While we were rehearsing tonight, a dear friend reminded us that it was a century ago while walking in Washington, DC, that Abdu’l-Baha on His visit to the West, proclaimed the oneness of humanity with the words “O Bahá’u’lláh! What hast Thou done?” and gave practical examples on how to live a spiritual life to inspire the whole humanity.
As I am getting ready for the concert tomorrow, commemorating the visit to Washington, DC a century ago by Abdu’l-Baha, Son of Baha’u’llah and Exemplar of Baha’i life, such reminders are priceless to me:
My name is Abdul-Baha, my identity is Abdul-Baha, my qualification is Abdul-Baha, my reality is Abdul-Baha, my praise is Abdul-Baha, Thraldom to the Blessed Perfection is my glorious refulgent diadem; and servitude to all the human race is my perpetual religion. Through the bounty and favor of the Blessed Perfection, Abdul-Baha is the Ensign of the Most-Great-Peace, which is waving from the Supreme Apex; and through the gift of the Greatest Name, he is the Lamp of Universal Salvation, which is shining with the light of the love of God. The Herald of the Kingdom is he, so that he may awaken the people of the East and of the West. The Voice of Friendship, Uprightness, Truth and Reconciliation is he, so as to cause acceleration throughout all regions. No name, no title, no mention, no commendation hath he nor will ever have except Abdul-Baha. This is my longing. This is my supreme apex. This is my greatest yearning. This is my eternal life. This is my everlasting glory! Express ye the same thing which is issued from my pen. This is the duty of all. Consequently the friends of God must assist and help Abdul-Baha in the adoration of the True One; in the servitude to the human race; in the well-being of the human world and in divine love and kindness.
O ye friends of God! Through the Appearance of the Blessed Perfection the theories are abrogated and the facts established. The time of superficiality is gone by and the cycle of reality hath appeared. One must become the incarnation of Servitude, the personification of Love, the embodiment of Spirituality and the mirror of Mercy.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v2, p. 429)