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

Centenary Year ~ Reflecting on the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Baha  

October 31, 1912

Day 204: In Chicago, Anything Is Possible 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá arrives in Chicago on his final trip east, noting that he expects great things from the city.

Diary Entries: 

Mahmud’s Diary: En route from Denver to Chicago Albert Windust boards the train to welcome the Master to Chicago
Mahmud’s Diary: En route from Denver to Chicago ‘Abdu’l-Bahá contemplates future travel plans to further proclaim the Word of God. Praise be to God that this journey has passed most pleasantly. At the time of leaving Haifa, I had several ailments and did not expect to cross oceans and plains with such ease and comfort and to make such a long journey.
Mahmud’s Diary:
 Chicago Chicago believers and friends were overjoyed to once again have ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in their midst
Mahmud’s Diary: 
Chicago Recalling days in California: a “great commotion was set up in the souls”
Mahmud’s Diary: 
Chicago Expounding the Teachings to some visiting engineers
Mahmud’s Diary: 
Chicago “Behold the creative power of Bahá’u’lláh!” — He “has joined all [hearts] with a single word.”

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
Talk at Hotel Plaza Chicago, Illinois. The Most Important Principle of Faith is Firmness in the Covenant. The friends in Los Angeles and San Francisco are very firm in the Covenant. If they sense the least violation on the part of anyone, they shun him entirely; for they know that such a person is engaged in extinguishing the lamps of faith ignited by the light of the Covenant, thereby producing weakness and indifference in the divine Cause.

October 30, 1912

Day 203: Conversations in Transit 239 Days article
Rather than keep to himself, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was just as busy when riding the trains as he was while off them.

Diary Entries: En route from Denver to Chicago

Mahmud’s Diary: Speaking to passengers on the train about the Faith
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote an account of His travels in America to the friends in the East
Mahmud’s Diary: Explaining to a man of Sufi inclinations: Although we are all from God, Manifestations “have a station of their own”.
Mahmud’s Diary: “Let us not suffer any more hardship” — six sleepers were reserved for the night

This is a reflection on the letter Abdu’l-Baha sent to Pocahontas Pope. Besides the term “Pupil of the Eye” it reflects on Abdu’l-Baha’s use of the term “that among that race thou art the first believer.” Did it mean “first Black Baha’i in Washington DC” or was he speaking to her possible Native American ancestry?  In the letter Abdu’l-Baha reveals a prayer for her and the authors point out that letters in which Abdu’l-Baha revealed a special prayer for the recipient were comparatively few. CHRISTOPHER BUCK AND NAHZY ABADI BUCK | SEP 16, 2016 – PART 39 Universal Emancipation Proclamation at

October 29, 1912

Day 202: A Gentle Rebuke 239 Days article
During a stopover in Denver, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá compares the life of a Christian religious leader with the sacrifices of Christ.  “I am expecting results from this visit,” he told a group of Bahá’ís … “The results I expect are these: that the individual soul shall be released from self and desire.” He told them to replace “avarice, envy, love of luxury and comfort, haughtiness and self-desire” with resolute self-sacrifice.

Diary Entries: DenverCO

Mahmud’s Diary: “… not [to] be slaves to bodily ease and comfort”
Mahmud’s Diary: Commenting on the show and ceremony associated with the opening of a new church in California 

Abdu’l-Bahá on Christ and Christianity
An interview with Pasteur Monnier on the relationship between the Bahá’í Faith and Christianity, Paris

Pasteur Monnier: As we are students of theology, and in the rank of clergy, we would like to know your belief about Christ; who he was and what he was?

‘Abdu’l-Bahá:   Our belief in regard to Christ is exactly what is recorded in the New Testament however, we elucidate this matter and do not speak literally or in a manner based merely on blind belief. For instance, it is recorded in the Gospel of St. John, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” The majority of Christians accept this as a matter of belief,(4) but we give an explanation which is accepted by reason, an explanation that no one need find occasion to reject…

Pasteur Monnier:   What is the similarity between the Cause of Christ and that of Bahá’u’lláh? And what relation do they hold towards each other?

‘Abdu’l-Bahá:   The foundation of the religion of God is one. The same basis which was laid by Christ, and later on was forgotten, has been renewed by His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh. Each divine revelation is divided into two parts. The first part is essential, and belongs to the world of morality…The second part is inessential. It belongs to practical life, to transactions and business, and changes according to the requirements of the time of each prophet…

Pasteur Monnier:   What is the relations[hip] of Christ and Bahá’u’lláh with God?

‘Abdu’l-Bahá:   His Holiness Christ said: “The Father is in me.” This we must understand through logical and scientific evidences, for if we do not conform religious principles with science and reason, they do not inspire the heart with confidence and assurance...

Pasteur Monnier:   Is the unification of religion possible? If so, when and how and through what channel will it be realised?

‘Abdu’l-Bahá:   When the devotees of religion cast aside their dogmas and ritualism, the unification of religion will be in sight, and the realities of the holy books will become unveiled…

Pasteur Monnier:   Is your aim to found a new religion?

Abdu’l-Bahá:   Our aim is to free the foundations of the religion of God from the clouds of dogmas for the sun of reality is prevented from shining forth. We desire to dispel these black impenetrable fogs, so that the regions of the world may be flooded and illumined. May these foul clouds never return, may the rays of the sun of reality encircle all countries, for the sun has not beginning in time and no ending.

October 28, 1912

Day 201: October 28, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s train winds through the mountains toward Denver, we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries: En route to Denver

Mahmud’s Diary:  Plains en route to Denver reminded ‘Abdu’l-Bahá of Akka.
Mahmud’s Diary:  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá purchased some gifts for children on the train. 
Mahmud’s Diary: Passengers on the train were fascinated by the Master’s explanations of the divine teachings.
Mahmud’s Diary:
  Reaching Denver at midnight …

News Clip:
Washington D.C. Herald, Lecture on Bahá’ísm Moving pictures of the leader of the “universal love movement” were displayed at the Pastime Theater yesterday morning… The pictures displayed yesterday were those taken at his landing and reception in Brooklyn and New York, in June. Shortly after his arrival…

October 27, 1912

Day 200: The Home Stretch 239 Days article
There are just thirty-nine days to go in ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey across America.

Diary Entries: En route to Salt Lake City
Mahmud’s Diary:  ‘Abdu’l-Baha used coach seating on the train‘The seats are comfortable. We can lean back and sleep.’
Mahmud’s Diary:  Recalling days in Baghdad 
Mahmud’s Diary:  A passenger on the train accepts the Faith after a brief conversation with the Master.
Mahmud’s Diary:
  The reason ‘Abdu’l-Baha came to America  I have come to America to raise the standard of universal peace and to promote the unity of mankind. My aim is to create love and harmony among the religions. But some people ask me, ‘Is your country developed? Is it prosperous and has it good trees, sweet fruits, beautiful animals and swift Arabian horses?’ But I speak to them of the trees of the world of existence, of the fruits of human virtues and of heavenly morals and traits and call people to the Kingdom of God.

