"O MY handmaiden, O My leaf! Render thou thanks unto..."
O MY handmaiden, O My leaf! Render thou thanks unto
the Best-Beloved of the world for having attained this
boundless grace at a time when the world's learned and
most distinguished men have remained deprived thereof.
We have designated thee `a leaf' that thou mayest, like unto
leaves, be stirred by the gentle wind of the Will of God--
exalted be His glory--even as the leaves of the trees are
stirred by onrushing winds. Yield thou thanks unto thy
Lord by virtue of this brilliant utterance. Wert thou to
perceive the sweetness of the title `O My handmaiden' thou
wouldst find thyself detached from all mankind, devoutly
engaged day and night in communion with Him Who is
the sole Desire of the world.
In words of incomparable beauty We have made fitting
mention of such leaves and handmaidens as have quaffed
from the living waters of heavenly grace and have kept
their eyes directed towards God. Happy and blessed are
they indeed. Ere long shall God reveal their station whose
loftiness no word can befittingly express nor any description
We admonish thee to do that which will serve to
promote the interests of the Cause of God amongst men
and women. He doth hear the call of the friends and
beholdeth their actions. Verily, He is the Hearing and the
Upon thee and upon them be the glory of God, the
Powerful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.