When Shoghi Effendi was only five years old he was pestering the Master to write something for him, whereupon ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote this touching and revealing letter in His own hand:
“He is God! O My Shoghi, I have no time to talk, leave me alone! You said ‘write’ I have written. What else should be done? Now is not the time for you to read and write, it is the time for jumping about and chanting ‘O My God!’ therefore memorize the prayers of the Blessed Beauty and chant them that I may hear them, because there is no time for anything else.”
It seems that when this wonderful gift reached the child he set himself to memorize a number of Bahá’u’lláh’s prayers and would chant them so loudly that the entire neighbourhood could hear his voice; when his parents and other members of the Master’s family remonstrated with him, Shoghi Effendi replied, “The Master wrote to me to chant that He may hear me! I am doing my best!” and he kept on chanting at the top of his voice for many hours every day. Finally his parents begged the Master to stop him, but He told them to let Shoghi Effendi alone.