciful, the Powerful, the Mighty,

the Bestower!
|P4

O my dear friends! Yours was not merely a letter;

it was perfumed with amber and diffused a sweet fragrance.

Every word thereof was a rose in the rose-garden
of the love of God and was a flower, a hyacinth.
|P5

When the breeze of Providence blows from the direction

of gift, the gardens of hearts attain thereby exceeding

purity and freshness. Such significances arise

from the soul and consciousness and impart joy and

fragrance.
|P6

O friends! It is the wish of Abdu'l-Bahá that the

friends may establish general unity and not a particular

meeting of unity. You must have great consideration

for this fact, for during the past cycles though such

events (founding of particular, i.e., exclusive unity

meetings) were, in the beginning, a means for harmony,

they became in the end the cause of trouble.
|P7

We are all servants of one Threshold, attendants at

one Court, waves of one sea, drops of one stream, the

dust before one door and plants of one garden. There

must arise no trouble to deprive one from that which

is the real purpose. The beloved of God must be

friendly even with strangers and intimate even with

outsiders - how much more with others among the
righteous (i.e., believers)!
|P8

To organize assemblies is praiseworthy and acceptable,

but these must be established for certain matters.

For example: Assemblages for teaching (the Truth),

gatherings for the spread of the fragrances of God,

gatherings for the relief of the orphans, gatherings for

the protection (i.e., feeding, etc.,) of the poor, assemblages

for the spread of learning and, in a word,

there must be gatherings for matters which concern the

well-being of men, such as organizations of a society of

commerce, societies for the expansion of agriculture.

To be brief, similar societies are very acceptable and

praiseworthy and concern all in general and not a particular

number.
|P9

In a word: That which is conducive to the life (or

growth) of the people is acceptable and whatever is the

cause of disaffection is blameworthy. I hope all the

friends of the East and West shall rest in the same

assemblage and adorn one gathering, appearing with

all the heavenly attributes and virtues in the world of

humanity.
|P10
O my Lord! O my Lord! Enable me to witness the

most great sign and to realize the fulfillment of this

hope throughout all regions. Verily Thou art the

Bestower, the Beneficent, whose bounties are great!

|P11

Some of the friends have asked to present themselves

in these parts. In these days this does not conform

with wisdom. God willing, permission shall be
given at some favorable time.
|N427|P1

Glory(1) be unto Thee, O Thou whose mercy hath encompassed

all things, whose gift is made perfect, whose

power hath encircled the world, whose proof is demonstrated,

whose signs have become manifest, whose words

are promulgated, whose arguments are established and

whose ensigns are hoisted! Praise be unto Thee for

that which Thou hast bestowed! Thanks be unto Thee

for that which Thou hast granted! Glorification behooveth

Thee for Thou hast manifested Thyself! Glory

be unto Thee! Glory be unto Thee! How inaccessible

is Thy station! How manifest is Thy proof and how

all-embracing is Thy munificence!
|P2

Verily the dark night hath been spreading its wings

over all the regions and the face of the heaven and earth

was hidden behind the clouds of inky gloom and blackness

- wherefore the sights were veiled from beholding

the most great signs and inner perceptions were blinded

and unable to find the fire of divine guidance; souls

were wandering in the desert of error and heedlessness

and the possessors of intelligence were lost in the wilderness

of amazement and skepticism, crying and weeping

as a mother bereft of her babe - bewailing and lamenting

like unto a thirsty one in the midst of a vast and

boundless Sahara!
|P3

But through Thy greatest bounty, the glorious dawn

broke and the lightning of guidance flashed from the

Supreme Horizon upon the face of heaven! Then the

First Point (the Báb) appeared among mankind with

the glad-tidings of Thy Manifestation, the fragrances

of Thy Holiness and the verses of Thy Singleness,

spreading Thy good news, heralding Thy Name, declaring

and praising Thee in numerous epistles!
|P4

Thine is favor for this gift which hath cheered the

souls of the pure ones! Thine is generosity for Thou

hast enabled every righteous and devoted one to adore

Thee by causing the Sun of Truth to shine upon all

the regions of existence! Thine is glory and excellence!

Thine is power and beauty! Thine is sovereignty and

authority! Thine is dominion and kingdom! Thine is

exaltation and omnipresence! Thine is divinity and

lordship! For thou hast manifested Thy bounty from

the horizon of emanation, rent asunder the veil and

raised the covering from Thy illumined countenance

in the promised day and shone forth upon the world of

being with the rays gleaming from the dawn of revelation!

|P5
Then the "Resurrection" appeared, the "Day of
Judgment" became manifest, the "earth" heaved and

shook, the "mountains" were levelled, the "seas" boiled,

the "sun" was eclipsed, the "luminaries" were darkened,

the "stars" scattered, the "signs" became known, the

"bridge" expanded, the "conditions" were fulfilled, the

"balance" was set up, the "fire" burned fiercely and the

"paradise" became begemmed! - wherefore the devoted

ones entered into delectable gardens with beatitude and

the veiled ones were left to amuse themselves with their

own imaginations; the possessors of perception beheld

the lights and those whose eyes were weak vanished in

gloomy darkness before the appearance of the mid-day

Sun!
|P6
Then those whose ears were unstopped and open

rejoiced in listening to the call, while the deaf (or ignorant)

were astonished, crying out, "What is the cause

of this acclamation and rejoicing?" Then the fluent

speakers loosened their tongues in thanksgiving and

glorification, while the dumb became as hard and lifeless

stones; then the souls were purified, the hearts were

attracted, the breasts were dilated, the characters were

sanctified, the secret thoughts became manifest and the

realities stepped into the arena of existence; they sought

illumination, were guided, became ablaze, enflamed and

enkindled, called forth and proclaimed, saying:
|P7

"Glad-tidings be unto the righteous ones! Rejoicing be unto the perceiving ones! Happiness be unto the favored ones! Joy be unto the yearning ones! Cheerfulness be unto the attracted ones! Exhilaration be unto the longing ones!

|P8

Glory be unto Him who hath arisen from the Brightest Dawn!

|P9

Glory be unto Him who hath shone forth the Manifest Light!

|P10

Glory be unto Him who showered Glorious Outpourings upon the contingent beings!

|P11

Glory be unto Him who illumined the Supreme Horizon with such a Radiance by which the gloom of the dark night hath been dispelled!

|P12

Glory be unto Him who causeth to descend the Food from heaven!

|P13

Glory be unto Him who causeth the Running Spring to gush forth from the rugged cliff!

|P14

Glory be unto Him who poured down the Pure Water from on high!

|P15

Glory be unto Him who allayed the thirst of the devoted ones with the Cup which is mixed with Camphire!(1)

|P16

Glory be unto Him who developed the barren and sterile ground into fruitfulness!

|P17

Glory be unto Him who hath produced growth in the adjoining fields of various natures!

|P18

Glory be unto Him who irrigated them with the same waters gushing forth from that Fountain!

|P19

Glory be unto Him who adorned the delectable gardens with all kinds of delicate and delicious fruits!

|P20

Glory be unto Him who ushered in the Emanation of the new creation!

|P21

Glory be unto Him who hath brought forth the Day of Retribution!

|P22

Glory be unto Him who granted Life unto the contingent beings!

|P23
Glory be unto Him who created the Existence!
|P24
Glory be unto Him who extended forth the Path!
|P25
Glory be unto Him who made clear the Way!
|P26

Glory be unto Him who appeared in the Most Wonderful Age!

|P27
Glory be unto the Founder of this New Epoch!
|P28

Then thanks be unto Thee, O my God, for these Gifts and praise be unto Thee, O my Beloved, for this Eminent Bounty! Verily Thou art the Merciful of the Most Merciful!"

|P29
O ye merciful friends of Abdu'l-Bahá! At this

moment a letter hath been received from America containing

the good news that that region of the Occident

hath become the Orient; that is, in that region the rays

of the Sun of Truth have appeared and shone forth

with such penetration that the bright light of the morn

of guidance hath dawned and every longing one hath

attained to the desire of this heart, and that the melody

of the Kingdom of Abha ascends continuously to the

Supreme Concourse and the soul-refreshing strains of

"Ya Baha El-Abha!" reach the ears of the peoples and

communities of that country.
|P30

According to what they have written, they have celebrated

the day of the "Birth anniversary" in twenty-four

cities by giving public feasts and beautiful receptions.

They have spent that day in the utmost joy and

happiness, they have sent out general invitations, spread

the table of gifts, engaged in the commemoration of

the True One and in imparting glad-tidings to each

other. Likewise, letters of congratulation and felicitation

have been received from these twenty-four cities

and assemblies. Consider ye what influence the penetrative

power of the Word of God hath displayed in

existence and how the universe is stirred and moved

through it! How in America on the "Birth anniversary"

such feasting and banqueting is prepared! How
the remote ones have become the near ones and how

the customs and habits of the East are spread abroad!

This is the penetrative power of the Word of God and

this is the might of the subduing desire of God!
|P31

O ye friends of God and maid-servants of the Merciful!

His honor Ameen(1) hath mentioned you with the

highest praise and commendation, saying that, thank

God, the believers in all parts of the cities and towns

are the manifestations of bounties and the dawning-places

of justice and equity; are mindful, obedient, kind-hearted

and steadfast; are engaged in reading the verses

and occupied with spreading the signs; are in the utmost

ecstasy and exhilaration and intoxicated with the pure

wine; are active in praising and adoring the Most
Great Name and intimate in paying homage to the

Holy Threshold; are living in accord with the divine

teachings and exhortations and are in every way endowed

with all human excellences and attributes; that

they are in the utmost unity and agreement and in great

zeal and enthusiasm; are kind to every soul and treat

all the communities with exceeding joy and fragrance;

that they have sympathy even for the enemies and are

faithful friends even to the unjust; that to the outsiders

they are as relatives and to the strangers they

are a swift-healing antidote instead of a poisonous

sting; are the servants of the world of humanity and

manifestors of the attributes of the Merciful One!

Blessed are they for this testimony, which is expressive

of the beauty of their characters and the merit of their

virtues! Truly, I say, his honor Ameen is the well-wisher

of all. In the day of the Manifestation he was

the Ameen (Faithful) of the Blessed Perfection(1) and

in the days of the Covenant(2) he is the confidant of this

yearning one. Therefore, his testimony is heard and

accepted and his evidence is praised and beloved.
|P32
O ye beloved of God! According to what is heard,

some of the ulemas of the Sheite sect (Persian moslem

mullas), as well as some leaders of the Shekhei school,

are engaged constantly in instigating revolts and have

arisen against the government with enmity and opposition,

confusing the affairs of the state more than before.

|P33

Praise be to God!(3) What is this heedlessness and

ignorance and what is this antagonism and insubordination!

Verily, the Persian empire hath been at all times

deprived of every bounty on account of the encroaching

influence of the ritualistic mullas! Whenever that just

government conceived a good intention to introduce reforms

and amelioration of conditions, these ignorant

leaders raised vehement opposition, protested severely

and prevented the introduction of measures which

would better conditions and spread culture and progress.

One must be just. The intention of His Imperial

Majesty is higher and purer than all the other leaders

and chiefs, for the sole desire of the throne is the

peace and security of the inhabitants and the cultivation

and betterment of the conditions of the empire.

But alas! they do not give a moment's rest to the kind

Padeshah, in order that he may voluntarily and of his

own accord inaugurate reforms as much as may be
warranted by circumstances.
|P34

However, the inhabitants of Persia are not the only

ones who are afflicted with this ignorance and blindness.

The people of the imperial Ottoman government are

also in a state of the utmost ignorance and blindness.

Diversity of opinions and ignorance of factions do not

allow one breath of tranquility to the imperial government,

in order that it may adjust internal conditions and

rectify foreign relations. Yet, under all these conditions,

His Imperial Majesty the Padeshah of the Ottomans

is intelligently directing the affairs. The proof and

testimony of this assertion is the protection afforded

these exiled ones (in Acca) from the rebellious despotism

of the enemies. If authority were in the people's

hands or in other hands than those of the government,

the conspiracies and seditions of inside and outside enemies

would have scattered even the ashes of this imprisoned

one to the winds. But the forbearance, intelligence,

foresight, far-reaching wisdom and discernment
of His Imperial Majesty the Padeshah of the

Ottomans have so far protected these exiled ones, notwithstanding

the attacks of the calumniators and the

party of the slanderers. We are of those who pray for

these two just kings and are grateful to these two equitable

sovereigns.
|P35

Praise be unto God! One of the imputations of the

enemies is this: That - we seek refuge in God - we

deny the validity and truth of the Sun of Guidance, the

Lamp of the Supreme Concourse, the messenger of the

Almighty, His Highness Mohammed Mostafa - upon

Him be greeting and praise! - and that - God forbid!

- we have written books in His refutation. Woe

unto those who have arisen to spread this great falsehood

and calumny! However, all the friends of God

who are informed of the mysteries know that this exiled

and imprisoned one would readily sacrifice his life at

the dust of the Prophet's feet. Furthermore, the

Blessed Perfection - may my life be a sacrifice to His

beloved ones - in the book of Ighan, hath established

with invincible proofs and clear arguments the prophethood

of His Highness the Messenger - may my life be a

sacrifice to Him! - and also His Highness the Supreme

(the Báb) hath invoked Him (Mohammed) in many

supplications. Notwithstanding all these evidences, the

unjust ones are crying out and secretly spreading the

falsehood that we - God forbid! - are His deniers and

the unfaithful friends (nakzeen) acknowledge these erroneous

imputations. Praise be to God! If we deny

the messengers and prophets of God, what have we to

say for ourselves? Glory be unto Thee, O my God!
Verily this is a great calumny!
|P36

To be brief, the aim is this: Through the interference

of the ignorant and fanatical leaders the country

of Persia is in a state of decadence, although the pure

intention of His Imperial Majesty the crowned Shah

is for progress. However, ye who are the well-wishers

of the government and are sincere, obedient and kind

toward it, be ye engaged always in service. Should

any one of you enter into the service (or employment)

of the government, he must live and act with the utmost

truthfulness, righteousness, chastity, uprightness,

purity, sanctity, justice and equity. But if - I seek refuge

in God - any one betray the least of trusts or

neglect and be remiss in the performance of duties which

are intrusted to him, or by oppression takes one penny

of extortion from the subjects, or seeks after his own

personal, selfish aims and ends in the attainment of his

own interests, he shall undoubtedly remain deprived of

the outpourings of His Highness the Almighty! Beware!

Beware! lest ye fall short in that which ye are
commanded in this Tablet!
|N428|P1
O thou who art sweet tongued!
|P2

Thy poem(1) is a wonder to the minds and intellects

and thy composition an evidence of the gift of the great

Lord. Therefore, thy wine is the pure wine, thy heart

the recess of light and thy brow radiant with love.

|P3
If the people of the world were fair in judgment,

the sweetness of thy poem should be a sufficient proof.

|P4
A young boy of the posterity of Israel whose pure

mouth still emits the fragrance of milk, uttering such a

marvelous anthem!
|N429|P1
O bird(1) of the Rose-garden of Fidelity!
|P2

Be of no cheerless heart; have no wing nor feather

broken; sigh not, neither do thou wail, and sit not

chilled in a corner.
|P3

The little girl lamented is in the divine Rose-garden

in the highest happiness, delight, cheerfulness and gratification.

Why then art thou grieved, sorrowing with a

bleeding heart? This is the day of rejoicing and the

hour of ecstasy! This is the season of the dead arising

from the graves and gathering together! And this is

the promised time for the attainment of plenteous grace.

|P4

Be calm, be strong, be grateful, and become a lamp

full of light, that the darkness of sorrows be annihilated,

and that the sun of everlasting joy arise from the dawning-place

of heart and soul, shining brightly.***
|P5
Upon thee be the Glory of the Most-Glorious!
|N430|P1
O thou friend!(1)
|P2
A fire from the Kingdom hath been kindled in the

heart of the world, in the Blessed Tree, whose flame

shall ere long set aglow the pillars of the earth and its

rays illumine the horizons of the nations. All the signs

hath appeared, all the (prophetic) references hath become

clear, all that was revealed in the Books and

Scriptures hath become fully manifest, and there is no

ground for any one to hesitate in regard thereto.
|P3

Some people of former times and some sects avoided

certain others as strangers, but now the Glorious Beloved

One hath ridden upon His swift coursing steed,

circling about in the arena of Truth and all that was

hidden became manifest.
|P4

Let there be no more silence nor reticence, taciturnity

nor negligence. The Candle is lighted - yet the moths

continue motionless and melancholy behind the veils.

|P5

Now is the time to roar like unto a sea and seek to

ascend heavenward! If we desire to reach the apex of

the Supreme Kingdom, we must unfurl our wings; if

we wish to dive into the depths of the ocean, we must

teach our limbs swimming. The time is short and the

Divine Courser moves swiftly on; let us keep up and

compete with each other and let us light a brilliant

candle!
|N431|P1
O ye(1) brilliant realities!
|P2

Blessed are ye, for that ye believed in the Lord of

Hosts, advanced unto the Kingdom of God, with faces

rejoicing with the glad-tidings of God, that ye were

awakened by the breezes of God, revived by the Spirit

of God, and attracted by the fragrances of God. May

it be salutary to ye, the cup overflowing with the wine

of the love of God!
|P3
Thank your Lord for making ye signs of guidance
and standards of the Supreme Kingdom. Soon shall

the earth shake in your name, the angels pray for you,

the bells ring in your mentioning, the hearts overflow

with your love and tongues speak in your praise; forasmuch

as the doors of the Kingdom are being opened

before your faces, and the paradise of eternal life is being

prepared and decorated for your entrance; therefore

enter ye, while believing, assured, rejoiced, attracted,

severed from the world and all therein. And

be not sorrowful on account of the affliction of Abdu'l-Bahá,

for calamity is a light, whereby his face glistens

among the Supreme Concourse; affliction is healing to

his breast, joy of his heart, happiness to his soul; nay,

rather, the most honored garment upon his temple and

best robe upon his body, and the dearest crown upon

his head. This is his utmost desire.
|P4
Implore unto God and supplicate to Him in your
prayers at morn and eve, asking God to destine to

Abdu'l-Bahá the draught of the great martyrdom, so

that he may welcome it with great desire, and ascend

unto the Kingdom of God with illumined face, with

smiling lips, brilliant forehead, eloquent tongue, and

great thankfulness among the Supreme Concourse.
|N432|P1

O ye(1) who are attracted! O ye who are remembered!

O ye who are directed unto the Kingdom of God!
|P2

Verily I supplicate God in heart and spirit to make

you signs of guidance, standards of sanctity and fountains

of knowledge and understanding, that through you

He may guide the seekers unto the Straight Path and

lead them unto the Mighty Way in this Great Cycle.

|P3
O beloved of God! Know ye that the world is like

unto a mirage which the thirsty one thinks to be water;

its water is a vapor; its mercy a difficulty; its repose

hardship and ordeal; leave it to its people and turn

unto the Kingdom of your Lord the Merciful. Thus

the lights of mercy and beneficence may shine upon you,

the heavenly table descend for you, your Lord may bestow

upon you the greatest gifts and favors, whereby

your breasts may become dilated, your hearts gladdened,

your souls purified, and your eyes enlightened.
|P4
O beloved of God! Is there any giver save God?
He chooseth for His mercy whomsoever He desireth.
|P5

He shall open unto you the doors of His knowledge,

fill your hearts with His love, rejoice your spirits by the

wafting of His holy fragrances, illumine your faces by

the Manifest Light and elevate your names among the

people.
|P6

Verily your Lord is the most merciful of the merciful!

He will aid you through an unseen host, and help

you by armies of inspiration from the Supreme Concourse,

send you the fragrances of the Supreme Paradise,
perfume your nostrils by the breath of purity
wafted from the garden of the Supreme Concourse,

cause you to enter the Ark of Safety, and reveal to you

the Manifest Signs.
|P7

Verily this is a great bounty! Verily this is a manifest

attainment!
|N433|P1
O thou who art guided by the Light of Guidance!
|P2

Verily, I am informed of thy confession of the Oneness

of God and thy being attracted to the fragrances

of God. I implore unto God to make thee a sign of

guidance; thy face rejoicing among the maid-servants

of the Merciful, and thy heart severed from this world,

which weakeneth the hearts and spirits.
|N434|P1

O thou whose breast is dilated by the Fragrances of

God!
|P2

Verily thy letter reached me and I prayed God to confirm

thee in guiding the people to the Manifestation of

Lights; satisfying the thirsty ones with the pure and

peaceful water; leading the sick to the Glorious Physician;

guiding those who are led astray into the Path,

imparting the wine to those who are seeking, and feeding

the hungry souls with the food which descendeth
from the heaven of thy Lord, the Glorious!
|N435|P1
O thou who seekest for the Will of God!
|P2
Give thanks to God that thou entered the divine
Kingdom and knowest the heavenly Lord of Hosts!
|P3
The light of truth hath radiated from the Sun of

Divinity to the horizons in such a manner that the East

and the West are illumined. But, alas! the blind do not

see and the deaf do not hear the divine proclamation.

The bats do not perceive the light of the sun and the

beetles cannot enjoy the fragrances of a rose-garden.

|P4

Consider that the horizons of the world were enlightened

through the light of the beauty of His Holiness

Christ; yet all the people were asleep, blind and sightless,

except a few whose eyes were opened and perceived

the lights. Now thou shalt thank God that a beam of

the light came to thy sight. I ask God that thine inner

sight may be illumined so that thou mayest discover the

hidden mysteries of the Kingdom of God. If thou become

so, thou wilt be an evident light and a divine

angel in the celestial dominion; then it dependeth on

the divine confirmation, according to thy perseverance.

|N436|P1
O thou seeker of the True One!
|P2

In the day of Christ all nations were expecting that

His Holiness Christ should come from heaven, and He

came from heaven, though outwardly He came from

the womb of Mary. Hence, He hath said in the Gospels:

"No one shall ascend to heaven except the one

who hath come from heaven." Now all the people expect

Him to come from heaven.
|P3

If thou wishest to find the truth, compare the days

of the Manifestation of the Beauty of Abha with the

days of Christ; consider this is identically like that and

the same doubts and oppositions are put forth (by the

people).
|P4
As to the proofs and arguments of the Beauty of

Abha, these are manifest like the sun. If thou wishest

a discerning eye and seekest for a hearing ear, set

thou aside that which thou hast heard from fathers and

ancestors, for such things are imitation - and then seek

for the truth with the utmost attention until the divine

confirmation may reach thee and the matter may be
properly disclosed unto thee.
|N437|P1

O thou cup overflowing with the Wine of the Love of

God!
|P2

Know, verily, that the doors of the Kingdom are being

opened to the East and West. Verily the people

neglected the Name of their Lord after expectancy of

centuries and ages! However, those whose consciences

were pure, whose hearts were sanctified, urge forward

thereto and enter therein through every door with faces

shining, hearts and spirits rejoiced. Thank God for

this great guidance and mighty gift!
|N438|P1
O thou whose tongue is uttering the Name of God!
|P2

Turn wholly unto the Lord of Hosts, "Glorious Station,"

the Manifest; be severed from all things, and

hold to the robe of the Clement Lord, and enter into

the extended shade, until thy Lord confirmeth thee by

the fragrances of holiness in this promised day, wherein

the name of the Kingdom is celebrated and spread
in all regions.
|N439|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily, I read thy words of thanksgiving to God, for

He hath guided the beloved of God and His maid-servants

to the light of guidance and given them to

drink the cup filled with the wine of the most mighty

gift. Verily, I beseech the Divine Might to strengthen

them by the Holy Spirit in all times and circumstances

so that they may be firm in the Cause of God and steadfast

in love for Bahá'í a firmness and steadfastness resembling

that of immovable mountains and lofty hills.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Deliver my greetings,
praise and longings to the beloved of God and His

maid-servants in that remote region, and say unto them:

|P4

"Hasten, hasten to the fountain of the mercy of God!

Hasten, hasten to enter into the Kingdom of God!

Hasten, hasten to the effulgence which is shining like

unto the sun from the Supreme Horizons throughout
ages and cycles!
|P5
"O beloved of God and His maid-servants! Verily

the Beauty of El-Abha hath endured every hardship,

calamity and great affliction in love for you, so that ye

may be directed by the lights of the Kingdom unto the

King of the Realm of Might, and be shining as a brilliant

light in the glass of the contingent world. Hasten

to avail yourselves of the opportunity to enter [the protection

of] the inaccessible Cause and lofty Shelter!
|P6

"Truly I say unto you, this is a gift which neither the

dominion of the world, nor the riches of treasuries, nor

the glory of the distinguished men of the world, can

equal in this glorious century and new age; inasmuch as

crowns are transient, while this is eternal and never

ending."
|P7
O my Lord! O my Lord! Strengthen them in

whatsoever Thou willest, with that Thou willest, upon

what Thou willest!
|N440|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2

Verily thy letter indicated thy faith in the Oneness

of God. I ask God to make thee firm in His Religion,

to confirm thee through the breath of the Holy Spirit,

so that thou mayest speak the teachings of God and

guide the people unto the Kingdom.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Verily the bounty of God

upon thee is great, great! If thou remainest firm in

the path of the love of thy Lord, thou shalt behold the

doors of success and progress open before thy face from

all sides. Verily this is not far from the mercy of thy

Lord!
|N441|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2

I ask God to open before thy face the doors of wisdom,

to give thee a drink of the chalice overflowing

with the wine of certainty, and to inspire thee with the

mysteries of the Holy Book, so that thou mayest know

the significances of vision and the reality of revelation,

and all the hidden symbols of prophetic Scripture, such

as those of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.
|N442|P1
O thou who art advancing unto God!
|P2
Thank God for that He taught thee the word of

guidance, illuminated thy heart by the light of the

Kingdom in this world, destined to thee eternal life,

everlasting salvation, progress and prosperity in the

world of spirit.
|P3
Hold to the garment of glory, grasp the firm rope

and loosen thy tongue in praise of the Beloved El-Abha.

Neglect not praying and communing in the

gloomy midnights and morn and eve, and offer glory

unto thy Lord, the Supreme.
|N443|P1

O thou who art set aglow with the Fire of the Love of

God!
|P2

Verily, I am in receipt of thy letter, and my breast

is dilated by its contents which proved thy great attraction

(to God), thy joy of heart and the rejoicing
of thy spirit by the Kingdom of God.
|P3

Trust in God in all matters and lead the people unto

the solid faith, the way of the Kingdom; so that they

may be ushered into the canopy of peace and abide in

the strong castle of the mercy of thy Lord, the Clement;

that they may hoist the standards of the love of

God in the highest mountain summits, promulgate the

revelation of strength on the Ark of Safety and immerse

[thyself] in the seas of the mercy of thy Lord, the

Clement.
|P4
Convey my greetings and praise to thy respected

wife and to thy mother, who believed in her God; cheer

her heart and comfort her spirit through the Kingdom

of God.
|N444|P1

O thou who art turning thy heart unto the Kingdom of

God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy recent letter and praised God for

having blessed thee with two babes, as a mercy on His

part. He is indeed the Merciful, the Generous!
|P3
Give to them the names Leah and Rachel, which are

the names of the two wives of Jacob, for they were two

sisters, beloved of God. Perchance God hath destined

profound wisdom in this.
|P4
Then thank God that He hath guided thy honorable

wife to the Manifestation of Light, the Revealer of

Signs and the Source of Mysteries. Verily, this is the

great favor.
|P5
Then know verily, that the doors of tests will be

opened in that town, but it is incumbent on thee to be

steadfast in the love of God and firm in His great

Cause. He who remaineth firm, grows; and he who is

steadfast will be confirmed by God with great power in

this glorious century.
|N445|P1

O thou who art baptized by the Spirit of the Love of

God!
|P2

Be rejoiced with this great bounty and gladdened by

this mighty gift!
|P3

Verily, thou art from the West and we are from the

East, the distance between is great. Nevertheless, it is

as if we were from one native land, one city, one house

and one household. The love of God gathered us all

under the shade of one tent, beneath one banner.
|P4
This is from the power of the command of God and

His dominion, which encompasseth all contingent beings

and affects the hearts of all existing things.
|N446|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2

Verily, the Lord of Hosts calleth thee from the absence

of existence (or non-existence) and sayeth:
|P3
"Come, O My maid-servant, to My Kingdom!
Come, O My attracted one, unto My Great Paradise!
Come, O My maid-servant, unto My Sublime Heaven!

Come, O My attracted one, unto the place of My Glorious Throne."

|P4
Therefore turn, with a heart throbbing and tears

flowing, unto the Beauty of El-Abha, so that thou obtaineth

the great favor and drinketh from that wine,

and tasteth the fruits of the Paradise of El-Abha.

|N447|P1
O thou faithful and confident!
|P2

Thanks be to God that thou hast obtained that which

was sought by all prophets and holy souls; namely, the

knowledge of God and the love of God. First, the

knowledge; and, second, His unfathomable love. Also

the different members of thy family, who followed thee

and who obtained that which thou didst obtain.
|P3
This is a great gift from God and hath no equal;

although in this physical world its greatness is not perceivable,

nor its nature clearly known, yet in the spiritual

world it shineth like the sun.
|P4

So long as the pearl remaineth hidden at the bottom

of the sea, its value is not known nor its brilliancy and

fineness seen, it is only when in the hands of the expert

jeweler that its great beauty becomes revealed.
|P5

Thou shouldst be at the utmost height of joy and satisfaction,

for thou art surrounded by the bounties of

the Merciful and hast become the object of the appearance

of divine guidance.
|P6

In order to give thanks for this great and glorious

gift, thou shouldst do all thou canst to guide His creatures,

to give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf,

life to the dead, and endeavor to turn those who are

still attached to material things in the way which leads

to spiritual heights; to help them to travel in the way

of the Kingdom and to walk in the path that leads to

the King of Kings.
|P7

Servant and believer in God! Present the greetings

of Abdu'l-Bahá to the faithful maid-servant of God

[thy wife] and to thy two revered daughters.
|N448|P1

O thou my dear friend, my associate and companion!

|P2

The times of (our) meeting(1) are still remembered

and the sweetness of thy company is lastingly established

in the recess of (my) life.
|P3

I pray and implore the threshold of the Lord of the

Kingdom always, and seek for thee His strength and

confirmation, saying:
|P4
"O Lord of Hosts! Confirm Thine affectionate
... in Thy servitude, aid him in the service of

Thy Word, open to his face the door of knowledge, reveal

to his heart the realities and significances, and

grant him the ecstasy of the cup of reality, gladden him

through the melody of Thy love, make his night, day,

and his day, happy!"
|P5

In sooth, O dear one! thy services are evident, thy

endurance of ordeals and difficulties well known.
|P6
In the organization of the Mashrak-el-Azcar, thou

art indeed well striving. I hope thou wilt attain a great

reward, open an eloquent tongue, raise a wonderful

melody in every meeting, draw and paint the images

and forms of the Kingdom in the material world.
|P7

Rest assured in the grace of the Lord and be dilated

by His infinite favors.
|P8

Convey greetings of reverence to the maid-servant of

God [thy wife], likewise thy revered daughter. I am

ever thoughtful of them and will never forget them.

|N449|P1
O thou spiritual friend!
|P2
Thy services are accepted in the Kingdom of Abha,

mentioned in this merciful Assemblage and the cause of

joy and gladness to Abdu'l-Bahá.
|P3

Thank God, thou art a believer and an assured one,

firm and steadfast; a truthful servant of the divine

Kingdom and an agreeable lover of His Holiness

Bahá'u'lláh. Thou hast spent thy time in spreading

the fragrances of God and thy possession in the promotion

of the Word of God.
|P4
Rest assured in the great bounty and bestowal, be

attracted by the fragrances of the Kingdom of Abha.

Fatigue not thyself on account of any difficulty and

give not up because of any ordeal. Be not grieved because

of any trial nor hindered by any hindrance.
|P5

Night and day confine thy time to the education of

the world of humanity. Arise to guide the creatures

and spend time in promulgating the teachings of His

Holiness Bahá'u'lláh, so that lives may find glad-tidings,

hearts gladness, the souls eternal life and the
minds extraordinary advancement.
|P6
In respect to the Mashrak-el-Azcar: Brevity must

now be observed; that is, as much as possible endeavor

should be made so that by the assistance of all the

friends and the sincerity of your intentions it may become

instituted and built in Chicago even though it

be not possible to build a most solid, lofty and great

(edifice). Whatever is now possible should be erected.

|P7

And the question of giving the glad-tidings (i. e.,

teachings of this religion) should be given moment.

The holy souls who are free from the ties of this mortal

world and attain the confirmation of the Holy Spirit,

although they live on earth, yet, verily, they are heavenly,

illuminated, spiritual, divine. Such souls must

appear and engage, with simplicity, freedom and purity,

in training the public and in guiding all people. If

such souls arise, the Holy Spirit will aid them, the hosts

of the heavenly angels will render them victorious, the

bounties of the Kingdom of Abha will surround them,

the ray of the Sun of Truth will shine, the breezes of

the Paradise of Abha will give spirit, the ocean of

favors will boil and the good scent of the fragrances

of holiness will perfume the nostrils of the inhabitants

of the world.
|P8
By the bounty and grace of the Educator, I hope
thou mayest attain to this providence and bounty!
|P9

Convey greeting of reverence of utmost kindness to

all thy relations, [thy wife] and thy respected daughter,

and others, and to all the beloved and the maid-servants

of the Merciful.
|N450|P1
O thou my spiritual companion!
|P2

Two letter have reached me from you, and the contents

of both I have considered. Communication of

the beloved of God from all parts of the world with

America, and the correspondence of America with all

parts is most agreeable and the cause of attracting the

hearts. Endeavor greatly to accomplish this important

matter and write to all parts.
|P3

The beloved of God must, like the roses of the rose-garden,

send fragrant messages from one to another,

receive strength from one another, and co-operate together,

by the strength of the Kingdom. There is no
greater means than communion and communication.
"Communication is half a meeting."
|P4

Send a copy of this letter to all parts and write to

them. Thus may the beloved of God, in every city,

send collectively letters to other cities, especially America.

This shall be the means of growth and the cause

of attraction. The souls will be made happy, the spirits

revived, the hearts dilated and the breasts expanded.

Convey greetings and longing to all the beloved of God.

|N451|P1
Honorable Dr. ....
|P2
According to what is heard you have received the

permission of medication and the certificate of graduation

(diploma) from the College of Medicine. Now

experience is necessary in order to attain skill and proficiency.

The greatest of all these is the confirmation and

the strength of His Majesty, the One (God), through

the favor of the Blessed Perfection. I am hopeful that

will also be thine.
|P3

For the physician the first qualifications are: Good

intentions, trustworthiness, tenderness, sympathy for

the sick, truthfulness, integrity, and the fear of the

Lord.
|P4

With life and heart strive thou to be both a spiritual

and physical physician. Thus mayest thou be Ameen

and Fareed (Trustworthy and Unique).
|P5
Thy honorable father night and day prays, hopes

and supplicates that thy life, like his, may be entirely

devoted to the service of the Threshold of God, that

thou remain the servant of the Holy Cause.
|N452|P1
O Spiritual ...!
|P2
Thy letter is received; likewise that of Mr. ....

