It is precisely in order to overcome such a danger that the Guardian thinks it advisable that the friends should be encouraged to serve from time to time in both the teaching and the administrative spheres of Bahá'í work, but only whenever they feel fit to do so.
I would therefore strongly urge those who are called upon to make such a decision to approach this highly involved and ever-recurring P6 problem with the spirit of humble prayer, and earnest consultation, and to refrain from drawing rigidly the line of demarcation except on such occasions when the interests of the Cause absolutely demand it. 175: "Know verily that the essence of justice and the source thereof are both embodied in the ordinance prescribed by Him Who is the Manifestation of the Self of God amongst men, if ye be of them that recognize this truth.The fears and agitation which the revelation of this law provoke in men's hearts should indeed be likened to the cries of the suckling babe weaned from his mother's milk, if ye be of them that perceive..." (Bahá'u'lláh) [Ed. Certain laws, such as fasting, obligatory prayers, the consent of the parents before marriage, avoidance of alcoholic drinks, monogamy, should P7 be regarded by all believers as universally and vitally applicable at the present time.Others have been formulated in anticipation of a state of society destined to emerge from the chaotic conditions that prevail today.When the Aqdas is published the form of congregational prayer prescribed by Bahá'u'lláh will be made clear to all the believers.(Letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi by his Secretary) Prayers to be Read as Revealed. The Guardian feels that it would be better for either the mothers of Bahá'í children-or some Committee your Assembly might delegate the task to-to choose excerpts from the Sacred Words to be used by the child rather than just something made up.When the Aqdas is published this matter will be further explained and elucidated.
What has not been formulated in the Aqdas, in addition to matters of detail and of secondary importance arising out of the application of the laws already formulated by Bahá'u'lláh, will have to be enacted by the Universal House of Justice.
Such a specialization has the advantage of saving time and of leading to greater efficiency, particularly at this early stage of our development.
The great danger, however, lies in that by so doing the friends may tend to develop a sort of class consciousness which is fundamentally contrary to both the spirit and actual teachings of the Faith.
) Association with Orientals Warning About Orientals Shun Entirely All Covenant-breakers Demonstration by Deed and Word Our One Aim and Sole Object Bahá'í Work and Service to Humanity Concerning Individual Teaching Freedom of the Individual to Express His Own Views Care in Presenting the Message Channels for the Spirit of God Contacts with Social Movements-Association and Affiliation International Language Not an Economic System Application of Economic Teachings On Commercial Arrangements Settlement of Civil Disputes Membership in other Religious Organizations Non-Political Character of the Faith Relationship of Bahá'ís to Politics Reference to Political Figures Articles on Controversial Issues Review of Articles About the Cause Bahá'í Periodicals Distinction Between Tablets and Talks 'Abdu'l-Bahá in London Stories About 'Abdu'l-Bahá Preservation of Relics Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era Bahá'í Music Most Outstanding Obligations.
(The Nine Points.) Election Appointed of God The Bedrock of the Universal House of Justice.
He doth verily incarnate the highest, the infallible standard of justice unto all creation.