Babi/Baha'i history

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Babi/Baha'i history - 3fE o Wsterious Personality t f44H4f Persian...
3fE o Wsterious Personality t f44H4f Persian morn New Yoffciha ists f fc iff fc VSobftWUiWelcome VV i - jm w HEN Abbas EffendJ known 1 io millions of his followers as Our Master and Our JjorcJ arrives In America within - a few weeks there will be amoig us a personality as - myste - rldus and strange as any that lives today today on earth For Abbas Effendi manifestation of the Son of God direct Instrument on earth of the Divine Intelligence as bis followers declare him to be possesses an influence over the lives of his followers followers only comparable to that displayed displayed by the great prophets of the race for vWhom men - died that they might justify their faith Mohammed or Buddha had no more complete sovereignty over the minds and bodies of those that accepted their teachings than has Abbas Effendi the Abdul Baha or son of the Supreme One Thousands have chosen death rather thart deny his name and hiave died uttering his name even as did the Christian martyrs while whispering the sacred naqe of the Founder of their religion The Bahaist of whose religion Abbas Is the head He is unquestioningly accepted as the reflection of God on earth a being that is man yet more than man to touch whose robe is a consecration to be blessed by whom a promise of Paradise Such is the leader of the Bahaist orj Bablsfi - eligion whose following includes six million persons and whose purposes are towards the unification of all - religionsreligions religionsreligions toward a brotherhood arpoijg - the natfonsy the abolition of wars - and - the adoptfon Xtfi a universal language all of whiQh - is ln detail provided for - On - the Ivitatfl Akdasr or book 6f laws and wks st forth in 1S70 by Abdul Batikl father of the present prophet Bahaism as the religion Is now called though Babism was formerly its name originated in Persia in 1844 Then Arose the first of the three prophets of the religion one AH Mohammed who in Shh - az calleif himself the Bab an Arabic word - signifying dobr apd announced himself as preparing for the promised one People crowded to his call and thousands reverently listened to him So deep Was the impression he made that the urjrest of the people alarmed the Turkish authorities He was persecuted for a time then charged with heresy and put to death an act whieh only Te - suited in creating in his followers a more - intense - faith Then followed butchery and floods of energizing blood from which religions grow Ten thousand Babists werej sacrificed within a few years because because they refused iorecant their belief in the coming of a dfvinity who was to fuse Christiariity Buddhism Mohammedanism Mohammedanism and all the religions of the earth Then the followers fled to Bagdad Bagdad in the domains of the Sultan of Turkey were later translated to Adria - nople and last to Akka in Syria Its - Simple Tenets In the meantime however a greater prophet than the Bab had arisen Mirza Haseyp - AH was 35 years of age He was renowned for his wisdom He had passed two years In the mountains where - he - had given himself - to preparation preparation and meditation The Bab had con ferred upon him the title of Cllah Glory of God The new prophet declared declared that be was the manifestation of Godon earth the prophet whose coming the Babnad foretold He it was who was called the lawgiver and wrote the Book of Iaws Second in veneration only to tbeBaha Oollah which name be rwept byi is his son Abbas Effendi or - third of the three prophets of the Bahaist religion And the third prophet it Is whose first visit to this country willl uldbeVrJvefsarjinlfierTfieyJ - main - be made soon tain that tBahaismcanS - actually Such briefly is the history of the Ba haist religion and of its prophets Its tenets of belief are simple and veryclear There ig but one God of whom the great prophets of the raceihaye been so many manifestations io many lanlps reflecting the light of the J3iylneSpiritJ JFor this reason the Bahaiijtssay thesdul - ofall religions is the sanjeand the difference j in ine appeal oi auinprupneiB w wmy accounted for by the difference In time and the character of their followers Thus Moses had ift Jewish worlcl to which to make appeal Buddha was qualified to - teach thQ lesson of the divineo the Indian Indian - people Christ fetched the barbarians barbarians of Europe but in the lasi resort all learned from the sameMaster and the structure of all belief is - morality and love Now however the Bahaists say newer countries have been - discovered arid science has linked them by invention The wSrld Is ready for a newer prophet J with an appeal not - to a nation but to a world - The time has arrived when all religions can be accepted and unified upon the basic beliefs mentioned And the Bahaists believe that Abbas Effendi who so soon will visit us himself a prophet and the son of one has been divinely inspired for the work Years before bis birth his coming - was predicted on the day on which he - was born They hold that all the religions foretold the coming of the millennium pr time of universal universal peace In the religion of Zoroaster was predicted the reign of happy times The prophecy of the - swords being beaten Into plowshares is the Christian manifestation manifestation of the Idea Basic Foundation Is Universal Love For this reason the Bahaists assert that it is nojt incompatible with either prophecy or reason that their religion strengthen gpeoplinj thetr owns faith reflectiorTbf theSuprenie t Thiyvcontend that their rejlgion is completer thanany thathas precteded incltidjBghofroly as If oesthebasic1Cdundations of uni yereal toyebutja practlealjmessageto jthe na tions as wejland lawsrforbringing about Theserare ithose thatare contained in the sacred book of laws drawn udTiv the J father ioffAbbas astffarback as 1830 3he3CprpYide for the establishment of hoTiaes T0f4ustiee ofboards of councilors for the elective andTdemocraticprlnciple in government for Ihei - emancipation of women for the adoptlonf a universal language and of a universal peace Icourt wrfWeiifljloniroQrtAftAfArfAXW lf ia crees ThIsiso far as one kflowBwas the first practical - suggestion ever made for a1 peace tribunal - whichVcrudely has come t be - started - - sq many Tears after the composltionofthebookof laws and one tf ondershether It werefrom merei efhapee thaXthfr1 credit f or this later 8Ug - J gesuon came irom tne preentmperor of Russia in wfiosedoralnionstheBa - halsts display their strongest force Appearance of4Abbas Of Abbas himself some - vivid pictures Jiave been drawnby travelers who came tovisithim from all - corners of the earth during that period of 40 J ears when he was bo peculiar a prisoner in Akka for lie has only been at liberty since the ascendancy of the new Turk party So powerful is his influence on those about jiim that no governor was continued in office atAkkafor above oneyear Sev - eralisitors tell pt dinners at which the governor and his staff actually Abbas jailers - stood with bared head till the prophet had seated himsef and only then sat in deference to a gesture from him Prof Edward GranviUe Brown ofj Cambridge University wrote a descrip tion of the master which followers of the newr - cult declare to be a vividS picture picture of he prophet then imprisoned at AWta Seldom have I seenone whdse appear ancejttnpsessed me more he wrote JL stronglybuiltman holding himself as straightaswanarrow with white turban and raiment Ion locks reachine almost o the J shoulder broad powerful fore head Indicating a strong intellect combined combined with an unswerving will eyes - as keen as a hawks and strongly marked but pleasant features such was my first impression or ADbas iisiienai tne mas ten In 1892 an American vsitor wrote on the occasion of a first - sight of Abbas a description of the prophet and his surroundings surroundings at the time of his imprisonment imprisonment Imagine that we are - in the ancient house of the still more ancient city of AKKa vae room m which we are races the opposite wall of a narrow paved street which an active man might clear at one bound Above is the bright sun of Palestine to the right a glimpse of the old sea wall and the blue Mediterranean Mediterranean - As we sit we hear - a - singular sound rising from the javemetit - 30feet below faint at first and increasing It is like thf murmur of human voices We open the window and look down We see a crowd of human beings with patched and tattered garments - It is a noteworthy noteworthy gathering Many of these men are blind many more are pale and emaciated or aged some are On crutches some are so feeble that they can barely - walk Most of the women are closely veiled but enough are uncovered to cause us well to believe that if the veils - were lifted more pain andmlsery would be seen Some of them carry babes with pinched and sallow faces There are perhaps J00T in this gathering besides many children They aretf - aH the races - one - meetain these streets - Syrlanij Arabs Ethiopians and many others iL T 5 k i ThesjLpeopfe are tanged against Ihe JHtlH Whats the Matter with rashioiiaMe Society Wheii Its en4er est Buds