Print soon the booklet (Mirza Badi Ullah's Epistle to

the Bahai world) and spread it broadcast.
|P3
The dear maid-servant of God, ..., is indeed
an assured believer; likewise ..., his honor Mr.
..., and his honor Mr. .... In reality

they are revered souls. I hope that they will soon arise

for the Mashrak-el-Azcar and thus attain His favor.

|P4
All the beloved of God must strive so that this
eternal edifice arise.***
|N453|P1

O thou bearer of the Great-tidings of the Kingdom of

God!
|P2

Thy letter *** was received. It contained the good

news of the assemblage of the beloved ones, of the Meeting

of Faithfulness which was held, the joy and fragrance

obtained, the appearance of the lights of the love

of the Beauty of Abha, and the good news that the

breasts of the beloved ones were dilated (with joy).

This news caused such joy that our afflictions, sufferings

and calamities were wholly forgotten, a new carpet was

spread and a great joy attained with the utmost exaltation!

For Abdu'l-Bahá serves with all devotion in order

that union and affection may be created among the beloved

of God; nay, in the whole of the human world.
|P3

My utmost hope and wish is to find that an assemblage

hath been arranged which hath become the

cause of love and affection in the world of humanity

which announceth the glad-tidings of the Kingdom of

Abha, diffuseth the fragrances of the love of God,

setteth the pillars of the world in motion through the

power of divine guidance, and is quickening the dead

through the spirit of divine knowledge!
|P4

O dear friend! The darkness of error hath encompassed

the world; it is now the time to spread the light

of guidance. The world hath wholly become the tomb

of the dead; it is now time that it shall be transformed

into palaces of the living. The East and the West have

become a thorny desert of oppression; it is time they

should become a rose-garden of faithfulness.
|P5

You have written concerning the Feast(1) of Remembrance

which you arranged after the Persian manner, at
which Mr. ... and Mr. ... engaged in

serving the beloved ones like unto Abdu'l-Bahá: This

arrangement of festivities and affection, chanting of

Tablets, explaining realities and significances, and this

inculcating of the teachings and exhortations of Abdu'l-Bahá

causeth everlasting life and maketh the hearers
as heavenly angels.
|P6

Whenever such an entertainment is arranged through

spiritual sentiments, shining faces and merciful hearts,

it is a "Lord's Supper." For the brilliancy of the

Kingdom of Abha will shine and the spirituality of

Abdu'l-Bahá become manifest. This is that "divine

table" (or food) of which mention is made in the

prophecies: "On that day they shall gather together

at the divine table"; and "people shall come from the

East and West and arrive in His Kingdom."
|P7
Convey loving greetings to his honor ... and

say: "O dear one! The heart of Abdu'l-Bahá greatly

rejoiceth at thy reading of the Tablets and Words at

the meetings of the merciful ones! I beg of God, that

in all assemblages thou mayest cause happiness unto

the hearts of the friends and bestow joy and fragrance!"

|P8
Announce to his honor ... my love and longing

(for him) and say: "That Power which strengthened

the apostles is now in full confirmation. I hope

thou wilt receive an abundant portion from that confirmation."

|P9
Announce the utmost love from Abdu'l-Bahá to his
honor ... and say: "O thou friend of my heart!

The heavenly food is needed successively; be thou a

server of the food and direct thou the people of the

world to present themselves at that Table and guide

them to partake thereof."
|P10
Convey greetings and respect from Abdu'l-Bahá to
the esteemed maid-servant of God, ..., and say:

"Thou art always in our midst and art not forgotten,

even for a moment. I beg the Beauty of Abha for

confirmation in thy behalf. It is some time since, by the

dust of calamities and occupation of mind, the correspondence

hath been delayed; but there is no harm in

that. For my heart is engaged in prayer and I beg

for confirmation in thy behalf."
|P11
Convey on my behalf, greetings and respect to the
invoking maid-servant of God, ..., and say:
"Thank thou God for thou hast arrived at the
Holy City and at the Heavenly Jerusalem and hast

found thy way to the Divine City and entered the Kingdom

of Abha!"
|P12
O thou real friend! O Mr. ...! Seek not

a single minute of rest and do not keep still. Travel

more and more in cities and villages. Bear the glad-tidings

and guide them. Strengthen the beloved (i. e.,
believers) and open the eye of perception of the
strangers (those who do not believe).
|P13

As to chanting supplications in the Oriental tune, this

is very agreeable. His honor ... must exert his
endeavors in this matter.
|P14

In reality the friends of God are always present in

my society and are associated with the friends of God

in the Sacred Spot; even though they be in the remotest

lands of the earth.
|P15

O thou real friend! Such entertainments are always

necessary, for they cause the increase of love, unity

and harmony in the friends of God. Bring about (such

entertainments) by all means.
|N454|P1
O thou esteemed maid-servant of the Word of God!
|P2
Praise be to God! upon thy departure from Acca,

thou hast been assisted and rendered successful in serving

the Kingdom of God. Accordingly, thou must offer

the utmost thanks to the Threshold of Oneness, for this,

thy journey, was fruitful and this peregrination became

the cause of discovering the mysteries of the Lord of

Glory.
|P3

Arise thou, in unison with his honor [thy husband],

to serve with the utmost devotion and consecrate your

time, night and day, to promote the Word of God, to

diffuse the fragrances of God and to guide all the people

of the earth. In the world of existence nothing hath

any result, even if it be dominion over the East and

West. But that which hath an immortal result is servitude

in the Holy Threshold, service rendered to the

Kingdom of God and guiding all in the earth. I hope,

through the divine grace and bounty, thou wilt be
assisted and strengthened therein.
|N455|P1

O thou who art kindled as a lamp with the Fire of the

Love of God!
|P2
Be thou a fountain flowing with the waters of the

mercy of God, a myrtle perfumed with the fragrances

of God and a bird warbling the most wonderful melodies

of the knowledge of God in the garden of faith.
|P3
Know thou, verily, the Sun of Truth hath shone

forth with the lights of peace upon all regions. Strife

and conflict will surely be removed from all the nations

of the earth. Carnage shall be taken away; fighting,

violence and reviling will be changed into universal

reconciliation and the hosts of tranquillity will pitch

their tents in the midst of the world. Then the awning

of the mercy of thy Lord will be hoisted and those souls

who are free from the filth of prejudice, contradictions

and presumption and are filled with a love that imparts

affinity, intimacy, affection, meekness and humbleness

will be sheltered under it.
|N456|P1

O thou who art cheerful in heart, by the Fragrances

of the Merciful!
|P2

Verily, I read the verses of thy thanksgiving unto

God, for depositing in thy heart an eternal joy reviving

thee by the breath of the Holy Spirit to everlasting

life, [for having] cast upon thee the light of guidance

and awakened thee by the breezes of His great mercy.

Therefore, thank God for this. Verily, His bounty to

thee is great, great!
|P3

Beware not to be sorrowful on account of my confinement;

inasmuch as it is the comfort of my heart,

the healing of my breast, the dispeller of my sorrow

and sadness, the cause of my salvation in servitude to

the Bounty of El-Abha.
|P4

If thou desirest to pray for me a beneficial prayer,

do not ask for the removal of my imprisonment, but

implore God to increase my calamities in the Path of

El-Abha, to make me a sacrifice in His love and give

me to drink the cup of martyrdom by His bounty and

grace.
|P5

I ask God to confirm thee by the breath of His Holy

Spirit, the hosts of His angels and armies of His

strength, so that thou arisest to serve the vineyard of

God and to enlighten the insight of thy revered husband

by the light of the knowledge of the Greatest Name.

This is not far from the bounty of thy Lord.
|P6

The maid-servant of Bahá'í the Exalted Leaf(1,) conveys

to thee greetings and praise - likewise the rest of

the brilliant leaves(2.)
|P7
Regarding the star which appeareth while thou art

turned unto God: This is the spiritual disclosure and

the divine impression. Also the fire circle which appeareth

to thine eyes, is a spiritual transfiguration and

[signifieth] the Eternal Grace manifesting itself in the

human garment; because "cloud" signifies the human

form (or body), while the "circle of fire," the divine

form, which is manifested in the reality of man.
|N457|P1
O thou who art attracted by the Love of God!
|P2

In the Persian tongue hast thou written a letter; I

was happy to read it.
|P3

Praise be to God! This is the dawn of the light of

unity between the Eastern and Western people. In

Persia the English language is being studied widely and

in America the Persian tongue is beloved by some dear

souls. In both countries the respective languages are

being studied. This is in itself a proof that the East

and the West (literally, place of sunrise and sunset)

shall clasp hands as two families. The standard of

unity shall be raised, and the means of love and friendship

will be accomplished.
|P4

Endeavor to complete the study of the Persian - thus

mayest thou read the Tablets of the Blessed Beauty(1)

and mayest translate them, and without the interpreter's

aid thou mayest read all my letters to thee.
|N458|P1
O thou dear maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thank thou the kind Father for that the world of

creation was adorned with the light of His Manifestation

and the heart of the universe found comfort in His

mercy, for His infinite mercy whereby He illumined

thine heart with the light of guidance and thy sight

with witnessing His radiance to the extent that thou

didst hearken to the call of the Supreme Concourse

and didst turn to the horizon of sanctity. Praise be

to Him and to Him be thanks for this greatest favor

and evident attainment!
|P3

As to thy vision, it is reality itself (it is what hath

occurred). Whatever thou hast seen in the realm of

vision is interpreted in the contraries and opposites, for

laughter in the world of vision is weeping, and weeping,

joy and happiness; death is longevity, and dangers,

in certain cases, safety itself. Harm (in this wise) is

helpfulness, and friendship, enmity and hatred. Therefore,

thou shalt not kill the lamb; nay, rather thou

shalt be the cause of the spread of His Name; thou

shalt share a portion of His eternal life and attain a

share of His infinite mercy. The impressions of the

heart (the painful feelings of the heart), which were

like the blows of a weapon, are interpreted to mean

joy and happiness. I hope that thou mayest attain to

all these.
|P4
The purport of the study of the Persian tongue is
this: That thou mayest memorize a commune in the

Persian and at the time of communion and supplication,

when present in the meeting of the maid-servants of

the Merciful, thou mayest chant it.
|P5

The translation of Tablets is acceptable and beloved.

If, occasionally, thou writest a concise, terse and useful

article, with the utmost sweetness, containing the teachings

and exhortations of the Blessed Perfection,

verbatim, for the purpose of publishing in the journals

of Denmark, it will be most agreeable. I ask God for

strength and confirmation for thee.
|P6

I ask(1) God that thou mayest find a perceiving eye, an

attentive ear and an eloquent tongue; that thou mayest

loosen thy tongue in delivering the Cause of God,

promoting the Word of God in that country, educating

the children and training them in the training of God,

and in early childhood enkindling in their hearts the

lights of spiritual morals.
|P7

Thou hast written that in thine articles for the papers

thou hast cited from the holy Tablets of Tarazat and

Tajalliat. It is very agreeable.
|P8

Respecting the translating of Miss Barney's book, in

which thou hast engaged thyself, it is very agreeable;

but thou must communicate concerning this with Miss

Barney herself. She will assist thee in its publication

and spreading.
|P9

I ask God to aid thee by the divine confirmation and

engage, night and day, with the commemoration of
God.
|P10
Upon thee be Baha El-Abha!
|N459|P1
***O ye real friends of Abdu'l-Bahá!
|P2
From the gathering of those illuminated faces and

flowers of the rose-garden (of God) in Camp Mineola(2)

utmost joy and fragrance (to me) was the result.
|P3

I hope that assembly, like sparkling stars, may shed

the lights of love and unison upon the human world,

and become the cause of the happiness and joy of the

inhabitants of the earth; that they may become like

unto clear mirrors reflecting (the rays) of the Sun of

Truth, and give the glad-tidings of the manifestation

of the Lord of the Kingdom.
|P4

I ask the blessings of God that year after year He

may add souls to that assembly, and in future it may

become doubled an hundred-fold.
|P5
How blessed it is that this assembly may become

firmly established, and it is sure that the heavenly

confirmations will pour down!
|N460|P1
O ye(1) beloved friends of Abdu'l-Bahá!
|P2

The detailed letter which you have written was received

and it was read with the greatest attention.

From the rose-garden of its significances a perfumed

fragrance reached the nostrils and from its suggestions

and statements traces of sincerity of intention became

manifest.
|P3

Praise be to God! - that each one of that assembly

is like unto a shining lamp, is ignited by the fire of the

love of God, hath closed his eyes to the world and

the inhabitants thereof, hath burned away the veils of

superstitions and hath acquired the treasury of Truth.

I have loosened my tongue to thank God for this gift

at the Threshold of Oneness and praised and glorified

the Incomparable God for His bounty, because He

assisted those souls in the service of the Kingdom, and

established such an assembly in New York that it will

finally become a cause of the guidance of that continent.

|P4

You have written that there is a difference among the

believers concerning the "Second Coming of Christ."

Praise be to God! - time and again this question hath

arisen and its answer hath emanated in a clear and

irrefutable text from the pen of Abdu'l-Bahá that what

is meant in the prophecies by the "Lord of Hosts,"

the "Promised Christ" is the Blessed Perfection
(Bahá'u'lláh) and His Highness the Supreme
(the Báb). The faith of everyone must revolve
around this palpable and evident text.
|P5

My name is Abdu'l-Bahá, my identity is Abdu'l-Bahá,

my qualification is Abdu'l-Bahá, my reality is Abdu'l-Bahá,

my praise is Abdu'l-Bahá. Thraldom to the

Blessed Perfection is my glorious and refulgent diadem;

and servitude to all the human race is my perpetual

religion. Through the bounty and favor of the Blessed

Perfection, Abdu'l-Bahá is the Ensign of the Most-Great-Peace,

which is waving from the Supreme Apex;

and through the gift of the Greatest Name, he is the

Lamp of Universal Salvation, which is shining with the

light of the love of God. The Herald of the Kingdom

is he, so that he may awaken the people of the

East and of the West. The Voice of Friendship, Uprightness,

Truth and Reconciliation is he, so as to

cause acceleration throughout all regions. No name,

no title, no mention, no commendation hath he nor will

ever have except Abdu'l-Bahá. This is my longing.

This is my supreme apex. This is my greatest yearning.

This is my eternal life. This is my everlasting

glory! Express ye the same thing which is issued from

my pen. This is the duty of all. Consequently the

friends of God must assist and help Abdu'l-Bahá in the

adoration of the True One; in the servitude to the

human race; in the well-being of the human world and

in divine love and kindness.
|P6
O ye friends of God! Through the Appearance of

the Blessed Perfection the theories are abrogated and

the facts are established. The time of superficiality is

gone by and the cycle of reality hath appeared. One

must become the incarnation of Servitude, the personification

of Love, the embodiment of Spirituality and the
mirror of Mercy.
|P7

The believers must become the cause of life; deliver

the people from heedlessness, call the souls to the perfection

of humanity, beckon nations to unity and agreement,

destroy the foundations of foreignness, make

everyone as friends and associates, treat the negligent

souls as their own children, and train and educate them

with the utmost love - so that the ignorant become wise,

the blind become endowed with sight, and the deaf be

given hearing.
|P8

O ye friends of God! Beware! Beware of differences!

By differences the Temple of God is razed to

its very foundation, and by the blowing of the winds

of disagreement the Blessed Tree is prevented from

producing any fruit. By the intense cold of the diversity

of opinions the rose-garden of Unity is withered, and

the fire of the love of God is extinguished!
|P9

O ye friends of God! Abdu'l-Bahá is the Manifestation

of Thraldom and not "Christ." The servant of

the human realm is he, and not a "chief." Non-existent

is he and not "Existent." Pure nothingness is
he and not "Eternal(1.")
|P10

There is no outcome or result to these discussions.

We must put aside these disputes and controversies,

nay, rather must we consign them to utter oblivion and

arise to do that which is indispensable and which is

demanded of us in this Day. Controversies are words

and not significances, theories and not realities.

|P11
The quintessence of Truth is this: We must all
become united and harmonized in order to illumine

this gloomy world, to abolish the foundations of hostility

and animosity from among mankind, to perfume

the inhabitants of the universe with the holy fragrances

of the nature and disposition of the Beauty of

Abha, to enlighten the people of the East and West

with the light of guidance, to hoist the tent of the

love of God and suffer each and all to enter under its

protection, to bestow comfort and tranquillity to every

one under the shade of the Divine Tree, to astonish the

enemy by the manifestation of the utmost love, to make

the ravenous and bloodthirsty wolves to be gazelles of

the meadow of the love of God; to administer the

taste of non-resistance to the tyrant, to teach long-suffering

and resignation of the martyrs to the murderer,
to spread the traces of Oneness, to chant the

praises and glorification of the Glorious Lord, to raise

the voice of "Ya Baha El-Abha!" to the Supreme Apex

and to reach the ears of the inhabitants of the Kingdom

with the outcry - "Verily the earth is illumined by the

lights of its Lord!" This is reality! This is guidance!

This is service! This is the consummation of
the perfection of the realm of humanity!
|P12
O ye believers of God! Each person must summon

the people to the Servitude of Abdu'l-Bahá and not the

Christhood; and no soul must either publicly or privately

utter one word against or in contradiction to the

general Teachings, and no one must believe that Abdu'l-Bahá

is the "Second Coming of Christ", nay, rather he

must believe that he is the Manifestation of Servitude,

the Main-spring of the Unity of the human world, the

Herald of the True One with spiritual power throughout

all regions, the Commentator of the Book according

to the divine text, and the Ransom to each one of
the believers of God in the transitory world.
|P13
Print ye this Tablet and spread it throughout all
countries.
|N461|P1

O ye(1) who are turned towards the Kingdom and drawn

unto the Holy Fragrances diffused from the Garden
of El-Abha!
|P2

Arise with every power to assist the Covenant of God

and serve in His vineyard. Be confident that a confirmation

will be granted unto you and a success on

His part given unto you. Verily He shall support you

by the angels of His Holiness and reinforce you with

the breaths of the Spirit that ye may mount the Ark

of Safety, set forth the evident signs, impart the spirit

of life, declare the essence of His commands and

precepts, guide the sheep who are straying from the

fold in all directions, use every effort in your power to

give the blessings ye have and strive earnestly and

wisely in this new century. By God, verily the Lord of

Hosts is your support, the angels of heaven your assistance,

the Holy Spirit your companion and the Center

of the Covenant your helper! Be not idle, but active

and fear not. Look unto those who have been in the

former ages - how they have resisted all nations and

suffered persecutions and afflictions, and how their stars

shone and their attacks proved successful, their teachings

established, their regions expanded, their hearts gladdened,

their ideas cleared and their motives effective.

Ye are now in a great station and noble rank and ye shall

find yourselves in evident success and prosperity, the

like of which the eye of existence hath never seen in

former ages.
|P3
El-Baha and salutations be upon every one who is

firm in the Covenant, free from dissension, sanctified

from deceits and steadfast in the Path!
|N462|P1
O ye(1) elect and chosen ones of the Kingdom!
|P2
Thank God that the Greatest Name selected and

elected that gathering, ushered it into the Kingdom of

Eternal Glory, honored and crowned it amid the
Supreme Concourse.
|P3
He placed upon each head a glorious diadem of

guidance and established each one upon the throne of

eternal reign. This is not known now but shall become

evident and clear hereafter.
|P4

The seed when growing, at first doth not attract attention,

but later it becometh green and thriveth, adorning

the rose-garden and the orchard. Now, likewise,

this divine bounty is unknown, it is not yet revealed,

but soon will its splendor illumine the horizons and

brighten the East and the West.
|P5
Send Mr. ... to India for the purpose of

teaching. He must have a companion. If this be not

possible from among the men, send one of the maid-servants

of the Merciful.
|P6
As to the ordeals of Abdu'l-Bahá, his trials and

calamities, grieve not on that account, but rather be in

perfect happiness and joy, for - praise be to God! - he

was worthy and deserved these trials in the Path of

Baha'.
|P7
Through the news of the progress of the Cause of

God, and the unity and agreement of the beloved of

God, great joy was realized, and to such an extent that

I forgot all sorrow and all ills.***
|N463|P1
O ye(1) sons of the Kingdom!
|P2
At a time when conditions were most difficult and

oppressive and the reception of letters hard and impracticable,

your letter was received. Therefore, its

reception denoteth that the honorable assembly is confirmed.

I hope from the bounties of His Highness

the Incomparable One that under all circumstances and

conditions ye may become assisted in the service of the

Kingdom of God.
|P3
Ye have written regarding the erection of the

Temple and the purchase of the ground, or the finding

of a place to be as a home for the gathering of the

believers. At this moment that Abdu'l-Bahá is immersed

in the ocean of calamities, this news caused him

joy and happiness, that - praise be to God! - the friends

and the maid-servants of the Merciful are thinking to

serve the Kingdom of God.
|P4

O ye sanctified souls! It is the time of firmness and

steadfastness and the period of arising in the service

of the Word of God, for the Blessed City(2) is environed

from all directions with the tempestuous waves of tests

and trials and the sweeping hurricanes of persecutions

and hardships are blowing and roaring high. The joy

and happiness of the heart of Abdu'l-Bahá depends

upon the stability and constancy of the believers. For

they must live and act in accord with the divine advices

and exhortations and show forth to each other the power

of the perfection of love with infinite accord and unity,

so that they may become the embodiment of one existence,

the waves of one sea, the myrtles of one rose-garden,

the rays of one sun, the stars of one horizon,

the fruits of one tree and the birds of one meadow.

|P5
Likewise, they must treat with and behave toward

all the governments, nations, communities, kings and

subjects with the utmost sincerity, trustworthiness,

straightforwardness, love and kindness. Even they

must make hopeful a bloodthirsty enemy, show sympathy

with the utmost faithfulness and honor to the

perfidious unjust, know the ill-wisher as the well-wisher

and torment not the sinner with reproaches. Should

they become the targets of a thousand arrows of persecution,

they must challenge it with love and friendship

and treat every one with purity of purpose and kindness.

|P6

O ye friends of God! Show ye an endeavor that all

the nations and communities of the world, even the

enemies, put their trust, assurance and hope in you;

that if a person falls into errors for a hundred-thousand

times he may yet turn his face to you, hopeful that you

will forgive his sins; for he must not become hopeless,

neither grieved nor despondent. This is the conduct

and the manner of the people of Bahá'í This is the

foundation of the most high pathway! Ye should

conform your conduct and manners with the advices of

Abdu'l-Bahá.
|P7
Concerning the erection of the Temple: Now all

the believers must become united, so that the Temple

may be built soon in one place. For should (the believers)

undertake (the erection of the Temple)

in many places, it will not become completed anywhere;

and as in Chicago they have preceded every other place

to plan the erection of the Temple, undoubtedly to cooperate

and help them is nobler and a necessity. Then,

when it is built in one place, it will become erected in

many other places. If, for the present, you prepare

or establish a home in New York, though by renting it,

to become a center for the gathering of the believers

of God, it is very acceptable. God willing, in all the

states of America in the future there will be erected

Temples with infinite architectural beauty, art, with

pleasing proportion and handsome and attractive appearances;

especially in New York. But for the present,
be ye satisfied with a rented place.
|P8
The utmost happiness was produced by hearing the

news of unity and agreement among the believers in

New York; for the foundation of progress is union

and when this object is attained, the Cause will develop.

|P9

Deliver on my behalf longing greeting to his honor

Mr. ....
|P10

When the friends and the maid-servants of the Merciful

gather together on Sundays, in the spiritual

assemblies, exercise ye toward them, on behalf of this

imprisoned one, the utmost affection, love and kindness.

|P11

Convey on behalf of this longing one the glad-tidings

of the attainment to confirmation to his honor Mr.

...; that ere long he shall in such wise be assisted

by the confirmations of the Kingdom of Abha that
he, himself, will become astonished.
|P12

O ye members of the spiritual assembly! Become ye

firm and steadfast in the Covenant and Testament to

such a degree that your meeting become the expression

of one soul and endeavor ye with your hearts and minds

so that ye may become the cause of the illumination of

this darkened world and that through your efforts the

lights of the Kingdom dawn upon this nether sphere.

|P13
Whatever hath and will transpire in this land is

through the conspiracy of the brothers who are not

resting, neither day nor night, and are thirsting for the

blood of Abdu'l-Bahá. The government is not responsible

at all. These difficulties are brought about
through the evil slanders and machinations of the
nakazeen(1.)
|N464|P1

O thou(2) whose heart is attracted and whose breast is

dilated with joy by the Holy Fragrances!
|P2

Give the glad-tidings to the assemblies of the beloved

who are firm in the Covenant and say:
|P3
"Verily the Lord hath manifested Himself in this

new and wonderful age with the greatest bounty and

mercy, which have never been preceded and whereof the

eye of existence hath never seen the like; and it is His

Great Covenant and New Testament, as appointed by

the trace of His Supreme Pen, through which, and according

to clear ordinances and explicit statements, the
matter was plainly shown and the branches (sons),

twigs (relations), kinsmen and beloved were commanded

to obey the "appointed Center of the Covenant."
But the Covenant of God and His Testament

is a bounty to the righteous and a curse to the wicked.

|P4
"On hearing this Command some faces have rejoiced

by this Glowing Lamp, and others become gloomy and

in their hearts the fire of jealousy and rebellion hath

been kindled. They disobeyed the Command of their

Lord the Merciful, endeavored to spread lies and arose

to divulge seditious rumors contrary to that which was

descended from God. They imagine that they are able

to resist this Power, which penetrates into the heart of

the contingent world, or to cover the Truth through

their false tongues and complicated opinions, and to

withhold this Sea from surging, the holy fragrances

from being spread, and the breaths of the Spirit of the

Ancient from reaching the beloved! No, by no means!

Verily, the Word of God penetrates into the core of all

things and cannot be resisted either by the hosts of the

world or by the armies of the enemies! In the past

ages there is a warning to every intelligent one! Ye

shall see their banners reversed, their sign abolished,

their happiness destroyed in those regions in a similar

way to the disappointment of their hopes in the East.

|P5

"But, as the people of the West are still children

in the Cause(1) and have not perfect knowledge of its

reality and validity, the nakazeen thought it to be an

easy prey and availed themselves of this opportunity

for laying doubts and suspicions, speaking false words,

divulging seditious calumnies among the people. Ye

shall see all this as scattered dust, and all these thick,

dark clouds which were gathered in those far regions,

will disappear and the Sun of Certainty and Reality

shall shine with the Most Dazzling Light; the darkness

will vanish, the firm believers will be in great joy, and

the nakazeen shall be in evident loss."
|N465|P1
O ye(1) servants of God and maid-servants of the
Merciful!
|P2

The letter, which was in reality the congratulation

for the entrance of the day of the anniversary of His

Highness the Promised One, was received. The names

of the friends of God were read one after another and

caused great joy.
|P3

I hope that upon the coming of each auspicious day

the friends of God may become doubled, that is, may

become twofold; that the gentle fragrances of the love

of God may be spread so universally that large cohorts

enter under the shadow of the Word of God in a short

space of time, and arise to serve, according to the

heavenly instructions, in order that strife and warfare

may vanish wholly from the human world, and the
beauty of love, friendship and harmony may appear

with such an appearance that all the intellects may

become astonished, all the souls entranced and all the

hearts attracted.
|P4

O ye friends! O ye maid-servants of the Merciful!

Should ye realize in what a state this Tablet is written,

assuredly ye will soar heavenward with joy and exultations

and begin to cry out: "Glad-tidings! Glad-tidings!"

|P5

Today the whole world is heedless and ye are aware;

all are in sleep and ye are wide awake; all are deprived

and ye are the custodians of the mysteries of the Kingdom!

Therefore, to render thanks for these bounties,

open ye the tongue of praise and glorification and engage

yourselves in the divine commemoration, in order that

the confirmation may be added and the assistance may

become renewed!
|N466|P1

O ye(1) beloved! O ye maid-servants of the Merciful!

|P2
What a wonderful meeting ye have arranged and

longed for the beauty of service and have arisen to

spread the fragrances of God! Truly I declare, ye

are confirmed by the cohorts of the Supreme Concourse

and are reinforced and empowered by the Exalted
Realm!
|P3

When the confirmation of the Holy Spirit descendeth,

ye are not a drop, but a roaring sea! Ye are the stars

of the horizon of guidance! If this committee become

firm, it will grow and develop; if it remain steadfast, it

will become a gift of the Almighty to the human world;

if it last, it will display marvelous signs for the well-being

of the children of man!
|P4
The hosts of the Kingdom of Abha are drawn and

filed up in battle-array on the plain of the Supreme

Apex and are expecting that a band of volunteers step

upon the field of action with the intention of service;

so that they may assist that band and make it victorious

and triumphant.
|P5
O Thou Almighty God! Confirm Thou these friends

and the maid-servants of the Merciful! Grant Thou

to them assistance. Open Thou before their faces the

closed doors and make them intimate with the fragrances

of holiness, so that they may become the confident

friends of each other; raise the melody and the

song of joy and sing the harmony of heaven, in order

that they may exhilarate and gladden the regions of

the West and impart attraction and ecstasy!
|P6
Make Thou them the magnets of love so that they
may attract the hearts to the Kingdom of Abha!
|P7
Verily, Thou art the Powerful and the Mighty; and

Thou art the Giver, the Seer and the Hearer! There

is no God but Thee, the Generous, the Merciful!
|N467|P1
O ye(1) whom God hath chosen from among those who
are called! - know that "many are called but few
are chosen"! - upon whom He caused the evident
Light to descend; whom He guided into the right
Path, and to whom He gave the Glad-tidings of
the Great Success!
|P2

Ye must be sincere and faithful, ye must follow the

ordinances which refer to the Covenant of God, who

is the solid edifice.
|P3
O ye beloved of God, know that steadfastness and

firmness in this new and wonderful Covenant is indeed

the spirit that quickeneth the hearts which are overflowing

with the love of the Glorious Lord; verily, it is

the power which penetrates into the hearts of the people

of the world! Your Lord hath assuredly promised His

servants who are firm and steadfast to render them

victorious at all times, to exalt their word, propagate

their power, diffuse their lights, strengthen their hearts,

elevate their banners, assist their hosts, brighten their

stars, increase the abundance of the showers of mercy

upon them, and enable the brave lions (or teachers)

to conquer.
|P4

Hasten, hasten, O ye firm believers! Hasten, hasten,

O ye steadfast! Abandon the heedless, set aside every

ignorant, take hold of the strong rope, be firm in this

Great Cause, draw light from this Evident Light, be

patient and be steadfast in this wise Religion! Ye

shall see the hosts of inspiration descending successively

from the Supreme World, the procession of attraction

falling incessantly from the heights of heaven, the

abundance of the Kingdom of El-Abha outpouring

continually and the teachings of God penetrating with

the utmost power, while the heedless are indeed in

evident loss.
|N468|P1

O ye(1) esteemed maid-servants of God, and ye revered

beloved ones (or men believers) of the Merciful!
|P2

Your letter was received and its contents noted. The

maid-servant of God, she who hath ascended to heaven,

i. e., Mrs. ..., hastened from this mortal world
to the divine world and soared from this temporal

realm to the expanse of the Kingdom. She abandoned

the earthly cage and flew toward the bower of the upper

world; so that, like unto a nightingale of significances,

she may, in that divine rose-garden, engage in praising,

glorifying and sanctifying the True One, with the most

marvelous melody.
|P3

Consequently, do ye not sigh in grief because of her

decease, and be not dejected on account of her ascension.

|P4

To the people of adoration, death is an ark of deliverance,

and to pure souls, flight from this world of

dust is the means of attaining the Kingdom of Spheres.

By "Spheres" is not meant this infinite space, nay, is

meant the divine world, and the invisible realm.
|P5
To be brief: I hope her noble son may seek the

Path wherein his mother walked, and may become better

and more illustrious; nay, rather, the lights of his love

may also take effect in his grand parents.
|P6

As to ye who are friends of that bird of the meadow

of guidance, ye must, after her, have such unison, love,

association and unity that it may make things better

and more favorable than they were during her days.

|P7
Praise be to God! the divine bounty favors all of

you, the doors of gifts are open before the faces of

you all, and the radiance of the Sun of Truth is shining

upon you all. Capacity, worth (or merit) and ability,

are necessary, for the clearer and purer the mirror is,

the lights of the Sun are more manifest thereon.
|P8
We are always gazing towards those parts in order

to find from what corner (or place) the voice will be

raised! We hope Baltimore will become an assemblage

of light and that city may become a mirror of the love

of God!
|N469|P1
O ye(1) my dear friends!
|P2

Your letter was received and its contents were wonderful

and beautiful for it evinced the spreading of the

light of Guidance. Praise be to God! the lights of

the Morn of Eternity have cast their rays upon that

city, and in the future it will become enlightened, and

luminous stars will dawn, gleam and sparkle from its

horizon.
|P3

Today the Sun of the Most Great Guidance hath appeared

with the greatest splendor from the horizon of

the world, and the rays of the Sun of Truth shine with

utmost light and power therefrom. Therefore, the
world hath become another world and the bounties,
other bounties!
|P4

A little earnestness and endeavor is encumbent upon

you, so that the pages of the soul may be cleansed and

purified from the rust of attachment to this ephemeral

world. At that time you will consider how dazzling

and brilliant is the effulgence of the Kingdom.
|P5
The maid-servant of God, Mrs. ..., and the
maid-servant of God, Mrs. ... - praise be to

God! - have made their homes the nest and shelter of

the heavenly birds, and have arranged meetings. I

hope that these two meeting places will become more

illumined day by day, adding to the knowledge, faith

and assurance of the audience, and increasing their resolution

and steadfastness.
|P6
In fact, those two gathering places are my homes,

and the nest and shelter of the birds of the field of

God. Convey my loving greetings to each and every

believer!
|P7

Likewise present my respectful greetings to the dear

maid-servants of God in Baltimore and Washington.
|N470|P1
O thou who art advancing toward the Kingdom of
Abha!
|P2

Be thankful that thou art inebriated with the cup of

the love of God, hast partaken of the graces of the Supreme

Concourse and art quickened with the fragrances
of holiness.
|P3
Night and day lament and implore, with the utmost

supplication and humility, before the Threshold of the

Presence of the One God, that thou mayest be strengthened

to guide people with all steadfastness on this path

and take a plenteous share from this Most Great Sea.

|P4

The hosts of the Kingdom will assist (thee) and the

heavenly armies will protect and defend thee. Wherefore

seek bounties as much as thou canst.
|N471|P1
O thou who art supplicating unto God!
|P2

Verily I mention thee always and shall never forget

thee forever and ever. I beseech God to make thee a

sign of guidance among the people and a lamp of dazzling

light in that extensive and large city, so that pure

and good souls may be illuminated by the light of the

knowledge of God and thus serve the Merciful Threshold

by showing earnest desire for love, peace, affinity

and harmony with the people of all religions. Verily

the Spirit through which the temple of the contingent

world shall be quickened in this time is indeed the

founder of peace, the spirit of affinity and the light of

love. This is that whereby this being of existence shall

evolve and develop and the world of humanity be

adorned with the raiment of glory and honor. Therefore

it is incumbent upon thee to enkindle thyself with

the fire of the love of God in order that thy words

may have an effect in hearts which are as of hard
stone.
|N472|P1

O thou young, incomparable tree of the Rose-garden

of the Love of God!
|P2
Thank thou God that thou art planted beside this

heavenly stream, hast been favored with the inexhaustible

outpouring, hast been trained and developed by

the rain of the cloud of the Kingdom of God and hast

brought forth fruit under the care of the Divine

Gardener. Now it is the time to cast the shade and

produce delicious fruits and impart sweetness to the

palate of the spiritual ones. Exert [thyself] with

heart and soul. Do not rest one moment, neither do

thou seek after composure. Give thou to others the

glad-tidings of the Kingdom and announce to them

the manifestation of the signs of the Realm of Might!

