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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 632-633

“O ye friends of this prisoner!…”

O ye friends 1 of this prisoner!
According to what is heard and evident, you have arranged an assembly in the utmost beauty and a number of you present yourselves in that meeting with all love and unity and engage in communion (i.e., reading of the communes), chanting of the verses, spiritual conversation and utterance of the Kingdom. Blessed are ye for having adorned such a meeting and for having prepared such a feast! That gathering receiveth bounty from the Supreme Concourse and that nucleus is under the protection of the Bounty of Abha.
In thanksgiving for this attainment and confirmation you must strive to make Boston a fruit-garden 2 and a rose-garden. Verily, this is not difficult with the Lord.
The beloved of God in this mortal world are each a spiritual trumpet. They breathe the breath of life and thus confer upon them that are dead in negligence and ignorance, the life eternal. They are the merciful physicians who bestow upon the spiritual patients eternal healing.
The city of Boston hath great preparation (literally, readiness), but the endeavor of the righteous is needed and the efforts and strivings of the free are necessary. For unless the seed is sown, the bounty and blessing will not be attained; until the tree be planted, the fresh fruit will not be produced; unless the candle contact with fire, it will not ignite; and until a light dawn, the darkness will not vanish. Therefore, the beloved of God must sow the seeds and plant the fresh plants in 633 that garden. They must ignite the extinguished candles so that the purpose may be attained and the beloved intent unveil its face.
In the spirit of humility and supplication do I beg and implore at the Divine Threshold and seek for you assistance and providence.
1. To the Boston (Mass.) assembly.   [ Back To Reference]
2. The name “Boston” rhymes with the Arabic name “Bostan,” or fruit-garden.—Translator.   [ Back To Reference]