Sunday, May 2, 2010

April 21st in Baha'i History

First day of the Festival of Riḍván.

Abdul-Baha in America

21 April 1912 - Abdul-Baha - Talk at Studio Hall 1219 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C.

21 April 1912 - Abdul-Baha - Talk at Universalist Church Thirteenth and L Streets, Washington, D.C.

The highlight of the day was a very important and well-attended meeting at the Universalist Church.The minister of the church introduced `Abdu'l-Bahá with a most glowing tribute to His life and teachings. Then the Master rose from His seat and delivered an address on the need for cooperation, love, friendship and universal peace. He stressed Christ's statement that `I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth' [John 16:12-13], and added, `And now that time has come and the Divine Spirit has spoken, revealing all truth.' (Mahmud's Diary)

21 Apr 1937 First Seven-Year Plan launched.
Goals: to establish at least one local spiritual assembly in every state of the United States and every province of Canada;•

21 Apr 1946 Second Seven-Year Plan launched.
This plan focused on Europe, which only had national spiritual assemblies in Great Britain and Germany. It also called for the formation of local spiritual assemblies in Latin America and a vast increase in assemblies in North America.

1963: The first World Congress takes place in London.

1963: The first Universal House of Justice is elected
by representatives of 56 National Spiritual Assemblies gathered in Haifa, in synchronization with the end of the Ten Year Crusade.

21 Apr 1964 The Universal House of Justice launches a Nine Year Plan which was to be completed in 1973, the centenary of Bahá'u'lláh's revelation of the Kitáb-i-Aqdás.

21 Apr 1973 The Universal House of Justice launches a FiveYear Plan.

21 Apr 1979 The Universal House of Justice launches a Seven Year Plan.

21 Apr 1986 The Universal House of Justice launches a SixYear Plan.

21 April 1987 By now, more than 1 million copies of "The Promise of World Peace" had been distributed.

1990: Two Knights of Bahá’u’lláh settle on the island of Sakhalin, the last remaining territory named by Shoghi Effendi in his Ten Year Crusade

21 April 1992 The Holy Year begins, in commemoration of the centenary of the passing of Bahá'u'lláh.

21 Apr 1993 The Universal House of Justice launches a ThreeYear Plan.

21 Apr 1996 The Universal House of Justice launches a FourYear Plan.

21 Apr 1997 National Spiritual Assembly of Rwanda is reformed

21 April 1999 National Spiritual Assemblies formed in Latvia, Lithuania and Macedonia, bringing the total number to 182.

April 21, 2001: Within the Ridván Message for BE 158 (2001), the Universal House of Justice announces the launch of the Five Year Plan that includes an ever progressive expansion of the Faith throughout the world, and expansion of facilities at the Baha'i World Center, including the organization of the Center for the Study of the Sacred Text, and improvements to accommodate greater numbers of pilgrims. Then it calls for the "raising up of National Houses of Worship" and the erection of the Mother Temple of South America in Santiago, Chile.

April 20th in Baha'i History

Abdul-Baha in America

20 April 1912 Abdul-Baha - Talk at Orient-Occident-Unity Conference Public Library Hall, Washington, D.C.

That evening `Abdu'l-Bahá attended the annual meeting of the Orient-Occident Unity Conference at the public library. It was a vast gathering and the hall was filled to capacity. As the Master entered the hall, the audience was awe-struck. All stood and remained standing until He bade them be seated. It was amazing to witness how spontaneously these people paid Him their respect, even though most were not Bahá'ís. He spoke on the importance of the relationship between the East and the West, the unity of people and about the Revelation of the Greatest Name. His talk was so moving and inspiring that afterwards everyone wanted to meet Him but because He was too tired to greet everyone, He decided to return home. (Mahmud's Diary)

April 19th in Baha'i History

19 April 1896 Nasirid Din Shah is assassinated by an originator of the constitutional movement in Iran and Bahá'ís are blamed.

Abdul-Baha in America

19 April 1912 Abdul-Baha - Talk at Earl Hall Columbia University, New York

19 April 1912 Abdul-Baha - Talk at Bowery Mission 227 Bowery, New York

19-25 April 1915 First Bahá'í International Congress, held in San Francisco.

1916 - Tablet of the Divine Plan Revealed

TABLET TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA Revealed on April 19, 1916, in 'Abdu'l-Bahá's room at the house in Bahji; on April 20, in the pilgrims' quarters of the house in Bahji; on April 22, in the garden adjacent to the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh, and addressed to the Bahá'ís of the United States and Canada. (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 47)

April 18th in Baha'i History

Abdul-Baha in America

18 April 1912 Abdul-Baha - Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall L. Emery 273 West Ninetieth Street, New York