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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,

(Signed) SHOGHI.

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