Tablets from Abdul-Baha

 

"O dear one of `Abdu'l-Bahá! Be the son of thy father and be the fruit of that tree. Be a son that hath been born of his soul and heart and not only of water and clay. A real son is such one as hath branched from the spiritual part of man. I ask God that thou mayest be at all times confirmed and strengthened."

`Abdu'l-Bahá - from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, #117

The following is a collection of letters written by `Abdu'l-Bahá to Charles Mason Remey that appeared in the STAR OF THE WEST. The purpose of this collection is to give the reader an idea of the relationship they shared. (Compiled by Karen Jo Herman)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volume Number Date
III 7 07/13/1912
IV 3 04/28/1913
V 6 04/24/1914
V 14 11/23/1914
V 19 03/02/1915
10 2 04/09/1919
10 7 07/13/1919
10 12 10/16/1919
11 7 07/13/1920
11 8 08/01/1920
11 9 08/20/1920
11 10 09/08/1920
11 13 11/04/1920
11 15 12/12/1920
12 3 04/28/1921
13 8 11/1922

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol III, No. 7, 07/13/1912, page 16-17

THE CENTER OF THE COVENANT

The time has come when the Baha'is of the West should understand what is intended by "The Center of the Covenant;" therefore we are pleased to publish in this issue the article from the pen of Charles Mason Remey, "Abdu'l-Baha, the Center of the Covenant." A tablet regarding this important subject was recently revealed by Abdu'l-Baha through Mr. Remey. We publish it herewith:

Tablet to Mr. Remey

To his honor Mr. Remey -- Upon him be Bahá'u'lláh El-Abhá!

He Is God!

O thou who art firm in the Covenant!

Thy letter was received and I was informed of its contents. Explain the matter according to the following Teachings, and do not add one word thereto:

His Holiness Abraham — Upon him be Peace! — took the Covenant of his Holiness Moses and gave the glad-tidings of His appearance. His Holiness Moses took the Covenant of the Promised One, his Holiness the Christ, and gladdened the world with the glad-tidings of His Manifestaion. His Holiness the Christ took the Covenant of the "Paraclete" — which means His Holiness Mohammed — and announced the glad-tidings of His Appearance. His Holiness Mohammed took the Covenant of His Holiness the Báb, and the Báb was the Promised One of His Holiness Mohammed, for He gave the good news of His Coming. His Holiness the Blessed Perfection — Bahá'u'lláh — was the Promised One of His Holiness the Báb. The Blessed Perfection has prophesied of the coming of a Promised One after one thousand years, or after thousands of years. That Personage is the Promised One of the Blessed Perfection, and He will appear after one thousand years or after thousands of years. Likewise with the trace of the Supreme Pen He has taken a great Covenant and Testament from all the Bahá'ís, that after His Departure they must obey the Center of the Covenant and must not deviate one hair's breadth from obedience to him. He has commanded in the most explicit term in two instances in the Book of Akdas and He has appointed most unmistakably the interpreter of the Book.

In all the Tablets, especially the chapter of "Branch" whose meanings are all `Abdu'l-Bahá — that is, "the Servant of Bahá" — everything that is necessary is revealed from the Supreme Pen. As `Abdu'l-Bahá is the interpreter of the Book, he says that the chapter of "Branch" means `Abdu'l-Bahá, it refers to the servitude of `Abdu'l-Bahá and nothing else.

In brief, one of the special favors of this dispensation of His Holiness Bahá'u'lláh which is not seen in past Manifestations is this: — that He has left no place for difference. For in His own Day, with the Trace of his own Supreme Pen He has taken a Covenant and a Testament. He has pointed to the one who should be looked upon as authority by all. He has shown the interpreter of the Book and has closed the doors of outside interpretation.

Everyone should thank God that in this Blessed Cause He has tranquilized all and has left no place for hesitation. Therefore obedience and submission must be shown and the face turned completely to him (the Center of the Covenant).

Restrict discussion to this and do not exceed thereto, so that it may become the cause of fellowship and the remover of differences.

Upon thee be Baha-El-Abhá!

(Signed) `Abdu'l-Bahá Abbas.

Translated by M. Ahmad Sohrab, Montclair, N.J., June 24, 1912.

 

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol IV, No. 3, April 28, 1913, page 56.

To his honor Mr. Charles Mason Remey, Washington, D. C.

Upon him be Bahá'u'lláh El-Abhá!

He Is God!

O thou illumined youth and my spiritual beloved!

