Posted by: samandal | May 29, 2010

Shoghí Effendí Rabbání, VII: The View from the Castle

Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh

“Every receptive soul who hath in this Day inhaled the fragrance of His garment and hath, with a pure heart, set his face towards the all-glorious Horizon is reckoned among the people of Bahá in the Crimson Book.”                                    (Bahá’u’lláh: Kitáb-i-‘Ahd, paragraph 3)

The Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh remains intact because of the remnant who sustain it. It is, paradoxically, the Covenant with Bahá’u’lláh that creates unity among Bahá’ís, not Bahá’ís who create unity among themselves under the “provisions” of the Covenant. There is no explicit affirmation of or assertion for the succession of the Hands in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. Indeed, the interpretive prerogative of authoritative elucidation lies in the exclusive sphere of the Guardian.

Reginald King founded the Tarbíyat Bahá’í Community in 1973. King, a visionary like Tudor Pole, reasoned that Mason Remey could not possibly have been the Second Guardian, as only a male hereditary descendant of Bahá’u’lláh could hold the office. However, in his role and capacity as President of the International Bahá’í Council, Remey did in fact hold the position of Regent (or Guardian Regnant), who was the legitimate leader of the Faith, but not its appointed Guardian. King asserted that he was himself the Second Regent of the Faith until such time as a direct male bloodline descendant of Bahá’u’lláh would arise and restore the institution of the Guardianship. It is more than a matter of attachment to a charismatic conception of the leadership; it is of the Faith’s esse, and not simply of its bene esse.

A Council of Regents appointed by Rex King in his Will currently leads the Tarbíyat Community. Implicit in its governance is the recognition that there can be neither a Holy Guardian nor a Universal House of Justice in existence at the present time that satisfies all the requirements for these scripturally-defined institutions. In fact, the absence of a Guardian effectively renders the divinely-ordained Universal House of Justice institutionally moribund and defunct. Shoghí Effendí specifically stated that the Universal House of Justice is inseparable (in both principle and in practice) from the Guardianship, and any ostensible administration in its absence would be spurious.

This unofficial Bahá’í prayer is meant for personal use only:

May the Light of Bahá’u’lláh shine in my heart, illumine my mind, and radiate through my words and deeds.

(May the Grace of the Guardian guide my thoughts and direct my actions as I await his Holy Advent.)