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Old 10-12-2014, 10:24 AM   #241
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A SUPPLICATION FROM THE ORIENT

In the afternoon I again sought the Holy Presence, this time finding Him at home. For a time, Tamaddun ul Molk and I were His only visitors. A brief silence was broken by the Words of 'Abdu'l-Bahá: "We are all here together." By this He meant, as explained by Tamaddun, there was unity between us. Then we were permitted to see a supplication written by Taj al Tatenah, daughter of the former Shah of Persia, the same monarch by whose orders the Báb was executed, Bahá'u'lláh was imprisoned and exiled, and thousands of the friends of God were martyred in the dust. Now the daughter of this proud and cruel king in deepest humility addresses 'Abdu'l-Bahá. This supplication, translated from the Persian, read: "O, 'Abdu'l-Bahá! Forgiver of sins, Merciful, Bountiful, Pitiful! How can a sinner like me reach thee? Yea, as the shower is pleasant to the drinker, so the Mercy of God is delicious to sinners. The Dawning Place of Mercy guides sinners into the broad way of forgiveness and distressed ones sink into the Ocean of Pardon, until from this world it bears them into the Kingdom. And in the Stream of Life laves those who would purify themselves and are not refused. Thus with Merciful Hands Thou hast taken hold of this unworthy maidservant and in this worldly state hast bestowed upon her the Bounty of God. Thou are the Merciful through all, and through all the Forgiver of sins! It is best for a servant to confess his sins to God; otherwise no one can do His Will." "So in these few days of life, take Thou this unworthy maidservant under the shadow of Thy Bounty according to the Will of God, and bestow Thou upon me permission to come and visit the threshold of Thy Palace, which, through the Merciful, is my utmost desire." "The servant of Thy Blessed Gate, Taj al Tatenah." This name signifies "Crown of the Kingship of the country."

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Old 10-18-2014, 12:44 PM   #242
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The moment this Divine Message is carried forward by the American believers from the shores of America and is propagated through the continents of Europe, of Asia, of Africa and of Australasia, and as far as the islands of the Pacific, this community will find itself securely established upon the throne of an everlasting dominion. Then will all the peoples of the world witness that this community is spiritually illumined and divinely guided.

~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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13. PARABLE – He was asked at a meeting of August 6, 1912, in New Hampshire, “Are not all Christians Bahá’ís? Is there any difference?” His answer, illustrated by parable, was as follows: “When Christians act according to the teachings of Christ, they are called Bahá’ís. For the foundations of Christianity and the religion of Bahá’u’lláh are one. The foundations of all the divine Prophets and Holy Books are one. The difference among them is one of terminology only. Each springtime is identical with the former springtime. The distinction between them is only one of the calendar –1911, 1912, and so on. The difference between a Christian and a Bahá’í, therefore is this: There was a former springtime, and there is a springtime now. No other difference exists because the foundations are the same. Whosoever acts completely in accordance with the teachings of Christ is a Bahá’í . . .
“Let me illustrate further. A certain person bestowed a coin upon five beggars. They resolved to spend it for food. The Englishman said, “Buy grapes.” The Turk wanted uzum, the Arab anab, the Greek stafili, the Persian angur. Not understanding each other’s language, they quarreled and fought. A stranger came along. He was familiar with all five languages. He said “Give me the coin; I will buy what you wish.” When he brought them grapes, they were all satisfied. They wanted the same thing but differed in the term only. Briefly, when reality dawns in the midst of the religions, all will be unified and reconciled.” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, pp. 247,248
 
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The moment this Divine Message is carried forward by the American believers from the shores of America and is propagated through the continents of Europe, of Asia, of Africa and of Australasia, and as far as the islands of the Pacific, this community will find itself securely established upon the throne of an everlasting dominion. Then will all the peoples of the world witness that this community is spiritually illumined and divinely guided.

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Old 10-22-2014, 02:44 PM   #245
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With kind thanks to Sen McGlinn's Blog for this article. First of two letters by The Master sent to Andrew Carnegie.

I have followed the Star of the West text, except that the introductory words are printed only in the New York Times version of the letter. The term “irrefragable” used in the translation means indisputable.

To the noble personage, his Excellency Mr. Andrew Carnegie:
May God assist him!

He is God!

1. O thou illustrious soul! O thou the great pillar of the palace of universal peace! It is some time since I intended to correspond with thee, but there was no intermediary between us. Now that his excellency, Mr. Topakyan, has made this possible through his kindly suggestion, I write thee this epistle; for truly I say thou art the lover of humanity and one of the founders of universal peace.

2. Today the most great service to the kingdom of God is the promotion of the principle of the unification of mankind and the establishment of universal peace. A number of souls who were doctrinaires and unpractical thinkers worked for the realization of this most exalted aim and good cause, but they were doomed to failure, save that lofty personage who has been and is still promoting the matter of international arbitration and general conciliation through deeds, words, self sacrifice and the generous donation of wealth and property. Rest thou assured that through the confirmations of the holy spirit thou wilt become confirmed and assisted in the accomplishment of this most resplendent service, and in this mortal world thou shalt lay the foundation of an immortal, everlasting edifice, and in the end thou wilt sit upon the throne of incorruptible glory in the kingdom of God.

