In this issue – The Hidden Words
The Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah (Persian and Arabic)
3 Stories About How ‘Abdu’l-Baha Showed Mercy
1. He had left orders that none were to be turned away, but one who had twice vainly sought his presence, and was, through some oversight, prevented from seeing him, wrote a heartbreaking letter showing that he thought himself rebuffed. It was translated by the Persian interpreter. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at once put on his coat, and, turning towards the door, said, with an expression of unspeakable sadness, “A friend of mine has been martyred, and I am very grieved. I go out alone.” and he swept down the steps. One could then see how well the title of “Master” became him. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 109)
The demands on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s time were constant. The English Bahá’ís tried to organize the flow of those seeking interviews and instituted a system of official appointments. One day, a woman appeared at the door and asked if she could see ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. When asked if she had an appointment, she admitted that she had not and was promptly told, “I am sorry but He is occupied now with most important people, and cannot be disturbed.” Sadly, the woman slowly turned away, but before she could reach the bottom of the steps, a messenger from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá rushed out and breathlessly said, “He wishes to see you, come back!” From the house came the powerful voice of the Master: “A heart has been hurt, hasten, hasten, bring her to Me.” (Earl Redman, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, p.36)
Two days earlier, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had granted a final interview to Harriet Cline and Henrietta Wagner, who were to leave for California, the following day. They waited for their interview with many others until someone announced, “there will be no more interviews this morning.” The two women were crushed and sat there in shock at the thought of going home without seeing the Master one last time. But then came the Master’s melodious voice calling, “Mrs. Klein then Mrs. Wagner.” When Mrs. Klein entered ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s presence, He put an arm around her and said, “You are my daughter, you are my daughter. I have prayed for you many, many times.” Her tears poured out uncontrollably until she looked up into ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s eyes. His smile and happiness suddenly filled her and, she said, “a sense of great inner calmness took possession of my soul.” (Earl Redman, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, p. 118)
Prayers for God’s Mercy
Thou seest Thy handmaiden, O my God, standing before the habitation of Thy mercy, and calling upon Thee by Thy name which Thou hast chosen above all other names and set up over all that are in heaven and on earth. Send down upon her the breaths of Thy mercy, that she may be carried away wholly from herself, and be drawn entirely towards the seat which, resplendent with the glory of Thy face, sheddeth afar the radiance of Thy sovereignty, and is established as Thy throne. Potent art Thou to do what Thou willest. No God is there beside Thee, the All-Glorious, the Most Bountiful. (Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 148)
I beseech Thee, by Thy mercy that hath surpassed all created things, and Thy grace that hath embraced the entire creation, to accept from Thy servants what they are capable of showing forth in Thy path. Aid them, then, by Thy strengthening grace, to exalt Thy word and to blazon Thy praise. Powerful art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. Thou, truly, art the All-Glorious, the All-Wise. (Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 149-150)
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 thirst ones to drink from the Sweet Water of Thy gifts, and quicken the dead by eternal life. Endow the blind with light, 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!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 369-370)
This month’s featured video shows two of Bahá’u’ll’áh’s Hidden Words beautifully sung in Acappella style.
O SON OF SPIRIT! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting. (Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words 1)
O SON OF BEING! Thy heart is My home; sanctify it for My descent. Thy spirit is My place of revelation; cleanse it for My manifestation. (Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words 59)
For those who are struggling with self-worth, Nabil Moghaddam talks about how we can use this hidden word to help:
O SON OF SPIRIT!
My claim on thee is great, it cannot be forgotten. My grace to thee is plenteous, it cannot be veiled. My love has made in thee its home, it cannot be concealed. My light is manifest to thee, it cannot be obscured. (Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words 20)
The Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah
The Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah consists of about 153 short paragraphs in two parts – Persian and Arabic. It’s a collection of lyrical, gem-like verses of scripture that convey timeless spiritual wisdom clothed in the garment of brevity. The Hidden Words is one of the most important and cherished scriptural works of the Baha’i Faith. The verses are a perfect guidebook to walking a spiritual path and drawing closer to God. They address themes such as turning to God, humility, detachment and love, to name but a few. These verses are among Baha’u’llah’s earliest and best known works. They have been translated into more than seventy languages and read by millions worldwide. You’ll want to get your copy, if you don’t own it already!
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This month I’d like to feature the work of Dr. O’Mead Rahmanian, a chiropractor in Alaska, a reader of this newsletter; and a member of the NSA of Alaska. When he read that 5 months after breaking my ankle, I was still in a lot of pain, couldn’t walk or drive and was at my whit’s end, he gave me a call, quickly diagnosed the problem, and immediately gave me LOTS of easily do-able exercises and nutritional supplements to break down the scar tissue. Best of all, he gave me the “attitude adjustment” I needed to overcome my challenges. Because it was grounded in the Writings, it was easy to swallow! In less than a week, I was able to walk without pain! His follow up calls really kept me motivated, propelled my recovery forward and enabled me to increase the range of motion so I could walk again!
Omid is well-known for his ability to locate the source of pain in his patients, which has won him county-wide recognition from his peers, as well as from traditional and holistic health practitioners alike. I wasn’t at all surprised to learn that prior to pioneering to Alaska, he was voted Doctor of Choice for North County San Diego and was featured on Channel 6 Health Living in San Diego.
Omid sincerely wants to help people live a pain-free and healthy lifestyle; a life without limits. With you, he designs a personalized wellness plan that combines nutritional, rehabilitation and ergonomic suggestions along with non-invasive and highly-effective chiropractic services. He also throws in a smattering of absolutely timely and well-presented quotes from the Writings that I appreciated very much. It was like having my very own Baha’i-Inspired Life Coach!
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See you next month! Hope it’s a month filled with mercy!