Sunday, April 27, 2014

April 27th in Baha'i History

Abdul-Baha in America

1912 - 

Since this was the last night of the Master's stay in the this city, Mrs Parsons held an elegant reception for dignitaries and city officials in honor of `Abdu'l-Bahá and on behalf of the Orient-Occident Unity Society. Three hundred people in formal attire assembled in the spacious rooms, which were beautifully decorated with flowers and ornaments. When the Master came downstairs, each guest, man and woman alike, approached Him with the utmost reverence to shake His hand. They introduced one another and paid Him their respects. The guests then went into the dining room to partake of the repast prepared for them, including beverages, cakes, ice cream and coffee.

After they had eaten the guests were ushered into the music hall while the Master sat in another room to receive those who wished to see Him. He answered all their questions.

To a Washington judge He said: `It is possible to establish among the powers of the whole world the unity which is found among the states of the United States of America.' 

To some doctors He stated, `I hope that you will raise the standard of universal peace.' 

To a mathematician He said, `I hope that you will try to teach the truth and principles of divine religions to different nations just as you are teaching mathematics to different persons in your school.' 

To Admiral Peary, the explorer of the North Pole, He said, `I hope you will discover the mysteries of the Kingdom of God

The Master spoke to a bishop, saying, `My hope is that you will abandon harmful imitations, spread the truth of the teachings of Christ and remove all those dogmas that are against science and reality.' 

To the chargé d'affaires of Switzerland, the Master described His sojourn in that country.

To some relatives of the President of the United States [William Howard Taft] He spoke about divine civilization. 

To a member of Congress, He said, `Just as you are exerting yourself for the good of America, so must you expend your energy for the benefit of all the nations of the world.' 

He also spoke to the head of the United States Patent Office and the General Consul, the President of the Peace Congress and other well-known personages.

When this magnificent meeting ended, the guests came to `Abdu'l-Bahá one by one to shake His hand and to say goodbye. The night was one of the most blessed nights and that meeting one of the most great and important meetings. (Mahmud's Diary)

1937 - While praying it would be better to turn one's thoughts to the Manifestation 

While praying it would be better to turn one's thoughts to the Manifestation as He continues, in the other world, to be our means of contact with the Almighty. We can, however, pray directly to God Himself.

Letter on behalf of Shoghi Effendi
(27 April 1937 to the National Spiritual Assembly of India and Burma)  (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 238)

1956 - The Writings allowed at Feast

The Writings of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh can certainly be read any time at any place; likewise the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá are read freely during the spiritual part of the Feast. The Guardian has instructed that during the spiritual part of the Feast, his own Writings should not be read. In other words, during the spiritual part of the Feast, readings should be confined to the Writings of the Báb, Bahá'u'lláh and, to a lesser extent, of the Master; but during that part of the Feast the Guardian's Writings should not be read. During the period of administrative discussion of the Feast, then the Guardian's Writings may be read. Of course during the administrative part of the Feast there can be no objection to the reading of the Writings of the Báb, Bahá'u'lláh or 'Abdu'l-Bahá.

Letter on behalf of Shoghi Effendi (27 April 1956)  (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 448)

1995 - The Universal House of Justice Explains the Baha'i Position on the Separation of Church and State

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