|04-19-2011, 03:19 PM||#1|
Joined: Sep 2010
The Ministry of The Universal House of Justice
The above link is to the article of that title. It is an extremely informative article. It is one of my favorite things I have ever read. It talks about the formation of the House and a prophecy in Daniel that relates to the formation of the Universal House of Justice in 1963. He mentions that it is likely the Guardian knew of his death. It would have already been obvious to the Guardian that he would have no heir for a number of years. I always have thought that it happened as God wanted it to and left the rest to faith. This is more than enlightening. It reads rather quickly. Don't be discouraged. I do hope for some feedback from others.
You may have to copy and paste this.
|04-20-2011, 12:38 AM||#2|
Joined: Sep 2010
From: Normanton Far North Queensland
Arthra is Teaching me well.
It would be good to see a site where this type of stuff can be posted after the contents have been approved by the Universal House of Justice.
If we do not have this, soon there will be so much bad info out ther we will not know which way to turn
|04-20-2011, 05:35 AM||#3|
Joined: Jun 2009
This was interesting. I was introduced to the Faith by an elderly couple who were very loyal to the covenant but had lived through the passing of Shogi Effendi and were expecting a new Guardian to be named and experienced the tests of having to re-examine their expectations when this was not to be the case. Until I read this article I never really got what they had referred to as the Universal House of Justice has always administered the Faith since I have been a Bahá'í and I had always acccepted that. It seemed obvious and right but now I see how it would have challenged those who did not expect there to be a Universal House of Justice so soon.
I have a personal thought on this, as well, having read the article but it is just me making sense of what I read. The article suggests that everything happened as expected and that Bahá'u'lláh, Abdúl-Bahá and Shogi Effendi knew what would pan out, despite at times, seeming to allow of other possibilities in what they wrote.
I was wondering, could it be, in this Wonderful, perfect, God-Given system, the players were still granted free will, as people are, which is a whole other discussion in general. I am tending to wonder if in making provision for another Guardian or other Guardians, the system Designed for the administration of the Faith would have worked if there was a person or people worthy of the post. Rather than saying: OK, we can see the future, no one beyond Shoghi Effendi will make the right choices so you will have to ellect the Universal House of Justice after he dies, the Heads of the Faith still gave those who would fall short a chance, and no inclination of a lack of faith in their abilities. When, given every chance and encouragment, the possible guardians fell short but there was the back up plan that ensured the smooth running of the Faith - The Universal House of Justice.
This seems like an example of not giving those who failed a self-fulfilling prophesy of failure therefore, the failure was theirs alone and not the fault of anyone else.
Well, that's just my reflection.
|04-20-2011, 07:36 AM||#4|
Joined: Sep 2010
I have thought similarly
Pollwr, considering that there were contenders to be the new Guardian like Mason Remey, I think that there was lots of free will. I had never seen this, but I had come to believe that things happened the way they were supposed to. This beautiful article confirmed and added to that belief. Due to previous revelations that cannot guide us as this Faith, I think it is a new experience for us to be led by those so firm in the Faith as the Hands were who guided the World Community up to 1963. Understandably I think Americans have issues with authority figures and it will take time to be able to trust.
tonyfish, Lights of Ifran is a Baha'i Scholar's site. Mr Nakhjavani was elected to the first Universal House of Justice and served 40 years. He is still living.
I get a letter or 2 everyday from an older Baha'i and this was in it about 2 days ago. I am so grateful for it..........
|03-15-2013, 10:43 AM||#5|
Joined: Oct 2011
Dear friends I have spoken about this (the guardianship on another thread) to me this guardianship was Baha'u'llahs way of protection of the early evolving faith, he chose Abdul-Baha because of his spiritual understanding there was no one of his equal at the time. Also gave The Master the authority to choose the next. Now we know from history the outcome. But to me it could quite easily been that Abdul-Baha could not find another of such spiritual qualities to succeed him, we then would have had the Universal House of Justice much earlier, but of course that was not to be. As for Mr Remey I think it most obvious he did not have the spiritual qualities to guide the Faith and also Shoghi Effendi did not choose him, this was only Mr Remey's own thoughts.
So we now have the universal House of Justice and I thank God for it's spiritual guidance, because it is only as an assembly that it has power to do so, any of its individuals have no such power.
|11-23-2013, 02:29 AM||#6|
Joined: Nov 2013
The transition from a loosely connected movement to a fully organized one can be said to have ended in 1925....But by 1936 the National Assembly...the national committees and Local Spiritual Asemblies were sufficiently strong to come together for the prosecution of an international missionary program.-Loni Bramson-Lerche, “Development of Baha’i Administration”, Studies In Babi and Baha’i History, Vol.1, Moojan Momen, editor, Kalimat Press, 1982, pp.258-275.