239 Days in America

A Social Media Documentary following 'Abdu'l-Bahá in 1912

August 5, 1912
Dublin, NH
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August 5, 1912: The Week Ahead

THE QUIET LITTLE TOWN of Dublin, New Hampshire, it turns out, is a crossroads of some of the most controversial discussions in American life. Over the last ten days we’ve looked at Eugenics, the artistic representation of indigenous peoples, and interracial marriage.

In the week ahead, the new Progressive Party convenes for its national convention in Chicago, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá weighs in on materialist philosophy, and a look at “the language of religion.”


  • Anne Perry

    One thing was truly amazing: how many people came to Dublin from New York/New jersey, Boston/Cambridge, Washington, DC, Portland, OR, and so forth to see ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. We went to see the little train station in Harrisburg where he met them. Ives was there and many others, coming and going during those 22 days. The Boston theosophist W.W.Harmon came to see him and later said:  “As I look back upon that
    time I see Him in that most majestic and sublime attitude with which those who
    are nearest to Him are so often impressed. His almost supernatural power–one
    has to feel it and see it in order to understand the fullness and completeness
    of His majesty; for it is only under certain conditions that He drops the outer
    semblance and stands revealed for what He really is–One to whom all must do
    homage (in time to come).”   

  • Loiemead

    We understand that ‘Abdu’l-Baha often drew upon things at hand to illustrate vital principles. This approach to teaching is an example for us to pattern after, especially when we can draw it from nature.  In today’s quote, we note His focus upon the protection and cultivation required to realize the oneness of humanity. Patience and humility are needed.  It would be interesting to find out how this quote influenced the conversations at the national convention in Chicago of the new Progressive Party.