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Water Restored to Akka and Service to the Community

akka aqueduct restoring water

As time went on the people of Akka began to see the true character of Bahá’u’lláh and his followers. The initial contempt and hatred with which they had been greeted on entering the city changed into respect and even reliance. Bahá’u’lláh in this period largely ceased the open association he had followed with the people until…

Lua’s Last Journey

Lua Getsinger

Lua Getsinger is a household name among Baha’is. She was among the first Western Baha’is to visit Abdu’l Baha and when he met her said to her “I have given you the power to speak and have loosened your tongue” and indeed she was to go on to become a great teacher of the Baha’i…

Arrival in the Prison of Akka: Abdu’l Baha

Abdu'l Baha in the prison city

Abdu’l Baha, Bahá’u’lláh’s eldest son, is held up as the best example of what a Baha’i life can be. Most of us struggle to exemplify even occasionally the virtues that were evident in Abdul Baha’s life. Nonetheless, reflection on his life gives us a standard for which to strive, and many stories are told about him.…

Tablet of the Branch

In Adrianople, Bahá’u’lláh began the public announcement of his mission; writing to kings and rulers and to followers of the Bab. Also from this period, Bahá’u’lláh was already looking far ahead to the time when he would no longer be in the physical world and he was laying the foundations of the Baha’i Faith after his…

Waging Peace in the Midst of War

a french regiment entrenched at Verdun

As we have already seen, during World War 1 Abdu’l Baha wrote a series of letters to the Baha’is of North America. While the world was waging war, Abdu’l Baha was waging peace. This is the first of a series of articles with the aim of placing these letters in the context of events occurring…

Right Livelihood: The Case of Thomas Breakwell

Thomas Breakwell

Buddhism has a beautiful way of summarising “the good life”. It is symbolised by an eight-spoked wheel. Each spoke of the wheel represents a right way of being – qualities such as “right speech”, “right conduct” and “right mindfulness”. Among the spokes is “right livelihood” and this is where we pick up the story of…

Abdu’l Baha’s Work Day

Abdu'l Baha's work day

Abdu’l Baha‘s life was full of achievement. The eldest son of Baha’u’llah, he transcended a lifetime of exile and imprisonment and took the Baha’i Faith out of its homelands to a wider world. If all Abdu’l Baha had done was to undertake his teaching trips throughout Europe and North America, it would be more than…

A Stronger Thought of Peace

a stronger thought of peace

When a thought of war comes oppose it with a stronger thought of peace. It is such a striking statement that it often comes to mind.  It appears in a talk given by Abdu’l Baha in Paris in 1911. I charge you all that each one of you concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love…