News Clips
Sacramento California Bee  Noted Persian Teacher Here Pleads for World Peace  * Head of the Baha’i Religion Says Old Teachings Must Be Reformed …the Persian prophet and head of the Bahá’í religion, whose profound thoughts and learning have impressed the whole world, preached universal brotherhood and love, international peace, universal unity of religion and universal education.

Sacramento California Union, New York, NY Persian Prophet, Leader of Baha’i Movement, Lectures on Doctrines Noted Persian Teacher Here Pleads for World Peace… all Divine religions, he declares, if they go back to the fundamental principles of their respective religions will find a common meeting ground. All religion, he asserts, after a lapse of centuries have been corrupted by dogmas… The Bahá’í religion was conceived by Bahá’u’lláh about 50 years ago. This prophet communicated his ideas to every ruler of the world at the time. U.S.Grant, as President of the United States, received a copy of the prophet’s doctrine for universal peace…He did not care to discuss American politics, although he declared himself interested in the outcome of the coming election.

Sacramento California Star   Persian Priest to Lecture Here  * ‘Abdu’l-Baha Advocates Universal Peace and Brotherhood  … He is old with an age that is not decrepit but rather with a crystalized vitality…

October 26, 1912

Day 199: To Fight For a Handful of Dust 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá finds himself on the same train as a company of Greek men on their way to join the war in the Balkans. “The earth is our endless tomb. Is it worthy of us to wage war and shed blood for this tomb while God has destined that we win the cities of men’s hearts and bestowed upon us an eternal Kingdom?”

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary for October 1912

“Know this much: that the treasury of God is replete; He will shower the same bounties and gifts on those of this day as He showered on those of previous generations. We must endeavor to gain heavenly enlightenment, to understand the mysteries of the holy books, to become the cause of guidance to others and to illumine hearts. I pray that you may strive until you are blessed with these favors.”

  • Spoke with 3 maids in the Hotel Sacramento in the morning and gave them fragrant perfume and some fruits
  • Gave second address at the Hotel Sacramento
  • Met with a women conveying a message from Japanese believers in Portland and replied to them
  • Spoke to an audience in the Assembly Hall of the Hotel Sacramento at 9:30 AM
  • Interviewed by reporter, W. A. Lawson, from the Sacramento Bee
  • Drove through the countryside and took a walk through the ornamental State Capitol grounds
  • Hosted a farewell luncheon with more than 50 friends at Hotel Sacramento to which the hotel manager was invited and given a seat
  • Bestowed kindness up each friend, exhorting and admonishing them until His departure
  • Departed for Denver, Colorado
  • Told humorous stories and praised the countryside, pleasant air and beauty of the surroundings
  • Spoke with railway employees, a salesman, a Jewish lady and two individuals with socialist views on the train
  • Spoke more deeply again with the Jewish lady after she returned to be educated to be able to convey the teachings to others
  • From ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Visited California October 1912
Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
PUP: October 26, 1912 Talk at Assembly Hall, Hotel Sacramento Sacramento, California.

May the men of affairs in this democracy uphold the standard of international conciliation. Then may altruistic aims and thoughts radiate from this center toward all other regions of the earth, and may the glory of this accomplishment forever halo the history of this country. May the first flag of international peace be upraised in this state. May the first illumination of reality shine gloriously upon this soil… for the virtues of humanity and the possibilities of human advancement are boundless. There is no end to them, and whatever be the degree to which humanity may attain, there are always degrees beyond… for the divine bounties are infinite and unlimited.

Among the bounties of God is revelation. Hence revelation is progressive and continuous. It never ceases. It is necessary that the reality of Divinity with all its perfections and attributes should become resplendent in the human world. The reality of Divinity is like an endless ocean. Revelation may be likened to the rain. Can you imagine the cessation of rain?…The greatest bestowal of God to man is the capacity to attain human virtues.

October 25, 1912

Day 198: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at the “Home of Truth” 239 Days article
In Sacramento, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá provides a New Thought group with a practical approach to religion.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary for October 1912

  • Bid farewell at 8 AM to friends gathered early in the morning at 1815 California Street
  • Departed from the house at 9 AM with sadness for Oakland railway station accompanied by a few friends
  • Departed from Oakland in a chair car to Sacramento, accompanied by a few friends
  • Visited with friends on the train and completed an article about the history of Bahá’u’lláh’s time and His teachings
  • Arrived in Sacramento at noon
  • Accepted the invitation of Miss Christine Frazer at the Home of Truth in Sacramento to grace her home by His presence and took lunch there before going to the Hotel Sacramento where friends were waiting for him
  • Spoke with F. R. Hinkle, reporter of the “Sacramento Union” at Hotel Sacramento at 5PM
  • Spoke with audiences in the parlor mezzanine floor at 7:30 PM
  • Spoke publicly at the Hotel Sacramento
  • Spoke again at 9:15 PM
  • From ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Visited California October 1912

Lord of Bounty #HomeOfLight a prayer of ‘Abdu’l-Baha put to music by Luke Slott. Incredibly sweet, tender, serene, inspiring, so precious, so beautiful, so moving – The humility and love of our dear Master comes from this beautiful song and pierces the heart. ~ from the reviews

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
PUP: October 25, 1912 Talk at Hotel Sacramento, Sacramento, California

October 24, 1912

Day 197: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Practical Spirituality 239 Days article
Californians who interacted with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá were taken aback by his pragmatic approach to modern life.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary for October 1912

  • Received guests for interviews and talks including Seattle people and Mrs. King and others at the California Street residence
  • Drove to Golden Gate Park to a lake with lawn about it
  • Spoke with friends at noon about His thoughts at the park recalling His sad childhood memory of seeing Bahá’u’lláh coming out of the Siyah Chal dungeon
  • From ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Visited California October 1912
The Covenant breaker was the son of the Arch-breaker of the Covenant Mirza Muhammad-Ali, who had transferred his residence from the Holy Land to Southern California in pursuit of financial gain and to promote the baseless claims of his father. Shu’a’u’llah had convinced the editor of the San Francisco Call, that Abdu’l-Baha was not what He appeared to be. You will love learning how ‘Abdu’l-Baha handled this seemingly devastating situation.

