Centenary of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha – 2021

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Abdu’l-Bahá was known as ʻAbbás Effendi. Baha’is called Him “The Master”, a title given to Him by Baha’u’llah. After the passing of Baha’u’llah, ‘Abdu’l-Baha chose for himself the title of ʻAbdu’l-Bahá (servant of Bahá).| This song, Everlasting Glory, includes ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s words regarding this title.

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On Naw-Rúz, March 20, 2021, the Baha’is began a year of reflection on the life of Abdu’l-Baha, as we will commemorate the Centenary of His Ascension in November 2021. In honor of this Centenary we created this special homepage.

Abdu’l-Baha (1844-1921), eldest son of Baha’u’llah and His chosen successor, was known as an ambassador of peace, a champion of justice, and the leading exponent of a new Faith. He was awarded a knighthood by the British Mandate of Palestine for his humanitarian efforts during WWI. Through a series of epoch-making travels to Africa, North America and Europe,`Abdu’l-Baha–by word and example–proclaimed with persuasiveness and force the essential principles of his Father’s religion. Today more than 5 million Bahai’s from more than 2,112 different ethnic and tribal groups look to ‘Abdu’l-Baha as “the embodiment of every Baha’i ideal”, the perfect Exemplar of what it means to be a Baha’i. See also: ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Unique Station in Religious History

The Passing of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
“The news of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing…inspired an unprecedented event of unity among the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze communities of Haifa. The funeral of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, ‘a funeral the like of which Palestine had never seen,’ drew ‘no less than ten thousand people… representing every class, religion and race in that country.” (The Passing of ‘Abdu’l-Baha) A local Haifa newspaper, Annafir, published an obituary that carried the headline: “The Most Great Calamity—The Departure of the Personification of Humanitarianism, Abdul-Baha Abbas”.

Artistic rendering of the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Baha Design concept for the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Baha Unveiled | September 20, 2019. Updates on construction of Shrine of ‘Abdu’l‑Baha.
Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Baha to be Dedicated – November 2021
At the time of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Baha His mortal remains were laid to rest within a vault of the Mausoleum of the Báb. It was envisaged by Shoghi Effendi that this would be a temporary arrangement. A Shrine was to be erected, of a character befitting the unique station of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, at the appropriate time. “It seeks to manifest ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s selflessness, wisdom, openness, acceptance, and kindness towards all people, to embody His love for gardens and nature, and to reflect His progressive and forward-looking approach.” ~ Hossein Amanat, architect Baha’i World New Service Sept. 20, 2019

Abdu’l-Baha’s Historic Journeys
Following the Young Turk Revolution of 1908, ‘Abdu’l-Baha was freed after more than half a century of exile and imprisonment. Immediately, He began to plan how to present, in person, the Baha’i teachings to the world beyond the Middle East. Despite His advanced age, ‘Abdu’l-Baha set out in August 1910 to present Baha’u’llah’s teachings about the dawning of a new age of peace and unity, to high and low alike. These historic journeys launched a fledgling faith on its way to becoming a world religion…”With the inauguration of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s travels to the West, the Cause of Baha’u’llah, hemmed in for more than half a century by the hosts of enmity and oppression, burst its restraints.”…His words and actions during His travels…offer “an abundance of inspiration and manifold insights” for meeting the challenges of the present day.: Read the full article: 100 years ago, historic journeys transformed a fledgling faith ~ Baha’i World New Service August 30, 2010

‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Eight Month Sojourn in America
During His eight month sojourn in America (April 11 – December 5, 1912), `Abdu’l-Bahá spoke at churches and synagogues, universities and missions for the poor, women’s clubs and peace conferences; He was a keynote speaker at the Fourth Annual Conference of the NAACP; He addressed the entire assemblage of the faculty and student body of Stanford University; He met with diplomats, rabbis, ministers, Senators and Supreme Court justices; He was the guest of Alexander Graham Bell at his home; and He had a portrait done by Khalil Gibran.

‘Abdu’l-Baha promotes a new vision of race unity in America
‘Abdu’l-Bahá also spoke at the African-American Howard University and encouraged the interaction between black and white people outside and inside the Bahá’í community. He encouraged interracial marriage, and as a result of his vision, the American Bahá’í community hosted its first racial amity conference in Washington DC in 1921. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá demanded that segregation and any form of prejudice be abolished in the community, and an increasing number of believers took the risks involved in living their beliefs without heeding their society’s mores. [1} | ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Radical Approach to Race Unity

We invite you to join us as we follow ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s 239 day journey across America in 1912.
For 239 days [‘Abdu’l-Baha] traveled across America, reaching across political, religious, racial, class, and gender lines to confront Americans with a vision of human nature, social unity, and the nation’s future that was 100 years ahead of its time. 239 Days in America brings to light this important time in American history. [It] offers Americans a new outlook on an important piece of their past, and an opportunity to connect with this unique and unifying voice in American history. (239Days.com) You can follow this journey (see below) with additional links to other resources. We invite you to join our email list for a daily reminder. Email: ysbahai@gmail.com Subject: Join 239 Day Journey

Videos and Articles about ‘Abdu’l-Baha in America:
‘Abdu’l-Baha & NYC Travel back in time to when ‘Abdu’l-Baha set foot on NYC. (video:6:13)
‘Abdu’l-Baha’s visits Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio.
‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Call for Race Unity in America – 1912
President Teddy Roosevelt and the Baha’i Faith
by Christopher Buck at BahaiTeachings.org
Prayer for America by ‘Abdu’l-Baha
Documentary: ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Initiative in Establishing Race Amity Conventions 1921
Luminous Journey Documentary about ‘Abdu’l-Baha in America Part 2

Videos, Talks and Articles on the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
Video: Abdu’l-Bahá – Walking the Chosen Highway by filmmaker Flavio Azm Rassekh (3:56)
Who Is Abdul-Baha and Why Is His Station Significant? by Abdu’l -Missagh Ghadirian at BahaiTeachings.org
Recreating Ourselves in the Image of the Master 6 talks by Tom Price
(References a letter of the Universal House of Justice dated 29 August 2010 on the “abundance of inspiration and manifold insights to be gained from ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s travels for our efforts today.)

‘Abdu’l-Baha in Brooklyn, New York, June 1912 | Video: ‘Abdu’l-Baha & NYC Travel back in time to when Abdu’l-Baha set foot on NYC. Includes song: Land and Sea by Smith & Dragoman (6:13)

Follow ʻAbdu’l-Bahá’s Journey Across America – 1912

July 23, 1912

Day 104: A Modern Prophet 239 Days in America article
Elbert Hubbard, America’s maverick columnist, profiles ‘Abdu’l-Bahá for Hearst’s Magazine.

