Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thoughts on Simple Chores

Today, on they have posted a poem by Emily Dickinson. In that poem Dickinson talks about the way in which simple labors can "hold our senses." This poem underscores the tie between Emily Dickinson and Abdu'l-Baha.

One day when Abdu'l-Baha was sweeping the entrance to one of the buildings in Haifa, someone asked him "What are you doing?"

Abdu'l-Baha said, "I am practising patience."

Now, those two statements do not represent the only connection betweeen Abdu'l-Baha and Emily Dickenson. Emily Dickenson spent a part of her life as a student at Mount Holyoke College. When Abdu'l-Baha was on a boat in the Atlantic Ocean, he met a professor from Mount Holyoke College.

That Professore told Abdu'l-Baha that he taught at an all female institution. Because Abdu'l-Baha prayed for equality of the sexes, he was pleased to hear about the education of young women at Mount Holyoke. Abdu'l-Baha promised to say prayers for that institution.

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