The diary is not extremely detailed, rather she jots down the weather and short items about what she and her family did on a particular day, and what Washington events she attended or did not attend and people she received. She also relates events from a visit to Florida from January Prominent individuals in Rhode Island and Washington are mentioned briefly in relation to visits between each other.
Writing quality: Readable. Not extremely descriptive, short notes on days activities. Related papers at RIHS: Papers of her daughter Lucy Truman Aldrich, Mss sg 2; papers of her husband and herself, Mss sg 1; and large collection of papers mostly from onward of her son Winthrop Aldrich and daughter-in-law, Harriet Alexander Arnold, including her diaries. Family members:. Father's name: Chapman, Robert. Mother's name: Chapman, Amy Morgan. Husband's name: Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich.
Husband's dates: Marriage date and place: Father-in-law's name: Aldrich, Anan E. Mother-in-law's name: Aldrich, Abby A. Sons: Nelson Wilmarth Jr. Dorothea Davenport; Richard Steere ; Winthrop m. Harriet Alexander. Daughters: Lucy Truman ; Abby G. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Stephen M. Edgell and Stuart Campbell. Other persons frequently mentioned: Theodore Roosevelt; Pres. William H. Topical content:. Events discussed: "President Taft visits Providence today.
He retains his position on the Monetary Commission. He will ride with visiting monarchs behind the funeral car. He will also attend the burial at Windsor. The disturbing influences of the passing of the comet is causing earthquakes, explosions in mines, vapors, chemicals and powders, and unusual weather. Expect the Earth to be enveloped by Comet's tail tonight. He was met by distinguished people and escorted by a large procession up Broadway and 5th Ave. Births, deaths, marriages mentioned: "General Draper died today.
Social life: "Mrs. Dyer came in and played poker solitaire with family. Pattersons and dance after returning at 2 o'clock. Family: "Lucy, Elsie, and myself went for a long automobile ride as it is a beautiful morning. Little Nelson very attractive child. Childhood: "Abby came and took me to the Park for a drive.
Then to see her four children all were looking very well. The youngest a boy 10 months old is just beginning to say words. Marriage: "Ned's wedding cards waiting our return. Health: "Nelson woke up with a severe catarrhal cold and nose throat - sent for Dr. Lucy met me at the manicures and we left for New York.
Fashion: "Elsie new fur neck piece and muff. Wetmores maids has married a colored man, another one a Japanese. Unusual distinction for one house. Labor: On a visit to St. Take the cook and other secretaries. I am very sorry. Arts and culture: "Spent morning at the Louvre seeing its wonderful collection of pictures, tapestries,? Travel: On a visit to Miami, Florida: "rode about three hours around the country seeing the grapefruit groves, and the generally desirable country around here.
Geographical and architectural: On a visit to St. Augustine, Florida: "walking about the city which contains a house said to be the oldest in America. The crew house and surrounding magnificently elaborate, especially the Japanese features. John [Rockefeller] drove us all around the six thousand acres. Cataloging information:. Catalog number: MSS sg 1. Collection title: Nelson W. Greene Aldrich Papers. Location within the collection: Folders 16 and Condition: Excellent.
Format microfilm, transcript, pub. Provenance: Aldrich estate. Lappin, Amy. Subject headings:. Aldrich, Dorothea Davenport Aldrich, Harriet C. Alexander Aldrich, Martha L. Blackwell Rockefeller, Abby G. Aldrich Notes on the Harriet Alexander Aldrich Diaries. Entries dated to Name at birth: Alexander, Harriet. Name after marriage: Aldrich, Harriet Alexander. Birthdate and place: July 3 , Seabright, N. Death date and place: April 30, , Greenwich, Conn. Age range during diary: Residence during diary: New York; Benevolent St. She was active on the boards of many organizations.
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From to , she accompanied Winthrop during his appointment as U. Ambassador to England. Religion of diarist: Presbyterian. Number of volumes: Number of pages: Mostly each. Exact dates: March 4 - April 4 , with no serious gaps. Frequency of entries: Fairly regular. Brief description: An abbreviated account of the life of a very wealthy and active woman.
Writing quality: Readable but not very descriptive. Utility for research: Although Mrs. Aldrich led a very interesting life, it is only very briefly sketched out in these diaries. They are valuable, of course, for biographical data on her and her famous relatives. Aldrich Papers, mostly from onward. Father's name: Alexander, Charles B.
Father's dates: b. Father's occupation: Lawyer, New York City. Mother's name: Crocker, Harriet. Mother's dates: Of San Francisco. Brothers: None. Sisters: Mary Alexander Whitehouse b. Husband's name: Aldrich, Winthrop W. Husband's occupation: Banker and ambassador to England. Marriage date and place: December 7, Father-in-law's name: Aldrich, Nelson W. Father-in-law's dates: Father-in-law's occupation: Long-time U.
Mother-in-law's name: Greene, Abby Pearce Chapman. Mother-in-law's dates: Sons: Alexander Aldrich b. Aldrich Jr. Daughters: Mary Aldrich Homans b. Rockefeller Jr. Husband's sister Lucy T. Events discussed: Very little discussion of world affairs. Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. War is on! Our silver wedding dinner, 74, lovely. Girls went back to school. Religious content: Churchgoer but not much religious commentary. Social life: A dizzying array of social activities are listed in these diaries, with many of the world's most powerful people.
Also world travel, horses, golf. Unfortunately, this is all presented with little comment. A few typical full entries:. Hospital xmas comm meeting. K to lunch. Waited for Mr. Berkeley Lyceum. Grace Tracy. Morgan dinner dance. Bee Iselin to dinner. Hair washed. Reception for King Peter of Yugoslavia. Drove country, dinner for Babs Whitney's wedding party. Lunch Italian Embassy. Cocktails Audrey Bouberie.
Dinner of 26 here for Queen Mother. Great success. School: Active in alumni affairs for the Spence School; sent children to elite schools. Gender relations: long involvement with debutante activities in New York is noted. Arts and culture: Noted patron of the arts in New York, but only sketchy documentation here. Travel: Constantly traveling, to Europe, Caribbean and throughout U.
Geographical and architectural: There is undoubtedly important material here re the house in Providence, since donated to the R. Organizations: president, Junior League of N. World's Fair, ; on countless other boards and committees. Catalog number: MSS , sg 3. Collection title: Winthrop W. Aldrich Papers.
Location within the collection: Box 9. Size: Mostly about 6" x 5". Condition: Good. Three rhinestones missing from diary Cataloged by Rick Stattler, April How much of the diary was actually read during cataloging? Only skimmed briefly. Several folders of genealogical and biographical material in series 5 of the Winthrop and Harriet Aldrich Papers.
There is surprisingly little documentation on the Alexander family to be found at the R. Great Britain - Social life and customs. New York City - Social life and customs. Providence, R.
Notes on the Lucy Truman Aldrich Diaries. Name at birth: Aldrich, Lucy Truman. Birthdate and place: September 28, , Providence, R. Death date and place: January 12, , Providence, R. Age range during diary: 13, 20, Residence during diary: Benevolent St. Places written: Providence, R. Biographical note: Daughter of a longtime U. She was captured by Chinese bandits and held for ransom in Number of volumes: 3. Number of pages: 5, 4, Exact dates: July , ; April , ; February 25 - May 13, Frequency of entries: Very sporadic.
