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Messages to the Indian Subcontinent (part 2)

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[To N. R. Vakil]

October 14, 1935

Dear Baha'i Friend,

I am charged by our beloved Guardian to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated September 30th, and of the enclosed copy of the award given by the Indian National Spiritual Assembly in the matter of and to thank you for them both.

He is, indeed, pleased to witness the careful consideration which this case has received from your National Spiritual Assembly, and feels specially gratified at the readiness with which the parties concerned have promised to abide by, and fully execute its decisions and orders.

The settlement of this complicated and rather thorny issue constitutes a real triumph for your Assembly, for which it deserves to be fully and heartily congratulated. Shoghi Effendi trusts that this victory, by consolidating the foundations and heightening the prestige of the National Spiritual Assembly, will serve to pave the way for the wider and firmer establishment of the Administration throughout India and Burma.

With his renewed and most loving greetings to you and to your fellow members in the National Spiritual Assembly, and with the assurance of his continued prayers for the success and progress of your labours for the Cause.

Dear and valued co-worker,

I am deeply appreciative of the response and action of your Assembly and I trust that its members, ever watchful and solicitous for whatever safeguards and promotes the interests of the Faith, will never allow any future developments to react unfavorably upon the satisfactory settlement of the case. In this, as well as in all other cases that must inevitably arise in future, your Assembly I feel confident, will refuse to evade any of its responsibilities and will with courage, impartiality and firmness deliver its verdict and execute its decisions. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi <p131>

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October 17, 1935

Dear Mr. Vakil,

The Guardian is in receipt of your letter of the 27th of September is pleased to learn of the possibility of establishing an Assembly in Lahore in the near future. He would urge you, and through you your fellow members in the National Spiritual Assembly, to make a special effort to bring about such a formation as soon as conditions are found to be favourable. He hopes that the establishment of a local Assembly in so important and central a town in India, will greatly help the expansion of the Faith, and will consolidate the foundations of its institutions throughout that country. He is fervently praying to Baha'u'llah that He may assist and crown with success your labours for the attainment of this objective.

Assuring you also of his supplications on your behalf, and on behalf of all the members of your family.

Dear and valued co-worker:

I deeply appreciate your constant and unfailing assistance to the International Fund as well as your generous and steady support of the national institutions of the Faith in your own country. May the Almighty, Whose Cause you strive to promote with such diligence, steadfastness and zeal, reward you a thousandfold for your self-sacrificing endeavors. May He assist you to fulfil your dearest hopes in His service.

Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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[To N. R. Vakil]

November 3, 1935

Beloved Baha'i Brother,

Shoghi Effendi wishes me to convey to you his thanks and appreciation for your message of the 21st of October last. He is, indeed, gratified to learn that the friends in Bombay have strictly observed the birthday of the Bab as a holiday, that they had closed their shops, and that, in full obedience to the explicit directions of the <p132> Master, they had refrained from every work. This fresh evidence of the zeal, unity and fervour with which the Bombay believers are working for the consolidation of the institutions of the Faith in their country is very encouraging and gratifying to him. He trusts that this same spirit of loyalty and attachment to the Cause will continue developing in their midst, enabling them thereby to further strengthen its foundations in their centre.

In closing please convey the Guardian's loving greetings and his grateful thanks to all those friends who have specially contributed in making this Feast a happy and successful occasion for presenting the Cause to the general public, through both the press and the holding of public meetings.

May Baha'u'llah ever continue to strengthen and sustain you all by His grace.

Dear and valued co-worker:

I am truly grateful to you for your constant services to our beloved Faith. The improvement in your health will, I am sire, enable you to redouble your efforts in both the teaching and administrative fields of Baha'i' activity. I am fervently praying that such efforts as you will exert in the days to come will be crowned with the fullest success. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To N. R. Vakil]

November 15, 1935

Beloved Baha'i Brother,

Your letter of October 28th with enclosure have been received and read with much appreciation by the Guardian. He wishes me to congratulate you, and through you your fellow-members in the National Spiritual Assembly, for the steps you have taken for the registration of the Delhi, Calcutta, Rangoon and other Local Assemblies.

He hopes that by the end of the year six out of the eight Assemblies will be duly registered. Needless to say that the obtention of such an official recognition from the authorities is an historic step in the development of the Administrative Order of the Faith throughout India and Burma, and one which shall greatly enhance its prestige, and <p133> consolidate its position in the eyes of the public. May Baha'u'llah continue to guide and assist your efforts for the fulfilment of this task.

The Guardian is also very much gratified to learn that the National Spiritual Assembly is considering the possibility of establishing a Local Assembly in Lucknow. He trusts that in Jaunpur too an Assembly will be formed very soon, and that through these two valuable additions to the list of local Baha'i Assemblies, the administrative work of the Cause in India will make further and steady advancement.

In connection with the Teaching School which the National Spiritual Assembly is planning to start, the Guardian wishes me to express his approval, as well as his appreciation of this important action taken by your Assembly for the extension of their teaching work. He is also very pleased at the news of the teaching tour undertaken by Prof. Pritam Singh throughout Northern India and Bengal. He is praying for the success of this trip, and cherishes the hope that it may serve to bring into the Cause people of capacity and of true spiritual vision.

Regarding the use of 'Abdu'l-Baha's photographs; Shoghi Effendi sees no objection to their circulation. He would, however, suggest that the Paris photograph be used, as well as the American reproduction of it, printed on yellow paper with a quotation from the Kitab-i-'Ahd at the bottom.

As to the copy of procedure for the conduct of Baha'i Assemblies in India which the Master sent you some nineteen years ago; this was supposed to be a temporary procedure, and should now, therefore, be given up, and the American one used in its stead.

With warmest greetings from the Guardian to you and to your fellow members in the National Spiritual Assembly.

Dear and valued co-worker:

My heart swells with pride and gratitude as I witness, in rapid succession and with ever increasing clearness, the evidences of the splendid initiative, the unwavering determination and solidarity which have characterized your accomplishments in recent months. The National Assembly of India and Burma may be said to have resuscitated our Cause and its institutions throughout the length and breadth of that land. A mighty power whose source is centred in Baha'u'llah Himself is copiously flowing through and permeating the various organs of the Administrative Order of His Faith in both India and Burma. Yogi and <p134> your collaborators stand on the threshold of unparalleled achievements. I cannot but congratulate you on the start you have made and on your choice of the path, which, after so many trials and vicissitudes, you are so confidently treading. Persevere, and be happy and thankful to Baha'u'llah. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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November 15, 1935

Dear Siyyid Mustafi,

On behalf of the Guardian I wish to thank you for your letter of October 19th with enclosure, and to renew his appreciation of yourself sacrificing and sustained efforts for the consolidation of the Faith throughout Burma. He specially values the continued care and attention with which you are assisting in the development of the Baha'i school at Daidanaw. He has read with much interest the report of the school's progress which you had submitted to him under separate cover, and feels rejoiced at the realization of the active support which some of the Indian believers, and particularly the Poona Assembly, are extending to that institution. It is his hope that through the generous contributions and help of all individuals and assemblies in India and Burma the school's fund will steadily increase, and will thus enable you to carry out in their entirety, your plans for the wider penetration of the message in Kunjangoon and its surroundings.

The Guardian wishes me also to convey to you his thanks and appreciation for your painstaking efforts in connection with the preparation of two manuscripts on the Cause in Urdu. He trusts that the National Spiritual Assembly will soon find the means for their publication.

With his renewed and cordial greetings to you and to all the friends in your centre.

May the Almighty, whose Cause you promote and safe guard with such tender solicitude, such firm constancy and magnificent devotion, reward you and your dear collaborators in Burma, and fulfil all your wishes in the service of His invincible Faith. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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November 22, 1935

Dear Mr. Vakil,

The Guardian is in receipt of your detailed and welcome letter of the fourteenth instant, and feels truly delighted at the news of the splendid meetings that were held in Bombay in honour of the anniversary of the birthday of His Holiness Baha'u'llah. This fresh evidence of the loyalty and devotion with which the Bombay friends are upholding the institutions of the Faith is highly gratifying and encouraging to him, indeed.

But he cannot but deplore the fact that some of the believers are reluctant to observe, as strictly as they should, the Feasts and anniversaries prescribed by the Cause. This attitude, which may be justified in certain exceptional circumstances, is fraught with incalculable dangers and harm to the community, and will, if allowed to persist, seriously endanger its influence and prestige in the public eye. Unity of action, in matters of so vital an importance as the observance of Baha'i holidays, is essential. It is the responsibility of the National Spiritual Assembly to remind and urge the friends to faithfully carryout all such laws and precepts of the Cause, the enforcement of which does not constitute an open violation of the laws of their country.

Regarding the All Faiths Conference which the Theosophists are planning to hold in Madras on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Guardian fully approves of your National Spiritual Assembly's cordial response to the invitation extended to it by Mr. Kumar for representation in that conference. He fully endorses your choice of Baha'i representatives, as he feels confident that Dr and Mrs. Fozdar are well qualified to represent the Cause in such an important gathering. He is ardently supplicating Baha'u'llah for their confirmation and guidance.

He is also praying for the success of Prof. Pritam Singh's teaching tour throughout Northern India. May he also be assisted in his valuable labours for the spread of the Message, and may his example awaken in all the believers a deeper consciousness of their obligation for teaching the Cause.

With renewed and cordial greetings to you and family.

Dear and prized co-worker:

The striking evidences of renewed Baha'i activity throughout India <p136> and Burma, the recent manifestations of loyalty, solidarity and self-sacrifice on the part of individuals, groups and Assemblies in both the teaching and administrative spheres of Baha'i service rejoice my heart and revive and enliven my hopes for the future of that land. The friends in India and Burma have made a splendid start. They have laid a firm foundation within the framework of the administrative order of or Faith. They have weathered manifold and distressing difficulties and successfully surmounted formidable obstacles. A new era is opening before them. I have no doubt that they will rise to the height of the occasion, and will prove themselves worthy of their high destiny.

Shoghi

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January 3, 1936

Dear Mr. Vakil,

Very many thanks from the Guardian for your letters dated November 25th and December 13th.

He feels greatly rejoiced at the important steps you have taken for giving the Cause a wide and effective publicity throughout India. He has read with much interest the newspaper clipping which you had enclosed, and sincerely hopes that your masterly sketch of the history and teachings of the Cause will serve to attract leading personalities among the Indian public to the Faith.

Regarding the publication of the Hindi, Sindhi and Bengali translations of "Baha'u'llah and the New Era", the Guardian very much appreciates your National Spiritual Assembly's response to his call for speeding up the printing of these works which, he hopes, will, when widely circulated throughout the country open a new era of unprecedented teaching activity, not only in India and Burma, but also in Ceylon and other neighbouring countries.

Wishing you continued success in your labours in this connection, and with heartiest greetings to you and family, and to all the friends. <p138>

Dear and valued co-worker:

Your last letter dated December 30 has just reached me, and I am delighted with the news it contains. I am so glad to learn of the active part you are having in the work which has been inaugurated by the believers, and I will pray that Baha'u'llah may grant you all the strength, the wisdom, and the power you need for the effective and uninterrupted prosecution of your historic and glorious task. Affectionately,

Shoghi

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[To N.R. Vakil]

March 10, 1936

Beloved Baha'i Brother,

Your communication dated March 2nd with the enclosed Annual Report issued by the Indian National Spiritual Assembly have been duly received and read with deepest interest by the Guardian.

He feels really proud of you and of your distinguished and able co-workers in the National Assembly for the unity, efficiency and zeal with which you are labouring for the consolidation of the Administration throughout India and Burma. He is convinced that your sustained and collective efforts in this connection will soon result in ushering in a new era in the history of the Cause in that country.

As regards the Annual Report, the Guardian fully approves of its publication in your "News Letter", with the exception of the paragraph no. 11 on page seven, regarding correspondence with him. He feels that your statement on this matter is too strongly worded. The National Spiritual Assembly should, indeed, advise the believers to lessen their correspondence with the Guardian. But under no circumstances it can prevent them from writing to him. For this is a sacred right and a supreme privilege which every believer can rightly claim to possess, as through it alone he can get in direct touch with his Guardian. If individuals feel, after the advice of the National Spiritual Assembly to lessen correspondence, an inner urge to write to the Guardian they should not be prevented or discouraged.

Shoghi Effendi is delighted to learn that the Sindhi and the Bengali translations of the "New Era" have been already sent to the press. He hopes that the Hindi version will also be completed very soon. He <p139> is also very pleased that the National Spiritual Assembly is taking the necessary steps for presenting to the authorities the pamphlet regarding various laws and ordinances of the Cause on matters of personal status. He sincerely hopes that the bill you are planning to submit to the government will be approved. He is eagerly awaiting to read the text himself.

The photostatic reproductions of the Certificates of Incorporation of the Calcutta, Rangoon and Mandalay Spiritual Assemblies have been duly received and will be incorporated in the manuscript of volume six of the "Baha'i World"...

The Guardian is grieved to learn of the sad situation facing Mr ... He would advise him, however, not to attach any importance to the calumnies directed against him by the enemies of the Cause, and to put his reliance entirely on God.

According to Baha'u'llah the soul retains its individuality and consciousness after death, and is able to commune with other souls. This communion, however, is purely spiritual in character, and is conditioned upon the disinterested and selfless love of the individuals for each other.

In closing may I convey to you Shoghi Effendis deep felt appreciation of the sentiments you have conveyed to him in your letter, and to assure you that the remarkable services you are now rendering the Faith in India are, in God's sight, equal to, and as meritorious as the glories of martyrdom which the early believers had so remarkably won for themselves.

With his best wishes to you and to all the friends.

Dear and valued co-worker:

The evidences of the rise, the consolidation, and expansion of the Administrative Order of our beloved Faith in India and Burma are highly significant and most encouraging. The incorporation of several Local Assemblies is of historic importance. Reproduction of all the Certificates of Incorporation will adorn the pages of the forthcoming "Biennial". Now that the basis of Baha'i institutions has been firmly laid, an unprecedented effort in the field of teaching is urgently required. Such an effort is of vital and paramount importance. May the Almighty sustain, inspire and guide you in this meritorious endeavour.

Shoghi

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[To The Baha'i Youth of Karachi]

April 5,1936

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your welcome and beautifully worded message of greetings and love has duly reached the Guardian and its perusal has immensely rejoiced his heart. He is very pleased indeed to learn of the success of the conference which you have recently held to celebrate the Feast of Nawruz, and he hopes that the outcome of your deliberations will be to stir up a new consciousness in the heart of all the attendants and to stimulate them to a firm determination to work for the spread and consolidation of the Faith throughout India.

The responsibilities which you, and the Baha'i youth the world over are called upon to shoulder are surely tremendous, but are commensurate with the potentialities, both spiritual and material, with which every devoted follower of the Faith has been endowed by Baha'u'llah. His unfailing guidance and merciful grace will surely be with you, provided you conscientiously strive to play your part in the realization of His Divine Plan.

May His confirmations ever bless and keep you steadfast in the service of His Cause, and make you potent and effective instruments for the propagation of this message.

May the Beloved Whose Cause you serve with such ardour, diligence and devotion, reward you for your labors, sustain you in your efforts, guide you in the path of service, and enable you to establish a firm foundation on which the institutions of His ever expanding Faith can rest and flourish. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

May 1, 1936

Dear Baha'i Brother,

On behalf of the Guardian I acknowledge the receipt of your letter of April 12th with the enclosed newspaper clippings regarding Mrs. Shirin Fozdar's teaching activities. He is truly rejoiced to learn of <p141> the remarkable success that has attended her efforts for the spread of the Message, and sincerely hopes that as a result some people of capacity will be led to embrace the Cause. Will you convey to her his deepest thanks and heartfelt appreciation for the precious services she is rendering the Faith in India. He is fervently praying at the Holy Shrines for her further confirmation and guidance.

The Guardian wishes me also to assure you of his prayers on behalf of all the members of your National Spiritual Assembly, specially Mr N. R. Vakil and Miss Hla Hla who, he hopes, are now feeling stronger and more fit to carry on their activities for the Cause.

With sincere good wishes and heartiest Ridvan greetings.

Dear and valued co-worker:

I trust your activities are steadily expanding. I cherish bright hopes for them, and will continue to pray for you and for your collaborators from the depths of my heart. Your true brother

Shoghi

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To the Indian National Spiritual Assembly

May 31, 1936

Dear Baha'i Brother,

I am instructed by our beloved Guardian to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of May 25th written on behalf of the Indian National Spiritual Assembly, and to assure you that he has read it, together with its enclosures, with sustained interest and profoundest appreciation.

The photostatic reproduction of the Certificate of Incorporation of the Delhi Spiritual Assembly has also reached him, and he has duly sent it to the United States for reproduction in the forthcoming issue of the "Baha'i World". He hopes to receive soon the Certificate of Incorporation of the Daidanaw Spiritual Assembly which he wishes to publish also in the next volume of the "Biennial".

The Guardian has read with deepest satisfaction the enclosed report of this year's Convention of the believers in India and Burma. His hope is that the success that has attended the deliberations and discussions of the friends at that national gathering will impart a fresh <p142> stimulus to each and every one of them to toil more actively for the spread of the Cause.

Regarding teaching; the Guardian immensely appreciates the splendid work accomplished by Mrs. Shirin Fozdar, and Messrs. Hishmat'u'llah and Ilmi, and wishes you to urge them to continue exerting themselves until some substantial results are achieved. He would also appeal to all the friends to lend full and continued support to the cause of teaching throughout India. He would suggest that those believers who have the means and the necessary physical requirements to settle in those localities where the light of the Cause has not yet penetrated, with the view of establishing a new group. This, he feels, is a very effective way of spreading the Cause in a vast and exceptionally varied country like India, Regarding voting; it is not only the right but the sacred obligation of every member of any Baha'i administrative body, whether permanent, or temporary like the Convention, to fully and freely exercise this function. Abstention from voting is, as a rule, not advisable, as it implies a shirking of responsibility which every loyal and conscientious believer should consider it a privilege to shoulder.

P.S. Regarding the properties of the Local Assemblies; the Guardian feels that as these Assemblies have been incorporated, steps should be taken to transfer these properties to their names. Properties of national importance and significance should be transferred to the National Spiritual Assembly. This body should decide which properties should be regarded as local and which should be recognized as national properties.

Dearly valued co-workers:

The work thus far achieved, in both the teaching and administrative spheres of Baha'i service, is highly reassuring and truly meritorious in the sight of God. It is but a beginning however. Much remains to be achieved. A systematic effort, aiming at the settlement of individual believers in those states and provinces of India where the banner of the Faith has not yet been hoisted, must be deliberately exerted and vigorously sustained. Southern India, particularly the Island of Ceylon and the outlying centres on the fringe of the Indian Empire as well as within its very heart should be won over, through your strenuous, constant and devoted labours, to the ever-advancing Cause of <p143> Baha'u'llah. To extend the outposts of our far-flung Faith should be your immediate objective. Persevere and be confident.

Shoghi

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[To N. R. Vakil]

June 27, 1936

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Let me thank you for your very kind letter of May 31st, and specially for sending the Guardian a Copy of the "Illustrated Weekly" of India. He deeply appreciates the efforts exerted by the Bombay Assembly and Dr and Mrs. Shirin Fozdar to awaken the interest of the Editor in the Cause. These contacts are surely of immense help to the spread of the Teachings and the friends should therefore cultivate them as much as they can.

Regarding the Guardian's general letter of March 11th; I have duly brought to his attention the reason you have given for the delay caused in informing him of the receipt of that letter. Please do not feel much concerned about this matter, and remain assured of the Guardian's abiding appreciation of your untiring efforts in the service of our beloved Cause.

With his renewed thanks and most loving greetings.

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

July 10, 1936

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The Guardian has been lately informed of the fact that your National Spiritual Assembly is intending to discontinue your contributions to the School of 'Abdu'l-Baha at Daidanaw-Kalazoo, Burma.

Much as he realizes the heavy and ever increasing expenses which your Assembly is incurring, particularly in these hard times, he feels nevertheless the urge to impress upon you the vital necessity for the Indian and Burmese believers to help in maintaining this Baha'i school in Daidanaw which, in addition to the educational advantages it offers to the Baha'is, can be of great help in promoting the cause of teaching throughout Burma. in view of that the Guardian wishes you <p144> to lay this matter before the National Spiritual Assembly and to urge them to give it their careful consideration. He himself is sending, through the care of Siyyid Mustafa Rumie, thirty pounds as his contribution towards the upkeep of the school at Daidanaw.

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July 16, 1936

Dear Siyyid Mustafa,

Many thanks for your very kind letter of June 8th which I have just received, and also for the enclosed cash account of 'Abdu'l-Baha's school at Daidanaw-Kalazoo, both of which I have, at your request, presented to our beloved Guardian for his information.

He is indeed sorry to learn of the financial difficulties facing that school, and he is fervently praying that you, as well as your devoted co-workers in that institution, may be given the wisdom, energy and means you need to head for the furtherance of that institution.

He is enclosing a draft for thirty English Pounds as his contribution towards the expenses of the school. He is also impressing the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India and Burma with the necessity of maintaining their contributions to the school's fund.

He hopes that through their cooperation and through your energetic endeavours as well, the financial problem facing the Daidanaw school will be speedily and satisfactorily solved.

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September 5, 1936

Dear Mr Vakil,

It is with deepest pleasure that the Guardian has received your detailed and welcome communication of the 17th August, and he has read its contents with profoundest interest and appreciation.

He regrets to learn that for reasons of health you have been unable to attend the National Spiritual Assembly sessions. He hopes, however, your physical condition will gradually improve and will permit you to participate more actively in the national activities of the Cause throughout India and Burma. I feel nevertheless the urge to bring to your attention his strong advice that you should under no circumstances allow your activities for the Faith to develop to such an <p145> extent as to overtax your energies and injure your health which, as you know, constitutes a most valuable asset to the Cause in India.

With regard to the problems confronting the believers; these, the Guardian fully realizes, arc by no means easy to solve. But the friends should be confident that the very progress of the Cause will enable them to find the necessary solution to the difficulties which appear now to so seriously puzzle their minds.

There are two main principles which the Guardian wishes the friends to always bear in mind and to conscientiously and faithfully follow. First is the principle of unqualified and whole-hearted loyalty to the revealed Word. The believers should be careful not to deviate, even a hairbreadth, from the Teachings. Their supreme consideration should be to safeguard the purity of the principles, tenets and laws of the Faith. It is only by this means that they can hope to maintain the organic unity of the Cause. There can and should be no liberals and conservatives, no moderates or extremists in the Cause. For they are all subject to the one and the same law which is the law of God. This law transcends all differences, all personal or local tendencies, moods and aspirations.

Next is the principle of complete, and immediate obedience to the Assemblies, both local and national. It is the responsibility of these Baha'i administrative bodies to enable the community to acquire, and increasingly deepen, in the knowledge and understanding of the Cause.

Doctrinal unity and administrative unity, these arc the two chief pillars that sustain the edifice of the Cause, and protect it from the storms of opposition which so severely rage against it. With warmest greetings from the Guardian to you and all your dear family.

Dearest co-worker:

I continually pray that your precious health may so improve as to enable you to resume your leading and decisive part in the direction and promotion of the Cause. I feel proud of your past achievements, and hopeful and confident in your accomplishments in the days to come. Rest assured and persevere in your unique work..

Shoghi

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September 16, 1936

Dear Siyyid Mustafa,

Our beloved Guardian wishes me to thank you for your very kind letter of August 27th, the contents of which he has deeply enjoyed reading. He is truly gratified to learn that 'Abdu'l-Baha's School at Daidanaw is progressing satisfactorily, and that his small contribution to the school's fund has been of some help to the friends in meeting the expenses incurred in connection with the maintenance of the English Section. His hope is that through the united cooperation of the Indian National Spiritual Assembly that institution will steadily grow and expand, and will attract the attention of all the non-Baha'i i neighbours in Daidanaw and its surroundings. The school should be maintained at any cost, and specially the new English Section which, if run properly, can be of immense teaching value to the Cause. No sacrifice is too great for this vital and highly meritorious task.

The question of the School registration is obviously a very important one, and every effort should be exerted to have this step taken without the least possible delay.

Wishing you continued success and guidance in your efforts in this connection, and with heartfelt greetings and renewed thanks from the Guardian.

My well beloved co-worker,

I rejoice to learn of your determination to prosecute, in collaboration with your devoted co-workers, the historic work which you have so gloriously initiated, extended and consolidated in the course of your magnificent career in the service of the Cause of Baha'u'llah. Future generations will glorify and extol your services rendered with such devotion, zeal and love. I feel extremely grateful to you, and am proud of your record of service. Affectionately,

Shoghi

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September 25, 1936

Dear Mr Abbas Ali Butt,

I am addressing you these few lines on behalf of our beloved Guardian to ask you to kindly inform your fellow members in the <p147> Indian National Spiritual Assembly of the happy news of the projected visit of dear Mr Siegfried Schopflocher to India, and to request you to take any step that your Assembly deems advisable in order to make his journey as fruitful and abundant in its results as possible.

Mr Siegfried Schopflocher is not in need of any introduction, as his long and manifold services to the Cause in America, and particularly his generous and unfailing support of the local, national as well as international Baha'i funds, have endeared him to all the friends, whether in the East or in the West.

For many years he has been a member of the American National Spiritual Assembly, and he contributed no small part in the steady development and consolidation of the Administration ever since the early days of its establishment in the States. He is indeed all outstanding champion of the Administration not only in America but also in the West, and has proved in deeds his profound attachment and loyalty to all its principles, laws and institutions.

His name will be ever associated with the beloved Temple in Wilmette. Had it not been for the continued and whole-hearted support, both financial and moral, which he so generously extended to it, that Edifice could have never been reared so steadily and efficiently. The friends will always remember with deep gratitude the eminent services he has rendered the Faith in this connection.

In view of these labours so devotedly accomplished, the Guardian wishes your Assembly to urge the friends to draw full benefit from Mr Schopflocher's visit to India. He is confident that you will extend to him a most hearty welcome, and will, through association with him, draw fresh strength and inspiration in your arduous labours for the Cause.

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September 30, 1936

Dear Siyyid Mustafa,

Your welcome letter of September 12th enclosing receipt for the contribution offered by our beloved Guardian to 'Abdu'l-Baha's School at Daidanaw-Kalazoo has been duly received and read with appreciation.

He wishes me to thank you for the sentiments you have expressed and assure you once more of his prayers for your protection and guidance, and for the success of the efforts you are so <p148> devotedly exerting for the furtherance of the interests of the Baha'i school at Daidanaw. May the Almighty bless and sustain you in your devoted labours.

Wishing you still greater success in your historic task and the exemplary efforts which you are so zealously and faithfully exerting for the consolidation of our glorious and invincible Faith. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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[To N. R. Vakil]

October 22, 1936

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Our beloved Guardian has read with intense interest and deepest satisfaction your most welcome letter of the fifth October conveying to him the joyful news of the teaching travels undertaken by Prof. Pritam Singh and Dr G. Y. Chitnis throughout India. He wishes you to congratulate most warmly on his behalf these two distinguished friends upon their determination to carry the Message to those numerous and varied sections of the Indian population who have not received as yet the blessings which the knowledge of the Cause confers. He is deeply grateful to them, and to those who have, whether directly or indirectly, assisted them in the pursuit of this truly noble aim.

The Guardian wishes also to express his heartfelt thanks to the Indian National Spiritual Assembly for its splendid efforts for the extension of the teaching work throughout India. The evidences of its warm and effective response to his earnest appeal for the inauguration of a new systematized and nation wide teaching campaign in that country are indeed such as to give him fresh hopes concerning the future expansion and consolidation of the Faith not only in India and Burma but in the neighbouring regions where the light of the Teachings has not yet penetrated. It is his sincere hope that the National Assembly will, faithful to its pledge, continue exerting its utmost for the furtherance of the cause of teaching in India, and particularly in Southern India and Ceylon where there are almost no centres at present. Nothing short of the unity, self sacrifice and intelligent and <p149> systematized planning which the local and national Assemblies and also the individual believers may show forth throughout the coming years can enable them to attain this vital teaching goal.

With renewed thanks and appreciation from the Guardian to you and family, and to your fellow members in the National Spiritual Assembly.

Dearest co-worker:

I hasten to assure you in person of my personal and intense satisfaction and of my special and fervent prayers for these two stalwart pioneers who have arisen to accomplish so noble a task in such difficult circumstances. The hosts of the Abha Kingdom will assuredly guide and sustain them, and will if they persevere, crown their high endeavors with success. May their example be followed by an increasingly large number of their fellow workers. Your true brother

Shoghi

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October 28, 1936

Dear Mr Butt,

I have to apologize for being so late in acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the 27th September. The delay has been unavoidable, owing to heavy correspondence received during last month.

The Certificate of Incorporation of Daidanaw Spiritual Assembly and the accompanying letter have both reached safely, and received with appreciation by our beloved Guardian. On his behalf I wish to thank you, and through you the Indian National Spiritual Assembly, for your kindness in forwarding to him this important document, the publication of which will be of deep interest and value to the friends.

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November 7, 1936

[To Mr A.A. Butt]

Dear Baha'i Brother,

On behalf of the Guardian I thank you most sincerely for your letter of the 12th October with the enclosed minutes of the National <p150> Spiritual Assembly of India and Burma which he has been pleased to read and consider...

Now, that the teaching work is making a steady headway, the friends should be on their guard lest they lose the opportunity they have of spreading the Message in every corner throughout India and Burma.

In this connection, he feels, he must congratulate most warmly the members of the National Spiritual Assembly for the valuable steps they have taken for the introduction of the Cause in central and southern India. He wishes you also to convey his special thanks to Mr. Ilmi, Prof. Pritam Singh, Mrs. Fozdar and Dr Chitnis, for their splendid cooperation in carrying out the teaching program adopted by the National Spiritual Assembly. He wishes you all the fullest success in your endeavours, and is praying most ardently at the Shrines that your labours may yield lasting and abundant results.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The progress of the teaching activities initiated by your Assembly is highly gratifying. Inflexible determination is required to carry it to a successful conclusion. The methods adopted by be American Baha'i community, the zeal, the initiative, the efficiency, the fidelity with which they are prosecuting their enterprise should be exemplified by individuals and Assemblies in India and Burma. The administrative machinery which the American believers have erected and perfected has already had its counterpart in the institutions you have so nobly reared in recent years. Your teaching campaign, the supreme purpose for which this machinery has been fashioned, should likewise be modified according to the plan which your sister community has devised and is now developing so strenuously and successfully.

Shoghi

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November 9,1936

Dear Siyyid Mustafa,

Our beloved Guardian wishes me to thank you for your letter of the 31st October just received. Its contents, particularly the news of the completion of the publication of the Bengali version of "Baha'u'llah and the New Era", have greatly rejoiced his heart. On his <p151> behalf I wish to thank you, and also your able and dearly beloved collaborator Mr Amiru'l Islam of Chittagong, for your long and successful efforts for the publication of this volume, the circulation of which, he hopes, will further intensify the extension of the Cause throughout India and Burma. He is filled with gratitude to you both for the sacrifices you have so patiently endured for the sake of expediting the printing of the book. You should feel confident that yon' labours will be fully repaid as through them thousands of eager and ready souls who have been hitherto deprived of the blessing which the knowledge of the Cause confers, will be enabled to know and perhaps recognize and accept the Faith. You have left behind a historic work of immense value to the teaching work throughout India and Burma, and should therefore feel abidingly grateful to Baha'u'llah for having assisted you in its accomplishment.

The Guardian is fervently praying on your behalf and also on behalf of Mr Amiru'l-Islam, that the Beloved may give you ever widening opportunities of service to the Faith. With his renewed and warmest thanks.

My well-beloved co-worker:

I have just received the copy of the Bengali version of the "New Era" beautifully bound and splendidly printed. My heart is filled with joy and gratitude. I eagerly await the fifty copies I have asked to be sent to be placed in the Mansion of Baha'u'llah at Bahji and in the various libraries established in the Holy Land. Kindly assure my dearly-beloved brother, Amiru'l-Islam, of my deep and abiding appreciation of this outstanding and unforgettable service to the Abha Revelation. I will continue to pray for you both from the depths of my heart. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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December 7, 1936

Dear Siyyid Mustafa,

Your letter of November 29th, has just arrived, and the news of your illness and that of Mrs. Roumie brought indescribable grief to the heart of our beloved Guardian. On his behalf I hasten to offer you both his sincere good wishes for your speedy and complete recovery, <p152> and wish also to assure you not to feel grieved over your inability to travel to Rangoon, in order to meet and welcome Mr Schopflocher.

Had he known of your severe indisposition he would have never asked you to undertake such a long and tiring journey, no matter how important and fruitful it may be in its results. For there is no consideration more vital at present than your own good health, and that of your dear wife. You should feel quite justified in curtailing some of your Baha'i activities, in case you feel that they interfere with your health, and tax unduly your physical energies and resources. Your paramount duty now is to keep yourself and your wife in as good physical condition as possible, even at the expense of some temporary suspension or retardation in your labours for the Cause.

The Guardian is, meanwhile earnestly supplicating at the Holy Shrines on your behalf and on behalf of Mrs. Roumie, that Baha'u'llah may continue to protect and sustain you in your services, and may completely and speedily restore your health which, as you know only too well, is a real asset to the Faith in India and Burma. He is specially entreating Him to disband and completely crush the forces which the enemies of the Faith in Mandalay and its surroundings are so bitterly arraying against you and your beloved and humble co-workers. Do persevere, therefore, with the utmost cheer and tenacity in your task, for victory is surely yours, since Baha'u'llah has promised it to everyone of His steadfast and loyal servants throughout the world.

