Testimonial on the Love of God and Teaching

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Shoghi Effendi: Unfolding Destiny, pp. 406‑407
46. "Indeed the believers have not yet fully learned to draw on each other's love for strength and consolation in time of need. The Cause of God is endowed with tremendous powers, and the reason the believers do not gain more from it is because they have not learned to draw fully on these mighty forces of love and strength and harmony generated by the Faith."

From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, May 8, 1942; Directives of the Guardian, p. 27, 41; Living the Life, p. 9; Lights of Guidance, p. 93

47. "...If between the friends true love--based on the love of God--could become manifest, the Cause would spread very rapidly. Love is the standard which must govern the conduct of one believer towards another. The administrative order does not change this, but unfortunately sometimes the friends confuse the two, and try to be a whole spiritual assembly,--with the discipline and justice and impartiality that body must show,--to each other, instead of being forgiving, loving and patient to each other as individuals."

From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, March 18, 1950; Lights of Guidance, p. 404

48. “...Without the spirit of real love for Bahá’u’lláh, for His Faith and its Institutions, and the believers for each other, the Cause can never really bring in large numbers of people. For it is not preaching and rules the world wants, but love and action.

From a letter dated 25 October 1949 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer; Directives of the Guardian, p. 72; Living the Life, p. 21; Guidelines for Teaching, p. 315

49-53. The Story of a Shírázi Youth [Excerpt from Balyuzi: Bahá’u’llah: The King of Glory (Chapter 18)]
54-56. Jináb‑I‑Muníb, upon him be the Glory of the All‑Glorious

His name was Mírzá Áqá and he was spirit itself. He came from Káshán. In the days of the Báb, he was drawn to the sweet savors of God; it was then he caught fire. He was a fine youth, handsome, full of charm and grace. He was a calligrapher second to none, a poet, and he had as well a remarkable singing voice. He was wise and perceptive; staunch in the Faith of God; a flame of God's love, severed from all but God.

During the years when Bahá’u’lláh resided in ‘Iráq, Jináb‑I‑Muníb left Káshán and hastened to His presence. He went to live in a small and humble house, barely managed to subsist, and set about committing to writing the words of God. On his brow, the bestowals of the Manifestation were clear to see. In all this mortal world he had only one possession, his daughter; and even his daughter he had left behind in Persia, as he hurried away to ‘Iráq.

At the time when, with all pomp and ceremony, Bahá’u’lláh and His retinue departed from Baghdád, Jináb‑I‑Muníb accompanied the party on foot. The young man had been known in Persia for his easy and agreeable life and his love of pleasure; also for being somewhat soft and delicate, and used to having his own way. It is obvious what a person of this type endured, going on foot from Baghdád to Constantinople. Still, he gladly measured out the desert miles, and he spent his days and nights chanting prayers, communing with God and calling upon Him.

He was a close companion of mine on that journey. There were nights when we would walk, one to either side of the howdah of Bahá’u’lláh, and the joy we had defies description. Some of those nights he would sing poems; among them he would chant the odes of Háfiz, like the one that begins, "Come, let us scatter these roses, let us pour out this wine,"1 and that other:

To our King though we bow the knee,

We are kings of the morning star.

No changeable colors have we--

Red lions, black dragons we are!

The Blessed Beauty, at the time of His departure from Constantinople, directed Jináb‑I‑Muníb to return to Persia and promulgate the Faith. Accordingly he went back, and over a considerable period he rendered outstanding services, especially in Tihrán. Then he came again, from Persia to Adrianople, and entered the presence of Bahá’u’lláh, enjoying the privilege of attending upon Him. At the time of the greatest catastrophe, that is, the exile to ‘Akká, he was made a prisoner on this Pathway and traveled, by now feeble and ill, with the party of Bahá’u’lláh.

He had been stricken by a severe ailment and was pitifully weak. Still, he would not agree to remaining behind in Adrianople where he could receive treatment, because he wanted to sacrifice his life and fall at the feet of his Lord. We journeyed along till we reached the sea. He was now so feeble that it took three men to lift him and carry him onto the ship. Once he was on board, his condition grew so much worse that the captain insisted we put him off the ship, but because of our repeated pleas he waited till we reached Smyrna. In Smyrna, the captain addressed Colonel ‘Umar Bayk, the government agent who accompanied us, and told him: "If you don't put him ashore, I will do it by force, because the ship will not accept passengers in this condition."

