Saturday, May 29, 2021

"At that instant, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá understood what was expected of him."

" ‘Abdu’l-Bahá hath also been thy partner and associate in this regard. In Paris, while, on the one hand, each noble soul brought joy to our hearts, on the other, great difficulties arose as a result of attacks by small-minded individuals. In London some of the clergy hurled such assaults upon us as are impossible to describe. Wert thou to read the Churchman, thou wouldst know what things have come to pass.32 But ‘Abdu’l-Bahá payeth no heed whatsoever to any ordeal, difficulty, or adversity. Nay, rather, he regardeth adversity to be, at times, the same as bounty itself. For forty years the prison-city of ‘Akká was for him a heavenly paradise, and he saw the early days of that imprisonment, which were its most severe, as a garden of roses.

Thou too must be my companion, and abandon not the arena in the face of afflictions and calamities. Thou must not merely refrain from complaining, but must rather be thankful. One day in Baghdad, the Blessed Beauty—may my soul be offered up for His servants—addressing us, uttered this verse: 

Either speak no more of love, or content thyself with what hath been ordained; 

Thus hath it been decreed by My command, and such is My law and My way.33

At that instant, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá understood what was expected of him."

(Light of the World: Selected Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, #22 part 2)

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