Brief description: The first diary is a detailed account of two days in the life of a wealthy teenaged girl; the second diary is a less detailed account of a month at age 20; and the third diary is a sketchy memorandum of mostly from a trip to Japan. Writing quality: Generally very rushed; Aldrich did not devote much of her considerable energy to diary-keeping.
Utility for research: Mainly biographical, but the two days of entries made as a year-old are very good, and the account of the Japan trip might help document her extensive collection of textiles since donated to the R. Aldrich Papers MSS , sg 2 also include extensive correspondence and accounts, mostly relating to art collection. See also papers of her father sg 1 , brother Winthrop sg 3 and her private nurse Minnie MacFadden sg 4. Father's name: Aldrich, Nelson W. Father's dates: Mother's name: Greene, Abby Pierce Chapman. Mother's dates: Brothers: Edward B. Aldrich ; Stuart M.
Aldrich ; William T. Aldrich ; Richard S. Aldrich ; Winthrop W. Aldrich ; 2 died young. Sisters: Abby G. Aldrich Rockefeller b. Husband's name: None. Other persons frequently mentioned: Mabel "Belle" Wheeler, friend in diary. Births, deaths, marriages mentioned: "I stopped at Nellie Wilbour's a friend of mine who has consumption. She looked dreadfully and I don't believe she can live but a few days. Social life: "Tried to keep cool most of the afternoon but stopped to make that sassy Byron girl stop stealing our raspberries. Belle and I had quite a dispute with her, but after threatening her with a policeman we came into the house.
They were hideous, we left them. Childhood: Excellent detailed account of two days in life from age 13 . Health: "I had a telegram from Papa saying that Mrs. Roelker's baby was ill and I should go around and ask after it. Travel: Trip to Washington with sister Abby, April , Fairly good account of trip to Japan in Traveled overland by train from New York to Vancouver, then by steamer to Japan. Traveled extensively through Japan, seeing sights and spending loads of money. A typical entry: "Went to a private garden, Mr. Tkushima's, to see the azaleas. In the afternoon went to bank and to Yamuaka's bought 3 small screens and a Japanese print for Abby.
Catalog number: MSS , sg 2. Collection title: Lucy T. Location within the collection: Box 1, folders Size: Various. Condition: Fairly good; some blank pages seem to have been torn out. Read in entirety. Aldrich, Alvin James. George Aldrich Genealogy Published by author, , vol. Notes on the Eliza H. Arnold Allen Diaries.
Name at birth: Arnold, Eliza Harriet. Name after marriage: Allen, Eliza H. Birthdate and place: October 5, , Providence, R. Death date and place: August 30, , Providence, R. Age range during diary: 40, Residence during diary: North Main St. Places written: To a plantation near Savannah Ga. Biographical note: Daughter of one of Providence's wealthiest merchants, and married another. Religion of diarist: Baptist? Number of volumes: 1. Number of pages: Exact dates: March 18 - June 5, ; June 29 - July 31, Frequency of entries: Daily.
Brief description: The first section of the diary describes a visit to her brother Richard Arnold's plantation near Savannah, Georgia, accompanied by a Mr. Dorrance, and joined by brother-in-law Tristam Burges. The second section is written in Providence while her husband and daughters are away on a vacation. Writing quality: Fairly good; detailed but not very expressive. Utility for research: The section written in Georgia gives an interesting look at plantation life; the later section is a standard account of elite social life in Providence.
Related papers at RIHS: The Zachariah Allen Papers MSS are a large collection consisting mainly of her husband's personal and business papers; it also includes Eliza's personal account book dated , and a few letters received from her brother-in-law Tristam Burges. Father's name: Arnold, Welcome. Father's occupation: Merchant, Providence, R. Mother's name: Greene, Patience. Brothers: Samuel G. Arnold ; Richard J.
Husband's name: Allen, Zachariah. Husband's occupation: Textile manufacturer, Providence. Father-in-law's name: Allen, Zachariah. Father-in-law's occupation: Merchant, Providence. Mother-in-law's name: Crawford, Anne. Sons: None. Daughters: Allen C. Allen Ely , m. William D. Mary Allen Robeson b. Andrew Robeson. Candace Allen , never married. Other persons frequently mentioned: In , traveling with a Mr.
Dorrance, and her husband's cousin Phillip Allen Jr. Events discussed: Re economic crisis: "Everyone here as elsewhere is distressed on account of the state of business and all are trembling for the failures. There must have been many thousands of people in the street today. Religious content: Strong spiritual content. Frequently makes visits to slaves in Georgia to read from Bible. Social life: Both sections are detailed logs of visiting, which are sometimes amusing. Dorr made me a call before breakfast but would not stay, thinking I could not make his tea to suit him.
Of course, there is some mention of the slaves. Today one can see them all as they are in the field in the morning of week days and towards evening they are at work for themselves. I first read to Mam Kate an excellent old woman and as I explained to her the passages of the Bible I felt that I could learn much more from her than I could impart. Several visits like this are made. Travel: The section describes a journey by sea from New York to Savannah, and then back.
Catalog number: MSS Collection title: Zachariah Allen Papers. Location within the collection: Series 7, box 8, folder 5. Size: 9" x 7". Ely, a descendant. Skimmed through most of the volume. Clarke, Louise Brownell. The Greenes of Rhode Island New York: , pages Rogers, L. Notes on the Elizabeth G. Lawrence Allen Diary. Name at birth: Lawrence, Elizabeth Grinnell.
Name after marriage: Allen, Elizabeth G. Birthdate and place: March 10, , Hartford, Connecticut. Death date and place: March 13, , Providence, R. Residence during diary: 12 Benevolent St. Biographical note: Raised in Hartford, but mother was a Providence native from old Rhode Island family. Married into another prominent Providence family. After the period of this diary, founded the Providence Preservation Society and was active in many other local causes. Exact dates: November 8, - April 26, ; November 11, - April 27, Frequency of entries: Frequent but not daily.
Brief description: Diary of upper-class young mother on east side of Providence. Writing quality: Fairly good; sometimes opinionated which is a good thing. Utility for research: The most recent of the many east-side upper-class diaries here. A good account of the life of a young mother and housewife. Father's name: Lawrence, Thomas F.
Mother's name: Weeden, Hortense. Husband's name: Allen, William S. Husband's dates: b. Marriage date and place: June 15, , Providence, R. Father-in-law's name: Allen, Phillip. Father-in-law's occupation: Industrial supplies manufacturer. Gave Diamond Hill Reservation to the state of R. Mother-in-law's name: Reed, Helen S.
Sons: Zachariah Allen b. And very sad. Religious content: Apparently only occasional churchgoer. At St. Social life: Kept horses; discussed riding, hunting and related activities very frequently. Family: Some discussion of mother; mostly just the activities of her husband and young sons. Childhood: Raising one young boy at time of diary. Birth of a second son: "Zachariah is here!
Marriage: Married woman. Odd comment: "Think I am in for domestic troubles. Health: Careful documentation of household colds; son prone to poor health. Labor: "Mollie Kennedy started working for us today as a cook. Class relations: Wealthy, but apparently pinched by Depression: "Bill and I went through accounts tonight. Bad shape but will make out OK. Still able to afford a cook, club memberships, horses. Arts and culture: Classical music supporter. Spalding played.