Dearest co-workers:

Do not feel disturbed, for I well realize your difficulties and the obstacles that stand in your way. For your own dear and precious self as well as for your dear wife I will specially pray at the Holy Shrines. My heart overflows with gratitude for all that you have achieved in His path. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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1937

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January 7, 1937

Dear Mr Vakil,

On behalf of the Guardian I thank you sincerely for your letters of the 14th October and of January 2nd, and wish to renew his gratitude to you for your manifold and increasing accomplishments for our beloved Faith in India. He wishes me now to express in particular to you, and to your distinguished fellow members in the Indian National Spiritual Assembly, his most loving appreciation and thanks for the cordial welcome you have extended to our dearly beloved friend, Mr Siegfried Schopflocher, during his visit to India and Burma. He is confident that the steps you have taken to render his trip successful will greatly help in giving the Faith a wide and long needed publicity. The opportunity that has been offered you has been truly splendid, and you certainly deserve to be heartily congratulated for having fully availed yourselves of it. May the Beloved reward you a thousandfold for your ceaseless and devoted endeavours in His Path

Regarding your attendance at the National Spiritual Assembly meetings; the Guardian feels you are quite justified in not attending regularly all the sessions, in view of the fact that the doctors have <p154> repeatedly urged you not to overtax your physical forces which must have certainly been considerably weakened after your last attack of influenza. The Guardian would even advise that you curtail most of your local activities, and to concentrate only on the most vital and urgent part of your work in the national sphere.

His prayers for your speedy and complete recovery are being continually offered at the Holy Shrines. Remain assured and confident.

Dear and prized co-worker:

I am continually praying for your good health, happiness and success. I am well aware of your eagerness to serve the Cause and its interests, and I feel proud of your past achievements. My hope and prayers is that you may be graciously assisted in the days to come to add fresh lustre to the noble record of your past achievements. May your family reinforce your historic work and aid you effectively in your meritorious labours. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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February 28, 1937

Dear Mr Butt,

I am instructed by our beloved Guardian to thank you for your letters of January 25th and February 1st with the enclosed report, and newspaper cuttings regarding Mr Schopflocher's visit to the Baha'i centres in India and Burma. The National Spiritual Assembly's report is most interesting and illuminating indeed, and it would be splendid to have it published, either wholly or in part, in your "Baha'i Newsletter" for the benefit of the believers outside India.

With regard to the Theosophists and their activities; although they obviously try to copy and claim as their own some of the principles of the Cause, yet the Guardian feels that it would be of no advantage to oppose them and to refute their arguments. The best attitude for the friends to adopt in such cases at the present time is to totally disregard and even neglect their opponents. This has invariably been his advice to the friends, whether in the East or in the West.

Regarding the sale of tea and other refreshments in a cinema under non-Baha'i ownership; those friends who have hired from the owner of the cinema a stall for the sale of such refreshments should <p155> make every effort to obtain permission to close on Baha'i holidays. Incase, however, the non-Baha'i owner or partner refuses to grant their request their only alternative is to obey.

The case is different with a bread bakery owned by a believer. In this case there can be no excuse whatever why the shop should not be closed during Baha'i holidays, as there are always non Baha'i bakers from whom the public can buy. Concerning the Local Spiritual Assembly's right to suspend one of its members from Assembly membership; the Assembly can, by a majority vote, take such an action, even though the suspension may be for a long period.

In connection with the problem raised by the Simla Baha'is relative to the formation of an Assembly in their centre during next April; the Guardian prefers to leave this matter to the consideration of your National Spiritual Assembly, as it is essentially a local problem which he feels he should not decide upon.

As regards your question whether the President of the National Spiritual Assembly is entitled to give any ruling during the period of his tenure; the Guardian wishes me to state that no such ruling can be valid unless approved by the other members of the National Assembly. The President has no special legislative capacity, except as a bar of the Assembly.

Regarding the Guardian's instructions contained in his letters to individual believers; the publication of all such instructions is a matter which is left to the discretion of the National Spiritual Assembly.

As to the question of removing a believer from the voting list; although every duly constituted Local Assembly has the right to take such an action against any individual believer in the community, nevertheless, the Guardian feels the advisability for the Local Assemblies to seek the advice and approval of the National Spiritual Assembly in this most delicate and vital matter, as it is one fraught with grave and far reaching responsibilities.

Before closing I wish to express to you, and through you to your fellow members in the National Spiritual Assembly, how happy the Guardian feels to learn of the strong preparations your Assembly has made for the holding of the next Annual Convention of the friends in Karachi. He is the more rejoiced that the main item of the discussions will be the problem of teaching. He is fervently praying that the program upon which the delegates and the National Spiritual Assembly will decide will mark the inauguration of an unprecedented teaching campaign throughout India and Burma. <p156>

Dear and beloved co-workers:

I am delighted to learn of the work which is being steadily and efficiently accomplished in so many spheres of Baha'i activity throughout India and Burma. My heart is filled with gratitude as I witness the progress you have achieved, the enterprises you have initiated, the method and masteries you have adopted, the plans you have conceived, and above all, the spirit of exemplary loyalty and magnificent devotion that impels you forward in the great mission you are destined to fulfil. My prayers will continue to be offered on your behalf Rest assured and persevere. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To N. R. VAKIL]

April 27, 1937

Dear Baha'i Brother,

I am instructed by the Guardian to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 19th April with enclosures, and to ask you to convey to your fellow members in the National Spiritual Assembly the assurance of his deep appreciation of the message they have been moved to address to him on the occasion of his marriage.

He indeed deeply values the sentiments they have expressed through you, and is fervently praying that their hopes and good wishes for the continuation of this union may be completed fulfilled.

The Guardian has read with considerable interest the teaching report of Mrs. Shirin Fozdar, and wishes you to extend to her, and also to Dr S. H. Ali and the Rangoon Spiritual Assembly the expression of his heartfelt gratitude for the valuable and continued support they are extending to the teaching work throughout India and Burma.

He cherishes the hope that their example will stimulate the young believers to arise and help in spreading the knowledge of the Cause by every means in their power. In this connection, he wishes me to assure the National Spiritual Assembly of his hearty approval of their suggestion to establish a Baha'i Summer School in India, which step, he is certain, will lend an unprecedented impetus to the development of the teaching work. He would urge the Assembly to be elected by the delegates at the forthcoming Convention in Karachi to give this <p157> matter their most careful consideration, and to take the necessary steps for the furtherance of this truly vital cause.

Regarding Mr Muhammad Ishaq's request for instruction concerning the three daily obligatory prayers. The friends are free to choose any one of these three prayers, but have to follow the instructions revealed by Baha'u'llah concerning them. The long prayer should be recited once in every 24 hours, and is accompanied by certain physical acts. The short prayer, consisting of one verse, should be recited once a day at noon; while the medium prayer should be said three times a day: in the morning, at noon and in the evening. The believer is entirely free to choose any one of these three prayers for daily use.

While praying it would be better to turn one's thoughts to the Manifestation as He continues, in the other world, to be our means of contact with the Almighty. We can, however, pray directly to God Himself.

May the Beloved, Whose Cause you serve with such diligence, devotion, and zeal, reward you a thousandfold for your eminent services, and enable you and your distinguished fellow-workers in the National Assembly to extend the range and consolidate the foundations of your noble accomplishments. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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JUNE 25, 1937

EARNESTLY URGE EVERY LOYAL BELIEVER PARTICULARLY

LOCAL ASSEMBLIES INDIA BURMA DEMONSTRATE THEIR

EVER READY EAGERNESS RALLY ROUND ELECTED BODY

NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES BY STIMULATING FLOW

THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO NATIONAL FUND THE BEDROCK -

UPON WHICH SECURITY EXPANSION THEIR NEWBORN

INSTITUTIONS MUST ULTIMATELY REST.

SHOGHI

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July 12, 1937

Dear Mr Vakil,

Your letter of the 20th of June addressed to our beloved Guardian was most welcome indeed, and its contents have greatly refreshed his heart.

Above all he is happy to know that your heath has sufficiently improved to permit you to resume your work. He wishes me, however, to urge you again not to over tax your forces, and to attend only to the most urgent part of your task. He is continually praying that your life may be ever protected and prolonged, and be further enriched and ennobled through a series of mighty services to the Cause.

The reports of the progress of the teaching work in India and Burma are most gratifying, and all indicate the high measure of devotion and zeal which the friends are putting at the service of this most noble and sacred task. Dr Ali of Rangoon is specially active working through the press, and has already succeeded in giving a very wide publicity to the Faith in many circles, both native and foreign. He is certainly the most promising teacher we have in Rangoon, and the National Spiritual Assembly would do well to encourage him, and to give him every possible assistance with the view of further extending the scope of his teaching activities throughout Burma.

The Guardian is also most gratified to learn of Mr Bakhtiari's teaching trip to Kashmir, and wishes him every success in his tour through that part of India. May Baha'u'llah graciously aid him to attract and confirm many souls, and thus fulfil this dear wish of his heart.

In closing I wish to tell you how deeply the Guardian feels appreciative of the message you have addressed to him on your behalf and on behalf of your family on the occasion of his marriage. To you and to your dear ones he wishes me to convey the assurances of his loving and heartfelt gratitude.

Dear and prized co-worker:

I am so glad to learn, on the one hand, of the improvement in your health, and on the other of the progress of the teaching work in India and Burma. I pray that Martha's forthcoming visit to your shores may greatly stimulate the splendid work which has been so nobly initiated and is <p159> being so painstakingly continued. I will continue to pray for you and particularly for the members of your dear family from the depths of my heart.

Shoghi

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly

July 17, 1937

Beloved Baha'i Brother,

On behalf of the Guardian I acknowledge with thanks the receipt of your detailed and welcome communication of June 7th, written in the name of the National Spiritual Assembly of India and Burma.

I wish, in particular, to express his gratification at the success that has attended your Annual Convention this year, and a the recommendations and decisions taken by the National Spiritual Assembly with the view of intensifying the teaching campaign throughout India and Burma. He would strongly urge your Assembly to maintain the standard of the teaching work, and to appeal to the friends to rise up to the call of the hour and to be ready to undergo any sacrifice that their sacred task requires. Above all he wishes through you to reiterate his wish, already expressed in his recent cable to the National Spiritual Assembly, that the National Fund, which undoubtedly constitutes the bedrock upon which all the activities of the Cause ultimately rest, should receive the continued and whole hearted support of all the believers. Both the Local Assemblies and the individual believers should realize that unless they contribute regularly and generously to that Fund the progress of the Faith in India and Burma will not only be considerably retarded, but will inevitably come to a standstill. There should be a continual flow of funds to the national treasury of the National Spiritual Assembly, if that body wishes to properly administer the manifold and ever increasing activities of the Faith. Every Baha'i no matter how poor, must realize what a grave responsibility he has to shoulder in this connection, and should have confidence that his spiritual progress as a believer in the World Order of Baha'u'llah will largely depend upon the measure in which he proves, in deeds, his readiness to support materially the divine institutions of His Faith...

Concerning resolution #14 of your National Spiritual Assembly proposing the founding of a Chair at Dr Tagore's Shantiniketan; the <p160> Guardian does not think it advisable to lay down at present any general rule regarding such matters. He would preferably leave them to the discretion of the National Spiritual Assembly.

With reference to your question in connection with the observance of the Baha'i Holy Days; the Baha'i day begins and ends at sunset. The night preceding a Holy Day is therefore included in the day, and consequently work during that period is forbidden.

The Guardian is most delighted to learn of the activities initiated recently by various Local Assemblies in India, and wishes you to convey to these dear friends, and particularly to Prof. 'Abdu'l-'Aziz of Hyderabad and the members of his teaching group, the expression of his keenest appreciation of their labours for the spread of the Cause. He would urge them each and all to lend every effort to assist your National Spiritual Assembly in its nation wide teaching endeavours, and is most ardently praying that they may be assisted and guided by the confirmations from On High.

Let me assure you in closing of his special prayers on behalf of the National Spiritual Assembly members, and of all those dear friends who are closely cooperating with them in the discharge of their sacred and manifold responsibilities and obligations.

Dear and valued co-workers:

I am deeply touched by the varied and compelling evidences of the vigour and loyalty which characterize the National Assembly's conduct of Baha'i affairs in both India and Burma. The Cause, as a result of their self-sacrificing endeavours and inflexible resolve, is being firmly consolidated and widely propagated in those regions. Perseverance will enable you to attain your goal and to lay an unassailable foundation for your future work in both the teaching and administrative spheres of Baha'i service. I will continue to pray for you from the depths of my heart. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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AUGUST 31, 1937

MARTHA ROOT ARRIVING BOMBAY SEPTEMBER SIXTEENTH

URGE INDIVIDUALS LOCAL NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES VIGOROUSLY

PARTICIPATE ENSURE TRIUMPHANT SUCCESS HER

EXTENDED STAY ACCORD MAGNIFICENT WELCOME BEST

BELOVED STAR SERVANT BAHA'U'LLAH.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i s of India and Burma and To The Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Bombay]

November 4, 1937

Beloved Friends,

Your joint and welcome message of October 18th, written on the occasion of our beloved sister Miss Martha Root's arrival in Bombay, has duly reached the Guardian and his heart is filled with gratitude to you for the very warm and befitting welcome you have so kindly extended to that well beloved star servant of the Cause. This is truly in keeping with the tradition of warm hospitality for which our Indian believers have already won such a high reputation. The cordiality you have shown this distinguished international teacher on her previous visits to India could have hardly been surpassed, and there is every reason to believe, therefore, that on this trip, which will be probably the most extended one she has ever been able to undertake throughout that continent, she will be the object of the same devotion and love manifested towards her on previous occasion.

May the presence of such an exemplary servant of the Cause in your midst stimulate you all afresh in your noble efforts for the extension of the Faith throughout India and Burma May the Almighty bless you for the magnificent welcome accorded to such an outstanding champion of the Cause, and may He enable you, in conjunction with her, to lend a mighty impetus to the progress of the Faith and the extension of its institutions.

Shoghi

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November 7, 1937

Dear Mr Vakil,

Shoghi Effendi has been most pleased to receive your letter of October 25th, and to learn of the very warm reception you have accorded Miss Martha L. Root upon her arrival in India. He has every reason to hope that with the programme the National Spiritual Assembly has so carefully arranged for her she will be able to do an extensive teaching work, and to contact as many classes and sections <p162> of the population as her time and energies permit.

'The Guardian would call upon you specially to make every effort possible to render Miss Root's teaching trip successful in every way, and wishes you to continually urge the friends to make her visit an occasion for giving the Faith a widespread publicity throughout India and Burma...

With the renewed assurances of his prayers for the continued improvement of your health, and with his loving greetings to you and your dear ones at home.

Dearly-Beloved co-worker:

I am so glad to hear of the plans that have been conceived and the activity that is being displayed by the friends in connexion with dear Martha's visit to India. I trust and pray that your health will enable you to play a leading part in these nation wide activities. Your contribution I deeply appreciate, and will pray from all my heart for the complete realization of your dearest hopes. Affectionately,

Shoghi

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

December 6, 1937

Beloved Baha'i Brother,

Your Assembly's communication of November 21st has been duly received and its contents read with care and deep appreciation by our beloved Guardian.

Regarding the pamphlet on Baha'i Laws on matters of Personal Status; the copy of the English translation of that pamphlet you had enclosed has been looked over carefully by the Guardian, who feels that the rendering is not of a sufficiently high standard to justify publication. He would recommend that a new translation be made by one who is well versed in Muslim Law and jurisprudence, and who has a good mastery of the English language, so that the many legal terms contained in the text may be translated accurately and in good style. No doubt this is a work which requires considerable effort, and the Guardian wishes therefore your Assembly to proceed in this matter with the utmost care, patience and thoroughness. He himself is absolutely <p163> unable to undertake a work of this nature in view of his manifold and ever increasing occupations in the Holy Land.

In this connection he wishes you to kind draw the National Spiritual Assembly's attention to the necessity of hastening the publication of both the Hindi and the Sindhi translations of "Baha'u'llah and the New Era". He hopes that in the course of this year these two books will be ready for distribution.

May I again, in closing, express the Guardian's best wishes for the success of Miss Martha Root's teaching work in India and Burma. It is his heart's ardent prayer that this historic visit may signalize the beginning of a new epoch of unprecedented expansion in the history of the Faith throughout that land.

Kindly convey the assurances of his prayers to Siyyid Abdu'l-Rahman Adib and to Siyyid Abu'l Abbas Razvi who have recently accepted the Cause, and please also extend his loving greetings to your fellow-members in the National Spiritual Assembly.

May the Beloved reinforce the endeavours you are so nobly exerting, consolidate the foundations of the institutions you are so vigourously extending and bless increasingly the nationwide campaign which, in conjunction with our dearly beloved Indian and Burmese brethren, you are so loyally and splendidly organizing for the spread and proclamation of our most holy Cause. Your true brother

Shoghi

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[To Daidanaw Local Spiritual Assembly]

December 7, 1937

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The Guardian was deeply rejoiced to receive your Assembly's message of November 21st, and to know of the very cordial reception you have arranged in honour of Miss Martha Root. The warm we come you have so lovingly extended to that well-beloved servant of Baha'u'llah is certainly in keeping with the tradition of hospitality which the Daidanaw believers have set on previous occasions and which has won them the sympathy and admiration of the entire Bali' world.

The Guardian has also learned with profoundest satisfaction of <p164> the public meeting you had organized in honour of Miss Root, and in which several notables of the Kunjangoon village had accepted to participate. He sincerely hopes and ardently prays that the publicity which the Cause has received as a result will be further stimulated through the organized and energetic efforts of your Assembly.

Assuring you also of his supplications on behalf of each and all the friends at the Holy Shrines, and with cordial greetings.

Dearly-beloved friends:

My heart is filled with joy and gratitude whenever I recall your exemplary devotion to the Cause of God and your steadfastness in His path. I will continue to pray for you from the depths of my heart, that you may each and all be graciously assisted to mirror the glory and splendour of this Divine and most holy Revelation. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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[To The Baha'i Community Of Calcutta]

December 13, 1937

Beloved Baha'i Brothers And Sisters,

Your very cordial message of the 28th November has just reached the Guardian, and its perusal has imparted the profoundest joy and satisfaction to his heart.

He is deeply rejoiced to know of the very cordial welcome you have extended to dear Miss Martha Root, and of the warm hospitality you have shown her during her stay in Calcutta. He cherishes the hope that as a result of her visit the teachings of the Cause in that region will receive a renewed stimulus, and a number of enlightened and capable souls will be led to join the Faith.

The Guardian will pray from all his heart that this year may be signalized all through by a series of fresh conquests in the teaching field throughout Calcutta and in the neighboring districts. He would appeal to each and every one of Baha'u'llah's devoted friends in that locality to gird the loins of endeavour in His path, and to work with ceaseless enthusiasm and undivided attention for the furtherance of the teaching work. <p165>

Dear friends:

I wish to assure you in person of my deepest appreciation of your noble efforts for the promotion of our beloved Faith and of my continued prayers for the complete realization of your highest hopes. Rest assured and persevere.

Shoghi

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1938

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March 20, 1938

Dear Mr Vakil,

Your welcome letter of the 14th instant, as well as your previous communication of 14th November, have both been duly received, and their contents have greatly gratified and refreshed the heart of our beloved Guardian.

He was particularly delighted to know of the warm hospitality and wholehearted assistance which the friends have so kindly extended to dear Miss Root all through her travels throughout India and Burma.

To the members of the National Spiritual Assembly, and specially to you and to Dr and Mrs. Fozdar and also to our beloved and distinguished friend Mr Isfandiar Bakhtiari he feels particularly grateful for all that you have done to make her journey comfortable and pleasant and so successful in its result.

This truly memorable visit of Miss Root to the friends in that vast continent is indeed a God sent opportunity, of which the believers should fully avail themselves in order to give the Faith the widest possible publicity, and also to attract to it the attention and sympathy of responsible leaders throughout India and Burma. <p167>

The Guardian will continue to pray that ere the termination of this year the results of this historic teaching trip undertaken by our beloved Miss Root may prove to be such as to ensure for many years to come the uninterrupted extension of the teaching work in all parts of India.

In closing may I take this opportunity to convey to you and to the members of your family, the Guardian's hearty greetings and best wishes for a happy Nawruz. He dearly hopes that this new Baha'i year will bring you all every blessing, and will witness the fulfilment of your heart's highest aspirations in service to our beloved Cause.

Dear and prized coworker:

I wish to assure you of my deepest appreciation of the welcome and assistance you have extended to our beloved Martha. I grieve however to learn that your health is not yet fully recovered, and I will pray that you may speedily and completely regain your strength and vitality and thus enhance the noble share you have had in promoting the Faith and in assisting its institutions. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To The Baha'i Youth Group, Bombay]

April 23, 1938

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The Guardian has instructed me to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of your secretary's letter of the 3rd instant, giving the account of the celebration of the "Third Annual World Baha'i Youth Symposium" by the Baha'i youth of Bombay.

He has noted with deep gratification the enclosures you had sent, and is rejoiced to know that the occasion was used by your group to give a fresh publicity to the Cause through the local press.

The Guardian has also read with much interest the copies of the lectures delivered on that occasion by Mr Monji and Dr Irani, as well as the copy of the talk given by Mr Mehta, all of which clearly attest the new spirit of fervour, of devoted, loyal and intelligent service that animates our young Baha'is in Bombay.

On the occasion of the feast of Ridvan he wishes me first to convey to all of you his warmest greetings, and further to assure you <p168> of his prayers for the success and extension of your activities throughout this new Baha'i administrative year.

Again with many thanks for your message, and with his sincere congratulations to you all.

May the Almighty bless your efforts, enable you to extend the scope of your activities, and inspire you in your meritorious and devoted endeavours.

Shoghi

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APRIL 28, 1938

RIDVAN FESTIVAL CLOUDED BY PASSING HOLY MOTHER

MUNIREH KHANUM. WITH SADDENED HEARTS BAHA'IS EAST AND

WEST CALL TO MIND INVALUABLE SERVICES WHICH

HER HIGH STATION EMPOWERED HER RENDER DURING

STORMIEST DAYS 'ABDU'L-BAHA'S LIFE. ADVISE ALL CENTRES

BEFITTINGLY COMMEMORATE HER PASSING.

SHOGHI

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[To The Local Spiritual Assembly of Poona]

April 30, 1938

Dear Baha'i Friend,

I am directed by our beloved Guardian to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 21st instant written on behalf of the Spiritual Assembly of Poona conveying to him your greetings on the occasion of the Feast of Ridvan.

He wishes me to transmit to you and to your fellow members in that Assembly the expression of his sincere thanks for the message of love and loyalty you have addressed to him, and to ask you to kindly convey also to all the friends in Poona his deep appreciation of the contribution they have offered to the International Fund of the Cause.

With the renewed assurances of his prayers for the guidance and steady growth of your Community, and reciprocating your kind greetings and best wishes. <p169>

Dear and prized co-workers:

May the Almighty reward you a thousandfold, bless and sustain you in your incessant labours, and aid you to surmount all obstacles in your path of service to His glorious Faith. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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June 22, 1938

Dear Mr Vakil,

The Guardian wishes me to convey to you his deep appreciation of the message of sympathy, dated June 9th, which you have kindly written him, expressing on your behalf and on behalf of your family your heartfelt condolences, in the passing away of the Holy Mother.

He is indeed moved by your thoughtfulness in remembering him in this truly sad event, and wishes me to take this opportunity of assuring you afresh of his prayers for you and your dear ones, that you may all ever remain steadfast and loyal in your services to our beloved Cause.

With his best wishes also for your health, and with greetings.

May the Beloved of our hearts, Whom you serve with such devotion and zeal, reward you a thousandfold for your magnificent services, which future generations will extol and gratefully remember, and may He enable you to extend continually their scope and deepen their influence.

Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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[To 'Abbas Ali Butt]

July 4, 1938

Beloved Baha'i Brother,

I am directed by the Guardian to express his deepest thanks for your letters dated May 30th, June 2nd, and also for your communications of the 13th December last received long time ago.

He also wishes me to express his appreciation of your promptness in sending him the photostatic reproductions of the Certificate <p170> of Incorporation of the Bombay and Poona Spiritual Assemblies for which he had asked, and these he has duly forwarded to the States for incorporation in the forthcoming issue of the "Baha'i World".

Concerning his telegram to your National Spiritual Assembly conveying the very sad news, of the passing away of the Holy Mother, the Guardian is very much surprised to hear that it had not reached you. Immediately after her passing a telegram was sent to your postal address in Simla, and it is a matter of deep regret indeed that for some reason or another the message has not been delivered to you so far. The Guardian would now advise that memorial gatherings be held by the friends throughout India and Burma, the date to be fixed by the National Spiritual Assembly.

It will surely please and interest the believers to know that the Holy Mother's remains have been laid to rest in a spat in the vicinity of, and overshadowed by, the resting place of the Greatest Holy Leaf on Mt. Carmel.

The Guardian was delighted to hear of the formation of a Spiritual Assembly in Simla, and wishes that body to apply soon for official registration. He would very much appreciate receiving two copies of the Certificate of Incorporation of the Assembly, as soon as they are obtained from the authorities.

The news of the projected holding of the first Indian Baha'i Summer School in Simla has also considerably rejoiced the heart of our beloved Guardian. He will pray that this excellent and indeed historic project may be satisfactorily carried out, and receive the wholehearted, generous and sustained support of the entire body of the believers throughout India and Burma.

The Six Year Plan which your National Spiritual Assembly has resolved to initiate with the purpose of furthering the teaching work has met with the full approval of the Guardian. He wishes your Assembly every success in this remarkable and nation wide undertakings which you have decided to launch.

In closing may I renew his plea in connection with the publication of the Hindi and Sindhi versions of the "New Era", which work, he hopes and shall pray, will be completed in the course of this year.

 

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July 6th,

Dear and prized co-worker:

Your letter of June 19, enclosing reports of great interest and value, has also reached me and I am filled with a sense of happiness and gratitude for these incessant evidences of your zeal and united endeavours. I am truly impressed by the sound progress and expansion of the activities in which the believers of India and Burma are so earnestly and devotedly engaged. The institutions you have recently initiated, the Plan of teaching you have launched, the degree of tinny, of consecration and solidarity you have attained, the measures for internal consolidation you have devised, the support you have consistently and cordially extended to our dear Martha, all proclaim the depth of your devotion and attest the nobility and staunchness of your faith. The utmost care is now required to nurse, foster, multiply and coordinate these nascent institutions and activities. Every nerve should be strained, every sacrifice should be made to enable them to fructify and prosper.

I will continue to pray for the removal of every and any obstacle that may impede your march towards the goal you are destined to attain.

Persevere and be confident

Shoghi

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July 7, 1938

Beloved Siyyid Mustafa,

The expression of loving sympathy conveyed in your letter of June 20th addressed to the Guardian on the occasion of the ascension of the Holy Mother has been very deeply appreciated by him, and he indeed wishes me to assure you, and through you the believers throughout Burma, of his profoundest thanks for the condolences you have been moved to express to him in his very sad bereavement.

Grief stricken as the believers throughout the world must certainly feel at this heavy and indeed cruel loss, yet they should derive comfort at the thought that she is now reunited with her Lord, and is enjoying the blissfulness and peace which the great World Beyond alone can confer.

Her mortal remains, the friends will surely be pleased to know, have been laid to rest in a spot over shadowed by the resting place of the Greatest Holy Leaf on Mt. Carmel. <p172>

In closing I wish to renew to you the Guardian's loving and abiding gratitude for your painstaking and devoted labours for the Faith in Burma. He will continue to pray, that despite your advancing age and the attending difficulties and obstacles of your life, you may be given many more years of active service in the Cause.

With loving Baha'i greetings to all the believers in Mandalay, including your own dear self.

Dear and prized co-worker:

It is always such a joy and comfort to hear from you. You are, I assure you, often in my thoughts and prayers. I long to hear of the fruits which your incessant labours are yielding. You have set an inspiring and unforgettable example to the rising generation. The Concourse on high is proud of and extols your splendid achievements. Be happy and comforted.

Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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SEPTEMBER 22, 1938

ASSURE FIRST SUMMER SCHOOL SIGNALIZED PRESENCE

BELOVED MARTHA FERVENT PRAYERS SUCCESS DELIBERATIONS.

SHOGHI

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[To Abbas 'Ali Butt]

December 1,1938

Dear Baha'i Brother,

I am instructed by our beloved Guardian to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of your communication dated October 17th, together with the enclosed report on the first Indian Baha'i Summer School held in Simla during last September.

 

This report, in view of its interest and import to the believers throughout the world, will be published in both the Persian and English newsletters of the Haifa Spiritual Assembly as to the photographs of the Summer School you had submitted under separate cover, these will be placed in the Mansion of Baha'u'llah at Bahji, and will also appear in the "Baha'i World" Vol. VIII. <p173>

The Guardian wishes me in this connection to express his profound satisfaction at the success that has attended the National Spiritual Assembly's efforts for the formation of this first Baha'i Summer School in India-a step which, he strongly feels, is bound to accelerate the extension of the teaching activities of the believers in that land.

He is truly delighted to know that the attendance at the school has been satisfactory, and that the young believers, in particular, have been most enthusiastic about it. What he feels now is most essential is for the National Spiritual Assembly to make arrangements to have this school held regularly every year, so that it may develop into an effective, and increasingly vital, instrument for the propagation of the Faith, and also for the education and training of Baha'i teachers.

It is the Guardian's fervent hope that as this Institution expands, and fulfils the high hopes you all set upon it, it will be felt advisable by the National Spiritual Assembly to consider the possibilities of establishing, in due time, one or two more of such schools, thus permitting those friends, who in view of their limited means are not in a position to travel over large distances, to avail themselves of the benefits derived from these nascent Baha'i institutions of learning.

In connection with the copy of the Kitab-i-Aqdas published in Haifa by one of the Qadiyani missionaries; the Guardian feels that the best attitude would be to ignore altogether their action. The Cause surely towers above all such petty opposition, and the friends need have no fear whatsoever therefore.

Dear and valued co-worker:

The Six Year Plan, initiated by the National Assembly of India and Burma with such spontaneous devotion, admirable zeal and unflinching resolve, marks a milestone on the road of progress trodden by them and their fellow workers in both of those countries. The task is immense, the time is short, the hour critical but the faith that animates and sustains them strong enough to surmount all obstacles, however formidable, that may stand in their way. That they may persevere, redouble their efforts and win signal success in their mighty enterprise is the dearest wish of my heart and the object of my constant and earnest prayers. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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1939

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January 25, 1939

Dear Mr Vakil,

The Guardian was most pleased to receive your letter of the 3rd instant and has noted with genuine satisfaction the farewell meeting which the National Spiritual Assembly had arranged in Bombay in honour of our indefatigable and distinguished Baha'i sister Miss Martha L. Root on the occasion of her departure to Australia.

The feelings of unbounded joy with which you all unanimously acclaimed her arrival in India, and the expressions of deep and sorrowful regret which your National Assembly, as the official mouthpiece of all the Indian and Burmese believers, had been moved to convey to her upon her leaving your shores, all attest the high value which the friends have attached to her presence in India and the splendid work accomplished by her throughout her travels in that country. The cooperation she had received from the Assemblies and individual believers in every centre she visited, and the effective support, both moral and material, so lovingly and continually extended to her by the National Spiritual Assembly in the execution of her teaching plans, have contributed to a marked degree to the success of <p175> her journey, which has been indeed the longest and most fruitful she had ever undertaken to your shores.

The Guardian hopes that the friends, and in particular the National Spiritual Assembly, will now endeavour to follow up, with united and unflinching resolve, the splendid work accomplished by Miss Root. The contacts she has formed with leading personalities in social, religious and university circles should be maintained, nay extended and consolidated, and every effort exerted in order to speed up the progress of the teaching work which has received such a fresh impetus as a result of her uninterrupted teaching activity during this past year.

Before closing I wish to assure you once more of his prayers on your behalf and on behalf of Mrs. Vakil and children, and all of you, he hopes, will continue to be protected under the sheltering shadow of Baha'u'llah's love and guidance.

Dear and valued co-worker:

It is indeed a very long time since I have received from you any direct news about your well-being and activities. I am glad to hear that you are well and I wish to express my keen sense of appreciation of all that you have done for our beloved Martha in the course of her journeys in India. She is deeply grateful to you and proud of your work. I too feel equally proud of the spirit that animates you, as well as of the services you render. I will specially pray for your health and for your dear family. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

February 13, 1939

The principle involved in this particular case seems to be that of non membership in religious organizations other than the Cause, which obviously implies the total absconding of such religious ceremonies and customs as are strictly associated with, and form a necessary part of any of the ecclesiastical organizations of the past.

It is for your Assembly to carefully ascertain whether the ceremony of "Sadra and Kusti" falls under this category, and after thorough and dispassionate investigation of all the facts involved, to <p176> pronounce and inform the parties concerned of your final and considered judgement...

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

February 17,1939

Dear Baha'i Brother,

On behalf of our beloved Guardian I acknowledge with grateful thanks the receipt of your welcome communication of January 27th with enclosures, written at the direction of the National Spiritual Assembly of India and Burma, the contents of which he has read with very keen interest, and with feelings of utmost satisfaction.

He has noted with profound appreciation, in particular, the account of the farewell meeting held in Bombay under the auspices of your Assembly on the occasion of the departure of our indefatigable and highly esteemed Baha'i sister Miss Martha Root from India. No more eloquent tribute could have been paid indeed to the historic work accomplished by that well beloved star servant of the Cause during her stay of one full year in that country than that beautiful and impressive gathering which had met to bid her a last farewell upon her leaving your shores. The warmth and spontaneity of your love must have profoundly impressed and moved her heart, and given her an added proof of the unbounded gratitude which you all surely cherish for her, after these many months of ceaseless teaching activity she has spent in your midst.

The Guardian wishes to express his own gratitude to the members of the National Spiritual Assembly, and through them to the community of believers throughout India and Burma for the hospitality and loving assistance you have all, individually as well as collectively, continually extended to Miss Root all through her stay in your country. The essential now, he feels, is for each one of the friends, and particularly the local Assemblies, to arise and with unflinching resolve to endeavour to follow up the splendid work she has so ably, yet so unostentatiously, accomplished. They would be certainly failing in their debt of gratitude to her, if they allow the seeds she has faithfully and painstakingly scattered, during these months of arduous uninterrupted effort, to get lost. Rather, they should spare no effort to water these seeds and enable them to germinate and yield in due time most abundant and lasting results. <p177>

With regard to the formation of Baha'i Youth groups; the Guardian is most pleased to hear of the satisfactory progress that has been accomplished along this line, and of the extensive programme you have arranged for the development of Baha'i Youth activity during the coming year. He wishes me to express, in particular, his appreciation of the very warm response made by six of these youth groups to the suggestion of the National Youth Committee of America regarding the holding of special youth meetings on the 26th of this month. He wishes you to assure them of his special prayers for the success and confirmation of their efforts.