The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 23, 1912 New York, NY Juliet manages to say good-bye to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Mahmud’s Diary: July 23, 1912 Boston, MA ‘Abdu’l-Bahá arrives in Boston
Mahmud’s Diary: July 23, 1912 Dublin, NH Some of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s entourage arrived in Dublin
Mahmud’s Diary: July 23, 1912 Boston, MA ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s purpose in coming to America

PUP: July 23, 1912 Talk at Hotel Victoria Boston, Massachusetts Rich Shall Most Willingly Extend Assistance to the Poor The Bahá’ís must not engage in political movements which lead to sedition…The Bahá’í Cause covers all economic and social questions under the heading and ruling of its laws…Hearts must be so cemented together, love must become so dominant that the rich shall most willingly extend assistance to the poor and take steps to establish these economic adjustments permanently…Strive, therefore, to create love in the hearts in order that they may become glowing and radiant. When that love is shining, it will permeate other hearts even as this electric light illumines its surroundings…Reflect upon it. Endeavor to become the cause of the attraction of souls rather than to enforce minds. Manifest true economics to the people. Show what love is, what kindness is, what true severance is and generosity… Now is the time for you to live in accordance with His words. Let your deeds be the real translation of their meaning. Economic questions will not attract hearts. The love of God alone will attract them. Economic questions are most interesting; but the power which moves, controls and attracts the hearts of men is the love of God.

Memphis 1917: Building Racial Unity in the Lynching Era Includes a letter from Alfred Eastman Lunt (a Baha’i lawyer in Beverly, MA) to Professor George W. Henderson (see article below). Also a story of how Alfred Lunt represented Sarah Farmer regarding the Green Acre property and took the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and saved Green Acre. Also Alfred Lunt was told he had to chose between his Faith and his law firm and he resigned and opened his own law firm. – CHRISTOPHER BUCK | DEC 27, 2015 | PART 34 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org

July 22, 1912

Day 103: July 22, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days in America article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá prepares to leave New York for a trip to the New England countryside, we take a look at the week ahead…He delayed his trip until tomorrow so that he could meet Prince Muhammad-‘Alí Páshá, the brother of Egypt’s ruler, who came to visit him today.

Mahmud’s Diary: July 22, New York, NY Visiting an Egyptian Prince, the brother of the Khedive of Egypt When the prince returned to Egypt he published an account of his journey, describing his visit with the Master: Age has not altered his extraordinary sagacity and infinite intelligence. He stayed with me for an hour and conversed on diverse subjects of great importance and usefulness, which amply testified to his vast knowledge and wide experience. Truly, he is a man of science and knowledge and is one of the exalted personages of the East…. I understood that this revered personage, because of the weakness of the Americans, had brought such a large number of Persians with him so that he might draw attention to himself. I do not mean this to lower the dignity of this great man, nay, on the other hand, it shows his great intelligence and indicates his vast knowledge of the way by which he may impress the minds of the people so they may turn towards him. His numerous, most impressive speeches have found a wide circulation in America. Indeed, the newspapers and periodicals are still publishing them with commentaries by the learned men of their religion. His influence has reached to such a prominence that bigoted and jealous people are protesting vigorously against him.
The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 22, New York, NY “I pray that you may become the candle of New York, spreading the Light of Love all around you.”
Mahmud’s Diary: July 22, New York, NY The meaning of long lives mentioned in certain ancient books and narratives …it was a custom in former times to mention a dynasty or family by the name of one person only. However, the people in the following ages thought that the length of time that a family survived was the length of the life of that family’s founder.

George W. Henderson – National Baha’i Archives – Courtesy Lewis V. Walker
Henderson Bahai College See Ad: “World’s Famous Typist” and “Shorthand Wizard” – George W. Henderson founded Henderson Business College in 1912. A few years later he became a Baha’i, added Baha’is to the faculty and integrated Baha’i ethics into the curriculum. `Abdu’l-Baha corresponded about the college:…Writing directly to the college, Abdu’l-Baha wrote:… Source:`Abdu’l-Baha, The Baha’i World | Pupil of the Eye | bahai.us CENTENARY 2021

Lost Memphis: Henderson Business College The school was a two-year institution for African-Americans, offering degrees in “Stenographic, Secretarial, Executive Secretarial, Junior Accounting, Higher Accounting, and Business Administration,” The school was actually founded in Knoxville in 1912 by George Henderson, “whose material wealth was just $2.20 and two used typewriters,” …

July 21, 1912

Day 102: Deeds, Not Words 239 Days in America article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá stresses the need for action to accompany high-minded rhetoric.

Mahmud’s Diary: July 21, New York, NY “The Sun of Truth has risen always in the East and yet it has shone with greater luster in the West.”

Laying a Great Man to Rest—the Final Interment of Alain Locke Alain Locke (1885–1954) On September 13, 2014 the ashes of that great American philosopher, Alain Locke, were finally laid to rest at the Congressional Cemetery, Washington DC. (Includes a video of the full Internment Ceremony hosted by the American Association of Rhodes Scholars.) | CHRISTOPHER BUCK | OCT 7, 2014 PART 21 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org

July 20, 1912

Day 101: The Secret of Divine Civilization 239 Days in America article
Decades before the American election of 1912, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had argued for enlightened leadership in an open letter to Persia.

Mahmud’s Diary: July 20, New Jersey, NJ Invitation from the Consul General of Turkey

News Clip
Nashville Tenn July 20, 1912 ‘Abdul-Bahá Abbas Universal peace, universal religion and universal brotherhood are advocated by ‘Abdul-Bahá Abbas, the Persian prophet who is said to have fourteen million followers.

Black Plato on World Citizenship Includes an audio clip of Alain Locke courtesy of the Library of Congress | CHRISTOPHER BUCK | JUL 25, 2014 – PART 17 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org

Alain LeRoy Locke

July 19, 1912

Day 100: 1912: A Year Supreme with Possibilities 239 Days in America article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá crosses America in 1912, the Progressive Era is reaching a climax.

The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 19 The story of Juliet’s rosary
Mahmud’s Diary: July 19 Speaking about the martyrs of the Faith and visiting Mirza Valiyu’llah Khan, the son of Varqa

Alain Locke: the Pulitzer Prize, Legacy and Privacy Includes a tribute by ‘Abdu’l-Baha and a letter from Shoghi Effendi to Alain Locke | CHRISTOPHER BUCK | JAN 12, 2020 – PART 54 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org

July 18, 1912

Day 99: “Bind Ye the Broken With the Hands of Justice” 239 Days in America article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s father, Bahá’u’lláh, called on the leaders of the New World to establish justice.

The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 18 “I desire for you that which I desire for My own daughters, Tuba and Ruha” (photo of Tuba & Ruha)
The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 18 Blessing the six-year old son of Juliet’s maid
The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 18 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá blessed the marriage of Grace Robarts and Harlan Ober
Mahmud’s Diary: July 18 Examples of individuals who are worthy of service and sacrifice in this great Cause of God

Sacrificial Service Source: Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Baha bahai.us CENTENARY 2021

July 17, 1912

Day 98: “Have Mercy on Yourselves and on Those… 239 Days in America article
While in prison in 1868, Bahá’u’lláh, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s father, challenged the monarchs of the nineteenth century.