He is improving with age. Geographical and architectural: Moved into house at 12 Benevolent St. Most quaint. Very active in many organizations, but all after the period of this diary. Collection title: Elizabeth G. Allen Papers. Location within the collection: In box 1. Size: 9" x 6". Condition: Good; not bound.
Bendroth, Cindy. Allen" Unpublished typescript, R. Notes on the Edith A. Armington Diary. Name at birth: Armington, Edith Amelia. Age range during diary: 40 - Residence during diary: East Providence, RI. Biographical note: Edith A. Armington was the youngest of three children born to Francis Armington and Caroline Medbery Armington. Edith suffered from health problems which limited her mobility, however, she and her sister Carrie led active lives in the church and community belonging to numerous religious, social and political organizations.
Religion of diarist: Baptist. Social class: Upper-middle. Number of pages: each. Exact dates: January 1, December 31, ; January 1, December 31, ; January 31, December 31, Armington H. Brief description: This is the diary of an upper middle-class woman written during her middle-aged years. The brief diary entries chronicle her daily activities at home, in the community and within the church.
Writing quality: The writing is not very descriptive but is neat and clear to read. Utility for research: This diary is not very useful for studying about Rhode Island in general, however it would be excellent for studying the above mentioned organizations and committees. It could also be used to learn about the religious lives of Baptists in Rhode Island, the controversy surrounding the resignation of Dr. Frost, Edith's friend and religious leader. Also, the later years might be useful for examining radio broadcasts of the 's.
Father's name: Armington, Francis. Mother's name: Caroline Medbery. Mother's dates: c. Brothers: Arthur Herbert Armington See The Armington Family in America for biographical information. Sisters: Caroline F. Events discussed: "Lucy took Mr. Usher to the train after which she was thrown from the wagon and injured her leg badly. Woodrow Wilson elected. Very high winds last night and this morning. Many telephone poles down. I saw them. No electric lights in house or street. Snowed and rained. Wires down. Also trees. No electric light in house or street. Telephone out of commission. Not quite total here but it was in Prov.
Had a great reception in Washington. Radio broadcasting all afternoon from the celebration given in his honor. Immense crowd. A man killed several persons hurt, trees uprooted. Births, deaths, marriages mentioned: Frequent mentions of marriages and deaths.
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Arthur and Eva and Edith went over to call on him and his mother. Many beautiful presents and very pretty wedding. Funeral at Mrs. Richardson's 69 Waterman Ave. A large number there. More than get into the house. Jewell when I heard she had passed away at about PM. She fell down the stairs and fractured her skull. Lived about 2 hours. Maria Miller had a shock and was taken to the R. Maria Miller died. Religious content: Edith is a devout Baptist and attends church and prayer meetings regularly as well as belonging to many church related committees and other religious organizations.
Frost read his resignation to take effect no later than July 1, Hall's in the evening. Has a good spiritual meeting of over an hour. My resignation was not accepted, or rather was laid over for action. Thirty baptized in the morning. About 14 or 15 infants dedicated to the Lord.
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Memorial window for Eva presented to the church. Social life: "Carrie and I spent the day at Nellie Turnney's and went to a lecture in the evening. Very fine. Very pretty ride. Phillips, Jessie Pearce, Mrs. Slayton called. We served 'Japanese tea', used the Japanese dishes. Mac Duet's. Good supper and nice entertainment. Slack singer, Mrs. Pickett reader and Mrs. Butler and son players. Good dinner. Lauden carried me to the Associated Charities.
The ladies gave me birthday cards and presents and Mrs. Sutton greased my nose. Family: "A Mr. Disbrow called about the Armington genealogy. They brought ice cream and candy. Childhood: "The Calverts came and we had a Christmas tree, mostly for the children. Health: A childhood accident has left Edith in frequent pain. I went to Dr. Slack's and took an electrical treatment. Took ether.
Robinson carried me to Dr. Boyd's and had several X ray pictures taken. He injected bam-o. They did not hurt at all. Home production: Frequent mentions of cleaning, cooking and household chores. Work outside home: "Carrie at home from work for a few days as she had nothing to do. I acted as cashier. Fashion: "Miss King commenced my ripplette dress. Food and drink: "Friday, November 3rd, super at the Grange 25 cents: corned beef, sweet and Irish potatoes, squash, cabbage, parsnips, beets, pichialli, catrup pickles, beans, pork, brown bread, rolls, butter, mince and pumpkin pie, Indian pudding with cream and coffee.
I made two apple pies and Carrie made a cake and carried besides jelly and cookies. Club went to Chin Lee's restaurant for their luncheon and annual meeting. All much pleased with the place. Too sweet. Community: "Carrie and I went to the city and signed a deed for land in the Central Park plat. We sent a letter to the Town Council asking for milk inspection. Tarbox carried me to a meeting of the Watchemoket Library. Reverend Mr. Dingwell lectured. The motion to reconsider Dr. Frost's resignation was laid on the table. It was voted illegally to dismiss. Frost and the church. Dodge called with a petition for the Rumford P.
We signed it. Fisher carried Mrs. Bliss, Mrs. McClaren and myself. Fisher marched. Smith came to watch the E. Automobile parade pass. About autos in line. Lamplear carried Carrie and I down to vote. Coolidge and Dawes elected. MacLean drove Carrie and I down to the town hall. We acknowledged a deed of a lot on Central Park Flat. Lauden took Carrie and I down to the old town hall to vote. Presidential election. Hoover and Al Smith candidates. Hoover elected by a majority. Labor: "I went to a meeting of the Welling Workers.
Cars run about once an hour past the house. No cars on most of the lines. Progress: "They laid gas pipes past the house. Fisher, Mrs. Jewell, Mrs. Bliss and myself to Broadway Six Corners. Opening of Narragansett Electric Co. Arts and culture: "Edith and I went down the street in the afternoon and to an entertainment at the new town hall East Providence in the evening.
Edith C. Went by trolley to Bristol ferry. Came back by boat. Over 60 miles. We had ice cream at E. Geographical and architectural: They began to take down Vanity Fair. A very pleasant time. We got a shore dinner at Slocum's and then to Rocky Point. I got very tired. Got some cards and ribbons. We drove through it. Organizations: Edith belongs to numerous organizations such as: E. Lauden carried Mrs. Lauden and Mrs. Bliss and I to Mrs. Adams' to the E. Collins brought us back.
I arranged the program. Miss Eals spoke on Red Cross work and Mrs. They disbanded and formed a new society 'The Woman's Mission Circle'. I went up and helped. Over 80 there probably. Chicken pie gave out. W Guild. Collection title: Armington Family Papers. Location within the collection: Box 1, folder Size: Mostly 5" x 3". Condition: Excellent condition. Graphic content: Newspaper clipping pasted into space for August 15, Cataloged by Robin Alario, April Armington Family in America , Vol. Federal Census image from Ancestry. Notes on the Theodora G. Bowen Armington Diary. Name at birth: Bowen, Theodora Greene.
