A Tutorial on the Dispensation of Baha'u'llah: Exploring the Fundamental Verities of the Baha'i Faith

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Fazel Naghdy, 2012 - Religion - 390 pages
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Exploring the fundamental verities of the Bahá'í FaithShoghi Effendi states that the first duty, and the focus of sustained efforts, of every faithful follower of the Bahá'í Faith is to strive to acquire a more adequate understanding of the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh. Although a full comprehension of such a Revelation is beyond the limits of our understanding, a clearer understanding of its basic truths will empower us to derive fresh inspiration and to gain further spiritual nourishment, which in turn will support and maintain our services to the Cause (Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 100).Shoghi Effendi wrote “The Dispensation of Bahá'u'lláh” in 1934 in the form of a letter addressed to the Bahá'ís of the West to assist them to fulfil the obligation of deepening their understanding. The letter was published together with a selection of his other letters in 1938 in the book entitled The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh. “The Dispensation of Bahá'u'lláh” provides an accurate and clear description of the fundamental verities of the Bahá'í Faith concerning the station of its Central Figures as well as the twin crowning institutions of the Guardianship and the Universal House of Justice. Grasping and upholding these verities will enrich the spiritual life of the individual.This tutorial is designed to assist you in studying and assimilating the content of “The Dispensation of Bahá'u'lláh”. It is called a tutorial to emphasize the concept underlying its development. In a tutorial, a tutor facilitates learning for an individual or a small group. This book has been designed and developed to simulate, as much as possible, the tutor-tutored relationship in a self-paced personal study.The tutorial identifies the main themes covered in Shoghi Effendi's letter and splits related paragraphs into chapters. Hence, the 130 paragraphs of “The Dispensation of Bahá'u'lláh” are apportioned for study across 27 chapters. The size and complexity of each chapter reflects the content and intricacy of the issues addressed in the paragraphs included therein. The title chosen for each chapter reflects the main theme covered in the paragraphs.In addition, two extra chapters address those questions that arose following the sudden passing of Shoghi Effendi and the lack of any lineal descendant to succeed him as the next Guardian. The first chapter explores the possible reasons that Shoghi Effendi did not leave a will nor appoint a successor. The second chapter examines the defection of Charles Mason Remey after the passing of Shoghi Effendi, and his unsubstantiated claim to the Guardianship.
 

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Contents

lo SalNoWuSal
9
GLOSSARY
32
GLOSSARY
45
GLOSSARY
55
GLOSSARY
65
CONSTANCY IN THE BABS CAUSE
158
OTHER TESTIMONIES REGARDING THE BAB
168
STATION OF ABDULBAHA
180
TWIN CROWNING INSTITUTIONSl
247
TWIN CROWNING INSTITUTIONSll
261
FOUNDATIONS OF THE BAHAIWORD COMMONWEALTH
272
CONTRASTING THE OLD ORDER WITH THE NEW
283
ISSUES REGARDING THE GUARDIANSHIP
294
COVENANTBREAKING OF MASON REMEY
304
APPENDIX A
317
GUARDIANSHIP AND THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE
339

MYSTERY OF GODABDULBAHA
191
2o BAHAULLAH ABDULBAHA
203
CHARTERS OF THE BAHAI WORLD ORDER
214
SIGNIFICANCE DISTINCTION OF THE BAHAI ADMINSTRATIVE
224
BAHAI ADMINISTRATION
233
AUTHORITY AND CENTRALITY OF THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE
348
INDEX OF ARTICLES
363
INDEX OF SPECIFIC NAMES WORDS AND PHRASES
369
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About the author (2012)

Fazel Naghdy is an educator and a researcher. His passion for education has been a dominant force in his life both as a Baha'i and an academic. He has been working with Baha'i youth and junior youth for more than 20 years, helping to unfold their inner intellectual and spiritual capacities. He has also been teaching at the tertiary education level for over two decades. He has published widely on innovation in teaching and learning as well as on his research discipline: robotics and intelligent systems. He is currently a professor at the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering, University of Wollongong. He lives with his wife Golshah in Wollongong, Australia.

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