POSTED ON BEHALF OF THE GUARDIAN OF THE BAHA'I FAITH
Tragically overlooked by the Hands of the Cause following the passing of Shoghi Effendi on 4 November 1957, and long since forgotten, is his message addressed to the Baha'i World on 23 November 1952, that resulted in serious and enduring consequences with an almost fatal impact on the continuance of the divinely-conceived Baha'i Administrative Order bequeathed to us by the infallible Pen of 'Abdu'l-Baha in His sacred Will and Testament, an Order acclaimed by Shoghi Effendi in his work: "The Dispensation of Baha'u'llah" as nothing less than "God's immutable Purpose for mankind in this day."
It was in this message that Shoghi Effendi, significantly and undeniably forecast his early passing, albeit in an indirect manner, while at the same time clearly and unmistakably projecting the essential continuance of the Guardianship, whose living incumbent is the irreplaceable "Center of the Cause" and "the sacred head and distinguished member for life" of the Universal House of Justice.
It was in this same message that he referred to the International Baha'i Council that he had appointed in his Proclamation of 9 January 1951 as "The Central Body," the one and only time he had ever used this term, so as to leave no doubt of the primacy of this institution and furthermore clearly assigned its future role. Yet, upon his passing, this International Council--nothing less than the embryonic Universal House of Justice --would be shamelessly relegated by the Hands of the Cause to a subordinate position to their own in their nefarious seizure of control over the affairs of Faith and illegitimate reign of some five years.
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