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sábado, 28 de julio de 2007

Anticipación de la Guardianía en la Biblia

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En el blog de Neysan Zölzer (Sharing is caring) he leído un artículo muy interesante sobre una mención del Guardián en la Biblia, con su posterior interpretación por 'Abdú'l-Bahá.
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Anticipation of guardianship in the bible
July 26th, 2007
Dumbfounded as i still am from receiving this reference, it shall be shared here.

Isaiah, the greatest of the Hebrew Prophets (SE), writes: “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might.” (11:1-2)

‘Abdu’l-Baha comments these words: “But these verses apply word for word to Bahá’u'lláh. Likewise in this marvelous cycle the earth will be transformed, and the world of humanity arrayed in tranquillity and beauty.” (SAQ62)

Isaiah, as he continues to describe his vision, writes: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” (11:6)

In 1897, just after the birth of the Beloved Guardian, an American believer enquired about this verse, wanting to know whether this was true and whether the child who would succeed ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was then living. In response ‘Abdu’l-Baha revealed the following Tablet:

O Maidservant of God!

Verily, that child is born and is alive and from him will appear wondrous things that thou wilt hear of in the future. Thou shalt
behold him endowed with the most perfect appearance, supreme capacity, absolute perfection, consummate power and unsurpassed might. His face will shine with a radiance that illumines all the horizons of the world; therefore forget this not as long as thou dost live inasmuch as ages and centuries will bear traces of him.

Upon thee be greetings and praise ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ‘Abbas

(quoted in Rabbani, Priceless Pearl)

However, in this Tablet ‘Abdu’l-Bahá did not reveal the identity of Shoghi Effendi as that child who would succeed Him, and thus the reader shall investigate the implications himself.

A soul-stirring first encounter with the Guardian in his infancy is described by Yunis Khan in his diary:

“For many days the occupants of the Pilgrim House had begged the Afnan [Shoghi Effendi’s father] to see Shoghi Effendi. One day, unexpectedly, this child of four months was brought to the biruni [reception room of the Master]. The believers approached him with joy and I too had this privilege, but I said to myself ‘only look upon him as a Bahá’í child’. However I could not control my feelings because an inner force obliged me to bow low before him and for a moment I was bewitched by the beauty of this suckling child. I kissed the soft hair of his head and sensed such a power in him that I can find no words to express it, but only say he looked like the babe one sees in the arms of the Blessed Virgin. For several days the face of this child was before me, then gradually I forgot it. Two other times I had these same feelings, once when he was nine years old and once when he was eleven years old.”

‘The triumph of the Cause of God is in his hands.’

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