I want to tell you something that `Abdu’l-Bahá said in order to make clear what I mean about being empty of self and from all selfish desires, passion and ego. You know `Abdu’l-Bahá traveled in Europe after He had been released from prison, and he traveled in America too, to propagate the Faith of His Father. One of the greatest and cruellest enemies, one of the princes of Persia, was in Europe at the same time as `Abdu’l-Bahá. One day he went to `Abdu’l-Bahá and said, “I have come to ask you one question. Look at me, my hat is covered with diamonds, my garments have all sorts of jewels, and yet when I walk in the streets, nobody looks at me or pays any attention to me. And yet, when you walk in the streets and you have the simplest garment in the world, everyone makes way for you. They come to you. There are always hundreds of people at your door. I want to know why.”

`Abdu’l-Bahá knew him and knew that because of him many of the Bahá’ís had been put to death. Therefore he told him, “Your Highness, will you sit down a little and I will tell you a story.” The prince sat down. The name of that prince was Zillu’s Sultán, the son of Násiri’d-Dín Sháh. The Master said: “Once a wise man passed the square of a certain town and found one of the richest people of that town gloomy and sad, brooding over his sorrows in the corner of the square. He went to him and asked, `What is the matter with you?’ He answered, `I have enough money to be the greatest merchant in this town, but I am not satisfied. I want to be greater than that.’ The wise man said, `For instance, what would you like to be?’ The merchant replied, `I want to be the governor of this town.’ The wise man said, `If I make you the governor of this province, not the town, but the whole province, will you be satisfied? Please search your heart and give me the true answer.’ The man pondered and then said: `Honestly, I will not be satisfied. I want to be a minister.’ `I will make you a Minister, but give me another honest answer, will you be satisfied?’ After that, he wanted to be King of the country, and the wise man said, `I will make you the king, will you then be happy and satisfied? Do you want anything beyond that?’ The man replied, `After that there is nothing.’ `Abdu’l-Bahá then said to the prince, “Your Highness, I am that nothing.”

Hand of the Cause of God A.Q. Faizi, Austrialia 1969

Reference: http://bahai-library.com/faizi_australia_1969

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