1911 Perisan Prophet Stirs London with His Eloquence

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Persian Propket Stirs London \Vitk flu Eloquence I N England, as in America, there is always always a large number of people looking looking for a new religion. Some are genuine seekers after truth and some mere searchefs for sensation, tout both kinds seem to be flocking around Abdul Sana, the "prophet" of the new Persian religion of Bahaism, who is now on his first visit to London. Abdul Baha Insists that he isn't a prophet at all. He says he is merely "the servant of God," but his followers Insist on giving him the higher title. » - * Abdul Baha is the third leader of the religion -which was founded in Persia in 1844 by Sayyed AH Muhammed, who took tho tmmft nf "Bftfri" or *'satem," and announced announced himself the forerunner of a greater than he. The "Bab" preached the essential unity of all religions, and as this was contrary to the official religion religion of the country, he was executed In 1850 and his followers were persecuted, They held together, however, and a few years later Mlrza Hussayn AU announced himself as the great one whose coming had been predicted by the "Bab/ 1 He took the name of Baha Ullah--"the splendor of God"---and was promptly arrested and exiled, first U Constantinople and Adri- anople, and finally to Aka In Syria, where he died In 1892. Abdul Baha, his son and euccessor, was compelled also to live In exile until he was freed by the young Turks three years ago. Abdul Baha looks like an Old Testament Testament patriarch. He is a dignified personage, personage, with a long, white beard and simple manners, who strongly resents all efforts to make a high priest of him. This striving after fllnJpHcity has had Us humorous phases In England, where the "prophet" certainly is more honored than In his own country. At Akka he lived in the humblest style and his home there is excellently described by Miss E. S. Stevens In her book, "The Mountain of God " In Knglafrft he is the guest of a lady of title and he rides about London In an expensive motor car. Of course, as soon as his arrival was known the house was besieged by newspaper newspaper interviewers and photogiaphers, Abdul Baha consented to be Interviewed and expounded his doctrines to the newspaper newspaper men, but when it was suggested that hy should sit for his photograph he \vas horrified. , "I have never been photographed," he said through an interpreter, "and I don't Intend' t3 -- tre -- After -- m? peupln might nrfake Idols of my photographs and worship them, and I don't intend to leave any such relics behind me," Then ensued an amusing game of hide and seek. Dozens of newspaper photographers photographers haunted the house. They hid in neighboring doorways and areas and tried to snapshot the prophet ait he came out. Abdul sent out scouts, and when they reported reported that the house was beleagured he refused to come out The photographers refused to go away, and finally they were invited into the house, 'Where his hostess and his secretaries implored them "not to profane the prophet of God by making an Image of him " Some of the photographers photographers went away, but other* remained PROPHET or A UBS* on guard and finally Abdul constented to give one sitting. The result of that sitting, sitting, the first photograph ever taken of the leader of Bahaism, Is reproduced herewith. Abdul Baha attacks none of th** established established creeds and asks no om» to abandon abandon the faith in which he was brought up. He declares that all are founded on the same essential truth, and that the founders of all were Iniplred by God. In her book Mlaa Stevens makea-hlm §ay of his father. "To the Sunnite he »pake as a Sunnite, to the Sufi as a Sufl, to the Jew a» a Jew, to the Christian aa a Christian--even a* God himself hath spoken. What are the different creeds save the different languages languages of God? The speaker Is the same, but the words differ according to the medium. medium. If the medium be our Lord Mohammed, Mohammed, well, if the medium be His Holiness Holiness Jesus, well also." This new prophet from the East, where all the treat religions come from, *· preached one sermon In London. It was a shflrt one and was delivered at tht City Temple, to which he was invited by ths Rev. R. J. Campbell, who himself Is trying trying to find a basis for uniting the Christian Christian sects. The sermon was in Persian, but here is a translation of it that will be found quite well worth reading, if only for the luxuriant Imagery that reminds one of Omar Khayyam: "O noble friends, seekers after God, praise be to God! Today the light ot truth is shining upon the world in its abundance. The breexes of the heavenly garden are blowing throughout all regions. regions. The call of the kingdom is hetd in all lands, and the breath of the Holy Spirit is felt in all hearts that are faithful. faithful. The Spirit of God Is giving life eternal. In this wonderful age the East Is enlightened, the West Is