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Gifford Pinchot invited ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to his estate, Grey Towers in Milford, Pennsylvania

June 4, 1912
Gifford Pinchot invited ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to his estate, Grey Towers in Milford, Pennsylvania
Grey Towers Milford, PA

Gifford Pinchot (August 11, 1865 – October 4, 1946) was the first Chief of the United States Forest Service (1905–1910) and the 28th Governor of Pennsylvania (1923–1927, 1931–1935).

Abdu’l-Bahá spent two days at Pinchot’s estate. The Master answered many questions put by the statesmen gathered there.

In response to a question about the war among nations, the Master said:

It will certainly come about but America will not participate in it. This war will be staged in Europe. You are in a corner and have nothing to do with others. You have no desire to gain territories in Europe, and no one lusts after your land. You are safe because the Atlantic Ocean serves as a great natural protection for you. Europe and most other areas will be forced to follow your system. Tremendous changes will take place in Europe. The great centralized powers will break up into smaller independent states. In reality it is not just that vast countries should be governed from a single center, for no matter how great the ability and wisdom of the statesmen of that center, or how developed their sense of justice, they will still not be fully informed of the needs of every town and village and cannot exert themselves justly for the betterment of their surrounding dependencies. For example, all parts of Germany concentrate their efforts to serve a single center, namely Berlin; and the whole of France is to serve Paris. Similarly, each of the colonial countries serves to adorn one great capital. But your government has a good system.”
-Mahmud’s Diary, page 121.