Friday, June 19, 2009

June 20th in Baha'i History


1912 – Abdul-Baha spoke at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York


1912 – Juliet Thompson recalls the Master that day:


The next day, 20 June, we went to Mrs Kasebier's -- Lua, Mrs Hinkle-Smith, and I -- in the car with the Master.
I shall never forget the Master's beauty in the strange cold light of her studio, a green, underwater sort of light, in which He looked shining and chiselled, like the statue of a god. But the pictures are dark shadows of Him.
(Misc Baha'i, The Diary of Juliet Thompson)


1954 – the following remarks on the role of the individual believer were written in a letter on behalf of Shoghi Effendi:


This challenge, so severe and insistent, and yet so glorious, faces no doubt primarily the individual believer on whom, in the last resort, depends the fate of the entire community. He it is who constitutes the warp and woof on which the quality and pattern of the whole fabric must depend. He it is who acts as one of the countless links in the mighty chain that now girdles the globe. He it is who serves as one of the multitude of bricks which support the structure and ensure the stability of the administrative edifice now being raised in every part of the world. Without his support, at once whole-hearted, continuous and generous, every measure adopted, and every plan formulated, by the Body which acts as the national representative of the community to which he belongs is foredoomed to failure. The World Centre of the Faith itself is paralysed if such a support on the part of the rank and file of the community is denied it. The Author of the Divine Plan Himself is impeded in His purpose if the proper instruments for the execution of His design are lacking. The sustaining strength of Bahá'u'lláh Himself, the Founder of the Faith, will be withheld from every and each individual who fails in the long run to arise and play his part.
(From a letter dated 20 June 1954 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States)

(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 23)

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