1931-11?-XX Calamity and suffering
USBN #58 - January 1932 - page 1
Letter from Shoghi Effendi - To a Believer
Shoghi Effendi wishes me to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated
October 14, 1931. You seem to complain about the calamities, that have befallen
humanity. In the spiritual development of man a stage of purgation is
indispensable, for it is while passing through it that the over-rated material
needs are made to appear in their proper light. Unless society learns to attribute
more importance to spiritual matters, it would never be fit to enter the golden
era foretold by Baha'u'llah. The present calamities are parts of this process of
purgation, through them alone will man learn his lesson. They are to teach the
nations, that they have to view things internationally, they are to make the
individual attribute more importance to his moral, than his material welfare.
In such a process of purgation, when all humanity is in the throes of dire
suffering, the Baha'i should not hope to remain unaffected. Should we consider the
beam that is in our own eye, we would immediately find that these sufferings are
also meant for ourselves, who claimed to have attained. Such world crisis is
necessary to awaken us to the importance of our duty and the carrying on of our
task. Suffering will increase our energy in setting before humanity the road to
salvation, it will move us from our repose for we are far from doing our best in
teaching the Cause and conveying the Message with which we have been entrusted.
Shoghi Effendi, will pray for you as well as the other friends, so that you may
arise with greater determination in the consummation of this noble work.
Yours very sincerely,
(Signed) Ruhi Afnan.
Dear and valued co-worker:
This is to assure you in person of my profound sense of loving appreciation
of your continued and splendid services to the Cause. I wish you to persevere
despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles and to rest assured that my prayers
will continue to be offered in your behalf. Concentrate on your work for the
colored, for this is a work that will attract the mightiest confirmations and
blessings of Baha'u'llah and will earn you the abiding gratitude of future
generations in the Cause.
Your true brother,