3. All the leaders and statesmen of Europe are thinking on the plane of war and the annihilation of the mansion of humanity, but thou art thinking on the plane of peace and love and the strengthening and reinforcement of the basis of the superstructure of the human world. They are the heralds of death, thou art the harbinger of life. The foundations of their palaces are unstable and wavering and the turrets of their mansions are tottering and crumbling, but the basis of thy structure is firm and unmovable.

4. While I was journeying throughout America and Europe, I cried before all the meetings, conventions, and churches “O ye noble friends! The world of humanity is facing in the future a most portentous danger and supreme calamity. The continent of Europe has become like unto a gunpowder magazine and arsenal, under which are hidden combustible materials of the most inflammatory nature. Its combustion will be dependent upon the sudden and unexpected enkindling of one tiny spark which shall envelop the whole earth with a world-wide conflagration, causing the total collapse of European civilization through the furious, wild, raging, fiery tongues of war. Therefore, O ye well-wishers of the world of humanity, endeavor by day and by night so that these inflammable materials may not come in touch with the burning fires of racial antipathy and hatred!”

5. Today the life of mankind and its attainment to everlasting glory depend on its display of effort and exertion in accord with the principles of his holiness Baha’u’llah; for his first and foremost teaching consists of the oneness of the world of humanity. He says: “We are all the sheep of God. His Highness, the Almighty, is the real Shepherd and kind to all the sheep. Why then should we be unkind toward each other?” Another of his most great institutes deals with the subject of universal peace, the establishment of which would be conducive to the well-being and progress and tranquillity of the commonwealth of man.

6. Other precepts of Baha’u’llah treat of the identity of the underlying foundations of the religions of God, the original oneness of the nations, the adoption and general practice of a universal auxiliary language and the inculcation of the ideal of cosmopolitanism and world patriotism among the children of men; consequently in the future his teachings will act as a deterrent and preventive from the occurrence of the most great danger, i. e. universal war.

7. Today the most important object of the kingdom of God is the promulgation of the cause of universal peace and the principle of the oneness of the world of humanity. Whosoever arises in the accomplishment of this preeminent service the confirmations of the holy spirit will descend upon him.

8. Now all that has been predicted has come to pass, and the lurid flames of this war have emblazoned the horizon of the east and the west, causing a reverberating social earthquake through the columns of the earth. After this war the workers for the cause of universal peace will increase day by day, and the pacific party will array its force, displaying great activity with better advantage, and in the end gaining a permanent triumph and eternal victory over all the other parties. The realization of this matter is incontestable and irrefragable.

9. Therefore, before long a vast and unlimited field will be opened before your view for the display of your powers and energies. You must promote this glorious intention with the heavenly power and the confirmation of the holy spirit. I am praying in thy behalf that thou mayest erect a pavilion and unfurl a flag in the world of peace, love, and eternal life.

I beg you to accept the consideration of my highest and deepest respect.

(Signed) Abdul-Baha Abbas.
Translated by Mirza Ahmad Sohrab, May 1, 1915.
Home of Abdu’l-Baha, Mount Carmel, Haifa, Syria.
 
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Once, when I lived in Baghdad,” He [‘Abdu’l-Bahá] went on, “I was invited to the house of a poor thorn-picker. In Baghdad the heat is greater even than in Syria; and it was a very hot day. But I walked twelve miles to the thorn-picker’s hut. Then his wife made a little cake out of some meal for Me and burnt it in cooking it, so that it was a black, hard lump. Still that was the best reception I ever attended.”
(Misc Bahá’í, The Diary of Juliet Thompson)
 
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He put His two thumbs to my eyes while He wiped the tears from my face; admonishing me not to cry, that one must always be happy. And He laughed. Such a ringing, boyish laugh. It was as though He had discovered the most delightful joke imaginable: a divine joke which only He could appreciate.
(Howard Colby Ives, Portals to Freedom, p. 32)
 
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He put His two thumbs to my eyes while He wiped the tears from my face; admonishing me not to cry, that one must always be happy. And He laughed. Such a ringing, boyish laugh. It was as though He had discovered the most delightful joke imaginable: a divine joke which only He could appreciate.
(Howard Colby Ives, Portals to Freedom, p. 32)
Yes, Bill. For sure, we must strive to be happy joyful beings. It is part of God's plan for us.
 
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One of the chief reasons for irreligion among people is that the leaders of religion, such as the Catholic priests, take a little bread and wine, breathe over it and then say that the bread is the flesh of Christ and the wine is the body of Christ. Of course, the man of understanding will not accept these dogmas and would say that if this bread and wine turned into the flesh and blood of Christ by the breath of the priest, then the priest must be superior to Christ.” Thus, Bahá’u’lláh has said, ‘Every matter that is contrary to sound reason and science as opposed to the fundamental principles of divine religion is an obstacle to the progress of the cause of people avoiding and rejecting the laws of God.’
(Earl Redman, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, p. 224-225)
 
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Mrs. Tatum then remarked that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá always seem to think of automobiles when He saw her, and she wished she might inspire a more spiritual thought. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá answered: “One must often bring serious discussions through jokes, and then they will give happiness and rejoicing. Some people have frowns and are always serious. This is because of the narrowness of their thoughts. All should be openhearted and smiling.
(Earl Redman, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, p. 160)
 