Mahmud’s Diary: July 17 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explains the principles that He incorporates in His Talks

Helen Keller – Author, Activist, Baha’i? BahaiTeachings.org

Power of the Holy Spirit – Paris Talks at bahai.us CENTENARY 2021

July 16, 1912

Day 97: Join the Conversation! 239 Days in America article

The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 16 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s care and compassion
Mahmud’s Diary: July 16 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá chanted a prayer at the wedding of Harlan Ober and Grace Robarts The Master had instructed that the wedding be performed according to the law of Christianity and it was performed by the minister. After the ceremony, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá rose and chanted a prayer, blessing the marriage of the two devoted believers.
Mahmud’s Diary: July 16 God is holy beyond comprehension
Mahmud’s Diary: July 16 “… the cause of all these calamities and troubles in the world of creation”

News Clips
The Evening News
July 16, 1912 San Jose, CA Plan Suggested For a Universal Religion

BWNS July 13, 2021 “This must stop”: Anti-Bahá’í propaganda intensifies in Iran, evokes global outcry

July 15, 1912

Day 96: July 15, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days in America article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá prepares for his final week in New York, we take a look at what’s coming up.

Mahmud’s Diary: July 15 Cheerful and animated gathering at MacNutt’s home

News Clips
The Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Press
July 15, 1912 Aged Head of New Religion Gives Views – Approves Woman’s Suffrage and Divorce, and Wants to Bring About Peace, and Unity of Nations
L. A. PA. Public Ledger July 15, 1912 New York Urges Universal Religion – ‘Abdul-Bahá Declares All Mankind Sprang From One Root.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle July 15, 1912 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas, Persian Prophet – ‘Abdul-Bahá Abbas, Persian prophet, sees men and women again equal as they were in the Garden of Eden.
New York Herald July 15, 1912 Persian Prophet Preaches
New York Times July 15, 1912 Pleads For Religious Unity – Sectarianism Should Not Be a Bar to Peace, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Says.
The Van Wert Daily Bulletin July 15, 1912 Van Wert, OH Pointed Points – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, in his preaching of a universal religion, says this: “If a religion be the cause of hatred and disharmony, it would be better for it not to exist than to exist.”

PUP: July 15, 1912 Talk at Home of Dr. and Mrs. Florian Krug Real Thankfulness is a Cordial Giving of Thanks from the Heart Ye must read the Tablets — the Hidden Words, Ishraqat, Glad Tidings — all the holy utterances, and act according to them. This is real thanksgiving, to live in accord with these utterances. This is true thankfulness and the divine bestowal. This is thanksgiving and glorification of God…I hope you all may attain thereto, be mindful of these favors of God and be attentive. It is my hope that I may go away from New York with a happy heart, and my heart is happy when the friends of God love each other, when they manifest the mercy of God to all people. If I see this, I shall go away happy.

July 14, 1912

Day 95:Religion: The Greatest Cause of Human… 239 Days in America article
In Brooklyn, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá addresses one of the city’s largest congregations on the subject of unity.

Mahmud’s Diary: July 14 Exhausting daily activities

News Clip
Charlotte Daily Observer July 12, 1912 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Persian Philosopher He says: “If a religion be the cause of hatred and disharmony it would be better for it not to exist.” The truth underlying his philosophy always appealed immensely to me.

Excerpts from PUP talk:
PUP: July 14, 1912 Talk at All Souls Unitarian Church Reason is the First Faculty of Man, Religion is in Harmony with ItToday I wish to speak to you upon the subject of the oneness of humanity…Although in former centuries and times this subject received some measure of mention and consideration, it has now become the paramount issue and question in the religious and political conditions of the world…Bahá’u’lláh has proclaimed and provided the way by which hostility and dissension may be removed from the human world. He has left no ground or possibility for strife and disagreement…The greatest cause of human alienation has been religion because each party has considered the belief of the other as anathema and deprived of the mercy of God… [Bahá’u’lláh] says, “Ye are all the leaves of one tree.” He does not say, “Ye are the leaves of two trees: one divine, the other satanic.” He has declared that each individual member of the human family is a leaf or branch upon the Adamic tree;…Another cause of dissension and disagreement is the fact that religion has been pronounced at variance with science…Bahá’u’lláh has removed this form of dissension and discord from among mankind and reconciled science with religion by revealing the pure teachings of the divine reality. This accomplishment is specialized to Him in this Day…Still another cause of disagreement and dissension has been the formation of religious sects and denominations…Bahá’u’lláh has said, “If religion and faith are the causes of enmity and sedition, it is far better to be nonreligious, and the absence of religion would be preferable…Other sources of human dissension are political, racial and patriotic prejudices. [Bahá’u’lláh] has said… that the world of humanity is one race, the surface of the earth one place of residence and that these imaginary racial barriers and political boundaries are without right or foundation. Diversity of languages has been a fruitful cause of discord… Bahá’u’lláh advocated one language as the greatest means of unity and the basis of international conference…Another teaching of Bahá’u’lláh is in relation to universal peace: that all mankind must be awakened to and become conscious of the harm of war..Lack of equality between man and woman is, likewise, a cause of human dissension…If God has created one perfect and the other defective, He is unjust. But God is just; all are perfect in His intention and creative endowment. To assume imperfection in the creature is to presuppose imperfection in the almighty Creator. The soul that excels in attainment of His attributes and graces is most acceptable before God…Do not question the practicability of this, and be not astonished. It has been accomplished and effected in Persia. In that country the various religionists have conjoined in investigating reality and have united in complete fellowship and love. No traces of discord or differences remain among them; now affection and unity are manifest instead…those souls who have followed Bahá’u’lláh and attained this condition of fellowship and affiliation are Muslims, Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, Buddhists, Nestorians, Sunnites, Shiites and others. No discord exists among them. This is a proof of the possibility of unification among the religionists of the world through practical means…Consider how all the Prophets of God were persecuted and what hardships They experienced. Jesus Christ endured affliction and accepted martyrdom upon the cross in order to summon mankind to unity and love. What sacrifice could be greater? He brought the religion of love and fellowship into the world. Shall we make use of it to create discord, violence and hatred among mankind? Moses was persecuted and driven out into the desert, Abraham was banished, Muhammad took refuge in caves, the Báb was killed and Bahá’u’lláh was exiled and imprisoned forty years. Yet all of Them desired fellowship and love among men. They endured hardships, suffered persecution and death for our sakes that we might be taught to love one another and be united and affiliated instead of discordant and at variance…O my God! O my God! Verily, I invoke Thee and supplicate before Thy threshold, asking Thee that all Thy mercies may descend upon these souls. Specialize them for Thy favor and Thy truth…

July 13, 1912

Day 94: “Every Child Is Potentially the Light of the World” 239 Days in America article
The moral education of children was an important thread in ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s American discourse.

