Friday, October 2, 2009

October 2nd in Baha'i History

1912 – Abdul-Baha was in San Francisco & Oakland

The Master gave a short address at a public meeting on the subject of spiritual life:

We aspire to find true human beings in this world. Man becomes human only through spiritual life, and the foundation of such a life is made up of heavenly perfections, divine attributes, service to humanity, eagerness to receive eternal bounties, praiseworthy morals, unity, love of God, wisdom and knowledge of God. If the aim were this physical life only, then this creation would be in vain and men would not have more honor or be nobler than other creatures. The greatest of sensual pleasures, beauty of appearance and freedom are found among the animals. Birds excel all in sensual pleasures, for they build nests on the loftiest branches and breathe the purest air. All seeds and fruit are their property. Limpid streams, charming plains, beautiful fields, verdant hills, green valleys, exquisite gardens and lovely flowers are all for their pleasure and happiness. They have no grief, regrets, aspirations, ambitions, quarrels, contentions, wars or massacres. If the purpose of existence is sensual life and pleasures, then animal and man are equal. Happiness and pleasure are rather the possession of the bird and not those of distressed and sorrowful men.

There is a bay between San Francisco and Oakland which can be crossed in 15 minutes by boat. The Master's automobile was being ferried across the channel at night. When it reached midway, we saw a magnificent sight: lighted boats traveling back and forth against the shimmering lights of San Francisco. The splendid buildings and towers adorned with brilliant lights seemed to be golden palaces set with colored jewels. Lights from the homes crowning the high hills appeared like a string of pearls. The Master enjoyed the scene and whenever He went that way He praised it highly. (Mahmud’s Diary)

1935 - Stories Told About 'Abdu'l-Bahá

"He would also urge you to attach no importance to the stories told about 'Abdu'l-Bahá or to those attributed to Him by the friends. These should be regarded in the same light as the notes and impressions of visiting pilgrims. They need not be suppressed, but they should not also be given prominence or official recognition."
(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States and Canada, October 2, 1935) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 439)
1951 - Saints, Heroes, Martyrs and Administrators
"He urges you to make up your minds to do great, great deeds for the Faith; the condition of the world is steadily growing worse, and your generation must provide the saints, heroes, martyrs and administrators of future years. With dedication and will power you can rise to great heights."
(Letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi October 2, 1951: Bahá'í Youth, p. 6) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 629)

1957 – Appointments of Hands of the Cause
[1 Cables of appointment were sent on 2 October 1957.]

Hasan Balyuzi 7 Sept. 1908 12 Feb. 1980, Abu'l-Qasim Faizi, 1906 19 Nov. 1980, H. Collis Featherstone 13 May 1913 29 Sept. 1990, John Ferraby 9 Jan. 1914 5 Sept. 1973. Rahmatu'llah Muhajir, 1923 29 Dec. 1979, Enoch Olinga, 24 June 1926 16 Sept. 1979. John Robarts, 2 Nov. 1901 18 June 1991, William Sears 28 Mar. 1911 25 Mar. 1992 (Custodians, Ministry of the Custodians, p. xxiii)

1998 - Iranian authorities are reported to have arrested at least 27 Bahais – UPI- Article

1998The White House Press Office re: Actions by Iran Against Baha'is

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