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Howard Colby Ives (my father) first heard of the Faith through Clarence Moore (the father of Emily Kalantar) and, from the very first mention, he was skeptically reluctant to put such faith in this wonderful Message. For years he had put his faith in various things and in the end, found that faith betrayed. In his search, he had become a Unitarian minister and was, at the time of his meeting with Clarence Moore, becoming, as he had before with other beliefs, disillusioned and unhappy within the confinement of a dogma. So he was not about to pin this tattered hope of his to any new masthead only to have it torn down once more. He and Clarence had many hours of discussion, but Father, longing so desperately to find the Truth that would, for all eternity, prove itself to be unflawed and real, refused to be moved from his stand of doubt and fearfulness. ‘It is a beautiful Message", he told Clarence, “It is a beautiful dream. It is good that you and others are able to dream it. But I - I have dreamed too much and too often and the awakening has always been too bitter. I cannot dream again and wake again.” It was too painful for him even to contemplate. Then came the Spring when ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was arriving in New York. And, Clarence, radiant, said, “Howard, you must meet Him and I am sure all will be well with you.” Father refused. “What good would it do?” he asked. “We would be lost in a vast crowd of people. He would be wholly concerned with his audience I would be lucky if I glimpsed the top of his turban. What would be the use? Now if I might meet Him face to face - if we might commune heart-to-heart - alone with no one to interrupt, Ah, then we might truly meet.” Father’s tone betrayed his hope - but Clarence sighed and shook his head. “No one meets ‘Abdu’l-Bahá alone – it is necessary that all His words be recorded; He is always accompanied by His secretaries and friends.” But, in spite of this attitude of Father’s Clarence persisted, and finally he brought Montfort Mills to add his persuasion - and between them they finally managed to bring Father to the Hotel Ansonia, where at that time ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was staying. And it was exactly as Father had imagined it to be. The living room of the suite was crowded, there was barely room to stand and the air was filled with chatter. Father, disgusted that he had permitted himself to be talked into such a hopeless hubbub and realizing a fresh the absurdity of even thinking he‘d discover any truth in all the confusion, walked over to a window and looked down on the Broadway traffic. It was then he heard a door open and turned. A door had opened and in the doorway stood a Persian who, as he caught Father’s eye, beckoned to him. Father hesitated this was not possible, the man was, of course, beckoning to someone else. But he beckoned again, unmistakably, and Father moved across the room and entered the doorway. It was ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s bedroom that he stepped into and, as Father crossed the threshold, everyone in the room left by another door, Father and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá were alone. For a moment they stood and looked at each other then ‘Abdu’l-Bahá opened his arms and Father walked into them, “My son my very dear son” – murmured ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and embraced him deeply. Then He motioned to a chair and Father sat down. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá sat down close by. Nothing at all was said, The moments flowed by. Occasionally ‘Abdu’l-Bahá reached out and patted Fathers knee, gently and lovingly. And Father sat there. Later he said, “I knew then that I had found all and more than I was seeking - I had found a Man for the first time in my life who was truly possessed of the Pearl of Great Price, I had found flowing all around me and pouring through me, the infinite peace of which I had dreamed for all my life long.” In that long sweet silence in the presence of the Master my Father had been given the bounty of deep, unshakable, unquestioning, everlasting Faith. And for all the remaining years of his life he dedicated every breath he drew to sharing this Faith with everyone he met.
(Reginald Grant Barrow, Mother’s Stories: Stories of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Early Believers told by Muriel Ives Barrow Newhall to her son, p. 32-33)
 
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A delightful story is told of a Mademoiselle Letitia, who had come from a poor family in Haifa to live in the Master’s home in ‘Akka to teach French to the children. She was happy there, though she was a Catholic and the nuns in the convent watched over her. One day, when a French pilgrim came for a visit, her services as translator were needed, as no one else knew French. Mademoiselle became embarrassed and later confessed to the nuns. For a number of days thereafter she looked very stern. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, noticing this, called her to Him and reassured her: ‘Letitia, tell the good nuns that they need to have no fear. I asked you to interpret for me because there was no one else to speak French, not because I desired to teach you. We have so many Bahá’ís, who come here, begging with all their hearts and all their love for instruction, that only to them do we give our precious teaching.
‘You would have to beg and beg and beg before I would give it to you, and even then I might not do so; for it is not so cheap as to be bestowed where it is not wanted. ‘Stay in the home if you like, or go if you are not happy here. We are glad to have you if you care to stay, but free your heart of all fear that we will try to make a Bahá’í of you.’ (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 57)
 
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A delightful story is told of a Mademoiselle Letitia, who had come from a poor family in Haifa to live in the Master’s home in ‘Akka to teach French to the children. She was happy there, though she was a Catholic and the nuns in the convent watched over her. One day, when a French pilgrim came for a visit, her services as translator were needed, as no one else knew French. Mademoiselle became embarrassed and later confessed to the nuns. For a number of days thereafter she looked very stern. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, noticing this, called her to Him and reassured her: ‘Letitia, tell the good nuns that they need to have no fear. I asked you to interpret for me because there was no one else to speak French, not because I desired to teach you. We have so many Bahá’ís, who come here, begging with all their hearts and all their love for instruction, that only to them do we give our precious teaching.
‘You would have to beg and beg and beg before I would give it to you, and even then I might not do so; for it is not so cheap as to be bestowed where it is not wanted. ‘Stay in the home if you like, or go if you are not happy here. We are glad to have you if you care to stay, but free your heart of all fear that we will try to make a Bahá’í of you.’ (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 57)
That is a very good Point! Thanks Bill

God Bless and Regards Tony
 
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Some take just a week to accept, others months, yet others years, and some less time as in this story.


