‘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”)

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