Critique of Ruhi Institue’s Book Number 8,”The Covenant Unit 2″ – Part Three

Posted on March 23, 2009. Filed under: book analysis | Tags: |

Part 1 and Part 2 of this critique of the Ruhi Institute manuscript entitled The Covenant, Unit 2, The Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh, exposed the manner by which the authors of that Ruhi manuscript neglected and hid the fact that there does not exist the capability and legitimate authority to interpret Bahá’í Holy Writ and Bahá’í Holy Text nor the writings of the Guardians of the Bahá’í Faith apart from the interpretation of a living Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith on Earth.

Part 1 and Part 2 of this critique also discussed the shameful manner by which the Ruhi Institute authors endorsed and supported their heterodox, sans-Guardian Bahá’í leadership/administration currently located on Mt. Carmel in that administration’s flagrant violation of this vital truth, quoted below, infallibly taught by the first Bahá’í Guardian, Shoghi Effendi concerning the relationship between the “twin” sacred Institutions, the Guardianship of the Bahá’í Faith, and the Universal House of Justice, a relationship which never has existed and never will exist in the san-Guardian/Heterodox Bahá’í organization of Haifa/Wilmette:

As Shoghi Effendi has asserted: “Neither can, nor will ever, infringe upon the sacred and prescribed domain of the other.”

In Part 3 of this critique of the Ruhi Institute document, The Covenant, Unit 2, we will continue to examine and expose the wickedness and deception perpetrated by the authors of the Ruhi manuscript as they craftily attempted to seal their leadership’s efforts to eliminate the hereditary principle of the Bahá’í Faith and thus to simultaneously eliminate the sacred Institution of the Guardianship of the Bahá’í Faith which that hereditary principle perpetuates throughout the 1000 years of this Holy Bahá’í Dispensation.

The following insidious expression found on page 54 of The Ruhi manuscript, The Covenant, Unit 2, is a prime example of the wicked intentions of the authors of the Ruhi manuscript, mentioned above:

“The Will and Testament of `Abdu’l-Bahá establishes the institution of the Guardianship. It explicitly names Shoghi Effendi as the Guardian, allows for the possibility of other Guardians succeeding him,…”

Would it be any more deceitful for someone to write:

‘Constitutional Law in the United States of America allows for the possibility of democratic elections of Presidents.’?
I doubt that anyone has ever written a more deceptive and inappropriate statement since the founding of the American nation, not even any elementary school student writing an assignment. Constitutional Law in the United States REQUIRES democratic elections of Presidents.

Similarly, all of the sacred instructions and institutions delineated by `Abdu’l-Bahá in His Will and Testament, and also all of the official statements written by the first Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, Shoghi Effendi, use imperatives concerning the Guardianship and future Guardians of the Bahá’í Faith, and include prefatory commands such as these: “It is incumbent,” and “must”, to the extent that there is no excuse for any woman or man claiming to be Bahá’í to endorse or support the following ridiculous and utterly false statement by the Ruhi manuscript authors that ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Will allows only for the POSSIBILITY of future Guardians after Shoghi Effendi:”The Will and Testament of `Abdu’l-Bahá…allows for the possibility of other Guardians succeeding him….”

Here follow some examples of those infallible, imperative instructions as found in the sacred instructions from `Abdu’l-Bahá:

“It is incumbent upon the guardian of the Cause of God to appoint …him that shall be his successor . . . ” (From His Will and Testament)

Note: “it is incumbent”

“Should he not attend in person its deliberations, he must appoint one to represent him”.

Note: “he must” (From His Will and Testament)

Shoghi Effendi wrote in his spiritual testament, The Dispensation of Bahá’u’lláh:

“To the integrity of this cardinal principle of our Faith the words, the deeds of its present and future Guardians must abundantly testify. By their conduct and example they must needs establish its truth upon an unassailable foundation and transmit to future generations unimpeachable evidences of its reality.”

Note that both present and future Guardians: “must abundantly testify”, “must needs establish” “must transmit unimpeachable evidences”

The hearts of sincere, true Bahá’ís are not impervious to such imperatives transmitted through the infallible pens of those Divinely appointed interpreters of our Holy Writings.

The authors of The Covenant, Unit 2, on page 12 of their manuscript, quote the official words of Shoghi Effendi from “God Passes By” where he identifies the Aghsán to be the sons of Bahá’u’lláh: “Aghsán (His sons).

The Aghsan were solely the sons of Baha’u’llah, and therefore contemporaries of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, and thus none of them would have lived long enough to survive the ministry of Shoghi Effendi and therefore were never even alive to be considered for appointment as his successors. There can be no doubt that Shoghi Effendi was fully aware of that fact, and likewise fully aware that due to the fact that he had no sons, his successor, whom the heredidary principle and the sacred Instructions within the Master’s Will and Testament compelled him to choose and appoint, must be “another branch” (“ghusan”). If Shoghi Effendi, the first Bahá’í Guardian had failed to appoint his successor, that would mean that the hereditary principle of the Bahá’í Faith would have become inoperative even before it became functional, a totally faithless and illogical opinion, which opinion is, nevertheless held by heterodox Bahá’ís, including the Ruhi Institute authors of The Covenant, Unit 2, as demonstrated by this inane statement on page 72 of their manuscript: “Shoghi Effendi had been unable to name a successor…”. What expression could possibly be more faithless and offensive towards the infallible first Guardian of our Faith than for someone claiming to be a Bahá’í to make such a comment.

It is so very astonishing for all true Bahá’ís that sans-Guardian/heterodox believers, such as the Ruhi Institute authors of The Covenant, Unit 2 know very well in their hearts that not any woman or man among them anywhere on earth, including the members of their bogus UHJ has the slightest trace of power or authority to interpret the Bahá’í Holy Text which is the Master’s sacred and immutable Will and Testament, and yet those heterodox believers continue to press forward presumptuously, interpreting the word “ghusan” for themselves in such a manner that their nefarious, illegitimate interpretation serves to nullify for them all of the sacred Instructions enshrined in Part One of the Master’s Will and Testament, serves to nullify/repudiate all of Shoghi Effendi’s countless written official teachings and statements concerning the Guardianship of the Bahá’í Faith and the relationship of this Institution to a legitimate Universal House of Justice, (which relationship the heterodox Bahá’í organization never has and never will experience), and which faithless interpretation paints a picture of Shoghi Effendi as someone who either was not an infallible Guardian, or else that had been so unfaithful to his calling, that he would carry on for a long period of time without informing the Bahá’í world that he had no intention of fulfilling the duty “incumbent upon him” to appoint a successor That is a false picture.

It is NOT our Shoghi Effendi, the beloved first Guardian of faithful, true Bahá’ís. And, yes, that is exactly the picture that these faithless disobedient ones are painting when they insist that the term “another branch” (“ghusan”) must be interpreted to mean that he must choose his successor from amongst the “Aghsan”, because they are saying, in effect, that it became necessary for them to make such an interpretation, since Shoghi Effendi failed to do so before his death and was unable to do so afterwards. Those sans-Guardian believers are the ones who have failed, by breaching the boundaries of their own stations to cross over into the sphere of interpretation which does not belong to them, but rather it belongs exclusively to the living Guardians of our Faith. Incidentally, the fact that Shoghi Effendi has not clarified that question for the sans-Guardian believers from his location in the next world puts the lie to the teaching of some heterodox believers that Shoghi Effendi is still the Guardian of the Faith, although he is now in the next world. Many heterodox believers still speak of Shoghi Effendi incorrectly as “the Guardian”, rather than as he truly is, “the first Guardian.”

Read: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

By Hand of the Cause Ross Campbell

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