In connection with the Six Year Plan initiated by your National Spiritual Assembly; the Guardian cannot too highly praise this undertaking of unprecedented magnitude which your Assembly has resolved to carry out. One year has already elapsed since that Plan was first launched, and the task that will have to be accomplished during the remaining five years is indeed immense, and calls for no less than a combined and tremendous sacrificial effort by every Assembly, group and individual believer throughout India and Burma.

But the friends should derive much encouragement at the realization that their efforts for the prosecution of this Plan are, in a way, far more meritorious than those which their fellow believers in the American Continent are exerting in connection with the Seven Year Plan of the American National Spiritual Assembly.

Whereas this latter Plan, which, it should be fairly admitted, is the largest enterprise of its kind ever undertaken by any national Baha'i Community, has been conceived and formulated directly by the Guardian himself, the Six Year Plan adopted by the Indian National Spiritual Assembly has been initiated solely through the efforts of the elected body of the national representatives of the Indian and Burmese believers, and represents therefore the spontaneous undertaking of the Indian Baha'i Community itself, and as such is endowed with a special merit and a unique spiritual potency. When successfully completed this Plan will constitute indeed an abiding monument to the resourceful energy, the unstinted devotion, and the unquenchable enthusiasm of the Indian Baha'is, from which future generations of believers in that land will derive endless inspiration and guidance.

In view of the paramount importance of this Six Year Plan, and the urgency which the friends must undoubtedly feel to carry it out as speedily and efficiently as possible during the remaining five years, <p178> the Guardian would advise that in the next Annual Convention, meeting in Calcutta, a special session be devoted to the findings and consideration by all the delegates and the friends present of such policies and means as, in their considered opinion, can best insure the speedy and timely completion of this glorious undertaking.

The Guardian would particularly suggest that special stress be laid on the necessity for pioneer teaching in those states and provinces in India and Burma, where the Cause has not yet been introduced.

Those believers who have the means, and also the capacity to teach, should be encouraged, no matter how great the sacrifice involved, to settle in these virgin territories, until such time as a Local Assembly has been constituted, or at least a group of firm believers formed that can safely and gradually evolve into a firmly organized and properly functioning Local Assembly. This policy of teaching by settlement which the Guardian has also advised and indeed urged the American believers to adopt has been proved by experience to be the most effective way of establishing the Faith in new territories, and he therefore confidently recommends it for adoption by your Assembly.

As regards the Indian Summer School; its importance, the Guardian feels, cannot be overstressed, specially in view of its recognized teaching value, both as a centre for the training of Baha'i teachers, and also for the attraction of outsiders to the Cause. The wide popularity which this newly established yet highly promising institution is already enjoying, truly attests its high value as one of those vital institutions of the Faith in this formative age of its development.

The Guardian wishes me to stress the importance for your Assembly to start collecting from now detailed reports, articles and any other material for use in the next issue of the "Baha'i World". He would advise that you mail directly any materials you gather to the address of Mrs. A. French, 390 Grove Street, Pasadena, California.

Regarding the questions which our dear Baha'i brother Mr Samadani of Delhi had asked the National Spiritual Assembly to submit to the Guardian for his explanations; he wishes me to answer them in the order in which they have been asked:

1. The David referred to by the Bab, and stated by Him to have preceded Moses, is not the same one as King David, the father of King Solomon, who lived in the tenth century B.C. and who obviously lived many years, and indeed many centuries after Moses. 'Abdu'l-Baha has explained this in a Tablet. .

2. Although in the Questions and Answers, Baha'u'llah has <p179> specifically stated that non-Baha'is have no right to inherit from their Baha'i parents or relatives, yet this restriction applies only to such cases when a Baha'i dies without leaving a will and when, therefore, his property will have to be divided in accordance with the rules set forth in the Aqdas. Otherwise, a Baha'i is free to bequeath his property to any person, irrespective of religion, provided however he leaves a will, specifying his wishes. As you see therefore it is always possible for a Baha'i to provide for his non-Baha'i wife, children or relatives by leaving a will. And it is only fair that he should do so.

3. The severe laws and injunctions revealed by the Bab can be properly appreciated and understood only when interpreted in the light of His own statements regarding the nature, purpose and character of His own Dispensation. As these statements clearly reveal, the Babi Dispensation was essentially in the nature of a religious and indeed social revolution, and its duration had therefore to be short, but full of tragic events, of sweeping and drastic reforms. These drastic measures enforced by the Bab and His followers were taken with the view of undermining the very foundations of Shi'ah orthodoxy, and thus paving the way for the coming of Baha'u'llah. To assert the independence of the new Dispensation, and to prepare also the ground for the approaching Revelation of Baha'u'llah, the Bab had therefore to reveal very severe laws, even though most of them were never enforced. But the mere fact that He revealed them was in itself a proof of the independent character of His Dispensation and was sufficient to create such widespread agitation, and excite such opposition on the part of the clergy that led them to cause His eventual martyrdom.

4. The Bab specified that the Bayan is not completed and that "He Whom God would manifest" (Baha'u'llah) would complete it, though not in its actual form, but only spiritually in the form of another book. The Iqan is believed to be its continuation.

With the assurances of the Guardian's prayers on your behalf and on behalf of your distinguished fellow members in the National Spiritual Assembly and with greetings.

Dearly beloved co-workers:

I feel increasingly grateful and elated I witness the evidences of your constancy, vigilance, and devotion to the manifold and pressing needs of the Faith in both India and Burma. You are indeed laying a firm and unassailable foundation on which future Baha'i generations can <p180> successfully build. Your splendid initiative is truly remarkable, your courage in the face of the formidable obstacles that confront you magnificent, and your fidelity in ushering in the spiritual and administrative principles of the Administrative Order exemplary. Persevere and rest assured that the Beloved will crown your noble endeavours with the success they deserve.

Shoghi

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March 2, 1939

My dear Mr Vakil,

I am directed by the Guardian to thank you for your welcome letter of February 8th, with enclosures, and he was pleased to read the paper clippings with pleasure.

It gives him much satisfaction to learn of your proposed journey with your family to Haifa this May, and he wishes me to assure you of his heartfelt welcome.

Please find enclosed the receipt for your contribution which he deeply appreciates.

He sincerely trusts and prays that as a dear and devoted brother and fellow worker, our beloved Master may always bless your efforts richly both spiritually and materially and may render you a great and growing asset to the progress of the Baha'i Faith in India.

My dear and valued co-worker:

I trust that by now a better understanding and more substantial cooperation has been attained by the friends of India and Burma. It is for the delegates who are to be chosen by them this year, to elect those whom they think are best qualified for membership of the National Spiritual Assembly, and once elected, the unity and efficiency of this body must at any cost be maintained. I cannot but pray that they may be guided in their choice and discharge honourably their functions. For yourself I shall offer with a grateful heart my fervent prayers. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

July 2, 1939

Dear Baha'i Brother,

I am instructed by our beloved Guardian to acknowledge with deep appreciation the receipt of your welcome communication dated June 5th with enclosures, all of which he was indeed profoundly interested and much pleased to read.

He is truly delighted to know that your Annual Convention this year has been most united, and highly constructive and fruitful in its results, and trusts that the important discussions and deliberations held by the delegates at various Convention sessions will have the result of stimulating afresh the progressive and systematic penetration of the teaching work throughout India and Burma. The Six Year Plan of teaching inaugurated last year by your National Spiritual Assembly, the Guardian focus, however, cannot succeed unless it receives the continued moral and material support of the entire body of the Indian and Burmese believers, and it is this fact which the National Assembly should continually endeavour to impress upon them all, through frequent appeals destined at once to encourage and provide the facilities required for all those friends who are qualified to work in the field of pioneer teaching. The Guardian would particularly recommend that the National Spiritual Assembly should make every possible effort to open up to the Cause those Indian provinces which still remain deprived of the light of the Teachings, and to this end would suggest that those believers who can arrange to settle in those virgin territories should at once be urged to do so, and the necessary facilities extended to them by the National Spiritual Assembly, with the view of enabling them to prolong their stay until some definite results are accomplished. Also, he feels, your Assembly should endeavour to strengthen the weak areas which have been recently opened, and also launch a wide and systematic campaign for the dissemination of Baha'i literature throughout the whole country.

In connection with resolution #15 recorded in the minutes of your National Spiritual Assembly; the Guardian wishes you to make clear to all the believers that membership in a Baha'i Assembly or Committee is a sacred obligation which should be gladly and confidently accepted by every loyal and conscientious member of the Community, no matter how humble and inexperienced. Once elected <p182> to serve in a given Assembly a believer's duty is to do his utmost to attend all Assembly meetings, and cooperate with his fellow-members, unless, however, he is prevented from doing so by some major reason such as illness, and even then he should notify the Assembly to this effect. The National Spiritual Assembly's duty is to urge, and also facilitate attendance at Assembly meetings. If a member has no valid reason to justify his repeated absence from Assembly meetings, he should be advised, and even warned, and if such warning is deliberately ignored by him, the Assembly will then have the right to suspend his rights as a voting member of the Community. Such administrative Sanction would seem to be absolutely imperative and necessary, and while not tantamount to a complete expulsion of such member from the Cause, deprives him of any real participation in its administrative functions and affairs, and is thus a most effective corrective measure which the Assembly can use against all such halfhearted and irresponsible individuals in the Community.

Now concerning Mr Muhammad Ishaq's questions; first concerning the meaning of "Resurrection": although this term is often used by Baha'u'llah in His Writings, as in the passage quoted in your letter, its meaning is figurative. The tomb mentioned is also allegorical, i.e. the tomb of unbelief. The Day of Resurrection, according to Baha'i interpretation, is the Judgement Day, the Day when unbelievers will be called upon to give account of their actions, and whether the world has prevented them from acknowledging the new Revelation.

The passage in Baha'u'llah's Tablet in which He explains the Sura of "The Sun" should not be interpreted literally. It does not mean that after the Day of Resurrection praise and peace will cease to be vouchsafed to the Prophet. Rather it means to the end of time, i.e. indefinitely and for all times.

The intercession spoken of by Baha'u'llah in one of His prayers which you have quoted is a purely spiritual act and is applicable to Muhammad as well as to all Prophets. This passage, however, refers more particularly to that kind of intercession in which Muslims believe, though the manner and circumstances of it, according to Baha'i belief, are mysterious and unknowable.

With the renewed assurances of his continued prayers on your behalf, and on behalf of your fellow members in the National Spiritual Assembly. <p183>

Dearly valued co-workers:

I long to hear of the progress of your teaching work in those areas and provinces where the light of the Faith has not as yet shone forth. Teaching is the paramount task that urgently demands the concentrated attention and the complete consecration of the united and persistent efforts of the believers of India and Burma at the present stage of the Six Year Plan which they of their own accord have so magnificently initiated. No dissipation of efforts, no delay in the initiation and execution of the necessary measures for its success should be allowed. All assemblies, all committees and individuals should regard the teaching work as the most essential factor in the discharge of their obligations to the Faith of Baha'u'llah, and as the supreme purpose of the machinery of the Administrative Order which they have lately so laboriously and faithfully erected. I will from all my heart pray that the high aim they pursue may be reached, that their hopes may be fulfilled, and that their individual and corporate lives may equally reflect the noble principles that animate their Cause. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

November 26, 1939

Dear Baha'i Brother,

I am instructed by our beloved Guardian to acknowledge with grateful thanks the receipt of your communication of August 22nd last, written on behalf of the National Spiritual Assembly of India and Burma, and to also express his regret at the considerable, though quite unavoidable delay caused in informing you of its arrival.

What you had written him regarding the various steps taken by the National Spiritual Assembly to further the Six Year Plan of Teaching has immeasurably rejoiced his heart, and he too joins with your Assembly in humbly supplicating Baha'u'llah to vouchsafe to all those dear friends who have offered to undertake pioneer teaching in various parts of India such measure of His guidance and blessings as would enable them to effectively further the interests of this Plan. He would urge you all to persevere in your self-sacrificing exertions, and, not-withstanding the various handicaps under which you may be compelled to labour; to confidently strive to achieve this high teaching objective. <p184>

The copy of the English translation of the compilation on "Baha'i Laws on Matters of Personal Status" which you had submitted for the Guardian's consideration has safely reached him, and while he does not advise that your Assembly should proceed with the publication of the English text at present, he has no objection to its being translated and published in Urdu and Burmese. As to the Iranian translation of the same; the friends in Iran have already completed this work, and the Guardian would therefore advise that you consult the Iranian National Spiritual Assembly on the subject before deciding to publish the text of the Iranian translation.

Assuring you and your dear fellow members of his continued prayers for the confirmation of your services Dear and valued co-workers: The energetic prosecution of the Six Year Plan, despite the perils, the uncertainties and gravity of the present hour, is the paramount task facing the believers of India and Burma. All projects and activities, however desirable and urgent, must henceforth be subordinated to this most pressing and vital issue, inasmuch as it is the fountainhead from which cal future blessings will flow and the one and only instrument which can at the present time, most effectively establish and consolidate the Administrative Order of the Faith throughout the Indian Peninsula. My prayers for your signal success in such a mighty and glorious enterprise will continue to be offered, with increasing fervour, at the Threshold of Baha'u'llah. Persevere and be confident.

Shoghi

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DECEMBER 5,1939

IMPART HEART STIRRING NEWS TRANSFER SACRED REMAINS

PUREST BRANCH AND 'ABDU'L-BAHA'S MOTHER SPOT CONSECRATED

RESTING PLACE GREATEST HOLY LEAF AND

DESIGNED FUTURE CENTRE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

BELOVED FAITH.

SHOGHI

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December 8, 1939

Dear Mr Vakil,

Your very kind message of the 30th November expressing your profound sorrow and sympathy at the passing away of our beloved sister Miss Martha Root has just reached our dear Guardian, and he feels indeed most deeply touched by the very thoughtful words which you had been moved to convey to him. The loss which the entire Baha'i world has come to sustain through her untimely departure from this world is indeed enormous, and can be compensated only partially by the self-sacrificing efforts which our dear Baha'i teachers in East and West are now exerting in their respective fields of teaching.

The Guardian's hope, however, is that, spurred by the noble example of Martha's life and character, the friends in every land will make a supreme and united effort to carry onward the great teaching task which she had so untiringly been endeavouring to accomplish during all these years, and thus bring eternal joy and impart infinite hope and solace to her heart in the other world.

Assuring you and yours of his continued prayers for your physical welfare and protection, and your guidance and spiritual advancement in the Cause.

Dear and valued coworker:

I deeply appreciate, and am greatly touched by, the noble sentiments you have expressed. The passing of dearest Martha, that distinguished hero of the Cause of Baha'u'llah, is indeed a great loss to those who labour for His Cause, both in the East and West. May her glorious example continue to inspire the friends in India and Burma to tread in her footsteps, and to extend the work she so nobly initiated, Assuring you of my special prayers for yourself and your dear ones. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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MARCH 21, 1940

LOVING REMEMBRANCE PRAYING SIGNAL SUCCESS TEACHING

PLAN.

SHOGHI

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May 14, 1940

Dear Mr Vakil,

Your eagerly awaited message has safely reached our beloved Guardian, and he was indeed thrilled by the perusal of the contents.

It greatly pleased and encouraged him to know that the Annual Convention held this year in Poona has proved such a high success, and that the important decisions taken by the delegates with the view of intensifying the teaching campaign in India and Burma are being effectively implemented by the offer made by so many of the friends to teach and travel in virgin territories. He wishes these dear believers, who have so heroically responded to the call of the hour, every blessing and success in their respective fields of teaching, and will pray most earnestly for the confirmation of their labours in the pursuit of their high and sacred task. <p187> The Guardian feels also rejoiced over the result of the nation elections this year, and wishes the newly elected National Spirited Assembly full success and guidance in the discharge of its heap: duties and responsibilities in these crucial times.

Assuring you in particular of his continued prayers for you health, and with his renewed greetings to you and yours.

Dearly valued co-worker:

I was so glad to hear from you after such a long silence, as your letters invariably serve to remind me of the effective yet unassuming manner in which you are, day and night, promoting the manifold interests of the Faith. I will continue to pray for you and for your dear ones from the depths of my heart. You are, I assure you, often in my thoughts and prayers. Persevere, be confident, happy and grateful. Your true and gratified brother,

Shoghi

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October 15, 1940

Dear Mr Vakil,

Your letters dated June 2nd and 5th have safely reached our beloved Guardian together with the enclosed statement on the Cause made by Col. Raya Jai Prithvi Bahadur Singh of Nepal.

The very appreciative remarks on the Faith contained in that statement make it indeed most suitable for use in the "Baha'i World", and the Guardian wishes me to assure you that he is keeping it for reproduction in Vol. IX, as the manuscript of Vol. VIII covering the period 1938 1940 has already been mailed to the States for publication.

The report of your teaching work in Mysore and Bangalore, and of your meeting with Prof. Shastri and His Highness the Maharaja of Mysore, who had been gracious enough to accord you an audience, has been noted with feelings of highest satisfaction and gratitude by the Guardian. He wishes me to express to you his heart's warmest congratulations upon the success of your efforts in contacting such eminent personalities who, if closely drawn and attracted to the Faith, can lend invaluable support to the spread and wider recognition throughout India. <p188>

Shoghi Effendi would indeed urge that you follow up these important contacts by every means you can, so that you may obtain some more tangible results in the way of confirming some important personalities in these high social and intellectual Indian circles.

Renewing to you and yours the assurances of his prayers for your continued protection, safety and guidance, in these trying and indeed distressing times and reciprocating your greetings.

Dear and prized co-worker.

Though late, I will make every effort to include the appreciation you have sent me in Vol. VIII of the "Baha'i World", as I consider it valuable and significant. How deeply I appreciate your constant and eminent services to the Faith, and I pray that despite the dangers, obstacles and anxieties of these critical times you nay be given the strength and guidance required for the effective prosecution of the magnificent work you are achieving for our beloved Faith. I am so glad that you are fully restored physically, and I will always await eagerly the news of the progress of your splendid activities. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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[To R.K. Vedady, Secretary of the Youth Group]

October 15, 1940

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letter dated April 27th enclosing copy of the annual report of the Baha'i Youth Group in Bombay, and also copies of poems composed by Mrs. Shirin Fozdar and Dr K. M. Irani, has been duly received by our beloved Guardian, and its contents noted with deepest satisfaction.

He was indeed highly pleased and encouraged to note from the contents of your annual report how alive the members of the Baha'i youth group in Bombay are to their responsibilities and duties towards the Cause, and he will assuredly pray on their behalf that in spite of the perils, the uncertainties and dangers of the present hour their activities for the Faith may steadily gain in scope and in effectiveness, and that they may each and all receive such confirmations from On High as would enable them to forge ahead, and to attain their high destiny in service to our beloved Cause. <p189>

May the Beloved keep you and your co-workers beneath the shadow of His wings, prosper you in your valued and constant activities, increase your unity, deepen your understanding, extend your influence, and aid you to render signal services to His Cause and its institutions. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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November 15, 1940

Dear Mr Vakil,

Your letter of the 2nd instant has just reached our beloved Guardian, and he indeed feels most profoundly grieved of the news of the passing away of your elder brother in Navsari on the 14th of October last. He wishes me to hasten in conveying to you and relatives heartfelt condolences on this truly heavy loss you have so cruelly sustained, and specially to assure you of his special prayers on behalf of the deceased, that in the Realms Beyond he may be guided to the recognition and acceptance of the Cause, and thereby progress and advance spiritually. May the Beloved deal mercifully with his soul, and enable it attain to highest spiritual destiny, and may He also protect his bereaved family, and impart abiding solace to their sorrow laden hearts.

As regards your two younger brothers, the Guardian will also pray for them, that they may become spiritually awakened, and maybe gradually led to embrace, unreservedly and wholeheartedly, the Faith.

Renewing to you also the assurances of his supplications for your health and protection, and for the welfare and spiritual advancement of your daughters and with his cordial greetings to both you and dear Mrs. Vakil.

Assuring you of my deepest and brotherly sympathy in the sudden loss you have so sadly experienced, and of my special prayers at the Hazy Shrines for his spiritual advancement in the Abha Kingdom. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

November 28, 1940

Dear Baha'i Brother,

I am instructed by our beloved Guardian to acknowledge the receipt of your letters dated September 10th, and November 14th written on behalf of the National Spiritual Assembly of India and Burma, the contents of which he has read with feelings of deepest satisfaction.

The slow yet steady extension of the teaching campaign throughout India is a matter which greatly rejoices his heart, and for which he feels moved to convey his warmest congratulations to the National Spiritual Assembly. Considering the well nigh insufferable obstacles in your way, and the difficult conditions created by the war, the progress so far achieved, though small, has been remarkable in many ways, and augurs well for the future of the Six Year Plan which your Assembly is so energetically carrying out.

The signal success which the able and untiring efforts of Mr and Mrs. Bakhtiari, Mr M. Ilmi and Dr M. A. Samadani have won for the Cause in Kashmir deserves particular mention; and it is to be hoped that the group already established in that centre will steadily develop and soon attain the status of a Spiritual Assembly. To these dear teachers who have so successfully accomplished such high teaching mission, as well as to our new Baha'i brother Moulvi Abdu'llah of Kashmir who, notwithstanding the violent opposition and criticisms of the Qadiyani's has firmly stood by the Cause, the Guardian wishes you to convey his warmest appreciation and gratitude.

In connection with your teaching campaign, the Guardian wishes you to inform the National Spiritual Assembly that although there exists in the Cause no such institution as that of paid teachers, the National Spiritual Assembly, nevertheless should, in view of the urgent and pressing requirements of the Six Year Plan, extend, though only temporarily, any financial assistance in its power to those believers who offer to undertake pioneer work throughout India and Burma. Also, those believers who are not themselves able to offer their services as pioneers, and who wish to directly and effectively participate in the campaign of teaching can instead offer to defray, through the National Fund, the expenses of any believer they choose to deputize for that purpose. Such deputy teachers, however, should <p191> for all other purposes be responsible to the National Spiritual Assembly and the teaching bodies concerned.

Regarding Ahmad Sohrab's publications; these should be disregarded by the friends and those persons and Assemblies that receive any such tracts, pamphlets or books, either from Ahmad Sohrab himself or his associates in the New History Society should return them at once to the sender.

Also in regard to the Qadiyani's; the friends should not feel unduly disturbed by the unfounded and shallow criticisms and the malicious attacks of these enemies of the Cause. Should they ever carry out their intention of publishing the Aqdas in Urdu, the believers should not actively oppose them The time, however, is not yet ripe for the believers themselves to undertake the publication of this work, either in the original Arabic, or in any translation.

Regarding your question as to the English equivalent weight of a "nakhud"; the Guardian would advise that you communicate on the subject with the National Spiritual Assembly of Iran and adopt, for the present, the system enforced by the Iranian believers.

As to the distinction between "town and "village"; this is a technical matter which devolves on civil and municipal authorities to define. Whatever is specified by them should be adopted by the friends.

In closing may I ask you to convey the Guardian's appreciation to dear Siyyid Mahmud, our highly esteemed brother and pioneer worker in Delhi, for the message of love and greetings he had transmitted through you. Kindly assure him of his special prayers on his behalf at the Holy Shrines, and assuring you too of his supplications for the guidance of the National Spiritual Assembly.

Dear and valued co-workers:

I regret that owing to present circumstances arising from the war and its grave repercussions, the activities, particularly in the teaching field, connected with the Six Year Plan, so spontaneously initiated by your Assembly, have had to be curtailed. I wish to appeal, however, to all its members, and through them to the general body of the devoted friends in India and Burma, to make a united and supreme endeavour to overcome, while there is yet time, the obstacles that stand in their way, and to refuse to allow the perils, the uncertainties and anxieties that face and afflict their country to deter them from carrying out the original plan they have so nobly conceived. Let them remember that a firm resolution <p192> on their part, an absolute re dedication of their resources, and an actual attempt to translate into action their meritorious intentions, coupled with perseverance in the discharge of their duties, would suffice to ensure the success of the mission to which they are now committed. The time is indeed ripe, and the minds and hearts of the suffering multitudes are being mysteriously prepared for the Great Message that can alone redeem, exalt and regenerate a sore tried and bewildered humanity. I will specially and fervently pray for the success of any and every effort the dear cy beloved friends in India and Burma may arise to exert Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

December 14, 1940

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your communication of the 1st instant has just been received by our beloved Guardian, and its contents noted by him with closest care and attention.

Regarding his instruction to the National Spiritual Assembly of Iran to the effect that Baha'u'llah's writings in Arabic should not be translated into Persian; this applies to the translation of the revealed words into Persian only. Your Assembly, therefore, may proceed with its plan for the rendering of the Tablet of Ahmad, the three daily obligatory prayers and other Tablets, into Urdu.

With reference to the Poona Assembly's question whether it is permissible for the Baha'is to see pictures; there is nothing in the Teachings that would forbid such a practice.

Also with regard to the practice of circumcision; the Teachings bear no reference to this matter, and it is therefore not enjoined upon the believers.

The question of the training and education of children in case one of the parents is a non-Baha'i is one which solely concerns the parents themselves, who should decide about it in the way they find best and most conducive to the maintenance of the unity of their family, and to the future welfare of their children. Once the child comes of age, however, he should be given full freedom to choose his religion, irrespective of the wishes and desires of his parents... <p193>

As regards the membership of the International House of Justice, 'Abdu'l-Baha states in a Tablet that it is confined to men, and that the wisdom of it will be revealed as manifest as the sun in the future. In any case the believer should know that, as 'Abdu'l-Baha Himself has explicitly stated, that sexes are equal except in some cases, the exclusion of women from the International House of Justice should not be surprising. From the fact that there is no equality of functions between the sexes one should not, however, infer that either sex is inherently superior or inferior to the other, or that they are unequal in their rights.

Concerning the appearance of two Davids; there is a Tablet from 'Abdu'l-Baha' in which He says that just as there have been two Ishmaels, one the son of Abraham, and the other one of the Prophets of Israel, there have appeared two Davids, one the author of the Psalms and father of Solomon, and the other before Moses.

In closing, the Guardian wishes me once again to stress the all importance of the teaching campaign throughout India and Burma. Much as he is aware of the obstacles that stand in the way of the expansion of pioneer teaching-obstacles which your sister Assembly in the U.S.A. are far in a better position to overcome, owing to the larger resources at their disposal and to their longer and wider experience in matters of teaching-he nevertheless strongly feels that, through the united, determined and passionate resolve of your National Spiritual Assembly, of all the local Assemblies, groups and individuals, much can be accomplished in that direction, and firm foundations laid down for future expansion and consolidation. The greater your handicaps the firmer your determination should wax, and the more abundant will assuredly be the blessings and confirmations of Baha'u'llah. May His love and guidance lead you and our dearly beloved friends in that land to still greater heights of selfless accomplishment in His path, and thereby crown with success the Six Year Plan so ably devised and so energetically pursued by the National Spiritual Assembly.

Dear co-workers:

I wish to reassure you in person of my fervent and continued prayers for the protection, the success, and the spiritual advancement of the community of the Indian and Burmese believers who, under your direction, and stimulated by the initiative and example, of their national elected representatives, are arising, in these days of wide spread confusion<p194>, turmoil and danger, to carry out the Plan they are pledged to fulfil. No sacrifice can be regarded as too great for the attainment of so great and splendid an objective. They should persevere in their task, undaunted by the rising tide of calamity and despair which afflicts the world, and which is mysteriously paving the way for its unification and ultimate redemption. May the Beloved guide every step you take, and bless every endeavour you exert in His path. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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1941

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[TO DELHI]

FEBRUARY 24, 1941

PRAYING FERVENTLY SIGNAL SUCCESS SYMPOSIUM. LOVE

SHOGHI

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[TO SURAT]

FEBRUARY 24, 1941

ASSURE PRAYERS SUCCESS SYMPOSIUM.

SHOGHI

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[To N. R. Vakil]

April 19, 1941

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Shoghi Effendi has instructed me to answer your letters to him dated February 25th and March 21st and 23rd 1941.

He was happy to receive your news and to learn that a number of <p196> the dear friends have arisen to actively promulgate the teachings in new fields in India.

He was also very pleased to hear that now Mr Mani Mehta is feeling better and is on the road to recovery; he will continue to pray for both his health and for his services to the Holy Faith.

Whenever the Guardian receives news of the spread of the Cause it brings him such hope and helps to lighten his heavy burden. This is the greatest need of the present hour in India: More teachers in new fields! His prayers are always being offered for the advancement of this all-important work and the fulfilment of the Six Year Plan.

Shoghi Effendi deeply values your untiring efforts for the welfare and spread of the Cause, and he is happy to hear that your daughters are increasingly able to aid you in this noble work. You and your dear family are remembered in his prayers at the Holy Shrines.

Please convey his loving appreciation of the services that our dear Baha'i brother Prof. Pritam Singh, Mr Abdu'llah Vakil, and Mr Qulam Muhammad Sani are rendering through their travels and lectures.

The Cause in India year by year grows stronger, and as the Indian Baha'is have the great advantage of being free to spread the Message, they should work night and day to establish it in every part of that great land. Today so many of the Baha'is in different parts of the world are unable to teach, and thus the responsibility is greater for those remaining Baha'i Communities which are still able to openly spread the Faith. His prayers are with you all.

Dear and prized co-worker.

I wish to add a few words and reaffirm my deep sense of gratitude for all that you have done and are now accomplishing for the spread and administration of the glorious Faith. The seeds you have so patiently been sowing will no doubt germinate and yield an abundant harvest. Persevere in your great work. I pray that your dear daughters may be blessed and aided to reinforce and carry on the work you are so energetically and devotedly advancing. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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[To: Bombay Baha'i Service Committee]

April 30, 1941

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Shoghi Effendi has instructed me to answer your letter to him of April 21st, 1941.

He was very pleased to receive the annual report of your committees work, and to witness how active the Bombay Baha'is have been during the past year.

He hopes that during the coming Baha'i year your committee, in cooperation with the Bombay Assembly, will accomplish even more in the service of the Holy Faith.

He has noted those friends who passed away during the last Baha'i year, and he will remember them in his prayers.

He will also pray for you and all the members of the service committee, that you may render the Cause great services during the coming year.

May the Almighty bless you and your co-workers, guide and sustain at all times your deliberations, remove every obstacle from your path, deepen your understanding of the fundamental verities of His Faith, and aid you to proclaim them far and wide. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To The Baha'i Youth Group of Bombay]

June 6,1941

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The Guardian has instructed me to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, together with your annual report, dated May 5th, 1941.

He was very pleased to note how active your group has been during the past year, and he hopes and prays that during the coming year, at a time when the world is convulsed with suffering, the Baha'i Youth of Bombay will arise to greater heights of service than ever before and become an example to their fellow youth, wherever they may be.

The responsibility of young believers is very great, as they must not only fit themselves to inherit the work of the older Baha'is and <p198> carry on the affairs of the Cause in general, but the world which lies ahead of them-as promised by Baha'u'llah-be a world chastened by its sufferings, ready to listen to His divine Message at last; and consequently a very high character will be expected of the exponents of such a religion. To deepen their knowledge, to perfect themselves in the Baha'i standards of virtue and upright conduct, should be the paramount duty of every young Baha'i.

They should also undertake as much teaching work as possible, both local and of a pioneer nature, and thus hasten the fulfilment of India's Six Year Teaching Plan.

The Guardian assures you of his most loving and ardent prayers for your success and welfare.

May the all-powerful spirit that animates this Faith be your guide and sustenance in these days of ever increasing peril and turmoil, and enable you to hold aloft the banner of its principles and teachings and proclaim befittingly its truths and distinguishing features. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To The Baha'i Youth Committee of India

June 19, 1941

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Shoghi Effendi has instructed me to thank you for your greeting sent to him on the occasion of your annual Baha'i Youth Symposium for 1940.

He has been most encouraged by the increasing evidences of the activity of the Baha'i youths of India, and their determination to play their part in the great teaching campaign which the believers of that country have undertaken. The responsibility of the Baha'i youth is very great indeed, as they constitute the generation of Baha'is who will be called upon to help re construct the world after this devastating war is over. They should devote their lives to the supreme objective of perfecting themselves as members in Baha'u'llah's divine World Order. The Guardian hopes that during the coming year an ever-increasing number of young believers will devote themselves to teaching the Cause and helping the Six Year Plan to be fulfilled.

The Guardian will offer his ardent prayers on your behalf in the <p199> Holy Shrines, that Baha'u'llah may bless your work and enable you each and all to render the Faith great services.

May the blessings of Baha'u'llah be constantly showered on your labours, and may His all powerful spirit inspire, stimulate, and guide your newly initiated undertaking and enable it to expand, and fulfil its high purpose. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To The Baha'i Youth Committee Of India]

June 19, 1941

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Shoghi Effendi has instructed me to answer your letter to him of June 5th, and to acknowledge the receipt of the five greetings sent him by the Baha'i Youth Symposium, held in various Indian cities, as well as the general letter and information circulated by your Youth Committee.

He was very happy to see that the work of the Baha'i Youth Committee of India is progressing so well, and that each year a greater number of Baha'i young people are taking an active part in the teaching work of that vast country.

The Guardian feels that the role of Baha'i Youth in these days is becoming increasingly important, and that your committee, as well as all local youth Committees, should do all in your power to encourage the Baha'i young people to a greater activity and sense of responsibility.

In the field of teaching, in pioneer service and settlement, in the administration of the Cause, they must increasingly take an active part, as upon these same youth will devolve the many and heavy responsibilities of the future when the Baha'is will be called upon to demonstrate to their fellow men the perfection of Baha'u'llah's laws and world order in such a manner that bewildered humanity will turn to them as their only refuge.

He will continue to offer his ardent prayers on your behalf and for the success of your Committee's undertakings throughout the coining year. <p200>

Dear and valued co-workers.

