Thursday, August 26, 2010

Some Notable Numbers

Every once in a while it's fun to celebrate with readers when Baha'i Thought reaches a notable milestone. Well, in case you were wondering this little blog now has 800 "Likers" on it's Facebook page and recently posted it's 700th post since September 11th, 2005. It also has over 250 subscribers (thanks subscribers, I love ya!).

By the way, Baha'i Thought will be celebrating it's 5th anniversary this year. I'd love to hear suggestions about how I might mark Baha'i Thought's birthday.


  1. Here's another notable number, we're coming up on the centenary of `Abdu'l-Baha's sudden departure from Haifa to the West..... Stanwood Cobb was the last pilgrim to visit Him in Haifa when suddenly He disappeared.

    (citations and more info)

    `Abdu'l-Bahá left Haifa for Port Said, Egypt, about August 29, 1910. He accompanied two visitors or pilgrims directly from the Shrine of the Báb down to the port where he took a ferry to Port Said and then telegrammed the Bahá'ís in Haifa that He was in Egypt. Shoghi Effendi was asked to come over 2 days later.

    What are you going to do August 29th?

    This coming spring starts the centenary of a series of pilgrimages including later Hand of the Cause Louis Gregory following which he embarked on numerous trips across the American south during American Apartheid to spread the religion he had adopted, Wellesley Tudor-Pole, who was co-founder of "The Silent Minute" to sanctify freedom and the person who both explained the significance of Abdu'l-Baha to General Allendy and delivered the telegram announcing His death to Shoghi Effendi, and Isabella Grinevskaya, the pen-name of a Jewish-Bahá'í poetess and playwright who composed a award winning play about the Báb which was on stage in St. Petersburgh twice before it was shutdown by the new Soviet authorities.

    Perhaps biographical sketches or stories about these and other individuals would be astonishingly international, and recover an appreciation for the changes brought about in the last century. We are starting on years of important centenary events from the right of women to vote in the US to Abdu'l-Baha's visit to the US and the transformation of the religion in the states, to the sinking of the Titanic and an end to it's reason of operation. For Baha'is it set the stage for the spreading of the religion first by Martha Root around South America, the Dunns to Australia, and then by successive waves of pioneers first to South America where the American community started by leading and ended by serving, then following the ravages of World War to Europe, then combining all three major populations of Baha'is (the US, Britain, and Iran) to focus on Africa followed by the raising up of the largest Baha'i national population in the world in India when Shoghi Effendi directed that Baha'is focus their attention on the general population, even the "untouchables".

    Somewhere in this pageantry there is ample room for your inquiring mind to take note.

    How close to where you live did Abdu'l-Baha come? What did He do there? What day? Who was there? How did they react? What did they do after He moved on? What heritage links His visit to the States to your discovery of the Faith?....

  2. Anonymous3:00 PM

    "In my experience the Baha'i Faith has offered me a path out of the madness and I'm trying to walk it."

    I was trying to back track and see when it was that I first came across your blog, as you were the first "real person" that I encountered in the faith(though we haven't met). Found your quote above in a post I remember reading that kinda reminds me as to what I was attracted to when I first declared.

    "A path", not the only but a reasonable path. So where I continuely stay flustered is trying to reconcile my ocassional attraction to nationalism sort of "stuff", affinity for seeking the divine goddess within and just plain old inability to conform and be "religious".

    Anyway HAPPY 5 year anniversary. I was in Boston last month should of looked you up but didn't want to intrude. Now my daughter is there attending BU and so wish she was connected to the BAHAI community there.

    Your blog has been like my on little personal fireside and deepening, always leaving me something more to reflect upon always drawing me closer to the faith!