A Scottish Woman Prepares for the Centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s 1913 Visit to Scotland

J. Shelagh Gudmundsson, a Baha’i in Grangemouth, Scotland, prepared for the centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s 1913 visit  to Scotland by following the Master’s travels across the United States and Canada on a map and then by evaluating her own learning plan at the end of the course on ‘Abdu’l-Baha in America.

I WILL READ ALL REQUIRED MATERIAL

I read all the required material. I also enjoyed reading Anne Perry’s blog and 239Days.com.  I learned a lot from reading what the other students wrote and the loving comments of the mentors. 

I WILL MEMORIZE AND MEDITATE ON SOME SENTENCES

I have done a lot of meditating–the memorization is rather difficult for one of my advanced years.

I WILL GET A MAP OF THE USA TO CHART HIS JOURNEY

Got three maps! My sight problems made it rather difficult. I had not realized how vast America is and what huge distances the Master was traveling.

I WILL DEEPEN THE LOVE AND GRATITUDE I HAVE FOR THE MASTER

This was not a task. It happened naturally with every day that passed. How could one not love a person Who spent their every waking moment in service to others?

I WILL READ THE POSTINGS OF ALL OTHER STUDENTS

I learned such a lot from reading the postings. Thank you so much dear friends.  As I rarely see other Baha’is, I have really enjoyed the companionship these past months. I wish you all well in the future.

I WILL COMPLETE A LEARNING SELF-ASSESSMENT AT THE END OF THE COURSE 

All I had seen of North America was from the movies. After following the travels of the Master, I have an entirely different attitude. It is just like Scotland but on a grander scale. People are people whatever land they live in, although the Master treated all alike with courtesy and kindness. He did make differences in how He taught, always making His talks suitable to the audience and to their understanding. He taught wherever and whenever, railway carriage or auditorium. Early morning or late and night, there were no boundaries.