This is from the bounty of God. He bestoweth to

whomsoever He willeth. Verily God is the Possessor

of great gifts!
|N473|P1
O thou who hast approached toward God!
|P2

Verily I have received thy letter and my heart was

dilated by the content of thy expression, for it indicated

the illumination of thy heart, the spirituality

of thy soul, thy detachment from all the grades of this

nether world and thy yearning after the effulgences of

the Realm of Light.
|P3
By the glory of my Lord, I declare: "Verily the

splendors of divinity are continually descending upon

the pure, enlightened souls and the outpouring of the

Kingdom falls tumultuously, like unto torrents, upon the

favored realities from the rains of the providence of

thy Lord, the Merciful, the Clement!
|P4

"Cast behind every single thought and idea and attach

thyself to the commemoration of thy Master, the
Ancient. Be thou soaring in the Kingdom of God,

the Mighty, the Beneficent. Live thou in Paris until

the fragrance of the love of God may emanate from

thee in the college wherein thou art studying sciences

and unfurl thou the standard of universal peace, reconciliation,

agreement and security among all men. Rejoice
thou by the bounty of thy Lord which hath

encompassed the whole existence and sing and warble

with the most wonderful melody in the rose-garden of

knowledge. Verily thy Lord, the Beneficent, will confirm

thee in every moment and second and will empower

thee with such a power that the columns of warfare

and bloodshed shall shake and the foundation of peace

and harmony shall arise."
|N474|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant of God!
|P2
Mayest thou enjoy this cup which is overflowing

with the pure wine of the love of God! Glad-tidings

unto thee for that by reason of which thou hast become

an acceptable servant before God!
|P3

Verily I have read thy brilliant letter and praised

God for He hath made the cup of thy heart filled with

the pure wine of His love and hath chosen thee to enter

the Kingdom of His Guidance.
|P4
Now as to what thou askest concerning giving up

the scientific attainment in Paris for the sake of confining

thy days to the delivery of this Truth, it is indeed

acceptable and beloved, but if thou acquire both it would

be better and more perfect, because in this new century

the attainment of science, arts and belles lettres,

whether divine or worldly, material or spiritual, is a

matter which is acceptable before God and a duty which

is incumbent upon us to accomplish. Therefore, never

deny the spiritual things to the material, rather both

are incumbent upon thee. Nevertheless, at the time

when thou art working for such a scientific attainment,

thou must be controlled by the attraction of the love

of thy Glorious Lord and mindful of mentioning His

Splendid Name. This being the case, thou must attain

the art thou art studying to its perfection.
|P5

I implore God to assist thee in all cases and aspects

and perfume thy nostrils with the holy fragrance during

all times. Be tranquil through my love unto thee
and rejoice at my compassion upon thee.
|P6

As to the tribute thou hast sent: We have accepted

it as a treasure because it was presented by thee with

all love and great sincerity and we shall use it in building

the Holy Tomb(1,) that thy name may become immortal

forever and ever.
|N475|P1

O thou who art directed toward the Light of Guidance!

|P2

In this moment the heart of Abdu'l-Bahá is rejoiced

at thy remembrance and he is writing an answer to
thy letter so that thou mayest be so moved by the

breezes of the love of God that thou mayest become

the envy of the cypress of the rose-garden and cause

joy, yearning, longing and ecstasy to the friends.

|P3

In this great dispensation, art (or a profession) is

identical with an act of worship and this is a clear text

of the Blessed Perfection. Therefore, extreme effort

should be made in art and this will not prevent the

teaching of the people in that region. Nay, rather,

each should assist the other in art and guidance. For

instance, when the studying of art is with the intention

of obeying the command (of God) this study will certainly

be done easily and great progress will soon be

made therein; and when others discover this fragrance

of spirituality in the action itself, this same will cause

their awakening. Likewise, managing art with propriety

will become the means of sociability and affinity;

and sociability and affinity themselves tend to guide

others (to the Truth).
|P4

Satisfy thy revered father and seek his pleasure, so

that he may consider that thou observest his obedience

more than ever. Practice the utmost love and affection.

|P5
I supplicate and beseech the Threshold of Oneness
that thou mayest be confirmed and assisted.
|N476|P1

O thou who art rejoiced by the Divine Glad-tidings!

|P2

Verily I have received thy last letter and thanked God

that thou didst reach Paris protected and guarded (by

Him). Thank thou God that He assisted thee to behold

the brilliant faces of the believers of God and
favored thee to meet them in American countries.

For, verily, beholding those shining countenances is a

divine gift; by it the hearts are dilated, the souls are

rejoiced and the spirits are attracted toward the Supreme

Concourse.
|P3

Do not lament over the departure of my dearly beloved

Breakwell, for verily he hath ascended to the

luminous rose-garden in the Abha Kingdom, near the

mercy of his Lord, the Almighty, and is crying out

with the loudest voice: "O that my people knew how

my Lord hath forgiven me and made me one of those
who have attained (to the meeting of God)!"
|P4
O Breakwell, my beloved! Where is thy beautiful

countenance and where is thy eloquent tongue? Where

is thy radiant brow and where is thy brilliant face?

|P5

O Breakwell, my beloved! Where is thy enkindlement

with the fire of the love of God and where is thy

attraction to the fragrances of God? Where is thy

utterance for the glorification of God and where is thy

rising in the service of God?
|P6
O my dear, O Breakwell! Where are thy bright

eyes and where are thy smiling lips? Where are thy

gentle cheeks and where is thy graceful stature?
|P7

O my dear, O Breakwell! Verily thou hast abandoned

this transitory world and soared upward to the

Kingdom, hast attained to the grace of the Invisible

Realm and sacrificed thyself to the Threshold of the

Lord of Might!
|P8
O my adored one, O Breakwell! Verily thou hast

left behind this physical lamp, this human glass, these

earthly elements and this worldly enjoyment!
|P9
O my adored one, O Breakwell! Then thou hast

ignited a light in the glass of the Supreme Concourse,

hast entered the Paradise of Abha, art protected under

the Shade of the Blessed Tree and hast attained to the

Meeting (of the True One) in the Abode of Paradise!

|P10
O my dearly beloved, O Breakwell! Thou hast

been a divine bird and, forsaking thy earthly nest, thou

hast soared toward the holy rose-garden of the Divine

Kingdom and obtained a luminous station there!
|P11
O my dearly beloved, O Breakwell! Verily thou

art like unto the birds, chanting the verses of thy Lord,

the Forgiving, for thou wert a thankful servant; therefore

thou hast entered (into the realm beyond) with
joy and happiness!
|P12
O my beloved, O Breakwell! Verily thy Lord hath

chosen thee for His love, guided thee to the Court of

His Holiness, caused thee to enter into the Rizwan(1)

of His Association and granted thee to behold His
Beauty!
|P13

O my beloved, O Breakwell! Verily thou hast attained

to the eternal life, never-ending bounty, beatific

bliss and immeasurable providence!
|P14
O my beloved, O Breakwell! Thou hast become a

star in the most exalted horizon, a lamp among the

angels of heaven, a living spirit in the Supreme World

and art established upon the throne of immortality!

|P15
O my adored one, O my Breakwell! I supplicate

God to increase thy nearness and communication, to

make thee enjoy thy prosperity and union (with Him),

to add to thy light and beauty and to bestow upon thee

glory and majesty.
|P16
O my adored one, O my Breakwell! I mention thy

name continually, I never forget thee, I pray for thee

day and night and I see thee clearly and manifestly,

O my adored one, O Breakwell!
|P17
***Concerning thy question whether all the souls

enjoy eternal life: Know thou those souls partake of

the Eternal Life in whom the Spirit of Life is breathed

from the Presence of God and all beside them are dead

- without Life, as Christ hath explained in the texts of

the Gospel. Any person whose insight is opened by

God seeth the souls in their stations after the disintegration

of the bodies. Verily they are living and are

subsisting before their Lord and he seeth also the dead

souls submerged in the gulfs of mortality. Then know

thou verily all the souls are created according to the

nature of God and all are in the state of (unconscious)

purity at the time of their births. But afterward they

differ from one another insofar as they acquire excellencies

or defects. Nevertheless, the creatures have

different degrees in existence insofar as the creation

goes, for capacities are different, but all of them are

good and pure (in their essence), then afterward they

are polluted and defiled. Although there are different

states of creation, yet all of them are beneficial.

Glance thou over the temple of man, its members and

its parts. Among them there are the eye, ear, nose,

mouth, hands and fingers. Notwithstanding the differences

between these organs, all of them are useful

in their proper spheres. But if one of them is out of

order, there is need of a remedy and if the medicine

does not heal, then the amputation of that member
becomes necessary.
|P18
Verily I beseech God to make thee confirmed under

all circumstances. Do not become despondent, neither

be thou sad. Ere long thy Lord shall make thee a
sign of guidance among mankind.
|N477|P1
O thou dear and honorable!
|P2
I received thy last letter through his honor ...

and its contents imparted to me spiritual joy, for it

indicated the high and good friendship between thee

and the respectful maid-servant of God,... I

supplicate God to increase at every moment and second

your faith, assurance, steadfastness and your knowledge,

and likewise to create spiritual friendship and

celestial love among the friends, in order that they

may become a unit host and enlisted soldiers (of the

Kingdom of God) with accomplishment, skillfulness,

solidarity, fellowship and unison.
|P3

Verily, by this their breasts will become dilated,

their names exalted, their faces illumined, their host

confirmed and their progress, illumination, insight,

knowledge, spirituality, fragrance, attraction, enkindlement,

sanctity and purity promulgated.
|P4
Convey my greeting to ... and say to her:

"Verily the teachings which flowed from the lips of

His Highness Christ were spiritual, celestial, heavenly

and the cause of the eternal life; therefore it is explained

as heavenly food and the divine table. But

the philosophers who were the greatest sages of the

world at that time could not realize the power of the

teachings of Christ and these very philosophers were

veiled from the Spirit of Christ and did not acknowledge

His instructions, for their imaginations did not

correspond with the apprehensions of their intellects.

O what remorse is their lot by losing this Great Cause!

Consequently, the teachings of Bahá'í shall assuredly

breathe the spirit of peace, the love of God and divine

compassion in the hearts of men. These universal

results will become clear to those who cling to them

(teachings) after experience. As to thee, consider profoundly

these teachings in order that thou mayest apprehend

their realities."
|P5
O my dear Mr. ...! I beseech God to grant

thee the power of knowledge and understanding so that

thou mayest fathom the mysteries of the teachings
descended from the presence of the Glorious Lord.
|N478|P1
O thou spiritual son!
|P2

Verily I have received thy letter *** and its contents

were known. I supplicate God to open to thee a way

and prepare for thee and guide thee in thy affair.

|P3
But concerning thy marriage with the maid-servant
of God, ..., do not be in a hurry. Deliberation

and patience are necessary until her mother giveth her

consent and thy father and mother also acquiesce. This

is the divine commandment! Take thou hold of it

with a true firmness. Verily this is better for thee under

all circumstances! Verily thy Lord is gracious to His

servants and He facilitates ere long every straight

cause. But thou must submit to and rely upon God

under all conditions and He will bestow upon thee that

which is conducive to thy well-being. Verily He is

merciful and compassionate! For how many an affair

was involved in difficulty and then was straightened,

and how many a problem was solved by the permission

of God.
|P4
Be thou not grieved, neither be thou sad. Finish

thy studies in sciences and then turn thy face unto

God, asking from Him help and protection under all

conditions.
|N479|P1
O thou dear friend!
|P2
What thou hast written was perused. I beg of God

that thou wilt become assisted and confirmed under all

circumstances to find the ease of spirit and the happiness

of consciousness, to enter under the shadow of the Tree

of Life and to perfume thy nostrils from the fragrances

of the holy rose-garden and to illumine thy heart with

the lights of the mercy of guidance. Through the

grace of His Highness, the Almighty, all the affairs

become easy and feasible.
|N480|P1

O thou who art attracted to the Fire of the Love of

God!
|P2

I am cognizant of all thou hast written in thy letters.

To attain the pleasure of God is the most important

thing. Thank God thou art content with the will of

God and art attached in heart to His divine wishes;

and as thou art thus, all thy desires will be granted

thee.
|P3

Relative to your going to America, thou must observe

the wishes of thy parents and in the meantime

endeavor to diffuse the breaths of God and satisfy those

who are thirsting for the fountain of the knowledge

of God by giving them the heavenly water and merciful

rain.
|P4
Give my greetings to ... and say to her: "If

thou desirest to soften the hearts and bring thy friends

under the shadow of the Tree of Life, show forth

firmness and integrity; day by day increase thy sincerity

and severance until by the power of the Truth thou

wilt soften and subdue the hearts and awaken the souls

of the heedless."
|P5
Also give my spiritual greetings to Mr. and Mrs.
... and say to them: "May your little daughter
be a blessing to you."
|P6
O my dear ..., endure and be patient, and by
patience thou wilt attain thy desire.
|N481|P1
O thou sincere servant of God!
|P2
Be not sad nor sorrowful over what hath occurred.

What hath transpired is for the best and in it is a sacred

wisdom concealed which ere long will become manifest.

|P3
Turn thou to the Kingdom of Abha and supplicate

to the Highest Concourse. The aid and mercy of God

encompasseth all and His divine bounty is all-sufficient.

Verily something will soon occur for that kind friend

(i. e., thyself) which will bring all happiness, joy,

pleasure and contentment in the Kingdom of God.
|P4
Regarding those whose names thou hast written, I

ask aid and assistance for them from God, especially

.... I beseech at the Threshold of the Oneness
of God to shower upon him blessings and open upon

him the door of guidance, bestowing upon his heart the

heavenly light.
|N482|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2

Thank thou God for that thou art assisted to establish

a spiritual meeting in that city. That assembly is

the rose-garden of the Cause of God and that meeting

is the gathering-place of the beloved of God. If it

endureth, it is the first assembly of the world and is

the greatest assembly of mankind. Exert thyself with

all heart and soul so that it may continue and be stable

and constant until blessed results may ensue therefrom,

for without firmness and steadfastness no matter shall

prove effective in existence. Some of the friends organized

meetings for teaching in the neighborhood of

that region, but owing to lack of steadfastness those

meetings scattered with great rapidity. I hope that

thy spiritual meeting may become continual and cause

the spread of the lights.
|N483|P1
O thou my dear friend!
|P2
I am now viewing the flowers in the little garden

and remembering thy rose-like face. This material

rose, although it is beautiful and fragrant, yet it cannot

be compared with the beauty of the friends. Great is

the difference between this fragrance and that of the

friends, between the scent of this rose and the fragrance

of the love of God. That face of thine which attracts

the hearts is far more beautiful and better than this

rose, for with that beauty is accompanied illumination.

|P3

Thy gift is much appreciated and very acceptable. I

was made very, very happy and I prayed for thee that

thou mayest appreciate the contents and significance

of it.
|P4

Indeed thou hast served in Washington with no will

save the will of God in view and thou hast made me

happy and attained my pleasure.
|P5

Hold the spiritual meeting at the stated times and

be thou its candle, giving (the friends) such happiness

and joy through the glad-tidings of God as will make

them joyful and full of ecstasy. Give them all my

loving greetings. Surely manifest the utmost love

and goodness to the Baltimore friends and organize for

them a spiritual gathering.
|N484|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2
Great joy was obtained on learning of the harmony
and love of the friends. Communication with the

friends of various parts is one of the greatest means for

spreading the fragrances.
|P3
The place adjoining Washington, where, during the
summer season, the maid-servant of God, Mrs.

..., shall go, if it will not cause any disturbance

and doth not become a means of talk among the enemies,

the gathering of some of the friends there will be

favorable. We must be considerate lest it may cause

"sensation" among the people, for some people are weak

and should be treated very quietly. However, the

gathering of some of the friends there will be a cause

of enkindling the fire of the love of God and the organization

of a Bahai meeting will be harmless.
|P4
Every week two or three of the Washington friends

should go to Baltimore and endeavor to help and encourage

the friends there.
|P5

As to the seven qualifications (of the divinely enlightened

soul) of which thou hast asked an explanation,
it is as follows:
|P6
1. KNOWLEDGE. Man must attain the knowledge
of God.
|P7
2. FAITH.
|P8
3. STEADFASTNESS.
|P9
4. TRUTHFULNESS. Truthfulness is the foundation
of all the virtues of the world of humanity.

Without truthfulness, progress and success in all of the

worlds of God are impossible for a soul. When this

holy attribute is established in man, all the divine

qualities will also become realized.
|P10
5. UPRIGHTNESS. And this is one of the greatest
divine attainments.
|P11

6. FIDELITY. This is also a beautiful trait of the

heavenly man.
|P12
7. EVANESCENCE or HUMILITY. That is to say,

man must become evanescent in God. Must forget his

own selfish conditions that he may thus arise to the

station of sacrifice. It should be to such a degree that

if he sleep, it should not be for pleasure, but to rest

the body in order to do better, to speak better, to explain

more beautifully, to serve the servants of God and to

prove the truths. When he remains awake, he should

seek to be attentive, serve the Cause of God and sacrifice

his own stations for those of God. When he attains

to this station, the confirmations of the Holy Spirit will

surely reach him, and man with this power can withstand

all who inhabit the earth.
|P13

In regard to children, thou hast written that it is

decided to train them in the teachings of God from

childhood. This thought is very acceptable.
|P14

Give greeting and praise to all of the friends of God

and to His maid-servants.
|N485|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2
Thy letter, sent through the maid-servant, ...,

hath been received. Thou hast written concerning the

changing of names. A name hath no importance, for

a name must needs have a bearer (i. e., deserving a high

name). That is to say, consider (people's) morals and

character, then consider the person himself and be attentive

(to detect) one's manners and conduct and

consider his faith and assurance. If a person is illumined

with the light of the love of God, he is (like unto) the

morning star, even though his name be dark; and if he

is a captive in the darkness of error, he is gloomy even

though his name be that of a shining star. Consequently,

be thou intent that thou makest thy face illumined with

the light of the love of God, through the divine assistance

and favor. This attribute will make thee
independent of every name!
|P3

Convey my loving greetings to all of the friends of

God.
|N486|P1
O thou seeker of the Kingdom!
|P2
Thy letter *** was received. Its contents became

evident. Thou hast written concerning Baltimore -

this caused me great joy.
|P3
The revered maid-servant of God, Miss ...,

hath undergone great troubles. Praise be to God! that

she hath arisen (and is confirmed) to serve (the Kingdom

of God).
|P4
I hope that Mr. and Mrs. ... will become

the cause of spreading (the teachings) and organizing

gathering-places.
|P5
The news of Camp Mineola brought me utmost

joy and fragrance. I pray to God that the power of

the Word of God may become more evident and manifest

day by day in those regions.
|P6

Convey my respectful greeting to the maid-servant of

God, Mrs. ..., and say: "Thy service is to the

everlasting Kingdom of Glory and is conducive to eternal

life."
|P7

Convey also my greeting to the maid-servant of God,

Mrs. ..., likewise to Miss .... I supplicate
in their behalf that God may bestow upon them
heavenly illumination.
|P8
In another letter *** thou hast expressed sorrow
and grief concerning the events in the Holy Land.

On the contrary, (these events) must cause joy, happiness

and exultation, for this is the day of trial and the

occasion for the manifestation of the secrets of the soul

and heart. Have the utmost joy about the incidents

in the Holy Land and do not consider from any other

viewpoint; for the deluge of affliction is surrounding

always the Holy Land and the sincere servant of the

True One is like unto the enkindled lamp around about

which the adverse winds blow. Therefore, you must

engage in your own occupation, be familiar in spreading

the fragrances of God and characterized in promulgating

the Word of God. For instance, if you receive

news that the Holy Land is entirely changed, you must

not become relaxed at all; nay, rather you must become

firmer, more steadfast and more attracted and more engaged

in the service of the Kingdom.
|N487|P1

What(1) thou hast written was read and its contents

became known. In reality blessed days are coming.

This is the time for the service of the Kingdom and

the period of spreading the divine Call. I hope that

thou and all of the friends will occupy their time in

the service of the Kingdom at this moment when Abdu'l-Bahá

is involved in the greatest danger, so that this

heart may become gladdened and that you may become

strengthened by the Word of God, causing also the
strength of others.
|P2

Concerning thy presence in the Land of Desire, for

the present postpone (this matter) for some later time

until the arrival of summer and the passing of frosty

winter. At that time it will be acted upon according

to the circumstances.
|P3
The petition concerning unity and harmony, signed

by the majority of the believers of God, was received.

We have written a detailed answer for it and it will

be forwarded. This letter, which was signed by the

majority of the friends, brought me great, great joy.

|P4

The book that thou hast written thou wilt send and,

after its translation, it will be read.
|P5
Each letter that thou receivest from me, where in

the ending there is the command for its spreading, thou

oughtest to publish that letter and circulate it.
|P6

Endeavor so far as thou art able to create unity, harmony

and loving-kindness among the believers of God.
|N488|P1

Thy(1) last letter was received and its contents brought

joy. Thank thou God, for thou art engaged in serving

the Word of God and spending thy time with the

friends of God. If thou somewhat regard thy father

and mother, too, so that they may be somewhat pleased,

this will be the cause of pleasing me. Father and

mother are worthy of esteem and it is necessary (to

secure their good pleasure); but this on condition that

they may not prevent one from nearness to the Threshold

of the Almighty and may not withhold one from walking

in the path of the Kingdom. Nay, rather they

(parents) should encourage and inspire one (to walk

in God's path).
|P2
As to living (or conduct) in accord with the Book

of Akdas: We have spoken of this to his honor Mr.

..., for there is freedom in those lands and there

are no obstacles.
|P3

Likewise, the Ishrakat, Tarazat, and Tajalliat(1) must

be translated and published (and spread) among the

friends.
|P4

But, whatever writings and articles which the believers

may write for the spread of the Cause of God,

these they must necessarily send to the Holy Land, in

order to be corrected and rectified (or approved of)

and then to be returned to them and then published.

Before their being corrected here and before securing

permission from here, their publication is by no means

allowable.
|P5

As to the obligatory prayer (to be said three times

a day): Each one must say his prayer alone by himself,

and this is not conditional on a private place;

that is, both at home and in the worshipping-place,

which is a gathering-place, it is allowable for one to

say his prayer; but each person must say his prayer by

himself (i.e., not in company with others who might

recite the same words and continue the same postures

together at the same time). But if they chant supplications

(communes, etc.) together (and in company),
in a good and effective voice, that is very good.
|N489|P1
O God(2!)
|P2
Grant Washington happiness and peace! Illuminate

that land with the light of the faces of the friends,

make it a paradise of Glory, let it become an envy of

the green gardens of the earth! Help the friends, increase

their number, make their hearts sources of inspiration

and their souls dawnings of light. Thus may

that city become a beautiful paradise and fragrant with

the fragrance of musk.
|N490|P1
O God(1!)
|P2

Make this youth illumined and this weak one strong!

Bestow upon him knowledge and give unto him an

added strength at every dawn. Thus may he be protected

and sheltered in Thy protection from every sin

to serve Thy Cause, to guide those who are led astray,

to lead those who are poor (or weak), to free those

who are in captivity (or bondage), to awaken those

who are in lethargy and to be happy with Thy remembrance

and thought. Thou art the Powerful, the Wise!
|N491|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2
The short treatise which thou hast written upon

"Service in the Kingdom," forwarding it here and asking

permission for its publication, was read. Spread it

among the believers.
|P3

Likewise, correspondence with all the believers in all

parts is very desirable.
|P4

The copy of the pamphlet that thou hast sent before,

God willing, in opportune time will be read and forwarded

to thee.
|P5

O thou who art firm in the Covenant! Endeavor thou

in the service in the Kingdom and, God willing, in a

seasonable time, permission will be given to thee to

come to the East.
|P6

Convey longing greetings to all the friends of God.

|N492|P1
O thou servant of Baha'!
|P2
Thy letter *** was received. Correspondence

between the believers of the Orient and the Occident,

as well as between the different states of America, is

of the utmost importance and is conducive to the enkindlement

and attraction of the hearts. Show thou
great consideration to this matter.
|P3

Thou hast written concerning the translation of Tablets.

Perfect translation will be made at a time when

a committee of translators is organized. The members

of that committee must be composed of several Persians

and several Americans, all of whom must have the

utmost proficiency in both the Persian and English languages.

Then the Tablets will be translated through

this committee. For the present the organization of

such a committee is not possible. Therefore, whenever

the publication of a Tablet becomes necessary, have a

proficient person translate it, then circulate it and the

end will be attained.
|P4

Regarding the station of this servant: My station

is Abdu'l-Bahá, my name is Abdu'l-Bahá, my qualification

is Abdu'l-Bahá, my praise is Abdu'l-Bahá, my title

is Abdu'l-Bahá. All the friends of God must declare

this word, in order that all of them become united and

harmonized upon it. No difference must arise. Collect,

translate, print and spread all the Tablets written by

me regarding this question.
|P5
Concerning the Book of Akdas: Undoubtedly it

must be translated by a scientific committee of translators.

The translation of one person is not sufficient.
|P6

Concerning the spiritual assembly of Washington: I

supplicate God that it may finally become the cause of

the unification of all the nations of the world.
|P7
The maid-servant of God, Miss ..., hath not

yet returned from Persia. God willing, we will direct

her to travel to those parts.
|P8

Thou hast written regarding the believers of Baltimore.

Undoubtedly whenever opportunity affords, the

believers of Washington must go to Baltimore, become

engaged in teaching the Truth, spread the carpet of

feasting and prepare the heavenly table.
|P9

Convey respectful greeting on my behalf to the maid-servant

of God, Miss ..., and say: "O thou

divinely attracted one! Day and night, with an eloquent

tongue, teach thou the heedless ones; awaken those who

are speechless and silent. Undoubtedly the confirmation

of the Holy Spirit will descend upon thee."
|P10

Announce, on my behalf, respectful greeting to the

attracted maid-servant of God, Miss ..., and say:
"O thou beloved maid-servant of God! Now is the
time, now is the moment in which, like unto Mary
Magdalene (who loosened her tongue in the city of
great Rome), thou mayest arise and become engaged
in teaching the coming of the Kingdom of God and

spread far and wide to the ears the glad-tidings of the

Realm of Eternity!"
|P11

In brief, O thou servant of Bahá'í Strive ye that

the souls be engaged, in all parts of Europe, with the

utmost purity and sanctification, in the diffusion of the

fragrances of God.
|P12
Undoubtedly teachers both from among the women

as well as the men must go to Australia and New Zealand

whenever the means and opportunity are brought

about. Now make ye an effort that perchance through

correspondence some souls, in those parts, may become

illumined with the light of the Kingdom.
|P13
O thou servant of Bahá'í Rest thou assured. I
supplicate from God that thou mayest be delivered

wholly from passion and desire and become the faithful

and sincere servant of the Beauty of Abha.
|N493|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2
Thou hast written to his honor ... concerning
the Feast.
|P3

This Feast was established by His Highness the Báb,

to occur once in nineteen days. Likewise, the Blessed

Perfection [Bahá'u'lláh] hath commanded, encouraged

and reiterated it. Therefore, it hath the utmost
importance. Undoubtedly you must give the

greatest attention to its establishment and raise it to the

highest point of importance, so that it may become

continual and constant. The believers of God must

assemble and associate with each other in the utmost

love, joy and fragrance. They must conduct themselves

(in these Feasts) with the greatest dignity

and consideration, chant divine verses, peruse instructive

articles, read the Tablets of Abdu'l-Bahá,

encourage and inspire each other with love for the

whole human race, invoke God with perfect joy and

fragrance, sing the verses, glorifications and praises of

the Self-subsistent Lord and deliver eloquent speeches.

The owner of the house must personally serve the beloved

ones. He must seek after the comfort of all and

with the utmost humility he must show forth kindness

to every one. If the Feast is arranged in this manner

and in the way mentioned, that supper is the "Lord's

supper," for the result is the same result and the effect

is the same effect.
|P4

O thou sincere servant of the Beauty of Abha! Thou

hast written concerning Baltimore. Convey respectful

greeting on my behalf to Miss ... and say:

"Exert thyself as much as thou canst in order that thou

mayest illumine Baltimore, lay there an eternal foundation

and ignite a lamp whose rays may shine throughout
cycles and ages."
|P5
Thou hast written concerning the Tablet of Baka

Ya Ali - Baka Ya Vafi (Tablet of Protection). This

Tablet is for the healing of ailments. Whenever one

is anxious about the recovery of an ill one, he may read

this prayer with a melodious voice while in a state of

the utmost attention and concentration.
|P6
Thou hast written regarding Buddha and Confucius.

Buddha was an illustrious personage. Confucius became

the cause of civilization, advancement and prosperity

for the people of China. Now it is not the time

when we discuss concerning the stations and positions

of those who are passed away. We must concentrate

our attention upon the present. What hath transpired

in a former time is past. Now is the time when we

restrict our discussion to the Most Great Luminary of

Peace and Salvation in this Age, to talk of the
Blessed Perfection [Bahá'u'lláh] and to voice His

exhortations, behests and teachings. Buddha and Confucius

were kings in bygone ages who have disappeared.

Their sovereignty in this world is ended and their cycle

is completed. Now the Throne of the Kingdom of

Abha is established and the Blessed Perfection is sitting

upon the Throne of Grandeur. We must raise
this Call, promulgate the Word of God and live in

accord with the teachings and advices of the Beauty

of Abha.
|P7
Thou hast written regarding ..., the resident

of Calcutta (India), that he hath forwarded to thee

some addresses so that thou mayest correspond with

them about the Cause of God. If thou dost write to

them there is no harm done, nay, rather it is advantageous.

|P8

But regarding the tests: Undoubtedly they must be

violent so that those souls who are weak may fall back,

while the souls who are firm and sincere may shine forth

from the horizon of the Most Great Guidance like unto

the sparkling stars.
|N494|P1
O thou sincere servant of God!
|P2

Thy letters are received regularly and by reading them

joy was produced.
|P3
Thou hast written regarding the building of the

Mashrak-el-Azcar in Washington. This matter was discussed

with the maid-servant of Bahá'í Miss ....

It hath been concluded that when she arrives in America

she will discuss this question with you. Whatever will

be the conclusions of your discussion write to Acca.

The maid-servant of Bahá'í is in Paris; she will go to

America. These services of thine are in reality worthy

of praises, that thou hast sacrificed thyself wholly to

the True One.
|P4
Mr. ... and Mr. ... arrived and stayed

a few days here. Then, with the utmost joy and fragrance,

they started toward India.
|N495|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2

Thy letter *** was received and its contents became

the cause of the happiness of the heart of this grieved

one, for it was an evidence of exertion and magnanimity

in the service of the Cause of God.
|P3
Thou hast written regarding the publication of a

magazine. If thou shouldst edit one magazine every

six months - two in a year - then forward it to the Holy

Land to be corrected and returned, after due correction,

for its publication - it is very acceptable and will be the

cause of the penetration of the Word of God.***
|P4

Thy former articles were received. I have not yet

had time to read them. However, one of thy articles

was corrected and forwarded and thou hast it printed

and circulated. Now write thou a new article and send

it here to be corrected. It is better.
|P5

Regarding the proposition which thou hast suggested

that one of the maid-servants of the Merciful reside in

the Land of Desire and be the medium for the regulation

of correspondence, now it is not according to
wisdom.
|P6

Therefore, now edit thou a magazine in Persian and

English, then forward it here to be revised and sent

back for publication.
|P7
Convey the wonderful Abha greeting to all the
friends of God.***
|N496|P1
***O thou my kind friend!
|P2

I have the utmost love for thee and I ask God that

thou mayest become assisted in the world and in the

Kingdom and precede Paul and Peter in spreading the

Word of God and diffusing the fragrances of God and

become a manifest ensign in the regions of America.

|P3
Perhaps thou wilt meet a person in Paris who is

thoughtless and followeth his own desire. Forget thou

wholly his vain sayings and know thou that in future

again thou wilt become in touch with such souls, but

- praise be to God! - the fire of thy love is to such a

degree that the suggestions of such souls do not at all

affect thee.
|P4

In brief, arise thou in the service of thy Lord with

the utmost firmness and steadfastness. I was very much

pleased with thee. Undoubtedly this favor will become

the cause of the greatest development for thee.
|P5
Likewise, thou and his honor Mirza ... are

two brothers and like unto two birds living in one nest

and singing one melody.
|N497|P1

O thou who art firm in the Covenant and Testament!

|P2

Thy letter *** was received and its contents became

known. Thou hast written regarding the election of a

committee(1.) This is very acceptable, is conducive to the

glory of the Cause of God and the spreading of the

fragrances of God in those regions. I hope that this

committee may progress day by day until it become a

merciful assembly.
|P3

Thou hast written regarding the correspondence with

other parts, that from now on it will be carried under

the name of The Bahai Assembly of Washington. This

is also acceptable. I hope that this committee becometh

established and its members be of the utmost unity and

affinity. If the Bahai Assembly of Washington ariseth

in a befitting manner to love, service and magnanimity,

the lights of the love of God will be cast upon all sides

from that Assembly and it will find more importance

day by day, until it attain to the Most Supreme Station.

***
|N498|P1
O thou my beloved friend!
|P2

For a long time thou didst have the longing to visit

the Blessed Spot and the yearning to meet this imprisoned

one. Finally this gift became realized, but it was

for one moment and as the dew to the rose-garden of

the hearts. The destiny was such and the means were

brought about in this way. I became sad and disappointed

more than thyself. But I hope that this meeting became

as the wick of the lamp and the fire - that as soon

as it was touched it became ignited. I am expecting

the results of this meeting, that I may see thee lighted as

a candle and burning thyself as a moth with the fire

of the love of God, weeping like unto the cloud by the

greatness of love and attraction, laughing like unto the

meadow and stirred into cheerfulness like unto the

young tree by the wafting of the breeze of the Paradise

of Abha!
|P3

All the believers in the East and in this Spot are

expecting the receipt of letters from thee.
|N499|P1

The(1) letter was received and its contents became evident.