Monday, April 8, [aboard the Cedric]. He took no food except milk until midday. He showered them with His blessings and loving-kindness, so much so that the children did not want to leave Him. The Master's discourse today was mainly on the advantages and benefits of love and unity among humankind and the harm and terrible results of prejudice, blind imitation and disunity.
We shall be at sea for another day. Steam power is truly a wonderful thing. If there were no such power, how would the vast oceans have been crossed? What wonderful means God has supplied and what confirmations the Blessed Beauty has conferred. Otherwise, how could we be here?
What have we in common with these places? The Master spoke with him for about an hour on the history of the Faith, the persecutions and afflictions suffered by the Ancient Beauty, His imprisonment, the teachings and other subjects. I have no appetite for the shipboard food. In the afternoon the believers and some Western ladies found great spiritual joy in the Master's presence as He told them of the influence of the Cause in promoting unity, love and fellowship among the peoples of the world. He begged the Master's pardon.
As this was the last night of the voyage, one by one they bade farewell to the Master and took their leave. At p. After morning tea, the Master instructed that telegrams be sent to the Assemblies in both the East and the West informing the believers of His safe arrival. Then He said:. No one thought at the time of our departure from Ramleh that this voyage would be so enjoyable, that the great ocean would be crossed so easily and that my health would withstand the voyage in such manner!
The Statue of Liberty, standing majestically in mid-water, came into the Master's view. As the ship came alongside the wharf, many tall buildings, including two enormous buildings 45 and 35 stories high, loomed into view. The Master, however, did not come out from His cabin. He replied:. Our object is universal peace and the unity of humankind. I have traveled to Paris and London and now I have come to America to meet with those who seek universal peace and I hope that the peace societies of America will take the lead in promoting this end.
Its realization is through the attraction and support of world public opinion. Today universal peace is the panacea for all human life. One of these ills is the people's restlessness and discontent under the yoke of the war expenditures of the world's governments. What the people earn through hard labor is extorted from them by the governments and spent for purposes of war.
And every day they increase these expenditures. Thus the burden on men becomes more and more unbearable and the tribulations of the people become more and more severe. This is one of the great ills of the day. What a great tribulation there is in the countries of Italy and Turkey in these days! The fathers hear of the death of their sons and the sons are distressed on hearing the news of the death of their fathers. What cities are laid to ruin and what rising fortunes are thrown to the winds! The antidote for this great ill is world peace, which is the source of universal tranquillity.
It is war which is today the cause of all trouble. If all would lay down their arms, they would be freed from all difficulties and every misery would be changed into relief. However, this cannot be brought about except through education and the development of people's thoughts and ideas. This sort of exchange continued, the Master giving full and thorough answers to their questions. The friends were waiting impatiently to see the Master but He instructed them to go to Mr [Edward] Kinney's house where He would see them in the afternoon.
Thus the friends departed, except for a few who had already come on board and were honored to meet Him. I wrote an ode in tribute to this blessed voyage:. Each second replete with joyful acclamations exclaiming from the Cedric. He was welcomed with open arms and the earth became the envy of heaven. The sea raised its ceaseless voice that the King of Kings of the Covenant. On the tenth of April the illustrious and beauteous Beloved. While heavenly angels proclaimed the glad tidings that the King of Kings of the Covenant.
The first meeting between the believers and the Master was that afternoon at Mr Kinney's home. After leaving the ship the Master went to the Hotel Ansonia. After some tea, He went to the meeting with the friends. And what a wonderful meeting it was! Because it was so crowded, many had to stand. When the initial excitement abated, the Master gave thanks and gratitude to the Blessed Beauty for His assistance and then spoke about the power and influence of the holy utterances to attract and cement the hearts, unifying the East and West. Because of the crowded conditions and excessive heat, the Master left the meeting and returned to His hotel.
They continued to surround Him until He entered His carriage and left for the hotel. The Hotel Ansonia is one of the landmark buildings in New York and is 17 stories high. The Master's suite was on the seventh floor and had two bedrooms, a drawing room, a kitchen and a bathroom, all completely furnished. Thursday, April 11, 17 [New York]. A newspaper reporter came and asked about the purpose of the Master's journey. I have come to visit the peace societies of America because the fundamental principles of our Cause are universal peace and the promotion of the basic doctrine of the oneness and truth of all the divine religions.
Differences between religions are due to misunderstanding and imitation. If these imitations were to be eliminated, all religions would be united. The Master gave many such eloquent responses to the reporter's questions and ended with a discussion about the rights of women, the discouragement of polygamy and other social ills. After He had revealed several Tablets in honor of some of the assemblies in America and had given instructions regarding the arrangement of meetings, He granted an audience to other representatives of the press who had earlier telephoned asking permission for an interview.
He spoke at length about the unity of the principles of religions, the necessity for universal peace, the importance of a spiritual civilization, as well as the importance of education and the progress of women. The reporters took down all of His statements and published them in the newspapers. Representatives from other magazines and journals took more photographs of the Master and printed them in their publications. As a result, there were continuous calls requesting public and private meetings with Him. The friends also telephoned inquiring about the Master's health and well-being.
There was a public meeting in the afternoon at the home of Mr Howard MacNutt 18 and another meeting that evening at the home of Miss Phillips. When the time came for Him to leave, each went forward with great joy and happiness to shake His hand and to beg confirmation from Him. Friday, April 12, 20 [New York]. Group after group of believers from New York and the surrounding areas came to visit. There were also many seekers who were interested and desired to visit the Master.
Some clergymen also visited. The Master spoke to them, saying:. Material and spiritual matters have always advanced hand in hand but at the present time the material side is predominant and the divine principles have been neglected and thrown aside and forgotten. One of the chief reasons for this growing apathy is that the ministers of religion have taught that religion is opposed to science and reason and have thus enforced imitation.
You must, therefore, relate religious verities to science. The appearance of the divine Manifestations is like the coming of springtime. It is self-evident that spring does not remain forever. We pray that the divine Spring may again be the cause of the rejuvenation of the garden of existence. I may speak on my return from Chicago. In the afternoon there was a public meeting at the home of Mrs [Alexander] Morten. When He came down the staircase to face the crowd below, He gave a wonderful, compassionate talk in an eloquent and melodious voice on the subject of the spiritual springtime.
Apart from the many believers, there were also about a hundred newcomers present who shook His hand and expressed their joy and happiness. When He started to go upstairs, the crowd pleaded with Him to stay for a few more minutes. They approached Him, group by group, and then left, extremely happy and with great devotion.
Some believers requested blessings for their children. The Master has a great love and affection for children. Some of the friends showed Him Tablets that He had written for them, overjoyed to have been so honored by Him. It is surprising to see how much the Cause of God has influenced them and the power of God's Covenant. The believers in America are extremely devoted to the Center of the Covenant and are obedient to His words and commands. On the return to the hotel the carriage drove through the park roads.
Saturday, April 13, 22 [New York]. Short] 23 and an important inventor of armaments [Mr Hudson Maxim]. It was interesting to see the power and majesty with which the Master spoke to these two about serving the world of humanity and public welfare. Both left His presence with joy and devotion. In the afternoon the public meeting was at the home of Mr [Mountfort] Mills. The Master first spoke on the superior power of the human kingdom over nature. Then in another room He spoke to the clergymen about the necessity of a power that will cause spirituality to be victorious over materialism. We used that power and thus have succeeded in this great Cause.