Mahmud’s Diary: July 13, Great reception at Unitarian Church Not wishing to greet the audience one by one owing to the excessive heat and the strain of His exertions, the Master went into the pastor’s office and waited. The pastor told ‘Abdu’l-Bahá that people from the audience were waiting outside to shake hands with Him and to thank Him so the Master came out and stood on the platform. In great humility and reverence the people came one by one in a file from one side, shook His hand and left from the other side.

News Clip
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle July 13, 1912 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the “Persian prophet,” will speak at All Souls’ Unitarian Church, Manhattan, at 11 a. m. tomorrow.

Abdu’l-Baha’s 1912 Howard University Speech: A Civil War Myth for Interracial Emancipation by Christopher Buck published in Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey West: The Course of Human Solidarity (Tuesday, April 23, 1912 – Washington DC)

July 12, 1912

Day 93: The Short and Fearless Life of Lua Getsinger 239 Days in America article
Lua Getsinger was the first American to make the perilous journey to meet ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Palestine.

The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 12, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s conversation with Reverend Percy Grant
(Very interesting diary entry covers numerous topics. Percy takes a very combative approach and it shows how the Master gently and patiently answers him.) On the current topic of the Olympics: Physically [man] is an animal, yet inferior to the animals, for animals acquire their sustenance with the greatest ease, whereas man has to toil incessantly, to labour with infinite pain, for a mere livelihood. So, in the physical realm, the beast is nobler than man. But man is distinguished from the beast by his spiritual gifts and these he should develop with the other, both together. There should be the perfect balance, the spiritual and the physical… When one prays, one sometimes has divine glimpses. So, when one is spiritually developed, a sublimity of nature is obtained, a delicacy of vision such as could not otherwise be found. Not only this, but tranquillity and happiness are secured…Remember Christ, when they placed the crown of thorns on His head. At that very moment, as the thorns wounded His brow, He looked down the vista of the centuries and beheld innumerable kings bowing their jewelled crowns low before that crown of thorns. Do you think He did not know, that He could not foresee? When they spat in the face of Christ…when they made a mock procession and carried Him around the streets, He felt no humiliation…The people of the East, He said, were content with less than the people here, so their hours of work were shorter…The most important of the questions here…is the economic question. Until that is first solved nothing can be done. But if it should not be solved there will be riots.
The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 12,‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to Juliet’s house
Kahlil Gibran came. He had a private talk with the Master in my room…What a good room. said the Master as He entered it. It is like an Oriental room — so high. If I were to build a house here…I would build an eclectic house — partly Oriental, partly Occidental.
Mahmud’s Diary: July 12, The uniqueness of the divine teachings of this great Cause
Among them are: 1. The establishment of the Covenant and the Expounder of the Book, thereby closing the door on the differences that have arisen at the inception of past Dispensations; 2. Association with all religions; 3. The prohibition of cursing or execrating other sects; 4. The commandment to forgive enemies; 5. The oneness of humanity and universal brotherhood; 6. The giving and taking in marriage from all nationalities; 7. The injunctions to parents to educate their children, whether boys or girls; 8. The equality of the rights of men and women; 9. The establishment of the supreme House of Justice as the center of authority; 10. The relinquishing of religious, patriotic, racial and political prejudices.
Mahmud’s Diary: July 12, “I look always for the foundation of the love of God in the realm of the hearts.”
Mahmud’s Diary: July 12, Not to form any habits … Do you have any sandwich breads available?
Mahmud’s Diary: July 12, Testimony of former Persian Ambassador in Constantinople about Bahá’u’lláh
Mahmud’s Diary: July 12, Hot weather took a toll on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

July 11, 1912

Day 92: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey So Far: Month Three 239 Days in America article
Highlights from the third month of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey through America.

The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 11, A Feast for neighbourhood children A little yellow-haired girl came running up the stoop to me. She seemed to be the spokesman for the others. Breathlessly she asked: “Please, ma’am, tell us. Is He Christ?”
The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 11, “Your pure heart is a magnet for the Divine feelings.”
Mahmud’s Diary: July 11, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá encouraged Bahá’ís to visit one another’s homes – so that it may be the cause of promoting love and happiness.

Encouraging Others JOHN DAVID BOSCH travels from California to New York to meet ‘Abdu’l-Baha. “Foolishly I said, “Oh, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, I came three thousand miles to see you.’ He gave a good hearty laugh … And He said, ‘I came eight thousand miles to see you.’ bahai.us CENTENARY 2021

July 10, 1912

Day 91: Heat Wave Knocks Out the Northeast 239 Days in America article
‘Abdu’l-Baha insists on staying in New York as an epic heat wave hammers the country

The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 10, He who possesses truthfulness possesses all virtues
The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 10, “You must be immersed in a sea of light.”
Mahmud’s Diary: July 10, American couple received permission to go to Tabriz, Persia
Mahmud’s Diary: July 10, Meaning of Tablets of chrysolite mentioned in Hidden Words
Mahmud’s Diary: July 10, The amazing range of subjects that the Master commented on, one after the other

The following includes a Provisional Translation of a beautiful tablet (like a poem) ‘Abdu’l-Baha wrote on the Martyrdom of the Báb
Martyrdom of the Báb Excerpt from a Talk 23 May 1912, at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Francis W. Breed – Cambridge, Massachusetts bahai.us CENTENARY 2021 (PUP: full text here)

July 9, 1912

Day 90: The Jewish Watchman and the Blue Whale 239 Days in America article
At the Museum of Natural History in New York, ‘Abdu’l-Baha talks to an elderly man about the life beyond.

The Diary of Juliet Thompson July 9,The Master and the museum watchman
Why had the Master visited a Museum of Natural History in the hottest hour of a blistering July day? Had He instead visited a soul whose need was crying out to Him, to open an old man’s eyes so that he might see to climb the stairs, to take away the dread of death?

Mahmud’s Diary: July 9, Article by Mirza Abu’l-Fadl answering criticisms of an enemy of the Faith

July 8, 1912

Day 89: July 8, 1912: The Week 239 Days in America article
As New York tries to beat an epic heat wave, we take a look at the week ahead.

