Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Consoling friends while leaving Minneapolis

Mahmud's Diary
September 20, 1912
Minneaplois, MN

At 8:00 a.m., after packing the parcels to be sent to the East, the Master left the hotel for the train station. The assembled friends were sad and dejected owing to His departure from their midst. He consoled them until the train left the station, saying:

I shall never forget you. You are always in my mind. Convey to all the friends my kind regards. I love all. I exhort you to be kind to the poor and love them. Help them, for the poor are broken-hearted. If you sacrifice yourself for the rich, they think you do it because you are obliged to. But if you love the poor, they feel joy and are sincerely grateful. To help the poor is essential. May you be under the protection of God.

When the train reached St Paul station, Dr. Woolson came to say goodbye and received the Master’s blessing. He was showered with bounty.