In the carriage returning to His hotel, He said:. I have made the subject of my talks here only one of the principles of the Blessed Beauty. I have not as yet touched upon others of greater importance. It is because I perceive the pulse of the people and the needs of the present circumstances that the confirmations of the Blessed Beauty successively rain down and assist me. These effects that you see are not only the result of addresses but are due to the assistance of the Blessed Beauty.
Of course, everyone says that peace is desirable but the power to influence and conform is what is required. The Blessed Beauty is indeed my helper and protector, to the degree that were I, for example, even to make war the subject of my talks, the same effects would become apparent. It is indeed the confirmations of the Blessed Beauty that aid us.
Otherwise how would Westerners show such consideration to us Easterners? A photographer with a movie camera received permission to photograph Him, together with His companions. We also received news today of the disaster of the Titanic. The Master went to the Church of the Ascension.
He had previously received an invitation to visit this great edifice. He entered the church from a special side door opening into a room in the church and rested for awhile. The clergymen came in and expressed their warm gratitude for His presence. After prayers, the Master went to the podium from the upper door. At the insistence of the minister, the Master sat on the tall chair especially reserved for the Viceroy of Christ.
After more prayers, the minister spoke about the history and teachings of the Cause and, with great courtesy and respect, introduced the Master. The believers attending the services were elated. The Master rose from His seat and gave a comprehensive talk on the meaning of divine civilization. The audience sat spellbound like iguanas sitting in the sun, 28 overwhelmed by the Master's talk, especially at the end when the Master chanted a prayer in a most melodious voice. The prayer greatly affected the hearts of the listeners.
As He left the church, group after group rushed towards Him. From among the crowd a woman's voice was heard. Tears poured from her eyes as she held fast to the hem of the Master's robe. She was so overcome she could not speak. The Master showered her with His love and kindness and calmed her with loving words of assurance. It was a great day and a most impressive meeting. Not one of the two thousand people was disappointed and everyone left smiling in warm appreciation. That afternoon the Master spoke at the Advanced Thought Center. As He left the meeting hall, many people surrounded Him and asked what they could do to become united.
The Master showered them with His love and kindness. They asked to see Him again and left Him with great courtesy and humility. The Master was shown several newspapers that had published His picture and articles about His talks and yesterday's meetings. Although he objected to the Master's talk, he could find no justification for his complaint.
Other clergymen replied to his objections in a newspaper article, referring to his discourteous attitude. You are the first great visitor from the East who has brought such important tidings to the West. Until now no one could imagine that such a great cause could exist in the East. This blessed journey is the cause of praise and gratitude. As the bishop listened to the Master's remarks about the dangers of blind imitation and prejudice, and on the fundamental unity of all religions, the necessity for universal peace, the agreement between science and religion, and a divine civilization, and so on, he became very respectful, and left with gratitude and humility.
Many sat on the porch waiting their turn and were extremely grateful if they could see Him for just a few minutes and be personally addressed by Him. The public meeting today was held at the home of Mr [Arthur Pillsbury] Dodge. Because a large number of people were present, they entered through one door and, after greeting the Master, shaking His hand and seeking His blessings, left by another.
Some were tearful while others were smiling and elated, asking for His assistance that they might be successful in teaching and in serving the Cause. This was the state of the people at all the public meetings. If I were to write about this in detail, it would take many volumes. Among the dignitaries visiting the Master were several New York clergymen who invited Him to speak to their congregations. Owing to the prejudice and hatred that has existed between blacks and whites, it has been impossible for white people to invite black people to their homes.
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The Master said that the East has always been the dawning place of light, that this gathering of blacks and whites is like the gathering of many colored flowers and that the variety of colors enhances the beauty of the garden and brings about the loveliness of each. In the evening the Master invited everyone to dinner, which He Himself prepared. He spoke about unity and love and demonstrated to everyone how to serve at the threshold of the Blessed Beauty. Indeed, it was a blessed evening and a wonderful example of generosity and bestowal in the highest degree.
One was at the home of Mrs [Marshall] Emery, 31 where He spoke about the life of the Blessed Beauty, His glory, His many afflictions and hardships and the triumph of the Cause of God despite His imprisonment by His enemies. This account brought tears to the eyes of the listeners and caused them to ponder deeply. Many asked that they might be assisted to serve the Cause. The other meeting was held at the Bowery Mission Hall 32 to help and assist the poor and destitute. The report of this meeting was publicized in many newspapers.
It was an impressive sight. The Master showered His kindness on each one and gave each of them some coins. Because there were about four hundred people, some said that the Master's money would not suffice; there would not be enough for all of them. Instead, some money was left over, which was given to other destitute people and children outside the Bowery. From early morning until noon there were the usual comings and goings of numerous friends and believers at the Master's hotel. In the evening a large meeting was arranged for the Master's talk at Earl Hall at Columbia University.
These meetings were so long that the professors' plan to give the Master a tour of the university had to be abandoned. The friends continued to arrive until late at night. Saturday, April 20, [en route to Washington DC]. A large group of friends and well-wishers were there to bid Him farewell. One by one they came to Him and in their own ways expressed their respect, attraction and humility.
We were informed that it is one of the finest in the world, its construction costing about six million dollars. The train began its journey and for the first few miles it traveled by the great river. As most American trains have but one class of travel, except for sleeping compartments, we were all accommodated in one cabin. After a journey of about five hours the train reached Washington DC.
Before the journey the Master had sent a telegram to the friends in Washington requesting that a house be rented for Him. Mrs [Agnes] Parsons had invited the Master to stay at her home but He did not at first accept her invitation. However, after He was told by the friends that her home had been especially prepared for His visit, for which she had been anxiously waiting, He agreed to her request; for had her invitation not been accepted, she would have been heartbroken and deeply saddened.
Thus Mrs Parsons's house was the first home in America in which the Master resided; He stayed there for several days. As the Master entered the hall, the audience was awe-struck. All stood and remained standing until He bade them be seated. He spoke on the importance of the relationship between the East and the West, the unity of people and about the Revelation of the Greatest Name.
His talk was so moving and inspiring that afterwards everyone wanted to meet Him but because He was too tired to greet everyone, He decided to return home. The highlight of the day was a very important and well-attended meeting at the Universalist Church. Then the Master rose from His seat and delivered an address on the need for cooperation, love, friendship and universal peace. I have reproduced here the whole of that address: What the minister of the Church delineated before us just now testifies to his high sense of morality and his efforts to serve the world of humanity.
It is truly praiseworthy and deserves commendation for it opposes the ingrained prejudices of man. These prejudices have kept the human world in a state of chaos for the past six thousand years. How many wars have taken place; how many battles have been fought; how much discord has been caused by them! Inasmuch as this century is the century of the manifestation of truth -- praise be to God! The ocean of reality is surging more tumultuously and the mirage of imitation is daily passing away. All the existing religions have had one foundation of truth. This foundation has led humanity to love, accord and progress.
However, after each of the divine Manifestations, that light of reality was gradually beclouded and the darkness of superstitions and imitations came in its place. The world of humanity was encircled in that darkness. Day by day, enmity waxed great until it reached such a pitch that each nation rose against the other. Were it not for political obstructions, the nations would have completely destroyed and overthrown one another. Now it is enough! We must investigate the truth. We must pass by these vain imaginings. Praise be to God that we are all the servants of one God.
