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

Saturday, July 30, 2011

July 30, 1912

`Alí Akbar Nakhjavání
Dublin, NH: Day 6 of 23; the assistance of God

Mahmud wrote: "Mírzá `Alí Akbar Nakhjavání [the father of former House of Justice member `Alí Nakhjavání] remarked that the enthusiasm of the people was due to the power of the Covenant and the influence of the Master's words. `Abdu'l-Bahá replied: `It is not due to my power but to my Father's; it is all His work.' Today He invited both Eastern and Western friends to be His guests. Some stayed in His house while others were given accommodation at the hotel located in the warmer climate at the bottom of the mountain. The guests came to the hotel every morning to visit Him. Meetings were held in the afternoon at the home of Mr and Mrs Parsons. The audience of prominent persons was fascinated by `Abdu'l-Bahá and His qualities. Several people invited the Master to their homes.
In His talk in the afternoon at Mrs Parsons's home He made clear that:
Confirmation is not dependent on talent, knowledge or wisdom. Many unimportant persons have made significant discoveries. Many people labored for years to explore the North Pole but Admiral Peary reached it. One's efforts should be focussed on the object of one's quest. Because Columbus found confirmation, he discovered America with a minimum of difficulty. The disciples of Christ were apparently abased, yet they achieved something which Napoleon never did: they changed the whole aspect of the world. So it is evident that everything comes about through the assistance of God."

Agnes Parsons writes that she called upon Mrs. Emogene Hoagg and her friend after lunch with Ms. Gladys Thayer. She then took Abdu'l-Baha to the station where she was to meet Mrs. Ford, Mr. & Mrs. Hannen, and Fannie Knobloch, a Baha'i from Washington, D.C.  It must have been exciting to have so many wonderful guests coming in.

Abdu'l-Baha asked her to go to the Wilcox Inn, where He wished to call upon the ladies.  Then there is a description of His giving silver pieces to two or three little boys at the station, which surprised them.  Then, there is a highly significant interchange:
     "He said that people in the future, will come from all parts of the world to see 'Day-Spring' where 'the Master lived.'" Also He said my family, He hoped, would own all the country about here.  I asked where the present owners would live, and He said: 'Somewhere else."'

So--it raises the question about Day-Spring, the Parsons' second house in Dublin, where the Master stayed. I don't think it's Baha'i-owned now, but I will have to ask. . . . Tynymaes was the name of their larger home. . . . 

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