Saturday, July 25, 2009

July 25th in Baha'i History


1912 – Abdul-Baha gave a Talk at Hotel Victoria. Boston, Massachusetts


As `Abdu'l-Bahá had said He intended to leave Boston for Dublin, the friends and seekers gathered at the hotel. He encouraged them to lead fruitful lives and to overcome self and desire.
Consenting to a request of Mr Kinney, the Master paid a visit to Green Acre. When He got there, two Arab seekers fell at His feet crying, `O Thou the Prophet of God'. He lifted them with His own hand, saying: `I am `Abdu'l-Bahá [the Servant of Bahá].'


The Master took up residence in one of the two houses Mrs Parsons had especially prepared for Him, which was furnished with every comfort; however, the Master said that we must bear our own expenses. Mrs Parsons had hoped that the arrival of the Master would remain private so that He might rest a little. When `Abdu'l-Bahá learned of this He said:


We have come for work and service and not for leisure. We must render service to the Threshold of the Blessed Beauty and must make such servitude the cause of our solace and the joy of our souls. As this place is a summer resort and many prominent people are present, therefore, unless they should themselves ask, the friends should not teach openly. They must deal with them with perfect dignity and honor.
Continuing, He said:
Consider where we came from and where we are now in Dublin here in America. We must offer thanks for the assistance and protection of the Abhá Beauty that we may breathe a breath in the path of servitude. (Mahmud’s Diary)


1914 - 'Man's speech is the revealer of his heart. In whatever world the heart travels, man's conversation will revolve around that center. From his words you can understand in what world he is travelling, whether he is looking upward toward the realm of light or downward to the nether world, whether he is mindful or unaware,whether he is awake or asleep, whether he is alive or dead. For this reason His Holiness 'Ali says: 'Man is hidden behind his tongue. Out of the abundance of his heart does man speak.'
(Words of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, July 25, 1914: Star of the West, Vol. VIII, No. 2, pp. 24-25)
(Lights of Guidance, p. 339)

1981 – To the First Women's Conference, United Kingdom


KINDLY CONVEY PARTICIPANTS FIRST NATIONAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE LOVING CONGRATULATIONS SUCCESS ASSURANCE PRAYERS BOUNTIFUL CONFIRMATIONS ALL EFFORTS BAHÁ'Í WOMEN MAKE NOBLE CONTRIBUTION PROMOTION SPIRITUAL LIFE COMMUNITY. [The conference, attended by 230 individuals, was held on 25 July 1981 in Manchester, England, at the Manchester Institute of Science and Religion.]
UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE - (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 501)


1984 - This Feast is a bringer of joy. It is the groundwork of agreement and unity. It is the key to affection and fellowship. It diffuseth the oneness of mankind.


(25 July 1984 written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to the National Spiritual Assembly of Argentina) (The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 454)

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