I sorrow not for the burden of My imprisonment. Neither do I grieve
over My abasement, or the tribulation I suffer at the hands of Mine
enemies. By My life! They are My glory, a glory wherewith God hath
adorned His own Self. Would that ye know it! The shame I was made to bear hath uncovered the glory with which the whole
of creation had been invested, and through the cruelties I have
endured, the Day Star of Justice hath manifested itself, and shed its
splendor upon men.
My sorrows are for those who have involved
themselves in their corrupt passions, and claim to be associated with
the Faith of God, the Gracious, the All-Praised.
the people of Bahá to die to the world and all that is therein, to be so
detached from all earthly things that the inmates of Paradise may
inhale from their garment the sweet smelling savor of sanctity, that all
the peoples of the earth may recognize in their faces the brightness of
the All-Merciful, and that through them may be spread abroad the signs
and tokens of God, the Almighty, the All-Wise. They that have
tarnished the fair name of the Cause of God, by following the things of
the flesh—these are in palpable error!