The Age of Lights
The Cedric gleamed as it pushed through the white open waters. Up on deck, a band played music in the morning and evening. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá enjoyed the music, praised the musicians, and treated them with a generous £4 tip.
The morning of April 5, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá strolled up and down the deck observing the volcanic peaks of the Azores through his field glass. By afternoon, his companions, as well some curious observers, gathered in the salon of the ship to be in his company. Among them was an American newspaper publisher. He first asked ‘Abdu’l-Bahá about Persia and then inquired about his journey to America.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá explained the purpose of his trip: “I am going to America at the invitation of peace congresses, as the fundamental principles of this Cause are the equality of the rights of men. As this age is the age of lights and the century of mysteries, this lofty purpose is sure to be universally acknowledged …”
The newspaper publisher was delighted. He wanted to kiss ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s hands, but ‘Abdu’l-Bahá gently stopped him and instead presented him with his prayer beads.
Stay tuned for our next update, April 6.