Mahmud’s Diary: July 8, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá walks every day in the park near His house

Baha’i World 1934-1936 Impressions of ‘Abdu’l-Baha by Mrs. Louise R. Waite ‘ABDU’L-BAHA is of medium height, but He holds Himself so superbly, with such commanding dignity, and carries His head so high and with such an air of majesty, that He ever gives the impression of great height. His voice is full and vibrant, each word uttered with marked distinctness and with that tonal quality which leaves a faint echo, as it were, or wave vibrations such as come from a beautifully toned bell. All through the day it rings out, first in one place, and then in another; for with astonishing rapidity ‘ABDU’L-BAHA seems to be everywhere — now in the garden, now in the room close beside the entrance, now in a guest’s room — or you may hear Him calling someone in the “family section” of the “prison home.” Always when I heard His voice, I felt its vibrations most deeply. Like His face, His voice expresses every emotion, from tones that are stern and emphatic to those as tender and loving as the cooing of a dove…

How I longed to go to Him and declare my love and faith in Him! Then I realized that it is not our love and faith in Him, but our love for one another, that is His crown of glory and the balm for His soul; for He had said to a pilgrim: “If you love one another, it is just the same as if you love Me. The closer you draw to one another, the closer you draw to Me. I will go away from this world, but love always stays. Therefore, you should love one another very much.”

July 7, 1912

Day 88: Who Is ‘Abdu’l-Baha? 239 Days in America article
Americans have a hard time trying to define ‘Abdu’l-Baha. What does he have to say?

Mahmud’s Diary: July 7, If even a breath of egotism is found in us we shall perish The Blessed Beauty entered into this Covenant for obedience and not for opposition…We must obey the Blessed Beauty. We must never forget His favors and exhortations. If even a breath of egotism is found in us, we shall perish at once.

News Clip
New York Sun July 7, New York ‘Abdu’l-Baha Gives His Impressions of New York – I am not interested in things that are merely beautiful to look at, but I am interested in the soul. I have nothing to do with mortar and clay. I wish to view an edifice that is never to be destroyed. But I am pleased with the people of America. They are noble people….May the hearts of men become as mirrors and may the light of truth shine on these mirrors…The most important thing is to polish the mirror of the heart so that it can reflect the sun.The centre of the light is the sun, and the centre of the sun is God. Therefore we must try to make love take possession of the heart so that all humanity of the East and of the West may be one, fore we are all recipients of the bounty of the sun.

July 6, 1912

Day 87: ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Impressions of New York 239 Days in America article
A reporter for the New York Sun discovers that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá has no interest in being a tourist.

Mahmud’s Diary: July 6, Much of the time was spent listening to a translation of a long article that appeared in today’s issue of The Sun concerning ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s talk at a church…In his article, he emphasized the force of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s reasoning in establishing the truth of all of the Manifestations of God, and in particular of Islam and this mighty Cause.

News Clip

PUP: July 6, 1912 Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York Man – Created for Spirituality, Heavenly Illumination & Eternal Life …the indispensable forces of the divine existence must be potentially attained in this world…What is he in need of in the Kingdom which transcends the life and limitation of this mortal sphere? That world beyond is a world of sanctity and radiance; therefore, it is necessary that in this world he should acquire these divine attributes. In that world there is need of spirituality, faith, assurance, the knowledge and love of God. These he must attain in this world so that after his ascension from the earthly to the heavenly Kingdom he shall find all that is needful in that eternal life ready for him. That divine world is manifestly a world of lights; therefore, man has need of illumination here. That is a world of love; the love of God is essential. It is a world of perfections; virtues, or perfections, must be acquired. That world is vivified by the breaths of the Holy Spirit; in this world we must seek them. That is the Kingdom of everlasting life; it must be attained during this vanishing existence.By what means can man acquire these things? How shall he obtain these merciful gifts and powers? First, through the knowledge of God. Second, through the love of God. Third, through faith. Fourth, through philanthropic deeds. Fifth, through self-sacrifice. Sixth, through severance from this world. Seventh, through sanctity and holiness.
Foundations of World Unity: July 6, 1912 The Microcosm and the Macrocosm Therefore, God has no beginning and no ending; nor is His creation limited ever as to degree. Limitations of time and degree pertain to things created, never to the creation as a whole. They pertain to the forms of things, not to their realities. The effulgence of God cannot be suspended. The sovereignty of God cannot be interrupted. As long as the sovereignty of God is immemorial, therefore the creation of our world throughout infinity is presupposed. When we look at the reality of this subject, we see that the bounties of God are infinite, without beginning and without end. The greatest bounties of God in this phenomenal world are His Manifestations. This is the greatest postulate. These Manifestations are the Suns of Reality. For it is through the Manifestation that the reality becomes known and established for man. History proves to us that apart from the influence of the Manifestations, man sinks back into his animal condition…

July 5, 1912

Day 86: The Lesson of the Titanic 239 Days in America article
For both United States Senator Isidor Rayner and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the lesson of the Titanic is primarily spiritual.

See also PUP April 23: The Titanic Disaster: Everything is Due to Some Wisdom I was greatly affected by this disaster. Some of those who were lost voyaged on the Cedric with us as far as Naples and afterward sailed upon the other ship. When I think of them, I am very sad indeed…it is our duty to remember these departed souls in our prayers and supplications that they may draw nearer and nearer to the Source itself.

Mahmud’s Diary: July 5, Revealing Tablets for believers in California…Today, at the invitation of Juliet Thompson, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá went to a museum near His house. On the first floor there were statues, figures of animals and a collection of relics of early American civilization. On observing these objects, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, ‘From these things it appears that America had a great civilization in ancient times.’

News Clips
The Van Nuys News July 5, 1912 Van Nuys, CA Leader of Bahá’ísm Is Here the days of religious persecution are not ended, and that even in this modern age a drama has been enacted which for human interest equals or surpasses Biblical history.
New Castle News July 5, 1912 New Castle Persian Prophet To Remain in U. S. …His new sect, which embraces many of the best things in all the religions, has gained many American converts.

PUP: July 5, 1912 Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York The Universe Hath Neither Beginning Nor Ending Briefly, there were many universal cycles preceding this one in which we are living. They were consummated, completed and their traces obliterated. The divine and creative purpose in them was the evolution of spiritual man, just as it is in this cycle. The circle of existence is the same circle; it returns. The tree of life has ever borne the same heavenly fruit.
PUP: July 5, 1912 Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York Religious Faith and Belief is a Remnant of Blind Imitations In brief, all the Holy Books contain these glad tidings. They announce that after the world is surrounded by darkness, radiance shall appear. For just as the night, when it becomes excessively dark, precedes the dawn of a new day, so likewise when the darkness of religious apathy and heedlessness overtakes the world, when human souls become negligent of God, when materialistic ideas overshadow spirituality, when nations become submerged in the world of matter and forget God — at such a time as this shall the divine Sun shine forth and the radiant morn appear.

July 4, 1912

Day 85: Happy Fourth of July! 239 Days in America article
Abdu’l–Baha and his entourage are invited to participate in New York’s Fourth of July parade.

The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 4
‘Abdu’l-Bahá showers Juliet’s mother with kindness on her birthday
The Diary of Juliet Thompson: July 4 Courage by Persian believers facing tests
Mahmud’s Diary: July 4 Revealing Tablets for the believers in the East
Mahmud’s Diary: July 4 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s entourage were guests of the mayor for the 4th of July celebrations

One Spirit: The Baha’i Unity Feast by Hussein Ahdieh at BahaiTeachings.org
On June 29, we read about a Unity Feast ‘Abdu’l-Baha held in New Jersey. What did Abdu’l-Baha have in mind as the underlying purpose and nature of the Unity Feast? ‘Abdu’l-Baha words describe the Unity Feast as a “prototype” of a collective state of being beyond the material world. what does the word “prototype” mean in the context of the external world? This article ponders on these questions.

