The Guardianship and the Universal House of Justice can thus be seen to be, in the words of Shoghi Effendi, the "Twin Successors" of Bahá'u'lláh and `Abdu'l-Bahá.
"All must seek guidance and turn unto the Center of the Cause and the House of Justice. And he that turneth unto whatsoever else is indeed in grievous error."
"They have also, in unequivocal and emphatic language, appointed those twin institutions of the House of Justice and of the Guardianship as their chosen Successors . . . "
(The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, pp. 19-20)
... the Words of God have innumerable significances and mysteries of meanings each one a thousand and more. (`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 155)
Myriads of mystic tongues find utterance in one speech, and myriads of hidden mysteries are revealed in a single melody..." (Bahá'u'lláh, Persian Hidden Words #16)
The point at issue is clear, direct and of utmost brevity. Either Bahá'u'lláh was wise, omniscient and aware of what would ensue, or was ignorant and in error. He entered, by His supreme pen, into such a firm Covenant and Testament with all the Bahá'ís, first with the Aghsan, the Afnán and His kindred, and commanded them to obey and turn toward Him. By His supreme pen He hath explicitly declared that the object of the following verse of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas is the Most Great Branch: [Then quoting Aqdas paragraph 121)
(Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 213)
Should a man appear ere the lapse of a full thousand years each year consisting of twelve months according to the Qur'an, and of nineteen months of nineteen days each, according to the Bayán and if such a man reveal to your eyes all the signs of God, unhesitatingly reject him!
(Bahá'u'lláh, quoted in "The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh," p. 132)
... For Christ has said that no one hides the lamp under a bushel.... Praise be to God! Bahá'u'lláh left nothing unsaid.... To protect and safeguard the religion of God from this and all other attack, the Center of the Covenant has been named and appointed by Bahá'u'lláh. Therefore, if anyone should set forth a statement in praise or recognition of another than this appointed Center, you must ask him to produce a written proof of the authority he follows.
(Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 456)
... that conclusive Text, the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, was given us, and what had been hidden at the beginning was made known at the end. His infinite grace became clearly manifest, and with His own mighty pen He made a perfect Covenant, naming Shoghi Effendi the Chosen Branch and Guardian of the Faith. Thus, by God's bounty, what had been a concealed mystery and a well-guarded secret, was at last made plain.
(From a letter by the Greatest Holy Leaf, "Bahiyyih Khánum," p. 177)
O God my God! I call Thee, Thy Prophets and Thy Messengers, Thy Saints and Thy Holy Ones, to witness that I have declared conclusively Thy Proofs unto Thy loved ones and set forth clearly all things unto them, that they may watch over Thy Faith, guard Thy Straight Path and protect Thy Resplendent Law.
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