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1908 - Abdul-Baha on being freed by the government change in Turkey Praise be to God that thou hast been confirmed in the service and I have likewise been assisted in visiting the Holy Threshold. In one day [1] the world hat...
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 * Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,  compared the African American philosophers W. E. B. Du Bois and Alain Locke to Aristotle and Plato.
 
* Alain LeRoy Locke, (September 13, 1885 – June 9, 1954),  referred to as “Black Plato,”  was an American writer, philosopher, educator, and patron of the arts. ...

* Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,  compared the African American philosophers W. E. B. Du Bois and Alain Locke to Aristotle and Plato.

*  Locke embraced the Baha’i Faith in 1918, the very same year that he earned his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University.

On March 19, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed:
 "We're going to let our children know that the only philosophers that lived were not Plato and Aristotle, but W. E. B. Du Bois and Alain Locke came through the universe."



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1912 – Abdul-Baha was in New York & New Jersey `Abdu'l-Bahá received an invitation from the Consul General of Turkey. After meeting with the friends and expressing His happiness at their devotion and unity, He left for the C...
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Equality of Women and Men  - 
 
The arrest of Emmeline Pankhurst in London & 
 her visit with Abdul-Baha
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" Abdu’l-Baha . . . met with many visitors, including a militant suffragist. A number of suffragettes came to see him during His two visits to England.
 One, the famous Emmeline Pankhurst, called Abdu’l-Baha a ‘prophet’, whereupon He said, ‘Oh no! I am a man, like you’.

 Apparently Mrs Pankhurst was ‘much cheered by her interview, for the Master[ Abdu’l-Baha ] told her to continue her work steadfastly, for women would very shortly take their rightful place in the world’.

  He advised the militant who visited him on 19 December that women who were campaigning for the right to vote should refrain from any acts of violence in their efforts, but should ‘use the power of intelligence, with scientific accomplishments, with artistic attainments.

 Unseemly deeds would rather retard the realization of their cherished hope.

In this age a weak person resorts to frightful measures, but an intelligent person used the superior power of intelligence and wisdom.’ – from Earl Redman’s Abdu’l-Baha in Their Midst, p. 48.

 Now, let's reflect on this news  of the arrest , of Emmeline Pankhurst in London,  from  the Baha'i prespective .
 In 1853, when he was just eight years old, 'Abdu'l-Bahá was exiled to the Ottoman Empire with his family following anti-Bahá'í massacres jointly instigated by the Persian monarchy and fanatical Islamic clerics.
* In 1908, almost 60 years later, he was finally freed from prison, now an elderly man, and travelled to the West.
* When his ship arrived in New York harbor on 11 April 1912,
 one of the many journalists that were present asked him: "What is your attitude toward woman suffrage?"
 At this time, the arrest and hunger strike in London of the famous women's rights activist Emmeline Pankhurst was big news. In this context, 'Abdu'l-Bahá responded that:
 "The modern suffragette is fighting for what must be... If women were given the same advantages as men, their capacity being the same, the result would be the same."
 One can only imagine the impression that this made in the eyes of the Americans that had gathered on that day in 1912 to greet this prophet of peace from the east.
 Here was a man coming from the middle east of the early twentieth century who championed the cause of women's rights, still a radical proposition in the Western world!

* With remarkable historical foresight, 'Abdu'l-Bahá situated the shifting balance between masculine and feminine identities in the broader context of a global transition from a civilization based on aggression to one based on intuition and empathy:

       "The world in the past has been ruled by force, and man has dominated over woman by reason of his more forceful and aggressive qualities both of body and mind. But the balance is already shifting; force is losing its dominance, and mental alertness, intuition, and the spiritual qualities of love and service, in which woman is strong, are gaining ascendancy. Hence the new age will be an age less masculine and more permeated with the feminine ideals, or, to speak more exactly, will be an age in which the masculine and feminine elements of civilization will be more evenly balanced."

* The conception of equality as a power struggle between men and women is misguided. The path of liberation is about understanding the inextricable interrelationship between the masculine and the feminine, different aspects of our own self that must find a harmonious balance to complete a human identity.

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So the Baha’i teachings on the equality of men and women, which actually precede much of the progress women have made since then, call for not only universal suffrage but the equality of women and men in all aspects of life.

Not until thirty-five years after Abdu’l-Baha’s speech in Paris, in 1948, did the newly-formed United Nations codify the rights of women to vote into international law.

 The U.N.’s Human Rights Commission elected as its chairperson Eleanor Roosevelt, and she helped drive the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights–which made universal suffrage the standard of the world’s most progressive and freedom-loving governments. { Suffrage  means === the right to vote in public elections ,everyone gets to vote, as opposed to only men, or property holders }
This radical new religious requirement of the equality of the sexes, Abdu’l-Baha said:

' …is peculiar to the teachings of Baha’u’llah. Former religious systems placed men above women. Daughters and sons must follow the same form of study and acquire a uniform education. One course of education promotes unity among mankind. '
 – Abdu’l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 26.