July 3, 1912

Day 84: Woodrow Wilson: The Man Who Would Be… 239 Days in America article
After five days of deadlock, the Democratic National Convention selects Woodrow Wilson as its presidential candidate.

See also: Woodrow Wilson: Racist or Peacemaker? by Rodney Richards | JAN 8, 2016 PART 1 IN SERIES 14 POINTS FOR WORLD PEACE at BahaiTeachings.org

Mahmud’s Diary: July 3, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá gave Eastern names to two black visitors
Mahmud’s Diary: July 3, “… the whole of creation is interrelated like the different parts of the human body…”
Mahmud’s Diary: July 3, The connection of soul to the body

News Clips
Wichita Daily Times July 3, 1912Wichita Falls, TX America’s Foremost Champion of Universal Brotherhood of Man
The Agitator Wellsboro Pennsylvania July 3, 1912 Wellsboro, PA ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to Make his Home in Montclair

July 2, 1912

Day 83: The Memoirs of an American Painter 239 Days in America article
A portrait of New York painter, Juliet Thompson, and her connection with ‘Abdu’l-Baha.

Mahmud’s Diary: July 2, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá avoided sightseeing excursions

News Clips
Columbus Ohio Journal July 2, 1912 Universal Religion
Cedar Rapids Ia. Republican July 2, 1912 Persian Prophet to Remain in U. S.
The Janesville Daily Gazette July 2, 1912 Persian Prophet To Remain in U. S.

July 1, 1912

Day 82: July 1, 1912 – The Week Ahead 239 Days in America article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá returns to New York, we take a look at the week ahead.

President Teddy Roosevelt and the Baha’i Faith by Christopher Buck

Mahmud’s Diary: July 1, Seekers in public meetings were invited to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá home

News Clips
The Evening Observer July 1, 1912 Persian Prophet To Remain in U. S.
Fort Wayne News July 1, 1912 Fort Wayne Persian Prophet To Remain in U. S.

PUP: July 1, 1912 Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York No Deed of Man is Greater Before God than Helping the Poor
PUP: July 1, 1912 Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York You Must Have Infinite Love for Each Other

June 30, 1912

Day 81: Donkeys in Baltimore 239 Days in America article

Mahmud’s Diary: June 30 – – Blessings and confirmations we receive through Bahá’u’lláh’s bounty and favor
The Diary of Juliet Thompson: June 30 – Lua’s attempts not to leave the Master for California

News Clips
Wilmington DEL June 30, 1912 The Star Out of the East He lived within the gray light of a prison. Yet always had he the sunshine of truth within his heart. And today ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, old in years, is yet a young man in spirit. (excellent article)
The Sun June 30, 1912 Montclair, NJ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Manages to Catch a Train The departure of ‘Abdu’l Bahá, leader of the Bahá’í cult, from Montclair to-day was attended by excitement that was strikingly at variance with the peaceful character of the religious prophet.
The New York Times June 30, 1912 Montclair, NJ Prophet’s Dash For Train When train time came, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was not in sight. He had been delayed. The baggage of the Persians was aboard the train, and as it moved away they appealed to the trainmen in several Oriental languages to defer the departure for a few minutes. (amusing article)
Wilmington DEL Star June 30, 1912 After 40 years ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Servant of God, has come to this country as standard bearer of a new faith. To war with selfishness, to do away with prejudice, to proclaim the doctrine of universal brotherhood…

June 29, 1912

Day 80: Speaking Persian in America 239 Days in America article
The Persian Consul of New York invites ‘Abdu’l-Baha to a barbecue.

The Diary of Juliet Thompson: June 2 – “This is a New Day; a New Hour”
The Diary of Juliet Thompson: June 29 – Witnessing an amazing event just before the start of the “Feast of Unity” to be hosted by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
The Diary of Juliet Thompson: June 29 – Anointing two hundred and fifty friends with attar of rose
The Diary of Juliet Thompson: June 29, Friends unable to tear themselves from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
His talk of that night has been recorded. It was a resounding Call to us to arise from the tomb of self in this Day of the Great Resurrection and unite around Him to vivify the world.
Mahmud’s Diary: June 29 – Invitation to the home of the Persian Consul General

PUP: June 29, 1912 Talk at Unity Feast, Outdoors West Englewood, New Jersey Rejoice for The Heavenly Table is Prepared for You!
Rejoice, for the heavenly table is prepared for you. Rejoice, for the angels of heaven are your assistants and helpers. Rejoice, for the glance of the Blessed Beauty, Bahá’u’lláh, is directed upon you. Rejoice, for Bahá’u’lláh is your Protector. Rejoice, for the everlasting glory is destined for you. Rejoice, for the eternal life is awaiting you.

You must become of one heart, one spirit and one susceptibility. May you become as the waves of one sea, stars of the same heaven, fruits adorning the same tree, roses of one garden in order that through you the oneness of humanity may establish its temple in the world of mankind, for you are the ones who are called to uplift the cause of unity among the nations of the earth.

June 28, 1912

Day 79: ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s “Feast of Unity” 239 Days in America article
‘Abdu’l-Baha organizes a giant outdoor feast at the estate of Roy Wilhelm in Englewood, New Jersey.

Mahmud’s Diary: June 28 – Unity Feast in West Englewood, NJ
Mahmud’s Diary: June 28 – New teachings in the Bahá’í Faith not found in other great religions

News Clips
The Sun June 28, 1912, Morris Plains, NJ A Barbecue for ‘Abdu’l-Baha

Indispensability of Prayer bahai.us CENTENARY 2021

June 27, 1912

Day 78: Militarizing Human Ingenuity 239 Days in America article
‘Abdu’l-Baha addresses the dark side modern technological progress

Mahmud’s Diary: June 27 – Utterly dependent on and grateful to Bahá’u’lláh
Mahmud’s Diary: June 27, Montclair, NJ – An example of how two ladies became Bahá’ís just by meeting ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Mahmud’s Diary: June 27 – Recalling early days in Baghdad and Bahá’u’lláh’s withdrawal to Sulaymaniyyih
Mahmud’s Diary: June 27 – Proofs of the truth and greatness of Muhammad, the Prophet of God

Who is Mahmúd of Mahmúd’s Diary?

June 26, 1912

Day 77: Do Not Bring Him in Here 239 Days in America article
In the summer of 1852, in Tehran’s darkest prison, an eight-year-old ‘Abdu’l-Baha sees his father Baha’u’llah, in chains.

