Friday, August 7, 2009

August 7th in Baha'i History

1912 – Abdul-Baha was in Dublin, NH

the man who has no perception or inner sight finds himself always dejected and lifeless; every time he thinks of death, he is afraid, because he considers himself to be mortal.
Blessed souls are not of this category. They sense that they are eternal, luminous and imperishable like the disciples of Christ. It is for this reason that at the time of death or martyrdom Bahá'ís rejoice, because they know there is no death or annihilation for them. At most, the body disintegrates but the soul exists in the divine world and has everlasting life.
(Mahmud’s Diary)

1941 - The Passing of ELIZABETH GREENLEAF

Share deep grief of bereaved community at passing of Elizabeth Greenleaf, beloved handmaid of Bahá'u'lláh. Her radiant spirit, staunch loyalty, noble character, effective teaching method were distinguishing features of her consecrated life. Praying abundant blessings in life beyond.
Cablegram August 7, 1941 (Shoghi Effendi, Messages to America, p. 48)

1949 - Corners of Shrine Arcade Under Construction

Inform friends of commencement of construction on three corners of arcade of Shrine. Six granite pilasters already erected, twelve columns will be raised shortly. Forwarding photographs for publicity purposes. (Shoghi Effendi, Citadel of Faith, p. 73)

1950 - World atmosphere the very antithesis of the Baha'i atmosphere

. . . The people of the world are submerged in an atmosphere which is the very antithesis, morally, of the Bahá'í atmosphere; we must teach them. If we are too strict in the beginning most -- not all -- types will be rebuffed and veer away from what they might otherwise be led to accept. On the other hand, we don't want Bahá'ís who do not seriously try to live up to the teachings -- we must therefore use great tact and challenge strong souls and lead weak souls . . ."
(From a letter dated 7 August 1950 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer) (Compilations, The Individual and Teaching - Raising the Divine Call, p. 30)

Oral statement to the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, addressing the Question of Minorities.
Geneva, Switzerland - 7 August 1995 (Baha'i International Community)

1 comment:

ellen said...

World atmosphere the very antithesis of Baha'i atmosphere.....even more appropriate today I feel.