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Equality of Women and Men  - 
 
 
Story of "Franklin Square House "...
"...Reverend George L. Perin, a pastor serving inner city Boston, decided to lend a helping hand. He was appalled at the housing that single, working women in Boston were compelled to live in. Through a tireless fundraising effort, Perin managed to buy an unoccupied hotel in Boston’s South End. His goal was to “furnish for girls living away from home a dwelling place which is morally safe, as well as comfortable and sanitary, and to give them food that is both palatable and wholesome.” The New York Times called Franklin Square House “the largest hotel for young working women and girl students in the world.”

* Abdu’l-Baha visited Franklin Square House on the evening of August 26, 1912. He had been invited by its superintendent to give a talk to the nearly six hundred women that called the vine-covered, red brick building home. He began by confirming the equality of women and men. “[E]ach is the complement of the other in the divine creative plan.” Abdu’l-Baha noted that God distinguishes a person’s “purity and righteousness” in “deeds and actions,” and not their gender. He acknowledged the history of the subordination of women, attributing it to a lack of equal access to education...

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http://bahaiteachings.org/womens-work

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http://madelinesmemories-ann.blogspot.com/2010/11/franklin-square-house.html
 
Story of "Franklin Square House "...
"...Reverend George L. Perin, a pastor serving inner city Boston, decided to lend a helping hand. He was appalled at the housing that single, working women in Boston were compelled to live in. Through a tireless fundraising effort, Perin managed to buy an unoccupied hotel in Boston’s South End. His goal was to “furnish for girls living away from home a dwelling place which is morally safe, as well as comfortable and sanitary, and to give them food that is both palatable and wholesome.” The New York Times called Franklin Square House “the largest hotel for young working women and girl students in the world.”
Abdu’l-Baha visited Franklin Square House on the evening of August 26, 1912. He had been invited by its superintendent to give a talk to the nearly six hundred women that called the vine-covered, red brick building home. He began by confirming the equality of women and men. “[E]ach is the complement of the other in the divine creative plan.” Abdu’l-Baha noted that God distinguishes a person’s “purity and righteousness” in “deeds and actions,” and not their gender. He acknowledged the history of the subordination of women, attributing it to a lack of equal access to education...

quote source:
http://bahaiteachings.org/womens-work

picture source:
http://madelinesmemories-ann.blogspot.com/2010/11/franklin-square-house.html
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Unity of all people  - 
 
 Nuclear Disarmament and the Blueprint for Peace :
Between 1867 and 1873, after being exiled and imprisoned for the proclamation of his Faith, Baha’u’llah wrote a series of unprecedented, powerful letters and tablets to the kings and rulers of the world- Rulers like the French Emperor Napoleon the Third, Queen Victoria of England, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Pope Pius the Ninth, Czar Alexander II, King William of Prussia, and the Shah of Persia; and in general to all the world’s leaders.
 In uncompromising and momentous terms, Baha’u’llah announced his mission to the world’s political and religious leaders, respectfully asked them to approach his message in a spirit of open-mindedness, summoned them to respond to his call and admonished them — to be just, to care for the poor in their midst, to reconcile their disputes and to disarm and demilitarize their increasingly warlike nations:

"Compose your differences and reduce your armaments, that the burden of your expenditures may be lightened, and that your minds and hearts may be tranquillized. Heal the dissensions that divide you, and ye will no longer be in need of any armaments except what the protection of your cities and territories demandeth."
 (Baha’u’llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 188)"

http://bahaiteachings.org/path-to-peace-time-to-disarm-part-2
 
Nuclear Disarmament and the Blueprint for Peace :
Between 1867 and 1873, after being exiled and imprisoned for the proclamation of his Faith, Baha’u’llah wrote a series of unprecedented, powerful letters and tablets to the kings and rulers of the world- Rulers like the French Emperor Napoleon the Third, Queen Victoria of England, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Pope Pius the Ninth, Czar Alexander II, King William of Prussia, and the Shah of Persia; and in general to all the world’s leaders.
 In uncompromising and momentous terms, Baha’u’llah announced his mission to the world’s political and religious leaders, respectfully asked them to approach his message in a spirit of open-mindedness, summoned them to respond to his call and admonished them — to be just, to care for the poor in their midst, to reconcile their disputes and to disarm and demilitarize their increasingly warlike nations:

"Compose your differences and reduce your armaments, that the burden of your expenditures may be lightened, and that your minds and hearts may be tranquillized. Heal the dissensions that divide you, and ye will no longer be in need of any armaments except what the protection of your cities and territories demandeth."
 (Baha’u’llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 188)"

http://bahaiteachings.org/path-to-peace-time-to-disarm-part-2
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Unity of all people  - 
 
" We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations; yet they deem Us a stirrer up of strife and sedition worthy of bondage and banishment…. That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled — what harm is there in this? – "
The Proclamation of Baha’u'llah,
 
" We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations; yet they deem Us a stirrer up of strife and sedition worthy of bondage and banishment…. That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled — what harm is there in this? – "
The Proclamation of Baha’u'llah,
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Los días los días de la semana:
Days of the week ,in Baha'i Calendar: 

* Jalál جلال Gloria Sábado {Saturday}

* Jamál جمال Belleza Domingo {Sunday}

* Kamál كمال Perfección Lunes{Monday}

* Fiḍál فضال Gracia Martes{Tuesday}

* Idál عدال Justicia Miércoles{Wednsday}

* Istijlál استجلال Majestuosidad Jueves{Thursday}

* Istiqlál استقلال Independencia Viernes {Friday}
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Los días
También existe una nomenclatura para los días de la semana. Éstos son:

Jalál جلال Gloria Sábado
Jamál جمال Belleza Domingo
Kamál كمال Perfección Lunes
Fiḍál فضال Gracia Martes
‘Idál عدال Justicia Miércoles
Istijlál استجلال Majestuosidad Jueves
Istiqlál استقلال Independencia Viernes
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Fiesta de 19 Dias---Kamál كمال Perfección 1 agosto — 19 agosto
Sun, August 2, 6:00 PM
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I will be attending in our local centre to study the Badi'calendar on August 5th love and greetings thank you!
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Education Is Not A Crime mixes old-school street art and shiny new smartphones to fight for human rights in Iran #PaintTheChange
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Online Learning: The course of Baha'i History worldwide from then to now, beginning August 15. Bahá’í History, 1863-2015, will explore the major themes of Baha’i history from Baha’u’llah’s exile from Baghdad to the second decade of the twenty-first century, emphasizing the development of the Baha’i Faith over the last century and a half. We will cover the period from 1863 to the end of Baha’u’llah’s life in 1892; the ministry of ‘Abdu’l-Baha (1892-1921); the ministry of Shoghi Effendi (1921-57); the ministry of the custodians (1957-63); the period from the election of the Universal House of Justice to the end of the twentieth century (1963-96); and the period marking a new direction in the teaching work and outreach to the public (1996-2015). In each unit we will be reading from God Passes By and/or Century of Light, supplementing the books with essays and articles on themes such as the development of the community, attracting minorities, the worldwide spread of the Faith, persecution, and more.  #Bahai #Interfaith http://www.cvent.com/events/baha-i-history-1863-2011/event-summary-2fe5b51709c346fd8e7c8ebabe447b4f.aspx
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"The divine purpose is that men should live in unity, concord and agreement and should love one another. Consider the virtues of the human world and realize that the oneness of humanity is the primary foundation of them all."  (Abdu'l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity, p. 50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This page is owned by an individual Baha'i who is a member of the U.S. Baha'i community. It is just for sharing, and not sponsored by any Baha'i institution. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ********* ANY posts that quote someone else, including the Baha'i Writings, without giving the complete reference, including page number, will be deleted unless they have a link to the authoritative source!! ************************* ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Baha'i reading material and information can be found at the following:

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Equality of Women and Men  - 
 
For Bahá'ís, equality and empowerment are essential spiritual principles. This is illuminated by the metaphor "The world of humanity is possessed of two wings: the male and the female. When the two wings ... become equivalent in strength, enjoying the same prerogatives, the flight of [humanity] will be exceedingly lofty and extraordinary....
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/homa-sabet-tavangar/10-bahai-women-everyone-should-know_b_1371029.html
 