Far from being a simple proclamation of theoretical equality, Abdu’l-Baha also identified very specific standards the world must adopt to bring about the equality of women and men, which include universal suffrage and equal education, but also encompass equality in the workplace, in the home and in the social and political sphere.

 { Definition: " Universal Suffrage "  means === the right to vote in public elections ,everyone gets to vote, as opposed to only men, or property holders }
refrence:
http://bahaiteachings.org/absolute-equality-of-the-sexes
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1848 – Regarding the first Women’s Rights Convention In Seneca NY- On July 19, 1848, the first Women's Rights Convention met at Seneca Falls, New York, at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton. However, the famous gatheri...
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1912 – Abdul-Baha was in New York `Abdu'l-Bahá's talk today centered on the persecutions and tribulations of the Blessed Beauty and the triumph of the Cause of God in the face of opposition from the most powerful enemies. In...
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Shoghi Effendi said the following:
"Let us pray to God that in these days of world-encircling gloom, when the dark forces of nature, of hate, rebellion, anarchy and reaction are threatening the very stability of human society, when the most precious fruits of civilization are undergoing severe and unparalleled tests, we may all realize, more profoundly than ever, that though but a mere handful amidst the seething masses of the world, we are in this day the chosen instruments of God’s grace, that our mission is most urgent and vital to the fate of humanity, and, fortified by these sentiments, arise to achieve God’s holy purpose for mankind."

Above quote can be found under this link:
http://www.bahai.org/r/907196479

National Spiritual Assembly of the United States wrote a letter about the recent incidents under the following link below:
https://app.box.com/s/kghrlpw7mgr84iqmi4d014pun8tuh6q4
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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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1867 – Us Consul General in Beirut forwards a petition regarding the captivity of Baha’u’llah and the fate of the Friends to the US Government: U.S. Consulate General - Beirut, Syria - 1867 Received J. Smith , [stamped: Secr...
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1848 - Mullá Ḥusayn hoists the Black Standard and marches with 202 other Bábís to Mashhad Mulla Husayn was still in Mashhad when a messenger arrived bearing to him the Báb's turban and conveying the news that a new name, th...
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the seed of the spirit :
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     When a person becomes a Baha’i, actually what takes place is that the seed of the spirit starts to grow in the human soul.
This seed must be watered by the outpourings of the Holy Spirit.
These gifts of the spirit are received through
 prayer,
 meditation,
 study of the Holy Utterances
 and service to the Cause of God….

Naturally there will be periods of distress and difficulty, and even severe tests, but if that person turns firmly toward the divine Manifestation, studies carefully His spiritual teachings and receives the blessings of the Holy Spirit, he will find that in reality these tests and difficulties have been the gifts of God to enable him to grow and develop.

From a letter dated 6 October 1954 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer

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حضرت ولی امراللّه در توقیع مورّخ 16 اکتبر 1954 می فرمایند:
وقتی که فردی به امر بهائی ایمان می آورد، عملاً حاصل کار این است که بذر معنوی در قلب او شروع به روئیدن می نماید و این بذر بایستی به فیوضات روح القدس٬ آبیاری گردد. وصول این مواهب معنوی نیز از طریق :
دعا
و تفکر
و شناسایی امر
و آیات الهی
و خدمت به آستان مقدّسش ٬حاصل می شود...
مسلّماً در حیات روحانی، مراحل اندوهبار و پر مشقّت و حتّی امتحانات شدیدی پیش می آید؛ در این قبیل موارد، شخص اگر ثابتاً راسخاً ٬ به سوی «مظهر الهی» رو آوَرَد و «تعالیم ملکوتی» او را دقیقاً مطالعه و مورد نظر قرار دهد، از برکات روح القدس بهره وَر گشته و پی خواهد برد که در حقیقت این امتحانات و مشقّات، مواهب الهیه به منظور آمادگی نمو و شکفتن او بوده است...

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Candace Hill

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Study Baha'u'llah's Tabernacle of Unity with the Wilmette Institute beginning August 1, 2016. Register at this link: http://www.cvent.com/events/tabernacle-of-unity/event-summary-cce5301aba874dbe80e50252a85ddec3.aspx
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We are raising money to help with mainly transportation for group volunteer activities supplies and a trip to Washington D.C Our STEM CELL program this year is called "Summer of Service" this program is a social science based program, it is a volunteer and youth leadership development program....
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1848 - The incident of Niyala, which occurred just after the Conference at Badasht, took place about July 17, 1848. (Dawn-Breakers, p. 301 (Marzieh Gail, Dawn Over Mount Hira, p. 130) When the conference of Badasht ended, th...
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I wept at such devotion, thank you
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The resting place of Bahiyyih Khanum 1912 – Abdul – spoke at 830 Park Avenue, New York (Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p 235) Ye must read the Tablets—the Hidden Words, Ishráqát, Glad Tidings—all the holy...
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Feast of Kalimat Words July 13 1912 – Abdul-Baha was in [New York -- West Englewood] Today was a very happy day. The Master had been invited to speak at the Unitarian Church of New York. The pastor of the church [Rev Leon A...
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