O ye editors of the world: It behooves ye to be free from prejudice and adorned with equity and justice in order to mirror forth the facts. (BAHA'O'LLAH)
A LOVING FAREWELL
EXTRACT FROM AN INTERVIEW GIVEN TO THE EDITOR OF "THE LONDON BUDGET" S. S. CHAMBERLAIN
For east is east and west is west,
And ever (not never) the twain shall meet.
(No rebuke intended to Mr. Kipling)
ABBAS EFFENDI (Abdul Baha, Servant of God, as he prefers to call himself), son of the Persian prophet, BAHA'O'LLAH, who is at present sojourning in Paris held an interesting farewell conference at his apartment, 30 rue St. Didier.
Abdul Baha willingly endured imprisonment rather than abjure his faith, one of the tenets of which declares for the absolute equality of all souls regardless of such outer differences as sex, race or color. He recognizes no class distinctions except those given by service and in the spirit of brotherly love; for this and other like doctrines he was held prisoner for forty years in the fortressed city of Acca in Palestine. With the advent of the Young Turks' supremacy realized through the "Union and Progress" committee, in 1908, he was freed.
Something of the daily life of this advocate of universal brotherhood may be of interest.
Speaking of Paris and the French people, "Paris is a city of adornment," he said, standing at the window, looking out on the sleeping city. "I hope that, as this century is a radiant century and this age a merciful age, the human world will become united and the standard of the solidarity of the human race will be hoisted in Paris; for Paris is a center of refined civilization and has advanced marvelously along the path of science. Paris is like unto a lamp and the light will be the realization of the brotherhood of man. I hope that this light will be ignited in the lamp and that like unto a brilliant star it will shed its benign rays of unity on all religions.
"People have a superstitious respect for
"I have great confidence in the wisdom and understanding of the world leaders of thought that they may discover this reality.
"I hope that the soul of Paris will arise from the city of obscurity and progress steadily forward to the new civilization."
When asked how this new civilization was to be brought about, Abdul Baha said:
"Through solidarity. In some animals mutual co-operation is frequently seen; when in time of danger, each will try to surpass the others in help. One day as I was standing near the borders of a little stream on Mt. Carmel, I noticed a number of locusts that had not yet developed full wings.
"These insects wishing to pass from my side of the stream to the other in order to procure some food, threw themselves forward, each one trying to emulate the other in flinging itself into the water, so that a bridge was formed in order that the others might pass over and this was accom-
When the moment came for the patriarch's parting words, he pushed back his white turban and gave one of his smiles that in itself seems like a benediction.
"I am leaving Paris for the Orient though in reality I am always with you. Place does not matter. Two people may be in the same room and yet not attain to a visitation. When I was in prison many people came to see me. They crossed seas and deserts and yet remained in the city of the blind while others in far-distant lands attained the meeting.
"Alas, alas! the world has not discovered the reality of religion hidden beneath the symbolic forms!"
*Sheba A symbol of home or dwelling place.
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