It is the sole framework of the Bahá'í commonwealth of the future which will be at once the instrument and the guardian of the Most Great Peace announced by its Author. The commands and impulses of the spirit are obeyed by the body and the body in turn in its actions and functions identifies and determines the expression the spiritual impulses shall take. and this law being universal and found in every created object in the universe, has full application to the universal Bahá'í organism made up of believers everywhere, which has been established by the Manifestation of God. - published in Guidance for Today and Tomorrow, pp. Now that they (the believers) have erected the administrative machinery of the Cause they must put it to its real use--serving only as an instrument to facilitate the flow of the spirit of the Faith out into the world. Let us take heed lest in our great concern for the perfection of the administrative machinery of the Cause, we lose sight of the Divine Purpose for which it has been created.Should we build up the administrative world order to a point of absolute perfection but at the same time allow it to be hampered or disconnected from the channels within, through which channels the Holy Spirit of the Cause pours forth, we would have nothing more than a perfected body out of touch with and cut off from the finer promptings of the soul or spirit. Just as the muscles enable the body to carry out the will of the individual, all Assemblies and committees must enable the believers to carry forth the Message of God to the waiting public, the love of Bahá'u'lláh, and the healing laws and principles of the Faith to all men. Let us be on our guard lest the growing demand for specialization in the administrative functions of the Cause detain us from joining the ranks of those who in the forefront of battle are gloriously engaged P3 in summoning the multitude to this New Day of God. Although it is essential for the believers to maintain always a clear distinction between teaching and administrative duties and functions, yet they should be careful not to be led to think that these two types of Bahá'í activity are mutually exclusive in their nature and as such cannot be exercised by one and the same person.When the Aqdas is published the form of congregational prayer prescribed by Bahá'u'lláh will be made clear to all the believers.(Letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi by his Secretary) Prayers to be Read as Revealed. The Guardian feels that it would be better for either the mothers of Bahá'í children-or some Committee your Assembly might delegate the task to-to choose excerpts from the Sacred Words to be used by the child rather than just something made up.) Association with Orientals Warning About Orientals Shun Entirely All Covenant-breakers Demonstration by Deed and Word Our One Aim and Sole Object Bahá'í Work and Service to Humanity Concerning Individual Teaching Freedom of the Individual to Express His Own Views Care in Presenting the Message Channels for the Spirit of God Contacts with Social Movements-Association and Affiliation International Language Not an Economic System Application of Economic Teachings On Commercial Arrangements Settlement of Civil Disputes Membership in other Religious Organizations Non-Political Character of the Faith Relationship of Bahá'ís to Politics Reference to Political Figures Articles on Controversial Issues Review of Articles About the Cause Bahá'í Periodicals Distinction Between Tablets and Talks 'Abdu'l-Bahá in London Stories About 'Abdu'l-Bahá Preservation of Relics Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era Bahá'í Music Most Outstanding Obligations.(The Nine Points.) Election Appointed of God The Bedrock of the Universal House of Justice.
Were His law to be such as to strike terror in the hearts of all that are in heaven and on earth, that law is naught but manifest justice. He feels it is his duty to explain that the Laws revealed by Bahá'u'lláh in the Aqdas are, whenever practical and not in direct conflict with the Civil Laws of the land, absolutely binding on every believer or Bahá'í institution whether in the East or in the West.I would only venture to state very briefly and as adequately as present circumstances permit the principal factors that must be taken into consideration before deciding whether a person may be regarded a true believer or not.Full recognition of the station of the Forerunner, the Author, and the True Exemplar of the Bahá'í Cause, as set forth in `Abdu'l-Bahá's Testament; unreserved acceptance of, and submission to, whatsoever has been revealed by their Pen; loyal and steadfast adherence to every clause of our Beloved's sacred Will; and close association with the spirit as well as the form of the present day Bahá'í administration throughout the world--these I conceive to be the fundamental and primary considerations that must be fairly, discreetly and thoughtfully ascertained before reaching such a vital decision. "Weigh not the Book of God with such standards and sciences as are current amongst you, for the Book itself is the unerring Balance established amongst men.Therein lies the secret of its strength, its fundamental distinction, and the guarantee against disintegration and schism.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.
The fears and agitation which the revelation of this law provoke in men's hearts should indeed be likened to the cries of the suckling babe weaned from his mother's milk, if ye be of them that perceive..." (Bahá'u'lláh) [Ed. Certain laws, such as fasting, obligatory prayers, the consent of the parents before marriage, avoidance of alcoholic drinks, monogamy, should P7 be regarded by all believers as universally and vitally applicable at the present time.