Abdul-Baha in America by Robert H Stockman

By Robert H Stockman

The superb account of the adventure of Abdul-Baha, head of the Bahai religion after his fathers passing, throughout a lot of the U.S. in 1912. His onerous but exhilarating 239-day trek from coast to coast took him to fifty towns and cities, the place he added as much as 4 talks a dayabout oneness of humanity and the foundations of common peace to nearly ninety-three thousand humans. This ancient stopover at to the USA planted the seeds that might take root and germinate into the present-day American Bah group.

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As New York has made such progress in material civilization, I hope that it may also advance spiritually in the Kingdom and Covenant of God so that the friends here may become the cause of the illumination of America, that this city may become the city of love and that the fragrances of God may be spread from this place to all parts of the world. I have come for this…I am very happy to meet you all here today. Praise be to God that your faces are shining with the love of Bahá’u’lláh. To behold them is the cause of great spiritual happiness.

The Golden State 11. From Sacramento to the Celtic 12. “The call of God has been raised in all the cities of America” Notes Bibliography Bibliography of Archival Sources ‘Abdu’l-Bahá PREFACE One approaches the vast subject of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s eight-month sojourn in North America, even after a century of hindsight, with trepidation. This was not the visit of a sixty-seven-year-old foreign tourist bent on seeing new places or a religious teacher hoping to cement his fortune and reputation; rather, it was the effort of an almost indescribable man, whose impact on people was superhuman, and who used his newfound freedom from forty years of imprisonment and privation to share his Father’s message of the oneness of humanity and the principles of universal peace with as many North Americans as possible.

His claim to be a Messenger of God was expressed in the form of a vast array of books, prayers, and letters—some eighteen thousand works—that described the nature of God and revelation, depicted the spiritual nature of human beings and the need for their continual spiritual and ethical refinement, proclaimed the oneness of humanity and its implications for racial and sexual equality, and outlined principles for the construction of a world civilization. Before His passing, He appointed His eldest son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (1844–1921) as His successor, gave ‘Abdu’l-Bahá the authority to interpret His texts, and made him Head of the Faith.

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