Portals to Freedom

Portals to Freedom

by Howard Colby Ives


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Portals to Freedom by Howard Colby Ives

A unique account of 'Abdu'l-Baha's visit to America by one of American disciples.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931847995
Publisher: Baha'i Publishing Trust, U.S.
Publication date: 05/28/2012
Pages: 217
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Howard Colby Ives (1867-1941) was a Unitarian minister who investigated and embraced the Baha'i Faith in the early days of the Faith's establishment in North America. Shortly after encountering the Faith in 1912, Ives met and developed a close relationship with 'Abdu'l-Baha—the head of the Faith at the time.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2012 Edition ix

Introduction 3

Chapter One

Retrospect. Spiritual Bankruptcy

A Dawning Hope

The Golden Silence 7

Chapter Two

The Glance That Saved the World

A Divine Sincerity

The Masterly Teaching Method 21

Chapter Three

True Wealth, Power, and Freedom

The Table of 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Very Great Things

"Are You Interested in Renunciation?" 35

Chapter Four

The Attraction of Perfection

The Boys from the Bowery

A Black Rose and a Black Sweet 43

Chapter Five

A Leaf in the Breeze of the Will of God

"My Throne is My Mat." Inscription in The Seven Valleys 51

Chapter Six

The Reality and Essence of Brotherhood

Cannot You Serve Him Once? True Brotherhood Due to the Breaths of the Holy Spirit

"O, You Should Have Seen Him!" 61

Chapter Seven

Marriage under the New World Order of Bahá'u'lláh An Eternal Bond

The Wedding The Need for Reformation of Laws Pertaining to Divorce

The Laws of Bahá'u'lláh

Four Kinds of Love

The Children of the New Day 71

Chapter Eight

In Dublin, N. H. with 'Abdu'l-Bahá

"The Most Perfect Gentleman I Have Ever Known."

The Master Teacher

The Spiritual Warrior. A Fable.

"It Behooves You to Manifest Light."

The Gift. The First Tablet 89

Chapter Nine

The American Itinerary

The Power of the Spirit

"Her Highness the Cow." True Greatness

The Divine Teaching Method 105

Chapter Ten

Address in the Great Northern Hotel

The Universe of Bahá'u'lláh

The Evolution of Man. The Glory of Self-Sacrifice 119

Chapter Eleven

Instruction in the Way of Life. What is Authority?

The Science of the Love of God 135

Chapter Twelve

The Center of the Covenant

The New World Order. A Divine Civilization

The Kingdom of God on Earth 143

Chapter Thirteen

Some Divine Characteristics

The Humility of Servitude. The Station of True Manhood 157

Chapter Fourteen

The Departure

'Abdu'l-Bahá's Last Words in America

Seven Distinctive Characteristics of the Teachings

Evidences of the New World Order 173

Chapter Fifteen

By Their Fruits Shall Ye Know Them. Four Tablets 189

Chapter Sixteen

Conclusion 205

Notes 209

Bibliography 215

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