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‘Abdu’l-Bahá: The Center of the Covenant

The Master on the front steps of 7 Haparsim Street, Haifa, Israel (then Palestine)

Suddenly the atmosphere in the room became electrified. ‘Abdul-Bahá rose majestically from His chair and in a powerful voice declared: “I am the Center of the Covenant! I am the Center of the Covenant!”

The friends stood up. They seemed stunned by this great announcement and filled with indescribable emotion. Wonder, joy, and happiness showed in their faces. Gradually we became aware in Whose presence we stood: “The Mystery of God,” God’s special gift to all of mankind. Several moments passed before ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke again. Then, looking at each one, almost pleading, He asked those who believed to spread the Teachings, to be firm and steadfast, to teach not by words alone but by deeds. He said, “These wonderful days are passing swiftly; and, once gone, will never return again.”

When He finished speaking, we knew that our last meeting with our beloved Master was over. Memories of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, by Ramona Allen Brown, pp. 84-85

Life is a load which must be carried on while we are on earth, but the cares of the lower things of life should not be allowed to monopolize all the thoughts and aspirations of a human being. Paris Talks, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 99

The central purpose of the divine religions is the establishment of peace and unity among mankind. Their reality is one; therefore, their accomplishment is one and universal — whether it be through the essential or material ordinances of God. There is but one light of the material sun, one ocean, one rain, one atmosphere. Similarly, in the spiritual world there is one divine reality forming the center and altruistic basis for peace and reconciliation among various and conflicting nations and peoples. The Promulgation of Universal Peace, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 98