Messages to the Indian Subcontinent (part 3)

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NOVEMBER 25, 1949

DELIGHTED RISING HOPES BRIGHTER PROSPECTS SUCCESS

PLAN ENTREAT ENTIRE COMMUNITY STEADFASTLY PURSUE

HIGH OBJECTIVES RISE HIGHER LEVEL ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT

VIGOROUS PROSECUTION THEIR FATEFUL HOUR HISTORIC

PLAN. ADVISE COMMEMORATE ALL CENTRES LOCAL

NATIONAL COMMEMORATE CENTENARY THROUGH PUBLIC

MEETINGS PRESS RADIO INVITATION PARTICIPATION

NOTABLES.

SHOGHI

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[To The Spiritual Assembly Of The Baha'is Of Kolhapur]

December 19, 1949

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The letter of your Assembly, written by your Secretary, and dated December 7, 1949, was received, and our beloved Guardian has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He admires very much the devoted manner in which the Kolhapur Baha'is have built up the Spiritual Assembly there and caused that community to be one of the most active in Southern India. You must not now become discouraged because some of your teachers have left and gone to serve the Cause elsewhere. This gives you the opportunity of learning to do more of the work yourselves, and of also putting your reliance on Baha'u'llah and realizing that He will assist all those who arise to serve Him.

The Guardian assures you he will pray in the Holy Shrines for your protection and that God may assist you in your work, aid you to be united and show the greatest love, one for another, and bless your work. <p308>

May the Almighty guide every step you take in the path of service, and enable you to proclaim the verities of His Faith, and contribute effectively to the consolidation of its newly born institutions. Your true brother,

Shoghi <p309>

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1950

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JANUARY 15, 1950

ASSURE CONTRIBUTORS SUM LOVING APPRECIATION.

PRAYING BLESSINGS NEWLY ARRIVED DUTCH BAHA'IS URGE

EXTEND MOST ENCOURAGEMENT.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 6,1950

CABLE NUMBER INCORPORATIONS NAMES ANY NEW LANGUAGES

ESSLEMONTS BOOK TRANSLATED SINCE APRIL 1949

ALSO PREPARE PROMPTLY AIRMAIL HAIFA UPDATE MAP

SHOWING ASSEMBLIES GROUPS ISOLATED CENTRES INDIA

PAKISTAN BURMA.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 19, 1950

ASSURE FRIENDS RECENT SUCCESS VIRGIN TERRITORIES

BEYOND CONFINES INDIA PAKISTAN BURMA AND PUBLISHING

FIELD COMPENSATES INCOMPLETE VICTORY HOMEFRONT.

AIRMAIL UP TO DATE LIST ASSEMBLIES GROUPS <p310>

ISOLATED BELIEVERS INDIA PAKISTAN BURMA. URGE

REDOUBLE EFFORTS DEEPEST LOVE.

SHOGHI

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MAY 7,1950

APPROVE SUPPORT WORLD GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION

PROVIDED SCOPE UNIVERSAL NEUTRAL REGARDING EAST

WEST.

SHOGHI

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MAY 8, 1950

WELCOME NOBLE RESOLVE DELEGATES. MAY NEWLY

ELECTED ASSEMBLY AND COMMUNITY WIN MEMORABLE

VICTORIES BOTH FIELDS. GRIEVE AFFLICTIONS LONG SUFFERING

DEARLY BELOVED COMMUNITY DAIDANAW. SUPPLICATING

DIVINE PROTECTION URGE EXTEND EVERY

POSSIBLE ASSISTANCE.

SHOGHI

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MAY 30, 1950

ADVISE YOU ACQUAINT ALL NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES SITUATION

URGE MAKE REPRESENTATIONS FOLLOW WHATEVER

PROCEDURE YOUR ASSEMBLY RECOMMENDS ALSO APPROVE

REPRESENTATION PARLIAMENT PRAYING FERVENTLY SUCCESS

BE NOT DISCOURAGED.

SHOGHI

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Mr Rustam Sabit, Secretary, National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India, Pakistan and Burma

June 28, 1950

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your communications addressed to our beloved and dated June 10, 17; September 9 (two); October 18, 22, 24; November 3, 4, 9, 1115, , 18; December 3,14 (three), 24, of 1949; and January 6, 11(two) 18, 19, 29; February 2, 8, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 29; March 2, 8, 20, 22, 24; April 3, 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20; May , 13, 15, 17, 18, 19 (two), 22, 24, <p311> and June 5, of 1950, have been received, as well as their enclosures including photographs, clippings and certificates of registration, and the other material sent under separate cover. He has, likewise, received the many books forwarded, and placed copies in the various Baha'i libraries here, and also the map arrived safely, and will be reproduced in the next edition of "Baha'i World". He thanks your Assembly for sending these many evidences of the devoted labours of the believers in that part of the world.

The past winter and spring have been very arduous months for our beloved Guardian and very anxious ones. As you know, he has been pressing the work on the Arcade of the Shrine of the Bab in order to have it completed by the Centenary of His martyrdom. As the Arcade which fits about and protects the Holy Tomb, built by our beloved Master, is considerably larger than the original edifice, it has been necessary to excavate the mountain immediately behind the Shrine, and this very difficult work was carried out under the close and constant supervision of the Guardian himself in order to ensure it was accomplished safely, quickly and economically. This absorbed, for many months, his precious time and energies. When this was accomplished he looked forward to turning his attention to the various National Assembly letters piled up, but, unfortunately, Mr Maxwell, the architect of the Shrine, became dangerously ill, at the beginning of April, and is still in Hospital. His condition was so grave that for weeks our Guardian and household were prevented from concentrating on the many tasks waiting to be attended to owing to the constant anxiety, the coming and going of doctors, etc. He feels you should be informed of these facts as an explanation of the long delay in hearing from him. Mr. Maxwell, thanks to the mercy of God and the determination of the Guardian, is now recovering, and we hope will live to continue his work on the Shrine.

The contributions sent by the Indian believers for the Holy Shrine were very much appreciated. Ever since the Burmese friends contributed the Sarcophagus for the Holy Remains, the friends in that part of the world have been linked with this sacred enterprise. Their joy will be great when, once the pilgrimage can be resumed, their eyes fall upon the beauty of this Shrine.

There is no objection to the Baha'is associating with such organizations as the World Government Organization. The instructions he gave to the British Baha'is may be followed. However, great care <p312> should be taken to make sure these organizations are absolutely nonpartisan in their political views and lean neither to East or West.

A Baha'i cannot at the same time be a Theosophist; many Theosophists have become believers and very enlightened ones, but as we do not believe in reincarnation we obviously cannot be active as Theosophists and Baha'is at the same time.

The noble spirit shown by Mrs. Yaganagi, in pioneering after the death of her dear husband, is an example to all. The Guardian will pray for her success and for the happiness and progress of Mr Yaganegi's soul.

The tragic killing of a believer in Kamarhatti grieved the Guardian very much. If you are in touch with any of the relatives please convey his sympathy to them, and assure them of his prayers. Terrible as persecution is, we must always remember that it waters the tree of Religion, and that from such deeds as this the believers-far from being cowed and silenced-must derive inspiration and courage. The success of the devoted labours of dear Dr Lukmani in Ceylon, the teaching trip of Mr Sabit to Siam, the departure of Dr Fozdar for Singapore, the other pioneer labours being carried out in the name of the believers of India, Pakistan and Burma, are such as to compensate for the deficiencies in the home field. The friends, seeing their fame and prestige growing through the endeavours of their courageous pioneers and teachers, must follow this example in droves, both by becoming more active at home and strengthening new centres through settlement, and going forth to distant fields to establish Assemblies such as the one now thriving in Colombo. He was pleased to hear your Assembly is in touch with the Dutch believers in Indonesia, and he urges you to devise ways and means of sending forth more pioneers from India to this, and the neighbouring countries and islands.

In regard to your question the Guardian feels that, if a delegate is elected to represent an Assembly (or community having Assembly status) during the administrative year in which the Assembly existed he is properly qualified, even if at Ridvan that community falls back to group status. A community, however, which reverts to group status at Ridvan cannot have a delegate to the following years Convention.

Guardian feels that in spite of the difficulties involved, the Pakistan Baha'is must, for the present, continue to form an integral part of the community under your Assembly's jurisdiction. To <p313> remove it would greatly weaken the Cause in that part of the world. Austria and Germany have been faced with similar problems; but these conditions are temporary, and the believers must be patient and work together in spite of the political situation.

The Guardian greatly appreciates the efforts you and the other National Spiritual Assembly members are making to carry on the work of the Cause, in spite of so many problems. You must never lose hope, or become discouraged, for you have succeeded in many of your undertakings, and no doubt will continue, if you persevere, to add laurels to the crown already won.

Assuring you all of his loving prayers.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The severe restrictions to which the dearly-loved, highly devoted, long struggling Baha'i' communities of India, Pakistan and Burma have been subjected the repeated setbacks they have suffered, the grave disturbances in the wake of which their manifold and meritorious activities have been caught, evoke my heartfelt sympathy and arouse my deep concern. The spirit which, despite adversities, delays and dislocations, they have consistently manifested in recent years is, however, worthy of the highest praise, and will, no doubt, triumph over every obstacle, and will enable them to weather every storm and win ultimate victory.

Though the course of the Plan they spontaneous cy undertook has, of necessity, been affected by these constant vicissitudes and unexpected developments, their achievements, beyond the confines of their home Lands, as well as in the publishing field, have ennobled the record of their service to the Cause of Baha'u'llah, and constitute a memorable chapter in the history of the Faith in the sub continent of India.

The translation and publication of the "New Era" in more than twenty languages in recent years, the p canting of the banner of the Faith in the Island of Ceylon, the Republic of Indonesia and the Kingdom of Siam-though not originally an integral part of their Plan-has signalized the opening of a new epoch in the evolution of the Faith in Southeastern Asia, and has marked the formal association of the Indian, the Pakistani and Burmese believers with their brethren in Europe, America, Egypt and Persia, in carrying the torch of the Faith beyond the confines of their respective continents and countries, and in executing the last wishes of the Centre of the Covenant so movingly expressed in His Will and <p314> Testament.

Whatever these communities, so valiantly labouring in that disturbed and strife ridden corner of the Asiatic continent, undertake to perform within the confines of their homelands in the years ahead, this double process of extending the range of the literature of the Faith and of propagating its Message within the virgin territories, lying to the North and South East of their native lands, must continue with undiminished momentum, and must receive the undivided attention of the elected representatives of these communities.

Consolidation at home, and the provision of the necessary measures to ensure the speedy and effective extension of the influence of the Faith abroad, constitute the dual, the immediate and inescapable responsibilities of all the members of these communities, who are labouring, at so critical a period, with such steadfast zeal and devotion, amidst the masses of their fearful and harassed countrymen, for so lofty an ideal and so precious a Faith.

Firmly united in their purpose, banishing, once and for all, every trace of estrangement and prejudice from their midst, assured of the all compelling, ever sustaining Power of Baha'u'llah, deriving fresh inspiration from the triumphs collectively achieved by their brethren in cal continents of the Globe, undeflected in their resolve by any setback, opposition or injustice, let them, with so notable a record of service behind them, march resistlessly forward, entering still wider fields, scaling nobler heights, plumbing still greater depths of heroism and self sacrifice.

As the Centenary of the birth of Baha'u'llah's prophetic mission approaches, these sorely tried, mach loved, indefatigable communities, must brace themselves, however challenging future circumstances may prove to be, however arduous the tasks they are called upon to discharge, to contribute, in whatever way possible, in whatever field they may find it practicable, a memorable share to the collective tribute which the followers of the Most Great Name are now arising to pay, through action in the field of service, to the Founder of their Faith on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the inception of His Revelation.

The hour is indeed both precious and propitious. The opportunity is glorious and will not recur in the lifetime of this generation. No effort is too great to ensure the success of so historic a commemorating. Time is short for an adequate preparation for the celebration, through collective and sound achievement, of so great a jubilee. All must rise and contribute a share worthy of the name they bear and of the privilege bestowed upon them. <p315>

That all three communities may rise to this occasion, may rededicate themselves with renewed resolve and fresh vigour, is my ardent and constant prayer.

Shoghi

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JULY 12, 1950

COMMUNITY BELIEVERS INDIAN SUBCONTINENT BURMA

LOVINGLY REMEMBERED HISTORIC OCCASION GLORIOUS

CENTENARY BAB'S MARTYRDOM. MAY POIGNANT MEMORIES

HIS SUPREME SACRIFICE GALVANIZE ENABLE THEM

REDEDICATE THEMSELVES TWIN HISTORIC TASKS WITHIN

CONFINES HOMELAND ADJACENT TERRITORIES WIN SIGNAL

UNPRECEDENTED VICTORIES.

SHOGHI

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[To The Local Spiritual Assembly Of The Baha'is Of Trivandrum]

July 25, 1950

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your letter of April 21 has been received and our beloved Guardian has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He was most happy to learn of the formation of your Assembly in South India, and he feels this is an important link in the chain of Baha'i centres stretching from north to south, from Tabriz to Ceylon, and soon, we hope, to be reinforced by Assemblies in the Malay Peninsula.

He urges you all to serve our glorious Faith in the utmost unity, and to light in your minds the fire of the love of Baha'u'llah which consumes all limitations and must eventually set the world ablaze.

He will ardently pray for your success and the rapid growth of your community.

May the spirit of Baha'u'llah guide and sustain you in your highly meritorious activities, reward you abundantly for your splendid achievements, remove all obstacles from your path, and graciously assist you to cay a strong foundation for His Cause in that far away centre.

Your true brother,

Shoghi

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AUGUST 1, 1950

PLEASED FORMATION ADDITIONAL ASSEMBLIES PRAYING

FERVENTLY UNITY SUCCESS BELIEVERS INDIA PAKISTAN

BURMA TWOFOLD TASK HOMEFRONT NEIGHBOURHOOD

TERRITORIES.

SHOGHI

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[To an Individual Baha'i]

September 9,1950

The Guardian fully understands how you feel, but you must not creak the law of Baha'u'llah by marrying without the consent of the parents of the young lady. Perhaps when they see your strict desire to obey the laws of your Faith, and your respect for their wishes by not marrying their daughter without their approval, their hearts will be melted and they will consent. The Guardian will pray that this may be so. But no marriage can be happy which begins by breaking the law of God.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

September 11, 1950

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Under separate cover the beloved Guardian is mailing to you two enlargements of the finished Arcade of the Shrine of the Bab. He wishes you to cable him receipt of these as soon as they reach you.

Please have these pictures shared as widely as possible with the believers, and then hang them in the National Headquarters so the friends and visitors may enjoy them.

The film of one of these views have been sent to the American National Spiritual Assembly and the friends may order copies from there; please notify them of this in your "Baha'i Bulletin".

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[To The Local Spiritual Assembly of Kolhapur]

September 30, 1950

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your letter of June 7, from the Assembly's Secretary Mr J. A. Shaiki, has been received and read with great pleasure by our beloved Guardian.

He was delighted to learn of the formation of a new Assembly in Ichalkaranji thanks to the devoted efforts of your Assembly, and the pioneers who left your community to accomplish this important service for the Faith.

He will certainly pray that this new centre may thrive and grow strong, and he urges you to give it all the assistance you can and to urge the Assembly there, in particular, to promote at all times love, unity, and understanding amongst the friends, as this is their greatest protection and will attract the hearts of others.

May the Almighty bless your efforts, guide and sustain you in your activities, and enable you to promote, at all times, the vital interests of His Faith and its divinely appointed institutions. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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NOVEMBER 7, 1950

DO NOT ADVISE PRINT AQDAS.

SHOGHI

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NOVEMBER 12, 1950

HIGHLY APPRECIATE NOBLE SENTIMENTS LOYALTY STEADFAST

COMMUNITY BELIEVERS.

SHOGHI

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DECEMBER 17, 1950

DEEPEST LOVING APPRECIATION COMMUNITY'S CONTRIBUTION.

SHOGHI

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1951

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JANUARY 11, 1951

ADVISE 95 DELEGATES.

SHOGHI

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MARCH 4, 1951

APPROVE ELECTION DELEGATES EARLIER THAN NAWRUZ.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly Of The Baha'is Of India, Pakistan and Burma, Mr Abbas Ali Butt, Secretary]

March 10, 1951

Dear Baha Brother,

On behalf of our beloved Guardian, I have been instructed to acknowledge receipt of your letters dated May 12, July 8, 10, 28 and 29, 1948, April 13 and 18, June 11 and September 9, 1949, June 1012, , 16 and 23, July 1, 4, 6, 10, 13, 14, 18, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29, August 8,11,14,17,18, 21, 22 (two letters), 29 and 30, September 7, <p319> 8, 14, 19, 21, 25, 26 and 29, October 4, 13, 14 and 17, November 3,11,13, 15, 16, 17,25 and 28, December 4, 5,11,13, 15 and 16, 1950, January 2, 3, 4, 13, 15(two letters), 26, 29, February 8, 16, 19 and 20, March 1, 1951, together with their enclosures.

It should be noted that some of these were signed by Mr Rustam Sabit, previous Secretary, as well as Mr Akhtare Khaveri, acting as Secretary Pro. Tem.

As our beloved Guardian has been increasingly overburdened with the work of the Cause here at its International Centre, specially in view of the fact that he is now continuing the work on the Tomb of the Bab, it has been very difficult for him to attend to his mail; hence the delay in replying to your communications.

Regarding the various matters your Assembly has raised: He was very pleased to see that the policy of holding inter Assembly conferences has been adopted and is meeting with success; and he urges your Assembly to encourage the believers to hold more of such gatherings. It cannot but have a stimulating effect upon the teaching work, and inspire the friends to make greater efforts in their respective communities.

The news of the formation of an Assembly in Moulmein pleased him very much; and he wishes you to assure the believers there that he will pray for them in the Holy Shrines. The devotion and loyalty of the Burmese believers, in the face of so much turmoil in their native land, has aroused his admiration and increased his affection for this long standing Baha'i Community, so persevering and so attached to the Cause of Baha'u'llah.

In connection with your publications, he would like to say that he found your "Centenary of the Martyrdom of the Bab" pamphlet excellent in every way, and was delighted to see that the Indian Baha'is had shown so much initiative in getting out this memorial pamphlet. He does not require any more books in Pushtu. The various publications you have sent have all been safely received and distributed amongst the Baha'i libraries here and in 'Akka and Bahji.

The Guardian was very sorry to learn of the death, under such tragic circumstances, of our Baha'i brother of Kamarhatti. It is a great tragedy to think that the people of the world are still so fanatical and so blind, spiritually. Surely their punishment is at hand.

In connection with the persecution of the believers in Persia: The Guardian does not consider that agitation in this matter will <p320> produce any favourable results ... We must be patient, knowing that the end is with God, and victory assured for the Faith.

The increase in the number of delegates to 95 is an important milestone in the history of the Cause in those parts; and he feels that the friends, proud of the progress they have made, should determine that the coming Convention will be distinguished as one of the most harmonious and constructive ever held.

The Guardian is very anxious that pioneer activities should be carried forward in Siam; and he urges your Assembly to push this matter further, and either secure another visa for Mr Sabet, or try and send some other pioneer there.

It is most unfortunate that your Assembly has not been able to get back your Haziratu'l-Quds from the Government. You should goon- knocking on the door so to speak; and surely you will eventually meet with success.

The teaching activities of Mr. Yazdani in India have no doubt been much appreciated by all the friends; and he hopes that others will follow his example and dedicate some of their time to this all- important service.

The Guardian hopes that wherever you have a strongly established Spiritual Assembly, you will make every effort to register it legally, as he attaches great importance to the registration and incorporation of Spiritual Assemblies, and hopes that you will make every effort to add to their number in areas under your jurisdiction.

The contributions sent by the believers for the construction of the Tomb of the Bib have been deeply appreciated by our beloved Guardian. It is only right that this old Baha'i Community, so tried in the fire of tests, and having been in existence from practically the days of the beloved Bib Himself, should play a part in building his Sepulchre. The Guardian is now undertaking the second phase of the construction wok, which involves raising the Edifice above the level of the original Tomb...

The Guardian does not consider it advisable for Baha'is to become Free Masons.

... generally speaking, Local Spiritual Assemblies are not empowered to review material which is for national circulation. The Guardian thinks that your Assembly, or the Committee that you delegate such authority to, should review the pamphlet in question; and if it is in accordance with the Teachings, there is certainly no reason why it should not be circulated; but in the future, the Spiritual Assemblies <p321> should be more careful about publishing literature which is for more than local use.

In closing, he would like to urge the members of your Assembly to redouble your efforts to assist pioneers to go forth to Indonesia and Siam. The extraordinary success the promulgation of the Faith has met with in Ceylon should be sufficient evidence for all concerned of the way in which God strengthens the endeavours of His servants, and blesses their seed sowing, and brings it to harvest. He hopes that many of the believers, not only in India, but in Pakistan and Burma as well, will volunteer to go forth as pioneers, and will make every effort to do so.

The success of your past endeavours should encourage you all and the Community whom you represent, to forge ahead, unmindful of obstacles, and forgetful of personal differences of opinion in one united and unanimous effort to carry out all the work you have set for yourselves and achieve all your goals.

The Guardian assures you that he will pray for the success of your labours, during his visits to the Holy Shrine.

Dear co-workers:

The communications received in recent months from your Assembly testify to the perseverance and devotion with which the Baha'i Communities of India, Pakistan and Burma have pursued the course of their activities in the face of manifold obstacles and trials and despite the severity of the problems which have confronted them since the outbreak of the political disturbances that have agitated the Indian sub continent.

Though suffering from various reverses, though afflicted with disappointment, though sustaining repeated losses they have persevered in their labours, widened the scope of their task, pushed further the outposts of the Faith, and won their initial victories beyond the confines of their respective homelands.

In the field of Baha'i publications, in the publicity given to the Baha'i teachings, in their negotiations with the civil authorities under whose jurisdiction they faction, in their constant encouragement and support of the pioneers labouring both at home and abroad, the national elected representatives of these communities have, likewise, demonstrated a spirit of dedication, a zeal and fidelity worthy of the highest praise.

The great historic enterprise launched by them in recent years in the neighbouring territories of Ceylon, Siam, Indonesia and the Malayan Peninsula-a vast and highly meritorious undertaking still in its initial <p322> stage of development, and conferring a great and imperishable lustre on its valiant initiators-must be energetically prosecuted notwithstanding the unsettled political situation prevailing in those territories, and however threatening the clouds gathering on the international horizon. The movement and settlement of pioneers throughout India, Pakistan and Burma midst, moreover, continue unabated and must be paralleled by a steady multiplication of Baha'i centres and the consolidation of nascent institutions, the negotiations with the civil authorities, however disillusioning and unfruitful they have been so far in their results, must continue to be conducted with extreme vigilance and unrelaxing vigor. The highly commendable task of completing the translation and publication of the "New Era" in the languages already chosen should be promptly and befittingly consummated. The efforts exerted to publicize the Faith, disseminate its teachings and spread its fame, should be redoubled by all administrative agencies concerned with this vital sphere of Baha'i activity. The sacred duty of deepening and enriching the spiritual life of the newly enrolled believers should be faithfully discharged by both the local and national elected representatives of these communities. The added responsibility of contributing to the raising of the superstructure of the Bab's Holy Sepulchre, now entering upon the second phase of its construction, and of speeding its consummation in view of the increasingly critical world condition, should be valiantly faced and nobly discharged. Above all, the inescapable obligation of guarding the integrity of the Faith, of preserving the unity of its fop cowers, and of reinforcing its spiritual and administrative foundations, must be continually borne in mind not only by the representatives of these communities but by every individual believer labouring for the good name and the glorification of the Cause of Baha'u'llah.

The Baha'i communities of the Indian sub continent and of Burma, constituting the largest entity throughout the Orient, next to the body of believers residing in the Cradle of the Faith, and enjoying, unlike their Eastern sister communities in Persia, Egypt and 'Iraq, the blessings of relative freedom from repression or persecution, and including within their fold a greater variety of races, creeds and tongues than any of their sister communities throughout the world, are faced with both a peculiar challenge and a unique opportunity. The resources at their disposal, the privileges they possess, the facilities they enjoy should, with clear vision, with confident hearts and inflexible resolve, be consecrated to the noble objectives which it is their mission to pursue. Conscious of their high calling, aware of the potentialities with which their homelands have been <p323> endowed, these communities, placing their reliance on the all-conquering power of Baha'u'llah must unitedly arise, however numerous the barriers imposed between them, to achieve their destiny, and contribute collectively and effectively, to the world wide propagation, the ,universal recognition and intimate world triumph of the Cause of Baha'u'llah.

May His Spirit overshadow them in their heroic struggle for so great a prize, so noble a victory.

Shoghi

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MARCH 21, 1951

ASSURE MEMBERS COMMUNITIES INDIA PAKISTAN BURMA

CEYLON LOVING APPRECIATION GREETINGS REMEMBRANCE

HOLY SHRINES PRAYING SUCCESS HIGH ENDEAVOURS.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 24, 1951

DEEPEST APPRECIATION SENTIMENTS BELOVED STEADFAST

FRIENDS INDIA PAKISTAN BURMA CEYLON MALAYA INDONESIA.

FERVENT PRAYERS OFFERED SUCCESS HIGH ENDEAVOURS OCCASION FESTIVAL.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 29, 1951

DEEPLY APPRECIATE SENTIMENTS ASSEMBLED DELEGATES.

URGE REDEDICATE THEMSELVES MANIFOLD TASKS CONFRONTING

THEM. CONSOLIDATION MULTIPLICATION

INSTITUTIONS LABORIOUSLY ESTABLISHED HOMELAND

TRANSLATION PUBLICATION NEW ERA REMAINING

LANGUAGES VIGOROUS PROSECUTION ENTERPRISES

LAUNCHED CEYLON EXPANSION ACTIVITIES INDONESIA

MALAYA SIAM INITIATION EXTENSION WORK INDOCHINA

PARTICIPATION ERECTION SUPERSTRUCTURE BAB'S HOLY

SEPULCHRE OUTSTANDING INESCAPABLE RESPONSIBILITIES

PRESENT HOUR. SUPPLICATING UNPRECEDENTED BLESSINGS

HISTORIC LABOURS LOVING REMEMBRANCE SHRINES.

