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Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1963-1986:
Third Epoch of the Formative Age

by Universal House of Justice

compiled by Geoffry W. Marks.
Wilmette, IL: Baha'i Publishing Trust, 1996
Contents
Foreword xxvii
A Note from the Compiler xxxiii
List of Abbreviations xxxvii
Epochs of the Heroic Age xxxix
Epochs of the Formative Age xli
The Third Epoch - Significant Milestones, Anniversaries, and Events xliii
1963-1964

A Year of Preparation
1 Statement of the Universal House of Justice to the First Bahá'í World Congress 5
2 Message to National Conventions 1963 7
3 Seat of the Universal House of Justice; New Arrangements for Pilgrims 11
4 Destruction of the 'Ishqabad Temple 12
5 The Guardianship 14
6 Announcement of the Nine Year Plan 14
7 Request for Prayers for Moroccan Bahá'í Prisoners 19
8 Report on Moroccan Bahá'í Prisoners 20
9 Development of National Bahá'í Funds 21
10 Relationship of Hands of the Cause of God and National Spiritual Assemblies 22
11 Auxiliary Board Members on National Spiritual Assemblies 24
12 Release of Moroccan Bahá'í Prisoners 25
13 The Bahá'í Funds 26
1964-1973

The Nine Year Plan
14 Launching of the Nine Year Plan 31
15 Convention Greetings 1964 34
16 Guidelines for the Nine Year Plan 35
17 Dedication of the Mother Temple of Europe, Langenhain, Germany 37
18 Teaching the Masses 38
19 Universal Participation 42
20 Development of the Institution of the Hands of the Cause of God 44
21 Relationship of Hands of the Cause of God and the National Spiritual Assemblies 46
22 Appointment of Five Continental Pioneer Committees 47
23 Election and Infallibility of the Universal House of Justice 50
24 Ridvan Message 1965 59
25 Passing of the Hand of the Cause of God Leroy Ioas 66
26 Purification of the Most Holy Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh, the Qiblih of the Bahá'í World 66
27 Reasons for Delay in Translating and Publishing the Kitab-i-Aqdas 67
28 Call for Pioneers 69
29 Observance of Bahá'í Holy Days 70
30 Further Thoughts about Mass Teaching 71
31 Call for Pioneers and Traveling Teachers 74
32 Fiftieth Anniversary of the Revelation of the Tablets of the Divine Plan 75
33 Passing of Jessie Revell, Member of the International Bahá'í Council 76
34 Ridvan Message 1966 76
35 The Guardianship and the Universal House of Justice 83
36 Pioneering and a Program of Consolidation 90
37 Message to Youth-Three Fields of Service 92
38 Formation of Three More National Spiritual Assemblies at Ridvan 1967 96
39 Incorporation of the National Spiritual Assembly of Italy 96
40 Development of the Bahá'í World Center and the Needs of the Bahá'í International Fund 97
41 Commemoration of the Revelation of the Suriy-i-Muluk 98
42 Ridvan Message 1967 99
43 Release of a Compilation on Teaching the Masses 109
44 Sesquicentennial of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh 110
45 The Nature and Purpose of Proclamation 110
46 Message to the Six Intercontinental Conferences 112
47 Inauguration of the Third Phase of the Nine Year Plan 114
48 Announcement of the Resignation of Dr. Lutfu'llah Hakim from the Universal House of Justice 115
49 Assumption by the Universal House of Justice of Representation of the Bahá'í International Community at the United Nations 116
50 Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Panama Temple 116
51 Selection of Traveling Teachers 117
52 Extracts on Teaching the Masses 118
53 Plans for Commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh at the First Oceanic Conference, Palermo, Sicily 122
54 Safeguarding the Letters of Shoghi Effendi 123
55 Relationship of Bahá'ís to Politics 125
56 Election of the Universal House of Justice-Ridvan 1968 129
57 Message to National Conventions 1968 129
58 Announcement of Decision to Establish Eleven Continental Boards of Counselors 130
59 Establishment of Continental Boards of Counselors 130
60 First Appointments to Continental Boards of Counselors 133
