Saturday, January 4, 2014

January 4th in Baha'i History



1913 - THE FOUR KINDS OF LOVE
            97 Cadogan Gardens, London,
            Saturday, January 4th, 1913

            What a power is love! It is the most wonderful, the greatest of all living powers.

            Love gives life to the lifeless. Love lights a flame in the heart that is cold. Love brings hope to the hopeless and gladdens the hearts of the sorrowful.

            In the world of existence there is indeed no greater power than the power of love. When the heart of man is aglow with the flame of love, he is ready to sacrifice all -- even his life. In the Gospel it is said God is love.

            There are four kinds of love. The first is the love that flows from God to man; it consists of the inexhaustible graces, the Divine effulgence and heavenly illumination. Through this love the world of being receives life. Through this love man is endowed with physical existence, until, through the breath of the Holy Spirit -- this same love -- he receives eternal life and becomes the image of the Living God. This love is the origin of all the love in the world of creation.

            The second is the love that flows from man to God. This is faith, attraction to the Divine, enkindlement, progress, entrance into the Kingdom of God, receiving the Bounties of God, illumination with the lights of the Kingdom. This love is the origin of all philanthropy; this love causes the hearts of men to reflect the rays of the Sun of Reality.

            The third is the love of God towards the Self or Identity of God. This is the transfiguration of His Beauty, the reflection of Himself in the mirror of His Creation. This is the reality of love, the Ancient Love, the Eternal Love. Through one ray of this Love all other love exists.

            The fourth is the love of man for man. The love which exists between the hearts of believers is prompted by the ideal of the unity of spirits. This love is attained through the knowledge of God, so that men see the Divine Love reflected in the heart. Each sees in the other the Beauty of God reflected in the soul, and finding this point of similarity, they are attracted to one another in love. This love will make all men the waves of one sea, this love will make them all the stars of one heaven and the fruits of one tree. This love will bring the realization of true accord, the foundation of real unity.

            But the love which sometimes exists between friends is not (true) love, because it is subject to transmutation; this is merely fascination. As the breeze blows, the slender trees yield. If the wind is in the East the tree leans to the West, and if the wind turns to the West the tree leans to the East. This kind of love is originated by the accidental conditions of life. This is not love, it is merely acquaintanceship; it is subject to change.

            Today you will see two souls apparently in close friendship; tomorrow all this may be changed. Yesterday they were ready to die for one another, today they shun one another's society! This is not love; it is the yielding of the hearts to the accidents of life. When that which has caused this 'love' to exist passes, the love passes also; this is not in reality love.

            Love is only of the four kinds that I have explained. (a) The love of God towards the identity of God. Christ has said God is Love. (b) The love of God for His children -- for His servants. (c) The love of man for God and (d) the love of man for man. These four kinds of love originate from God. These are rays from the Sun of Reality; these are the Breathings of the Holy Spirit; these are the Signs of the Reality.

Paris Talks p.179 

1954 - Nellie French




Deeply regret the passing of valiant pioneer. Long record of her services is highly meritorious. Praying for progress of soul in the Kingdom. (Shoghi Effendi, Citadel of Faith, p. 163)

Please click on Nellie French below to link to sources..

The first Baha'i teacher in Arizona was Ms. Nellie French (d. 1954), who came to the area after she was told by Abdu'l-Baha' in a vision, "You must hurry and go to Arizona." Although Ms. French and another early teacher (Ms. Millie Collins) had left Arizona by 1918, a small number of Baha'i families remained behind. 

The first Bahá'i in Iceland was Amelia Collins who visited the country during a cruise in 1924.[3] During that trip she met Hólmfríður Árnadóttir, who became the first Icelandic Bahá'í,[4] and became good friends.[3] Later in 1935 Martha Root visited the country for a month and with the help of Árnadóttir proclaimed the religion in the press, during lectures, and on the radio.[4][5] In 1936 a Bahá'í, Nellie French, made her first visit to the country while on a trip to Norway and distributed literature.[6]

Between August 18 and October 4, 1937,Mrs. Nellie S. French served the Cause in 
Honolulu, New Zealand and Australia, finding many opportunities for interviews
and publicity and responding to the call of the Baha'i communities for public meetings. An interview was given over the radio at Melbourne. 

In September 1953 Nellie French, 85, became the first Baha'i to arrive in Monaco, but she passed away a few months later. For her act of service in bringing the Faith to the country, she received the accolade Knight of Baha'u'llah from Shoghi Effendi.



1957 – Passing of Mrs. Gowhar Hakimian

REGRET LOSS DEVOTED STEADFAST SELF SACRIFICING HANDMAID FAITH BAHÁ'U'LLÁH HER PIONEER SERVICES UNFORGETTABLE REWARD GREAT ABHA KINGDOM ASSURE RELATIVES FERVENT PRAYERS SOUL ADVISE HOLD MEMORIAL GATHERINGS IN REMEMBRANCE DEDICATED LABOURS USE PART TEXT THIS MESSAGE INSCRIPTION TOMBSTONE.
SHOGHI (Shoghi Effendi, Messages to the Indian Subcontinent, p. 410)

1982 - Secret Execution of Six Members of Tihran Assembly and Hostess

INFORMATION JUST RECEIVED SIX MEMBERS LOCAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY TIHRAN TOGETHER WITH WOMAN BELIEVER IN WHOSE HOME ARRESTS WERE MADE ON SECOND NOVEMBER WERE SECRETLY EXECUTED ON FOURTH JANUARY. INFORMATION OBTAINED FORTUITOUSLY BY RELATIVES FRIENDS MARTYRS. NAMES THESE VALIANT SOULS ARE:
MR KURUSH TALA'I, MR KHUSRAW MUHANDISI, MR ISKANDAR 'AZIZI, MR FATHU'LLAH FIRDAWSI, MR 'ATA'U'LLAH YAVARI, MRS SHIVA MAHMUDI ASADU'LLAHZADIH, HOSTESS: MRS SHIDRUKH AMIR-KIYA BAQA ...
UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

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