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

Saturday, July 30, 2011

July 29, 1912

Dublin: day 5 of 23; "Each day a new spirit is seen in the meetings"

Mahmud writes: "Sitting on the carpet, the Master spoke about Mr Harmon, saying:
What captives of superstitions people are! What troubles they endure for the sake of name and fame! What fruit will these superstitions bear? All are transitory and perishable and no trace of them will remain. It will be as though they had never existed. They are sowing seeds in a barren land. Man ought to sow pure seeds in a fertile soil.
Later in the day He spoke with Mr Harmon for a considerable time. Afterwards He reviewed some letters and prepared them for mailing.
He went to Mrs Parsons's home in the afternoon. He was asked about His health and the climate, to which He replied:
The air of this place is good. But we are happy wherever we go; our happiness consists in service to the Most Holy Threshold. We have not come to America on a pleasure trip; we are here to serve the Court of the Blessed Beauty. Whenever we succeed in this purpose, that place is good. A merchant is happy whenever his goods find a market, wherever it may be.
Then He sat in the gazebo facing the garden and related the afflictions and trials of Bahá'u'lláh in Baghdád:
In spite of all these troubles we were happy beyond description because under His shadow we were favored with the blessing of attainment to His presence.
Afterwards He went into the house. The drawing room was filled. His address to the visitors concerned both spiritual and material matters, including questions of economics which corrected some of the false ideas of the socialists. The audience was pleased. Each day a new spirit is seen in the meetings. It is difficult to believe that in this mountainous and scenic countryside, meetings that diffuse the fragrances of God can be held. All this is due to the power of the Center of the Covenant. `Wherever our king is, it is Paradise, even if it is as small as the eye of a needle.'"
See yesterday's post for more on Mr. Harmon.

Agnes Parsons writes that she called upon the Perkins and Wards in the afternoon, then came back to find many people there to hear the Master speak.  She says that the subject was economics and was very interesting.  She then says she had the carriage come to take Him for a drive, and young Mr. George Latimer (who came from the far west to see Him) went with Him.  Also, Mr. Getsinger.  The Master told  George that he was to stay with Him, and that they would go to the hotel to get his luggage.

She also writes: "That afternoon Abdu'l-Baha made a wonderful picture as He sat against the bright red curtains with His black coat & snow white turban. . . ."  (Wish we had this "picture" as a photograph!)

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