I was greatly cheered and heartened by the expression of devotion, determination, loyalty conveyed in the welcome message enclosed in your letter, attesting the magnificent spirit that animates the Baha'i Youth of India. They are indeed the object of my unfailing solicitude and of my ardent and constant prayers. I feel proud of the work which they are so strenuously promoting. Baha'u'llah is indeed well pleased with them, and our beloved Master will no doubt reinforce their labours. May their work prosper, and their numbers increase and their influence extend, and their highest hopes be fulfilled. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To N.R. Vakil's Daughters]

June 19, 1941

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Shoghi Effendi has instructed me to write and thank you for your greeting sent to him on the occasion of the Baha'i Youth Symposium - for 1940.

Though as yet your youth group is small in number he hopes that through your efforts during the corning year it will grow and become a strong and vital one and play an important part in helping the youth of India to better serve the Cause of Baha'u'llah.

The field of work open to Baha'i young people is very great, and they must increasingly bear their share of the all-important teaching campaign which the Indian Baha'is have embarked upon.

Assuring you of the prayers of the Guardian for your work, and of his loving remembrance in the Holy Shrines.

May the almighty spirit of Baha'u'llah guide and sustain you both, and enable you to lay a firm foundation for future Baha'i youth activity, and fulfil the hopes and wishes of your dear parents for your future service in the Divine Vineyard. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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JUNE 25, 1941

DEPLORE LULL PROSECUTION TEACHING ENTERPRISE SIX

YEAR PLAN. OPPORTUNITY PRICELESS TIME SHORT FIELD

IMMENSE RIPE. SISTER COMMUNITIES EUROPE IRAN EGYPT

IRAQ HOLY LAND IMPERILLED RESTRICTED CONTRASTING

FREEDOM SECURITY INDIAN BELIEVERS. APPEAL ASSEMBLIES

INDIVIDUALS COORDINATE EFFORTS EXPLORE FULLY

POSSIBILITIES PRESENT GOLDEN HOURS. CABLING TWO

HUNDRED POUNDS NUCLEUS SPECIAL TEACHING FUND

DEDICATED INTENSIFICATION CAMPAIGN DESIGNED INITIATION

PIONEER SETTLEMENT MULTIPLICATION BAHA'I

CENTRES. ARDENTLY PRAYING ABHA BLESSINGS.

SHOGHI

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[To Abbas Ali Butt]

June 29, 1941

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Shoghi Effendi has instructed me to acknowledge the receipt of your welcome letter to him of June 5th, together with the enclosed financial reports, as well as the report of the 13th annual Baha'i Convention and the National Spiritual Assembly's report presented to the delegates at the Convention.

He was very happy to note the spirit of true and profound dedication to their holy task of spreading the Faith in India and Burma which the members of the National Spiritual Assembly manifest, and he feels sure that, if they exert the utmost effort, they will, through the confirmations of Baha'u'llah, succeed in fulfilling what is required of them under the Six Year Plan. He regrets very much that circumstances have prevented any active furtherance of the teaching work during the past Baha'i year. Because of this the Guardian felt impelled, after reading your Assembly's letter, to transmit by cable the sum of two hundred pounds sterling to be set aside by your Assembly as the nucleus of a special fund to be established for the specific purpose of furthering the all India teaching campaign of the Six Year Plan. He trusts that this will stimulate the body of Indian Baha'is to also contribute to this fund generously and by providing the necessary means to enable them to speedily fulfil the task they have vowed to carry out. <p202>

Concerning the methods to be adopted for the realization of your urgent task, Shoghi Effendi approves of the suggestion that some business firms open branches in new districts and thus provide Baha'i settlement by this means. However, he feels that this will not be enough, and that all the Spiritual Assemblies, as well as each individual believer, should rally to this great opportunity which, indeed, may not again be presented to them, of spreading the Faith through the length and breadth of India while they are still in a position to do so. The world is day by day becoming increasingly involved in this cataclysmic struggle, but so far the Baha'is of India, Australia, New Zealand and the American continents have not felt either the dangers or the restrictions imposed on less fortunate communities which find themselves either over run and temporarily eclipsed, or in the actual theatre of war. Therefore the believers of India should not allow these truly priceless days to slip by without exerting themselves to the utmost and sacrificing comfort, home, and money, to the great duty of giving the Divine Message to the people of their vast country.

Smallness of numbers, lack of skilled teachers, and modesty of means should not discourage or deter them. They must remember the glorious history of the Cause, which, both in East and West, was established by dedicated souls who, for the most part, were neither rich, famous, nor well educated, but whose devotion, zeal and self-sacrifice overcame every obstacle and won miraculous victories for the Faith of God. Such spiritual victories can now be won for India and Burma by the friends. Let them dedicate themselves-young and old, men and women alike-and go forth and settle in new districts, travel, and teach in spite of lack of experience, and be assured that Baha'u'llah has promised to aid all those who arise in His Name. His strength will sustain them; their own weakness is unimportant.

In reading your annual Convention report the Guardian has noted the request made that the National Spiritual Assembly should lay down certain rules of procedure. He has already informed the American National Spiritual Assembly that they should henceforth refrain from laying down any further rules and regulations, as these would tend to rigidify the affairs of the Cause and ultimately obscure its spirit and retard its growth. He feels that your Assembly should exercise the same care, and avoid introducing any rules of procedure not already in existence. Every case coming before the Assembly should be judged on its own merits, and be decided individually without any recourse to new rulings. The Guardian will constantly pray <p203> for the success of all your undertakings, as well as for the welfare and progress of all the dear believers in India and Burma. Particularly will he remember in his prayers the members of the National Assembly who are called upon to direct, coordinate, and carry out the Indian Baha'is' great and noble teaching enterprise.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The Six Year Plan, which you have so nobly conceived and so enthusiastically initiated, must, during these crucial years, when the first century of the Baha'i Era is drawing to a close, be prosecuted with Un remitting energy, and unshaken determination. The vastness of the field, the smallness of your numbers, the indifference of the masses, must neither discourage nor appal you. You should at all times fix your gaze on the promise of Baha'u'llah, put your whole trust in His creative Word, recall the past and manifold evidences of His all-encompassing and resistless power, and arise to become worthy and exemplary recipients of His all sustaining grace and blessings. I appeal to every Indian and Burmese believer, however modest his position, however limited his knowledge, however restricted his means, to rise to the height of this great opportunity which if missed will not recur again. To disperse, to settle, to teach by word and deed, to persevere rind sacrifice are the requirements of the present hour. May the Almighty, Whose Cause you are labouring to advance, endow you and your fellow workers with all the wisdom, the strength, and guidance that you need to acquit yourselves worthily of this task.

Shoghi

[To N.R. Vakil]

July 3, 1941

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Shoghi Effendi has instructed me to answer your letter to him of June 2 1st.

He was very sorry indeed to learn that you are in such poor health, and he wishes to assure you that he will pray most ardently for your complete recovery. He feels that for the present time you should devote yourself entirely to taking care of yourself and regaining the <p204> balance of your health. For this purpose you should give up both your professional activities and your Baha'i work, if necessary, and place the regaining of your heath above all else.

Your services are greatly needed in the Cause at this time-the Guardian is fully aware of this-but he believes the best way you can at present serve it is to take care of yourself, so that you may all the sooner resume your valuable services to the Faith in India.

He will also remember in his prayers your dear family, and hopes that they will hasten the recovery of your health and assist all they can in the teaching work.

With the assurance of his loving thoughts and prayers.

P.S. The Guardian trusts that the detailed wire he sent to Abbas Ali Butt, through your address, has reached you safely. He has cabled the sum of two hundred pounds direct to Abbas Ali Butt as a nucleus for a special teaching fund to be used for the furtherance of the teaching activities of the Indian and Burmese believers under the Six Year Plan. He will specially pray for you all from the depths of his heart.

Dear and prized co-worker:

I grieve to learn of your illness, and I have hastened to assure you in my wire of my special prayers for your recovery. You should subordinate everything to this primary issue, even your activities for the Faith. I will continue to supplicate the Beloved to enable you to render still greater in the days to come, and to preserve you and your dear family, and extend to you always His protection. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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[To N.R. Vakil's Daughters]

August 1, 1941

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The Guardian has instructed me to answer your letter to him of July 13th, which he was happy to receive.

The great devotion which you two sisters have for our beloved Faith pleases the Guardian very much. You must seek to follow in the <p205> footsteps of your dear father and to become outstanding maidservants in the Cause of God in India.

To study Persian is excellent, and next to this make every effort to master the English language, as it will enable you to speak to people of all races and to read the wide literature on the Faith and allied subjects which is available in that tongue.

He would also advise you to aid in the advancement of the Baha'i youth activities as much as possible; to write, lecture, hold meetings, and prepare yourselves and others for future responsibilities.

Kindly assure your dear father of the Guardian's continued prayers on his behalf. He hopes he is daily improving in health. You must take the best care of him.

He will pray for you both, that Baha'u'llah may bless and guide you and lead you to render great services to His Faith.

With the renewed assurance of my constant prayers for your spiritual and material advancement under the shadow, and through the power, of the Faith of Baha'u'llah. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To N. R. Vakil]

October 5,1941

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The Guardian has instructed me to answer your letters to him dated June 27th, July 8th, and September 18th.

The Guardian was very happy to see from your last letter that your health is sufficiently improved for you to resume your work. He would advise you, however, to not overdo and to continue to act in accordance with the advice of your doctor. He himself will continue to pray for you, that Baha'u'llah may give you strength to render His Cause many outstanding services in the years to come. Shoghi Effendi was also very happy to hear from you that you consider the Faith is making substantial progress in India, due to the tireless and devoted efforts of our Baha'i brothers and sisters in that land. He would, however, urge the friends to follow the example of the American believers by sending out more pioneers to work in territories where there are no Baha'is. This is in accordance with the idea <p206> expressed by the beloved Master in the Divine Plan Tablets, and should be followed by all Baha'is.

The Guardian will pray for the success of the Summer School to be held in Surat. He is delighted that the Indian friends are so well organised and are, year by year, strengthening the administrative institutions of their Faith.

In closing he assures you of his loving prayers for yourself, your wife, and daughters, that God may bless you all and aid you to render His Faith great and historic services.

Dear and prized co-worker:

I am eagerly and hopefully awaiting to witness fresh evidences of the renewed determination of the believers throughout India and Burma, to carry aloft and into virgin territories the torch of Divine Guidance, despite the dark clouds that threaten on the horizon. In these days of stress and peril, every effort expended, every victory achieved, every sacrifice made, will be rewarded a hundredfold. I will pray earnestly and continually that the friends may evince such zeal and perseverance as to ensure the complete success of the Six Year Plan which they, of their own accord, have so splendidly initiated. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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[To an individual believer]

October 5, 1941

Many are the souls who, in this Holy Cause, without either worldly means or knowledge, have set ablaze the hearts of others with the divine love and rendered the Faith imperishable services

DECEMBER 12, 1941

WIRE NEWS SAFETY FRIENDS RANGOON MANDALAY PARTICULARLY

DISTINGUISHED BELOVED SIYYID MUSTAFA

ASSURE THEM FERVENT PRAYERS.

SHOGHI

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[To N. R. Vakil]

December 16, 1941

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letter of October 27th was recently received, and the Guardian has instructed me to answer you on his behalf. He was very happy to receive so much good news of the progress of the Baha'i teaching work in India, as well as the success of the Summer School.

The fact that the friends of India, and also of Iran, are now finding themselves in a position where they can arise and teach the Cause far and wide, greatly cheers the Guardian's heart. He hopes that the Baha'is of India, in spite of the fact that the war is now so close to their native land, with all its attendant dangers and problems, will allow nothing to deter them in their prosecution of their Six Year Teaching Plan for India and Burma.

Now is the time of true test and trial-the time when the friends must follow in the footsteps of the first Persian believers, who, heedless of comfort and even life itself, raised the Banner of Baha'u'llah's Faith aloft, for all the world to see and follow.

He feels confident that the believers, led by their National Spiritual Assembly, and aided and inspired by their Local Spiritual Assemblies, will arise to new heights of service, and distinguish themselves in the eyes of the Baha'i world. His constant prayers will be offered on their behalf, and he will remember them in the Shrines with love and yearning for their success.

He wishes to assure you he will continue to pray for your health and strength and that you may render the Cause even greater services in the future than those you have already rendered in the past. He will also pray for Mr Fozdar and his teaching work, as well as for all the other dear teachers and friends you mention in your letter.

With his loving greetings to you, your wife, and daughters, for whom he will also pray.

Dear and valued co-worker:

I wish to add a few words in person and appeal to you, and through you to the dear friends in Burma and India, not to allow, despite the increasing gravity of the international situation and the dangers that threaten the East, the work, which has been so enthusiastically initiated, to suffer through any relaxation of effort, or any deflection of purpose, on <p208> the part of any individual or Assembly. These perils, sufferings and commotions are blessings in disguise, which pave the way and prepare the hearts of those who face and sustain them for a deeper realization and an earlier and fuller acceptance of the Divine Message of Baha'u'llah. The opportunities are manifold and priceless. Every effort should be exerted, every sacrifice should be made, every obstacle should be surmounted.

Shoghi

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[To The Baha'i Youth Group Of Delhi]

December 27, 1941

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your letter of July 25th has just recently been received by the Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He is very happy to hear that the Baha'i Youth Group of Delhi are so intent on preparing themselves to face the hard days ahead of them, and ahead of the whole world, in the true Baha'i spirit of dedication to their great task of laying the spiritual foundation for the glorious future awaiting mankind after the days of its ordeal are past.

He hopes that, in view of the increased range of the war, you will face your task of self-preparation with even greater seriousness and devoutness than you have already done.

The young Baha'is of India must take part in all the work of the Indian Baha'i Community, whether it be in teaching the Cause, pioneering in new territory, attending the Summer School, or aiding in the administrative work of the Faith. Only in this way can they prepare and train themselves for all that they will have to do in the future.

Rest assured that the Guardian takes the deepest interest in your development, and that he often prays for you in the Holy Shrines.

May the almighty Spirit of Baha'u'llah guide, sustain, and protect you, and enable you, together with your fellow youth in India and Burma, to promote the interests, and prepare yourselves for cm effective furtherance of the Faith in the days to come. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly

December 27, 1941

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The Guardian has instructed me to acknowledge the receipt of your letters dated August 17th, and December 1st, as well as their enclosures.

He read with great interest the report of the progress of the teaching work in Kashmir, as well as the wonderful news of the departure of Mr Yaganagi and family for Bangalore...

It rejoices his heart to see that the Indian believers are now rising to such noble heights of self sacrifice and utter devotion to the Faith of God, and that they are, despite the great difficulty of these wartimes we are living through, determined to fulfil their Six Year Plan of teaching the Baha'i Cause in India and Burma, and complete the spread of its divine and healing message to her peoples before the end of the first Baha'i century.

He was very sad to hear of the persecution of the Baha'is of Kadwai by the fanatical Muslim population. Please convey to the friends there the assurance of his most loving prayers for their protection, and tell them that, though they are suffering for their Faith, this very persecution is a blessing to the believers of India, as we know that wherever the Cause has suffered it has always grown stronger and attracted more attention and more adherents.

He was also very pleased to hear of the success of the Summer School this year. The Indian Baha'is have every reason to feel encouraged by the marked progress of their activities in all fields.

Regarding your question as to the use of A'rabs on the Arabic texts of the Tablets; The Guardian feels that this is a matter which concerns the entire Baha'i world, and requires to be worked out by a highly specialized group of qualified people at some future date. He, therefore, wishes you not to print the A'rabs on the Holy Tablets except on rare occasions where it is absolutely necessary in order to distinguish the word from some other word just like it.

In regard to the numbered questions in your August 17 letter:

#1 2, 3. 'Abdu'l-Baha' is the one who has interpreted the reference of the Bab concerning David, by saying that there were two Davids, one of them was the author of the Psalms. The Tablet in which the Master states this is absolutely authentic, but at the <p210> moment the original is not available.

#4. The Bab said that whenever "He whom God will make manifest" appears, accept Him. He never said don't accept Him until after the lapse of 1000 years. Also Baha'u'llah says that in the year 9 of the Babi Dispensation the time was ripe for the Revelation of "He whom God will make manifest". As the Bab was not only a Manifestation but a Herald of this Baha'i Faith, the interval between His Revelation and that of Baha'u'llah was of shorter duration. His Dispensation in a sense will last as long as Baha'u'llah lasts.

#5. There are no doubtful verses in the Holy Book, the Aqdas. The reason it is not circulated amongst all the Baha'is is, first, because the Cause is not yet ready or sufficiently matured to put all the provisions of the Aqdas into effect and, second, because it is a book which requires to be supplemented by detailed explanations and to be translated into other languages by a competent body of experts. The provisions of the Aqdas are gradually, according to the progress of the Cause, being put into effect already, both in the East and the West.

#6. No vowel points, as A'rabs, should be published with any part of the text of the Aqdas. Certain of the Tablets may be translated in Urdu, but not the Aqdas itself, for the reasons mentioned above.

#10. The books of the Bab have not as yet been printed in the original. Except for the Bayan, the Seven Proofs, and Commentary on the Surih of Joseph, we cannot be sure of the authenticity of most of His other works as the text has been corrupted by the unfaithful.

#11. Nabil refers to the works of Shaykh Ahmad and Siyyid Kazim in his book.

#12. The Universal House of Justice is elected by the members of the National Houses of Justice. At this time when the National Assemblies in the Cause are not yet functioning sufficiently or fully representative of all the various important elements within it, and when some of the Baha'is are not even free to practice their faith, despite their numbers, it is quite impracticable to seek to establish the Universal House of Justice. Whenever conditions permit, it will be established...

The Guardian wishes the members of your Assembly to persevere, in spite of the dangers of the war now raging near to India, in the all-important task of fulfilling the Six Year Plan.

He is confident that the friends of India and Burma like their Baha'i brothers and sisters of other lands, will surmount every obstacle, overcome every difficulty, and emerge victorious at the end of the <p211> first Baha'i Century.

He assures you all of his loving and ardent prayers for the progress of your work, your protection, and guidance in these difficult and momentous days.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The news conveyed by your latest communication has rejoiced my heart. The manner in which the friends have arisen to promote the teaching work throughout their country merits the highest praise. By their enthusiasm, their self-abnegation, the determination and vigour they display, they have lent a fresh impetus to the onward march of the Faith and the expansion of its institutions and the multiplication of its administrative centres. The perils of the present hour, the repercussions of this tremendous world ordeal on their native land, must, in no wise, alarm or discourage them. Their purpose must never be deflected, their enthusiasm never dimmed, their vision never obscured, their exertions never discontinued. Adversity prepares the hearts of men, and paves the way for a wholehearted and general acceptance of the tenets and claims of our beloved Faith. Challenged by the obstacles in their path, encouraged by work already initiated, assured of the Divine Promise of Baha'u'llah, let them forge ahead until their goal is attained. My prayers will ever surround them.

Shoghi

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DECEMBER 29, 1941

IRRESPONSIBLE SISTER MEHRANGIZ FOLLOWED EXAMPLE

MUHSIN 'S DAUGHTER HER EXPULSION INEVITABLE INFORM

FRIENDS

SHOGHI

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1942

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

January 10, 1942

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The Guardian has instructed me to answer your letters of August 28th and December 18th, and to explain that pressure of work has, of late, necessitated his postponing answering his letters.

He has been greatly encouraged by the work the Indian believers are doing in the pioneer teaching field. It makes him proud to behold the way this great Eastern nation is arising, through its enlightened Baha'is, to serve the Cause of God, and is fast pushing to the forefront of Baha'i service, and becoming an example and an inspiration to the other Baha'i communities in the Orient and Far East.

The noble response the Indian friends are making to his appeals has encouraged him to send them further donations for their teaching work, and he trusts that, under the indefatigable leadership of the National Spiritual Assembly, they will redouble their efforts, and push on to the full and glorious completion of the Six Year Plan they laid down for themselves with sash courage and devotion. <p213>

Realizing the delicate situation in Hyderabad the Guardian answered Sir Amin Jung's letter at once and encouraged him and the other Baha'is there to persevere in serving the Faith, using, however, tact and wisdom.

The establishment of the Hyderabad Assembly and that of Bangalore are great steps forward, and the Guardian is waiting hopefully to receive the good news of more new spiritual Assemblies in this coming Baha'i year. He was also very pleased to hear that the Summer School is becoming an institution of national importance, and that the friends are increasingly attending it and realizing its great value in the life of the entire Community of believers. In a country such as India it might grow to be the first permanent institution of Baha'i learning if the believers support it sufficiently and carry out their teaching campaign with whole hearted devotion and zeal; for, with the influx of many new Baha'is into the Cause in that country, it should not be difficult to evolve it into a Baha'i university as time goes by.

The Guardian wishes to convey, through you, his loving appreciation of their noble services to all the dear Indian believers who have gone out as pioneers and teachers in these momentous days. He will remember them, and all the Indian friends, in his prayers in the Holy Shrines, and supplicate for them a victorious conclusion for their Six Year Plan by 1944.

He assures you, and all the members of the National Spiritual Assembly, of his deep appreciation of your unsparing and devoted services, and his loving prayers for your guidance and protection.

Dear and valued co- workers.

I have been greatly heartened in my arduous task by the remarkable evidences of activity, devotion, and perseverance which the believers in India have lately manifested, and by the manner in which they have arisen to promote the Cause of our Beloved, and extend the range of its institutions. I admire their spirit, and feel truly proud of their achievements. The field is indeed vast, and the problems manifold, but the spirit they have demonstrated will, if kept alive, enable them to surmount every obstacle. My prayers will continue to be offered on their behalf and particularly for those who are p canting the banner of the Faith in virgin territories. How glorious their task, how meritorious their accomplishments.

Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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FEBRUARY 22, 1942

WIRE SAFETY FRIENDS MANDALAY ASSURE THEM CONTINUED

PRAYERS.

SHOGHI

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FEBRUARY 22, 1942

ASSURE BAHA'I YOUTH DEEPEST APPRECIATION PRAYING

SUCCESS.

SHOGHI

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[To N. R. Vakil]

February 23, 1942

Dear Baha'i Brother, Your two letters of December 13th and January 2nd were safely received, and the Guardian has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He was very relieved to hear from Mr Butt that the Burmese Baha'is were all safe, and he trusts that, in spite of the grave dangers now so near them, God will continue to overshadow them, and protect them in His mercy and wisdom.

We Baha'is are indeed most blessed in that we know that, however dark the days immediately ahead of the human race, the future is blessed and glorious. It is for this future that the believers must labour day and night, heedless of the state of the world and the dangers threatening.

The Guardian will continuously pray that Baha'u'llah will strengthen and guide the Indian friends to succeed in their teaching plans, and to persevere in their efforts until they have completed the Six Year Plan.

He was very happy to hear that your health was improving, and he will continue to pray for you and your dear family. May God bless and protect you all.

Dear and valued co-worker:

In these days when perils are fast gathering about India and Burma my heart and my thoughts turn increasingly towards the friends, and <p215> particularly those who are vigorously and devotedly promoting the interests of the Six Year Plan. I will specially and fervently pray for them all, that their vision may not be obscured, that their efforts may not diminish, that their courage may remain unedited, and their steadfastness and loyalty unshaken. The greater their problems and anxieties and the more formidable the obstacles in their way, the more glorious and abundant will be the recompense and blessings that will be bestowed upon them by their all seeing, their all-bountiful, all-powerful Master. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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[To the Local Spiritual Assembly of Karachi]

March 15, 1942

Dear Baha'i friends:

The letter of your Assembly, dated January 2nd, has been received by the Guardian, together with the enclosed copy of the deed of "Happy Home", and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He was very pleased to learn of this endowment, now registered in the name of your Spiritual Assembly, and most generously contributed to the Faith of Baha'u'llah by the dear Baha'i friends Mr and Mrs. Bakhtiari.

This is, indeed, a great asset to your local Baha'i Community, and the Guardian wishes you to please convey his personal appreciation of the eminent services they have rendered to the Cause to Mr Bakhtiari and his wife.

It is of the utmost importance that gradually, as the Communities grow stronger, they should acquire endowments to be used for the benefit of all the Baha'is. This not only reinforces the sense of community life, but enhances the prestige of the Faith in the eyes of their fellow citizens.

The Guardian will pray that this new "home" may indeed be happy and blessed in every way. He will also pray that the dear believers of Karachi may be protected and guided in these dark and difficult days, and that they may render the Cause many noble and exemplary services.

Assuring the members of your Assembly of his loving prayers for them, and with Baha'i greetings, <p216>

Dear and valued co-workers:

I wish to assure you in person of my loving appreciation of your constancy in service and your exemplary devotion to the Faith. I will continue top ray for you from the depths of my heart. Persevere, and rest assured.

Shoghi

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[To N.R. Vakil's Daughters]

March 20, 1942

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your letter to the Guardian dated March 12th, and informing him of your father's illness, was received last night, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He immediately sent a telegram to your dear father assuring him of his prayers for his recovery. He hopes that he received it safely.

Your father has rendered the Cause of God many noble and devoted services, and the Guardian hopes and prays he will be able to render many more in the days to come.

He trusts that you are doing all in your power to take care of your father and nurse him to a speedy recovery; also that you, both young and full of devotion for the faith, are learning to serve it, and thus find ways and means of helping your father to perform his important duties in connection with the Cause and its work.

He assures you both of his most loving and fervent prayers being continued for your father, also he Will pray for you, that you may grow to render the Cause distinguished services and thus follow in his footsteps.

Please convey his loving greetings to both your father and your mother.

Assuring you of my special prayers for the complete and speedy recovery of your dear and highly valued father, whose services have truly enriched the annals of God's Faith in India, and with the assurance of my prayers for your protection and spiritual advancement. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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March 26, 1942

ANXIOUS NEWS MANDALAY FRIENDS. ASSURE THEM CONSTANT

REMEMBRANCE FERVENT PRAYERS.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 22, 1942

LOVING APPRECIATION INDIAN BELIEVERS MESSAGE.

ASSURE THEM PRAYING REDOUBLED FERVOUR THEIR PROTECTION

UNITY REALIZATION HIGHEST ASPIRATIONS SERVICE

FAITH.

SHOGHI

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[To an individual believer ]

May 8,1942

He assures you that in these dark times, his prayers are frequently offered for the Baha'is of India, that God may strengthen their faith, guide them, and protect them.

There is no refuge in the world today except the Cause of Baha'u'llah. The believers must rest assured that, having the Faith, they have everything. They must place their lives in the Hand of God; and, confident of His Mercy and Protection, go on teaching the Cause and serving it, no matter what happens...

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[To an individual believer]

May 16, 1942

Now is the time for the believers everywhere to demonstrate the quality of their faith-for these are times of danger and difficulty, and a deed done in His Name today is worth much labour under ordinary conditions of peace and comfort... <p218>

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[To Abbas 'Ali Butt]

June 27, 1942

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letter of February 19th, has been received only a few days ago, together with its enclosures, and the Guardian has instructed me to answer you on his behalf...

The most welcome news of the establishment of the new Assembly in Hyderabad made him very happy, and he is replying to their letter at once...

The friends of India, he feels, must endeavour to obtain a degree of spiritual maturity which will enable them, under all circumstances, to concentrate on the broad, essential tasks, and not dissipate their energies in controversy over administrative details, personalities, etc....

 

Dear and valued co-worker:

I wish to assure you in person, in this letter addressed to you personally, of my warm, my abiding, and ever increasing admiration for the spirit you have consistently shown in the discharge of your arduous task and heavy responsibilities. I feel truly proud of the work you have accomplished, and cherish high hopes for your future services to the Sacred Threshold. I will also pray for the speedy solution of the problems which confront you and for the realization of every hope you cherish in His Service. Do not feel disheartened. Persevere, be happy, and assured. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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[TO Abbas 'Air Butt]

June 27, 1942

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The Guardian has instructed me to answer your letters of February 2nd, February 19th, May 25th, June 4th (addressed to Bombay Assembly), and to acknowledge the receipts of your minutes of the annual National Spiritual Assembly meeting and other enclosures.

The photograph you mention having sent of the Hyderabad <p219> friends has not been received, and the Guardian would like you to send him another to place in the Mansion of Baha'u'llah; also he would suggest that you send one to the National Spiritual Assembly of America for publication in "Baha'i News The Guardian has written the new Hyderabad Assembly, and he will indeed pray for their protection and blessing. They are an important group in an important State, and he hopes that your Assembly will render them every assistance and help possible, in order to deepen them in the knowledge of the teachings and in Faith...

The increased activity in the teaching field in India greatly pleased the Guardian, and he feels sure that the more they work the more abundantly will Baha'u'llah bless and confirm their efforts. This is in consonance with a great spiritual law, that when we arise and sacrifice and labour for the Faith, the Divine energies are released, and aid us far beyond our own limited powers of achievement.

The establishment of the Assembly of Kotah, no less than that of Hyderabad, must be viewed in the light of another milestone in the forward march of the Faith in India. The Guardian would like you to convey to all the dear pioneers and teachers whom you have enumerated in your letters, the expression of his deep gratitude for, and appreciation of the wonderful work they are doing. The believers of India, though few in numbers in relation to the millions that form their nation, are performing a service to their fellow countrymen which in the future will be seen in its true magnitude. Let them rest assured and toil ceaselessly for the establishment of the Faith which they serve, and which alone can ultimately heal the ills of the sorely tried mankind...

Concerning the number of delegates and the annual Convention: In view of the fact that the Burmese Baha'is are now completely cutoff from their brethren in India, and as long as this state of affairs continues, the Guardian wishes you to re apportion the 19 delegates amongst the existing Spiritual Assemblies in India.

In closing he wishes me to assure each and every one of you of his deep gratitude for your devoted services, and his ardent and loving prayers for your historic work in this dark period we are all passing through.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The pioneer activities in which the friends in India are so steadfastly, so energetically and so devotedly engaged, in spite of the perils, the <p220> uncertainties and the stress of the present hour, are a marvellous evidence of the indomitable spirit that animates them in the service of the Cause of Baha'u'llah. Perseverance is the magnet that will, in these days, attract the promised blessings of the almighty Author of our beloved Faith. Unity and harmony constitute the basis on which the structure of these activities can securely rest. Self-sacrifice, audacity, undeviating adherence to the essentials of that Faith, will reinforce that structure and accelerate its rise. That the dear friends in India are increasingly demonstrating the quality and depth of their faith and the character and range of their accomplishments is a source of intense satisfaction to me, and I will continue to supplicate our Beloved to guide their steps, cheer their hearts, illumine their understanding, and fulfil their highest and noblest aspirations. He indeed is well pleased with the record of their past services, and will, if they redouble their efforts, enable them to achieve a signal victory. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To The Baha'i Youth Committee]

June 27, 1942

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letter of May the 25th, together with the newspaper clippings you forwarded and the greetings from the Baha'i youth of various cities, were received a few days ago by the Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He is greatly pleased to note the progress which the young Baha'is of India are making. Year by year he sees them growing stronger in faith, more conscious of their duties and privileges as Baha'is, more anxious to develop their knowledge of the Teachings and their capacity to serve in the administration.

He strongly feels that now is the time for them to arise and follow the example of their American brothers and sisters, and begin, wherever possible, to undertake pioneer teaching work. The services rendered in this field by some of the American youth have been little short of astounding, and he sees no reason why the young believers of India should not win for themselves similar laurels in the path of Baha'u'llah.

Their beginning has been excellent, and he hopes that their future will be even more outstanding and praiseworthy. He was very pleased with the publicity they received on the occasion of the annual <p221> Youth Symposium, and feels sure that such speeches and activity cannot but win the admiration of young and old alike among their fellow countrymen.

Kindly assure all the Baha'i youth of India of his prayers on their behalf and of the high hopes he cherishes for their future work in the Cause of God.

Dear and valued co-worker:

I will, in the course of these coming days, answer separately the letter written by the Baha'i youth in various centres in India. I wish now to express to them, through you, my abiding sense of appreciation and gratitude for the spirit they are manifesting for their perseverance and great accomplishments. I will remember them all in my prayers at the Holy Shrines. May the Beloved protect, inspire and sustain them in these days of peril and stress and aid them to farther effectively the interests of a faith so dear to their hearts. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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JUNE 26, 1942

BAHA'I WORLD DEPLORES LOSS DISTINGUISHED PROMOTER

FAITH ABDU'L JALIL SAAD. HIS EMINENT SERVICES AS CHAMPION

CAUSE IN EGYPT AS TEACHER AUTHOR ADMINISTRATOR

UNFORGETTABLE. INFORM FRIENDS HOLD MEMORIAL

GATHERINGS HIS HONOUR.

SHOGHI

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[To The Baha'i Youth Of Karachi]

July 3,1942

Dear Baha'i Friends, Your letter of greetings of February 22nd, has reached the Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He was very happy to see how successful the annual Baha'i Youth Symposium was everywhere in India, and, judging by the newspaper clippings forwarded to him, particularly in Karachi. <p222> That at such a time the young believers should be so busy, both studying the Teachings and spreading them, is an eloquent testimony to the character of their Faith and the devotion it inspires in its adherents. The Guardian hopes that in these days of universal danger and suffering, the young Baha'is of Karachi will play an ever-increasing part in the spread and consolidation of the Faith in that city and nearby centres, and arise and help lighten the load of the older believers who have so patiently and tirelessly served the Cause in that land.

He will pray for you all in the Holy Shrines, that Baha'u'llah may bless and guide your work.

May the Beloved of or hearts sustain and strengthen you to accomplish His will, and further the best interests of His gracious Faith.

Shoghi

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[To The Baha'i Youth of Surat, Care of N.R. Vakil's Daughters]

July 3, 1942

Dear Baha'i Sisters,

The Guardian was very happy to receive your letter sent on the occasion of the Baha'i Youth Symposium, of February 22nd, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

Your exemplary perseverance in holding this day, and the devotion to our beloved Faith which it bears witness to, greatly touched him. He feels sure that your efforts cannot but ultimately result in the spread of the Faith, in that city, to your fellow youth.

The Cause everywhere in India seems to be making remarkable progress, and the young Baha'is are evidently actively preparing themselves to ever increasingly play their part in its spread.

The Guardian hopes that you two sisters will, as time goes by, take your place in the forefront of the Faith in India, and thus gladden the heart of your father who has rendered it so many notable and devoted services.

