Any attempt at further analysis and elucidation will, I fear, land us in barren discussions and even grave controversies that would prove not only futile but even detrimental to the best interests of a growing Cause. In this most perfect Balance whatsoever the peoples and kindreds of the earth possess must be weighed, while the measure of its weight should be tested according to its own standard, did ye but know it." (Bahá'u'lláh) [Ed. 99] Regarding the vital character and importance of the Divine ordinances and laws, and the necessity of complete obedience to them by the believers, we thus read in the Gleanings, p.
I would therefore strongly urge those who are called upon to make such a decision to approach this highly involved and ever-recurring P6 problem with the spirit of humble prayer, and earnest consultation, and to refrain from drawing rigidly the line of demarcation except on such occasions when the interests of the Cause absolutely demand it. 175: "Know verily that the essence of justice and the source thereof are both embodied in the ordinance prescribed by Him Who is the Manifestation of the Self of God amongst men, if ye be of them that recognize this truth.
The Bahá'í Administrative Order, as it expands and consolidates itself, will come to be regarded not only as the nucleus but as the very pattern of the New World Order, destined to embrace, in the fullness of time, the whole of mankind. 110] P2 In the body of man, which is the true divine example or parallel, the spirit, when in ideal control of all the lesser parts of the organism, finds the utmost harmony throughout the whole body-each part is in perfect reciprocity with the other parts. As the administrative work of the Cause steadily expands, as its various branches grow in importance and number, it is absolutely necessary that we bear in mind this fundamental fact that all these administrative activities, however harmoniously and efficiently conducted, are but means to an end, and should be regarded as direct instruments for the propagation of the Bahá'í Faith.It should be remarked that those few passages not from the pen of the Guardian, amounting in all to not more than two or three pages, have been duly approved by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom and are clearly indicated.The Book of God Laws of the Aqdas Daily Obligatory Prayer Congregational Prayer Prayers to be Read as Revealed Child's Prayers The Ordinance of Fasting Spiritual Experiences Guidance, Meditation, and Teaching Methods Deepening in the Cause The Regenerating Power Matters of Personal Status Age of Maturity Obligation to Work Marriage Nature of Bahá'í Marriage Consent of Parents for Marriage Bahá'í Marriage Ceremony The Use of Ringstones and Burial Stones Bahá'í Funeral Service Cremation Suicide Our Most Vital Obligation Spiritual Ties are Far Deeper Use of Alláh-u-Abhá Bahá'í Dates The Nineteen Day Feast Consultation Between National Assembly and Believers Bahá'í Youth on Committees The Voting Right Obligation to Serve Assemblies, Not Individuals, Constitute the Bedrock No Believer Above Assembly Jurisdiction General Interests Take Precedence Test of Faith Consultation on Personal Difficulties Solution of Problems (?It is precisely in order to overcome such a danger that the Guardian thinks it advisable that the friends should be encouraged to serve from time to time in both the teaching and the administrative spheres of Bahá'í work, but only whenever they feel fit to do so.(Letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi by his Secretary) [Ed. 70-71] Regarding the very delicate and complex question of ascertaining the qualifications of a true believer, I cannot in this connection emphasize too strongly the supreme necessity for the exercise of the utmost discretion, caution and tact, whether it be in deciding for ourselves as to who may be regarded a true believer or in disclosing to the outside world such considerations as may serve as a basis for such a decision.
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(Letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi by his Secretary) [Ed. The long prayer which is the most elaborate of the three has to be recited once in every twenty-four hours, and at any time one feels inclined to do so.