SHOGHI

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MAY 6,1951

APPEAL COMMUNITY VALIANT FOLLOWERS FAITH INDIAN

SUBCONTINENT ARISE LEND ASSISTANCE VAST MOMENTOUS

NEWLY LAUNCHED HISTORIC AFRICAN ENTERPRISE

INVOLVING PARTICIPATION BRITISH AMERICAN PERSIAN

EGYPTIAN BAHA'I NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES. NUMBER TERRITORIES

AFRICAN CONTINENT ALREADY SETTLED COURSE

SETTLEMENT OVER TWENTY. BAHA'I LITERATURE TRANSLATED

PROCESS TRANSLATION TWELVE AFRICAN LANGUAGES.

URGE DESPATCH PIONEERS VIRGIN TERRITORIES

PREFERABLY ZANZIBAR MADAGASCAR. PRAYING GREAT

VICTORIES EXPANSION INTERNATIONAL TASKS ALREADY

INITIATED DEARLY BELOVED SELF SACRIFICING INDIAN

FRIENDS SOUTH EAST ASIA.

SHOGHI

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May 6, 1951

ASSURE NEWLY ELECTED ASSEMBLY FERVENT PRAYERS

BEFITTING DISCHARGE MANIFOLD GROWING RESPONSIBILITIES

HOMEFRONT SOUTH EAST ASIA AFRICA SUPPLICATING

ABUNDANT BLESSINGS.

SHOGHI

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AUGUST 30, 1951

OVERJOYED MOMENTOUS HIGHLY MERITORIOUS NINETEEN

MONTHS PLAN SPONTANEOUSLY INITIATED VALIANT

REPRESENTATIVES BAHA'I COMMUNITIES INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

BURMA. SIGNAL ACT DISTINGUISHES INDIAN PAKISTANI

BURMESE BELIEVERS AS SOLE COMMUNITY BAHA'I

WORLD ABLE BOAST INAUGURATION THREE SUCCESSIVE

PLANS SINCE INCEPTION OPENING EPOCH EVOLUTION

ABDU'L-BAHA'S DIVINE PLAN. HEARTILY APPROVE CHOSEN

OBJECTIVES. ADVISE FIX DATE TERMINATION RIDVAN NINETEEN

FIFTY THREE SAME AS PLANS OTHER SISTER

ASSEMBLIES. FERVENT PRAYERS ASCENDING THRONE <p325>

BAHA'U'LLAH SUPPLICATING TRIUMPHANT CONCLUSION

ENTERPRISE EXERCISING DIRECT INFLUENCE IMMEDIATE

SPIRITUAL DESTINIES FAITH PACIFIC ISLANDS ASIATIC AFRICAN

CONTINENTS. CONTRIBUTING THOUSAND POUNDS

FURTHERANCE INTERESTS MAGNIFICENT PLAN.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

October 16, 1951

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letters dated February 7, 23; March 12; April 5,10,19; May 14( two), 28; June 8,11; July 3, 6,12; August 2, 3; and September 6, have been received, as well as their enclosures and photos and material sent under separate cover, and the beloved Guardian has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

The beloved Guardian was very sorry to hear of the passing of some of the oldest and most devoted Baha'is in India. He hopes the younger generation will arise and follow in their footsteps so that their joss will not be felt too much. He was also very sad to hear of the brutal murder of our dear brother Mr Bahram Jamshidi. Such an act only proves how terribly the world is in need of the Teachings of Baha'u'llah and of the peace and unity His Revelation can and will bring. Please assure the relatives of this young man, as well as those of the other dear friends who have passed on, of the Guardian's ardent prayers for them, and for those they have lost.

The wonderful news of the increase of believers in the Benares area, thanks largely to the heroic determination and great faith of Mr Badi-uz-Zaman, brought great happiness to the Guardian. Please assure this devoted soul that the Guardian is very pleased about the wonderful services he is rendering the Cause of God, and that he is praying for him to be richly blessed by Baha'u'llah. He has suffered from the enemies of the Cause, but his reward will be very great!

The Guardian was very pleased to hear that through the generosity and efforts of Mr Rosebehiyan, the Lahore Baha'i Cemetery is better kept; such things impress the non-Baha'is very much and are a worthy service to the Faith...

It brought great joy to the Guardian's heart to see there are so many believers now in the area of South East Asia. This marks a new <p326> epoch in the unfoldment of our Faith and an important one. Just as Ceylon, at one time empty of believers, has now developed an active and devoted community of Baha'is, so now, in these far flung territories, Assemblies and groups must be built up. Singapore, thanks to the pioneer spirit of the Fozdar family, flow has a firm nucleus, and the Guardian hopes that similar groups can be built up in Indonesia. He urges the younger believers, who are less held down by family ties, to make an effort to migrate there and seek employment.

He was delighted over the formulation of your Assembly's 19 Month Plan. This spirit of initiative shown by you is highly commendable, and he hopes that all the Baha'is, whether of Indian or Persian origin, will arise to unitedly see it achieve its goals. Determination, courage, faith and perseverance are necessary if the Plan is to be a success, but he feels sure the friends will not hesitate to demonstrate their capacity to meet the challenge it presents.

He, likewise, wishes to call special attention to the work in Africa which is very promising and which is going ahead very well. Your Assembly must do all it can to speedily get pioneers settled in the two countries allotted to you as your portion in this historic campaign. Also, you should keep in close touch with the British National Spiritual Assembly as they are the coordinators of this work, and well situated in order to give advice as English experts, having had such along contact with Africa, its peoples and problems, are available in London and elsewhere for consultation with the British Africa Committee.

He assures you and all the members of the National Spiritual Assembly of his most loving prayers for your success, your guidance, your unity as a body, and your strength as individuals to carry on your vital work for the Cause of God.

Dear and valued co-workers.

The initiation of the 19 Month Plan by the elected representatives of the Baha'i Communities of the sub continent of India and of Burma- the third of its kind undertaken by them since the inception of the Epoch marking the commencement of the Formative Age of the Baha'i dispensation- evokes my deepest admiration. Through this spontaneous act, momentous in its consequences, and eloquently testifying to the initiative, the zeal and the valour of the followers of Baha'u'llah in India Pakistan and Burma, the body of their elected national representatives can well boast of the distinction it has achieved, throughout the Baha'i <p327> world through the successive formulation of no less than three far-reaching Plans since the inauguration of the First Epoch in the history of the systematic prosecution of 'Abdu'l-Baha's Divine Plan. This striking demonstration of their resourcefulness and dedication to the interests of the Faith is, indeed, highly praiseworthy, extremely encouraging, and augurs well for the future of the Mission which it is theirs to carry out, in the years to come, not only in that sub continent and the adjoining territories and neighbouring islands, but in South Asia as well.

They cannot, however, ensure the success of the Plan they have devised, unless the unity and solidarity of those who are participating in its execution, and above all the harmony of the body directing its operation, are safeguarded, maintained and consolidated. Time is pressing. The issues involved are momentous. The centenary celebrations of the birth of Baha'u'llah's prophetic Mission will soon be upon us. The inauguration of the first organized Crusade, in which several Baha'i' National Spiritual Assemblies, in no less than four continents of the globe will be intimately associated, for the purpose of pro claiming the Message of Baha'u'llah in the South Pacific Islands as well as in South Eastern Asia, must directly depend ripen the successful conclusion of the Plan now envisaged. The obligations involved in, and the privileges confirmed by, such an association-an association that will find its parallel in the collective and organized effort now being exerted in the African Continent, as well as in the joint campaign destined to be launched, by other Baha'i communities, in both Northern and North Eastern Asia-are at once sacred and unique. Their significance, at this early stage, cannot be fun cy apprehended. It is not for them, however, to attempt at the present time, to assess their value. Theirs, rather, is the ditty, to avoid any action or thought that might decay the unfoldment of so glorious a Plan or damage so splendid a destiny.

The members of all the communities participating in this Nineteen Month Plan, which may be regarded as a prelude to the mighty and historic Crusade, of still vaster dimensions and nobler scope, that is to be launched in the future, irrespective of race, creed, or class, of either sex and of every age, must rise as one man to the occasion that now presents itself.

No trace of bickering, no consciousness of racial distinction, no petty jealousies, must be allowed, under any circumstances, to darken the glorious prospect opening before them. They mast neither flinch, nor hesitate nor lose sight, however briefly, of the distant and shining goal. An all powerful, all loving, all bountiful Master, watching their exertions <p328> from on high, will, surely, bless their effort, will intercede on their behalf before the throne of His all glorious Father, and will, if they persevere in their high endeavors, render them victorious.

I, for my part, will, with a prayerful heart, follow the course of their activities, and will continue to lend them whatever assistance that lies in my power, for the complete discharge of their inescapable duty and the total fulfilment of their united pledge to the Author of their Faith.

Shoghi

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NOVEMBER 25, 1951

CABLE WHETHER WEATHER NOT TOO HOT IN NEW DELHI

DURING OCTOBER FOR HOLDING CONFERENCE NOW

BEING PLANNED FOR 1953.

SHOGHI

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1952

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JANUARY 10, 1952

APPRECIATE NOBLE SENTIMENTS URGE PREPARE CAREFULLY

LIST UNOPENED STATES DEPENDENCIES ISLANDS AIRMAIL HOLY LAND. CONSULT AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 28, 1952

ASSURE DELEGATES LOVING FERVENT PRAYERS OFFERED SUCCESS DELIBERATIONS. URGE REDOUBLE EFFORTS REINFORCE UNITY REDEDICATE HEARTS URGENT SACRED MANIFOLD TASKS CONFRONTING BELIEVERS AT HOME ABROAD PREPARATION GLORIOUS FUTURE MISSION AFRICA SOUTHEAST ASIA.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

June 15, 1952

Dear Baha'i friends,

The beloved Guardian has instructed me to write you in his behalf, to request that the information relating to India, Pakistan and Burma and their activities, contained in the booklet "The Baha'i Faith, Information, Statistical and Comparative", be brought up to date as of May 1,1952, and sent to him here by the first possible air mail post.

One of the features of the Holy Year will be the re issuance of this important book; inasmuch as the Holy Year is fast approaching, the Guardian wishes the information as quickly as possible.

Briefly, the information which your National Spiritual Assembly is to provide, brought up to date of May 1, 1952, is as follows:

Incorporated Local Spiritual Assemblies in India, Pakistan and Burma, showing each country with its Local Assemblies separated.

Baha'i Centres in India, Pakistan and Burma, showing if possible the division between Local Spiritual Assemblies, Groups and Isolated Believers.

Any information not immediately available, should be handled by telegraph, but such information as is available should not be delayed for any one or two delinquents. You can appreciate that if the booklet is to be published early in the Holy Year, the information should reach the Guardian at a very early date.

The Guardian sends his loving greetings to the National Assembly and its devoted members.

P.S. The Guardian will appreciate your sending him a list of the Princely States which have been dissolved and have been incorporated in the various countries of India, Pakistan and Burma. He understands there is quite a large number, and he wishes to include this information in the new issue of this important book.

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[To Mr Abbas Ali Butt, Secretary, National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India, Pakistan and Burma]

June 30, 1952

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letters of August 23, September 25 and 29, October 3 and 8, November 13 and December 3, 1951 and January 3, 7, 9, 16, February 8 (2),February 15, March 14 and 15, April 9, 17, 18, 23 and May 16, and June 6, 1952, have been received by the beloved Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf. Your letter of May 21st has likewise come to hand.

It has been a great pleasure to the beloved Guardian to welcome recently in Haifa the first pilgrims from India; their love and devotion to the Faith have brought their brethren in that far off land very close, and he hopes that they, in turn, will carry back to the friends there a new sense of nearness to the World Centre at Haifa and thus serve to create greater unity and dedication amongst the believers.

The Guardian attaches the greatest possible importance to the forthcoming Inter continental Conference to be held during the Holy Year in New Delhi; as the National Assemblies of Persia, United States, Canada, Central and South America, Iraq, Australia and New Zealand, as well as your own body, are to send representatives to it, it will, through having eight National Spiritual Assemblies pooling their thoughts and suggestions, be, no doubt, the most important of the four Inter-continental Conferences to be held. Also, aside from the numerical importance of the participating bodies, the vast field their plans must embrace is truly awe-inspiring. In view of this he feels that the members of your Assembly have very heavy responsibilities to discharge during the coming months, and that all petty details and misunderstandings must be put aside, once and for all, in order to ensure a brilliant success, a success whose repercussions must be felt during ten years of Baha'i history between this coming great jubilee and the Most Great Jubilee which will take place in 1963.

As convenor of this great Conference you must lay your plans very carefully to ensure that the representatives of the various National Spiritual Assemblies, the visiting Hands of the Cause, the many Baha'is attending, are properly accommodated, the sessions of the Conference held in an efficient manner, and suitable publicity <p332> given to this event. The Guardian also suggests that one or two private sessions could be held at which the National Spiritual Assembly representatives and the Hands of the Cause could meet to better and more effectively suggest plans for the future campaign. There will, naturally, be no delegates to the Conference as it is in no sense a convention, but more concentrated consultation can be obtained through a smaller number being present. No doubt you will also, without sacrificing the interests of the Conference, make good use of any visiting teachers and lecturers.

The Guardian was very sorry to hear of the wicked attack on Mr Joshi, and will certainly pray for his complete recovery. He will also pray for the progress and happiness of the souls of the dear pioneers, Mrs. Daulat Saroosh Najmi, and Mr Jamshid Z. A. Mahallati. As regards the matters you raised in your letter:

In the teachings there is nothing against dancing, but the friends should remember that the standard of Baha'u'llah is modesty and chastity. The atmosphere of modern dance halls, where so much smoking and drinking and promiscuity goes on, is very bad, but decent dances are not harmful in themselves. There is certainly no harm in classical dancing or learning dancing in school. There is also no harm in taking part in dramas. Likewise in cinema acting. The harmful thing, nowadays, is not the art itself but the unfortunate corruption which often surrounds these arts. As Baha'i we need avoid none of the arts, but acts and the atmosphere that sometimes go with these professions we should avoid.

He urges all the believers to concentrate at this time on consolidating their groups and Assemblies, on carrying out the goals of their Plan and on promoting unity and love within the communities, in this way they will befittingly prepare the way for the great honour they are shortly to have: Namely the holding of the historic Conference in New Delhi, and, with it, the welcoming of so many distinguished believers from foreign countries.

He assures you all of his loving prayers for your unity, your success and that you may suitably uphold the Banner of the Faith before the eyes of the Baha'i World.

P.S. As regards the question you asked about minorities: Because the Hindu believers are a minority at present in the Faith in India, preference should be given to them in India, where the majority of the population is Hindu. A special effort should be made to convert <p333> them, so that our enemies may have no excuse for stating that the Cause has scarcely affected the largest elements in the country. There is also an added reason for encouraging the Hindu Baha'is because within the Faith in India they are a minority, in every country throughout the Baha'i World the Baha'is must make a special effort to attract to the Faith the element which constitutes the majority, whether religious or national.

He will particularly remember in his prayers the valiant and exemplary pioneer, Mr Badi-uz-Zaman! His services will never be forgotten, and his soul no doubt reaps a rich reward in the Abha Kingdom for all he accomplished in this life for the Cause of Baha'u'llah.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The multiplicity of the vital issues that have of late confronted me at the World Centre of the Faith, the opening of the door of pilgrimage, and the unexpected problems which, by their urgency, have required my immediate and close attention have, to my extreme regret, prevented me from acknowledging, as promptly as I would have wished the communications which various Baha'i National Assemblies have addressed me in recent months. I have followed, however, with admiration and keen interest the progress of the activities initiated under the 19 Month Plan by the valiant Baha'i Communities of India, Pakistan and Burma. The generous, unceasing contributions made by them for the completion of the Bab's holy Sepulchre proclaim, in unmistakable terms, their devotion to the Cause for which He laid down so heroically His life. The expansion of the activities initiated by the high minded and resolute pioneers in Ceylon, Indonesia, Siam, Malaya and Sarawak, indeed merit the highest praise. The efforts exerted for the multiplication of the institutions of the Faith and their consolidation both in the sub continent of India and beyond its confines augur well for the future of the plan , the third of its kind embarked upon by the followers of the Faith of Baha'u'llah, who are destined to play a predominant part in the unfoldment of His World Order throughout the territories of South East Asia. The steady endeavours made for the translation, publication and dissemination of the literature of the Faith Lay your Assembly have greatly enriched and ennobled the record of the services you have rendered it in recent years.

Great as have been the victories already won in its service, the work that still remains to be accomplished under this same Plan during the fleeting months that lie ahead is still formidable, and demands unrelaxing vigilance, heroic self sacrifice, and inflexible resolve on the part of not <p334> only the elected representatives of these communities but of all their members as well. The uninterrupted and rapid multiplication of Baha'i administrative centres; the conversion of groups into assemblies; the development of isolated centres into groups; a marked increase in the number of incorporated Local Assemblies; the early completion of the' highly important task assumed in connexion with the translation and publication of the "New Era" in the remaining languages already selected for that purpose; the despatch, without further delay, of no more than one pioneer for the present to Nepal and Indo China, as well as to Zanzibar and Madagascar, in pursuance of the Plan initiated in both Africa and South East Asia; the maintenance, at any cost, of the present status of the newly formed Assemblies; the concentration of effort for the promotion of unity and cooperation among the divers elements that constitute the warp and woof of these communities-these stand out as the predominating obligations facing the entire body of the followers of the Faith in the subcontinent of India and its neighbouring territories.

Nor must the privileged members of these communities, and particularly their elected representatives, neglect for a moment, the paramount duty, of preparing, by every means at their disposal, for the historic and in some respects, the most vital, Conference to be held in the course of the Holy Year which the entire Baha'i' world will soon befitting cy celebrate. As the Convenor of such a fate-laden Conference, whose task is to facilitate the execution of the most far reaching, the most challenging, and the most dramatic of all the enterprises destined to be launched by the followers of the Faith throughout the whole planet, your Assembly assumes a responsibility at once immense, soul stirring and inescapable. In providing adequate fact cities for the accommodation of the Hands of the Cause and of the official representatives of no less than eight National Spiritual Assemblies and of the large number of visitors who will participate in its proceedings; in ensuring wide publicity through the press and radio for such a unique gathering; in exerting their utmost for the maintenance of harmony and for full consultation on the weighty issues that will face its attendants; in fostering the spirit of heroic adventure and noble resolve on the part of the members of the communities that are to act as hosts to the honoured participants of such an epoch making assemblage, which will, God willing, enable them to play a notable role in the Crusade destined to embrocate the continents of Asia and Australasia and of the Pacific Islands, in all these the members of your assembly, supported by the rank and file of the faithful, must display a determination, a valour and consecration that will excite the admiration of <p335> the entire Baha'i world.

The work that calls for unswerving fidelity, urgent attention and continuous vigilance, daring the swiftly passing months ahead, is immense, truly sacred and infinitely meritorious. The consummation of the plan already initiated would constitute the best preparation for the assumption of the still greater functions, and the discharge of still weightier responsibilities, that await the patiently labouring, the steadfast, the loyal and devoted followers of the Most Great Name in India, Pakistan and Burma. That they may victoriously discharge their present responsibilities, that they may befittingly embark on the glorious Mission that lies ahead of them, that they may distinguish themselves through their collective contribution to the success of the World Crusade soon to be inaugurated by the followers of Baha'u'llah in both the East and the West, is the object of my constant prayer and one of the most cherished desires of my heart

Shoghi

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JUNE 30, 1952

APPROVE ELECTION PRAYING HARMONY SUCCESS.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 4, 1952

ADVISE ARRANGE SMALLER PUBLICATION KACHIN IN

INDIA. CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THOSE DEPRIVED VOTING

RIGHTS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 12, 1952

DELIGHTED URGE DESPATCH PIONEERS ZANZIBAR MADAGASCAR

DELAY WILL MAR NOBLE RECORD SERVICES.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 17, 1952

DEEPLY APPRECIATE MESSAGE. PRAYING GREAT VICTORIES.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 17, 1952

ASSURE SUMMER SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS LOVING PRAYERS.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 18, 1952

APPRECIATE MESSAGE PRAYING GREAT VICTORIES.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 18, 1952

APPROVE PERSIAN ASSISTANCE FOR PIONEERING.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 21, 1952

APPRECIATE GREETINGS PRAYING MIGHTY VICTORIES.

REMOVAL APPROVED PROVIDED JOURNEY NOT EXCEEDING

ONE HOUR.

SHOGHI

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DECEMBER 28, 1952

PRAYING BLESSINGS PANCHGANI INSTITUTION.

SHOGHI

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1953

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MARCH 22, 1953

LOVING REMEMBRANCE SHRINES ASSEMBLY COMMUNITIES.

SHOGHI

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MARCH 27, 1953

URGE INDIVIDUALS ASSEMBLIES ARISE EXERT SUPREME

EFFORT WIPE OUT DEBTS INCURRED REMOVE STAIN NOBLE

RECORD HISTORIC SERVICES ALREADY RENDERED STEADFAST

VALIANT EVER ADVANCING COMMUNITIES INDIA

PAKISTAN BURMA CEYLON.

SHOGHI

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APRIL, 1953

ASSEMBLED DELEGATES COMMUNITIES INDIA PAKISTAN

BURMA LOVINGLY REMEMBERED SHRINES OCCASION MOST

GREAT FESTIVAL HOLY YEAR COINCIDING LAUNCHING

WORLD SPIRITUAL CRUSADE DESIGNED DIFFUSE LIGHT

BAHA'U'LLAH'S REVELATION ENTIRE PLANET. MEMBERS ALL

THREE COMMUNITIES CONSTITUTING NEXT CRADLE FAITH <p338>

SECOND STRONGHOLD ITS INSTITUTIONS ASIATIC CONTINENT

DISTINGUISHED RECORD SERVICES HIS CAUSE

EXTENDING THREE QUARTERS CENTURY CALLED UPON

ENRICH CONSIDERABLY COMING DECADE ANNALS FAITH

INDIAN SUBCONTINENT BURMA. TEN YEAR PLAN FOURTH

SERIES PLANS UNDERTAKEN THESE COMMUNITIES

DESIGNED CARRY STAGE FURTHER COLLECTIVE ACHIEVEMENTS

WITHIN BEYOND BORDERS HOMELANDS INVOLVES

FIRST OPENING FOLLOWING VIRGIN TERRITORIES ELEVEN

ASIA ANDAMAN ISLANDS BHUTAN DAMAN DIU GOA

KARIKAL MAHE MARIANA ISLANDS NICOBAR ISLANDS

PONDICHERRY SIKKIM FIVE AFRICA COMORO ISLANDS

FRENCH CAMEROONS GAMBIA RUANDA URUNDI SOCOTRA

ISLAND SECOND CONSOLIDATION FAITH FOLLOWING TERRITORIES

ELEVEN ASIA BALUCHISTAN BORNEO BURMA CEYLON

INDO CHINA INDONESIA MALAYA NEPAL PAKISTAN

SARAWAK SIAM THREE AFRICA MADAGASCAR MOZAMBIQUE

ZANZIBAR THIRD ESTABLISHMENT NATIONAL SPIRITUAL

ASSEMBLIES PAKISTAN BURMA CEYLON SOUTH EAST

ASIA FOURTH INCORPORATION EACH AFOREMENTIONED

NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES FIFTH ESTABLISHMENT NATIONAL

ENDOWMENTS SAME ASSEMBLIES SIXTH ESTABLISHMENT

NATIONAL HAZIRATU'L-QUDS KARACHI RANGOON

COLOMBO JAKARTA SEVENTH ESTABLISHMENT NATIONAL

BAHA'I COURT NEW DELHI EIGHTH ESTABLISHMENT

NATIONAL BAHA'I COURT KARACHI NINTH PURCHASE

LAND NEW DELHI ANTICIPATION FIRST MASHRIQU'L-ADHKAR

INDIA TENTH TRANSLATION BAHA'I LITERATURE

FORTY LANGUAGES COLLABORATION NATIONAL SPIRITUAL

ASSEMBLY AUSTRALASIA ABHOR MIRI ANEITYUM

ANNAMESE BALOCHAI BENTUNI BINANDERE CHEREMISS

CHUNGCHIA GEORGIAN HOUAILOU JAVANESE KADO KAILI

KOPU KUSAIE LEPCHA LIFU MANCHU MANIPURI MANUS

ISLAND MARQUESAS MENTAWEI MONGOLIAN MORDOFF

MWALA NA-HSI NICOBARESE NIUE OSSETE OSTIAK PALI

PANJABI PASHTO PERM PETATS SAMOAN THO TIBETAN

TONGA VOGUL ELEVENTH DOUBLING NUMBER SPIRITUAL

ASSEMBLIES LOCALITIES INDIA PAKISTAN BURMA TWELFTH

DOUBLING NUMBER INCORPORATED SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLIES

INDIA PAKISTAN BURMA THIRTEENTH ESTABLISHMENT

BAHA'I PUBLISHING TRUST NEW DELHI FOURTEENTH

EXPANSION PANCHGANI SCHOOL FIFTEEN FORMATION

ASIAN TEACHING COMMITTEE DESIGNED STIMULATE <p339>

COORDINATE TEACHING ACTIVITIES PLAN. MAY VALIANT

FOLLOWERS FAITH REPRESENTATIVES FOUR PRINCIPAL

RELIGIONS MANKIND RECRUITED HIGHLY DIVERSIFIED

CLASSES RACES BOASTING ALREADY NOTEWORTHY SHARE

UNFOLDMENT ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER BAHA'U'LLAH

ARISE ENNOBLE PAST ACHIEVEMENTS BE ENABLED

THROUGH FUTURE VICTORIES PAY BEFITTING TRIBUTE HIS

MEMORY OCCASION HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY DECLARATION

HIS MISSION.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Baha'i Youth Committee]

April 7,1953

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your letter of December 26th was received by the beloved Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He is very happy to hear that the Baha'is are going out to pioneer in Africa, which is of the greatest importance, as the mission of India is very glorious during the coming 10 years, and requires that the youth make great efforts in order to realize its fulfilment.

The Guardian will pray for your assistance and guidance.

May the Almighty bless your meritorious endeavours, guide your steps, and enable you to promote, at all times, the best interests of His Faith. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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APRIL 22, 1953

BE NOT DISHEARTENED. PRAYING MAGNIFICENT VICTORIES

NEWLY LAUNCHED CRUSADE LOVING REMEMBRANCE

SHRINES.

SHOGHI

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[To The Local Spiritual Assembly Of The Baha'is of Bangalore

April 30, 1953

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your loving letter of Jalal 14, 110, has been received by the beloved Guardian, and he has asked me to acknowledge it on his behalf.

The Guardian will pray that the newly elected Spiritual Assembly will be guided and confirmed in all of their undertakings.