He assures you both of his loving prayers for your services to the Cause of God.

May the Beloved bless your efforts, and graciously assist you; to establish in the days to come a prosperous centre of Baha'i youth <p223> activities, which will lend an impetus to the progress of the Faith in that neighbourhood. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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JULY 6, 1942

NOTABLE PROGRESS ACHIEVED DEAR INDIAN BELIEVERS

TEACHING FAITH BAHA'U'LLAH IMPELS ME CONTRIBUTE

TWO HUNDRED POUNDS TEACHING FUND. APPEAL INTENSIFICATION

EFFORTS WIDER DISPERSION INCREASE NUMBER

VOLUNTEERS MULTIPLICATION GROUPS ASSEMBLIES.

PRAYING CONSPICUOUS VICTORIES.

SHOGHI

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[To N.R. Vakil ]

July 27, 1942

Dear Baha'i Brother, Your letters of March 7th and 23rd, April 25th, May 6th, June 27th, July 8th and 11th have all been safely received, and the Guardian has instructed me to answer you and thank you for all the painstaking care with which you attend to the matters he refers to you and transmit them to the other National Spiritual Assembly members. He has himself been very busy, or he would have written to you sooner.

The news that your health is steadily improving pleased him very much, as he feels your services are required even more today than they have been in the past. He hopes you will continue to follow your doctor's advice, and thus fully regain your strength. Also the extremely good news of the way the Baha'is of India are arising and serving in new fields in spite of the war conditions prevailing, and the formation of the new Assemblies of Hyderabad and Kotah, the work in Kashmir and various other centres, has all greatly cheered his heart, and impelled him to contribute the sum he forwarded through you to help carry out the many teaching enterprises now under way. The rate at which the Indian believers are advancing is increasingly entitling them to a position in the foremost ranks of the Faith, and will no doubt greatly inspire and encourage other Baha'is of the East to follow their example. Such prizes are to be won in these days of universal trial and suffering, and it makes the Guardian very happy to feel that <p224> some of them are evidently going to be merited by the Indian believers!

It is a great deprivation that the friends should be cut off from their devoted fellow-Baha'is in Burma. We can only hope and pray that Baha'u'llah will protect and watch over them until the ordeal of these times is past, and the faithful believers the world over can again join hands and work together for the peace and progress of the entire world.

The passing of Abdu'l-Jalil Beg Saad was a great loss to the Faith in Egypt, and the Guardian was pleased to hear that his co-workers in India held memorial meetings for him. Such occasions constitute eloquent testimonials to the profound love that binds Baha'is to each other, whoever and wherever they may be.

The Guardian was pleased to hear your daughter has passed her matriculation examinations, and he hopes she and her sister will increasingly feel inspired to serve the Faith in ever-wider fields.

He assures you of his continued loving prayers on your behalf and your family and all the dear friends in India.

Dear and valued co-worker:

I wish to reaffirm my deep sense of satisfaction and gratitude for the sustained, the painstaking and fruitful efforts exerted so far by the Indian believers for the promotion of the Six Year Plan. The limits of the Faith have been enlarged, the centres and groups have multiplied, and the determination and zeal of the prosecutors of the Plan are visibly increasing. I am greatly cheered and encouraged, and will, with redoubled fervour, pray at the Holy Shrines, for the victorious conclusion of the campaign initiated with such devotion, energy, and resolution. May the Beloved sustain them in their noble task. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

July 29, 1942

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letters of July 2nd and 6th, have been safely received, and the Guardian has instructed me to answer you on his behalf. <p225>

The marked, and extremely encouraging, progress which the Cause is making in India has so pleased the Guardian and cheered his over burdened heart that he felt impelled to forward to your Assembly the sum of two hundred pounds to be expended for the further promotion of the teaching work.

That at such a time, when dangers threaten on every side and the whole planet is plunged in war and confusion, the Indian believers should, so steadily and patiently, with such devotion and enthusiasm, pursue their tasks of teaching under the Six Year Plan, is, indeed, a cause for universal acclaim and rejoicing on the part of their fellow-Baha'is.

They are ever increasingly arising to take their place as one of the foremost Baha'i Communities, and their spirit and their accomplishments are arousing the envy and the admiration of their fellow workers in Eastern lands...

All the letters you enumerate in your latest communications, as well as the cable concerning the memorial gatherings for our dear departed brother, Abdu'l Jalil Beg Saad, have been safely received.

Regarding the questions in your letter: The cutting of the hair mentioned in the Aqdas refers to men only.

The placing of the burial stone on the dead has no other significance than to emphasize our profound conviction that our souls come from our Creator and to Him they return, and in Him we believe and trust.

Kindly assure the dear and faithful servant Maulvi Muhammad Abdu'llah, of the Guardian's prayers on his behalf, that he may be strengthened to render the Faith many future and memorable services. Also assure him of his prayers for his son's awakening in the Faith. Express also to Mr Fazil and Mr Samadani the Guardian's appreciation of their fine and tireless services.

He assures you, and your fellow National Assembly members of his profound gratitude for your ceaseless labours, and he will continue to pray for you in the Holy Shrines.

Dear and valued co-workers,

The accomplishments of the believers of India, in virgin fields and in furtherance of the interests of the Six Year Plan, merit the highest praise. Prompted by their achievements, and as a token of my keen appreciation of their notable services, and in order to facilitate further expansion and consolidation of their teaching activities, I have forwarded to you a contribution which I trust will serve as a nucleus for a <p226> Fund designed to promote the vital and urgent interests of the nationwide teaching enterprise in which you have embarked, and which constitutes the greatest single organized undertaking launched in the service of Baha'u'llah in that country. Perseverance, coupled with a spirit of complete dedication to the cause of teaching, will, I feel confident, ensure the triumphant conclusion of your labours. I will continue to pray for you from the depths of my heart. Redouble your efforts and be confident. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

===================

[To the Local Spiritual Assembly of Bombay]

July 29, 1942

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letter of June 24th has been received, together with the various documents and reports you enclosed, and the Guardian has instructed me to answer you on his behalf...

The Guardian has been very pleased to note the progress the Bombay friends have been making in their various activities. He would, however, urge the Bombay Assembly and community to redouble their efforts in the field of teaching; to send forth new souls into the pioneer field, and to devote as much time as possible to fostering the spread of the Cause in nearby centres.

He hopes that the contemplated celebration of the anniversary of the Birthday of Baha'u'llah will prove to be a great success, and he sees no objection to the friends helping nearby centres to hold a similar public meeting to attract new souls and teach the Faith.

In all matters of national importance, or which in anyway transcend the purely local jurisdiction of the Assembly, the Guardian would urge your Assembly to consult with, and seek the advice of the National Spiritual Assembly, as only in this way can administrative authority be upheld, and the work of the Cause progress swiftly... Just as the individual believers are bound to support and sustain their Local Assembly, for the preservation of the unity of the Faith and the strengthening of its as yet embryonic World Order, so must the Local Assemblies obey and sustain their national representatives. The closer the cooperation between local and national Assemblies, the greater will be the power and radiance which can and must stream forth from these institutions to the suffering ranks of humanity. <p227>

The Guardian assures you, and all the members of the Bombay Assembly, of his continued loving prayers for the success of your labours in the Path of God.

Dear co-worker:

The activities of the Indian believers in the teaching field, in these days of uncertainty and peril, deserve the highest praise. I will specially pray at the Holy Shrines for the expansion of the activities to which I attach the utmost importance in these concluding years of the first Baha'i century. What the Bombay believers have accomplished in this respect is noteworthy and I trust and pray that the Beloved may aid, sustain and guide them to achieve great victories in the teaching field in the days [to come].

Shoghi

===================

[To N. R. Vakil's Daughter]

July 29, 1942

Dear Baha'i sister,

Your letter of March 21st was received some time ago by the Guardian, but he was too busy to answer it at the moment, and he has now instructed me to reply on his behalf.

He has first written to your dear father expressing his gratification at the news, conveyed in his letters, of the marked improvement in his health. He hopes you and your sister do all in your power to help him and lighten his work, as his services are of great value to the Faith in India.

The Guardian was pleased to see that you and your sister so faithfully observe the International Youth Day of the Young Baha'is, and he hopes you will succeed in interesting and confirming in the Faith other young people in Surat.

Assure your father of the Guardian's continued loving prayers on his behalf, and for you and your mother and sister as well. <p228>

Wishing you all success in your services to the Faith, and with the renewed assurance of my continued prayers for your father, whose past and present services I will ever remember with loving gratitude. Your true brother,

Shoghi

=================== <p229>

====

1943

====

 

JANUARY 2, 1943

GREATLY CHEERED REMARKABLE EXPANSION TEACHING

ACTIVITIES VALIANT PIONEERS URGE PERSEVERANCE

CABLING THREE HUNDRED POUNDS FACILITATE BAHA'I

SETTLEMENT VIRGIN STATES. PRAYING MAGNIFICENT VICTORIES

RESOUNDING SUCCESS HISTORIC TASK.

SHOGHI

===================

JANUARY 13, 1943

INFORM ALL BELIEVERS COMPLETION EXTERIORS EDIFICE

FIRST BAHA'I HOUSE WORSHIP WESTERN WORLD INITIATED

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO. ADVISE CABLE CONGRATULATIONS

BEHALF INDIAN BELIEVERS EXECUTORS HISTORIC

ENTERPRISE RANKING AMONGST FOREMOST ACHIEVEMENTS

FIRST BAHA'I CENTURY. URGE THROUGHOUT INDIA

WIDEST PUBLICITY HISTORIC EVENT.

SHOGHI

=================== <p230>

JANUARY 13, 1943

COMPLETION TEMPLE BY AMERICAN BELIEVERS NECESSITATES

DIRECT ATTENTION ESTABLISHMENT ADMINISTRATIVE

CENTRE FOR FAITH TN INDIA. ENQUIRE WHETHER

PURCHASE SUITABLE HOUSE IN DELHI AS TEMPORARY CENTRE

PENDING CONSTRUCTION SPECIAL EDIFICE IN FUTURE

POSSIBLE. WIRE AFTER PROMPT CONSULTATION WITH MEMBERS

ASSEMBLY RESULT INQUIRIES REGARDING SITE PRICES.

PRAYING ITS EARLY ESTABLISHMENT ERE CONCLUSION

FIRST BAHA'I CENTURY.

SHOGHI

===================

[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

January 14, 1943

Dear Baha'i Brother,

In perusing the minutes of the meeting of the National Spiritual Assembly the Guardian noted that the book of Mr. Myron Phelps has been translated into Urdu. He has instructed me to write and tell you that he does not advise publishing this book in any language, as it is full of inaccuracies. In America they have also ceased to republish it or circulate it for the same reason.

He regrets very much that so much trouble has been taken in the matter already, only to prove fruitless in the end.

He would also like you to forward to him the copy of the book you have in English for his reference libraries here, as it is, in spite of its inaccuracies, of historic interest. Assuring you of his loving prayers on your behalf in the Holy Shrines.

 

===================

[To N. R. Vakil]

January 28, 1943

Dear Baha'i Brother,

I wish to acknowledge, on behalf of the beloved Guardian, the receipt of your letters dated July 3 1st, August 13th, and November the 15th, (Both written by your daughter on your behalf), October 30th, December 12th, August 21st (which was only received in <p231> January!), and January 15th, 1943, all of which the Guardian has instructed me to answer on his behalf.

As he has often been in communication with you by cable he has delayed answering your letters owing to the extreme pressure of his work, which he has to attend to constantly.

He was very sorry to learn from your last letter that you are again confined to bed. Your services are so needed at present, and you must rest assured that he will ardently supplicate on your behalf in the Holy Shrines, that Baha'u'llah may shower his bounties upon you.

It is, however, very good training for your two daughters in the service of the Cause to now do all in their power to help you, and thus learn more efficiently the plans and administration of our beloved Faith.

Regarding the translation of "Badaie-ul-Assar", by Mirza Mahmud, into English; the Guardian feels that at present an English version of this book is not urgently required but that if Prof. Pritam Singh cares to translate it into Urdu it would be of great service to the Faith in India.

Concerning his recent cable to the National Spiritual Assembly: The Guardian feels that, if feasible, it is highly desirable and necessary that the rapidly growing and strengthening Indian Baha'i Community should have a proper administrative Headquarters, situated in the capital, Delhi, and suitable for the next few years at least. He wishes the National Spiritual Assembly to find a building or house which will suit their requirements in every way, and inform him at once of the price required. He considers that it is premature at present to think of purchasing a site for a future Baha'i Temple. The thing for the friends to concentrate on at present is the Haziratu'l-Quds.

He has been greatly encouraged of late to witness the marked increase of activity shown by the Baha'i Communities everywhere in India. They are demonstrating their right to a place in the foremost ranks of the Baha'i World, and he is very pleased with them, and eager that they should forge ahead in every field of Baha'i life.

He assures you he will pray for all of those dear teachers and pioneers whom you mention in your letter of December 12th, as well as for the success of your daughters' studies and you and Mrs. Vakil. <p232>

May the Almighty graciously assist the Indian believers to establish, ere the close of the first Baha'i century, their administrative headquarters in the capital city of India, and thus befittingly crown their meritorious teaching activities.

Shoghi

===================

FEBRUARY 27, 1943

URGE EXPEDITE CHOICE SUITABLE BUILDING. WIRE FULLY

RESULTS INQUIRIES TO SAVE TIME.

SHOGHI

===================

MARCH 1,1943

ASSURE BAHA'I YOUTH SPECIAL PRAYERS ABUNDANT BLESSINGS

JOINT EFFORTS DELIBERATIONS.

SHOGHI

===================

MARCH 2, 1943

WIRE PRICES DEMANDED PURCHASE SUITABLE BUILDING.

SHOGHI

===================

MARCH 12, 1943

OWING EXORBITANT PRICE ADVISE RENT SUITABLE HOUSE.

SHOGHI

===================

APRIL 21, 1943

DESIRE ADDRESS PLEA REPRESENTATIVES INDIAN BELIEVERS

ASSEMBLED CONVENTION LAST YEAR FIRST BAHA'I CENTURY

DELIBERATE NECESSARY MEASURES PROMPT ESTABLISHMENT

MUCH NEEDED BAHA'I NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS

CAPITAL CITY INDIA. CABLING ONE THOUSAND

POUNDS CONTRIBUTION FUND DEDICATED MERITORIOUS

PURPOSE. ADVISE CONSIDER WAYS MEANS ENSURE BEFITTING

CELEBRATION MAY 1944 CENTENARY FAITH AND PUBLICATION

SURVEY HISTORY FAITH SINCE INCEPTION

INDIA. URGE UNRELAXING VIGILANCE REDOUBLED

EFFORTS ENSURE SUCCESS SIX YEAR PLAN. PRAYING <p233>

ALMIGHTY'S BLESSINGS GUIDANCE MIGHTY UNDERTAKINGS.

HEROIC SELF SACRIFICE IMPERATIVE.

SHOGHI

===================

MAY 1, 1943

REJOICE MULTIPLICATION CENTRES URGE ENSURE UNITY

HARMONY BELIEVERS INDISPENSABLE CONDITION FURTHER

PROGRESS FAITH. ADVISE RENEWED EFFORTS EARLY

ESTABLISHMENT BAHA'I ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS.

SHOGHI

===================

[To The Baha'i Spiritual Assembly of Poona]

May 4, 1943

Dear Baha'i Friends, The Guardian has instructed me to answer your letter dated April 6th, 1943, and also to enclose the two receipts for the loving contributions you forwarded to him.

His very pleased with the progress the believers of India have made in the past year, and he hopes that, during this last year of the First Baha'i Century, they will achieve many victories in the teaching field, and also establish their national Baha'i administrative Headquarters in Delhi.

His constant prayer is that the friends will exert ever-greater efforts for the spread of the Faith in that country, and that the greatest unity and love will prevail amongst them, as without these characteristics they cannot hope to attract souls to the Cause.

He will pray for all of you and for the progress of the Faith in Poona.

May the Beloved protect, guide, and sustain you and enable you to promote efficiently the best interests of the Faith and its institutions.

Shoghi

=================== <p234>

 

[To Tahera and Sushila Vakil]

May 5, 1943

Dear Baha'i Sisters,

The beloved Guardian has instructed me to answer your two letters dated March 4th (from Tahera), and March 7th, (from Sushila). Early this morning he instructed me to reply to your letters and those of your dear father-but before I had a chance to do so the telegram arrived conveying the very sad news of his passing!

This grieved the Guardian very much as he loved and admired your father for his steadfast devotion to the Cause of God, his tireless services and wisdom and ability.

He wishes you both to convey to your dear mother his heartfelt sympathy on so great a loss, and he feels sure you will both do all in your power to lighten her sorrow.

For those who remain behind, death is a hard blow indeed, but for such a soul as your father it is only a step into a new and glorious life, a life of freedom to be near the Eternal Beloved and to serve the Cause of God in those realms of height he has passed to. Your father's constant prayer was that you both should serve the Cause of God, and the Guardian is confident that you will carry out his wishes and thus bring joy to his spirit. He will surely be always watching over you now, closer even than he was in life, and seeking to guide and help you. You could find no better path in life than to follow in his footsteps and live up to his example.

The Guardian's most ardent prayers will be offered for you and your mother in the Holy Shrines, as well as for the exaltation and joy of your father's spirit in the world beyond. With most loving sympathy.

Dear co-workers:

I have just heard the very sad news of the passing of your dearly loved father. This is a great loss to the Baha'i' community in that land and indeed to the Baha'i world. His exemplary devotion, his indefatigable efforts, his shining faith, his unswerving fidelity, his zeal, his magnificent achievements, in both the administrative and teaching spheres of Baha'i activity have enriched the annals of the Cause of Baha'u'llah. I personably greatly loved and admired him. The Beloved, I assure you, was <p235> pleased with him, and will now bless his soul in the Great Beyond. I will pray for him from the depths of my heart. Your true brother,

Shoghi

===================

MAY 5, 1943

SHARE FULLY POIGNANT GRIEF INDIAN BAHA'I COMMUNITY

PASSING ITS DISTINGUISHED CHAMPION FIRM PILLAR

ABLE TEACHER ADMINISTRATOR BELOVED VAKIL. CONCOURSE

ON HIGH ACCLAIM HIS PIONEER HISTORIC SERVICES.

ADVISE HOLD BEFITTING MEMORIAL GATHERINGS

RECOGNITION TRIBUTE HIS HIGH STATION.

SHOGHI

===================

MAY 6, 1943

[REGARDING THE PASSING CT MR. VAKIL]

BAKTIARI BUTT CORNER HOUSE PREEDY ROAD CAMP

KARACHI

HEARTS SORROWFUL GRIEVOUS LOSS PASSING ABHA KINGDOM

OUTSTANDING INDEFATIGABLE EXEMPLARY MUCH

LOVED SERVANT BAHA'U'LLAH. REWARD HIS MANIFOLD

LONG STANDING NOTABLE SERVICES ASSURED. EXTEND

DEEPEST SYMPATHY MY BEHALF HIS FAMILY ASSURE THEM

FERVENT PRAYERS.

SHOGHI

===================

MAY 8, 1943

ASSURE YOUTH CONFERENCE DELEGATES MEMBERS LOVING

REMEMBRANCE SHRINES. URGE CONTINUED ENDEAVOURS

SAFEGUARD CONSOLIDATE UNITY. EXERT

IMMEDIATE EFFORTS WIDER DISPERSION TEACHING VIRGIN

TERRITORIES ESTABLISH URGENTLY REQUIRED ADMINISTRATIVE

HEADQUARTERS MARKING CONSUMMATION

RECENT NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS DEAR INDIAN BELIEVERS

IN TEACHING FIELD. WIRE PERMANENT STREET ADDRESS

FOR FUTURE USE.

SHOGHI

=================== <p236>

MAY 11, 1943

SEND IMMEDIATELY AIRMAIL COMPLETE LIST NAMES ALL

LOCALITIES WHERE ONE OR MORE BELIEVERS RESIDE SPECIFYING

THOSE POSSESSING SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLIES.

SHOGHI

===================

JUNE 3, 1943

EAGERLY AWAITING GLAD TIDINGS INAUGURATION

ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS SOURCE FUTURE BLESSINGS

ACTIVITIES INDIAN BELIEVERS.

SHOGHI

===================

[To 'Abbas 'Ali Butt]

June 22, 1943

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letters dated February 11th, two of May 7th, and May 18th and 24th, have all been received, together with their enclosures, and the Guardian has instructed me to answer them on his behalf.

He was very sad to hear of the passing of our dear and esteemed brother, Mr. Vakil. His loss will be much felt by the Indian believers, and the many services he rendered the Cause will never be forgotten.

It is too bad that he was denied the burial he himself longed for, but no doubt his spirit is now rejoicing in the Abha Kingdom after its long and faithful labours in this world.

Regarding the future residence of Mrs. Vakil and her daughters: The Guardian already cabled advising that they take up their residence in Karachi. He leaves them entirely free of course, but he felt that would be a good place for them in every way. He wishes the National Spiritual Assembly to extend them every assistance and advice.

Regarding your question concerning the secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly: There cannot be any permanently elected secretary who would year after year hold office, as this would be contrary to the principles of the administration; however, the Guardian feels that the National Spiritual Assembly should supply the secretary with a paid helper in order to enable him to carry on his duties properly and at the same time pursue his own profession, if that is necessary for him. In other words the Secretary of the National <p237> Spiritual Assembly can have a full time secretary under him if the work requires it... The Guardian has notified the friends in other countries that, in view of the fact that this is the hundredth year of the Faith and we are going to celebrate our Centenary next May, Spiritual Assemblies may be constituted or elected anytime before next April, wherever there are 9 or more believers. He has done this in order to encourage the friends and stimulate the work everywhere. He would like you to impress this fact on the believers in India so that they may redouble their efforts and have a truly impressive number of Assemblies by next May.

He is sorry to hear that you have not as yet been able to find a suitable house for the National Administrative Headquarters. The establishment of this Headquarters will greatly enhance the prestige of the Indian Baha'i community and stimulate the growth and work of the Cause. He hopes you will soon meet with success, and cable him the glad news he is eagerly waiting to receive.

Mr Mani Mehta forwarded to the Guardian a copy of the National Spiritual Assembly's decision informing him that he must either give up his connection with the War Comforts Fund or his Baha'i administrative work. The Guardian feels that there is no objection to a Baha'i undertaking work of a philanthropic or humanitarian nature and at the same time being on elected Baha'i bodies or holding office in them. The War Comforts Fund is in no way contrary to our principles, and there can be no objection to Mr Mehta's work in this connection. He hopes that the National Spiritual Assembly will clarify this matter and remove any misunderstandings that have arisen.

The friends in India are, after years of labour and devotion, beginning to find their number greatly increased, their Assemblies multiplied; their Faith increasingly well known to the public; they are about to initiate their first National Headquarters, and in a few months will be celebrating the glorious occasion of the hundredth anniversary of their Faith, at such a critical time. They should, one and all, devote their energies to achieving their objectives and impressing upon the public the nobility and beauty of their teachings, divinely inspired, and of such vast import to the entire world, and cast aside, once for all, any differences of opinion or personal viewpoints or prejudices that may hinder the success of their plans and cast a blight on the wonderful achievements they have carried out and are about to crown with still greater victories. <p238>

 

The Guardian feels that the National Spiritual Assembly must from now on coordinate its plans and set in motion its preparations for the Centenary Celebration. The believers must hold gatherings for the Baha'is at exactly 2 hours and 11 minutes after sunset on May 22nd 1944, as this is the exact time when the Bab declared His Mission to Mulla Husayn. They should also arrange to hold public gatherings on May 23rd and enlist the support of prominent friends of the Faith as speakers, together with Baha'i speakers, on that occasion. They should, as far as possible, hold festive gatherings at this time, give banquets at which friends of the Cause and believers are present, obtain as much space in the press of India as possible, and in general devise ways and means of making this a glorious and memorable celebration. He would also like to have the National Spiritual Assembly publish, in conjunction with the Centenary, a pamphlet giving a brief outline of the Faith's origin and teachings and major events in India, since its establishment there, and a detailed outline of the accomplishments of the Indian Baha'i Community, its early history, its development, etc.

He has been greatly encouraged by the progress made by the Indian Baha'i Community in recent years, and he longs to see them shine still brighter amidst its fellow communities the world over.

You may be sure that his loving prayers will be offered on your behalf and on behalf of other National Spiritual Assembly members, that you may speedily find a suitable Haziratu'l-Quds, that the Cause may go on to still greater triumphs during this last year of the Century, and that the unity of the friends may be increased everywhere, as befits our Holy Faith.

Dear and valued co-workers: The celebration of the Centenary of our glorious Faith by the friends in India should, under your direction, and with your encouragement and the assistance of individuals and Local Assemblies throughout India, constitute a befitting conclusion to the magnificent labours and accomplishments that have marked your stewardship in the service of the Cause of Baha'u'llah in recent years. A special fund should be initiated, a strong committee should be set up, the utmost care should he taken, the most diligent efforts should be exerted and every sacrifice should be made to ensure the unqualified success of this great undertaking. I will pray for your success from the depths of my heart. There is no time to lose. The <p239> Beloved will, no doubt, crown your exertions with signal victory if you arise and persevere.

Shoghi

===================

JULY 8, 1943

URGE ATTENDANCE ALL MEMBERS JULY MEETING NATIONAL

ASSEMBLY IN DELHI INSTEAD KARACHI CONCENTRATE

ATTENTION PURCHASE HEADQUARTERS. PRAYING SUCCESS.

SHOGHI

===================

JULY 27, 1943

PRAYING SUCCESS CONCENTRATE PURCHASE BUILDING

AND PROMOTION TEACHING ACTIVITIES.

SHOGHI

===================

AUGUST 5, 1943

ADVISE UNDERTAKE PROMPT MEASURES TRANSLATION

PUBLICATION ESSLEMONT'S BOOK INTO MARATHI TAMIL

AND THREE OTHER LANGUAGES SELECTED BY NATIONAL

ASSEMBLY. MULTIPLICATION ASSEMBLIES ESTABLISHMENT

ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS MUST BE SPEEDILY SUPPLEMENTED

BY MEASURES AIMING MUCH NEEDED PUBLICITY.

PRAYING STILL GREATER VICTORIES. CABLING THREE

HUNDRED POUNDS THIS MERITORIOUS PURPOSE.

SHOGHI

===================

AUGUST 29, 1943

FOR UJJAIN BAHA'I ASSEMBLY. VERY GRATEFUL GLORIOUS

EVENT PRAYING FOR BLESSINGS AND GUIDANCE UJJAIN

FRIENDS.

SHOGHI

===================

OCTOBER 7,1943

WIRE PRICE PURCHASED HAZIRA ALSO WHETHER ANY SURPLUS

FUNDS LEFT.

SHOGHI

=================== <p240>

OCTOBER 15, 1943

CABLING ONE THOUSAND POUNDS NUCLEUS FORMATION

SPECIAL FUND FOR TRANSLATION PRINTING WIDESPREAD

DISSEMINATION BAHA'I LITERATURE. AUSTRALIAN BELIEVERS

ARISING ESTABLISH NATIONAL BAHA'I HEADQUARTERS

SYDNEY. ADVISE CABLE TOKEN CONTRIBUTION INDIAN

BELIEVERS...

SHOGHI

===================

[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

October 26, 1943

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letters dated June 11th, July 2nd and September 5th (2 under this date in one envelope), as well as the enclosures you forwarded have been received, and the Guardian has instructed me to answer them on his behalf.

He was very pleased to hear that the Convention was so well attended, and the believes enthusiastic and united. One of the most paramount needs of the Cause in India is that the friends should unite, should become really keenly conscious of the fact that they are one spiritual family, held together by bonds more sacred and eternal than those physical ties which make people of the same family. If the friends will forget all personal differences and open their hearts to a great love for each other for the sake of Baha'u'llah, they will find that their powers are vastly increased; they will attract the heart of the public, and will witness a rapid growth of the Holy Faith in India. The National Spiritual Assembly should do all in its power to foster unity among the believers, and to educate them in the administration, as this is the channel through which their community life must flow, and which, when properly understood and practised, will enable the work of the Cause to go ahead by leaps and bounds.

The excellent news you conveyed of the progress of the Faith in so many hitherto virgin territories of India, greatly rejoiced the Guardian's heart, and he is proud to witness the manner in which the Indian believers are arising, teaching, and sacrificing for the Faith of God. The friends themselves must be astonished at the rapidity with which the devoted pioneers have succeeded in establishing new spiritual Assemblies; and he hopes that many more souls will, thrilled by these <p241> achievements, follow in their footsteps, and thus ensure a truly glorious celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the Cause next May.

The eyes of the Baha'i world are being increasingly attracted by the achievements of the Indian friends, and they have the opportunity of crowning their Centenary celebrations with a victory outstanding in the records of the Baha'is of the East. The Guardian hopes that in this connection many more Baha'i young people will arise and serve.

They have the advantages of health and freedom from family responsibilities - which are not always enjoyed by older people, and they should cooperate to the full with more experienced believers in carrying on the pioneer work of the Cause.

He is most anxious that now that the National Administrative Headquarters of the Faith has been successfully established-a tremendous step forward for the Faith there-you should give special attention to getting out the Esslemont book in three additional languages as soon as possible.

The Guardian assures you and all the members of the National Spiritual Assembly of his most loving prayers for the success of your arduous labours. Also please convey to all the dear pioneers, and the new believers in virgin territories, his best wishes for the success of their devoted services to the beloved Cause.

Dear and valued co-workers: The achievements of the Indian believers in recent months have been truly stupendous. The Six Year Plan has progressed magnificently; the dissemination of Baha'i literature has been stimulated, the national administrative headquarters, to be henceforth designated as the Haziratu'l-Quds, has been established; a new spirit stirs in the hearts of the believers, teachers, pioneers s well as administrators; the evidences of a fast developing community life are evident everywhere. The impetus lent to these activities must be continually reinforced in these concluding months of the first Baha'i century. The Indian believers have amply demonstrated the vitality of the faith they profess. They mist win fresh Laurels. They cannot rest on their oars. They must scale still loftier heights. They must persevere till the end. They must sacrifice to the utmost. They must unite as never before. They must prove themselves worthy of the task they have so nobly initiated and are now so energetically prosecuting. I will, with redoubled fervour, pray for its consummation. Rest assured. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

=================== <p242>

NOVEMBER 11, 1943

ASSURE KAUSHAL LOVING SYMPATHY APPRECIATION HISTORIC

PERFORMANCE BAHA'I RITES. PRAYING SUCCESS

SUMMER SCHOOL.

SHOGHI

===================

DECEMBER 3, 1943

ASSURE BARODA ASSEMBLY LOVING PRAYERS EXPANSION

ACTIVITIES. GREATLY PLEASED PURCHASE BOMBAY HAT

IRA...

SHOGHI

===================

DECEMBER 24, 1943

REJOICE REMARKABLE MULTIPLICATION BAHA'I ASSEMBLIES

PRAYING STILL MORE NOTABLE VICTORIES LOVING

APPRECIATION INVOKING BLESSINGS KOLHAPUR. ASSEMBLY.

SHOGHI

===================

 

DECEMBER 26, 1943

WIRE NAMES ALL INCORPORATED ASSEMBLIES IN INDIA

AND BURMA.

SHOGHI

=================== <p243>

====

1944

====

JANUARY 4, 1944

ACCLAIM MAGNIFICENT ACTIVITIES INDIAN BELIEVERS

PRAYING CONSOLIDATION BELGAUM ASSEMBLY SUCCESS

CENTRES ALYPORE MADRAS.

SHOGHI

===================

JANUARY 12, 1944

APPRECIATE WALL MAP SHOWING ALL CENTRES WHERE

BAHA'IS RESIDE. LOCAL ASSEMBLIES SHOULD BE INDICATED

BY SPECIAL MARK DISTINGUISHING THEM FROM OTHER

CENTRES.

SHOGHI

===================

JANUARY 13, 1944

CABLING ONE THOUSAND POUNDS FACILITATE SETTLEMENT

STILL GREATER NUMBER BELIEVERS VIRGIN AREAS

WIDER DISPERSION GREATER INTENSIFICATION PIONEER <p244>

ACTIVITIES. HEART FILLED GRATITUDE MAGNIFICENT SERVICES

ALREADY RENDERED.

SHOGHI

===================

JANUARY 19, 1944

DELIGHTED FORMATION ASSEMBLY ANDHERT. PRAYING

SUCCESS.

SHOGHI

 

===================

JANUARY 22, 1944

AIRMAIL UP TO DATE LIST LOCALITIES WHERE BAHA'IS

RESIDE. LOCAL ASSEMBLIES SHOULD BE INDICATED.

SHOGHI

===================

FEBRUARY 15, 1944

OVERJOYED MAGNIFICENT SUCCESSES. PRAYING ABUNDANT

BLESSINGS THREE NEWLY FORMED ASSEMBLIES.

LOCAL ASSEMBLIES SHOULD BE ELECTED AS USUAL DURING

RIDVAN. ANNUAL CONVENTION SHOULD BE HELD SAME

WEEK AS CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS. ADVISE FIX NUMBER

CONVENTION DELEGATES AT 57 OR THREE TIMES NINETEEN.

CHOICE PLACE CELEBRATIONS LEFT DISCRETION

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

SHOGHI

===================

[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

March 19, 1944

Dear Baha'i Brother, Your letters dated December 5th 1943 and January 24th (two of the same date), and January 31st 1944, together with their enclosures, have been received, and the Guardian has instructed me to answer them on his behalf.

Please convey to Dr. Bharghava the assurance of the Guardian's prayers on behalf of his departed wife, and tell him that his courageous stand in having his wife buried according to Baha'i law is highly commendable, and cannot but hasten the emancipation of our <p245> beloved Faith. Also convey to dear Mrs. Vakil his appreciation of her devotion to the Cause and her steadfastness. He has already written her daughter that he is praying for the establishment of an Assembly there, in Surat. He approves of the plans for holding the Centenary, and wishes the annual Baha'i Convention to be held in conjunction with it (as already confirmed by cable to you). All Baha'i Communities free to convene Conventions will be also meeting this year during the Centenary celebrations. This will both facilitate the work of the Cause, stimulate the friends, and be of added interest to the public.