61 Message to First National Youth Conference in the United States 134
62 Passing of the Hand of the Cause of God Hermann Grossmann 135
63 Message to the First Oceanic Conference, Palermo, Sicily 135
64 Passing of Dr. Lutfu'llah Hakim, Member of the Universal House of Justice 139
65 Passing of the Hand of the Cause of God Tarazu'llah Samandari 140
66 Results of the Palermo Conference 140
67 Letter to Youth-Pioneering and Education 142
68 Ridvan Message 1969 144
69 Guidance on Self-Defense 148
70 New Appointments to Continental Boards of Counselors 149
71 Formation of an Additional National Spiritual Assembly during Ridvan 1970 149
72 Work of Continental Boards of Counselors and Their Auxiliary Board Members 150
73 Appeal to Increase Teaching Efforts amidst Catastrophic Events of the Day 153
74 Acquisition of Property Adjacent to Bahji 155
75 Comments on the Guardianship and the Universal House of Justice 156
76 Release of a Compilation on Bahá'í Funds 162
77 Noninterference in Political Affairs 162
78 Attainment of Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council 167
79 The Spirit of Bahá'í Consultation 167
80 Commemoration of the Centenary of the Martyrdom of Mirza Mihdi, the Purest Branch 168
81 Ridvan Message 1970 169
82 Message to Bolivia and Mauritius Conferences-August 1970 170
83 Call for Pioneers 173
84 Release of a Compilation on the Local Spiritual Assembly 174
85 Formation of Seven National Spiritual Assemblies during Ridvan 1971 175
86 Message to Pioneers 175
87 Grave Crisis in Bahá'í International Fund 178
88 Message to the Monrovia Conference-January 1971 180
89 Message to the Oceanic Conference, of the South China Seas, Singapore-January 1971 181
90 Passing of the Hand of the Cause of God Agnes Alexander 182
91 Participation of the Hands of the Cause of Godin First National Conventions 183
92 Formation of Nine Additional National Spiritual Assemblies during Ridvan 1971 183
93 Warning against the Misuse of Recordings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá's Voice 184
94 Principles of Bahá'í Publishing 185
95 Call for Deepening on the Significance of the Formative Age 189
96 Ridvan Message 1971 196
97 Message to the Caribbean Conference-May 1971 199
98 Message to the South Pacific Oceanic Conference-May 1971 200
99 Commemoration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Passing of 'Abdu'l-Bahá 202
100 Message to the North Pacific Oceanic Conference-September 1971 203
101 Message to the North Atlantic Conference-September 1971 205
102 Passing of the Hand of the Cause of God Musa Banani 207
103 Spiritual Character of Bahá'í Elections 208
104 Formation of Thirteen New National Spiritual Assemblies during Ridvan 1972 208
105 World Center Developments-Erection of Obelisk and Extension of Gardens 209
106 Surpassing the Nine Year Plan Goal for the Number of Bahá'í Localities 209
107 Release of a Compilation on Music and Singing 210
108 Dedication of the Mother Temple of Latin America, Panama City, Panama 210
109 Release of a Compilation on Bahá'í Schools and Institutes 211
110 Ridvan Message 1972 212
111 Elucidation of the Nature of the Continental Boards of Counselors 214
112 Message to Bahá'í Unity Conference, Ganado, Arizona 217
113 Establishment of Local Spiritual Assemblies during the Final Year of the Nine Year Plan 218
114 Release of a Compilation on the National Spiritual Assembly 219
115 Announcement of the Decision to Build the Seat of the Universal House of Justice 220
116 Plans for Commemorating the Centenary of the Revelation of the Kitab-i-Aqdas 220
117 Exhortation to Blot Out Every Last Trace of Prejudice 221
118 Embryonic Nature of Local Spiritual Assemblies 223
119 Passing of Ishraq-Khavari, Preeminent Bahá'í Scholar 225
120 Release of a Compilation on Newsletters 225
121 Martyrdom of Three Iranian Bahá'í Students in the Philippine Islands 226
122 Release of a Compilation on Bahá'í Life 227
