- Apr 2017
I am studying the "World Order of Bahá'u'lláh" by Shoghi Effendi and have two questions. Please help me with your insights or any reference to Scriptures or UHJ letters that can provide light.
My questions are
1. Did Shoghi Effendi expect the Guardian to be a member of the Universal House of Justice (specifically, its president or head)? On the one hand, in some passage the Guardianship and the UHJ are presented as two separate, parallel institutions. For example, when the metaphor "two pillars" is used, or when it is said that each one is expected to "function within its own sphere". On other paragraph, however, Shoghi seems to speak about the Guardian as being part of the UHJ.
"Though the Guardian of the Faith has been made the permanent head of so august a body he can never, even temporarily, assume the right of exclusive legislation. He cannot override the decision of the majority of his fellow-members... etc."
2. Did Shoghi Effendi think in Guardianship as an institution, or as a role? The question is relevant, I guess, because an institution implies some permanency. It does not die when the Guardian dies.
In His Will and Testament, Abdul'Bahá never used the term "Guardianship" but "Guardian", so it seems he thought in a role and not a permanent institution. Could the use of the term "Guardianship" by Shoghi Effendi imply He was thinking in a permanent position that would be filled periodically?
Thanks in advance for your guidance.