The truly remarkable work accomplished by the pioneers and teachers in India during this last year has greatly pleased, and even astonished the Guardian, and he hopes that the friends, newly enlisted under the banner of Baha'u'llah, will study the Teachings deeply, help to promote unity and concord among the believers, and greatly aid in spreading the Divine Message among the people of India.

In regard to your question about voting by mail; all such details, which are not laid down in the by-laws, are left to the National Spiritual Assembly to decide.

With the assurance of his ardent prayers for a most glorious and successful celebration of our Centenary in May, and his loving greetings to all the National Spiritual Assembly members.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The truly splendid and indeed historic achievements of the Indian believers during the concluding months of the first Baha'i century deserve the highest praise. The repeated and striking evidences of their high accomplishments invigorate, encourage, and excite the admiration of their sister communities in East and West. They are holding aloft the standard of Divine guidance in a manner that cannot but evoke the unstinted praise and the unqualified gratitude of their brethren throughout the Baha'i world. The Beloved is well pleased with their magnificent record of service. I feel truly proud of their stewardship of the Faith of Baha'u'llah, of the spirit which animates them, and of the steadfastness with which they pursue their manifold and ever expanding activities in the service of this glorious Faith. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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MARCH 21, 1944

CABLING THREE HUNDRED POUNDS MY CONTRIBUTION

CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS AND BANQUET MY BEHALF

FOR DELEGATES FRIENDS GATHERED COMMEMORATE HISTORIC

OCCASION. DEEPEST LOVE.

SHOGHI

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MARCH 24, 1944

PRAYING SUCCESS SECUNDARABAD RAJKOT ASSEMBLIES.

AIRMAIL PHOTOSTAT INCORPORATION.

SHOGHI

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MARCH 31, 1944

PRAYING ABUNDANT BLESSINGS BAHA'I YOUTH ACTIVITIES.

WIRE NAMES FOUR LANGUAGES INTO WHICH ESSLEMONT'S

IS TO BE TRANSLATED.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 1,1944

OVERJOYED PRAYING BLESSINGS SURAT HYDERABAD

ASSEMBLIES.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 19, 1944

SUPPLICATING CONFIRMATIONS ALIGARH ASSEMBLY. AIRMAIL

THREE PHOTOSTAT COPIES INCORPORATION CERTIFICATES

BANGALORE VELLORE AHMEDABAD SERAMPORE

ANDHERI BARODA ASSEMBLIES ALSO THOSE PROCESS

INCORPORATION.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 22, 1944

APPRECIATE RIDVAN GREETINGS LOVING REMEMBRANCE.

EXTRAORDINARY PROGRESS BAHA'I TEACHING ACTIVITIES

INITIATED BY INDIAN BELIEVERS NECESSITATES CORRESPONDING

EXPANSION FIELD BAHA'I LITERATURE.

CABLING ONE THOUSAND POUNDS FOR THIS MERITORIOUS <p247>

PURPOSE AS WELL AS FURTHER MULTIPLICATION BAHA'I

CENTRES. PRAYING CONTINUALLY ABUNDANT BLESSINGS.

ADVISE UNDERTAKE IMMEDIATELY TRANSLATION ESSLEMONT'S

INTO RAJASTHANI.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 25, 1944

AIRMAILED FIRST INSTALLMENT SURVEY EVENTS FIRST

BAHA'I CENTENARY IN PERSIAN. WILL MAIL REST GRADUALLY.

CABLE RECEIPT EACH INSTALLMENT.

SHOGHI

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MAY 5, 1944

ASSURE SIWAN MADRAS ASSEMBLIES PRAYERS CONSOLIDATION

ACHIEVEMENTS.

SHOGHI

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MAY 20, 1944

DEEPLY APPRECIATE HEARTILY RECIPROCATE CENTENARY

GREETINGS BELOVED VALIANT VICTORIOUS COMMUNITY

INDIAN BELIEVERS. TRIUMPHANT CONCLUSION SIX YEAR

PLAN SHEDS IMPERISHABLE LUSTRE RECORD COMMUNITY'S

SERVICES FAITH BAHA'U'LLAH COURSE FIRST BAHA'I CENTURY

AND AUGURS WELL STILL GREATER VICTORIES OPENING

YEARS SECOND CENTURY. WITH GRATEFUL HEART

SUPPLICATE THIS GLORIOUS OCCASION UNPRECEDENTED

BLESSINGS HISTORIC TASK SO VAST FIELD IN BOTH TEACH

INC ADMINISTRATIVE SPHERES BAHA'I ACTIVITY.

SHOGHI

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MAY 23, 1944

ANNOUNCE FRIENDS JOYFUL TIDINGS HUNDREDTH

ANNIVERSARY DECLARATION MISSION MARTYRED HERALD FAITH SIGNALIZED BY HISTORIC DECISION COMPLETE

STRUCTURE HIS SEPULCHER ERECTED BY ABDU'L-BAHA ON

SITE CHOSEN BY BAHA'U'LLAH. RECENTLY DESIGNED

MODEL DOME UNVEILED PRESENCE ASSEMBLED BELIEVERS.

PRAYING EARLY REMOVAL OBSTACLES CONSUMMATION <p248>

STUPENDOUS PLAN CONCEIVED BY FOUNDER FAITH AND

HOPES CHERISHED BY CENTRE HIS COVENANT.

SHOGHI

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JUNE 15, 1944

AIRMAIL IMMEDIATELY ALPHABETICAL LIST OF ALL LOCALITIES

IN INDIA WHERE BAHA'IS RESIDE WITH ADDRESS FOR

EACH LOCALITY. LOCALITIES WITH ASSEMBLIES SHOULD BE

MARKED. SPECIFY ALSO STATE WHICH EACH LOCALITY

BELONGS. PROMPT ACTION NECESSARY.

SHOGHI

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JUNE 18, 1944

AIR MAIL IMMEDIATELY THREE PHOTOSTAT COPIES OF CERTIFICATE

INCORPORATION OF EACH FOLLOWING ASSEMBLIES

SECUNDERABAD SERAMPORE AND VELLORE.

SHOGHI

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JULY 8,1944

PREPARE CONDENSED REPORT NOT EXCEEDING THIRTY

PAGES REGARDING ACTIVITIES ACHIEVEMENTS BAHA'I

FAITH DURING PAST FOUR YEARS. MAIL ONE COPY AMERICA

ANOTHER HAIFA PROMPT ACTION NECESSARY.

SHOGHI

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

August 12, 1944

Dear Baha'i Brother, Your letters dated January 6th, March 25th, April the 6th, 19th and 24th (three of that date), May 3rd and 23rd, June the 19th, 21st, 22nd, 24th and 28th (two of that date), July 1st, 4th, 7th, 11th, 12th and 21st have all been received, together with the enclosures forwarded with them, and the beloved Guardian has instructed me to answer them on his behalf.

Regarding the question of paid teachers: As we have no clergy or priests there is no paid career open to Baha'i teachers. This, however, <p249> does not mean that teachers going out to spread the Faith, and unable to support themselves, should not receive money from the National Spiritual Assembly or a Local Assembly. At present it would be quite impossible to spread the Cause if those who arise to serve it as teachers or pioneers were not given financial assistance. All must realize, however, that the moneys they receive are only to enable them to fulfil their objectives, and that they cannot consider themselves permanently entitled to be supported by the Cause. In America the pioneers have made every effort to establish themselves in some position in the place they have gone to settle in, and thus be freed from the necessity of drawing further upon Baha'i funds.

Concerning Mr...'s election to the National Spiritual Assembly.

He considers this quite constitutional as Mr... had returned to India to reside there and it is obvious he is a registered, qualified Baha'i even if his name had not yet been re-included in the register of Indian believers.

The beloved Guardian was delighted to hear the Centenary event went off so well, and he is anxiously awaiting detailed reports and also any films that were taken of the celebrations.

The truly astonishing increase in the number of Baha'i Assemblies in India has been a source of pride to the Baha'is the world over, and he feels your Assembly should guard these new administrative bodies with the greatest of care, so that they may not disintegrate for lack of support. Teachers should be sent to strengthen them and enlarge their work and also, whenever necessary, pioneers. He is also very anxious that the Esslemont book should be printed as soon as possible in the languages already chosen by the National Spiritual Assembly, as this is our most valuable Baha'i book at present to arouse the interest of the public and present the Faith in its correct light.

He hopes the dear Indian Baha'is will carry on, with renewed determination, their noble labours for our beloved Cause and, in the greatest love and unity, arise to teach its healing message to the masses in their great country.

His prayers will often be offered for each and every one of you, and he most deeply values your self-sacrificing labours.

Dear and valued co-workers: The magnificent work achieved by the Indian believers merits the highest praise. The Six Year Plan has been crowned with brilliant <p250> victory. An unassailable foundation has been laid for the institutions of our glorious Faith. Upon this foundation a noble and enduring structure mist be reared in the course of the opening years of the second Baha'i century. The Assemblies that have been organized must be maintained, however great the sacrifices required. The life of the newly functioning community must be continually safeguarded, and enriched through correspondence, visiting teachers, expansion of literature, summer schools, conferences, publicity measures, and other kindred methods. No sacrifice can be deemed too great in order to preserve the benefits and advantages derived from the vigorous prosecution of the Plan. No relaxation of effort should be allowed to blight the fruits that have been so painstakingly garnered.

All must cooperate, all must support every measure conceived, every plan set in motion by the national elected representatives of the Indian believers. My fervent prayers for your success, guidance and spiritual advancement will be continually offered at the Holy Shrines.

Persevere, be confident and happy. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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JULY 28, 1944

URGE HASTEN TRANSLATION PUBLICATION NEW ERA LANGUAGES

RECENTLY CHOSEN. KINDLY MAIL HUNDRED COPIES

EACH AS SOON AS PUBLISHED.

SHOGHI

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AUGUST 23, 1944

INTENSIFICATION TEACHING ACTIVITY AND EXTENSION

RANGE BAHA'I LITERATURE AS NECESSARY PRELUDE

INAUGURATION SYSTEMATIC TEACHING CAMPAIGNS NEIGHBOURING

TERRITORIES COURSE OPENING YEARS SECOND

BAHA'I CENTURY IMPERATIVE. URGE UNDERTAKE IMMEDIATE

MEASURES TRANSLATION ESSLEMONT'S NEW ERA INTO

NEPALI ASSAMESE CHIN LANGUAGES. CABLING ONE THOUSAND

POUNDS PROMOTION TWO-FOLD PURPOSE PRAYING

ABUNDANT BLESSINGS UNPRECEDENTED VICTORY S.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 30 1944

URGE EXPEDITE TRANSLATION PUBLICATION NEW ERA

THIRTEEN LANGUAGES ALREADY CHOSEN. REDOUBLE

EFFORTS URGENTLY REQUIRED NECESSARY PRELUDE

MIGHTY TASKS AHEAD. PRAYING SUCCESS. WIRE PROGRESS

MERITORIOUS ENTERPRISE.

SHOGHI

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NOVEMBER 6, 1944

ADVISE TAKE IMMEDIATE STEPS OBTAIN ENTRANCE PERMIT

FOR DOCTOR YOUNES AFROUKHTEH TO VISIT BAHA'I CENTRES

INDIA SUCH VISIT HIGHLY BENEFICIAL.

SHOGHI

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NOVEMBER 25, 1944

OVERJOYED MAGNIFICENT EXTENSION PUBLICATION

ACTIVITIES. URGE SIMILAR EXERTION NO LESS VITAL. TASKS

PARTICULARLY CONVERSION EXISTING GROUPS INTO

LOCAL ASSEMBLIES. MAIL WHENEVER READY HUNDRED

COPIES EACH ESSLEMONT TRANSLATION AND FIFTY EACH

OTHER PUBLICATIONS. PRAYING EVER INCREASING SUCCESS.

ABIDING GRATITUDE.

SHOGHI

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[To an individual believer]

December 1,1944

Dear Baha'i Brother, The beloved Guardian has instructed me to answer your letters dated September 3rd and 8th, 1943, February 7th and 27th, March 27th, May 4th and June 28th, 1944, as well as to acknowledge receipt of the various reports of the Baroda Assembly which you enclosed.

He also wishes me to acknowledge the receipt of your two letters dated October 26th and November 8th, forwarded to him by the Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly, and to answer the questions contained in them. <p252>

Concerning the Esslemont book in languages read by Hindus: The text of the book can in no way be changed, but two things can be done to make it more suitable for teaching Hindus; a footnote can be added informing the reader that the book was written by a Scotchman who was anxious to present to the Christians the Baha'i Faith in relation to their own religion, and hence he used many Biblical quotations with Baha'i interpretations given; secondly an appendix may be added which will include quotations from the Baha'i Writings suitable to the Hindu mind and interests.

Regarding Baha'i women using facial make-up: Individuals are entirely free to do as they please in such purely personal matters. As Baha'is are enjoined to use moderation in all things, and to seek the Golden mean, the National Spiritual Assembly can, if it deems it necessary or advisable, counsel the believers to use moderation in this respect also.

Concerning your question as to whether a person may sign a registration card and then request his declaration to not be made public: All such administrative details must be referred to the National Spiritual Assembly for decision and their instructions followed...

Assuring you of my prayers for your protection and spiritual advancements.

Shoghi

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DECEMBER 14, 1944

HUNDRED COPIES KENARESE RECEIVED. LOVING APPRECIATION.

ADVISE MAIL FIVE COPIES EACH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

ALSO FUTURE VERSIONS. WIRE DATE PUBLICATION TAMIL

TELUGU URGE EXPEDITE TRANSLATION REVIEWING PUBLICATION

REMAINING LANGUAGES.

SHOGHI

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

December 20, 1944

Dear Baha'i Brother, The beloved Guardian has instructed me to acknowledge the receipt of your various communications dated July 25th, August 3rd <p253> and 7th, four letters dated September 1st, two dated September 6th, two dated September 7th, and also those of September 8th, 14th, 15th, 19th and 22nd, October 5th, 6th, 19th, 28th and 30th, and November 14th, 17th and 22nd. He has also received the various enclosures forwarded with these letters and thanks you for the same.

A few days ago the Kenarese volumes reached him and he was very happy to see them; he has placed most of them in the Mansion of Baha'u'llah and the others he has distributed to various Assemblies and Baha'i libraries. He is eagerly awaiting copies of the various other translations your Assembly has undertaken, and in this connection he urges you again to persevere in your efforts to overcome every obstacle and get these further additions to your Baha'i literature in India speedily out and in the hands of the newly attracted souls.

The Guardian wishes to once again stress the immediate tasks which face your Assembly: The important--and almost miraculous work achieved during the closing years of our first Baha'i Century informing so many Assemblies, most of them in virgin territory, should be carefully consolidated through travelling teachers, additional pioneers (if necessary), extension of financial help, etc., so that none of them will be weakened and forced to revert to group status, also the newly-formed groups should be given every assistance to enable them to become Assemblies and take part in the administrative order of the Cause in India. He urges you to concentrate on these three things: The publication and distribution of the newly translated books; the firm consolidation of the new Assemblies; and the development of existing groups, that they may speedily achieve Assembly status.

Important as new teaching undertakings are, they should not be given precedence at the present time until these other objectives are well on the way to being realized.

The obituary of our dear Baha'i brother, Mr. Vakil, together with his photograph, has been forwarded to America for publication in the "Baha'i World".

In closing let me assure you that the beloved Guardian cherishes the brightest hopes for the future development of the Cause there, and expects great things of the Indian believers in view of the truly remarkable tasks they have been accomplishing these last few years with such a spirit of zeal and devotion. His loving prayers are offered on your behalf and for your fellow members of the National Spiritual Assembly that you may be blessed and guided always. <p254>

Dearly beloved friends..

The achievements of the Indian Baha'i Community during the closing years of the first Baha'i Century have shed a great lustre on the record of their imperishable services ever since the inception of the Faith in their vast and promising country. Both in the teaching and administrative spheres of Baha'i activity they have assiduously laboured, nobly persevered, generously given of their resources, consistently collaborated, achieved mighty victories, and raised to a new level the standard of Baha'i stewardship. The field now stretching before them during the opening year of the second Baha'i Century is vast and highly promising.

The call is urgent, the opportunities priceless, the need of the waiting masses desperate, the machinery for the execution of the Divine Purpose already erected and vigorously functioning, the promise of signal victory clear and definite. A higher degree of administrative efficiency; a closer collaboration between the various elements constituting the organic Baha'i community; a greater measure of self sacrifice; a still more intensified exertion aiming at the consolidation and preservation of the newly constituted Assemblies and the rapid conversion of the existing groups into full-fledged Assemblies; a systematic, sustained and nation wide endeavour for the purpose of disseminating the literature of the Faith, increasing its volume and adding to its diversity, and lastly a more audacious and convincing presentation of its tenets to the masses of the people, these constitute the primary tasks facing now the Indian believers. That they may achieve their high destiny is my constant hope and fervent prayer.

Shoghi

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1945

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FEBRUARY 15, 1945

WIRE DATE DESPATCH HUNDRED COPIES TAMIL TELUGU

VERSIONS NEW ERA ALSO WIRE PROGRESS TRANSLATION

PUBLICATION OTHER LANGUAGES PRAYING SPEEDY SUCCESS.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

March 28, 1945

Dear Baha'i Brother, Your letters dated November 10th, December 16th and 28th (this refers to a statement of policy on Baha'i publications), of 1944, and those dated January 3rd and 10th, February 6th, and three dated February 7th, February 19th and 21st, and March 2nd and 7th, together with their enclosures, have all been received by the beloved Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer them on his behalf.

He fully appreciates the many difficulties during wartime when printing is undertaken; however, all obstacles must be overcome <p256> through perseverance and confidence that the Beloved will aid us to achieve tasks for the promotion of His Cause. As he already informed you by cable he wishes to receive copies of new publications and not re prints of former ones. The translation and publication work at the present time being carried on by your Assembly is of the utmost importance, and constitutes a great contribution to the progress of the Faith in India and to the literature of the Cause in general.

Regarding your question concerning Baha'is printing and circulating matter on the Faith: Whether the person writes it openly, as a Baha'i, or gives the impression he is not a Baha'i if be is a voting member of our Faith he should submit the material to the National Spiritual Assembly, or its appointed committee, to be passed upon as to its accuracy and acceptability. Naturally non-Baha'i material, the individual is free to do as he likes about. The National Assembly should deal efficiently with such matters and thus encourage the friends to follow the correct procedure. The whole object in Baha'i Administration is not only to manage the affairs of the Cause, but to stimulate the believers to work for it and to teach it to the masses.

When the National Spiritual Assembly provides competent and quick service, in its own work and that of its Committees, it will see a far greater manifestation of enthusiasm and enterprise on the part of the believers.

The beloved Guardian is very pleased with the way the Cause has been progressing in India during the last few years, and he feels that the National Spiritual Assembly and the Baha'is have every reason to feel proud about and happy over their joint achievements. He urges you to persevere steadfastly in all your important undertakings, and to encourage and stimulate the friends to go out and pioneer, teach, consolidate their previous work and raise the banner of the Cause all over India.

His loving prayers are offered on your behalf and for your fellow members as well as for all the believers in that great and promising land.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The steady expansion of the activities of the Indian Baha'i community, in accordance with the fundamental administrative principles of the Faith, constitutes a landmark in the early history of the Formative age of the Baha'i Dispensation, and augurs well for the ultimate triumph and official recognition of the Cause of Baha'u'llah in the course of the second <p257> Baha'i century. The concerted endeavors of the Indian believers during the closing years of the first century have been crowned with signal success. A solid foundation has been laid. The machinery for the systematic and efficient development of the institutions of the Faith in the capital and in the provinces is now functioning. Its literature is being widely disseminated. Its pioneers are labouring in distant fields. What is now required is an intensification of effort to establish direct contact with the masses, proclaim audaciously the verities of the Faith to consolidate the work already achieved and to lend further impetus to the settlement of pioneers in areas where the light of the Faith has not as yet penetrated. A greater measure of self-sacrifice, closer cooperation, and a higher degree of consecration to the tasks facing them are required of the believers of India in the course of the second year of the second Baha'i century. May the beloved sustain and bless their concerted and meritorious endeavours.

Shoghi

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MARCH 11, 1945

URGE RENEWED EXERTION EXPEDITE TRANSLATION PUBLICATION

NEW ERA.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 2, 1945

URGE TRANSLATION PUBLICATION REMAINING LANGUAGES

PUNJABI RAJASTANI NEPALI CHIN. PRAYING

REMOVAL OBSTACLES PERSEVERE.

SHOGHI

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[To The Baha'i Youth Of: Panchgani, Srinagar, Kolhapur, Poona, Calcutta, Karachi, Bombay, Quetta]

April 12, 1945

Dear Baha'i Friends, Your loving message of greeting and devotion, sent to the beloved Guardian on February 26th, reached him, and he has instructed me to answer it on his behalf, and to assure all those who signed the letter, sent from the above named centres, of his joy at receiving news of them. <p258>

It pleased him greatly to see that there are so many active Baha'i youth groups in India, and his heart was particularly rejoiced to receive messages from such far off centres as Kashmir and Baluchistan, where, a few years ago, there were practically no Baha'is at all!

He hopes that in the years that lie ahead of us-years of unrest, of trouble, of transition for the whole world-that the Baha'i youth will increasingly rise to meet the challenge of the times, and to carry the Message of Baha'u'llah through both teaching and example, allover India and, indeed, Asia.

You who are at present in your teens, or twenties, must realize that tomorrow, to a large extent, the burden of the Cause will rest on your shoulders; you will have to be the administrators and teachers and scholars of the Faith. Now is the time to prepare yourselves for your future duties.

He hopes you will study the Teachings deeply, their spiritual, moral, and administrative precepts, and at the same time take as active a part as possible in the life of your respective Baha'i communities.

His prayers are offered for you all, that Baha'u'llah may strengthen, guide, and protect you in His service.

Dear and valued co-workers:

Your message has deeply touched me and brought joy to my heart. I greatly value the sentiments expressed therein and I wish to assure you all of my deep appreciation of the spirit that animates you all so powerfully in the service of the Faith. I will fervently pray that your concerted efforts may be richly and continually blessed, that the range of your meritorious activities may be further extended, and that your highest hopes and aspirations may be fulfilled. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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APRIL 29, 1945

CONVEY DELEGATES SIXTEENTH BAHA'I CONVENTION

DEEPEST LOVING APPRECIATION MESSAGE ASSURANCE

REMEMBRANCE SHRINES. SECOND YEAR SECOND BAHA'I

CENTURY MUST WITNESS ALIKE STEADY CONSOLIDATION

NEWLY PLEDGED ASSEMBLIES, MULTIPLICATION GROUPS

UNPRECEDENTED EXPANSION TEACHING ACTIVITIES

NATIONWIDE DISSEMINATION BAHA'I LITERATURE.

INCOMING ASSEMBLY'S PARAMOUNT DUTY INITIATE <p259>

SOUND MEASURES ENSURE EFFECTIVE PROSECUTION

URGENT TASKS.

SHOGHI

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MAY 4, 1945

ANXIOUS NEWS DEARLY BELOVED BAHA'I FRIENDS MANDALAY

RANGOON PARTICULARLY SEYYED MUSTAFA.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

June 26, 1945

Dear Baha'i Brother, The beloved Guardian has instructed me to write you and point out certain things in connection with the work in India to the National Spiritual Assembly.

First let me say that he was very pleased to receive your cable telling him the Baha'is in at least a part of Burma have survived. His thoughts and prayers have often been with them during these terrible years of war.

He wishes to urge the National Spiritual Assembly to concentrate above all on re-instating any Spiritual Assemblies which were disbanded last Baha'i year owing to insufficient numbers. This must always be the first consideration, so that the hardly-won prizes of these new Assemblies may not be lost.

Also he wishes to point out that the power to put a person outside the Faith administratively must be solely, for the present time, in the hands of the National Spiritual Assembly. This applies only to the cases where believers are deprived of their voting rights. Such extremely important and dramatic measures should never be resorted to unless absolute necessary, and should certainly never be left in the hands of Local Assemblies, where personal feelings might colour the Assembly's decision. On the other hand, the right to enroll believers has always been given to the Local Assemblies. But they should be strongly urged to make sure the applicant is sincere and fully understands and accepts the fundamentals of the Faith.

He also fees that now that you have so much literature on hand in various languages you should endeavour to teach a wider range of <p260> Indian races; specially the Hindus and Muslims as they form the preponderating mass of the people. Also Hindu and Muslim believers should be encouraged to teach, pioneer, lecture, and be appointed on Committees, and elected to Assemblies, so that our true inter-racial, inter-religious character may be incontestably demonstrated to the world.

Assuring you of his ardent prayers for you and your fellow members of the National Spiritual Assembly.

P.S. The Guardian does not feel that it is necessary to wait one whole year before an applicant is admitted into the Faith. The Assemblies must not be too strict, but should make every effort to increase the membership for their communities.

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JULY 14, 1945

HEARTS GRIEF STRICKEN PASSING SUPREME CONCOURSE

DISTINGUISHED PIONEER FAITH BAHA'U'LLAH DEARLY

BELOVED STAUNCH HIGH MINDED NOBLE SOUL SIYYID

MUSTAFA. LONG RECORD HIS SUPERB SERVICES BOTH

TEACHING ADMINISTRATIVE FIELDS SHED LUSTRE ON BOTH

HEROIC AND FORMATIVE AGES BAHA'I DISPENSATION. HIS

MAGNIFICENT ACHIEVEMENTS FULLY ENTITLE HIM JOIN

RANKS HANDS CAUSE BAHA'U'LLAH. HIS RESTING PLACE

SHOULD BE REGARDED FOREMOST SHRINE COMMUNITY

BURMESE BELIEVERS. ADVISE HOLDING MEMORIAL GATHERINGS

THROUGHOUT INDIA HONOUR HIS IMPERISHABLE

MEMORY. URGE INDIAN BURMESE BAHA'IS PARTICIPATE

CONSTRUCTION TOMB. CABLING THREE HUNDRED

POUNDS MY PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION SO PRAISEWORTHY

PURPOSE.

SHOGHI

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[To Yaganagi Family]

July 29, 1945

Dear Baha'i Friends, Your letter dated July 18th has been received, and the beloved <p261> Guardian has instructed me to answer it on his behalf. I am also enclosing a receipt for your loving contribution to the Faith at its World Centre.

He will pray that your services as a family may grow and increase in the Cause of God, and that Baha'u'llah may bless and guide you all.

There is much work to be done in India, and the believers must strive, with love and unity, to teach the Cause and quicken the hearts of the people.

May the Beloved bless your meritorious efforts, guide your steps in the path of service, and enable you to promote the vital interests of His Faith and its newborn institutions.

Shoghi

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

August 9, 1945

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The beloved Guardian has instructed me to answer your various communications dated as follows: March 9th and 10th, April 6th, 7th, 9th, , 12th, 16th, 20th, 21st and 28th, May 19th and 21st, June 1st, 9th, 20th, , 21st, 23rd, 27th and 29th, and July 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 13th and 16th and 31st, and to acknowledge the receipt of the various enclosures you forwarded with them and under separate cover.

He was deeply grieved to hear of the death of our very dear and esteemed Baha'i brother, Siyyid Mustafa. He was truly an example of steadfast devotion and one of the outstanding pioneers the Faith produced during the first century of its existence. He was also very sad to hear of the ruin of the Baha'i Haziratu'l-Quds and the plight of the Baha'is in general. He wishes your Assembly to exert its utmost in alleviating the suffering of the Burmese friends, and assisting them in every way possible. Convey to them all the assurance of his ardent and loving prayers on their behalf, and for the speedy reestablishment of the Faith and its institutions in Burma...

As at present a Baha'i marriage is not yet legally recognized by the authorities, the friends should also have the civil marriage in addition. We have no objection to it at all, as it is non-sectarian and in no way affects our Baha'i status. <p262>

As long as both the Baha'i and the other religious (whatever it may be) ceremony are both performed prior to the consummation of the marriage, we do not mind which ceremony is performed first. It should be left to the individuals concerned to decide among themselves...

The Guardian agrees with your Assembly that no one can voluntarily resign his voting rights as it is a form of sanction imposed by administrative bodies He feels that the National Spiritual Assembly should endeavour to unite the friends, and to show them a more loving forbearance in its handling of their problems. Naturally it must not tolerate acts harmful to the Cause; but as the friends are spiritually immature, and many new believers are also entering the Faith, patience is required in dealing with them and their difficulties. The most important thing, as the Master pointed out over and over again, is love and unity among the believers. They must forget themselves, the faults and weaknesses they see in each other, and arise to spread this glorious Message in mankind's hour of greatest darkness and trial.

He wishes to urge your Assembly to redouble its efforts in getting the various translations of the Esslemont Book printed and in circulation. He himself is anxiously awaiting the receipt of further editions for the libraries here and at Bahji.

Your Assembly's responsibilities are very great, and you have much work to accomplish. He will pray for your guidance and protection, and that the mass of Indian believers may arise to new heights of sacrifice, of victory, and of fame.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The task facing the members of the Indian Baha'i community in these days of stress and trial, is urgent, vast and sacred. The responsibilities they shoulder are growing in number and complexity. The obstacles in their path are numerates and seemingly insurmountable. The victories, however, which they have won during the concluding years of the first Baha'i century, augur well for the future, and constitute only a preliminary stage in the great work they are destined to accomplish in the years that lie ahead. A unity that is truly unshakable, a consecration to their task which no trial or test can impair, a resolve that no force, however inimical, can shake; a united and systematic endeavour to proclaim and firmly establish their Faith which enemies neither from within nor from without can undermine-all these are vitally required to enable them to <p263> achieve their high destiny. To you as their national elected representatives I desire to appeal in particular to exercise the utmost forbearance, care and vigilance, to exert the utmost endeavour, to deliberate, cooperate and carry out with exemplary vigour the necessary measures which the urgency of the task and the criticalness of the hour imperatively demand. That their glorious mission may be crowned with signal success is the object of my constant and fervent prayers at the Holy Shrines.

Shoghi

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AUGUST 13, 1945

DISAPPOINTED DELAY TRANSLATION PUBLICATION VERSIONS

NEW ERA URGE REDOUBLE EFFORTS.

SHOGHI

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NOVEMBER 7, 1945

GREATLY DEPLORE TRIBULATIONS AFFECTING DEARLY

BELOVED BURMESE FRIENDS. PROFOUNDLY MOVED CIRCUMSTANCES

ATTENDING ASSASSINATION HEROIC APOSTLE

BAHA'U'LLAH SEYYED MUSTAFA AND ASSOCIATES.

ADMIRE UNQUENCHABLE SPIRIT ANIMATING LONG SUFFERING

BRETHREN RANGOON MANDALAY DAIDANAW

ASSURE THEM ADMIRATION GRATITUDE STRONG ATTACHMENT.

FERVENT PRAYERS REVIVAL ACTIVITIES. SOON

TRANSMITTING ONE THOUSAND POUNDS MY CONTRIBUTION

RELIEF, REBUILDING INSTITUTIONS PROMOTION

TEACHING ACTIVITIES. URGE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY DEVOTE

IMMEDIATE CONCENTRATED CONTINUAL ATTENTION

PROMOTION VITAL INTERESTS BURMESE COMMUNITY.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

December 18, 1945

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letters of August 2 1st, September 14th and two of September 24th, and October 2nd, together with the enclosures you forwarded with them, have been received, and the beloved Guardian has instructed me to answer them on his behalf. <p264>

He was very sad to read of the sufferings of the beloved Burmese friends, of the death of that bright star of the Faith, Siyyid Mustafa, and of the murder of many other of the friends! At the same time his heart swelled with pride when he saw that already the believers have re assembled, elected an Assembly, and started their school again. This shows how deep their faith is, and presages a glorious future for the Cause there.

As you already know he has sent you a sum to be devoted to rebuilding the Baha'i institutions, teaching the Faith, and assisting the friends who are in desperate need. He has also invited other National Assemblies to contribute to this fund, and thus assist your Assembly to carry out this very important task of re establishing a flourishing Community in Burma.

The Indian believers are finding themselves increasingly called upon to shoulder heavy responsibilities; they are becoming more numerous, have spread to many new centres, undertaken a large publishing programme, increased the number of their institutions, and are gradually becoming known to their fellow Indians as followers of a new and glorious Faith. In view of this he feels your Assembly should constantly exhort the friends to be more conscious of their duties, and to be very careful of having differences of opinion which are so strong as to lead to disputes and thus humiliate our beloved Faith in the eyes of non-Baha'i. The public is beginning to observe them, and they must therefore conduct themselves at all times as befits those who bear the glorious Name of Baha. They must be forgetful of self, but ever mindful of the Cause of God!

He assures you all his loving prayers are offered for the National Spiritual Assembly, for the successful execution of its many duties, and the love and unity of its dear members.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The rehabilitation of the community of the sore stricken believers throughout Burma constitutes the most urgent task of the Indian believers, and is a direct challenge which they cannot ignore or neglect. The reconstitution of dissolved Assemblies, the extension of relief to the needy, the promotion of the teaching work, the dissemination of Baha'i' literature, the construction of the Haziratu'l-Quds, the re establishment of schools and committees are all vitally urgent, and should be carried out fully. systematically, and with the utmost speed. I long to hear of the progress of your labours in this important field, upon which the future <p265> welfare of the Burmese community depends, and with which the destinies of the Indian believers are closely interwoven. I will pray from the depths of my heart that your meritorious efforts may soon be crowned with magnificent success. Your true and grateful brother,

Shoghi

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1946

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JANUARY 6,1946

ADMIRE INITIATIVE OVERJOYED MAGNIFICENT SPONTANEOUS

DECISION NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES INDIAN

BELIEVERS INAUGURATE PLAN DESIGNED CONSOLIDATE

EXTEND RANGE SPLENDID ACHIEVEMENTS ASSOCIATED

TERMINATION FIRST BAHA'I CENTURY. FERVENTLY SUPPLICATING

OUTPOURINGS OF BAHA'U'LLAH'S BLESSINGS

MIGHTY UNDERTAKING. PLEDGING ONE THOUSAND

POUNDS FURTHERANCE MERITORIOUS PURPOSE.

