The Story of the Divine Plan Taking place during and immediately following World War I



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The Story of the Divine Plan




Taking place during and immediately following World War I



by Mirza Ahmad Sohrab


The New History Foundation

132 East 65th street, New York 21, N. Y., U. S. A.
[Title page]
Date of publication

August, 1947

Copyright, 1947

By

New History Foundation



All Rights Reserved

[Inside Title page]



By the same author

Heart Phantasies


The New Humanity
Poems on Hollywood Bow (illustrated)
Abdul Baha in Egypt
Renaissance (a booklet)
Message to the Youth of Europe (a booklet)
The Song of the Caravan
Living Pictures (co-author, Julie Chanler)
Silver Sun (co-author, Julie Chanler)
The Bible of Mankind
Broken Silence
Abdul Baha's Grandson
The Will and Testament of Abdul Baha
The Human Charter

(edited from the writings of Baha-O-Llah and Abdul Baha)

[Vanity page]
CONTENTS
Foreword………………………………………………………………….i
Chapter I
The Farmer of Galilee………………………………………………1
Chapter II
The Tablets to the United States ………………………………..…7
The North-Eastern States………………………………………..9
The Southern States ……………………………………………11
The Central States………………………………………………12
The Western States……………………………………………..13
Chapter III
The Tablets to Canada……………………………………………..18
Chapter IV
Tablets to the United States and Canada…………………………22
Chapter V
The Last Tablet……………………………………………………..32
Chapter VI
Accident Insurance………………………………………….………40
Chapter VII
American Bahais Carry On……………………………….………..44
Chapter VIII
Bahai Committee of Investigation………………………………….57
Chapter IX
The Doors Open…………………………………………………….67
Chapter X
My Steeple-Chase…………………………………………………..75
Chapter XI
The Tube and the Book……………………………………………82
Chapter XII
Preparations for the Convention……………………….…………93
Chapter XIII
The Convention of Reconciliation……………………………….102
Prayers in the Divine Plan………………………………………..117

[Contents page]


To the teachers who will arise


in the casts of the earth and in the wests thereof
to carry the message
of

Abdul Baha

this book is dedicated


“Formerly they were as moths, but they will become as royal falcons.

Formerly, they were as bubbles, but they will become the sea.”


[Dedication page]


FOREWARD


Nearly two thousand years ago, after his earthly mission had been completed, the inspired hero of Israel addressed his disciples:


“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (St. Mark, chapter 16, verse 15).
To all intents and purposes, the voice of Jesus had been silenced on Mount Calvary, yet his spirit, so vital that it surmounted the very tomb, appeared to his humble disciples, commanding them to carry on his work beyond the confines of their native land and to the limits of the earth. It was an incredible assignment.
I am ignorant of the phrasing of this sentence in Aramaic, the language supposedly used by Jesus, but the English translation consists of thirteen words and I wonder if any other thirteen words have had such a profound influence on the destiny of mankind. As a result of this injunction, the men who heard it set aside the limitations of birth, upbringing and character, and arose to peaks of valor and accomplishment; after which thousands upon thousands renounced the security and comfort of home to travel in their footsteps. Missionary bands were organized and sent to the five continents and the islands of the seas; libraries, schools, universities and hospitals were built; the New Testament was translated, in whole or in part, into a thousand languages, all to bring the message of the Man of far-away Galilee into the hearts and lives of the people, everywhere.
No more brilliant records can be found than are those of the staunch and selfless teachers who marched the length and breadth of pagan Europe, scaled the snow-capped mountains of Asia, ventured into the jungles of Africa and faced untold hardships in the lands of the Americas. These men and women were indeed the disciples of Christ, for with their spiritual ears they had clearly distinguished his voice as it receded over the centuries, and obeyed it with the awe and devotion of the eleven who had heard it first.
During our times, tile command has sounded again: Go ye into all the world — a smaller world, it in true, yet, today as before it is not the glaciers and jungles of nature that obstruct and delay progress, but the glaciers and jungles in the human heart. Frontiers as obtuse as ever on the fair surface of the globe and in the minds of men, with traditions, superstitions and customs grown weightier with the years. It was the name ungainly
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world that Abdul Baha took into his protective arms in the pages of the Divine Plan and upon which be conferred the teachings of his Prophet-father; it was the same rank and file of humanity that he called upon to teach the same message, in an hour of acute need.
Some years earlier, when Baha-O-Llah had arisen to the realms beyond, he had left behind him a plan for the union of all races and nations — a detailed, practical plan to be put into execution by the maturing men and women of modern times. It was a blueprint for the ending of all wars and the establishment of a world civilization. Baha-O-Llah had left this priceless legacy in the care of his great son, Abdul Baha, and it was during World War I, while he was living in Palestine, that Abdul Baha transferred this trust to the Bahais throughout the world.
The Divine Plan was dictated to me by Abdul Baha in fourteen Tablets and was carried to the United States. Here he considered the needs of fill nations and, as a spiritual geographer, took into account the resources of the countries of the earth and the islands of the seas, calling most of them by name. These Tablets with their wealth of knowledge, instruction and inspiration constitute the Magna Charts of a new civilization. It is according to its name, a Divine Plan.
In these Tablets, the teachers of the New Day are summoned so specifically, so personally, that each reader must feel himself addressed and chosen. Then, even as the cautious fishermen were transformed into saints and martyrs, so will posterity, in the actual words of Abdul Baha, evaluate the station of individuals as yet unknown:
“Formerly they were as moths, but they will become as royal falcons.

Formerly they were as bubbles, but they will become the sea.”


Two thousand years ago, Christ in the most general way commanded his disciples: “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Today, Abdul Baha, calling the countries and islands by name, repeats the same injunction in a more precise manner.
We are in a position to estimate the miracles which were accomplished as a result of the command of Jesus given to eleven men, but ran we faintly imagine the nature of our world when the Divine Plan is a story fulfilled?
It is the beginning of a new pilgrimage, launched simultaneously in the Fast and in the West, in the North and in the South: Go ye into all the world.

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[photo of 'Abdu'l-Baha omitted]
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THE STORY OF THE DIVINE PLAN

by MIRZA AHMAD SOHRAB



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