Thou hast written regarding the days of summer,
that thou hast vacation for three months and a

half. Shouldst thou find any companions, make thou a

trip to Persia, for during three months and a half it is

possible to reach Teheran, stay there a few days and

then return; but the time is not sufficient to come to

the Holy Land. If the trip to Persia cannot be brought

about, then to Ishkabad(1.)
|P2
Regarding the question of matrimony: Know thou

that the command of marriage is eternal. It will never

be changed nor altered. This is divine creation and

there is not the slightest possibility that change or

alteration affect this divine creation (marriage).

|P3
Regarding the remains of his honor the beloved

Breakwell - him who hath attained to the meeting of

the countenance of his Lord in His great Kingdom -

must be interred in that very land, not in some other

place, for to transfer the remains of the believers from

one city to another city is against the text of the Book.

|P4
Concerning the word Bahá'u'lláh: It must be
written with O and not with U.
|P5
Regarding the Moronites: All the communities of

the world will finally become familiar with this great

and most holy Cause and all of them will enter under

the shade of the Word of God.
|P6
Convey my respectful greeting to Mrs. ... and

say: "We hope that day by day thou mayest take higher

flights, attain to greater spiritual attraction, thy word

become more penetrative through the power of the

Spirit and through the confirmations of the Kingdom of

Abha become more illumined. This is the path of

salvation and prosperity. This is the attractive power

of the Holy Spirit from the Supreme Concourse."
|N500|P1

O thou who hast confessed and believed in the Words

of God!
|P2
Thank God, for He hath uncovered the veil from

before thine eye, and that thou hast witnessed the great

signs of the greatest glad-tidings which have been revealed

in the Gospel, Bible and the Psalms; and wert

confirmed that verily those glad-tidings have been allusions

to the appearance of the Kingdom of God during
this time, and that the horizons shall brighten

through the light of the effulgence in this age, which is

the age of the lights and the century of thy God, the

Powerful, the Almighty!
|P3

What a great gift is this guidance, the standards of

which are raised, the traces of which are published and

the breeze of which has blown, the garden of which is

ornamented, the basins of which have poured out, the

birds of which have sung and the joy of which is completed!

|P4

I beg God to cause thee to be a crier unto His Kingdom

in that region, wherein the Sun of Truth hath
newly commenced to disseminate and the dawn of
guidance hath risen from its horizons.
|N501|P1
O thou who art assuredly believing in God!
|P2
Verily, I am informed of thy letter which showeth

how thou art praising God, hast acknowledged the unity

of God, art attracted to His kingdom and art thanking

Him for His favor; that He hath strengthened thee in

guidance, hath illumined thine inner sight with the light

which is shining forth from the Kingdom of El-Abha,

hath caused thee to hear the Call of the Merciful from

the Supreme Concourse and hath made thee one of the

chosen ones in His brilliant and holy Threshold. O

glad-tidings be unto thee for this great gift! O blessed

art thou for this worthy deed!
|N502|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

What thou hast written was perused. It is evident

that thou hast all thy life been seeking the Lord of

signs, until now thou hast found the path of Truth and

discovered the Lord of Hosts and attained His Kingdom.

|P3

If thou shouldst stand firm and steadfast, thou wilt

progress day by day in this condition, and this flame of

fire will become a luminous lamp. If it be possible for

thee, turn thy face toward that city and be a cause of

guidance to some souls there. It is not now advisable

for you to write secretly; the time will come for that.

When you go there yourself you will be confirmed to

teach some of the people.
|N503|P1
O thou who art advancing toward God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy long letter, which showed thine

abundant joy for the appearance of the Kingdom of

God and the longing of thy heart for the knowledge of

God. Endeavor with thy soul, so that the fountain of

knowledge may flow within thy heart and the bounties

of mysteries may pour upon thee from the Kingdom of

Lights. Then thou wilt understand the meanings hidden

and recorded in symbols in the Holy Scriptures.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Hold fast to the Covenant
which hath emanated from the Supreme Pen and

which is scintillating with the light of the Orb of the

Horizons. Know thou verily, Bahá'u'lláh is the

Promised One in all the Books and Tablets, and verily,

this servant, is the herald of the Kingdom of God.

|P4

And know thou, that verily, the earthly world is as a

prison to the holy souls and these long for the Kingdom

of Sanctity, as birds long for their nests in the gardens

of beautiful and wonderful trees, flowers and fruits.

And know thou, verily, that those who were following

the steps of Christ, detached their souls from the desires

of the world, and made their hearts to depend on the

bounties of heaven. Such are the people of the Kingdom

and they are in no need of return for apprehending

the bounty of the Kingdom. The consciences of

such souls are clear, their inmost hearts are pure, [they]

have obtained their aim, have betaken themselves to

the vicinity of the mercy of their Mighty Lord, and

thus they are in no need of being refined, developed

and again endowed with sight.
|P5

I beg of God to grant all thy wishes and to cause to

appear unto thee the reality of the Cause and the divine

teachings through a heavenly bounty from the heaven

of the Covenant.
|P6

Send my greetings and peace to thy revered husband.

Every one of my household, the firm ones in the Covenant,

present unto thee greetings and praise.
|N504|P1
O thou who hast prayed to the Kingdom of God!
|P2
I have read thy letter and I have taken knowledge

of God as to thy conduct towards the Kingdom of God

and also thy conflagration with the fire of God's love.

Be reassured by the grace of thy Lord and direct thyself

towards Him.
|P3

Consider attentively and with assiduity in the New

Testament, as well as the Bible, and thou shalt find new

significances, very clear of this great Manifestation.

|P4

I declare by the just God that thou wilt see therein

a revelation of the Holy Spirit which will aid thee in

the good understanding of the Truth and the mysteries

and significances of the Books of God, the All-powerful

and the Eternal.
|P5

Then as to what thou hast asked me for pious people

who died before they heard the Voice of this Manifestation.

Listen: Those who have mounted to God

before hearing the Voice, if they followed the rules of

conduct as laid down by Jesus and always walked in

the straight path, they have obtained this Dazzling

Light after their rising to the Kingdom of God. I pray

God to lift the veil for thee and to corroborate by the

spirit of experience, so that all may be evident to thee,

by the Holy Spirit of God.
|P6

I implore God to give thee indication of good conduct

in the way of salvation, as a guiding lamp lighted

from the fire of God's Love, and to cause thee to be

called in His Name by the multitude of the world, so

that the Name of God shall be proclaimed in all far

off countries.
|P7

Give my compliments and my praises to thy estimable

husband; my greeting and praise to thee.
|N505|P1
O ye two(1) maid-servants of God!
|P2
The Lord of the Kingdom hath invited, chosen and

guided you through His pure favor, feeding you from

the heavenly table of divine knowledge! Know ye the

value of this favor and bounty and loosen your tongues

in praise; showing forth the power of knowledge and

assurance and breathing the spirit of guidance into the

hearts of the seekers.
|P3
Ask from God that ye stand firm and steadfast in
this great Cause.
|P4

I pray in your behalf, asking assistance and favor

for you. I hope that ye may become confirmed and
helped.
|N506|P1
O thou thrall of the Lord of the Kingdom!
|P2

Thy photograph was considered with utmost insight.

This picture is an emblem of an enlightened face, that

is, a countenance which hath taken a share of the outpouring

of the manifest Light. This picture is produced

by the light of the sun. Therefore, it is called a sun

picture. I pray to God that thy picture may become

reflected upon the page of existence forever and ever.

|N507|P1
O thou attracted maid-servant of God!
|P2

A few days ago the photograph of thyself and sister

was received and a tablet was revealed and forwarded.

Now, also, through pure mercy, the answer of thy letter

is transmitted.
|P3

Praise be to God! that the heavenly blessings are being

poured upon thee and thou art being led by the
light of guidance.
|P4

Supplicate to God that the seed of knowledge in the

soil of thy heart may soon develop and grow into hyacinths

and roses(1) and that the flower-garden of the love

of God may be thereby perfumed.
|P5
Therefore, I beseech God that He may bestow upon
thee a meek and submissive heart and that He may

confirm thee in the service of the divine garden and

assist thee to emulate the actions and deeds of the godly

ones. Also, that He may guide, to the Kingdom of

God, your father, mother and friends, in order that by

these heavenly blessings they may become fruitful trees

and obtain a portion of the great and glorious gift.

|N508|P1
O ye members of the shining assembly!(1)
|P2

The letter which was written by you, was not a letter,

but a musk sack. For the fragrances of the rose-garden

of its significances perfumed the nostrils of every heavenly

one; evincing firmness in the love of God, steadfastness

in the Covenant and Testament and affinity
among the friends.
|P3

This yearning one was enflamed and burning intensely,

but when I perused that letter, a gentle breeze

wafted and an extraordinary freshness and delicacy was

imparted to me. I turned my face toward the Threshold

of the Almighty and supplicated Him imploringly
thus:
|P4
"O thou Eternal One! Make the friends of that

country prosperous, acquaint them with the mysteries;

usher them into the divine rose-garden and reveal to

them the hidden realities and significances; make their

hearts the association of truth and their souls full of

divine melodies and sacred (choral) music!"
|P5

"O God! This respectful assemblage are my relatives

and kindred and the cause of the happiness of this

afflicted one. Bestow upon them a shining face and

grant them a musk-diffusing character. Show them the

mystery of the Kingdom and suffer them to hear the

soul-elevating harmony of heaven! Awaken (the people)

by the breeze of the Paradise of Abha and make

them alive by the power of the Holy Spirit. Verily,

Thou are the Powerful and Omnipotent, and Thou art

the Bestower and generous!"
|N509|P1
O thou dear servant of God!
|P2

Thy letter is received and its contents were the cause

of happiness. Regard the bounty and forgiveness of

the Mighty Creator: Though Abdu'l-Bahá is in this

blessed and illuminated Spot and thou in St. Peter

(Minn.) - the other side of the world - thou hast inhaled

the divine breath notwithstanding the great distance,

and beheld the heavenly Light. There are thousands

of people in the Holy Land associated with us and

yet they are deprived and have no hope in God. This

is naught save a blessing from the Heavenly Father

which hath enlightened that face (i. e., thy face) and

made that heart (thy heart) divine. I ask God that

thou wilt be so animated by the breaths of the Holy

Spirit that thou wilt cause that region to become an

Eden of Paradise and illumine many souls with the
brilliant Light.
|P3

Though we cannot see each other physically at this

time, thank God the Spiritual Breath is a messenger

between us, which is the means of assuring the heart

and rejoicing the spirit.
|N510|P1
O thou seeker of the Heavenly Kingdom!
|P2

This world resembles the human body and the Kingdom

of God is like the spirit of life. Think how
narrow and dark the material world of man is, how

afflicted with disease and maladies; but how bright and

spacious is His Spiritual World! Through this illustration

thou mayest comprehend in what manner is the

Spiritual World portrayed in this earthly world and in

what degree is its power effected. Though the Spirit

is concealed, its power is manifested and clear in the

phenomenal world; and so with the Kingdom of God,

though it is veiled from the eyes of ignorant people, to

men of perception it is discernable and evident. Therefore,

thou must become entirely heavenly that thou

mayest forget the earthly conditions and be immersed

in the perception of Divinity to such a degree that

thou wilt be unconscious of the surrounding material

existence.
|N511|P1
O my dear friend!
|P2

Verily, my heart is united with thee even though my

body is in a distant land, for verily neither long distance

nor immense remoteness can prevent the union

between hearts, because the clear hearts are in reality

assembled in union in the Kingdom of God, while

bodies are dispersed in the east and west of the earth.

This dispersion cannot stop the affinity and cannot veil

the eye of soul from seeing in all directions.
|N512|P1

O thou who art cheerfully moving by the Fragrances

of God!
|P2

Know thou verily, that when the Sun of Truth shown

forth to the horizons, the eyes of the people of affection

were brightened by witnessing thereof, but the blind

are in veil and discord, and say: "Where is the Sun

of the Horizon?" Leave them in the veils of passions

and fathoms of the seas of ignorance, to sink and
play.
|P3

Verily, thou shouldst be rejoiced with this Light,

which is shining to the Easts of the earth and the Wests

thereof, and be illumined thereby, so that thou becomest

saved with thy whole being from the gloomy

darkness. Then thou wilt become of the great signs of

guidance.
|N513|P1
O thou seeker of Truth!
|P2

I received the photograph of thy shining figure and

I looked at it with thorough attention. A tranquility

and steadfastness was manifest in thy visage. I beg of

God that the lights of the Kingdom may so shine upon

this face (or figure) that they may dispel the darkness

of error from many. If thou dost act according to the

commandments and exhortations of God, know thou for

a certainty that the luminosity of thy face will day by

day increase. Be thou happy and well pleased and

arise to offer thanks to God, in order that thanksgiving

may conduce to the increase of bounty.
|N514|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thy message, through the maid-servant of God
... was received. Happy is thy state that thou

art seeking the Truth and endeavoring to attain eternal

life. This is a lofty aim, but it requireth the heavenly

confirmation and assistance.
|P3

I pray that this assistance may be vouchsafed unto

thee and this bounty environ thee, that thou hearest the

call of the Kingdom and beholdest the greatest signs.

|P4

Reflect upon this: What a bounty and what a favor

it is that the sages of the world and the wise among

mankind are incompetent of comprehension, yet the

little children of the Kingdom have attained the Truth,

dwell and abide under the shadow of the Tree of Life

and are assisted by the everlasting and eternal gift!

|N515|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2

Verily that Infant is born and exists and there will

appear from His Cause a wonder which thou wilt hear

in future. Thou shalt see Him with the most perfect

form, most great gift, most complete perfection, most

great power and strongest might! His Face glisteneth

a glistening whereby the horizons are illumined! Therefore,

forget not this account as long as thou art living,

forasmuch as there are signs for it in the passing centuries

and ages.
|P3
Upon ye be greeting and praise!
|P4
Abdu'l-Bahá Abbas.+A
\bTabletsAbdu'l-Bahá-III
TABLETS OF ABDUL-BAHA - VOLUME III
|P5
"If the people live and act in accord with
the General Tablets which are revealed
to the beloved of the East and of the
West, this universe will become another
universe, and the whole existence of this
world will be clad in another garment"
|P6
Abdu'l-Bahá Abbas.
|N516|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2

Thou hast asked regarding the phrase, "HE IS GOD!"

written above the Tablets. By this Word it is intended

that no one hath any access to the Invisible Essence.

The way is barred and the road is impassable. In this

world all men must turn their faces toward "Him-whom

God-shall-Manifest." He is the "Dawning-place of

Divinity" and the "Manifestation of Deity." He is

the "Ultimate Goal," the "Adored One" of all and the

"Worshipped One" of all. Otherwise, whatever flashes

through the mind is not that Essence of essences and

the Reality of realities; nay, rather it is pure imagination(1)

woven by man and is surrounded, not the surrounding.

Consequently, it returns finally to the realm
of suppositions and conjectures.
|N517|P1

O God! O thou Attracted of the hearts of the favored

ones toward the Manifest Horizon!
|P2

Verily, Thou art witnessing that the fire is ablaze in

the breasts, the tears are streaming from the eyes and

the period of patience and silence hath come to an end.

The eyes of the beloved ones, O my God, are swimming

in tears; the hearts of the yearning ones, O my Beloved,

are wandering in the wilderness of Thy mercifulness;

and the souls of the attracted ones, O my Desire, are

afflicted with anguish on account of Thy separation!

|P3

Verily, they have heard Thy universal proclamation,

O my God, and what Thou hast revealed in the Koran:

"Say! travel ye on the earth, so that ye may behold the

signs of the mercy of God." Thereupon, after Thy ascension,

the people of faithfulness have arisen, traveling
to distant lands and hastening to far and remote

regions of the world, in order to cry out Thy Name,

to remind the souls of the arrival of Thy days, to lead

the minds to the fountain of Thy signs, to demonstrate

to all the inhabitants of the world Thy proof and Thy

religion, to guide the truth seekers to the right path

and to indicate the straight highway to the strivers.

From among them is Thy servant ... who is

firm in the Ancient Covenant, fleeing from the people

of darkness, drinking from the water of eternal life

and intoxicated with the wine which is overflowing from

the divine cup. Verily, he hath left his native abode,

waved the hand of farewell to his relatives, forsaken

ease and comfort, hastened to strange and unknown

kingdoms and accepted hardship and adversities while

heralding Thy Name, commemorating Thy glorification,

attracted to Thy beauty, stirred by the fragrances

of Thy holiness, speaking Thy praises, voicing Thy

Cause, guiding others to Thee, proving Thy religion,

demonstrating Thy irrefutable truth, becoming an answerer

to every questioning one and a guide to every
one held in error!
|P4
O my Lord! O my Lord! Verily, he endured every

affliction in Thy path and bore patiently every hardship

and adversity in Thy love. A breath of rest hath he

not breathed, neither hath he sought after any favor,

abode or habitation in this world; nay, rather hath he

walked in the footsteps of Thy most exalted Word, His

Highness Christ, for he hath taken the stars for his

lamp, the earth for his bed and the herbs for his food.

Notwithstanding this, his cry was raised in the assemblages

and his voice was heard in the meetings.

The seekers flowed toward him and the thirsty ones

hastened to drink from the water of his utterance. O

my God! This is no other than through Thy generosity,

Thy beneficence, Thy mercy and Thy favors. O
my God! Help him by the hosts of the approximate

angels, assist him by the cohorts of the Supreme Concourse

amid Thy creatures, make him a lamp of guidance
in that distant part of the earth and a luminary

shining and sparkling from the dawning-place of faithfulness,

in order that he may serve Thy holy threshold,

falling prostrate upon the ground thanking and praising

for Thy bounty, liberality and gifts to him; girding

up his loins of endeavor in Thy service and becoming

reinforced and empowered in Thy adoration!
|P5
O my Lord! O my Lord! Assign for him every

bounty and suffer him to become the sign of Thy gifts

amid Thy people. Then have pity upon me, forgive
me, show me Thy mercy and make me a sharer in his

services, a partner in his adversities and a companion in

his loneliness.
|P6
Verily Thou art the Confirmer, the Assister, the
Mighty, the Generous, the Compassionate and the
Merciful!
|N518|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2

Your letters have been received. God willing, answer

will be given very soon, but as a matter of great

importance is on foot (afloat), therefore I write it to

you in brief and it is this, that his honor Mr. ...

must compose a letter of thanks on behalf of the believers

of America in general and that letter of thanks

should be addressed to a very eminent and lofty personage.

(The contents of that letter must be of this

nature:) "That excellent news hath reached American

countries that His Royal Highness, the noble Prince,

hath dealt with utmost justice with the subjects and the

people and hath treated all the subjects with perfect

equality. He hath protected the rights of all and forbidden

the extortions of the tyrants. He is dealing

with utmost kindness and affinity and is an asylum for

every oppressed one and an open treasury to every indigent

one. He decides with justice the case of every

pleader and is a refuge and protection to the helpless.

Consequently, we in general, who are the well-wishers

of the government and Persian nation, with utmost

gratification are praising and commending the justice

of His Royal Highness, the Prince, and are content

and glad; and in order to manifest our thanks we present

this petition; and whatever in the line of service is

commanded us, we are ready to comply with the most

extreme diligence. We ask earnestly from God that the

Imperial Government become everlasting, His Imperial

Majesty, the just Shah, remain and live long, and His

Royal Highness, the Prince, become to every subject a

divine gift and that he may become confirmed and
helped in all affairs."
|P3

Let there be two copies of this petition and the more

the believers sign each of these two copies, the better

it is. Each person must sign personally. Then (when

they are finished) you forward them here. We will

write on them the address and forward to their destination.

Wisdom does not permit the mentioning of the

name of these two distinguished personages; therefore,

it is better to be left unknown.
|P4
His honor Mr. ... must compose these two

petitions in English with utmost eloquence and perfect

style. You, likewise, must translate them and forward

them here with the translations.
|P5
Upon thee be greeting and praise!
|N519|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2

Now I have found the opportunity to answer the petitions

recently received and forward them to you in
this mail.
|P3

Regarding the subject of Persia: Praise be to God!

she became the East of the Sun of Truth in this age.

The Light of Eternity dawned, the Everlasting Glory

unveiled her countenance and the Reality of Mercifulness

became manifest. This is the prosperity of Persia.

Undoubtedly she will progress day by day under

the shade of the Blessed Tree until her illumination

shall penetrate throughout the wide expanse of the

earth.
|P4

Regarding the question of the establishment of the

National Assembly: This National Assembly(1) will not

bring any rapid results. Now some of the agitators are

harboring evil intentions and do not let agreement and

union be realized between the nations and the government.

They are instigating the hopeless ones at every

moment and sending them to the British Legation, while

on the other hand they ask private assistance and protection

from the government so that they may procure

wealth. Each and all of the clergy are thinking in this

line.
|P5

However, we have nothing to do with these proceedings

and counter-proceedings. We are commanded

to quicken the souls, to train the characters, to illumine

the realm of man, to guide all the inhabitants of the

earth, to create concord and unity among all men and

to lead the world of humanity to the Fountain of the

Everlasting Glory. The reformation of one empire is

not our aim; nay, rather we invoke from God that all

the regions of the world be reformed and cultivated; the

republic of men become the manifestors of the bounty

of the most glorious Lord; the East and the West be

brought nearer together; and that Turk and Tajik,

Iran and America, India and Arabia, Japan and Persia,

China and Germany; in brief, all the nations and peoples

of the world become as one soul and one spirit, in

order that strife and warfare be entirely removed and

the rancor and hostility disappear so that all become as

the waves of one ocean, the drops of one sea, the flowers

of one rose-garden, the trees of one orchard, the

grains of one harvest and the plants of one meadow.

|P6

Regarding the statement that hath been given out as

the saying of His Majesty the Shah: This hath no

connection whatever with the Bahais; nay, rather it

hath meant the Bábis. Mirza Yahya, the son of Mirza

Hadi of Doulet Abad, and a few souls of Ezelis(1) who

are living in Teheran and were at one time secret friends

of Jamal-ed-Din of Afghan, have allied themselves

with the party, which is working against the government,

and is engaged in the work of instigating and inciting

the people. His Imperial Majesty did mean

these souls, that is, the Bábis, not the Bahais. But it is

an established fact that the Bahais are the well-wishers

of the nation and the government; are showing forth

obedience and displaying good intentions; are not interfering

in political matters; are engaged in the education

and spiritualization of characters and are occupied

with the training of the ignorant ones.
|P7
O thou who art firm in the Covenant! The general

historical report about the Cause of God in that country,(1)

that thou hast forwarded to Menshadi,(2) became
very acceptable. Undoubtedly you must, every few

months, write a report about the general conditions and

attitudes of the Cause of God in America and forward

it to Acca, so that we may send it to Persia to be printed

and spread among the people.
|P8
O thou yearning servant of the Beauty of Abha!

In the time that all the ulemas and sages, leaders, merchants

and traders, nay, even the public itself from the

highest to the lowest have taken refuge in the British

Legation and began to complain and clamor that they

are oppressed, His Royal Highness Shoa-Us-Saltanah,

the son of the Shah, cried in the Assembly of Nobles:

"These ulemas and Sheite leaders were always stigmatizing

the Bahais, saying, `They are the ill-wishers of

the government and the corruptors of nations!' Now

consider ye with the eye of justice! Sixty years have

rolled by and the Bahais have been the object of the

sword of affliction and the target of the arrows of oppression.

Thousands of houses have been destroyed,
children became captives, women became prisoners,

property was pillaged and not even a small child remained

safe; yet, notwithstanding all of this, not one

single Bahai took refuge under the flag of a foreign

power! Now these Sheites, though they have always

been treated with the utmost favor and benefit by the

government, yet without the slightest reason they went

under the protection of a foreign power and brought

down such humiliation and dishonor upon the nation

and the government! If they presented primarily their

petitions to the government, their wishes would be complied

with in a better and more effective way. This is

the difference between the Sheites and the Bahais!"

|N520|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2

I have received the eloquent article which thou hast

written at the moment of the arrival of the most great

glad-tidings regarding the establishment of the National

Assembly and the organization of the constitutional

and judicial government of Persia according to
the evident command of the Book of Akdas, and the

spontaneous joy and the genuine sympathy demonstrated

by the people of science and discernment in America at

hearing this soul-refreshing news, and the utmost happiness

to the members of the Legation. I read it and

it became the cause of the utmost joy and fragrance.

|P3

The Constitutional Government, according to the irrefutable

text of the Religion of God, is the cause of

the glory and prosperity of the nation and the civilization

and freedom of the people. However, according

to what is known, the hands of the selfish leaders from

among the ulemas (Mohammedan clergy) are in this

affair. Outwardly they are desiring the establishment

of the National Assembly and at every moment they

are crying and clamoring (for its immediate realization),

but inwardly they are sowing the seeds of corruption

and agitation and try to put at naught the noble

intention of the government. In the secret of their

hearts and souls they do not favor the upbuilding of

the National Assembly, the civilization of Persia, the

awakening of the people, the advancement of the age,

the spreading of knowledge and public instruction.

Thieves like to lurk in darkness; fishers desire disturbed

water; the bat shuns the rays of the sun; the black

beetle dislikes the fragrance of the rose-garden; the

ferocious wolf is in expectation of the sleet and snow;

and the wine seller sees his advantage in the inebriate,

irrational drinker. These leaders of religion also desire

to behold the nation thrown into a weltering chaos of

ignorance so that the rein of affairs remain in the hands

of the arrogant ulemas. They know that if the nation

began to adore wisdom, truthfulness, progression and

fidelity, it would bring about their (the ulemas)
degradation.
|P4

However, rest ye assured upon the favor and bounty

of His Highness the Almighty; for the Imperial throne

of Persia is confirmed and the Crown of the Sovereignty

of the East is protected. Undoubtedly the noble purpose

of His Imperial Majesty will play an important

role in the development of Persia. May God help and

send victory from the Supreme Kingdom, the heavenly

powers become supporters and the mercy and bestowal

of His Highness the Merciful One become the helpers!

Be ye engaged in prayer that with the utmost good-pleasure

the nation obey the government, comply with

the wise counsels of the attendants of the central dominion,

give no attention to the hearsay of the agitators

and rise not to quarrel with and to protest against

the government like unto the Russian Douma, so as to

throw the whole empire, the nation and the kingdom into

a sea of anarchy and lawlessness. Much prayer is
needed so that God may help and protect.
|P5
The marks of kindness that thou hast shown to his
honor Mr. ... became highly acceptable. You

must treat the strangers, at all times, in this manner

and help, as far as possible, all the nations of the world.

|P6

O thou who art firm in the Covenant! Truly, I say,

thou art firm and have arisen to perform the conditions

of firmness. This very matter of his honor Mr. ...

is a sign of wonder to all men and the greatest

proof of the power of the Word of God and the penetration

of the servitude of Abdu'l-Bahá. As thou art

walking in this road and art steadfast in this path,

know thou of a certainty that the assistance of Providence

will descend upon thee and the confirmation of
the Kingdom unveil herself to thee.
|N521|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2
An article in the Broadway Magazine of September,

1906, written by G. A. Dobson and published in New

York, was read. It is entitled, "The Strangest Religion

in New York." Unquestionably, you get that magazine

and read it. The writer complains of the Ottoman

government and its treatment toward the Bahai community.

There is no doubt that this article will be

read by His Excellency the Turkish Minister or the

members of the Legation. The truth is that His Imperial

Majesty the Sultan Abdul Hamid Khan hath

exercised the utmost justice toward Abdu'l-Bahá. Although

the internal and external enemies entered into

an alliance, wrote reports full of pure calumnies and

baseless impositions, became themselves the complainers

and witnesses, a body of examiners came from Constantinople

for the investigation of the true situation
and that committee of commissioners became united

with the outside and inside enemies, ratifying all the

impositions and adding to those some more important

matters, yet His Imperial Majesty Abdul Hamid Khan

- may God assist him! - acted with deliberation until it

became known and evident that all these calumnies were

founded upon rancor and hostility. Therefore, he hath

treated us, until the present time, with the utmost justice

and because of this treatment we are exceedingly

happy. If there were any other king beside His Imperial

Majesty Sultan Abdul Hamid Khan, he would

exercise his authority in another way in the face of

these unjust imputations and the conspiracies of the

external and internal foes. Nevertheless, the justice

and equity of the Sultan prevented the attacks of the

enemies and the reports of the people of oppositions

and falsehood from producing any effect. Therefore,

all the friends must pray from their hearts in behalf of

their Imperial Majesties the Padeshah of the Ottomans

and the Shah of Persia. As in these days His
Imperial Majesty Sultan Abdul Hamid Khan is in a

state of illness and indisposition, therefore the believers

of God, in meetings and assemblages, in private and

public, must invoke from the Threshold of Oneness

swift recovery for him. The friends and strangers must

know and realize that all the believers of God have the

utmost love for His Majesty the Padeshah of the Ottoman

empire and that they are entreating for him protection

and confirmation.
|N522|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2

The International Congress of Religions was organized

this year(1) in the capital of Japan. Many souls

hastened to that empire from different parts of the

world, in order that they might talk of and discuss the

principles of their own religions, each one longing to

convert that assembly to his own religion and establish

the validity of his own particular belief. This congress

had under discussion the politics of the religions. In

truth, it is a political affair and not the attraction of the

heart, faith, advancement toward God nor enkindlement

with the fire of the love of God. This congress

will not produce a lasting effect, for it is essentially

politico-religious. What is effective and conducive to

the penetration of the Word of God and the attraction

of hearts is the fragrances of holiness and the divine

glad-tidings, which the members of the congress do not

in the least comprehend.
|P3

Consequently, if the believers of God go to that country -

not to the congress - and through the power of the

Word of God, the breath of the Holy Spirit, the reading

of the verses of Oneness and associating with the

individual inhabitants of that kingdom, undoubtedly

untold and tremendous results will be realized and the

sweet fragrance of the rose-garden of mysteries will

perfume the nostrils of the people of those regions. It

is significantly useful if some of the friends of God put

forth an effort and hasten from America to those parts

(Japan).
|P4
O thou servant of God! Unquestionably, through

the manifestation of the Infinite Power in this glorious

age, wonderful signs will appear in the world and great

changes are seen in the present and promised in the

future, for the Word of God is like unto the Spirit, and

the contingent world like unto the embryo in the womb

of the mother. Through the power of the Spirit such

various changes and metamorphoses become apparent,

transforming them from one form to another. Especially

in Persia, through the power of the Word of God,
wonderful signs will appear.
|P5
O thou servant of the True One! Though I had

not the opportunity of reading one line of the paper

*** yet I read it with the utmost attention. Truly,

I say, it was a superior paper and the details of the

reception of the two great ambassadors in the house of

the favored and attracted maid-servant of God, Miss

..., became known. Such receptions are very

acceptable and praiseworthy. You must all show forth

the utmost consideration to these two ambassadors,

neither do ye fall short in serving them in whatever

manner possible.
|P6

It is very acceptable for you to present to them the

excellent praises which the Blessed Perfection hath

made in behalf of these two governments, the exhortations

which He hath delivered for obedience to them

and the prayers He hath written for the confirmation

and protection of His Imperial Majesty the Shah.

Likewise, the advices and recommendations that this

servant (Abdu'l-Bahá, himself) hath written in Tablets

to Persia and America; also the irrefutable command

that the Blessed Perfection hath given in Tablets that

the believers must obey the kings with the utmost sincerity

and fidelity, and He hath forbidden them to interfere

at all with political problems. He hath even

prohibited the believers from discussing political affairs.

|P7
Convey respectful greeting on my behalf to the
favored maid-servant of God, Miss ..., with
the utmost kindness and announce to her: "These

services and self-sacrifices of thine in the Kingdom of

God are acceptable."
|P8

O thou servant of the Blessed Perfection! Since I

have found this paper very eloquent, I send it to Persia.

|P9
O thou dear friend! I entreat from His Highness

the Desired One that He may grant divine confirmation

to that illumined youth to such an extent that he may

become the main-spring of spiritual emotions in those

regions.
|P10

Convey respectful greeting with the utmost longing

to all the friends of God on behalf of this servant.

|N523|P1
Thy(1) letters were received. Although thou hast

complained on account of not receiving answers to the

petitions of the people, yet thou hast no right to do so,

for the letters coming from those regions are like unto

a sea - who is able to answer all of them? Some of

the letters are not received and this is not the fault of

the friends and, as the administration of the post is not

well organized, many letters are lost in the mail. But

to those letters which are received, God willing, no

neglect will be displayed so far as there is time to

answer them.
|P2

Thou hast written regarding the formation of three

gatherings for spreading the Tablets; this is very acceptable.

|P3
Convey greeting on my behalf to the maid-servant
of God, Miss .... I have written two Tablets

with my own hand to her so that she may realize that

her services are accepted. Likewise, I have written a

Tablet to his honor Mr. ..., with my own hand,

so that he may known also that his endeavors are praised.

|P4

Thou hast forwarded the copies of six letters addressed

to thee from different assemblies in America.

I have not yet found time to read them, but, God willing,

I will read them. Rest thou assured.
|P5

I have not time at the present for more than this.

|P6
Upon thee be greeting and praise!
|N524|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2

Thou has written regarding the articles and papers

which are written by the believers of God and the forwarding

of them to this land for correction. This

servant, on account of the multitude of works and occupations,

hath no time whatever to attend to this matter.

If these articles are read in the spiritual assembly

of each city in America and the printing and spreading

of them is advised and approved by the assembly, it is

acceptable. This permission is granted so that those

souls do not become disappointed and may be engaged

in the composition and printing of instructive papers.

Mr. ... will arrive here and we will discuss with
him regarding this matter.
|P3
Say to Mr. ...: "If he writeth any article

and the spiritual assembly of Washington doth approve

its circulation, the spreading will be of good results."

|P4
His honor ... hath not displayed the slightest

shortcoming or omission in forwarding the letters and

papers to this land. Know ye this for a certainty.

Some of the letters have been received, but there hath

not yet been time to answer them; while on the other

hand some of them are lost in the mail. Whatever

hath been received, its answer dependeth upon time and

opportunity.
|P5

But regarding the articles: These articles must be

revised and corrected by those souls who know the

history of the Cause. If they approve their circulation

undoubtedly it will lead to the rapid promotion of the

Cause. For this servant hath no time whatever (to

revise those articles).
|P6
Regarding the receipt of letters and their early

acknowledgment: A new and complete system is organized.