The magnet which attracts divine confirmations is teaching the Cause of God. Now that the Ten Year Crusade has been so auspiciously launched, and the power of the Holy spirit is reaching those who arise to serve the Faith in such torrents, the Guardian sincerely hopes the friends will treble their efforts to teach the Faith in Bangalore and the surrounding area.

The Guardian greatly values the services of the friends in Bangalore, and sends his loving greetings to each and every one.

May the Almighty bless, guide and sustain you, and aid you to promote at all times, the best interests of His Faith. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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MAY 2, 1953

URGE ASSEMBLY INITIATE PROMPTLY EFFECTIVE MEASURES

ENSURE EXECUTION PLAN ITS ENTIRETY. IMMEDIATE DESTINY

DEPENDS ATTAINMENT ALL GOALS. DATE LAUNCHING

RIDVAN ASSURE ARDENT PRAYERS.

SHOGHI

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[To The Baha'i Youth Of: Karachi, Bombay, Poona, Hyderabad (Sind), Sholapur, Surat, Panchgani]

May 28, 1953

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The beloved Guardian has received your loving message, and he has instructed me to write you on his behalf, and to assure you of his <p341> prayers for the abundant success of all your labours for our beloved Faith.

The Guardian urges as many of the Baha'i youth of India, Pakistan and Burma as possible to attend the historic Conference to beheld in New Delhi, in October. At that Conference, plans will be made for the carrying of the Message of Baha'u'llah, during the corning ten years, far beyond the borders of their homeland; and it will be the youth who will shoulder a great part of this and the other tasks that will be given to your Community. In fact, the settling of these virgin fields both chose to your own lands, and in far off areas, is the very first responsibility of the believers, in this Ten Year World Crusade. Therefore, each one of you should think now seriously what you are going to do about it, and start making your plans accordingly. The sooner the virgin fields are settled, the sooner will be witnessed the tremendous power that is released in this day; and the bounties that await those who go forth to pioneer in these lands, are great indeed.

By their zeal, their perseverance and their united efforts, the Guardian feels assured, the dear Baha'is of India, Pakistan and Burma will achieve complete victory in their very important part of the great World Crusade which has now been launched.

May the Almighty bless, guide and sustain you always, and aid you to win great victories in the service of his Faith. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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MAY 31, 1953

URGE PROMPT DESPATCH PIONEERS DAMAN DIU GOA

KARIKAL MAHE PONDICHERY AWAITING NEWS SUCCESS.

SHOGHI

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[To Mr Khodadad H. Irani]

June 6,1953

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letter of May 27th has been received by the beloved Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf. <p342>

He is most happy that you have taken up your residence in Zanzibar, and that there you will soon be joined by Mr Soli Rowhani. He was also very happy to know that you are busily engaged in the teaching work in that important centre, and assures you of his prayers for the abundant success of all your devoted efforts.

He is hopeful that soon there will be a group established there, and that the native people of Zanzibar will be represented in that group of dedicated Baha'is.

He sends his loving greetings to you and to Mr Rowhani.

May the Almighty bless your meritorious services, guide and sustain you always, and enable you to consolidate the work you have so devotedly initiated in the service of His Faith.

Shoghi

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India]

June 8,1953

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Our beloved Guardian has been greatly encouraged by reports reaching him from all parts of the Baha'i world; of the victories already gained, and the plans being laid for the prosecution of the Ten Year Crusade.

They have evoked his awe inspiring, and soul-stirring cablegram of May 28th, calling for the immediate settlement of all the 131 virgin areas of the Plan, just as quickly as possible. He is convinced, that the friends will arise and translate their enthusiasm into action, because the keynote of the Crusade, must be Action, Action, Action!

The beloved Guardian has directed me to write your Assembly to amplify some of the aspects of his dynamic message.

The settlement of these virgin areas is of such an emergency nature, that he feels pioneering in one of them takes precedence over every other type of Baha'i service-whether it be in the teaching or administrative fields of the Faith. So important is it that the National Assembly may delay initiation of steps to fulfil other phases of the Plan, until all these areas are conquered for the Faith. Nothing, absolutely nothing, must be allowed to interfere with the placing of pioneers in each of the 131 goal countries. <p343>

In America some 150 people have volunteered for pioneer service, and some of them already are preparing to leave for their posts. The beloved Guardian fully expects the dear friends in India, Pakistan and Burma to follow this example, and quickly settle the areas allotted to them.

Because of it being the Chief Executor of the Divine Plan, and having so many pioneers available, the Guardian has given permission to the United States to send pioneers into any area of the Globe regardless of whom it may be assigned to. Thus pioneers from the United States may ask permission to settle in one of the areas assigned to your Assembly. If this is done, you should assist them in every way possible.

There are some general observations which the Guardian shares with you, and then some specific suggestions which are enumerated below:

1. Every individual who has offered to pioneer, must be encouraged in every way by the National Assembly.

2. The National Assembly should assist each pioneer, so they may be placed in their post just as quickly as possible.

3. The handling of each application for pioneering service, must be expedited, and not allowed to be bogged down for any reason, or in the hands of Committees.

4. The National Assembly should make it their first order of business to follow up actively this most important task. They must make it the first order of business at each Assembly meeting, to see that each application is being progressed rapidly. This does not mean the special committees should not handle the details; but it does mean the Assembly itself, must review each application at each meeting; and see that the pioneer gets into the field as soon as possible.

5. A large number of pioneers should not be sent to any one country. One, or even two, will be sufficient for the time being. Later on, if supplementary assistance is needed, that of course can be taken care of. The all-important thing now, is to get at least one pioneer in each of the 131 virgin areas.

6. The National Assembly may exercise its prerogatives and suggest to applicants where their services are most needed. This, of course, applies particularly to pioneers, where a large number wish to go to the same place.

The specific suggestions of the Guardian, are :

a. Areas close at hand and easy of settlement should be filled <p344> first. Then the areas more difficult, and finally, those which will be difficult.

b. Whenever a pioneer enters a new territory, a cable should be sent at once to the Guardian, giving the name, place, and any pertinent information.

c. A monthly report of progress is to be sent by your Assembly to the Secretary General of the International Baha'i Council. Special matters of report nature, for the Guardian, in connection with the plan of settling these 131 areas, should be sent to the Secretary-General of the Council also.

This does not mean that any administrative matters in connection with the settlement of pioneers should be handled with the Council. These should continue to be handled with the Guardian direct. The Council is simply to coordinate reports, consolidate them, keep maps up to date, etc. for the Guardian, and your reports will enable them to do this.

d. The Guardian feels the following areas should be easily settled, and he would appreciate your early cable advice of such new victories: Bhutan, Daman, Diu, Goa, Karikal, Mahe, Pondicherry, Sikkim, as pointed out in his cable to your Assembly of May 30th, 1953. These have first precedence. The beloved Guardian feels the friends living in large Baha'i Centres, could easily move into these territories, which are a part of India itself.

As his dramatic cable indicates, the Guardian will have prepared an illuminated "Roll of Honour" on which will be inscribed the names of the "Knights of Baha'u'llah", who first enter these 131 virgin areas. This "Roll of Honour" will be placed inside the entrance door of The Inner Sanctuary of the Tomb of Baha'u'llah.

From time to time, the Guardian will announce to the Baha'is World, the names of those Holy Souls who arise under the conditions outlined in his message, and settle these areas and conquer them for Baha'u'llah.

Now is the time for the Baha'i of the world to demonstrate the spiritual vitality of the Faith, and to arise as one soul to spread the Glory of the Lord, over the face of the earth. The Guardian is sure, that the Baha'is of India, Pakistan and Burma who have served and sacrificed so long for the Faith, will continue their glorious record by winning many new victories for the Faith.

The Guardian will pray fervently for the Baha'i s of India, Pakistan and Burma, and for the success of their efforts. <p345> The Guardian will pray for the members of the Assembly, whose sacrificial efforts he greatly values.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

June 8,1953

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The beloved Guardian has asked me to write to you following my letter of June 8, 1953, in connection with the great importance of settling the one hundred and thirty one virgin areas, during the next few months.

Naturally it will be difficult for the Faith to be established in the new territories or amongst the new tribes if they do not have at least a pamphlet for distribution to the new contacts.

He therefore feels that along with the sending of pioneers into the virgin areas, the translation of literature into the languages assigned to the Indian National Assembly should take place.

The Guardian feels that one of the existing pamphlets would be satisfactory, or a new one, which you may feel it desirable to prepare. At this time it is not necessary to enter into the question of translation of Baha'i books, simply a pamphlet, which can be used for teaching purposes.

The Guardian wishes you to budget the necessary funds to cover this work, and to see that it is actively pursued, so that the literature will be available at an early date.

He wishes you to send current reports of activities in connection with this matter to the Secretary General of the International Baha'i Council, so that the data may be assembled with all the necessary information in connection with the Ten Year Crusade, for the Guardian.

He sends his loving greetings to you.

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JUNE 19, 1953

URGE PROMPT SETTLEMENT VIRGIN TERRITORIES PRAYING

SUCCESS.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

June 21, 1953

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your letters of June 14, 26, July 12 (2), August 28, September 18,19, , 25, November 3, 7,1952, and January 11(2), 16, February 10, 18, March 6, April 5,19, May 8 and May 11, 1953 have been received by the beloved Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf. He has also received the various enclosures, and the material which was mailed to him separately. Your letters of June 1(2) and June 3(2) have also been received.

It is becoming increasingly impossible for him to keep abreast of his mail, and even the National Assemblies must wait, many many months, for an answer-all of them. As regards various matters raised in your letters, and which he has not answered by cable, your Assembly, through its Asian Teaching Committee, must assist and stimulate the work in Ceylon, Malaya, Indonesia and Sarawak etc., but they are not, strictly speaking, under your jurisdiction in the same sense as the Pakistan, Burmese and Indian communities.

There is certainly no objection to your Assembly using Iranian pioneers in some of the Indian goal countries, if it is feasible.

Regarding attacks on the Faith published by hostile authors, there is no harm in refuting such statements publicly and through wide spread teaching of the Faith, but he does not think that legal action would do any good. It might involve you in a long drawn out case which you perhaps would not win in the end. It is not essential for your Assembly to send representatives to all United Nations conferences It is highly desirable, but the success of the New Delhi Conference and the sending forth of pioneers to virgin areas is much more important at this time.

There is no age limit whatsoever for serving the Cause in administrative capacities after one has reached twenty-one years. Indeed we are supposed to serve the Cause to our last breath.

Your Assembly has no administrative jurisdiction over either Hong Kong or the Philippines...

The Guardian was very happy to hear that Mr Payman is now working on a translation of "Baha'u'llah and the New Era" into Indonesian. He should have it reviewed by an Indonesian with some degree of literary standing. He hopes this will soon be followed by <p347> the Malayan translation mentioned. The pamphlets in Indonesian were received. Please thank Mr Payman for this service he has rendered the Faith.

He was also very happy to hear that a Ceylonese Baha'i has gone to Japan. Ceylon, the child of the Indian Baha'i s, is proving to be very precocious in the service of the Faith, which delights the Guardian and no doubt makes your Assembly very proud and happy.

As regards the question of accepting contributions from people whose voting rights are suspended, the Guardian says this is not permissible.

Please assure dear Mr Ouskouli that his devotion and his services are deeply appreciated, and the Guardian attaches the greatest importance to his remaining in Shanghai. He strongly advises him, however, to be very discreet and to have as little as possible to do with the Government or the Authorities, lest he jeopardize his position there as a Baha'i.

In regard to the questions you asked the Guardian in your letter of June 3:

1. Your Assembly should formulate all the details not specified already by the Guardian in connection with the execution of your Ten Year Plan

2. The National Spiritual Assemblies of Pakistan, Burma, Ceylon and South East Asia will be formed much later in the Plan; he will inform you about this as time goes on. The essential thing is now to multiply the centres which must form the foundation for the new National Spiritual Assemblies.

3. Local Haziratu'l-Quds may be converted to National ones; this is premature at present.

4. The recognition of our Laws of Personal Status must naturally precede formation of Baha'i courts; as long as your translation is correct, his approval is not needed.

5. You should start a Temple Fund; the site need not exceed two or three acres, and should be inside Delhi or near the city limits.

6. You will be able to consult with the members of Australian National Spiritual Assembly at the time of the Conference in New Delhi about literature; they will certainly assist your Assembly with the publications.

7. Baha'i s from India, Pakistan and Burma are eligible for your Asian Teaching Committee.

8. Consolidation can mean the establishment of the institutions <p348> you enumerate, but it is not essential at present; to increase the Assemblies and groups, and bring in new believers, is the most important part of consolidation; as the Plan unfolds, he will have to see what other things are really essential and call your attention to them.

He urges you to concentrate on making the forthcoming Conference a great success; your Assembly in consultation with members of the other National Spiritual Assemblies attending, should carefully discuss ways and means of coordinating your activities and sharing information, etc.; you will probably never have a better opportunity to do this than at the Conference.

Dear and valued co-workers:

The splendid efforts, so devotedly exerted by the members of the Baha'i communities in India, Pakistan and Burma, extending over more than a decade, in connexion with the launching and prosecution of no less than three successive Plans, formulated for the promotion of the interests of the Faith in South East Asia, have raised their prestige in the eyes of the Baha'i World, and have fitted them to undertake, at this auspicious hour in the evolution of its institutions in the Indian subcontinent and its neighbouring territories and islands, yet another coif locative enterprise, of still vaster dimensions, offer greater possibilities, requiring the tamest exertion and consecration for a period of no less than ten years, and culminating in the Most Great jubilee, designed to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Declaration of the Mission of the Founder of their Faith.

The task they now assume involves the consolidation of the manifold institutions which, through the operation of three successive Plans have been plenty and laboriously established, as well as the erection of the administrative stricture of the Faith in the virgin territories a cong the shores, and in the vicinity, of the Indian sub continent, in the Islands of the Indian Ocean, in African Dependencies, and as far as the Islands of the South Pacific Ocean.

Through the prosecution of the Plans initiated by your Assembly these communities have acquired the training and experience that have qualified them to embark upon so extensive and momentous an undertaking-an undertaking which if victoriously consummated will eclipse all the joint efforts and enterprises which have illuminated the pages of Indian Baha'i history since the inception of the Formative Age of the Baha'i dispensation. The first and most sacred obligation confronting - them, on the morrow of the launching of their Ten Year Plan, is the <p349> despatch and settlement, during the current year and the one succeeding it, of pioneers in the sixteen virgin territories and islands, assigned to your Assembly according to the provisions of the aforementioned Plan. The opening of the six dependencies along the eastern and western coasts of the Indian sub continent mist be given careful attention, and must be carried out with promptitude and vigour. The despatch and definite settlement of no more than one or two pioneers in each of these territories and islands is a task not only of great urgency but of infinite merit, and constitutes the most important feature of the initial phase of the Plan.

Next in importance and of no less urgency is the selection and purchase, either within or in the outskirts of the capital city of India in which the Administrative Headquarters of the Faith has already been established of the site of the First Mashriqu'l-Adhkar of the Indian subcontinent, covering an area of approximately one or two acres at least, which can gradually be enlarged in the course of the coming years.

Collateral with this vital project is the preparation in conjunction with the Australian National Assembly of a suitable pamphlet by your Assembly, and the adoption of energetic measures for its translation into the languages allocated to the Australian and Indian National Assemblies.

While this threefold objective is being assiduously pursued, the process of the multiplication of Local Assemblies, of groups and isolated centres must be maintained, nay accelerated, for zip on it will depend the early formation of independent National Spiritual Assemblies in India, Pakistan, Burma, Ceylon and Swab East Asia.

The responsibilities devolving upon your Assembly in the course of the opening stage of the Plan are enormous, sacred and pressing. All Baha'i communities participating in this glorious enterprise must lend every effort, and sacrifice to the utmost of their power to ensure the unqualified success of the great work that lies immediately ahead.

There is no time to lose. The newly launched Plan demands a vigilance, an expenditure of effort and resources on a scale unprecedented in Indian Baha'i history. Baha'i communities in East and West, embarked on a similar Crusade, are vying with one another and with your Assembly in the worldwide field of Baha'i pioneering. The glory of the prizes to be won, the benefits that will accrue to all participants, are unimaginable.

I direct my appeal to your Assembly and, through its members, to all communities participating in this unprecedented enterprise, to arise to this great and unique occasion that now presents itself at this critical <p350> hour in the fortunes of mankind and at so significant a stage in the evolution of the Faith, and to resolve, with inflexible determination, to consummate, at the appointed time, this fate laden enterprise on which all our hearts are set and upon which the immediate destinies of the Cause of Baha'u'llah so largely depend.

In my hours of prayer and meditation in the Holy Shrines I will supplicate on behalf of your Assembly, as well as on behalf of the communities you represent, that Divine Guidance may direct your steps, that God's sustaining grace may aid you to overcome every obstacle, that His strength may be poured out upon you, that His providence and love may enfold you, and that the inspiration of the Dawn breakers, who proclaimed the birth of His Cause, may carry you to ultimate and total victory.

Shoghi

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JUNE 24, 1953

ASSURE KURLAWALA FERVENT PRAYERS URGE PROMPT SETTLEMENT

OTHER VIRGIN TERRITORIES.

SHOGHI

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JULY 6, 1953

ASSURE PIONEERS GOA LOVING APPRECIATION URGE

FRIENDS FOLLOW EXAMPLE.

SHOGHI

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JULY 27, 1953

LOVING PRAYERS RECORD RESOLUTIONS URGE ASSEMBLY

HASTEN SETTLEMENT DIU MAHE KARIKAL.

SHOGHI

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JULY 30, 1953

CONTRIBUTIONS THROUGH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PREFERABLE.

SHOGHI

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AUGUST 7, 1953

ASSURE PIONEERS ABIDING APPRECIATION.

SHOGHI

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AUGUST 31. 1953

GIFTS FROM NON-BELIEVERS NOT ACCEPTABLE AT PRESENT.

SHOGHI

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SEPTEMBER 5, 1953

BELOVED GUARDIAN ASSURES PIONEERS KARIKAL LOVING PRAYERS.

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SEPTEMBER 29, 1953

ENTRUSTING BOLTON COLOUR CINEMA FILMS COMPLETED

SHRINE. ARRANGE IMMEDIATE PROCESSING FOR EXHIBITION

CONFERENCE. ARRIVING KARACHI FOURTH FLIGHT

NUMBER 502.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 3, 1953

MASON REMEY PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ENTRUSTED

BAB'S PORTRAIT ACCOMPANIED BOLTON'S ARRIVING KARACHI

FOURTH. ADVISE FRIENDS MEET THEM AIRPORT. PORTRAIT MUST REMAIN HIS POSSESSION. ASSEMBLY SHOULD

ENSURE NO COPY TAKEN DAY EXHIBITION.

SHOGHI

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[Message To The Inter Continental Conference, New Delhi <p352> To the Hands of the Cause, the members of the National Spiritual Assemblies, the pioneers, the resident believers and visitors attending the Asian Intercontinental Teaching Conference in New Delhi, India]

October, 1953

Well beloved friends:

With high hopes and a joyful heart I acclaim the convocation, in the leading city of the Indian sub continent, of the fourth and last of the Intercontinental Teaching Conferences of a memorable Holy Year

commemorating the centenary of the birth of the prophetic Mission of On this historic occasion, when the members of the National Spiritual Assemblies of the Baha'is of the United States of America, of the Dominion of Canada, of Central and of South America, of Persia, of the Indian sub continent and of Burma, of 'Iraq and of Australasia, as well as representatives of the sovereign states and dependencies of the Asiatic continent, of the Republics of North, Central and South America, and of Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania are assembled, and are to deliberate on the needs and requirements of the recently launched triple Campaign embracing the Asiatic mainland, the Australian continent and the islands of the Pacific Ocean- campaign which may well be regarded as the most extensive, the most arduous and the most momentous of all the campaigns of a world girdling Crusade, and which, in its scope, is unparalleled in the history of the Faith in the entire eastern Hemisphere-my thoughts, on such an occasion, go back to the early dawn of our faith, to those unforgettable scenes of matchless heroism, of dark tragedy, of imperishable glory which heralded its birth, and accompanied the spread, of its infant Light, in the heart of the Asiatic continent.

I vividly recall the meteoric rise of the Faith of the Bab in the provinces of Persia and the stirring episodes associated with His cruel incarceration in the mountain fastnesses of Adhirbayjan, with the revelation of the laws of His Dispensation, with the proclamation of the independence of His Faith, with the peerless heroism of His disciples, with the fiendish crazily of His foes-the Chief Magistrate, the civil authorities, the ecclesiastical dignitaries and the masses of the people, of His native land - with the humiliation, the spoliation, the dispersal, the eventual massacre of a vast number of His followers, and, above ail with His own execution in the City of Tabriz.

With a throb of wonder I call to mind the ear cy and sudden fruition <p353> of His Dispensation in the capital city of that land, and the dramatic circumstances attending the birth of Baha'u'llah's Revelation culminating in His precipitate banishment to 'Iraq.

I am reminded, moreover, of the initial spread of the light of this Revelation, in consequence of the banishment of Baha'u'llah to the adjoining territories of 'Iraq, and, as far as the western fringes of that continent, to Turkey and the neighbouring territories of Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, and, at a later stage, to the Indian sub-continent and China, situated on the southern and eastern extremities of that continent as well as to the Caucasus and Russian Turkistan.

Nor can I fail to remember the series of alternating crises and victories-each constituting a landmark in the evolution of the Faith- which it has experienced in some of these territories, associated with the distressful withdrawal of its Author to the mountains of Sulaymaniyyih; with the glorious Declaration of His Mission in Baghdad; with His second and third banishments to Constantinople and Adrianople; with the grievous rebellion of His half brother; with the proclamation of His own Mission; with His fourth banishment to the desolate and far-off penal colony of Akka in Syria; with the revelation of the Kitab-i-Aqdas, His Most Holy Book; with His ascension in the Holy Land; with the establishment of His Covenant and the inauguration of the Ministry of 'Abdu'l-Baha, His son and the Exemplar and authorized interpreter of His teachings.

These opening stages in the evolution of His Faith in the Asiatic continent were followed, while the first and Apostolic Age of His Dispensation was drawing to a close, by the opening of the Islands situated in the Pacific Ocean, Japan in the north, and the Australian continent in the South. To these memorable chapters of Asian Baha'i history another was soon added, on the morrow of the ascension of the Centre of Baha'u'llah's Covenant, and during the initial epoch of the Formative Age of the Faith, distinguished by the rise of the Administrative Order and the erection of its pillars in the cradle of that Faith, in 'Iraq, in India, Pakistan and Burma and in the Antipodes. This memorable episode in its development in that vast continent was succeeded by the initiation, during the second Epoch of that same Age, of a series of Plans in those same territories in support of Abdu'l-Baha's Divine Plan and as a prelude to the opening of the recently launched world embracing Spiritual Crusade.

The hour has now strict for this continent, on whose soil, more than a century ago, so much sacred blood was shed, in whose very heart <p354> deeds of such tragic heroism were performed, and in many of whose territories such brilliant victories have been won, to contribute, in association with its sister continents, to the progress and ultimate triumph of this global Crusade, in a manner befitting its unrivalled position in the entire Baha'i world.

The various Baha'i Communities dwelling within the borders of this continent and those situated to the south of its shores in the Antipodes, which inch de the oldest and most venerable among all the communities of the Baha'i world, and whose members in their aggregate constitute the overwhelming majority of the followers of Baha'u'llah , are called upon, in close association with four other Baha'i communities in the Western Hemisphere, to undertake in the course of the coming decade: First, the construction of the first Mashriqu'l-Adhkar in Baha'u'llah's native land, in the City of Tihran, surnamed by Baha'u'llah "Mother of the World". Second , the purchase of land for the future construction of three Mashriqu'l-Adhkar's, one in the City of Baghdad, enshrining the "Most Great House", the third holiest city of the Baha'i world, one in New Delhi, the leading city of the Indian subcontinent, and the third in Sydney, the oldest and foremost Baha'i Centre in the Antipodes. Third, the formation of no less than eleven National Spiritual Assemblies, one each in Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon, under the aegis of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India, Pakistan and Burma; one in Turkey and one in Afghanistan, under the aegis of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Persia; one in Japan, under the aegis of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States of America; one in New Zealand, under the aegis of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Australia and New Zealand, as well as four regional National Spiritual Assemblies, one in the Arabian Peninsula, under the aegis of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Persia; one in South East Asia, under the aegis of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India, Pakistan and Burma; third in the South Pacific, tender the aegis of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States of America; and a fourth in the Near East, under the aegis of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i s of 'Iraq. Fourth the opening of the following forty-one virgin territories and islands. Andaman Islands, Bhutan, Daman, Dei, Goa, Karikal, Mahe, Mariana Islands, Nice bar Islands, Pondicherry, Sikkim, assigned to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India, Pakistan and Burma; Care Line Islands, Dutch New Guinea, Hainan Island, Kazakstan, Macao Island, Sakhalin <p355> Island, Tibet, Tonga Islands, assigned to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States of America; Brunei, Chagos Archzelago, Kirgizia, Mongolia, Solomon Islands, Tadzhikistan, Uzbekistan, assigned to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i s of Persia; Admiralty Islands, Cocos Island, Loyalty Islands, Mentawei Islands, New Hebrides Islands, Portuguese Timor, Society Islands, assigned to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baba'is of Australia and New Zealand; Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Marshall Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago, assigned to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i s of Central America; Hadhramaut, Kuria-Muria Islands, assigned to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of 'Iraq; Marquesas Islands, Samoa Islands, assigned to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada; Cook Islands, assigned to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of South America Fifth, the translation and publication of Baha'i literature in the following forty languages, to be undertaken by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India, Pakistan and Burma, in association with the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Australia and New Zealand: Abor Mirza, Aneityum, Annamese, Baha'i, Bentuni, Binandere, Cheremtiss, Chungchia, Georgian, Houailou, Javanese, Kado, Kaili, Kopu, Kusaie, Lepcha, Lifu, Manchu, Manipuri, Manus Island, Marquesas, Mentawei, Mongolian, Mordoff Mwala, Na-Hsi, Nicobarese, Niue, Ossete, Ostiak, Pali, Panjabi, Pashto, Perm, Petats, Samoan, Tho, Tibetan, Tonga, Vogul. Sixth, the consolidation of Aden Protectorate, Adbirbayjan, Afghanistan, Ahsa, Armenia, Bahrayn Island, Georgia, Hijaz, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Yemen, allocated to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Persia; of Baluchistan, Borneo, Burma, Ceylon, Indo China, Indonesia, Malaya, Nepal, Pakistan, Sarawak, Siam, allocated to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India, Pakistan and Burma; of China, Formosa, Korea, Manchuria, Philippine Islands, allocated to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States of America; off Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria, Trucial Sheikhs, Umman, allocated to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of 'Iraq; of Bismarck Archipelago, Fiji, New Caledonia, Australian New Guinea, allocated to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Australia and New Zealand; of Hong Kong, allocated to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i s of the British Isles. Seventh, the incorporation of the eleven above mentioned National Spiritual Assemblies, as well as those of Persia and 'Iraq. Eighth, the establishment by these above mentioned <p356> eleven National Spiritual Assemblies of national Baha'i endowments. Ninth, the establishment of a national Haziratu'l-Quds in the capital cities of each of the countries where National Spiritual Assemblies are to be established, as well as one in Suva, one in Jakarta, one in Bahrayn and one in Beirut. Tenth, the establishment of a national Baha'i' Court in the capital cities of Persia, of Iraq, of Pakistan and of Afghanistan- the leading Muslim centres in the Asiatic continent. Eleventh, the establishment of two National Baha'i Publishing Trusts, one in Tihran and one in New Delhi. Twelfth, the formation of Israel Branches of the National Spiritual Assemblies of the Baha'is of Persia, of 'Iraq and of Australia; authorized to hold on behalf of their parent institutions property dedicated to the holy Shrines at the World Centre of the Faith in the State of Israel. Thirteenth, the appointment, during Ridvan 1954, by the Hands of the Cause in Asia and in Australia of an Auxiliary Board of nine members who will, in conjunction with the eight National Spiritual Assemblies participating in the Asiatic and Australian campaigns, assist, through periodic and systematic visits to Baha'i centres, in the efficient and prompt execution of the Plans formulated for the prosecution of the teaching campaigns in the continent of Asia and in the Antipodes.

