‘The Rose-Garden of Fidelity’

Mother and child in rose garden (2007) by Dora Holzhandler

I find these words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá written to console a grieving mother most moving.

‘O bird of the Rose-garden of Fidelity!

Be of no cheerless heart; have no wing nor feather broken; sigh not, neither do thou wail, and sit not chilled in a corner.

The little girl lamented is in the divine Rose-garden in the highest happiness, delight, cheerfulness and gratification. Why then art thou grieved, sorrowing with a bleeding heart? This is the day of rejoicing and the hour of ecstasy! This is the season of the dead arising from the graves and gathering together! And this is the promised time for the attainment of plenteous grace.

Be calm, be strong, be grateful, and become a lamp full of light, that the darkness of sorrows be annihilated, and that the sun of everlasting joy arise from the dawning-place of heart and soul, shining brightly.

Upon thee be the Glory of the Most-Glorious’!

Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas

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