Testimonial on the Love of God and Teaching

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Shoghi Effendi: World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 9
40a. “...It is surely for those to whose hands so priceless a heritage has been committed to prayerfully watch lest the tool should supersede the faith itself, lest undue concern for the minute details arising from the administration of The Cause obscure the vision of its promoters, lest partiality, ambition and worldliness tend in the course of time to becloud the radiance, stain the purity, and impair the effectiveness of the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh.”

From the Letter of Shoghi Effendi to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’í’s of the United States and Canada, February 27, 1929; The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 10

40b. See Appendix # 13 (?? Source unknown)
41. "...The process of educating people of different customs and backgrounds must be done with the greatest patience and understanding, and rules and regulations not imposed upon them, except where a rock‑bottom essential is in question. He feels sure that your Assembly is capable of carrying on its work in this spirit, and of fanning the hearts to flame through the fire of the love of God, rather than putting out the first sparks with buckets‑full of administrative information and regulations."

From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to the National Spiritual Assembly of South and West Africa, July 9, 1957: Lights of Guidance, p. 78

42. "...There is a tendency to mix up the functions of the Administration and try to apply it in individual relationships, which is abortive, because the Assembly is a nascent House of Justice and is supposed to administer, according to the Teachings, the affairs of the community. But individuals toward each other are governed by love, unity, forgiveness and a sin‑covering eye. Once the friends grasp this they will get along much better, but they keep playing Spiritual Assembly to each other and expect the Assembly to behave like an individual...."

From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, October 5, 1950: Living the Life, p. 17; Lights of Guidance, p. 77

43. Love is certainly the attribute we associate par excellence with our Maker. But has He no justice and does not justice fall on the back of the evil doer as a scourge?

This question seems to imply a lack of understanding of love. There is very little Divine love in the world to‑day, but a great deal of intellectual reasoning, which is an entirely different thing, and springs from the mind and not the heart. The Martyrs--most of them died because of their love for the Báb, for Bahá’u’lláh, and through Them for God. The veil between the inner and outer world was very thin, and to tear it, and be free to be near the Beloved, was very sweet. But it takes love, not reason to understand these things. We must also remember the Martyrs were called upon to deny their faith or die; as men of principle they preferred to die.

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