Thy letter was received and its perusal imparted happiness impossible to describe. It was an indication of the loftiness of thy nature, the strength of thy effort and the purity of thy intentions. `Abdu'l-Bahá's happiness is caused by such matters. If the material luxuries of the whole earth were available to `Abdu'l-Bahá, He would not think for one moment that there is such a thing as comfort and luxury in the world. But when a soul-perfuming fragrance wafts from the rose-garden of the hearts of the friends to the nostrils of `Abdu'l-Bahá, such joy is realized that involuntarily I render thanksgiving unto the Blessed Perfection Who has trained such servants.

In brief, your letter imparted to me the utmost happiness. This thought of yours is very appropriate. * I hope that a new quickening may be produced in the hearts of the believers, and great firmness and steadfastness became manifest, that this may lead to the guidance of others.

Therefore, with a divine power, a heavenly resolution and purpose, an eloquent tongue and a heart overflowing with the Love of God, take in thy hands the Tablets and travel throughout the cities, even as far as Honolulu in Hawaii. Travel thou in all the American cities. Call every one to FIRMNESS IN THE COVENANT! Exhilarate every one with the Spiritual Wine of the Covenant! And guide every one to the diffusion of the Fragrance of GOD! Raise the cry of "Ya- Bahá-El-Abhá!" and call the name of "Ya-Ali-El-Allah"! (O Thou High One Who is the Most High!)

Awaken the friends, for ere long a test shall come. Perchance some persons outwardly firm and inwardly wavering shall come to those parts in order to weaken the faith of the friends in the Covenant of God. Let them be awake! Let them be mindful! As soon as they see a trace of violation of the Covenant, they must hold aloof from the violator. Day and night let them strive so that the Lights of the Kingdom of Abhá may encircle the glove and the darkness of error may entirely be dispelled. . . .

Upon thee be Bahá El-Abhá! (Signed) `Abdu'l-Bahá Abbas

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* Referring to a letter telling of the spiritual awakening among the people caused by `Abdu'l-Bahá's visit in America.

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol V, No. 6, 24 June 1914

" ABDUL-BAHA'S VISIT TO PHILADELPHIA JUNE 8-10, 1912 "

" Mr. William Remey came in about this time and when Abdul-Baha saw him, he greeted him most warmly.

" Your brother [Mason] mentioned your name to me. You are greatly blessed by having such a brother. At present you do not know how greatly you are blessed but you will see this with your own eyes. Your whole family will be glorified; they will be proud that they have such sons as Mr. Remey and yourself. "

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol V, No. 14, 23 November 1914

In an article written by Mr. George Latimer addressed: "To the STAR OF THE WEST," he writes: "This present trip of nine months through Europe and culminating in our visit with Abdul-Baha in the Holy Land has brought a new realization of the Cause to Mr. Remey and myself. . . ."

"On Oct. 18th we were called into his presence about 6:30 in the evening and after a few remarks he spoke as follows: 'There are many heralds in the world. [ He goes on to enumerate several types ] . . . But praise be to God, that you are heralds of the Kingdom of God . . . the fame of the souls, who are the heralds of the Kingdom, is eternal . . . "Thank ye God that ye are the heralds of the Kingdom of Abha, the heralds of the Covenant of the Almighty . . . Today, whosoever is a herald of the Covenant is the light of the Regions. In the Supreme Concourse the Heavenly Cohorts are arrayed, watching to see who will enter the arena of service of the Covenant that they may rush forward to reinforce, to strengthen and to confer upon him triumph."

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol V, No. 19, 2 March 1915

"TABLET FROM ABDUL-BAHA"

"To his honor Mr. Remey--Upon him be BAHA'O'LLAH EL ABHA!"

"HE IS GOD!"

"O thou who art rejoiced by the Divine Glad Tidings! "

" . . .Verily, I beseech God to make thee confirmed under all circumstances. Do not become despondent, neither be thou sad. ERE LONG, THY LORD SHALL MAKE THEE A SIGN OF GUIDANCE AMONG MANKIND." (caps added)

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol 10, No. 2, April 9, 1919

To his honor Mr. Charles Mason Remey, Washington, D. C.

Upon him be Bahá'u'lláh El-Abhá! He Is God!

O thou who art firm in the Covenant! Since the extinction of the fire of war four successive letters have been received from you. The utmost happiness they brought for they carried with them the glad-tidings of the health and welfare of the friends of God.

Praised be unto God, that throughout this violent storm the Ark of the Covenant hath attained unto the shore of Salvation. The danger was imminent and the occasion for fear and apprehension prepared. The friends in all regions remained safe and preserved under the shade of divine protection, particularly in the Holy Land where the danger and calamities were infinite and limitless. Every day brought a new trial and every hour carried with it a special difficulty. In brief, had not divine protection been extended, existence for a single day would have been absolutely impossible. This, verily, is one of the miracles of God that I and the friends in the Holy Land should remain safe and protected while being held in the strong grip of a group of sanguinary persons.

