Each successor Guardian is simultaneously one of the "chosen ministers" of the Covenant of Bahá'u'lláh as defined by Shoghi Effendi. The Guardians are His "chosen ministers".
Elected individuals in the Bahá'í Faith are in no way directly connected to that hereditary principle of the Bahá'í Faith which principle ensures that an unscrupulous man will never become head of the Bahá'í Faith. Elected individuals do not and cannot carry forward
the hereditary principle of the Bahá'í Faith. For that very reason, we quickly perceive that something is very disastrously in error when we read these words recorded on page 397 of the Heterodox Bahá'í publication, The Bahá'í World 1954-1963:
"The members of all the National and Regional Spiritual Assemblies of the Bahá'í world, duly constituted in Ridván 1960, will take part in a postal ballot to elect nine members to the International Council. This International Bahá'í Council is to work under the direction and supervision of the Hands of the Cause residing in the Holy Land..."
True seekers and all sincere Bahá'ís will take careful note of that gross distortion of the Master's sacred Instructions which distortion eliminates the hereditary principle of the Bahá'í Faith, replacing the chosen and appointed head of the legitimate International Bahá'í Council, appointed by the first Guardian, with totally elected membership.
By Ross Campbell