One of the most beautiful stories we have is the one of May Maxwell (the mother of Ruhiyyih Khanum) and Thomas Breakwell. This was in the very early days, when ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was still a prisoner in Acca and May Maxwell was a young girl probably (judging by the dates available to me) 1905. The story was told to me by my father and by May Maxwell herself, but in this account, I am paraphrasing May Maxwell’s own words to be found in the Star of the West. She herself is not certain of the exact date though she will never forget the details. It happened in the Spring when May’s mother and brother were planning to leave Paris for Brittany and of course they wished May to accompany them. But ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had requested that she remain in Paris so, upon her mother’s insistence, she wrote to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá for His permission to leave. This was refused. He wished her to remain in Paris. So, finally May’s mother and brother left without her and she went to stay with a friend. It was not long after this that a Mrs. Milner, who had just arrived from America, brought a young man whom she had met on shipboard to meet May. In May’s own words: “I shall never forget opening the door and seeing him standing there. It was like looking at a veiled light. I saw at once his pure heart, his burning spirit, his thirsty soul, and over all was cast the veil which is over every soul until it is rent asunder by the power of God in this day.” Mrs. Milner introduced him as a young man interested in spiritual things, who was at the moment a Theosophist. They stayed only a short time, but as he was leaving, he said that Mrs. Milner had mentioned some teaching that May was interested in and might he call again to hear about it? He returned the next morning and May, realizing his great capacity, gave him the full Message - which he accepted completely and instantly. Three days later he wrote to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá saying with great simplicity, “My Lord! I believe; forgive me. Thy servant, Thomas Breakwell.” “That evening", writes May, “I went to the Rue du Bac to get my mail and found a cablegram which had just arrived saying, ‘You may leave Paris.’ and signed Abbas.” (Reginald Grant Barrow, Mother’s Stories: Stories of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Early Believers told by Muriel Ives Barrow Newhall to her son, p. 29)
 
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Today humanity is increasingly concerned – and rightly so – with ‘the quality of life‘. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was absorbed with both its spiritual and its physical dimensions: He knew that as the quality of man’s spiritual life improves, his physical life would improve also – the other world reflects the inner man. He was fully aware that we are indeed on a ’spiritual journey from self to God‘. He wanted all people to be aware of this vital fact also – then they could truly arise to their real potential, both in this world and in the next.
(Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 134)
 
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All the Bahá’ís in Iran loved and respected Haji Amin, and many wonderful stories are told about his sincerity and devotion. Once, when he was about to set off for the Holy Land, a very poor woman gave him a small coin to take with him. Haji Amin thanked her and put it in his pocket. As soon as he arrived at the home of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, he presented to Him the donations he had collected, as he always did. The Master would usually thank him and praise him for his untiring labours. Haji Amin’s integrity was not to be questioned, and he had never made a mistake in his calculations. Indeed, it was not difficult for him to keep his accounts as he never had any money of his own. This time, however, to his utter astonishment, when ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was presented with the money, He looked at Haji Amin kindly and said something was missing from the amount. Haji Amin left the Master’s presences with much sadness, unable to understand what could have happened. He went to his room in tears and prostrated himself in prayer. As he did so, he felt a hard piece of metal under his knee. It was the small coin the poor woman had given him to take to the Holy Land as he was leaving. The coin had slipped through a hole in his pocket into the lining of his long coat. Haji Amin immediately took the coin and went to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. The Master showered His praises on him . He kissed the coin and said this was worth more than all the other donations because it had been given with the greatest sacrifice.
(Gloria Faizi, Stories about Bahá’í Funds, p. 47-48)
 
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Beautiful story. From the same book my remembered story came which I mentioned in Mas'ud's travels stories thread.
 
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Beautiful story. From the same book my remembered story came which I mentioned in Mas'ud's travels stories thread.
Again what intrigues me is the Masters ability to know, things that people would consider impossible. Those who only believe in science and refuse to accept a God, I feel this ability of Baha'u'llah the Master and the guidian is pause for them to consider more deeply.
 
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I know what you mean, Bill. This story comes to mind.

There was a Persian Baha'i lady in the time of 'Abdu'l-Baha who was married to a Muslim man. He criticised her constantly and tried for years to get her to renounce her Faith, which she never did. Finally, he said he would make a deal with her. He would pose three questions to 'Abdu'l-Baha and if he answered them to his satisfaction she could stay a Baha'i. Otherwise, she would have to leave the Faith. The man sat down and wrote out his questions.

Some time passed and a letter arrived from 'Abdu'l-Baha addressed to this husband. The man opened it up and burst into tears. He told his wife that she could be a Baha'i and he had been a fool. She asked him what the letter said. He went over to a wall safe and pulled out his letter to 'Abdu'l-Baha. 'Abdu'l-Baha said to him, "In answer to your unsent questions, and then he went through the three points he had written down and answered them.