123 Adoption of the Constitution of the Universal House of Justice 229
124 Activities for the Year Preceding the Global Plan to be Launched Ridvan 1974 230
125 Announcement of the Completion of the Synopsis and Codification of the Kitab-i-Aqdas 231
126 Obeying the Law of God in One's Personal Life 231
127 Purchase of Mazra'ih Mansion 236
128 Ridvan Message 1973 236
129 Election of the Universal House of Justice-Ridvan 1973 242
1973-1974

A Year of Preparation
130 Announcement of the Acceptance of the Faith by His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II of Western Samoa 245
131 Establishment of the International Teaching Center 246
132 Elucidation of the Duties of the International Teaching Center and Expansion of the Continental Boards of Counselors 246
133 Youth and Bahá'í Standards of Behavior 253
134 Formation of the National Spiritual Assembly of Equatorial Guinea 254
135 Passing of the Hand of the Cause of God John Ferraby 254
136 Appointment of the Architect of the Seat of the Universal House of Justice 255
137 Expansion and Reinforcement of the Auxiliary Boards 255
138 Request for Actions in Preparation for Launching Five Year Plan at Ridvan 1974 257
139 Extension of Gardens at Bahji 258
140 Acceptance of Design for the Seat of the Universal House of Justice 258
1974-1979

The Five Year Plan
141 Launching of the Five Year Plan - Naw-Ruz 1974 261
142 Elucidation of Five Year Plan Goals 266
143 Call for Architects for Houses of Worship in India and Western Samoa 271
144 Passing of Covenant-Breaker Charles Mason Remey 271
145 Laws of the Kitab-i-Aqdas Concerning Men and Women 272
146 Memorandum on Establishing and Operating a Bahá'í Publishing Trust 273
147 Laws of the Kitab-i-Aqdas Not Binding in the West 277
148 Revision of the Functions of Continental Pioneer Committees 280
149 The Lesser Peace and "the Calamity" 281
150 Passing of Laura Dreyfus-Barney, Compiler of Some Answered Questions 282
151 Comments on the Bahá'í Attitude toward Material Suffering 282
152 Release of a Compilation on Opposition 284
153 Formation of Five New National Spiritual Assemblies during Ridvan 1975 and Readjustment of the Zones of African Continental Boards of Counselors 286
154 Acquisition of the House of 'Abdu'llah Pasha in 'Akka 288
155 Call for Pioneers 289
156 Acquisition of Land Adjacent to the Guardian's Resting-Place in London 290
157 The Significance of the House of 'Abdu'llah Pasha 290
158 A Plan for International Collaboration in Traveling Teaching 296
159 Ridvan Message 1975 298
160 Fiftieth Anniversary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States 299
161 Safeguarding the Letters of Shoghi Effendi 299
162 Comments on the Progress of the Five Year Plan 300
163 Representation of the Universal House of Justice by Hands of the Cause of God at International Conferences 314
164 Significance of the Seat of the Universal House of justice 315
165 Excavation of the Site of the Seat of the Universal House of Justice 318
166 Laws of the Kitab-i-Aqdas Concerning Men and Women; Membership on the Universal House of Justice 318
167 Release of a Compilation of Prayers and Tablets for Children and Youth 320
168 Release of a Compilation on Bahá'í Meetings and the Nineteen Day Feast 321
169 Naw-Ruz Message 1976 322
170 Appointments to Continental Boards of Counselors and Auxiliary Boards 323
171 Message to the International Teaching Conference, Helsinki, Finland-July 1976 326
172 Message to the International Teaching Conference, Anchorage, Alaska-July 1976 328
173 Comments on the Subject of Politics 330
174 Message to the International Teaching Conference, Paris, France-August 1976 336
175 Release of a Compilation on Bahá'í Education 338
176 Message to the, International Teaching Conference, Nairobi, Kenya-September 1976 340
177 Visit of His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II to the Resting-Place of Shoghi Effendi 343
178 Outstanding Achievements in Khurasan, Iran 344
