Chapter 4


[1] `Abdu'l-Bahá.

[2] Holy Mother is the title of Munírih Khánum, the wife of `Abdu'l-Bahá. Holy Leaves designates the women of Bahá'u'lláh's family.

[3] Mrs Carrie Kinney, a prominent Bahá'í from New York.

[4] Dr Amínu'lláh Faríd (Ameen Ullah Fareed), nephew of `Abdu'l-Bahá.

[5] Dr Faríd's half brother. (p. 5.)

[6] Father of Dr Faríd and brother-in-law of `Abdu'l-Bahá. He was one of the Persian teachers sent to America by `Abdu'l-Bahá at the turn of the century.

[7] Rector of the Church of the Ascension in New York. Juliet was, at this time, in love with him.

[8] Sister of `Abdu'l-Bahá; the premier woman of the Bahá'í Revelation.

[9] Bahá'u'lláh.

[10] Two of `Abdu'l-Bahá's daughters.

[11] A Bahá'í from Paris.

[12] An allusion to Rev. 5:5.

[13] See Luke 1:22

[14] Howard MacNutt, a leading Bahá'í from Brooklyn.

[15] Írán was at this time in the midst of the Constitutional Revolution, 1906-1911. Eventually, the country was divided into two spheres of influence: Russia took the north, and Great Britain the south.

[16] Cf. Rev. 21:4, Isa. 25:8.

[17] Cf. John 3:8.

[18] Lua Getsinger; one of the first American Bahá'ís; the "Mother Teacher of the West."

[19] Mrs Ellen Beecher, grandmother of Hand of the Cause Dorothy Baker.

[20] Mrs Agnes Parsons, a prominent believer from Washington, D.C.

[21] A Persian Bahá'í living in New York.

[22] Mrs Mabel Rice Wray Ives, a Bahá'í from Newark, N.J.

[23] Cf. Mark 10:24.

[24] Matt. 10.8.

[25] Matt. 13:27.

[26] This had taken place on 27 April 1909.

[27] The Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh.

[28] NOTE: A discrepancy exists in the various manuscripts of Juliet Thompson's diary concerning the identities of the children from the East mentioned here.

[29] John 10:16.

[30] Leaders of Muslim orders.

[31] This I have written from memory with the help of Munavvar Khánum, so it is not so strong as when the master gave it.--J.T.

[32] Cf. Matt. 19:14, Mark 10:14, and Luke 18:16.

[33] That day (the third of July) we had been to the House of the Blessed Perfection in `Akká. It is a palace, spacious, stately, but it has not the charm of the Master's House. In the room of the Blessed Perfection was a marvellous atmosphere. I felt intense vibrations, currents of Life. When we left, X leaned her head against the door.--J.T.

[34] Ibráhím George Khayru'lláh (Kheiralla)--The believer who first brought the Bahá'í Faith to America. He later rebelled against `Abdu'l-Bahá and broke the Covenant.

[35] Cf. Luke 18:9-14.

[36] That is, Howard MacNutt, Hooper Harris, and William Hoar. This refers to disputes involving these believers which took place in the New York Bahá'í Community.

[37] The early name of the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of New York.

[38] See God Passes By, pp. 269-71.

[39] Isa. 53:5, 1 Pet. 2:24.

[40] Mrs Louise Gibbons, a Bahá'í from New York.

[41] Rev. O. M. Fischer, an Episcopal clergyman who was also a Bahá'í in New York.

[42] Mr Albert Windust, a Bahá'í from Chicago.

[43] Táhirih, Bábí heroine and Letter of the Living.

[44] A musical term: an altered note (such as a sharp or flat) foreign to the key indicated by the signature.

[45] Mr Sidney Sprague, a prominent American Bahá'í and travelling teacher.

[46] In 1893 Rev. Grant had become rector of the New York Church of the Ascension, long the stronghold of fashionable, orthodox Episcopalians, but now with a dwindling congregation in a declining neighbourhood. His sweeping innovations were successful, but controversial: pews were no longer private property, but opened to the public; sermons were preached on issues of the day; new afternoon musical services attracted hundreds; Sunday evenings, the People's Forum debated political and economic questions, often until midnight. Grant became the militant leader of the radical wing of the city's clergy.

