‘Abdu’l-Bahá: An Inexhaustable Source of Stories

“The Master had an inexhaustible supply of stories. His facial expressions and tone of voice made a story seem real. My favorite was a little story He told about a dog.

 

“The Master was in Akka when Kamal Pasha became prime minister. His brother became governor of Akka. In Turkey the brother of the prime minister could do whatever he wished. One day the governor came with a carriage, and he and the Master went out together. On the way, the Master noticed that the governor had a hunting outfit and four of five large hunting dogs. A gazelle was sighted. The dogs chased after it. An Arab Baha’i who had also come along had a small dog. The governor’s five dogs did not catch anything, but this little dog caught a large gazelle.

 

“The governor was ashamed…He said, “What can I do? THE BAHA’IS ARE ASSISTED. These five dogs of mine could catch nothing, but this little dog did.” He dismounted and took the little dog in his arms and kissed it. He told the owner of the dog that he would not give it back to him.” (Found in the published work, The Light of the World – by George Orr Latimer)

 

Featured Image: Painting by HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, titled “Horse and Roder with a Little Dog”)

Lynette Wilson, Publisher
Author: Lynette Wilson, Publisher

Lynette grew up in the small Wisconsin town of Boscobel, home of the Gideon Bible. After attending college at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Platteville achieving an A.A. degree she decided a break was needed n order to figure out which academic discipline she wanted to pursue. While contemplating intensely on her choices she met and married Fernando. Lynette returned to college and studied Small Business Management and Bookkeeping. After several years of working in management she found herself once again meditating on her future. The powers that be answered and she returned to the academic life in pursuit of a double major in Physical and Occupational Therapy. She found time to assist in the Special Resource Center helping quadriplegics and the legally blind in the classroom setting as well as reading for the blind. In the midst of her professional goals she had a difficult pregnancy which temporarily (...so she thought) would interrupt her coursework. She attempted to return to her studies, but the stork visited a second time. After the birth of their daughter, an unwelcomed visitor arrived a year and a half later, Brain Cancer. After 7 years of fighting, Fernando passed away. (2003) This experience...

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