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Talks by Abdul Baha Given in Paris

Abdu’l-Bahá ‘Abbás (1844-1921)

1. 00 - Preface; Introductory Note
2. 01 - (PART I) - THE DUTY OF KINDNESS AND SYMPATHY TOWARDS STRANGERS AND FOREIGNERS; THE POWER AND VALUE OF TRUE THOUGHT DEPEND UPON ITS MANIFESTATION IN ACTION
3. 02 - GOD IS THE GREAT COMPASSIONATE PHYSICIAN WHO ALONE GIVES TRUE HEALING; THE NEED FOR UNION BETWEEN THE PEOPLES OF THE EAST AND WEST
4. 03 - GOD COMPREHENDS ALL: HE CANNOT BE COMPREHENDED
5. 04 - THE PITIFUL CAUSES OF WAR, AND THE DUTY OF EVERYONE TO STRIVE FOR PEACE
6. 05 - THE SUN OF TRUTH; THE LIGHT OF TRUTH IS NOW SHINING UPON THE EAST AND WEST
7. 06 - THE UNIVERSAL LOVE; THE IMPRISONMENT OF ‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ
8. 07 - GOD’S GREATEST GIFT TO MAN
9. 08 - THE CLOUDS THAT OBSCURE THE SUN OF TRUTH; RELIGIOUS PREJUDICES
10. 09 - THE BENEFITS OF GOD TO MAN; BEAUTY AND HARMONY IN DIVERSITY
11. 10 - THE TRUE MEANING OF THE PROPHECIES CONCERNING THE COMING OF CHRIST; THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE INTERMEDIARY POWER BETWEEN GOD AND MAN
12. 11 - THE TWO NATURES IN MAN; MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL PROGRESS
13. 12 - THE EVOLUTION OF MATTER AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE SOUL
14. 13 - THE SPIRITUAL MEETINGS IN PARIS; THE TWO KINDS OF LIGHT
15. 14 - SPIRITUAL ASPIRATION IN THE WEST; LECTURE GIVEN AT A STUDIO IN PARIS
16. 15 - BAHÁ’U’LLÁH
17. 16 - GOOD IDEAS MUST BE CARRIED INTO ACTION; THE TRUE MEANING OF BAPTISM BY WATER AND FIRE
18. 17 - DISCOURSE AT “L’ALLIANCE SPIRITUALISTE”
19. 18 - THE EVOLUTION OF THE SPIRIT; THE DESIRES AND PRAYERS OF ‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ
20. 19 - CONCERNING BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT; THE BAHÁ’ÍS MUST WORK WITH HEART AND SOUL TO BRING ABOUT A BETTER CONDITION IN THE WORLD
21. 20 - ON CALUMNY; THERE CAN BE NO TRUE HAPPINESS AND PROGRESS WITHOUT SPIRITUALITY
22. 21 - PAIN AND SORROW; THE PERFECT HUMAN SENTIMENTS AND VIRTUES
23. 22 - THE CRUEL INDIFFERENCE OF PEOPLE TOWARDS THE SUFFERING OF FOREIGN RACES; WE MUST NOT BE DISCOURAGED BY THE SMALLNESS OF OUR NUMBERS
24. 23 - WORDS SPOKEN BY ‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ IN PASTOR WAGNER’S CHURCH (FOYER DE L’AME) IN PARIS
25. 24 - (PART II) - The Eleven Principles out of the Teaching of Bahá’u’lláh, Explained by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Paris; THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY, PARIS
26. 25 - THE FIRST PRINCIPLE—SEARCH AFTER TRUTH
27. 26 - THE SECOND PRINCIPLE—THE UNITY OF MANKIND
28. 27 - THIRD PRINCIPLE—LOVE AND AFFECTION; FOURTH PRINCIPLE—THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE RELATION BETWEEN RELIGION AND SCIENCE
29. 28 - THE FIFTH PRINCIPLE—THE ABOLITION OF PREJUDICES
30. 29- THE SIXTH PRINCIPLE—MEANS OF EXISTENCE
31. 30 - SEVENTH PRINCIPLE—EQUALITY OF MEN; THE EIGHTH PRINCIPLE—UNIVERSAL PEACE
32. 31 - NINTH PRINCIPLE—THE NON-INTERFERENCE OF RELIGION WITH POLITICS
33. 32 - THE TENTH PRINCIPLE—EQUALITY OF SEX
34. 33 - THE ELEVENTH PRINCIPLE—THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT; 4 Avenue de Camöens, Paris, November 28th
35. 34 - THE LAST MEETING
36. 35 - ADDRESS BY ‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ AT THE FRIENDS’ MEETING HOUSE, ST MARTIN’S LANE, LONDON, W.C.
37. 36 - PRAYER; EVIL; THE PROGRESS OF THE SOUL
38. 37 - THE FOUR KINDS OF LOVE
39. 38 - TABLET REVEALED BY ‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ

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“Much has already been written of the visit of Abdul Baha, Abbas Effendi, to Europe,” writes Lady Blomfield in her Preface to Paris Talks, “During his stay at Paris at 4, Avenue de Comoens, he gave short “Talks” each morning to those who crowded, eager to hear His Teaching. These listeners were of many Nationalities and types of thought, learned and unlearned, members of various religious sects, Theosophists and Agnostics, Materialists and Spiritualists, etc., etc. Abdul Baha spoke in Persian, which was translated into French. Of these “Talks” my two daughters, my friend and I took notes. Many friends asked us to publish these notes in English, but we hesitated. At length when Abdul Baha himself asked us to do so we, of course, consented—in spite of our feeling that our pen is “too weak for such high message.”” Paris Talks is a book transcribed from talks given by `Abdu'l-Bahá, the son and successor of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, while in Paris. It was originally published as “Talks by `Abdu'l-Bahá Given in Paris” in 1912. `Abdu'l-Bahá did not read and authenticate the transcripts of his talks in Paris, and thus the authenticity of the talks is not known. Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, has said that while the texts are not authenticated, the compilations can still be used by Bahá’ís and in the future work will be done to find which parts are authentic. Lady Blomfield's copious notes are the basis of the volume. Lady Sara Louisa Blomfield [née Ryan] (1859-1939), who was given the title of Sitárih Khánum by `Abdu'l-Bahá, was the second wife to noted Victorian era architect Sir Arthur Blomfield, who died in 1899. She became a Bahá’í in 1907 and later served on the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the British Isles for eight of its first eleven years. (Introduction by Nicholas James Bridgewater)