Thursday, June 5, 2014

May 31st in Baha'i History

1872 -The Birth of Thomas Breakwell - 

Thomas Breakwell is generally recognised as the first English Bahá'í. He became a Bahá'í in Paris, and later met 'Abdu'l-Bahá. The Master was very fond of this young man and seemed very moved when Breakwell passed away at an early age

Thomas Breakwell was born on 31 May 1872

(Misc Baha'i, Lakshiman-Lepain - The Life of Thomas Breakwell, p. 12)

1912 - Abdul-Baha in America

31 May 1912 Talk at Town Hall Fanwood, New Jersey

As the village of Fanwood is a summer resort and its fields and countryside very green and refreshing, it was very much enjoyed by the Master. But when they pleaded with Him to prolong His stay for a few days, because of the excessive heat and soot in New York, He said: `We have no time for amusement and fresh air. We must engage ourselves in service to the Threshold of Oneness.'  (Mahmud's Diary)

1934 - Teaching - There is no one method

In teaching the Cause, much depends on the personality of the teacher and on the method he chooses for presenting the message. Different personalities and different classes and types of individuals need different methods of approach. And it is the sign of an able teacher to know how to best adapt his methods to various types of people whom he happens to meet. There is no one method one can follow all through. But there should be as many ways of approach as there are types of individual seekers. Flexibility and variety of method is, therefore, an essential prerequisite for the success of every teaching activity.

(From a letter dated 31 May 1934 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer)  (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 308)

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