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Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas

  • Author:
  • ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

  • Source:
  • Bahá’í Publishing Committee, 1909 edition
  • Pages:
  • 730
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Pages 359-360

“O thou who art advancing to the Kingdom of God!…”

O thou who art advancing to the Kingdom of God!
What thou hast written became evident and what thou hast heard from Mirza ….…. regarding the necessity of many teachers in America, is true. I have said so. Indeed, there is need of a thousand teachers, each one severed from the world, attracted by the Holy Spirit in the Supreme Concourse and joyful through the Kingdom of God and in perfect sanctity, holiness and sufficiency.
This matter of teachers requires the greatest condition; that is, they should never stain themselves with 360 the world, they should not look for the least pecuniary reward from any soul; nay, rather they should bear the utmost poverty and with the perfect wealth of nature 1 , through the bounty of God, may they associate with the people. They should seek no reward nor recompense. Freely have they received, freely should they give. His Holiness Christ sayeth: “When ye leave the city, clean off from your shoes the dust thereof.” The holiness of the teachers must reach this degree. Thus may they utter with eloquence, while in ecstasy and great joy, and guide the people to the manifest light.
If this be the endeavor, strive with life and heart and guide the people to he Kingdom of God, lead them to the straight pathway, inform them of the greatness and magnitude of this Cause and give them the glad-tidings through the bounty of divine providence and the revelation of the Sun of Truth in this great age.
Convey my greeting to the advancing maid-servant of God [thy wife], and say to her: “O maid-servant of God! Seek whilst thou canst the life eternal and wish for everlasting glory in the divine world.”
Embrace twice thy children, and give my greeting to the maid-servant of God, thy mother.
Thy name is Joseph. Let thy title be Bahai.
1. “Wealth of Nature” refers to a state wherein man can dispense with things and be happy in their absence.   [ Back To Reference]