Thursday, November 19, 2009

November 19th in Baha'i History

1912 – Abdul-Baha was in New York
The Master spent the day at the home of Mrs Krug in the utmost happiness. A number of the believers and His companions were also very happy to witness the Master's joy, the influence of the Cause of God and the power of the Covenant of God.
In the afternoon, at a public meeting attended chiefly by women, `Abdu'l-Bahá spoke on the equality of the rights of women and their education and progress through the Manifestation of this supreme age. He encouraged them to acquire the perfections and virtues of the world of humanity. (Mahmud's Diary)

1921 – Abdul-Baha’s last public talk
John (Bosch) was present on November 19 at the Master's last public talk; 'Abdu'l-Bahá pointed to John on this occasion and addressed the talk to him: He spoke of divine love, and how different it is from human love, which fails in the testing and in which there is no element of self-sacrifice. He told John that the Persian believers loved him, although they could not speak their love, and that if John went to Persia they would if necessary give up their own lives to protect his. He said: 'When lovers meet it may be that they cannot exchange a single word, yet with their hearts they speak to one another. Thus do the clouds speak to the earth and the rain comes down; the breeze whispers to the trees; the sun speaks to the eyes of men. Although this is not actual speech yet this is the way in which the hearts of the friends communicate... For instance, you were in America and I was in the Holy Land. Although our lips were still yet with our hearts we were conversing together.'[4]
[4. 'Abdu'l-Bahá, "The Universal Language of the Spirit", Star of the West, October 1922, p. 163] (Marzieh Gail, Dawn Over Mount Hira, p. 210)

1932 - On 19 November the monument for the grave of the Greatest Holy Leaf was delivered in the port of Haifa. (Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Priceless Pearl, p. 278)

1945 - Through meditation the doors of deeper knowledge and inspiration may be opened. Naturally, if one meditates as a Bahá'í he is connected with the Source; if a man believing in God meditates he is tuning in to the power and mercy of God; but we cannot say that any inspiration which a person, not knowing Bahá'u'lláh, or not believing in God, receives is merely from his own ego. Meditation is very important, and the Guardian sees no reason why the friends should not be taught to meditate, but they should guard against superstitious or foolish ideas creeping into it.
(19 November 1945 to an individual believer) (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 241)

1979 - Demolition of the House of the Báb and Adjacent Bahá'í Properties
WITH SORROWFUL HEARTS SHARE NEWS FRESH ATTACK BÁB'S HOUSE HAS RESULTED DEMOLITION REMNANTS BLESSED HOUSE AND DESTRUCTION TWO OTHER ADJACENT BAHÁ'Í PROPERTIES. WALLS SEPARATING COURTYARDS THESE HOUSES AND ALL WALLS BORDERING STREET ALSO DISMANTLED. DEMOLITION ADDITIONAL BAHÁ'Í HOUSES IMMEDIATE VICINITY GRAVELY THREATENED. ...
UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE (Messages 1963 to 1986, p.431)

1980 - Death of Hand of the Cause, Abu'l-Qásim Faizi

1984 - ON 19 NOVEMBER IN VILLAGE OF MUHAMMADIYYIH NEAR ISFAHAN, MR BAHMAN DIHQANI, WELL KNOWN AND RESPECTED BAHÁ'Í, DIED AS RESULT OF MOB ATTACK. SINCE BURIAL NOT ALLOWED HIS VILLAGE, BAHÁ'ÍS CARRIED BODY TO NAJAFABAD AND BURIED HIM THERE. (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 617)

1999 - UN panel rebukes Iran on human rights violations

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