Wednesday, March 11, 2009

More thoughts on Women

In March of 1912, as the U.S. Cedric crossed the Atlantic Ocean, carrying Abdu'l-Baha and hundreds of other passengers, one of those passengers happened to speak with the traveler from Persia. That fellow traveler was Professor Brown, a man on the faculty at Mount Holyoke College.

Professor Brown told Abdu'l-Baha that he taught at an all female institution. Abdu'l-Baha was most impressed; Baha'is attach great importance to the education of women. Yet, that fact should not be interpretted as a condemnation of marriage. In fact, see below what Abdu'l-Baha as written about marriage:

"Wherefore, wed Thou in the heaven of Thy mercy these two birds of the nest of Thy love, and make them the means of attracting perpetual grace; that from the union of these two seas of love a wave of tenderness may surge and cast the pearls of pure and goodly issue on the shore of life."Abdu'l-Baha, Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 105

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