Mahmud’s Diary: June 26 – How certain Greek and Roman customs became incorporated into Christianity
Mahmud’s Diary: June 26 – The attractive gathering of the Master and the friends in a park

News Clips
Grand Rapids Minnesota Press June 24, 1912 – Church and Its Work
Los Angeles Times June 19, 1912 New York, NY – From the East
The Evening News (San Jose) June 15, 1912 – America’s Foremost Champion of Universal Brotherhood of Man

June 25, 1912

Day 76: Thy Pomp Shall Soon Pass Away 239 Days in America article
‘Abdu’l-Baha distinguishes the dominion of Jesus Christ from the temporal power of political leaders like Napoleon.

Mahmud’s Diary: June 25 – “… serving with heart and soul”
Mahmud’s Diary: June 25 – Prohibition of the drinking of wine in the Qur’an
Mahmud’s Diary: June 25 – Looking after one’s physical body

Watch Video: ‘Abdu’l-Baha & NYC Travel back in time to when Abdu’l-Baha set foot on NYC.(6:13)
Includes Song: Land and Sea by Smith & Dragoman

Religion and Politics Paris Talks bahai.us CENTENARY 2021

Louis Gregory and Louise Matthews Gregory, 1912 (National Bahá’í Archives)
June 24, 1912

Day 75: The Week Ahead 239 Days in America article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá takes a leisurely stroll in the park, we take a look at the week ahead.

Mahmud’s Diary: June 24 – An example of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s heavy correspondence
The Diary of Juliet Thompson: June 23, ‘Abdu’l-Baha tells the story of a believer who wanted to be always near Bahá’u’lláh

The first Inter-racial Baha’i Marriage
This account details the role ‘Abdu’l-Baha played in bringing about this marriage. In a “Tablet” (translated March 14, 1914), the prayer, “Verily, they are married in obedience to Thy command. Cause them to become the signs of unity and harmony until the end of time…” was revealed for their wedding by ‘Abdu’l-Baha. Abdu’l-Baha lauded the Gregorys’ marriage as “an introduction to the accomplishment” of harmony between the races. bahai.us CENTENARY 2021

June 23, 1912

Day 74: Politicking and Personalities 239 Days in America article
‘Abdu’l-Baha comments on the manner in which Americans elect their leaders

Mahmud’s Diary: June 23 – The Master supervised the affairs of the kitchen, often cooked and prepared meals

PUP: June 23, 1912 Talk at Montclair, New Jersey The church bells are pealing in memory of Jesus Christ although more than nineteen hundred years have passed since He lived upon the earth. This is through the power of the spirit. No material power could do this. Yet people in their blindness deny Christ, seeking to perpetuate their names in worldly deeds. The He talks about Christ & Napoleon and Napoleon & Baha’u’llah and more. Fifty years ago no one would touch the Christian Bible in Persia…Now Bahá’ís all over the East read the Bible and understand its spiritual teaching. Bahá’u’lláh spread the Cause of Christ and opened the book of the Christians and Jews.

June 22, 1912

Day 73: Elephants in Chicago 239 Days in America article

A Description by Mrs. Louise Waite The face of my dreams of Him stood before me with that same heavenly smile of welcome. The Light of Infinite Love was radiating from His countenance. Majestic, and yet sublimely tender, He was looking right into my eyes. I gave a start as if I had suddenly plunged into an ocean, then stood transfixed. It seemed as if I had come upon Him unawares and saw the “Glory of the Lord” shining forth around Him… bahai.us CENTENARY 2021

June 22, 2021
Temple arrival marks a new dawn in the heart of the Pacific Baha’i World News Service
We hope that one day many more villages and towns across all oceans and continents will feel the joy we felt when we saw the temple arrive—like seeing a light of hope shine out from the midmost heart of the ocean.”

June 21, 1912

Day 72: Swifter, Higher, Stronger 239 Days in America article
As Americans get ready for the 1912 Olympics, ‘Abdu’l-Baha discusses the meaning of true fellowship.

Mahmud’s Diary: June 21, 1912 – Counseling the believers on various Teachings…

“No Meaning to the Words “Mine” and “Yours” bahai.us CENTENARY 2021

June 20, 1912

Day 71: I Have Seen a Curious Article Which Astonished Me 239 Days in America article
In 1911, Reverend Peter Easton wrote a sensational attack against ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. In June, 1912, Mirzá Abu’l-Fazl wrote back.

PUP: June 20, 1912 Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York ‘Abdu’l-Baha says when he returns it is his wish to give a large feast of unity. It must be outdoors under the trees, in some location away from city noise–like a Persian garden. Persian food will be served…hearts will be bound together, spirits blended and a new foundation for unity established.

Mahmud’s Diary: June 20, strong> Visiting friends in Montclair, New Jersey

Day 71: Father’s Day (for those who have fathers who have passed on to the Abha Kingdom)
Intercession of Children bahai.us CENTENARY 2021
‘Abdu’l-Baha revealed this prayer for Albert Windust on the passing of his father. “Albert Windust was a member of the first Spiritual Assembly in Chicago… was a printer by profession, and one of the founders of the Baha’i Publishing Society which became the Baha’i Publishing Trust. He was the first publisher of the Baha’i Writings in America, and the founder of Star of the West. He collected and published the 3 volumes of Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha Abbas, and he assisted Howard MacNutt in collecting and publishing The Promulgation of Universal Peace.”

June 19, 1912

Day 70: To Drag the Soul Down to Hell 239 Days in America article

Mahmud’s Diary: June 19, The basis of eternal happiness is spirituality and divine virtue … You must always be happy. You must associate with joyous and happy people and be adorned with divine morals. Happiness has a direct influence in preserving our health while being upset causes illness….

Letter from ‘Abdu’l-Baha to the First Universal Races Congress The Blessed One, Baha’u’llah, likens the existing world to a tree, and the people to its fruits, blossoms and leaves. All should be fresh and vigorous, the attainment of their beauty and proportion depending on the love and unity with which they sustain each other and seek the Life eternal. The friends of God should become the manifestors in this world of this mercy and love. They should not dwell on the shortcomings of others. Ceaselessly should they be thinking how they may benefit others and show service and co-operation. Thus should they regard every stranger, putting aside such prejudices and superstitions as might prevent friendly relations.

June 18, 1912

Day 69: The Pursuit of Happiness 239 Days in America article

Ives – Mother’s Stories: 18 June 1912 – Service – Grace Robarts Ober – Aunt to Hand of the Cause John Roberts – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá looked at her very searchingly and said, “Greece, are you SURE you wish to serve ME?” Grace said, with great enthusiasm, “Oh, YES! More than anything else in the world!” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá made no answer but walked away…

PUP: June 18, 1912 Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York In Development the Material Must be Correlated with the Spiritual
The material may be likened to the body, but divine virtues are the breathings of the Holy Spirit itself…May divine susceptibilities be increased and awakened; may your devotion to the heavenly Kingdom become intense. May you be the recipients of the impulses of the Holy Spirit, be assisted in the world of morality and attain ideal power so that the sublimity of the world of mankind may become apparent in you. Thus may you attain the highest happiness, the eternal life, the everlasting glory, the second birth, and become manifestations of the bestowals of God.

