Some Personal Characteristics

There is a note in 'Abdu'l-Baha's character that has not been emphasized,

and with which no idea of him is complete. The impressive dignity which

distinguishes his presence and bearing is occasionally lighted by a

delicate and tactful humour, which is as unaffected as it is infectious

and delightful.

On his last afternoon in London, a reporter called to ask him of his

future plans, finding him surrounded by a number of friends who had called

to bid him good-bye. When, in answer to this query, 'Abdu'l-Baha told in

perfect English of his intention to visit Paris and go from there to

Alexandria, the press representative evinced surprise at his faultless

pronunciation. Thereupon 'Abdu'l-Baha proceeded to march with a free

stride up and down the flower-scented drawing room, his Oriental garb

contrasting strangely with his modern surroundings; and, to the amusement

of the assembly, uttered a string of elaborate English words, laughingly

ending, Very difficult English words I speak! Then, a moment later, with

the swift transition of one who knows both how to be grave and gay, he

showed himself terribly in earnest.

He had left orders that none were to be turned away, but one who had twice

vainly sought his presence, and was, through some oversight, prevented

from seeing him, wrote a heartbreaking letter showing that he thought

himself rebuffed. It was translated by the Persian interpreter.

'Abdu'l-Baha at once put on his coat, and, turning towards the door, said,

with an expression of unspeakable sadness, A friend of mine has been

martyred, and I am very grieved. I go out alone. and he swept down the

steps. One could then see how well the title of Master became him.

Another phase of his character which none who saw him could ever forget

was his attitude towards children who were brought to him. Many of his

talks were given as he sat with his arm encircling one of them.

He invariably admonished the parents thus: Give this child a good

education; make every effort that it may have the best you can afford, so

that it may be enabled to enjoy the advantage of this glorious age. Do all

you can to encourage spirituality in them.

One who sought the presence of 'Abdu'l-Baha realized the father-like

sympathy which is his. Speaking of his and others' love for 'Abdu'l-Baha

the reply was: I know that you love me, I can see that it is so. I will

pray for you that you may be firm and serve in the Cause, becoming a true

servant to Baha'u'llah. Though I go away I will always be present with you

all. These words were spoken with the greatest loving sympathy and

understanding of difficulties; during the moments of this little talk

'Abdu'l-Baha held and stroked the speaker's hands, and at the end took his

head and with a gentle touch drew it to him kissing the forehead of the

young man, who felt that he had found a father and a friend.

Some Of The Experiences Of His Forty Years Imprisonment Some Texts Revealed By Baha'u'llah Supplementary To The Kitab-i-aqdas facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail