Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Degrees of sincerity and one’s ability to express it

Agnes Parsons' Diary
August 14, 1912
Dublin, NH

After dinner, which was served by Siyyid Assad’ullah, a descendant of Mohammed, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá took Jeffrey and me, with Dr. Fareed, to His room where we had a beautiful talk together. Jeffrey spoke frankly about his religious feelings, in a way that I think he has never spoken to any one before. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke most wonderfully about sincerity saying there are degrees, that one person’s conception of it must not be judged by another who may be capable of expressing a higher degree of this quality. As we were leaving our house for His, He said: “Where is Mr. Jeffrey?” When told: “Asleep,” He said, it seemed reluctantly, “Very good.” If I had only known he was expected!

Jeffrey Boy said recently, “I wish ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would drive once in the cart. The horses have had all the honor, and I want Max to have some honor!” ‘Abdul would have done so, but there has seemed no time.