Abdu’l- Bahá: A Station Beyond Comprehension

Abdu’l-Bahá on the balcony off of His private quarters.

This story is told by Bahiyyih Randall Winckler about her first glimpse of the Master. Notice the Master standing on the balcony.


“Suddenly it was as if a hand turned my face to the left. I saw a window at the top of a small building behind a wall. In the upper half of the window was the face of Abdu’l-Baha. He was looking at us and yet into some distant place. Without any action on my part, I became close to him. His eyes were radiant, and they spoke of love and wisdom, but there was also a look of patient sadness. He did not speak or move. I looked beyond Him and saw a large circle of soft pink with a white center. The edges of the circle were gray with sparkles of gold. It was very beautiful, and I became aware that it was telling me something about the Master – how wonderful He was – but I did not understand. I did know that His Father, Baha’u’llah, had given Him the title “Master” because He must be respected.


Then I was wrapped in a feeling of love towards the Master that flooded my heart. As suddenly as this happened, it was over. Later, after I thought about this unusual incident, I decided it was a gift from the Master. It was a gift that was beyond measure, one that would remain with me forever. It was a gift in two ways: first, it made me realized that the Master’s great station was beyond comprehension; and second, it taught me that I could be close to Him if I loved Him.” -(My Pilgrimage To Haifa, November 1919 by Bahiyyih Randall Winckler)


I apologize for using a picture of the Master but felt it historically appropriate for this story. 

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