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from the web page formerly at Tributes to Amatu'l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum by Stephen Bedingfield.

My personal memoir of Amatu'l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum

on the passing of the Hand of the Cause of God, January 19th, 2000.

I had the privilege of personally running into Hand of the Cause of God, Amatu'l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum, in an elevator in the hotel in St Louis, MO that was hosting the Baha'i National Convention in August, 1974. As I was going from my room down to the lobby in the elevator by myself, the door opened on one of the floors and in walked Ruhiyyih Khanum all by herself.

Having been a Baha'i for only a few years, needless to say, I was awestruck! I couldn't say a word. I probably had a silly grin on my face. She looked over at me and just gave me a smile. Her floor came up, the elevator door opened and she walked out. It was all over in a matter of seconds.

I wondered again after all these years what I would have liked to say to her other than "Allah'u'Abha", especially having her undivided attention for those few seconds. I still don't know. Even after having read "Prescription for Living", and just read "The Priceless Pearl" at that time, I guess I am still as in awe of her now as I was back then.

Baha'u'llah has said "I have made death a messenger of joy". There is no doubt in my mind that she is experiencing that joy to its fullest now, especially reunited with the Guardian, Shoghi Effendi. Believing that, I will not grieve for her. But I, along with every other Baha'i, as well as many other people all over this planet, will miss her.

"Poems of Passing" by Amatu'l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum, 1996, on Kathypeach's web site


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