A Heavenly Meeting

September 12, 1911: a meeting of the friends at the home of Mrs. Thornburgh-Cropper in London

A provisional translation from Khetabat-e Hazrat-e `Abdu’l-Baha dar safr-e-Europa (Talks of ‘Abdu’l-Baha in his European travels), page 21

He is God!

Praise be to God, this is a worthy gathering, it is very radiant and spiritual. It is heavenly.
“The heavens in their courses, though beautiful you find them,
are but an imprint left below, of Hea’en that lies behind them.”

Which is to say, whatever exists in Heaven has a reflection in this world of existence. Now, praise be to God, our meeting today is a picture of the Concourse on High, it shines as the sun. From this meeting we can see that the world above is a world of love. The Concourse on High enjoys unity and concord; its purposes are heavenly purposes. Praise be to God, this is a veritable Mount Sinai: it could truly be called a heavenly meeting, for you seek nothing but God’s good-pleasure. All the earth’s people are rushing in pursuit of self and passion. There are some people whose greatest desire it to have wealth and possessions, another group want nothing more than to overcome their enemies. Some seek tranquility and physical ease above all else, while others strive for leadership, and yet others seek fame. Praise be to God, we seek to please God, our pleasure is in God’s oneness. As we are gathered here, our goal is to spread abroad the unity that is born of the heavenly world, to diffuse divine illumination. We are attracting the hearts. Let us give thanks to God, that we have been granted the privilege of serving His great Cause. I pray to God, for all of you, that together you may constitute a heavenly army. Raise high the standard of heavenly unity, illumine East and West, and fill the people’s hearts with the love of God. This my greatest desire, and you desire the same thing. I pray to God that He may grant it. I am very pleased with you, and with the English people and government. You should thank God that you are free. You cannot imagine the chaos of conditions in the East. When someone from the East arrives here, they find it very agreeable. God has blessed you.

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