100 Years Ago. Abdu'l-Bahá in Paris says we must not be discouraged by the smallness of our numbers.
Eternal Life and He told them to acquire human perfections. The Light of Guidance was shed forth by that radiant Star,
and He at length gave His life in sacrifice for humanity.
They denied Him, scorned Him, ill-treated Him and cursed Him. He was not treated like a man—and yet in spite of all
this He was the embodiment of pity and of supreme goodness and love.
His words and were not illumined by the flame of His love.
these things, they repented—but He had been crucified!
It was not until many years after His ascension that they knew who He was, and at the time of His ascension He had
only a very few disciples; only a comparatively small following believed His precepts and followed His laws. The
ignorant said, ‘Who is this individual; He has only a few disciples!’ But those who knew said: ‘He is the Sun who will
shine in the East and in the West, He is the Manifestation who shall give life to the world’.
What the first disciples had seen the world realized later.
Cause is of no importance. If few people come to your gatherings do not lose heart, and if you are ridiculed and
contradicted be not distressed, for the apostles of Christ had the same to bear. They were reviled and persecuted,
cursed and ill-treated, but in the end they were victorious and their enemies were found to be wrong.
and thank God that you are called upon to suffer as holy men of old suffered. If they oppose you be gentle with them,
if they contradict be firm in your faith, if they desert you and flee from before you, seek them out and treat them
kindly. Do harm to nobody; pray for all; try to make your light shine in the world and let your banner fly high in the
Heavens. The beautiful perfume of your noble lives will permeate everywhere. The light of truth kindled in your
hearts will shine out to the distant horizon!
like seas full of precious pearls.