Who was `Abdu'l-Bahá, and why did He come to the West?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Paris in March, 2013

I will have to look at the contents of "Paris Talks," but I don' believe there are talks given in Paris during these days.  So--for 30 more days 'Abdu'l-Bahå will be there--but what is He doing? 

One of the last recorded talks was in London, just after Christmas, which I will put below. Surely there are interviews, some informal talks at least, and other activities to know about--but a mystery surrounds this part of the journey.  Stay tuned!  Or send details--if you know any! 

From Paris Talks: 

97 Cadogan Gardens, London,
December 26th, 1912
‘Should Prayer take the form of action?’
‘Abdu’l-Bahá.—‘Yes: In the Bahá’í Cause arts, sciences and all crafts are (counted as) worship. The man who makes a piece of notepaper to the best of his ability, conscientiously, concentrating all his forces on perfecting it, is giving praise to God. Briefly, all effort and exertion put forth by man from the fullness of his heart is worship, if it is prompted by the highest motives and the will to do service to humanity. This is worship: to serve mankind and to minister to the needs of the people. Service is prayer. A physician ministering to the sick, gently, tenderly, free from prejudice and believing in the solidarity of the human race, he is giving praise’.
‘What is the purpose of our lives?’
‘Abdu’l-Bahá.—‘To acquire virtues. We come from the earth; why were we transferred from the mineral to the vegetable kingdom—from the plant to the animal kingdom? So that we may attain perfection in each of these kingdoms, that we may possess the best qualities of the mineral, that we may acquire the power of growing as in the plant, that we may be adorned with the instincts of the animal and possess the faculties of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste, until from the animal kingdom we step into the world of humanity and are gifted with reason, the power of invention, and the forces of the spirit.’


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