We were compelled, then, to take Jináb‑I‑Muníb to the hospital at Smyrna. Weak as he was, unable to utter a word, he dragged himself to Bahá’u’lláh, lay down at His feet, and wept. On the countenance of Bahá’u’lláh as well, there was intense pain.

We carried Jináb‑I‑Muníb to the hospital, but the functionaries allowed us not more than one hour's time. We laid him down on the bed; we laid his fair head on the pillow; we held him and kissed him many times. Then they forced us away. It is clear how we felt. Whenever I think of that moment, the tears come; my heart is heavy and I summon up the remembrance of what he was. A great man; infinitely wise, he was, steadfast, modest and grave; and there was no one like him for faith and certitude. In him the inner and outer perfections, the spiritual and physical, were joined together. That is why he could receive endless bounty and grace.

His grave is in Smyrna, but it is off by itself, and deserted. Whenever this can be done, the friends must search for it, and that neglected dust must be changed into a much‑frequented shrine,2 so that pilgrims who visit there may breathe in the sweet scent of his last resting‑place.

Abdu’l-Bahá: Memorials of the Faithful, pp. 145‑147

57. Letter from the Universal House of Justice (see Appendix #14 for original)

Universal House of Justice

Bahá’í World Centre

Department of the Secretariat

11 October 1993

Mr. Mehrdad Fazli

4022 Tiffany Trail

College Station, TX 77845

Dear Bahá’í Friend,

Your letter date 11 August 1993 and its enclosures were received and read with interest by the Universal House of Justice. We have been requested to convey to you its warm appreciation for your devoted efforts to locate the resting place of the beloved Jinab-I-Munib in Turkey, during your recent visit in that country. There is no doubt that the results of your research will be an invaluable source of information to facilitate the further investigation of this matter. The photographs submitted by you will be kept in the files of the Audio-Visual Department at the Bahá’í World Centre, for archival purposes.
We are to assure you of the prayers of the House of Justice in the Holy Shrines for the confirmations of Bahá’u’lláh to surround all of your endeavours in the service of His Cause.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Brenda Nagle

For Department of the Secretariat

cc: International Teaching Centre

Board of Counsellors in Europe

Counsellor Ilhan Sezgin

National Assembly of Turkey

58-61. Lua Getsinger (Excerpt from Velda Metalmann: Lua Getsinger: Herald of the Covenant, pp. 55-58)
62-68 Thomas Breakwell (excerpt from ??)

69-71. Grieve thou not over the ascension of my beloved Breakwell, for he hath risen unto a rose garden of splendours within the Abhá Paradise, sheltered by the mercy of his mighty Lord, and he is crying at the top of his voice: `O that my people could know how graciously my Lord hath forgiven me, and made me to be of those who have attained His Presence!'3

O Breakwell, O my dear one!

Where now is thy fair face? Where is thy fluent tongue? Where thy clear brow? Where thy bright comeliness?

O Breakwell, O my dear one!

Where is thy fire, blazing with God's love? Where is thy rapture at His holy breaths? Where are thy praises, lifted unto Him? Where is thy rising up to serve His Cause?

O Breakwell, O my dear one!

Where are thy beauteous eyes? Thy smiling lips? The princely cheek? The graceful form?

O Breakwell, O my dear one!

Thou hast quit this earthly world and risen upward to the Kingdom, thou hast reached unto the grace of the invisible realm, and offered thyself at the threshold of its Lord.

O Breakwell, O my dear one!

Thou hast left the lamp that was thy body here, the glass that was thy human form, thy earthy elements, thy way of life below.

O Breakwell, O my dear one!

Thou hast lit a flame within the lamp of the Company on high, thou hast set foot in the Abhá Paradise, thou hast found a shelter in the shadow of the Blessed Tree, thou hast attained His meeting in the haven of Heaven.

O Breakwell, O my dear one!