Prior to the war, numerous letters were dispatched to America wherein it was manifestly recorded that a severe commotion was ahead and a great agitation lay in the near future; that the people of the world would be involved in crucial danger and affliction, and trying tests would come to pass; that the pillars of comfort would quake from the intensity of commotion and that blessed souls would shine resplendently like unto the stars of the Supreme Horizon.

Praise be to God, the showers of the blessings of the Blessed Beauty (Bahá'u'lláh) are abundantly pouring and the grace and bounty of the loving Lord are complete. At present these gloomy clouds are in the process of dissipation from the horizon of the world. The friends of God must, in accordance with the prescribed directions which have formerly been sent, forget everything, hasten to different lands and regions and promulgate the divine teachings. For this blood-thirsty war has made the world of mankind tired of life, all ears eager to hearken to the call of universal peace, to the declaration of the oneness of the world of humanity, to full understanding, to the annihilation of estrangement and the hoisting of the standard of affection. The majority of the people are ready to listen to the divine teachings. Opportunity must not be let slip away for at another occasion such a capacity will not be found and endeavor and effort shall be in vain. Today is the day of teaching, for all men are athirst and divine teachings are as the refreshing water. Later on, the thirst shall not remain so severe. Hence one should seize the opportunity so that possibly all races and creeds shall unite and this enmity and rancor may vanish from among men.

Convey on my behalf to the two respected personages, Mr. Richard Mayer and Mrs. Ledyard the utmost love and kindness. I beg and supplicate to the Divine Kingdom and beseech for these two purified souls limitless favor that they may sprout in the Paradise of Abha on the banks of the Water of Life and grow and flourish by the outpouring of the Cloud of Bounty.

The designs of the Mashrak-el-Azkar have been perused. All are good. That which is chosen by the Committee of the Temple is best. The report which thou hast written of thy trave with Mr. Latimer to the various parts of the world, to Honolulu, Hawaii, and other regions have been noted. Praise be to God, thou has been assisted in such a great service.

Upon thee be Bahá'u'lláh El-Abhá! (Signed) Abdul-Baha Abas.

(Haifa, Palestine, January 8, 1919.)

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol 10, No. 7, July 13, 1919, page 144

To his honor Mr. Charles Mason Remey,

care of his honor Mr. Roy Wilhelm, New York City -

Upon him be Bahá'u'lláh El-Abhá!

He Is God!

O my dear son!

Numerous letters have been received from you and their contents have all been conducive to happiness. Praised be to God, thou art confirmed in service to the Kingdom art promulgating divine teachings, art raising the call of the oneness of mankind, art detaching the souls from ignorant racial prejudices, art summoning them to the investigation of truth, art showing forth unto them the light of guidance and art offering them the chalice of the wine of the love of God. This blessed purpose of thine is the magnet of the confirmations of the Abhá Kingdom.

Rest thou assured and engage with Mr. John Bassett in service to the Kingdom of God throughout the same southern states. This is what is required at present. Later on, undertake t tour to the north of America and after that thy course of action and that of Mr. John Bassett shall be determined.

Convey, on my behalf, the utmost love and kindness to Miss Margaret Klebbs and say: "The people of the Supreme admire your work that, praise be to God, you are firm in the Covenant and Testament, and are serving the Kingdom of God."

Upon thee be Bahá'u'lláh El-Abhá! (Signed Abdul-Bahá Abbas.

(Translated by Shoghi Rabbani, May 23rd, 1919, Haifa, Palestine.)

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol X, No. 12, 16 October 1919 ( p. 230 ) :

" Recent Tablet from Abdul-Baha to American Bahais: "

"We have cabled Mr. Remey to postpone his tour, for his presence, in these days, in America is necessary. In reality, he has been and is engaged in the utmost power in service and Iove him infinitely, and verily he merits this love of Abdul-Baha."

(Translated by Shoghi Rabbani, Haifa, Palestine, May 23rd, 1919)

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol 11, No. 7, July 13, 1920

"All men are of one race and the whole universe one land"

Tablet from Abdul-Baha to Charles Mason Remey

To his honor Mr. Remey, Washington, D. C.

Upon him be Bahá'u'lláh El-Abhá!

He Is God!

O thou son of the Kingdom!