The Asiatic continent, the cradle of the principal religions of mankind; the home of so many of the oldest and mightiest civilizations which have flourished on this p Zane; the crossways of so many kindreds and races; the battleground of many peoples and nations; above whose horizon, in modern times, the suns of two independent Revelations-the promise and consummation of a six thousand-year-old religious Cycle- have successively arisen; where the Authors of both of these Revelations suffered banishment and died within whose confines the Centre of a divinely appointed Covenant was born, endured a forty year incarceration and passed away; on whose Western extremity the Qiblih of the Baha'i world has been definitely established; in whose heart the City proclaimed by Baha'u'llah as the "Mother of the World" is enshrined; within whose borders another City regarded as the "Cynosure of an adoring world" and the scene of the greatest and most glorious Revelation the world has witnessed is embosomed; on whose soil so many saints, heroes and martyrs, associated with both of these Revelations, have lived, struggled and died -such a continent, so privileged among its sister continents and yet so long and so sadly tormented, now stands, at the hour of the launching of a world encompassing Crusade, on the threshold of an era that may well recall, in its glory and ultimate repercussions, the great periods of spiritual revival which, from the dawn of recorded <p357> history have, at various stages in the revelation of God's purpose for mankind, illuminated the path of the Human race.

May this Crusade, launched simultaneous cy on the Asiatic mainland, its neighbouring islands and the Antipodes, under the direction of eight National Spiritual Assemblies, and through the operation of eight systematic Teaching Plans, and the concerted efforts of Baha'i communities in both the East and the West, provide, as it unfolds, an effective antidote to the baneful forces of atheism, nationalism, secularism and materialism that are tearing at the vitals of this turbulent continent, and may it reenact those scenes of spiritual heroism which, more than any of the secular revolutions which have agitated its face, have left their everlasting imprint on the fortunes of the peoples and motions dwelling within its borders.

Shoghi

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OCTOBER 8,1953

OCCASION CONCLUSION HOLY YEAR OVERJOYED SHARE

FOLLOWING TRIPLE ANNOUNCEMENT ATTENDANTS

FOURTH FINAL INTERCONTINENTAL TEACHING CONFERENCE

MARKING TERMINATION FESTIVITIES ASSOCIATED

CENTENARY BIRTH BAHA'U'LLAH'S PROPHETIC MISSION.

FIVE-YEAR-OLD THREE QUARTER MILLION DOLLAR ENTERPRISE

CONSTITUTING FINAL STAGE INITIAL EPOCH EVOLUTION

PROCESS INITIATED OVER SIXTY YEARS AGO FOUNDER

FAITH HEART MOUNTAIN GOD CONSUMMATED. FINISHING

TOUCHES INSTALLATION STAINED GLASS WINDOWS DRUM

OCTAGON REMOVAL SCAFFOLDING EXTERIOR INTERIOR

EDIFICE INTERIOR CALCIMINING DOME DRUM OCTAGON

TUCKPOINTING CLEANING FLOODLIGHTING ENTIRE

STRUCTURE COMPLETED SYNCHRONIZING CLOSING WEEKS

GLORIOUS TWELVE MONTH ANNALS HOLY FAITH. STEADILY

SWELLING THRONG VISITORS FAR NEAR MANY DAYS

EXCEEDING THOUSAND FLOCKING GATES LEADING INNER

SANCTUARY MAJESTIC MAUSOLEUM PAYING HOMAGE

QUEEN CARMEL ENTHRONED GOD'S MOUNTAIN CROWNED

GLOWING GOLD ROBED SHIMMERING WHITE GIRDLED

EMERALD GREEN ENCHANTING EVERY EYE FROM AIR SEA

PLAIN HILL. MOVED REQUEST ATTENDANTS CONFERENCE

HOLD BEFITTING MEMORIAL GATHERING PAY TRIBUTE

HAND CAUSE SUTHERLAND MAXWELL IMMORTAL ARCHITECT

ARCADE SUPERSTRUCTURE SHRINE. FEEL MOREOVER <p358>

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BE MADE SAME GATHERING UNFLAGGING

LABOURS VIGILANCE HAND CAUSE UGO GIACHERY

NEGOTIATING CONTRACTS INSPECTING DESPATCHING ALL

MATERIALS REQUIRED CONSTRUCTION EDIFICE AS WELL AS

ASSIDUOUS CONSTANT CARE HAND CAUSE LEROY IOAS

SUPERVISING CONSTRUCTION BOTH DRUM DOME TO TWO

DOORS SHRINE RECENTLY NAMED AFTER FIRST TWO AFOREMENTIONED

HANDS OCTAGON DOOR NOW ADDED HENCEFORTH

ASSOCIATED THIRD HAND WHO CONTRIBUTED

RAISING STATELY SACRED STRUCTURE. SECOND

ANNOUNCEMENT WORLDWIDE PROCESS SETTLEMENT VIRGIN

AREAS GLOBE ACCELERATED ARRIVAL FOLLOWING PIONEERS RESPECTIVE POSTS CORA OLIVER BRITISH HONDURAS

CAROLE DWIGHT ALLEN GREECE MR MRS. XAVIER

RODRIQUES PORTUGUESE GUINEA BRIGITTE HASSELBLATT

SHETLANDS ELIZABETH HOPPER ADA SCHOTT SARA KENNY

MRS. DUFFIELD MADEIRA H SNIDER KEYWEST HUGH MCKINLEY

AND MOTHER CYPRUS MAX KENYEREZI FRENCH EQUATORIAL

AFRICA ELSA GROSSMAN FRISIAN ISLANDS HELEN

ROBINSON BARANOF MR MRS. TED ANDERSON YUKON

TABANDEH PAYMAN SAN MARINO ROLE HAUG CRETE UNA

TOWNSHEND MALTA SWELLING ROLL HONOUR RAISING

NUMBER TERRITORIES PALE FAITH HUNDRED SIXTY SEVEN.

TWO ADDITIONAL PIONEERS PROCEEDING LEPER COLONIES

PUERTO RICO FRENCH GUINEA. TWO VALIANT PIONEERS

INDIA AMERICA PREPARING ENTRY TIBET. TWO MORE MEMBERS

UNITED STATES NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOLUNTEERED

PIONEER RAISING NUMBER FIVE. UNITED STATES PIONEERS

DEPARTING TWENTY FOUR VIRGIN TERRITORIES EKE CONCLUSION

HOLY YEAR. TOTAL UNITED STATES PIONEER

APPLICATIONS TWO HUNDRED FORTY-NINE. FEAST NAMES

CELEBRATED LAST AUGUST TWO STALWART CRUSADERS

WEATHER STATION BUCHANAN BAY DESOLATE ELLESMERE

ISLAND SEVENTY-NINE LATITUDE LESS SEVEN HUNDRED

MILES NORTH POLE. IRRESISTIBLY UNFOLDING CRUSADE

SANCTIFIED DEATH HEROIC EIGHTY-EIGHT YEAR OLD ELLA

BAILEY ELEVATING HER RANK MARTYRS FAITH SHEDDING

FURTHER LUSTRE AMERICAN BAHA'I COMMUNITY CONSECRATING

SOIL FAST AWAKENING AFRICAN CONTINENT.

THIRD ANNOUNCEMENT PRELIMINARY STEPS TAKEN AIMING

ACQUISITION EXTENSIVE AREA HEAD HOLY MOUNTAIN

SCENE REVELATION TABLET CARMEL PREPARATORY

PURCHASE SITE FUTURE MOTHER MASHRIQU'L-ADHKAR <p359>

HOLY LAND MADE POSSIBLE MUNIFICENT HUNDRED THOUSAND

DOLLAR DONATION HAND CAUSE AMELIA COLLINS

SIGNALIZING OPENING SECOND STAGE UNFOLDMENT

MIGHTY PROCESS SET MOTION AUTHOR FAITH. TRIPLE

BOUNTY VOUCHSAFED COMMUNITY MOST GREAT NAME

SCATTERED FACE PLANET CALLS FOR TREMENDOUS IMMEDIATE

CONCERTED EXERTION ASSEMBLED BELIEVERS ADEQUATELY

DISCHARGE TRIPLE RESPONSIBILITY. FIRST

REDOUBLED CONSECRATION PIONEERING TASK PARTICULARLY

PACIFIC ARIA EMPHASIZED TABLETS DIVINE PLAN

RAISING THEREBY ERIE ADJOURNMENT CONFERENCE NUMBER

TERRITORIES OPENED FAITH OR ASSIGNED PIONEERS

IMMEDIATE SETTLEMENT ABOVE TWO HUNDRED. SECOND

DEMONSTRATION INCREASING SELF SACRIFICE THROUGH

INAUGURATION FUNDS PURCHASE LAND FUTURE TEMPLES

ASIATIC CONTINENT ANTIPODES BAGHDAD NEW DELHI

SYDNEY. CONTRIBUTING THREE THOUSAND POUNDS FURTHERANCE

MERITORIOUS ENTERPRISES. THIRD EARNEST

CONSULTATION REPRESENTATIVES PERSIAN IRAQI

NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES DIRECTLY CONCERNED HOLY TASK

WITH ASSEMBLED HANDS CAUSE WAYS MEANS CONDUCT

THOROUGH INVESTIGATION ENSURE PURCHASE HOLY

PLACES PARTICULARLY SITE SIYAHCHAL CRADLE REVELATION

AUTHOR FAITH AS WELL AS IDENTIFICATION TRANSFER

BAHA'I CEMETERIES RELATIVES BAB BAHA'U'LLAH

CONSTITUTING VITAL OBJECTIVES TEN-YEAR PLAN.

ARDENTLY HOPING FERVENTLY SUPPLICATING EPOCHAL

CONFERENCE SETTING SEAL CELEBRATION SECOND BAHA'I

JUBILEE CONTRIBUTE UNPRECEDENTED DEGREE THROUGH

CHARACTER ITS DELIBERATIONS SOLIDITY ACHIEVEMENTS

SCOPE ACCOMPLISHMENTS ULTIMATE ATTAINMENT SHINING

GOALS WORLD CRUSADE DESTINED CULMINATE NOT

FAR DISTANT MOST GREAT JUBILEE ASSOCIATED HUNDREDTH

ANNIVERSARY ASSUMPTION BAHA'U'LLAH HIS

PROPHETIC OFFICE .

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 12, 1953

EVE CONCLUSION FESTIVITIES COMMEMORATING CENTENARY BIRTH BAHA'U'LLAH'S MINISTRY MOVED DIRECT FOLLOWING

SPECIFIC MESSAGE HANDS ASSEMBLED

CONFERENCE IN GRATEFUL RECOGNITION MULTIPLE <p360>

BOUNTIES SHOWERED RAPID SUCCESSION ARMY LORD

HOSTS COURSE HOLY YEAR AUSPICIOUSLY USHERED

THROUGH PROCLAMATION OBJECTIVES WORLD CRUSADE

WHOSE OPENING MONTHS WITNESSED CONVOCATION

HEART AFRICAN CONTINENT FIRST INTERCONTINENTAL

TEACHING CONFERENCE WHOSE CLIMAX SIGNALIZED

SIMULTANEOUS HOLDING HEART NORTH AMERICA INTERCONTINENTAL

CONFERENCE WESTERN HEMISPHERE DEDICATION

MOTHER TEMPLE WEST LAUNCHING TEN YEAR

PLAN WHOSE RECORD BEEN ENNOBLED TWO ADDITIONAL

INTERCONTINENTAL GATHERINGS SUCCESSIVELY CONVENED

EUROPEAN ASIATIC CONTINENTS ALL ELEVEN

HANDS CALLED UPON ARISE ENHANCE ABIDING VALUE

STRENUOUS EXEMPLARY LABOURS LAST TWELVE MONTHS

CONSTITUTING INITIAL CHAPTER THEIR STEADILY

UNFOLDING WORLD MISSION. HOUR PROPITIOUS MORROW

LAST INTERCONTINENTAL CONFERENCE GIRD LOINS YET

ANOTHER STILL WIDER DISPERSAL EXTENDING ONE OR

TWO MONTHS EMBRACING ASIA AFRICA AUSTRALASIA PURPOSE

ESTABLISHING CLOSE CONTACT NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES

ADVISING ASSISTING LOCAL ASSEMBLIES INDIVIDUALS

ATTAIN GOALS GLOBE GIRDLING PLAN ADOPTION FOLLOWING

ITINERARY RECOMMENDED. MASON REMEY DOROTHY

BAKER HORACE HOLLEY INDIA PAKISTAN BURMA

CEYLON UGO GIACHERY PERSIA VALIULLAH VARQA SHUAULLAH

ALAI IRAQ TURKEY EGYPT CLARA DUNN ALI AKBAR

FURUTAN AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND ZIKRULLAH KHADEM

MALAYA JAPAN SAMANDARI MUSA BANANI ARABIAN PENINSULA CONTRIBUTING THREE THOUSAND POUNDS ASSISTANCE

EXECUTION MERITORIOUS ENTERPRISE. URGE

PERSIAN INDIAN AUSTRALIAN EGYPTIAN IRAQI NATIONAL

ASSEMBLIES EXTEND UTMOST ASSISTANCE ARRANGE

SCHEDULES PUBLICIZE FAITH WHEREVER ADVISABLE

DIRECT LOCAL ASSEMBLIES UTILIZE EVERY MEANS THEIR

POWER ADD MOMENTUM MOST AMBITIOUS UNDERTAKING

EMBARKED FOLLOWERS BAHA'U'LLAH HUNDRED TEN

YEARS BAHA'I HISTORY.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 15, 1953

AS HOLY YEAR EXPIRES OVERJOYED ANNOUNCE ASSEMBLED

BELIEVERS NO LESS THIRTEEN ADDITIONS ROLL <p361>

HONOUR SINCE TRANSMISSION LAST MESSAGE CONFERENCE

WEEK AGO. CLAIRE GUNG SOUTHERN RHODESIA

URSULA VON BRUNN FRISIAN ISLANDS RICHARD NOLEN

FAMILY AZORES KATHERINE MEYER MARGARITA ISLAND

GERALDINE CRANEY HEBRIDES FAWZI ZEINOLABEDIN FAMILY

SPANISH MOROCCO MANOUCHIHR HEZARI MOROCCO

INTERNATIONAL ZONE CHICAGO BELIEVER ST. THOMAS

ISLAND TED CARDELL SOUTH WEST AFRICA WILLIAM DAN

JON ANDORRA FRED JEAN ALLEN CAPE BRETON ISLAND

FREDERICK ELIZABETH LAWS BASUTOLAND AMIN BATT RIO

DE ORO. TOTAL NUMBER VIRGIN AREAS INSCRIBED SCROLL

WITH NAMES CONQUERORS SINCE LAUNCHING WORLD

CRUSADE LAST RIDVAN MOUNTED FIFTY. NUMBER TERRITORIES

INCLUDED ORBIT FAITH RAISED WITHIN UNBELIEVABLY

SHORT TIME HUNDRED SEVENTY-EIGHT MARKING

INCREASE HUNDRED COUNTRIES SINCE CELEBRATION

FIRST JUBILEE NINE YEARS AGO. IN ADDITION SIXTY

UNOPENED AREAS BESPOKEN INCLUDING UKRAINE ALBANIA.

NO MORE EIGHT VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED BE DESPATCHED

ASHANTI PROTECTORATE BECHUANALAND

CHAGOS ARCHIPELAGO COMORO ISLANDS MARQUESAS

ISLANDS MARSHALL ISLANDS SPANISH SAHARA TONGA

ISLANDS IN ORDER ENSURE ATTAINMENT PREEMINENT

GOAL GLOBAL CRUSADE EXCLUDING SOCIALIST REPUBLICS

SATELLITE COUNTRIES. MOMENT ARRIVED LAST DAY YEAR

FOREVER-SANCTIFIED MEMORY FUTURE GENERATIONS

OWING ITS SACRED ASSOCIATIONS BE LINKED CLOSING

ALREADY NARROW GAP SEPARATING VANGUARD ARMY

CRUSADERS VICTORY MOST GLORIOUS PHASE GRANDEST

COLLECTIVE SPIRITUAL ENTERPRISE EMBARKED ORGANIZED

FIRMLY KNIT COMMUNITIES MOST GREAT NAME

SCATTERED PLANET.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 30, 1953

DISAPPROVE DEPARTURE PIONEERS IF DISSOLUTION ASSEMBLY

INVOLVED...

SHOGHI

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1954

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

February 10, 1954

Dear Baha'i Friends, The beloved Guardian was very happy indeed to receive the copies of the Registration Certificate of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Djakarta, Indonesia.

This is a distinct victory for the Faith, in the South Pacific. The Guardian is having one copy framed, and will place it in the Mansion of Baha'u'llah at Bahji.

The Guardian sends his love and appreciation to the members of the Djakarta Assembly and Community. He will continue to pray for the success of their efforts.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

March 1,1954

Dearly Beloved Friends,

The beloved Guardian is greatly encouraged over the reports that are being received from all parts of the world in connection with the <p363> development of the Ten Year Crusade. At the present time, over 90 virgin areas have been settled. As I have written you previously, the Guardian hopes all of the virgin areas onside of the Iron Curtain countries will be settled by Ridvan. In the meantime we hope at least 10 more countries will be settled by Naw-Ruz, so that within the first 11 months of the Ten Year Crusade, at least 100 of the virgin areas will be settled.

The Guardian likewise is greatly enthused over the manner in which the friends are undertaking some of the other activities of the Crusade.

The Guardian wishes your Assembly to know that he attaches great importance to the purchase of the Haziratu'l-Quds for the future National Assemblies to be formed under your direction. He thinks the time is ripe for active consideration to be given to these important projects. He feels that the purchase of a small piece of property in the city which is to become the seat of the National Assembly, is important, and can be inaugurated at the present time. In other words, the Guardian feels that the purchase of the future Haziratu'l-Quds can be accomplished before the National Assembly is formed. Therefore your assembly should take steps at this time to inaugurate the programme, so that when a suitable location is available, the friends in the goal cities may proceed with plans for its purchase. It should be clear that the Guardian is not directing the purchase of a large piece of land, but rather has directed the purchase of a small property. He feels if a small building can be purchased, that would be better than buying land and then building one to our own specifications. It would serve temporarily as a Haziratu'l-Quds for the Local Assembly, and then become the National Haziratu'l-Quds when the National Assembly is formed.

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MARCH 9,1954

CABLE NAMES LANGUAGES ALREADY TRANSLATED UNDER

TEN YEAR PLAN SPECIFY ALSO WHICH LANGUAGES PROCESS

TRANSLATION. CABLE WHICH ASSEMBLIES INCORPORATED

SINCE APRIL.

SHOGHI

=================== <p364>

MARCH 11, 1954

EXTEND IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SEYCHELLES.

SHOGHI

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MARCH 16, 1954

ASSURE MAHE PIONEERS PRAYERS SUCCESS.

SHOGHI

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MARCH 21, 1954

ASSURE PRAYERS SUCCESS. ASSURE GOA PIONEERS LOVING

PRAYERS.

SHOGHI

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MARCH 26, 1954

URGE IMMEDIATE EFFORT ENSURE ARRIVAL RAHMAN CHAGOS

BEFORE RIDVAN FOR GREAT VICTORY.

SHOGHI

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MARCH 27, 1954

EXERT UTMOST DESPATCH PIONEER TIBET BHUTAN

HAINAN SOCOTRA.

SHOGHI

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MARCH 28, 1954

ASSURE REGIONAL CONVENTIONS FERVENT PRAYERS SUCCESS

DELIBERATIONS. RAHMAN MUST REMAIN SEYCHELLES

IF UNABLE PROCEED CHAGOS.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

April 1, 1954

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The beloved Guardian has directed me to write you in connection <p365> with the development of the Faith in areas where it has been introduced, but in which countries it has not developed very rapidly.

He feels that as soon as the initial impact of settling all of the virgin areas is concluded, the National Assembly should then turn their attention to the consolidation work in the countries where there have been Baha'is, but where the work has not gone ahead. He mentioned particularly: Northern Rhodesia, Zululand, Mozambique, Zanzibar, Madagascar, British Somaliland and Nyasaland.

If you are able to send pioneers to these particular countries to carry on the teaching work actively, it will bring great happiness to the beloved Guardian.

He assures you of his prayers in your behalf, and in behalf of the pioneers who might arise to carry on the consolidation work in these important countries in and about Africa.

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APRIL 13, 1954

BELOVED GUARDIAN FEELS UTMOST IMPORTANCE ALL VIRGIN

AREAS SUSCEPTIBLE BE SETTLED BEFORE END RIDVAN. 98

AREAS SETTLED. TEN OF REMAINING 18 OUTSIDE IRON

CURTAIN CAN SHOULD BE SETTLED DURING FIRST YEAR

CRUSADE GUARDIAN URGES YOU CONSIDER SETTLEMENT

FOLLOWING AREAS MOST IMPORTANT TASK NEXT THREE

WEEKS ADMIRALTY ANTICOSTI CHAGOS ARCHIPELAGO

COCOS COMORO HAINAN LOYALTY MARIANA MARSHALL

PORTUGUESE TIMOR. IN ORDER ASSURE SPIRITUAL VICTORY

GUARDIAN EXTENDING SETTLEMENT PERIOD TO END RIDVAN.

THIS EMERGENCY SHOULD BE FOLLOWED VIGOROUSLY

DAILY BY ASSEMBLY IN CONJUNCTION APPROPRIATE TEACHING COMMITTEE. CABLE. PROGRESS FULFILMENT STRATEGIC GOALS THIS CABLE SENT NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES AMERICA CANADA AUSTRALIA INDIA.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

April 24, 1954

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The beloved Guardian has directed me to write to you concerning the establishment of the Faith in Tibet.

He is hoping it will be possible for a pioneer to get into this <p366> country in the near future. lit would be a great victory for the Faith.

The Guardian suggests, that instead of trying to enter the capital of Tibet, or one of the important large cities, it would be better for our pioneer to endeavour to settle in some small city or even village, just across the border in Tibet. He thinks this would be simpler. He will appreciate word from you with regard to this important matter, which he hopes you will be able to win for the Faith, in the near future.

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APRIL 28, 1954

ASSURE DELEGATES FERVENT PRAYERS BLESSINGS DELIBERATIONS

URGE REDOUBLE EFFORTS EXPEDITE PURCHASE

TEMPLE LAND TRANSLATION LITERATURE MULTIPLICATION

CENTRES ATTAINMENT OTHER OBJECTIVES ALL

IMPORTANT PLAN.

SHOGHI

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[To All National Spiritual Assemblies]

May 3, 1954

Dear Baha'i Friends, The Guardian is very anxious to receive your reports of the results of the teaching activities during the first year of the Ten Year Crusade. He would like you to send him an up to date list of the communities in which the Baha'i Faith is established in your country, divided between isolated Baha'is, Groups and Assemblies. A second statement should be submitted showing the same information with regard to the territories of the Ten Year Crusade which are under your jurisdiction, whether they be virgin areas or consolidation areas.

To illustrate what I mean, for the United States the Guardian would like information as to the centres in the United States. In the second statement he would like the same information for the consolidation areas under their jurisdiction, such as the Ten Goal Countries of Europe, France, etc. Also from the United States Assembly, a statement showing the same information for the virgin areas which it has been their responsibility to open.

The Guardian would appreciate your sending this information just as quickly as possible, in order to permit me to consolidate the matter for him... <p367>

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MAY 4, 1954

URGE NEW ASSEMBLY UNITEDLY DETERMINEDLY ARISE

EXPEDITE PURCHASE TEMPLE LAND FULFIL OTHER OBJECTIVES

PLAN. PRAYING FERVENTLY.

SHOGHI

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May 27, 1954

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your loving letter of May 17th has come to hand, with regard to the question of Haziratu'l-Quds for future National Assemblies, and my letter of May 6th, instructing that there be no diversion of activities - from the objectives of the Ten Year Crusade.

No confusion is intended between my letter of March 1st which deals with the purchase of Haziratu'l-Quds for future National Assemblies, and my letter of May 6th, dealing with the question of local Haziratu'l-Quds.

The Guardian feels it is satisfactory now for the various National Communities to begin fulfilling the obligations of the Ten Year Crusade, and that where National Assemblies are to be formed during the Crusade, steps may be taken now to procure the future Haziratu'l-Quds. Until the National Assembly is formed, the Haziratu'l-Quds will serve as the Haziratu'l-Quds for the Local Assembly. As for instance, has been done in Kampala. The future Haziratu'l-Quds of the National Assembly has been purchased-and until the National Assembly is formed, it will serve the Local Assembly.

On the other hand, the Guardian is quite insistent that no new tasks be undertaken; but that all our energies be concentrated on the goals of the Crusade-and this certainly refers to the purchase of local Haziratu'l-Quds, etc. In other words, no local Haziratu'l-Quds may be purchased or established.