179 Achievement of the Majority of Pioneer Goals at Midpoint of Five Year Plan 344
180 Additional Appointments to Continental Boards of Counselors 345
181 Message to the International Teaching Conference, Hong Kong-November 1976 345
182 Grappling with the Challenge of Consolidation 347
183 Call for a Vigorous Traveling Teaching Program 350
184 Message to the International Teaching Conference, Auckland, New Zealand-January 1977 351
185 Message to the International Teaching Conference, Bahia, Brazil-January 1977 353
186 Signature of Contract for Erection of the Seat of the Universal House of Justice 355
187 Message to the International Teaching Conference, Merida, Mexico-February 1977 355
188 Release of a Compilation on the Individual and Teaching 357
189 Consolidation of Local Spiritual Assemblies; Formation at Any Time during Ridvan 359
190 Ridvan Message 1977 361
191 Call for Pioneers 364
192 Commemoration of the Centenary of the Termination of Bahá'u'lláh's Confinement in 'Akka 365
193 Murder of an Iranian Homefront Pioneer 366
194 Collaboration between Auxiliary Board Members and National and Regional Teaching Committees 367
195 Reconstruction of Society 368
196 Ceremony for Laying the Foundation Stone of the Mother Temple of the Indian Subcontinent 371
197 Message to Women's Conference, New Delhi 371
198 Appointment of Architects for the Mother Temple of the Indian Subcontinent and the Restoration of the House of 'Abdu'llah Pasha 372
199 Formation of New and Lapsed Assemblies throughout the Year 372
200 Appointment of New Counselor in Southeastern Asia 373
201 Announcement of Initiation of Broadcasting by First Bahá'í Radio Station 373
202 Message of Greetings to Hemispheric Bahá'í Radio-Television Conference 374
203 Comments on First International Bahá'í Women's Conference in South America 374
204 Release of a Compilation on Bahá'í Consultation 375
205 Inauguration of Radio Bahá'í Ecuador 375
206 Elucidation of Bahá'í Teachings on Ranks and Stations 376
207 Message to the International Convention-Ridvan 1978 378
208 Message to the National Conventions-Ridvan 1978 381
209 Election of the Universal House of Justice-Ridvan 1978 381
210 Appointment of Architect for House of Worship in Western Samoa 382
211 Love for God and Bahá'u'lláh 382
212 Inclusion of Mother Temple of the West in National Register of Historic Places 383
213 Inauguration of Radio Bahá'í Ecuador 383
214 Directing the Course of One's Life 384
215 The Grave Peril Facing Bahá'ís and Holy Places in Iran 386
216 Announcement of Decision to Launch a Seven Year Plan 386
217 Bahá'í Scholarship 387
218 Persecution of the Bahá'ís of Iran 392
219 Extension of Permission to Form Local Spiritual Assemblies under Certain Conditions during Ridvan 393
220 Refutation of False Accusations against Iranian Bahá'ís 394
1979-1986

The Seven Year Plan
221 Launching of the Seven Year Plan - Naw-Ruz 1979 401
222 Elucidation of Seven Year Plan Goals 407
223 Member of the Universal House of Justice to Address Significant Meetings in North America and Europe 412
224 Living a Chaste and Holy Life 413
225 Seizure of the House of the Bab 414
226 Call for Prayers for the Bahá'ís of Iran 415
227 The Increasing Dangers Facing Iranian Bahá'ís 416
228 Advice on Use of Pioneers and Traveling Teachers 420
229 The Setting of Counselors' Terms of Service 421
230 New Member of International Teaching Center 421
231 Conversion of Iranian National Bahá'í Headquarters into an Islamic University 421
232 Call for Pioneers 422
233 Release of Bahá'í Prisoners in Baghdad 422
234 Effects of Bahá'í Actions on the Situation in Iran 423
235 Demolition of the House of the Bab 424
236 Results of Significant Meetings Addressed by Member of the Universal House of Justice 425
237 Assassination of the Hand of the Cause of God Enoch Olinga 426
238 Omission of Bahá'ís as a Recognized Religious Minority from Iranian Constitution 426
239 Refutation of Accusations against Iranian Bahá'ís 427
240 Release of a Compilation on Inspiring the Heart 430
