The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
1.the sweet-smelling savour of My garment   ¶4
This is an allusion to the story of Joseph in the Qur’án1 and the Old Testament2, in which Joseph’s garment, brought by his brothers to Jacob, their father, enabled Jacob to identify his beloved long-lost son. The metaphor of the fragrant “garment” is frequently used in the Bahá’í Writings to refer to the recognition of the Manifestation of God and His Revelation.
Bahá’u’lláh, in one of His Tablets,3 describes Himself as the “Divine Joseph” Who has been “bartered away” by the heedless “for the most paltry of prices.” The Báb, in the Qayyúmu’l-Asmá’,4 identifies Bahá’u’lláh as the “true Joseph” and forecasts the ordeals that He would endure at the hands of His treacherous brother (see note 190). Likewise, Shoghi Effendi5 draws a parallel between the intense jealousy which the preeminence of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had aroused in His half-brother, Mirzá Muḥammad-‘Alí, and the deadly envy “which the superior excellence of Joseph had kindled in the hearts of his brothers.”
1 Qur’án, Surah 12
2 Bible, Genesis, Chapters 37 to 50
3 Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 208
4 Selections from the Writings of the Bab, page 48
5 Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, pp. 245-246