God willing, it will become perfected and
put into execution.
|P7
O thou who art firm in the Covenant! Convey the

longing greeting of this servant to his honor Professor

.... The association which he hath organized

is acceptable and beloved. God willing, he will become

assisted and the confirmations of the Kingdom of Abha

will descend. Today any soul who is planted, like a

tree, along the stream of this divine rose-garden, will

grow and develop through the infinite outpourings. For

the rays of the Sun of Truth will shine forth, the Divine

Husbandman will irrigate and the soul-refreshing breeze

will waft from the direction of grace. Consequently,

that tree will find the utmost freshness and delicacy,

producing delicious fruits. Deliver to him the enclosed

Tablet.
|P8
Thou hast written regarding his honor Mr. ....

This personage is a believer and assured; he is attracted,

enkindled and of the utmost sincerity. The

believers of God must have the utmost consideration toward

him; they must not avoid him; they must seek
his companionship in a cheerful manner. For this

servant (Abdu'l-Bahá) is intoxicated with the wine of

servitude and he is happy and joyful in the thralldom

of God. Therefore, all must declare and do whatever

is the wish of his heart and soul. The point is this:

The believers must associate with Mr. ... with
joy and love.
|P9
Thou hast written regarding the reception at the

Persian Legation and the presence of the people of intelligence,

His Excellency the Turkish Minister, and

the conversation of the attracted maid-servants of God,

... and .... This news imparted the
greatest joy and happiness.
|N525|P1
O heavenly one!
|P2
The maid-servant of God ... hath praised

thee! I hope thou wilt acquire great proficiency in

writing literature, composition, eloquence of tongue and

fluency of speech, co-operating with the maid-servant

of God in the service of God, becoming an esteemed

servant in the Threshold of Oneness and partaking of

a share of the heavenly gifts, and progressing day by

day until thou attain to the apex of the excellencies

of this human world.
|N526|P1

O ye(1) illumined friends and the maid-servants of the

Merciful!
|P2
When the darkness of ignorance and heedlessness

concerning the realm of eternity and bereavement (or

deprivation) from the True One had encircled the

universe, then the resplendent Luminary dawned and

the brilliant Light illumined the horizon of the East.

Hence, the Sun of Reality shone forth, scattering the

sparkling lights of the Kingdom to the East and to the

West. Those who had seeing eyes found the Most

Great Glad-tidings, began to cry the call, "O blessed

are we! O blessed are we!" - and have beheld the

reality of things in themselves, have discovered the

mysteries of the Kingdom, were released from superstition

and doubts, perceived the lights of Truth and
became so intoxicated with the cup of the love of

God, that, wholly forgetting themselves and the world

while dancing, they ran with utmost joy and ecstasy to

the city of Martyrdom, sacrificing their minds and

their lives upon the altar of Love.
|P3
But those who were blinded became astonished and

on account of these joyous acclamations were bewildered

and beginning to cry, "Where is the light?" and said,

"We do not behold any light, we do not see any rising

sun! It is void of any truth! This is pure imagination!"

|P4

However, they have hastened bat-like in the darkness

below the ground, and according to their own

thoughts they have found a little comfort and tranquility.

Nevertheless, it is yet the early dawn and

the strength of the heat and the rays of the Sun of

Truth have not yet made their torrid and complete

impression. When it reacheth the zenith, the heat will

interpenetrate with such great intensity that it will move

and spur to the greatest velocity even the insects below

the earth. Although they are not able to behold

the light, yet the penetration of the heat will move and

agitate all of them.
|P5
Consequently, O ye friends of God, be ye thankful

that in the Day of the Effulgence ye have turned your

faces to the Orb of the regions and beheld the Lights!

Ye have received a portion from the rays of Truth and

are endowed with a share from the Everlasting Outpouring.

Therefore, ye must not rest one minute, but
thank Him for this bestowal.
|P6

Be ye not seated and silent! Diffuse the glad-tidings

of the Kingdom far and wide to the ears, promulgate

the Word of God, and put into practice the advices

and covenants of God; that is, arise ye with such

qualities and attributes that ye may continually bestow

life to the body of the world, and nurse the infants of

the universe up to the station of maturity and perfection.

Enkindle with all your might in every meeting

the light of the love of God, gladden and cheer every

heart with the utmost loving-kindness, show forth your

love to the strangers just as you show forth to your

relations. If a soul is seeking to quarrel, ask ye for

reconciliation; if he blame ye, praise [him]; if he give

you a deadly poison, bestow ye an all-healing antidote;

if he createth death, administer ye eternal life; if he

becometh a thorn, change ye into roses and hyacinths.

Perchance, through such deeds and words, this darkened

world will become illuminated, this terrestrial universe

will become transformed into a heavenly realm,

and this satanic prison become a divine court; warfare

and bloodshed be annihilated, and love and faithfulness

hoist the tent of unity upon the apex of the world.

|P7

These are the results of the divine advices and exhortations,

and the epitome of the teachings of the
Bahai Cycle.
|N527|P1
O thou who art advanced toward the Kingdom!
|P2

Thy letter was received and its contents created joy,

for it showed thy faith and assurance. Thou hast written

that they have expelled thee from the church and

thy friends are manifesting aversion toward thee. This

is the beginning of thy trials. There are greater trials

than these. Therefore, be thou not sad, nay rather, be

thou happy and full of glad-tidings. There is no harm

done if they have expelled thee from the church. Thou

hast stepped into the Kingdom of God. Thou hast

entered into the Heavenly Jerusalem and discovered

the Way to the Holy of Holies of the Kingdom. That

church is of stone and cement, whereas this Holy of

Holies is of overwhelming Light.
|P3
But the more the tormenting friends shun thee, go

thou the nearer to them. The more they deride and

blame thee, show thou forth the greater love and affection.

Do not look upon their shortcomings. Look

thou upon all of them as the people of God and endeavor

thou in right-doing and well-meaning. Ignorant

are they; understand they do not. Therefore they are

avoiding, criticizing and scorning thee.
|P4
Do not pursue thy friend, ...; leave him to
himself.
|P5
In the time of invocation to God, I remember thee

and supplicate and entreat Him to confirm thee and

assist thee in the service of His holy vineyard.
|N528|P1
O thou yearner after the Kingdom of God!
|P2
The maid-servant of God, Aseyeh, hath mentioned

thy name in her letter, praising and commending thee.

Likewise thy letter was received. I was exceedingly

happy on account of the love of the maid-servant of

God, Aseyeh, for thee. The advent of the prophets

and the revelation of the Holy Books is intended to

create love between souls and friendship between the

inhabitants of the earth. Real love is impossible unless

one turn his face towards God and be attracted to His

Beauty. The maid-servants of the Merciful should

love each other with heart and soul; for though there

be many bodies, the spirit of faith is one and the outpouring

of the Holy Spirit is universal. There is one

Light but many lamps; there is one Wine but the glasses

differ. So thou shouldst love with all thy heart and

soul the maid-servants of the Merciful and associate

with them in utmost affection in order that thou mayest

realize divine happiness and behold the outpouring of

mercy.
|P3
I beseech God that heavenly blessings may descend

upon thee, guiding thy relatives, adding day by day to

thy joy and happiness, so that thou mayest become a

heavenly herald, leading others to the Light of Truth.

|N529|P1
O thou attracted maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thy letter was received. Its contents were redolent

with spiritual emotion. Praise be unto God! who hath

created sanctified souls, illumining them with the reflections

of the Sun of Truth, and raising certain persons

for the service of the Kingdom and gardening in the

divine orchard. I hope thou wilt become a fruitful

tree producing sweet fruits. Trust thou in the bounties

of God and engage thyself in His service.
|P3

Praise be to God! that thou feelest progress in the

luminous realm through divine love. This very fact

denotes that, God willing, thou art to be a fruitful tree;

nay, rather, thou wilt become a rose-garden of the

hyacinths(1) of realities and significances. Supplicate

God that thou mayest become so. Verily this is not

impossible for God to fulfill!
|N530|P1
O ye two dear maid-servants of God!
|P2

Your longing to visit the Sacred Soil(2) is expressed

and evident and your presence will be a source of
pleasure to me.
|P3

But the best of meetings is the spiritual meeting;

for in these days visits to these regions are accomplished

with difficulty.
|P4

I ask God that that spiritual meeting become realized

so that the illumined bounty may prevail, the inner

susceptibilities may be awakened and the eternal meeting

in the Kingdom of God may be attained.
|N531|P1
O ye two(1) dear maid-servants of God!
|P2
Man must prove whatsoever he speaketh by deeds

and actions. If he claim faith, he must live and do

according to the teachings of the Kingdom of Abha.

|P3
Praise be to God! you have proved your words by
deeds, were confirmed by divine strength and have

gathered together the Bahai children in the morn and

taught them communion (prayers). This deed is very

acceptable and the joy of hearts, that children gather

every morn and turn to the Kingdom, mention God and

commune in the utmost of sweetness and bounty.
|P4

Those children are like plants and this teaching and

praying as rain which gives freshness and delicacy and

as the zephyr of the love of God which revives.
|P5
Blessed are ye and good is your end!
|N532|P1
Say(2) to [Dr.] ... that "he studied physical

medicine and he cured physical diseases. I beg of

God that he may become a spiritual physician and heal

the sickness of the ignorant ones."
|N533|P1
Convey(3) my respectful greetings to [Dr.] ...
and say: "Have confidence in heavenly bounty and

be sure of the favor of the Lord of the Kingdom. Soon

thou shalt see that the East hath embraced the West and

that the Occident and Orient are attracted to each other.

They will become as one soul, one heart and one body."

|N534|P1
Express(4) my affection to Mrs. ... and say:

"The grace of God hath chosen thee and distinguished

thee for His love, that thou mayest thank Him a
thousand times in every moment. Because of this

bounty, you must choose to serve the maid-servants of

the Merciful."
|N535|P1
O thou who art attracted to the Kingdom of God!
|P2
Thou wert an extinguished candle; now - praise be

to God! - thou art ignited; silent wert thou, but now

thou hast become a speaker, a seer, a hearer, living

and endowed with eternal life!
|P3

Today, any soul who looseneth his tongue in the delivery

of Truth and is engaged in the diffusion of the

fragrances of God, he shall undoubtedly be assisted and

confirmed by the Holy Spirit and can resist the attacks

of all the people of the world, [for the] power of the

Realm of Might shall prevail. That is why thou seest

that, although the disciples of Christ were physically

weak and apparently vanquished by the persecution of

every king, yet in the end were victorious over all and

brought them under their protection.
|N536|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thy letter was received. Thou hast written of the

organization of an assembly in that city. Look not at

the small number; nay, rather seek the pure hearts.

One holy soul is better than one thousand other souls.

If a few souls gather together in a beloved meeting

with the feelings of the Kingdom, with the divine attractions,

with pure hearts and with absolute purity and

holiness, to consort in spirit and fragrance, that gathering

will have its effect upon all the world. The conditions,

the words and the deeds of that gathering will

lead a world to eternal happiness and will be an evidence

of the favors of the Kingdom. The Holy Spirit
will strengthen them and the hosts of the Supreme

Concourse will render them victorious and the angels

of Abha will come in succession. By angels is meant

the divine confirmations and heavenly powers. Angels

are also those holy souls who have severed attachment

to the earthly world, who are free from the fetters of

self and passion and who have attached their hearts to

the Divine Realm and the Merciful Kingdom. They

are of the Kingdom, heavenly; they are of the Merciful

One, divine. They are the manifestations of the divine

grace and the dawns of spiritual bounty.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Thank God! Thy dear

husband inhaled a breath of the rose-garden of the

Kingdom. Now thou must draw him nearer daily
through the love of God and good conduct.
|P4

The San Francisco(1) occurrences were great. Such

events ought to awaken people and they should attach

themselves less to the mortal world; for the earthly

world hath such painful experiences and offers such cups

from the bitter wine.
|N537|P1
O thou dear maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thy letter and that of thy revered daughter were

received last year, but the storm of trials was so severe

as to hinder the writing of the answers. You will certainly

excuse. But I have implored and supplicated the
Kingdom of Abha for you and have sought help and

grace (in your behalf). Thus may your hearts be set

aglow with the fire of the love of God and [may it]

burn away the self-life. Night and day may you serve

the divine garden, endeavor to promulgate the lights

of the knowledge of God, attract souls and set aglow

the hearts. I am hopeful that thus will ye do. If ye

reach this most glorious and sublime station, ye will

receive congratulative letters from the Kingdom of

Abha.
|N538|P1
O thou confident leaf!
|P2
Thank thou God that thou hast been guided by the

light of guidance and illumined by the brilliance of the

Supreme Concourse, kindled by the fire of the love of

God and hath directed thyself to His Kingdom, partook

of the heavenly table and enjoyed the fruits of the

Tree of Life!
|P3
Thou hast been confirmed in serving those who are

nigh unto the divine household. Thou hast been cut

from aught else save God and hast been made a maid-servant

for the men of God(1.)
|P4

This is not servitude but sovereignty, and this is not

service but chieftanship and greatness! This is the garment

of everlasting glory with which thou hast clothed

thyself, and this is the rose of eternal exaltation with

which thou hast adorned thy head. It is said in the

New Testament: "Whosoever will be chief among you,

let him be your servant." In short, thou shouldst thank

God a hundred-thousand times for having been confirmed

and strengthened in obtaining such a great gift!

Know thou the value thereof and consider that its price

is highly appraised.
|N539|P1
O ye two(1) advancers towards the Kingdom of God!
|P2

I supplicate God that ye may be enkindled, like unto

two candles, with the light of the love of God; that

[your children] may be educated under the shadow of

the Tree of Life; that all the family may discover the

way to the temple of the Lord and gather in the
Kingdom of Abha.
|P3

You have written that the Cause of God is progressing

in that city. Through the showers of the glad-tidings

of the Cause of God a small mustard seed hath

become a fruitful spreading tree - its roots in the hearts

of the people. I pray, also, that God may in such wise

cultivate and nurture that Tree that it cast its shadow

over that vast and great country, distributing to all the

fruits of divine knowledge and eternal life.
|P4
O ye two lovers of the Beauty of Abha! Ere long

the Word of God will display a wonderful influence

and finally that region (America) will become the paradise

of Abha. Consequently, strive ye bravely that
this aim may be accomplished in the near future.

Striving means this: Ye must live and move according

to the divine commands and behests, be united in loving

with ecstasy and joy; do not take any rest but engage

continually in the service of the Cause of God.
|N540|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

What thou hast written was subjected to my consideration

and I was informed of the contents. If thou

seekest to be intoxicated with the Cup of the Most

Mighty Gift, cut thyself from the world and be quit of

self and desire. Exert thyself night and day until

spiritual powers may penetrate thy heart and soul.

Abandon the body and the material, until the merciful

powers may become manifest; because not until the soil

is become pure will it develop through the heavenly

bounty; not until the heart is purified, will the radiance

of the Sun of Truth shine therein. I beg of God that

thou wilt day by day increase the purity of thy heart,

the cheerfulness of thy soul, the light of thy insight

and the search for Truth.
|N541|P1
O thou honorable one!
|P2
Thank thou God that thou art instructed in music

and melody, singing with pleasant voice the glorification

and praise of the Eternal, the Living. I pray to

God that thou mayest employ this talent in prayer and

supplication, in order that the souls may become quickened,

the hearts may become attracted and all may
become inflamed with the fire of the love of God!
|N542|P1
O thou seeker after Truth!
|P2

The question of the Trinity, since the time of His

Holiness Christ until now, is the belief of the Christians,

and to the present time all the learned among them are

perplexed and confounded. All have confessed that

the question is beyond the grasp of reason, for three

cannot become one, nor one three. To unite these is

impossible; it is either one or three. If we say the

Essence of Divinity is divided, even in some aspects,

division is one of the necessities of the contingent world

and of generation, but the Ancient is holy (i.e., whole

and indivisible). If we say that the Trinity was

originally one and was later divided, change and transformation

will be necessarily applied to the Essence of

Oneness, and change and transformation are necessities

of the contingent world and not of the Essence of

Divinity. If we say this number is Ancient, three

Ancients become necessary, and among the three some

are distinguished which are also Ancients. In this wise

five Ancients are the result, and among the five are those

who are distinguished and thus nine Ancients become

necessary, and so on ad infinitum.
|P3

Thus considered, Trinity is made a necessity, although

the falsity of Trinity is evident. Furthermore, the signs

of oneness are evident and plain in all existence. If

thou shouldst gather all existent beings, thou wouldst

be unable to find two alike in all states and qualities;

of necessity there is difference. Thus the signs of oneness

are manifest and evident in all things. How
much more is the Creator of all things!
|P4

But there are, in the Gospels, clear expressions indicative

of Trinity; among them: "The Father is in the

Son and the Son is in the Father." As Christians did

not understand the meaning of this expression, their

thoughts were scattered.
|P5

The reality of this question is as follows: Divine

Oneness is proven and He revealeth Himself in the

Holy Essences. The sun is one sun but manifesteth

itself in different mirrors. If thou lookest into the

mirror and seest the manifestation of the sun, thou wilt

say, the sun is in the mirror and this sun manifest in

the mirror is the same sun of the heavens; although two

suns, yet in reality they are one. The sun hath not

descended from its high and lofty station, it hath not

taken up its abode in this mirror, but hath manifested

itself therein.
|P6

The Christ reality was like unto a pure mirror and

the Sun of Reality shone upon it from the Holy Horizon.

Therefore, it became evident that the sun is one

with regard to reality but manifesting itself in all

mirrors.
|P7
This question was explained in full for Miss
..., who translated it upon paper. Thou wilt

soon learn thereof(1.) This difficult question in its entirety

was elucidated, explained and proven.
|N543|P1
O thou yearner after the Truth!
|P2
The Supper of the Lord which His Highness the

Spirit (Christ) ate with the apostles was a heavenly

supper and not one of material bread and water, for

material objects have no connection with spiritual objects.

As at that time material food was also present,

therefore the leaders of the religion of Christ thought

that it was material food which was changed into
spiritual food.
|P3

The proof that it was not material food is this: The

apostles upon many occasions partook of material food

with His Highness Christ, yet the supper of that night

became designated as the "Lord's Supper." From this

designation it is plain and evident that they ate heavenly

food at that supper. That heavenly food consisted of

the love of God, the knowledge of God, the mysteries

of God and the bestowal of God.
|N544|P1
O thou seeker of Truth!
|P2
The Lord of Hosts became manifest to Moses and

the children of Israel in a pillar of fire, and appeared

to Christ in the fire of the love of God. This is that

of which it is said in the Gospel: One must be baptized

with fire and spirit.
|P3

Now the lights of the divine bounties of the fire of

the love of God have shone forth in the word and

letters. That is, the words and letters are similar to a

mirror, and the Sun of Truth and the Rays of Significances

have become manifest and shone forth in these
mirrors of words and letters.
|P4
Seek thou from God that thy heart may be as one

of these letters, until the Eternal Bounty may cast a

ray of splendor therein.
|P5

Pay attention minutely and cogitate, until thou mayest

apprehend the meaning of this explanation and advance

day by day, like unto thy dear mother.
|N545|P1

O thou that mirror in which the Light of Guidance is

printed!
|P2

I was informed of thy prayer, thy supplication and

thy beseeching. Know thou verily:
|P3
My throne is my mat!
|P4
My glorious crown is my servitude toward God!
|P5
My standard is the commemoration of my Lord!
|P6
My hosts are the knowledge of my Master!
|P7
My sword is the guidance of God!
|P8
My dominion is my humility, my submissiveness, my

lowliness, my abasement, my supplication and my beseeching

unto God - this is that permanent reign which
no one is able to dispute, gainsay or usurp!
|P9

I beg God to cause thee to be one of the pillars of

this divine reign, that thou mayest abundantly partake

of this joy and gladness, and I invoke God that He

may register thy name in the published Tablet, in the

pages of the Kingdom of God. I beg God to cause thy

kinsmen (those who are near and dear to thee) to

attain that which thou hast attained, to drink from

that Cup wherefrom thou art exhilarated, to brighten

their eyes through that Light whereby thine eyes were

brightened and to cause them to hearken to that Call

whereby thine ears were delighted; and that He may

make you assemble under the shadow of the Tree of

the Testament, and cause you to be of the hosts of His

Kingdom, that ye may conquer the East of that region

as well as its West, through the sword of peace and

the weapons of love, union and agreement, and that He

may make thee to be a server in His blessed Olive Garden,

and in his El-Abha (i.e., Most Glorious) Paradise,

and in His Holy Garden of the Supreme Kingdom.
|N546|P1
O thou who art always calling on God!
|P2
Thank thou God for He hath guided thee to the

path of His Kingdom and provided thee with the fruit

of the Tree of Life, which is planted in the middle of

the Ferdowce (i.e., the highest Paradise). Yea, this

fruit is the knowing God and love for God, and reliance

upon God and is the virtue with which the reality of

man is adorned, and it is the perfections which are the

great gift for the child of Adam (i.e., mankind) in

this first creation.
|P3
Verily, I beg of God to bestow upon thee and thy

relatives the blessing of His clemency and to assign for

thee and for them everlasting glory and eternal life in

the visible world and in the Kingdom.
|N547|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2
Verily, the maid-servant of God, Mrs. ...,

hath greatly praised thee; she hath given in words her

thankfulness, for thou hast guided her to the Kingdom

of her great Lord.
|P3

Verily, I say unto thee, this is better for thee than

to possess the treasures of the world, because by this

means thou wilt be drawn nigh to the Kingdom of God

and the protection of the Merciful One will always

possess thee.
|N548|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Beloved art thou, for thou hast lighted the lamp of

the love of God in the glass of America, called out in

His Name among the people and guided them to the
Kingdom of El-Abha.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Fly away with joy, for

God hath strengthened thee in this great gift, which is

a glorious crown, the gems of which are scintillating

with the light of guidance. Blessed is thy head for it

is decorated with this crown. Verily, this is better for

thee than the dominion of the world!
|N549|P1

O thou who art calling in the cities, the bearer of the

Gospel of the Kingdom of God!
|P2
Verily, I read thy wonderful and eloquent letter,

which proved thy being attracted by the utterances (or

fragrances) of God, in the new day and glorious
century.
|P3
I praised God for the spreading of His fragrances

in those regions and for the display of His manifest

signs.
|P4
Thank thou God for that He revived thee by the

Spirit of Life and awakened thee by the life-giving

breeze, which is emanating for the people of the world.

|P5

I ask God to make thee a lamp shining and illuminating

in the assemblies of knowledge, that thou shine forth

by the lights of love and peace among the maid-servants

of God, the Merciful.
|P6
O maid-servant of God! Be a caller to universal

peace, a standard of love among the people, a spreader

of the spirit of concord and union among nations and

sects, an utterer of exhortations, a demonstrator of the

proofs of the appearance of the Kingdom of God, by

a power whereby the hearts of the chosen ones become

attracted, confirmed by a might whereto the necks of

the proud men bow and those of great people are
humbled.
|P7
Take hold of the hem of the Garment of God and

preach the Kingdom of God and baptize the spirits by

the fragrances of God which have perfumed the
horizons.
|P8

Verily, I say unto thee that this holy fragrance is the

Water of Life, the Fire of the Love which hath flamed

in the Tree of Sinai and the Spirit of Life which
reviveth the dead.
|P9
We send thee herewith answers to the letters thou

sent us. This is on account of my utmost love for thee,

my great kindness to thee and my extreme sympathy
for thee. Thank thou God for this great favor.
|N550|P1

O thou who art set aglow with the Fire of the Love of

God!
|P2

Verily, I read thy long letter and was informed of

thy visions, which art for whosoever follows the path

of the Kingdom of God.
|P3

These visions repeat themselves, pass away, and appear

to the human sight every instant; but the matter

which hath stability and upon which confidence is laid, is

the bounty of the Kingdom of God and the Center of

Lights.
|P4

As to the zodiac of the stations of the Sun of Truth,

it is the station of the attainment of the mystery of

sacrifice, whereupon the lights of love, harmony and

salvation shine forth and the manifestation of firmness

dawns, in a cause unendurable by the lofty mountains.

|P5

I ask God to confirm thee therein and to make thee

a sign of salvation, a banner of progress, a spreader of

the fragrances of God and a caller in the Name of God.

|P6

Shouldst thou make firm thy feet in the love of God

and hold steadfast to the Great Cause, God will reveal

unto thee mysteries unheard by the ears and incomprehensible

by the intellects.
|P7

As to thy question regarding the meeting of trinity,

it is incumbent on thee to make it a meeting of unity,

an exposition of the mysteries of singleness, the elevation

of the standard of universal love, the spreading of

the knowledge of thy Merciful Lord, the guidance of

the souls unto the path of the Kingdom of God, the

animation of the hearts by the spirit of the love of

God, and the purification of the eyes by the light of the

knowledge of God.
|P8

Verily, I pray God to confirm thee in lighting the

lamp of God's love in the hearts and spirits. It is

incumbent on thee to organize a spiritual assembly in

that city, wherein the mysteries of the Kingdom of thy

Lord be spread and this wondrous Manifestation
promulgated.
|P9

This is beneficial for thee both in the world and in

the Kingdom, and all else vanisheth away.
|N551|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

I have read thy recent letter and noted its beautiful

contents.
|P3

I thank God that He hath opened thy sight for thee,

unfolded to thee His word of love and chosen thee from

among women.
|P4

Thus thou responded to the call, wast attracted to

the lights of the Kingdom of the Lord of Manifest

Signs, proclaimed the Truth and called in the Name

of the Lord of the high heaven.
|P5
O maid-servant of God! This day is not a day of

seclusion and solitude, but a day of proclaiming the

manifestation of the light of the Beauty of thy
Supreme Lord.
|P6

Therefore, abandon silence and seclusion and solitary

nooks and go forth into the arena of explanation.

Convey the Message of thy Lord with clearest speech

and most complete elucidation. This is better for thee

than solitude.
|P7

The season of seclusion in quiet nooks is the season

of winter when the cold and the winds increase. But

during the spring, the wafting of gentle breezes, the

passing of fragrances from the rose, the state of

equilibrium in the atmosphere and the green hue of

valleys and prairies, it is best for man to leave solitude

and enjoy out-of-door blessings. Thus be thou happy

in the commemoration of thy Lord.
|P8

Go out from the solitary place like unto a shining

star blazing on its horizon. This is better for thee in

the Kingdom of the Lord of the worlds. Thus, hearken

unto the melodies of the birds of holiness, in the garden

of fellowship, upon the branches of purity; to the

murmuring of its waters, the rustling of the trees, the

blowing of its breezes and the cooing of its doves.

|N552|P1
O thou beloved maid-servant of God!
|P2
The Divine Providence hath chosen thee, made thee

the object of favors and guided thee to the Heavenly

Father. He bestowed upon thee the eternal outpouring

and granted thee the life everlasting.
|P3

I hope that thou shalt discover the hidden significances

of divine verses, and through the bounty of the

Almighty, thou mayest become informed of the concealed

mystery and recondite symbol of the stone of the

Most Great Name(1.) These mysteries can neither be

written nor uttered. Whenever the eye of insight is

opened, the reality of meanings is understood.
|P4

In reality, all the souls are silent and speechless, but

be thou a speaker. God willing, thou wilt become such.

|N553|P1
O thou dear maid-servant of God!
|P2
Mr. ... hath greatly praised thee that - praise

be to God! - thou art like unto a melodious nightingale,

singing and warbling in the rose-garden of the love of

God, and art uttering of the mystery of the Kingdom;

that thy house and dwelling is a meeting-place of the

spiritual ones and thy nest and abode is a shelter for

the birds of heaven. Nothing is better than that man

should become a manifestor of the powers of God and

the cause of illuminating the creatures.
|N554|P1
O thou who art advancing toward the Kingdom!
|P2

Thy letter was received. From its contents it became

known that thou hast turned thy face toward His Highness,

the Merciful One, after the reading of the Book
of Ighan(1,) and hast become a new creation.
|P3

I trust in the favor of the True One, that thy sisters

and brothers may likewise attain, and that thou mayest

become confirmed with the confirmation of the Holy

Spirit, in order that thou mayest be the cause of teaching

many souls, and guide every person with whom thou
hast association and intercourse.
|P4

I ask from God that thou mayest be the cause of the

awakening and mindfulness of thy father and mother,

and that many of thy friends may rend asunder the

veils of superstition and behold the Light of Truth.

|P5
O thou advancer toward the Kingdom! Endeavor

thou day by day to increase thy yearning and attraction,

so that the attitude of supplication and prayer may be

realized more often.
|P6

If we do not meet in this physical world, I ask from

God that we may meet in the realm of vision, and that

day by day the revelation of the Kingdom may become

greater.***
|P7
Convey my respectful greeting to Mr. .... I

hope that he will become confirmed and assisted in his

voyage to India; and that the power of the Word of

God will penetrate in such wise in those parts (India)

that Mr. ... himself will stand astonished and
add to his faith and assurance.
|N555|P1

O thou tree planted in the Garden of the Love of God!

|P2

Although thou art absent in body, yet, praise God!

thou art present in spirit and art illuminated by the

lights of the Divine Love. Thou must develop day by

day and become more rejoiced than before through the

fragrances of the Holy Spirit and illumine the hearts

of others by the light of the love of God. I ask God to

confirm thee in the service of the Threshold of God and

to strengthen thee in His servitude, like unto Abdu'l-Bahá.

Thus thou mayest be thrilled with the ecstasy

of the wine of the Covenant and give a drink thereof

unto the world.
|N556|P1
O maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thy letter was read. The doors of the Kingdom are

open and the bounty of God is like unto spring rain.

Although the signs of material bounty are great, yet

the true bounty is that of heaven, spiritual, which gives

life eternal. Follow this and thy heart will become as

beautiful as a garden, thine eyes bright, thy spirit happy

and thy thought a comfort to souls.
|P3
Be a well-wisher of humanity and a servant of

mankind. Thus the strength of the Kingdom will uphold

thee and the avenues of revelation open to thee.

Because today every servant is served and is an honorable

lord and every maid-servant the queen of horizons.

Grow in humility and meekness daily, until thou
attainest eternal glory and everlasting grace.
|N557|P1

O thou who hast turned thy face toward the Kingdom

of God!
|P2

Thy letter was received. In reality thou art spiritually

hungry and athirst for the Water of Life.

Therefore I send to thee spiritual food and bestow

upon thee the Water of Life Eternal. That food is

the divine advices and exhortations revealed in the

Tablets and the spiritual outpourings of the breath of

the Holy Spirit. I hope ere long it will reach thee

and thou wilt behold what an exhilaration and beatitude

it produceth and what cheerfulness and serenity and

what heavenly emotions it createth.
|P3
Educate and train thou that dear child with the
utmost perseverance.
|N558|P1
O thou yearning one!
|P2

Be thou a physician to every sick one and teach thou

every ignorant one; that is, show thou to others the

way of the Kingdom and guide them to life eternal.

|P3

Praise be to God! I became known and revealed myself

to thee in the world of vision and instructed thee

in the search of Truth. Seek thou the light of God,

relate thou the mysteries of the True One and walk

thou in the path of the Kingdom, so that thou mayest

behold wonderful signs and observe universal confirmations.

|N559|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Fragrances of God!

|P2

Verily I am in receipt of thy last letter which indicateth

thy exceeding love for Abdu'l-Bahá, thy confidence

in God, and thy good and sincere intention in
the service of the Cause of God.
|P3

Excellent is the statement given by thee in that precious

letter - that ye are in need of love and affinity in

that country to unite the hearts and spirits.
|P4
This is the truth and there is naught beyond the
truth save error. Know thou assuredly that -
|P5
Love is the mystery of divine revelations!
|P6
Love is the effulgent manifestation!
|P7
Love is the spiritual fulfillment!
|P8
Love is the light of the Kingdom!
|P9

Love is the breath of the Holy Spirit inspired into

the human spirit!
|P10

Love is the cause of the manifestation of the Truth

(God) in the phenomenal world!
|P11

Love is the necessary tie proceeding from the realities

of things through divine creation!
|P12
Love is the means of the most great happiness in
both the material and spiritual worlds!
|P13
Love is a light of guidance in the dark night!
|P14

Love is the bond between the Creator and the creature

in the inner world!
|P15

Love is the cause of development to every enlightened

man!
|P16

Love is the greatest law in this vast universe of God!

|P17
Love is the one law which causeth and controleth
order among the existing atoms!
|P18
Love is the universal magnetic power between the
planets and stars shining in the lofty firmament!
|P19

Love is the cause of unfoldment to a searching mind,

of the secrets deposited in the universe by the Infinite!

|P20

Love is the spirit of life in the bountiful body of

the world!
|P21

Love is the cause of the civilization of nations in

this mortal world!
|P22

Love is the highest honor to every righteous nation!

The people who are confirmed therein are indeed glorified

by the Supreme Concourse, the angels of heaven
and the dwellers of the Kingdom of El-Abha! But

if the hearts of the people become devoid of the Divine

Grace - the Love of God - they wander in the desert

of ignorance, descend to the depths of ruin and fall to

the abyss of despair where there is no refuge! They

are like insects living in the lowest plane.
|P23
O beloved of God! Be ye the manifestations of

God and the lamps of guidance throughout all regions

shining with the light of love and union!
|P24
How beautiful the effulgence of this light!
|P25
O my friend! Let this letter be spread among the

beloved in America, that they may agree, unite and

love one another; nay, rather that they should love all

the people, and (be willing to) sacrifice even their

lives for one another.
|P26
This is the Path of El-Baha!
|P27
This is the Religion of El-Baha!
|P28
This is the Law of El-Baha!
|P29

He who hath not this hath no portion with El-Baha!

|N560|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

I ask from the favors of the Sun of Truth the splendors

of the eternal outpouring for thee; I beg everlasting

glory and desire for thee and thy family divine

gifts, so that all of you may become united and harmonized,

rest under the shade of the Tree of Life, and

become eternal and established in the Kingdom of Being.

|N561|P1
O thou who art turning toward the Kingdom of God!
|P2

I was informed of the contents of thy excellent letter

and supplicated the Holy Threshold, the Circuit of

the Supreme Concourse, to baptize thee with the water

of knowledge and the fire of the love of God and to

make thee a perfect and faithful servant in His Great

Vineyard, so that thou mayest water the trees of the

love of God in the Paradise of Abha; and to make
thee a sign of meekness and humbleness among the

maid-servants of God and a promulgator of His Cause

in those vast and extensive regions.
|N562|P1

O thou pure soul(1) who hath turned with a submissive

heart to the Kingdom of God!
|P2
Turn thy face to the Assembly of the Covenant and

[hear Him] say: "Salutations and praise be upon you,

the fragrances of God be upon you! for that by reason

of which ye have awakened from your sleep, arisen

from your negligence and heedlessness, aroused from

your couches, relied upon your Creator, depended upon

your Maker and been kindled with the fire burning in

the Spirit on Mt. Sinai and in the Heart of Mt. Paran

- from this conflagration shall appear dazzling lights,

which shall shine upon all regions.
|P3

"Consider the first century of the time of Christ -

glory be unto Him! - and the beginning of His Cause.

