Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Agnes: April 25 – How baby Paul Haney reacted when saw ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Agnes Parsons' Diary
April 25, 1912
Washington, DC

Besides receiving the people for private interviews on Thursday morning, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá addressed a small group of Theosophists in my large room. I have invited them here to save ‘Abdu’l-Bahá having to go out so much. The Theosophists had asked Him to speak to them.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Mariam Haney and the baby drove with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the morning. At the children’s meetings the baby[he was the future Hand of the Cause Mr. Paul Haney] had screamed when he saw ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and I thought at the time, that the child had probably been overwhelmed by seeing a greater spirituality in ‘Abdu’l-Bahá than many saw. Before they went to drive, I spoke of this to Mr. and Mrs. Haney, for the latter had shown such distress when it occurred. I believe Mr. Haney agreed with me. He said: “Three months before the child was born we were in Acca.”

Afterward, when ‘Abdu’l-Bahá returned from the drive, I said to Him: “How was it with the baby?” “Everything was quite right” was His reply. I told Him I thought the baby had been conscious of more than we were, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s answer was, “You have much insight.”