Yes, the world would be a better place today if Ruhiyyih Khanum and those former Hands of the Cause who followed her had not violated the “Charter of the New World Order.”
Shoghi Effendi, the first Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, wrote that the sacred Will and Testament of the Master is “a Will that directs and controls, in its own mysterious way, both the fortunes of the Faith and the destinies of men. Such simultaneous processes of rise and of fall, of integration and of disintegration, of order and chaos, with their continuous and reciprocal reactions on each other, are but aspects of a greater Plan, one and indivisible, whose Source is God, whose author is Bahá’u’lláh, the theater of whose operations is the entire planet, and whose ultimate objectives are the unity of the human race and the peace of all mankind.”
Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 72
Ruhiyyih Khanum and those former Hands that lost their faith in “God’s immutable Purpose for mankind” ignored the significance of the first Guardian’s Proclamation of 9 January 1951 and the embryonic Universal House of Justice,
whose formation it proclaimed, and misconceived its character and misrepresented its purpose.
“Let no one, while this System is still in its infancy, misconceive its character, belittle its significance or misrepresent its purpose. The bedrock on which this Administrative Order is founded is God’s immutable Purpose for mankind in this day.”
Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 156
“The creative energies released by the Law of Bahá’u’lláh, permeating and evolving within the mind of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, have, by their very impact and close interaction, given birth to an Instrument which may be viewed as the Charter of the New World Order which is at once the glory and the promise of this most great Dispensation. The Will may thus be acclaimed as the inevitable offspring resulting from that mystic intercourse between Him Who communicated the generating influence of His divine Purpose and the One Who was its vehicle and chosen recipient. Being the Child of the Covenant — the Heir of both the Originator and the Interpreter of the Law of God — the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha can no more be divorced from Him Who supplied the original and motivating impulse [Bahá’u’lláh] than from the One Who ultimately conceived it [‘Abdu’l-Bahá].”
Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 144
The Violating Hands opposed the plan of God after the passing of the first Guardian, and instead of continuing to adhere to the Administrative Order defined in the sacred Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, they laid down a manmade administrative system that included institutions not delineated in the Charter of the New World Order.
It is interesting that Adib Taherzadeh, a former member of the bogus UHJ, in his book titled The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh on page 127 of the first volume, has admitted that:
“When man opposes the plan of God, the course of history changes. Who knows what further blessings would have been vouchsafed to mankind in general, and to Islam in particular, if the followers of Muhammad had remained faithful to Ali. For it was he who was endowed with divine guidance and through his unopposed leadership Islam could have exerted a far greater influence upon the peoples of the world.”
These present-day illegitimate clerics hypocritically criticize actions that were taken by clerics in past Dispensations, similar now to their own, which are far worse, because in past Dispensations these clerics did not possess, at that time, clearly written documents such as the sacred Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
and Shoghi Effendi’s Proclamation of 9 January 1951, issued during the Dispensation of Bahá’u’lláh.
Jeffrey (1 user) More options Dec 14, 11:03 pm
What you say is pretty clear from religious history. Humanity, collectively and as individuals, repeatedly reject the divine blessings and try to mold our lives and our religions according to what we think is best instead of what God wills for us. As a result, we retard the effect and the reach of God’s Cause and we block out the divine blessings that would otherwise flow into our lives and into society.
Look at the growth of the Faith during the ministry of Shoghi Effendi and how slow that organization’s growth became after they deposed the Guardian until now they are experiencing negative growth because they have cut themselves off from the Source of its spiritual power and authority and their administration has become a dead shell of what the Faith once was.
From More options Dec 15, 4:59 am
Thank you for sharing these vital spiritual insights with us, Nosrat. It seems to me, then, that, even as Jeffrey also appears to be suggesting, that the level of obedience to the Lord’s Covenant of all individual women and men on Earth, including relatively faithful
Bahá’ís, has an effect, either beneficial or detrimental, on the advancement of human civilization. And, of course, no woman or man can be obedient to the Lord’s Covenant without accepting the “exhortations and advices” of the Center of the Covenant, `Abdu’l-Bahá, including His sacred Instructions enshrined in His immutable Will and Testament, which Holy Text cannot be authoritatively interpreted for humankind except by a living Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith.
Dear Jeffery, and Ross,
During thousands of years, people, due to following their herd instinct and imitation, have repeatedly made mistakes, which at the time they were made, they may have thought they were doing the right thing or even, in many cases, they may not have bothered to think if they were doing right or wrong, because for them it was good enough to be in a group and do the same as their family and friends.
For thousands of years Jews were blamed for the act of making a golden calf and worshiping it during the temporal absence of Moses. Contemporarily, we can see a repetition of the same pattern in the erection of a spiritually dead and dummy UHJ by the former Hands that continues to be worshiped by the misled believers. Although Moses existed, they couldn’t see Him in the same way that the Guardian existed but the spiritually blind former Hands could not recognize him, so they fell victim to their own ambitious will instead of following the Will of God.
A question may arise as to why God allows these things to happen. Bahá’u’lláh illumines us as follows:
“He Who is the Day Spring of Truth is, no doubt, fully capable of rescuing from such remoteness wayward souls and of causing them to draw nigh unto His court and attain His Presence. If God had pleased He had surely made all men one people. His purpose, however, is to enable the pure in spirit and the detached in heart to ascend, by virtue of their own innate powers, unto the shores of the Most Great Ocean, that thereby they who seek the Beauty of the All-Glorious may be distinguished and separated from the wayward and perverse. Thus hath it been ordained by the all-glorious and resplendent Pen….”
Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 70
“Purge your sight, that ye may perceive its glory with your own eyes, and depend not on the sight of any one except your self, for God hath never burdened any soul beyond its power.”
Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 106