October 23, 1912

Day 196: “The Great Educator of Man Is Woman” 239 Days article
At the Century Club of California, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá debunks common arguments about the inferiority of women.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary for October 1912

  • Spoke with members of the “Peach Tree” group (Miss Ramona Allen, Betty Vent and Marie Bar)
  • Mrs. Munroe’s friends from Berkeley, Mrs. Weiman, and Miss Charlotte D’Evelyn at Mrs. Goodall’s Oakland home
  • Was photographed outdoors in a group of East Indian University of California students, and when developed, only showed light around His head and shoulders
  • Met with a group of Oakland believers with their children
  • Spoke with a gathering about the importance of teaching in the afternoon
  • Visited the Greek Theatre at the University of California in Berkeley
  • Spoke with a group of young Bahá’ís who were teachers of the Cause on His way back to San Francisco
  • Bade farewell to the friends at California Street residence
  • From ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Visited California October 1912

`Abdu’l-Bahá: Speaking in America  by Allan L. Ward

THE AMERICAN speaking tour of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in 1912 proved to be one of the most unusual events in the history of public address. He attracted listeners by the thousands from coast to coast and was followed by an enthusiastic press and public. Such was the effect of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá that a noted columnist of the day, Elbert Flubbard, later wrote (New York American, 1 Mar. 1915), “When he went to Washington and swept through the Capitol even the Supreme Court of the United States saw fit to adjourn: the House the same, and the Senate, for a while, at least, forgot matters of investigation.”

The eight-month tour is a study in diversity. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s audiences ranged from international notables in embassy settings to derelicts in the Bowery, from prominent church congregations to atheists, from university convocations to children’s meetings. He was eulogized throughout Europe and America as a great speaker, yet He had never delivered a public speech before His sixty-seventh year. Platform introductions extolled his range of knowledge in religious, social, philosophical and scientific matters; throngs of people who sought Him out for interviews and endless streams of reporters quoted His wit and wisdom. Yet, as one of the reporters noted, “this versatility, this capacity to reason and form suggestive theories on any subject, is all the more amazing when one remembers that … he was wholly cut off from the world of culture, has never known a single year of schooling.” He refused large sums of money offered to Him; instead He contributed from his own meager funds to some of His audiences. Representatives of countries where He had been persecuted honored Him publicly in America… ~ published in World Order, 6:2, pages 38-48 – 1971-72 Winter

October 22, 1912

Day 195: A Fearful Dose of Fashionable Religion 239 Days article
Two San Francisco newspapers present diametrically opposed views about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary for October 1912

  • Visited the Greek Theater at the University of California in Berkeley
  • Addressed children and gave them 2 handfuls of marshmallows
  • Met with Seattle friends, Professor Rogers and mother, Mrs. Saxter, Mrs. Marie Beckwith, Mrs. McElwee, Miss Angeline Haste (interpretation of a dream at California Street residence
  • Spoke with one friend about sacrifice
  • Inscribed Mrs. Grosse’s Bible at California Street residence
  • Met with friends and had lunch and dinner at the Goodall Oakland home
  • Bade farewell to the friends in an evening talk and took each one by the hand
  • Remained in Oakland overnight
  • From ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Visited California October 1912
A More Sincere Response
When I see a Baha’i who is doing the right things – following the divine teachings, serving the Cause, spreading the divine Message – I observe that my first tendency is to praise the person…

October 21, 1912

Day 194: October 21, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá returns to San Francisco from Los Angeles, we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary for October 1912

  • Did not sleep well during the night but was deep in thought
  • Returned to San Francisco
  • Spoke with the friends early in the morning and throughout the day
  • Met with groups of believers in His room
  • Addressed friends at California Street residence including Seattle people, Takeshi Kanno (Japanese poet), Portland friends
  • Spoke with, 3 doctors -Dr. Woodsen Allen, Dr, Warren Allen and Dr. Joseph Catton – about treatment of diseases
  • After evening stroll, spoke with friends arriving from Portland and Seattle and answered their questions
  • Spoke with friends about the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh
  • From ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Visited California October 1912
The Oneness and Interconnectedness of Creation.
‘Abdu’l-Baha’s talk at Stanford University In October 1912
‘Abdu’l-Bahá gave many public addresses at universities; however, His talk at Stanford University makes a direct connection between the responsibility of science and its connection to world peace. He also talks openly about His father, Baha’u’llah, a feature not often found in His public addresses. For these reasons we choose this talk along side a feature introducing ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s stay in California.
(For the complete talk go to: ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Talk at Stanford University)

October 20, 1912

Day 193: The Stubborn Hide of the Bull Moose 239 Days article
Three weeks from Election Day, the Progressive Party’s presidential candidate meets a bullet in Milwaukee.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary for October 1912

  • Took a site seeing tour to Pasadena and Busch Sunken Gardens
  • Addressed friends about the purpose of being a Bahá’í and firmness in the Covenant
  • Met with Theosophist lady and Mrs. George Witte of Long Beach at Lankershim Hotel, Los Angeles during the day
  • Churches and clubs sent messages to prolong His stay and speak to their audiences
  • Children were brought to Him and receive His blessings and protection
  • Made a farewell address in the afternoon
  • Departed from Los Angeles at 5:00 PM
  • From ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Visited California October 1912

President Teddy Roosevelt and the Baha’i Faith by Christopher Buck at  A reporter noted the following in a news article: He [Theodore Roosevelt] pronounced himself as wonderfully impressed with the teachings of Abdul Baha, the Persian teacher of a universal religion, just liberated from prison and expected in this country in May. He declared that Abdul’s [sic] teachings would lift Mahometanism up spiritually into line with Christianity and would make for world peace. The important subject of Abdul Baha was called to his attention by a member of the club. 

October 19, 1912

Day 192: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the City of Angels 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá takes the train to Los Angeles to pay his respects at the resting place of Thornton Chase.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary for October 1912

  • Met with journalists at Lankershim Hotel, Los Angeles
  • Gathered the friends from Bakersfield to San Diego at the Hotel Lankershim to accompany Him to Inglewood Cemetery by tram
  • Visited Thornton Chase’s grave in Inglewood, California
  • Spoke with a multitude of people and reporters at the Lankershim Hotel
  • Spoke with friends in 2 smaller gatherings about firmness in the Covenant and spiritual transformation
  • Spoke with a larger audience about the Teachings of the Supreme Pen and the greatness of the Cause
  • Received some elite and wealthy people who were fascinated and attracted to Him
  • Spoke at the Bahá’í headquarters in the Grosse Building about service to the Cause of God in the evening
  • He was so exhausted at night that he could not take supper
  • From ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Visited California October 1912

Early American Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
Biography: Thornton Chase The Journey West

October 18, 1912

Day 191: Thornton Chase’s Long Season of Suffering 239 Days article
Beset by heartache and failure, the young Thornton Chase sets out for America’s western frontier.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary for October 1912

  • Spoke with the friends from Portland and Seattle at this California Street residence
  • Departed for Los Angeles by train accompanied by friends
  • Spoke with friends at Hotel Lankershim, Los Angeles in the evening
  • From ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Visited California October 1912

Early American Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
Thornton Chase: Baha’i Encyclopedia (1847 – 1912) First person in the West to become a steadfast Bahá’í; one of the founders and chief builders of the Chicago Bahá’í community; included by Shoghi Effendi among a number of prominent early Bahá’ís of the West whom he designated as “Disciples of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.”
The Baha’i Faith in Ohio – Ohio Baha’i Thornton Chase’s connection to Ohio Baha’i history

October 17, 1912

Day 190: The Last Days of Thornton Chase 239 Days article
Of all the Americans ‘Abdu’l-Bahá knew, none were closer to him than Thornton Chase.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary for October 1912

  • Met with a gentleman from India at Mrs. Goodall’s Oakland home
  • Left for San Francisco early in the morning
  • Lost His seal so all His Tablets and Writings made during this time were hand signed by Him
  • Spoke to the friends in the morning and evening
  • Received guests for private interviews and talks including Mrs. C. B. Wise, Miss Ramona Allen, Betty, Marie Barr, and Portland, Seattle and Spokane people at the California Street residence
  • From ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Visited California October 1912

Early American Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
Biography: Phoebe Hearst | The Journey West She received from the Master the title  “Mother of the Faithful”. The Guardian highlights the importance that Phoebe Hearst had in the development of the Bahá’í Faith in the West. “My greatest blessing in this world is that I have been privileged to be in His presence.”
Phoebe Apperson Hearst Biography.

October 16, 1912

Day 189: The Grand Benefactress of California 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá departs the Hearst estate in Pleasanton, saying farewell to one of America’s greatest philanthropists.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary for October 1912

  • Spoke to the servants at Mrs. Hearst’s home and gave them cash mementos
  • Returned to San Francisco
  • Met with Portland, Seattle and Spokane friends at California Street residence
  • Spoke at the Century Club at 1355 Franklin Street, San Francisco on the rights and education of women
  • Walked along the shores of Lake Merritt, Oakland
  • Met with Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Cooper and their 4 children at Mrs. Goodall’s home
  • Gave the Feast of ‘Ilm at Mrs. Goodall’s home in Oakland
  • From ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Visited California October 1912

Black Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
Shining Lamp: Robert Turner (1855-1909) from Brilliant Star Magazine
‘Abdu’l-Baha responds to Robert Turner’s illness and death. Scroll down to #12 Life Story by Marzieh Gail

October 15, 1912

Day 188: Mrs. Hearst Visits a Prisoner in ‘Akká 239 Days article
In 1898, Phoebe Hearst took the first group of Americans to meet ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the penal colony of ‘Akká.

Diary Entries: Pleasanton, CA
Mahmud’s Diary: While strolling through the gardens the Master said: “The real flowers are those in the garden of the hearts….” Early in the morning Mrs. Phoebe Hearst presented the Master with flowers of various hues and perfumes.  …
Mahmud’s Diary: “A person’s heart must be like a child’s, pure and free from all contamination.” At the table during lunch His discourse concerned the greatness of this time, the dignity of the world of humanity and the importance of acquiring eternal virtues and perfections. Turning to the grandchildren of Mrs. Hearst He said: …
Mahmud’s Diary: Prayer at dinner table
Mahmud’s Diary: Lessons from history: Alexander’s death He then gave an account of the history of the kings of the world and concluded with remarks about the death of Alexander. …
Mahmud’s Diary:
 Some friends and relatives of Phoebe Hearst expressed a desire to become Bahá’ís after meeting the Master After dinner, He went into the salon. Mrs. Hearst and her guests were so attracted by His words and actions that although she had not spoken openly to her relatives about the Faith and had been cautious about it, without hesitation she invited the Master to speak about the teachings of the Cause of God.  …

At Baha’i Blog:
The Language of Abdu’l-Baha by Sonja Vreelland

October 14, 1912

Day 187: October 14, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days article
While ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spends the weekend at Phoebe Hearst’s estate in Pleasanton, California, we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries: Pleasanton, CA
Mahmud’s Diary: Presidenrial election In the morning ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke about the election of the president of the republic…
Mahmud’s Diary: Prayer chanted by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at the request of friends before eating lunch
Mahmud’s Diary: Question: ‘How is it that the desires of some people are achieved while others are not?’

News Clips
San Francisco California Bulletin Ways of the World ‘ABDU’L-BAHA: The Prophet Tells of the Spiritual Growth of the Movement Which Calls Upon Humanity to Put Aside Differences and to Achieve Unity.

Black Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
Abdu’l-Baha Visits Phoebe Hearst’s Servant – October 10, Visited Charles Tinsley at his residence at 1247 1/2  Webster Street, San Francisco – CHRISTOPHER BUCK AND RICHARD HOLLINGER | MAR 11, 2017 PART 41 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at

October 13, 1912

Day 186: Phoebe Apperson Hearst 239 Days article
One of America’s richest women shuttles ‘Abdu’l-Bahá off to her country estate for a three-day stay with her family and friends.

Diary Entries: San Francisco, CA
Mahmud’s Diary: “I hope that you will become heavenly … that you will become divine …” This Japanese friend said that he had studied most religions but found none as useful and effective in bringing tranquillity to the people as this Faith. The Master replied…
Mahmud’s Diary: Invitation to Phoebe Hearst’s home Mrs. Hearst, a wealthy and prominent person who had visited the Master a few years ago in the Holy Land but who had become distant because of her association with worldly people, suddenly requested permission to visit Him. Realizing the privilege of His presence, she invited Him and His companions to her home. Because her invitation was sincere, it was accepted…In keeping with the circumstances of the occasion, for there were people of different backgrounds present, the Master’s talks were brief yet full of wisdom. Many important ideas were couched in short sentences, giving the maximum effect with a minimum of words. The guests asked questions of each other about the Cause.
Mahmud’s Diary: “Every universal matter is from God; and limitations are from man.” After dinner, the Master went into the outer hall and spoke briefly…After obtaining the Master’s permission to have music, the guests sang songs accompanied by the piano. The meeting ended with great joy and happiness.

News Clips
Ft Smith Arkansas American, San Francisco, CA Aged Persian, A Prisoner For Half A Century, Comes to America To Preach The Gospel Of Universal Religion MAN WHO ADVOCATES WHAT IS GOOD IN ALL RELIGIONS, TALKS ON MODERN CONDITIONS AND TELLS WHY POLITICS CAN NOT ADVANCE UNTIL WOMEN HAVE RIGHT TO VOTE. “The most wonderful thing in America is its liberty. This nation is in reality free, and this government is fair.” “International peace today is the greatest issue of humanity.” “The American people are hospitable and courteous, but their civilization is one of materialization. They should learn idealism, they should receive radiance.”
San Francisco Chronicle  Persian Heard at Temple Emanu-El ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas Gives His Message of the Unity of Religions. …Speaking through an interpreter, and standing by the curtains of Ark of the Torah, the aged Persian in his patriarchal robes, white turban and with his white beard appeared as a figure from the distant past of religious inspiration. His message was as modern as his appearance was as from the past.
Portland Oregon Journal  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’í Coming

October 12, 1912

Day 185: Rabbi Martin Meyer Hosts ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at Temple… 239 Days article
At San Francisco’s Open Forum, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá argues in favor of evolution, but draws fundamentally different conclusions.

Diary Entries: San Francisco, CA
Mahmud’s Diary: Presenting proofs supporting the truth of the reality of Christ and Muhammad The proofs supporting the truth of the reality of Christ and Muhammad, the Messengers of God, flowed from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s lips with such majesty and authority that all were dumbfounded. After His talk, many humbly came to see Him to express their gratitude, except for a very few diehards who left in dismay.
Mahmud’s Diary: The historical significance of the Master’s address at the Jewish Temple and its immediate impact From the beginning of Christianity and Islam up to the present day, no one has spoken thus, proving the validity of Christ and Muhammad in a Jewish temple and in a manner to which no one took exception. Rather, most were appreciative and content. This is none other than the assistance of Bahá’u’lláh.
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s talk at San Francisco’s Jewish Temple (Emmanu-El) Religion confers upon man life everlasting. Religion is a service to the world of morality. Religion guides humanity to eternal happiness. Religion is the cause of everlasting honor to the world of man. Religion has ever helped humanity towards progress.

News Clips
The Palo Altan, San Francisco, CA Message to the Jews …It is our privilege, and a very high privilege indeed, to welcome in our midst this morning ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, a great teacher of our age and generation. The heart of the Orient seems to be essentially religious, whatever else it might be, or might not be, and now and again, out of the heart of the Orient, the fundamental religious message of the world is stated and restated. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is the representative of one of the religious systems of life, and it appeals to us Jews, because we Jews feel that we have fathered that ideal throughout the centuries of men…FULL SPEECH PUBLISHED
San Francisco Call  Charitable Woman May Aid Bahá’ísm Mrs. Isabella C. Merriman…is seriously considering the advisability of abandoning her home and work in this country and entering into the service of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas, leader of the Bahá’í movement in Asia. Mrs. Merriman acknowledged today that she was in receipt of an offer from “his holiness,” as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is known to his 7,000,000 Persian followers, asking her to follow him to Asia and take charge of the children in the temple on Mount Carmel, on the bay of Acca.
Portland Oregon Telegram  A Pulpit for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (To the Editor of the Telegram.) — In your paper today I notice an account of the refusal of churches and societies to offer ‘Abdu’l-Bahá their platforms. As minister of the Temple of Truth I wish to make a partial correction of this statement, by saying to your readers that as soon as we heard of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s coming to Portland we hurried as fast as we could to offer him our platform, believing that he has a great message of truth for the unbiased and fearless seekers of truth. We are not afraid of any teacher. If we haven’t the truth, we want it bad enough to run the risk of getting it from a man who has nothing in his heart but universal love and good will for all people and religions….
Portland Oregon Telegram  Persian Prophet Will Not Visit Portland …Followers of his doctrines in this city have been making plans for giving their leader a hearty greeting, and today’s news comes as a severe disappointment.
San Francisco California Examiner October 12, 1912 San Francisco, CA Bahá Devotes Talk to Universal Peace * Persian Prophet Says Time Has Come to Abolish Religious and Racial Prejudice.
The Spokesman Spokane Washington Review, San Francisco, CA Goes to Meet ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Local Follower of Eastern Cult Will Attend Convocation.
San Francisco California Post October 12, 1912 San Francisco, CA Bahá’í Leader in Jewish Pulpit Pleads Unity ‘Abdul Bába, aged Persian leader of the universal religion movement, speaking today at Temple Emanu-El, rose to a dramatic climax in the emphatic declaration that the time has come for the unification of all religions when racial prejudice shall cease and when all the religions shall enjoy universal peace forever.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
PUP:   Talk at Temple Emmanu-El 450 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California Be Fair & Reasonable in Judgment, Set Aside All Religious Prejudices The greatest bestowal of God in the world of humanity is religion, for assuredly the divine teachings of religion are above all other sources of instruction and development to man. Religion confers upon man eternal life and guides his footsteps in the world of morality. It opens the doors of unending happiness and bestows everlasting honor upon the human kingdom. It has been the basis of all civilization and progress in the history of mankind.

October 11, 1912

Day 184: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Darwin, and the Evolution of All Things 239 Days article
At San Francisco’s Open Forum, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá argues in favor of evolution, but draws fundamentally different conclusions.

Diary Entries: San Francisco, CA
Mahmud’s Diary: Greeting each child at a Bahá’í children’s meeting He spoke briefly, encouraging and praising them for their courtesy and upbringing. Kissing them one by one, He greeted each child in short English sentences and each received from Him some flowers and sweets.
Mahmud’s Diary: Going for a walk and visiting a neighbor The lady of the house brought a chair for Him. He sat for awhile, pleased with the woman’s reverence and thoughtfulness, and bestowed His loving kindness upon her.
Mahmud’s Diary: Conversation with some Hindus Man must irrigate the Blessed Tree which has eternal fruits and is the cause of life for all on earth. This goodly Tree, though hidden at first, will erelong envelop the whole world, and its leaves and branches will reach the heavens. It is like the Tree which Buddha planted: although at first it was a small sapling, it eventually enveloped the countries of Asia.
Mahmud’s Diary: We need spiritual remedy for the intellectual diseases of the people and nations
Mahmud’s Diary: Some physicians were in His presence today. The Master spoke with them about the use of diet to heal diseases. He then dealt with the spiritual remedy for the intellectual diseases of the people and nations: Today, the greatest and speediest remedy and the sole effective antidote that the Divine Physician has prescribed for the world’s ills is the oneness of humanity, universal peace, the explanation of the principles of the divine religions and the removal of dogmatic imitations and customs which are contrary to science and reason…
Mahmud’s Diary: Speaking at a joyful and enthusiastic gathering of the Theosophical Society This evening we have the exalted honor to have one of these educators among us. He has brought a new Message for the evolution of humanity and will speak to us this evening. I have the utmost honor to introduce to you His Holiness ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, whom you know well.

News Clips
Oakland Tribune, San Francisco, CA Peace Prophet Is To Speak In S. F. His speaking dates in Oakland and Berkeley have been fulfilled and the remaining addresses will be given in San Francisco as follows…

October 10, 1912

Day 183: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey So Far: Month Six 239 Days article
Highlights from the sixth month of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey through North America.

Diary Entries: San Francisco, CA
Mahmud’s Diary: Expounding the Teachings at a high school in Berkeley and Open Forum in San Francisco At the high school the Master spoke on the reality of God and the proofs of the revelation of the Manifestations and their teachings. At the Open Forum the audience was composed mostly of philosophers and professors, they were all humbled by the talk. The Master’s profound words contrasted the philosophy of the East with that of the West, elucidated the power beyond nature and explained the inherent distinction between mankind and other creatures.He concluded with the assertion that if philosophers believed that the highest perfection was not to believe in abstract and spiritual truth, it would be preferable to go to the cow, who, without any formal training, already had this attribute. When the Master uttered these words, everyone burst into laughter. This kind of humor, delivered in such a light-hearted manner, is popular and accepted by the Americans and so brought smiles and joy to the audience.

News Clips
Portland Oregon Telegram,  New York, NY No Portland Church Invites ‘Abdu’l-Bahá – Persian Apostle of Peace May Not Come Here After All. Portland pastors on being approached have either declared that he was an “impostor,” a “poseur,” or an “unsafe man.” Some have even gone further and declared him to be a “dangerous man.” The article goes on to tell how well ‘Abdu’l-Baha was received everywhere else and elucidates His teachings on universal peace.
San Francisco California Bulletin ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’í Will Address the Open Forum Tonight ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’í will address the Open Forum, 925 Golden Gate avenue, tonight at 8 o’clock.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
PUP:  Talk at Open Forum San Francisco, California Humanity is Distinct From the Animal Kingdom
Strange indeed that after twenty years training in colleges and universities man should reach such a station wherein he will deny the existence of the ideal or that which is not perceptible to the senses. Have you ever stopped to think that the animal already has graduated from such a university? Have you ever realized that the cow is already a professor emeritus of that university? For the cow without hard labor and study is already a philosopher of the superlative degree in the school of nature. The cow denies everything that is not tangible, saying, “I can see! I can eat! Therefore, I believe only in that which is tangible!”…Then why should we go to the colleges? Let us go to the cow.

October 9, 1912

Day 182: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Speaks at Stanford University 239 Days article
At Stanford, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá turns the tables on the modern intellectual basis for human aggression.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: Palo Alto, CA The appointment of the Interpreter of the Book and the establishment of the Universal House of Justice In reference to Christianity: But Bahá’u’lláh has closed all the doors to such differences by appointing the interpreter of the Book and by establishing the Universal House of Justice — that is, the People’s Parliament…He has even said that if two persons differ in a matter and that difference ends in discord, then both are wrong and their position unacceptable.
Mahmud’s Diary: San Francisco, CA Talk at the Japanese Club Even though the talk was first translated from Persian into English and then from English into Japanese, the audience was awed and excited to hear His powerful reasoning and was anxious to hear the translation of the talk. From this day forward multitudes came every day in great humility to see ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and to offer praise and thanks for the teachings.

News Clips
Oakland Calif Tribune, Berkeley ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to Be Speaker at Berkeley ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is a descendant of the royal family of Persia, and while removed from school at an early age by reason of the persecution of the governments of Turkey and Persia, nevertheless has achieved an enviable position because of his complete grasp of the essentials of a world unification, and an individual prosperity.
Oakland California Enquirer  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to Speak on Faith “Prophet of Peace” to Be Heard in Berkeley – The fact that he had endured forty years in the worst prison of the world for the sake of the cause he was promulgating is the unforgetable evidence of his absolute sincerity.

October 8, 1912

Day 181: A Most Extraordinary Day 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá sets out for Palo Alto and Stanford University in what becomes one of his most eventful days in America.

“It is our portion to have with us . . . one of the great religious teachers of the world, one of the natural successors of the old Hebrew prophets,” David Starr Jordan, president of Stanford University

Diary Entries: Palo Alto, CA
Mahmud’s Diary: Leland Stanford Junior University – The Master addresses audience of 2000 Apart from some 1,800 students and 180 professors from the university, many civic leaders and prominent people from the area were also assembled in the auditorium; its satellite rooms and hallways were full and many people were standing outside the entrance as well… The president closed this memorable occasion with these remarks: We are all under very great obligation to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá for this illuminating expression of the brotherhood of man and the value of international peace. I think we can best show our appreciation by simply a rising vote of thanks. The audience immediately rose and showed their respect by clapping and stomping their feet.
Mahmud’s Diary: Explaining mysteries of the Kingdom Later that evening the Master spoke at the Unitarian Church of Palo Alto. His theme was the reality of divinity.

News Clips
The Daily Palo Alto (Stanford University Student Newspaper)  Persian Indicts the Futility of War ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Declares International Strife Unscientific and Contrary to Nature. [He] demonstrated the utter uselessness of war and its waste, with all the poetic beauty of oriental philosophy…In a simple and dignified manner, with no more evidence of embarrassment that if he were addressing an assemblage of his native Persians…Speaking quietly in Persian, his expressive features and gestures made the services of his interpreter seem at times almost superfluous.
San Francisco California Chronicle  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas Says Object of Mission Is To Unify All Creeds [With] these words Rev. Bradford Leavitt introduced to an audience that filled the First Unitarian Church: “WHAT Christianity has failed to accomplish Bahá’ísm already has accomplished. It has 3,000,000 adherents throughout the world. It teaches the oneness of mankind and the fundamental unity of all religions. It has been said that no religious movement of the time is so significant as is this one, and you will hear today the greatest living exponent of this movement, a man who is a leading figure in the religious world today.” He looks like one of the prophets of Biblical days. He speaks slowly and as one certain that each word he utters breathes the very spirit of truth.
Berkeley California Daily Gazette  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Here Tomorrow Night ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Persian prophet and leader of the Bahá’í movement, will speak..The expected that it will be on Bahá’s general subject, “The Peace of the Nation and the Unity of Religion.”

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
PUP:  Talk at Stanford University Palo Alto, California I Will Speak to You On the Intrinsic

Oneness of All Phenomena Today’s “News Clip” in The Daily Palo Alto gives a great summary of His talk.

October 7, 1912

Day 180: A Trip Down Market Street, April 14, 1906 239 Days article
While ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spends the day in Berkeley, we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries: San Francisco, CA
Mahmud’s Diary: The Master comments on the pastor’s introduction
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s conversation with the Mayor of Berkeley
Mahmud’s Diatry: “This is the day in which Zion dances with joy.” …The Master spoke to some Jews who had come, saying…
Mahmud’s Diatry: “I love the friends of Honolulu very much. I wish that I could go to that area and to Japan …”

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
PUP:  Talk to Japanese Young Men’s Christian Association Japanese Independent Church, Oakland, California The Real Bond of Integrity is Religious in Character According to report the people of the Japanese nation are not prejudiced. They investigate reality. Wherever they find truth, they prove to be its lovers. They are not attached tenaciously to blind imitations of ancient beliefs and dogmas…When we review history from the beginning of human existence to the present age in which we live, it is evident all war and conflict, bloodshed and battle, every form of sedition has been due to some form of prejudice — whether religious, racial or national — to partisan bias and selfish prejudice of some sort…Religion must be the cause of love. Religion must be the cause of justice, for the wisdom of the Manifestations of God is directed toward the establishing of the bond of a love which is indissoluble…The foundation of all the divine religions is one…All these have served the world of humanity. All have summoned souls to peace and accord. All have proclaimed the virtues of humanity. All have guided souls to the attainment of perfections,…Religious prejudice thus becomes the cause of warfare and battle…let us determine whether these Prophets were valid or not by using rational proofs and shining arguments, not simply by quoting traditionary evidences, because traditions are divergent and the source of dissension…. [Here He offers arguments as to Moses, Christ, Muhammad and Baha’u’llah being Divine Messengers.] Blessed souls — whether Moses, Jesus, Zoroaster, Krishna, Buddha, Confucius or Muhammad — were the cause of the illumination of the world of humanity. How can we deny such irrefutable proof? How can we be blind to such light? How can we dispute the validity of Christ? This is injustice. This is a denial of reality…We have investigated reality and found that these holy souls were all sent of God. All of them have sacrificed life, endured ordeals and tribulations in order that They might educate us. How can such love be forgotten? The light of Christ is evident. The candle of Buddha is shining. The star of Moses is sparkling. The flame ignited by Zoroaster is still burning. How can we deny Them? It is injustice. It is a denial of complete evidence…may the world become witness that the Orient has ever been the dawning point of illumination, the source of love and reconciliation… I am greatly pleased with this meeting. I am joyous and happy, for here in these western regions I find Orientals seeking education and who are free from prejudice. May God assist you!

October 6, 1912

Day 179: Abdu’l-Bahá, Ayn Rand, and the Poor 239 Days article
Our Producer offers his thoughts on how ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s relationship with the poor indicts contemporary American…

Diary Entries: San Francisco, CA
Mahmud’s Diary: The “divine Manifestations … are like mirrors placed before the Sun of Truth …” In answer to a question from an Indian regarding Sufism and the Trinity, He stated: The reality of divinity is holy beyond descent and incarnation but the divine Manifestations are expressive of the attributes and perfections of God, the All-Praised, the Exalted. They are like mirrors placed before the Sun of Truth, so if they claim that the Sun of Truth is in them, they speak the truth. However, they mean that the signs and light of the Sun of Truth are in them, and not the Sun itself.
Mahmud’s Diary: Pastor of the First Congregational Church introduced ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as “the messenger of God” The influence of the Cause and the majesty of the Covenant made such an impression and was so widespread that during his introduction the pastor of the church said: ‘Tonight the messenger of God will speak in the church of God and you will hear with your own ears.’
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá chanted an inspiring prayer in Persian at the end of His address at the First Unitarian Church of San Francisco The Master stood and delivered a comprehensive talk on the degrees of love, amity, peace and the oneness of mankind; the universality of the Manifestations of God; the truth of Islam; and the news of the appearance of Bahá’u’lláh…a crowd of people came to the Master to shake His hand, expressing their sincerity and heartfelt appreciation.

News Clips
San Francisco California Examiner ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Brings Gospel of Peace * Famous Persian Religionist Tells Church Throng That Unity of Nations Is Dawning. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, head of the Bahá’í religious movement, spoke at the First Unitarian Church… He was introduced by the Rev. Bradford Leavitt. “There landed in New York a man, white turbaned and speaking a foreign tongue,” said Dr. Leavitt. “Hundreds welcomed him at the dock and attended his lectures. That man is ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, one of the most distinguished figures of the age. Bahá’ísm has not less than three million followers throughout the world. It numbers its followers among all the great religions of the world. No religion is as significant as this one.” Strife Brings Death. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke slowly and with a soft voice. He said in part…
October 6, 1912 Seattle ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas, Will Visit Seattle ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas, “The Servant of God,” leader of the great Persian faith known as Bahá’ísm, is coming to Seattle…Regardless of the merits of the creed which he expounds, his personality and well-known efforts toward world-wide peace have given Bahá’ísm a great impetus. It is believed that there are no less than 20,000,000 followers in the world, and the number in the United States is said to be growing constantly.

October 5, 1912

Day 178: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Addresses a Persecuted Minority 239 Days article
At the Japanese Independent Church in Oakland, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá speaks out against prejudice.

Diary Entries: San Francisco, CA
Mahmud’s Diary: The clergyman who “deserves praise and glory”
Mahmud’s Diary: The extent to which the world will change in future While looking at the remnants of a few marble pillars left over from the destruction caused by the great earthquake of 1906 He remarked: ‘The world and its condition will change to such a degree and the Bahá’í Cause will prevail to such an extent that nothing but a remnant — like these pillars — will remain of the previous order.’
Mahmud’s Diary: Sensitivity of vegetable kingdom
Mahmud’s Diary: The perfection of a human being “depends on the acquisition of spiritual capacity and divine civilization.” The people of America have a great capacity for the acquisition of spiritual qualities but they are immersed in material affairs. They are like machines which move uncontrollably; they move but are devoid of spirit. They will attain perfection when the spirit of divine civilization is breathed into them and this material civilization becomes infused with spiritual refinement.
Mahmud’s Diary: Indescribable state of the believers in the presence of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

News Clips
San Francisco California Bulletin  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to Speak from Unitarian Pulpit ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, leader of the Bahá’í movement, who is here on the mission of universal peace, the removal of religious, racial and political prejudice, will speak tomorrow morning
San Francisco California Bulletin Persian Philosopher to Speak at Open Forum

Black Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha

October 4, 1912

Day 177: America’s Unique Geopolitical Position 239 Days article
On his first morning in San Francisco, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá asks a reporter to take a message to the American people.

Diary Entries: San Francisco, CA
Mahmud’s Diary: The Master shows great kindness to two Japanese Bahá’ís This is an historic event. It is out of the ordinary that an Iranian should meet Japanese people in San Francisco with such love and harmony… If it be said that Bahá’u’lláh brought a man from heaven and another from earth and caused them to meet midway between the earth and heaven, do not be surprised. The power of Bahá’u’lláh makes all difficulties simple.
Mahmud’s Diary: Man is behaving in ways contrary to the way God created him …A beast kills only one animal each day for his food, while merciless man tears apart a hundred thousand people in a day merely for fame and dominion…
Mahmud’s Diary: Through the coming of Bahá’u’lláh the “world of being has become a new world” ‘Abdu’l-Baha said to a reporter: In this enlightened age everything has been renewed — sciences have been renewed…Thus, the principles of religion also must be renewed.

News Clips
The San Francisco Examiner ‘Abdul Bába Suffrage Advocate Sex Equality Need for Progress Famous Leader Asserts Americans Are Lovable, but Submerged in Dollar Hunting. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas, one of the great leader of the modern times and spiritual adviser to fifty million followers…“America is a prosperous country,” he said. “The wealth of the nation is increasing. Its development is phenomenal. It has civilized men and gracious ladies, but they are all submerged in materialism. “The American people are a hospitable people, stranger-loving and very noble. I have found them quite courteous.”
The SFO Cal, San Francisco, CA Persian To Lecture On Universal Peace
The Sacramento Bee October 4, 1912 San Francisco, CA Women Should Have Rights Of Men, He Says
Oakland Tribune, San Francisco, CA Persian Prophet to Lecture Here Abbas Essendi will lecture in the First Congregational Church, Oakland, on universal brotherhood Sunday evening. He appears in a black robe with a white turban and with his long beard and gracious presence is said to be a most impressive figure. At his temporary home, 1815 California street, San Francisco, the Persian prophet will keep open house each evening when he is not engaged in lectures, and will discuss the great world questions in which he is interested.
Oakland Сalifornia Tribune October 4, 1912 Oakland, CA Persian Prophet to Lecture Here The real live prophet from Persia has arrived in San Francisco…Abbas Essendi is sometimes known as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’í, or “The Servant of God,” and the gospel which he is preaching is the gospel of universal peace and brotherhood…His doctrine is not antagonistic to Christianity.
San Francisco California Bulletin  Persian Prophet to Lecture Here “Universal Brotherhood is the subject of a lecture to be given in the First Congregational church next Sunday evening by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá of Persia, the leader of the “Bahá’í” movement for world-wide peace and harmony between peoples.