fragrant, and everywhere the soul inhales the holy perfume. The sea of the unity of mankind mankind is lifting up its waves with Joy; for there is real communication between the hearts and minds of men. The banner of the Holy Spirit is uplifted, and men see It and are assured with the knowledge that this is a new day "This Is a new cycle of human power. All the horizons of the world are luminous, luminous, and the world TV III become Indeed as a garden and a paradise. It Is the hour of unity of the sons of men and a draw- Ing together of all races and all classes. You are loosed from ancient superstitions which have kept men ignorant, destroying destroying the foundations of truo humanity. The gift of God to this enlightened age H the knowledge of the oneness of mankind mankind and the fundamental oneness of religion. War shall eae between nations, nations, and by the will of God the most great, peace shall comp; the world will be seen as a new world and all mm shall lire as brothers. Itrtne (IsvroToia air instinct for warfare was developed In the struggle with wild animals, this is no longer necssar\, nav, lather, co-operation co-operation and mutual understanding are ween to produce the greatent welfare of mankind mankind Enmity Is now the result of prejudice prejudice only In the 'Hidden Words' Haha'u'llah sayb, 'Justice is to be loved above all.* Praise be to God, In this country the standard of justice has been raised, a great effoit Is being made to givp all souls an equal and a tnue place. This is the desire of all noble natures. Thl^ i today the teaching for the East and for tho West; therefore, the East and the West will understand each other and re\erenoe «ach other and embrace like long-parted lovers who have found each other. "There is one Go4, mankind Is one; the foundations of religion are one. L«t us worship Him and give praise for His great prophets and messengers who have manifested Ills brightness and The blessing of the Eternal One be you in all His richei, that each soul, according to his measure, may take freely of Him! Amen " Abdul Bah is.married and 1ms four daughters but no son. He often has urged to take a second wife that he leave an heir behind him, but he ban refused, as he la a believer In monogamy, He has taken quite kindly to motor telegraphs, telephones and other conveniences conveniences of Western civilization, expressing no surprise and accepting them In hU everyday life an matters of course. SptniiK War Peneioni The number of pensioners chargeable to the Spanish-American war seems to be troubling some economists as portending portending a continuance of a burden to a in the dim distance. There are 23,383 invalid soldiers pensioned on account of wounds or disabilities Incurred In the war "with Spain* Including the pendont hostilities in the Philippines, Dependents, widow*, orphans and others carry the total up to £8,490, This number, to far from being alarming, Is not even stattllng, considering that the war has been over for thirteen years. If the total looks large, it really bears but a small proportion proportion to the forces employed, In tho course of the war, brief as it was, the United States raised its army from to 280,000. The average total for the navy on the game basis was about Thus it appeals that not more than per cent of the average of the army carried on the pension rolls today, a due to various cauaes, The army did not see very prolonged or severe service. The medical examinational both at entrance entrance and discharge were much more thorough than during the civil war. dischuige examination doubtless haw pie- vcnted the presentation of many bogus claims Despite the sensationalism of the piei* at the time, the general health of the army, considering how rapidly it was improvised, waa good. Wo used in 1898 read about our aoldieis "dying:, like sheep,' \\hereaa the proportion of deaths from disease to the whole number arms was not in excess of 1 ppr cent. That-mAny-Uvfefl.might have been fcav^d_ bv more up-to-date medical admintBtra- tlon and by better discipline and enlightened enlightened sanitation in the mobilizing camps is true, but for «11 that the dreadful war alwa« exact* was not excessive the Spanhh-Ameiican war. Llk^ otner contents, It teaches us that In life and treasure there can not be such a an a little war, During Its continuance it cost ufl directly $165,000,000, and statistician statistician may differ a« to its Indirect even If It Is not premature to begin*the computation now. Wars are not to be made with brigades, That we ascertained in the Mexican war, Commonly called little one. YM we had under arms fighting Mexico 116,000 officers and men That the Mexicans hit back in evidenced bv our casualty list--1,040 killed. 508 of wounds and 3,420 wounded. The battle field mortality of the Americans far larger in the Mexican than ia Spanish *ai,

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  1. The Indianapolis Star,
  2. 03 Dec 1911, Sun,
  3. Page 15

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