Articles by " Sonjel"
17 Jul
2012
The Wedding of Grace & Harlan Ober

The Wedding of Grace & Harlan Ober

On July 17th, Harlan Ober and Grace Robarts were married in the presence of  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Earl Redman’s book on the Master’s travels recounts the event in these words: …the friends gathered at  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s house at 309 West 78th St for the usual […]

10 Jul
2012
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Home Visits

Home Visits

Mahmud recounts that on July 11th the friends gathered in the home of Juliet Thompson: “`Abdu’l-Bahá encouraged them to hold as many meetings as possible. `Promise each other’, He said, `to visit one another’s homes so that it may be […]

16 Apr
2012
Biography: Sachiro Fujita

Biography: Sachiro Fujita

Sachiro Fujita first saw ‘Abdu’l-Bahá from a Chicago lamp post that he had climbed in order to see over the crowd. When the Master saw him He said, “Come down Zachias, for this day I would sup with thee” and […]

3 Apr
2012
A Beauty of Stature

A Beauty of Stature

On April 3rd, 1912 Mahmúd wrote: Our American friends requested that the Master ask us, the Persians, to alter our attire to suit the circumstances of the time and place, changing everything except our Persian hats and coats. He replied, `What […]

21 Mar
2012
The Master and the World of Nature

The Master and the World of Nature

In the spirit of spring, here are two vignettes about the Master and nature. The first takes place in the Swiss countryside and Juliet Thompson is its narrator: We passed fertile hills, covered with vines and corn or fruit trees; […]

18 Mar
2012
Ali Yazdi’s Recollections of Ramleh

Ali Yazdi’s Recollections of Ramleh

I recently came across a thin book called Blessings Beyond Measure: Recollections of `Abdu’l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi. It contains the memoirs of Ali Yazdi who was only 11 at the time of the Master’s second stay in Egypt.  It is delightful […]

13 Mar
2012
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Biography: Keith Ransom-Kehler

Biography: Keith Ransom-Kehler

Thousands must have met Him. There must have been hundreds upon hundreds who sought an audience with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, who interviewed Him, who were given a coin, candy or flower from Him, or who witnessed Him in passing. It is not […]

20 Feb
2012
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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

I will unabashedly admit that I think about food a lot in the days before the Fast. Recently I have been thinking about food and the Master. One of my favorite stories is of Lua Getsinger purposely trampling through poison ivy […]

4 Feb
2012
The Generosity of the Master

The Generosity of the Master

Detachment from personal wealth paired with generosity to others are twin virtues demonstrated by the Master throughout His life and there are legions of stories on the subject. Juliet Thompson recounts the following of His visit to Switzerland: Just as […]

29 Jan
2012
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Discourse and Distribution

Discourse and Distribution

At the time of the Master’s travels the western believers had little access to the Writings of the Báb or Bahá’u'lláh. The last page of some issues of “Star of the West” list the literature available for sale in 1911: […]