Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Shoghi Effendi's Descriptions of the Baha'i Covenant


Shoghi Effendi describes the Covenant of Bahá'u'lláh as “a Covenant unique in the spiritual annals of mankind.” (Citadel of Faith, p. 4)

He also describes it as:

(a) “Bahá'u'lláh’s peerless Covenant”

(b) “Bahá'u'lláh's peerless and all-enfolding Covenant”

(c)“Bahá'u'lláh's incomparable Covenant”

(d) “so mighty a Covenant”

(e) “a Covenant of world importance, pre-existent, peerless and unique in the history of all religions”

(f) “a Covenant generated through the direct authority of the Promised One Himself”

(g) “a Covenant on which not only His own [`Abdu'l-Bahá’s] authority but the integrity of the Faith itself depended”

(h) “a Covenant designed by Him as the sole refuge against schism, disruption and anarchy”

(i) “the supreme gift conferred by Him Who is the Lord of Revelation upon the present and future generations”

Abdu'l-Bahá described the Covenant of Bahá'u'lláh as:

(j) “a Covenant so firm and mighty that from the beginning of time until the present day no religious Dispensation hath produced its like.”

Sources:

(a) The Promised Day is Come, p. 14
(b) The World Order of Baha'u'llah, p. 133
(c) Messages to America, p. 50
(d) The World Order of Baha'u'llah, p. 146
(e) God Passes By, p. 248
(f) God Passes By, p. xvi
(g) God Passes By, p. 251
(h) Messages to America, p. 50
(i) Messages to America, p. 50
(j) The World Order of Baha'u'llah, p. 136

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