241 Demolition of the House of the Báb and Adjacent Bahá'í Properties 431
242 Excavation of Temple Site in Western Samoa 431
243 Passing of the Hand of the Cause of God Rahmatu'llah Muhajir 431
244 Release of a Compilation on Divorce 432
245 Passing of Inparaju Chinniah, Continental Counselor 433
246 Message to Iranian Bahá'ís throughout the World 433
247 Passing of the Hand of the Cause of God Hasan M. Balyuzi 442
248 Naw-Ruz Message 1980, 442
249 Release of a Compilation on the Importance of Prayer, Meditation, and the Devotional Attitude 446
250 Contract for Construction of the Indian Temple 447
251 Comments on the Kitab-i-Aqdas 447
252 Our Attitude and Actions toward the Impending Catastrophe 451
253 Ominous Increase in Pressures on Iranian Bahá'ís 452
254 Execution of Two Members of the Tabriz Spiritual Assembly 453
255 Vigorous Steps Taken in Defense of the Bahá'ís of Iran 454
256 Passing of the Hand of the Cause of God Adelbert Muhlschlegel 454
257 Commencement of Construction of Indian Temple 455
258 Translation of the Long Healing Prayer and the Fire Tablet 455
259 Arrest of National Spiritual Assembly of Iran and Two Auxiliary Board Members 456
260 Another False Accusation against the Iranian Bahá'ís 457
261 Martyrdom of Seven Bahá'ís in Yazd 457
262 Defense of the Bahá'ís of Iran in Le Monde 458
263 Worldwide Response to Iranian Persecutions 461
264 Property Acquisitions in the Holy Land 462
265 Passing of Leonora Stirling Armstrong, Spiritual Mother of South America 463
266 Attendance of the Members of a Spiritual Assembly at Its Meetings 463
267 Further Development of the Continental Boards of Counselors 464
268 Martyrdom of Rida Firuzi in Tabriz; Uncertainty of Whereabouts of National Assembly Members 467
269 Passing of the Hand of the Cause of God Abu'l-Qasim Faizi 467
270 Immolation of Bahá'í Couple in Nuk Village 468
271 Message to Counselors' Convocations on Five Continents 469
272 Relationship between Husband and Wife 470
273 Assassination of Dr. Manuchihr Hakim, Chairman of Iranian National Spiritual Assembly 474
274 Events Related to the Execution of Dr. Manuchihr Hakim 474
275 Second Phase of the Seven Year Plan 476
276 Return of the Hand of the Cause of God William Sears to Africa 480
277 Execution of Two Bahá'ís in Shiraz 480
278 Attendance of Bahá'ís from Rural Areas at International Conferences 481
279 Deployment of Pioneers and Traveling Teachers 481
280 Comments on Aspects of the Seven Year Plan 484
281 Execution of Three Bahá'ís in Shiraz 493
282 Imminent Obliteration of the Site of the House of the Bab 494
283 Establishment of European Branch Office of Bahá'í International Community 494
284 Bahá'í International Fund-Recent Victories and Immediate Challenges 495
285 Execution of Seven Members of the Spiritual Assembly of Hamadan 497
286 Execution of Three Bahá'ís in Tehran 497
287 Execution of Four Bahá'ís in Iran 497
288 Announcement of Representatives to the International Conferences 498
289 Tests of Bahá'í Community Life-A Balanced Perspective 498
290 Execution of Two Bahá'ís in Kashmir 501
291 Message to First Women's Conference, United Kingdom 501
292 Execution of Auxiliary Board Member and Seven Assembly Members in Tabriz; Abduction of Two Teenage Girls 502
293 A New Phase of Persecution in Iran 503
294 Release of a Compilation on the Assistance of God 504
295 Release of a Compilation of Prayers and Passages from the Bahá'í Writings 504
296 Execution of Six Bahá'ís in Tehran and Daryun 505
297 The Worsening Situation in Yazd 506
298 Further Deterioration of the Situation in Iran 507
299 Voice of America Report on Campaign of Arrests against Iranian Bahá'ís 507
300 Further Acts of Persecution in Iran 508
301 Grave Developments in Iran 508
302 Call for Pioneers 509
303 Release of a Compilation on Excellence in All Things 509
304 Inauguration of Radio Bahá'í Peru 510
305 Demolition of the House of Bahá'u'lláh in Takur; Seizure of Cemetery in Tehran 510
