Articles by " Sofie"
23 May
2013
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‘Abdu’l-Bahá and kindness

‘Abdu’l-Bahá and kindness

One might think kindness to be merely one virtue among many in our spiritual toolbox.  A search in the Master’s talks and writings on this quality, however, does away with this assumption: The language of kindness is the lodestone of […]

28 Apr
2013
‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Perseverance

‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Perseverance

Reading about the Master’s travels in the West one cannot but be in awe with the perseverance He displayed.  Despite His age and health condition, He was continuously and truly present to the many people that sought Him out.  What […]

31 Mar
2013
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‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Germany

‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Germany

While making several short trips to cities in Austria and Hungary, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spent most of the month of April 1913 in Germany.  Balyuzi gives us the details of the intense daily pace with which the Master, despite His age and […]

26 Feb
2013
‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Hospitality

‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Hospitality

While reading about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visits to the West one notices how the Master was not only welcomed by a diversity of hosts, but that He Himself extended hospitality too: He hosted several ‘Feasts’ and was, in the words of Shoghi […]

18 Feb
2013
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‘Abdu’l-Bahá and faith

‘Abdu’l-Bahá and faith

  “As ye have faith, so shall your powers and blessings be,” the Master said to the very first group of Western pilgrims visiting Him in Haifa in 1898[1].  Also during His travels in the West, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke of the […]

29 Nov
2012
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The Meaning of Sacrifice

The Meaning of Sacrifice

On 29 November 1912 the Master spoke at the home of the Kinneys about the mystery of sacrifice.  He gave His audience, through the example of Christ, indicators as to how we may understand and embody sacrifice in the true […]

12 Oct
2012
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Healing & Good Health

Healing & Good Health

The Master spoke repeatedly about healing and good health.  His Talks highlight what is in essence a generous gift of the Divine: Although ill health is one of the unavoidable conditions of man, truly it is hard to bear. The […]

21 Sep
2012
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The Balkan War and Universal Peace

The Balkan War and Universal Peace

During the Master’s travel to the West a war was devastating the Balkans.  Succinctly, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá commented how war is “the outcome of hostility and hatred between nations and peoples of religion who imitate and adhere to the forms and violate […]

25 Aug
2012
This Radiant Century

This Radiant Century

  On 25 May 1912 the Master explained that historians perceive this radiant century as being equivalent to the previous one hundred centuries due to the exponential progress mankind has made and continues to make in all areas of life.  […]

24 Jul
2012
Esperanto and the Universal Language

Esperanto and the Universal Language

Communication is one way in which we put into practice the virtues we acquire and contribute towards a united and peaceful world.  In A Traveller’s Narrative, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said: O friends, consort with all the people of the world with joy […]