I guess this type of thing is in the category of a miracle. It means a great deal to the followers of the religion, but someone who doesn't yet believe could easily think it was all made up. it's no proof for them.
 
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I know what you mean, Bill. This story comes to mind.

There was a Persian Baha'i lady in the time of 'Abdu'l-Baha who was married to a Muslim man. He criticised her constantly and tried for years to get her to renounce her Faith, which she never did. Finally, he said he would make a deal with her. He would pose three questions to 'Abdu'l-Baha and if he answered them to his satisfaction she could stay a Baha'i. Otherwise, she would have to leave the Faith. The man sat down and wrote out his questions.

Some time passed and a letter arrived from 'Abdu'l-Baha addressed to this husband. The man opened it up and burst into tears. He told his wife that she could be a Baha'i and he had been a fool. She asked him what the letter said. He went over to a wall safe and pulled out his letter to 'Abdu'l-Baha. 'Abdu'l-Baha said to him, "In answer to your unsent questions, and then he went through the three points he had written down and answered them.

I guess this type of thing is in the category of a miracle. It means a great deal to the followers of the religion, but someone who doesn't yet believe could easily think it was all made up. it's no proof for them.
Yes that is the problem with miracles, I find it sad that people have told me they would or could not believe in Jesus without the miracles, from this my understanding is that they are non-believers and know it not. A sad state is it not.
 
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THE MYSTIC POWER OF SACRIFICE

I wish to tell you the story of two martyrs; one was a Persian nobleman, a favorite at court, possessed of much wealth and known throughout all the country. When it was discovered that he was a follower of Baha'o'llah, this glorious man was taken into custody and in company with another thrown into prison without food or water. The third day one of them requested the jailer to give him a cup of tea. Struck with his attitude of humility, the jailer did as requested; thanking him the prisoner said: "I am exceedingly sorry to trouble you, but pray have a little patience with our requests tonight, for tomorrow night we shall be the guests of God."

On the fourth day they were taken out of prison and two bears were made to dance before them; also several monkeys were brought, in order to humiliate them. Solomon Kahn and his friend were taken into a room, their breasts lacerated and in the yawning apertures lighted candles were placed. In Persia this is considered the most degrading form of torture.

Then they started on parade through the town. Solomon Kahn looking about him said: "There is no need for this commotion. Why such ado about our death? Verily, this is our wedding feast and we are very happy." Accompanied by a band and followed by many people, they were paraded through the bazaars and streets of the city. People pricked them with long needles, saying, "Dance for us!" With unflinching courage and exultant joy they walked along; from morn till eve walked they through the city. When the candles burned down, they were renewed by the jailers.

All the time our heroes were calm and happy and as they marched they smiled at the people on the right and left of them and looking heavenward murmured prayers. Finally they arrived at the outer gates of the city where each was cut into four pieces.

Teheran has four high gates and a section of their bodies adorned either side of the gates. Even while being dismembered, Solomon Kahn was praying and supplicating God. This story will be found in a history compiled by an enemy of this cause, for all has been recorded by the Shah's historians. At the end, the historian says of Solomon Kahn, "This man was possessed by an evil spirit." This account shows how readily the believers of God give their lives, how self-sacrificing they are, eternally firm and steadfast. These illumined souls are the result of the light of Baha'o'llah, who attracted them to the kingdom of God with such reflective power that like fixed stars these martyrs will ever shine from the horizon of El-Abha.

Ponder on this story that you may understand the mystic power of sacrifice, of faithfulness, how these martyrs were stirred with the good news of the new dawn.

Let us make a comparison with the days of Christ. He had eleven disciples only, for the twelfth was the cause of his crucifixion. The leader of the apostles was Peter and on the night of the crucifixion his faith was shaken and he thrice denied Christ, through afterwards he became firm.

All were shaken but Mary Magdalen. She was a veritable lioness. She gathered the others together and said, "Why do ye mourn? Did not the Christ foretell his crucifixion? Arise, and be assured. They have killed but the body; the reality can never die, for it is supreme, eternal, the word of God, the son of God. Why, therefore, are ye agitated?" Thus this heroine became the cause of re-establishing the faith of the apostles.

My hope is that each one of you may become as Mary Magdalen - for this woman was superior to all the men of her time and her reality is ever shining from the horizon of Christ.
Be pure - to be pure is to be selfless.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 49)
 
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13. PARABLE – He was asked at a meeting of August 6, 1912, in New Hampshire, “Are not all Christians Bahá’ís? Is there any difference?” His answer, illustrated by parable, was as follows: “When Christians act according to the teachings of Christ, they are called Bahá’ís. For the foundations of Christianity and the religion of Bahá’u’lláh are one. The foundations of all the divine Prophets and Holy Books are one. The difference among them is one of terminology only. Each springtime is identical with the former springtime. The distinction between them is only one of the calendar –1911, 1912, and so on. The difference between a Christian and a Bahá’í, therefore is this: There was a former springtime, and there is a springtime now. No other difference exists because the foundations are the same. Whosoever acts completely in accordance with the teachings of Christ is a Bahá’í . . .
“Let me illustrate further. A certain person bestowed a coin upon five beggars. They resolved to spend it for food. The Englishman said, “Buy grapes.” The Turk wanted uzum, the Arab anab, the Greek stafili, the Persian angur. Not understanding each other’s language, they quarreled and fought. A stranger came along. He was familiar with all five languages. He said “Give me the coin; I will buy what you wish.” When he brought them grapes, they were all satisfied. They wanted the same thing but differed in the term only. Briefly, when reality dawns in the midst of the religions, all will be unified and reconciled.” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, pp. 247,248
 
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Ah fault finding.
I love this little story, imagine finding fault with such a wonderful soul, but is an example we all have faults.

