1931-09?-XX to USNSA various
USBN #56 - October-November 1931 - page 3
To the National Spiritual Assembly
Mr. Alfred Lunt, Secretary.
Dear Baha'i Brother:
I am directed by Shoghi Effendi to acknowledge on his behalf the receipt of
your three letters dated July 6th, June 4th and July 9th, together with their
enclosures, all of which he has read with careful attention and deep interest.
Our Guardian wishes me to express his lively satisfaction at the efficiency
and promptness with which the National Spiritual Assembly have undertaken the
publication of "Nabil's Narrative . The plan you have conceived to further the
means for its production has met with his unqualified approval, and he hopes that
the response of the believers, not only among the English speaking Baha'is, but
the friends throughout the world, will be such as to repay fully the painstaking
efforts which you have exerted to insure its success.
He has already cabled you expressing his desire to associate himself with
the effort that you have made, and he will be glad to forward in the month of
October a check for the hundred copies of the standard edition which he has
requested you to send him. In addition he will mail a sum of three-hundred dollars
for nine copies of the special edition which he hopes to send to a few well-known
friends of the Cause. Shoghi Effendi would be pleased to hear of the response of
the believers to the call for both editions and would be glad to help in any way
he possibly can for a wide and prompt distribution of the volume published by your
committee. . . .
Shoghi Effendi was rather affected to learn of the meagre response of the
believers to the call urging them to maintain the standard of their self-
sacrificing endeavors in connection with the Temple. He is fully alive to the
critical character of the financial situation throughout the world and is well
aware of the extent of sacrifice that the completion of the structure has already
entailed. The publication of the "New Plan of Unified Action," he fervently hopes
and prays, will prove the signal for a fresh outburst of self-sacrificing zeal
which can alone carry this sacred enterprise to a successful conclusion.
Regarding the report of the Committee on Persian travel, Shoghi Effendi
feels that the paramount needs of the Temple should be given first consideration
by the believers. Not until the work of the exterior ornamentation on the first
unit (superstructure) of the Temple has sufficiently advanced would he advise the
American believers to embark on a fresh financial enterprise, however valuable and
significant it might be.
Our Guardian trusts that a careful reading of Nabil's Narrative will not
only serve to familiarize the American believers with the character of the
stirring events that have marked the birth of the Cause in that land, but will
serve to deepen their realization of the spirit that animated those who have
achieved such immortal renown on its soil.
With Shoghi Effendi's renewed assurance of unqualified admiration for the
manner in which you have arisen, in collaboration with the other members of the
National Spiritual Assembly, to discharge your sacred and arduous duties.
(Signed) H. Rabbani.
My dear and esteemed co-worker:
The "New Plan of Unified Action: conceived, adopted and published by your
Assembly is an admirable one. It is at once concise, appealing in tone, dignified
in presentation and practical in its conception. It fully and truly deserves the
unreserved support of every American believer. I shall be glad to associate myself
with this further collective and heroic effort exerted by the friends by
contributing to your National Fund every month for a period of three years, the
sum of ninety-five dollars. Your Assembly, faithful to its trust and conscious of
its high calling, has sounded the call for a further and final effort on the part
of the followers of Baha'u'llah in that land. It is for them, now if ever, to
arise for the speedy consummation of a divinely appointed task.