Shoghi Effendi: Mount Carmel, It Has Not Yet Achieved the Grandeur of Versailles

Shrine of the Báb during construction.

Oh, could you imagine…walking with the Guardian in the golden light of the Shrine of the Bab…oh what joy would fill the heart….to be the woman on the arm of Shoghi Effendi.


Story told by Marzieh Gail, from “Khanum, The Greatest Holy Leaf”.


“In those days Carmel, the ancient Mountain of God, was mostly ragged – all weeds and rocks, but following ‘Abdu’l-Baha, the Guardian had continued with its embellishment. The fruit trees were already there, and there was a rich patch of green grass which Shoghi Effendi specially pointed out to Mother, taking her arm one night to guide her over the uneven ground. Walking back of them I wished I were old, so that he would take my arm too. There above us were Curtis Kelsey’s electric lights on the (domeless) Shrine of the Bab itself, thrusting brightly down the mountain – the very lights Curtis had been installing at the time of the Master’s passing. The great beam cut down through the night, making a golden path through the dark, and it was teeming with thousands of bugs, every kind, flown in from the night, and in after-years these seemed to me a symbol of the believers, dark before they entered the Faith, not willy-nilly, worthy or not worthy, turned to gold. The light shimmered on the low, polished leaves of the palms the Guardian had recently planted to line the straight, steep path from the German Colony at the mountain’s foot, up to the Shrine. Here was an old, worn-away mountainside, mostly barren ground and rubble; yet the Guardian turned to Mother and said (I admit to my surprise): ‘It has not yet achieved the grandeur of Versailles.'”

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 ( 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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