In that time no one but a certain few persons believed

in Him; and the great one among them was Peter the

disciple, who, through the burning of the fire of test

and persecution, was in great fear and denied Christ

three times; then the Jews who were scoffing, persecuting,

deriding and laughing at Him, despised Him as

though He were a thief, a murderer, or a villain, and

committed against Him that which made the hearts

lament, distressed the minds, caused tears to flow and

the foundations of existence to tremble and shake! They

thought that they had done well, that they had extinguished

the Lamp, and that they had quenched the Fire

which flamed in the tree of Christian certainty; nay,

verily, that Lamp hath diffused its dazzling rays unto

the Supreme Height and that Fire hath burned until it

kindled the hearts of the righteous!"
|P4

"Then consider this day, and the day of His existence

among those people - how they crowned Him with

a diadem of thorns and now how thousands of people

adorn their heads in His name, with the Most Brilliant

Gem, glittering to the sight! Woe, woe unto the like

of such heedless people! Alas for the souls, because of

what they have committed against the Word of God

in the day of His Appearance - and today they worship

the dust which the feet of His Beloved have trod!

Such is the condition of the people. Abandon them

and let them play until they fall in abasement and loss!

|P5

"But as to ye, O ye beloved of God, let your breasts

be dilated with joy for that by reason of which ye have

attained unto the Day of God, entered the Kingdom

of God, and tasted the food of Knowledge which hath

descended from Heaven!"
|N563|P1
O thou who art advancing toward the Kingdom of
God!
|P2

Thy letter was read; its contents had bearing upon

Guidance. Praise be to God! thou possessed a perceiving

eye and an attentive ear! Now is the time for

thee to give thanks to God with an expressive tongue;

to appreciate this bounty.
|P3

Consider in what a great age thou hast stepped into

the world of existence and under the shadow of what

an Ensign of Guidance thou wert sheltered and attained

the hope and greatest desire of the saints!
|P4

If thou dost arise to comply with that which is deemed

worthy of this favor and is a duty, thou shalt observe

that this Guidance is the crown of eternal sovereignty

and this attainment is everlasting glory, happiness and

the means of the forgiveness of sins and the lamp of

eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.
|N564|P1
O thou who art witnessing the Light of Guidance!
|P2

Verily I read thy excellent letter and praised God,

for He hath removed the veil (from thy sight), caused

the light of guidance to appear, filled for thee the cup

of bestowal and directed thee to His Kingdom.
|P3

I supplicate God to increase thy faith, to encircle

thee with the lights of the Kingdom, and to guide thy

thirsting and craving sons to the Fountain-head of

Mercifulness. And (I beg of Him) to enable thee

to teach His Truth, to deliver His Cause, to promote

His Word, and to train the souls whom superstitions

have veiled from witnessing the lights of the Bounty of

these days.
|P4

O maid-servant of God! Be filled with joy, so that

thine eyes may be overflowing with tears of happiness

and beatitude, and beseech thou God to remove the veil

from the face of your sons so that they may find a

spiritual understanding of the existence of God and

may know how the human soul can receive bounty from

the divine Spirit.
|N565|P1
O thou kind maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thy letter was like a perfumed nosegay and from

that nosegay the fragrance of faith and assurance was

inhaled. Well done! Well done! that thou hast turned

thy face toward the invisible Kingdom. Excellent!

Excellent that thou art attracted to the Beauty of His

Highness the Almighty! Well done! Well done!

How happy thou art that thou hast attained to this

Most Great Gift!
|N566|P1
O thou beloved maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thank thou God that thou hast stepped into the arena

of existence in such a blessed Age and hast opened thine

ears and thine eyes in such a Promised Day. The

Splendor of the Sun of Truth thou hast beheld and the

divine Call thou hast heard. To thine ultimate desire

thou hast attained and from the sweetness of the

love of God thou hast tasted. Consequently, supplicate

ardently for spiritual attraction and ecstacy.
|P3
O thou beloved maid-servant of God! If thou art

not seeing dreams (and visions), be thou not sad. Thou

art going to see, whilst thou art awake. A wakeful eye

is acceptable in the Threshold of the Almighty. Therefore,

I hope that thou wilt open the eye of thine insight,

travel in all the realms of God, see the splendor

of the Kingdom and behold the effulgence of the Realm

of Might.
|P4
Show thou forth love and kindness on my behalf
toward thy dear husband and convey to him longing

greeting. I supplicate from God in his behalf, and

invoke assistance and confirmation for you both.
|N567|P1
O ye(1) friends of Abdu'l-Bahá!
|P2
His honor Mr. ... wrote a letter and in

that letter he mentioned your names, asking divine

favor on your behalf. While reading your names I

opened my tongue in thanksgiving in the Threshold of

Oneness, that he hath granted such favor and bestowed

such providence. He guided the souls and pointed out

to them the entrance to the Kingdom. Such confirmation

deserveth thanks and praise, and such guidance is
the most great bounty of His Highness the One.
|P3
Likewise, you must be engaged day and night, with

all your soul and heart, in thanksgiving and the glorification

of His Highness the Desired One who hath created

you in such a glorious period, made you the manifestors

of guidance in the Day of the Lord, imparted to you

the insight and enkindled your souls and spirits with

the fire of love. Today the grandeur, the majesty, the

splendor and the magnitude of this station is not clear

and manifest because it is the time of seed-sowing and

the beginning of the planting of trees in the orchard

of the Merciful One. When that seed is grown and

the tree reacheth the time of its fruition, then many

harvests shall be gathered and all regions and kingdoms

shall be adorned with its blossoms and fruits.
|P4
Ere long the Adored One of this providence will

become the Beloved of the assemblages of the world

and the rays of the Sun of Truth will illumine every

house, every place and corner. At that time the greatness

and superiority of the friends of God will become
evident and demonstrated.
|P5
Consider ye! In the day of His Highness Christ,

the grandeur and majesty of their Holiness the Apostles,

was not known. After three-hundred years the loftiness

of the station and the exaltation of their attainment

became manifest. Ere long the result of the

deeds in this cycle of Bahá'u'lláh will appear and

every one of the friends and the maid-servants will be

crowned with a diadem whose splendid gems will

radiate brilliancy and effulgence throughout cycles and

ages.
|P6

Therefore, O ye servants of God and the maid-servants

of the Merciful One, do ye not rest for one
moment! Do ye not seek any composure! Do ye not

wish for any rest and ease! Endeavor and make ye an

effort with all your heart and soul to spread the fragrances

of Paradise, to raise the eternal melody of

the Kingdom of Abha, to establish the gathering of

fellowship, to become assisted with the confirmations of

the Holy Spirit; to clothe the temple of existence with

a new garment; to bestow eternal life upon the reality

of souls; to become a cause of the civilization of the

human world; to characterize the bloodthirsty animals

with the heavenly attributes and divine commemorations;

to pacify the world with peace and salvation,
and to adorn man with the favors of His Highness

the Merciful One; that perchance ignorance, animosity

and strangeness may be removed entirely from among

the denizens of the world, and the Banner of Reconciliation,

Freedom, Nobleness and Oneness be hoisted;

for the chains of existence contain countless links, each

connected with the other. This connection is the cause

of the appearance of the invisible powers in the world

of the visible.
|P7

O ye real friends! Make ye an effort that this universe

may become another universe and this darkened world

find a ray of the Sun of Truth and become luminous

and refulgent.
|P8
I entreat God that this favor may be realized and

this unending outpouring become manifest and apparent,

and the friends of God be confirmed by every
bounty.
|N568|P1
O ye(1) blessed souls!
|P2

On the night of the feast ye entertained the beloved

and were occupied in the service of the friends of God

and the maid-servants of the Merciful One. Service

to the sons and the daughters of the Kingdom is the

diadem of everlasting glory with which ye have crowned

your heads, the garment of eternal sovereignty with

which ye have adorned your bodies, and the throne of

majesty and grandeur of heaven upon which ye sat.

Abdu'l-Bahá found the utmost rejoicing from that feast

and he was a host in his heart and soul, praying and

entreating at the Threshold of Oneness that the breaths

of the Holy Spirit waft, the angels of mercy descend

and the confirmations of the Kingdom of Abha surround

you upon all sides.
|P3
Rest ye assured that ye will become illumined,

spiritual and celestial, and your services were accepted

and praised at the Threshold of Oneness.
|N569|P1

O ye two(1) kind and beloved maid-servants of God!

|P2
A splendor from the Supper of the Lord was cast

upon the table that ye have spread and the spiritual

food descended. It was on this account that the souls

were rejoicing and happy and the spirits of those who

were present were uplifted. The soul and heart of

Abdu'l-Bahá was present and manifest. What a happy

night that was, and what a blessed feast! It became

conducive to the happiness of the people of the Supreme

Concourse, and the cause of joy and bliss to the inhabitants

of the Kingdom of Abha. I beg of God

that He may assist and confirm you so that ye may bring

about such feasts.
|N570|P1
O thou who art attracted to the Kingdom of God!
|P2

Be thou thankful and grateful to the favored maid-servant

..., for she became the cause of thy

utmost joy and bliss; she delivered thee from the narrow

way of doubts and imaginations and ushered thee

into the delectable meadow of happiness and beatitude.

She led thee from the inferior world to the exalted

realm of divinity; she took thee away from darkness

and guided thee to light, and while thou hast been deprived,

she made thee confident of the mysteries of the
Kingdom.
|P3

I supplicate God that the coverings may be removed,

the Beauty of Truth become apparent and evident; in

order that thou mayest be taught in the wisdom of God,

become a great teacher in the world of humanity and

all thy desires be attained.***
|N571|P1
O thou seeker of the Kingdom!
|P2
The letter was received and I became acquainted
with its contents.
|P3
The Cause of Bahá'u'lláh is the same as the Cause

of Christ. It is the same Temple and the same Foundation.

Both of these are spiritual springtimes and

seasons of the soul-refreshing awakening and the cause

of the renovation of the life of mankind. The spring

of this year is the same as the spring of last year. The

origins and ends are the same. The sun of today is

the sun of yesterday. In the coming of Christ, the

divine teachings were given in accordance with the infancy

of the human race. The teachings of Bahá'u'lláh
have the same basic principles, but are according
to the stage of the maturity of the world and the
requirements of this illumined age.
|P4
O thou seeker of the Kingdom! Make thou an

effort so that thou mayest partake from the spiritual

Supper of the Lord. At that time every difficulty will

become easy, and every trouble will be conducive to the

tranquility of the heart and soul.
|P5

I supplicate God that thy spiritual sight be opened

so that thou mayest behold the mysteries of the Kingdom

and become the cause of ease, adornment, reconciliation,

faithfulness and uprightness in the human
world.
|N572|P1
O thou who art guided by the Light of Guidance!
|P2
The material world is gloomy. Praise be to God!

thou hast been led to the illumined realm. Darkness

hath environed all the inhabitants of the globe, but

thou hast found guidance. The souls are dead; thou

hast been quickened through the Spirit of Truth. The

eyes are blind; thine eyes became bright by beholding

the lights. The ears are deaf; thou hast heard the voice

of the Merciful One.
|P3

Thou must express the utmost satisfaction and thanks

to Mrs. ..., for she hath guided thee and

beckoned thee to the everlasting universe. For thee she

desired perpetual glory and for thee she asked life

eternal. Therefore strive in order that in the divine

vineyard thou mayest become a gardener of Truth and

live with such deeds and words that thou mayest become

the cause of the enlightenment of the world.
|N573|P1

O thou wooer of Truth and attracted one toward the

Kingdom of God!
|P2

Thy detailed letter was received and its reading produced

the utmost joy, for it was a glorious proof of

the loftiness of thy aim and the exaltation of thine intention.

Praise be to God! that thou art the well-wisher

of the human world, art attracted to the Kingdom of

Abha and art aspiring for the advancement of the

realm of humanity. I hope that, through the instrumentality

of these lofty thoughts, attractions of

heart and heavenly glad-tidings, thou mayest become

so illumined that, through the mildly beaming splendor

of the love of God, thou mayest shine and gleam
throughout centuries and cycles.
|P3

Thou hast written that thou art a student in the progressive

spiritual school. Happy is thy condition! If

the various progressive schools join themselves to the

universal university of the Kingdom, such knowledge

and sciences will be brought into light that man will see

that the potentialities of the "Open Tablet" of existence

are infinite; will realize that all the created

things are as letters and words; will be instructed in

the lessons of the degrees of significances; will perceive

the signs of oneness in the primordial atoms of the

earth; will hear the voice of the Lord of the Kingdom;

will behold the confirmations of the Holy Spirit and

will find such ecstasy and joy that, being unable to contain

himself in the vast area of existence, he will prepare

himself for the journey toward the Kingdom and

will hasten to the immensity of the Realm of Might.

As soon as a bird is fledged, it cannot keep itself on the

ground; nay, rather it soareth up toward the Supreme

Apex - except the birds whose feet are tied, whose

wings are clipped and feathers broken and who are
soiled with water and clay.
|P4
O thou seeker of Truth! The realm of the Kingdom

is a unit. The only difference lies in this: That when

the season of spring dawneth, a new and wonderful

motion and rejuvenation is witnessed in all the existing

things; the mountains and meadows are revived; the

trees find freshness and delicacy and are clothed with

radiant and bright leaves, blossoms and fruits. In a

like manner the preceding Manifestations form an inseparable

link with the subsequent dispensations; nay,

rather they are identical with each other. Since the

world is constantly developing itself, the rays become

stronger, the outpouring becometh greater and the sun

appeareth in the meridian orbit.
|P5

O thou yearner after the Kingdom! Each Manifestation

is the heart of the world and the proficient Physician

of every patient. The world of humanity is sick,

but that skilled Physician hath the healing remedy and

He bestoweth divine teachings, exhortations and advices

which are the remedy of every ailment and the dressing

for every wound. Undoubtedly, the wise physician

discovereth the needs of the patient at every season

and prescribeth medicine. Therefore, when thou

wilt compare the teachings of the Beauty of Abha with

the requisitions and necessities of the present time, thou

wilt conclude that they are to the sick body of the world

the swift healing antidote; nay, rather they are the

remedy of everlasting health. The prescription of the

proficient physicians of the past and the future will

not be the same; nay, rather they will be in accord with

the ailment of the patient. Although the medicine is

changed, yet all of these are for the sole purpose of

the healing of the sick. In former dispensations the

sick body of the world could not bear the strong and

overpowering remedies. That is why His Highness the

Christ said: "I have yet many things to say unto you,

but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when He, the

Spirit of the Comforter, who is sent by the Father, is

come, He will guide you into all truth." Therefore, in

this age of lights, specific teachings have become universal,

in order that the outpouring of the Merciful One

environ both the East and the West, the oneness of the

Kingdom of humanity become visible and the luminosity

of truth enlighten the world of consciousness. The

descent of the New Jerusalem is the heavenly religion

which secures the prosperity of the human world and is

the effulgence of the illumination of the realm of God.

In reality Emmanuel was the forerunner of the second

coming of His Highness the Christ and the herald of

the path of the Kingdom.
|P6

This is self-evident that the letter is an organic member

of the word. This membership denotes subordination;

that is, the letter draws its life from the word and

hath spiritual relationship with it and is accounted a

part of it. The apostles were the Letters and His

Highness Christ the Essence of the Word; and the

significance of the Word, which is the Everlasting Outpouring,

cast a splendor upon those Letters. Since a

Letter is a part of the Word itself, it is intrinsically

identical with the Word.
|P7

I hope that thou shalt arise to perform all that which

His Highness Emmanuel hath predicted. Know thou

this of a certainty that thou shalt become assisted. The

confirmations of the Holy Spirit are descending uninterruptedly.

The power of the Word shall penetrate

in such wise that the Letter will become the reflective

mirror of the Sun of the Word, and the radiation of the

lights of the Word shall illumine the whole earth.

But the heavenly Jerusalem, which is established upon

the Apex of the world and the Holy of Holies of the

Almighty, which hath hoisted its banner, comprehendeth

and includeth in it all the perfections and teachings of

the former dispensations. Likewise, it is the herald

of the oneness of the world of humanity, the ensign of

universal peace, the spirit of eternal life, the lights of

divine perfections, the surrounding bestowal of the

realm of existence, the adornment and grandeur of the

world of creation and the cause of the tranquility of

human-kind.
|P8
Turn thy attention toward the holy Tablets. Read

and reflect upon the Tablets of Ishraghat, Tajalliat,

the Words of Paradise, the Glad-tidings, Tarazat and

the Book of Akdas.(1) These divine teachings in this

day are the remedy of the ailments of the world of man

and the dressing for the wounded body of existence;

they are the Spirit of Life, the Ark of Salvation, the

Magnet of the Everlasting Glory and the penetrative

power in the reality of man!
|N574|P1
O thou dear wise man!
|P2
Thy letter *** was considered. Its contents were

in the utmost of beauty and great joy was realized

therefrom.
|P3
Thou hast asked "Is it possible that this new and

living Cause is to take the place of the dead religion

of England when there hath been organized certain

sects who have arrived at high stations of spiritual

knowledge and to exalted degrees of merciful powers,

and have become distinguished in virtue from all predecessors;

notwithstanding this, is it possible that this

new Cause will attract the attention of such people to

such a degree as to unite their hearts, and gather them

under its over-shadowing protection?"
|P4

O thou dear friend! Know thou that the Distinguished

Individual of every age is according to the

virtues of that age. The Distinguished Personage who

was in the former cycle, His power and virtues were

according to the former age, but in this brilliant age

and divine cycle, the Noble Personage, the Radiant

Star, the Distinguished One, will manifest with virtues

which will eventually amaze the peoples, for He is in

spiritual virtues and divine perfections loftier than all

the Individuals; nay, rather He is the Source of Divine

Benediction and the Center of the Radiant Circle. He

is certainly comprehensive. There is no doubt that

He will reveal Himself to such a degree as to bring

all under His over-shadowing shelter.
|P5

When thou considerest carefully thou wilt find this

order and system to be established in all things. The

whole attracteth the part, and the center of the circle

is the axis of the compass. Consider His Holiness the

Spirit (Christ): Since He was the Center of spiritual

power and the Origin of divine benediction, although

in the beginning He gathered but few under His power,

yet later through that conquering power, He ushered

all sects under the shadow of the Christian tabernacle.

Compare the present with the past, see the great difference.

By this thou canst measure and reach the

reality and know for a certainty that the difference

among the sects of the world is due to the difference

of comprehensions. As long as the perceptive powers

differ, surely the opinions and thoughts also differ. But

if One Great Perceptive Power which comprehendeth

all, cometh to the Center, the differing opinions become

united, and ideal unity and oneness are revealed.
|P6

For example: When His Holiness, the Spirit (Jesus

Christ) appeared, the comprehensions of the creatures,

the susceptibilities and minds of the sects then present,

such as the Romans, the Greeks, Assyrians and Israelites

were different. When the universal power of the Spirit

of God appeared in the Center, eventually after three-hundred

years, all the differing minds gathered under
the protection of One Center. The same spiritual
susceptibilities were attained.
|P7

For the sake of illustration (literally, likeness), I

will say: When an army is under the command of

generals who have differing opinions, certainly it will

disagree in regard to maneuvers and in the order of

marching to the battlefields. But when the great commander-in-chief

who is expert in the arts of warfare

cometh to the front, all the differing opinions will be

erased and one opinion will prevail; the commander-in-chief

will bring all under his own direction. This
is an instance and not a likeness.
|P8

Now if thou shouldest say, the generals of this army

are every one artists in the art of warfare, expert and

experienced, why should they obey one person, even

though he may have accomplished a great feat - this

saying does not deserve attention, for this matter is

certain and there is no doubt therein.
|P9
Likewise the Holy Manifestations, especially the
reality of the Greatest Name, the Beauty of Abha,

when unveiled amid the assemblage of the world, like

unto Joseph of Canaan, in the divine Egypt, will appear

with such Beauty and Sweetness as to make the
lovers of the world His captives.
|P10

As to the souls who are born into this world radiant

entities and who through excessive difficulty are deprived

of great benefits and thus leave the world - they

are worthy of all sympathy, for in reality this is worthy

of regret. It is for this purpose (that is, it is with regard

to this wisdom) that the great Manifestations

(of God) unveil themselves in this world, bear every

difficulty and ordeal - to make these ready souls dawnings

of light and confer upon them eternal life. This

is the real atonement that His Holiness Christ made -

He sacrificed Himself for the life of the world.
|P11

As to the question that the holy and spiritual souls

influence, help and guide the creatures after they have

cast off this elemental mould - this is an established

truth of the Bahais. Nay even the Holy Manifestations

of God extend a great Bounty and an evident

Light after their ascent from this world. For His

Holiness Christ there was more and greater promotion

of the Word, manifestation of divine power, conversion

of holy souls, and the giving of eternal life, after [His]

martyrdom. Likewise for the Blessed Beauty (Bahá'u'lláh)

there was greater bounty and dawning of

light, manifestation of divine power, and effectiveness

of the Word after His Ascent; and ere long the Sun of

His Reality will encircle the world with its motion, heat,

radiation and bounty.
|P12

Be not sorry on account of the limited extent of the

progress of the Bahai Cause in that country(1.) This is

the beginning of the dawn. Consider the Cause of His

Holiness Christ, which took three-hundred years to

produce great effect. Now sixty years have not passed

since the beginning of this Cause, and Its Lights are

shed upon all horizons.
|P13

Regarding the Society for healing of which thou art

of a member; when it comes under the protection of

this Cause, its power will be an hundred fold.
|P14

Thou hast observed how extensive is the love of the

Bahais and that the foundation is love. As the power

of love among the Bahais is in the utmost degree and

superior to that in other religions, it is even the same

in other relations, for the cause of all is Love.
|P15
As to the question of translating the Books and

Tablets of the Blessed Beauty; it will soon be done in

all languages with the utmost of eloquence and excellence.

When the Tablets of His Holiness (Bahá'u'lláh)
are translated in accordance with the original,

with excellence and eloquence, then the Lights of Significances

will dawn and brighten all the eyes. Endeavor

thou with all thy power to make the translation as the

original.
|P16
The Blessed Beauty went to Haifa many times, and

thou hast seen Him.(1) I hope thou mayest attain the

real meeting and that is the witnessing with the eye of

insight and not of sight.
|P17

The essence of the teachings of His Holiness Bahá'u'lláh

is Universal Love, which comprehendeth all

the virtues of the world of humanity, is the cause of

eternal life and of the progress of all the individuals

of the human race. Soon thou wilt see that these

heavenly teachings, like unto the light of reality, will

envelope and enlighten the world.
|P18
The short prayer which thou hast written at the

end of thy letter is in reality original, beautiful, sweet

and effective. Chant it always.
|N575|P1
O thou esteemed maid-servant of God!
|P2
Be thou hopeful and be thou happy and rejoiced.

For I have supplicated and beseeched before the Threshold

of the Almighty that thy wish may be realized,

so thou mayest overcome the self and perform charitable

deeds and that human perfections may appear from

thee; that thou mayest be endowed with lofty gifts;

find thy way to divine wisdom and show forth the manners

and conduct of those who are favored in the
Threshold of the Almighty.
|P3

The essence of all exhortation is that thou shouldst

abandon thyself and sacrifice life, body and heart for

the Beloved One of the world.
|N576|P1
O thou servant of God!
|P2
Thy letter was received and the sign of the hand

was observed. This sign was a mystery of the perfection

of Love. I ask God that it may become realized,
and day by day, thou mayest walk more and more in

the path of the Kingdom, in order that thou mayest be

freed from the strangers and friends, be disengaged

from attachment to the material world and be attached

wholly to the divine Kingdom. At that time thou wilt

behold the lights of the most great gift.
|N577|P1
O thou maid-servant of God!
|P2

Thy poetry was received. The context was elegant.

The words were eloquent and the theme, the Manifest

Light. Consequently, it was highly appreciated. Endeavor,

so far as it is possible for thee, that day by day

thou mayest string the pearls of poesy with sweeter

rhythm and more eloquent contents, in order that it

may become conducive to the perpetuity of thy name

in the spiritual meetings. Upon thee be greeting and

praise!
|N578|P1
O thou servant of God!
|P2

What thou hast written was perused. Be thou rejoiced

on account of hearing the glad-tidings of the

Kingdom. To render thanks for such a bounty is to

show forth praiseworthy deeds.
|P3

Sacrifice thyself for the well-being of the people and

be thou a kind comforter to all the inhabitants of the

world. Ask and pray to God that thou mayest become

an enkindled lamp, to shed light upon the assembly,

to become a lover of men and a well-wisher of human

kind; nay, rather, thou mayest become the manifestation

of the divine providence, finding out the heavenly

gifts, enlisting thyself among the soldiers of the kingdom

of peace and reconciliation, delivering the people

as far as possible from war and carnage, spreading

righteousness and friendship and becoming the cause of

tranquillity and composure to the world of humanity.

|N579|P1
O thou seeker after Truth!
|P2
The letter which thou hast written to ...

was received and its contents became known. If thou

ask my name and title, it is Abdu'l-Bahá and any name

beside this is unknown here. Whosoever calleth me by

this name, accept from him - otherwise reject.
|P3

But about the three questions which thou hast asked

for thyself: The first is true. Undoubtedly, when a

soul engages in commemoration of the True One, he

will naturally feel the rest of soul and tranquility of

heart.
|P4
The second question about the supernatural power:
Without advancing toward the Kingdom of Abha, it

is impossible and inaccessible. But should a soul enter

under the shadow of the Blessed Perfection, step into

the divine Kingdom, act according to the councils and

exhortations of God and practice the New Teachings,

unquestionably he will become endowed with a supernatural

power.
|P5

But about thy third question: "Have I been subjected

to such troubles and vicissitudes before?" and

the indisputable answer, "No!" - this is also true.

|P6
For any soul who walketh in the path of guidance,

there is no doubt he shall endure hardships. Consider

thou their Highness the Apostles; likewise the Assembly

of Christians, who were sanctified souls; what

calamities and persecutions hailed them in the Cause

during the first and second century and even up to the

third century!
|P7

Look thou around the world of existence: A little

worldly transaction cannot be brought about except

through surmounting many an obstacle. How much

more important are the objects of the Supreme World!

Certainly there existeth troubles, trials, afflictions, persecution,

censure and contempt. When thou didst occupy

thy time in the past to give out religious exhortations

and advices, thou experienced some persecutions and

trouble. But thou canst not realize in this present

moment what great ordeals are in store and what unbearable

calamities, affliction and adversity exist, and

that to give up life is the easiest of all those calamities.

But the end of all these is bliss, overflowing joy, everlasting

exultation, happiness and supreme contentment.

It is eternal life, never ending glory, a lordly gift and

divine sovereignty!
|P8

In brief, thou hast asked concerning my desire for

thee: I wish, if thou art worldly, to become heavenly;

if thou art of the world of possession, become thou

celestial; if thou art of the material sphere, become an

inhabitant of the realm of Light; hasten from the world

of darkness to the world of illumination and become the

manifestor of the exhortations, advices and instructions

of the Blessed Perfection. This is my greatest desire

for thee.
|N580|P1
O ye(1) seekers of Truth!
|P2
Your letter was received and its contents became

known. The new Kingdom hath raised its tents in all

regions and hath enveloped East and West, but the

blind ones cannot see and the deaf ones cannot hear. In

the time of Christ, the doors of the divine Kingdom

were opened, but the people, being veiled, were negligent

and in a deep sleep. Therefore, they were deprived

of the spiritual glory. Now, thank ye God that
ye have found the way to the Kingdom of peace and

salvation and have heard the call of the True One.

|P3
Supplicate God that ye may become heavenly hosts,

spreading the oneness of the world of humanity, taking

in hand the armor of peace and conquering the hearts

with the sword of love.
|P4
Ye are people of the earth, become ye angels of

heaven; ye are from the West, draw ye bounties from

the East! Be ye illumined, become ye heavenly, become

ye merciful and show kindness to all the people!
|N581|P1
O thou dear friend!
|P2

Although a person of good deeds is acceptable at the Threshold of the Almighty, yet it is first "to know," and then "to do." Although a blind man produceth a most wonderful and exquisite art, yet he is deprived of seeing it. Consider how most animals labor for man, draw loads and facilitate travel; yet, as they are ignorant, they receive no reward for this toil and labor. The cloud raineth, roses and hyacinths grow; the plain and meadow, the garden and trees become green and blossom; yet they do not realize the results and outcome of all these. The lamp is lighted, but as it hath not a conscious knowledge of itself, no one hath become glad because of it. Moreover, a soul of excellent deeds and good manners will undoubtedly advance from whatever horizon he beholdeth the lights radiating. Herein lies the difference: By faith is meant, first, conscious knowledge, and second, the practice of good deeds.

Хотя добродетельный человек и принят у Порога Вседержителя, но всё же сначала должно идти знание и лишь затем - действие. Хотя слепец может создать самое прекрасное и изящное произведение искусства, он лишен способности его увидеть. Поразмысли о том, как большинство животных трудится на благо человека, перевозя тяжести и помогая в путешествиях; тем не менее, поскольку они лишены разумения, они не получают награду за свой тяжкий труд. Облака изливаются дождем, распускаются гиацинты и розы; луга и поля, сады и деревья зеленеют и цветут; и все же они не могут осознать, в чём смысл и результат происходящего. Светильник может гореть, но поскольку он не обладает самосознанием, никого не трогает его способность давать свет. Более того, душа, славящаяся исключительной благодетельностью и добронравием, несомненно, будет развиваться вне зависимости от того, на каком небосклоне она узрит лучи света. В том и состоит различие: под верой подразумевается, прежде всего, осмысленное знание, и лишь затем - совершение благих деяний.

Абдул-Баха. Цит. по: Духовный Путь (Институт Рухи), Раздел 7

|P3

Thou hast asked concerning reincarnation: Reincarnation as understood by the people, is untrue; but in the Gospel, "return" is referred to, and that is the return of qualities(1) and not the return of entities. This matter is explained in detail in the Book of Ighan, which is translated and published. Study that Book.

Ты спрашивал о реинкарнации. Реинкарнация, как ее понимают люди, не существует; однако в Евангелии говорится о "возвращении", и это возвращение есть возвращение качеств, и не сущностей. Этот вопрос детально разъяснен в Книге Иган, которая переведена и опубликована. Изучай эту Книгу.

|P4

But the difference between Christ and others is this: Christ was the Spirit, others were bodies; Christ was the Sun, others were mirrors; Christ was the Truth and was bestowing eternal life, others were dead and imparting deadness and negligence.

|P5

Thou hast asked concerning the spirits of men: They are not at all annihilated - they are immortal.(1) The spirits of heavenly souls will find eternal life, that is, they will attain the highest and most great stations of perfection; but the spirits of the heedless souls, although they are eternal, yet they are in a world of imperfection, concealment and ignorance. This is a concise answer. Contemplate and meditate upon it, in order that thou mayest comprehend the reality of the mysteries in detail. For instance: No matter how much the mineral has an existence and life, yet in comparison to man, it is entirely non-existent and deprived of life. For where man is translated from life to death, his comparative station will be that of a mineral existence.

|N582|P1
O ye(2) seekers of Truth!
|P2

Your letter was received and a sweet fragrance was

inhaled from the rose-garden of its significances. It

was an evidence of your insight, hearing and spiritual

life. For, no matter if the people are living in appearance,

yet they may be dead in reality. That is why His

Holiness Christ, sayeth in the Gospels: "Let the dead

bury the dead!"
|P3

Praise be to God! that you have found eternal life

from among the dead; that is, you have heard the call

of the divine Kingdom, are attracted to the Heavenly

Countenance and have turned your faces toward the

Center of the Light of Truth. I hope that you continue

to be a living, eternal light!
|P4

Two stones of the Most Great Name are sent enclosed

with this Tablet.
|N583|P1
O thou Glorious Lord!(1)
|P2

Make thou this little maid-servant a brilliant-starred

daughter of the Kingdom; endear her in the Threshold

of Oneness and overflow her with the cup of Thy love,

in order that she may raise the cries of joy and ecstasy

and mix ambergris with musk.(2)
|P3
Verily, Thou art the Powerful and the Mighty, and
Thou art the Wise, the Seer!
|N584|P1
O thou plant of the Garden of the Love of God!
|P2

Thy letter was received. Its content was of utmost

grace and sweetness. As thou hast turned thy face

toward the Supreme Kingdom, I hope thy disposition

and nature will prove agreeable and comforting to thy

brother and sister.
|P3

Although thou art small, yet I hope thou wilt become

great in the Kingdom. His Highness Christ, sayeth:

"Happy is the condition of the children!" God willing,

thou art one of those children.
|P4
Be obedient and kind to thy father and mother,

caressing brother and sister, and day by day adding to

thy faith and assurance.
|N585|P1
O thou dear friend!
|P2
What thou hast written was perused. Thank thou
God that the doors of the Kingdom are opened and
the way of the Truth become manifest and evident.

