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Servant of the Glory's visit to the Niagara Falls

Abdu’l-Baha 1844-1921 was the eldest son of Baha’u’llah, the first Messenger to emphasize the spiritual unity of all humankind!

Abdu'l-Baha is considered the perfect example of how to live according to the Baha’i Teachings.

He stopped in Buffalo, NY, on September 10, 1912 and spent two days there. His companions persuaded Him to visit Niagara Falls, so He spent the 50-cent fare and rode the trolley to the famous site. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá walked to the overlook and gazed out over the immense cascade.

From a perch engulfed in mist, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and his secretaries watched the Niagara River thunder over the cliffs into the basin below. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá gazed into the roaring waters for more than half an hour. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá found the sight “unsurpassed in beauty and unique in awe inspiring charm.” For a time he sat on the bank of the river eating some grapes and pears and walked in the park for a while.

The sight brought His Father to mind: “There were small waterfalls in Mazindaran which Bahá’u’lláh liked so much that He used to camp near them for several days… So much electricity can be generated from this water that it will suffice the whole town…”.

Some of His companions suggested that He stay a few days in Buffalo to rest, but He said he could not waste even a half day.

Abdu’l-Baha, means “Servant of the Glory.”

Renowned throughout the world for his lifelong advocacy of world peace, racial harmony, gender equality and social justice, Abdu’l-Baha spent forty years of his life (1868-1908) as a prisoner for his belief in Baha’u’llah’s teachings. Freed from prison as a result of the overthrow of the Ottoman Empire, he travelled the world in the early part of the 20th Century, taking the Baha’i message of global unity to Europe, Africa and North America.

Abdu’l-Baha’s life, even in prison, focused primarily on humanitarian concerns. His humility; his love for all people; his abiding care and concern for the poor, the ill and the homeless, and his constant charitable efforts for those of every faith characterized his dedication to the ideal of service to others.

Abdu’l-Baha established the democratically-elected institutions of the Baha’i administrative order; emphasized the Baha’i principles of the independent investigation of truth, progressive revelation and the agreement of science and religion; and exemplified, throughout his remarkable life, the virtues of wisdom, kindness and love for all humanity.

Here a link to a song called Abdu'l-baha performed by Dominique Sylvester

A song where Abdu'l-Baha's true character is furthermore portrayed, by His own words.

“My name is Abdul-Baha, my identity is Abdul-Baha, my qualification is Abdul-Baha, my reality is Abdul-Baha, my praise is Abdul-Baha. Thraldom to the Blessed Perfection is my glorious and refulgent diadem; and servitude to all the human race is my perpetual religion. …No name, no title, no mention, no commendation hath he nor will ever have except Abdul-Baha. This is my longing. This is my supreme apex. This is my greatest yearning. This is my eternal life. This is my everlasting glory!”

– Abdu’l-Baha

Abdu'l-Baha The Servant of Glory

ABDU’L-BAHA – Servant of Glory is a special Baha’i Blog video made in honor of Abdu’l-Baha, the eldest son of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Niagara Falls at Night

‘Abdu’l-Bahá walking up Haparsim Street with three kids eating sweets that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá just gave them, c. 1920

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‘Abdu’l-Bahá with a group of Bahá’ís at Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois, 3 May 1912

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Source: Bahaiblog and 239 Days in America