[47] An oral tradition of the teachings of Muhammad.

[48] The intent of this tradition is, of course, metaphorical. The Bahá'í Faith rejects the doctrine of Divine incarnation. The Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith states: "God ... can in no wise incarnate His infinite, His unknowable, His incorruptible and all-embracing Reality in the concrete and limited frame of a mortal being. Indeed, the God Who could so incarnate His own reality would, in the light of the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh, cease immediately to be God." (World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 112)

[49] At this time, large numbers of people were becoming Bahá'ís in Írán.

[50] The Ridván Garden, a short distance from `Akká, was one of Bahá'u'lláh's favourite resting places.

[51] Some Answered Questions.

[52] The Bahá'í Proofs.

[53] Many of the early American Bahá'ís believed that `Abdu'l-Bahá was the Return of Christ, despite His many denials. In one Tablet `Abdu'l-Bahá wrote: "You have written that there is a difference among the believers concerning the `Second Coming of Christ'. Gracious God! Time and again this question hath arisen, and its answer hath emanated in a clear and irrefutable statement from the pen of `Abdu'l-Bahá, that what is meant in the prophecies by the `Lord of Hosts' and the `Promised Christ' is the Blessed Perfection (Bahá'u'lláh) and His holiness ... (the Báb). My name is `Abdu'l-Bahá. My qualification is `Abdu'l-Bahá. My reality is `Abdu'l-Bahá. My praise is `Abdu'l-Bahá. Thraldom to the Blessed Perfection is my glorious and refulgent diadem, and servitude to all the human race my perpetual religion ... No name, no title, no mention, no commendation have I, nor will ever have, except `Abdu'l-Bahá." (World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 139)

[54] The passage in the Aqdas reads: "Let nothing grieve thee, O Land of Tá [Tihrán] ... Ere long will the state of affairs within thee be changed, and the reins of power fall into the hands of the people." (The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, paras 91 and 93, pp. 53, 53)

[55] 1936. There seems no reason to conceal it now. He gave me a cylinder of gold louis, so that I might be able to return.--J.T.

The Louis d'or was a gold twenty franc piece, at the time worth slightly more than five US dollars.--ED.

[56] Hájí Mírzá Haydar-`Alí, an early believer and champion teacher of the Cause in Írán, was known to Western pilgrims as the "Angel of Carmel". See A. Q. Faizi, Stories from the Delight of Hearts.

[57] Cf. Mark 14:3.

[58] "There is no room in my heart for any but Thee," I said to Him once. "I want you to be like that," He answered, "to be filled with the Love of God, to be entirely cut from the world and always to hold to My garment."--J.T.

[59] When He is speaking, His mouth has an upward turn at the comers, which gives Him that divine, smiling expression. --J.T.

[60] Cf. Matt. 13:8 and Luke 8:8.

[61] Cf. Isa. 66:1.

[62] Isa. 52:7.

[63] In the Arab and Muslim city of `Akká, women were obliged to remain indoors.

[64] Rev. 16:15, 1 Thess. 5:2. See also Matt. 24:43 and Luke 12:39.

[65] Rev. 1:12.

[66] This time my heart is more sensitive. His voice pierces and wrings it. Every note of that voice makes my heart quiver.--J.T.

[67] Dr Yúnís Khán Afrúkhtih, who served `Abdu'l-Bahá in Haifa from 1900 to 1909; Mírzá Badí'u'lláh, half brother of `Abdu'l-Bahá; and Mírzá Munír-i Zayn, son of the famous Bahá'í scribe Zaynu'l-Muqarrabín.

[68] While I was walking with Rúhá the day before on Mount Cannel, as we sat on a fallen tree to rest, she had broached the subject of my marrying Mason Remey. Our Lord had told her to ask me about it. "You are treating Juliet like one of Your own daughters who were married in this way," Rúhá had said. "It is too strong a test for her." "Just ask her and see what she says," our Lord had repeated. "But," added Rúhá to me, "if the Master should command me now: `Go, leave your husband and children and jump into the sea,' I would go and jump!"--J.T.