Thou art now a bird of Heaven, thou hast quit thine earthly nest, and soared away to a garden of holiness in the kingdom of thy Lord. Thou hast risen to a station filled with light.

O Breakwell, O my dear one!

Thy song is even as birdsong now, thou pourest forth verses as to the mercy of thy Lord; of Him Who forgiveth ever, thou wert a thankful servant, wherefore hast thou entered into exceeding bliss.

O Breakwell, O my dear one!

Thy Lord hath verily singled thee out for His love, and hath led thee into His precincts of holiness, and made thee to enter the garden of those who are His close companions, and hath blessed thee with beholding His beauty.
O Breakwell, O my dear one!

Thou hast won eternal life, and the bounty that faileth never, and a life to please thee well, and plenteous grace.

O Breakwell, O my dear one!

Thou art become a star in the supernal sky, and a lamp amid the angels of high Heaven; a living spirit in the most exalted Kingdom, throned in eternity.

O Breakwell, O my dear one!

I ask of God to draw thee ever closer, hold thee ever faster; to rejoice thy heart with nearness to His presence, to fill thee with light and still more light, to grant thee still more beauty, and to bestow upon thee power and great glory.

O Breakwell, O my dear one!

At all times do I call thee to mind. I shall never forget thee. I pray for thee by day, by night; I see thee plain before me, as if in open day.

O Breakwell, O my dear one!

Abdu’l-Bahá: Selections ... ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, pp. 187‑189

72-75. (?? Continued ?? Excerpt from ?? )
76-77 See Appendix #15 for original
The Universal House of Justice

Bahá’í World Centre

Department of the Secretariat

6 April 1995

Transmitted by fax: 33-1-45000579
The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of France
Dear Bahá’í Friends,
A Memorial to Thomas Breakwell
The Universal House of Justice is most pleased that the way now appears open for the acquisition of the precise plot (2 metres by 1 metre) in Paris Central Cemetery where Thomas Breakwell was buried in 1902 and from which his remains were moved in 1907 because of the temporary nature of the arrangements made at the time of the funeral.
The House of Justice understands that the cost of acquiring the site in perpetuity is Fr16,646 (French francs), or slightly in excess of US$3,300, and that your Assembly or a believer acting on your behalf will be permitted to erect over the gravesite a memorial that is acceptable to the cemetery authorities.
The House of Justice asks that your Assembly proceed immediately to acquire the site. Because of the nature of situation, your Assembly is free to call on the International Fund for assistance if the necessary funds are not available to you.
With regard to the contest for a monument design which was organized by a special committee appointed by your National Assembly, and the various designs which were submitted, the House of Justice prefers to proceed with a more traditional and simple design than those which have been proposed. It will take the form of a suitably inscribed slab of a kind with which some of your other prominent believers, both here at the Bahá’í World Centre and elsewhere. An appropriate excerpt from the Master’s tablet in honour of Mr. Breakwell should be included in the inscription. You are asked to kindly make arrangements for a suitable design and present your proposal to the House of Justice for approval, together with a cost estimate. Once the design is approved, you should present it to the cemetery authorities for their endorsement. Should the subject of the monument arise during your consultations with the Director of the cemetery about the purchase of the plot, you should feel free to make reference to the modest nature of the memorial being considered, as this will no doubt reassure the board.
It is very important for your Assembly to be vigilant in keeping track of any plans that the cemetery authorities may adopt for opening up the mass ossuaries and the transfer of the skeletal remains elsewhere. It is possible that the remains of Mr. Breakwell were placed in a separate canvas sack and labelled before being deposited in one of the ossuaries, since this was still the practice at the time his remains were removed from the original grave. If this is the case, then there is still hope for the eventual recovery of his remains and their reinterment in the plot where they were originally buried.
The eight designs which you kindly submitted to the House of Justice will be returned to you separately.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,
David Bulman

For Department of the Secretariat

cc: Mr. Ned Blackmer

Mr. Mehrdad Fazli

78a. “O Friends! You must all be so ablaze in this day with the fire of the love of God that the heat thereof may be manifest in all your veins, your limbs and members of your body, and the peoples of the world may be ignited by this heat and turn to the horizon of the Beloved.”

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