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Abdu’l-Baha speaks of the cycle of the Ancient Beauty

Posted by Sen on April 23, 2010

This is a tablet of Abdu’l-Baha, one of several selected and translated by Shoghi Effendi and published in Star of the West volume 14, no 1, April 1923. It does not appear to be available elsewhere.

O True servant of God!
The cycle in which thou hast been called to life is truly the cycle of the Ancient Beauty, and the age, the age of the Most Great Name. Hallowed and sanctified be the Lord that hath graciously favoured these poor servants of His to gaze upon such wondrous Light! Ours then to render Him thanks, in the day time and in the night season, for His manifold blessings; to be self sacrificing in the path of Baha’u’llah (may my life be offered up as a sacrifice at His threshold!); to strive for the spread of His Word; to endeavor to manifest His Signs, raise His Edifice, set forth His Proof, recount His Praise, and be lowly and humble, suppliant and submissive before Him; haply His Grace may aid us to prove our gratitude for His bestowals.

Wherefore, unloose thy tongue to deliver the Divine Message and diffuse His fragrance.

(Signed) Abdu’l Baha Abbas.

The ‘Ancient Beauty’ is an honorific name of Baha’u’llah. For an explanation of the ‘Greatest name,’ see Stephen Lambden’s paper on the topic.

I have used the Reference library to search for the Persian original, without success. If you know where it is published, or more about this tablet, please use the comments section.

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One Response to “Abdu’l-Baha speaks of the cycle of the Ancient Beauty”

  1. Mark Townsend said

    23 June, 2010 was the 140th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Purest Branch who fell thru the skylight in Akka 23 June, 1870. It is very dear to me since I enrolled as a Bahá’í around the time of the centennial in 1970.
    The Purest Branch was kept in Tihran when he was a baby, until Baha’u’llah returned from Sulaymaniyyih. This one that yearned for reunion with the Heavenly Father refused healing for himself, begged for by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, in order that the lovers of Bahá’u’lláh might be re-united with Him. There was an earthquake when he was buried, because the earth “trembled in its longing” to meet him. (There was an earthquake in Canada too on Wednesday!) The earth demonstrates its humility and submissiveness by providing for us and allowing itself to “be trodden beneath the feet of men”. This is how I try to understand Mihdí’s meekness. In his pockets were found some smooth round stones, which are now in the International Bahá’í Archives.

    Bahá’u’lláh prayed: “I have, O my Lord, offered up that which Thou hast given Me, that Thy servants may be quickened and all that dwell on earth be united”.
    Mírzá Mihdi’s sacrifice ranks with those other great acts of atonement, the offering of Abraham’s son, the crucifixion of Jesus and the death of Imam Husayn.
    To His son, Bahá’u’lláh said: “Happy art thou in that thou hast been faithful to the Covenant of God…Happy is the one that remembereth thee, and draweth nigh, through thee, unto God, the Creator of the Morn”.
    “Great is thy blessedness and the blessedness of them that hold fast unto the hem of thy outspread robe.”
    It is interesting that ‘Abdu’l-Baha was in West Englewood, New Jersey on 23 June, 1912, and six days later he held the Unity Feast, outdoors, where he stated: “This assembly has a name and significance which will last forever. Hundreds of thousands of meetings shall be held to commemorate this occasion, and the very words I speak to you today shall be repeated in them for ages to come. Therefore, be ye rejoiced, for ye are sheltered beneath the providence of God. Be happy and joyous because the bestowals of God are intended for you and the life of the Holy Spirit is breathing upon you.” (PUP, p. 214)
    I feel a connection between the intention of Bahá’u’lláh for the Purest Branch’s martyrdom and the unity of mankind, which these gatherings in the future will help promote.

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