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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 607-608

“O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!…”

O thou who art attracted to the Fragrances of God!
Know thou that some of the souls who arrive at this Blessed Spot possess hearing, seeing and smelling; they see what no eye hath ever seen, they hear the melodies of the Dove of Holiness on the Tree of Life, they inhale the fragrances of God from this Garden, and they surely realize that, verily, this Blessed Spot is a center for pure seeing and strong hearing and is the direction from which the breezes of the Holy Spirit blow.
But those who have neither seeing not hearing apprehend nothing and say what they understand not.
As to thee and thy daughter who is devoted to god, who presented herself, saw and heard: Know ye, verily, (one possessing) a pure insight is a servant to the people of Baha’, but only the prudent can understand this.
Know thou, verily, insight (or mental perception) seeth that which sight (or physical perception) seeth not and apprehendeth that which the body perceiveth not, inasmuch as the sight seeth the mirage as water, the images pictured in the mirror as a reality and genuine, and it seeth the earth as stationary, the great stars as small. But the insight correcteth the mistake of the sight and apprehendeth the reality and seeth that the mirage is not water, that the images pictured in mirrors are naught else save mere reflections, that the earth is moving and the distant stars are great. Consequently, 608 the truth of insight, its effectiveness and power is proven, as well as the weakness of sight, its inefficiency and defects.
Then, know thou that the power of the Word of God is effective, both in the spirit and the body, and the influence of the spirit of God is predominant over the material as well as the essential and spiritual. And that, verily, God is powerful in all things, and that the signs (or verses) have exoteric and esoteric meaning, and neither their outward preventeth their inward, nor doth their inward prevent their outward meaning.
Greeting and praise to the maid-servant of God, thy revered daughter, and to all who commemorate the praise of god, long for the Kingdom of God and are cheerfully moved by the fragrances of God!