The Guardian is pleased to learn that the Haziratu'l-Quds in Rangoon and Karachi are suitable for the future National Assemblies for Burma and Pakistan. He assumes you will see that proper repairs are made to the building in Rangoon...

P.S. I presume it is clear, that the Haziratu'l-Quds to be procured in Djakarta, as well as Ceylon and Singapore, are not local Haziratu'l-Quds <p368> but are Haziratu'l-Quds for the future National Assembly to be established, whose national headquarters will be in those cities.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

May 28, 1954

Dear Baha'i Friend:

The beloved Guardian was very happy to learn of the efforts being made to establish Mr R. Baram in Tibet. Your letter indicates the very thorough and efficient manner in which you and Mr Baram have undertaken his entry into Tibet. The Guardian is hoping you will be very successful in your efforts, which should be very actively continued.

He will pray that every obstacle will be removed from your path, so that you may achieve complete victory.

The Guardian attaches the utmost importance to the settlement of Tibet, and therefore feels that you should not limit your activities, due to financial reasons. In other words, if there is any question about funds to be furnished by the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States, then your National Spiritual Assembly should advance the funds, and I will, on behalf of the Guardian, straighten the matter out.

[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

June 8, 1954

Dear Baha'i Friends:

The beloved Guardian has been greatly pleased with the achievements of the friends throughout the world during the first year of the Ten Year Crusade. Victories were won in all parts of the world, and on many fronts. The Faith was established in 101 countries of the world, bringing the light of guidance to 229 countries and islands.

We now enter the second phase of the Ten Year Crusade. The Guardian's message to the Conventions has outlined the goals to be achieved during this second phase.

One of the important items was the purchase of Haziratu'l-Quds for future National Spiritual Assemblies. The Guardian feels that immediate steps should be taken to fulfil a part of this project. In all, there are 49 Haziratu'l-Quds to be purchased-4 already are <p369> owned. The Guardian feels that during the second year of the Crusade, 17 additional Haziratu'l-Quds should be purchased. These should not be elaborate structures, but modest houses which can serve at the present time as local Haziratu'l-Quds, but which will be converted into National Haziratu'l-Quds as soon as the National Assemblies are formed.

Of the countries requiring Haziratu'l-Quds assigned to the National Spiritual Assembly of India, Pakistan and Burma, the beloved Guardian feels that steps should be taken immediately to purchase the Haziratu'l-Quds in the following countries: Colombo, Ceylon, Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Guardian feels you should, if you have not done so, include in your budget for the current year an item to cover the purchase of these two Haziratu'l-Quds.

The Guardian calls attention to the fact that the Haziratu'l-Quds cannot be a rented place. It must be a property owned by the Baha'i Community. It need not be an elaborate structure, but a small modest house will suffice: Until such time as the National Assembly is formed and incorporated, it can be held in the name of the local Assembly, if it is incorporated, and if not, in the name of an individual.

The Guardian will appreciate advice from you as quickly as possible of the steps being taken to fulfil this important task of the second phase of the Ten Year Plan. He feels both of these properties should be purchased during the current year.

P.S. The Guardian requests that you inform all the friends that their most important duty at the present time is the fulfilment of the tasks of the Ten Year Crusade. This calls for the sacrifice of local activities in order that the national and international development of the Faith may go forward uninterruptedly. No local institutions should be started. The National Assembly should see that money is not spent on local centres at this time, and the friends should k encouraged to concentrate on the national and international activities of the Faith. <p370>

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly

June 11, 1954

Dear Baha'i friends,

Your loving letters of May 28th and 31st, with regard to the translation of a Baha'i pamphlet into Pali, and the publication of the same pamphlet into Punjabi, have been received. This is excellent news, and will bring great happiness to our beloved Guardian.

He feels that during the second year of the Ten Year Crusade, great progress should be made in the translation and publication of Baha'i literature, and he is therefore very happy to learn of the completion of these two tasks.

As soon as the pamphlet is printed in Pali, will you please send me a copy Air Mail for the Guardian?

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JULY 5, 1954

GUARDIAN ASSURES BHUTAN PIONEERS ARDENT PRAYERS

SURROUNDING THEM. LOVING GREETINGS.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

July 11, 1954

Dear Baha'i Co workers,

Your loving letter of June 28th has been received and its contents presented to the beloved Guardian.

He is greatly delighted to learn of the translation now being carried out by your Assembly through Mr. M. S. Mihaeloff, of Bradford, England. The Guardian wishes you to convey his deep appreciation to Mr Mihaeloff for the historic and outstanding work he is doing in connection with these translations.

Your plan of teaching in various countries by means of the pamphlet translated into Georgian is highly meritorious.

Our records have been corrected to show the names and ages of the children who are pioneering in Pondicherry.

With regard to the details of the Temple site, your original letter of May 28th was held by me awaiting the receipt of the map, which you said was being sent under separate cover. As soon as the map <p371> arrived the entire subject was presented to our beloved Guardian.

You may be interested to know that those of us here at the World Centre are doing everything we can to save the time and the labours of our beloved Guardian. When anything is presented to him, he wishes it presented fully and completely, so that he may make a decision, and then the matter be closed. He does not wish to read a letter, and then find an important map, which is necessary to complete the information, is not available. On the other hand, he does not wish a partial report of anything; he wishes a final report, so that the matter can come to him and be decided.

Thus you will understand why I did not present to the Guardian your letter of May 28th until the map and full data was available.

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

July 11, 1954

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The beloved Guardian was greatly pleased to receive information concerning the settlement of pioneers in Bhutan.

He sincerely hopes they will be able to remain permanently in Bhutan, so that the Cause might become firmly established there, and in turn they become the spiritual conquerors of that important country.

The Guardian asks that you assure them of his prayers in their behalf. The Guardian likewise wishes you to assure the pioneers to Socotra of his prayers. He hopes the obstacle may be removed, so that they may be able to establish the faith firmly in Socotra in due course.

In the meantime he understands the pioneers are remaining in Mokalla, Hadhramut...

The beloved Guardian appreciates the manner in which your Assembly is carrying forward the work of the Ten Year Crusade in the teaching field and the translation field and he hopes during the next year, in the development of the Faith throughout India, Pakistan and Burma, where the goal is the establishment of more Assemblies, more Groups and more isolated Centres. <p372>

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July 22, 1954

Dear Baha'i co-workers,

Your loving letter of May 28th, giving the details concerning the land which you propose to purchase for the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar near New Delhi has been presented to our beloved Guardian, together with the maps which you later sent, showing its location.

The beloved Guardian approves the purchase of the particular piece of land which you have in mind.

He feels there is no longer any necessity for you to send in further reports concerning the matter, but that you should proceed with its purchase at the earliest possible moment. In other words, the next report which he receives from you concerning this important matter he hopes will convey the good news that the land has been purchased.

He sends you his loving greetings, and assures you of his prayers in your behalf.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

July 23, 1954

Dear Baha'i friends,

Referring to your letter of June 26th, advising that one of the Iranian friends from Poona wishes to pioneer in Central America, the beloved Guardian feels that no Baha'is from India should pioneer in the Western Hemisphere. He feels that the responsibilities of the Indian Baha'is are very heavy, and he does not wish any pioneers to go from India to settle in any western countries, whether the pioneer be a Persian or an Indian.

There has been no change in the Guardian's instructions with regard to Iranian believers going to the Americas; and this matter should be handled directly by the National Assembly, without referring the instances to the Guardian.

The Guardian sends you his loving greetings. <p373>

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly]

August 8 1954

Dear Baha'i Co workers,

Referring to your loving letter of July 15th, file 680/77, in which you inform me that one of the dear friends of Kashmir wishes to offer a beautiful chandelier for one of the Shrines, the beloved Guardian greatly values the spirit of devotion which animates this dear brother, and he wishes you to convey to him his personal and warm appreciation.

He feels, however, that we have a sufficient number of chandeliers in the Shrines at the present time; and that therefore the Cause would be better served if this friend sold the chandelier and contributed the proceeds to one of the Baha'i funds, for the carrying out of the Ten Year Crusade. In other words, the Shrines are well taken care of now with suitable illumination.

What is needed more than anything else now is financial assistance for the various activities etc. of the Crusade, and if our dear friend sold the chandelier and contributed the money toward the funds, it would be highly meritorious.

Please inform this dear friend of the Guardian's assurance of his prayers in his behalf, and of his loving greetings.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

August 15,1954

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Will you please refer to my letter of July 22nd, with regard to the purchase of land for the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar near New Delhi.

The beloved Guardian is very anxious that this land be purchased as quickly as possible; and therefore would welcome, advice from you at an early date that you have been able to conclude arrangements to own the property for this very important project of the Ten Year Crusade.

=================== <p374>

[To Mr K.H. Irani]

August 15, 1954

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of August 9th, has just come to hand, giving the joyous news of the confirmation of additional Baha'is in Zanzibar.

The Guardian has been overjoyed on learning of the victories which your noble efforts are now achieving in that important centre...

The purpose of a pioneer going to Zanzibar is to teach the cause, and you apparently have been eminently successful in this work, having already confirmed three new believers...

He therefore hopes that every obstacle may be removed from your path, so that you may be able to establish the Faith even more strongly in that important country...

He sends you his loving greetings.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

September 25, 1954

Dearly Beloved Co workers

On behalf of the beloved Guardian, I cabled you today, as follows:

"BELOVED GUARDIAN HIGHLY PLEASED, DEEPLY

GRATEFUL SACRIFICIAL EFFORTS ASSEMBLY, FRIENDS, GLORIOUS VICTORY PURCHASE TEMPLE LAND"

It is needless to comment on how highly pleased the beloved Guardian was, to receive this glorious news. He has attached the utmost importance to this goal of the Ten Year Crusade. It is fitting that it should come during the second year of the Crusade, marking anew achievement of the Indian Friends, and distinguishing the opening of the second phase of the Crusade. May you be confirmed and guided in your efforts to continue in the path of service so as to ever win new victories for the Faith, and raise its banner ever higher in the fertile country of India and Pakistan.

The Guardian feels your Assembly should now consider the feasibility of purchasing sites for the Haziratu'l-Quds in Jakarta, and Colombo, which in time will become the administrative centres of the National Assemblies to be established in those countries. The purchase <p375> now of those sites, would hasten the advent of the glorious day when the National Assemblies can be formed; which, of course, are further responsibilities as well as goals of the Indian Assembly.

These buildings should be located in the cities of Colombo and Jakarta. They need not be formidable structures, nor with large surrounding grounds; just something simple. They cannot be rented places, but must be a centre owned by the Baha'is exclusively.

The beloved Guardian assures you of his prayers in your behalf; that every obstacle may be removed from your path, and you be enabled to both spread the Glad Tidings throughout India and Pakistan, as well as the areas placed under your jurisdiction; but also to establish its institutions on a broad and lasting basis.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

October 4, 1954

Dear Baha'i Friends,

It has come to my attention that our dear Baha'i brother Khodadad H. Irani serving in Zanzibar, has been able to confirm some three or four souls in the Faith.

The Guardian feels it is of the utmost importance that a strong Assembly be established in that city and country, and has therefore urged Mr Irani to remain in Zanzibar, although he has many difficulties in doing so... The Guardian feels there is nothing more important than the teaching work of the Cause; and therefore urges your Assembly to handle all teaching matters very promptly indeed. in the case of new Baha'is in new territories, the Guardian feels that any applications which are made for membership should be handled promptly; and if accepted by the Assembly, advice should be given at once to the individual or to the pioneer, with a warm expression of welcome into the Baha'i fold.

As I wrote you previously, the beloved Guardian wishes Mr Irani to stay in Zanzibar...

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

October 6, 1954

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your loving letter of September 24th has just come to hand, giving the glorious news of the purchase of the Temple land for India, in New Delhi. This is a great victory for the Faith, and should mark anew step in the spiritual unfoldment of the Faith in that vast continent.

As each new goal of the Ten Year Crusade is achieved, it releases more divine power, and raises the standard and extent of service of all the friends.

The Guardian feels sure that if all of the believers in India, Pakistan and Burma will arise with renewed effort, they will be surprised at the great number of people they will bring to the Cause. The spirit of the day is for the teaching of the Faith, and every effort which is put forth in this field will surely yield an abundant harvest.

The beloved Guardian is greatly delighted now that the Baha'is own the site for the future Temple in India. He is deeply grateful to your Assembly and to all of the friends who took such an active part in this most important undertaking.

He assures you of his prayers in your behalf, and sends you his loving greetings.

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[To Mr Khodadad Irani]

December 6, 1954

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The contents of your letter of recent date was submitted to our beloved Guardian. He was delighted to learn of the progress of the Faith in Zanzibar, and of the additional individuals who are being confirmed in the Faith.

The Guardian is very happy indeed that you feel sure there will be an Assembly in Zanzibar by the coming Ridvan.

There is no objection whatsoever to anyone declaring themselves a Baha'i, regardless of their age. Therefore the African youth who wishes to become a Baha'i should be permitted to do so, by all means.

However, he cannot vote in elections etc. until he becomes 21 years of age, as the age for voting in Baha'i elections is 21. However the age <p377> of spiritual maturity of an individual is 15; and therefore any youth of 18 should surely be permitted to declare his faith in Baha'u'llah.

The Guardian approves of the desire of Mr Mohamed Ahmad to pioneer in the Belgian Congo if he can arrange the necessary entry there.

The Guardian not only approves, but will be appreciative of the settlement of Pemba by our dear brother, Mr John C. Granville. Such a service on his part will further enrich the great services rendered by his remarkable father and himself.

The Guardian assures you and all of the friends of his loving appreciation of their devoted services. He assures all of you of his prayers in your behalf, particularly Mr Granville and Mr Ahmad, who are planning to further extend the victories of the Faith.

 

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DECEMBER 12, 1954

DELAY PURCHASE HAZIRAS COLOMBO JAKARTA HARMFUL

FAITH ANXIOUS NEWS.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

December 13, 1954

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The beloved Guardian has instructed me to write in connection with the purchase of a national Haziratu'l-Quds in Jakarta and one in Colombo, for the National Spiritual Assemblies which are to be created during the Ten Year Crusade.

You will recall that the goal set by the Guardian for the second year of the Crusade contemplated the purchase of the Haziratu'l-Quds in these two localities during the present Baha'i year.

The beloved Guardian asks that your Assembly take this matter very actively in hand. He hopes you will be able to send him through me word shortly of progress which has been achieved in connection with this important goal.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

December 31, 1954

Dear Baha'i Friends, The beloved Guardian has been following with great interest the activities of the Assembly and the believers in India, in connection with the Ten Year Crusade.

He urges your Assembly and all the believers to redouble, or even treble their efforts, so that they may gain great victories at this time, when the divine confirmations are descending in such torrents.

He feels the confirmations of the spirit are descending now to such a degree that every single effort will be rewarded with the greatest results.

He hopes to have reports from your Assembly in the near future of the wide dispersion of the believers; of an increase in the number of centres and of an increase in the number of Assemblies.

He noted from your report sent recently that actually the numb bar of Baha'i Assemblies and Centres in India has decreased rather than increased, which was a source of concern to him.

The Guardian wishes it explicitly understood that no funds must be used for any project outside of the immediate goals of the Ten Year Crusade. He wishes you to notify the Local Assemblies and Groups that they must not spend money for local projects of any type, or for any Baha'i institution or service which does not come directly under the goals of the Ten Year Crusade. Even the projects of the Crusade should be handled just as economically as possible.

For instance, he noted quite a considerable budget set up for the Panchgani School, to provide an eating-place for the students. He was wondering why any structure was necessary for this purpose, inasmuch as the students have been eating up to this time.

Thus you will see that no expansion of present facilities sham be undertaken unless it is absolutely vital, and then such expansion must be on the most economic basis.

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1955

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

January 5, 1955

Dear Baha'i Brother, Your letter of December 19th has been received, and its contents were presented to the beloved Guardian.

As his cables point out, the Guardian attaches the utmost importance to the projects of purchasing Haziratu'l-Quds in Jakarta and Colombo; and he sincerely hopes your Assembly will be able to win these victories by Ridvan, 1955.

The Cause is moving ahead on all fronts, which indicates that divine confirmations are descending on those who arise to serve and work for the goals of the Crusade. Thus he feels sure if your Assembly redouble their efforts in this connection, they will be able to achieve great victories.

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JANUARY 27, 1955

EAGERLY AWAITING CONCLUSION PURCHASE COLOMBO

JAKARTA CONSTRUCTION RANGOON HAZIRAS CABLE

NEWS CONCERNED DELAY.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

February 10, 1955

Dear Baha'i Friends, Your loving letter of January 22nd, was presented to the beloved Guardian, and he has directed me to answer on his behalf.

The Guardian feels it would be unwise at this time to attempt to secure legal recognition for the Faith in Ruanda-Urundi or the Belgian Congo. He feels the friends should intensify their teaching efforts along the lines they have, employed thus far, and which have produced such fine results.

In a letter received today from Mr and Mrs. Collison, they point out that they have found there is no objection on the part of the Authorities in Ruanda-Urundi to the Faith, and therefore, they would now seem to feel that legal recognition is not necessary.

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To The National Spiritual Assembly]

February 12, 1955

Dear Baha'i Brothers and Sisters,

The beloved Guardian has directed me to inform you that he has just received cable advice from the American National Assembly that the Haziratu'l-Quds has been purchased, in Suva, Fiji Islands. This is another victory for the Faith, which has given the Guardian great pleasure.

I have presented to him the. information contained in your letter of February 4th, and the attached copies of correspondence with regard to the Haziratu'l-Quds for Jakarta and Colombo. He is very anxious that these two projects be concluded at an early date and he hopes your strenuous handling with the Spiritual Assembly of Jakarta, and Mr Amreliwala's visit to Colombo, will bring about the desired results and achieve these most important goals.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

February 20, 1955

Dear Baha'i Co workers,

The beloved Guardian would appreciate your advising, just as quickly as possible, what the present status is of the translation of Baha'i literature into the following languages, which be understood your Assembly had undertaken quite some time ago:

Shahs

Karin

Kachin

Malay

If this work is not well underway, the Guardian would urge you to arrange for suitable translation into these languages, and their publication.

The Guardian sends you his loving greetings.

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[To Mr K.H. Irani]

February 22, 1955

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The beloved Guardian was more than delighted when I gave him the information contained in your recent letters, telling of the very rapid expansion of the Faith in Zanzibar, at the present time.

The Guardian asks that you convey to each of the new Baha'is his loving greetings, and express to them a warm welcome into the Baha'i Faith. He sincerely hopes each and every one of them will be guided and confirmed in their service. They should of course continue their studies of the divine teachings, so that they may be able to share them effectively with others.

There is one thought which I might share with you; and that is that every individual should be encouraged to very carefully study the teachings before they become Baha'is, so that they may not only understand the teachings but their implications, and come to the point where they wish to become active supporters of the Cause of God.

The Guardian sends you his loving greetings.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

February 23, 11955

Dear Baha'i Friends,

I cabled you on February 14th as follows:

"GUARDIAN APPROVES HAZIRA DJAKARTA EVEN

THOUGH TENANT CANNOT MOVE NOW ALSO FIFTY

THOUSAND RUPEES SUFFICIENT COLOMBO URGES

PROMPT CONCLUSION BOTH PURCHASES."

The Guardian agrees with you that the Haziratu'l-Quds at Jakarta should be purchased, even if the tenant in the building will not release it at the present time. The important thing is that we procure the Haziratu'l-Quds at once.

The Guardian likewise approves your thought that no more than 50, 000 rupees should be spent for the Haziratu'l-Quds in Colombo.

The question of these Haziratu'l-Quds has run along for sometime. The Guardian is very anxious indeed that this land be purchased at the earliest possible date. He feels that the Cause will be hurt if the transactions are not concluded promptly.

He asks that your Assembly treat this as a special item of great importance. Please cable as soon as either transaction is concluded.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

February 27, 1955

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letter of February 17th, attaching copies of the pamphlet "Baha'i Faith, A Faith For Unity", printed in the Indonesian language, was duly received and presented to the beloved Guardian.

He is greatly delighted with this pamphlet, and expresses to you and the members of the Assembly his deep appreciation of their loving services in connection with the translation and publication of Baha'i literature.

P.S. The Guardian wishes your Assembly to thank on his behalf any of the Friends in Indo China who assisted in this work.

 

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

March 1, 1955

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The contents of your letter of February 8th, file 2232/77 was presented to the beloved Guardian.

According to the Guardian's record, Perm is a language which has been assigned to the Indian National Spiritual Assembly.

The Guardian feels it will be satisfactory for you to select one of the Perm dialects and translate the literature into that one dialect, rather than the two dialects.

He would appreciate information from your Assembly as to which dialect you finally choose.

The Guardian sends you his loving greetings.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

March 1, 1955

Dear Baha'i Co workers,

The contents of your letter of February 8th, file 223 1/77 with regard to the National Haziratu'l-Quds, was presented to the beloved Guardian.

He feels it is proper for you to pursue this matter, in order to secure the return of the property to your Body. He feels it will be satisfactory to handle the matter in a legal way, if you find that necessary.

The Guardian will pray for the success of your efforts in this matter.

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MARCH 20, 1955

SUPPLICATING SHRINES SUCCESS FRIENDS INDIA PAKISTAN

BURMA URGE REDOUBLE EFFORTS ATTAINMENT GOALS.

SHOGHI

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MARCH 25, 1955

BELOVED GUARDIAN DEEPLY APPRECIATIVE JOYOUS

NAWRUZ GREETINGS. HE SENDS LOVING GREETINGS

ASSURES PRAYERS.

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APRIL 15, 1955

BELOVED GUARDIAN ASSURES PIONEER UDAYNARAIN DEEP

APPRECIATION FERVENT PRAYERS. THOUGH TASK DIFFICULT

GUARDIAN URGES PERSEVERANCE. SENDS LOVING

GREETINGS.

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APRIL 20, 1955

FERVENTLY SUPPLICATING BLESSINGS ASSEMBLIES URGE

INDIVIDUALS REDEDICATE THEMSELVES CONCENTRATE

ENERGIES ATTAINMENT GOALS PLAN.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 26, 1955

CABLE IMMEDIATELY NAMES NEW ASSEMBLIES INDIA PAKISTAN

BURMA.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 29, 1955

URGE DELEGATES ROUSE ALL COMMUNITIES CONCENTRATE

OBJECTIVES PLAN PARTICULARLY INTENSIFICATION

TEACHING ACTIVITIES DISPERSAL MULTIPLICATION CENTRES

ASSEMBLIES HOMEFRONT CONSOLIDATION CENTRES

ALLOTTED NEWLY OPENED TERRITORIES. NEGLECT SACRED

DUTIES HARMFUL INTERESTS FAITH IMMEDIATE SUSTAINED

RESPONSE ESSENTIAL

SHOGHI

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APRIL 30, 1955

HEAVY VAST SACRED RESPONSIBILITIES RESTS NEW ASSEMBLY

PRAYING BEFITTING DISCHARGE.

SHOGHI

=================== <p385>

[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

May 15, 1955

Dear Baha'i Friends, Your loving letter of May 5th, has just been received, giving the wonderful news of the purchase of the Haziratu'l-Quds in Ceylon.

The Guardian had received this information by cable and was greatly delighted. The pictures indicate a very attractive building, and one which should be a great asset to the Cause.

The Guardian was likewise pleased to learn that the purchase of the Haziratu'l-Quds in Jakarta may be finalized at any time.

The Guardian greatly appreciates the services of the friends in Ceylon and Jakarta, as well as the members of the Indian National Assembly. These are two very important victories for the Faith, and he wishes you to know how much he appreciates their being accomplished.

I have submitted to the Guardian that part of your letter which deals with amendment to the By laws for the purpose of publishing and publicity as a necessary preliminary action to the establishment of the Publishing Trust.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

May 22, 1955

Dearly Beloved Brother,

Your letter of May 12th came duly to hand, likewise your other communications which deal with the terrible persecutions of our Baha'i co-workers in Persia.

The beloved Guardian is greatly distressed over this serious attack in the Cradle of the Faith.

You no doubt have received cables from the American National Spiritual Assembly of the plans which have been worked out for the friends to take in order to assist in overcoming the negative forces at work in Persia. Of course all the friends are urged to pray continuously that the sufferings may be alleviated, the difficulties overcome, and out of the turmoil, new victories be won for the Faith.

This is the hour when the friends everywhere must redouble their efforts, because the minds of the people are now centred on these persecutions in Persia through the press and the radio notices of <p386> what has been done. If the Faith should spread rapidly in all countries, then the suffering of the Persian Baha'is at this time will not be in vain.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

June 10, 1955

Dear Baha'i Co workers,

The report which you have sent of the activities during May in connection with the winning of the goals of the Ten Year Crusade is very deeply appreciated. In a very concise and brief manner you have given all the information concerning the progress of the Ten Year Crusade. The Guardian was very appreciative of the concise manner in which the information was presented to him.

The Guardian assures each and every one of you of his prayers in your behalf. He sincere hopes that all of the friends will treble their efforts so as to offset the apparent hart which has been done the Cause by the completely unwarranted persecutions in Persia. The Guardian feels sure that ultimately these persecutions will redound favourably to the Faith; and be the means of not only spreading but assisting the Faith in the establishment of the institutions of the Cause in Iran.

At this particular hour when our Persian brothers are suffering, it is for the rest of the world to arise and carry the torch of the Cause higher, winning new victories on all fronts.

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Mr. A. C. Josh Mr. Isphandiar Bakhtiari Mr. S. Hishmatullah Koreshi

August 7, 1955

Dear Baha'i Friends:

The beloved Guardian has received your letter of July 3rd, and has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He was indeed happy to learn that you, together with Mr. Abdur Rahman Chowdhry, representing the Public Relations Committee of the Baha'is of All-Pakistan, are endeavouring to secure formal recognition for the Baha'is of Pakistan as a non Muslim Minority Community in that country.

He urges you to exercise the greatest wisdom in this undertaking <p387> and not to become discouraged, but to persevere until you have achieved your goal. This is a highly meritorious service you are rendering the Faith; and he assures you he will ardently supplicate that your efforts may be crowned with complete success.

He will also remember in his loving prayers the Baha'is of All-Pakistan.

May the Beloved bless your highly meritorious efforts, guide your steps, and graciously assist you to lend a tremendous impetus to the spread and consolidation of our glorious Faith. Your true brother,

Shoghi

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

September 2, 1955

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of August 24th has come duly to hand, telling of the outstanding work which your Assembly is doing in connection with the terrible persecutions of the Baha'is in Persia.