Therefore, enter thou completely into this divine Kingdom;

that is, acquire heavenly bliss and beatitude and

turn thy face to the Luminous Realm, so that the hurtful

powers may be dispersed at once, eternal felicity,

composure and tranquility become realized, the heart

find glad-tidings, the soul, peace, and even the body,

grace and beauty.
|N586|P1
O thou faithful one!
|P2

One of the requirements of faithfulness is that thou

mayest sacrifice thyself and, in the divine path, close

thine eye to every pleasure and strive with all thy soul

that thou mayest disappear and be lost, like unto a drop,

in the ocean of the love of God.
|N587|P1
O thou who art advanced toward God!
|P2

Thy letter was received. Its contents indicated that

thou hast become alive through the spiritual breaths of

his honor, Mr. .... Thank thou God that

thou hast attained to this bounty and hast caught the

light of guidance. Thou must be thankful to his honor,

Mr. ..., to the end of thy days, for from

his hand thou hast drunk this overflowing cup of the

Most Great Guidance.
|P3

Now show thou forth firmness and steadfastness without

wavering. If any test fall upon thee, it will be
conducive to the strength of thy faith.
|N588|P1
O thou servant of the True One!
|P2
Thy letter was received. The meeting *** which

was arranged with the utmost union in the studio of

Miss ... was in reality spiritual, merciful

and illumined. The friends of God were associating

with great harmony and friendship. I hope that all the

people of the world become united and cemented. The

Blessed Perfection hath appeared for the sole purpose

of the unification and solidarity of the people of the

world, so that all of them may enter under the shade

of one tree, sing one melody in one rose-garden and

adorn the universe with love and oneness.
|P3
Every meeting which is organized for the purpose

of unity and concord will be conducive to changing

strangers into friends, enemies into associates, and

Abdu'l-Bahá will be present in his heart and soul with

that meeting.
|P4
I entreat from God that the believers may at all

times strive to bring about union and harmony, in order

that this power of unity may display an effect in this

world; each country become illuminated, the darkness

of foreignness be dispelled gradually and the light of

unanimity dawn and shed its rays to all parts.
|N589|P1
O thou heavenly one!
|P2

Organize ye spiritual assemblies; lay ye the foundation

of union and concord in this world; destroy ye the

fabric of strife and war from the face of the earth;

construct ye the temple of harmony and agreement;

enkindle ye the light of the realm of the oneness of

humanity; open ye your eyes; gaze and behold ye the

other world! The Kingdom of peace, salvation, uprightness

and reconciliation is founded in the Invisible
World, and it will by degrees become manifest and
apparent through the power of the Word of God!
|P3
I supplicate God that ye may become the army of

that Kingdom, in order that by the power of the Most

Great Name, the friends of God may conquer this world

through love, friendship and the strength of the Kingdom

of peace; the human race become compassionate,

and bloodshed and carnage be completely effaced from

the universe.
|P4

The Spirit of truth is soaring on the Supreme Apex,

like unto a bird, in order that it may discover a severed

heart and alight therein and make its nest.
|P5
I hope that all the friends become manifestors of

knowledge and the centers of merciful feelings. Each

of them become like unto an angel and radiate heavenly

deeds, thoughts and actions.
|N590|P1
O thou who art attracted to the Kingdom!
|P2

Thy letter contained meanings full of sweetness. I

therefore took it in my hand with the utmost love and

became informed of thy desire.
|P3
O thou maid-servant of God! Glad-tidings be unto

thee! As thou art faithful and art going to remain

firm, the favors of the Bounty of Abha will encircle

thee; thou wilt become a cause of the illumination of

the human world, and be assisted by the heavenly confirmation.

|N591|P1
O ye spiritual assembly!(1)
|P2
As ye were gathered in the meeting of hospitality

with the utmost longing for the knowledge of God, that

meeting was mentioned in the divine Kingdom and

you became favored with special bounty. Such gatherings

are very praiseworthy and acceptable, for all beget

joy and fragrance, the hearts become illumined and the

despondent souls become heavenly.
|P3

Likewise, though I was remote in so far as the body

is concerned, I was near to the friends in heart and

spirit and close to the believers in that assembly.

|P4
I entreat God that your assembly wax greater day
by day and the meeting of the love of God become

adorned with celestial attributes, so that the confirmation

of the Kingdom of God descend continually.
|N592|P1
O ye friends!(1)
|P2
Thank God that the Light of Truth shone in that

city, the bounty of guidance was granted, the fire of the

love of God was ignited and the veil of superstition was

burned away.
|P3

Some souls have arisen who have unsealed their eyes,

unstopped their ears, witnessed the great signs and

heard the eternal melody of the Supreme Concourse.

Each of them became a faithful tree in the orchard of

the love of God and a shining luminous star in the

horizon of the knowledge of God. This is from the

eternal bounty and the everlasting gift.
|P4
I entreat and supplicate in the Threshold of the

Almighty and ask for your confirmation and assistance,

that you may be born wholly out of the physical world

into the Realm Divine, to seek after the eternal life

and wish for the everlasting gift, so that you may

shine upon ages and cycles like unto the morning star!

|N593|P1
O thou lamp of the Love of God!
|P2
Thou hast made the wish for the great martyrdom

in the path of Bahá'í that thou mayest become intoxicated

with that overflowing cup and sacrifice this

ephemeral life upon the divine altar, in order that thou

mayest walk in the road of faithfulness and show forth

firmness and steadfastness for the sake of the love of

Baha'.
|P3

This is the ultimate desire of the people of sanctity.

If the eternal prosperity favor and befriend thee, thou

wilt undoubtedly attain to this bounty. But for the

present this very attitude is sacrifice and martyrdom.

Blessed art thou, and again, blessed art thou!***
|N594|P1
O thou daughter of the Kingdom!
|P2
Thy letter was received; its contents were of the

utmost sweetness. No sooner had I heard it, than I

supplicated to God in thy behalf that thou mayest become

a strong growing tree, protected and guarded
from the winds of tests and attain to heavenly
guidance.
|P3
Know thou the value of Miss .... Truly

I say, she was an angel of heaven and a light beaming

and sparkling. Endear thy beloved daughter, ....
Entreat God that she and ... may become

two shining lamps in the assemblage of the world and

the cause of the grandeur and promotion of the divine

teachings.
|P4
Blessing be upon thy dear son ... and his
family. Endeavor thou in their training.
|P5

Convey on my behalf, spiritual greeting to the new

bridegroom and bride ... and say to them:

"You must become the young trees in the divine garden

and produce good fruits."
|P6
Convey my love to .... I prayed in behalf
of all the family that they may be confirmed with

the most great guidance and sacrifice their abilities,

talents and possessions in the Path of God.
|P7
O thou maid-servant of God! This celestial music

hath moved the hearts of the people in the world and

the Blessed Tree embraced all communities and nations

under its shade!
|N595|P1
O thou who art attracted toward the Kingdom!
|P2
Be thou not unhappy; the tempest of sorrow shall

pass; regret will not last; disappointment will vanish;

the fire of the love of God will become enkindled, and

the thorns and briars of sadness and despondency will

be consumed! Be thou happy; rest thou assured upon

the favors of Bahá'í so that uncertainty and hesitation

may become non-existent and the invisible outpourings

descend upon the arena of being!
|P3

If thou art seeking after spiritual tranquility, turn

thy face at all times toward the Kingdom of Abha.

If thou art desiring divine joy, free thyself from the

bands of attachment. If thou art wishing for the confirmation

of the Holy Spirit, become thou engaged in
teaching the Cause of God.
|P4

If the friends and relatives are keeping themselves

at a distance from thee, be thou not sad, for God is near

to thee. Associate thou, as much as thou canst, with

the relatives and strangers; display thou loving kindness;

show thou forth the utmost patience and resignation.

The more they oppose thee, shower thou upon

them the greater justice and equity; the more they

show hatred and opposition toward thee, challenge thou

them with great truthfulness, friendship and reconciliation.

|P5
Praise be to God, thou art near to the Kingdom of
Abha! Rest thou assured. With all my soul and

spirit, I am thy companion at all moments. Know thou

this of a certainty!
|P6

I prayed in behalf of thy relatives and family, supplicating

from God confirmation and assistance for them.
|N596|P1
O ye(1) friends of Abdu'l-Bahá!
|P2

The glad-tidings of your attraction and enkindlement,

ecstasy and exhilaration, hath reached us before

and a special Tablet hath been forwarded to you. Mr.

... and Mr. ... arrived and praised

you with the utmost enthusiasm, that "the friends of

Hoboken are firm, steadfast and eloquent (in delivering

the Truth)." In that region they have adorned a

meeting with the fragrances of holiness and organized

an assembly like unto the delectable paradise. Each

one of them is like unto a lamp brilliant with the light

of guidance and a conquering host invincible with the

power of the love of God. Likewise, they gave the

utmost praise to all the beloved throughout the regions

of America, and they were extremely happy and grateful.

They praised and commended highly the spiritual

assembly of New York, saying that day and night they

were engaged in the service of the Kingdom; likewise

they were very grateful to Mr. ....
|P3
Briefly, four days and four nights were they the

guests in the house of this imprisoned one, continually

praising and commending the beloved of God and giving

the glad-tidings of the attraction of the friends with

the fragrances of God. In this prison, Abdu'l-Bahá hath

no happiness except the arrival of the good news of the

believers. Whenever one praises them, the heart is

dilated and the soul is rejoiced.
|P4

Therefore, O ye companions of Abdu'l-Bahá, display

ye an effort, so that ye may make that region (America)

the Paradise of Abha, hoisting the banner of the

Most Great Peace and spreading the teachings of the

Beauty of Abha; in order that the slumbrous world

become awakened, the unconscious become mindful, the

universe become another universe, the human world become

the realm of the Kingdom, earthly emotions become
heavenly attractions, cruelty and oppression be

changed into love and faithfulness, the clattering of the

sword be transformed into the sweet melody of the pen

and the discordant sound of war become the wonderful

song of love and intelligence; in order that all the

individuals of humanity embrace each other and live

among themselves in perfect love and affinity.
|N597|P1
O thou(1) who hast addressed Abdu'l-Bahá!
|P2

Verily, I pray my Lord to teach thee a language and

writing of the Kingdom which will satisfy thee, so as to

dispense with all things; for that spiritual writing and

instructive tongue are eloquent, clear, laudable, legible,

read by the tongue and preserved in the heart. Blessed

is he who knows it in the world of man!
|P3
Know, verily, that the Ocean is waving, the Sun

shining, the Stars dawning. (Understand what I say!)

|P4
The tree will grow, the earth will send forth

hyacinths(1) and give blessings, and man will become of

the heavenly angels. Feed on the light of guidance and

impart light to the people. The bird will warble

melodies unknown save by the birds of heaven; then tear

asunder the veil and see the realities of things with the

eye of God. Verily, thy Lord guideth whomsoever He

willeth unto the Straight Path!
|P5
The Promised Spot will be made a racecourse for

the steeds of the race of Knowledge and the lights of

the Merciful will shine upon it. The dispersed ones

will return to the Center of Gathering and the birds

will return from the meadows of the world unto the

Nest of Harmony. This is a preordained matter.
|P6
As to thee: Thou hast borne every difficulty and

hardship and soon will be rewarded by God with a good

reward. He will destine to thee all that is good, and

choose for thee the manifestation of His mercy among

the servants; that they may thus see that the Sons of the

Kingdom have gone out(2,) while there hath come a soul

from the remotest horizon who hath entreated the
Kingdom of God.***
|N598|P1

O thou who art the single one of Japan and the unique

one of the extreme Orient!
|P2

That country hath been deprived of the divine breath

until this time; now, God be praised! thou art initiated

in the mysteries and conscious of the secrets of the

lights.
|P3

Thou hast been earthly, I hope that thou wilt become

heavenly; thou hast been gloomy, I desire that thou

wilt become luminous. Thou wert wandering in the

wilderness, thou hast found a way to the abode of the

Beloved One; thou wert a thirsty fish, thou hast attained

to the endless Ocean; thou wert a roving bird,

thou hast reached the divine Rose-garden; thou wert

spiritually sick and thou hast found real health!
|P4

Now is the time that thou shouldest entirely abandon

the comfort, ease, enjoyment and the life of this transient

world, and wholly arise to guide the people of

Japan, illuminating faces, perfuming nostrils and conquering,

through the heavenly hosts and divine reinforcements,

the hearts of the people of that region.
|P5

Do not wonder at the favor and bounty of the Lord.

By the favor of God, how often a drop hath become

undulating like a sea, and an atom hath become shining

like the sun!
|P6

The Sun of Truth hath enlightened the divine world

and illumined the universe. The rays of His grace have

shone upon the East and West, and His heat hath caused

vegetation in all countries. So the lights and the heat

of the Sun of Truth being help and assistance, what

more dost thou need?
|P7

Thou must warble, like the nightingale of significances,

in the rose-garden, so that thou mayest inspire
all the birds of the meadow to chant and to sing.
|N599|P1
O thou youth of God!
|P2
Thank God that thou hast found thy way to the

Radiant Kingdom, torn asunder the veil of superstition

and learned the reality of the mysteries.
|P3
All the people have formed a god in the world of

thought, and that form of their own imagination they

worship; when the fact is that the imagined form is

finite and the human mind is infinite.(1) Surely the infinite

is greater than the finite, for imagination is accidental

(or non-essential) while the mind is essential;

surely the essential is greater than the accidental.

|P4

Therefore consider: All the sects and peoples worship

their own thought; they create a god in their

own minds and acknowledge him to be the creator of all

things, when that form is a superstition - thus people

adore and worship imagination (or illusion).
|P5
That Essence of the Divine Entity and the Unseen

of the unseen is holy above imagination and is beyond

thought. Consciousness doth not reach It. Within the

capacity of comprehension of a produced (or created)

reality that Ancient Reality cannot be contained. It is

a different world; from it there is no information;

arrival thereat is impossible; attainment thereto is prohibited

and inaccessible. This much is known: It

exists and Its existence is certain and proven - but the

condition is unknown.
|P6

All the philosophers and the doctors knew that It is,

but they were perplexed in the comprehension of Its

existence and were at last discouraged, and in great

despair they left this world. For the comprehension of

the condition and mysteries of that Reality of realities

and Mystery of mysteries there is need for another

power and another sense. That power and sense is

not possessed by mankind, therefore they have not found

any information. For example: If a man possess the

power of hearing, the power of tasting, the power of

smelling and the power of feeling, but no power of

seeing, he cannot see. Hence, through the powers and

senses present in man the realization of the Unseen

Reality, which is pure and holy above the reach of

doubts, is impossible. Other powers are needed and

other senses required. If those powers and senses are

obtained, then information can be had; otherwise, not.

|P7

As to the question of marriage, according to the law

of God: First you must select one, and then it depends

upon the consent of the father and mother. Before

your selection they have no right of interference.

|P8

Endeavor as much as thou canst to acquire the English

language with the utmost of eloquence and excellence,

so that thou mayest be enabled to translate the

Tablets into the Japanese tongue. This is my advice.

Certainly exert thy utmost endeavor to attain this

bounty.
|N600|P1

O thou who art attracted by the Word of God to the

Kingdom of God!
|P2
Turn with the whole of thy being to God, forget

aught else save God, and supplicate God to make thee

a sign of guidance in the midst of people who are veiled

from God; perchance they may be guided to the Orb

of all horizons, enter the kingdom of harmony, drink

of the cup of the love of God, rejoice at the manifestation

of the Kingdom of God, taste the delight of the

mention of God, and shelter themselves in the shadow

of the Tree of Life in the midst of the Paradise of

God.
|P3

This beseemeth the believers; this is the qualification

of the sincere; this is the path of the knowers, and

this is the utmost aim of the faithful.
|P4
Exert thy utmost power that thou mayest share
this great bounty.
|N601|P1
O thou spiritual youth!(1)
|P2
Japan hath made wonderful progress in material

civilization, but she will become perfect when she also

becometh spiritually developed and the power of the

Kingdom becometh manifest in her.
|P3

One will encounter a little difficulty in the beginning

of the establishment of the Cause of God in that country,

but later it will become very easy, for the inhabitants

of Japan are intelligent, sagacious and have
the power of rapid assimilation.
|P4

For the present, a perfect youth like thee is favored

by the bounty of the Kingdom and hath attained to the

knowledge of the Lord of the Kingdom. Show thou

forth an effort that thou mayest finish that which is

necessary in the acquisition and study of science and

art; then travel thou toward the countries of Japan, so

that thou mayest hoist the Ensign of Truth waving

from the apex of the Supreme Concourse. Look thou

not upon thine own capability; the invisible divine confirmations

are great and the protection and providence

of the Beauty of Abha is the helper and the assistant.

When a drop draws help from the ocean, it is an ocean

in itself, and a little seed, through the outpouring of

rain, the favor of the sun and the soul-refreshing breeze,

will become a tree with the utmost freshness, full of

leaves, blossoms and fruits. Therefore, do not consider

thy capacity and merit, but rely upon the infinite

bounty and trust to His Highness the Almighty.
Do not delay. Undertake soon that which thou art
intending.
|P5

There are prophecies concerning this Manifestation

in the Buddhistic books, but they are in symbols and

metaphors, and some spiritual conditions are mentioned

therein, but the leaders of religion do not understand.

They think these prophecies are material things; yet

those signs are foreshadowing spiritual occurrences.

|N602|P1

Announce(1) greeting on my behalf to the two young

Japanese(2) and say:
|P2
"His Imperial Majesty, the Mikado, became the

cause of the material progress of Japan. I hope that

you may become the cause of her spiritual development.

This is the principle of progress.
|P3

"Unless man maketh spiritual progress in the world

of spirit, intellect and heart, he cannot gather universal

results from material advancements. Now you must

gird up the loins of endeavor and reflect duly, so that

you may quicken the people of Japan through the Spirit

of God."
|N603|P1
O ye(1) spiritual friends of Abdu'l-Bahá!
|P2
"Perfume Thou the East! Illumine Thou the West!

Bestow Thou light to the North! Grant Thou life to

the South!"
|P3

This verse hath been revealed from the lips of the

Center of the Covenant one year after the departure(2) of

Bahá'u'lláh. But the nakazeen (not understanding

its spiritual purport) wondered and derided. Praise

be to God! that now its signs have become manifest, its

power evident, and its proof plain. Thanks be unto

Him! that the East and the West are stirred into cheerfulness,

and through the Holy Fragrances all directions
are perfumed.
|P4

The Blessed Perfection, in a clear text, hath promised

us in the Book: "Verily I behold you from the

Horizon of Abha and will make victorious whomsoever

will arise in the service of my cause with the hosts of

the Supreme Concourse and the cohorts of the favored

angels!" Praise be to God! that this victory and confirmation

became visible and manifest and hath shone

forth from the horizon of the world like unto the sun.

|P5
Therefore, O ye friends of God! Show ye forth

an earnest endeavor and display ye a resolute effort, so

that ye may become assisted in the adoration of the

Ancient Beauty and the Manifest Light; to be the cause

of spreading the light of the Sun of Truth; to infuse

into the dead, antiquated body of the world a new

spirit; to cast in the fields of the hearts pure seeds; to

arise in the service of the Cause; to speak with eloquent

tongues; to become candles of guidance in the assemblage

of the world; to become shining stars in the horizon

of the existent being; to become merciful birds in

the rose-garden of oneness; to sing the melodies of realities

and significances; to spend every breath of your

lives in the most great Cause; and to devote the period

of your existence to the service of this conspicuous Light;

so that in the end ye may be freed from loss and failure

and attain to the inexhaustible treasury of the Kingdom.

For the life of man is wholly subject to danger

and impermanency. A person cannot put his assurance

even in one moment's continuity. Notwithstanding

this, the nations of the world, deceived by the mirage

of superstition, imagine themselves secure in the heavenly

way. Alas! Alas! Former communities in bygone

ages entertained the same perishing thoughts; but by

one of those periodical fluctuations they were all hidden

under the ground and afflicted with deprivation and

loss, except those souls who had become pure evanescence

and had arisen with great self-abnegation in

the path of God. Such souls shine forth as brilliant

stars from the Horizon of the Ancient Glory, and the

results which emanated from their lives in succeeding

ages and cycles are the proofs of this statement. Therefore,

do ye not rest, neither day nor night; seek ye not

for composure; talk ye of the mystery of servitude, and

seek ye the path of thralldom; so that through the

promised confirmations ye may become assisted from

the Kingdom of Oneness.
|P6

O ye friends! Dense and gloomy clouds have covered

the horizon of the world, and the darkness of

hatred, malignity, persecution, tyranny, and the greatest

cruelty is spreading. All the people are drunk with

the wine of heedlessness; and blood-thirstiness and rapaciousness

are considered the noblest excellencies of
the world of men.
|P7
His Highness the Almighty hath chosen the friends

from among the concourse of men and hath especialized

them with the most eminent guidance and the highest

gift; so that we may with our souls and hearts exert

ourselves, sacrifice our lives, be engaged in the guidance

of the people and the training of souls; so that the

wild beasts may become the gazelles of the meadows

of unity; the wolves the sheep of God; the bloodthirsty

ones the heavenly angels; the fire of malice be

extinguished and the flame of safety in the blessed

tabernacle bestow illumination; the odor of the nether

realm of infidelity be dispelled and the fragrances of

the rose-garden of faithfulness be diffused in all parts;

the weak draw light from the Universal Reason and

evil souls seek to be purified with the holy and divine

Breath. There are needed manifestors for this gift;

farmers for this field; gardeners for this rose-garden;

fishers for this sea; luminous stars for this heaven; spiritual

physicians for these ill ones, and loving guides for

these wanderers; so that they may bestow a share to

those who are deprived, grant a portion to those who

are shareless, give unmeasured treasure to the indigent

ones, and show forth the power of proof to the seekers.

|P8
Glory be unto Thee, O my God! I supplicate unto
Thee, O Thou my Helper! I invoke Thee, O Thou
my Refuge! I utter to Thee my agonies, O Thou my

Physician, and entreat Thee with all my heart, my soul

and my spirit, saying:
|P9
O my God! O my God! Verily, the gloomy night

hath fallen upon all regions and the clouds of ignorance

have extended in all directions; the people are immersed

in the darkness of surmise and the tyrants are

sunk in the depths of brutality and lawlessness; the

red glare of the burning fire is flashing forth from the

nether world; roaring, ominous voices are rising from

the cruel, destructive and terrible armaments; every region

is crying out with its dumb secret tongue: "Nothing

that I possess hath benefitted me and power and

strength are taken away from me!" Verily, O my God,

the lamps of guidance are extinguished; the fire of animosity

is enkindled; wrath and antipathy are spread

abroad and provocation and maliciousness are disseminated

upon the face of the earth. Yet I see only Thy

wronged followers who are crying at the tops of their

voices and summoning the people:
|P10
"Hasten ye toward affinity!
|P11
Hasten ye toward faithfulness!
|P12
Hasten ye toward generosity!
|P13
Hasten ye toward guidance!
|P14
Hasten ye toward union!
|P15
Hasten ye to behold the Light of the World!
|P16
Hasten ye toward love and prosperity!
|P17
Hasten ye toward peace and reconciliation!
|P18
Hasten ye toward the law of disarmament!
|P19
Hasten ye toward harmony and success!
|P20
Hasten ye toward co-operation and mutual help in
the path of guidance!"
|P21

Verily, these wronged ones do sacrifice themselves

with infinite joy and happiness for the sake of the people,

with all their souls and spirits throughout all regions.

Verily, Thou beholdest them weeping at the

misfortunes of every one of Thy creatures and becoming

grieved at the distress of Thy children; they are

kind to all the people and pained at the sight of the

calamities of the inhabitants of the world. O my Lord!

make the wings of prosperity to grow upon their

shoulders, so that they may ever soar toward the apex

of their aspirations; strengthen their loins in the service

of Thy people, and confirm them in the thralldom
and adoration of the threshold of Thy Holiness.
|P22

Verily, Thou art the Merciful! Thou art the Clement,

and there is no God but Thee, the Powerful, the
Compassionate, and the Ancient!
|N604|P1
Glory be unto Thee, O my God!
|P2

Thou seest me rolling my face in the dust of humility

and contrition, supplicating toward the Kingdom of

Thy Might, yearning for the contemplation of Thy

Greatness, entreating Thy Grandeur, invoking at the

Threshold of Thy Mercifulness, beseeching the realm

of Thy Singleness, acknowledging my shortcomings,

longing for Thy bounty, desiring Thy concealing veil

and expecting the outpouring of the rain of Thy favor

upon all the meadows and mountains!
|P3
O my Lord! Verily, Thy power hath enveloped all

things, Thy dominion, Thy glory and Thy sovereignty

have become manifest as the manifestation of the sun

in mid-day; Thy Word hath penetrated the reality of

the contingent beings; Thy voice hath been raised on

the apex of the world; Thy beaming lights have radiated

from the dawning-places of all the horizons and

Thy wonderful refulgent signs have become known in

all directions; consequently the sights and insights have

become dazzled by beholding these manifestations of

truth! There is no land in which the fame of Thy

Merciful Cause hath not been spread, and there is no

region in which Thy manifest ensign hath not been

hoisted! Verily, Thy voice hath reached the ears of

all the inhabitants of the globe, and the attracted ones

have become exhilarated by its holy and divine fragrances!

|P4
Praise be to Thee, O my God! for the bestowal of
this most great bounty upon Thy chosen ones; and

thanks be to Thee, O my Lord! for this most eminent

favor upon Thy righteous servants in suffering them to

become the signs of Thy Oneness in this glorious age

and the standards of Thy sanctity in this new cycle!

|P5
O my Lord! O my Lord! Assist the weak ones

with the Supreme Energy; shelter the indigent ones near

the asylum of Thy Greatest Majesty; strengthen the

loins of those souls whose faces radiate with Thy lights

and whose tongues become eloquent in the glorification

and commemoration of Thy Name; make them the

plants of Thy luminous orchard, the blossoms of Thy

blessed tree, the leaves of Thy Sadrat-el-Montaha(1) and

the flowers of Thy exalted rose-garden! Verily, Thou

art the Clement, the Lofty, the Magnificent, the Omnipresent

and the Omniscient and Thou art the Protector,
the Guardian, the Helper, the Powerful, the
Merciful and the Generous!
|P6
O ye beloved ones of Abdu'l-Bahá! This servant

longeth to write a special Tablet to each one of the

friends of God - but what can be done! For there is

neither opportunity nor time. The affairs are like unto

the waves, and the requirements are like unto the

vernal showers. I do not rest a moment, neither do I

have leisure for an instant. Letters are received every

day from all the regions and it is impossible and impracticable

to answer one among ten; yet there is no other

mode than to answer the letters which are the most

important, for the urgent affairs must be attended to.

Therefore, I request the pardon and ask the forgiveness

of the friends, that they may overlook these shortcomings

and be content and happy with that which is possible.

|P7

O ye friends of Abdu'l-Bahá! The East is illumined,

the West is perfumed and the world is in

motion and acceleration. Such a tumult is visible in

the regions; and such a spiritual commotion is perceived

in the pillars of the earth! The fame of the
grandeur of the Word of God hath reached the ears

of the inhabitants of the world, and the voice of the

Cause of God holdeth universal sway! It is the time for

joy and happiness and the moment of exhilaration and

ecstasy. One must live in accord with the exhortations

and advices of the Blessed Perfection and behave with

such deeds and actions as to become conducive to the

illumination of the world and the manifestation of

mercifulness among the nations.
|P8

All the denizens of the earth, the communities and

the people have taken an axe in their hands to uproot

the life-tree of each other; they are blood-thirsty and

the instigators of corruption; they are armed to the

teeth with destructive implements; each seeketh the

death and annihilation of the other. But the heavenly

power, the divine energy and the celestial hand of

strength, hath raised the canopy of the oneness of the

realm of humanity on the pinnacle of the contingent

being and hoisted the standard of the most great

peace, friendship, love, uprightness and the adoration

of truth. The friends are the servants of this canopy

and the beloved are the hosts of this standard. Therefore

they must with one accord arise to that which is

the requirement and the merit of this day, become overflowing

with joy and beatitude, perfume the nostrils

with the fragrances, sweeten the tastes with the honey

and delicacy of love, become the signs of guidance, be

the glad-tidings of the Supreme Concourse and the

army of the Kingdom of Abha; so that they may destroy

the edifice of war and bloodshed, efface the traces

of battle and strife from the face of the earth, uproot

the tree of foreignness and plant the tree of unity in

the rose-garden of the regions, extinguish the fire of

hatred and animosity and set in motion the sea of love

and affinity, erase the traces of discord from the Tablet

of the earth and register thereon the verses of concord,

clear the field of existence from the thorns and brambles

of hostilities and ill-feeling and adorn it with the hyacinths

and anemones of harmony, train and educate the

souls and loosen the tongue in the delivery of the instructions

and teachings of the Blessed Perfection!
|P9

O ye beloved ones! It is the moment of the ecstasy

of the soul and consciousness and the season of running

in the arena of sacrifice! Show ye kindness to all; be

ye engaged in the refinement of the souls. Become ye

as ignited lamps and adorn ye the orchard of

being! These days are swiftly passing and this mortal

life will remain fruitless and without result. Therefore,

while there is yet time and the arrow is in the bow,

enter ye the chase and strike ye the game. This game is

the good-pleasure of God, and this chase is the merciful

Providence; that is, living in accord with the divine

instructions.
|N605|P1
O Thou Pure God!
|P2
Thou art the Seer and the Hearer! Thou art the
Powerful and the Mighty! The fame of Thy Most

Great Cause hath traveled forth and radiated from all

the horizons! The believers have the utmost joy and

fragrance, and the friends are attracted to the Face of

that Brilliant Orb. The tongues are engaged in Thy

Commemoration and the hearts are at all times dilated

with the Fragrances of Thy Holiness. The faces are

all turned toward Thee; the hearts are captive of Thy

Abode, and the souls are athirst for the Salubrious

Water of Thy River. The call of Thy Greatest Name

hath caused a mighty reverberation throughout all the

kingdoms, and the Power of Thy Consummate Word

hath unfurled Thy Ensign to the East and to the West!

The favored ones supplicate with the utmost humility,

and the righteous ones are in an attitude of soulful

invocation to the Kingdom of Beauty.
|P3
O my God! Assist Thou all of them and pour upon
them the showers of Thy Supreme Confirmations; so

that they may become the cause of the tranquility of the

world of creation; to be the servants of the human

race; to become, with all their hearts and souls, the real

friends of all nations; to become with the utmost joy

and fragrance, the spiritual companions of the adherents

of all religions; to dispel the darkness of

strangeness and to spread the lights of friendship in

this transitory world!
|P4
O God! Grant Thou to all of them an Asylum in

Thy Neighborhood and gladden their hearts and impart

to them rejoicing through Thine Incomparable

Bounties! Thou are the Omnipotent and the Mighty!

Thou art the Seer and the Hearer!
|P5
O ye real companions! Day and night Abdu'l-Bahá

is engaged in the remembrances of the friends, and

time after time doth he associate with them and behold

their blessed faces. I entreat in the Threshold of the

Lord of Existence to confirm them in a befitting manner

and assist them to follow wholly the Commands of
God!
|P6
O ye friends of God! According to what is heard,

some of the friends have celebrated my birthday in

some countries on the fifth of Zamadi-Avval (23rd day

of May). Although their intention is no other than

good, their aim be to promote the Word of God and

to commemorate the True One among the people in this

manner, yet, according to the text of the Religion of

God and the irrefutable command, the fifth of Zamadi-Avval

(May 23rd) is the day of the Declaration of His
Highness the Supreme (the Báb) - may my life be a

sacrifice to Him! Consequently, they must celebrate

and adorn that Blessed Day in the name of the Declaration

of that Orb of regions; make rejoicing and happiness,

and impart the glad-tidings of heavenly beatitude

to each other. For that holy essence was the Herald

of the Most Great Name. Therefore, no one must

mention that day of the fifth of Zamadi-Avval (May

23rd) except as the Day of the Declaration of His

Highness the Báb. This is the unquestionable text of

the Religion of God.
|P7
Regarding the birth of this servant, which also

happened on that day, this is a proof of the favors and

bounties of God toward this servant. However, this

Blessed Day must become known as the Day of the
Declaration of His Highness the Supreme (Bab) and

the beginning of the effulgence of the Sun of Reality.

You must on this account be engaged in rejoicing,

happiness and gladness. This is the truth! Beware!

Beware! that you avoid that which is mentioned; otherwise,

it will cause the utmost grief to the heart of
Abdu'l-Bahá.
|P8

I ask from the inexhaustible bounties of His Highness

the Almighty, that the righteous ones become assisted

to live in accord with the Religion of God; neither

do they deviate a hair's breadth therefrom; and spread

this Tablet throughout all regions, so that all the

friends may comprehend the truth and act accordingly.

|N606|P1

O ye beloved of God and maid-servants of the Merciful!

|P2

The republic of wise men believes that the difference

in minds and opinions is due to the difference of education

and the acquisition of ethics. That is, that minds

are equal in origin, but education and the acquisition

of ethics cause minds to differ and comprehensions to be

at variance; that this difference is not in entity but in

education and teaching; that there is no individual distinction

for any soul. Hence, the members of the

human race all possess the capacity of attaining to the

highest station, and the proof they adduce therefor is

this: "The inhabitants of a country like Africa are

all as wandering savages and wild animals; they lack

intelligence and knowledge; all are uncivilized; not one

civilized and wise man is to be found among them.

On the contrary, consider the civilized countries, the

inhabitants of which are living in the highest state of

culture and ethics, solidarity and inter-dependence; possessing,

with few exceptions, acute power of comprehensions

and sound mind. Therefore, it is made clear

and evident that the superiority and inferiority of minds

and comprehensions arises from education and cultivation,

or from their lack and absence. A bent branch is

straightened by training and the wild fruit of the jungle

is made the product of the orchard. An ignorant man

by learning becomes knowing, and the world of savagery,

through the bounty of a wise educator, is changed

into a civilized kingdom. The sick is healed by medication,

and the poor man, by learning the arts of commerce,

is made rich. The follower, by attaining the

virtues of the leader, becomes great, and the lowly man,

by the education of the teacher, rises from the nadir of

oblivion to the zenith of celebrity." These are the

proofs of the wise men.
|P3

The prophets also acknowledge this opinion, towit:

That education hath a great effect upon the human

race, but they declare that minds and comprehensions

are originally different. And this matter is self-evident;

it cannot be refuted. We see that certain children of

the same age, nativity and race, nay, from the same

household, under the tutorship of one teacher, differ in

their minds and comprehensions. One advanceth rapidly,

another is slow in catching the rays of culture, still

another remaineth in the lowest degree of stupidity.

|P4
No matter how much the shell is educated (or

polished), it can never become the radiant pearl. The

black stone will not become the world illuming gem.

The calocynth(1) and the thorny cactus can never by training

and development become the blessed tree. That

is to say, training doth not change the human gem (i.e.,

human nature or entity), but it produceth a marvelous

effect. By this effective power all that is registered

latent of virtues and capacities in the human reality will

be revealed.
|P5
Cultivation by the farmer maketh of the grain the

harvest, and the effort of the gardener maketh of the

seed a noble tree. The gentle teacher promoteth the

children of the school to the lofty altitude and the bestowal

of the trainer placeth the little child upon the

throne of ether. Therefore, it is demonstrated and

proven that minds are different in the original entity

or nature, and that education commandeth a decided and

great influence. Were there no educator, all souls would

remain savage, and were it not for the teacher, the

children would be ignorant creatures.
|P6

It is for this reason that, in this New Cycle, education

and training are recorded in the Book of God as

obligatory and not voluntary. That is, it is enjoined

upon the father and mother, as a duty, to strive with

all effort to train the daughter and the son, to nurse

them from the breast of knowledge and to rear them in

the bosom of sciences and arts. Should they neglect

this matter, they shall, be held responsible and worthy

of reproach in the presence of the stern Lord.
|P7

This is a sin unpardonable, for they have made that

poor babe a wanderer in the Sahara of ignorance, unfortunate

and tormented; to remain during a lifetime

a captive of ignorance and pride, negligent and without

discernment. Verily, if that babe depart from this

world at the age of infancy, it is sweeter and better.

In this sense, death is better than life; deprivation than

salvation; non-existence lovelier than existence; the

grave better than the palace; and the narrow, dingy

tomb better than the spacious, regal home; for in the

sight of mankind that child is abased and degraded and

in the sight of God weak and defective. In gatherings

it is ashamed and humiliated and in the arena of examination

subdued and defeated by young and old.

What a mistake is this! What an everlasting humiliation!

|P8

Therefore, the beloved of God and the maid-servants

of the Merciful must train their children with life and

heart and teach them in the school of virtue and perfection.