Clamof oi the Turkey Trot tlie Swirling Tango the dyers Walk and the Bunny Hug Apache Dances All of Them s - ir3 rt Showing the Grotesquo rance in t Turkey TrotJ v - f Minntt r Ill I - - li p - fin a i u i fj Ps - IBil a I1 flfr - - - - - r mnjiiiifflBKSwin0 1 - i - - i mi i in invHrn i i wi i - v v iiuii - Br iwmsA TiiTirTlW VnifTliUlf 1 I llr1 - - 819 HI t M WMiffA T t f - iB - 1 ililll licit Ha 11 a 11 TmS rumfrllfiilt - - vbhi 11 ih WinutR i i - it iv gnijiiifii r - iwr - - r BKEiTv - liMv ffl MliE2 m rl V - if WBBMlfff n c iSiSHKliliiiP II 1b zHflHUfflli Il9illl3 I fflfilHirilH H j llllll I JaRJilJnf i i mi zmMMmi wmmtwNmzmzwjmsv w mww i mmBBmuapr - - y J aTrbearingisimple hut fhere is grac e dignity and even majesty about his m oreaenta r I Jl I - 1 rZ i IJJL - l - tft - St1 iXutjiii t j - n rsiftno tMAcmgii nrin TTAVnikiitKrii aiivPfereiaior60Hrwieana ineeruuiiuapyaicjiu i - - w y - - - event for eiehbu ShVone ner prettiestclptheariand daintiest 4 slippers and smiled oa all herwDrld walfa or seated on5 in an attitude of - expectation A door opens and a man comes out He is of middle stature and strprgly built He wears flowing light - icolored - robes On his head is a light buff fezwith a white cloth bouhd around ft 3le is perhaps 60 years of age His long hair rests on his shoulders Hy forehead is broad full and high Jhfs noseslightly aquiline his mustache and heard thelatter - full though nofheavy nearly whitef His eyea Rumor whisnered that extradancing men had been asked in No far Ot j are gray and blue Jarge and both soft not having partnersyvchuckled tlie nudsl and penetrating His bearing is simpie What fun well haveJIl Just imagine the stately scene The big ballroomf cleared for action the palms therflowers the pretty girlsl Mrs Dodge and hejv - aids breathing of dignity dignity and Tepoee shook hands with each arrival and waved them into tha - room At one end Mr Phelps correctly garbed from gardenia to pumps stood ready to lead Everything breathed of peace and caim enjoyment Tne tavors were on view pretty but inexpensive trifles for the bulk of the subscription money was Invested in and drinks Dancing is but thereA is grace - dignity - and even majestyabout his movements He passes through ihVcrowd and as he goes utters words of salutation We do not understand them but we see the benignity and kindliness of his counte - 1 nance He stations nimseii aKa narryw angle of the streeUand motions to the people to coma toward him They crowd up a little too insistently He pushes them quietly bstckand letsftheirf pass one by one As they come they hold their hands extended In each open palm hs all He caresses them with his hands in the face on the shoulders on ihe - jhead j Some he stop3 ind questions J - s An aged negro who hobbles up he greets with some kindly inquiry The old mans broad face breaks into a aunny smile his white teeth glistehlng against his ebony skin as he replies He stops a woman with a babe and fondly strokes the child As they pass somekisslEls hand To alr - he saysilarhabbah Mar - habbah Well dofle Well done Family Once Wealthiest inPersia During this time this friend of i the poor has not been unattended - jcSeyeral men wearing redfezzes and wtyh earnest kindly faces followed him from theouse stood near Elm and aided ln regulating the crowd and now with reverent manner manner and at a respectful distance follow him away When they address himithey call him master T - This man who gives thus freelymust be rich you think No far otherwise Once his family was the wealthiest in his fain - nyhaenrexnesaKdyprisonVs but eVenjhfs - Saifers hat hecomef hisfrlends and - honor - and respect - hlnvas if he were their brothers Eor to this manjtis the law to do good tothose who injure him and none want to lnjurehlm when they come Joknow - him CSuch is - Abbas Effendi through th eyes of an American visitor Some of the ex - hortations adaressedtolusfollowersare Breathe not the sins of any one so long as thou art a sinner Attribute not to any soul that which thou desirestfnofctobe attributedto - thj - self and do not promise thativhlch thou dost not fulflll - Adorn thyself with deeds rather than wordsr for the principle Of faith is to lessen words and tolncrease deeds Blessedare they who advance - Djeal withone another in patience Boatt not thyself when in honor and be not abashed abashed In abasement CopyrijhUUUby New TerkBer14 Co sAlt jrrighta reseryed

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  1. The Washington Post,
  2. 31 Dec 1911, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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