Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Juliet: June 19 – Juliet and Lua witnessed the “fearful majesty” of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

The Diary of Juliet Thompson
June 19, 1912
New York, NY

In the early morning of 19 June, before the Master had called me to paint Him, He had spoken to the people in the English basement. On His way down the stairs from His room He passed Lua and me, where we stood in the third-floor hall. We saw, and felt, as He walked down the upper flight, a peculiar power in His step—as though some terrific Force had possession of Him; a Force too strong to be caged in the body, sparking through, almost escaping His body, able to sunder it. I cannot begin to describe that indomitable step, its fearful majesty, or the strange flashing of His eyes. The sublime language of the Old Testament, words such as these: “Who is this that cometh from Bozrah … that treadeth the wine-press in His fury?” faintly express what I saw as I watched the Master descending those stairs. Unsmiling, He passes Lua and me. Then He looked back, still unsmiling.

Juliet is one of My favourites,” He said.