June 17, 1912

Day 68: ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Journey So Far: Month Two 239 Days in America article

Mahmud’s Diary: June 17 – Making a motion picture of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Rare Silent Short Movie of ‘Abdu’l-Baha in New York, 1912

PUP: June 17, 1912 Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York The Prophets of God are the Real Physicians
We should all visit the sick…Bahá’u’lláh is the real Physician…The essential principles of His healing remedies are the knowledge and love of God, severance from all else save God, turning our faces in sincerity toward the Kingdom of God, implicit faith, firmness and fidelity, loving-kindness toward all creatures and the acquisition of the divine virtues indicated for the human world…

June 16, 1912

Day 67: Brooklyn Gets More Than It Bargained For 239 Days in America article

Mahmud’s Diary: June 16 – “You must teach the Cause of God with great humility”
‘Just as I feel myself humble before all, even before children, so must you be.’

PUP: June 16, 1912 Talk at Central Congregational Church Hancock Street, Brooklyn, New York Freedom of Conscience, Liberty of Thought and Right of Speech
PUP: June 16, 1912 Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard MacNutt 935 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York Capacity and Readiness are Requisite for the Divine Bounty

PUP: June 16, 1912Talk At Fourth Unitarian Church
What is real Unity?

PUP:June 16, 1912Talk at Central Congregational Church
Hancock Street, Brooklyn, New York
Freedom of Conscience, Liberty of Thought and Right of Speech
An excerpt about the Qur’an from His talk at the Central Congregational Church in Brooklyn:
#20 “I wish now to call your attention to a most important point. All Islám considers the Qur’án the Word of God. In this sacred Book there are explicit texts which are not traditional, stating that Christ was the Word of God, that He was the Spirit of God, that Jesus Christ came into this world through the quickening breaths of the Holy Spirit and that Mary, His mother, was holy and sanctified. In the Qur’án a whole chapter is devoted to the story of Jesus. It records that in the time of His youth He worshiped God in the temple at Jerusalem, that manna descended from heaven for His sustenance and that He uttered words immediately after His birth. In brief, in the Qur’án there is eulogy and commendation of Christ such as you do not find in the Gospel…

June 15, 1912

Day 66: Brooklyn Refuses to Silence ‘Abdu’l-Baha 239 Days in America article

Mahmud’s Diary: June 15 – witnessing the great respect ‘Abdu’l-Bahá received from a pastor

PUP: June 15, 1912 Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York For You I Desire Spiritual Distinction

Louis G. Gregory

June 14, 1912

Day 65: Take Us Out on a Steamer and Drown Us 239 Days in America article
‘Abdu’l-Baha tells one New Yorker how to stay the course through the storms of life

The Diary of Juliet Thompson: June 14 – The Master’s kindness towards Juliet’s mother

‘Abdu’l-Baha Encouraging Change bahai.us CENTENARY 2021
Source: A Heavenly Vista: The Pilgrimage of Louis G. Gregory
On March 6, 1910, buoyed by the guidance of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Gregory and the Hannens initiated a large integrated monthly gathering in the Hannens’ home in Washington D.C. There were present about 35 persons, one-third of whom were colored, and nearly all believers.

June 13, 1912

Day 64: I Was Tired So I Slept 239 Days in America article

Mahmud’s Diary: June 13 – What happened to the Commission of Inquiry

June 12, 1912

Day 63:The Handsomest Young Man in Baghdad 239 Days in America article
In prison and exile, a young ‘Abdu’l-Baha became adept at managing crisis.

The Diary of Juliet Thompson: June 12 Consoling a poor, grieving little girl

PUP:12 June 1912 Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New YorkThis is the Century of Science and Universal Laws

W.E.B. Du Bois, 1868–1963. Photo: Library of Congress.

June 11, 1912

Day 62: Along the Color Line 239 Days in America article
In the June issue of The Crisis, W.E.B. DuBois prints his account of ‘Abdu’l-Baha at the Fourth Annual Conference of the NAACP

W.E.B. Du Bois and the Baha’i Faith by Guy Emerson Mount BLACK PERSPECTIVES

The Diary of Juliet Thompson: – June 11, 1912 Witnessing His pure sacrifice

PUP: June 11, 1912 Talk at Open Committee Meeting, Home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Kinney Let Your Hearts be as Mirrors of the Supreme Concourse It is my hope that the meetings of the Bahá’í Assembly in New York shall become like meetings of the Supreme Concourse. When you assemble, you must reflect the lights of the heavenly Kingdom.



June 10, 1912

Day 61: News, Insight and Shredded Wheat 239 Days in America article

The Diary of Juliet Thompson: June 10, 1912  Anointing a few believers with attar of rose in a park

June 9, 1912

Day 60: Acres of Diamonds 239 Days in America article

PUP: June 9, 1912 Talk at Unitarian Church Fifteenth Street and Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Realm of Divinity is an Indivisible Oneness
PUP: June 9, 1912 Talk at Baptist Temple Broad and Berks Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania God has Created such a Conscious Spirit within Man …that which is beyond the range of the senses, that realm of phenomena through which the conscious pathway to the Kingdom of God leads, the world of spiritual susceptibilities and divine religion — of these the animal is completely unaware,… Nature is incapable of discovering mysteries or realities, whereas man is especially fitted to do so.

Baha’i World is now published online. They have recently published three articles about ‘Abdu’l-Baha
Bahai World – The Bahá’í World Online Publication

June 8, 1912

Day 59: The Holy Experiment 239 Days in America article

Mahmud’s Diary: June 8,Philadelphia, PA
‘Abdu’l-Bahá chanted a prayer at the end of His talk

PUP:June 8, 1912 Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York Love and Unity are the Needs of the Body Politic Today

June 7, 1912

Day 58: Out and About in New York 239 Days in America article

The Diary of Juliet Thompson: June 5 The Master posed for Juliet to paint His “Servitude to God”

June 6, 1912

Day 57: Can You Paint Me in a Half Hour? 239 Days in America article

PUP: June 6, 1912 Talk At Home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard MacNutt
Although the bestowal is great and the grace is glorious, yet capacity and readiness are requisite….Unless there be thirst…Unless the soul hungers…Unless the eyes of perception be opened…Until the nostrils are purified…we must endeavor always, cry, supplicate and invoke the Kingdom of God to grant us full capacity in order that the bestowals of God may become revealed and manifest in us.

A Tribute to Nora Crossley
‘Abdu’l-Baha’s lovely response to Nora Crossley’s sacrifice of cutting off her extremely long tresses to give to the fund for the building of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar-the Mother Temple of the West.

Note: I will continue to add previous postings below.