We are all under the protection of His favors and are recipients of His bestowals. God is kind to all. Why should we be unkind? God is at peace with all; why should we war with one another? At most it is this: that some are ignorant; they must be educated. Some are as children; they must be trained. Some are sick and infirm; they must be healed. But the ill patient must not be detested. The child must not be considered bad. We must strive to remedy and heal. All the Prophets of God came for the education of humanity in order that the immature souls might become mature and to establish love and amity among mankind.
The Prophets have not come to this world to cause discord and enmity. For God wants good for all His servants, not ill; and he who wishes the servants of God ill is opposed to God. He is not on the right path; rather, he has followed the footsteps of Satan, inasmuch as the attribute of God is mercy and that of Satan is rancor. Therefore, every man who is merciful and kind to his fellow man is following God's way and every man who bears hatred toward his fellow man is opposing Him. God is absolute mercy and pure love, and Satan is absolute enmity and utter hatred.
Therefore, in whatever meeting you see love, know that it is a manifestation of God's mercy; and wherever you see enmity, know that it is the outcome of the evil suggestions of Satan. The Prophets of God have come to this world to make human souls the expressions of the All-Merciful and to instill friendship and love in the hearts of men. The animal is a captive of nature and does what its nature prompts it to do. It has not consideration for good or evil. But the Prophets have come to teach man that which is good, not evil, so that he may act in conformity with justice and equity and not follow the demands of his natural instincts.
He should act in accord with reason and justice, even though that be against his natural inclination. Whatever he should find contrary to reason and equity, that should be considered unworthy, even though it be propitious to his natural impulse. Therefore, man must follow the attributes of the All-Merciful. However, the imperfect members of society follow their natural instincts. They obey these instincts.
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They are captives of physical susceptibilities. They are not aware of the spiritual bounties. Man is possessed of two aspects, the physical and the divine. The divine aspect consists of reconciliation, purity, love and faithfulness but the animal aspect consists of war, contention, bloodshed and massacre. If the animal side in man should overcome, he becomes more degraded than animals. If the divine side should triumph, he becomes an angel.
The teachings of the Prophets were solely directed to educate humanity in order to subdue the animal side so that persons under the yoke of nature may find salvation and the heavenly aspect may rule victorious. This divine aspect is the bounty of the Holy Spirit, it is the second birth. He who possesses the divine aspect is a well-wisher of mankind and is most kind to all. He will entertain no enmity toward any Faith and will not belittle any religion, for the foundations of the religions of God are one.
If we refer back to these foundations, we shall become united. But if we turn toward imitations, we shall be at variance, for imitations differ but the foundations of the divine religions are one and the same. Imitation leads to differences and trouble but the foundations of the divine religions cause love and union. He has laid bare the truth of the religion of Christ and has redeemed people from superstitions so that the edifice of ignorance and enmity may be destroyed and the foundation of love may be established. We must all endeavor with heart and soul in order that this enmity and spite may disappear entirely from the midst of humanity, that this hatred and strife may pass away absolutely.
The Holy Spirit admonishes us to follow the example of Christ, to read the Gospels and to see that Christ was pure love. He even prayed for His executioners when He was on the cross. If they knew, they would not perform such deeds. Therefore we must emulate the Prophets of God; we must follow in Their footsteps; we must free ourselves from the darkness of dogmatic imitations. I ask you, did God create us for love or for enmity? Surely He has created us for love and friendship. Therefore, we must be aware because self-interest prompts people to shut their eyes to the truth. They want to pursue their own self-interest and they move but in the darkness of desire.
Consider what hardships Christ suffered when He appeared. In spite of all this He in the end united diverse people and different religions. The Romans, Greeks, Assyrians and Egyptians were most hostile toward each other. Christ, through the breath of the Holy Spirit, united them all, established fellowship among them all, so that differences were cast aside and strife and disputes were forgotten.
They were united under His standard and lived in peace through His teaching. Which was preferable? To have followed Christ or to have followed satanic and hostile instincts? When all investigate the truth, all will be united, the light of the oneness of humanity will shine and universal peace will come into being.
I will now pray on your behalf:. O Lord! These Thy servants have assembled here out of pure love. They have gathered together in perfect accord and harmony. O God! Illumine their faces, make joyous their souls with Thy most great glad tidings. Brighten their eyes with the verses of Thy guidance and delight their ears with the melody of Thy sweet voice. O Lord, we are wrongdoers; forgive us. We are sinners; grant us Thy pardon. Shelter us in Thy refuge.
alupapufaw.tk Satisfy the needy through Thy forgiveness. Free us from the world of vain imaginings and guide us to the Truth, that we may seek the divine reality, shun the mortal world, approach the divine kingdom and, withdrawn from the world of darkness, enter the realm of light. Deliver us from the darkness of material existence and illumine us with the rays of the infinite realm.
Make us the manifestations of Thy light and the dawning places of Thy signs. Turn us from all else save Thee and cause us to become the recipients of Thy mysteries. They bowed, shook His hand and offered their thanks to Him. He spoke about the events during His long travels, the union of peoples from the East and the West, the greatness of this century and the appearance of the Greatest Name.
He concluded the meeting by chanting a beautiful and moving prayer. The friends rushed to His side; one shaking His hand, another holding onto the hem of His robe and yet another with tears of joy and in the utmost happiness. When the Master left the gathering, the friends lined up in two rows as He passed through their midst.
He approached His automobile and again the friends rushed towards Him like moths circling around the candle of the Covenant. In the afternoon, the Master spoke at another gathering about the sinking of the Titanic He prayed for the souls of the passengers and expressed His condolences to their survivors. In the evening, Mrs Parsons held a dinner in His honor to which all the friends were invited. Consider the confirmations of the Blessed Beauty, what He has done, how He has brought us to the house of such a personage, who in the utmost love has prepared such a feast in our honor.
The power and influence of the Word of God have united the East and the West! How perfect are His heavenly favors and how all-embracing His divine bounties! Today the Master went to Howard University, an educational institution for blacks. It is difficult to describe the scene adequately. Then the Master rose from His seat and spoke on the subject of the harmony between blacks and whites and the unity of humankind.
As He left the auditorium, group after group formed two lines, one on each side, all showing their highest respect by bowing and waving their hats and handkerchiefs in farewell to the beloved Master. Several believers were present, including ourselves. There was a public meeting in the afternoon at the same house. At this meeting the Master spoke about the education and improvement of women and the promotion of unity and peace in the world of humanity. They so enjoyed His company they did not want to leave.
In the evening, close to bedtime, when the Master was alone and extremely tired from the day's activities, He prayed, praising and thanking the Blessed Beauty. On one occasion He said:. We must offer thanks to the Blessed Beauty because it is His help that has stirred the people; it is His grace that has changed the hearts.
The aid of the Most High has turned a gnat into an eagle, has invested an ant with the power of a Solomon and has caused the debased one to become a source of eternal honor. A third meeting was held this evening in a black church. The Master's talk, they felt, gave them honor and would cause them to progress. As is customary at churches, there was a collection and the Master made a contribution. These children, like flowers, are in a state of utmost purity, freshness and delicacy!
