Tag Archive for World War 1

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…

When the World Changed: Gallipoli and the Chief Vizier

Gallipoli suriy-i-rais

The future is hardly ever what we expect it to be. It almost always surprises us. This is proof enough that in any point of time, although we often write history as if it was inevitable, many possible futures stretch out before us. Sometimes there are pivot points in history when things change profoundly from…

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…

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…

Prophet and Seer

humiliation of germany at versailles

Is it possible to see the future? All of us can predict the future to a small degree, simply on the basis of past experience. Yet the idea that someone could see events far in the future raises scepticism. It is outside our common experience. Some of us have subjective experiences of deja vu (a feeling…