[69] Mírzá Mihdí, the Purest Branch, the youngest son of Bahá'u'lláh and His consort Navváb (Ásíyyih Khánum died after an accidental fall from the roof of the prison in `Akká. See God Passes By, pp. 188-89.

[70] The cylinder of gold louis the Master had given me so that I might return to Him.--J.T.

[71] Cf. Matt. 10:14, Mark 6:11, and Luke 9:5.

[72] Ahmad Sohráb, who had lived in the United States, but was at this time residing in Egypt.

[73] Professor Dickinson Miller, educator and philosopher; then a professor at Columbia University.

[74] Matt. 5:13, Luke 14:34.

[75] Disputes had developed in New York between Mr MacNutt and other prominent Bahá'ís. It became the general opinion that MacNutt's teaching of the Faith was incorrect in some aspects.--ED.

[76] Enlarging the Board from nine to nineteen members.--J.T.

[77] He said "see them again." Ten years ago, in 1926, I went--and saw them, and the beloved Guardian. But the Master was not there.--J.T.

[78] During the First World War, Hippolyte, then in the army, guarded a bridge!--J. T.

[79] 1947. When I saw Laura this year I said: "Remember Thonon!" "The waterfall," she answered.--J.T.

[80] Edith Sanderson, a Bahá'í from Paris, and her mother.

[81] The X of the Thonon diary is not the X of the `Akká diary, but somebody else who must remain incognito.--J.T.

This X is Annie Boylan.--ED.

[82] See Gen. 18:32.

[83] "He has such a good, such a simple bearing." "Yes, and eyes of fire!"

[84] Apparently, either May Maxwell or Marjorie Morton.

[85] 1924. Lilian died serving in Persia.--J.T.

1947. Some years later Elizabeth also died from an illness contracted there.--J.T.

[86] Sultán Husayn Mírzá; grandson of Násiri'd-Dín Sháh.--Ed.

[87] 1947. Years later I heard that he had been born again--a Bahá'í--and was serving the Cause with great zeal in Persia. His poor young brother, Prince Bahrám, died in the First World War, on a torpedoed ship.--J.T.

[88] Juliet was, at this time, a member of the Church of the Ascension. It was not until much later that the Guardian of the Faith instructed the Bahá'ís of the United States to sever formal affiliations with churches. See Messages to America, pp. 4-5.

[89] Cf. Star of the West, III:3 (1912) p. 4.

[90] Ahmad Sohráb, now part of `Abdu'l-Bahá's entourage.

[91] 1947. In the years that followed she would often say to me: "I love the Master more than you do, Julie, and I obey Him better than you do, for He performed a miracle for me, which He never did for you! He took all the bitterness out of my heart."

There was another occasion, which I find I haven't mentioned in my diary, when my darling little mother knelt before the Master. This was a public occasion, after He had spoken in a church. The service over, the whole congregation, including a multitude of believers, surged toward the chancel to shake hands with Him. Mamma was the only one in that long procession who sank to her knees and kissed his hand.--J.T.

[92] See The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Second Edition, pp. 7-9.

[93] See The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Second Edition, pp. 9-11.

[94] A follower of the economic philosophy of Henry George who advocated a single tax on profits from the sale of land.

[95] An allusion to the Last Supper. See Mark 14:15 and Luke 22:12.

[96] Cf. The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Second Edition, pp. 11-13.

[97] Cf. Some Early Bahá'ís of the West, p. 78.

[98] See The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Second Edition, pp. 14-16.

[99] At the time, equal to about two-hundred-fifty dollars.

[100] This baby was Mary Maxwell, later Amatu'l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum.

[101] 1947. This was fulfilled years after, but by that time my heart was severed; and to my everlasting shame, I was cruel to him.--J.T.

[102] Cf. The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Second Edition, pp. 32-34.

[103] Dr Faríd, within the year, turned traitor.--J.T.

