Sunday, February 23, 2014

February 23rd in Baha'i History




1924 –“ the Cause of God is not dictatorial authority, but humble fellowship,”

188. Let us also bear in mind that the keynote of the Cause of God is not dictatorial authority, but humble fellowship, not arbitrary power, but the spirit of frank and loving consultation. Nothing short of the spirit of a true Bahá'í can hope to reconcile the principles of mercy and justice, of freedom and submission, of the sanctity of the right of the individual and of self-surrender, of vigilance, discretion and prudence on the one hand and fellowship, candour and courage on the other.

(23 February 1924 to the Bahá'ís of America, published in "Bahá'í Administration, pp. 63-64) (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 101)

1939 - The greater your trials and sufferings, the stronger should wax your attachment and devotion to the Cause.

1285. The greater your trials and sufferings, the stronger should wax your attachment and devotion to the Cause. For only through repeated tribulations and trials does God test His servants, and these they should therefore view as blessings in disguise, and as opportunities whereby they can acquire a fuller consciousness of the Divine Will and Purpose.

(From a letter dated 23 February 1939 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to two believers)(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 8)

1939 – “adherence to the laws…. is the one power that can effectively guide and enable you to overcome the tests and trials of your life

1769. You should rest assured that your strict adherence to the laws and observances enjoined by Bahá'u'lláh is the one power that can effectively guide and enable you to overcome the tests and trials of your life, and help you to continually grow and develop spiritually.
The Guardian particularly appreciates the fact that you have been faithfully observing Bahá'u'lláh's injunction regarding the recital of the daily obligatory prayers, and have thereby set such a high example before your Bahá'í fellow-youth. These daily prayers have been endowed with a special potency which only those who regularly recite them can adequately appreciate. The friends should therefore endeavour to make daily use of these prayers, whatever the peculiar circumstances and conditions of their life.


(23 February 1939 to two believers) (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 240)

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