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

Thursday, August 1, 2013

July 30, 1913 A hair-splitting controversy; a healing

Earl Redman writes: 

On 30 July two mullás came to visit. One tried to begin a hair-splitting religious controversy, something they apparently enjoyed, but ‘Abdu’l-Bahá quickly silenced His visitors by saying that they should abandon such useless theological discussions because they produce no result. They should, instead, free themselves from any prejudices and search for the Truth. The Master spoke of His talk at Oxford University and His meeting of Alexander Graham Bell in Washington. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá concluded by saying that He was only there to rest from His long journey. The greatly humbled mullás begged His forgiveness and said that they had learned a valuable lesson.
            Emogene Hoagg was another American Bahá’í who wanted to see ‘Abdu’l-Bahá again. When she learned that the Master was in Egypt, she wrote for permission to visit. When the confirmation arrived, she was confined to bed with a severe illness, but left immediately. She was still weak when she arrived in Ramleh, so she asked ‘Abdu’l-Bahá for a remedy. He sent her two baked apples, with instructions to eat them at once. She ate them seeds and all then went to bed and slept soundly. The next morning she was quite well.

Don't you wish you had some of those apples! ah, for those days and the personal connection to the Master. And yet--He is with us, still. 

Even though the account above is sketchy, we can see how fondly 'Abdu'l-Baha is remembering His journey to America. 

"I am always a traveler to America," He said. The past, present, and future are blended in His reality. Oh, for a bit more of that perspective! 

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