Needless to say, the Guardian has been extremely distressed during this entire period, and has done everything possible to alleviate their sufferings.

From word that we have received, it appears the appeals made by the followers over the world, and specially the appeals made by such countries as India, the United States, England etc. have had great effect in causing the Government of Persia to restrain the prejudiced, bigoted mullahs, and the fanatical people. Our appeal to the United Nations has had great effect.

So far we have not received reports of any serious difficulties during the month of Muharram; and now that the first 10 days have passed, it appears the friends in Persia may be spared from physical persecution.

We have received word however that instructions have been issued that all Government employees who arc Baha'is should be dismissed; which of course will entail untold economic difficulty.

I am sure the Guardian will be greatly appreciative of the photograph of the Intercontinental Conference held in New Delhi, when it is received.

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[To Mr Khodadad H. Irani]

September 2, 1955

Dear Baha'i Brother, The beloved Guardian has instructed me to write you in connexion with your loving letter of July 27th, telling of the difficulties being experienced by the friends in Zanzibar, and their determination to serve the Faith under all circumstances...

The Guardian assures each and every one of the friends of his prayers for their guidance and confirmation. He admires their devotion to the Faith, and greatly values their consecration to its divine principles.

The Guardian was happy to learn through a cable from the Indian National Spiritual Assembly that a pioneer had left for Pemba. He assures this dear friend of his prayers in his behalf.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

September 23, 1955

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of September 15th, together with photographs of the Spiritual Assemblies at Jakarta and Kuching; Certificate of Registration of the Gwalior Assembly; and photos of the Haziratu'l-Quds at Jakarta, has been received by the beloved Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

The beloved Guardian was greatly pleased to receive these photographs and Certificate of Registration. It is his plan to have all of them framed, and placed in the Mansion at Bahji.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

October 25, 1955

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of September 16th was received and submitted to the beloved Guardian. <p389>

The beloved Guardian has indicated that we cannot compromise in any way in connection with political matters, and that it is impossible for a Baha'i to be active in politics.

He therefore instructs that if does not give up all political activities of every type, he must be deprived of his voting rights entirely.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

October 25, 1955

Dearly Beloved Co workers,

Your loving letter of September 28th came duly to hand, and was submitted to our beloved Guardian.

The beloved Guardian advises that the piece of land in Karachi which was the gift of Mr and Mrs. Bakhtiari some years ago, can be considered as the endowment for Karachi. It is not necessary to buy an additional piece of land; and the One Thousand Dollars already donated by Mrs. Collins will be utilized under the Guardian's directions for some other purpose.

The beloved Guardian greatly values the manner in which the National Assembly is undertaking the activities of the Ten Year Crusade.

He sends you his loving greetings.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

November 30, 1955

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of September 19th, File 2011/77 was presented to the beloved Guardian.

He greatly values the spirit of devotion of all the friends in India, Pakistan and Burma. The contributions which they have made for the Shrine of the Bab and for the International Fund are highly valued; and will be used for the development of the Faith here at the World Centre.

Under separate cover I am sending you receipts for these contributions, which the Guardian asks that you send to each one, with his appreciation.

=================== <p390>

DECEMBER 12, 1955

TOUCHED MESSAGE ATTAINMENT GOALS PLAN SACRED

IMMEDIATE TASK PRAYING SUCCESS.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

December 15, 1955

Dearly Beloved Friends,

The beloved Guardian has directed me to communicate with you to secure the latest word concerning incorporations of Spiritual Assemblies in India, Pakistan and Burma.

The Guardian notes that notwithstanding three years of the Ten Year Crusade have already passed, there have been no increases in the number of Assemblies incorporated in Pakistan; in India there has been only one new Assembly incorporated; and in Burma, none.

The Guardian sincerely hopes your Assembly will take this matter actively in hand; so that a great many more Assemblies will become incorporated in India, Pakistan and Burma before the coming Ridvan.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

December 15, 1955

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The beloved Guardian has asked me to write you in connection with Baha'i literature translated into the language "Shah".

While this was one of the languages into which literature was to be translated, before the opening of the Crusade, he notes that nothing has yet been done in connection with the translation into that language.

Will you please advise me for the Guardian just what the status is, and if it is not possible to have a translation prepared now.

=================== <p391>

[To The National Spiritual Assembly of India, Pakistan, Burma and the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Australia and New Zealand]

December 15, 1955

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The beloved Guardian has directed me to write you in connection with the translation of Baha'i literature into new languages, as called for by the Ten Year Crusade.

A total of 40 languages was assigned to the Australian and Indian National Spiritual Assemblies. Of these, literature has been translated into 24, leaving 16 into which literature has not yet been translated.

The Guardian feels that a very fine record has been established in the translation of literature into the 24 languages, and that your Assemblies may well be proud of the work they have accomplished.

However he does feel it is of the utmost importance to complete this goal of the Ten Year Crusade just as quickly as possible; and he there, fore would ask that your Assemblies undertake the translation of at least a small pamphlet into the remaining languages at the earliest possible date. He will appreciate your writing me for him just what the status is, and how soon you feel work can be started on these remaining languages.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

December 16, 1955

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The beloved Guardian has instructed me to write you in connexion with the purchase of two endowments for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India, Pakistan and Burma.

As you know, the Hand of the Cause, Mrs. Amelia E. Collins, has contributed One Thousand Dollars for the purchase of each of these endowments.

The Guardian feels that two small pieces of land, costing about One Thousand American Dollars each, is sufficient to accomplish these two goals of the Ten Year Crusade. He hopes therefore, your Assembly will proceed at once to purchase a small piece of land in Ceylon and also one in Burma.

=================== <p392>

[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

December 26, 1955

The most important thing we know from the Teachings is to serve. In carrying out the Plans of God we are strengthened, blessed and purified; we attract the loving attention of Baha'u'llah; Our efforts are confirmed; and we are enabled through His power to achieve great victories for His Faith.

He urges you, one and all, as one soul in many bodies, to consecrate yourselves to fulfilling the objectives of the Ten Year Plan. He feels sure that when the proper unity and dedication prevail in the National Body, it will be sensed by the mass of the believers, and react upon their efforts. As 'Abdu'l-Baha said, nothing is impossible if we have faith; and this must always be the standard for all the Baha'is. As we have faith, so are our powers and our blessings.

He assures you he will pray ardently in the Holy Shrines that your efforts may be blessed, and that God may protect you as you serve His Faith.

May the Almighty enable you to lend a fresh and unprecedented impetus to the onward march of the Faith, revive the spirit of the supporters, enlarge its limits, multiply its local institutions, consolidate its foundations, safeguard its rights, spread abroad its fame, and aid its followers to discharge befittingly their responsibilities, and concentrate on the attainment of the objectives of the Ten Year Plan, on which the immediate destiny of the entire community depends. Your true brother,

Shoghi

=================== <p393>

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1956

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

January 27, 1956

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your loving letter of December 23rd, No. 3 199/77, was presented to the beloved Guardian, and he has directed me to respond to it on his behalf. There are no restrictions of age for service on any administrative institution of the Faith, except that no one may be elected until he is 21 years of age. Thus it would be improper to set an age limit of 70 years for any service. If a person is physically unable to serve, that is something different-and instructions might be issued in such cases, that the person is not eligible for election. However, no general rule can be made or promulgated-each situation must be handled by the National Assembly on its merits.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly

January 28, 1956

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your loving letter of December 23rd, File 3 190/77, was presented to the beloved Guardian, and he asked me to respond to it as follows: The Guardian approves of both your plans to intercede on behalf of our dear Persian Friends. He feels it would be desirable for you to contact the Shah of Iran, if possible, during his visit to India; likewise, he feels it also desirable that you wait upon the President and Prime Minister, and seek their aid on behalf of the persecuted innocent Baha'is of Persia. Either or both of your plans are approved, dependent on what you are able to work out.

The Guardian will pray for the success of your efforts. He hopes the Friends may be completely emancipated; that the Faith will be officially recognized, and that all Baha'i Haziratu'l-Quds will soon be returned to the Baha'is.

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

JANUARY 29, 1956

ASSURE ATTENDANTS PAKISTAN CONFERENCE ARDENT

PRAYERS GREAT VICTORIES UNPRECEDENTED BLESSINGS.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

January 31, 1956

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your loving letter of December 20th was presented to our beloved Guardian, and he has directed me to respond on his behalf.

It is permissible for Local Assemblies to correspond freely with other Local Assemblies concerning items of mutual interest, such as teaching, publicity, etc. In fact, correspondence may be of assistance, if it is of an encouraging nature. Of course, it is not permissible for local Assemblies to correspond about matters of national import, as these should be handled by the National Assembly...

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

February 3, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of January 10th, File 3460/77, was presented to the beloved guardian.

He called attention to the fact that parts of the Christian Bible have been translated into Abor Miri. In a publication which they issued, they show the languages into which the Bible, or parts of it, have been translated and the first language named is Abor Miri. They give an example of the writing in each instance.

In view of this you may wish to have this matter studied further, particularly by Mr Mihaeloff, who can contact the Bible Institute in London, who have issued this book. It is entitled, "The Gospel in Many Tongues", and is published by the British and Foreign Bible Society, Care The Bible House, 146 Queen Victoria St., London, E.G. 4...

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

March 10, 1956

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The beloved Guardian has been reviewing the progress of the teaching work particularly in the goal areas of the Ten Year Crusade.

Tremendous progress has been achieved. If the few remaining virgin goals of the Ten Year Crusade could be promptly settled; and those which were settled and again became virgin areas, could again be settled, it would be a great victory at this time.

The virgin areas coming under the jurisdiction of the Indian National Spiritual Assembly are Chagos Archipelago, and Nicobar Island. Cocos has again become virgin, and he hopes you will be able to send another pioneer into that area. Likewise he feels it important that Andaman be reinforced.

=================== <p396>

[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

April 1, 1956

Dear Baha'i Co workers,

Your loving letter of March 20th, file No. 4507/77, attaching lists of certain properties purchased during the Ten Year Crusade, has come duly to hand. The information sent is greatly appreciated, and enabled me to give the Guardian, briefed data concerning these important matters.

The Guardian is anxious to have full information concerning our properties, and therefore, when sending the information asked for in my letter of March 25th, if you will add data concerning dates of purchase, or gift, and the land areas of the Haziratu'l-Quds, it will be deeply appreciated.

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[To an individual Baha'i

April 9, 1956

Teaching Moslems the Faith requires to a great degree a knowledge of the Qur'an, so that you can bring them proofs from their own texts. If you have not mastered this yet, he suggests that you do so with the help of some of the Baha'is from the Islamic background.

In this way you will attract the well-educated Moslems, and they will be deeply appreciative that an American should know so much about their religion.

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APRIL 24, 1956

ASSURE FRIENDS INDIA PAKISTAN BURMA LOVING APPRECIATION

REMEMBRANCE SHRINES REJOICE EVIDENCES

PROGRESS URGE REDOUBLE EFFORTS.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

April 27, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of April 16th was duly received and presented to the beloved Guardian. <p397>

He was very sad indeed to learn that two of the Baha'is of Daidanaw were brutally murdered by insurgents.

He asks that you assure the relatives of the deceased of his prayers for the progress of the souls of these dear ones in the realms beyond. He hopes the relatives will arise with greater vigour and strength in serving the Cause, to offset the great loss which has been suffered by the friends in Daidanaw through their death; and in this way they will help the spiritual progress of these two soul in the Abha Kingdom.

The Guardian assures all the friends of Daidanaw of his prayers in their behalf.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

April 27, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of April 14th was duly received and its contents - were presented to the beloved Guardian.

He has instructed me to write you that he sees no objection to Mr Yaganegi postponing his plans to pioneer in either the Pacific Ocean area or some strategic point in Africa, inasmuch as he understands he is vitally needed to carry on the work actively in Poona and the surrounding areas. You may therefore inform Mr Yaganegi that a delay in his plans to pioneer meets with the Guardian's approval.

The Guardian hopes however that your Assembly will make every effort to have a capable Baha'i move to Poona, so that it will in turn release Mr Yaganegi.

The Guardian wishes to assure Mr Yaganegi of his prayers in his behalf.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

April 27, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of April 16th, with regard to the action of two delegates in circularizing the other delegates before the Convention with regard to Convention discussion matters, is at hand.

This matter was presented to the beloved Guardian. His feeling <p398> is that this is a matter which should be handled by your Assembly in accordance with the administrative teachings involved.

It should be pointed out to the delegates that the function of consultation of the delegates takes place only when they are in session at the Annual Convention. They do not have any consultative status prior to the Convention or after the Convention. In other words, they are elected to serve as electors of the new National Assembly during the Convention, and to consult on all matters properly coming before the Convention during the Convention period, not before and not after.

So far as an individual member of the National Spiritual Assembly giving authority to the National Spiritual Assembly clerk to impart information during the Secretary's absence, this is a matter which the Guardian feels the Assembly can very easily act on, in order to establish a definite procedure.

The Guardian assures you of his prayers in your behalf. He sends you his loving greetings.

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APRIL 28, 1956

ASSURE DELEGATES FERVENT PRAYERS GREAT VICTORIES

THIRD PHASE CRUSADE URGE INTENSIFICATION EFFORTS

REDEDICATION TASKS UTMOST PERSEVERANCE.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

May 6, 1956

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The Guardian has been greatly pleased with the results of the expansion of the Faith in the new centres during the past year, and the establishment of new Assemblies. He urges the National Assemblies to concentrate on this type of teaching work, and particularly on the home front. The Ten Year Crusade is making most remarkable progress in all fields except the teaching on the home front. If the Baha'is remaining "at home" would arise with the same spirit of devotion and fervour as animates the pioneers, there is no question of the <p399> remarkable results that would be achieved.

The Guardian is praying fervently for the Assemblies, National and Local, the Groups and the individuals, that they may be guided and confirmed in their work and the blessing of the Holy Spirit be with them at all times.

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MAY 16, 1956

ASSURE COLOMBO ASSEMBLY LOVING APPRECIATION.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

May 17, 1956

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your loving letter of May 3rd, was presented to the beloved Guardian, and he has directed me to respond on his behalf.

The procedure you have followed in connection with the election of officers of the new National Assembly is approved.

This means that Mr Bakhtiari has been elected President, and Mr Khodadad Hakimian, Treasurer. Inasmuch as a majority of the nine members did not vote for either the Secretary or Vice President, elections will have to be held for those officers; and that should be done at an early meeting, and all nine members should be encouraged to be present. In the meantime it is proper for Mr Abbas Ali Butt to serve as Secretary Pro- Tem, as voted by the majority present at the first meeting of the Assembly. It is clear the absent members cannot hold up the work of the Assembly, and what the majority have done, who were present at a meeting, becomes the action of the entire Assembly. The only exception to this rule, is with the election of Officers of the Assembly, who must receive a majority of the full nine votes.

The Guardian hopes at the next meeting which should be held soon, the two remaining officers will be properly elected.

He sends you his loving greetings.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

June 10, 1956

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Referring to your letter of May 22nd, File No. 24 1/77, attaching letter from the Jakarta Assembly, with regard to publicity for the forthcoming Teaching Conference of the Southeast Asian communities.

Attached is copy of letter written to the Assembly under the instructions of our beloved Guardian, which I hope clarifies the matter.

There is one comment of importance, aside from the general subject of publicity for the Conference, and that is publicity generally. The Guardian feels your Assembly must exercise the utmost discretion in sending out publicity releases, to whom they are sent, outside India. Naturally when such releases are received, the local group or Assembly feels they should make some effort to publicize the event. Your Assembly must determine the strength of the Faith, the public reactions, and then the advisability of sending the release, or call for participation in the event, if it might prove difficult for the Faith. After all, in the virgin areas, what we are seeking is not publicity, nor public events, but the teaching of seeking souls. Generally this can best be done without publicity, but with direct close contact and association.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

June 11, 1956

Dear Baha'i Friend,

The Guardian wishes the record of the countries participating in the South East (Asia) Teaching Conference to be shown as follows, and all statements and invitations should be so shown:

Thailand

Vietnam

Laos

Cambodia

Indonesia-Sumatra

Java

Borneo <p401>

Celebes

Molucco

Bali

Malaya

Sarawak

Philippine Islands

Portuguese Timor

Mentawei

Brunei

Andaman Nicobar

Cocos

Your latest invitation does not include Borneo.

Thus there are fourteen different geographic areas to be included in the important Gathering.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

July 27, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of July 21st has come duly to hand and its contents presented to the beloved Guardian.

He is happy that the matter of Assembly Officers has been settled. He hopes the Assembly will now concentrate all its energies on the teaching work, particularly on the home front. This does not mean in any way that the Assembly should not continuously aid the pioneers who are doing such heroic and noble work for the Faith. It means that the friends on the "Home Front" should redouble their efforts, so the Faith may be spread far and wide in the areas under the jurisdiction of your Assembly. We need now more Assemblies, more Groups, more Isolated Centres and above all, more Baha'is.

The Guardian assures your Assembly of his prayers in your behalf, both individually and collectively. He sends you his loving greetings.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

August 10, 1956

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your loving letters of April 16th and July 24th, were duly received, dealing with the property left to the beloved Guardian, by the late revered Hand of the Cause, S. Mustafa Roumie, which is now in litigation in Mandalay.

I have had our attorneys here, prepare a Power of Attorney for the Guardian's signature, and as soon as he has signed it, I will send it on to you. This should be accomplished within the next week or ten days, so the Power of Attorney should reach you before the end of the month.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

August 25, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of July 31st with the letter from the Rangoon Assembly, telling of the fatal attack against our dear brother Ko Saeed, the Secretary of the Assembly in Daidanaw [was received].

The Guardian was greatly distressed and saddened over this latest murderous attack against the dear friends in Daidanaw, resulting in the death of the honoured and distinguished Ko Saeed, its Secretary.

The Guardian is praying fervently for the progress of the soul of our dear departed brother in the Abha Kingdom. He prays for the loving wife, for her consolation, and spiritual happiness. She must be assured he is in the Abha Kingdom, in the presence of the Beloved Master, enjoying the fruits of his sufferings in this world.

May the Blessings of God and His Confirmations be upon him, and upon her.

The Guardian is likewise praying for all the friends in Daidanaw. They must be steadfast, and rely on the guidance and love of God.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

August 25, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of July 24th, File 821/77, enclosing copy of a codification of the Baha'i Laws of Personal Status, was presented to the beloved Guardian.

The Guardian has directed me to advise your Assembly, that he does not feel the time is ripe for submission of our Laws of Personal Status to the Parliament. He feels no action in this regard should betaken at this time.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

August 27, 1956

Dear Baha'i friend and Co-worker,

Referring to our previous correspondence with regard to the land left to the beloved Guardian, by the late revered Hand of the Cause, S. Mustafa Roumie: The Beloved Guardian has directed me to advise you there will be a little delay before he can sign and send on to you, the Power of Attorney. He will send it, but it may take a couple of months. He has advised that you and the other friends handle the matter as best as possible, until the Power of Attorney arrives.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

September 11, 1956

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your loving letter of August 20th, giving the good news that Mr K. D. Chaudhuri, of Delhi, has settled as a pioneer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, was presented to the beloved Guardian.

He was very happy indeed at this further victory in the important South East Asian field of teaching activity. He directs that you assure Mr Chaudhuri of his prayers in his behalf; that every obstacle may be removed from his path, and he be able to win many souls to the Cause of God. The Guardian appreciates very much indeed his <p404> sacrificial service, which the Master on High watches with close and loving interest.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly

September 11, 1956

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your loving letter of August 14th, came duly to hand, and was referred to the beloved Guardian for his advice.

The Guardian was very happy to note the intensive manner in which your Assembly is taking hold of the very important matter of increasing the number of Baha'is, Isolated Centers, Groups, and particularly Assemblies in the territories under your jurisdiction, particularly those where National Assemblies are to be elected.

He feels every effort should be made to bring as many Groups up to Assembly status during this critical year as possible. The Assemblies formed at Ridvan 1957, cannot take part in the election of the National Assemblies elected during that same Ridvan period, but they do make a much stronger base on which the National Assembly can be formed. In other words, answering directly your question, the Guardian advises the practice prevalent now throughout the world, that a local Assembly may not participate in the election of a National Assembly, until a year after its coming into being, must continue, and be applicable in the areas referred to by you.

The Guardian assures you, each and every one, of his prayers in your behalf, so that you may gain many victories for the Faith, during this most important year of the Crusade.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

October 26, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of August 24th, has just come to hand, with the photostatic copies of the registration Certificate of the Spiritual Assembly of Rampur.

This has given the Guardian much happiness, indicating another step in the onward march of the Faith. He is having it framed, and placed in the Mansion of Baha'u'llah. <p405>

The Guardian remembers all of you in his prayers, that you will be guided and confirmed in your work for the Cause of God. May you win many most important and unexpected victories, in the course of this great Crusade.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

November 12, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of October 23rd, No. 1746/77, was presented to the beloved Guardian, and he has directed me to acknowledge it on his behalf.

The Guardian wishes you to assure Dr. Khoshbin and his family, of the Guardian's deep appreciation of their pioneering in Ceram Island; thus bringing the light of the Faith to one of the territories mentioned by 'Abdu'l-Baha in His Tablets of the Divine Plan. He is sure they will be richly rewarded by the Beloved Master, for this noble and sacrificial activity. The Guardian assures him of his prayers in his behalf.

The Guardian is hopeful Mr Sheriar Nooreyazdan will reach Nicobar Island, one of the goat Islands of the Ten Year Crusade. He will pray for the success of his mission. He will appreciate immediate advice of Mr Nooreyazdan's arrival in the Nicobar Islands.

He likewise will pray for the success of the efforts of the Mauritian Baha'is to get to Chagos. It will be a great victory for the Faith, and for these new-devoted Baha'is of Mauritius.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

November 12, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of October 26th was received and its contents presented to the beloved Guardian.

He is well pleased with the progress which has been made by your Assembly in connection with the translation and publication <p406> work of the new languages of the Ten Year Crusade.

With regard to the translations into the languages of the countries of the Russian Zones - the Guardian feels you should under no circumstances contact Universities in Russia. He feels this might create great difficulty for the Faith, particularly during these troublesome times.

If there are Universities in India, or Great Britain where the translations can be made, there is no objection to utilizing such sources, but no University or institution in Russia. Perhaps the British National Spiritual Assembly can be helpful- or the Italo-Swiss National Spiritual Assembly, as there are many Russian refugees in Switzerland. The Guardian sends you his loving greetings.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

November 16, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The Guardian has been hoping it might be possible to conclude the settlement of the virgin countries and Islands of the Ten Year Crusade, before the end of the present Baha'i year.

He knows your Assembly has been doing all possible to send pioneers into these remaining Islands, but asks that you make another determined effort, so the great goals may be achieved. The two Islands remaining unsettled in your area of jurisdiction, are:

Chagos

Nicobar

There is a young lady in the United States who is making every effort to enter Nicobar, Miss Jean Franker. The Guardian suggests you correspond with the American National Spiritual Assembly, so you may assist her in every way.

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[To The National Spiritual Assemblies Of Australia And New

Zealand, India, Pakistan And Burma]

November 16, 1956

Dear Baha'i Friends, The beloved Guardian has directed me to write you jointly with regard to the status of the translation and publication of the following <p407> languages, assigned jointly to your Assemblies under the Ten Year Crusade.

These languages are

Abar Miri

Bentuni

Binandere

Hovilou

Kado

Kopu

Manas Island

Manchu

Mongolian

Na-Hsi

Vogul

The Guardian is hopeful this phase of the Ten Year Crusade can be promptly concluded, and is therefore urging that you take in hand the translation and publication of literature into these languages at an early date.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

November 24, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of September 26th was duly received, and its contents presented to the beloved Guardian. He has directed me to reply on his behalf.

The number of delegates to the Annual Conventions, to be held under your jurisdiction this coming Ridvan, are as follows:

Pakistan 38 delegates, based on Spiritual assemblies.

South East Asia 38 delegates, based on Spiritual Assemblies.

India and Burma 95 delegates, based on Spiritual Assemblies.

The dates for these Conventions may be fixed by your Assembly, so as large a number may be present, as possible, and specially those who will attend all three Conventions. It is necessary of course, that the Conventions be held during the Ridvan period.

So far as South East Asia is concerned, the territories making up this new Assembly, are those participating in the Regional conference. It is noted in the list you sent the Guardian, you do not show any Assemblies in the Philippine Islands. This is in error, as there is at least one, and possibly two. If you do not have full information, the American National Spiritual Assembly may be able to assist. You should be sure, of course, that all Assemblies, existing on April 211956, , are invited to send their delegates. <p408>

The Guardian sends you his loving greetings. He assures you of his prayers in your behalf.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

December 5, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Please refer to previous correspondence concerning the land left to the Beloved Guardian, by the late revered Hand of the Cause, S. Mustafa Roumie.

I attach hereto Power of Attorney signed by the beloved Guardian appointing Abbas Ali Butt as his attorney, in order to handle this important matter for him.

You will note this Power of Attorney has been properly legalized before a Notary Public, for documents to be sent abroad, the Ministry of Justice in Jerusalem, and by the British Consulate, which represents Indian affairs in this country for legalization purposes.

I trust everything is now in order, so the land can be cleared, and titles properly settled.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

December 21, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of November 30th, File No. 2223/77, was duly received, and its contents submitted to the beloved Guardian.

He feels there is no harm in the changes made in the Local By laws and Constitution by the Jakarta Assembly. It is, of course, the policy that the Local Assemblies follow the Memorandum of Association adopted by the New York Spiritual Assembly, but if changes of a minor nature, to accord with local law is necessary, there is no objection. On the other hand, if changes, which affect the nature of the Association, or the teachings of the Faith are involved, no such changes should be considered without the Guardian's approval. <p409>

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

December 27, 1956

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The beloved Guardian has directed me to write you concerning the progress of the Ten Year Crusade, so far as the virgin areas are concerned.

He is quite distressed that some of the hard won goals have become virgin again. He requests that your Assembly study the matter carefully, to see if you cannot send pioneers into these areas that have fallen back. He is thinking particularly of Nepal, Bhutan, and Goa. Also, he is very anxious indeed that some assistance be given our lone pioneer in Tibet. That noble sour is holding the difficult post without , any aid, and the Guardian hopes you will be able to send a pioneer into that land to cooperate in establishing the Faith. He assures you of his prayers in your behalf so you may quickly regain the lost ground in these virgin areas, and go forward to new victories.

The fact of the matter is, in some countries, they have been able to add new areas to the Crusade-in other words, they have established the Faith in areas, where the Faith has not existed, and which were not included in the Crusade.

