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‘Abdu’l-Bahá revealed a Tablet in response to a letter He had received. It has no name but is often referred to as “what grief then” [digar che ghami] as this phrase is repeated in the Tablet. Currently we don’t know the background of this Tablet or to whom it was sent. This Tablet is only available in persian and I find it to be beautiful. The imagery and the poetic language used by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is simply matchless. Although my provisional translation falls short in doing the original justice, it is worth reading and reflecting on its meaning. I offer my translation (or perhaps interpretation) here so to enable English speaking friends to partake of its contents.
Soon the month of “loftiness” begins. The word loftiness indicates elevation of character or spirit, extending high in the air, exalted in rank, dignity, and elevated in style, tone or sentiment. Perhaps we can discern different perspectives of loftiness in our reflections and meditations in this month. This blogpost gives a suggestion of readings for either the spiritual part of the Nineteen Day Feast or for personal reflection on the theme of loftiness during this month. In short, this compilation covers the Loftiness of God, His Word and His Cause, the loftiness of human beings and finally, a few quotations on the Fast as a means of attaining loftiness.
Although Bahá’u’lláh says that He has “made death a messenger of joy“, it is only natural to grieve when one of our loved ones passes away. Knowing the great station of our loved one might help us in our grieving process. Perhaps our sadness is balanced by knowing that our loved one is in a better place. This compilation from the Writings, Station of a True Believer, is on the station of a true believer and hopefully it will bring some relief.
The Guardian said the following in one of his talks about his appointment as Guardian of the Faith (from Youth Can Move the World page 33) I didn’t want to be the Guardian of the Cause. [In the] first place, I didn’t think that I was worthy. Next place, I didn’t want to face these responsibilities. . . . I didn’t want to be the Guardian. I knew what it meant. I knew that my life as a human being was over. I didn’t want it and I didn’t want to face it. So . . . I left the Holy Land, and I went up into the mountains of Switzerland, and I fought with myself until I conquered myself. Then I came back and I turned myself over to God and I was the Guardian.’
‘Now, every Bahá’í in the world, every person in the world has to do exactly that same thing. Whether you are a Hand of the Cause, whether you are a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh, whether you are a member of a National Assembly, whether you are a teacher, whether you are a pioneer, whether you are an administrator, regardless of what you are, whatever you are doing in the Cause, every Bahá’í must fight with himself and conquer himself. And when he has conquered himself, then he becomes a true instrument for the service of the Cause of God—and not until that. And he will not achieve as great a success until he has done it. And this is what every Bahá’í in the world should know.”