Tuesday, July 14, 2009

July 14th in Baha'i History


1912 – Abdul-Baha spoke at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York


1945 – The passing of Hand of the Cause Siyyid Mustafa -


HEARTS GRIEF STRICKEN PASSING SUPREME CONCOURSE DISTINGUISHED PIONEER FAITH BAHÁ'U'LLÁH DEARLY BELOVED STAUNCH HIGH MINDED NOBLE SOUL SIYYID MUSTAFA. LONG RECORD HIS SUPERB SERVICES BOTH TEACHING ADMINISTRATIVE FIELDS SHED LUSTRE ON BOTH HEROIC AND FORMATIVE AGES BAHÁ'Í DISPENSATION. HIS MAGNIFICENT ACHIEVEMENTS FULLY ENTITLE HIM JOIN RANKS HANDS CAUSE BAHÁ'U'LLÁH. HIS RESTING PLACE SHOULD BE REGARDED FOREMOST SHRINE COMMUNITY BURMESE BELIEVERS. ADVISE HOLDING MEMORIAL GATHERINGS THROUGHOUT INDIA HONOUR HIS IMPERISHABLE MEMORY. URGE INDIAN BURMESE BAHÁ'ÍS PARTICIPATE CONSTRUCTION TOMB. CABLING THREE HUNDRED POUNDS MY PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION SO PRAISEWORTHY PURPOSE.
SHOGHI
(Shoghi Effendi, Messages to the Indian Subcontinent, p. 260)


1947 – The Guardian writes about the Position of Jerusalem -


"... whereas Jerusalem is the spiritual center of Christendom it is not the administrative center of either the Church of Rome or any other Christian denomination. Likewise although it is regarded by Moslems as the spot where one of its most sacred shrines is situated, the Holy Sites of the Muhammadan Faith, and the centre of its pilgrimages, are to be found in Arabia, not in Palestine. The Jews alone offer somewhat of parallel to the attachment which the Bahá'ís have for this country inasmuch as Jerusalem holds the remains of their Holy Temple and was the seat of both the religious and political institutions associated with their past history. But even their cases differs in one respect from that of the Bahá'ís, for it is in the soil of Palestine that the three Central Figures of our religion are buried, and it is not only the centre of Bahá'í pilgrimages from all over the world but also the permanent seat of our Administrative Order..."

(From letter of Shoghi Effendi to the chairman of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, July 14, 1947: Bahá'í News. No. 199, September 1947. p. 3) (Lights of Guidance, p. 498)


1953 – The Guardian Cables a Knight of Baha’u’llah:


To a Knight of Bahá'u'lláh arriving at Kodiak: July 14, 1953
ASSURE FERVENT PRAYERS. SHOGHI (Shoghi Effendi, High Endeavours - Messages to Alaska, p. 62)

5 comments:

Candace Jacallen said...

I believe the letter from Shoghi Effendi to the Knight of Baha'u'llah in Kodiak was written to George Putnam. I am from Kodiak, it's where I became a Baha'i, and I knew George and his family before they left. One of the things the Baha'is there told me was that he was a Knight of Baha'u'llah.

Jack Bush said...

Thanks for the information Candace.

Kevin said...

Isn't it George Putney (not Putnam)?

Kevin said...

According to Bahaikipedia, it looks like the July 1953 Knight(s) of Baha'u'llah in Kodiak were Jack Hoffman and Rose Perkel. Neither are in Kodiak now. Also according to Bahaikipedia, Elinore Putney (no listing for George) was in the Aleutian Islands (presumably Unalaska) along with Jenabe and Elaine Caldwell in July 1953.

Earl Redman said...

Shoghi Effendi's letter would have been to Rose Perkal who arrive on Kodiak on 8 July. Jack Hoffman, who was in the Navy, arrived on 1 June. George Putney was not a Knight of Bahá'u'lláh – his wife Elinor was. George was not given the title of Knight because he worked on a ship and did not arrive until well after Elinor and after Shoghi Effendi's cut off date.