[104] `Alí Qulí Khán, the Chargé d'Affaires for the Persian Legation.

[105] See The Bahá'í World, Vol. 12, p. 668.

[106] The wife of `Alí Qulí Khán.

[107] Senator Stephen Benton Elkins; died 4 January 1911.

[108] Mrs Barney Hemmick, a Bahá'í from Washington, D.C.

[109] Mr MacClung died soon afterward.--J.T.

[110] At 227 Riverside Drive, New York.--ED.

[111] See The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Second Edition, pp. 123-26.

[112] See The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Second Edition, pp. 126-29.

[113] In December of that same year, Mrs Tatum came to see me. "The Master," told me, "said such a strange thing to me just before He left America. I had been saying how sorry I was that I had left my car in Boston and couldn't put it at His disposal as I had done last spring. He answered: `Soon, Mrs Tatum, you will not need your car, for you will be riding in a chariot of fire.' I wonder, Juliet, what He meant by that!" Within a few weeks, dear Mrs Tatum died suddenly.--J.T.

[114] Louis Potter, one of the best-known sculptors in this country, also died in 1912, in August, very tragically. Even after seeing the Master and really loving Him, he was still seeking truth in other directions. He went out to California to follow a spiritual quack, whose methods of healing killed poor Louis. The last thing from his gifted hand was [a] beautiful medal with the Master's profile on it.--J.T.

[115] Bahá'ís to not believe that `Abdu'l-Bahá is a Prophet of God, although this was a widespread notion at this time. The prophets of the Bahá'í Faith are Bahá'u'lláh and the Báb.

[116] Mount Morris Baptist Church. See The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Second Edition, pp. 147-50.

[117] See The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Second Edition, pp. 163-71.

118 After this, Walter Hampton came to the Master every day--he never missed a day--till our Lord went to Dublin [New Hampshire].--J.T.

[119] The famous conservationist.

[120] See Mark 10:17-22 and Luke 18:18-23.

[121] See The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Second Edition, pp. 213-16.

[122] We never dreamed how soon He would be with her there.--J.T.

`Abdu'l-Bahá journeyed to California, arriving in San Francisco on 1 October 1912. Lua made the arrangements for his visit.--ED.

[123] 1947. There may have been two meanings to that visit to the Museum and the second meaning I could not have thought of till 1940, when I became so deeply involved in the Bahá'í work in Mexico and completely at one in heart and spirit with the believers there.--J.T.

[124] 1947. He died of his humiliations which were more than human flesh could bear. And in the end he would weep and say to a friend, who told me afterward, "Do you think we did all we could have done for the Master?" He tried his best to communicate with me, but fate had made me inaccessible. "I must write to Juliet," he said. "There is something I must tell her." I have never known what this was.--J.T.

Dr Grant was eventually publicly disgraced and forced to resign his position in the Church of the Ascension. He retired to his country home and died less than three years later.--ED.

[125] 1947. Just after the Master ascended, dear Mrs Goodall died and Ella sent the rosary back to me. Several years later I gave it to Romeyn Benjamin. It played a miraculous part in his life and when he died, eight years ago, again it came back to me.--J.T.

[126] In exactly a month, to the day, He saw me in Green Acre, where Mamma and I were His guests for four days.--J.T.

[127] See The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Second Edition, pp. 431-37.

[128] The Miss X of this and the Thonon diary.

[129] See announcement of their engagement, Bahá'í News (later Star of the West), I:9 (1910), p. 11.

[130] The extension room on the second floor of 48 West Tenth Street, now divided into two rooms.--J.T.

[131] See The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Second Edition, pp. 447-48.

[132] See Bahá'í World Faith, pp. 204-207.

[133] See The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Second Edition, pp. 449-56, 460-61.

[134] See The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Second Edition, pp. 469-70.

Chapter 4

Home ][ Sacred Writings ][ Bulletin board
Primary sources ][ Secondary sources ][ Resources
Links ][ Personal pages ][ Other sites

Google distinguishes accents, e.g. "Babi" and "Bábí"
return different results. See more search tips.