306 Arrest of Eight Members of the Iranian National Spiritual Assembly 511
307 Execution of Eight Members of the Iranian National Spiritual Assembly 511
308 Proselytizing, Development, and the Covenant 513
309 Iranian Supreme Court's Denial of Execution of Iranian National Spiritual Assembly Members 519
310 Appeal by Bahá'í International Community to Iranian Leaders 520
311 Secret Execution of Six Members of Tehran Assembly and Hostess 521
312 Using A Cry from the Heart to Explain the Tragic Events in Iran 521
313 Plans for Commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Ascension of Bahiyyih Khanum 522
314 Golden Opportunity Offered by Reign of Relentless Terror; Actions Taken to Defend the Bahá'ís of Iran 525
315 Call for a Day of Prayer for the Bahá'ís of Iran; Inviting Sympathetic Organizations and Individuals 532
316 Release of a Compilation on Family Life 533
317 Mounting Cruelties and the Heightened Steadfastness of the Iranian Bahá'ís 534
318 Relocation of Manila Conference 535
319 Transfer of Manila Conference to Canberra, Australia 535
320 Representation of the Universal House of Justice at Lagos Conference by Hand of the Cause of God John Robarts 536
321 Ridvan Message 1982 536
322 Further Developments of the Situation in Iran 539
323 Six Martyrdoms, More Arrests Resulting from Fresh Outburst of Persecutions 540
324 Execution of Two Members of the Spiritual Assembly of Urumiyyih 541
325 Appointment of New Counselor in Asia 541
326 Passing of Amoz Gibson, Member of the Universal House of Justice 541
327 Call for Ballots to Elect One Member of the Universal House of Justice 542
328 Execution of Two Members of the Khaniabad Spiritual Assembly 543
329 Message to the International Conference in Dublin, Ireland-2 June 1982 543
330 Comments on the Station of 'Abdu'l-Bahá and the Language Used by the Central Figures 545
331 Martyrdom of Four Bahá'ís in Qazvin and Surrounding Areas 548
332 Election of Glenford Mitchell to the Universal House of Justice 548
333 Guidelines Concerning the Registration of Children and Youth 549
334 Commemoration at the World Center of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Passing of the Greatest Holy Leaf and Inauguration of the Seat of the Universal House of Justice 552
335 Execution of 'Abbas-'Ali Sidiqipur in Shiraz 553
336 Elucidation of the Principle of Confidentiality 553
337 Message to the International Conference in Quito, Ecuador-6-8 August 1982 555
338 Message to the International Conference in Lagos, Nigeria-19-22 August 1982 557
339 Execution of 'Ali' Na'imiyan in Urumiyyih 559
340 Message to the International Conference in Montreal, Canada-3-5 September 1982 559
341 Message to the International Conference in Canberra, Australia-2-5 September 1982 563
342 Comments on the First Danish Bahá'í Women's Conference 565
343 Guidelines for Behavior of Children at Feast 566
344 Intensification of Oppression of Iranian Bahá'ís 566
345 Execution of Dr. Diya'u'llah Ahrari in Shiraz 567
346 Passing of the Hand of the Cause of God Paul Haney 567
347 Imprisonment of More Than Eighty Bahá'ís in Shiraz 568
348 Establishment of First Bahá'í Radio Station in North America 568
349 Torture of Bahá'ís Imprisoned in Shiraz 569
350 Call for Another Day of Prayer 569
351 Execution of Hidayat Siyavushi in Shiraz 570
352 Prayer of `Abdu'l-Bahá for Martyred Friends and Relatives 570
353 Release of a Compilation on the Importance of Deepening 571
354 Occupation of the Seat of the Universal House of Justice 571
355 Execution of Two Bahá'ís in Shiraz 572,
356 Execution of Mrs. Tuba Za'irpur in Shiraz 573
357 Message to Youth Conferences in Costa Rica and Honduras 573
358 Ridvan Message 1983 574
359 Election of the Universal House of Justice-Ridvan 1983 577
360 Execution of Two Bahá'ís in Isfahan 577
361 Further Evolution of the International Teaching Center 577
362 Statement by the President of the United States about the Bahá'ís of Iran 580
