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

*Champion of Justice *Ambassador of Peace *Advocate for Racial Unity *Personification of Humanitarianism

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.

‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Call for Race Unity in America 1912 | Prayer for America by ‘Abdu’l-Baha | ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Initiative in Establishing Race Amity Conventions 1921

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On April 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 
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

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 Luminous Journey Part 2 also see: Luminous Journey divided into chapters

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
The Journey West Podcast dedicated to bringing Abdu’l-Baha’s journey to the West in 1911-1913 to life. Each of these 27 episodes explores Abdu’l-Baha’s talks given at that time.
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

December 1912  postings

November 30, 1912

Day 234: The Progressives Collapse: 1917-1920  239 Days article
The political unity underlying the progressive movement disintegrates in the wake of the social upheavals surrounding the…

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: Friends insisting that the Master would accept their gifts and offerings …Now you have brought presents for the members of my family. They are most acceptable and excellent but better than all these are the gifts of the love of God which remain preserved in the treasuries of the heart…I, however, have accepted your gifts; but I entrust them to you for you sell and send the proceeds to the fund for the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar in Chicago…
Mahmud’s Diary: Public meeting at Kinney’s – friends overjoyed beyond description ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke about love, loyalty, unity, the amity of the believers, spreading the Word of God, the promotion of universal peace and the brotherhood of humanity….

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

Harriet Gibbs Marshall  (1868-1941) Harriet Gibbs Marshall became a Baha’i in 1912 while ‘Abdu’l-Baha was visiting the US. In 1903 she founded the Washington Conservatory of Music. According to blackpast.org “Marshall’s conservatory was a landmark in the history of black education.  After becoming a Baha’i she began hosting many events at the Conservatory, despite a culture of segregation that barred African Americans and did not permit mixed-race gatherings. It was not unusual for large numbers of Baha’is to attend a single event at the conservatory. The conservatory remained in operation until 1960. She also founded the Jean Joseph Industrial School in Port-au-Prince and worked extensively with Haitian social welfare charities. Her experiences led to the publication of her book The Story of Haiti (1930) a detailed history of Haiti from 1485 to 1929. Harriet received excellent reviews for her thorough research of Haitian history.

Her poem “Brotherhood” was published in Star of the West.

The Washington Conservatory of Music was later renamed the Washington Conservatory of Music and School of Expression when the school expanded to include drama and speech. The School of Expression was founded by Coralie Franklin Cook, (a Baha’i, see July 26 posting) known for her gifts in elocution. In 1904 Marshall’s father Judge M.W. Gibbs donated the majestic corner house at 902 T Street for the school’s use. (See photo)

Harriet Gibbs Marshall – a more detailed account of her life and work.

November 29, 1912

Day 233: New York: The Melting Pot on the Hudson: 1912-2012  239 Days article
In the century after ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit, spiritual and material civilization advance in the cultural and commercial capital of the…

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explains what is the “most acceptable gift” to Him‘ …the most acceptable gift to me is the unity of the believers, service to the Cause of God, diffusion of the divine fragrances and adherence to the counsels of the Abha Beauty.’
Mahmud’s Diary: How to attain the “peace of the heart and soul and the joy of spirit and conscience” …But those who have faith in God act according to the divine teachings; even though they need a little food to survive, they will pass their lives in the utmost happiness and joy. This is one of the bounties of religion; this is eternal happiness, life everlasting and real affluence…

Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá accepted an invitation to stay at the home of a believer

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada

Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Kinney 780 West End Avenue, New York The Mystery of Sacrifice

In order to understand the reality of sacrifice let us consider the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. It is true that He sacrificed Himself for our sake. What is the meaning of this?…He accepted every calamity and suffering in order to guide men to the truth. Had He desired to save His own life, and were He without wish to offer Himself in sacrifice, He would not have been able to guide a single soul. There was no doubt that His blessed blood would be shed and His body broken. Nevertheless, that Holy Soul accepted calamity and death in His love for mankind. This is one of the meanings of sacrifice.

As to the second meaning: He said, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven.” …“If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever.” That is to say, whosoever assimilates these divine perfections which are within me will never die; whosoever has a share and partakes of these heavenly bounties I embody will find eternal life; he who takes unto himself these divine lights shall find everlasting life.

As to the third meaning of sacrifice, it is this: If you plant a seed in the ground, a tree will become manifest from that seed. The seed sacrifices itself to the tree that will come from it…Christ outwardly disappeared. His personal identity became hidden from the eyes, even as the identity of the seed disappeared; but the bounties, divine qualities and perfections of Christ became manifest in the Christian community which Christ founded through sacrificing Himself…

As to the fourth significance of sacrifice: It is the principle that a reality sacrifices its own characteristics...man must sacrifice the qualities and attributes of the world of nature for the qualities and attributes of the world of God... man must acquire heavenly qualities and attain divine attributes. He must become the image and likeness of God. He must seek the bounty of the eternal, become the manifestor of the love of God, the light of guidance, the tree of life and the depository of the bounties of God.

…It is my hope…you may be entirely severed from the imperfections of the world of nature, purified from selfish, human desires, receiving life from the Kingdom of Abha and attaining heavenly graces. May the divine light become manifest upon your faces, the fragrances of holiness refresh your nostrils and the breath of the Holy Spirit quicken you with eternal life.

November 28, 1912

Day 232: A Nation Shaped by Sacrifice  239 Days article
For all the challenges America has faced since its founding, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá says its greatest sacrifices still lay ahead.

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: Friends wishing to be with the Master at dawn
Mahmud’s Diary: Stream of visitors

Mahmud’s Diary: Spiritual capacity of the Americans

Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Short documentary on the construction project released

BWNS November 26, 2021: This 15-minute documentary, which was screened at the centenary gathering at the Bahá’í World Centre yesterday, explores aspects of the design and construction of the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and features interviews with people directly involved in the project.

November 27, 1912

Day 231: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Program for a Durable Peace: 1919  239 Days article
In a letter to The Hague in 1919, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá lays out a comprehensive peace program which remains ambitious in the…

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: “The purpose of the divine Manifestations has been the education of holy souls.” …those holy Beings knew well that the dominion of God existed when there was no trace of them and that it shall continue to exist when no trace of them remains. Thus fame or oblivion, honor or degradation are one and the same to those Gems of existence. Indeed, their ultimate desire is selfless devotion to the one true God and absolute nothingness in His court. Their only motive has been the education of blessed souls and sanctified beings who are the foundation of divine education and promoters of the most great guidance and the supreme favor…The people of Bahá must endeavor day and night to promulgate this lofty purpose. They must endeavor and strive strenuously to educate themselves and other sanctified souls. They must awaken the peoples and nations of the world and free them from dogmas and imitations. They must pass beyond the world of names and fix their gaze on realities and inner meanings.
Mahmud’s Diary: A few examples of subjects the Master counseled the visitors

Mahmud’s Diary: “The coming of age and maturity of man will appear” when material and spiritual civilizations are intertwined
Mahmud’s Diary: Volume of correspondence


Home of Light album by Luke Slott with string arrangements by Xiao’an Li. In honor of the Centenary of the Passing of Abdu’l-Baha.

November 26, 1912

Day 230: “We Want a Wilson Peace”: 1919-2012  239 Days article
At the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, the world’s leaders craft a legacy of hopes and disappointments that will last a century.

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: “My happiness lies in seeing you, for in your faces are apparent the glad tidings of the Abha Kingdom …”
Mahmud’s Diary: Attributes of a “believer in Bahá’u’lláh”

Mahmud’s Diary: We are dependent on God the same way that “the body is dependent upon the soul”
Mahmud’s Diary: Using the power of reasoning: this magnificent universe cannot exist without a Creator

Queen Marie of Romania at Paris Peace Conference in 1919:

Description of Queen Marie’s meeting with President Woodrow Wilson from her own memoirs. Source: Diana Mandache, Later Chapters of My Life. The Lost Memoir of Queen Marie of Romania, Sutton, 2004

How Romania Punched Above Its Weight at the Treaty of Versailles Queen Marie’s pitch to the Allied Victors was simple: you need Romania to be strong in order to contain the spread of Bolshevism…She effectively painted a vision for the future: the value that Romania could create for the Allies as a buffer between themselves and Russia. In the end…of all the contributors at the conference, Romania is widely considered to have picked up the greatest gains, including Transylvania which became – and still is – a part of “Greater Romania.”

Romania’s Wartime Queen   During the First World War, while politicians prevaricated, Romania’s British queen lobbied for entry on the side of the Allies… A national heroine credited for boosting morale and contributing to the extraordinary resurgence of the Romanian army that held off the Germans in the summer of 1917… Rarely seen out of pressed whites, the Red Cross on her forehead, she lead an entourage of women around hospital wards and Romania’s stricken soldiers on the front line. Foreign legations were startled by Marie’s work ethic among the injured and dying holed up in Romania’s last unoccupied area of land, where by early 1917, typhus was rampant. The French ambassador marvelled at Marie’s apparent invincibility; she worked all hours and refused to take precautions when tending the infected troops. ‘Don’t you think it gives them more pleasure to kiss my uncovered hand?’ she queried, rejecting the offer of protective gloves… Given his queen’s popularity, it is no wonder that Prime Minister Brătianu, known for ‘having entered the war too late and surrendered too soon’, called upon Marie to join him for the pending showdown in Paris between the Great Four and numerous small nations with their competing claims… In the summer of 1918 Marie had been described by the New York Times as ‘one of the vivid and unforgettable personalities of the war’.

November 25, 1912

Day 229: November 25, 1912: The Week Ahead  239 Days article
While ‘Abdu’l-Bahá cracks a joke to a women’s club at the Waldorf Astoria, we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: Being in the presence of the Master early morning when He prays
Mahmud’s Diary: A Christian minister requested reverently for healing prayers

Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s fame and grandeur attracts many visitors from all walks of life
Mahmud’s Diary: Public talk at the Women’s Club of New York
Mahmud’s Diary: Encouraging visitors to abandon harmful prejudices and to acquire heavenly virtues

From the Diary of Juliet Thompson: 

On November 25, Juliet writes about Percy Grants visit with the Master. ‘Abdu’l-Baha tells Dr. Grant that He has never feared danger and shares with him the story of the Turkish Investigating Committee sent to ‘Akká by ‘Abdu’l-Hamíd.

“You must excuse me for keeping you waiting, Dr Grant. I am very, very sorry to have kept you waiting, very sorry. But I was captured by three hundred women this afternoon. Is it not a dreadful thing to be captured by so many women? (At this I felt wickedly amused.) “The women in America dominate the men,” the Master continued…

He [Percy] seemed deeply touched at the thought of the Master returning into danger and asked if we would cable him if any trouble should arise, so that he might do whatever he could. He asked also if, from time to time, the Master would send him news, ‘through one of your humblest followers,’ he said.

“When he spoke of danger the Master replied that He had never feared danger and told him the story of the Turkish Investigating Committee sent to ‘Akká by ‘Abdu’l-Hamíd. How the verdict of this Committee was that He–‘Abdu’l-Bahá–must die; that He must either be crucified at the gate of ‘Akká or sent alone to the desert of Fezan, where He would inevitably starve. How at that time the Italian consul, a friend, had arranged for a ship to be sent to Haifa, ostensibly with cargo, but really to help the Master escape. And how the Master had said: ‘My Father, Bahá’u’lláh, never delivered Himself, though He had the opportunity. From this Prison He spread His Teachings. I, therefore, will follow in His footsteps. I will not deliver Myself.’

“Then,” Dr Faríd went on, “the Master told Dr. Grant of the hastening of the Committee to Turkey to lay its verdict with all possible speed before the Sultán, but before they landed on Turkish soil, ‘the cannon of God had boomed forth at the gates of the Sultán’s palace.’ ‘Abdu’l-Hamíd was deposed by the rising of the Young Turks and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá set free. ”’So,’ ended the Master, ‘God delivered Me.’”

November 24, 1912

Day 228: The Militarization of Progressive America  239 Days article
In the years after 1912, the permanent threat of war becomes a way of life in America.

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá showed a special measure of love and kindness towards neighborhood children He spoke to them with deep affection and kindness, asking about their health and welfare. To each He gave candies and flowers and then sprinkled them with attar of rose. He then gave them kindly counsels and encouraged them to acquire knowledge, science, good morals and sincerity…
Mahmud’s Diary: Special meeting for black Bahá’ís at Kinney’s – unable to attend the banquet due to hotel restrictions Many white women came forward to serve their black guests, showering them with love. The Master approved of this meeting very much and He said: Today you have carried out the laws of the Blessed Beauty and have truly acted according to the teachings of the Supreme Pen. Behold what an influence and effect the words of Bahá’u’lláh have had upon the hearts, that hating and shunning have been forgotten and that prejudices have been obliterated to such an extent that you arose to serve one another with great sincerity.

Mahmud’s Diary: The underlying unity of creation and the oneness of humanity

News Clips: 

Washington DC Star ‘Abdu’l-Bahá says Farewell to Americans ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Declares Our Liberty As Worth Thanksgiving. Large portion of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s talk at the Universalist Church in Washington DC is printed here. For full talk see the November 6, PUP entry The Foundation of Real Brotherhood is the Holy Spirit.

More on President Dwight Eisenhower

Today’s 239 Days article offers several references to and quotes from President Dwight Eisenhower including a prayer. This article might be of interest to you: How Dwight Eisenhower Found God in the White House. Dwight Eisenhower and Billy Graham shaped a half-century of religion in America.

November 23, 1912

Day 227: The Spark That Set Aflame the World: 1912-1918  239 Days article
A seemingly unstoppable series of events leads to the outbreak of the Great War, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s life is again in danger.

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: A grand banquet in commemoration of the Day of the Covenant

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada

Talk at Banquet, Great Northern Hotel 118 West Fifty-seventh Street This Meeting is Heavenly and Divine in Purpose Therefore, be ye assured and confident that the confirmations of God are descending upon you, the assistance of God will be given unto you, the breaths of the Holy Spirit will quicken you with a new life, the Sun of Reality will shine gloriously upon you, and the fragrant breezes of the rose gardens of divine mercy will waft through the windows of your souls. Be ye confident and steadfast; your services are confirmed by the powers of heaven, for your intentions are lofty, your purposes pure and worthy. God is the helper of those souls whose aim is to serve humanity and whose efforts and endeavors are devoted to the good and betterment of all mankind.

November 22, 1912

Day 226: The Great Migration Turns the Tide for African…  239 Days article
Although the Progressive Era is a “lose-lose” proposition for African Americans, the years after 1912 show signs of a new life.

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s conversation with a Christian minister – he exhibited “aptitude and a pure motive.”
Mahmud’s Diary: Counseling friends to propagate the divine guidance in a spirit of love and kindness

W. E. B. Du Bois writes two letters to President Woodrow Wilson

November 21, 1912

Day 225: Jim Crow Comes to Dinner at the Great Northern Hotel  239 Days article
When African Americans are barred from a banquet organized in ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s honor, he quickly makes alternate plans.

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was not pleased with the dense population and congestion in New York City
Mahmud’s Diary: Large gathering at Kinney’s — admonishing friends about love and unity

Race Amity Conferences in Dayton, Ohio held in 1927 and 1929

Dayton, Ohio, the “Gem City,” was the fifth to express the need of an amity conference and to set itself a task which seemed far out of proportion to the strength of its two resident Bahá’ís. This was during that memorable year for amity congresses, 1927. Joined by two traveling teachers, the little group improved the momentum of a scheduled world unity conference to append an amity conference as its first session. Several liberal organizations were rallied to their support and Wilberforce University, a few miles distant at Xenia, gave the services of its highly trained Glee Club. This meeting was successful in promoting good will, spreading the fame of the Faith and seed sowing in very promising soil, as students are aspiring and have a future. The home in Xenia of Mrs. Ada M. Young, widow of the late Col. Charles Young, U. S. A., from this time became a center for Bahá’í activities in that section, with many interracial meetings and addresses at Wilberforce University to follow. The Dayton Bahá’ís, recruited in numbers, held a second amity conference April 12, 1929, using the services of Prof. M. N. Chatterjee of Antioch College and a Bahá’í speaker, with Josef McCoy, versatile and accomplished, as both entertainer and chairman. The names of Frances Fales, Helen McVey, Josef and Helen McCoy, Ada M. Young and Sylvia Margolis will be inseparably linked with the early evolution of the Bahá’í Faith in Dayton, which now has the blessing of a spiritual assembly.


November 20, 1912

Day 224: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Andrew Carnegie’s “Gospel of Wealth”  239 Days article
On the social responsibilities of the wealthy, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá finds a kindred spirit in the world’s richest man.

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: The Master’s purpose in staying so long in New York From this day forward a spirit of steadfastness in the Covenant of God, unity and faithfulness appeared among the friends as the Master burnt away the veils and the hearts of the believers attained the highest degree of love and union. This was the Master’s purpose in staying so long in New York…
Mahmud’s Diary: “You must work hand in hand to teach the Cause …” The Master again called some of the friends and asked them to show kindness and love to Mr. MacNutt and to be patient with him…
Mahmud’s Diary: “…we must arise in servitude so that His confirmations may surround us from all sides.”
Mahmud’s Diary: Some school children asked: ‘Who is this man who looks like Christ?’

Abdu’l-Baha’s correspondence with Andrew Carnegie

Abdu’l-Baha wrote at least two letters to the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. What appears to be the earlier of these must have been written in 1912 or the first weeks of 1913, although it was not until 1915 that a translation by Ahmad Sohrab, dated 1 May 1915, was published in The New York Times. From Sen McGlinn’s Blog.

November 19, 1912

Day 223: The Trouble With J. P. Morgan’s Millions 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá is invited to the J. P. Morgan Library, the financial titan’s throne in midtown, but Morgan fails to show.

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: The Master encouraged women to acquire the perfections and virtues of the world of humanity
Mahmud’s Diary: A believer expresses regret to the Bahá’ís for his earlier misguided actions

News Clips: 

Buffalo New York News “Persian Highbrow Dubs Morgan ‘Some Philanthropist,’ ”

November 18, 1912

Day 222: November 18, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days article
While the cool November weather sweeps around ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in New York, we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: The Master took periodic short breaks to rest in nearby gardens
Mahmud’s Diary: Destiny of New York City: To raise the call of Ya Bahá’u’l-Abha to the highest heaven
Mahmud’s Diary: The “harmony that comes about through the love of God is infinite and everlasting.”
During the Master’s previous visit to New York Mr. Moxey had written a book of poetry, describing the demeanor, majesty and power of the Master. Mrs. Moxey, who was a famous musician, opened the gathering by playing the piano and singing a melodious song of praise in His honor.

News Clips: 

San Francisco Examiner Paris Special Correspondent of the San Francisco Examiner. Faith of the Baháists is Revealed by Its Chief Persian Prophet Declares Tenets of the Coming “Religion of the World.”

Baltimore Maryland American Persian Interested in African Cause – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Will Begin Fourth Annual Convention Tonight The program for the first session, at which Miss Jane Addams will preside, will consist of addresses by Oswald Garrison Villard, of New York, William Pickens of Talladega, Ala., and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, high priest of the Bahá’ís cult, who, by his presence, will testify to the sympathy of the Persians in the cause of the Africans.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada

Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank K. Moxey 575 Riverside Drive Investigation of the Essential Underlying Basis of Reality The supreme and most important happening in the human world is the Manifestation of God and the descent of the law of God. The holy, divine Manifestations did not reveal themselves for the purpose of founding a nation, sect or faction. They did not appear in order that a certain number might acknowledge Their Prophethood. They did not declare Their heavenly mission and message in order to lay the foundation for a religious belief. Even Christ did not become manifest that we should merely believe in Him as the Christ, follow Him and adore His mention…Nay, rather, Christ appeared in order to illumine the world of humanity, to render the earthly world celestial, to make the human kingdom a realm of angels, to unite the hearts, to enkindle the light of love in human souls, so that such souls might become independent, attaining complete unity and fellowship, turning to God, entering into the divine Kingdom, receiving the bounties and bestowals of God and partaking of the manna from heaven…All the holy precepts and the announcements of prophetic laws were for these various and heavenly purposes.

November 17, 1912

Day 221: An Ethos for a New Age 239 Days article
At Genealogical Hall in New York, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá argues that humankind has begun a new stage in its collective development.

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: “Nothing avails except servitude to the Blessed Beauty” It is now your turn to serve, to render your servitude to the holy threshold. Occupy yourselves day and night in the diffusion of the divine fragrances. All confirmations encircle those who are engaged in rendering services to the court of oneness.
Mahmud’s Diary: Hearts were immersed in a sea of ecstasy and rapture in the presence of the Master
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s desire to personally construct a befitting resting place of a believer

News Clips: 

Grand Rapids Michigan Herald Cleverness of the Bahá’í What is Bahá’ísm? and the still more pertinent question. Why is it? may engage our attention for few moments this morning.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada

Talk at Genealogical Hall 252 West Fifty-eighth Street Man Must Now Become Imbued with New Virtues and Powers Humanity has emerged from its former degrees of limitation and preliminary training. Man must now become imbued with new virtues and powers, new moralities, new capacities. New bounties, bestowals and perfections are awaiting and already descending upon him. The gifts and graces of the period of youth, although timely and sufficient during the adolescence of the world of mankind, are now incapable of meeting the requirements of its maturity…everywhere the world of mankind is in the throes of evolutionary activity indicating the passing of the old conditions and advent of the new age of reformation. Old trees yield no fruitage; old ideas and methods are obsolete and worthless now. Old standards of ethics, moral codes and methods of living in the past will not suffice for the present age of advancement and progress. Bigotry and dogmatic adherence to ancient beliefs have become the central and fundamental source of animosity among men, the obstacle to human progress, the cause of warfare and strife, the destroyer of peace, composure and welfare in the world…it is, likewise, evident that the Lord of mankind has bestowed infinite bounties upon the world in this century of maturity and consummation. The ocean of divine mercy is surging, the vernal showers are descending, the Sun of Reality is shining gloriously. Heavenly teachings applicable to the advancement in human conditions have been revealed in this merciful age…

November 16, 1912

Day 220: The Struggle to Be Fully Human 239 Days article
In America, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá presented a vision of human nature with far-reaching implications.

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: Striving to become “… the fruit of the revelation of Bahá’u’lláh”
Mahmud’s Diary: Spiritual and social laws of each divine religion
Mahmud’s Diary: To take note of the effect of Christ on His first disciples and the fate of His enemies

Mahmud’s Diary: The effect of the Master’s talk on the audience

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada

Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street The Purpose of the Appearance of the Manifestations of God The purpose of the appearance of the Manifestations of God is the training of the people. That is the only result of Their mission, the real outcome. The outcome of the whole life of Jesus was the training of eleven disciples and two women. Why did He suffer troubles, ordeals and calamities? For the training of these few followers. That was the result of His life. The product of the life of Christ was not the churches but the illumined souls of those who believed in Him. Afterward, they spread His teachings.

November 15, 1912

Day 219: Winning Suffrage, Losing Equal Rights: 1912-1920 239 Days article
Even as women’s suffrage picked up steam during the 1910s, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had already laid out a broad vision for a more…

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: The importance of education and training Thus, there are two great blessings in the world of existence: one is innate capacity which is bestowed by the Creator; and the other, acquired perfections which depend upon training by a teacher and educator.
Mahmud’s Diary: The impact of the power of Bahá’u’lláh upon the whole world ‘The whole world is like a physical body and the power of Bahá’u’lláh may be regarded as the main artery in the body of existence.’
Mahmud’s Diary: Non-association with Covenant-breakers

Mahmud’s Diary: “The day of the Manifestation of God is the divine and spiritual springtime…”
…the Master went to a meeting of the Divine Knowledge Club, whose members are mostly women. The president of the club is an educated woman who claims divine knowledge and heavenly inspiration through Bahá’u’lláh…She spoke with closed eyes, as if she were sleeping and receiving inspiration. She appeared to be in a trance and in a state of total absorption. Because she is known among the Bahá’ís for her sincerity and is a supporter of the Cause of God, the Master was very kind to her.
Mahmud’s Diary: Explanations need to be supported by proofs

Mahmud’s Diary: Public meeting at Juliet Thompson’s home
The Master spoke about the greatness of this cycle, the victory of the Cause and the influence and importance of the teachings and laws of Bahá’u’lláh.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada

Talk at Home of Miss Juliet Thompson 48 West Tenth Street The Distinctive Characteristics of the Manifestation of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’u’lláh teaches that religion must be in conformity with science and reason. …none of the Prophets of the past ever spread His teachings or promulgated His Cause from a prison. But Bahá’u’lláh upheld the banner of the Cause of God while He was in a dungeon, addressing the kings of the earth from His prison cell, severely arraigning them for their oppression of their subjects and their misuse of power…announcing explicitly that the time would come when their sovereignty would be brought low and His own dominion be established…Then will you see that hosts and hosts will enter the Cause of God and that this mighty revelation will be spread throughout the world.”..First among the great principles revealed by Him is that of the investigation of reality… recognition of the oneness of the world of humanity… religion must be in conformity with science and reason… religion must be the source of unity and fellowship in the world…all forms of prejudice among mankind must be abandoned and that until existing prejudices are entirely removed, the world of humanity will not and cannot attain peace, prosperity and composure…perfect equality between men and women…the necessity for a universal language…all mankind shall be educated and that no illiteracy be allowed to remain…all mankind to become fitted for some useful trade, craft or profession by which subsistence may be assured, and this efficiency is to be considered as an act of worship…

November 14, 1912

Day 218: The Trial of the Century 239 Days article
A sensational murder trial exposes New York’s underworld. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had often discussed the limitation of the modern…

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s greatest wish for New York believers: That they “…become the cause of the enlightenment of the world of man.”
Mahmud’s Diary: Daytime meetings at Krug’s and evening meetings at Kinney’s
Mahmud’s Diary: The exalted station of the people of Bahá

Mahmud’s Diary: Encountering a seeker near Central Park

Mahmud’s Diary: “Singing and chanting of scripture” in Bahá’í Temples
I do not interfere in matters not expressly stated in the Text. Whenever and whatever the Universal House of Justice ordains, that will be the criterion.
Mahmud’s Diary: An explanation concerning lack of evil in existence
…the imperfections and defects of the world of creation, the contingent world, are merely the absence of virtues and the lack of perfections…

Early Black Baha’is 

David Kellum was a long-time member of the Chicago Bahá’í community, an editor at the Chicago Defender, and a civil rights leader dedicated to inspiring young people and improving relations between the races. The Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic, which still takes place annually in Chicago, was started  by Bahá’ís Robert Abbott and David Kellum in conjunction with the Chicago Defender.


November 13, 1912

Day 217: Triumph and Tragedy in a Vast and Progressive Nation 239 Days article
As the next decade unfolds, the optimism of the Progressive Era is put to the test.

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s daily walks
Mahmud’s Diary: “…conformity of spiritual matters with scientific and rational arguments.” – One of Bahá’u’lláh’s Teachings The Master described for the friends His journey to California and His talks at the university and at gatherings in San Francisco. He said: As they were delivered in scientific terms and with rational arguments, none could deny them and not a single voice was raised in opposition.
Mahmud’s Diary: Believers were encouraged to arise, teach, and spread the fragrances of God

Mahmud’s Diary: Translation of the Writings

Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá showered kindness and affection upon children

Mahmud’s Diary: The Master’s counsels and exhortations

Black Intelligentsia Who Met ‘Abdu’l-Baha: 

How the Founder of America’s Most Important Black Newspaper Became a Baha’i (Robert Sengstacke Abbott 1870 – 1940) CHRISTOPHER BUCK | NOV 24, 2020 PART 60 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org

November 12, 1912

Day 216: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Returns to the City 239 Days article
After almost four months away, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá re-crosses the Hudson River on a ferry in the black of night.

Diary Entries: New York

Mahmud’s Diary: The Master’s host receives His blessing
Mahmud’s Diary: A prayer revealed for Bahá’í women
O Bahá’u’lláh! Assist these noble maidservants; make these worldly daughters heavenly; inspire their hearts and gladden their souls. O Bahá’u’lláh! Make these bodies as light-giving candles, these beings the envy of flower gardens and fill their souls with a melody which will enrapture the Supreme Concourse and make them dance for joy. Make each of them a brilliant star so that the world of existence may be illumined with their light. O Bahá’u’lláh! Give them heavenly power, bestow on them the inspiration of the Kingdom and vouchsafe to them divine assistance so that they may be enabled to render service unto Thee. Thou are the Compassionate, the Merciful and the Lord of Bounty and Favor.
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s preference to visit the poor instead of the rich
On another occasion, a famous man, Mr. Andrew Carnegie, humbly requested an interview with the Master. Although he was one of the millionaires of America, his request was granted and is recorded in one of His writings.
Mahmud’s Diary: Initial prejudice experienced by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s entourage due to war between Balkan states and Turkey

Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá expresses admiration for Arthur Dodge and Hooper Harris
There was a gathering in the evening at the home of Mr. Kinney which was attended mostly by black people. …The Master’s talk… an explanation of the prophecies of the Book of Daniel concerning the Most Great Manifestation and the statement in the New Testament about the Promised One.

News Clips: 

The Baltimore Sun Women Kiss His Hand Persian Advocate Of Human Brotherhood Is Venerated.  Lectures in Unitarian Chapel, Expounding Doctrines Which Have Made Him Famous.  …While his words were, of course, unintelligible to the audience, his manner of deliverance was impressive. His voice, except at rare intervals, was pitched low. At times, however, it increased in volume and he would speak for several minutes before pausing to let the interpreter translate. He used frequent gestures, the favorite one being an inclusive swing of both arms to show the universality of the doctrine he propounded. He also frequently leaned over the reading desk and looked at his hearers…

November 11, 1912

Day 215: November 11, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá stops in Baltimore on the way back to New York City, while we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries: Washington DC – Baltimore – Philadelphia – New York

Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s short stay in Baltimore
Mahmud’s Diary: The Master expressed happiness and joy to be with the believers in Baltimore  In one of His talks to the friends He said: …When I reach the Holy Land, I shall lay my head on the threshold of the Blessed Shrine and, weeping, I shall supplicate on your behalf for assistance and heavenly favors, eternal honor and everlasting joy.
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá praises Howard Struven for his services
Mahmud’s Diary: Philadelphia believers hoping to see the Master – invited to come to train station
When the other passengers saw these 30 or so friends from Philadelphia hovering near the Master with such heartfelt emotions, their curiosity to know more was aroused. Fascinated by His majesty and grandeur, they surrounded the Master to hear explanations of the divine teachings.
Mahmud’s Diary: New York City is once again blessed with the presence of the Master

November 10, 1912

Day 214: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey So Far: Month Seven 239 Days article
Highlights from the seventh month of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey through North America.

Diary Entries: Washington DC

Mahmud’s Diary: Saying farewell to friends in Washington
Mahmud’s Diary: Services of Pauline and Joseph Hannen
Mahmud’s Diary: Though extremely tired the Master attended a meeting for blacks and whites

News Clips: 

The New York Times President Jordan Touring Middle West in Interests of World Peace. …President Jordan, through his connection with the world peace movement, has been successful in bringing a number of notable figures in the cause of international arbitration to Stanford. Among those who have already spoken to the students are ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, known as Abbas Effendi, the venerable Persian savant and apostle of the Golden Rule, who numbers among his following several millions of disciples…

The Washington Times Capital Woman Leader of Bahá’ísm in United States Mrs. Arthur Jeffrey Parsons, wife of the chief of the division of prints in the Library of Congress, and for many years a social leader in this city, is one of the most enthusiastic followers of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Oriental prophet and mystic who is now in Washington…Mr. Parsons, who is one of the most distinguished bibliographers in the city, does not profess any open allegiance to Bahá’ísm, although he is believed to be in sympathy with many of its teachings.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada

Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons What is the Reality of Divinity? How shall we know God? We know Him by His attributes. We know Him by His signs. We know Him by His names. We know not what the reality of the sun is, but we know the sun by the ray, by the heat, by its efficacy and penetration. …If we wish to come in touch with the reality of Divinity, we do so by recognizing its phenomena, its attributes and traces, which are widespread in the universe. All things in the world of phenomena are expressive of that one reality. Its lights are shining, its heat is manifest, its power is expressive, and its education, or training, resplendent everywhere. What proof could there be greater than that of its functioning or its attributes which are manifest?…

This is our last evening, and I ask God that His confirmations may encompass you, that your hearts may become radiant, that your eyes become illumined through witnessing the signs of God, that your ears hearken to the anthems of heaven, that your faces be set aglow with the radiant light of the Word of God. May you all be united, may you be agreed, may you serve the solidarity of mankind. May you be well-wishers of all humanity…

Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hannen Character is the True Criterion of Humanity This is a beautiful assembly. I am very happy that white and black are together. This is the cause of my happiness, for you all are the servants of one God and, therefore, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers. In the sight of God there is no distinction between whites and blacks; all are as one. Anyone whose heart is pure is dear to God — whether white or black, red or yellow…Associate with each other, think of each other, and be like a rose garden. Anyone who goes into a rose garden will see various roses, white, pink, yellow, red, all growing together and replete with adornment. Each one accentuates the beauty of the other. Were all of one color, the garden would be monotonous to the eye. If they were all white or yellow or red, the garden would lack variety and attractiveness; but when the colors are varied, white, pink, yellow, red, there will be the greatest beauty.

I had a servant who was black; his name was Isfandiyar. If a perfect man could be found in the world, that man was Isfandiyar. He was the essence of love, radiant with sanctity and perfection, luminous with light. Whenever I think of Isfandiyar, I am moved to tears, although he passed away fifty years ago. He was the faithful servant of Bahá’u’lláh and was entrusted with His secrets…Everything we had was taken away from us. The only things that remained were our debts. Isfandiyar paid them in full; not a single penny remained unpaid.

Talk at 1901 Eighteenth Street, NW May You All Become United and Assured But after I leave, some people may arise in opposition, heaping persecutions upon you in their bitterness, and in the newspapers there may be articles published against the Cause. Rest ye in the assurance of firmness. Be well poised and serene, remembering that this is only as the harmless twittering of sparrows and that it will soon pass away. If such things do not happen, the fame of the Cause will not become widespread, and the summons of God will not be heard…my purpose is to warn and strengthen you against accusations, criticisms, revilings and derision in newspaper articles or other publications. Be not disturbed by them. They are the very confirmation of the Cause, the very source of upbuilding to the Movement. May God confirm the day when a score of ministers of the churches may arise and with bared heads cry at the top of their voices that the Bahá’ís are misguided. I would like to see that day, for that is the time when the Cause of God will spread. Bahá’u’lláh has pronounced such as these the couriers of the Cause. They will proclaim from pulpits that the Bahá’ís are fools, that they are a wicked and unrighteous people, but be ye steadfast and unwavering in the Cause of God. They will spread the message of Bahá’u’lláh.

November 9, 1912

Day 213: Challenging Washington’s Oldest Jewish Congregation 239 Days article
Many are displeased when ‘Abdu’l-Bahá praises Jesus and Muhammad in an address to the Washington Hebrew…

Diary Entries: Washington DC

Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá showers kindness and blessings upon a Jewish rabbi in Washington
Mahmud’s Diary: Celebrating the Feast of the Covenant in the company of the Master Abdu’l-Bahá rose and recited the following prayer…He then invited everyone to begin their dinner, saying, ‘Tonight I myself wish to serve the friends of God.’ He therefore made several rounds, distributing sweets and flowers and anointing each person with attar of rose. When the Master completed one round, the friends sang songs of praise…the Master rose and spoke about the preeminence and distinction of the gatherings of the friends of God, saying that the actions and services of the people of Bahá would be everlasting.
Mahmud’s Diary: The “soul is unchanging and imperishable.”

Mahmud’s Diary: The Consul General of Turkey and other distinguished persons visit ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke to them about the Universal House of Justice.

News Clips: 

Washington (DC) Herald Speaks on Universal Peace. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Head of Bahá’ís, Heard at Jewish Temple….‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Head of Bahá’ís, Heard at Jewish Temple…A large congregation followed the discourses of the two speakers with deep interest.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada

Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons What is the Object of a Divine Law? The address delivered last evening in the Jewish synagogue evidently disturbed some of the people, including the revered rabbi who called upon me this afternoon. Together we went over the ground again, which I shall now review for your benefit….I wish you to understand them thoroughly and memorize them in order that you may discourse with the Jews and thus, perchance, become instrumental in leading them aright…I wish you to understand them thoroughly and memorize them in order that you may discourse with the Jews and thus, perchance, become instrumental in leading them aright…The essential requirement and qualification of Prophethood is the training and guidance of the people. Therefore, we shall first consider the efficacy of the teachings of those who have been followed and accepted as the Prophets of God. The question that must be answered is: Have They taught mankind? Have They proved Themselves efficient Educators?

Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons That which is Born of the Spirit is Spirit Therefore, we learn that the immortality of the soul, or spirit, is not contingent or dependent upon the so-called immortality of the body, because the body in the quiescent state, in the time of sleep, may be as dead, unconscious, senseless; but the soul, or spirit, is possessed of perceptions, sensations, motion and discovery. Even inspiration and revelation are obtained by it…This means that just as in the first birth the fetus comes forth from the matrix of the mother into the conditions of the human kingdom, even so the spirit of man must be born out of the matrix of naturalism, out of the baser nature, in order that he may comprehend the great things of the Kingdom of God. He must be born out of mother earth to find the everlasting life. And this collective reality, or spirit, of man, being born out of the world of nature, possessing the attributes of God, will continue to live forever in the eternal realm.

Talk at Baha’i Banquet Rauscher’s Hall May All of You Become My Partners and Coadjutors in Servitude And it is my hope that through the favors of Bahá’u’lláh He may continue to attract you to His Kingdom and render you victorious and triumphant in your service to the oneness and solidarity of mankind. May He assist all who are firm in establishing the unity of the inhabitants of this earth. May all of you thereby become my partners and coadjutors in servitude….we should offer thanks to God, for He has confirmed us in attaining to the happiness of this occasion. He has appointed us servants of the human world, advocates of peace and unity among the religions, heralds of universal agreement among the races and nations, founders of divine reconciliation among all peoples…Therefore, let us ever trust in God and seek confirmation and assistance from Him. Let us have perfect and absolute confidence in the bounty of the Kingdom.

November 8, 1912

Day 212: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Assault on the Color Line 239 Days article
On his farewell visit to the nation’s capital, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá reprises his rhetorical battle against America’s ideologies of race.

Diary Entries: Washington DC

Mahmud’s Diary: “As this city is the capital of America, so shall it, God willing, become the center of divine signs.”  …as there is resistance and some ministers are opposing the Cause. It has been established by experience that when the cry of opposition is raised by leaders of religion the Cause of God gains strength. I always beg assistance for you and my heart is ever with you. You must trust in the favors of the Blessed Beauty which can change a gnat into a phoenix, a drop into an ocean, a stone into a diamond and an atom into a world-illuminating sun. You must not look to your own capacities but to the bounties of the Abha Kingdom.
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá admired the planning and layout of Washington DC In the afternoon ‘Abdu’l-Bahá took a stroll along the boulevard and remarked that ‘The city of Washington is better planned and laid out than the other cities of America.’ In His view the plan of this city was very pleasing because…
Mahmud’s Diary: An example of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s firmness and courage
Some of the Jews sitting near the pulpit actually made signs to the interpreter that the time was over. But the Master ignored this and went on to give detailed, decisive proofs and plain arguments to prove the truth of Christianity and Islam…the chairman… one of the fair-minded rabbis, came to the pulpit to thank the Master for His admonitions and exhortations. He then asked the audience not to become agitated or excited. ‘We must not’, he said, ‘be perplexed at what goes against our own convictions and beliefs. Rather, we must, with perfect composure and sincerity, investigate the truth so that we may discover the reality of everything.’..

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
Talk at Eighth Street Temple, Synagogue The Sun of Truth, the Word of God, Shines Upon All Mankind
…The divine religions embody two kinds of ordinancesFirst, there are those which constitute essential, or spiritual, teachings of the Word of God. These are faith in God, the acquirement of the virtues which characterize perfect manhood, praiseworthy moralities, the acquisition of the bestowals and bounties emanating from the divine effulgences — in brief, the ordinances which concern the realm of morals and ethics….It is recorded in the Holy Bible that God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”… In a word, the image and likeness of God constitute the virtues of God, and man is intended to become the recipient of the effulgences of divine attributes. This is the essential foundation of all the divine religions,…Second, there are laws and ordinances which are temporary and nonessential. These concern human transactions and relations. They are accidental and subject to change according to the exigencies of time and place…

…through Christ, through the blessing of the New Testament of Jesus Christ, the Old Testament, the Torah, was translated into six hundred different tongues and spread throughout the world….It was through Christianity that the Torah reached Persia. Before that time there was no knowledge in that country of such a book, but Christ caused its spread and acceptance. Through Him the name of Moses was elevated and revered. He was instrumental in publishing the name and greatness of the Israelitish prophets, and He proved to the world that the Israelites constituted the people of God. Which of the kings of Israel could have accomplished this?…
When Muhammad appeared, He spoke of Moses as the great Man of God. In the Qur’an He refers to the sayings of Moses in seven different places, proclaims Him a Prophet and the possessor of a Book, the Founder of the law and the Spirit of God. He said, “Whosoever believes in Him is acceptable in the estimation of God, and whosoever shuns Him or any of the prophets is rejected of God.”…
…You realize the need of unity and know the great harm which comes from prejudice and superstition. I ask you, is not fellowship and brotherhood preferable to enmity and hatred in society and community? The answer is self-evident. Love and fellowship are absolutely needful to win the good pleasure of God, which is the goal of all human attainment...Otherwise, the conditions of the past will continue, praising ourselves and condemning others; religious wars will have no end, and religious prejudice, the prime cause of this havoc and tribulation, will increase. This must be abandoned, and the way to do it is to investigate the reality which underlies all the religions. This underlying reality is the love of humanity. For God is one and humanity is one, and the only creed of the Prophets is love and unity…

November 7, 1912

Day 211: “These Are, Indeed, United States” 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Baha pays a final visit to Washington DC, delivering an address on liberty at Rev. John van Schaick’s Universalist Church.

Diary Entries: Washington DC

Mahmud’s Diary: “In truth, I have found much love and justice in the people of America.” On behalf of the congregation the pastor thanked the Master for coming and then reminded the audience about the importance of knowing something about all religions and abandoning prejudice, which would broaden their horizons…Such meetings in the churches of Washington and the influence and impact of the Master’s talks have excited envy in the hearts of certain ministers who have neither interviewed nor heard Him and they distributed leaflets full of calumny and criticism to the people coming out of the churches.

News Clips: 

Washington (DC) Herald ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Talks of Universal Peace Head of Movement Welcomed in Universalist Church by Rev. Dr. Van Schaick. Rev. Dr. John Van Schaick, the pastor of the church, answered certain criticisms directed against ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and those who accord him the right to tell his message. “What we in America need,” said Rev. Dr. Van Schaick, “is the study of all religions. We need to learn what other nations have discovered: what all great prophets have proclaimed. If we dare not investigate others, it proves we have no real confidence in our own. The men who have the greatest faith in their own religion are the men most willing to hear what others have to say. Those who will not listen to others are cowards…

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons 1700 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Governments are in the Process of Change and Transformation Consider events in the Balkans today where a great conflagration of war is furiously raging and so much blood is being shed…. I will call your attention more especially to the aspects of this war which Bahá’u’lláh prophesied forty years ago fully and completely….All His letters to the kings and rulers of the earth were compiled in a book published thirty-five years ago in Bombay, India… Professor E. G.Browne of Cambridge University, England, wrote a book detailing his visit to Akka. This was followed by a second volume in which he quoted extracts from Bahá’u’lláh’s Epistles to the kings and rulersThere are also translations of some of these Epistles in your libraries…I will read to you from the Arabic text the very words written by Bahá’u’lláh in His Epistle to the Sultan of Turkey…

Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons There is Need of an Educator and Teacher for Mankind Therefore, in the natural world there is need of an Educator and Teacher for mankind. He must be universal in his powers and accomplishments. Teachers are of two kinds: universal and special. The universal Instructors are the Prophets of God, and the special teachers are the philosophers. The philosophers are capable of educating and training a limited circle of human souls, whereas the holy, divine Manifestations of God confer general education upon humanity. They arise to bestow universal moral training… (Explains how Moses, Christ and Muhammad raised people to a higher civilization. And how Baha’u’llah “laid a basis for new institutions which are the very spirit of modernism, the light of the world, the development of the body politic and eternal honor.”)

November 6, 1912

Day 210: The Wilson Landslide 239 Days article
Governor Woodrow Wilson quietly awaits the results of the election, while a cheering crowd of 100,000 jams into New York’s…

Diary Entries: Washington DC

Mahmud’s Diary:The spread of the Cause of God since the ascension of Bahá’u’lláh Soon after the ascension of the Blessed Beauty I wrote:
Erelong ye shall see the banner of the Covenant
Hoisted over the world.
And again:
Shed splendors on the East,
In the West scatter perfumes,
Invest the Slav with life.
Carry light unto the world.
Mahmud’s Diary: Fulfillment of certain prophecies in Bahá’u’lláh’s Tablets
Mahmud’s Diary: 
With “divine power and heavenly majesty” Bahá’u’lláh “made His Cause to be all-conquering and His blessed Word to have pervasive influence.” In the evening He spoke on the spread of the Cause of God despite imprisonment by the enemies and the supremacy of the divine Word notwithstanding endless afflictions and troubles. He said…

News Clips: 

The Washington Times ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Back on Capital Visit Head of Religious Movement Will Deliver Lecture at Church of our Father. ...A Mohammedan by upbringing, the founder of the Bahá’í movement is interesting for his development of these doctrines from such sources and for the intense devotion which he evokes among his followers. His devotees are ready to fall at his feet and kiss the hem of his robe. Washington members of this cult are fairly numerous. It is said, some of them being members of orthodox churches who have not felt called upon to abandon that faith because they have become Bahá’ís.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
Talk at Universalist Church Thirteenth and L Streets, NW, Washington, D.C. The Foundation of Real Brotherhood is the Holy Spirit …It is evident, therefore, that the foundation of real brotherhood, the cause of loving cooperation and reciprocity and the source of real kindness and unselfish devotion is none other than the breaths of the Holy Spirit. Without this influence and animus it is impossible. We may be able to realize some degrees of fraternity through other motives, but these are limited associations and subject to change. When human brotherhood is founded upon the Holy Spirit, it is eternal, changeless, unlimited… Necessarily there will be some who are defective amongst men, but it is our duty to enable them by kind methods of guidance and teaching to become perfected. Some will be found who are morally sick; they should be treated in order that they may be healed. Others are immature and like children; they must be trained and educated so that they may become wise and mature. Those who are asleep must be awakened; the indifferent must become mindful and attentive. But all this must be accomplished in the spirit of kindness and love and not by strife, antagonism nor in a spirit of hostility and hatred, for this is contrary to the good pleasure of God. That which is acceptable in the sight of God is love. Love is, in reality, the first effulgence of Divinity and the greatest splendor of God.

November 5, 1912

Day 209: On Election Day, ‘Abdu’l-Baha Praises Cincinnati’s… 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Baha and President Taft both spend Election Day in the president’s home town.

Diary Entries: Cincinnati and en route to Washington DC

Mahmud’s Diary: Various newspapers publish articles about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the teachings of the Faith
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá delays departure from Cincinnati Today He spoke about the Universal House of Justice and the International Parliament of man…He then gave an account of how Constantine embraced Christianity…the friends were happy as they recalled their visit and reunion with Him but wept because of His departure from their midst. These opposites, happiness and sorrow, like heat and cold, were both felt and seen.
Mahmud’s Diary: A doctor on the train inquired about the object of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey
My aim is to create harmony and concord among the different groups and to eradicate prejudice, hatred and enmity so that the peoples and nations of the world may become brothers and well-wishers of mankind…Leaving the prison of ‘Akka, I traveled to countries in Africa, Europe and America, called people to these blessed teachings and invited nations and religions to the oneness of the foundation of all religions and the abandonment of prejudices, wars, dogmatic imitations and superstitions.
Mahmud’s Diary: Friends in Washington welcome back the Master
The Master spoke about His journey to California, the influence of the Word of God and the devotion of the friends to the Abha Beauty.

November 4, 1912

Day 208: November 4, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Baha takes the train to Cincinnati while we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries: Leaving Chicago, arriving in Cincinnati

Mahmud’s Diary: Friends in Chicago bid the Master a heartfelt farewell Well-respected people of the West have been attracted to the Beloved of the East. They hovered like moths around the divine lamp and wept at their friend’s departure. Among those who accompanied ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to the next station was Mrs. True with whom the Master spoke about the Tarbiyat Schools in Tihran.
Mahmud’s Diary: Upon reaching Cincinnati ‘Abdu’l-Bahá gave a public talk to five-hundred people at Grand Hotel He spoke about the sovereignty and endless bounties of God and concluded with explanations of the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh from the holy writings…after which a beautiful banquet was given.
Mahmud’s Diary: Believers from the East and West sitting together with love and affection
The holding of meetings at which people from the East come to the far West and sit together with you with such love and affection was impossible but through His penetrative power Bahá’u’lláh has made this easy and has joined the East and the West. Would that the friends of Persia were here now and could see this!
Mahmud’s Diary: A prayer for the believers in the West – revealed and chanted by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Selected passages from the prayer: …O Lord! These souls have turned toward Thee, they desire Thy pleasure and are grateful for Thy blessings. They walk in the ways of Thy will….Strengthen us to arise in praise and gratitude to Thee that we may be aided and assisted to do that which beseems Thy glorification….As Thou hast given us these earthly blessings so, too, give us heavenly food. Bestow upon us Thine everlasting grace. Strengthen us to arise in praise and gratitude to Thee that we may be aided and assisted to do that which beseems Thy glorification.Thou art the Mighty, the Generous, the Compassionate.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
Talk at Grand Hotel America is a Noble Nation, the Standard-Bearer of Peace …In His [Baha’u’llah’s] Epistles He asked the parliaments of the world to send their wisest and best men to an international world conference which should decide all questions between the peoples and establish universal peace. This would be the highest court of appeal, and the parliament of man so long dreamed of by poets and idealists would be realized. Its accomplishment would be more far-reaching than the Hague tribunal. I am most grateful to President Taft for having extended his influence toward the establishment of universal peace. What he has accomplished in making treaties with various nations is very good, but when we have the interparliamentary body composed of delegates from all the nations of the world and devoted to the maintenance of agreement and goodwill, the utopian dream of sages and poets, the parliament of man, will be realized.

November 3, 1912

Day 207: An Ultimately Disastrous Notion of Human Nature 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Baha argued that seeing ourselves as nothing more than evolved animals justifies all manner of savagery and war.

Diary Entries: Chicago

Mahmud’s Diary: Last day in Chicago …He was invited to speak at four gatherings. In each meeting the power of His utterances and His explanations produced great interest and enthusiasm in the audience…
Mahmud’s Diary: Final talks at two churches  First church: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá stood and put forward decisive proofs and arguments, describing the appearance of the Manifestations of God, the veils and opposition of the people, the Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh to the kings and the influence of the Cause of God among the people. Plymouth Congregational Church Michigan Avenue and 26th Street: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá delivered a magnificent address on the greatness of this age, the necessity of achieving the oneness of humanity, universal peace, the oneness of creation, and concluding with explanations of the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. His address was delivered with such majesty and power that all hearts were quickened with the love of humanity and became lovers of peace and harmony, abandoning prejudice and disunity.
Mahmud’s Diary: Message from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to the whole of humanity – request from a Chicago newspaper editor
An editor asked that a message from the Master be given through his journal to the whole of humanity. The Master’s message was this….
Mahmud’s Diary: Responding to some engineers about a Bahá’í House of Worship
…a splendid banquet had been arranged for the Nineteen Day Feast. Several people visited the Master on the second floor of the house, among them some engineers who wanted His comments about the House of Worship. The Master answered…

Mahmud’s Diary: Powerful proof for the unity of the peoples of the world
Later the Master spoke of the importance of the House of Justice and the significance of the laws of this Dispensation, stating that each is a complete and powerful proof for the unity of the peoples of the world.
Mahmud’s Diary: Farewell address to the believers in Chicago
He described the harmfulness of imitations and superstitions… It is not possible to describe the impact on the minds, the exhilaration of the spirits and delight of the souls. When His automobile left, everyone wept and expressed their sorrow at their separation from their beloved.

November 2, 1912

Day 206: To Remind Us We Were Neighbors 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Baha visits the Frederick Douglass Center, a settlement house in Chicago that aims to improve the lives of African…

Diary Entries: Chicago

Mahmud’s Diary: Dogmas and imitations caused differences and enmity among people Most of the friends, both old and new, brought their children to be blessed by Him. He embraced each of them with the utmost kindness, anointed them with some attar of rose and gave them fruit, sweets and flowers…
Mahmud’s Diary: Dr. Susan Moody’s work in Tihran and the great reception she received upon arrival He was invited to have lunch at the home of Mrs. Russell. Among the guests were some of Dr. [Susan] Moody’s relatives. Addressing them ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said:…
Mahmud’s Diary: “If a believer in God prays for piety, it does not matter whether he is robed in black or white.”
In the evening the Master gave an impressive talk at a gathering of blacks. Many white people were also present. He spoke on love and brotherhood among the different races and nationalities…
Mahmud’s Diary: Duties of a Board of Consultation – Spiritual Assemblies
He then went to Mrs. True’s home where the friends had gathered for consultation. They asked Him about the duties of a board of consultation. He said: The first duty of the members is to be in harmony and unity among themselves,… their second duty is to recite verses and prayers in a state of contriteness and spiritual awareness so that they will feel themselves to be in the presence of God. Third, their thoughts and discussions must be directed to the teaching of the Cause of God in all areas and regions… Fourth, they must be occupied and concerned with rendering help to the poor, the needy and the sick. Fifth, they must improve and administer the affairs of the believers and other matters.

November 1, 1912

Day 205: ‘Abdu’l-Baha Strolls in Lincoln Park 239 Days article
As autumn recedes, Honore Jaxon, a former revolutionary, vividly remembers his trip with ‘Abdu’l-Baha to the Lincoln Park Zoo in…

Diary Entries: Chicago

Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá elucidates on the theme of the equality of men and women
Mahmud’s Diary: Public meeting at Corinne True’s residence
Mahmud’s Diary: Bahá’u’lláh’s divine system: “… although it advocates the oneness of humanity and upholds the common weal, [it] will preserve the various ranks.”
Mahmud’s Diary: “All affairs advance with His [Bahá’u’lláh’s] aid. Without His aid, all would come to naught.

Mahmud’s Diary: “Be at peace and make peace with all.”
…Do not express hatred or resentment toward anyone…
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá comments on how people fail to examine Bahá’u’lláh’s “divine system”
“This man took us to his house to show pictures and other objects. I was greatly surprised to find that people go to view things which are nothing more than children’s toys but they fail to examine this divine system.”
Mahmud’s Diary: A number of ministers came to see ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Mahmud’s Diary: Chicago: “I hope that the banner of the unity of mankind will be unfurled in this city…”

News Clips: 

The Palo Altan Palo Alto, CA ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Bahá’í Prophet, Speaks at Stanford University A great assembly of students and teachers crowd the auditorium to hear the Bahá’í Prophet of Persia expound the doctrine of a new day for Universal Brotherhood International Peace and Religious Unity …It seemed to be a notable day when ‘Abdu’l-Bahá from the far country of the Orient, met Dr. David Starr Jordan of the far western shore, both carrying the standard of international peace and universal brotherhood. It was Persia, the oldest nation of the world, indeed the fabled country of the Garden of Eden and the birthplace of the human race, bringing a message to America, the youngest great nation of the world…
Chicago Illinois Inter-Ocean Peace Advocate in Chicago He will be given a reception Saturday night at Frederick Douglass center… Sunday he will speak in the morning at Pilgrim Congregational church and in the afternoon at 4 o’clock in the Plymouth Congregational church…

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
Talk at Home of Mrs. Corinne True The Purpose of the Covenant Was Simply to Ward off Disunion …Praise be to God! You must be grateful that He has chosen you from among the people of the world, that such glorious bestowal and such endless graces and favors have been specialized for you. You must not look at present accomplishments, for this is but the beginning as it was at the time of Christ. Before long you will see that you will be distinguished among all people. In every way the divine confirmation will uphold you, and the radiance of the Kingdom of Bahá’u’lláh will illumine your countenances. Be truly grateful for all these blessings….

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 BahaiTeachings.org

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.

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 BahaiTeachings.org.  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 BahaiTeachings.org

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 theme..is 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
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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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October 1, 1912

Day 174: The Biggest Week in the History of Salt Lake City 239 Days article
‘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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September 30, 1912

Day 173: September 30, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days article
While ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spends the day in Salt Lake City, we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries: St. Lake City, UT
Mahmud’s Diary: “The law of God is the panacea for all ills because it is in accordance with the needs of the realities of creation.” But the divine Manifestation asserted that to institute such laws is beyond human capacity, for human intelligence cannot encompass the realities of things, nor can it comprehend the essential relationships of such realities. Therefore, divine law is necessary, as it embraces the realities and penetrates all things.
Mahmud’s Diary: How Peter devoid of all schooling became “the cause of the enlightenment of the world.”
Mahmud’s Diary:  An example of a true believer being “humble before the servants of the Threshold of God”
Mahmud’s Diary: September 30, 1912 St. Lake City, UT Leaving Salt Lake City for San Francisco Today the Master was in the best of health and happiness. In spite of all the hardships of the long journey, He was as charmingly fresh as a flower. With unmitigated joy He mentioned the Blessed Beauty, Bahá’u’lláh….

News Clips
The Evening Standard, Salt Lake, UT ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas Comes to Lecture on Bahá’í Religion

Black Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
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September 29, 1912

Day 172: “The Supreme Psychiatrist” 239 Days article
Feny Paulson, from Missoula, Montana, endures a series of mishaps to spend two days with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Salt Lake City.

Diary Entries: St. Lake City, UT
Mahmud’s Diary: Bahá’u’lláh organized a divine convention in Persia Great persons have come to the congress but their motive is earthly as they have assembled to consider questions concerning agriculture. But in that other congress holy ones have gathered who irrigate the field of hearts with the water of eternal life, as their motive is heavenly.
Mahmud’s Diary: Many pleaded with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to prolong His stay in Salt Lake City … As He was returning to the hotel, the Master saw a Cardinal walking proudly with people on his way to dedicate a church. This Cardinal had heard about the Master and had spoken about the false Christ, thus he was often mentioned by the Master in His meetings.
Mahmud’s Diary: Visiting the agricultural exhibition The section manager saw the Master among the visitors and came towards us and the interpreter, asking to be introduced to Him. He accompanied the Master, offering Him samples of many fruits (even though the purchase, sale and consumption of these items was strictly prohibited). He described to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá the various methods of agriculture and then concluded the tour at the grain and mineral display. The Master told us to purchase seeds of some of the fruits and flowers so they could be sent to the Holy Land to be planted at the Most Holy Shrine.

News Clips
SFO San Francisco, CA Persian Teacher Coming Here to Preach Bahá’ísm ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas, Missionary of Universal Love and Peace, to Speak in Churches — “The news of the battle of Benghazi grieves my heart. I wonder at the human savagery that still exists in the world. How is it possible for men to fight from morning until evening, killing each other, shedding the blood of their fellow men? And for what object! To gain possession of a part of the earth.”…“As religion inculcates morality, it is therefore the truest philosophy, and on it is built the only lasting civilization.”… In discussing ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s teachings yesterday, Mrs. Ella Goodal Cooper, said: “He does not come proselytizing for any particular cult. He is preaching the doctrine of universal love, universal peace, the oneness of God and humanity. The adherents of any religions or the members of any denomination of any church can be a Bahá’í.[unreadable text] ‘Abdu’l-Bahá exhorts them to be better men and women, and act more[unreadable text] conformably to their faith, no matter what it may be. His is a doctrine of love, of kindness.”

September 28, 1912

Day 171: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Crosses the Continental Divide 239 Days article
En route to California, the Rocky Mountains force ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to take the long way around.

Diary Entries: St. Lake City, UT
Mahmud’s Diary: “This trip fills us with wonder! Offer thanks to the Blessed Beauty …” it is no light matter. It is easy to say these things but it was unimaginable that they would let us into these churches. See how His aid and favor descend upon us.
Mahmud’s Diary: Arriving in Salt Lake City The Master decided to stay in the city for one night. By chance, even as the city was being blessed by His footsteps, a large national agricultural convention was being held and the entire city was festively decorated.

A Reflection on The Prayer for America
Creating Reality Through Prayer With Bahiyyih Nakhjavani This prayer was revealed by ‘Abdu’l=Baha during His journey across America.

September 27, 1912

Day 170: A Forbidden Marriage 239 Days article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá leaves Denver for Salt Lake City, a much-anticipated marriage takes place in New York.

Diary Entries: Glenwood Springs, CO
Mahmud’s Diary: Abdu’l-Bahá has a little respite at hot spring baths Today I am relieved of fatigue. We have been to many lovely places during this journey but because of our work we had no time to look at the scenery. We did not even think of a moment’s rest. Today, however, we have had a little respite.
Mahmud’s Diary: Remembering Bahá’u’lláh’s imprisonment How such scenes were loved by Him! Once He said that He had not seen greenery for several years.’
Mahmud’s Diary: News of Thornton Chase being seriously ill
Mahmud’s Diary: Reception by hotel manager

The first Inter-racial Baha’i Marriage More details on how ‘Abdu’l-Baha encouraged the marriage of Louis Gregory and Louisa Matthews

The Marriage of Louis and Louisa Gregory In God Passes By, the Guardian cites this marriage as one of the acts ‘Abdu’l-Bahá undertook while on this hemisphere that defined the significance of His trip: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá frequently urged inter-racial marriage. Bringing the Gregorys together in marriage is considered in Baha’i history as an “exemplary act” of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and one of the most significant of the acts He carried out during His time in the United States.

Two more additions to this story
On board of the SS Cedric ‘Abdu’l-bahá handed a white flower to Louisa Mathews, while telling her: “I’ve planted a seed in your heart” and asking her to give the flower to George Louis Gregory. He encouraged her to marry him and Louisa by that time could barely imagine getting married to him because she saw him as a friend but she explains that from that day onwards, suddenly her love and admiration for Louis grew so much that she was dying to get married to him!

A Seed in Your Heart Louise and Louis enjoyed a loving partnership and marriage and that they only travelled separately on different continents because she couldn’t travel with him. She constantly longed for him to be able to travel with her in Europe and their happiest times were spent together whenever they were somewhere they could call home. A Seed in Your Heart: A New Book About Louise Mathew Gregory at BahaiBlog.net

September 26, 1912

Day 169: Drinking Tea with “The Girl from Kansas” 239 Days article
Reporter Alice Rohe has tea with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at the Shirley Hotel in Denver, and calls him a “Pioneer of Equal Suffrage.”

Diary Entries: Denver, CO
Mahmud’s Diary: Concerning eating meat But man’s food is not meat for he has not been created with means to eat flesh. God has given him beauty of form and has created him blessed and not rapacious and bloodthirsty.
Mahmud’s Diary:  “The best person is he who wins all hearts and is not the cause of grief to anyone.” …Always endeavor to make people happy and their hearts joyful so that you may become the cause of guidance to mankind. Proclaim the Word of God and diffuse the divine fragrances.
Mahmud’s Diary: Leaving Denver — a seventeen-hour train ride to Glenwood Springs Some of the articles from the newspapers were translated for Him. Among them was the translation of these words: The contingent world is like the human body that has grown from the embryonic state and reached maturity and perfection. It may be said that the development of the human being from the beginning of life to the age of maturity is but a preparation for the appearance of the power of reason. This is the age of maturity and the time of the manifestation of the Most Great Intellect and the Most Ancient Bounty so that divine and material civilizations may be joined and the perfection of the human world may dawn.
Around midnight ‘Abdu’l-Bahá became fatigued owing to the speed and motion of the train. We proposed that because California was still some distance away, if He would consent, it might be a good idea to stop for two or three days. At 2:00 a.m. the train reached Glenwood Springs, beautifully situated near many hot springs. We stayed at the Hotel Colorado, which is a fine hotel overlooking the river, nestled among green parks and wooded mountains.

News Clips
The Princeton (Minn) Union America is in Need of the Breath of the Holy Spirit
Denver Colorado Republican Persian Prophet Pleads for Union of All Religions ‘ABDU’L-BAHA ASSERTS ALL FAITHS IN WORLD POINT TO BUT ONE SUPREME BEING. The only good in this world, according to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, is happiness. The greater amount each of us brings to those around us, the greater will be our reward in the world to come.
Rocky Mountain News  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Speaks at Science Church ‘ABDU’L-BAHA ASSERTS ALL FAITHS IN WORLD POINT TO BUT ONE SUPREME BEING.

Newspaper article by Alice Rohe mentioned in the 239 Days article
New John the Baptist Preaching Universal Brotherhood:
Abdul Ba-ha Patriarchal Head of Bahá’ísts in Denver With Message of Love and Justice to All and for All
by Alice Rohe
published in The Daily News Denver, CO: 1912-09-25 – Bahaism is not a cult it is not a doctrine—it is a message a desire to blend all religions to smooth away the rough edges of differences that creak. Abdul Baha has spoken in the big churches of New York city he has ad-dressed the men of the Bower mission he has talked before the Theosophical society in Chicago he will talk in the Divine Science church in Denver. Indeed he is a man of all religions seeing good in all who worship “God. He is a Christian in that believes in the teachings of Christ. Christ to the Bahaist is a manifestation of the divine spirit. This spirit manifests itself from time to time. Ba-ha’o’llah is the last manifestation…The remarkable thing about the Bahaist movement is that the teachings are altruist-Abdul Ba-Ha receives nothing—he gives always. He does not believe in a paid priesthood and his social and economic doctrine is that no human being should look to others for his maintenance.

September 25, 1912

Day 168:“The World is a School” 239 Days article
At Denver’s Divine Science Church, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá chooses a metaphor to explain the changing relationship between humanity…

Diary Entries: Denver, CO
Mahmud’s Diary: People were fascinated with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and considered an interview with Him a source of pride and glory
Mahmud’s Diary: “A person must first be happy and attracted himself to be in a position to transform others.”
Mahmud’s Diary: Through the use of his spiritual powers man “must take flight from the cage of the body and become pure spirit…”
Mahmud’s Diary: Everyone was fascinated by the majesty and grandeur of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and gave their hearts to Him
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá describes features of His city whose Founder is Bahá’u’lláh To one who visited Him at the hotel, He remarked: I have come to your city and found tall buildings and advancement in material civilization. Now I will lead you to my own city which is the world above. Its administration is the oneness of humanity, its law is international peace, its palaces are ever shining with the lights of the Kingdom, its season is always spring, its trees are ever green, its fruits are fresh and sweet, its sun is ever ascending, its moon is always full, its stars are ever brilliant and its planets are ever circling. That is our city and the Founder is Bahá’u’lláh. We have enjoyed the pleasures of this city and now I invite you to that city. I hope that you will accept this invitation.

News Clips
The Daily News Denver Colorado  Message of Universal Religion Brought by Persian M [text missing] ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Abbas Effendi — “The Servant of God” — a venerable old man, son of a Persian noble man, and the prophet of universal brotherhood and love, is in Denver, spreading the doctrine of the Bahá’ís… his wrinkled face beaming with kindness and charity…Perhaps it is not a new creed, for it teaches what men have long felt — that at the bottom of every religion there lies a foundation which is the same — but so enthusiastic is the venerable patriarch that the truths falling from his lips have a ring which is strange…taking care that you do not think him placing himself above you. He wants everyone to think of him as a brother…Faithful to his doctrine that deeds and not words comprise the real service of God, he greets everyone with the utmost kindness…as you enter his room he greets you with a smile and rises to shake hands…he asks the health of his visitor and if he is happy. On receiving an affirmative answer his face gleams with gladness — and no one ever has the heart to tell this old man that he is not happy…Since he was a lad 9 years of age ‘Abdu’l-Bahá has been a prisoner of the Turkish government, persecuted but never relaxing in his zeal, winning his guards to him by his gentleness, that he might spread his doctrine of love outside the walls of his prison… America is a good country…But it is in need of the influence of Divine civilization…If equal education is granted to women…they will be able to serve international peace extraordinarily. (excellent article)
San Francisco California Examiner 40 Years in Jail Brings Wisdom ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Urges World Peace – Famous Oriental Philosopher Will Visit San Francisco to Spread Doctrine. (gives some history of Faith) He went to Egypt and Europe and was received with open arms by the wise men of the west, who allowed him to preach and teach after his own manner. His mission has lasted in the open world for four years. He has now fifteen million followers known as Bahá’ís. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá speaks with the tongue of prophecy, though he resents being called a prophet, since he claims that what he has to say is of what there is and not what there shall be. He is a philosopher of wisdom gained not from books but from a life of solitude, during which his only literature has been the Bible, and his father’s works. But ‘Abdul is a scholar of amazing culture. He speaks like a fountain of wisdom. He has the insight of Omar Khayyah, combined with the optimism of the Christian belief. He offers something more than a worldly hope men set their hearts upon. He offers a reality of life that comes only through peace of mind. (another excellent article)
Denver Colorado Daily News  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (photo of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Persian — prophet and apostle of the Bahá’u’lláh religion and his retinue) “When the ocean of My Presence hath disappeared and the Book of Origin is achieved to the end, turn your faces toward Him Whom God Hath Purposed, who hath branched from this Pre-Existent Root” — Words of BAHA’O’LLAH.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
PUP: September 25, 1912 Talk at Second Divine Science Church 3929 West Thirty-eighth Avenue, Denver, Colorado Love is the First Effulgence of Divinity One of the forms of prejudice which afflict the world of mankind is religious bigotry and fanaticism. When this hatred burns in human hearts, it becomes the cause of revolution, destruction, abasement of humankind and deprivation of the mercy of God…The supreme need of humanity is cooperation and reciprocity. The stronger the ties of fellowship and solidarity amongst men, the greater will be the power of constructiveness and accomplishment in all the planes of human activity… it is evident that God has destined and intended religion to be the cause and means of cooperative effort and accomplishment among mankind. To this end He has sent the Prophets of God, the holy Manifestations of the Word, in order that the fundamental reality and religion of God may prove to be the bond of human unity, for the divine religions revealed by these holy Messengers have one and the same foundation… The purpose of all the divine religions is the establishment of the bonds of love and fellowship among men, and the heavenly phenomena of the revealed Word of God are intended to be a source of knowledge and illumination to humanity…The proof of the validity of a Manifestation of God is the penetration and potency of His Word, the cultivation of heavenly attributes in the hearts and lives of His followers and the bestowal of divine education upon the world of humanity…My highest hope and desire is that the strongest and most indissoluble bond shall be established between the American nation and the people of the Orient…my supreme desire is the unity of the East and West, universal peace and the oneness of the world of humanity.

September 24, 1912

Day 167: The World Is Thinking of War 239 Days article
On the eve of the First Balkan War, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá tells a group in Denver to dedicate themselves to “the worthy service of unifying…
He invoked the words of Jesus that “Many are called but few are chosen,” then proceeded to define the nature of being “chosen” not as a position that conferred superior status, but rather as a calling to sacrifice and service. “God has chosen you for the progress and development of humanity,” he said, “for the expression of love toward your fellow creatures and the removal of prejudice; God has chosen you to blend together human hearts and give light to the human world.” In short, he told them, be “occupied with service to all mankind.”

Diary Entries: Denver, CO
Mahmud’s Diary: Many came to see the Master from all walks of life Friends, seekers, professors, clergymen and philosophers all came to see Him. They each raised questions and were filled with joy on hearing the Master’s words.
Mahmud’s Diary: “… a heavenly act, a performance of the Kingdom, a wonderful pageant”
Mahmud’s Diary: September 24, 1912 Denver, CO The power and influence of the Word of God He spoke to them about the confirmations of the Abha Beauty and the power and influence of the Word of God. ‘See how He has made the Easterner and the Westerner friends’…Otherwise, what connection would there be between us and Americans, between this Japanese youth and Mirza Mahmud-i-Zarqani?
Mahmud’s Diary: “A man must never consider himself greater than others.”
Mahmud’s Diary: Responding to a question: ‘What shall I do to become a true servant?’ Act in accordance with the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. Do not only read His teachings but put into practice in your lives the Hidden Words and the other holy writings…I have brought the message of Bahá’u’lláh to this country in order to teach people to investigate truth, to render service to humanity, to endeavor to bring about international peace, to exert every effort to guide humanity, to show kindness to all creatures and to raise the Call of the Kingdom.
Mahmud’s Diary: September 24, 1912 Denver, CO Telepathy or communication from mind to mind
Mahmud’s Diary: September 24, 1912 Denver, CO An automobile for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s use Behold the power and confirmation of the Blessed Beauty: The pastor comes in person with all humility to invite us and the proprietor of a leading journal sends his automobile for our use, so that we may raise the call of God in the church. Truly, such confirmations have never been seen in other dispensations and in no age have the Manifestations of the Cause of God met with such reverence and honor. But these things should be the cause of humility and self-effacement. We must not consider that they are due to our addresses or our eloquence. These shining lights which you see will instantly darken if the origin of their bounty is severed from them.
Mahmud’s Diary: September 24, 1912 Denver, CO Concerns about the Master’s health As the Master left the church He was perspiring so much that His companions were concerned about His health and tried to keep Him warm with His ‘aba, shawl and blanket.

News Clips
The Evening Post, San Francisco, CA ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Leader of World Religion Coming [picture caption: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, son of Bahá’u’lláh, founder of Bahá’í movement.] Persian Spent Forty Years in Prison Propagating His Faith.
The Bahá’í movement, or “Religion of Bahá,” proclaims a universal religion intended to unite the varying beliefs of Christian denominations, the Jewish religion. Buddhism and every known faith. Its leader takes the stand that the essence of all true religion is identical.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
PUP: Talk at Home of Mrs. Sidney E. Roberts Denver, Colorado Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen Verily, God has chosen you for His love and knowledge; God has chosen you for the worthy service of unifying mankind; God has chosen you for the purpose of investigating reality and promulgating international peace; God has chosen you for the progress and development of humanity, for spreading and proclaiming true education, for the expression of love toward your fellow creatures and the removal of prejudice; God has chosen you to blend together human hearts and give light to the human world. The doors of His generosity are wide, wide open to us; but we must be attentive, alert and mindful, occupied with service to all mankind, appreciating the bestowals of God and ever conforming to His will…Although it is necessary for man to strive for material needs and comforts, his real need is the acquisition of the bounties of God. If he is bereft of divine bounties, spiritual susceptibilities and heavenly glad tidings, the life of man in this world has not yielded any worthy fruit…If no fruits of the Kingdom appear in the garden of his soul, man is not in the image and likeness of God, but if those fruits are forthcoming, he becomes the recipient of ideal bestowals and is enkindled with the fire of the love of God…A man may be a Bahá’í in name only. If he is a Bahá’í in reality, his deeds and actions will be decisive proofs of it. What are the requirements? Love for mankind, sincerity toward all, reflecting the oneness of the world of humanity, philanthropy, becoming enkindled with the fire of the love of God, attainment to the knowledge of God and that which is conducive to human welfare…Therefore, to you my first admonition is this: Associate most kindly with all; be as one family; pursue this same pathway. Let your intentions be one that your love may permeate and affect the hearts of others so that they may grow to love each other and all attain to this condition of oneness…The first sign of faith is love. The message of the holy, divine Manifestations is love; the phenomena of creation are based upon love; the radiance of the world is due to love; the well-being and happiness of the world depend upon it. Therefore, I admonish you that you must strive throughout the human world to diffuse the light of love.

September 23, 1912

Day 166: September 23, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spends the day in Lincoln, Nebraska, we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries: Denver, CO 
Mahmud’s Diary: Arriving in Denver, resting for a few hours and meeting with reporters, friends and seekers
Mahmud’s Diary: Concerning ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s health during His Travels
Mahmud’s Diary: A prophecy in Islam that “cities shall draw nearer to each other”

News Clips
The Lincoln Nebraska Daily Star September 23, 1912 Lincoln, NE Persian Peace Advocate Pays Visit to Lincoln ‘Abdul-Bahá1 Abbas, Persian exponent of the doctrine of international peace and son of Bahá’u’lláh, who paid with his life for doctrines advanced in his native country, arrived in Lincoln this morning accompanied by his interpreter and four other traveling companions. Arriving in Lincoln at 9 o’clock, the party remaining only a few hours and took advantage of the time to call upon the
family of W.J. Bryan, whom ‘Abdul-Bahá met while the latter was touring the world.(long article)
Minneapolis Tribune Temple Shaari Tov “Moses and the Mission of Jesus Christ.” — ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.
“But now listen to this fairly. Until the appearance of Jesus Christ, the name of Moses was confined to Palestine, and up to that time the Old Testament, The Torah, was only to be found in the Hebrew tongue. It was His Holiness Christ, who was instrumental in having the Old Testament translated into 700 languages. Even if you go to the regions of Central Africa, you will find the Old Testament in their vernacular tongues. “Who has done this? No doubt, Christ has done this. But the Israelites did not know this.
The Lincoln Nebraska Daily Star  Abbas Brings New Creed to Lincoln “All people belong to one nativity,” declared ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. “For the earth’s sphere is one, and all humanity is the progenity of one. We are all submerged in the sea of the mercy of one God.” Prejudices Destroyed. “According to the teaching of Baháoallah [Bahá’u’lláh], racial prejudices, political and patriotic prejudices are destroying the foundations of humanity. So long as the world is not free from these prejudices; construction progress and peace is impossible, and the human world will not be composed and secure. Among the teachings of Baháoallah [Bahá’u’lláh] is the fact that the fundamental principles of everything is one. This foundation of the world is one reality and this reality is neither multipliable or divisable. Where the difference in religions is found is in the dogma, hence the difference causes enmity among religions.

India and Israel will commemorate the decisive Battle of Haifa
Battle of Haifa recounts the last cavalry engagement On September 23, 2021, India and Israel will commemorate the decisive Battle of Haifa, which was fought in the final of World War One (on September 23, 1918). This campaign took on urgency as Abdul Baha, the Head of the Baha’i Faith, had been in Haifa, giving aid and support to the poor. The Ottoman authorities accused him of supporting the Allies and sentenced him to death by the local Pasha. The All Indian Calvary Brigade was requested to liberate Haifa, as well as rescue Abdul Baha. They did not have reinforcements because they were the only Allied Forces in the immediate vicinity. (paintings depicting the battle) at Indian Newslink

Historic Battle of Haifa commemorated in New Delhi at Baha’i World News Service According to a historical account by Hasan Balyuzi, after the battle, Indian army soldiers were sent to the gates of the house of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. He “was sitting calm and unperturbed in the forecourt of his house.”
Jodhpur Lancers’ “Haifa Day” commemorated at Baha’i House of Worship in India Baha’i World News Service

September 22, 1912

Day 165: ‘150 Years of the Emancipation 239 Days article
On the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation we look at the implications of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s bold position on race.

Diary Entries: Lincoln, NE
Mahmud’s Diary: Wishing to visit Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Mr. Bryan was not at home. (William Jennings Bryn who later became the forty-first Secretary of State of the United States) Mrs.Bryan and her daughter begged Him to visit some of the rooms of the house, particularly the library and Mr. Bryan’s study. They showed Him a book compiled by Mr. Bryan and asked Him to pray for the success of his endeavors. Mr. Bryan was currently on a campaign tour on behalf of [the future] President Wilson and was to lecture in many cities. In honor of the occasion, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá took a notebook and in His own hand wrote a prayer for assistance. He then said a few words which increased their happiness, devotion, assurance and honor.
Mahmud’s Diary: Results of a twelve–hour stay in a city Some Arabs came to visit Him at the hotel as they had read about his arrival and speeches in the newspaper. Other who had read about the new teachings in the newspaper approached him in the lobby of the hotel and listened carefully to His explanations. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was happy that a stay in the city of only 12 hours had become the cause of spreading the teachings of God.
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá leaves Lincoln at 11:00 PM in the coach-seats section of the train

News Clips
Rocky Mountain News, New York, NY ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Coming Persian Prophet Teaches New Faith Forty Years in Prison, Freed by Young Turks; Millions Follow Him. – Travels in Regal Fashion, Rich Entertain Him; Speaks at Divine Science Church. From the land of Mohammed, from the country of the fire-worshippers, within the length of a gun shot of Nazareth, where the greatest spiritual Leader of the world was born, comes a great Persian prophet and teacher bearing the torch of a new faith, a universal religion, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, a direct descendant, so he claims, of Abraham, who, in the national costume of his fathers, has addressed all sorts and conditions of Americans since coming to this country. He represents the Bahia movement, whose followers are found all over the civilized world…‘Abdu’l-Bahá, whose believers in this city number about 200 will visit Denver Tuesday or Wednesday of next week…he was asked to speak a Columbia university and then addressed a crowd on the Bowery. In the latter section of New York he distributed $200 among the needy.

Early Black Baha’is
The “Lincoln of the Spirit” and the “Black Plato” Alain Locke speaks on Emancipation CHRISTOPHER BUCK | FEB 21, 2014 PART 9 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org

September 21, 1912

Day 164: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Calls On the “Great Commoner” 239 Days article
In Lincoln, Nebraska, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá visits Mrs. William Jennings Bryan as her husband fires up 25,000 at a rally in Los Angeles.

Diary Entries: Omaha, NE
Mahmud’s Diary: “All future events are evident and visible to the eyes of the holy Manifestations.”
Mahmud’s Diary: Arriving in Lincoln at 3:00 AM
Mahmud’s Diary: Prophecies of holy books were fulfilled through Bahá’u’lláh’s banishment to Holy Land
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá visited William Jennings Bryn who later became the forty-first Secretary of State of the United States
Mahmud’s Diary: The call of ‘Ya Bahá’u’l-Abha’ has been raised in every city of the continent of America where a number of believers reside
Mahmud’s Diary: The Hague Peace Assembly Later the Master was interviewed by two journalists and spoke to them about the pernicious attitudes of politicians, the destructiveness of war, the validity of the divine teachings regarding universal peace, the unity of religions and the oneness of mankind.

News Clips
The Appeal, St. Paul, MN Spoke at Woolson Home in St. Paul “Prophet of Glory” Visits Minneapolis

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
PUP: Talk at Home of Mr. Albert L. Hall 2030 Queen Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota The Spirit of Man Manifests Virtues that are Ideal

…If you should ask a thousand persons, “What are the proofs of the reality of Divinity?” perhaps not one would be able to answer. If you should ask further, “What proofs have you regarding the essence of God?” “How do you explain inspiration and revelation?” “What are the evidences of conscious intelligence beyond the material universe?” “Can you suggest a plan and method for the betterment of human moralities?” “Can you clearly define and differentiate the world of nature and the world of Divinity?” — you would receive very little real knowledge and enlightenment upon these questions. This is due to the fact that development of the ideal virtues has been neglected…

Ordinarily when the word Divinity is mentioned, it is associated in the minds of the hearers with certain formulas and doctrines, whereas it essentially means the wisdom and knowledge of God, the effulgence of the Sun of Truth, the revelation of reality and divine philosophy…But according to the evidence of present world conditions divine philosophy — which has for its object the sublimation of human nature, spiritual advancement, heavenly guidance for the development of the human race, attainment to the breaths of the Holy Spirit and knowledge of the verities of God — has been outdistanced and neglected…

The great question appertaining to humanity is religion. The first condition is that man must intelligently investigate its foundations. The second condition is that he must admit and acknowledge the oneness of the world of humanity. By this means the attainment of true fellowship among mankind is assured, and the alienation of races and individuals is prevented. All must be considered the servants of God; all must recognize God as the one kind Protector and Creator…If [Religion] becomes the cause of discord, enmity and hatred, it is better that man should be without it. For in its teachings we seek the spirit of charity and love to bind the hearts of men together. If, on the contrary, we find it alienates and embitters human hearts, we are justified in casting it aside…

September 20, 1912

Day 163: Thinking for Yourself 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá challenges an audience in Minneapolis to apply their independent reason to pressing religious questions.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: Minneaplois, MN Consoling friends while leaving Minneapolis
Mahmud’s Diary: Minneapolis, MN “Put forth your efforts to acquire spiritual perfections and to spread the knowledge of God.”
Mahmud’s Diary: Omaha, NE Reaching Omaha at 2:00 AM
Mahmud’s Diary: Denver, CO The phenomenal effect of “one pure breath” drawn by a person in a “state of severance”
September 20, 1912 Denver, CO Advice of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to E.G. Browne

News Clips
Minneapolis Tribune  Leader of the Bahá’í Religious Movement, With His Retinue, Visits Followers Here “Prophet of Glory” Visits Minneapolis – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, White of Beard and Gentle of Mien, Greets Followers. – His Speech Is Arabic, His Walk Like That of Kim’s Llama. – He Preaches the Gospel of Universal Peace and Language. “Newspapers,” said the Bahá, must be the first means of amity and understanding amongst men. All men must be the servants of one God, all must be united. Newspapers must be the heralds of the oneness of humanity. Morality must be reinstated in the world.
The Minneapolis Morning Tribune  “Prophet of Glory” Visits Minneapolis “The time has come for the world of humanity to hoist the standard of the oneness of the human world, so that unity may connect all the nations of the world, so that dogmatic formulas and superstition may end, so that essential reality underlying all the religions founded by all the prophets may be revealed.”

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
PUP:  Talk at Home of Dr. and Mrs. Clement Woolson 870 Laurel Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota The Manifestations Adorn the Reality of Man with Divine Graces Similarly, the human spirit or reality of man, unless it becomes the recipient of the lights of the Kingdom, develops divine susceptibilities and consciously reflects the effulgence of God, will not be the manifestation of ideal bounties, for only the reality of man can become the mirror wherein the lights of God are revealed. The reality of man will then be as the spirit of this world, for just as the animus of life quickens the physical human body, so the body of the world will receive its vivification through the animating virtue of the sanctified spirit of man.

September 19, 1912

Day 162: Minneapolis, Flour Power, and the Ideal Virtues of… 239 Days article
In spite of Minnesota’s material success, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá points out that something is missing.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: St Paul, MN ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was driven about 15 miles to a meeting in St Paul
Mahmud’s Diary: St Paul, MN Which automobile should take the Master back to Minneapolis?
Mahmud’s Diary: St. Paul, MN ‘I love you first and then my father.’
Mahmud’s Diary: Minneapolis, MN Pleading with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to prolong His stay in Minneapolis
Mahmud’s Diary Minneapolis, MN How to make one’s “stars of happiness and prosperity … shine evermore from the horizon of both worlds”
Mahmud’s Diary September 19, 1912 Minneapolis, MN ‘Abdu’l-Bahá “… so wholly occupied with spreading the Cause of God in America …”

News Clips
Minneapolis Tribune “Servant of Glory” Comes to City From Far East ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, “Servant of Glory,” head of the Bahá’í movement and one of the most distinguished religious figures of the Orient…
September 18, 1912 Minneapolis, MN ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Here Tonight Exponent of Brotherly Love to Be Dr. Woolson’s Guest.

Video: The Roots of the Race Amity Movement by the Baha’is of the United States July 7, 2021 It tells of the unique role ‘Abdu’l-Baha played in the Race Amity movement in America. ‘Abdu’l-Baha had given the task of creating the first Race Amity Convention to a Washington DC socialite, Mrs. Agnes Parsons. ‘Abdu’l-Baha sent a message to that convention: “Say to this convention that never since the beginning of time has one more important been held…”

September 18, 1912

Day 161: The Century of Motion 239 Days article
Abdu’l-Bahá boards a train at the busiest rail hub on the planet, in the midwestern heart of a nation in perpetual motion.

Diary Entries: Minneapolis, MN
Mahmud’s Diary: Speaking at Commercial Club Today a billboard outside a building announced: “‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the venerable Prophet of the East and the Leader of the Bahá’ís, will speak here at noon today.” The laws and commandments of God are of two kinds:…
Mahmud’s Diary: A Jewish rabbi visits ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and invites Him to speak at his synagogue Tonight when we speak in the Jewish synagogue we shall bring proofs and arguments in support of the Spirit [Christ]. … In the evening the Master delivered a brilliant address at the Jewish synagogue, providing decisive proofs of the validity and truth of Christ and the Cause of Muhammad. It was so persuasive that men and women came to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá with the utmost humility and admiration. One of them said openly that he would no longer be a Jew.
Mahmud’s Diary: Praising signs of a prosperous country and warning against materialism

News Clips
Minneapolis September 18, 1912 Minneapolis, MN Bahá’í Leader In Minneapolis Tells of Mission Time to Wipe Out Religious Surface Differences, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Says – TURBANED FOLLOWERS TRANSLATE MESSAGE – Leader Says America Is in Need of Breath of the Holy Spirit.
Minneapolis Tribune Persian Teacher a Visitor According to the word sent out by the noted Persian, to be a Bahá’í simply means to love all the world, to love humanity, and to try to serve it; to work for universal peace and the universal brotherhood

September 17, 1912

Day 160: Following the Example of America 239 Days article
The Independent, a national weekly newspaper, interviews ‘Abdu’l-Bahá about disarmament and the value of peace.

Diary Entries: Chicago & Minneapolis
Mahmud’s Diary: “A newspaper must in the first instance be the means of creating harmony among the people.”
Mahmud’s Diary: “The principles of socialism are outstripped in the religions of God.” In Persia the Bahá’ís were willing to sacrifice themselves for one another to such a degree that once when one of the Bahá’ís was a guest in the home of another believer, and the authorities demanded the arrest of the guest, the host gave the guest’s name as his own and surrendered himself to them, was martyred in his place, thus sacrificing his life for his guest and brother.
Mahmud’s Diary:  The secret to maintaining one’s spiritual progress I beg of God that you may become more enlightened, more severed, more spiritual, more aflame and that you may be humble and submissive, for as long as man does not consider himself to be good but regards himself as weak and deficient, he progresses…
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá leaves Chicago Mirza ‘Ali-Akbar Nakhjavani, who had been granted permission to accompany ‘Abdu’l-Bahá on His journey to California, arrived from Malden, joining Mr. Fujita, the Japanese, and the other servants…
Mahmud’s Diary: Minneapolis Noticing ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in a state of reverie on the train
Mahmud’s Diary: Arriving in Minneapolis He told them that He was very tired and would see them the following morning to answer their questions and to give them material for their newspaper articles.

News Clips
Spokane Washington Daily Chronicle ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, “Prophet of God,” Is Asked to Come to Spokane Rev. A.C. Crier, pastor of the local Universalist church of Divine Science, has offered his pulpit for use of the prophet should he decide to stop over here. “It would be one of the greatest events in the history of Spokane if ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would visit us here,” said A.C. Killius of 121 Fifth avenue, at whose home the Spokane Spiritual Bahá assembly, local organization of the Bahá’í movement, meets.

Mirza ‘Ali-Akbar Nakhjavani
In one of todays diary entries Mahmud tells us that Mirza ‘Ali-Akbar Nakhjavani arrived from Maldon, as he had been granted permission to accompany ‘Abdu’l-Bahá on His journey to California. He was the father to Ali Nakhjavani, whom many of us know served on the Universal House of Justice from 1963-2003. I discovered a wonderful interview Mr. Nakhjavani did with Sonjel Vreeland at Bahaiblog.net about the book he wrote on his illustrious father, Mirza Ali-Akbar-i-Nakhjavani: With Newly Translated Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha In this interview there is mention that his illustrious father who translated many Baha’i tablets and letters into Russian and at ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s request, corresponded with some of the leading literary figures of the time—including Leo Tolstoy* and Isabella Grinevskaya. This led me to another interesting article What Happens When Tolstoy Reviews Your Play at BahaiTeachings.org in which it tells of Isabella Grinevskaya’s play about the Bab which Leo Tolstoy read and reacted strongly.

* We spend our lives trying to unlock the mystery of the universe, but there was a Turkish prisoner, Baha’u’llah, in Akka, Palestine who had the key. – Leo Tolstoy

* AROUND 1909 Mirza ‘Ali-Akbar Nakhjavani intended to make contact with the great writer, Count Leo Tolstoy. Before doing so he consulted ‘Abdu’l-Bahá who sent him advice saying: “Always extend to Count Tolstoy loving and heartfelt greetings, and treat him with the utmost courtesy, as we are indeed commanded to behave in this way. Perchance he may become fairminded. There are signs that his attitude hath improved and moderated. It is hoped that, God willing, it may improve further and that he may speak with justice about this Cause. It might be beneficial if thou wert to despatch to him, and others like him, the letter of this servant addressed to the believers of the East and the West, which is translated and published in Russian.”

Tolstoy said he was very interested in the Bahá’í teachings and intended to “write a book about the Báb and the Bahá’í faith.” -Leo Tolstoy and the Bahá’í Faith, p. 49 (This account was taken from Centenary.Bahai.US)

September 16, 1912

Day 159: September 16, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days article
While ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spends the weekend in Kenosha, Wisconsin, we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries: Chicago
Mahmud’s Diary: Returning to Chicago from Kenosha See what the power and influence of Bahá’u’lláh have wrought. Consider how He has brought the Japanese, the Americans and the Persians all under the shadow of one word and caused them to love one another.
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá concerned about the Faith after His passing In the automobile, He seemed to be depressed. He said: I am bearing the discomforts of this journey with stopovers so that the Cause of God may be protected from any breach. For I am still not sure about what is going to happen after me….
Mahmud’s Diary: Poems by Louise Waite (Shanaz Khanum) were sung to piano accompaniment for the Master
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá moves to a hotel in preparation to leave Chicago The Master spoke to the friends about the bonds of love which unite the hearts…In the evening He
exhorted the friends in sweet and expressive words to spread the fragrances of God, to proclaim the Words of their Lord and to show kindness to His friends.

Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá declined offers of money from the friends instead requested that the money be distributed among the poor.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
PUP:  Talk at Home of Mrs. Corinne True 5338 Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, Il The Source of Perfect Unity is the Bond and Oneness of Reality
…I pray in your behalf, seeking heavenly confirmations for you that each one may become a radiant candle, shedding light in the world of humanity. May you become the quintessence of love. May you prove to be the effulgence of God, replete with the efficacy of the Holy Spirit and the cause of unity and fellowship in the world of humanity, for today mankind has the greatest need of love and agreement…
In the world of existence there are various bonds which unite human hearts, but not one of these bonds is completely effective…The source of perfect unity and love in the world of existence is the bond and oneness of reality…the bond or oneness of humanity cannot be effectively established save through the power of the Holy Spirit, for the world of humanity is a composite body, and the Holy Spirit is the animating principle of its life…
Therefore, we must strive in order that the power of the Holy Spirit may become effective throughout the world of mankind…that all may be guided to the protection and shelter of the Word of God…We must use our utmost endeavors in order that the Holy Spirit may influence minds and hearts toward peace, the bounties of God surround, the divine effulgences become successive, human souls advance, minds expand in wider vision, souls become more holy and the world of humanity be rid of its great menace…For the betterment of the world Bahá’u’lláh endured all the hardships, ordeals and vicissitudes of life, sacrificing His very being and comfort, forfeiting His estates, possessions and honor — all that pertains to human existence — not for one year, nay, rather, for nearly fifty years…He endured these ordeals and difficulties in order that this earthly human world might become heavenly, that the illumination of the divine Kingdom should become a reality in human hearts, that the individual members of mankind might progress, the power of the Holy Spirit increase its efficacy and penetration and the happiness of the world of humanity be assured…

Here ‘Abdu’l-Baha talks about the Covenant
Bahá’u’lláh desired that there should not be any ground or reason for disagreement among the Bahá’ís. Therefore, with His own pen He wrote the Book of His Covenant, addressing His relations and all people of the world, saying, “Verily, I have appointed One Who is the Center of My Covenant. All must obey Him; all must turn to Him; He is the Expounder of My Book, and He is informed of My purpose. All must turn to Him. Whatsoever He says is correct, for, verily, He knoweth the texts of My Book. Other than He, no one doth know My Book.”…
In His prayers Bahá’u’lláh also said, “O God! Whosoever violates My Covenant, O God, humiliate him. Verily, whosoever violates My Covenant, O God, erase and efface him.” In all His Tablets, among which is the Tablet of the Branch, He has mentioned and explained the attributes and qualities of the Personage to Whom He referred in the Book of His Covenant. He has fully expounded the function and potency of that Personage, so that no one shall say, “I understand this from the writings of Bahá’u’lláh,” for He has appointed the Center, or Expounder, of the Book. He said, “Verily, He is the appointed one; other than He, there is none,” intending that no sects or prejudices should be formed, and preventing every man here and there with a new thought from creating dissension and variance….
Therefore, you must read the Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh. You must read the Tablet of the Branch and regard that which He has so clearly stated. Beware! Beware! lest anyone should speak from the authority of his own thoughts or create a new thing out of himself. Beware! Beware! According to the explicit Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh you should care nothing at all for such a person. Bahá’u’lláh shuns such souls. I have expounded these things for you, for the conservation and protection of the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh…You must love all people, and yet if any souls put you in doubt, you must know that Bahá’u’lláh is severed from them. Whosoever works for unity and fellowship is a servant of Bahá’u’lláh, and Bahá’u’lláh is his assistant and helper. I ask God that He may cause you to be the very means of agreement and unity, that He may make you radiant, merciful, heavenly children of the divine Kingdom; that you may advance day by day; that you may become as bright as these lamps, bestowing light upon all humanity. Salutations and farewell!

September 15, 1912

Day 158: Documenting a “Luminous Journey” 239 Days article
Our producer interviews filmmaker Anne Perry about “Luminous Journey,” a documentary film about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey through…

Diary Entries: Chicago & Kenosha
Mahmud’s Diary: Experiencing the majesty and power of the Center of the Covenant
Mahmud’s Diary: Two examples of Bahá’u’lláh protecting ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Mahmud’s Diary: Visiting friends in Kenosha, Wisconsin
Mahmud’s Diary: SIn each public event the believers in Kenosha left two seats vacant — for Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá He took the children onto His lap one by one and gave them flowers, fruits and sweets.
Mahmud’s Diary: “The Cause of God has always appeared from the East but it has been more effective in the West.” But Bahá’u’lláh is neither of the East nor of the West, neither of the South nor of the North. He is holy above all these directions.

Luminous Journey Documentary about ‘Abdu’l-Baha in America Luminous Journey Part 2 also see: Luminous Journey divided into chapters

September 14, 1912

Day 157: What’s Love Got to Do with It? 239 Days article
In 1912, Chicagoans listened as a renowned anthropologist declared love a hoax. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá argued otherwise.

Diary Entries: Chicago
Mahmud’s Diary: Protection of the Cause of God
Mahmud’s Diary: “All the affairs and conditions of the world serve the Cause of God.”
Mahmud’s Diary: SWalking with friends along the shore of Lake Michigan
He spoke about the sacrifice of a Japanese admiral: a general sacrificed himself and his children for the emperor and became renowned for sincerity and faithfulness. From this example it becomes obvious what we should do in the path of the Abha Beauty. If you view it in the light of justice, you will see that the emperor did not bestow upon his general a thousandth portion of the grace that the Blessed Beauty bestows upon us.
Mahmud’s Diary: The extraordinary warm reception and response from members of Theosophical Society
The president of the society introduced the Master with great respect, saying: Gentlemen, today it is a great bounty and high honor for us to be in the presence of a person who is the greatest prophet of peace and harmony. There is
no doubt — and I feel and say on behalf of the audience — that to the present time we have not had the honor of hearing the life-giving words from the tongue of a living prophet. Therefore, with unbounded happiness and heartfelt honor I present to you His Holiness ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the prophet of peace and the founder of universal brotherhood.
The audience applauded with so much excitement and joy that it felt as though there were an earthquake in the auditorium. The president thanked the Master and acknowledged the truth and greatness of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. To show their concurrence with the words of their president, the members of the audience rose together in great excitement, a clear proof of the extraordinary powers of the Center of the Covenant.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá again arose and spoke:
I am very happy with your warmth and consideration. God be praised that there exist in America such societies founded on human principles, the appreciation of spiritual values and the investigation of truth. I am most grateful to this society and hope that your inner perception may increase and that the bounties of God will be with you.
Mahmud writes: When the Master went into another room the people rushed into it. Most of them wished to tell Him, ‘We testify to the truth of this Cause.’ The degree of excitement in the hearts of such a large gathering cannot be imagined. That such a transformation can occur in such a country is beyond belief.

September 13, 1912

Day 156: “Sometimes I Made Him Laugh” 239 Days article
In Chicago, a young Japanese man dangles from a lamp post to catch a glimpse of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

Diary Entries: Chicago
Mahmud’s Diary: Tea prepared with love
Mahmud’s Diary: Receiving many visitors Since the friends were allowed to visit en masse, each morning there was such a crowd that there was no way up or down the stairs. When the Master got tired, He would take a walk outside and then return to the house.
Mahmud’s Diary: President of Worker’s Union visits ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Mahmud’s Diary: Why ‘Abdu’l-Bahá sought to cultivate love between the whites and the blacks If a man has spiritual characteristics, be he white or black, he is near to God. Some have protested to me, asking why I seek to cultivate love between the whites and the blacks. Yet what a great error they make. You see people who love their dogs because of their faithfulness and the protection they provide. If but one good trait endears a dog to a human, why shouldn’t praiseworthy qualities cause a man to be loved and respected? Why should fellowship with an upright person be avoided? When people are prepared to fondle an animal day and night, why should they shun association with an intelligent human being?
Mahmud’s Diary: September 12, 1912 Chicago, IL Commenting on His expenses in America It is with the power of faith that we ascend to the highest apex and attain honor in the all-glorious Kingdom.
Mahmud’s Diary: There is no parallel event in the history of the world that compares to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to the West It is with the power of faith that we ascend to the highest apex and attain honor in the all-glorious Kingdom.
Mahmud’s Diary: The “mysteries of the Kingdom” are revealed to humanity through the establishment of the divine civilization

Saichiro Fujita: One of the Earliest Japanese Baha’is Several stories of Fujita with ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the Holy Land from the biography of Curtis Kelsey at Bahaiblog.net

Saichiro Fujita and Abdu’l-Baha Photos of Fujita with ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Shoghi Effendi and Hands of the Cause – Also the two Tablets written by ‘Abdu’l-Baha for Fujita plus a letter encouraging him to stay in the U.S. to get an education so that he can later serve Him in the Holy Land. at Bahai-storytelling.blogspot.com

September 12, 1912

Day 155: Europe “One Vast Arsenal,” Says ‘Abdu’l-Bahá 239 Days article
On September 11, Buffalo papers print ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s verbal attack against the contemporary pretexts for war.

Diary Entries: Buffalo & Chicago
Mahmud’s Diary: Abdu’l-Bahá’s response to the taxi driver who demanded more for the usual fare ‘A man may give $1,000 without minding it but he should not yield even a dollar to the person who wishes to take it wrongfully, for such wrongful behavior flouts justice and disrupts the order of the world.’
Mahmud’s Diary: The confirmation and assistance of the Abha Kingdom Articles from the Buffalo newspapers were being translated for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the train, today through the assistance of the Abha Beauty the Cause of God is proclaimed with the utmost openness in the churches and assemblies of the West
Mahmud’s Diary: “The friends in America expect me to visit each city …” As midday approached, and as the number of passengers increased at every station, the heat grew more and more intense, causing ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to become tired and weary.
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá arrives in Chicago and is warmly received by many friends at the train station It was an impressive sight, a field of yearning lovers canopied by heavens resounding with songs of joy. The friends formed two lines and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá walked majestically between them showering His blessings on each one. He then went by automobile to the home of Mrs. True, the maidservant of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar. There one of the Japanese friends bowed at His feet and received His blessings.
Mahmud’s Diary: Chicago, IL “God … has bestowed upon you … a kingdom, greater than that of the Mikado [former emperor of Japan]” His eyes fell on Mr. [Saichiro] Fujita, the Japanese gentleman and He remarked: …Mikado has come to an end; all the hue and cry have ceased, a handful of dust was thrown over him and covered all his imperial regalia…But as you are a believer in God, you have a kingdom which will never collapse and will be everlasting. Offer thanks to God, Who has bestowed upon you such a kingdom, greater than that of the Mikado…One day as [Napoleon] was talking with his generals, they said that Christ, too, was a wise man like Napoleon. He replied, ‘No, you are mistaken. There is a vast difference between Him and me.’ The sovereignty of Napoleon ceased as soon as he died but the Kingdom of Christ is eternal.

September 11, 1912

Day 154: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey So Far: Month Five 239 Days article
Highlights from the fifth month of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey through North America.

Diary Entries: Buffalo
Mahmud’s Diary: People from as far away as Spokane and Ottawa came to visit ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Mr. Collins from Ottawa, who said that there were two thousand people in his city who believed in this golden age and in ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and who wanted to have a glimpse of the Master…he minister of the Church of the Messiah was greatly pleased to hear the Master’s teachings. He stated that they could not be contradicted by anyone.
Mahmud’s Diary: Newspapers refer to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as “The Prince of the East” which ‘Abdu’l-Bahá did not welcome. He spoke with the reporters about the beginning and end of creation.
Mahmud’s Diary: Some believers are like “… trees that have strong roots …” Storms cannot shake them; rather, they add to their freshness.
Mahmud’s Diary: SThe Master paid home visits to two friends who were ill the neighborhood children crowded around Him, gazing at Him with reverence…He then distributed the coins among the children
Mahmud’s Diary: Minister of Church of the Messiah testifies to the greatness of the Cause of God and encourages congregation to go to Bahá’í meetings the official church newsletter in which he had published an extensive article about the history and teachings of the Cause….‘You have left nothing for me to say here tonight. You have published everything in his booklet.’…each received illumination from the Branch of the Ancient Root…He continued to speak about the importance of this great journey until about 2:00 a.m. when He finally rested.

News Clips
Buffalo NY Express September 11, 1912 Buffalo, NY ‘Abdu’l-Bahá an Optimist Thinks Religious Unity and World Peace Will Come Within Present Century – A PERSIAN PRINCE – Rich Enough to Travel With Retinue and to Pay All the Expenses of Trip. [‘Abdu’l-Baha]…always pays for entertainment of his meetings when entertaining is done, and never solicits contributions to his cause…The translations were in perfect English and beautiful in their eloquence…[prints full speech]…“In the world of existence, the greatest bounties emanate from love…“On the contrary, men are souls that are manifestations of Satanic influences – lack of love, hatred…“The earth is not the man’s life. It is his ultimate cemetery, and it is not becoming for men to quarrel over a cemetery. All this generation will have this land for graves not for a place of enjoyment. If it be a temporary place of life, it is an everlasting graveyard, and it will swallow all mankind, and all that inhabits it will be within its very bowels.“Man’s heart must be attached to God. He must seek the life everlasting.
Buffalo New York Courier  Persian Peace Apostle Predicts War in Europe “The continent of Europe is one vast arsenal, which only requires one spark at its foundations and the whole of Europe will become a wasted wilderness. “And what flimsy, what impudent pretexts they use. Patriotism, say they; glory, say they; the upbuilding of the continent, say they. What a travesty on God’s truth.”
Buffalo New York Enquirer  Message of Love Conveyed by Bahá BEAUTIFUL WORDS – Prince and Prophet Prays for Universal Peace — Europe One Vast Arsenal of Strife.
Buffalo New York Times Persian Teacher, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas, Scents Great War So Called Prophet of Peace ppeals to Buffalonians to Help Avert Strife.
The Montreal Daily Star Canada Should Prepare For Great War Coming, Says Apostle of Peace Universal Peace Only Possible by Common Disarmament. But Europe is an Armed Camp; War Threatens England and Canada Must be Ready to Take a Hand Says ‘Abdu’l-Bahá – [detailed article about war] ‘Abdu’l-Bahá then told a little story to illustrate his point of reciprocity of action: The Turning of the Other Cheek…

September 10, 1912

Day 153: Jim Loft and the Man on the Train 239 Days article
A four year old Mohawk boy, Jim Loft, watches a passing train, and sees something he will only make sense of decades later.

Diary Entries: Buffalo
Mahmud’s Diary: A great number of people came to visit ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Buffalo The teachings so touched the hearts of the people that when the Master went out in the afternoon, passersby who saw Him pointed to Him, saying: ‘Look! There goes the Messenger of Peace, the Prophet from the East!’
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá visits Niagara Falls
Mahmud’s Diary: An example of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s affection and tenderness
Mahmud’s Diary: Buffalo Newspapers publish welcoming and supportive articles
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s talk breathed a new spirit of love and joy into friends and seekers alike
Mahmud’s Diary: A huge courteous crowd lined up in the street as the Master strolled along store fronts
Mahmud’s Diary: An example of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s simple dinner For dinner ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ate a little bread and cheese and went to bed for the night.

News Clips
Buffalo New York Enquirer September 10, 1912 Buffalo, NY Prophet and Prince of Royal Persian Blood In Buffalo
Hail, ‘Abdul-Bahá Abbas – Universal Peace and Unity of the World His Aim, Without Asking Followers to Relinquish Their Respective Religions.
Buffalo New York Times September 10, 1912 Buffalo, NY Prophet of Peace Comes to Buffalo ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Has Arrived and Believers of the Bahá’í Cult Are Rejoicing.
Buffalo NY News September 10, 1912 Buffalo, NY Head of Oriental “Equality of Man” Cult in Buffalo

Early African American Baha’is
Black Plato and the Harlem Renaissance Alain Locke CHRISTOPHER BUCK | MAY 25, 2014 PART 15 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org

September 9, 1912

Day 152: The Golden Horseshoe Returns ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to … 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá’ rides the train from Montreal, through the industrializing cities of southern Ontario, to Buffalo.

Diary Entries: Montreal
Mahmud’s Diary: Preparations to leave Montreal for Buffalo
Mahmud’s Diary: The meaning of the first coming of Christ from “heaven”
Mahmud’s Diary: Although train ride was exhausting on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, He considered such discomforts as “greatest bounties”
Mahmud’s Diary: The green scenery would remind Him of Bahá’u’lláh
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá busy with work while travelling
Mahmud’s Diary: The Master’s face opened up like a rose when He was told that the chief Custom officer didn’t see a need to examine the effects of the Bahá’ís

How Abdu’l-Baha Touched the Lives of Certain Notable Individuals
Animated Video: Through Their Eyes – Meeting Abdu’l-Baha “Through Their Eyes” is a short animation that brings to life how Abdu’l-Baha touched the lives of certain notable individuals. We get a glimpse of what the Lebanese poet, writer, and artist Khalil Gibran said about Abdu’l-Baha after they met in New York, how the Japanese poet Yone Nogushi described Abdu’l-Baha’s teachings, and also how Abdu’l-Baha’s unbounded love influenced Lady Blomfield, a humanitarian and child rights activist from Great Britain.

How Abdu’l-Baha Influenced the Education of Girls in Iran
Animated Video: Breaking the Chains: The Story of the Girls Schools in Iran
Only 5% of the population of Iran had access to basic writing skills and knowledge of sciences was kept exclusively to men, and breaking a cycle of thousands of years of oppression was no small feat. That’s when Tahirih and Abdu’l-Baha come into the story.

Persian Version of Videos:
– کلید رهایی درون قفس (Through Their Eyes)
شکفتن از شکاف سنگ (Breaking the Chains: The Story of the Girls School of Iran)

September 8, 1912

Day 151: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Bids Farewell to Montreal 239 Days article
Our guest writer for the Montreal sequence, Tony Michel, reflects on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s time in the city.

Diary Entries: Montreal
Mahmud’s Diary: “I have sown the seed … You must water it.”
Mahmud’s Diary: Abdu’l-Bahá recalled His imprisonment: “…we were imprisoned for the Cause of God and not for political reasons …”
Mahmud’s Diary: Last day in Montreal

William Sutherland Maxwell (1874 – 1952) Hand of the Cause of God, architect of the superstructure to the Shrine of the Báb

Mary (May) Bolles Maxwell’s Childhood Dream Comes to Life Lights of ‘Irfán Book Twelve – Mayfowers in the Ville Lumière: the Dawning of Bahá’í History in the European Continent by Julio Savi – … a young American lady becomes the catalyst for the spiritual awakening of a group of early God-intoxicated believers. May’s story begins the series but for a shorter version go to the bottom of page 284.

September 7, 1912

Day 150: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Montreal Odyssey 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá explores Montreal city by carriage, tram, and foot, and acquires a genuine Montreal head cold as a souvenir.

Diary Entries: Montreal
Mahmud’s Diary: Just like the physical four seasons “in the realm of religion there is the season of heavenly and spiritual springtime.”
Mahmud’s Diary: Followers of all religions agree that “a mediator between the Creator and the creatures is needed.”

News Clips
Harbor Grace Standard September 7, 1912 Montreal, QC Persian Peace Prophet Gives Message to Canada through the Standard
Comments on Great Prosperity of This Country — His Remarkable, Varied and Romantic Career.
A venerable, gray haired man, older than his years, with flowing locks and patriarchial beard, the furrows of suffering on his still handsome and striking face, and lines telling of deep and anxious thought upon his brow, this is ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, leader of the Bahá’í peace movement, who has come to preach his gospel of universal brotherhood and love to the people of Canada.

Early African American Baha’is
America and Social Salvation Alain Locke speaks on the “salvation of democracy” CHRISTOPHER BUCK | JAN 12, 2019 PART 53 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org

September 6, 1912

Day 149: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Montreal’s Not-So-Yellow Press 239 Days article
Montreal’s papers battle for readership, publishing both accurate and surprising coverage of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s time in the city.

Diary Entries: Montreal 
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá delayed His departure from Montreal due to a cold
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá decides to visit the friends in California
Mahmud’s Diary: Mr. Maxwell’s attitude towards the Faith improved drastically after meeting ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Mahmud’s Diary: We should “cling to those things which prove to be the cause of happiness for the world of man.”
Mahmud’s Diary: “Children are the ornaments of the home…”

News Clips
Biddeford Maine Weekly Journal ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at Greenacre Conferences Impressions Made by the Eastern Master Upon His Hearers
…Picture a tall, commanding figure, with white hair and beard, eyes that, though blue, give the impression of dark eyes, so deep and keen are they, with a haunting something in their depths; a long black robe, and white fez; a firm, fine hand; this is the outward appearance of the master. His personality impresses those who meet him in various ways, according to their own temperaments; but all feel the power of the man. He is always ready to give his time to people who wish to meet him, even planning an audience for the colored servants at the Inn. When they were assembled before him, he addressed them somewhat as follows, the report is from memory: “Friends, I have asked to see you that I may talk to you of your relations to your fellowmen and to God. Though your skins are black and you are different from the people around you, your souls are not different; they may be as white as any man’s. I beg you to pray to God that you may be honest and truthful, that you may do your work well, that you may be faithful, and may live so that your souls may be close to God. I myself will supplicate God for you that you may be good and true. I had a servant once, black like you, but no man had ever a soul more white. I thank you all for your kindness to me; you have worked hard to prepare pleasant food for me; you have labored for my comfort, while I have been at ease. I thank you, and I will supplicate God for you, that he may help you.”
The Montreal Daily Herald September 6, 1912 Montreal, QC Church and Bench Give a Farewell Tribute to Sage Rev. Dr. Symonds, who presided, remarked that it was a great mistake to think the West could learn nothing from the East, while Recorder Weir referred to the lecturer as one who was in the lofty succession of the line of prophets. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s presence was proof, the Recorder said, that the race of prophets was not yet extinct.
Montreal Le Devoir  Le Prophete Abul Bahá
Montreal La presse Depart d’Abdul-Bahá

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
PUP: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s address to Socialists and Labor leaders in Coronation Hall Montreal, Canada Man is in Need of Continuous Cooperation and Reciprocity Is it possible for one member of a family to be subjected to the utmost misery and to abject poverty and for the rest of the family to be comfortable? It is impossible unless those members of the family be senseless, atrophied, inhospitable, unkind…The purport is this, that we are all inhabiting one globe of earth. In reality we are one family, and each one of us is a member of this family. We must all be in the greatest happiness and comfort, under a just rule and regulation which is according to the good pleasure of God, thus causing us to be happy, for this life is fleeting… But in the divine teachings equality is brought about through a ready willingness to share. It is commanded as regards wealth that the rich among the people, and the aristocrats should, by their own free will and for the sake of their own happiness, concern themselves with and care for the poor. This equality is the result of the lofty characteristics and noble attributes of mankind.

September 5, 1912

Day 148: Principles for a Modern Religion 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá tells 1,200 people at St. James Methodist Church in Montreal how religion must change.

Diary Entries: Montreal 
Mahmud’s Diary: The Bishop of Montreal, a Jewish rabbi, and the editor of an illustrated Toronto magazine came to visit the Master
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s reaction to being referred to as a ‘Prophet’
Mahmud’s Diary: At the end of His talk at the Methodist Church a judge repeatedly expressed his desire to become a Bahá’í

News Clips
The Montreal Gazette Socialism Must Be Met ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Continues Lectures on Modern Conditions. Real and spiritual brotherhood was that which was ready to endure hardship, suffering and sacrifice, as exemplified in the lives of the prophets. If the problems of socialism were to be solved, it must be on the lines of establishing this spiritual brotherhood.
The Montreal Daily Star Socialism Not Cure For Evils of Present Day ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Says Only Spiritual Brotherhood is Effective * KINGS ARE NOT AT EASE, NOR ARE THEIR PEOPLES * Says to Bring Earthly Paradise Out of the Potential and Into the Real.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
PUP: Talk at St. James Methodist Church Montreal, Canada Bounties of the Holy Spirit are Continuous I am looking upon the faces of those who are earnest in their search for reality and who sincerely long to attain knowledge of truth. God has created man and endowed him with the power of reason whereby he may arrive at valid conclusions. Therefore, man must endeavor in all things to investigate the fundamental reality. If he does not independently investigate, he has failed to utilize the talent God has bestowed upon him. I am pleased with the American people because, as a rule, they are independent seekers of the truth; their minds are actively employed instead of remaining idle and unproductive… Some souls imagine that there is a cessation to the bounties of God, as if at one time the divine bestowals are poured out, at another time withheld from mankind and ceasing…The cessation of the bestowals of God at any time would be equivalent to the cessation of the sovereignty of God… Therefore, the sound reasoning mind concludes that the bounties of the Holy Spirit are continuous and that holy souls are ever the recipients of these divine emanations. The potency of the Holy Spirit is everlasting, not temporary… Unless the mirror reflects the sunlight, it is only dark, inanimate matter. Likewise, the hearts and spirits of mankind, when deprived and without their portion of the bounties of the Holy Spirit, linger in the abyss of darkness and ignorance…From time immemorial the divine teachings have been successively revealed, and the bounties of the Holy Spirit have ever been emanating. All the teachings are one reality, for reality is single and does not admit multiplicity. Therefore, the divine Prophets are one, inasmuch as They reveal the one reality, the Word of God…the words of Bahá’u’lláh are the essences of the words of the Prophets of the past. They are the very spirit of the age and the cause of the unity and illumination of the East and the West. The followers of His teachings are in conformity with the precepts and commands of all the former heavenly Messengers…

…O Lord! Render the eyes perceptive that they may witness the lights of Thy Kingdom. Render the ears attentive that they may hear the heavenly summons. Resuscitate the spirits that they may be exhilarated through the breath of the Holy Spirit. O Lord! Verily, we are weak, but Thou art almighty. We are poor, but Thou art rich. Have mercy upon us. Apportion unto us a goodly share of Thy realities, and lead us into the arena of Thine attainments. Thou art the Powerful. Thou art the Able. Thou art the kind Lord.

Note: The other PUP talk for September 5, will be posted tomorrow.

September 4, 1912

Day 147: Economics and Spirituality 239 Days article
In Montreal ‘Abdu’l-Bahá discusses why contemporary economic solutions cannot solve the world’s problems.

Diary Entries: Montreal
Mahmud’s Diary:  Our thoughts should be turned toward bringing the blessed teachings of Bahá’u’lláh into practice
Mahmud’s Diary: A short trip to Mount Royal
Mahmud’s Diary: Attributing all success to Bahá’u’lláh’s assistance
Mahmud’s Diary: The value and greatness of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s travels will become apparent later
Mahmud’s Diary:  Audience fascinated by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s demeanor and words

News Clips
The Montreal Daily Star Earth Should Be Paradise, Says Seer ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Tells Socialists About His Scheme for a General Distribution of Wealth. UPHOLDS DISTINCTIONS IN PEOPLE’S SOCIAL POSITION | But Says All Should Pay Tithes Graduated According to the Net Income.
Montreal Le Devoir  Une Conference d’Abdu’l-Bahá
Montreal La presse  Une Conference D’Abdu’l-Bahá, Le Sage Turc

September 3, 1912

Day 146: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Montreal’s Socialists 239 Days article
Abdu’l-Bahá speaks to an audience of 500 in Montreal and suggests new ways to alleviate poverty.

Diary Entries: Montreal 
Mahmud’s Diary: Meeting with some professors and clergymen
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s adventure in Montreal
Mahmud’s Diary: An example of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s multi-tasking ability
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s address on economics and principle of moderation was enthusiastically received

News Clips
London Ontario paper Bahá’í Revelation Comes to City Oriental Faith of the Reformed Mohammedanism Type Has Followers Here.
Buffalo New York Enquirer This is Bahá’ísm Persia is showing to the world an example of religious unity that seems to make western efforts in the same line appear elementary. Mohammedans, Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians are finding a point of approach without surrendering the vital elements of their individual faiths…You can be a Bahá’í without ceasing to be a Christian, a Jew or a Mohammedan.

Songs by Luke Scott in Honour of the Centenary of the Passing of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
Whatever We Are (Still Are We Thine) from his Home of Light album being release one song at a time from August to November.
Ask Whatsoever Thou Wishest from his Home of Light album

September 5, 1912

Day 148: Principles for a Modern Religion 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá tells 1,200 people at St. James Methodist Church in Montreal how religion must change.

Diary Entries: Montreal 
Mahmud’s Diary: The Bishop of Montreal, a Jewish rabbi, and the editor of an illustrated Toronto magazine came to visit the Master
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s reaction to being referred to as a ‘Prophet’
Mahmud’s Diary: At the end of His talk at the Methodist Church a judge repeatedly expressed his desire to become a Bahá’í

News Clips
The Montreal Gazette Socialism Must Be Met ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Continues Lectures on Modern Conditions. Real and spiritual brotherhood was that which was ready to endure hardship, suffering and sacrifice, as exemplified in the lives of the prophets. If the problems of socialism were to be solved, it must be on the lines of establishing this spiritual brotherhood.
The Montreal Daily Star Socialism Not Cure For Evils of Present Day ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Says Only Spiritual Brotherhood is Effective * KINGS ARE NOT AT EASE, NOR ARE THEIR PEOPLES * Says to Bring Earthly Paradise Out of the Potential and Into the Real.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada
PUP: Talk at St. James Methodist Church Montreal, Canada Bounties of the Holy Spirit are Continuous I am looking upon the faces of those who are earnest in their search for reality and who sincerely long to attain knowledge of truth. God has created man and endowed him with the power of reason whereby he may arrive at valid conclusions. Therefore, man must endeavor in all things to investigate the fundamental reality. If he does not independently investigate, he has failed to utilize the talent God has bestowed upon him. I am pleased with the American people because, as a rule, they are independent seekers of the truth; their minds are actively employed instead of remaining idle and unproductive… Some souls imagine that there is a cessation to the bounties of God, as if at one time the divine bestowals are poured out, at another time withheld from mankind and ceasing…The cessation of the bestowals of God at any time would be equivalent to the cessation of the sovereignty of God… Therefore, the sound reasoning mind concludes that the bounties of the Holy Spirit are continuous and that holy souls are ever the recipients of these divine emanations. The potency of the Holy Spirit is everlasting, not temporary… Unless the mirror reflects the sunlight, it is only dark, inanimate matter. Likewise, the hearts and spirits of mankind, when deprived and without their portion of the bounties of the Holy Spirit, linger in the abyss of darkness and ignorance…From time immemorial the divine teachings have been successively revealed, and the bounties of the Holy Spirit have ever been emanating. All the teachings are one reality, for reality is single and does not admit multiplicity. Therefore, the divine Prophets are one, inasmuch as They reveal the one reality, the Word of God…the words of Bahá’u’lláh are the essences of the words of the Prophets of the past. They are the very spirit of the age and the cause of the unity and illumination of the East and the West. The followers of His teachings are in conformity with the precepts and commands of all the former heavenly Messengers…

…O Lord! Render the eyes perceptive that they may witness the lights of Thy Kingdom. Render the ears attentive that they may hear the heavenly summons. Resuscitate the spirits that they may be exhilarated through the breath of the Holy Spirit. O Lord! Verily, we are weak, but Thou art almighty. We are poor, but Thou art rich. Have mercy upon us. Apportion unto us a goodly share of Thy realities, and lead us into the arena of Thine attainments. Thou art the Powerful. Thou art the Able. Thou art the kind Lord.

Note: ‘Abdu’l-Baha gave two talks on September 5. Today I posted the talk that was referred to in the 239 Days article with some excerpts. The other talk will be posted tomorrow.

September 1, 1912

Day 144: Blood Shed Over “Imaginary Lines” 239 Days article
At the Church of the Messiah in Montreal, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá critiques the imaginary divisions created by humanity.

Diary Entries: Montreal 
Mahmud’s Diary: Sitting next to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the carriage
Mahmud’s Diary: A young child emulates his mother’s faith in the Master
Mahmud’s Diary: Montreal During a talk at His residence the Master spoke so excitedly that His taj fell from His head
Mahmud’s Diary: The Master’s first talk in Montreal was enthusiastically received by the audience – causing a wonderful change of heart in the people of Montreal
Mahmud’s Diary: A prayer revealed and chanted by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Canada
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s first public talk in Canada
Mahmud’s Diary: Very dignified and respectful introduction of the Master by the pastor of the Unitarian Church

News Clips
Portland Oregon Oregonian ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is Coming on Tour in the Interest of His Religion Leader of Religions Movement Which Claims Three Million Followers Soon to Visit Portland — Votaries Term Him “Prophet of God.” “‘Abdu’l-Bahá is coming!” “‘Abdu’l-Bahá is coming!”…Everywhere he left a profound impression. His wisdom is said to be a marvel to all who have met him. He shows the greatest familiarity with the Bible and all the holy books of the different religions. He charms men of learning and devotes his life to succoring the poor and unfortunate. …‘Abdu’l-Bahá replied: “What would you say if I prove to you, that woman is the stronger wing?” And the suffragist responded, “You would earn my eternal gratitude.”

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada

PUP: Talk at Church of the Messiah Montreal, Canada The Foundation of the Religions of God is One Foundation
The Prophets of God have been the servants of reality; Their teachings constitute the science of reality. Reality is one; it does not admit plurality. We conclude, therefore, that the foundation of the religions of God is one foundation…The cause of the creation of the phenomenal world is love. All the Prophets have promulgated the law of love…the revelations of all the Prophets of the past have been in perfect unity and agreement, that the heavenly Books have confirmed each other; therefore, why should contention and strife exist among the people?…the religion or guidance of God must be the means of love and fellowship in the world. If religion proves to be the source of hatred, enmity and contention, if it becomes the cause of warfare and strife and influences men to kill each other, its absence is preferable…religion must be in accord with science and reason. If it does not correspond with scientific principles and the processes of reason, it is superstition.
PUP: Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. William Sutherland Maxwell – Montreal, Canada God Created Man With the Potential Power to Attain His Likeness
We must pray that they may be reborn, that they may attain insight and spiritual hearing, that they may receive the gift of another heart, a new transcendent power, and in the eternal world the unending bestowal of divine bounties.
PUP: Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. William Sutherland Maxwell – Montreal, Canada Proofs of the Immortality of the Spirit of Man
…consider the world of dreams, wherein the body of man is immovable, seemingly dead, not subject to sensation; the eyes do not see, the ears do not hear nor the tongue speak. But the spirit of man is not asleep; it sees, hears, moves, perceives and discovers realities. Therefore, it is evident that the spirit of man is not affected by the change or condition of the body. Even though the material body should die, the spirit continues eternally alive, just as it exists and functions in the inert body in the realm of dreams. That is to say, the spirit is immortal and will continue its existence after the destruction of the body.

August 31, 1912

Day 143: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Tells Canada: “Be Happy!” 239 Days article
In Montreal, Canada, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá tells newspapers that Canadians should thank God that they are so blessed.

Diary Entries: Montreal 
Mahmud’s Diary: A pastor and a reporter were among the first Canadians to visit ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Mahmud’s Diary: Universities should allow students opportunities to expound divine philosophies along with natural sciences
Mahmud’s Diary: “Every city in which the remembrance of God is raised is a divine city.”
Mahmud’s Diary: Canadian custom officer didn’t see a need to inspect ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s luggage
Mahmud’s Diary: To walk in the footsteps of the Disciples of Christ
Mahmud’s Diary: An example of the power of the Word of God
Mahmud’s Diary: “…this is the time to work. We must not think of our fatigue.”

News Clips
The Montreal Daily Star  Apostle of Peace Here Predicts an Appalling War in the Old World Europe Heading Straight for a Terrific Conflict, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Declares. “Be Happy! Your in Canada, live in a magnificent, peaceful country. Be happy!”

Bahá’í Shrine in Montreal The Significance of the Shrine ‘Abdu’l-Bahá stayed in the home of May and William Sutherland Maxwell during His ten-day visit to Montreal in 1912. This house is now the only Bahá’í Shrine in Canada because of its association with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit. (Scroll down to video with roses)

August 30, 1912

Day 142: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Arrives in Montreal 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá crosses into Canada to visit May Maxwell of Montreal, one of the first westerners to meet him in ‘Akká in 1899.

Diary Entries: Montreal 
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá arrives in Montreal and goes directly to Maxwell home with Sutherland Maxwell

`Abdu’l-Bahá in Canada `Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to Montreal from August 30, to September 9, 1912.

August 29, 1912

Day 141: William Henry Randall and a Glass of Grape Juice 239 Days article
An unexpected encounter with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá leaves one Bostonian with a lesson in humility.
Great is the power of the intellect but until it becomes the servant of the heart it is of little avail.

Diary Entries: Malden, MA
Mahmud’s Diary: A “… your reward is with Bahá’u’lláh.”

News Clips
Portland Oregon Journal Persian Head Of Bahá’ís Will Pay Portland A Visit He has been received with unusual respect and esteem, not only by the followers of his teaching but also by churches of many denominations, institutions of learning, peace organizations and societies of various kinds. Preparations are under way to receive the famous Persian upon his arrival in Portland in a manner befitting his dignity and great learning.(Gives the history of the persecution of the Bab and Baha’u’llah) Abbas, Effendi…had been born in Teheran at the very hour when the Báb was first uttering his proclamation of the great Coming in the city of Shiraz. Bahá’u’lláh…appointed his son, Abbas, Effendi, to be the “Center of the Covenant” of unity and peace…He addressed the congregation in St. John’s church, Westminster, two days after his arrival in London, at the invitation of Bishop Wilberforce. In April, 1912, he came to America to keep an engagement with the Lake Mohonk Peace society. To the students at Columbia he praised their efforts to acquire knowledge of material sciences, and urged their greater attention to spiritual sciences. He likened the material civilization to the body of which the spiritual civilization is the soul, and said that, where as the soul might live without the body, the body could not exist without the soul. He likened the two civilizations to wings; if either were crippled, no true attainment were possible.

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada

PUP:  Talk at Home of Madame Morey, Malden, Massachusetts God Has Given Man the Eye of Investigation
Nations are devoted to conquest and bloodshed, filled with the animus of religious hatred, seeking the good pleasure of God by killing and destroying those whom in their blindness they consider enemies…That which is forbidden by God they consider acceptable to Him…He must not be an imitator or blind follower of any soul. He must not rely implicitly upon the opinion of any man without investigation; nay, each soul must seek intelligently and independently, arriving at a real conclusion and bound only by that reality…Through failure to investigate reality the Jews rejected Jesus Christ…(Goes into great detail on this subject) Each human creature has individual endowment, power and responsibility in the creative plan of God. Therefore, depend upon your own reason and judgment and adhere to the outcome of your own investigation; otherwise, you will be utterly submerged in the sea of ignorance and deprived of all the bounties of God. Turn to God, supplicate humbly at His threshold, seeking assistance and confirmation, that God may rend asunder the veils that obscure your vision. Then will your eyes be filled with illumination, face to face you will behold the reality of God and your heart become completely purified from the dross of ignorance, reflecting the glories and bounties of the Kingdom…man must free himself from the weeds of ignorance, thorns of superstitions and thistles of imitations that he may discover reality in the harvests of true knowledge. Otherwise, the discovery of reality is impossible, contention and divergence of religious belief will always remain, and mankind, like ferocious wolves, will rage and attack each other in hatred and antagonism…. Just now the soil of human hearts seems like black earth, but in the innermost substance of this dark soil there are thousands of fragrant flowers latent. We must endeavor to cultivate and awaken these potentialities, discover the secret treasure in this very mine and depository of God, bring forth these resplendent powers long hidden in human hearts. Then will the glories of both worlds be blended and increased and the quintessence of human existence be made manifest….

August 28, 1912

Day 140: The Responsibilities of Oneness 239 Days article
At Boston’s Metaphysical Club, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá offers advice on how the abstract notion of oneness applies in everyday life.
“We must exercise extreme patience, sympathy and love toward all mankind,” he said, “considering no soul as rejected. If we look upon a soul as rejected, we have disobeyed the teachings of God.”

Diary Entries: Malden, MA
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá attributes uplifting meetings to confirmations and assistance from Bahá’u’lláh
Mahmud’s Diary: An example of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s caring nature and patience
Mahmud’s Diary: Receptive souls were touched by just entering the presence of the Master

Most likely the Talk referenced yesterday by the Chairman of the Theosophical Society in his introduction of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
PUP: May 23, 1912 Talk at Free Religious Association, or Unitarian Conference Boston, Massachusetts All Created Forms are Progressive in their Planes
(See below: Mahmud’s Diary: August 27, 1912 Malden, MA – Chairman of Theosophical Society gives impressive introduction about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to audience of five-hundred)

August 27, 1912

Day 139: Women’s Work 239 Days article
At Franklin Square House in Boston, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá speaks to working women about how to get ahead.

Diary Entries: Malden, MA
Mahmud’s Diary: Chairman of Theosophical Society gives impressive introduction about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to audience of five-hundred

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada

PUP:  Talk at Metaphysical Club Boston, Massachusetts The Progressive and Perpetual Motion of Elemental Atoms I shall discourse upon a subject involving one of the divine questions, a question of religious and metaphysical importance — namely, the progressive and perpetual motion of elemental atoms throughout the various degrees of phenomena and the kingdoms of existence. It will be demonstrated and become evident that the origin and outcome of phenomena are identical and that there is an essential oneness in all existing things. This is a subtle principle appertaining to divine philosophy and requiring close analysis and attention.

August 26, 1912

Day 138: August 26, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá continues his stay in the Boston area, we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries: Malden, MA
Mahmud’s Diary: “In the world of existence nothing is greater than faithfulness …”
This visit is a proof of faithfulness, proof that we have not forgotten one another. In the world of existence nothing is greater than faithfulness, for it allows love to remain unimpaired in spite of the length of time. Behold how faithful were those blessed souls in Persia…

News Clips
Boston Massachusetts Evening Transcript  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Returns – Public Invited to Hear Persian Scholar in Metaphysical Club Hall Tonight Sunday evening…‘Abdu’l-Bahá [had] addressed an audience which thronged the hall, in the characteristically calm and serene manner about the spiritual forces of life and the many manifestations, on all sides, of the close relation between the unseen and the real world

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada

PUP: Talk at Franklin Square House Boston, Massachusetts
Evidence of Woman’s Superiority,… Her Service in Universal Peace

He gives examples of women in history that proved themselves to be of superlative capacity and determination..peers of man in intellect and equally, courageous. (Zenobia, Cleopatra, Russian Queen, Catherine, Victoria, Queen of England, Mary Magdalene, became the means of consolation and confirmation to the disciples of Christ, and Qurratu’l-‘Ayn who was listened to reverently by the most learned men, were most respectful in her presence, and none dared to contradict her.)

Each is the complement of the other in the divine creative plan…The only distinction between them in the sight of God is the purity and righteousness of their deeds and actions…Demonstrations of force…are neither becoming nor effective in the cause of womanhood and equality. Woman must especially devote her energies and abilities toward the industrial and agricultural sciences, seeking to assist mankind in that which is most needful.

Therefore, strive to show in the human world that women are most capable and efficient, that their hearts are more tender and susceptible than the hearts of men, that they are more philanthropic and responsive toward the needy and suffering, that they are inflexibly opposed to war and are lovers of peace. Strive that the ideal of international peace may become realized through the efforts of womankind, for man is more inclined to war than woman, and a real evidence of woman’s superiority will be her service and efficiency in the establishment of universal peace.

August 25, 1912

Day 137: A Few Thoughts on the Potential of Youth 239 Days article
One of our writers shares her thoughts, and a story, about the capabilities of young people.
‘Abdu’l-Baha… the period of youth “stands out as the choicest time of human life.” He told young people to be distinguished for their “loftiness of purpose,” “determination, noble mindedness,” and “tenacity.”

Diary Entries: Malden, MA
Mahmud’s Diary: Conquest of the dominion of the hearts and souls of men by the Manifestations of God
Mahmud’s Diary: Visiting the sick He stopped by the home of one of the friends whose wife was ill with consumption [tuberculosis].

Promulgation of Universal Peace: Transcriptions of Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the United States and Canada

PUP:  Talk at the New Thought Forum, Metaphysical Club Boston, Massachusetts
Rebirth of the Spirit of Man is Through the Science of the Love of God

Therefore, we must strive with life and heart that the material and physical world may be reformed, human perception become keener, the merciful effulgence manifest and the radiance of reality shine…Therefore, thoughts must be lofty and ideals uplifted in order that the world of humanity may become assisted in new conditions of reform…

If these material tendencies are in such need of reformation, how much greater the need in the world of the human spirit, the world of human thought, perception, virtues and bounties! Is it possible that that need has remained stationary while the world has been advancing in every other condition and direction? It is impossible.

Therefore, we must invoke and supplicate God and strive with the utmost effort in order that the world of human existence in all its degrees may receive a mighty impulse, complete human happiness be attained and the resuscitation of all spirits and emanations be realized through the boundless favor of the mercy of God.

August 24, 1912

Day 136: “The Unmistakable and Universal Reformation” 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá improvises a talk on spiritual reformation at the New Thought Forum in Boston.

Diary Entries: Malden, MA
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá revealed Tablets and received visitors
Mahmud’s Diary: Forgiveness of sins depends upon one’s obedience to the admonitions of the Prophets of God

News Clips
The Montreal Daily Star ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Oriental Prophet, and Leader, Here Soon. HEAD OF WORLD-WIDE “BAHAI” PEACE CULT – Unity of All Religion and Universal Peace is His Gospel. “War must cease,” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá declares. “There is something above and beyond patriotism, and it is better to love your fellowmen than to love only your countrymen. When we see this and know in very truth the brotherhood of man, war will appear to us in its true light as an outrage on civilization, an act of madness and blindness.

Magazine Clip from 1911
The Light in the Lantern by E. S. (Ethel Stefana) Stevens published in Everybody’s Magazine, pages 775-786 – 1911-12-01 (Everybody’s Magazine was an American magazine published from 1899 to 1929. The magazine was headquartered in New York City.)

Come with me now to the Master’s home in Haifa, that you may hear from his own lips the simple tenets of the Bahá faith. We shall have scant trouble in finding it, for every dragoman, cab-driver, and street urchin in the town will vociferously urge his services as guide to the residence of the Persian Prophet, as Abbas Effendi is locally called. The hour when the sun sinks behind the Samarian hills is his time for receiving visitors; and, however long and tiring his day’s work has been, he never refuses to admit and talk with those who have any just claim upon his time, though no Bahá’í would presume to visit Haifa without first obtaining his permission.

His white-walled, red-roofed, rose-smothered house, different in no respect from the dwellings of the Saviour’s day, is as simple within as without, for he lives, though wholly without affectation, in the utmost plainness. Leaving our shoes without the door, after the Oriental fashion, we enter a reception room, spacious, airy, and spotless, its woodwork and undecorated walls painted white, and the low divans that encircle it covered in unpretentious linen. It is a room with many windows, and jars of blushing roses stand on every table, for, as a result of his long imprisonment, perhaps, Abbas Effendi requires a wealth of light and flowers.

Just at sunset, the pilgrims and disciples enter with bent heads and folded hands and seat themselves silently about the room. For each man as he enters, Abbas Effendi has a kindly greeting, a tactful remark, a personal inquiry, or sometimes a humorous sally, which brings a flittering smile to the grave faces — for with these pilgrims this is a solemn and impressive moment. Most of them have suffered for their faith, and many of them have traveled far for this meeting with the Master.

August 23, 1912

Day 135: Sarah J. Farmer: One of America’s Great Religious… 239 Days article
While Sarah J. Farmer continues to pay the price of being a visionary, she and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá take a walk together on Eliot’s…

Diary Entries: Green Acre, ME
Mahmud’s Diary: Leaving Green Acre while friends lined both sides of the road

News Clips
Boston Mass Post Persian to Plead for World Peace In a recent interview he said: “In this day every subject that is presented to a thoughtful audience must be done so with rational proofs corroborated with logical illustrations.”

The Mountain of God by E. S. (Ethel Stefana) Stevens
Sympathetic portrayal by a non-Baha’i of Abdu’l-Baha and the small band of Bahá’ís who lived in Haifa and ‘Akká early in 20th Century. Fiction. Published in World Order, Spring & Summer 1970, This issue of World Order offers its readers a special treat: excerpts from a novel… The Mountain of God, was published in London in 1911. A significant historical document. The author spent considerable time in Haifa and ‘Akka before 1911, met the small group of dedicated Baha’is resident there, among them the great calligrapher, Mishkin Qalam, and attained the presence of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. This unforgettable experience is recorded in the pages of The Mountain of God.

August 22, 1912

Day 134:The Battles of Sarah J. Farmer 239 Days article
Sarah J. Farmer faces stiff opposition from powerful men as she builds Green Acre during the 1890s.

Diary Entries: Green Acre, ME
Mahmud’s Diary: So many people eager to see ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Mahmud’s Diary: A survivor of Titanic came to see the Master
Mahmud’s Diary: People appreciated new insights regarding harmony of science and religion
Mahmud’s Diary: Friends begged ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to receive a few words in His own handwriting
Mahmud’s Diary: Becoming extremely exhausted due to last day’s farewell visits

News Clips
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Post The Bahá’í Movement By Charles Mason Remey.

Some History of Green Acre and Sarah J. Farmer
Sarah Jane Farmer (1844-1916) Founder of Green Acre Bahá’í School Sarah Farmer was named by Shoghi Effendi as one of the nineteen Disciples of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

The Rise and Fall of the Parliament of Religions at Greenacre by Robert P. Richardson – from a non-Bahá’í perspective, the process by which Greenacre became a purely Bahá’í facility. Richardson did not approve. He saw the conversion of Greenacre to a Bahá’í facility a failure to fulfill the ideal of the Parliament of Religions.

August 21, 1912

Day 133:“Within Greenacre’s Mystic Charm and Calm” 239 Days article
In 1899, Sarah Farmer describes the “Greenacre spirit” to a journalist from Lewiston, Maine, during a stroll among the grounds.

Diary Entries: Green Acre, ME
Mahmud’s Diary: “The person who is satisfied with himself is the manifestation of Satan …” Mrs. Tatum said, ‘I feel so dejected today. I am unhappy with myself.’ The Master replied:This is a sign of progress.
Mahmud’s Diary: To become “delivered from the shackles of superstition”
Mahmud’s Diary: The transformative effect of seeing ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Mahmud’s Diary: A group of four hundred people sang in unison songs of praise to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Ep 68: Kathryn Hogenson (author of ‘Lighting the Western Sky’ ) She tells how she became a Baha’i and about Ruhiyyih Khanum and her time at the Baha’i World Centre. Beginning about 23 minutes in she talks about the first Western Baha’i pilgrims to the Holy Land, and how Abdu’l-Baha showed special favor to them. Note: It would be the American Baha’is that took up the main responsibility for spreading the Faith to many countries around the world.

August 20, 1912

Day 132: August 20, 1912: Fred Mortensen Rides the Rails 239 Days article
A former convict meets ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at Green Acre, in what becomes a life-altering experience.

Diary Entries: Green Acre, ME
Mahmud’s Diary: The youth who travelled 1200 miles by riding the rails to meet the Master Each day the Master bestowed kindness upon him and a few days later He gave him money to pay for his journey home. Unknown to anyone, the Master paid for many such expenses. Twice He sent a speaker from New York to Chicago and adjacent cities and on each occasion, although the person was rich, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá gave him more than enough money to defray the expenses of his journey. In addition, He liberally contributed to the poor and to the churches [in which He spoke] in every city.
Mahmud’s Diary: Sarah Farmer was overjoyed by the Master’s visit
Mahmud’s Diary: People do not appreciate the value of the Manifestations of God while They are alive People were even standing in the street to listen to Him. He spoke so beautifully about the relationship of the East and the West that passersby stopped to hear what He had to say.
Mahmud’s Diary: “Up to now in the Cause of the Blessed Beauty a development as great as this has not occurred.”
Mahmud’s Diary: Photo of ‘Abdu’l-Baha at Green Acre The Master asked, ‘Do you have trust in me?

The story of Fred Mortensen by Justin Penoyer – Includes some history of the beginnings of the Baha’i Faith in America

August 19, 1912

Day 131: August 19, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá settles in at Green Acre in Eliot, Maine, we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries: Green Acre, ME
Mahmud’s Diary: “Put your trust in the Blessed Beauty.” Put your trust in the Blessed Beauty. Every momentous work that one undertakes has difficulties in the beginning. One should withstand such difficulties with the utmost steadfastness. We who wish to raise this magnificent edifice must be as brave as the soldiers who are intent on conquering strong fortresses.
Mahmud’s Diary: Visit to a Summer School for Girls
Mahmud’s Diary: Abdu’l-Bahá visited a residence known as the Bahá’í House
Mahmud’s Diary: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá encountered some fortune tellers
Mahmud’s Diary: “…to pray and weep before the Court of God …”
Agnus Parsons’ Diary: The road was decorated with more than a thousand lanterns

PUP: August 17, 1912 Talk at Green Acre Eliot, Maine The Axis Around Which Life Revolves is Love
PUP: August 17, 1912 Talk at Green Acre Eliot, Maine The Worlds of God are in Perfect Harmony and Correspondence

August 18, 1912

Day 130: Hand-in-Hand with the Indomitable Kate Carew 239 Days article
Our producer comments on what he has found most surprising about the journey so far.
What immediately came to mind was ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s engagement with the issue of race…perhaps impossible for any of us to truly understand the racial milieu of 1912, and to grasp how singular it was for a man from the Middle East to arrive on American shores and begin to enact change…On further reflection, I realize that I have been continually surprised at how modern — or even American — ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was…This unlikely convergence is perhaps best exemplified in his interview with Kate Carew.

Diary Entries: Green Acre, ME
Mahmud’s Diary: Abdu’l-Bahá preferred simple foods a visit to Charles Mason Remey’s home
Mahmud’s Diary: “… it would be well for you to give ear to our celestial songs.” Photo: Music sheet of “The New Jerusalem” by Louise (‘Shahnaz’) Waite dedicated to ‘Abdu’l-Baha
Mahmud’s Diary: The audience deeply moved by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s talk His melodious voice rang with majestic tones, moving the chairman of the conference to tears. As the Master was offering a prayer, one lady stood up and then fainted…[she said] It seemed to her that everyone in the audience was flying in heaven. Photo: Passport photo of Martha Root

PUP: Talk at Green Acre Eliot, Maine The Station of Man is Great, Very Great
PUP: Talk at Green Acre Eliot, Maine The Spirit Must Fortify Our Bodily Strength

August 19, 1912

Day 129: The Methods for Investigating Truth 239 Days article
To a packed house at Green Acre, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá speaks on the shortcomings of our ability distinguish the truth.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá set off for Portsmouth to visit Miss Farmer, who had been confined in a private sanatorium against her will for the past two years.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: August 17, 1912 Green Acre, ME ‘Abdu’l-Bahá encourages simplicity in furnishing one’s home a visit to Charles Mason Remey’s home
Mahmud’s Diary: August 17, 1912 Green Acre, ME “… God bestows healing.” When some begged ‘Abdu’l-Baha to heal them he said: Bahá’u’lláh is the Dawning Place of Holiness. Address your needs to Him.
Mahmud’s Diary: August 17, 1912 Green Acre, ME “Truth must be sought and laid bare. No one should endeavor to force upon people what he conceives.”
Mahmud’s Diary: August 17, 1912 Green Acre, ME “Food has nothing to do with faith.”

PUP: August 16, 1912 Talk at Green Acre Eliot, Maine August 16, 1912 Proofs are of Four Kinds first, through sense perception; second, through the reasoning faculty; third, from traditional or scriptural authority; fourth, through the medium of inspiration.

August 16, 1912

Day 128: Five Hundred Welcome ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at Green Acre, 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá arrives at Green Acre in Eliot, Maine, one of “the greatest sources of religious innovation anywhere in the country.”

Diary Entries:
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 16, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá left Dublin, New Hampshire
Mahmud’s Diary: August 16, 1912 Green Acre, ME A crowd of more than 500 people welcomes ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to Green Acre

News Clips
Portland Oregon Telegram August 16, 1912 Chicago, IL
‘Abdu’l-Bahá Wonderful Persian Mystic, Expected To Be Here Next Month

Never have I been in the presence of so majestic, so sublime a personality. He radiates peace, Joy, majesty. Intuitively he answers the questions that come crowding to one’s mind, and no one leaves him unsatisfied or doubting. The effect is indescribable, and was experienced by hundreds who came out of curiosity and intending to scoff, but ‘remained to pray.’

August 15, 1912

Day 127: The Sun Sets on Dublin 239 Days article
After nearly three weeks in Dublin, New Hampshire, it is time for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to say goodbye.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: August 15, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s last day in Dublin, NH
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 15, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá called on some acquaintances
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 15, 1912 Dublin, NH Pictures were taken of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá with His entourage and with children
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 15, 1912 Dublin, NH An example of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s healing power
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 15, 1912 Dublin, NH A delightful evening: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá told stories, peals of laughter by the friends, children clinging to Him from room to motor

News Clips
Portland Oregon Oregonian August 15, 1912
Some Time Ago

August 14, 1912

Day 126: The Religious Pulse of Modern America 239 Days article
American novelist Winston Churchill says that Americans in 1912 are seeking a new spiritual direction. “A house is not built by mere acquaintance with the plans,”

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: August 14, 1912 Dublin, NH Tablet revealed in America: “there is no complete solution for the economic question apart from that offered in the new teachings.” The following is a transcription of that Tablet…
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 14, 1912 Dublin, NH Degrees of sincerity and one’s ability to express it
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 14, 1912 Dublin, NH Persian dinner provided by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 14, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá attended an outdoor play
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 14, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said kind words to household servants and shook hands

News Clips
The Portsmouth Herald August 14, 1912 Green Acre, Eliot‘Abdu’l-Bahá at Green Acre The great Persian teacher, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (literally “Servant of God”) is to spend several days at Green Acre, Eliot, arriving on Friday afternoon, Aug. 16, about 4 o’clock, with his interpreters. The sight of these visitors from Persia and the Holy Land, in their flowing Eastern dress, will be a remarkable one among the Western Pines….In Paris and in London last year, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s discourses, remarkable for their directness and simplicity, drew large audience in religious and scientific circles. The same has been true in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Chicago…

Finishing the Work: `Abdu’l-Bahá in Dublin, New Hampshire, 1912 by Phillip E. Tussing
From 25 July to 16 August 1912, the rural New Hampshire town of Dublin was host to `Abdu’l-Bahá `Abbas. The twenty-three days He spent in Dublin was longer than He spent anywhere in America except New York City. Dublin in 1912 was the site of many summer homes for wealthy and famous people, especially from New York and Washington, D.C. The most well-documented aspect of `Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit is, unsurprisingly, public meetings and visits with the rich and famous. After He gave a talk at the Unitarian Church in Dublin toward the end of His visit ‘Abdu’l-Baha said: The call of God has been raised here, and the work is finished. (A long article but interesting details not included in other postings.)

August 13, 1912

Day 125: Listening to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at the Unitarian Church 239 Days article
Dublin’s motley inhabitants gather together to hear ‘Abdu’l-Bahá one last time.
Howard Colby Ives; His radiant smile and courteous demeanor… Never a dogmatic downward stroke of the hand; never an upraised warning finger; never the assumption of teacher to the taught. But always the encouraging upward swing of hands, as though He would actually lift us up with them. And His voice! Like a resonant bell of finest timbre; never loud but of such penetrating quality that the walls of the room seemed to vibrate with its music.”

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: August 13, 1912 Dublin, NH “… music or an ordinary pleasing voice … has an effect upon the spirit.”
Mahmud’s Diary: August 13, 1912 Dublin, NH “… behold what a desire I had to see you, that I traveled from the East to the West!”
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 13, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá entertained daily visitors and participated in activities

Abbas Effendi: His personality, work, and followers by *E. S. (Ethel Stefana) Stevens Overview of the Baha’i Faith, including a personal interview with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá published in **Fortnightly Review, Volume 95, pages 1067-1084 Chapman and Hall, 1911
She writes: Though I have practically lived in the house during a very busy time, I have never heard an impatient word or complaint…I have been doubly fortunate in seeing him almost daily, and in having continual long interviews with him. During these interviews, one characteristic, not, I think, particularly noticed by those who have written about him, had particularly struck me. That is, his keen sense of humour. (I found it curious how much time ‘Abdu’l-Baha gave to this person who wasn’t a Baha’i and let her experience the day to day happenings within the inner circle of the family. Stories and observations are told here that you won’t find anywhere else. )

* Ethel Stefana Drower was a British cultural anthropologist, orientalist and novelist who studied the Middle East and its cultures.
** The Fortnightly Review was one of the most prominent and influential magazines in nineteenth-century England.

August 12, 1912

Day 124: August 12, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá winds down his stay in the scenic town of Dublin, New Hampshire, we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: August 12, 1912 Dublin, NH Having a picnic with the friends
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 12, 1912 Dublin, NH Examples of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s extreme approachability
Mahmud’s Diary: August 12, 1912 Dublin, NH The immortality of the spirit, economics and the new teachings were subjects of interest to seekers

African American Baha’is at the time of Jim Crow
One of the First Positive Black Characters in American Film (Major Alfred Christopher Goggins) CHRISTOPHER BUCK | OCT 12, 2018 PART 51 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION

August 11, 1912

Day 123: On Cows and Materialist Philosophy 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá disputes the premises of modern materialist philosophy.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: August 11, 1912 Dublin, NH Clarity, perception and vastness of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s knowledge manifested in His public talks
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 11, 1912 Dublin, NH Witnessing the power and majesty of the Center of the Covenant
Mahmud’s Diary: August 11, 1912 Dublin, NH Human factors obscuring the true meaning of the laws of God

News Clips
Portland Oregon Journal August 11, 1912 Bahá’í Assembly to Meet

Black & White Baha’is Working Together During the Jim Crow Era
Breaking Bread between Black & White in the Jim Crow Era (Doris McKay & George Henderson) CHRISTOPHER BUCK | JUN 15, 2015 PART 26 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org (See: July 22, 2021 entry below)

Day 122: Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey So Far: Month Four 239 Days article
Highlights from the fourth month of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey through America.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: August 10, 1912 Dublin, NH Gratitude is the cause of multiple blessings but the apex of gratitude is sacrifice
Mahmud’s Diary: August 10, 1912 Dublin, NH Responding to a comment that Bahá’ís appear to believe in the good teachings of all Prophets and religions
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 10, 1912 Dublin, NH Visiting with Parsons

African American Baha’is at the time of Jim Crow
The Fascinating Story of Major Alfred Goggins CHRISTOPHER BUCK | OCT 15, 2018 PART 52 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org

Note: From the July 30th posting below there was an article that discovered that Major Alfred Goggins was listed on the 1928 Miami, Florida LSA election form.

Pittsburgh Courier News 09 April 1932 Talked With Presidents, Marched With Generals, Veteran Nears Trail’s End Fine Career: Major Alfred Goggins

August 9, 1912

Day 121: The Symbolic Language of the Bible 239 Days article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá argues against interpreting scripture literally.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: August 9, 1912 Dublin, NH “… evil is the non-existence of good.” Ignorance is evil and it is the non-existence of knowledge… absence of justice is oppression…
Mahmud’s Diary: August 9, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá joking with His entourage
Mahmud’s Diary: August 9, 1912 Dublin, NH We should be grateful to Bahá’u’lláh for having true and faithful friends
Mahmud’s Diary: August 9, 1912 Dublin, NH We should refrain from blind imitation the distinction of man lies in his ability to investigate reality and ascertain the truth

Older News Clip from 1911
The Washington Post December 31, 1911 The Coming of Abbas Effendi, Messiah of 6,000,000 Souls Describes a street scene in Akka with ‘Abdu’l-Baha giving alms to the poor.

August 8, 1912

Day 120: The Rights Not Only of Women, But of Men 239 Days article
A small incident in Dublin prompts ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to address the other side of the equal rights issue.

A condition must be realized in which the man and woman sacrifice their rights for each other, serve each other with heart and soul…Hearts must be attracted to the divine fragrances, so that each one prefers the other to himself.

Diary Entries:
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 8, 1912 Dublin, NH According to Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh men and women and equal rights ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said…
Mahmud’s Diary: August 8, 1912 Dublin, NH Man has no right to seek vengeance. The community, however, has responsibility for protection The more material education advances, the more competitive is the race in aggression and injustice. But spiritual education is the cause of competition in praiseworthy actions and the acquisition of human perfections. We hope that day by day these injustices will diminish and the spiritual virtues increase.
Mahmud’s Diary: August 8, 1912 Dublin, NH Human spirit is immortal but there are differences in stations
Mahmud’s Diary: August 8, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was asked: What is the relationship between God and nature?

News Clips
Oakland Cal Enquirer August 8, 1912 Berkeley, CA Local Artist Wins Fame by Portrait her portraits of noted men, has achieved new laurels in New York through her completion of the head of ‘Abdul Bába, of the Bahá’í faith.

‘Abdu’l-Baha Promotes the Equality of Women and Men
Emmeline Pankhurst, Abdu’l-Baha, and the Suffragettes by David Langness JUL 31, 2021 at BahaiTeachings.org

August 7, 1912

Day 119: The Progressive Party Acclaims Theodore… 239 Days article
In Chicago, the National Progressive Party Convention welcomes its candidate amidst fanfare akin to a religious revival.

Diary Entries: Excerpts from a Talk by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Parsons
Mahmud’s Diary: August 7, 1912 Dublin, NH “… for existence there is no death … there is a transfer from one state to another.”
Mahmud’s Diary: Second, The “changes experienced by the body do not affect the soul.” For instance, the body is young but it grows old, while the soul remains unaffected; the body becomes weak but the soul does not; the body becomes diseased or paralyzed but the soul remains unchanged.
Mahmud’s Diary: Third & Fourth, The soul’s “existence is not dependent on the body.” [the soul] does not sleep when the body is asleep; rather, it has perception, it discovers, it flies and it travels.The body is in one single place but the soul is present in various places… Thus, the soul has a control and influence which the body has not. The body cannot see but the soul can see and has perception. Therefore, it follows that its existence is not dependent on the body.
Mahmud’s Diary: Fifth, The body is in “harmony with the spirit” and “under its influence” Briefly, there can be no effect without a cause, for as long as there is an effect there must be a cause. Therefore, though Christ appeared one thousand nine hundred and twelve years ago, His signs still exist today and His sovereignty and influence are manifest. Is it possible for that divine Spirit to be non-existent and these great signs still to be present? Therefore it is established that the Cause of these signs is He Who is the source of eternal light and everlasting bounties.
Mahmud’s Diary: Sixth, The “spirit of man possesses all forms and has manifold shapes simultaneously.” the spirit of man possesses all forms and has manifold shapes simultaneously. It has no need to change from one form to another. As it is beyond change and forms, it is non-material and eternal.
Mahmud’s Diary: Seventh Just like the power of mind, knowledge and other intellectual realities, the soul is “not subject to annihilation.”
Mahmud’s Diary: Ending Characteristics of a person who is endowed with perception He sees that all created beings are in harmony with the spirit and are under its influence…For he has spiritual susceptibilities and is affected by conscience and spiritual impulses. He is not limited by rational constraints or human emotions and sentiments.

Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 7, 1912 Dublin, NH A relaxing afternoon with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

News Clips
The New York Times July 2, 1911 New York, NY Bahaism Founded in Martyrdom, Taking Root Here Though This Persian Religion Was Established Only 70 Years Ago, Its Followers Have Suffered Persecutions Rivaling Those of the Early Christians — Now Numbers 10,000,000 Adherents.

August 6, 1912

Day 118: August 6, 1912: Socialism, Strikes, and Oscar Wilde 239 Days in America article
Late at night, Margaret Sanger and George De Forest Brush discuss Socialism, labor, and strikes: regular subjects for ‘Abdu’l-Baha.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: August 6, 1912 Dublin, NH “Whatever occurs is the cause of the elevation of the Word of God and the victory of the divine Cause …” …What hardship, grief or affliction could be greater than that which occurred at the time when the Blessed Beauty was exiled from Tihran?…Consider the case of Abraham. Had He not been exiled…
Mahmud’s Diary: August 6, 1912 Dublin, NH Harmful effects of disunity and discord

PUP: August 6, 1912 Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons, Dublin, New Hampshire The Foundations of All the Divine Prophets and Holy Books are One 88.4 Question: Does ‘Abdu’l-Bahá find Christianity is not lived up to and carried out in America? 88.5 So Christ said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect,” meaning that perfection is the requirement of Christianity. Be the image and likeness of God. This is not easy. It necessitates the focalization of all heavenly virtues. It requires that we become recipients of all the perfections of God. 88.6 When Christ appeared with those marvelous breaths of the Holy Spirit, the children of Israel said, “We are quite independent of him; we can do without him and follow Moses; we have a book and in it are found the teachings of God; what need, therefore, have we of this man?” 88.7 Therefore, mere knowledge is not sufficient for complete human attainment. The teachings of the Holy Books need a heavenly power and divine potency to carry them out. 88.8 Briefly, the teachings of the Holy Books need a divine potency to complete their accomplishment in human hearts. Bahá’u’lláh not only proclaimed this unity and love; He established it…it is evident that the confirmation of the Holy Spirit and impelling influence of a heavenly power are needed to accomplish the divine purpose in human hearts and conditions. 88.10 It is, therefore, evident and proved that an effort must be put forward to complete the purpose and plan of the teachings of God in order that in this great Day of days the world may be reformed, souls resuscitated, a new spirit of life found, hearts become illumined, mankind rescued from the bondage of nature, saved from the baseness of materialism and attain spirituality and radiance in attraction toward the divine Kingdom. This is necessary; this is needful. Mere reading of the Holy Books and texts will not suffice. We need an army to attain victory in the spiritual world; mere plans are not sufficient; ideas and principles are helpless without a divine power to put them into effect. 88.12 there is need of the stimulus of the joy of glad tidings in human hearts. Certain spiritual attraction is requisite in order that hearts may willingly take the step forward in the divine Cause. We must become attracted to God. The breaths of the Holy Spirit must take effect. Unless this is so, it is impossible for the teachings of God to accomplish in us. An ideal power is necessary. [story of Qurratu’l-Ayn] She was like a lioness. Her action caused a great turmoil throughout the land of Persia. So excessive and compulsory is the requirement for veiling in the East that the people in the West have no idea of the excitement and indignation produced by the appearance of an unveiled woman. Qurratu’l-Ayn lost all thought of herself and was unconscious of fear in her attraction to God.

August 5, 1912

Day 117: August 5, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days in America article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá continues his stay in the scenic environs of Dublin, New Hampshire, we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: August 5, 1912 Dublin, NH Becoming “captives of the love of God and of service to the Cause of the oneness of humanity”
Mahmud’s Diary: August 5, 1912 Dublin, NH Inability to sense a thing, such as the spiritual world, is not a proof of its nonexistence
Mahmud’s Diary: August 5, 1912 Dublin, NH Green and verdant surroundings inspire praises for God

PUP: August 5, 1912 Talk at Dublin Inn in New Hampshire When We Perceive Reality these Texts Become Perfectly Reconcilable

African American Baha’is at the time of Jim Crow:
The Ride: Black and White Unity in the Jim Crow South (more on Louis Gregory and Willard McKay’s journey through the South) JANET RUHE-SCHOEN | OCT 23, 2020 PART 1 IN SERIES THE WISDOM OF LOUIS GREGORY at BahaiTeachings.org

August 4, 1912

Day 116: The Challenges of Finding ‘Abdu’l-Bahá 239 Days in America article
We share some observations about our approach to discovering and portraying ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

Diary Entries:
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 4, 1912 Dublin, NH Conversation with some colored people at Parsons’ boat house
Mahmud’s Diary: August 4, 1912 Dublin, NH Each action and word of the Manifestation of God have many meanings – they have no equal In the afternoon He spoke in Mr. and Mrs. Parsons’s drawing room about the power of the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh and the assistance and confirmations of the Greatest Name.
Mahmud’s Diary: August 4, 1912 Dublin, NH Everyone “must hear the Voice of the Lord in whatever way possible or by whatever means”

News Clips
The Washington Herald August 4, 1912 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá — a Sign of the Times

African American Baha’is at the time of Jim Crow:
The Original Freedom Ride, 1931: Louis Gregory and Willard McKay JANET RUHE-SCHOEN | OCT 11, 2020 PART 4 IN SERIES THE WISDOM OF LOUIS GREGORY FIGHTER FOR RACIAL JUSTICE at BahaiTeachings.org

August 3, 1912

Day 115: “Get the Races to Intermarry” 239 Days in America article
While speaking to African American servants on the shores of Dublin Lake, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá makes a surprising announcement.

Diary Entries:
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 3, 1912 Dublin, NH “There is nothing more delightful than the emotion one feels in embracing a sweet child …” …it makes one’s very ribs dilate.”
Mahmud’s Diary: August 3, 1912 Dublin, NH Secondary laws of religions change in every age
Mahmud’s Diary: August 3, 1912 Dublin, NH The effectiveness of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Talks The explanations must be adapted to the capacity of the hearers and suited to the exigency of the time. Beauty of style, moderation in delivery and suitability of words and meanings are necessary. It is not only a matter of uttering words.

News Clips
Denver Colorado Post August 3, 1912 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas the Persian Prophet ‘Abdul-Bahá Abbas, the Persian prophet, says men and women will eventually be even as they were in the Garden of Eden. If ‘Abdul-Bahá has any followers in this country this declaration ought to get lots of votes for the women.

African American Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha:
How Louis Gregory Got the Strength to Carry On JANET RUHE-SCHOEN | OCT 4, 2020 PART 3 IN SERIES THE WISDOM OF LOUIS GREGORY FIGHTER FOR RACIAL JUSTICE at BahaiTeachings.org

Above All Barriers A Moving Tribute of Louis Gregory by Elsie Austin, an African-American attorney from Cincinnati, Ohio

August 2, 1912

Day 114: Being Black in the Progressive Era 239 Days in America article
In 1910 an African American lawyer boards a ship to Egypt to meet ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and reflects on what it means to be an American.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: August 2, 1912 Dublin, NH Need for unity and amity between blacks and whites – announcing upcoming interracial marriage
Mahmud’s Diary: August 2, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá presented clear and persuasive proofs about Muhammad, the Prophet of God

Abdu’l-Baha’s Radical Approach to Race Unity JONATHAN MENON | JUN 15, 2020 at BahaiTeachings.org

August 1, 1912

Day 113: Out and About in Dublin 239 Days in America article
‘Abdu’l-Bahá settles into summer life at the resort village of Dublin, New Hampshire.

Diary Entries:
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 1, 1912 Dublin, NH Visiting a nearby boys’ Summer-School camp See Photo of ‘Abdu’l-Baha with boys at the camp.
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: August 1, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote a Tablet for Agnes Parsons’ son, Jeffrey, at her request
Mahmud’s Diary: August 1, 1912 Dublin, NH Points to keep in mind when undertaking charitable works
Mahmud’s Diary: August 1, 1912 Dublin, NH Transformative effects of Bahá’u’lláh’s Teachings – two examples

Tablet of Baha’u’llah extolling the station of ‘Abdu’l-Baha is put to music
‘Abdu’l-Baha visits Beirut It was on this occasion of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to Beirut that Bahá’u’lláh revealed the Lawh-i-Ard-i-Bá (Tablet of the Land of Bá, Beirut). Here is the full text of this glorious Tablet extolling the station of the Master, the Centre of the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh. Source: The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, Volume 4, Chapter 17

Song by Luke Slott Tablet to the Land of Bá (Tribute to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá) Home of Light, a new album in honour of the Centenary of the Passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, is being released one song at a time from August through November.

July 31, 1912

Day 112: Abbott Thayer, Father of Camouflage 239 Days in America article
Dublin painter Abbott Thayer sees the presence of God reflected in the everyday displays of nature.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: July 31, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá visited a summer school and was enthusiastically received by the students
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: July 31, 1912 Dublin, NH Responding to a question concerning the word “obey” in marriage ceremony I told Him that many people objected to having “obey” in the marriage service among the promises made by the woman. He answered that it should not be there, as God intended the man and the woman to be one and the use of the word obey assumes two. He was profound, joyous, amusing!
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: July 31, 1912 Dublin, NH Saying good bye to one of the believers
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: July 31, 1912 Dublin, NH Walking with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the “bird cage”

African American Baha’is at the time of Jim Crow:
How a Baha’i Letter to a Black Man Revealed Dignity and Justice (NSA to Mr. D. A. Dorsey – August 17, 1926) CHRISTOPHER BUCK | SEP 20, 2018 PART 47 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org

Why Did Early Black Civic Leaders Become Baha’is? CHRISTOPHER BUCK | SEP 25, 2018 PART 48 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org
A number of newspaper articles show that Sarah E. Thompson was a civic leader, as was Dana A. Dorsey himself. In fact, the two civic leaders are associated in an article about an epidemic of Spanish influenza that swept Miami in 1918—when a “temporary hospital in colored town” was set up to treat African Americans stricken by the epidemic.. Sarah E. Thompson, president of the federation of colored women’s clubs
The Miami Baha’i membership list “Mrs. S. E. Thompson,” as a new Baha’i, on the 1928–1929 updated list. The news article also list D. A. Dorsey as the owner of the building in which this “temporary hospital in colored town” was set up.

July 30, 1912

Day 111: George de Forest Brush, “Lover of Indians” 239 Days in America article
Dublin painter George de Forest Brush brings European Orientalism to his romantic depictions of America’s Native

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: July 30, 1912 Dublin, NH “Confirmation is not dependent on talent, knowledge or wisdom … everything comes about through the assistance of God.”
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: July 30, 1912 Dublin, NH Examples of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s gentleness and kindness

Dana Albert Dorsey

African American Baha’is at the time of Jim Crow:
How Miami’s Renowned Black Entrepreneur Became a Baha’i (Dana Albert Dorsey) CHRISTOPHER BUCK | AUG 24, 2018 PART 44 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org


How the Baha’is Fought Jim Crow in Miami CHRISTOPHER BUCK | SEP 30, 2018 – PART 49 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION “a weekly meeting is being conducted regularly at the Dorsey Hotel, a centre for the progressive Negro population of this Southern metropolis. Its owner, Mr. D. A. Dorsey, is a colored financier, highly regarded by all the promoters of Greater Miami. Having accumulated more than five million dollars, [Mr. Dorsey] is now actively engaged in founding a Model Negro City near Miami, in which he has donated a site for a [Baha’i House of Worship].”

July 29, 1912

Day 110: July 29, 1912: The Week Ahead 239 Days in America article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá settles in with the residents of Dublin, New Hampshire, we take a look at the week ahead.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: July 29, 1912 Dublin, NH Troubles we “endure for the sake of name and fame”
Mahmud’s Diary: July 29, 1912 Dublin, NH “… our happiness consists in service to the Most Holy Threshold.”
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: July 29, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explained a method of taxation which would produce peace and plenty for all

News Clip:
San Francisco California Chronicle July 29, 1912 A Prophet from the East ” To his personal name, Abbas Effendi, or Sir Abbas, has been appended the magnificent Arabic title ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, “The Slave of the Glory,” a parallel to the equally splendid designations Abd ur Rahman. “The Slave of the Merciful,” and Abd ur Rahim “The Slave of the Compassionate,” by which pious Moslems expressed their whole-hearted subjection to the will of Allah, the most high.”

African American Baha’is at the time of Jim Crow:
Meet Miami’s First Black Millionaire, Who Worked to Worship (Dana Albert Dorsey) CHRISTOPHER BUCK | AUG 24, 2018 PART 43 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org

July 28, 1912

Day 109: A Different Side of America 239 Days in America article
Unlike in New York and the big cities, a different kind of American experience unfolds in Dublin, New Hampshire.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: July 28, 1912 Dublin, NH The Master’s affection and love for Mirza Abu’l-Fadl
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: July 28, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke English and radiated happiness
Mahmud’s Diary: July 28, 1912 Dublin, NH “… we have nothing to do with political affairs …”
Mahmud’s Diary: July 28, 1912 Dublin, NH An example of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s innate knowledge
Mahmud’s Diary: July 28, 1912 Dublin, NH Like mirrors, the hearts of the Manifestations of God reflect attributes of God

Seeing Race through Abdu’l-Baha’s Eyes JAMAR M. WHEELER | NOV 8, 2020 at BahaiTeachings.org

July 27, 1912

Day 108: The Modern Science of Breeding Better People 239 Days in America article
As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá talks with Agnes Parsons about her handicapped son, scientists in London meet to discuss the emerging science of…

Diary Entries:
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: July 27, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was asked about the significance of color red
Mahmud’s Diary: July 27, 1912 Dublin, NH Receiving visitors at Parsons’ residence
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: July 27, 1912 Dublin, NH Sightseeing and visiting with the friends of the Parsons
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: July 27, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá insisted on paying all of His expenses
Mahmud’s Diary: July 27, 1912 Dublin, NH Greatness of Bahá’í Dispensation and its effect on civilization

How a Letter to America Raised the Call for Divine Justice VAHID HOUSTON RANJBAR | OCT 27, 2020 at BahaiTeaching.org (This article gives us overview of the historical background for the social conditions that ‘Abdu’l-Baha was facing. It includes excerpts from Coralie Franklin Cooks letter to ‘Abdu’l-Baha.)

July 26, 1912

Day 107: A Sleepy Morning in Dublin, New Hampshire 239 Days in America article
The unorthodox inhabitants of small country resort town awaken to find ‘Abdu’l-Bahá among them.

Diary Entries:
Agnes Parsons’ Diary: July 26, 1912 Dublin, NH ‘Abdu’l-Bahá sees what is within a human being rather than just their actions
Mahmud’s Diary: July 26, 1912 Dublin, NH Praising the faith of an American believer and foreseeing its impact on her family Ere long the whole of her family [Mrs. Krug’s] will consider the faith of that lady as the crown of honor on their heads.
Mahmud’s Diary: July 26, 1912 Dublin, NH Tablet of the Báb to Nasiri’d-Din Shah
Mahmud’s Diary: July 26, 1912 Dublin, NH Shaykh Salman, messenger of Bahá’u’lláh’s Tablets to believers in Persia

New Clips:
Concord NH Monitor July 26, 1912 Concord, NH Remarkable Persian Sage
Boston Massachusetts Evening Herald July 26, 1912 Boston, MA Syrian Meal For Persian Prophet

Coralie Franklin Cook (1861–1942)

African American Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha:
Shining Lamp: Coralie Franklin Cook: In 1898, she married George William Cook, a dean and professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Coralie joined the Howard faculty and became the Chair of Oratory. Coralie and George learned about the Bahá’í Faith (1910), and they soon began hosting Bahá’í meetings on campus. When ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the leader of the Faith, spoke at Howard in 1912, the Cooks helped to organize the event…In 1914, Coralie wrote to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and described the crisis of racism in America. She wrote, “Race relationship … is in a deplorable condition.” She called on her fellow Bahá’ís to “stand by the teachings though it requires superhuman courage …” Source: Brilliant Star Magazine

Letter to Abdu’l-Baha from Coralie F. Cook

The First Convention for Amity Between the Races Coralie Franklin Cook is on the program to give the first address on Saturday evening, May 21, “Colored Poets and Their Poetry”. CHRISTOPHER BUCK | MAY 21, 2021 PART 62 IN SERIES THE UNIVERSAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at BahaiTeachings.org

African American Oral History Project Coralie Franklin Cook College teacher * Public speaker *School board member | She is also the first known descendant among those enslaved at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate to graduate from college. (Contains a powerful quote from one of her speeches.)

Gifted Colored Woman Coralie Franklin Cook to Speak in this City Thursday Night Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Monday, December 8, 1902 …Rochester people who heard her speech two years ago in the Lafayette Opera House, Washington, D. C., on the occasion of Susan B. Anthony’s eightieth birthday, to an audience of 3,000, give assurance that a rare treat is in store for all who go to listen to her story.

July 25, 1912

Day 106: What Can the Hypocrite Know? 239 Days in America article
Before leaving Boston, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá lays out the standard of conduct he expects from Bahá’u’lláh’s followers.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: July 25, 1912 Boston, MA “We have come for work and service and not for leisure.” As this place is a summer resort and many prominent people are present, therefore, unless they should themselves ask, the friends should not teach openly. They must deal with them with perfect dignity and honor.

News Clips:
Philadelphia PA Telegraph July 25, 1912 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Message In the coming of this bearded man from the East asking again in effect, “How can a man love his Father in Heaven, whom he hath not seen, if he love not his brother on earth, whom he hath seen?” there is a powerful appeal to the spiritual emotions…This wise man from the East is a sign of the times. In him is embodied in large degree that new spirit of world-wide unity which so powerfully moves all races in this age.

PUP: July 25, 1912 Talk at Hotel Victoria Boston, Massachusetts Two Susceptibilities – Natural Emotions, Spiritual Susceptibilities What is the dust which obscures the mirror? It is attachment to the world, avarice, envy, love of luxury and comfort, haughtiness and self-desire; this is the dust which prevents reflection of the rays of the Sun of Reality in the mirror…. But sincerity, justice, humility, severance, and love for the believers of God will purify the mirror and make it radiant with reflected rays from the Sun of Truth.

A Gift of Trousers Source: Stories About Abdu’l-Baha | Portals to Freedom | bahai.us CENTENARY 2021

July 24, 1912

Day 105: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Science Proves the Human Spirit 239 Days in America article
In Boston, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá argues that human intelligence differs from nature not just in degree, but in kind.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: July 24, 1912 Boston, MA Selecting a universal language
Mahmud’s Diary: July 24, 1912 Boston, MA Talks on themes such as special deeds, East-West relationship, and immortality of human spirit

PUP: July 24, 1912 Talk to Theosophical Society, Boston, Massachusetts The Spirit of Man is the Most Noble of Phenomena

African American Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha:
How One Baha’i Battled Jim Crow a look at the remarkable accomplishments of the distinguished African American Baha’i, Professor George W. Henderson, that tries to understand his legacy of positive progress in the face of enormous resistance in the pre-integration Jim Crow South.

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.

Diary Entries:
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.

African American Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha:
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.

Diary Entries:
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.

African American Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha:

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.

Diary Entries:
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.”

African American Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha:
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.

Diary Entries:
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.

African American Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha:
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.

Diary Entries:
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

African American Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha:
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.

Diary Entries:
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.

Diary Entries:
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

Diary Entries:
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.

Diary Entries:
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.

Diary Entries:
Mahmud’s Diary: July 14 Exhausting daily activities

News Clips:
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.

Diary Entries:
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 Clips:
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.
Diary Entries:
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.

Diary Entries:
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

Diary Entries:
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.

Diary Entries:
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.

Diary Entries:
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?

Diary Entries:
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 Clips:
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.

Diary Entries:
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 Clips:

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.

Diary Entries:
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.

Diary Entries:
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

Diary Entries:
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.

Diary Entries:
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

Diary Entries:
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

Diary Entries:
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.

Diary Entries:
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.

Diary Entries:
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

Diary Entries:
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.

Diary Entries:
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.

Diary Entries:
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

African American Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha

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.

Diary Entries:
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

African American Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha:
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

Diary Entries:
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, 2021Temple 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.

Diary Entries:
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.

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

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.

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

Diary Entries:
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. bahai.us CENTENARY 2021

June 18, 1912

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

Diary Entries:
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

Diary Entries:
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

Diary Entries:
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

Diary Entries:
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

Diary Entries:
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

Diary Entries:
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.

Diary Entries:
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

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

African American Baha’is at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
W.E.B. Du Bois and the Baha’i Faith by Guy Emerson Mount BLACK PERSPECTIVES

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

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

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

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

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