God Passes By

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Title: God Passes By
Author: Shoghi Effendi
Release Date: September 2006 [Ebook 19275]
Language: English
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GOD PASSES BY***God Passes By
by Shoghi Effendi
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Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
FIRST PERIOD: THE MINISTRY OF THE BÁB
1844–1853 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Chapter I: The Birth of the Bábí Revelation . . . . . . 13 II: The Báb’s Captivity in Ádhirbayján . . . . 31
Chapter III: Upheavals in Mázindarán, Nayríz and Zanján 53 IV: The Execution of the Báb . . . . . . . . . 71
Chapter V: The Attempt on the Life of the Sháh and
Its Consequences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
SECOND PERIOD: THE MINISTRY OF
BAHÁ’U’LLÁH 1853–1892 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Chapter VI: The Birth of The Bahá’í Revelation . . . . 119 VII: Bahá’u’lláh’s Banishment to ‘Iráq . . . . 139
Chapter VIII: Bahá’u’lláh’s to‘Iráq
(Continued) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Chapter IX: The Declaration of Bahá’u’lláh’s Mission
and His Journey to Constantinople . . . . . . . . 199
Chapter X: The Rebellion of Mírzá Ya%yá and the
Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh’s Mission in
Adrianople . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Chapter XI: Bahá’u’lláh’s Incarceration in Akká . . . . 241 XII: Bahá’u’lláh’s in Akká
(Continued) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
Chapter XIII: Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh . . . . . . . . 289
THIRD PERIOD: THE MINISTRY OF‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ
1892–1921 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307
Chapter XIV: The Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh . . . . . . 309 XV: The Rebellion of Mírzá Mu%ammad-‘Alí 319viii God Passes By
Chapter XVI: The Rise and Establishment of the Faith
in the West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329
Chapter XVII: Renewal of‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Incarceration345 XVIII: Entombment of the Báb’s Remains on
Mt. Carmel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 357
Chapter XIX: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Travels in Europe and
America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 365
Chapter XX: Growth and Expansion of the Faith in
East and West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385
Chapter XXI: The Passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá . . . . . . 403
FOURTH PERIOD: THE INCEPTION OF THE
FORMATIVE AGE OF THE BAHÁ’Í FAITH 1921–1944 . 419
Chapter XXII: The Rise and Establishment of the
Administrative Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 421
Chapter XXIII: Attacks on Bahá’í Institutions . . . . . 461 XXIV: Emancipation and Recognition of the
Faith and Its Institutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 475
Chapter XXV: International Expansion of Teaching
Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 491
Retrospect and Prospect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 525Foreword
On the 23rd of May of this auspicious year the Bahá’í world
will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the founding of the
Faith of Bahá’u’lláh. It will commemorate at once the hundreth
anniversary of the inception of the Bábí Dispensation, of the
inauguration of the Bahá’í Era, of the commencement of the
Bahá’í Cycle, and of the birth of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. The weight of
the potentialities with which this Faith, possessing no peer or
equal in the world’s spiritual history, and marking the
culmination of a universal prophetic cycle, has been endowed, staggers
our imagination. The brightness of the millennial glory which
it must shed in the fullness of time dazzles our eyes. The
magnitude of the shadow which its Author will continue to cast on
successive Prophets destined to be raised up after Him eludes
our calculation.
Already in the space of less than a century the operation
of the mysterious processes generated by its creative spirit has
provoked a tumult in human society such as no mind can fathom.
Itself undergoing a period of incubation during its primitive age,
it has, through the emergence of its slowly-crystallizing system,
induced a fermentation in the general life of mankind designed
to shake the very foundations of a disordered society, to purify
its life-blood, to reorientate and reconstruct its institutions, and
shape its final destiny.
To what else can the observant eye or the unprejudiced mind,
acquainted with the signs and portents heralding the birth, and
accompanying the rise, of the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh ascribe this dire,
this planetary upheaval, with its attendant destruction, misery
and fear, if not to the emergence of His embryonic World Order,2 God Passes By
which, as He Himself has unequivocally proclaimed, has
“deranged the equilibrium of the world and revolutionized mankind’s
ordered life”? To what agency, if not to the irresistible diffusion
of that world-shaking, world-energizing, world-redeeming spirit,
which the Báb has affirmed is“vibrating in the innermost realities
of all created things” can the origins of this portentous crisis,
incomprehensible to man, and admittedly unprecedented in the
annals of the human race, be attributed? In the convulsions of
contemporary society, in the frenzied, world-wide ebullitions of
men’s thoughts, in the fierce antagonisms inflaming races, creeds
and classes, in the shipwreck of nations, in the downfall of kings,
in the dismemberment of empires, in the extinction of dynasties,
in the collapse of ecclesiastical hierarchies, in the deterioration
of time-honored institutions, in the dissolution of ties, secular as
well as religious, that had for so long held together the members
of the human race—all manifesting themselves with
ever-increasing gravity since the outbreak of the first World War that
immediately preceded the opening years of the Formative Age of
the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh—in these we can readily recognize the
evidences of the travail of an age that has sustained the impact
of His Revelation, that has ignored His summons, and is now
laboring to be delivered of its burden, as a direct consequence of
the impulse communicated to it by the generative, the purifying,
the transmuting influence of His Spirit.
It is my purpose, on the occasion of an anniversary of such
profound significance, to attempt in the succeeding pages a
survey of the outstanding events of the century that has seen this
Spirit burst forth upon the world, as well as the initial stages of
its subsequent incarnation in a System that must evolve into an
Order designed to embrace the whole of mankind, and capable of
fulfilling the high destiny that awaits man on this planet. I shall
endeavor to review, in their proper perspective and despite the
comparatively brief space of time which separates us from them,
the events which the revolution of a hundred years, unique alike