Saturday, April 17, 2010

April 14th in Baha'i History


The former Baha'i Reading Room in Schenectady NY.

Abdul- Baha in America

14 April 1912 Talk at Church of the Ascension Fifth Avenue and Tenth Street, New York

14 April 1912 Talk at Union Meeting of Advanced Thought Centers Carnegie Lyceum West Fifty-seventh Street, New York

Sunday, April 14, 1912 [New York]

The Master went to the Church of the Ascension. This was the first church in America to be honored by the presence of the Master. 

As He left the church, group after group rushed towards Him. The Bahá'ís sang `Alláh-u-Abhá' and many asked for His blessings. From among the crowd a woman's voice was heard. Tears poured from her eyes as she held fast to the hem of the Master's robe. She was so overcome she could not speak. The Master showered her with His love and kindness and calmed her with loving words of assurance. It was a great day and a most impressive meeting. Not one of the two thousand people was disappointed and everyone left smiling in warm appreciation. (Mahmud's Diary)

The Sinking of the Titanic - Abdul-Baha comment

Early the next spring He started out for America, despite continuing ill health. Once across the Mediterranean He might have sailed on the Titanic. Some of His fellow-travelers, on the Cedric with Him as far as Naples, urged Him to book passage on what would be the maiden voyage of that magnificent luxury liner which the whole world was watching, a ship of which it was said 'even God could not sink it'. This would have been a logical choice, but later He told the believers why He did not sail on her: 'My heart did not prompt me to do so.'

Instead, He remained on the Cedric, and she docked in New York April 11. On April 14, in the night, the Titanic hit an iceberg off Newfoundland and went down with an awesome loss of life, 1500 people, and today she lies on the ocean floor.[39] 'When I think of them,' 'Abdu'l-Bahá said, 'I am very sad indeed. But when I consider this calamity in another aspect, I am consoled by the realization that the worlds of God are infinite; that though they were deprived of this existence they have other opportunities in the life beyond... They were called away from the temporary and transferred to the eternal ... they now partake of a joy and happiness far more abiding and real; for they have hastened to the Kingdom of God.'[40]

[39. See Walter Lord, A Night to Remember. Also Star of the West, April 28, 1912 and October 16, 1913.] [40. 'Abdu'l-Bahá, Promulgation, p. 47.] (Marzieh Gail, Arches of the Years, p. 78)


1932 - Reading the Tablet of Ahmad

"The Tablet of Ahmad was revealed by Bahá'u'lláh to be read when one feels himself in exceptionally difficult circumstances. There is nothing obligatory about its use, and every person has to decide for himself whether he desires to learn it by heart or not..."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to the Bahá'ís of Kenosha, April 14, 1932)
(Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 483)

1966 - The passing of Jessie Revell

Jessie E. Revell (March 231891 - April 141966) was a member of the International Bahá’í Council serving as Treasurer. Upon her passing the Universal House of Justice cabled the following message:

WITH PROFOUND GRIEF ANNOUNCE PASSING JESSIE REVELL HER TIRELESS STEADFAST DEVOTION FAITH SINCE BEFORE MASTER'S VISIT AMERICAN CONTINENT EARNED LOVE TRUST ADMIRATION SHOGHI EFFENDI CROWNED BY APPOINTMENT INTERNATIONAL BAHA'I COUNCIL DISTINGUISHED BY SERVICE TREASURER BOTH APPOINTED ELECTED COUNCILS.URGE NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES HOLD MEMORIAL GATHERINGS TRIBUTE UNFORGETTABLE EXEMPLARY SERVICES FAITH.[1]

 Universal House of Justice (1996). Messages from the Universal House of Justice, 1963-1986. p. 76.


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