Thy letter was received. Its contents were in the utmost sweetness, for it was indicative that with the utmost power thou hast arisen in order to link together the hearts of souls that are in America with those who are in Europe. This is of utmost importance, for the first divine teaching is that communities must be freed from racial, political and even patriotic prejudice, that all men are of one race and the whole universe one land. Consider how unwise and short-sighted are the leaders, the politicians and the philosophers of the present age! The American continent and Europe, that is, Germany and France, are a small portion of the terrestrial globe. What is the importance of this globe? — for it commands no importance when compared to these infinite bodies that abound in this limitless space; it is like unto an insignificant spot on the surface of the wide ocean. No importance should be attached to the terrestrial glove, how much less to one of the countries of the globe. The inhabitants of countries are so immersed in their imaginations that they have carved for themselves statues of imagination, which they worship, when actually they are naught but fantastic images, yet in spite of that they are worshiped by everyone. How heedless, unintelligent and unwise are the leaders and philosophers of today!

In short, the divine teachings constitute the unicolored pavilion of the oneness of the world of humanity. All the peoples of the world shall not attain unto rest except under its shadow, and in accordance with these teachings, the Turk as well as the Tagik, the European as well as the American, the Asiatic as well as the African — all shall rest under the shadow of this pavilion. The friends of God must therefore deal with all the communities of the world with the utmost truthfulness and friendship without any distinction of race, so that all may embrace one another and with the utmost harmony and love may engage in the glorification of the Lord of the Kingdom.

I have delivered an address at the university of the colored men at Washington on the subject of the colored and the white. Refer to it and act accordingly.

In brief, I am greatly pleased with thy conduct and thy behavior. Praise be to God, thou are freed from these limitations and imaginations, hast no purpose save the diffusion of the divine fragrances and art ever restless and active. Thou art day and night striving to hoist the resplendent banner and to cause the shining morn to illumine all regions. From the Abha kingdom I ever beg confirmation for thee, for without it the smallest things cannot be performed, how much less this important question.

Convey on my behalf to all the friends of God, greeting. Upon thee be Baha-El-Abha! (Signed Abdul-Baha Abbas (Haifa, Palestine, October 11, 1919.)

(Webmaster: Emphasis added)

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol 11, No. 10, September 8, 1920

CHARLES MASON REMEY*

To Mr. Remey -- Upon him be Bahá'u'lláh El-Abhá!

O thou who art firm in the Covenant!

Thy letter was received! It became the cause of the utmost happiness and rejoicing; for ti contained the news that the white and the colored are gathered in one meeting in America and are associating with each other with infinite love and kindness. Consider thou the power of the Word of God which has brought together those who were against each other. To bring the white and the colored together is considered impossible and improbable, but the breaths of the Holy Spirit will accomplish this fact.

The world of America must be very thankful for this realization; for this enmity and hatred which exist between the white and the colored races if very dangerous and there is no doubt that it will end in bloodshed unless the penetration of the Word of God, the breaths of the Holy Spirit and the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh are diffused amongst them and love instead of hatred is established between the two races.

They must destroy the foundation of enmity and rancour and lay the basis of love and affinity. The power of the Teachings of Bahá'u'lláh will cause the disappearance of this danger from America.

But if Mr. M. . . . Was completely attracted to the Kingdom of Abhá these difficulties would not have appeared. Now he must become a real Bahá'í so that the heavenly army may assist and these troubles may be entirely wiped away. Write to him to read the supplications and implore toward the Kingdom of Abhá! He must read assured that these difficulties will be cleared.

Convey to all the friends of God the wonderful Abhá greeting.

Upon thee be Baha-El-Abha!

(Signed Abdul-Baha Abbas

(Translated by Mirza Ahmad Sohrab, Nov. 27, 1911, Paris, France.)

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol 11, No. 13, November 4, 1920

Recent Tablet from Abdul-Baha to Chas. Mason Remey

Through the faithful soul, Taereh, the wife of his honor Consul Schwarz,

Stuttgart, Germany, to his honor, Mr. (Charles Mason) Remey --Unto him

be the Glory of God, the Most Glorious!

He Is God!

O thous enlightened beloved son!

Praise be unto God, that thou dist arrive at Leipzig safe and sound; didst see the brilliant faces of the friends. Verily, verily, the German friends are luminous, spiritual and heavenly. They are spreading the oneness of humanity, they are in peace with all the nations of the world, and practice love and kindness towards all the religions of the world. They are self-sacrificing in the path of the Kingdom, and are firm and steadfast in the Covenant and Testament. Thou art unquestionably in the utmost joy and rapture now that thou art mingling and associating with those blessed souls.

It is my hope that thy present trip will give rise to great results. Convey on my behalf, love and affection to all the friends, the servants and the maidservants of God!

Unto thee be the Glory of God!

(Signed) Abdul-Baha Abbas.