363 Execution of Six Bahá'ís in Shiraz 580
364 Execution by Hanging of Ten Bahá'í Women in Shiraz 581
365 Message to Youth-Summons to Vindicate Martyred Youth 582
366 Appointment of Continental Counselors 583
367 Execution of Suhayl Hushmand in Shiraz 583
368 Attacks against Bahá'í Villagers in Mazindaran; Kidnapping of Two Bahá'ís in Tehran 584
369 Message to the European Youth Conference in Innsbruck 584
370 Continuing Harassments and Arrests in Iran 586
371 Formation of Nine New National Spiritual Assemblies at Ridvan 586
372 Intensification of Waves of Arrests in Iran 587
373 Arrest of More Bahá'ís in Iran 587
374 Passing of Sylvia Ioas, Member of the International Bahá'í Council 587
375 Requisites for Spiritual Growth 588
376 Preparations for International Youth Year 590
377 Banning of Bahá'í Administration in Iran 591
378 Open Letter to Iranian Authorities from the National Spiritual Assembly of Iran 592
379 Social and Economic Development New Field of Bahá'í Service 601
380 Passing of Continental Counselor Raul Pavon 604
381 Continued Pressure against the Bahá'ís of Iran 605
382 Appointment of Continental Counselors 606
383 Response of Individuals to Persecution of Iranian Bahá'ís 606
384 Service in Voluntary Nonsectarian Organizations 611
385 Acute Needs of the International Funds 612
386 Message to Youth-International Youth Year 614
387 Death of Three More Iranian Bahá'ís and Arrest of 250 More 617
388 Passing of Ethel Revell,Member of the International Bahá'í Council 618
389 Message to National Bahá'í Women's Conference, Kenya 618
390 Persecution of Bahá'ís in Morocco 619
391 Inaugural Broadcast of Radio Bahá'í Bolivia 619
392 Insidious Turn of Persecution of Iranian Bahá'ís 620
393 Execution of Three by Firing Squad 620
394 Ridvan Message 1984 621
395 Use of Torture to Extract False Confessions from Iranian Bahá'ís 625
396 Summary of the Situation in Iran 627
397 The Development of the Soul and the Reconstruction of Society 629
398 Message to Bahá'í Women's Conference in Cotonou, Benin 631
399 Execution of Nusratu'llah Vahdat in Mashhad 632
400 Execution of Ihsanu'llah Kathiri in Tehran 632
401 Results of Bahá'í Women's Conference in Cotonou, Benin 632
402 Relationship between Husband and Wife-Further Comments 633
403 Dedication of the Mother Temple of the Pacific Islands, Apia, Western Samoa 635
404 Introduction of the Law of Huququ'llah to the West 637
405 Understanding the Laws of the Faith 638
406 Execution of Manuchihr Ruhi 639
407 Roles of Parents within the Bahá'í Family 640
408 Message to Youth Conference, London, Ontario 641
409 Safeguarding the Letters of Shoghi Effendi 642
411 Call for Pioneers 643
411 Martyrdom of Iranian National Spiritual Assembly Member Shapur Markazi; Death of Aminu'llah Qurbanpur in Prison 644
412 The Universal House of Justice's Power of Elucidation 645
413 Execution of Member of Disbanded Iranian National Spiritual Assembly and of Bahá'ís from Karaj and Mashhad 647
414 Passing of the Hand of the Cause of God Shu'a'u'llah 'Ala'i 647
415 Invitation to Participate in the Formulation of the Next Plan 648
416 Execution of Six Bahá'ís in Tehran 649
417 Execution of Dr. Farad Asdaqi after Four Months of Torture; Death of Two Bahá'ís in Tabriz after More Than Two Years' Imprisonment 649
418 Adoption of Another Oppressive Measure by the Iranian Government 650
419 Renewed Call for Support of International Funds 650
420 International Year of Peace 652
421 Execution of Ruhu'llah Hasuri in Yazd; Confirmation of Death of Rustam Varjavandi in Prison 655
422 Elucidation of the Lesser Peace and the Supreme Tribunal 655
423 Passing of Lloyd Gardner, Continental Counselor 660
424 Execution of Ruhu'llah Bahramshahi in Yazd and Nusratu'llah Subhani in Tehran 660
425 Human Suffering and the Reconstruction of Society 661
426 Responsibilities of Youth at the Age of Maturity 665
427 Ridvan Message 1985 666
428 Message to Youth-Scaling the Heights of Excellence 668