They must not be lax in this matter; they must

not be inefficient. Truly, if a babe did not live at all it

were better than to let it grow ignorant, for that innocent

babe, in later life, would become afflicted with innumerable

defects, responsible to and questioned by

God, reproached and rejected by the people. What a

sin this would be and what an omission!
|P9

The first duty of the beloved of God and the maid-servants

of the Merciful is this: They must strive by

all possible means to educate both sexes, male and female;

girls like boys; there is no difference whatsoever

between them. The ignorance of both is blameworthy,

and negligence in both cases is reprovable. "Are they

who know and they who do not know equal?" (Koran),

|P10

The command is decisive concerning both. If it be

considered through the eye of reality, the training and

culture of daughters is more necessary than that of sons,

for these girls will come to the station of motherhood

and will mould the lives of the children. The first

trainer of the child is the mother. The babe, like unto

a green and tender branch, will grow according to the

way it is trained. If the training be right, it will grow

right, and if crooked, the growth likewise, and unto

the end of life it will conduct itself accordingly.

|P11

Hence, it is firmly established that an untrained and

uneducated daughter, on becoming a mother, will be

the prime factor in the deprivation, ignorance, negligence

and the lack of training of many children.
|P12
O ye beloved of God and the maid-servants of the

Merciful! Teaching and learning, according to the

decisive texts of the Blessed Beauty (Bahá'u'lláh),

is a duty. Whosoever is indifferent therein depriveth

himself of the great bounty.
|P13
Beware! Beware! that ye fail not in this matter.

Endeavor with heart, with life, to train your children,

especially the daughters. No excuse is acceptable in

this matter.
|P14
Thus may eternal glory and everlasting supremacy,

like unto the mid-day sun, shine forth in the assemblage

of the people of Bahá'í and the heart of Abdu'l-Bahá

become happy and thankful.
|N607|P1
O pure friends of God!
|P2

Cleanliness and sanctity in all conditions are characteristics

of pure beings and necessities of free souls.

The first perfection consists in cleanliness and sanctity

and in purity from every defect. When man in all conditions

is pure and immaculate, he will become the center

of the reflection of the manifest Light. In all his

actions and conduct there must first me purity, then

beauty and independence. The channel must be cleansed

before it is filled with sweet water. The pure eye

comprehendeth the sight and the meeting of God; the

pure nostril inhaleth the perfumes of the rose-garden

of bounty; the pure heart becometh the mirror of the

beauty of truth. This is why, in the heavenly Books,

the divine counsels and commands have been compared

to water. So, in the Koran it is said, "and we have

caused a pure water to descend from heaven;" and in

the Gospel, "Except a man hath received the baptism

of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the

Kingdom of God." Then it is evident that the divine

teachings are the heavenly grace and the showers of

the mercy of God, which purify the hearts of men.
|P3

The meaning is, in all conditions, cleanliness and

sanctity, purity and delicacy exalt humanity and make

the contingent beings progress. Even when applied to

physical things, delicacy causeth the attainment of

spirituality, as it is established in the Holy Scriptures.

|P4

External cleanliness, although it is but a physical

thing, hath a great influence upon spirituality. For

example, although sound is but the vibrations of the

air which affect the tympanum of the ear, and vibrations

of the air are but an accident among the accidents

which depend upon the air, consider how much marvelous

notes or a charming song influence the spirits! A

wonderful song giveth wings to the spirit and filleth

the heart with exaltation. To return to the subject, the

fact of having a pure and spotless body likewise exerciseth

an influence upon the spirit of man.
|P5
Now, see how much purity is approved in the Court

of God, that it should be especially mentioned in the

Holy Books of the Prophets. So the Holy Books forbid

the eating of any unclean thing, or the use of anything

which is not pure. Certain prohibitions are absolute

and imperative for all: he who commits that which

is forbidden is detested by God and excluded from

the number of the elect. This applieth to the things

forbidden by an absolute prohibition and of which the

perpetration is a grave sin; they are so vile that even to

mention them is shameful. There are other forbidden

things which do not cause an immediate evil and of

which the pernicious effect is only gradually produced.

They are also abhorred, blamed and rejected by God,

but their prohibition is not recorded in an absolute way,

although cleanliness and sanctity, spotlessness and

purity, the preservation of health and independence are

required by these interdictions.
|P6
One of these last prohibitions is the smoking of

tobacco, which is unclean, malodorous, disagreeable and

vulgar and of which the gradual harmfulness is universally

recognized. All clever physicians have judged,

and have also shown by experiment, that one of the

constituents of tobacco is a mortal poison and that

smokers are exposed to different indispositions and

maladies. That is why cleanly people have a marked

aversion for its use.
|P7
His supreme Highness (the Báb) - may my soul be

His sacrifice! - in the beginning of His Cause, openly

forbade it and all the friends abandoned its use. But,

as it was a time for caution and he who abstained from

smoking was ill treated, persecuted and even killed,

therefore the friends were obliged, as a matter of prudence,

to smoke. Later, the Kitáb-el-Akdas was revealed
and as the prohibition of tobacco was not clearly

stated in it, the friends did not renounce it. But the

Blessed Perfection had always a marked aversion for

its use. At the beginning of the Cause, for certain reasons,

he smoked a little, but later he abandoned it completely,

and the holy souls who obeyed him in all circumstances,

also entirely gave up smoking. I wish to

say that, in the sight of God, the smoking of tobacco is

a thing which is blamed and condemned, very unclean,

and of which the result is by degrees injurious. Besides

it is a cause of expense and of loss of time and

it is a harmful habit. So, for those who are firm in

the Covenant, it is a thing reprobated by the reason and

by tradition, the renouncement of which giveth gradual

repose and tranquility, permitteth one to have stainless

hands and a clean mouth, and hair which is not pervaded

by a bad odor.
|P8

Without any doubt, the friends of God on receiving

this epistle will renounce this injurious habit by all

means, even if it be necessary to do so by degrees. This

is my hope.
|P9

As to the question of opium, disgusting and execrated,

I resign myself to God for its punishment. The formal

text of the Kitáb-el-Akdas forbids and reproves it

and, according to reason, its use leads to madness. Experience

hath shown that he who giveth himself up to

it is completely excluded from the world of humanity.

Let us take refuge in God against the perpetration of

so shameful a thing, which is the destruction of the

foundations of humanity and which causeth a perpetual

unhappiness. It taketh possession of the soul of man,

killeth the reason, weakeneth the intelligence, maketh

a living man dead and extinguisheth the natural heat.

It is impossible to imagine anything more pernicious.

Happy is he who never mentioneth the word opium!
But what is the fate of those who make use of it!
|P10
O friends of God! Force and violence, constraint

and oppression are condemned in this divine cycle, but

to prevent the use of opium, all means must be employed,

so that the human species may be delivered

and freed from this great calamity. Otherwise, alas!

for all the negligent before God.
|P11
O Lord! Give to the people of Bahá'í cleanliness

and holiness in all conditions, purify and free them

from all defilement, deliver them from the use of all

that is execrated, liberate them from the chains of

habits, so that they may be pure and free, clean and

spotless, that they may be worthy servants of the Sacred

Threshold and may deserve to enter into relation with

God. Deliver them from alcohol and tobacco, and save

them from opium, the purveyor of madness! Make

them companions of the holy breezes, in order that they

may know the pleasures of the wine of the love of God,

and that they may attain to the joy and the happiness

of attraction to the Kingdom of Abha!
|P12

Hast Thou not said, "All that thou hast in thy cellar

will not appease the thirst of my love - bring me, O

cup-bearer, of the wine of the spirit, a cup full as the

sea!"
|P13
O friends of God! Experience hath shown how
much the renouncing of tobacco, wine and opium,

giveth health, strength and intellectual enjoyments,

penetration of judgment and physical vigor. There

exists today a tribe(1) which refrains and abstains from

tobacco, alcohol and opium and it completely excels all

others in power, in bravery, in health, beauty and grace.

A single one of these men can withstand ten men of

other tribes, and this hath been universally proved; that

is to say, generally, the individuals of this tribe are

superior to the individuals of the other tribes.
|P14

Therefore strive that the greatest cleanliness and

sanctity, which is the great desire of Abdu'l-Bahá,

should be resplendent among the Bahais, and that the

companions of God should surpass the rest of mankind

in all conditions and perfections; that they may be physically

and morally superior to others; that through cleanliness

and purity, refinement and health, they may be

the chief of wise men, and that by their affranchisement,

their prudence, and the control of their desires, they

may be the princes of the pure, the free and the wise.

|P15
Upon you be the glory of El-Abha!
|N608|P1

O ye two(2,) servant and maid-servant of the Beauty of

Abha!
|P2
Thank ye His Highness the Incomparable One, that

ye have become assisted in the service of the self-subsistent

Lord and that ye are making copies of the Tablets
of Abdu'l-Bahá, spreading them all around. This

service is the most great bounty; for like unto the messenger

from Egypt, ye are sending the garment of the

Joseph of the love of God to all directions, so that the

fragrance of the rose-garden of the Kingdom of Abha

impart the spirit of life to the inquirers.
|P3

Excellent! Excellent is your magnanimity and exalted

intention!
|N609|P1

O thou who art skilled in the Knowledge of God and

wise in the Wisdom of the Almighty!
|P2
Turn thy face toward the Kingdom of Might with

supplication and invocation and entreat thy Lord, the

Merciful, with this commune, until the heart and consciousness

be illumined by the breath of God from the
right side of grace and generosity, and say:
|P3
"O my God! O my God! Verily I am Thy humble

servant and Thy meek slave. I beseech Thee with all

my heart and soul, in the middle of nights, and declare:

O my Lord! O my Lord! Enlighten the sights [or

eyes] by the outpouring of lights; purify the souls by

the fragrances of Paradise; dilate the hearts by the

wafting of the breeze whereby the sorrows are dispelled,

and exhilarate the spirits by the cups of the wine

which is gleaming and sparkling like unto a lamp!
|P4
"Then intoxicate me with the wine of Thy love, so

that I may attain to success and prosperity in this dawn

of Light; may speak Thy praises, call upon Thy Name,

be engaged in Thy commemoration in this vast country

and spacious continent and be inebriated with the pure

Wine which is glowing in the excellent Cup. Then suffer

me to become the sign of guidance among Thy

creatures and to become a supreme example among the

believers, in order that I may lead others to Thy Word,

spread Thy truth, promulgate Thy knowledge and deliver

Thy teachings.
|P5

"Verily, Thou art the Confirmer, the Assister, the

Mighty, the Powerful and the Beneficent!"
|N610|P1
O seeker for the Truth!
|P2
There are two ways of healing sickness, material

means and spiritual means. The first is by the use of

remedies, of medicines; the second consists in praying to

God and in turning to Him. Both means should be
used and practiced.
|P3

Illness caused by physical accident should be treated

with medical remedies; those which are due to spiritual

causes disappear through spiritual means. Thus an illness

caused by affliction, fear, nervous impressions, will

be healed by spiritual rather than by physical treatment.

Hence, both kinds of remedies should be considered.

Moreover, they are not contradictory, and thou shouldst

accept the physical remedies as coming from the mercy

and favor of God, who hath revealed and made manifest

medical science so that His servants may profit

from this kind of treatment also. Thou shouldst give

equal attention to spiritual treatments, for they produce

marvellous effects.
|P4
Now, if thou wishest to know the divine remedy

which will heal man from all sickness and will give him

the health of the divine kingdom, know that it is the

precepts and teachings of God. Guard them sacredly.

|N611|P1
O thou darling dear!
|P2
Turn thy face toward the Supreme Kingdom and
chant thou this commune:
|P3
O Thou Pure God! I am a little child; make Thou

the bosom of Thy Gift a dear resting-place of comfort,

suffer me to grow and be nurtured with the honey

and the milk of Thy love and train me under the breast

of Thy knowledge; bestow Thou freedom while in a
state of childhood and grant Thou excellence!
|P4
O Thou Incomparable One! Make me the confident
of the Kingdom of the Unseen! Verily, Thou
art the Mighty and the Powerful!
|N612|P1
O Unequalled Lord!(1)
|P2

For this helpless child be a Protector; for this weak

and sinful one be kind and forgiving.
|P3

O Creator! Although we are but useless grass, still

we are of Thy garden; though we are but young trees,

bare of leaves and blossoms, still we are of Thy

orchard; therefore, nourish this grass with the rain

of Thy bounty; refresh and vivify these young, languishing

trees with the breeze of Thy spiritual springtime.

|P4

Awaken us, enlighten us, sustain us, give us eternal

life and accept us into Thy Kingdom!
|N613|P1
O thou worshipper of Truth!
|P2
Thy letter was received and its contents became

known. Praise be to God! immense results and great

effects have been produced by forwarding [recent]

Tablets to that country (America). They gladdened

and exhilarated the friends and imparted happiness to

the souls. They granted sight to the eyes and hearing

to the ears. It is hoped that wonderful effects will be

displayed in the future, that the friends of God may

live and act in accord with the heavenly teachings, in

order that the region of America may become the

Paradise of Abha, that desert and wilderness become

the rose-garden of human perfections, the verses of

guidance be read, the melody of "Ya Baha El-Abha!"

reach the Kingdom of Beauty; warfare and bloodshed

be removed from among the people, affinity and love

hoist their tent upon the apex of the world, all mankind

become real friends with one another and each

soul respect the other. Whenever these signs appear,

then it will become manifest that the Tablets have had

their effect.
|N614|P1

O thou whose face is radiant with the light of the Love

of God!
|P2

Verily, the angel of mercy heralds to thee the glad-tidings

which are the light of the eyes of the sincere

believers and the illumination of the countenance of

the virtuous and pious.
|P3
Rest assured in God! Engage in the commemoration
of God; be aglow with the fire of the love of God

and be severed from all else save God. This is the

spirit of life for the soul who is submissive to the Word

of God.
|N615|P1
O thou yearner after Truth!
|P2
I know in what condition thou art, and how much

thou longest for the meeting. The real meeting consists

in the communication of heart. I hope that this
communication will become strong, for the hearts

which are spiritually related to each other, their meetings

are eternal, both in this world and in the Universe

of God. I hope that thou mayest attain thereunto!

|N616|P1
O thou yearner after the Kingdom!
|P2

Thy letter was received. It was brief and expressive

of meaning. I ask from God that thy name be registered

in the Tablet of the Kingdom; [that thou] be

assisted by the merciful confirmation; become characterized

with divine characteristics, and that thou mayest

become a tree with the utmost freshness and delicacy in

the orchard of God.
|N617|P1
O thou flower of the Rose-garden of God!
|P2

Thou hast presented thy life. I have also accepted

it, in order that thou mayest sacrifice thyself in the

path of God and attain to the ultimate desire of the

spiritual ones. Thou art a fresh plant in this divine

orchard. I hope that thou mayest become fruitful, and

become the cause of the adornment of this rose-garden.

|N618|P1
O thou who art firm in the Covenant!
|P2

Thy letter was received. Thou hast written regarding

the visit of the beloved maid-servant of God, the
attracted one to the fragrance of holiness, Mrs.
..., to California, which hath been the cause of

affinity among the friends and the guidance of others.

|P3
Mrs. ... is the favored maid-servant of the

Blessed Perfection. In reality she is the daughter of

the Kingdom and is an informed speaker. Have ye
the utmost consideration toward her and show her
exceeding respect.
|P4
Should anyone in this day attach his heart to the

Kingdom, release himself from all else save God and

become attracted to the fragrances of holiness, the

army of the Kingdom of Abha will help him and the
angels of the Supreme Concourse will assist him.
|P5
Convey my respectful greeting to Mrs. ....

I sought for her protection and bounty from the Lord

of the Kingdom.
|P6
Regarding the question of your presence in Acca

now, it is not according to wisdom. Postpone this

matter to some other time.
|N619|P1
O thou beloved maid-servant of God!
|P2
Thou hast written regarding the death of thy

mother. Praise be to God, she hath attained to the

desire of her heart and hath ascended to the Kingdom

of Abha!
|P3
Happiness dependeth on the spiritual glad-tidings

and not upon material means. It is found in the Kingdom

of Abha and not in this mortal world.
|P4

O thou maid-servant of God! Become thou not extinguished

by the winds of tests, but rather become

ignited and be more happy, for then thou wilt become

a tried believer.
|P5
Guide the maid-servant of God, Mrs. ..., to

the power of the Holy Spirit and say: "Unless the

Holy Spirit become intermediary, one cannot attain

directly to the bounties of God. Do not overlook the

obvious truths, for it is a self-evident fact that a child

cannot be instructed without a teacher, and knowledge

is a bounty from the bounties of God. The soil is not

covered with grass and green without the rain of the

cloud; therefore the cloud is the intermediary between

the divine bounties and the soil. A body doth not

develop and grow without the soul; therefore the soul

is the medium of the spiritual life."
|P6
Convey respectful greeting to Mrs. ... and

say: "I hope that through the breath of the Holy Spirit

the mysteries may become disclosed to thee, for without

this channel it is impossible and unattainable. Turn

thine attention to the days of His Highness the Christ;

some people imagine that without the Messianic outpourings,

it is possible to attain to Truth, but this very

imagination became the cause of their deprivation."

|P7
O thou maid-servant of God! Whenever thou art

desiring to talk and answer questions, turn they face toward

the Kingdom of Abha and beseech for assistance;

then loosen thy tongue. Thou wilt behold at that time

how thou art able to answer all the questions!
|P8

O thou maid-servant of God! The aim of the theosophists

is to attain to Truth, but the Truth is unattainable

except through the favor of the Holy Spirit. The

light hath a center and if one desire to seek it otherwise

but from the center, he can never attain to it. In this

solar system the source of light is the sun and every

light is acquired from it; even the lamps of the night

are ignited through the sun, for if there were no sun

the trees would not grow nor the mines develop, so

that the oil be extracted from those trees and mines,

and the lamps of the night be lit by it. Is it possible

that one attain to the light in this globular sphere without

the mediation of the sun? No, by the life of God!

To suppose it, is pure imagination. But the Truth is

this: The main source of the lights is the Sun and the

rays are shed from it upon all the regions.
|N620|P1
O ye(1) spiritual ones! O ye heavenly ones!
|P2
The assembly which you have established in that

city is a splendor from the congregation of the Supreme

Concourse. I ask from God that the hearts may be

illuminated, the spirits be rejoiced through the most

great glad-tidings, the eyes be upraised toward the Supreme

Realm and the tongues be loosened in thanksgiving
and glorification.
|P3
The members of that assembly are favored in the

Threshold of Oneness and are loved and respected by

this imprisoned one. They must continue to teach

with utmost firmness, be engaged in the mentioning of

the True One, read the verses of God, supplicate toward

the Kingdom of eternity, bring about the meetings

of consultation,(2) and spread the Word of God, the

spiritual attraction of the love of God, the increase of

the knowledge of God and the realization of affinity,

friendship, unison and nobility.
|N621|P1

O ye(3) servants of the True One and the maid-servants

of the Merciful!
|P2

Do not think that ye are forgotten for one moment!

Abdu'l-Bahá is at all times remembering you with infinite

love and kindness and supplicates assistance and

favor, at the Threshold of Oneness, so that the invisible

confirmation may pour down, the divine bounties

unveil their countenances, the friends in that region

be ignited like unto lamps and the maid-servants

of God shine like stars; in order to illumine that country,

to make that clime the "Paradise of perpetual

abode" [or heaven], to suffer the people to drink from

the wine of guidance, to intoxicate the ones yearning

after the Kingdom of Abha, to open spiritual universities,

to be instructed in the mysteries of the love of God

by the Heavenly Instructor, to associate with each

other with the utmost humility and attain to spiritual

affinity.
|P3

Each one must sacrifice his life and possessions to

the other and each person be loving to all the inhabitants

of the world, rending asunder the curtain of foreignness

and consorting with all the people with union

and accord. They must be faithful to the traitors and

benevolent to the tyrant. They must recognize the

enemies as friends, the unknown as known. These
are the advices and exhortations of God!
|P4

O ye friends: O ye maid-servants of the Merciful!

In order to thank God for this most great guidance,

consort with all the people with the utmost joy and

happiness, so that ye may become the recipients of the

glances of Providence.
|P5
Become ye not sad on account of any calamity,

neither be ye broken hearted by any trials. Be ye firm

and steadfast in order that the beloved hope may become

the cup-bearer of the assembly and the greatest
desire become realized.
|P6

Blessing be upon ye by the bounty of your Lord the

Merciful!
|N622|P1
O my(1) Lord! O my Lord!
|P2

I am(2) a child of tender years. Nourish me from the

breast of Thy mercy, train me in the bosom of Thy

love, educate me in the school of Thy guidance and

develop me under the shadow of Thy bounty! Deliver

me from darkness, make me a brilliant light; free

me from unhappiness, make me a flower of the rose-garden;

suffer me to become the servant of Thy Threshold
and confer upon me the disposition and nature of

the righteous ones; make me a cause of bounty to the

human world and crown my head with the diadem of
eternal life!
|P3

Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty, the Seer,

the Hearer!
|N623|P1

***Thou(3) hast written concerning the universal peace,

that before long the congress of The Hague will be

opened(4) and discussion will be made in regard to the

universal peace.
|P2
This problem cannot be solved by the congress of

The Hague, whose members are the representatives of

nations; nay, rather, this graceful beloved will unveil

her face in all the regions through the penetrative power

of the Word of God.
|P3
The congress of The Hague is as follows: The

wine sellers call a meeting so that they may discuss

the evils of wine and remove from the world the drinking

of wine; yet their own vocation is wine selling.
|P4

Nations who are constantly thinking either of worldly

conquest, the expansion of their own dominion or waging

war upon their contemporaries, send ministers and

representatives to the congress of The Hague to discuss

the problem of universal peace and legislate regulations

for the prevention of war!
|P5
But regarding the universal language: Ere long

significant and scientific discussions concerning this matter

will arise among the people of discernment and insight

and it will produce the desired result.
|N624|P1

O thou who art attracted by the brilliant lights of the

Merciful One, shining from the Supreme Kingdom!
|P2

I opened thy letter with the greatest happiness and

considered the meaning of thine address; but sadness

became most intense within me when I learned about

the dissensions among the brethren(1) in those countries.

By the life of God! "This is a wonderful thing!"
|P3

Verily, the mission of all the prophets, the relation

of all the scriptures, the diffusion of the instructions of

God and the descent of His law, were all in order to

establish agreement and union and to strengthen love

and harmony among nations of different customs and

thoughts, of diverse beliefs, doctrines, rites and habits;

of various classes, tribes and races. So likewise, as

thou seest in this beautiful religion, verily, men of different

beliefs, creeds and religions, of contrary ideas

and thoughts, of various races, languages and natal

lands - whether from East, West, North or South -

all have entered under the shade of this Blessed Tree,

planted, grown and reared in the midst of Paradise,

and are formed into a single nation and religion in

mutual union and agreement, ready to sacrifice their

souls and bodies, each to the other. This harmony is

not effected but through the influence of the Word of

God and is circulated and spread in all directions among

the believers of God, who are firm in the Covenant.

|P4

The dissensions prevailing in those parts (America)

is altogether too surprising and strange; and I entreat

God to purge it out through the power of unity and

oneness and unite the congregations and gather together

the dispersed multitude. Verily, He is powerful in all

things!
|P5

But for thee, leave such matters and disturbances and

withdraw from those districts and places and turn thy

face sincerely to God; take His instructions and be expanded

through the breaths of God. The Spirit of

God shall assist thee and His angels will confirm thee;

the life of holiness of God will be breathed into thy

mouth and thou wilt find thyself in a position free from

these ideas and thoughts resulting from worldly grades.

(Verily, these are disgraces to all who are in the habit

of reading the verses of unity in the assemblies of existence!)

Seize the opportunity, use every effort and

depend not upon circumstances which produce no fruits.

Spend thy days, with all joy and fragrance, in speaking

to the praise of God, being gladdened through His

good tidings, in rejoicing through His graces and in

spreading His breaths. Then thou shalt, with the eye

of joy, see the banners of the Covenant fluttering above

all stately mansions. Verily, God effecteth that which

He pleaseth; naught can annul His Covenant; naught

can obstruct His favor nor oppose His Cause! He

doeth with His will that which pleaseth Him and He

is powerful over all things! At that time thou wilt

find the waverers in manifest loss.
|P6

As for the instructions: They will be revealed to

thee and spread all through those regions by the translation

of the divine verses.
|P7

As for the symbol of the cross, appointed in former

times: Know verily, that the cross form is a wonderful

figure and consists of two right lines placed crosswise -

one perpendicular to the other - and this figure exists

in all things.
|P8
Meditate upon these words and pay attention to

the tissue in all existing substances, either plant, animal

or man, and thou wilt see that they all are

formed of the cross figure or two crosswise lines. Consider

this intently with true meditation. Then thou wilt

be taught by the Holy Ghost that it is for this reason

that God hath chosen this symbol to be displayed as

the token of sacrifice in all periods of the ages.

|P9

I will explain to thee, in future time, the mystery

of sacrifice. There is nothing more beautiful than

this tree united with the cross. Verily, this tree is a

type of the Tree of Life in conjunction with the cross;

in this, the mystery of sacrifice.
|P10

As for the crescent: It hath reference to the beginning

of the religion of God which shall grow to be a
full moon.
|P11

As for the stars: They are types of the guides; for,

verily, the star is a guide to people, even in the

most gloomy darkness, on both land and sea. In

former centuries, people were guided by the pole-star

in whatever direction they went.
|P12

Verily, I supplicate God to raise the instrument of

sacrifice in those regions and to reveal there the mystery

of sacrifice; to cause the crescent of the religion of

God to rise until it groweth into a shining full moon;

to brighten the stars of guidance and guide all through

it; and I beseech Him to assist those brethren to promote

His Word in those most distant places, cause

them to be servants to His precious olive-garden, keepers

of His inaccessible fortress and guides to His
straight path!
|P13
May glory be unto thee and unto them!
|N625|P1

O thou who art illuminated by the Light of Knowledge!

|P2

Verily, I beseech God and supplicate Him to increase

thine assurance, thy knowledge and thine attraction and

enkindlement by the fire of the love of God, day by

day.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! Clothe thyself with the

cuirass of assurance, so that thou mayest endure the

arrows of suspicion which are successively pouring from

the tongues of the heedless ones. Be a lamp, the light

of which may dispel the darkness, and a real standard

which may remove the doubts of the veiled people.

Turn thou unto the Kingdom of thy Lord, the Ancient,

and seek for confirmation at every moment and time,

so that lights may shine forth unto thee from the kingdom

of mysteries, and the angels of the Kingdom may

come unto thee in succession, with a power from the

Realm of Might. Verily, thy Lord shall assist thee

and strengthen thee in that whereby thy breast will

be dilated among the maid-servants of the Merciful

One!
|N626|P1
O thou who art gazing toward Abdu'l-Bahá!
|P2

Now I address thee with a heart filled with affection

toward thee, and say: "O maid-servant of God! Be a

flame of the fire of the love of God, and consume the

veils of women's doubts. And know thou that, verily,

the Lord who "doeth whatsoever He willeth" will assist

thee in proof and argument and will enable thee

to speak the praise of the Merciful One and will make

thee a sign of knowledge.
|P3
"Arise to serve the Cause of God in the vineyard

of God and water the developed and flourishing trees

with the waters of mysteries which are deposited in the

innermost parts of the words of the Books; and be assured

that the fountain of assurance will gush out in

the hearts of the firm and steadfast women believers,

and the divine graces will strengthen them from all

sides, and the Lord will enable them to diffuse the

fragrances. And He will make them manifest signs,

beaming stars, shining lights, fruitful trees, flowing

fountains, perfect words and mature proofs. Then

know thou that verily Abdu'l-Bahá is between the fangs

of the dragon of afflictions and in the grasp of dangers

night and day."
|P4
As to ye, O maid-servants of the Merciful One:

"Gird up your loins in union and harmony, so that the

Lord may strengthen your backs in His mighty Kingdom,

make you servants in His excellent vineyard,

raise you to the highest stations in this glorious age,

and cause you to reach your greatest hopes in this auspicious

day."
|P5

Address thou the maid-servants of the Merciful One,

and say: "Verily, Mary Magdalene was a villager, but

on account of her keeping firm in the Cause of Christ

after His death, she was rendered successful in such a

matter, whereby her face is shining and beaming forth

on the horizon of the universe forevermore! And she

surpassed even men in defending the fortress of the

Cause of God against the attack of the hosts of suspicions.

This is indeed a glorious condition! This is
indeed a great matter! This is indeed a manifest
light!"
|N627|P1
O thou who art attracted to the Spirit of Truth!
|P2
At this moment I remember thee, while the cup of

my tongue is overflowing with the wine of God's praise,

and I address thee in a spirit whereby the hearts of all

the creation are cheerfully moved.
|P3

Know thou, verily, the Spirit hath indeed so surrounded

my limbs that it moveth them as it willeth and

my tongue uttereth the most wonderful speech and most

sweet words while addressing thee, so that thou mayest

be moved by these holy fragrances which perfume all

regions, and be dilated with joy by this address, which

is revealed because of my abundant love for thee and

my excessive kindness and great affection unto thee.

|P4
O maid-servant of God, verily the Holy Spirit

breathes in this day unto the hearts which are moving,

beating, pure and attracted by the love of God.
|P5
Abandon thou every occupation and be engaged in

the affairs of thy Lord and serve the Spirit of Truth

which hath poured a spiritual, divine and everlasting

life upon the brilliant hearts.
|P6
O maid-servant of God! By God, the True One,

verily the crown of mighty gift is suspended betwixt

heaven and earth and the angels of holiness are awaiting

a lofty head which may be worthy of this great bestowal,

so that it may descend upon that head, and that it

may wear that glorious crown, the most precious gems

of which illumine the eyes of all in the world!
|P7
O maid-servant of God! Many a spiritual woman
came (into the world) and passed away in vain; no

sound is heard of them and no trace of them is seen;

inasmuch as their spirits were not dependent upon the

Holy Spirit, nor were they attracted to the fragrances

of Truth; nor were they ever baptized by the Water

of Life, nor by the Spirit of Truth which speaketh in

the assemblies of the Kingdom and which breathes

upon spirits the breezes which waft an eternal glory, the

signs of which are everlasting.
|N628|P1

O thou who art attracted to the call of the Lord of the

Kingdom!
|P2
Know thou, verily, the Kingdom is a magnet of the

divine world, and it attracteth the iron of pure hearts

which are capable of the bounties of the Lord of Might.

Blessed art thou, for thou hast turned unto the Lord

of Heaven, thy heart hath depended upon the Light of

Guidance, thou hast advanced toward the Center of

Righteousness, and thy spirit is cheered by the abundance

of the Supreme Concourse! Verily, I beseech

God to strengthen thee with "One Mighty in Power,"

so that the Spirit may pour upon thee the teachings of

the Beauty of El-Abha, and to baptize thee with the

water of life, the fire of the love of God, and with

the spirit of confirmation, among maid-servants.
|P3
O maid-servant of God! It is incumbent upon thee

to supplicate thy Lord, to seek His nearness with thy

heart, to be submissive and humble before His maid-servants,

and to serve His great vineyard. Forsake

the mortal grades, i.e., things of the world, and be

engaged in praising thy Lord, so that His Holy Spirit

may assist thee, may make thee a sign of faith and

illumine thy heart with the light of assurance; and

that thou mayest become a sign of peace and a servant

of reconciliation, love and security. Verily, my Merciful

Lord is gracious under all aspects!
|P4
As to thy question concerning Christ: Know thou,

He was perfect in respect to spirit as well as body.

His material (body) was a perfect body in every respect;

none of His material conditions were imperfect

at all, inasmuch as imperfection is contrary to perfection.

His heavenly condition was also a perfect

at all, inasmuch as imperfection is contrary to perfection.

His heavenly condition was also a perfect

one, comprising all the divine perfections. Reflect thou

upon these words, so that the door of knowledge may

be opened before thy face.
|N629|P1

O thou maid-servant of God who art attracted to the

Fragrances of God!
|P2
Speak of my servitude unto God, of my humbleness

and submissiveness to the Beloved of God, and of my

evanescence, nothingness and utter meekness to the

Threshold of Bahá'í Verily, I am the servant of

Bahá'í the slave of Bahá'í and the captive of Baha'.

I have no grade but this and I do not possess anything

for myself. Therefore, mention me in my pure servitude;

this is that by which my heart is dilated by

every maid-servant who speaks the praise of God. I

beseech God to make thee a dove in the grove of holiness,

to coo with the most wonderful melodies the praise

of thy Lord, the Merciful!
|N630|P1

O thou who art ablaze with the fire of the Love of

God!
|P2

As to thy vision that thou wert traveling to Acca in

a ship with the maid-servant of God ...: This

ship is the ship of the Covenant, which is surrounded

by the winds of discord from the people of hypocrisy.

Be rejoiced that ye two are preserved and have reached

the shore of salvation.
|P3

Know thou, verily, the winds of confirmation shall

surely surround the Ark of Deliverance, the sails of

the Covenant shall be unfurled, and it shall reach the

shore of the Kingdom of God. Blessed art thou, for

thou hast entered this Ark and art saved from
afflictions!
|P4

As to what thou hast seen in the dream, concerning

the letter which reached thee from me, and angels were

enclosed in it and they surrounded thee: Know thou

verily, that letter is this glorious writing whereby I

address thee; and, verily, this is full of angels of confirmation

from the Kingdom of God and they will assist

thee to serve the Cause of God in the vineyard of God.

|N631|P1
O thou seeing one!
|P2

Know thou, verily, God hath preferred the insight to

the sight, because the sight seeth the material things,

while the insight apprehendeth the spiritual. The former

witnesseth the earthly world, while the latter seeth

the world of the Kingdom. The former's judgment is

temporary, while the latter's vision is everlasting. Thou

shalt soon behold the Kingdom of God and its mysteries

and the signs of God and the lights of His great Realm

of Divinity!
|N632|P1

O thou who art speaking the praise of God in that vast

and extensive region!
|P2
Thank God, who hath raised such women from the

essences of the love of God in that distant place and

hath made them as fountains of knowledge, sources of

assurance and dawning-places of the commemoration

of thy Lord, the Merciful! I beg of God to strengthen

them through the most strong power, by the hosts
rushing forth from the Kingdom of El-Abha and by

the angels successively coming from heaven. Verily,

He is the Assister, the Beneficent!
|P3

As to thy question concerning the husband and wife,

the tie between them and the children given to them

by God: Know thou, verily, the husband is one who

hath sincerely turned unto God, is awakened by the

call of the Beauty of El-Baha and chanteth the verses

of Oneness in the great assemblies; the wife is a being

who wisheth to be overflowing with and seeketh after

the attributes of God and His names; and the tie between

them is none other than the Word of God. Verily,

it [the Word of God] causeth the multitudes to assemble

together and the remote ones to be united.

Thus the husband and wife are brought into affinity,

are united and harmonized, even as though they were

one person. Through their mutual union, companionship

and love great results are produced in the world,

both material and spiritual. The spiritual result is the

appear