The immensity of His love and affection for the children was clearly obvious. A second meeting 51 was held that evening at the home of Mr and Mrs Andrew J. Dyer, a mixed race couple. Before I arrived, I felt too tired to speak at this meeting but at the sight of such genuine love and attraction between the white and the black friends, I was so moved that I spoke with great love and likened this union of different colored races to a string of gleaming pearls and rubies. After He spoke and showered His love on each one, He left in His carriage for a third meeting.
What hast Thou done? May my life be sacrificed for Thee! May my soul be offered up for Thy sake! How full were Thy days with trials and tribulations! How severe the ordeals Thou didst endure! How solid the foundation Thou hast finally laid, and how glorious the banner Thou didst hoist! This great individual is the inventor of the telephone and the head of a scientific society. The day before, this venerable and inventive old gentleman had visited the Master and invited Him to attend the meeting of the scientific society.
When the Master entered, all rose and each in turn shook His hand. Those who had met the Master previously introduced Him to the others with the greatest respect and honor. After the Master was seated, discussion of scientific issues continued. Each spoke of his experiences and discussed his discoveries. Then Mr Bell thanked the Master for coming to his home and asked Him to address the guests. The Master began His talk by praising their good manners and praiseworthy qualities.
He then spoke of the importance and the results of science, the greatness of this age and the interdependence of society, and paid a glorious tribute to the new Dispensation. Mr Bell was extremely delighted and rose to thank the Master for His talk. A few others spoke briefly and the meeting ended. Mr Bell invited the Master and his guests to go into the dining hall. It was midnight, and as it is customary for people in the West to eat late at night before going to bed, the table was spread with bread, meat, candies, cookies, fruit and beverages.
Although the Master had not yet had dinner, He spoke through Mr Bell to his wife and daughter. Mrs Bell is deaf and mute and communicates through sign language. Sign language is similar to writing, with lines, points and stops, just as in telegraph technology, and is now so well developed that people can speak easily with the deaf.
As is well known, Mr Bell's main purpose was to invent an instrument that would enable the deaf to communicate. Out of his deep love for his wife, he devoted himself to this day and night and in the end invented the telephone. But this did not fulfill his intended purpose. The Master said:. Yes, most of the great inventions were made in a similar way. For instance, the search for alchemy has brought into being thousands of useful medicines and the desire of finding a direct route to India from Europe became the cause of the discovery of America.
There was a special meeting for the Theosophists 56 in the morning. The Master spoke on the distinction and superiority of human beings to the rest of creation, the various faculties of the soul, the unity of God, the need for spiritual progress and divine civilization.
There were many guests and after the Master's talk some went into a private room to ask Him personal questions. Another meeting was held in the afternoon at the Master's residence. The living room on the ground floor was filled to capacity. He also discussed the principles of this great Cause. After the talk, many received permission to ask Him questions in an adjoining room. Most of them first apologized, aware that He was extremely tired, but said that just being in His presence was for them their greatest joy and that to listen to Him was a source of happiness and honor.
Such a traveler and guest is the cause of much bother. You need to leave the house and run away. The usual guest in a city meets certain people at specific times but you have had to host the public from morning until evening. The Master gave a short talk at the table with the utmost majesty and beauty on the subject of the influence of the words of the Manifestations of God and their all-conquering power. The Ambassador then read from a prepared statement written in praise of the Master and presented it to Him:.
The light of His honor's quality and knowledge in this new land and new world is now shining upon all peoples, showering them with His encouragement and enlightenment. He has suffered and sacrificed everything for the purpose of disseminating good qualities for humanity. He has now honored us by His presence. With prayer to the Lord of the worlds, I wish Him a long life and good health.
This night is a very blessed night, worthy of the utmost praise and joy for many reasons. First, praise be to God, we are in a country which is famous for its prosperity and freedom. Second, we are in a house which is connected to the great Ottoman Power. Third, we are the guests of His Excellency the Ambassador who shines like the sun in the world of morality.
Fourth, this meeting provides a tangible demonstration of the love and unity that is possible between the East and the West. His Excellency the Ambassador is from the East, while his wife is an American. Similarly, His Excellency the Ambassador of Persia is from the nobility of the Orient, while his wife is also an American. This is a proof that the Orient and Occident can meet, love and unite.
The greatest wish of people of thought and broad vision and sound understanding is the oneness and unity of humanity. This reality was not so apparent in former times but in this enlightened age which is the age of science and the progress of the world of humanity, this important fact has become manifest through the help and assistance of God: that all peoples are related, that all are from one family, citizens of one country and one world.
This is the century of the oneness of the world of humanity and of the decline and abrogation of the superstitions of past ages. Every learned person is persuaded that this is the century for oneness and unity and the time for fanciful prejudices to fade away. We pray that misunderstandings among nations may disappear completely so that it may be evident that the foundation of all divine principles is the oneness of mankind and that the real purpose of all divine Manifestations has been to educate humanity. Divine religions are not the cause of dissension, nor do they beget enmity and hatred, for the foundation of all of them is truth and truth is one, it has no plurality.
The differences which we find are the results of imitations. As the imitations vary one from another, they become the cause of animosity and difference. The gloom of these imitations has wholly obscured the Sun of Reality. But, praise be to God, day by day these clouds are being dispersed and dissipated; ere long, they shall be wholly removed and the Sun of Reality shall be seen to shine most brilliantly.
The standard of the oneness of humanity will be unfurled, the tabernacle of the universal peace will be raised, and this world will become another world. I thank His Excellency the Ambassador who brought about this meeting of people of different nationalities in his home. Such meetings, in truth, deserve much praise and commendation. At the close of the meeting the Ambassador again arose to show his respect and appreciation. He accompanied the Master to His carriage with the utmost humility and esteem.
During these days, many dignitaries and important people visited the Master. Even President [Theodore] Roosevelt 59 came, with humility and respect, especially to see the Master. In addition to the usual receptions at the home of Mrs Parsons, there were three public meetings: one in the morning, another in the afternoon and one in the evening. At the first gathering, at the All Saints Unitarian Church, the Master spoke on the subject of the varieties of light, the effulgence of the Sun of Reality in its original essence, and of the waiting souls with pure hearts who are like unto clear spotless mirrors, whose eyes and ears become enlightened by the appearance of the Sun of Reality.
Because of His heavy schedule, He had little time for this, so the originals were often delayed in their publication. The afternoon meeting was held at the home of Mrs Parsons. On hearing this, the friends hastened to shake hands with Him and showed great reverence and humility to Him, joyful that soon He would return to their midst.
When He promulgated this principle in the Orient, the people were astonished. One of the proofs of the advancement of women is this magnificent and imposing building and this large gathering. Many praised Him, both before and after His talk. The meeting closed with a song of praise. Then, with a motion of His hand, all seated themselves. As the Master arose to give His talk, everyone began to clap so loudly that the sound echoed around the great hall.
Everyone was thrilled as the beloved Master stood and the hearts of the believers were relieved of all grief and anxiety. Indeed, the appearance of the Center of God's Covenant in these meetings is worthy of the highest praise and will undoubtedly be of the greatest benefit to all. Instead of the harsh treatment meted out to the Manifestations of God, here was the advancement and elevation of the Cause of God.
