Commentary on the Will and Testament of 'abdu'l-baha: The Role of the Will and Testament in the Covenant of Baha'u'llah

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PNBC of the United States, May 27, 2010 - Religion - 138 pages
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This Commentary by Joel B. Marangella sheds light on both the text and the tragic historic events surrounding this Sacred Document of the Bahá'í Faith. The book recounts the intrigue that took place at the Bahá'í World Center in 1957 that stifled the growth of this infant Faith, threatened to permanently diminish its prestige in the eyes of the world and destroyed the very safeguard built into the Faith that was to prevent it from falling into false leadership. Despite the darkness that has befallen this most recent revelation from God, this brilliant Commentary reveals the truth of what remains alive and well today, the true sign of God on earth who alone maintains the spirit and meaning of the Bahá'í teachings. The Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Bahá is the vital and eternal link between Bahá'u'lláh and the sacred Administrative Order that is the true channel of the spirit. This new book by Mr. Marangella clearly illuminates important passages within it that have been misunderstood, overlooked or intentionally distorted.The question may well be asked, what is so threatening about this book that millions of Bahá'ís around the world won't be allowed by their leadership to read it? Surely, all Bahá'ís must recognize the fundamental principle of Bahá'u'lláh, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, to exercise their human right of an unfettered, independent investigation of truth.Mr. Marangella's book also includes the complete Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l- Bahá, which can be read along with the Commentary, as well as a Summary of the Bahá'í Faith by the author, recognized by Orthodox Bahá'ís as the third Guardian of Bahá'í Faith. This Summary gives the uninitiated an authoritative treatise on the history and teachings of the Bahá'í Faith.
 

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Any person who considers himself a Baha'i will want to peruse this book, for it clearly explains the Lesser Covenant, essentially a continuation of the Covenant of God, the Greater Covenant. Both are a promise of Divine Guidance to mankind. And what better time than now to gain increased knowledge about the Divine Guidance given to humans in the new garb of the Baha'i Faith, and its promise of success and peace in this ever more troubled world we live in. It is becoming horribly apparent that the old rules are not working, but the Baha'i Faith is tailored to accomodate the new requirements of this world. In fact, the announcement of this Faith in the mid-nineteenth century released to the world all the powers that have manifestated in all the material progress of the last century. It is the Spiritual aspect of the Faith that has not been recognized as yet by the world at large. The Baha'i Faith is designed to encompass all the material and Spiritual needs of humans within one Divinely inspired system. This book gets to the heart of the matter, the Covenant of Baha'u'llah.
This book may be carried in ones brief case or purse, for the many times during a busy day that one waits in traffic, at a bus stop, or prior to a flight. The reader will find that it contains the prescription that will allow humans to take control of their destiny once again. The solution is not an easy one, tailored after the mode of non-responsibility so favored today, but gives each and every one of us the charge to be obedient to God's Commands as a requirement for the abundance of God to manifest itself in the world to satisfy the requirements of the expected Kingdom of God on earth.
 

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Joel Bray Marangella is recognized by Orthodox Baha'is as the third Guardian of the Baha'i Faith, the authorized interpreter of the Baha'i Writings and the president and sacred head for life of the Universal House of Justice (presently the International Baha'i Council of the Orthodox Baha'is). Born on September 22, 1918 in Lynn, Massachusetts, to his parents Phillip Amalfi Marangella and Edith Brooks Guthrie Marangella, both of whom enrolled as Baha'is when Joel was a baby, it may be concluded that young Joel was exposed to the teachings of the Faith at an early age. His parents encouraged him to independently investigate the truth including the investigation of other religious movements and faiths. As a young boy, Joel spent many summers at Green Acre Baha'i summer school where he came in contact with most of the early believers in America. He declared his faith as soon as he was able to do so, at the age of 15 years, and lived in the major cities of the United States participating in the spiritual and administrative activities of various Baha'i communities. He married Irene, also a Baha'i, in 1945, and about five years later they both answered the call of Shoghi Effendi (the first Guardian of the Faith) for pioneers to go to Europe to help spread the Faith. The Marangellas spent eighteen years in France. In 1954, the Hands appointed Joel as an Auxiliary Board Member for the propagation of the Faith. He participated in the formation of the National Spiritual Assembly of France in 1958 and became its President in 1960. The French NSA was the only NSA to accept the proclamation of Mason Remey as the second Guardian of the Faith. In 1965, Joel became the third Guardian, having been appointed by Mason Remey to the Guardianship and as the President of the Second International Baha'i Council. After leaving France in 1968, Joel lived in Germany, Switzerland and Australia before his recent return to the United States.

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