When once someone complained of Lua to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, He turned to the person who had made the criticism and with a benign smile, said, ‘But she loves her Lord.’ (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 164)
 
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HUDSON MAXIM AWOKE with a swollen cheek and bags under his eyes. A toothache had kept him up for most of the night. He should have gone to the dentist, but there was a puzzle to solve so he went to his lab instead. With his right hand he lifted a pair of tongs to place a grey crystal of mercury fulminate in the fire. He held the next piece ready in his bare left hand: in his unpredictable line of work – explosives – Maxim knew better, but this was a sleepy morning and his mouth hurt. The instant the irons in his right hand touched the flame, his left hand exploded, torn off at the wrist in a crack of pain and a flash of light.
That was eighteen years ago. Today, on April 15, 1912, the one-handed Hudson Maxim stood in the fifth-floor reception room of Suite 111 at the Hotel Ansonia, awaiting a word with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. He had a bone to pick with the “prophet of peace.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá greeted him in English (“Welcome! Welcome! Very welcome!”), they exchanged pleasantries, then Maxim got down to business.
“I understand you are a messenger of peace to this country,” he began. “What is your opinion of modern war?”
“Everything that prevents war is good,” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá replied.
War was the Maxim family business. Hiram, his elder brother, had invented the machine gun in 1883, conquering Africa for the British. At the Battle of Shangani River in Rhodesia, Maxim guns mowed down 1,500 Matabele warriors while just four Englishmen died. The younger Hudson’s claim to fame was smokeless gunpowder. Generals could now blow up the enemy without choking their own men – a major leap forward. “He has made enough high explosives to blow all the navies in the world out of water and start them well on toward the moon,” Allen Benson wrote in the New York Times.
“Do you consider the next great national war necessary?” Maxim asked.
“Why not try peace for awhile?” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá answered. “If we find war is better it will not be difficult to fight again; but if we find that peace is the glorification of humanity, the impulse of true civilization, the stimulus to inventive genius and the means of attainment to the good-pleasure of God, we must agree to adhere to it and establish it permanently.”
Maxim tried a different tack: “Fewer are killed in modern engagements than in the battles of ancient times; the range is longer and the action less deadly.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá invited Maxim to consider the world beyond the narrow confines of the battlefield. “The possibilities are incalculable, inconceivable,” he said, “the after effects even more dreadful than the initial shock… . The country suffers beyond all power of estimation; agriculture is crippled, abandoned; sustenance fails, poverty and suffering continue long afterward.”
Perhaps ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would respond better to a picture. Maxim took out a pen – with the hand he hadn’t blown off – and started to draw. “The effect of a bomb,” he explained, “is not so great as expected. Most of its force is expended upward into the air. It is impossible to mass men close enough to it for a full utilization of its energy.”
Maxim’s arguments about war that morning at the Ansonia ran the gamut of nineteenth-century myth. War is human nature; conflict is an ingredient of healthy social evolution; economic interests will trump national hostility; the deadlier the weapon the less likely it will be used: deterrence equals peace. “War is no more dangerous now than automobiling,” he said.
It was still only 1912.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá could mount a compelling argument, but he never pressed a point. Instead, he turned the subject toward Maxim himself.
“You are a celebrated inventor and scientific expert whose energies and faculties are employed in the production of means for human destruction … . Now you have the opportunity of becoming doubly famous. You must practice the science of peace… . You must discover the means of peace; invent guns of love which will shake the foundations of humanity.”
“Then will it be said by the people of the world, this is Mr. Maxim, inventor of the guns of war, discoverer of high explosives, military scientist, who has also discovered and invented means for increasing the life and love of man; who has put an end to the strife of nations and uprooted the tree of war… . Then will your life become pregnant and productive with really great results… . God will be pleased with you and from every standpoint of estimation you will be a perfect man.” (Jonathan Menon, An Arms Dealer Tries to Sell War to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: An Arms Dealer Tries to Sell War to )
 
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‘Three days after the arrival of Bahá’u’lláh and His companions in ‘Akka, the edict of the Sultan condemning Him to life imprisonment was read out in the Mosque. The prisoners were introduced as criminals who had corrupted the morals of the people. It was stated that they were to be confined in prison and were not allowed to associate with anyone. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was summoned by the Governor of ‘Akka to hear the contents of the edict. When it was read out to Him that they were to remain in prison for ever, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá responded by saying that the contents of the edict were meaningless and without foundation. Upon hearing this remark, the Governor became angry and retorted that the edict was from the Sultan, and he wanted to know how it could be described as meaningless. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá reiterated His comment and explained that it made no sense to describe their imprisonment as lasting for ever, for man lives in this world only for a short period, and sooner or later the captives would leave this prison either dead or alive. The Governor and his officers were impressed by the vision of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and felt easier in His presence. Some time later, when the Master emerged as the most eminent and the most loved person in ‘Akka and the neighbouring lands, when practically all of the people of ‘Akka, both high and low, turned to Him for help, and when the Governors and high officials sought His advice and sat at His feet to receive enlightenment, the edict of the Sultan together with other documents relating to the imprisonment of Bahá’u’lláh and His companions were removed from the government files and presented to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá by a government official.’ (Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 155)
 