429 Announcement of Completion of a Statement on Peace Addressed to the Peoples of the World 669
430 Release of a Compilation on the Law of Huququ'llah 670
431 Message to International Youth Conference, Columbus, Ohio 670
432 Inauguration of Public Information Office at the World Center 671
433 Election of Delegates to National Conventions 671
434 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bahá'í Peace Activities 674
435 Development of Local and National Bahá'í Funds 676
436 Release of a Compilation on Peace 679
437 Execution of Two More Iranian Bahá'ís; Bahá'í Students Pressured 680
438 The Promise of World Peace 681
439 Appointment of Continental Boards of Counselors 696
440 Reinterment of Bahá'u'lláh's Faithful Half-Brother 698
441 Execution of 'Azizu'llah Ashjari by Firing Squad 699
442 Presentation of Peace Statement to the Secretary-General of the United Nations 700
443 Presentation of Peace Statement to the President of the United States 701
444 Adoption of Resolution in Support of Iranian Bahá'ís by the United Nations General Assembly Affirmation of Emergence from Obscurity 701
445 Message to Conference of Counselors in the Holy Land 702
446 Release of a Compilation on Women 704
447 Report from Conference in the Holy Land; the Inception of the Fourth Epoch of the Formative Age 704
448 Women-Their Role in Society and the Establishment of Peace; Membership on the Universal House of Justice 707
449 Message to National Youth Conference, Adelaide, Australia 709
450 Inaugural Broadcast of Radio Bahá'í Panama 710
451 Epochs of the Formative Age 710
452 Plans for the Dedication of the Mother Temple of the Indian Subcontinent, New Delhi 716
453 The Six Year Plan-Major Objectives and Setting National Goals 717
454 Passing of Angus Cowan, Continental Counselor 723
455 Women-Reasons for Exemption from Acts of Worship 724
456 Ridvan Message 1986 724
End sections
Glossary (has been moved to bahai-library.com/winters_bahai_glossary) 729
Bibliography 759
Index of Names 765
General Index 773
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Introductory Pages: i ii iii iv v vi
Contents: vii viii ix x xi xii xiii xiv xv xvi xvii xviii xix xx xxi xxii xxiii xxiv xxv
Foreword: xxvi xxvii
A Note from the Compiler: xxviii xxix xxx xxxi xxxii xxxiii xxxiv xxxv xxxvi
List of Abbreviations: xxxvii xxxviii
Epochs of the Heroic Age: xxxix xl
Epochs of the Formative Age: xli xlii
The Third Epoch-Significant Milestones, Anniversaries, and Events: xliii xliv xlv xlvi xlvii xlviii

1963-1964: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27

1964-1973: 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242

1973-1974: 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258

1974-1979: 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397

1979-1986: 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471 472 473 474 475 476 477 478 479 480 481 482 483 484 485 486 487 488 489 490 491 492 493 494 495 496 497 498 499 500 501 502 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 512 513 514 515 516 517 518 519 520 521 522 523 524 525 526 527 528 529 530 531 532 533 534 535 536 537 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 547 548 549 550 551 552 553 554 555 556 557 558 559 560 561 562 563 564 565 566 567 568 569 570 571 572 573 574 575 576 577 578 579 580 581 582 583 584 585 586 587 588 589 590 591 592 593 594 595 596 597 598 599 600 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 609 610 611 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620 621 622 623 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 639 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 650 651 652 653 654 655 656 657 658 659 660 661 662 663 664 665 666 667 668 669 670 671 672 673 674 675 676 677 678 679 680 681 682 683 684 685 686 687 688 689 690 691 692 693 694 695 696 697 698 699 700 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722 723 724 725 726

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