Who was `Abdu'l-Bahá, and why did He come to the West?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

February 20, 1913 Overwhelmed by His sanctity

Oh! I am a few hours late on this one. I wish I had Mahmúd's daily diary, translated!

Anyway--here's what Earl Redman writes about February 20 and early March:

'Abdu’l-Bahá gave another talk on 20 February. At its conclusion, Horace Holley’s young daughter, whom the Master had last seen at Thonon two years previously, ran up and was happily lifted up into His arms. The moment reminded ‘Abdu’l-Bahá of His own son, Husayn, who had died as a child. 
            The hectic pace was wearing on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and by the 26th He was suffering from a severe cold. The illness kept Him in Paris and unable to travel, but it did not stop Him from speaking with the endless visitors..
            Edward G. Browne and his wife visited the Master on 9 March. Other visitors included the Iranian Minister, Alma Knobloch, the ‘pioneer teacher’ to Germany and other German friends who had come to beg the Master to visit their country. But it was only towards the end of March that he was well enough to travel.
            ‘Abdu'l-Bahá had invited Friedrich and Annemarie Schweizer, who lived in Zuffenahusen, near Stuttgart, to meet Him in Paris.
         Both were very anxious to meet the Master and prayed that their hearts would be purified. They arrived in the presence of 'Abdu'l-Bahá with Lady Blomfield and she stepped forward first, bending her knees before the Master. Friedrich stated flatly, ‘That I cannot do—kneel down before a man!’ But when the Schweizers entered, ‘the first one to kneel down was Friedrich, so greatly was he overwhelmed by the majesty and glory of His sanctity.’

Don't you wish we could kneel before the Master? 

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