Shoghi Effendi & Worldcivilisation
A 6 day conference in Watford, London, organised by the Baha’i Arts & Literature Society
Here are some notes taken at the end of each day. In an effort to remember some highlights, share them with those interested and reflect on my own learning, please find some notes.
Today we listen to two speakers and the evening program allowed our group of about 44 participants to briefly present themselves and any stories related to Shoghi Effendi.
Trevor Finch, Head of Religious Studies at Greenacre School somewhere in the UK, gave us a 60 minutes overview of the life of Shoghi Effendi. It is interesting to note that the dictionaries don’t mention spiritual elements when defining the word civilization.
Shoghi Effendi was born on the 1.3. 1897 in the house of Abdu’l a Pasha in Akko. His lineage stems from 2 Manifestations. Shoghi means: one who yearns after. Effendi means: Sir or Mister. Rabbani means: divine and is the name bestowed upon him by Abdu’l-Bahá. 1918, Shoghi Effendi received his BA. 1919 he started studying in Oxford
Dr Fananapazir and Dr Bahiyeh Nakhjavani: the then and the now
1921-37 preparation on how institutions should be functioning.
Quotes cited and discussed:
To try to obtain a clear view of the shape of things to come would be premature inasmuch as the glittering prizes to be won are directly dependent on the measure of success which the combined efforts that are now being exerted must yield. Ours is the duty to fix our gaze with undeviating attention on the duties and responsibilities confronting us at this present hour, to concentrate our resources, both material and spiritual, on the tasks that lie immediately ahead, to insure that no time is wasted, that no opportunity is missed, that no obligation is evaded, that no task is halfheartedly performed, that no decision is procrastinated. The task summoning us to a challenge, unprecedented in its gravity and force, is too vast and sacred, the time too short, the hour too perilous, the workers too few, the call too insistent, the resources too inadequate, for us to allow these precious and fleeting hours to slip from our grasp, and to suffer the prizes within our reach to be endangered or forfeited."
Shoghi Effendi, Messages to America, p. 101. (Compilations, Quickeners of Mankind, p. 33)
Bahá’u’lláh, He "around Whom the Point of the Bayan hath revolved," and the Vehicle of the greatest Revelation the world has yet seen, received the first intimation of His sublime Mission, and that a ministry which, alike in its duration and fecundity, is unsurpassed in the religious history of mankind, was inaugurated. (Shoghi Effendi, Messages to America, p. 99)
1953 – 1963, after 1963, we begin the 10th part of the formative age. Using the metaphor of the seed.
And finally the tenth part of this mighty process must be the penetration of that light, in the course of numerous crusades and of successive epochs of both the Formative and Golden Ages of the Faith, into all the remaining territories of the globe through the erection of the entire machinery of Bahá’u’lláh’s Administrative Order in all territories, both East and West, the stage at which the light of God’s triumphant Faith shining in all its power and glory will have suffused and enveloped the entire planet. (Shoghi Effendi, Messages to the Baha’i World – 1950-1957, p. 154)
(to be completed)