1933-12-10 individual baha’is and the Guardian
USBN #81 - February 1934 - page 5
The [Guardian's] reply is dated December 10, 1933.
"As to the important issue you have raised in this connection regarding the
nature and significance of the ties which must unite individual Baha'is with their
Guardian, it should be made clear that such a relationship, though it transcends
any relationship to an Assembly, is by no means intended to curtail the authority
of the administrative bodies of the Cause, that it rather serves to strengthen and
consolidate the unity of the Administration. Administrative efficiency and order
should always be accompanied by an equal degree of love, of devotion and of
spiritual development. Both of them are essential and to attempt to dissociate one
from the other is to deaden the body of the Cause. In these days, when the Faith
is still in its infancy, great care must be taken lest mere administrative routine
stifles the spirit which must feed the body of the Administration itself. That
spirit is its propelling force and the motivating power of its very life.
"But as already emphasized, both the spirit and the form are essential to
the safe and speedy development of the Administration. To maintain full balance
between them is the main and unique responsibility of administrators of the
Cause." (Here follows the Guardian's postscript.)
"It is invariably my purpose and constant effort to uphold and reinforce the
administrative principles of the Faith, and I trust that nothing will be allowed
to interfere with the proper functioning of these administrative bodies."