1928-XX-XX the Matter of Teachers' Expenses
USBN #22 - March 1928 - page 8
"He would personally much prefer, if any of the friends think of helping . . . to do so not personally but through either the local or National Assembly."
Certain sincere believers, for the: sake of what they have felt to be a distinctive and 'fundamental principle: of the Cause, have consistently held the opinion that living and traveling expenses of Baha'i teachers should not be defrayed from the Baha'i Fund, The well known passage in the Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Baha granting permission to individuals to make it possible for others to serve as teachers does not, it was felt, apply to Local or National Spiritual Assemblies administering a Baha'i Fund. The National Assembly recently referred to the Guardian the question whether, in one particular instance brought to its attention for consultation, the donations made by a believer should be transmitted through the National Fund or to the teacher direct. The following reply, which we understand represents the Guardian's views, was received through his secretary "He would personally much prefer, if any of the friends think of helping . . . to do so not personally but through either the local or National Assembly." This statement makes it dear that a Spiritual Assembly is perfectly justified in voting an appropriation of this character during the present transitional era of the Cause.