(Translated by Azizullah S. Bahadur, August 20, 1920, Mount Carmel, Palestine.)

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol 11, No. 15, 12-12-1920

To his honor Mr. Charles Mason Remey, Washington, D. C.

Upon him be Bahá'u'lláh El-Abhá!

He Is God!

Thy letters have been received and an answer has been written. Verily, thou art firm in the Covenant, art self-sacrificing, art the son of the Kingdom and dost deserve the confirmations of His Holiness Bahá'u'lláh. Consequently, `Abdu'l-Bahá is highly pleased with thee and begs for thee from His Holiness Bahá'u'lláh limitless bounties. As a result of this glad-tiding fly on the wings of joy and raise thou the melody: "Happy am I, blessed am I!"

Mr. and Mrs. Deuth are, in the sight of `Abdu'l-Bahá, favored and esteemed. Verily, they are engaged in service. Day and night they strive that they may awaken the souls, they write articles in a moderate tone, they do not rend the veils asunder, and thus they are praised and esteemed by `Abdu'l-Bahá. Convey on my behalf to Richard Mayer respectful greeting. I supplicate for this enlightened soul the bounty of the Merciful.

O thou who art firm in the Covenant! If possible, convey to thy parents my greeting and my respect and give them this message: "Do not be disturbed. All is in the hands of God, and He is the kind Father. Rest assured in His bounty and assistance."

The friends in Boston are indeed arising in service. I am pleased with them, am glad of their activities and ever thinking of them and beg for them all from the bounties of God's assistance and confirmation. Their names are preserved and recorded in the Book of the lordly ones in the Abha Kingdom. They may rest assured in the bounty of His Holiness Bahá'u'lláh, that confirmation shall uninterruptedly descend upon them.

I have been greatly affected by the death of Mr. Sandy Kinney. What a lovely child he was. On my behalf say to Mr. and Mrs. Kinney: "Do not grieve, and no not lament. That tender and lovely shrub has been transferred from this world to the rose-garden of the Kingdom and that longing dove has flown to the divine nest. That candle has been extinguished in this nether world that it may be rekindled in the Supreme Concourse. Ye shall assuredly meet him face to face in the world of mysteries at the assemblage of Light."

At present, wisdom does not permit that the teachers should apply to the government for half-rate fares or should have the property of the Mashrak-el-Azkar exempt from government taxes. Wisdom does not permit that at present. Its time will come.

Concerning thy travel, if during the spring season thou goest to Germany and thence proceed to the Holy Land it will be highly advisable. Thou art permitted.

Upon thee be Baha-El-Abha!

(Translated by Shoghi Rabbani, Haifa, Palestine, December 24, 1919.)

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol , No. ,

To his honor Mr. Charles Mason Remey, Washington, D. C.

Upon him be Bahá'u'lláh El-Abhá!

He Is God!

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol , No. ,

To his honor Mr. Charles Mason Remey, Washington, D. C.

Upon him be Bahá'u'lláh El-Abhá!

He Is God!

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol , No. ,

To his honor Mr. Charles Mason Remey, Washington, D. C.

Upon him be Bahá'u'lláh El-Abhá!

He Is God!

STAR OF THE WEST, Vol , No. ,

To his honor Mr. Charles Mason Remey, Washington, D. C.

Upon him be Bahá'u'lláh El-Abhá!

He Is God!

I acquired the following letter from the Bahá'ís archive of Esther Sego, Augusta, Georgia. In the early days of the Faith, information, and tablets was hand copied and passed from one believer to the next. This letter was shared in this matter. As was the case with this letter, shared items sometimes included a description of its source and the path the document had followed.

To his honor Mr. C.M. Remey, Washington, D.C.

Upon him be greetings and Praise!

He is God.

O thou my heavenly Son! Truly I say thou hast arisen in the service of the cause of God and art displaying great effort in the diffusion of the fragrance of God. Thou hast no other intention save the good pleasure of the true God, and hast no other hope except the promotion of the Heavenly teachings. Thou art scientific and cleansed from attachment to this world, and art wholly attached to the religion of Truth. Rest thou assured that thou art favored in the Divine Threshold. Convey my longing greetings to all the friends and maidservants of the Merciful. Upon thee be greetings and Praised.

Signed Abdul Baha Abbas.

Translated by Ahmad Sohrab

H. Syria, April 14, 1916

Mrs. L. Walter of Washington State shared the above letter with Mrs. Estelle Cowen of Lyons, Colorado, who shared it with Mabelle Timmerman, Augusta, Georgia. This is type-written by the Handwritten copy of E. Cowen to M.Timmerman.