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In “Memories of Nine Years in Akka” Dr Youness Afroukhteh talks about how Abdu’l Bahá had encouraged him to go to Beirut to study medicine. Dr Afroukhteh was overwhelmed by the task in hand and recollects the words Abdu’l Bahá used to encourage him:

“Regard not thyself. Look at the Abhá Kingdom so that the confirmations may reach thee. Education requires absolute concentration and wholehearted commitment so as to attract divine confirmations. Do not consider the attraction of divine bounty to be proportionate to your capabilities and talents. Rely upon the heaven of mercy and generosity and be confident. Be confident.” (page 333)

“In any and all endeavours, divine confirmation is wholly dependent on action. Persevere, so that the hosts of divine bounty may assist you.” (page 333)

“The hosts of divine blessings are poised behind this very window waiting for you to act. If you do not enter the arena of service, of what use are the hosts of heavenly confirmation? If the commander of the army remains idle and passive, how can the army achieve victory?” (page 334)
 
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Ásiyih Khánum, the wife of Bahá’u’lláh, Bahiyyih Khánum, their lovely daughter, Muniríh Khánum, the Holy Mother, and the four daughters of the Master, have never bemoaned the difficulties of their daily lives. The conditions of suffering in all the prison period called forth a superhuman patience and self-sacrifice in trying to mitigate the misery of their fellow-exiles. The fortitude of these gentle ladies never wavered in face of incredible hardships—endured for others’ good—in that sorrow-laden time, when the days lengthened out into years of privation, where the simplest comforts of life were lacking. Radiant acquiescence met all the incredible vicissitudes of the life in ‘Akká, from their arrival in 1868 to the release of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá forty years later. None of these difficulties seemed to them worthy of being remembered; they were all a matter of course, even as the air they breathed; it never occurred to them to mention them; it is only by inference that we have glimpse into the depths of the pain which has been theirs, which has made up their laborious days. Upheld by that holy preoccupation of the spirit, its courage and its joy, they are calm and loving to all, yet aloof, dwelling consciously in that “Peace which passeth understanding” in the presence of God, in Whose path all the sufferings and persecutions, heaped upon them by uncomprehending persons, count as less than nothing. It is this attitude of theirs, this spirit, which is more arresting, more amazing, than the mere events; this spirit it is that gives the great significance, which envelops all the episodes and incidents of their existence with its radiant atmosphere.
(Lady Blomfield, The Chosen Highway, p. 73-74)
 
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The effect of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá on those who heard Him that day became obvious within a short time. The Christian church located diagonally across the street from the synagogue decided to build a new building, necessitating the demolition of the old one and leaving the Christians temporarily without a place to worship. Rabbi Meyer with the support of the Jewish community, offered them the use of the synagogue each Sunday. For the next nine months, Christians and Jews shared the same building. When ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was told of this, He wrote that ‘this action and this deed will become eternal, and in the future ages and cycles, the good intention of the Reverend Rabbi be recorded in the books and works of universal history and will be on the lips of all men without end.’
(Earl Redman, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, p. 226)
 
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Corinne True told the story of a cleaning woman who greatly wished to meet ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, but was too embarrassed by her rough, work – worn hands to do so in the public reception line. Mrs. True urged her to go to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and finally, hoping to simply touch His robe and dash away before He saw her hands, she approached the Master. As she bent over to touch His robe, He took one of her hands and raised her up. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá carefully examined the captive hand and with deep love and understanding gazed into her eyes. “Sacrifice!", He uttered simply.
(Earl Redman, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, p. 196)
 
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One of my favourite pieces of advice from ‘Abdul-Bahá is this:
‘Abdu’l-Baha was sitting at a window, listening quietly to the outpourings of a distressed young girl. The girl couldn’t understand why her life was so full of trials, especially when, as she told him, she read the ninety-first psalm and the twenty-third psalm, every night before she went to bed.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá responded: “To pray is not to read psalms. To pray is to trust in God and to be submissive in all things to Him. . . . Strong ships are not conquered by the sea, they ride the waves! Now be a strong ship, not a battered one.”
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Christmas Greetings from Abdul-Baha
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December 6, 1911
Paris
In the midst of darkness of wars and troublesome times, Bahá’u’lláh appeared like a mighty luminary from the horizons of Persia, and his light shone forth to dispel the prejudices which cause strifes, the prejudices of races, religions, andpolitics.
He proclaimed the message of love and unity surrounded by mighty dangers, even from the prison, and during his long exile never did he cease calling humanity to the realisation of this great unity. God be praised! Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings have spread broadcast, and his call for peace is finding echo in the lives of men. My hope is that many noble souls will arise to dispel the existing ignorance and sin, and that the material world will become like a pure mirror, which will reflect only the splendours of theInfinite.
We must always remember that we are all the creatures of the one God, that his sun shines both on the East and West, and that all nations must become as one nation. That all men are like leaves of one tree and waves of one sea. The sign of this great unity has appeared, for in London this Easterner has been received with great love and kindness, and be certain that this love and kindness will never be forgotten.
Paris,1911.
 