October 3, 1912

Day 176: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Reaches the City by the Bay 239 Days article
In the dead of night, a friend awaits ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s arrival at the ferry terminal in San Francisco.

Diary Entries: San Francisco, CA
Mahmud’s Diary: “As there are four seasons in this material world, so it is in the spiritual world.” Then the spiritual spring spreads its tent once more. The gardens of the hearts regain their freshness, charm and verdure. The buds of knowledge open and the anemones of reality appear. The world of man becomes another world… This is the cause of the appearance of the many Manifestations of God.
Mahmud’s Diary: “Rejoicing among friends of God in San Francisco” He sent telegrams to the assemblies in the East. Among them was this: ‘Rejoicing among friends of God in San Francisco. Truly confirmations are overwhelming and happiness complete. ‘Abbas.’
Mahmud’s Diary: “…I have thousands of spiritual offspring and heavenly children…”
Mahmud’s Diary: All the wise men of the East considered Bahá’u’lláh the greatest person in the world But they said, ‘Alas, that He has claimed divinity for Himself.’…but, alas! he is the propagator of a new law’. They expected us to be servants and propagators of their old dogmas and customs, not knowing that we are obliged to serve humanity and spread universal love and harmony.

News Clips
San Francisco Chronicle October 3, 1912 San Francisco, CA Apostle of Bahá’ísm to Speak at Stanford Special Dispatch to the “Chronicle.”
The venerable apostle of the East believes in breaking down the artificial bonds of creed, of race, of nationality and political antagonism. His converts to Bahá’ísm are said to number several millions, including Christians, Mohammedans and Hebrews. He is an apostle of universal peace.
San Jose California Herald ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to Talk at Stanford

Star of the West
 Address delivered at the home of Mrs. Helen S. Goodall, Oakland, California Man Must be a Blessed Tree Bearing Eternal Fruits I have come from the Orient to the Occident… simply to meet you…our meeting is real, essential — for the hearts are connected and the souls are attracted and the spirits are exhilarated, and such a meeting is real in character, and great are the results therefrom. The results are everlasting…you who are set aglow with the fire of the Love of God, must so earnestly endeavor that this meeting shall give forth eternal results…This will be brought about by your acting in accordance with the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. This is dependent upon your becoming resuscitated by the Divine Spirit. The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh is, in relation to the body of the world, as the spirit of man is to his body…All the nations of the world today are subject to certain superstitions which animate them along the line of prejudice, hatred and rancor. These superstitions are the cause of warfare and battle… the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh are reality itself…Hence these teachings are the very cause of uniting all humanity…Unless ethics be improved, the world of humanity will be incapable of true advancement. Real advancement is dependent upon the world of a humanity becoming a center of divine morals, becoming a place of the effulgences of the Merciful, becoming a mirror reflecting the bestowals of God…Among the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh is one requiring man, under all conditions and circumstances, to be forgiving, to love his enemy and to consider an ill-wisher as a well-wisher… your love and kindness must be real… not merely forbearance, for forbearance, if not of the heart, is hypocrisy…Among the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh is one on sacrifice… his possessions, his comforts, even his life must be sacrificed for humanity…And among the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh is one relative to the fact that God has created man to yield some fruit from his being, or existence, an eternal fruit an everlasting result…

October 2, 1912

Day 175: Economics Begins with the Farmer 239 Days article
En route to San Francisco, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá argues that a self-sustaining rural economy must underlie a sound national one.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: San Francisco, CA President of Stanford University and other prominent people visit ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Among some of the prominent people visiting ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was the president of Stanford University at Palo Alto. He was so attracted to the teachings that he begged the Master to come to his university and speak.
Mahmud’s Diary: San Francisco, CA “Man becomes human only through spiritual life …” the foundation of such a life is made up of heavenly perfections, divine attributes, service to humanity, eagerness to receive eternal bounties, praiseworthy morals, unity, love of God, wisdom and knowledge of God.
Mahmud’s Diary: Oakland, CA Oakland friends brought their children to be blessed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

News Clips
October 2, 1912 San Francisco, CA Apostle of Universal Peace and Brotherhood to Deliver Series of Lectures“The duty of educated men, especially university presidents of the Nation is this: “To teach in the universities and schools ideas concerning universal peace, so that the student may be so molded that in after years he may help carry to fruition the most useful [unreadable text] human issue of mankind.”
The San Francisco Examiner  Bahá Founder To Speak Abbas Effendi, Head of New Religion, Will Address Stanford Students
SFO Call, San Francisco, CA Jordan Not Ready To Abandon Reins…Sir Abbas Effendi or ‘Abdul-ul-Bahá, the venerable Persian apostle of the Golden Rule, and disciple of Bahá’ísm, is coming to Stanford to speak at a special assembly of the student body.
The SFO Bulletin October 2, 1912 San Francisco, CA Venerable Persian Arrives The Bahá will remain in San Francisco for 15 days…“He does not come to proselyte for any particular cult. He is preaching the doctrine of universal love, universal peace, the oneness of God and humanity…‘Abdu’l-Bahá is the son of Bahá Ollat, the founder of the Bahá’í movement…
The Oakland Enquirer, Oakland, CA Bahá’í Prophet Will Speak Here * Head of Creed For Universal Peace Visiting on Coast …Abbas Essendi is to lecture in the First Congregational church, Oakland, on the subject of Universal Brotherhood, next Sunday evening. He appears in a black robe with a white turban, and is said to be a most impressive figure. He has preached in the City Temple, London, and in many of the most important churches of the United States on his way to the Pacific coast.
San Francisco California Bulletin Venerable Persian Arrives * ‘ABDU’L-BAHA BRINGS MESSAGE * Chief of Movement for Universal Peace and the Brotherhood of Man is San Francisco’s Guest.

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‘Abdu’l-Bahá attends the National Irrigation Congress at the Mormon Tabernacle, witnessing a bold display of American…

Diary Entries: San Francisco, CA
Mahmud’s Diary: Believers’ excitement and eagerness to meet ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in San Francisco From early morning the enthusiasm, eagerness, excitement, joy and singing of the believers surrounded ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, just as in the stories of the iguana and the sun and the moth and the candle. It was the ultimate example of a joyful reunion among the lovers of God.
Mahmud’s Diary: The Master’s daily routine activities
Mahmud’s Diary:  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s residence in San Francisco

Black Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
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