SHOGHI

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JANUARY 7,1946

GERMAN BAHA'I COMMUNITY EMERGING TEN YEARS TRIALS

BITTEREST ENDURED BY FOLLOWERS FAITH THROUGHOUT

WEST. URGE INDIAN BELIEVERS TRANSMIT CONTRIBUTION

TOKEN BAHA'I SOLIDARITY THROUGH VALIOLLAH VARQA

TRUSTEE FUND.

SHOGHI

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JANUARY 8,1946

CONTRIBUTION BURMA DELAYED SOON FORWARDING

FERVENTLY PRAYING SUCCESS NEW PLAN.

SHOGHI

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FEBRUARY 24, 1946

DELIGHTED INITIAL SUCCESS CONGRATULATE BURMESE

FRIENDS PARTICIPATION PRAYING VICTORY.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly

March 20, 1946

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letters written on behalf of the National Spiritual Assembly, and dated August 3rd, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 27th, 28th and 30th; September 1st, 5th and 21st; October 5th, 6th, 8th (two), 11th, 13th (two), 23rd, 30th and 31st; November 6th (two), 21st, 30th and 17th, December 10th, 11th (three), 18th and 26th, of 1945, and January 7th, 12th (two), 21st (two), and 23rd; February 4th, 16th and 23rd; and March 7th 1946, have all been received, together with their enclosures; the books and other things forwarded under separate cover have, likewise, reached him safely, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He was very pleased to get the "Esslemonts" in various languages, which you sent him, and he has distributed them amongst the various Baha'i libraries here. He is looking forward eagerly to receiving the other volumes in process of being translated and printed as soon as possible. The Indian friends should feel very proud of this important work they are carrying on, and do every thing to expedite the appearance of new editions, in still other languages, when the present work has been successfully completed.

He was very sorry to learn of the death of yet another Burmese believer-Mr Tawanggyi. Our brethren have indeed suffered grievously there, and every aid should be given them by their fortunate brothers and sisters in India who were spared the horrors of invasion and bombing. He was very encouraged to see that such men as Prof.

K.T. Shah, (whose book you sent him), are becoming favourably <p268> impressed with the Cause and befriending it publicly.

He is making the Power of Attorney out in your name, and will forward it to you, as soon as possible, in order to enable your Assembly to take the necessary steps to secure compensation for the Baha'i properties in Burma.

There is no objection to permitting the name of a Baha'i, or his relative, to be placed on a stone incorporated in some Baha'i building he has donated to the Faith.

He is delighted with the progress your work is making in every field, and he urges you all to continually stimulate and inspire the friends to make ever-greater effort and sacrifice in the service of their beloved Faith. The opportunity is unique and the rewards of Baha'u'llah inestimably glorious.

Assuring you all of his loving prayers on your behalf and for the speedy success of your important tasks.

P.S. The statement you sent on Baha'i marriage and divorce, received from Iran, I am forwarding under separate cover. The Guardian wishes the Baha'is to adhere to these rules throughout India wherever they will not conflict with the local legal requirements in such matters...

Dear and valued co-workers:

My heart swells with joy, pride, and gratitude as I contemplate the range of the services rendered in recent years by the Indian believers to the Cause of Baha'u'llah. I particularly rejoice at the splendid initiative, the magnificent zeal, the unconquerable spirit that have characterized their recent understanding associated with the new Plan which they have audaciously conceived, and which, I feel confident, they will prosecute with exemplary vigour and constancy. Simultaneous with the united efforts that must be strenuously exerted to ensure its success, a systematic endeavour must be made to proclaim the verities of our glorious Faith to the masses, and to disseminate far and wide its literature. This threefold task requires the concentrated and sustained attention of the rank and file of the believers, the subordination of every consideration to its paramount interests, the extension of generous financial assistance to the agencies designed for its promotion. The believers in India have set an inspiring example to their fellow-believers throughout the East, and even to the great mass of their co religionists in Baha'u'llah's native land, and <p269> have abundantly demonstrated to them all what organized activity, boldly conceived and soundly and energetically conducted, can achieve when directed and animated by the ennobling influences and the generative spirit of the Faith of Baha'u'llah. Their exploits are indeed unsurpassed by those of any community throughout the Baha'i world except those which stand associated with the community that may well claim to be the standard bearer of the Cause of God in the West. That these exploits may be the forerunners of still mightier and nobler achievements is my fervent hope and prayer. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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MARCH 22, 1946

ASSURE DEARLY BELOVED BELIEVERS INDIA BURMA REMEMBRANCE

SHRINES.

SHOGHI

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[To An Individual Believer]

March 24, 1946

Your question about whether Baha'is can accept grants in aid and free plots from Government...

There is no objection, the beloved Guardian says, to the Baha'is receiving this type of help from the Government and civic authorities...

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Baha'i Youth Of: Bombay, Quetta, Bangalore, Sholapur, Koihapur, Srinagar, Kashmir, Karachi, Lahore, Poona

April 8, 1946

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your letters of greeting, sent to the beloved Guardian from your Youth Symposium meetings, reached him, and he has instructed me to answer them on his behalf.

He was delighted to see that in so many centres the Baha'i young people are active and exerting themselves in the service of our beloved 'Faith.

The Baha'is of India have embarked upon an ambitious and <p270> important teaching Plan, destined to culminate in the Centenary of the Martyrdom of the Blessed Bab, and the Guardian hopes that the young believers will do their utmost to ensure its complete success, and to support the work of their National and Local Assemblies. As pioneers, as assistant teachers, through studying deeply our Baha'i literature, through learning to lecture on and teach the Cause-in all these ways they can help this important Plan to be brought to a triumphal conclusion.

You may be sure he will pray for you all in the Holy Shrines, that God may strengthen you in His service, and aid you to mirror forth in your characters, and through your deeds, the beauty of His Revelation.

Dear co-workers.

I was deeply touched by your messages, and I greatly value the sentiments you have expressed, and your determination to promote the interests of our beloved Faith. The Plan conceived by your national elected representatives offers you a wide field in which to demonstrate your resourcefulness, your energy, your perseverance, and your devotion to the vital interests of the Cause and its nascent institutions. May the Beloved Whose Cause you are so eager to serve, bless your activities, increase your numbers, giddied your steps, and enable you to contribute a notable share to the advancement of its institutions.

Shoghi

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[To The Youth Of India]

April 8,1946

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letter of March 27th reached our beloved Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer it on his behalf. I am also forwarding herewith his reply to the loving messages sent him by the various Baha'i Youth Symposiums; please see that his answer reaches all the dear friends who wrote him.

He feels that, in the important teaching plans now being undertaken by the Indian Baha, the youth have an ever increasingly significant part to play; they are standing at the threshold of active Baha'i service in both the pioneer and administrative fields, and they <p271> must prepare themselves for the future and follow at the same time, the example of American Baha'i young people, so many of whom have entered the field as pioneers during the last ten years, and not only rendered the Cause great services but prepared themselves, through this experience, for their future tasks as administrators and teachers of the Faith.

He assures you he will pray for the success of your services to the Cause of God.

Assuring you of my loving prayers for your spiritual advancement and the success of your efforts for the furtherance of our beloved Faith. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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APRIL 24, 1946

URGE EXPEDITE PUBLICATION TRANSLATIONS NEW ERA

CONCERNED DELAY.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 24, 1946

ADVISE EXERCISE MODERATION REGARDING REMOVAL

BELIEVERS VOTING LIST ... AVOID HASTE SEVERITY IN

DEPRIVING FRIENDS VOTING RIGHTS.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 30, 1946

ARDENTLY PRAYING SUCCESS DELIBERATIONS CONVENTION.

APPEAL DELEGATES REDEDICATE THEMSELVES TASKS

CONFRONTING INDIAN BAHA'I COMMUNITY RESOLVE AS

NEVER BEFORE SAFEGUARD REINFORCE UNITY ITS MEMBERS

PROSECUTE VIGOROUSLY TEACHING ACTIVITIES, EXPEDITE PUBLICATIONS, STIMULATE REHABILITATION BURMESE COMMUNITY, ENSURE STEADY MULTIPLICATION GROUPS ASSEMBLIES, PROCLAIM VERITIES FAITH MASSES. LOVING REMEMBRANCE SHRINES.

SHOGHI

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MAY 21, 1946

LOVING APPRECIATION GREETINGS FRIENDS INDIA BURMA.

PRAYING SUCCESS NEWLY FORMED ASSEMBLIES. RETENTION

OFFICE PERMISSIBLE. SUPPLICATING BLESSINGS ALMIGHTY.

SHOGHI

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JUNE 7, 1946

URGE EXPEDITE RAJASTHANI POSHTOO ASSAMESE SINGALESE

PRINTING NEW ERA ALSO TRANSLATION CHIN PUNJABI

AND KASHMIR' SHOULD BE PROMPTLY UNDERTAKEN

CABLE PROGRESS REPORT.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

August 2, 1946

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letters dated March 16th and 23rd, April 3rd, 6th, 18th (two), 20th (two), 24th, 26th and 29th, May 27th (two), and 31st (two), June 3rd, 15th, 17th, 21st, 26th and 27th, and July 8th and 16th, together with their various enclosures, have all been received, and our beloved Guardian has instructed me to answer them on his behalf.

He was very happy indeed to hear there is now such an active and devoted group of Baha'is in Kapran, and he hopes you will extend to them all his loving greetings, and specially to their dear teacher, Mr Vakil, and assure them he is praying for their success and that they may next year have an Assembly.

Regarding your questions; he sees no objection to Mr... resigning,, as he seems to feel unable to devote the necessary time to travelling back and forth to the meetings.

He thinks it is better for Baha'i doctors not to work on our 9 Holy Days- but, of course, that does not mean they should not attend to very sick people and emergencies on these days.

He received the various books you sent, and was very happy to be able to add them to the long list of other books, in different languages, in the libraries here. He fully realizes the many obstacles in your path, but urges you to persevere and keep on pushing the matter <p273> constantly, so that the Book in other languages may speedily be translated and printed.

As he already told you in a previous communication, he feels that your Assembly should not deprive people of their voting rights unless the matter is really very grave; this is a very heavy sanction, and can embitter the heart if lightly imposed, and also make people think we unduly resort to pressure of a strong nature. The friends must be nursed and assisted, for they are still mostly immature spiritually, and their "sins" are those of immaturity! Their hearts are loyal to the Cause, and this is the most important thing.

He is anxiously awaiting good news of the progress of the Plan, and hopes your Assembly is encouraging the friends to arise and, forgetful of self, serve the Faith in these tremendous days the world is passing through.

His ardent prayers are offered for you all, and for your guidance and success.

P.S. The re establishment of the Burma Community on a sound footing, the extension of financial aid to them, the dispatch of teachers to help them there, is one of the prime duties of your Assembly, and he hopes you are exerting your utmost to assist the Burmese Baha'is in these ways. Please assure the friends there of his loving prayers on their behalf.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The responsibilities confronting the Indian and Burmese Baha'i' Communities, in these days of stress and turmoil, are immense and inescapable. The task facing them is urgent, complex and rich in possibilities. The Plan which they are now striving to carry out demands the utmost vigilance, care, vigour and perseverance. All must arise to lend their assistance, and ensure its unqualified success in all its aspects. An intensification of effort aimed at increasing the number of pioneers who are labouring throughout the length and breadth of that land;. a more vigorous and systematic endeavour to ensure the speedy publication of Baha'i literature in all the languages that have already been determined upon and its immediate dissemination as an adjunct to the all important teaching work; the elimination of every trace of in harmony, misunderstanding and ill will, so detrimental, at this juncture, to the interests of the Plan; the initiation of measures designed to give greater publicity to <p274> the aims and purposes of the Faith and its fundamental teachings, through the press and radio; the adoption and enforcement of whatever measures are required to increase the number of Indian and Muslim converts to the Faith, on whom its ultimate triumph and recognition must depend; the steady consolidation and expansion of newly established institutions, such as the Summer School, the hostel and the local Haziratu'l-Quds; a more liberal and widespread contribution of funds to the National Treasury for the support of these institutions, and for the promotion of the general interests of the Faith-these stand out as the primary duties and obligations of both the participants of the Plan and of those who conduct its operation.

A special effort must simultaneously be exerted to provide whatever is required to reestablish the long-suffering and dearly loved Burmese Community on a secure foundation. The despatch of competent teachers and visitors, to that sorely tried land; the extension of the necessary relief to those who are still in need; the reconstruction of the administrative headquarters and the re establishment of the Baha'i school; the construction of the memorial to the beloved and unforgettable pioneer and martyr Siyyid Mustafa; the formation of Assemblies and Groups in as many localities as possible-these constitute the immediate tasks confronting your Assembly in addition to the responsibilities you are called upon to discharge under the new plan.

No sacrifice can be deemed too great for the achievement of this dual purpose, no effort should be spared in order to carry out in its entirety this twofold objective. May the Beloved grant you the strength you require for the accomplishment of your historic task. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

October 12, 1946

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letters dated May 27th, July 25th and 29th, and August 12th, 16th, 22nd and 26th (three of this date), and 31st, together with their enclosures, have been received, and our beloved Guardian has instructed me to answer them on his behalf. Regarding the various matters you have referred to him:

He sees no reason why your Assembly should not protest to the Persian government against the atrocities, committed against our <p275> brethren in Iran, but advises you to first ask the Persian National Spiritual Assembly if such a step is wise and desirable or not.

Concerning Mr... divorce: He has no right to demand from his wife a refund of the marriage expenses he incurred. In the Aqdas it is quite clear that the husband must not only give the dowry but must support his wife until the time when the divorce is completed. In view of this she is not required to repay expenses of the marriage, etc.

The paying of the Huquq is a spiritual obligation; the friends must not be obliged by the Assemblies to pay it, but they should be encouraged to fulfil this spiritual obligation laid upon them in the Aqdas. He is very pleased to note the list of literature the publishing committee is forwarding to him, and urges you to persevere in pressing the translation and publishing of the "New Era" in the important languages already chosen for this purpose, as he attaches the greatest importance to this work.

He was also delighted to see that the Srinagar Assembly held its elections. These new Assemblies must receive every aid and encouragement from your Assembly and every effort must be made to carry the Faith to new centres, and to stimulate pioneering amongst the friends.

The Indian believers have a great opportunity to compete with both the American and British Baha'is in pioneer services; they already have a record to be proud of, and are first among the countries of the East in the record they hold of achievements in this field. He hopes they will go on from victory to victory, and vindicate the high hopes he cherishes for their future.

If the National Assembly is sure that it was Siyyid Mustafa Rumi's wish to be buried next to his wife in Mandalay, then you should, by all means, arrange for the interment of his remains there. A befitting memorial can then be erected over the vault. The spirit of this great and valiant teacher surely watches over the land of his adoption, and will aid the Burmese believers in their efforts to rebuild their centres and promulgate the Cause of God there.

As we see the confusion in the world spreading, and the hatreds that divide men augmenting steadily, we, as the trustees of our Lord's glorious Faith, must rise to higher levels of self-sacrifice and devotion. He prays that the Indian believers may achieve wonderful victories for Baha'u'llah in the months that lie ahead, and prove themselves worthy of the great destiny that beckons to them.

His loving prayers surround you and your fellow-members of <p276> the National Spiritual Assembly.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The perseverance, the tenacity, the unstinted devotion displayed consistently by the Indian Baha'i community, so clearly demonstrated by the reports recently received by their national elected representatives, are truly exhilarating and augur well for the future of the Plan. The members of this community, however, mast not be content with the standard already achieved, but must exert themselves ever more determinedly and unitedly to fulfil the high hopes cherished for the success of their collective enterprise. The Burmese Baha'i community, which they are so devotedly striving to rehabilitate, must, likewise participate without reserve, in the glorious task that confronts them, and demonstrate, thereby, its virility and resilience in the face of the trials and obstacles which it has had to struggle against in the past. The establishment of new centres in Burma, the consolidation of the reinstated Assemblies, are both equally vital and urgent. The verities of the Faith must be proclaimed, its literature must be disseminated and its institutions reinforced and multiplied throughout that land. Both communities must collaborate and through sustained, vigorous and systematic effort and mutual assistance lend an unprecedented impetus to the onward march of the Faith in India and Burma. The greater the effort, and self-sacrifice, the richer the benefits that will accrue, and the more potent the blessings that will be vouchsafed from on high. The goals are clearly defined. The prizes to be won are within reach and inexpressibly glorious. Time is running out and the opportunity is priceless. The promise of Divine unfailing assistance is assured. All are challenged to arise, to toil and to persevere, until their solemn pledge under the Plan is complete cy and totally fulfilled. That they may prove themselves worthy of their high mission is my fervent hope and constant prayer.

Shoghi

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1947

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JANUARY 14, 1947

DEEPEST LOVING APPRECIATION NOBLE SENTIMENT

DEARLY BELOVED COWORKERS INDIA BURMA PROUD

THEIR HISTORIC EXEMPLARY ACHIEVEMENTS PRAYING

EVER INCREASING SUCCESS MIGHTY ENDEAVOURS.

SHOGHI

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

March 13, 1947

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letters addressed to our beloved Guardian on behalf of the National Spiritual Assembly of India and Burma and dated as follows: September 19th, October 15th, 22nd, 28th and 30th, and November 8th, 16th, 19th, 20th, 23rd and two of the 28th, 30th, and December 3rd, 9th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 21st, and two of the 23rd, 24th and 28th, all of 1946, and January 6th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th and 28th 1947, have been received with their enclosures, as well as the <p278> material, photographs and books you forwarded under separate cover, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He has been very encouraged to see the way the Indian, and now the Burmese, friends have responded to his repeated call for greater sacrifice and for more pioneers to go forth into the teaching field. Your country is so vast that less valiant hearts than those possessed by the indomitable Baha'is might well have quailed before the tasks to be undertaken. But, on the contrary, the Indian and Burmese friends have arisen and demonstrated the caliber of their faith and courage in a manner which excites the admiration of their fellow Baha'is East and West.

Now is not the time to rest on their oars, but rather to redouble their efforts and go on from victory to victory, and to add new fame to their exploits, conscious that the eyes of their fellow believers are focused upon them to see what they will achieve next.

He was particularly happy to see how active the beloved Burmese friends are, and that through the efforts of some members of their Community and Indian friends, they have now established anew centre in Kyigone, where a Spiritual Assembly can exist. This is a great step forward, and he hopes many new Baha'i Assemblies will be developed in Burma during the coming Baha'i year.

He was also very pleased to hear of the book exhibit held in Kolhapur, and of the interest shown in our Baha'i literature by persons of standing in the Community. Such exhibitions offer a great opportunity to show the public what the Cause is doing and what it stands for, and every advantage of them should be taken.

Although your Assembly has succeeded in getting out a number of new language publications, you should not relax for a moment in your efforts to translate and publish the "New Era" in the remaining languages chosen, as this work is of the utmost importance, enables you to teach new language groups the Faith, and adds to the prestige of the Cause not only in India but abroad. Although you have many obstacles to overcome, the results in the future will be great. He cannot impress too strongly upon the friends the need for action; they must arise in still greater numbers to pioneer; those who cannot go themselves should remember the admonition of Baha'u'llah and send, through the National Spiritual Assembly, someone in their stead; the young people should learn to teach and go forth in the field in the days of their youth and receive this great blessing; more qualified teachers should arise, and circulate among the new and weak Assemblies in order to consolidate them. <p279> He was very sorry to hear of the untimely death of Mr Mani Mehta; though relatively young in the Faith, he arose to serve it with exemplary devotion and enthusiasm; let others arise to fill his place, and manifest the great zeal he showed in his services to the Cause of God!

You may be sure that the loving prayers of the Guardian surround you and your fellow members of the National Spiritual Assembly in the discharge of your arduous duties, performed so conscientiously.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The rich and varied material which you have been forwarding during recent months to the Holy Land proclaim and demonstrate, beyond the shadow of a doubt the assiduous care, the magnificent devotion, the exemplary fidelity, the increased efficiency with which you are conducting the affairs, and consolidating the activities of a steadily growing community. My heart swells with gratitude as I witness, in so many fields, the striking evidences of the growth, the multiplication and establishment of highly diversified communities throughout the length and breadth of India and Burma, the expansion of Baha'i' literature, the rise of new institutions, the growing consciousness and solidarity of the teachers and administrators of the Faith, and of the contact that is being established between them and the great masses of their countrymen, at so critical a period in their history.

However much these communities have already achieved, they cannot afford, for a moment, to rest content with the laurels that they have won. Spurred on by these initial and superb victories-victories unprecedented in the annals of their Faith in that land-they must press on, more diligently than ever, to reinforce their unity, to deepen their understanding of the spiritual verities of their Faith and of the administrative principles underlying its new world order, to multiply its nascent institutions, to broadcast its Message, to disseminate its literature, to exemplify its spirit, to proclaim its truths, and to swell the ranks of its unreserved supporters. The greater the effort they exert along these lines, the more abundant the measure of celestial grace that will be vouchsafed to them from on high. That they may go from strength to strength, that they may add still more glorious chapters to the distinguished record of their immortal services to the Cause of Baha'u'llah is my constant prayer and the most cherished desire of my heart

Shoghi

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APRIL 3, 1947

CABLE NUMBER LOCAL ASSEMBLIES GROUPS AND ISOLATED

BELIEVERS INDIA AND BURMA SEPARATELY. CABLE APPROXIMATE

VALUE BAHA'I ENDOWMENTS LOCAL AND NATIONAL

IN MAY 1944 AND AT PRESENT. CABLE PRESENT STATUS

TRANSLATIONS PUBLICATION NEW ERA. URGE REDOUBLE

EFFORTS EARLY COMPLETION THIS VITAL TASK.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 5,1947

CABLE HOW MUCH MONEY HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR

FUTURE NATIONAL HAZIRAT'U'L-QUDS CABLE ALSO

PRESENT APPROXIMATE VALUE DELHI HAZIRAT'U'L-QUDS.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 11, 1947

ADVISE TAKE IMMEDIATE STEPS PURCHASE DELHI BEFITTING

BUILDING FOR NATIONAL HAZIRAT'U'L-QUDS UTILIZE

FUNDS RESERVED THIS PURPOSE ALSO PROCEEDS SALE

PRESENT DELHI STRUCTURE. OWING OVERRIDING IMPORTANCE

SUITABLE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS ADVISE

DIVERT TEMPORARILY SUM RAISED PANCHGANI SCHOOL

THIS MERITORIOUS PURPOSE. CABLING ONE THOUSAND

POUNDS MY CONTRIBUTION. URGE FRIENDS ARISE UNITEDLY

CONTRIBUTE GENEROUSLY MEET VITAL URGENT

NEED FAITH PRESENT HOUR.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 23, 1947

DEEPLY APPRECIATE GREETINGS INDIAN BURMESE BAHA'IS

FERVENTLY PRAYING SUCCESS THEIR ACTIVITIES URGE

PROMPT ACTION PURCHASE VITALLY NEEDED HAZIRA

DELHI FULFIL WITHOUT DELAY URGENT NATIONAL NEED

FAITH.

SHOGHI

=================== <p281>

APRIL 27, 1947

DELIGHTED MAGNIFICENT ACHIEVEMENTS. PRAYING STILL

NOBLER VICTORIES INDIA BURMA. BELOVED WELL PLEASED

FIDELITY DEVOTION LABOURS PERSEVERANCE INDIAN

BURMESE BELIEVERS. REJOICE REDOUBLE EFFORTS.

SHOGHI

===================

APRIL 29, 1947

DEEPLY APPRECIATE MESSAGE CONVENTION DELEGATES.

HEARTILY CONGRATULATE COMMUNITY INDIA BURMA

MAGNIFICENT ACHIEVEMENTS. OPENING PHASE HISTORIC

PLAN VICTORIOUSLY CONCLUDED. APPEAL ALL MEMBERS

BOTH COMMUNITIES DEMONSTRATE GREATER SOLIDARITY

HIGH RESOLVE NOBLER SELF SACRIFICE KEENER UNDERSTANDING

FULLER DEDICATION IN WIDER FIELDS PERSEVERANCE

MORE GLORIOUS VICTORIES. VALIANT PROSECUTORS

PLAN LOVINGLY REMEMBERED HOLY SHRINES

OCCASION MOST GREAT FESTIVAL.

SHOGHI

===================

[To The Youth Committees Of The Spiritual Assemblies Of: Bombay, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Serampore and Calcutta, Sholapur, Kolhapur, Karachi, Poona, Lahore, Panchgani, Quetta]

May 2, 1947

Dear Baha'i Friends,

During this happy Ridvan period our beloved Guardian received your letters, written to him on Baha'i Youth Day, February 23rd 1947, , and he has instructed me to answer them on his behalf.

He was very happy to see so many names appended to the letters of the Local Youth Committees, as the work of the Baha'i young people is very dear to his heart. The Indian believers, in spite of the troubled condition of their country, its vastness, and the relative fewness of their numbers, are really demonstrating a remarkable tenacity of purpose in carrying out their pioneer teaching plan and in organizing and supporting their Baha'i activities. He is therefore very pleased with them, and wishes the young people to take part more and more in the work of the Cause in India. <p282>

He urges you all to attend Summer School, deepen yourselves in the Teachings of the Faith, go forth as pioneers, perfect yourselves as teachers and public speakers-these are ways in which you can learn and serve!

He assures you one and all, that he will pray in the Holy Shrines for your progress and the success of your Baha'i services.

May the Spirit of Baha'u'llah sustain you in your high endeavours, bless your manifold activities, aid you to extend the scope of your meritorious enterprises, and to acquire a deeper understanding of the essentials and requirements of His Faith, enable you to lend a tremendous and unprecedented impetus to the progress of the Plan, and to fulfil every desire you cherish for the promotion of our Glorious Faith and its nascent institutions. Your true brother,

Shoghi

===================

MAY 4, 1947

PRAYING FOR NEWLY ELECTED ASSEMBLY. MAY IT SET

INSPIRING EXAMPLE ENTIRE COMMUNITY UNITY SOLIDARITY

VIGOUR CONSTANCY FIDELITY SELF SACRIFICE.

SHOGHI

===================

[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

May 8,1947

Dear Baha'i Brother, Your letters to our beloved Guardian dated August 8, 9(two of this date), 19 and 21; September 7, 10, 11 (two of this date), 12 and 26; October 1, 3, and 10; December 23 (two of this date), and 22, 1946; January 10, 20, and 30; February 1,8,11,18 (two of this date), 20 (two of this date), 21, 22 and 24; March 4 (two of this date), 7, 10, 11,18, , 22 (three of this date), 24 and 26; April 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 12 (two of this date), 15,16,17 (two of this date), 23, 24 (two of this date), and 26th 1947, , together with their numerous enclosures, have been received and he has instructed me to answer them on his behalf. The material books, photographs, etc., sent under separate cover, have also all arrived safely, including the book "The Story of Orchestral Music and <p283> its Times", which it was very thoughtful of you to forward, as it adds to the collection here of books in which the Cause is mentioned, however briefly... Concerning certain matters you raised in your letters: He advises you to make every effort to have the Esslemont book translated into Karen at present, and to persevere in your attempts to find someone to translate it into Chin in the future. He urges you to make a supreme effort to compete these translations and publication of the Esslemont book in the remaining chosen languages...

You may not perhaps know that in connection with all National Assemblies the Guardian is advising that rules and regulations should not be multiplied and new statements on "procedure" issued; we should be elastic in details and rigid in principles; consequently he does not want your Assembly to issue statements of a binding nature unless absolutely necessary. In this connection he will answer your questions about sanctions.. It is only those who have been spiritually ex communicated by the Guardian with whom the believers are forbidden - to associate, and not a person who is being punished by being deprived of his voting rights. As contributions to Baha'i Funds aroused to support the administration of the Faith, they should not be accepted from those who are deprived of their voting rights; but such believers should not be prevented from being buried in a Baha'i Cemetery or receiving charity-which we even give to non-Baha'is if in dire need.

As the National Spiritual Assembly of Persia is, it would seem, unable to send pioneers to Bahrayn or Afghanistan, he fully approves of your Assembly doing so, if some of the dear Indian believers are willing to assume this added responsibility and perform this valuable service, highly meritorious in the sight of God.

He suggests the word "capacity" be substituted for "wants in the paragraph about strikes, as this conveys the thought of 'Abdu'l- Baha when He used the word "Y. The recent news conveyed to him by you of the achievement of the immediate goals that lay before the Indian and Burmese Baha'is, pleased him greatly. He feels that the Community of believers there, as they see their own Plan developing and their own labours bearing fruit, their fame spreading amongst their sister Communities and their star rising in the heaven of the Baha'i World, are now acquiring a <p284> new zest for teaching, and are ever more ready to sacrifice themselves in order to win complete victory for their Plan! This pleases him greatly and encourages him to believe the future of the dear Indian and Burmese believers is very bright.

He was also delighted and relieved to hear that unity was achieved at Convention amongst the friends, and that all of them have resolved to put away childish differences, unworthy of them as servants and custodians of our Glorious Faith in that great country, and unitedly strive for the good of the Cause and the successful completion of their sacred tasks.

He assures you all, and through you, all the Baha'is of India and Burma, of his loving prayers for your success and for the rapid spread of the Faith.

P.S. He wishes once more to impress upon your Assembly the great importance of immediately finding and purchasing, and moving into, a befitting Hazirat'ul-Quds in Delhi. This will bring upon the entire community great confirmations.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The perusal of your annual Report and the messages conveyed by the elected representatives of the Indian and Burmese Baha'i communities, assembled at Convention, have served to deepen my sense of admiration for the work collectively achieved by the members of these communities, and of my gratitude for the magnificent qualities they display, and for the spirit which so powerfully animates them in their stewardship to the Faith of Baha'u'llah.

They now stand on the threshold of a new epoch in the history of the evolution of the Administrative Order in their land. The transfer of the central institution of that Order to the capital of India; the wide measure of centralization which this historic step must needs involve; the purchase of a befitting seat for the ever expanding activities and multiplying agencies of that institution in that same capital, the progressive transfer of the national committees to the national Hazirat'ul-Quds --all these must synchronize with a remarkable, and indeed unprecedented, intensification of effort in the pioneer field of Baha'i , as well as in the sphere of public teaching, designed to arouse the masses and proclaim the verities of the Faith throughout the length and breadth of that subcontinent and its adjoining territory of Burma. <p285>

In this twofold activity, supporting directly and indirectly the interests of the Plan, committed to your charge, the Hindu, the Muslim, the Burmese and Zoroastrian believers must jointly, unitedly, and effectively participate. The minority elements in these ever-expanding communities must be continually stimulated, encouraged, trained, and in some cases, as when an equal number of ballots have been cast in an election, given priority, in order to reinforce the representative character of Baha'i institutions, demonstrate the distinction of these institutions from all other man made agencies, and win, to an ever increasing degree, the sympathy and support of the teeming masses of Hindu and Muslim extraction, on whose adherence to the Faith, the ultimate progress, establishment:, and triumph of the Cause of Baha'u'llah must chiefly depend.

Courage, goodwill, resolution, self-abnegation, are imperatively required, at this momentous stage in the evolution of these nascent communities, who, having reared, with assiduous care, the machinery of their Administrative Order, and launched the Plan which the institutions of theft Order are now so efficiently promoting, have arisen to initiate a crusade which, as it gathers momentum, must embrace all the diversified races, classes and creeds of that vast country, and its adjoining territories.

May the impelling power of the Faith which they champion enable them to surmount every obstacle, and reach their destined goal. Your true brother,

Shoghi

===================

MAY 28, 1947

APPROVE BORROW FOR PURCHASE SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND

STRUCTURE.

SHOGHI

===================

JUNE 4, 1947

URGE ALL ASSEMBLIES GROUPS INDIVIDUAL BELIEVERS

ARISE UNITEDLY CONTRIBUTE GENEROUSLY REDEEM

PROMPTLY DEBT INCURRED PURCHASE HAZIRA FOCUS ALL

NATIONAL ACTIVITIES POWERFUL MAGNET DIVINE BLESSINGS.

SHOGHI

=================== <p286>

JULY 2, 1947

DELIGHTED MAGNIFICENT RESPONSE BELIEVERS APPEAL

FUNDS PURCHASE HAZIRA. PRAYING COMPLETE SUCCESS. CONGRATULATE NATIONAL ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES

COMMUNITY HOLDING HARMONIOUS HISTORIC SESSION

INDIA'S CAPITAL. CONVEY FRIENDS DECISION CELEBRATE

THIS OCCASION THROUGH INITIATION NEGOTIATIONS BY

ME WITH AUTHORITIES HOLY LAND AIMED SECURE

AUTHORIZATION TRANSFER PORTION BAHA'I INTERNATIONAL

ENDOWMENTS PRECINCTS SHRINE MOUNT CARMEL

TO PALESTINE BRANCH INDIAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

ALREADY INCORPORATED AS RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION

PALESTINE. PRAYING SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME ENTITLING

INDIAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY UNIQUE DISTINCTION

THROUGHOUT BAHA'I WORLD OF SHARING WITH SISTER

ASSEMBLY AMERICA HONOUR OWNERSHIP PROPERTY PERMANENTLY

DEDICATED BAB'S HOLY SHRINE.

SHOGHI

===================

AUGUST 6, 1947

ADVISE REGISTER HAZIRA NAMES TWO OR THREE INDIVIDUALS

IF REGISTRATION ASSEMBLY'S NAME ABSOLUTELY

IMPOSSIBLE.

SHOGHI

===================

[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

October 24, 1947

Dear Baha'i Brother, Your letters written to our beloved Guardian, on behalf of the Indian National Spiritual Assembly, and dated May 7th (two), 10th, 13th, , 14th, 15th, 20th, and 21st (two), and 31st; June 2nd, 6th (two) 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 16th, 19th and 20th (two); July 5th, 7th, 8th, 12th, , 19th (two), 21st and 31st; August 4th, 7th (two), 8th, 17th and 19th, and September 15th, were all received with their enclosures, and the printed matter you sent was likewise safely received.

During the great period of transition that vast land has been, and still is, going through, his thoughts have been very frequently with <p287> you all, and his anxiety for the safety of the beloved friends there is very keen.

