Saturday, September 26, 2009

September 26th in Baha'i History

The Kenya Hotel and a photo of Attendees at the 1976 International Teaching Conference, Nairobi, Kenya - picture taken by my wife Irene who was in attendance.

1912 – Abdul-Baha was in Denver
As He intended to leave Denver, His talks with the believers became exhortations. He said:

I hope that you will be under the protection of God, will succeed in rendering service to humanity and will always be a source of happiness to every heart. The best person is he who wins all hearts and is not the cause of grief to anyone. The worst of souls is he who causes hearts to be agitated and who becomes the cause of sadness. Always endeavor to make people happy and their hearts joyful so that you may become the cause of guidance to mankind. Proclaim the Word of God and diffuse the divine fragrances.

Someone asked Him about eating meat. He replied:

God has appointed provision for every living creature. To birds He has given beaks so that they pick up seeds. To animals such as cows and goats He has given teeth like scythes in order that they may eat grass. To carnivores He has given claws like forks and canine teeth so that they may prey because they cannot eat grass. Their food is meat. But man's food is not meat for he has not been created with means to eat flesh. God has given him beauty of form and has created him blessed and not rapacious and bloodthirsty.

(Mahmud's Diary)

1976 - Message to the International Teaching Conference, Nairobi, Kenya --

The flames of enthusiasm which ignited the hearts of the followers and lovers of the Most Great Name in Helsinki, in Anchorage and in Paris are now being kindled in a city which occupies a central and envied position at the very crossroads of the vast African mainland and are destined to illumine its horizons. This Conference marking the imminent approach of the midway point of the Five Year Plan which coincides with the anniversary of the birth of the Blessed Báb, will no doubt go down in Bahá'í history as a further landmark in the irresistible march of events which have characterized the impact of the Faith of God upon that continent.

Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986


stedawa said...

Wasn't the 1976 Conference at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC)?

Irene said...

Yes, it was. I remember it fondly.