To listen to the melodious, resonant voice of the Center of the Covenant in such auditoriums fills one with excitement and raises the banner of everlasting honor. The presence of the Eastern friends was sorely missed. Mrs Parsons offered the Master a sum of money but He said that she should distribute it among the poor. The Treasurer of the United States had lunch with the Master.
Later, the Master went to the home of an official to say goodbye. The man embraced Him, weeping with joy. When the Master came downstairs, each guest, man and woman alike, approached Him with the utmost reverence to shake His hand. They introduced one another and paid Him their respects. The guests then went into the dining room to partake of the repast prepared for them, including beverages, cakes, ice cream and coffee.
After they had eaten the guests were ushered into the music hall while the Master sat in another room to receive those who wished to see Him. He answered all their questions. The night was one of the most blessed nights and that meeting one of the most great and important meetings. The Master prepared to leave for Chicago. Among those who came to see Him was the ambassador of Great Britain, 66 who was very humble and reverent while in His presence. As He was leaving He said to Mrs Parsons:.
This was the springtime; we had good meetings at your home; I shall never forget them. I shall pray for divine confirmation for you that you may be assisted both materially and spiritually. This material world has an outward appearance, as it has also an inner reality. All created things are interlinked in a chain leading to spirituality and ultimately ending in abstract realities.
I hope that these spiritual links will become stronger day by day and that this communication of hearts, which is termed inspiration, will continue. When this connection exists, bodily separation is not important; this condition is beyond the world of words and above all description. The greatest of all benefits is the oneness of humanity and universal peace. After crossing the Potomac River, the train entered the state of Virginia, which is exceedingly fertile and green.
The scenery on both sides was charming, with a verdant expanse of land as far as the eye could see. God shall never pardon those who imprisoned Him in that place. The conversation then turned to the train. The Master praised the sleeping car room, the cleanliness of the compartments and the electric lights in them; however, owing to the speed of the train, the Master was not able to sleep. In the morning the Master again praised the beauty and fertility of the countryside; a more fertile land had never before been seen.
He had breakfast in the dining car. Today He spoke mostly about the days of the Blessed Beauty and had Him constantly in mind. The train reached Chicago at night. The Master went to the Plaza Hotel. You have a good city. The call of God was first raised in this city. I hope that in Chicago the Cause of God will progress greatly and that it may be illumined by the light of the Kingdom just as it is brightened by electricity. In Washington we always had audiences of one to two thousand in large meetings.
Day and night I had no rest. A close friendship was created between the black and white people. Many came to the Faith. Even those who are not believers drew much closer. I hope you will be assisted to do great service and to live together in the utmost love and harmony. The severest tests were in Persia where properties were pillaged and the friends were martyred. They had not a moment's security. In short, I had a great desire to see you.
It is His assistance that has brought me here, for, at the time of leaving Alexandria, when I boarded the ship, I was not well at all. Some newspaper reporters telephoned, asking permission to interview the Master. He agreed that they could interview Him the following morning. Each returned transformed, soaring high in the atmosphere of happiness and joy. A few newspaper reporters were announced and He addressed them:. He devoted Himself to their education and upliftment. He guided people from all nations and religions, cemented different denominations and united diverse nationalities to such an extent that if you attend their meetings you cannot say who is a Jew, who is a Muslim, who is a Parsi or who is a Christian.
But with all this, they could not resist Him; His teachings spread more and more. He passed away in that city. I myself was in the same prison until the declaration of liberty by the Committee of Union and Progress when all prisoners were set free. The fundamental principle of all the Prophets is Truth. Truth is one. Truth is the foundation of all the divine religions and is one. In truth there is no dissension.
Imitations are different and are a cause of dissension and division. If people investigate truth and set aside imitations, all the nations will unite, for there exists no difference in religious truth; the differences lie in imitations only. All are immersed in the ocean of His mercy and God is kind to all. Why should we be unkind to one another? We must follow the polity of God. Can we conceive a better polity than that of God? The third principle He gave us is the harmony of science and religion. Both science and religion are truth. If religion is against reality and truth it is mere superstition.
Every religious tenet that conflicts with true knowledge and sound reasoning is not worthy of belief. Thus the dogmas and imitations that stand in the way of science and progress must be removed. The fourth principle is that religion must be the cause of unity, it must connect hearts to one another. Christ and all the other divine messengers came to create unity and love. Therefore, if religion becomes the cause of differences, its nonexistence is preferable.
The fifth principle is that all religious, racial, patriotic and political prejudices are the causes of war and the destroyers of the edifice of humanity.
All these must be discarded and abolished. The sixth principle is Universal Peace. Humanity must achieve this peace. Until its light illumines the decisions of the leaders and governments of the world, humanity will find no rest. The seventh principle is the equality of rights for men and women. The education of women must be equal to that of men so that they may advance and achieve the same status as men.
Teachings of this kind are numerous. The first meeting was held at Hull House and was attended by both blacks and whites. His eloquent and impressive talk thrilled His listeners. There exists among the whites in America a marked animosity for the blacks, who are held in such low esteem that the whites do not allow them to attend their public functions and think it beneath their dignity to mix with them in some of the public buildings and hotels.
When his landlord heard about this, he gave notice to Dr Bagdadi to vacate his residence because he had had a black man in his home. Another meeting held at Handel Hall especially to bring together the blacks and the whites. After a song of praise and glorification, the Master gave a detailed and eloquent talk on the purpose of the Temple and the unification of all under one standard.
He concluded His talk by chanting a prayer in Persian in a most melodious voice. Some of those attending the convention met Him outside and asked whether they could visit Him at His residence. The crowd gathered around Him until He got into His carriage. He spoke to us, until visitors arrived, about the early days of the Most Great Prison and the sufferings of the Blessed Beauty.
He spoke with the friends for a time and bestowed upon them His love. By the time He arrived the friends had already assembled and had pitched a large tent for the meeting. The friends stood all about Him, their eyes intently fixed on His luminous face. Miss Holmes presented Him with a golden trowel especially prepared for the occasion. He took it in His hand and dug the earth for the foundation stone. When the digging was completed, the Master set the stone in place with His own hand. Most of the friends remained and had lunch inside the tent. There was a reception at the Plaza Hotel later that afternoon at which the Master spoke on divine civilization and spiritual qualities.
When the numbers grew too large, He went into the outer room and spoke to the visitors about unity, fellowship and the importance of overcoming hatred and enmity. He began by saying:. The object of my undertaking such a long journey with all its inconveniences has been to bring about spiritual illumination in the Occident, for the Occident has great capacity and its people are less fettered by vain imaginings and imitations. Lofty ideals find a quick acceptance among them and today the loftiest ideal of all is devotion to the unity of mankind and universal peace.
In the afternoon there were two public meetings at the LaSalle Hotel. One was for the Federation of Women's Clubs 80 and the other for the Unitarian congregation. Souls possess two types of capacity: one is derived from innate powers and the other is acquired through the education imparted by the Teacher of the world of humanity. The development of innate capacity is completely dependent on education and on man's own exertions. In other words, innate capacity is not realized without education and exertion on the part of man and its perfection demands effort and training.
This, too, has two aspects.