He fully appreciates the fact that the Baha'is, in spite of their total lack of religious or other prejudice, and their strict political neutrality, are nevertheless placed in danger sometimes by the passions and unrest of their countrymen. His ardent prayers are offered for their protection, and he urges them to, at all times, set the highest example of tolerance, freedom from any form of partisanship in the present troubles and disputes going on, and sympathy with the deep sufferings of all classes and creeds.

The work of your Assembly is even more onerous and delicate than before. Now that India, Burma and Pakistan no longer form one unit, in the sense of being under one regime, you will, no doubt, have many new problems to meet. But he feels assured that the experience the Community of believers has gained during recent years, the increased awareness of the glory of this Cause, and the greater dedication to its service which unites the hearts of all the Baha'is out there, will now manifest themselves in the Community's wholehearted cooperation with the National Spiritual Assembly, and in a renewed determination to achieve its Plan.

The believers must realize that they, in fulfilling the immediate goals of this Plan, are hastening the day when India, Pakistan and Burma can respectively have each its own National Spiritual Assembly, which, in due time, will become one of the pillars of the International House of Justice. Although three National Spiritual Assemblies and not one must be envisaged in the future, how appropriate it is that, at present, when political division has taken place and animosities are fanned into flame, the believers in the Cause of God are united under one Spiritual Assembly, My, guiding and aiding all believers with love and understanding!

Regarding the question you asked him about the quotation of the Master's words: As this particular quotation is in the nature of pilgrim's notes (no original text being available), he feels it should not be given prominence at all.

Please particularly assure the Serampur Baha'is of his loving prayers, and that he is proud of their devotion to the Faith.

He also wishes to assure you of his prayers for the progress of all the work your Assembly is doing, and specially for the solution of the problems involved in the National Headquarters' purchase. He attributes great importance to this undertaking, and is delighted to <p288> see the determined and self-sacrificing manner in which the believers are supporting it.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The strife and bloodshed, with their attendant misery, sorrow and confusion, that have afflicted the entire sub continent of India, in recent months, have caused me the gravest concern. The disorders, following in the wake of this great crisis in the life of its people, constitute a challenge, which the Community of the steadfast followers of Baha'u'llah in that land mist resolutely face, and demonstrate in meeting it the quality of their faith, the depth of their devotion, the strength of their unity, the solidity of their institutions and the heroic character of their resolve. They must neither feel alarmed, nor falter or hesitate in the execution of their Plan. Shielded by the institutions which their hands have reared, abiding securely in the stronghold of their love for Baha'u'llah and their devotion to His Faith, pursuing with unrelaxing vigilance and singleness of purpose the course set by the plan they themselves have inaugurated, heartened by the initial success already achieved since that Plan was set in motion, they, however much baffled by present circumstances, and no matter how perilous the path they now tread, mast press forward, unafraid of persecution, scorn or calumny, towards the shining goals they have set themselves to attain.

The newly fledged Assemblies, constituted with so much labour and sacrifice, must above all be thoroughly safeguarded. The administrative nuclei formed throughout the length and breadth of that land, must, however great the effort demanded, be preserved and contrapuntally fostered, and enabled to develop into groups destined in time to evolve into firmly knit Assemblies. The obstacles that have arisen in connexion with the purchase and registration of the Haziratu'l-Quds in Delhi must be resolutely overcome, and all the subsidiary issues connected with it definitely and speedily setup, enabling thereby the attention of your Assembly to be focused on the vital requirements of the teaching work on which the prosperity of the community and its rapid growth must ultimately depend. Attention, moreover, should be directed to the completion of the tasks undertaken in connexion with the transition and publication of the "New Era" in the few remaining languages selected for that purpose. The dissemination of Baha'i' literature should, likewise, be simultaneously carried out with increasing vigour. Whatever measures are required to ensure a more systematic and extensive propagation of the Teachings of the Faith among the masses must be promptly and unhesitatingly adopted. <p289>

The hour is indeed propitious. The ordeals and tribulations which the hungry, the dispossessed, the sick, as well as the disillusioned and restless multitudes, are now experiencing, offer the bearers of the Message of the Most Great Name, an opportunity which may never again recur. There is no time to lose. Every warrior in the ever-advancing army of Baha'u'llah must arise and participate in this holy crusade. The rewards and prizes to be won are inestimable. However circumscribed its resources, however small its numbers, however formidable the obstacles with which it is confronted, the entire community of the believers in India, Burma, and Pakistan, must arise as one man, and, pledging anew its fidelity to its Faith, prove itself fully worthy of the Cause it has espoused and the high mission it has undertaken. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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OCTOBER 26, 1947

HEARTFELT APPRECIATION GREETINGS INDIAN BURMESE

FRIENDS LOVINGLY REMEMBERED PRAYING CONTINUALLY

PROTECTION UNITY TRIUMPH REMOVAL OBSTACLES

TRANSFER POSSESSION HAZIRATU'L-QUDS. DEEPEST LOVE

ABIDING GRATITUDE.

SHOGHI

===================

NOVEMBER 10, 1947

PROFOUNDLY REGRET COMPLICATIONS URGE VIGILANT

STRENUOUS UNRELAXING EFFORT ARDENTLY SUPPLICATING REMOVAL DIFFICULTIES ENSURE LEGAL TRANSFER EARLY OCCUPATION HAZIRA.

SHOGHI

===================

NOVEMBER 20, 1947

ADVISE POSTPONE REPRESENTATIONS BY NATIONAL

ASSEMBLIES. IF AFTER LAPSE YEAR PROMISE UNFULFILLED

REPRESENTATIONS ADVISABLE. URGE CONTINUED EFFORTS

YOUR ASSEMBLY ENSURE EARLY RELEASE. SUPPLICATING

FERVENTLY SUCCESS ENDEAVOURS PROTECTION DEARLY

BELOVED FRIENDS.

SHOGHI

=================== <p290>

DECEMBER 19, 1947

ANNOUNCE BELIEVERS SUCCESSFUL PURCHASE TRANSFER

NAME INCORPORATED PALESTINE BRANCH NATIONAL

ASSEMBLY INDIA PAKISTAN AND BURMA PROPERTY ESTIMATED

SEVEN THOUSAND POUNDS VICINITY BAB'S SHRINE

OVERLOOKING RESTING PLACE GREATEST HOLY LEAF.

TITLE DEED WILL SHORTLY BE FORWARDED. ANTICIPATING

ADDITIONAL TRANSFER SACRED PROPERTY NEIGHBOURHOOD

BAHA'U'LLAH SHRINE. REJOICE SIGNAL HONOUR

CONFERRED COMMUNITY INDIAN BURMESE BELIEVERS

ENTITLING THEM SHARE AND OWNERSHIP BAHA'I INTERNATIONAL

ENDOWMENTS BOTH PLAIN AKKA MOUNT CARMEL.

SHOGHI

===================

DECEMBER 27, 1947

REJOICE REGISTRATION HAZIRA ASSEMBLY'S NAME PRAYING

SUCCESS REPRESENTATIONS AUTHORITIES LOVING

APPRECIATION.

SHOGHI

=================== <p291>

====

1948

====

APRIL 1, 1948

MAIL IMMEDIATELY TWENTY COPIES PUSHTU VERSION NEW

ERA IF NOT MORE AVAILABLE ALSO WIRE PROGRESS PUNJABI

SINGALESE ASSAMESE CHIN KASHMIR' KARIN VERSIONS

ALSO WIRE WHETHER ANY BAHA'I RESIDES CEYLON.

SHOGHI

===================

APRIL 19, 1948

GRIEVE PASSING NOTABLE PROMOTER FAITH MOULVI

VAKIL. ARDENTLY PRAYING PROGRESS HIS SOUL. URGE KASHMIR FRIENDS PERSEVERE MERITORIOUS LABOURS.

SHOGHI

===================

APRIL 26, 1948

INDIAN BURMESE FRIENDS LOVINGLY REMEMBERED

SHRINES RIDVAN FESTIVAL. PRAYING UNITY COOPERATION

STEADFASTNESS SIGNAL SUCCESS. ADVISE IMMEDIATE STEPS

ESTABLISH OUTPOST FAITH CEYLON. PLEAD ONE NOBLE

SOUL ARISE PERFORM HISTORIC TASK.

SHOGHI

=================== <p292>

MAY 4, 1948

NUMBER COUNTRIES OPENED FAITH BAHA'U'LLAH

APPROACHING HUNDRED. PROMPT RESPONSE VALIANT

INDIAN BELIEVERS REGARDING CEYLON PROMPTS ME

APPEAL DISPATCH VOLUNTEERS SIAM INDONESIA THEREBY

HASTENING GLORIOUS CONSUMMATION ABHA REWARD

INESTIMABLE.

SHOGHI

===================

[The National Spiritual Assembly Of The Baha'is Of India, Pakistan

And Burma]

May 8, 1948

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Our beloved Guardian has instructed me to acknowledge receipt of your communications dated as follows: September 11th and 26th; November 7th, 10th and 20th (two of this date); December 5th, 12th, 29th , and 30th(two of this date), all of 1947; January 2nd (two of this date), 6th, 7th, 14th and 15th (two of this date); February 6th, 10th, 13th , and 23rd; April 2nd, 7th, 8th and 9th, of 1948. Photos and other material have likewise been received as well as the book "Pin" which he has placed in the library of the Mansion of Baha'u'llah in Bahji...

He has already informed you through cabled instructions that he approves of the suggestion your Assembly made as to the method of forwarding Huquq to him, and also that he considered it essential to hold your annual Convention this year.

In regard to the matter of Baha'is speaking on a politically sponsored platform: He considers that what the American National Spiritual Assembly wrote you is correct and can be followed by your Assembly also.

Excommunication is a spiritual thing and up until now the Guardian has always been the one who exerted this power, and he feels for the present he must continue to be. Only actual enemies of the Cause are excommunicated. On the other hand, those who conspicuously disgrace the Faith or refuse to abide by 'its laws can be deprived, as a punishment, of their voting rights; this in itself is a severe action, and he therefore always urges all National Assemblies (who can take such action) to first warn and repeatedly warn the evildoer before taking the step of depriving him of his voting rights. He <p293>

feels your Assembly must act with the greatest wisdom in such matters, and only impose this sanction if a believer is seriously injuring the Faith in the eyes of the public through his conduct or flagrantly breaching the Laws of God. If such a sanction were lightly used the friends would come to attach no importance to it, or to feel the National Spiritual Assembly used it every time they got angry with some individual's disobedience to them. We must always remember that, sad and often childish, as it seems, some of those who make the worst nuisances of themselves to their National Bodies are often very loyal believers, who think they are protecting the true interests of their Faith by attacking National Spiritual Assembly's decisions!

The Guardian feels very strongly that everywhere, throughout the entire Baha'i world, the believers have got to master and follow the principles of their divinely laid down Administrative Order. They will never solve their problems by departing from the correct procedure Likewise, he does not approve of the Iranian, or any other members of the National Spiritual Assembly resigning from it, except if one is leaving the country permanently, or for a long period, or is really too ill to attend the sessions of this body. The Baha'i have got to learn to live up to the laws of Baha'u'llah's which are infinitely higher, more exacting and more perfect than those the world is at present familiar with. Running away, fighting wish each other, fostering dissension, is not going to advance the Indian or any other Community; all it is going to do is to bring Baha'u'llah's plans and work to a standstill until such time as the believers unite to serve Him, or new and more dedicated souls arise to take their place.

He also feels very strongly ... that the Baha'is must be mature and realize that, whether they are conscious of it or not, the intense feelings of hatred, suspicion and jealousy which are flaming up everywhere in India and Pakistan, are tinging the attitudes of the believers themselves. At such a time, seeing this colossal example before them of the very essence of everything we are seeking to purify the world from, the Hindu, Muslim and Zoroastrian Baha'is should determine to show a love for each other and an inner spiritual solidarity so great as to forcibly attract the attention of their countrymen and impress them with the fact that Baha'u'llah's Message is, indeed, the only remedy for the ills afflicting the great multitudes of the Far East...

The Guardian assures you all, and through you, the believers of India, Pakistan and Burma, that he will supplicate in the Holy Shrines that the labours you have all achieved together may be preserved from <p294> blemish, and that you may go on together to fulfil your plan and raise still higher the name of your fame.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The work now engaging the attention of the members of the Baha'i Communities in India, Pakistan and Burma, as it develops and is further consolidated, acquires momentous importance, and should be pursued with added zeal, ever deepening consecration, firmer unity, closer collaboration, greater vigilance and nobler self-sacrifice. The sufferings and trials they have recently experienced, the disappointments and anxieties they have borne, the obstacles and setbacks they have encountered in their path, should, far from causing them to flinch in their determination or to relax in their efforts, act as a stimulant and challenge, to scale loftier heights, and win mightier victories in their strenuous labours for the propagation of their beloved Faith.

Though they are pressed by the multitudinous demands of an ever-growing task, though overburdened by the manifold responsibilities of an ever expanding administration, I have, in my desire, to enable them to enrich the splendid record of their stewardship to the Faith in recent years, and enhance the prestige of all three communities, urged them to push still further the outposts of the Faith, both southward and eastward of the present field of their joint labours. In the Island of Ceylon, the Republic of Indonesia and the sovereign State of Siam, which due to their proximity must, sooner or later be opened up to the Faith by these Communities, an effort, however tentative, must be made to establish a nucleus, through the settlement of one or two pioneers which will, as Plans are initiated in the years to come, develop into full fledged communities capable of illuminating the eastern and southern fringes of the continent of Asia.

Through the successful conclusion of this added task to be shouldered by these communities, the believers in these three communities will have contributed, to a marked degree, to the raising to one hundred of the number of countries included within the pale of the ever-advancing Faith of Baha'u'llah. They will be emulating the example of their American, Canadian and Persian brethren, who, through their respective plans, are hastening this glorious consummation, by initiating Baha'i activities in Latin America, in Greenland and Newfoundland and the territories of the Arabian Peninsula.

Their solid achievements in recent years, the marvelous multiplication <p295> of Baha'i Centres, the establishment of befitting national headquarters, the remarkable impetus lent to the translation, publication and dissemination of Baha'i Literature, embolden me to appeal to them, to undertake fresh enterprises, ere the termination of the present Plan, and on however small a scale, beyond the confines of India and Burma.

The greater the range of their collective enterprises, the mightier the effusion of the Abha Grace from on High, a Grace that will sustain, protect, guide and cheer them as they tread the stormy yet glorious path of service for the furtherance of their beloved Cause.

Let them, at this momentous stage of their historic labours, eliminate, once and for all, every trace of inharmony from their midst, purge their hearts from every lingering suspicion, prejudice and animosity, acquire a clearer vision of the greatness of their Faith and the significance of their mission, give heed to the urgent and tragic needs of the vast multitudes of their disillusioned and sore-tried countrymen, now hungering for the Bread of Life, and arise, as one man, to discharge their sacred and inescapable responsibilities. The hour is propitious, the situation critical, the Cause infinitely precious, the prize within reach and inexpressibly glorious!

Shoghi

===================

JUNE 18, 1948

SHRINES SAFE APPRECIATE PROGRESS NEW ERA PUBLICATIONS

URGE TRANSLATION CHIN LAST REMAINING VERSION.

SHOGHI

=================== <p296>

====

1949

====

JANUARY 7,1949

DELIGHTED PROGRESS TRANSLATION NEW ERA. GREATLY

HEARTENED RESPONSE PIONEERS ASSURE THEM FERVENT

PRAYERS HIGHLY MERITORIOUS MISSION EAGER NEWS

THEIR SETTLEMENT URGE PERSEVERANCE. ANNOUNCE

FRIENDS DESPITE TURMOIL HOLY LAND FOUNDATION

ARCADE BAB'S SEPULCHRE DESIGNED SAFEGUARD STRUCTURE

RAISED HANDS BELOVED MASTER COMPLETED. OF

TOTAL SIX HUNDRED TONS MATERIAL ONE THIRD ALREADY

RECEIVED. CONTEMPLATING COMMENCEMENT BUILDING

OPERATIONS DESTINED CULMINATE ERECTION DOME

ENVISAGED BY CENTRE COVENANT.

SHOGHI

===================

MARCH 22, 1949

DEARLY BELOVED FRIENDS INDIA PAKISTAN BURMA

REMEMBERED SHRINES SUPPLICATING MANIFOLD BLESSINGS

DIVERSIFIED ACTIVITIES TOTAL SUCCESS PLAN.

ANNOUNCE BELIEVERS COMMENCEMENT BUILDING OPERATIONS <p297>

ARCADE BAB'S SHRINE COINCIDING FORTIETH

ANNIVERSARY PLACING SACRED REMAINS BY CENTRE COVENANT

IN SARCOPHAGUS PRESENTED BY VALIANT BURMESE

BELIEVERS. DEEPEST LOVE.

SHOGHI

===================

APRIL 8, 1949

DESPATCH PIONEERS SIAM CEYLON INDONESIA URGENT

IMPERATIVE. APPEAL IMMEDIATE RESPONSE HEROIC SELF

SACRIFICE. SUPPLICATING BAHA'U'LLAH'S SUSTAINING

GRACE.

SHOGHI

===================

[To The National Spiritual Assembly Of The Baha'is Of India,

Burma and Pakistan]

April 9, 1949

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letters, with enclosures, dated April 3, 19; May 19, 24, 25; June 3, 5; and December 21, all of 1948, have at long last been received by our beloved Guardian, and he was very happy to resume direct contact with your Assembly, and through you, with all the dear believers in that part of the world.

The news that from Calcutta two souls have volunteered to go forth as pioneers to Siam and Indonesia greatly pleased him. Likewise, he was rejoiced to hear a pioneer for Ceylon has been found.

The Burmese, Indian and Pakistan Baha'i s, forming as they do a relatively old and tried Community of believers, have heavy responsibilities to discharge. They cannot be looked upon as children or youngsters in this great Cause, but rather must be considered more in the light of elders, and consequently their Baha'i brothers and sisters expect great things of them, and look to them for signs of leadership in that part of the world! Therefore, the fulfilment of their Plan, and the sending forth of their pioneers to neighbouring Asiatic countries, is of crucial importance in maintaining their leadership in this field and their prestige in the Baha'i World.

He was very glad to see your Assembly has not relaxed its efforts in the matter of translating and publishing the Esslemont book. As <p298> you know, he considers this a vital service being rendered by your Community to not only the peoples of that part of the world, but to the Faith as a worldwide movement. He has begun to receive lately some of your publications, and trusts, now the mails are again run fling, to receive safely all the material you are sending.

The Foundation of the Arcade of the Shrine has now been laid and all the heavy threshold stones placed in position. More than half of the stone work ordered in Italy for this first unit of the beautiful shell, which will enclose and protect for all time the sacred building built by the beloved Master Himself, has now been received on the Shrine property, and plans are being made for the next stage of construction to go ahead.

This glorious work, so cheering to all our hearts, is, however, greatly increasing the burden our beloved Guardian bears, and he hopes the friends will understand this when they find letters to him can no longer be answered promptly. At such a time, when this try has passed through so much danger and difficulty, it is little short of miraculous the way this work on the Shrine has been facilitated and protected and gone ahead steadily! It is greatly enhancing the prestige of the Faith here, and the authorities have been cooperative and helpful...

Our beloved Guardian urges all the believers to work together with the greatest love and harmony to achieve their Plan, nay if possible to excel their goals! His loving prayers will be offered for them all and for the speedy advancement of their work.

He will also pray for you, and all the members of the National Spiritual Assembly, that God may strengthen and bless you in your work for His Faith.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The communications addressed to me several months ago. by your Assembly have, after considerable delay in transmission, reached the Holy Land, and, together with the reports and minutes accompanying them, were read with deep and sustained interest.

The tremendous task facing the Baha'i communities in India, Pakistan and Burma, constitutes a grave challenge to the followers of the Faith of Baha'u'llah in these countries, and mist be faced and met with courage, determination and a spirit of complete dedication to His Cause. The disturbances that have so gravely shaken the peoples of these countries, on the morrow of a world convulsing international conflict; the <p299> unfortunate and sudden cessation of communications between these countries and the World Centre of the Faith in the Holy Land during the past year; the fears and anxieties engendered by a steadily deteriorating international situation which cannot but dismay the stoutest hearts, have no doubt contributed, in varying degrees, and in no small measure, to a slowing down of the progress of the collective enterprise, so nobly, so enthusiastically and so energetically initiated by the upholders of the Faith throughout the sub continent of India and Burma.

The reverses they have suffered, with their attendant disappointments, confusion and relaxation of effort, must never be allowed, however short the period remaining before the termination of their Plan, to jeopardize the chance of a success which is still in their power to achieve. They must close their ranks, gird up their loins, rededicate their souls and spirits to the unfinished tasks which face them, purge themselves of every taint of communal prejudice, detach themselves from every thought of self interest, and arise, while there is yet time, to attain the goals they have pledged themselves to attain.

The final phase of the Plan with which they stand identified, and on which their immediate destiny depends, coincides with the hundredth anniversary of the most bloody, tragic and turbulent period in the his toy of their Faith-a period immortalized by the noblest evidences of Baha'i self-sacrifice, marked by acts of sublime heroism, and ennobled by a spirit of dedication and determination unsurpassed at any subsequent Stage in Baha'i history. Now, if ever, is the time to emulate the example of these heroes, saints and martyrs. Now is the time to pour out ones substance as copiously and as readily, as the Dawn breakers of the Heroic Age of the Faith have shed their lifeblood in the path of this most precious Cause. No more befitting tribute can be paid to the memory of these luminous souls, by those who carry the torch of Divine Guidance after them, than by a corresponding manifestation of solidarity, self-abnegation, zeal and devotion, which will impel them to forsake their homes, sacrifice their treasure, brave every danger, endure every hardship, expend every ounce of energy, that the Plan which they have spontaneously and unitedly sponsored may, through its triumphant termination, carry them a stage further along the broad highway of their destiny.

The multiplication of Baha'i assemblies, at any cost and with the utmost speed; the reconstitution of dissolved Assemblies, however great the effort required; the completion of the translation into, and the printing of the "New Era", in the few remaining languages, within the shortest <p300> possible time, the despatch of no more than one pioneer, to the neighbouring Island of Ceylon, to Siam and to Indonesia, ere the termination of the closing year of the Plan-these stand out as the immediate requirements of the present challenging hour-requirements that the prosecutors of the Plan must meet. The eyes of their fellow-workers in East and West, are fixed upon them. The Concourse on high watches their actions, and stands ready to bless and reinforce their labours. The Centre of the Covenant Himself is eagerly waiting to witness the evidences of their victory, and will no doubt intercede, on their behalf before the throne of Baha'u'llah, if they but arise resolutely and spur their chargers into the arena of service.

The sands are indeed running out. The task that remains to be accomplished is indeed colossal. The distractions, temptations, and pitfalls that might interfere with its consummation are many and varied. The resources however spiritual and material still at the disposal of the members of these communities are still adequate, if they but resolve to utilise them, to the needs of the present hour. The blessings from on high, ready to be showered upon them, are more than adequate to ensure their complete and total victory. So much hangs on the fortunes of the present Plan! So much must necessarily depend on the manner and the spirit in which they discharge their terrific responsibilities, during the few fleeting months still allotted them ere the expiry of the Plan!

I entreat them, with all the fervour of my solid, not to allow this golden opportunity to slip from their grasp. They have, in the past, proved themselves capable, in times of crisis, of overleaping the most formidable barriers, and of wresting victory from the jaws of impending defeat. Theirs is the opportunity, now if ever, to demonstrate a similar resolution, a no less spectacular outburst of enthusiasm, an even nobler heroism and self-sacrifice than they have ever shown in the past.

Then, and only then, will the next stage in the evolution of their common destiny be unveiled to their eyes. Then, and only then, will the call summoning them to press forward to yet another landmark in their history be sounded. Then, and only then, will still fuller measure of heavenly prizes be laid up for them in reward for their inestimable and arduous services in the treasuries of the Abha Kingdom by Him who alone knows how to re-ignite His faithful servants

Shoghi

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MAY 7, 1949

ASSURE ELECTED NATIONAL ASSEMBLY NEWLY FORMED

LOCAL ASSEMBLIES FERVENT PRAYERS. WELCOME RESOLVE

ENSURE SUCCESS PLAN.

SHOGHI

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MAY 17, 1949

DELIGHTED LUKMANI'S ARRIVAL, CONSTANT SUPPORT

ENCOURAGEMENT NECESSARY, PRAYING SUCCESS.

SHOGHI

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MAY 28, 1949

KARACHI CONTRIBUTION RECEIVED CONVEY LOVING

APPRECIATION ASSURE THEM DEVOTING SUM CONSTRUCTION

ARCADE SHRINE.

SHOGHI

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JUNE 4, 1949

CABLE WHETHER DETAILED LETTER APRIL NINTH

RECEIVED.

SHOGHI

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JUNE 9, 1949

ASSEMBLY'S CONTRIBUTION JUST RECEIVED DEEPEST

APPRECIATION WILL LIKEWISE EXPEND IT FOR CONSTRUCTION

ARCADE SHRINE.

SHOGHI

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JULY 2, 1949

GRIEVE PASSING DEAR DEVOTED CAPABLE SERVANT FAITH

SULTAN GHAZI ARDENTLY PRAYING PROGRESS SOUL ABHA

KINGDOM ASSURE RELATIVES FRIENDS DEEPEST SYMPATHY.

ADVISE DEFER ACTION BY NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES

REGARDING HAZIRA MEANWHILE APPROACH AUTHORITIES

OFFICIALLY INDIRECTLY ENDEAVOUR OBTAIN PROMISE <p302>

FIXED DATE RELEASE DEPLORE DELAY PRAYING ARDENTLY

SUCCESS RENEWED EFFORTS. BE NOT HOPELESS. PERSEVERE.

SHOGHI

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JULY 27, 1949

ELECTIONS AND CONVENTION SHOULD BE HELD USUAL

DATES.

SHOGHI

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AUGUST 11, 1949

ANXIOUS SAFETY RANGOON BELIEVERS CABLE NEWS. PRAYING -

DIVINE PROTECTION.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 15, 1949

ADVISE CABLE PARTICULARS REGARDING HAZIRA AMERICAN

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR PRESENTATION PRIME MINISTER

IF FEASIBLE MYSELF ALSO CABLING ASSEMBLY.

PRAYING SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

November 6,1949

Dear Baha'i Brother, Your letters dated May 7, June 7, 13; July 1, 5,11; August 18 (two of this date); September 4 (five of this date), 13, 17, 22, 26, 27; and October 3, 6 (two of this date), as well as their enclosures and other material, have been received by our beloved Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He was very happy to see that Hyderabad has been registered efficiently; this marks another step forward in the steady consolidation of the Cause in the area under the jurisdiction of your Assembly. In regard to the "brain tonic" supposedly recommended by the beloved Master: As this is not in His writing nor signed or sealed, and cannot, from what you have at hand, be authenticated, he feels the <p303> friends should not risk using it unless some qualified medical man should consider it sound and in no way injurious to the health.

The local elections, and the National Convention, should be held in 1950 on the usual dates and no exception be made.

He would like you to please thank on his behalf those friends who have forwarded Huquq to him and contributions for the building of the Super structure of the Bab's Shrine.

This building is now beginning to take shape and promises to be very beautiful, befitting and dignified. It is the realization of the fond hope of the beloved Master, who stated to Badi Bushrui one day, as he looked up at the building He Himself had already completed: "The Shrine is as yet unbuilt. God willing, it will be built. We have brought it up to this stage."

The friends should be told this, as many of them do not realize it was the Master's own plan to go much further, and erect a dome over the Resting Place of the Bab.

A few days ago the Guardian received a most radiant letter from one of the people dear Dr Lukmani has won over to the Faith in Ceylon. This made him very happy, as it shows that God truly assists all His servants who arise in His Path to carry out His work. The success of this dear Baha'i brother should make the believers on the mainland truly proud, and encourage them to go forth, even as he has, and spread the Glad Tidings in virgin territory.

The Guardian was, likewise, very pleased to receive the new versions of "Baha'u'llah and the New Era" which are a great addition to our Baha'i literature, and yet another achievement on the part of your Assembly... With the end of your Plan rapidly approaching your Assembly should encourage everyone who is a possible pioneer to take immediate action, and go forth into the arena of service at once, while there is yet time...

There is not a moment of precious time to waste on the problems of conflicting personalities-which, alas, exist everywhere, due to the frailty and immaturity of the believers-every day is important to the fulfilment of your goals, and the friends should be made to realize they must dwell on the bright side, and on the great assistance Baha'u'llah has promised His servants, if they but turn to Him, and forget self, and teach the Faith.

The Guardian desires your Assembly to keep in close touch with your pioneers abroad and give them strong moral, as well as financial, support. It will please you to know two Dutch Baha'is are going out <p304> to Indonesia, and he has asked them to communicate with your Assembly and cooperate with you in spreading the faith there and in having at least a pamphlet, to begin with, translated into the most needed native language.

His heart has been very anxious over the fate of the believers in Burma, and it relieved him greatly to hear that you received news they were safe. Please assure them his loving prayers are with them and offered for their protection.

He trusts that the American National Spiritual Assembly will find it possible to contact the Prime Minister and remind him of the case of your national Haziratu'l-Quds. Although you have not been treated properly by the authorities he feels it is wiser not to antagonize them, but to patiently persevere in your efforts to receive justice in this matter.

His ardent prayers are offered for you and all the members of the National Spiritual Assembly, and he urges you to never lose heart, but persevere in your tasks, realizing that the big things are permanent, and the petty troubles, inharmony, and problems are only on the surface and will fade away eventually, leaving the beauty of the achievements of the believers unblemished and permanent in the annals of the Faith.

Dear and valued co-workers:

As the end of the Plan to which your community stands committed inexorably approaches my anxieties thoughts increasingly turn towards you and your fellow workers, on whose shoulders a staggering responsibility- grave as well as inescapable is weighing so heavily in these days. I am fully aware of the character of the manifold and unexpected trials this community has been called upon to face in India, Pakistan and Burma since its inception. The ordeal of internal disorder and of civil strafe; the dislocation of the machinery of internal administration, the inevitable consequence of the vast political changes that have been effected in these countries; the reverses suffered by this same community through the temporary seizure of its newly acquired administrative headquarters and the loss of some of its precious assets in both India and Burma; be hardships endured by the pioneers of this community as well as its administrators as a consequence of severely imposed restrictions, outbursts of fanaticism and civil riots have been such as to dismay the stoutest heart and tax to the uttermost the determination of the most resolute. <p305>

And yet, in spite of these successive afflictions the members of this community have forged ahead, valiantly, unitedly and determined cy, and have even extended the original range of their Plan by embarking on fresh and historical enterprises beyond the confines of these territories, through the despatch of pioneers to the neighbouring Dominion of Ceylon and the adjacent Kingdom of Siam and the Republic of Indonesia. Whatever the fate of the Plan which they are now seeking to bring to its consummation, this striking evidence of the indomitable spirit of faith that animates the rank and file of this community, and which has prompted it to seek fresh laurels in virgin territories beyond the frontiers of its homeland, will, without the slightest doubt, redo and eternally to its credit, and be abundantly rewarded by a vigilant and all-bountiful Master.

To enhance the value of so rich a prize won, in so short a period, by a community so burdened by cares and anxieties, in territories for the most part overshadowed by discord and internal revolution, through the triumphant conclusion of the major task entrusted to its hands, and the successful conclusion of the second collective enterprise embarked upon by its indefatigable and resolute members, on the morrow of a world-encircling conflict, must now be the paramount and all absorbing purpose of all who are privileged to participate in this mighty endeavour. Time is short. Every week is precious. The resources of the community, financial, moral and spiritual are, I firmly believe, adequate to meet the needs of this critical hour. So golden an opportunity, if missed, will not recur for who knows how extensive a period. The latching of subsequent enterprises destined to culminate in the triumph and ascendancy of a struggling Faith in the sub continent of India, as well as in the establishment of its institutions in South East Asia, will be inevitably and indefinitely postponed.

Undaunted by the setbacks it has experienced; heartened by the settlement and the initial victory won by its pioneers in the newly opened virgin territories in the North the South and the East; fully conscious of its ability to perform adequately its task and discharge befittingly its responsibility; relying on the unfailing Grace of an all-powerful, ever Solicitous, continually watching Providence; deriving fresh inspiration and confidence from the amazing feat achieved, by the small band of its brethren, in the West, and in a continent more devastated by the ravages of war than any other continent of the Globe; Let this community, while time still remains, gird up its loins, sink its differences, rededicate itself to its urgent task, sweep away every barrier that confronts it, and rise, with <p306> an upsurge of unprecedented enthusiasm and determination, to those heights to which its spiritual destiny is now beckoning it.

With a heart, aglow with gratitude for what this community has in the initial stage of its administrative development accomplished, filled with confidence in the potentialities with which our beloved Master has endowed it in the years of His earthly ministry, and overflowing with love for those who, through their incessant labours and heroic self sacrifice, have achieved unforgettable victories in recent years, I will continue to supplicate for all its members, at home and abroad, in their administrative spheres of activity as well as in the teaching field such blessings as will enable them to crown their concerted efforts with a success that will resound throughout the Baha'i world. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To The Baha'i Youth Of Quetta, Poona, Sholapur, Panchgani, Rangoon, Hyderabad (Sind), Karachi, Bombay, Lahore, Bangalore]

November 21, 1949

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your letters to our beloved Guardian, dated February 13, 1949, reached him at last, after considerable months delay, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He has often thought of you and your work during the last year, when communications between India and the Holy Land were practically suspended, and been anxious to hear of your labours for the spread of our glorious Faith.

He urges you all to arise with dedication and determination during these coming months before the end of your Plan, and serve as teachers, pioneers, or helpers, in any way you can, so that the believers may not fail in accomplishing their historic task.

His loving prayers are offered for you all and for your success, specially for the Burmese friends and their protection.

May the spirit of Baha'u'llah guide, sustain and protect you, at all times and under all circumstances, aid you to reflect, in your lives and activities, the ennobling principles of His Faith, remove every obstacle that binders the progress of your valued work in the service of His Faith, <p307> and enable you to proclaim its verities, extend its range, multiply its institutions, and consolidate its foundations. Your true brother,

Shoghi