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The talks between 'Abdu'l-Bahá and Laura Clifford Barney took place during the difficult years, 1904-1906, when He was confined to the city of 'Akká by the Turkish government and permitted to receive only a few visitors. At the time He was under constant threat of removal to a distant desert confinement.

As interlouctor, Miss Barney arranged for one of 'Abdu'l-Bahás sons-in-law, or for one of the three distinguished Persians of His secretariat of that period, to be present during the talks to insure accuracy in recording His replies to the questions asked him. 'Abdu'l-Bahá later read the transcriptions, sometimes changing a word or a line with His reed pen. They were later translated into English by Miss Barney. The original Persian texts are today a part of the Bahá'í archives of Haifa. For additional commentary on this work, refer to Shoghi Effendi's statements in God Passes By, pages 107, 260, 268, 305 and 383.


Part One
ON THE INFLUENCE OF THE PROPHETS IN THE EVOLUTION OF HUMANITY


  1 – NATURE IS GOVERNED BY ONE UNIVERSAL LAW


  2 – PROOFS AND EVIDENCES OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD


  3 – THE NEED OF AN EDUCATOR


  4 – ABRAHAM


  5 – MOSES


  6 – CHRIST


  7 – MUHAMMAD


  8 – THE BÁB


  9 – BAHÁ'U'LLÁH


10 – TRADITIONAL PROOFS EXEMPLIFIED FROM THE BOOK OF DANIEL


11 – COMMENTARY ON THE ELEVENTH CHAPTER OF THE REVELATION OF ST. JOHN


12 – COMMENTARY ON THE ELEVENTH CHAPTER OF ISAIAH


13 – COMMENTARY ON THE TWELFTH CHAPTER OF THE REVELATION OF ST. JOHN


14 – SPIRITUAL PROOFS


15 – TRUE WEALTH



Part Two
SOME CHRISTIAN SUBJECTS


16

OUTWARD FORMS AND SYMBOLS MUST BE USED TO CONVEY INTELLECTUAL CONCEPTIONS


17

THE BIRTH OF CHRIST


18

THE GREATNESS OF CHRIST IS DUE TO HIS PERFECTIONS


19

THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST


20

THE NECESSITY OF BAPTISM


21

THE SYMBOLISM OF THE BREAD AND THE WINE


22

MIRACLES


23

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST


24

THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT UPON THE APOSTLES


25

THE HOLY SPIRIT


26

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST AND THE DAY OF JUDGMENT


27

THE TRINITY


28

EXPLANATION OF VERSE FIVE, CHAPTER SEVENTEEN, OF THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN


29

EXPLANATION OF VERSE TWENTY-TWO, CHAPTER FIFTEEN, OF THE FIRST EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS


30

ADAM AND EVE


31

EXPLANATION OF BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT


32

EXPLANATION OF THE VERSE "FOR MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN"


33

THE "RETURN" SPOKEN OF BY THE PROPHETS


34

PETER'S CONFESSION OF FAITH


35

PREDESTINATION



Part Three
ON THE POWERS AND CONDITIONS OF THE MANIFESTATIONS OF GOD


36

THE FIVE ASPECTS OF SPIRIT


37

THE DIVINITY CAN ONLY BE COMPREHENDED THROUGH THE DIVINE MANIFESTATIONS


38

THE THREE STATIONS OF THE DIVINE MANIFESTATIONS


39

THE HUMAN CONDITION AND THE SPIRITUAL CONDITION OF THE DIVINE MANIFESTATIONS


40

THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE DIVINE MANIFESTATIONS


41

THE UNIVERSAL CYCLES


42

THE POWER AND INFLUENCE OF THE DIVINE MANIFESTATIONS


43

THE TWO CLASSES OF PROPHETS


44

EXPLANATION OF THE REBUKES ADDRESSED BY GOD TO THE PROPHETS


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Original page by Graham Sorenson; revised and posted with permission.
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