STAR OF THE WEST,
Vol III, No. 7, Kalamat July 13, 1912, pg 9
The Centre of the Covenant
By Charles Mason Remey
`Abdu'l-Bahá, the exponent and leader of the Bahá'í movement, who is now in America, arrived in New York on the eleventh of April of this year.
Never before has any eastern teacher received such a warm welcome in America as has been accorded to Abdu'l-Bahá. Not only have the hearts of Abdu'l-Bahá's followers and friends in this country gone out toward him in the greatest of love, but a multitude of people have arisen and have warmly and heartily espoused the principles of international, interracial and interreligious brotherhood which Abdu'l-Bahá is teaching and demonstrating to the world.
During Abdu'l-Bahá's recent visits to New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Washington and other cities, thousands have crowded to see and to hear him, and these people have been gladdened by the joy of the Lord which Abdu'l-Bahá radiates so bounteously to all who allow themselves to come within the magnetic field of his great love for all humanity.
In these days of the foundation of the reign of peace upon earth, the hearts of the people in general are being subconsciously awakened and spiritually drawn to seek the spirit of unity and harmony. Therefore when the Lord's Messenger comes with the glad tidings of Peace it is to be expected that the souls of the many who are seeking that Peace should be attracted by his spirit, joyfully receive his teachings and follow in his path.
Abdu'l-Bahá has received no greater hospitality than that accorded him by the clergy in America. Pulpits in so many churches have been opened to him that on account of the time it has been possible for him to accept comparatively few of these invitations to address religious congregations. The doors of various secular societies and associations have also been opened to Abdu'l-Bahá and in many conferences he has voiced the message of the peace of the Covenant of which his life of service is the Center.
Only four years ago Abdu'l-Bahá was completing his fortieth year in the prison of Akka in the Holy Land, where he had been incarcerated by the former despotic Turkish government because of this progressive Bahá'í Message of Peace and Brotherhood. Now all this is changed. In Turkey Constitutionalism has taken the place of despotism, and Abdu'l-Bahá has come out from his prison to the West to establish the unity of the Covenant of God.
Many people have been drawn to Abdu'l-Bahá by a spiritual force which they could not explain; a force which affected them so deeply as to make them observe that a change had been produced in their very souls. These people are now realizing the reason why Abdu'l-Bahá's presence and words have a spiritual effect that no other man's presence nor words have. This is because he stands in his mission, quite distinct from other men. In his life of service to mankind is centered the great power of the Divine covenant.
The Covenant of God has ever been the source of man's spiritual enlightenment in past ages; it is the source of his spiritual enlightenment in this present day, and it will be the source of his spiritual enlightenment during the ages to come.
Through Abraham God made a Covenant which was fulfilled and renewed by Moses, and in like manner by the Christ, Mohammed, and the Bab who was the immediate forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh the founder of the Covenant of this present day.
All of the prophets and mouth-pieces of God heralded the coming of the great latter day Messiah, "The Ancient of Days," who would found and establish God's Kingdom of Peace and Unity upon earth. Bahá'u'lláh is that Promised One. He is the fulfillment of the Covenant made through the prophets of the past. He has brought the Kingdom of Peace upon earth, and as the point of guidance for the further establishment of His Kingdom, He appointed His beloved son Abdu'l- Bahá to be the Center of His Covenant, the establisher and promoter of His Kingdom and Peace in the world.
Abdu'l-Bahá's life of service is the Center of the life of the Kingdom which is the Bahá'í cause. His servitude to God and service to mankind is the heart from which the life force of the Kingdom is flowing to all the members of that growing spiritual body. He is the interpreter and the expounder of Holy Writ. Bahá'u'lláh commanded all to turn to Abdu'l-Bahá, who is the Greatest Branch — branched from the Pre-existent root — the Center of the Covenant of God.
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