Daily Reflection – 5 ‘Azamat (Grandeur)

“O friends of God! Experience hath shown how much the renouncing of tobacco, wine and opium, giveth health, strength and intellectual enjoyments, penetration of judgment and physical vigor. There exists today a tribe which refrains and abstains from tobacco, alcohol and opium and it completely excels all others in power, in bravery, in health, beauty and grace.A single one of these men can withstand ten men of other tribes, and this hath been universally proved; that is to say, generally, the individuals of this tribe are superior to the individuals of the other tribes.

“Therefore strive that the greatest cleanliness and sanctity, which is the great desire of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, should be resplendent among the Baha’is, and that the companions of God should surpass the rest of mankind in all conditions and perfections; that they may be physically and morally superior to others; that through cleanliness and purity, refinement and health, they may be the chief of wise men, and that by their affranchisement, their prudence, and the control of their desires, they may be the princes of the pure, the free and the wise.”

(‘Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith, p. 336)

‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Tea with the Master

♥Tea with the Master♥

“During his American tour, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá stopped in Denver, Colorado. Elizabeth Clark, a Denver Bahá’í, had invited the Master to her home for tea. On the day ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was to call on her, Clark spent the morning busily cleaning and straightening the upstairs and downstairs rooms of her home to prepare for her honored guest. But, as the hours slipped by, Clark realized she would not have enough time to finish the job. In a last-minute compromise, she shoved her dirty laundry into the kitchen and left a pile of unwashed dishes in the sink. And then Clark dashed out the door to meet ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s train as it pulled into the station.


“There was only one problem. Elizabeth Clark had gotten her dates mixed up. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had arrived in Denver the day before. When the Master and his entourage did not get off the train, a despondent and perplexed Clark went home — only to see them waiting on her front porch.


“Despite the rocky start, the Master’s visit went well. During the tea time conversation, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá complimented her on how clean and well ordered she kept her home. Then, just before it was time to leave, the Master asked for a glass of water.


“I’ll get it,” Clark said, jumping up to head for her cluttered kitchen. “It would be an honor for me to serve you.”


“No, no, no,” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá interrupted though his interpreter. “My name is ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and that means I am a servant. I’ll get the water.”


“And, with that, he walked into her kitchen. A mortified Elizabeth Clark could only wait for what would happen next. After a few moments, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá emerged from her messy kitchen with a glass of water, drank a few sips and handed her the glass. And then, speaking in English, he joked, “And you thought you could hide something from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá?”

(The Master Humorist, by Robert Ballenger pp25-29)

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