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Daily Reflection – 3 Jalál (Glory)
April 10 - April 11
“Launched through these very acts into the troublesome seas of ceaseless tribulation, piloted by the mighty arm of ‘Abdu’l-Baha and manned by the bold initiative and abundant vitality of a band of sorely-tried disciples, the Ark of Baha’u’llah’s Covenant has, ever since those days, been steadily pursuing its course contemptuous of the storms of bitter misfortune that have raged, and which must continue to assail it, as it forges ahead towards the promised haven of undisturbed security and peace.”
[1 Events associated with the introduction of the Faith in the West]
(Shoghi Effendi, from a letter dated 21 April 1933, published in “The World Order of Baha’u’llah – Selected Letters”, p. 84)
“The Covenant is the “axis of the oneness of the world of humanity” because it preserves the unity and integrity of the Faith itself and protects it from being disrupted by individuals who are convinced that only their understanding of the Teachings is the right one — a fate that has overcome all past Revelations. The Covenant is, moreover, embedded in the Writings of Baha’u’llah Himself. Thus, as you clearly see, to accept Baha’u’llah is to accept His Covenant; to reject His Covenant is to reject Him.”
(3 January 1982, from a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer)