Friday, May 2, 2014

May 5th in Baha'i History

1912 - Abdul-Baha in America

5 May 1912 Talk at Children’s Meeting Hotel Plaza Chicago, Illinois

5 May 1912 Talk at Plymouth Congregational Church 935 East Fiftieth Street Chicago, Illinois

5 May 1912 Talk at All-Souls Church Lincoln Center, Chicago, Illinois

As it was the last day of the Master's stay, there was much commotion among the friends visiting the Master's apartment. A large number of Bahá'ís and their children had gathered in the hotel's salon. `Abdu'l-Bahá embraced and kissed each child with love and kindness. Giving them flowers and sweets, He said to them:
According to Christ you are the children of the Kingdom and according to Bahá'u'lláh, the candles of the world of man, for your hearts are in the utmost purity and your spirits are sanctified. You are not soiled with the things of this world. Your hearts are pure and clean like the mirror. Your parents must bring you up with great kindness and must educate you in morals and praiseworthy attributes so that the virtues of the world of man may be exemplified perfectly in your characters and conduct, that you may progress in all fields of endeavor, may acquire knowledge of the arts and sciences, and may become the cause of the manifestation of eternal bounties and universal advancement. (Mahmud's Diary)
1957 - Through compromise we will never be able to establish our Faith 
..the Bahá'ís must, in view of the condition of the world today, stand forth firmly and courageously as followers of Bahá'u'lláh, obeying His Laws, and seeking to build His World Order. Through compromise we will never be able to establish our Faith or win others' hearts to it. This involves often great personal sacrifice, but we know that, when we do the right thing, God gives us the strength to carry it out, and we attract His blessing. We learn at such times that our calamity is indeed a blessing. 
(From a letter dated 5 May 1957 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to two believer) (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 26)

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