Monday, March 3, 2014

March 3rd in Baha'i History

Glenford Mitchell speaking at the Minneapolis Baha'i Center

1931 – The Guardian writes Martha Root of the completion of the translation of the Dawnbreakers

Shoghi Effendi himself, in a letter to Martha Root written on 3 March 1931, described what The Dawn-Breakers is and what its production has meant to him: "I have just completed, after eight months of continuous and hard labour, the translation of the history of the early days of the Cause and have sent the manuscript to the American National Assembly. The work comprises about 600 pages and 200 pages of additional notes that I have gleaned during the summer months from different books. I have been so absorbed in this work that I have been forced to delay my correspondence... I am now so tired and exhausted that I can hardly write...The record is an authentic one and deals chiefly with the Báb. Parts of it have been read to Bahá'u'lláh and been revised by 'Abdu'l-Bahá... I am so overcome with fatigue caused by the long and sever strain of the work I have undertaken that I must stop and lie down."
                (Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Priceless Pearl, p. 216)

1935: Birth of former Universal House of Justice member Glenford E. Mitchell

1943 - Suffering Seems to be Part of the Polish God Employs to Enable Us to Reflect More of His Attributes

"... Suffering, of one kind or another, seems to be the portion of man in this world. Even the Beloved ones, the Prophets of God, have never been exempt from the ills that are to be found in our world; poverty, disease, bereavement, -they seem to be part of the polish God employs to make us finer, and enable us to reflect more of His attributes! No doubt in the future, when the spiritualized, a vast amount of our present ills and problems will be remedied. We who toil now are paving the way for a far better world, and this knowledge must uphold and strengthen us through every trial."
(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, March 3, 1943)           (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 603)

1955 - It is an indefinite journey

As we almost never attain any spiritual goal without seeing the next goal we must attain still beyond our reach, he urges you, who have come so far already on the path of spirituality, not to fret about the distance you still have to cover! It is an indefinite journey, and, no doubt in the next world the soul is privileged to draw closer to God than is possible when bound on this physical plane.
                (Shoghi Effendi, The Unfolding Destiny of the British Baha'i Community, p. 461)

1977 - Release of a Compilation on the Individual and Teaching

"O Friends! You must all be so ablaze in this day with the fire of the love of God that the heat thereof may be manifest in all your veins, your limbs and members of your body, and the peoples of the world may be ignited by this heat and turn to the horizon of the Beloved."

(From a previously untranslated Tablet)                (Compilations, The Individual and Teaching - Raising the Divine Call, p. viii)

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