In other areas, many other victories have been won, not contemplated in the Crusade. The Guardian has set up a new map. showing the supplementary goals won, so far, outside the Crusade goals. It would be wonderful if India could add some objectives to this supplementary map.

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1957

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JANUARY 4,1957

REGRET LOSS DEVOTED STEADFAST SELF SACRIFICING

HANDMAID FAITH BAHA'U'LLAH HER PIONEER SERVICES

UNFORGETTABLE REWARD GREAT ABHA KINGDOM ASSURE

RELATIVES FERVENT PRAYERS SOUL ADVISE HOLD MEMORIAL GATHERINGS IN REMEMBRANCE DEDICATED LABOURS

USE PART TEXT THIS MESSAGE INSCRIPTION TOMBSTONE.

SHOGHI' [1]

[1 Message for the passing of Mrs. Gowhar Hakimian]

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

January 11, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of December 21st has just come to hand, with report of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Djakarta, concerning the number of Baha'is in Mentawai. The beloved Guardian has received a report from some source, that there are some 900 Baha'is in the <p411> Mentawai Islands, rather than the 305 shown in your report, and the 300 to 350 mentioned in the statement of the Djakarta Assembly.

Would it be possible for you to secure a report directly from the pioneers in Mentawai, so we may be sure of just exactly how many Baha'is there are.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

January 18, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of January 2nd was duly received, and its contents presented to the beloved Guardian.

He fully approves of the dates you have set for the annual conventions to be held in New Delhi, Karachi, and Djakarta; and the assignment made of delegates.

He feels it important that a representative of the National Assembly be present at the Djakarta Convention He feels it would not be proper for this Convention to be held, without a representative of the National Assembly being present. The Guardian feels your Assembly has handled the preliminary arrangements for these important and historic Conventions well. He hopes the Hand of Divine Guidance will be with you and your representatives at the Convention.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

January 19, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Will you please refer to your letter of October 23rd, File No. 1746/77, with particular reference to the pioneering work of Dr Khoshbin and his family, in Amontai, Ceram Island.

The Guardian feels it is most important the teaching work in the areas mentioned by 'Abdu'l-Baha in the Tablets of the Divine Plan, be carried forward with intensive activity. Therefore he wishes you to keep in close touch with Dr Khoshbin, encouraging him to carry on with his teaching work, and not to become discouraged.

It has been over 40 years since the Master wrote the Tablets of the Divine Plan, and only now has this centre mentioned by him, <p412> been settled. Surely the Master will watch over his devoted servant who is labouring so diligently in this centre, and guide and protect him, as well as to confirm his work.

Please again give Dr Khoshbin the Guardian's deep love and appreciation of his consecrated services, and those of his family. The Guardian will pray for him, and for the success of his work...

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

January 19, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of January 3rd was duly received, and its contents presented to the beloved Guardian.

He was very happy to receive these reports, which indicate that the work of translating is actively in hand. He feels this is a very important aspect of our teaching work, as it is impossible, or at least, most difficult to teach natives, without some of the literature being translated into their languages. Thus he hopes you will follow up the matter quite actively.

He is praying for the success of the efforts of Miss Franker to enter Nicobar Island. She is a devoted and consecrated soul notwithstanding she has been a Baha'i only a short time. He hopes she will be successful, and thus win this difficult goal for the Faith, and she become one of the Knights of Baha'u'llah.

The Guardian will pray fervently for the success of the effort of Mr Murday to enter the Chagos Archipelago. This would be another distinct victory for the Faith, and the Guardian hopes it may be accomplished soon. The Guardian sends the members of the Assembly his affectionate greetings.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

January 26, 1957

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The beloved Guardian has directed me to write you concerning the wonderful news that he has received of the fact that there are now ten Baha'is in Sikkim.

The pioneers there have been very successful and have been able <p413> to win souls to the Cause of God. This is a distinct victory for the Faith, and all are to be congratulated. The Guardian wishes them to know how much he values their services.

The most difficult goals, and the most arduous duties win the greatest spiritual rewards. Thus, he hopes that the friends in Sikkim, who naturally are looking forward to their Spiritual Assembly this coming Ridvan, will realize how great would be their reward, if they were able now to reinforce the work in Tibet. There is only one pioneer there, and perhaps some of the new Baha'is could enter Tibet to assist in the work there. Great would be their reward if they could do Should others be able to go to Nepal and Bhutan, that would be most helpful. In other words, the Guardian feels that more important than an Assembly in Sikkim, would be the reinforcing of the pioneers and teaching work, first in Tibet, and then in Bhutan and Nepal.

The Guardian will await word from you as to what you are able to accomplish in this matter.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly

January 27, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of December 31st, was duly received and its contents presented to the beloved Guardian.

The Guardian was very happy to learn of the establishment of the Faith in Namlea, Buru, Maluku, through the fine efforts of DR G. Vossough. He will pray for the spiritual development of the new Baha'i. He hopes he may be able to teach the local people, and thus himself become the means of giving eternal life to many.

So far as the Assembly in Amontai is concerned, he feels that it is necessary to follow the universal practice of constituting an Assembly within the municipal boundaries of a city, town or village, and not include Baha'is of other political divisions. Thus, the Baha'is of Barabai could hardly be members of the Assembly of Amontai. This practice should be followed, even if it means the dissolution of the Assembly of Amontai. The Guardian hopes the friends of both Amontai and Barabai will work very diligently, so each city may have its own Spiritual Assembly.

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[To Mr Habib Yaganegi]

February 2, 1957

He considers that the most important thing, as he has often pointed out to the friends, is to maintain the Spiritual Assemblies already in existence throughout India, to create Spiritual Assemblies out of Groups, and to establish new Centres. He therefore does not feel that, if the Cause is precarious in Surat and this goal of the Assembly has not been successfully achieved, the Baha'is who are working there should leave and go elsewhere.

The principle he has laid down has invariably been that the friends must establish a Spiritual Assembly on a firm and enduring basis with a nucleus of about fifteen Baha'i in the Community, so that the Assembly would be maintained, and then the other believers are free above the number fifteen to disperse and teach elsewhere; in fact they should consider it their duty to do so. This instruction of our beloved Guardian applies to Surat as well as to other Centres.

As to your studies, he advises you to consider what would insure you the best employment possibilities in the widest range of places, whether it be craft or profession, and then to apply yourself to master this in order to prepare yourself for future service. He will pray for your success and for your family, as well as Mrs. Vakil and daughters.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

February 17, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The beloved Guardian has directed me to write to your Assembly with regard to the Maldive Islands.

He attaches great importance to these Islands, and hopes they can be settled by one or more pioneers at an early date. The Light of Divine Guidance should shine in that area, and if one of the friends will arise to pioneer there, he is sure they will win many signal victories for the Cause of God.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

February 23, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Have you had a recent report on the progress of the teaching work in Gambia, and do we have a pioneer there at this time? The work went forward very energetically when Mr Roozbehyan was there, and he is hoping there will be no cessation in the able teaching work done thereto .

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[The National Spiritual Assembly]

February 26, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother, The beloved Guardian has directed me to write you concerning the burial ground, which the friends in Rangoon were intending to purchase.

He has gathered from your minutes, or reports, that your Assembly has told the Local Assembly in Rangoon not to purchase this parcel, because it forms no part of the Ten Year Crusade. This, of course, was in accord with the Guardian's instructions to you, some time ago.

Now, however, the situation seems to have changed. The progress made in the achievement of the goals of the Crusade, permits supplementary victories, at this time. Therefore, he feels you may advise the Rangoon Assembly, it is now fitting that they conclude this transaction.

He is preparing a map of the supplementary achievements of the friends over and above the goals of the Crusade, and it is truly amazing what has been done. He would like to include the burial ground in Rangoon, and he hopes it can be acquired before Ridvan. He would like you or the Rangoon Assembly to cable as soon as the necessary papers are signed.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

March 3, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of February 11th was duly received, and its contents presented to the beloved Guardian.

The gifts to the International Fund by the various friends, Groups, and Assemblies, were deeply appreciated by the beloved Guardian. Receipts are enclosed, which please send to each one, with the Guardian's deep appreciation.

He sends to each, his loving greetings.

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[To Nicobar Island]

March 6,1957

Dear Baha'i Co worker,

The beloved Guardian has been very pleased with the teaching work which has been done in the Virgin Areas of the Ten Year Crusade.

Indeed, all the pioneers have rendered historic and heart stirring service to the Cause of God. Now, the banner of the Faith is firmly established over the entire face of the Globe. Blessed and happy is everyone who has been able to join in this, the Greatest Spiritual Crusade of all times.

The Guardian wishes to have a full record of the number of Baha'is in each of the settled areas of the Crusade, and therefore would greatly appreciate your cabling him, the evening of April 1st, 1957, the number of adult Baha'is in your country or Island, or group of Islands. He wishes this figure to represent the number of Baha'is, (both pioneers and native believers), as of April 1st, 1957, or as close to that date as is possible.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

March 10, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The Guardian wishes an up to date record of the number of Baha'is in the goal countries of the Ten Year Crusade, as of April 1, <p417>

I do not have the name of the proper person in Gambia, and therefore ask if you will send the attached letter to him.

In this connection, is there a pioneer there now, and if not, what is the hope of one being established, if your Assembly feels there is such a need.

Likewise, the Guardian hopes the Faith is progressing firmly as it has had such a strong beginning.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

March 14, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

The beloved Guardian has been greatly impressed by the large number of conferences held during the past year, for teaching purposes. My records are incomplete concerning one held in Pakistan.

Can you cable me immediately on receipt of this letter if a conference was held in Pakistan, the dates, and the place.

P.S. Also a Teaching Conference reported to be held for Indochina, at Siam. Was this held, and if so, please cable the dates and place.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

March 17, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your letter of March 7th, No. 3427/77, has been duly received, and its contents presented to the beloved Guardian.

The Guardian is quite distressed to receive this disquieting news concerning the Faith in Gambia. He hopes Mr. Roozbehyan will be able to get there promptly so activities may be carried forward without interruption. Likewise he hopes the pioneer you are sending in will be able to arrive shortly.

In your letter you mention you have received some alarming <p418> news from the National Spiritual Assembly of Northwest Africa, but you do not say what the alarming news is. Can you let me know by return mail.

P.S. Please bear in mind the Guardian is very anxious for news of the activities in Gambia, and therefore, it is hoped you will keep me fully and currently advised.

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MARCH 21,1957

REJOICE NEWS FRIENDS INDIA PAKISTAN BURMA CEYLON

SOUTHEAST ASIA LOVINGLY REMEMBERED SHRINES PRAYING

SUCCESS PLAN.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Baha'i Convention, Pakistan]

April, 1957

My heart is filled with joy and gratitude on the occasion of the convocation of the first historic Convention of the Baha'is of Pakistan culminating in the emergence of an independent National Spiritual Assembly in one of the leading Islamic countries of the world and the stronghold of one of the most determined and powerful adversaries of the Faith of Baha'u'llah.

I feel impelled, at this hour when the Baha'i World Spiritual Crusade is entering the second year of the third phase in its progressive unfoldment, to pay a warm tribute to the assistance extended by the Indian believers to their sister Community since the establishment of the State of Pakistan, and feel confident that, in the years immediately ahead, they will continue, in spite of the barriers now separating them, to aid, in every possible way, in the extension and consolidation of the enterprises which this newly emerged institution, designed to serve as yet another pillar of the future Universal House of Justice, will initiate and conduct.

The birth of so weighty an institution, in a land which as the years go by will be called upon to play a vital role in the shaping of the destinies of a turbulent continent, must be signalized by the formula non of a subsidiary Six Year Plan whose primary objective must be a <p419> rapid and unprecedented increase in the number of believers of Muslim extraction, designed to reinforce the defences of the Administrative Order of the Faith now being erected in that land against the inevitable onslaught of the forces of Muslim orthodoxy that will sooner or later be leagued against it. Such a plan must, moreover, aim at the conversion of the members of the various Minorities residing within that State; at the steady multiplication of Baha'i isolated centres, groups and Local Spiritual Assemblies; at securing ultimately the recognition by the State of the independent religious status of the Baha'i Faith; at the incorporation of the newly formed National Spiritual Assembly as well as all firmly established Local Spiritual Assemblies; at the initiation of a National Baha'i Fund; at the translation and publication of Baha'i literature into languages supplementing those listed in the Ten Year Plan; at the establishment of Baha'i burial grounds; at reinforcing the work already undertaken in both Afghanistan and Baluchistan and now being initiated in Tibet; and, above all, at the purchase of a site for the first Mashriqu'l-Adhkar of Pakistan.

May the members of this Community upon whom the splendour of the light of the Faith of God cast its illumination so long ago, on whose shoulders so grave and sacred a responsibility now rests, arise with inflexible resolve, and unquenchable enthusiasm, to carry out their formidable task, and enrich, to an unprecedented degree, the record of their past services to the Faith of Baha'u'llah and the rising institutions of His embryonic World Order.

Shoghi

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APRIL 16, 1957

ASSURE COLOMBO ASSEMBLY LOVING APPRECIATION.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 17, 1957

GUARDIAN ADVISES ASSEMBLIES MUST BE ACCORDANCE

CIVIC LIMITS EVEN IF RESULTS DISSOLVED ASSEMBLIES.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

April 18, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Referring to your letter of March 28th, with regard to our dear friend Mr F. Roozbehyan, returning to Gambia. The Guardian was very sorry to learn of the illness of Mr Roozbehyan, and hopes he will soon recover. The Guardian will pray for him, and for his good health.

The Guardian hopes he will be able some day, in the not too far distant future, to return to Gambia. His presence there is important.

Will you please write to Mr Roozbehyan and give him this information, along with the loving greetings of the beloved Guardian.

Please ask Mr Roozbehyan to write me when he feels he can go to Gambia, so I may inform the Guardian.

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APRIL 21, 1957

NEW ERA SCHOOL CARE RABBANIAN NEW DELHI ASSURE

PRAYERS SUCCESS.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 21, 1957

FRIENDS INDIA PAKISTAN BURMA SOUTHEAST ASIA LOVINGLY

REMEMBERED SHRINES URGE CONCENTRATION

INCREASE BELIEVERS MULTIPLICATION CENTRES PRAYING

SUCCESS.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 21, 1957

RABBANIAN COLOMBO LOVING REMEMBRANCE SHRINES.

SHOGHI

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APRIL 26, 1957

ASSURE NEWLY ELECTED ASSEMBLY FERVENT PRAYERS VIGOROUS

PROMOTION INTERESTS FAITH ATTAINMENT GOALS

PLAN.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

May 25, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of May 10th, file 56/91, has been received and its contents presented to the beloved Guardian.

The Guardian was very happy indeed to learn that Mr Murday has secured employment with the company operating in Chagos Archipelago.

This is a historic action on the part of our dear friend. It makes him one of the Knights of Baha'u'llah, and certainly will bring upon him Divine Blessings and Confirmations.

The Guardian asks that you give to him the assurance of the Guardian's prayers in his behalf. The Guardian feels your Assembly should keep actively in touch with Mr Murday and assist him to the extent possible. He should not leave the Chagos Archipelago for financial reasons ... The Guardian will await actual word of his arrival and settlement in Peres and how his work develops at that point.

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MAY 25, 1957

FRIENDS INDIA BURMA CEYLON LOVINGLY REMEMBERED

SHRINES URGE REDOUBLE EFFORTS WIN MEMORABLE VICTORIES.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

June 19, 1957

Dear Baha'i Co worker,

The Beloved Guardian has been greatly pleased with the reports he has received of the teaching work in the Seychelles Islands. It is evident that the success of the teaching work is bringing about opposition from the religious leaders. This being the case, he thinks it is important that Mr Rahman remain in the Seychelles Islands as long as it is feasible for him to do so. The Guardian wishes your Assembly to take the matter in hand to assist him in every way possible From all parts of the world, the reports are most encouraging as to the teaching work, particularly in the virgin areas. At the same time <p422> we are now receiving reactions from religious leaders in various parts and in some areas their open opposition has been the means of the further spread of the Faith. Thus the prophecies and predictions of the Master are coming true.

The Guardian assures you of his prayers in your behalf. He sends you his loving greetings.

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JULY 8,1957

ASSURE BATES FRANKEL LOVING APPRECIATION CONTINUED

PRAYERS SUCCESS.

SHOGHI

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Mr. Faridoon J. Yazamaidi, Secretary National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Pakistan

June 29, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother:

Your letter of May 9th has been received by the beloved Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

The historic formation of the first National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Pakistan marks a great step forward, not only in the work in that country, but on the Asiatic continent. This is an old and tried Community, and he feels sure that, now that it has its independent National Body to guide its affairs, marked progress will be made in all fields of Baha'i activity.

The most important work for the members of your Assembly to concentrate on is that of teaching. With the greatest love, unity and single-mindedness, you must devote time at all of your sessions to attaining the goals of the Ten Year Plan, and particularly, of your own Six Year Plan. The multiplication of Assemblies, groups and isolated centres should be considered as your all-important duty, and this of course depends entirely on the rate of increase of the Baha'i Community.

The believers should be encouraged to teach individually; to hold classes in their homes; to teach in meetings under the auspices of the Local Assemblies, or sponsored by the local group; to travel from Centre to Centre, visiting the believers and stimulating the teaching work; and to create such a restless flow of spiritual energy in that country that its vibrations will be felt, and the hearts of the seekers quickened. <p423>

For many years the members of the Pakistan Baha'i Community have rendered the Faith distinguished services in their capacity as members of the previous Regional Assembly for India, Pakistan and Burma, and as pioneers and teachers. He feels sure that this record will now be infinitely enriched by new services, and that this old and loyal Community will prove itself an example to the younger Asiatic Communities springing up towards the east.

The Guardian has outlined the points that should be taken into consideration in formulating your Six Year Plan, and it is not necessary to reiterate them here, as you have them in his Convention Message. However, he would urge you to consider, in addition to the urgent teaching work, the advisability of buying a Temple site in the outskirts of Karachi, of a maximum, (unless the land is very cheap), of say four acres, as one of the important objectives of your Plan, to be executed as soon as possible...

He also hopes there will not be undue delay in acquiring burial grounds for the believers, particularly in the more important centres.

You may be sure that in his prayers he will remember all the members of the Assembly, and particularly supplicate that they maybe guided, protected and blessed in their services to the Faith of Baha'u'llah.

Dear and valued co-workers.

The formation of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Pakistan is an event which I welcome with feelings of deep joy and satisfaction, and which marks the culmination of a process which was initiated almost a century ago, and which will be regarded by posterity as one of the most auspicious achievements enriching the record of the Formative Age of the Baha'i Dispensation.

The task now facing the privileged elected representatives of a community destined to play a notable part in the advancement of the Faith of Baha'u'llah in the vast Asiatic continent, and in a country whose citizens are called upon to shape, to a marked degree, the destinies of the immense Indian subcontinent, is enormous, sacred, arduous and high cy meritorious. The problems challenging the prosecutors of the new cy launched Six Year Plan are divers and numerous. Their responsibilities are heavy and inescapable. The powers and resources of their potential adversaries are formidable.

However limited its numerical strength, however circumscribed its material resources, the community of the valiant upholders of the Faith of <p424> Baha'u'llah in Pakistan must never falter or hesitate in the discharge of its pressing and weighty responsibilities. The Plan on which its members have so enthusiastically and determinedly embarked, at whatever cost, be energetically prosecuted and victoriously concluded.

The number of the Muslim adherents of the Faith must speedily multiply, in preparation for the assaults which its orthodox opponents are bound to launch in the days to come. Representatives of Minorities dwelling in that land must, simultaneously, be converted to the Faith, as an added bulwark to the rising strength of the Baha'i administrative Order. The number. of centres, groups, and Local Assemblies must, likewise, steadily increase, in order to broaden and strengthen the foundations of this divinely conceived structure. Steps must, gradually, be taken to sect ire the recognition of the institutions of this divinely appointed Order by the civil authorities in that land, and of the independent character of the Faith now firmly established within its confines. The incorporation of the newly formed National Spiritual Assembly, as well as all firmly grounded Local Assemblies, mist, moreover, be carefully considered and energetically carried out. The translation and publication of Baha'i literature in the languages listed in the Ten Ye r Plan, as well as its translation into supplementary languages, is yet another task which demands the utmost attention and continuous effort.

The establishment of Baha'i' burial grounds, the consolidation of the Faith in Baluchistan, its expansion in Afghanistan, and Tibet and, last but not least, the selection and purchase of a site for the Mother Temple of Pakistan, must also receive the prompt consideration of the elected representatives of a community now standing on the threshold of a new and unique period of expansion, destined to permanently enrich the annals of be Faith in that land That the members of this community may befittingly acquit themselves of the responsibilities they have asst med, and contribute , thereby, a worthy share to the onward m ach of the Faith of Baha'u'llah in the Asiatic continent, is my earnest prayer and most cherished desire.

Shoghi

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

September 4, 1957

Dear Baha'i Friends,

Your loving letter of August 19th was duly received and presented <p425> to the beloved Guardian.

He was distressed to learn that the very vital aspect of all our Baha'i services, namely, the National Fund is not being sufficiently nor properly supported by the friends in India.

The life blood of the Faith is this National Fund and the friends must realize that if they do not support the Fund, then the numerous activities of the Faith in India and Burma will suffer, to say nothing of the problems that will develop for the numerous pioneering and virgin areas under the jurisdiction of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India and Burma. The Guardian asks that you make a special appeal to all of the Believers to consider this weighty matter very very carefully and then do their utmost to support the Fund. The friends in the large cities should particularly contribute to the Fund. Such cities as Bombay for instance where there is a large community and the friends in a position to contribute more freely than perhaps friends in other areas.

The Guardian asks that you present this matter appropriately to the friends in his behalf so that they may realize the very vital aspect of the national Fund in connection with all of the activities of the Faith; that the National Fund is actually the life blood of tile activities of the National Assembly and therefore the friends should support it generously.

This is the hour of dedication and sacrifice, and the Guardian sincerely hopes all of the friends will sacrifice to the utmost so that the Cause may go on unhindered and unimpeded, not only in India and Burma but in the areas which have come under the jurisdiction of your Assembly in connection with the great Ten Year Crusade.

The Guardian is praying for you and for all the friends of India. India has a great destiny in the Faith and he hopes that the friends will now arise in such a manner as to achieve the great goals ahead.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

October 19, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of October 9th, file No. 1500/91, has been received, and its contents presented to the beloved Guardian.

The Guardian is distressed that Mr Yazdani was unable to return to Goa where he did such fine and distinguished work for the Faith. He was very happy however, to learn that Mr Shehryar Najmi, has <p426> been able to proceed to Goa and better still to secure permanent residence there.

Will you please convey to Mr Najmi on behalf of the Guardian, his loving appreciation of his devotion and service to the Faith. The Guardian hopes he will be able to win many souls to the Cause of God.

He will pray for him and for the success of his work.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

October 20, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Referring further to your letter of September 27th, file No. 1379/9 1, with regard to the manner of procedure to be followed in securing permission to conduct Baha'i marriages. The beloved Guardian has directed me to write you as follows: If the only way it can be accomplished (to have Baha'i marriages legalized) is by a bill being presented to the Legislature permitting Baha'i marriages, he has no objections to your doing this; however, and this is very important, if in order to submit a bill before the Legislature, it would be necessary for you to include the text of our Baha'i laws with regard to Baha'i marriage and divorce, he does not feel that this should be done.

In other words, in no circumstances would we agree to have the Baha'i laws concerning personal status subject to review by any legal body and if that should be necessary in the Bill which you have to submit, then he feels you should defer the matter at this time.

You understand all that we require at the present time, is for the Government to legalize marriages performed by Baha'i communities.

The question of divorce is something which you do not have to go into at this time.

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OCTOBER 21, 1957

ASSURE PAKISTAN FRIENDS LOVING PRAYERS HEARTFELT

APPRECIATION SERVICES.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 21, 1957

APPRECIATE MESSAGE FERVENTLY SUPPLICATING BEHALF

FRIENDS INDIA BURMA CEYLON URGE INTENSIFY EFFORTS <p427>

ALL FIELD ACTIVITY.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 28, 1957

ASSURE ATTENDANTS SUMMER SCHOOLS LOVING FERVENT

PRAYERS DEEPLY APPRECIATE EFFORTS.

SHOGHI

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OCTOBER 28, 1957

CABLE PAKISTAN DEEPLY APPRECIATE SENTIMENTS.

SHOGHI

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

October 30, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of October 15th has been received together with the photograph of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Galle, Ceylon.

The beloved Guardian has asked me to thank you and to thank the Spiritual Assembly of Galle for their thoughtfulness in sending him this photograph, which he treasures very highly. It is his plan to have it framed and hung in The Mansion.

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[To The National Spiritual Assembly]

November 7, 1957

Dear Baha'i Brother,

Your loving letter of October 7th was duly received and its contents presented to the beloved Guardian. He was very happy indeed to learn of the very active teaching programme which you have adopted for India and Burma during the forthcoming year. He sincerely hopes all of the Conferences will achieve great success and lay the foundation for a new teaching service throughout the areas concerned.

The secret of Divine success today is consecrated teaching service. The forces of the Holy Spirit are descending on those who arise <p428> to teach at this time as never before and therefore he hopes all of the friends in India and Burma will arise with renewed vigour in order to carry forward the banner of the Faith. He will pray for you and for the success of your work.

P.S. This is one of the few letters I received instructions from the Guardian to write, shortly before his ascension.

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[To the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Pakistan]

November 8,1957

Dearly Beloved Friends,

The beloved Guardian has been deeply impressed with the manner in which your Assembly has undertaken its numerous activities and the actions you are taking to stimulate teaching work throughout Pakistan.

The Guardian has asked me to convey to you and to the relatives of our dearly departed Friends, Amir'ul Islam and Siyyid Houssein, his loving condolences over their untimely passing. They have served the Faith diligently and well and certainly are assured of the greatest possible Blessings in the Realms beyond. The Guardian himself will pray for the progress of their souls and for their happiness in the Abha Kingdom.

The Guardian was impressed with your effort to secure a Baha'i Burial Ground in Sukkur. He will pray for the success of this effort. He will also pray for the other efforts which you are carrying on with so much devotion.

The Guardian sincerely hopes you will make every effort to secure a suitable site for your future Temple as soon as possible. As you develop any progress along the line of securing the site for the Temple, will you please write to me for the Guardian.

The beloved Guardian assures you of his prayers in your behalf. He sends you his loving greetings.

P.S. This is one of the few letters I received instructions from the Guardian to write shortly before his Ascension.

