“The Cause of God has always appeared from the East but it has been more effective in the West.”
After lunch ‘Abdu’l-Bahá left the hall of the ‘Mashriqu’l-Adhkar’ and went to Mrs. [Henry] Goodale’s home, where the friends were overjoyed and uplifted to hear Him speak. He said to them, in part:
The Cause of God has always appeared from the East but it has been more effective in the West. Once Badri Pasha said in an address, ‘Gentlemen, Westerners have taken everything from us: the sciences, the arts and the laws they took from the East. Now we fear that they may wrest from us the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh, as well.’ Those were his words. But Bahá’u’lláh is neither of the East nor of the West, neither of the South nor of the North. He is holy above all these directions. He is heavenly and godly.