Ridvan celebrates Baha’u’llah’s time in the garden of Ridvan where He publicly declared His station as a Manifestation of God. The Ridvan Festival is 12 days long and is also the time of year where Baha’is elect their governing bodies.
Abdu’l-Baha was the eldest son of Baha’u’llah who referred to Him as “the Mystery of God” and “a shelter for all mankind”, however Abdu’l-Baha preferred to be called “Abdu’l-Baha” which means “the Servant of Baha” in reference to His servitude to Baha’u’llah. When Abdu’l-Baha passed away on 28 November 1921, He was eulogized as One who led humanity to the “Way of Truth,” as a “pillar of peace” and the embodiment of “glory and greatness.”
Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 68: Kathryn Hogenson (In Honor of Abdu’l-Baha)
Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.
In this series of podcasts, I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.
In this special episode in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the passing of Abdu’l-Baha, I’m joined by Kathryn Hogenson, author, and attorney, who joins me in my home in California. She tells me how she became a Baha’i and about Ruhiyyih Khanum and her time at the Baha’i World Centre. She also talks about the first Western Baha’i pilgrims to Holy Land, and she shares unknown stories of Abdu’l-Baha and the Bahai’s of that time. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this conversation as much I did!
Find out more about some of the things we covered below:
* Learn more about Abdu’l-Baha and the commemoration of the Centenary of His passing here: The Mystery of God
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.
A great conversation! Listeners and readers may also be interested in learning that Kathryn Hogenson’s book, “Lighting the Western Sky: The Hearst Pilgrimage and the Establishment of the Baha’i Faith in the West” is available at bit.ly/ltwsbds on BahaiBookstore.com (a free sample is available for viewing). The Hearst pilgrimage provides a unique glimpse of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. We encourage you to check out this fascinating look into the story of these first 15 Western pilgrims and their experiences with the Master, and how their achievements will remain an inspiration to all future generations.
Baha'i Publishing Trust (August 8, 2021 at 2:14 PM)