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Hi folks how about more stories?
 
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these are interesting to read
 
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The following description of Abdu'l-Baha is from an interview with Laura Dreyfus-Barney:
"But I do remember clearly what she told me about ‘Abdu’l-Baha. There were three things and they were brief: the first was that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá loved harmony and had an aversion to disunity. In the conversations that she observed between the Master and others, Laura said: “If a difference of opinion entered into the conversation, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would change the subject and put the conversation on a more harmonious track.” The second thing was on a sad note. One day, she said, a Jewish couple came to visit ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. I am no longer sure what they were seeking; I don’t think Laura told me. But when they left ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s presence, He began to weep and said: “They are spiritually dead.” (Such was the Master’s great perception and his concern and compassion for the spiritual life of the soul). The third thing was a comment. I’ll call it the anticipation of liberation. One day as He sat in His chair, looking out onto the Mediterranean, in the dining room of the house of ‘Abdu’lláh Páshá, the same room where the talks recorded in Some Answered Questions were given, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said: “Oh, won’t it be wonderful when at last we are liberated from the body and we’ll be able to fly throughout the universe.”

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". . . there was a certain Sunni by the name of Hájí Sádiq Afghání who was deeply biased, odious, fanatical in religious matters, and antagonistic towards ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to the extent that every time he saw the Master, he turned, looked the other way and changed his course. One day he became ill and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá told Áqá Ridá Qannád to arrange for a doctor to visit this man each morning and evening and to charge the cost to the Master’s account. Moreover, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá emphasized that all his medications be provided and that Áqá Ridá check and arrange for whatever provisions or funds this man’s family required. It proceeded thus for a while and the physician regularly visited him until the Afghání became well. He never forgot this compassionate charity of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and was frequently heard to remark, “Except for ‘Abbás Effendi, no one came to my rescue or saw to my needs. How am I to forget this immense kindness?!” From then on, his behavior and attitude completely changed, and whenever he saw ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, he would rush forth and kiss the Master’s hands and express his obedience and servitude" (Habib Muayyad Eight Years Near Abdu'l-Baha).

Abdu'l-Baha reportedly said:

"The same issue can be presented in multiple ways . . . It is all in how one says something. They say that Hárún ar-Rashid had a dream that all his teeth had fallen out. He called forth an interpreter who said, 'The meaning of this dream is that all your children, descendents and kinsmen will die, and then you will die.' Hárún ar-Rashid was most disturbed by this comment and ordered the interpreter imprisoned. He summoned another dream interpreter and shared the vision with him. The new interpreter said, 'The meaning of this dream is that Your Majesty will live longer than all others.' Hearing this, the Caliph was most pleased and gave him a handsome reward. You see both interpretations were the same, but presented differently. Similarly, if spiritual teachings are also offered in an agreeable way, then they will not cause setbacks and retribution, nay, they will indeed guide large multitudes" (Habib Muayyad Eight Years Near Abdu'l-Baha).

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"The same issue can be presented in multiple ways . . . It is all in how one says something. They say that Hárún ar-Rashid had a dream that all his teeth had fallen out. He called forth an interpreter who said, 'The meaning of this dream is that all your children, descendents and kinsmen will die, and then you will die.' Hárún ar-Rashid was most disturbed by this comment and ordered the interpreter imprisoned. He summoned another dream interpreter and shared the vision with him. The new interpreter said, 'The meaning of this dream is that Your Majesty will live longer than all others.' Hearing this, the Caliph was most pleased and gave him a handsome reward. You see both interpretations were the same, but presented differently. Similarly, if spiritual teachings are also offered in an agreeable way, then they will not cause setbacks and retribution, nay, they will indeed guide large multitudes" (Habib Muayyad Eight Years Near Abdu'l-Baha).

A good story for us forum users to remember.
 
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Who can we turn to except of course but the manifestations of God, except of course that miracle of miracles, he who lived the perfect life. He who was called the living miracle, the Master. Abdul-Baha.
 
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Who can we turn to except of course but the manifestations of God, except of course that miracle of miracles, he who lived the perfect life. He who was called the living miracle, the Master. Abdul-Baha.
And the perfect example He was

Abdul,baha "The servant of Baha" - We all thank you and in that thanks we try Little by Little day by day.

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I feel it is time for all of us imperfect souls to consider the example of the Master, as we discuss subjects that tend to get heated. I have withdrawn from certain threads because of name calling etc. Can't we agree to disagree without saying things that would cause the Master hurt.
Just a suggestion.

Love and peace to all.
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I feel it is time for all of us imperfect souls to consider the example of the Master, as we discuss subjects that tend to get heated. I have withdrawn from certain threads because of name calling etc. Can't we agree to disagree without saying things that would cause the Master hurt.
Just a suggestion.

Love and peace to all.
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Yes Bill - I love your suggestion and will add

Ya Baha'ul' Baha

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