Sunday, January 5, 2014

January 5th in Baha'i History


Pre-existence
"Regarding your question concerning the passage in 'Seven Valleys' referring to pre-existence. This in no way presupposes the existence of the individual soul before conception. The term has not been absolutely accurately translated, and what is meant is that man's soul is the repository of  the ancient, Divine mysteries of God." 
(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, January 5, 1948) Lights of Guidance Part 6 p.506
 The Crimson Book
"...what Bahá'u'lláh did not elaborate but what He meant by the 'word' recorded in the Crimson Book was the power of the Covenant.
"The Crimson Book refers to the Book of His Covenant, and the reference above means the power for unity which the Covenant possesses and radiates. On Page 238 of God Passes By you will find the cross-reference to the Crimson Book and the Epistle to the Son of the Wolf."
(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer   January 5, 1948: Bahá'í News, No. 210, August 1948, p. 3)  Lights of Guidance Part 4 #595
Letter from the Hands of the Cause to Pioneers after the passing of the Guardian
To All Who have left their homeland to pioneer
January 5, 1958
Dear Bahá'í Friends,
Though afflicted by profound sorrow at the sudden removal of the beloved Guardian, our thoughts are always with those who forsook their homes, relatives and friends to cry Ya Baha'u'l-Abha in distant lands and raise the banner of the Faith in the far corners of the earth. Our hearts are with you, dear friends, for your treading of this glorious path has earned the approval of the beloved of us all, Shoghi Effendi now watching so lovingly from his lofty station on High and dispensing to all his guidance and protection.
 We are confident that you will remain at your posts in the same wonderful spirit of love you have already displayed and with greater steadfastness than ever before. The Guardian held the pioneers in such esteem that even to the night before the night of his passing he worked on a map on which he recorded their achievements with his own hands. We feel certain that the Knights of Bahá'u'lláh and those who joined them later will hold their ground firmly and that before long we shall hear the glorious news of the attainment of all the goals the beloved named throughout the entire planet. The pioneers are like lamps of guidance, and when mankind is awakened from its spiritual lethargy, members of a bewildered humanity will see only by the light of the pioneers the right path to the tabernacle of love and justice where it will find shelter.
The pioneers the Guardian loved so dearly are particularly dear to our hearts too and we pray for each and every one of them. We hope they will send reports of wonderful activities to their National Assemblies, who in turn will gladden our hearts with news of these developments.
With Bahá'í love,
HANDS OF THE CAUSE IN THE HOLY LAND

Ministry of the Custodians Part 1 p.56

Mankind's fast declining fortunes
"As the turmoil of an agitated world surges about them the supporters of Bahá'u'lláh's majestically rising faith must, as the beloved Guardian so clearly indicated scale nobler heights of heroism, serenely confident that the hour of their mightiest exertions must coincide with the lowest ebb of mankind's fast declining fortunes."
The Universal House of Justice, from a cable dated January 5, 1979, to all National Spiritual Assemblies  Quickeners of Mankind #87

1982- Iranian Supreme Court's Denial of Execution of Iranian National Spiritual Assembly Members

PRESIDENT SUPREME COURT AYATOLLAH ARDEBILI IS REPORTED BY NEWS SERVICES TO HAVE DENIED EXECUTION EIGHT MEMBERS NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IRAN. ... WE CONVINCED EXECUTIONS WERE PLANNED TO BE KEPT SECRET BUT WERE DISCOVERED FORTUITOUSLY. BAHÁ'Í INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY REQUESTING SECRETARY GENERAL UNITED NATIONS INVESTIGATE. ...
UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE


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