A Heart Has Been Hurt
Selflessness – Empathy
“A Heart Has Been Hurt!”
Source:The Chosen Highway, Lady Blomfield pg.159
‘Abdu’l-Baha would receive those who had asked for appointments for private audiences. Careful time-tables were made and strictly adhered to, for very numerous were these applicants for so unique an experience, how unique, only those knew when in the presence of the Master, and we could partly divine, as we saw the look on their faces as they emerged – a look as though blended of awe, of marvelling, and of a certain calm joy. Sometimes we were conscious of reluctance in them to come forth into the outer world, as though they would hold fast to their beatitude, lest the return to things of earth should wrest it from them.
“My sorrow is still with me,” said one woman clad in deepest mourning, “but He has taken away the sting, and turned it into joy.”
One day a woman asked to be permitted to see the Master. “Have you an appointment?”
“I am sorry,” answered the over-zealous friend who met her in the hall, “but He is occupied now with most important people, and cannot be disturbed.”
The woman turned away, feeling too humble to persist in her appeal, but, oh! so bitterly disappointed. Before she had reached the foot of the stairway, she was overtaken by a breathless messenger from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.
“He wishes to see you, come back! He has told me to bring you to Him.”
We had heard His voice from the door of His audience room speaking with authority:
“A heart has been hurt. Hasten, hasten, bring her to me!”