Meeting Abdu’l-Bahá

Howard Colby Ives in “Portals to Freedom” (page 30 – 33) recollects the experience of meeting with with Abdu’l Baha all alone. 

Abdu'l Baha

A door was opening far across from me and a group was emerging and Abdu’l-Bahá appeared saying farewell. None had any eyes save for Him. Again I had the impression of a unique dignity and courtesy and love. The morning sunlight flooded the room to center on His robe. His fez was slightly tilted and as I gazed. His hand, with a gesture evidently characteristic, raised and, touching, restored it to its proper place. His eyes met mine as my fascinated glance was on Him. He smiled and, with a gesture which no word but “lordly” can describe. He beckoned me.

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Two verses for times of hardship

In the booket “Poor in all Save God” (page 28, printed in the US) it is suggested that the following two phrases by Bahá’u’lláh are said 19 times each day:

” He who puts his trust on God, God will suffice him.   He who fears God, God will send him relief.”


Advice on how to succeed in studies

In “Memories of Nine Years in Akka” Dr Youness Afroukhteh talks about how Abdu’l Bahá had encouraged him to go to Beirut to study medicine.  Dr Afroukhteh was overwhelmed by the task in hand and recollects the words Abdu’l Bahá used to encourage him:

“Regard not thyself. Look at the Abhá Kingdom so that the confirmations may reach thee. Education requires absolute concentration and wholehearted commitment so as to attract divine confirmations. Do not consider the attraction of divine bounty to be proportionate to your capabilities and talents. Rely upon the heaven of mercy and generosity and be confident. Be confident.”  (page 333)

“In any and all endeavours, divine confirmation is wholly dependent on action. Persevere, so that the hosts of divine bounty may assist you.” (page 333)

“The hosts of divine blessings are poised behind this very window waiting for you to act. If you do not enter the arena of service, of what use are the hosts of heavenly confirmation? If the commander of the army remains idle and passive, how can the army achieve victory?” (page 334)