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Biographies

In the messages of the Guardian to India, the names of many prominent Baha'is are mentioned. The following three biographies are presented to show how members of established families from three dominant religions of India, Hinduism, Sikhism and Ism, were united through their recognition of Baha'u'llah. <p430>

HAND OF THE CAUSE OF GOD SIYYID MUSTAFA RUMI

1845-1944

 

Siyyid Mustafa. Rumi was descended from a noble and staunchly religious Shi'i family of Karbil, in Iraq. As a young man, he settled with his father in Madras, India, to establish and manage the family business in trading rice. In 1876, he met Sulayman Khan Ilyas, known as Jamal Effendi, who was sent by Baha'u'llah to India to teach the Faith.

In his own words, Siyyid Mustafa was: "...then quite a young man and was just preparing to return to my native country, Karbila and Baghdad, after having settled my dues in consequence of a heavy loss sustained in the rice business. Jamal Effendi's eloquent address, his silver voice and his flowery language frequently attracted large gatherings around him. This humble servant was one of his ardent admirers. I soon became so devotedly attached to him that I actually approached my father, Siyyid Muhammad, celebrated as Roumie, for permission to accompany Jamal Effendi to Rampur. My father, who was a very learned Muslim divine and held in great reverence by the Muslim public, did not approve of the proposal and although he did not exactly know that the theme of Jamal Effendi's talk was the Baha'i Revelation, yet he not only refused permission but even prohibited me from entering his house. I was determined, however, to accompany Jamal Effendi to Ramper and succeeded in doing so." Siyyid Mustafa accompanied Jamal Effendi throughout his travels in India, kneeled in reverence at the meetings, and listened to his discourses, although he had not yet accepted the Faith.

They met many prominent people including the Nizam of Hyderabad, and the Maharajas and rulers of various Indian States. It was in Calcutta that as a result of reading the Lawh-i-Ra'is [1] Siyyid Mustafa's soul finally turned to the light of Baha'u'llah's Revelation.

[1 Tablet of Ra'is, revealed by Baha'u'llah in His early days of incarceration in Akka, addressed to Ali Pasha the Grand Vazir of Turkey.]

He recorded:

"This was the time of Russo Turkish war of 1877, and so the main subjects discussed were the events of the war as they appeared in the newspaper reports. In the course of these discussions, Jamal <p431> Effendi as often as possible, directed the attention of his audience to various prophecies in the Holy Qur'an and the Tradition of the Prophet, regarding the signs of the appearance of the Promised Redeemer. His marvelous eloquence and his unique method of presenting the subject made a great impression on his audience.

"About this time Jinabi Haji Mirza Mohammad Ali Afnan and his assistant Agha Mirza Abdul Hamid arrived from Hong Kong, China. They were enroute to Persia via Bombay.. The unusual joy expressed by these friends on their sudden and unexpected meeting, the extraordinary warmth and affection manifested as they inquired about each other's welfare, astonished all who were present at the gathering. The people then began to suspect that Jamal Effendi was a member of the new sect.

"On the following day ...Jamal Effendi requested me to chant the Tablet [Lawh-i-Ra'is] for his two honoured guests...After the chanting of the Holy Tablet was over, the revered guests and Jamal Effendi discussed between themselves the fulfilment of Baha'u'llah's prophecies, His teachings for the upliftment of mankind, His noble ideals raising the standards of morality, and the majesty of His mission, all of which I listened to attentively as if spellbound. At the termination of the discussion, I confessed the truth of Baha'u'llah's claim and decided to dedicate my life to the service of the Divine Cause...Jamal Effendi then in his supplication to the Sacred Threshold submitted my name, and a Holy Tablet was revealed in my behalf, the English translation of which is as follows:

He is the Glorious, the Most Glorious !

O Mustafa!

There hath come before Us a letter from Jamal -- him who hath soared in the atmosphere of the love of thy Lord, the All Possessing, the Most High. Thy name was mentioned in this letter; wherefore do We now make mention of thee through the power of truth, that thou mayest read and be of them that are thankful.

Say: 0 God of the world, Thou Who art manifest in the Most Great Name! I ask Thee by them who are the Essences of being, whom neither the hosts of the world have hindered from turning towards Thy face, nor the kings of the earth deterred from gazing upon Thy horizon, to write down for me with Thy Most Exalted Pen that which beseemeth Thy generosity, 0 Thou Who art the Possessor of all Names and the Creator of the heavens!

O Lord! I bear witness unto that which Thou didst Thyself witness <p432> before the creation of the heavens and the earth; and I confess to that which Thy tongue did itself confess ere the kingdoms of Thy Revelation and of Thy creation were made manifest: that Thou art God; no God is there but Thee. Thou hast from eternity been powerful to do what Thou hast willed, and unto everlasting Thou shalt remain as Thou hast been from time immemorial.

Lord! I have hearkened unto Thy call and turned my face towards Thy face. I ask Thee to draw me ever nearer unto Thy horizon; ordain then for me, O my God, that which shall profit me in every world of Thy worlds. Thou, verily, art the Almighty, the All Highest, the Exalted, the Great. We now make mention of him who bath been named Mustafa that he may yield thanks unto God, the Lord of the Throne above and of the earth below, and that he may be of the steadfast. O Mustafa! Heed thou the call that hath been raised from the direction of this Prison: "Verily, there is none other God but Him, the Almighty, the All Knowing". Blessed art thou for having turned towards Him, and for having attained to that whereby thy name shall live for as long as the Names of Thy Lord, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Bountiful, shall endure. Say: "O My God, and My Master! I ask Thee by Thine own Self to cause me to remain steadfast in Thy Cause. Thou, verily, art the Almighty, the Most Exalted, the Omniscient, the All-Informed."[1]

[1 Translation authorized by the Universal House of Justice.]

Siyyid Mustafa accompanied Jamal Effendi to Rangoon and "after the establishment of the Cause", left for Mandalay early in 1879, at the instruction of Baha'u'llah. But his association with Jamal Effendi continued. Several years later, and after extensive travels in South East Asia, he returned to Burma, married into a prominent Burmese family and continued his services to the Faith.

He received several more Tablets from Baha'u'llah, in one of which the Pen of Glory addressed him as such:

O Mustafa!

Upon thee be the peace of God, the Possessor of the earth and the Creator of the heavens. Our servant in attendance hath brought thy letter into the presence of this Wronged One, and read it out before Our face. We, verily, have heard it, and made reply thereto in these perspicuous verses -- verses that shall draw thee nigh unto God, the Lord of the worlds. <p433>

This is a day on which, at every moment, the Crier crieth out: The Kingdom is God's, the Lord of the Day of Reckoning". This is a day on which every steadfast soul hath attained, every ear hath heard, and every eye hath witnessed that which hath shone forth in refulgent splendour above the horizon of the will of God, the Lord of the mighty throne. He, verily, hath desired naught but to sanctify His servants and to purify them from lust and wickedness, from evil and transgression. He, verily, is the most merciful of them that show mercy.

Shouldst though hear the call raised from the Most Sublime Horizon, and quaff the choice wine of utterance from the bounteous cup of Him Who is the Lord of the Kingdom of Names, then say:

God, My God! I bear witness that Thou didst not create Thy servants save to recognize the Dayspring of Thy signs and the Dawning-place of Thy testimonies; that Thou didst not create their ears save to hearken unto the shrill voice of Thy Pen; that Thou didst not create their eyes save to behold the effulgences of the horizon of Thy Revelation; that Thou didst not create their hands save to take hold of Thy Book with a power deriving from Thy presence and a sovereignty vouchsafed by Thee; that Thou didst not create their hearts save to turn towards the Kaaba of Thy knowledge, Thy glory, and Thy command; and that Thou didst not create their feet save to attain unto Thy Straight Path.

I ask Thee, by the faces that have been stained crimson by the blood spilled in Thy path; by the breasts that have been pierced by the shafts of Thine enemies for the exaltation of Thy Word; and by the souls that have neither been overawed by the ascendancy of the oppressors nor affrighted by the fearsome weapons of destruction arrayed against them by the infidels, but who, in Thy Name, have set themselves towards the Manifestation of Thy Self and who, in their eagerness to meet Thee, have circled around His pleasure, to assist me tinder all conditions to lay fast hold on the cord of Thy Cause, and to arise to serve Thee and to extol Thy Name amongst Thy servants.

O Lord! I am Thy servant and the son of Thy servant and Thy handmaiden. I find myself bewildered by the matchless tokens of Thy Revelation, by the wondrous evidences of Thy dawning forth, and by Thy signs and traces that have encompassed both Thy heaven and Thine earth. I beseech Thee to adorn my head with the crown of detachment, and to bedeck my temple with the robe of humility and lowliness before the revelation of Thy laws and Thy commandments." [1]

[1 Translation authorized by the Universal House of justice.]

<p434>

In another Tablet Baha'u'llah revealed:

He is the All Knowing, the All Informed!

O Mustafa!

Be thou thankful for that thou hast been remembered by this Wronged One, and that there hath been revealed for thee that which shall abide for as long as earth and heaven shall endure. Consider and call to mind the day on which Muhammad the Messenger of God appeared with the signs of God, the Help in Peril, the Self Subsisting. Some among the people denied Him, others turned away from Him, yet others mocked Him, and still others rose up against him in such grievous fashion as to sentence Him to death without any clear proof from God, the Lord of all being. Verily, He said: "Fear God, O peoples of the earth! Bear ye witness unto His unity and oneness, and follow not your idle fancies and vain imaginings. Join not partners with God, O people, and worship not that which your own hands have fashioned! Better is this for you, if ye be of them that understand". The more strenuously He admonished them, the greater waxed their enmity and hatred. Thus doth the Pen of the Most High recount unto thee from this Glorious Abode. Be thou steadfast in the Cause, and proclaim this Name through which the traces of Jibt and Taghut have been obliterated. [Names off false deities worshipped in Arabia before the advent of Muhammad.] The Glory of God be upon thee and upon all those who have quaffed the choice sealed wine from the hands of the bounty of My Name, the Self Subsisting." [1]

[1 Translation authorized by the Universal House of Justice.]

The Ascension of Baha'u'llah, although a great burden on his heart, did not shake Siyyid Mustafa's belief and he remained steadfast in the Covenant. He attained the presence of 'Abdu'l-Baha. for the first time in 1899 when he formed part of the group carrying the Sarcophagus for the remains of the Bab, which was donated by the Burmese Baha'is, to the Holy Land. This experience together with the abundance of 'Abdu'l-Baha's love, strengthened his allegiance to the Covenant.

Throughout the years 'Abdu'l-Baha showered His love and guidance on Siyyid Mustafa. He called him the "Exponent of the Faith" and assured him that although they were not able to communicate often, He remembered him continually in His prayers. In several Tablets the Master encouraged Siyyid Mustafa to give his all in the Path <p435> of Baha'u'llah. Although due to fresh persecutions facing 'Abdu'l-Baha no one except those with long standing permission were allowed to visit the Holy Land, the Master in a Tablet invited Siyyid Mustafa and told him that this invitation was a "special bounty" and favour.

At the end of his sojourn in the Holy Land 'Abdu'l-Baha addressed these words to him:

"I am saddened at my separation from thee. God willing, we shall meet again some day.... I pray God that in this journey thou wilt raise throughout the lands of India so thrilling and melodious a call as to fill with ecstasy the people of understanding, and to cause their very veins and arteries to throb with rapture." [1]

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At the start of World War I, 'Abdu'l-Baha wrote Siyyid Mustafa about the very dangerous situation in the Holy Land and informed him that for some time communication will be cut off, but he should continue his services and not be perturbed.

At the end of the War, the Master wrote again expressing His happiness at the steadfastness of the friends of the Indian subcontinent and encouraged Siyyid Mustafa. to persevere in his services. The Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Baha had a great effect on Siyyid Mustafa. He gradually started to leave his business and devote more time to the Faith. At the behest of 'Abdu'l-Baha he translated Baha'u'llah's Tablets which were sent to him by the Master, to refute the allegations of the Qadiyanis, who had started to oppose the Faith in India, specifically in Delhi, Punjab and Lahore.

Siyyid Mustafa now wanted to give all his time to the service of the Faith and to leave for the Holy Land to serve his beloved Master. 'Abdu'l-Baha encouraged him to stay in India and Burma as his presence was of utmost importance for the promotion and protection of the Faith. In a tablet to him 'Abdu'l-Baha said:

"Praise be to God that the Cause of God is day by day becoming more exalted, and that the extent of my correspondence is becoming ever wider. Previously it was possible to correspond with all the friends, whereas now no more than a single letter can be written to each town; nay, to carry on a wider correspondence would be quite inconceivable. Yet because thou art an old and dearly cherished friend, this reply is being composed immediately upon receipt of thy letter, that thou mayest know how kindly Abdu'l-Baha feeleth <p436> towards thee in his heart and soul." [1]

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'Abdu'l-Baha. continued to shower his love and encouragement upon Siyyid Mustafa even during His travels in Europe and America. If he was distressed, 'Abdu'l-Baha assured him that with a friend like Him, he should never feel sad and despondent. If he felt tired and burdened with lack of finances. He told him that every one was a friend in happy and prosperous times, but those like him who tolerated all hardships and remained steadfast were the real and true lovers of Baha'u'llah. The Master meanwhile talked to well placed Baha'i s to arrange some employment for Siyyid Mustafa, so that he could earn some money and continue his services.

Siyyid Mustafa, despite his dire financial situation, obeyed the instructions of his beloved Master and undertook extensive travels in India which yielded fruitful results. On one occasion 'Abdu'l-Baha cabled him 200 Rupees to cover the expenses of his travels. Meanwhile he continued his translations of the Baha'i Writings into Urdu and Burmese and wrote articles on the Faith.

Siyyid Mustafa, an erudite Muslim scholar, succeeded in teaching many of the Muslims of Mandalay and Rangoon under the direction of 'Abdu'l-Baha. In addition, through his association with the headman of the village of Daidanaw, the whole population of the village accepted the Faith. With financial help from the Baha'is of Rangoon, he established a school in Daidanaw and called it the "School of 'Abdu'l-Baha".

In a Tablet addressed to him 'Abdu'l-Baha said: "As regards the Kunjangoon school, this school is extremely important, and hath been inaugurated in the name of this humble servant. It must be run with the utmost order and regularity, and all the friends in India must lend it their support. "[1]

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Siyyid Mustafa was a great administrator as well as a great teacher and scholar. As soon as there were enough Baha'is in a centre he would organize them into groups and thus lay the foundation for local Assemblies which were formed at a later date.

The Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha in 1921 did not shake Siyyid Mustafa's steadfastness. He became a staunch defender of the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha against allegations of the Covenant breakers and transferred the devotion and love he felt for 'Abdu'l-Baha to Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Faith. <p437>

He revered and loved the Guardian and despite his advanced age tried to do everything in his power to bring joy to Shoghi Effendi's heart. As can be gleaned from the Guardian's letters to him, this love was reciprocated: "No words can adequately convey the gratitude I feel in my heart for your continued and inestimable services" "I will ever be reminded of your glorious and exemplary services to the Abha Revelation", "You have, in the evening of your life, added fresh laurels to the crown of immortal glory which your many services Nave won for you and which the future generations will gratefully and joyfully remember", "You belong to the heroic age of our Beloved Faith an age to which you have richly contributed", "Future generations will glorify and extol your service rendered with such devotion, zeal and love. I feel extremely grateful to you, and am proud of your record of service", "My heart overflows with gratitude for all that you have achieved in His path", and, "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 confident."

Several times during World War II, the Guardian sent cables enquiring about the safety of Siyyid Mustafa. Finally the tragic news of his assassination in 1944, at the age of 99, reached the beloved Guardian. A fanatic mob had attacked the Haziratu'l-Quds and martyred Siyyid Mustafa and two other Baha'is.

Shoghi Effendi appointed him, posthumously, a Hand of the Cause of God, contributed the cost of erecting a monument on his resting place and called his tomb the "foremost Shrine in Burma".

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NARAYNRAO RANGANATH VAKIL

1866-1943

Naraynrao Vakil was born in the year 1866, in a well-known and prominent Hindu family of Navsari, an important principality of Baroda, which later became known as the state of Gujarat. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the renowned Elphinston College of Bombay in 1908 and later graduated from the School of Law of Bombay University.

It was at Elphinston College in 1909, that Vakil came in contact with a fellow student, M. R. Shirazi, who introduced him to the great Baha'i teacher Mirza Mahram. Although Vakil had been raised as an Orthodox Hindu, he was so attracted to the Teachings of Baha'u'llah as presented by Mirza Mahram, that after a short while he declared his faith. He was the first Indian of the Hindu background to accept the Baha'i Faith.

Almost immediately he started to teach the Faith to his friends and when confronted with difficult questions he brought them to Mirza Mahram. In 1910, a large conference was held in Allahabad which included an all India Religious Conference. Siyyid Mustafa Rumi was to represent the Baha'i Faith at the Conference, which had attracted thousands of people from across the country, but at the last moment he developed a sore throat and could not read his talk. Vakil replaced him and his address strongly affected the crowd. This was the first of many conferences that Vakil would attend to represent the Faith of Baha'u'llah.

In 1914, Vakil had the privilege to be invited by 'Abdu'l-Baha to travel to the Holy Land. During this trip he kept a detailed diary of his meetings with the Master, Who spoke to him through a translator: "From India I have received many letters praising and commending you. Now I see with My own eyes that, praise be to God, those praises and commendations are not on]y fully manifest in you but...you are greater than the picture portrayed in the letters...From our first meeting you have become very dear to Me. Are the members of your caste investigating, searching, or are they satisfied with their old customs?...I hope that when you leave this Holy Spot you will become the cause of their guidance and, God willing, your very breath shall have a great effect on their hearts...

"Do not look at your own weakness, but look to the confirmations <p439> of God...You are a tree planted by the hand of Providence and watered by the vernal rains of Divine bounty...You will bear luscious fruits from which all the people of India will benefit...Baha'u'llah has crowned you with a crown of jewels. You will awaken multitudes."

During this pilgrimage Vakil supplicated 'Abdu'l-Baha to visit India. 'Abdu'l-Baha replied that He would send Vakil instead, with special spiritual powers. He should show people that he was a Baha'i, through his conduct. "People must see that you are different from others. Do not become too engaged in your work; devote some of your time to business and some to the Cause."

On his return to India Vakil married the girl to whom he had been betrothed since childhood, according to Hindu custom, and started his law practice. He, meanwhile, devoted much of his time to the work of the Cause and made it a habit to always set aside some of his earnings for the promotion of the Faith.

After the ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha, Vakil was drowned in sorrow and despondency. The loving and consistent communications of the Guardian were his sole source of strength. Although he suffered from poor health, the never ending prayers and concern of the Guardian helped to restore his well being and uplift his soul, to be able to render great services to the advancement of the Faith of Baha'u'llah. He had the bounty to be called "Family" by the beloved Guardian. In him the Guardian had a loyal and able friend whom he could trust with many difficult missions.

The Executive Committee of the Baha'is of India was elected in 1922 and Vakil was appointed as its auditor. This Committee was renamed the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India at the instruction of the Guardian and Vakil was elected its Chairman. He occupied this post, except for one year, until his passing.

Many of the letters of Shoghi Effendi to India are addressed to Vakil and they illustrate the Guardian's constant concern for his health. In 1929, the Guardian welcomed Vakil and his family, which now included his two daughters, to the Holy Land. On this trip, the love and affection of the Greatest Holy Leaf, and a dream at the Mansion of Bahji, led Mrs. Vakil finally to embrace the Faith.

He returned with a revived sense of mission, continued to serve his beloved Guardian and attracted a great number of prominent Hindu personalities to the Cause of God. In 1943, the Baha'i community of India suffered the loss of its most prominent and dedicated native son, who had been compared by Shoghi Effendi to the martyrs <p440> in the path of Baha'u'llah. [1]

[1 Sources: Immortals by Dipchand Khianra, Baha'i Publishing Trust of India, 1988. The Baha'i World VOL. IX, p. 637 641.]

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PROFESSOR PRITAM SINGH - 1881-1959

Pritam Singh, whose name meant "Lion of the Beloved", was born on 16 November 1881, in a highly cultured and wealthy Sikh family of Sialkot, Punjab, now a part of Pakistan. His father, Sardar Sahib Chatter Singh, was a judge of the High Court of Lahore and a prominent businessman.

Pritam Singh finished his primary studies in his hometown and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Economics and Political Science from the University of Lahore in 1904, and his postgraduate degree with honours from the University of Calcutta in 1909. It was in this year that he met Mirza Mahmud Zarqani, who, at the behest of 'Abdu'l-Baha had established his residence in Lahore to teach the Faith. Pritam Singh was so entranced with the Teachings of Baha'u'llah, that he decided to devote most of his time to the promotion of his new-found Cause.

Pritam Singh was fluent in several Indian languages and wrote many articles and books explaining the tenets of the Faith. At the instruction of the Guardian he translated "Baha'u'llah and the New Era" into Indian languages.

The letters of the Guardian to him show how Pritam Singh's services were valued: "I deeply appreciate your outstanding and constant services to our beloved Faith, admire the spirit that animates you, and sympathize with you in your cares and difficulties. I will pray for their removal from the depth of my heart. Rest assured and persevere in your historic and unforgettable services".

Pritam Singh's incessant activities in promoting the Faith, particularly among the Sikh community, incited the ire of the priests and caused the opposition of the fanatics, who, at one time, severely beat him and forbade him to talk about the Faith in the Sikh Temples.

He was not dissuaded and in 1927 resigned his post as a lecturer in the University to devote all his time to the service of the Cause. He accompanied international Baha'i teachers such as Martha Root and Keith Ransom Kehler throughout India, acting as their guide and translator and assisting them in teaching the Faith.

He started a Baha'i weekly magazine at his own expense, the first Baha'i periodical in India which was well received by the intellectual society. His articles appeared in publications such as the "World <p442> Order", "Kawkab-i-Hind" and "Payambar". In 1932 he was appointed by the Guardian as an editor of the "Baha'i World", representing India and Burma.

Pritam Singh travelled throughout India, visiting universities and colleges and attending conferences where he could bring the Faith to the attention of the educated circles. He was known to many of the Vice Chancellors and university professors and so could reach the intellectual strata of the Indian society quite easily and naturally. Shoghi Effendi encouraged Pritam Singh to continue to bring the message of Baha'u'llah to the educated people of India.

Pritam Singh's way of life greatly displeased his wealthy and religious family and his father disowned him. In an article in "The Baha'i World" Vol XIII, it is recorded that: "His family was embarrassed that with all his brilliant career and bright future, should leave not only his comfortable way of life, but also his hereditary religion. Therefore, they started to place [him] under economic and other pressures. However, when their persuasions flavoured with the promise of a large fortune to be bequeathed to him by his father, failed, they even begged Professor Pritam Singh to remain a Baha'i if he wanted to, but at least for the sake of the reputation of the family, to give up his public lectures and teaching tours". Pritam Singh did not succumb to the pressures.

Isfandiyar Bakhtiyari, a close friend and associate of Pritam Singh recalled: "After the partition of the country into India and Pakistan, some well known individuals who had occupied important positions in Pakistan came over to India. Among them were admirers of Pritam Singh who held him in high regard and came to meet him. One of these was Lala Ishwardas, an ex-judge of the Lahore High Court who had left a lot of property behind in Pakistan and had been given suitable compensation from the Government of India. He lived in a palatial residence in Delhi with his two sons, one of whom was an Ambassador and the other a highly placed government official.

"One day this gentleman came to the Baha'i Centre where Pritam Singh and I shared a room, and invited Pritam Singh to his house...He returned and told me 'Do you Know what Lalaji told me? He said "What is this life that you are leading there along with an Irani in the corner of an office? Anyone can enter your room at anytime and there is no privacy." Then he said as he had a large and commodious house and many servants, he would be glad to give me comfortable accommodation in his house and free board for the rest of <p443> my life, if I would only give up the Baha'i Faith."... I told him do you expect me to undo what I have achieved in a whole lifetime? I am very happy where I am. This corner of an office is very dear to me and I shall not exchange it for a big palace."

Khudadad Hakimiyan recalls how the younger generation of Baha'is in India lovingly called him "Pritam Kaka", Uncle Pritam, and how, by his simplicity, his kindness and his loving and helpful nature, he had endeared himself to everyone to such an extent that even enemies of the Baha'i Faith showed regard for him. At one time, after the partition of Punjab, when Hindus and Sikhs on one side, and the Muslims on the other, were mercilessly massacring each other, some Muslim neighbours saved his life at the risk of their own by taking him inside their family quarters.

For the last few years of his life, Pritam Singh pioneered to Amritsar where there were no other Baha'is. He worked as a proofreader in a printing press and gave all his spare time to the promotion of the Faith. He lived alone in a humble garage, without any means of comfort, and refused to leave his pioneering post despite his old age and declining health.

A representative of the National Spiritual Assembly who had gone to visit him reported:

"He wore a white turban, white shirt, white pants and white canvas shoes. He looked worn out; his cheeks were hollow, his eyes had sunk in their sockets. He smiled and embraced me and expressed his joy and gratitude that I had gone to see him. Then he said: 'The call may come any moment now. I am eager to attain the presence of Baha'u'llah to submit my reports to Him. God alone knows how I have tried to serve His Glorious Cause! I am but a humble servant and rely on the mercy of the Manifestation of God.'"

This was just a fortnight before Pritam Singh passed peacefully to the Abha Kingdom, in his sleep, on August 25, 1959. He was buried according to Baha'i rites.

The Hands of the Cause of God residing in the Holy Land, sent the following cable to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India:

"GRIEVE LOSS OUTSTANDING INDIAN BELIEVER PRITAM

SINGH DISTINGUISHED TEACHER ADMINISTRATOR

FAITH MUCH LOVED PRAISED BY BELOVED

GUARDIAN. HIS DEVOTED UNTIRING SERVICES SO

LONG PERIOD SO MANY FIELDS UNFORGETTABLE. <p444>

PRAYING SHRINES RICH REWARD."

The many articles and books written by Pritam Singh about the Faith include, "Herald of the East", "The Place of Bab in Bahaism", "The Prophet of this Age", "Baha'u'llah", "The Rise of the Baha'i Faith in Iran", "The Second Corning of Shri Krishna" and "The Two Bridges, Zoroastrianism and Baha'i Faith". [1]

[1 Sources: Parts of this article are adapted from Immortals by Dipchand Khianra, Baha'i Publishing Trust of India, 1988. THE BAHA'I WORLD VOL. XIII.]