"Zhang Xin (b. 1965). A former factory worker, Zhang is CEO of Beijing's largest commercial real estate developer, regularly featured on lists like Forbes magazine's 'World's Most Powerful Women' and 'Top Ten Billionaire Women We Admire.' She was just featured in the Newsweek cover story 'The Rise of China's Billionaire Tiger Women,' and is known for her commitment to justice, equality and ethical business.
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10 Baha’i Women That Everyone Should Know 

"Layli Miller-Muro (b. 1972), just named by Newsweek magazine among its 150 Fearless Women Leaders, Layli also received the 2012 Diane Von Furstenberg People's Voice Award for her service as Founder and CEO of the Tahirih Justice Center (named for Tahirih on this list), which protects immigrant women fleeing violence, and winner of the Washington Post's Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/homa-sabet-tavangar/10-bahai-women-everyone-should-know_b_1371029.html
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I recently finished reading Prison Poems, a collection of poetry written by Mahvash Sabet on the fifth anniversary of her incarceration. She is a prisoner of conscience. She was arrested simply for being a Baha’i, along with six other members of the Yaran (the national level group that guided the affairs of the Baha’i community of Iran of which Mahvash served as secretary).
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Unity of all religions  - 
 
 Universal Love:
                 " An Indian said to `Abdu'l-Bahá:
`My aim in life is to transmit as far as in me lies the message of Krishna to the world.'
`Abdu'l-Bahá said: The Message of Krishna is the message of love. All God's prophets have brought the message of love. None has ever thought that war and hate are good. Every one agrees in saying that love and kindness are best.
Love manifests its reality in deeds, not only in words --these alone are without effect. In order that love may manifest its power there must be an object, an instrument, a motive.
There are many ways of expressing the love principle; there is love for the family, for the country, for the race, there is political enthusiasm, there is also the love of community of interest in service. These are all ways and means of showing the power of love. Without any such means, love would be unseen, unheard, unfelt --altogether unexpressed, unmanifested! Water shows its power in various ways, in quenching thirst, causing seed to grow, etc. Coal expresses one of its principles in gas-light, while one of the powers of electricity is shown in the electric light. If there were neither gas nor electricity, the nights of the world would be darkness! So, it is necessary to have an instrument, a motive for love's manifestation, an object, a mode of expression.
We must find a way of spreading love among the sons of humanity.
Love is unlimited, boundless, infinite! Material things are limited, circumscribed, finite. You cannot adequately express infinite love by limited means.
The perfect love needs an unselfish instrument, absolutely freed from fetters of every kind. The love of family is limited; the tie of blood relationship is not the strongest bond. Frequently members of the same family disagree, and even hate each other.
Patriotic love is finite; the love of one's country causing hatred of all others, is not perfect love! Compatriots also are not free from quarrels amongst themselves.
The love of race is limited; there is some union here, but that is insufficient. Love must be free from boundaries!
To love our own race may mean hatred of all others, and even people of the same race often dislike each other.
Political love also is much bound up with hatred of one party for another; this love is very limited and uncertain.
The love of community of interest in service is likewise fluctuating; frequently competitions arise, which lead to jealousy, and at length hatred replaces love.
A few years ago, Turkey and Italy had a friendly political understanding; now they are at war!
All these ties of love are imperfect. It is clear that limited material ties are insufficient to adequately express the universal love.
The great unselfish love for humanity is bounded by none of these imperfect, semi-selfish bonds; this is the one perfect love, possible to all mankind, and can only be achieved by the power of the Divine Spirit. No worldly power can accomplish the universal love.
Let all be united in this Divine power of love! Let all strive to grow in the light of the Sun of Truth, and reflecting this luminous love on all men, may their hearts become so united that they may dwell evermore in the radiance of the limitless love.
Remember these words which I speak unto you during the short time I am amongst you in Paris. I earnestly exhort you: let not your hearts be fettered by the material things of this world; I charge you not to lie contentedly on the beds of negligence, prisoners of matter, but to arise and free yourselves from its chains!
The animal creation is captive to matter, God has given freedom to man. The animal cannot escape the law of nature, whereas man may control it, for he, containing nature, can rise above it.
The power of the Holy Spirit, enlightening man's intelligence, has enabled him to discover means of bending many natural laws to his will. He flies through the air, floats on the sea, and even moves under the waters.
All this proves how man's intelligence has been enabled to free him from the limitations of nature, and to solve many of her mysteries. Man, to a certain extent, has broken the chains of matter.
The Holy Spirit will give to man greater powers than these, if only he will strive after the things of the spirit and endeavour to attune his heart to the Divine infinite love.
When you love a member of your family or a compatriot, let it be with a ray of the Infinite Love! Let it be in God, and for God! Wherever you find the attributes of God love that person, whether he be of your family or of another. Shed the light of a boundless love on every human being whom you meet, whether of your country, your race, your political party, or of any other nation, colour or shade of political opinion. Heaven will support you while you work in this in-gathering of the scattered peoples of the world beneath the shadow of the almighty tent of unity.
You will be servants of God, who are dwelling near to Him, His divine helpers in the service, ministering to all Humanity. All Humanity! Every human being! never forget this!
Do not say, he is an Italian, or a Frenchman, or an American, or an Englishman, remember only that he is a son of God, a servant of the Most High, a man! All are men! Forget nationalities; all are equal in the sight of God!
Remember not your own limitations; the help of God will come to you. Forget yourself. God's help will surely come!
When you call on the Mercy of God waiting to reinforce you, your strength will be tenfold.
Look at me: I am so feeble, yet I have had the strength given me to come amongst you: a poor servant of God, who has been enabled to give you this message! I shall not be with you long! One must never consider one's own feebleness, it is the strength of the Holy Spirit of Love, which gives the power to teach. The thought of our own weakness could only bring despair. We must look higher than all earthly thoughts; detach ourselves from every material idea, crave for the things of the spirit; fix our eyes on the everlasting bountiful Mercy of the Almighty, who will fill our souls with the gladness of joyful service to His command `Love One Another'. "-Abdul'Baha
October 24th, 1912 ( PARIS TALKS
 
Universal Love:
                 " An Indian said to `Abdu'l-Bahá:
`My aim in life is to transmit as far as in me lies the message of Krishna to the world.'
`Abdu'l-Bahá said: The Message of Krishna is the message of love. All God's prophets have brought the message of love. None has ever thought that war and hate are good. Every one agrees in saying that love and kindness are best.
Love manifests its reality in deeds, not only in words --these alone are without effect. In order that love may manifest its power there must be an object, an instrument, a motive.
There are many ways of expressing the love principle; there is love for the family, for the country, for the race, there is political enthusiasm, there is also the love of community of interest in service. These are all ways and means of showing the power of love. Without any such means, love would be unseen, unheard, unfelt --altogether unexpressed, unmanifested! Water shows its power in various ways, in quenching thirst, causing seed to grow, etc. Coal expresses one of its principles in gas-light, while one of the powers of electricity is shown in the electric light. If there were neither gas nor electricity, the nights of the world would be darkness! So, it is necessary to have an instrument, a motive for love's manifestation, an object, a mode of expression.
We must find a way of spreading love among the sons of humanity.
Love is unlimited, boundless, infinite! Material things are limited, circumscribed, finite. You cannot adequately express infinite love by limited means.
The perfect love needs an unselfish instrument, absolutely freed from fetters of every kind. The love of family is limited; the tie of blood relationship is not the strongest bond. Frequently members of the same family disagree, and even hate each other.
Patriotic love is finite; the love of one's country causing hatred of all others, is not perfect love! Compatriots also are not free from quarrels amongst themselves.
The love of race is limited; there is some union here, but that is insufficient. Love must be free from boundaries!
To love our own race may mean hatred of all others, and even people of the same race often dislike each other.
Political love also is much bound up with hatred of one party for another; this love is very limited and uncertain.
The love of community of interest in service is likewise fluctuating; frequently competitions arise, which lead to jealousy, and at length hatred replaces love.
A few years ago, Turkey and Italy had a friendly political understanding; now they are at war!
All these ties of love are imperfect. It is clear that limited material ties are insufficient to adequately express the universal love.
The great unselfish love for humanity is bounded by none of these imperfect, semi-selfish bonds; this is the one perfect love, possible to all mankind, and can only be achieved by the power of the Divine Spirit. No worldly power can accomplish the universal love.
Let all be united in this Divine power of love! Let all strive to grow in the light of the Sun of Truth, and reflecting this luminous love on all men, may their hearts become so united that they may dwell evermore in the radiance of the limitless love.
Remember these words which I speak unto you during the short time I am amongst you in Paris. I earnestly exhort you: let not your hearts be fettered by the material things of this world; I charge you not to lie contentedly on the beds of negligence, prisoners of matter, but to arise and free yourselves from its chains!
The animal creation is captive to matter, God has given freedom to man. The animal cannot escape the law of nature, whereas man may control it, for he, containing nature, can rise above it.
The power of the Holy Spirit, enlightening man's intelligence, has enabled him to discover means of bending many natural laws to his will. He flies through the air, floats on the sea, and even moves under the waters.
All this proves how man's intelligence has been enabled to free him from the limitations of nature, and to solve many of her mysteries. Man, to a certain extent, has broken the chains of matter.
The Holy Spirit will give to man greater powers than these, if only he will strive after the things of the spirit and endeavour to attune his heart to the Divine infinite love.
When you love a member of your family or a compatriot, let it be with a ray of the Infinite Love! Let it be in God, and for God! Wherever you find the attributes of God love that person, whether he be of your family or of another. Shed the light of a boundless love on every human being whom you meet, whether of your country, your race, your political party, or of any other nation, colour or shade of political opinion. Heaven will support you while you work in this in-gathering of the scattered peoples of the world beneath the shadow of the almighty tent of unity.
You will be servants of God, who are dwelling near to Him, His divine helpers in the service, ministering to all Humanity. All Humanity! Every human being! never forget this!
Do not say, he is an Italian, or a Frenchman, or an American, or an Englishman, remember only that he is a son of God, a servant of the Most High, a man! All are men! Forget nationalities; all are equal in the sight of God!
Remember not your own limitations; the help of God will come to you. Forget yourself. God's help will surely come!
When you call on the Mercy of God waiting to reinforce you, your strength will be tenfold.
Look at me: I am so feeble, yet I have had the strength given me to come amongst you: a poor servant of God, who has been enabled to give you this message! I shall not be with you long! One must never consider one's own feebleness, it is the strength of the Holy Spirit of Love, which gives the power to teach. The thought of our own weakness could only bring despair. We must look higher than all earthly thoughts; detach ourselves from every material idea, crave for the things of the spirit; fix our eyes on the everlasting bountiful Mercy of the Almighty, who will fill our souls with the gladness of joyful service to His command `Love One Another'. "-Abdul'Baha
October 24th, 1912 ( PARIS TALKS
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Beautiful Beaches and Amazing Places on earth, People of ages have fun at beaches. Young children love to splash in the water , Jump in the waves, and play in the sand. They happily dig holes, fill bu
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Baha'i Tidbits  - 
 
1912 – Abdul-Baha was in Dublin, NH A meeting for blacks was held near Lake Dublin. At this gathering the Master delivered an eloquent address regarding unity and amity between blacks and whites. He spoke of the approaching ...
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1912 – Abdul-Baha was in Dublin, NH In the morning the Master went to the summer school that had been established by Mr Henderson 20 years ago. It is located some 25 miles from Dublin and classes are held in tents in a clear...
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Baha'i Tidbits  - 
 
1912 – Abdul-Baha was in Dublin, NH Mírzá `Alí Akbar 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...
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1912 – Abdul-Baha was in Dublin, NH After prayers the Master revealed several Tablets. A lengthy one was addressed to Mírzá Abu'l-Fadl (may my life be a sacrifice to him). The Master's affection and love for him was such tha...
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