Dear Co-worker: Messages from Shoghi Effendi to the Benelux countries , pp56-7
Rita van Bleyswijk Sombeek, 23 November 1947
Dear Bahà’i Sister:
Your letter to our beloved Guardian, dated November 16th, has been received, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.
He is delighted to hear you are now fully recovered and again active in your important work for the Cause. However, you should not neglect your health but consider it the means which enables you to serve. It - the body - is like a horse which carries the personality and spirit, and as such should be well cared for so it can do its work! You should certainly safeguard your nerves, and force yourself to take time, and not only for prayer and meditation, but for real rest and relaxation. We don’t have to pray and meditate for hours in order to be spiritual.
The meetings you are so successfully holding, and the interest in our Bahà’i books shown by Mr. Buys, are very encouraging signs of progress. If a non-Bahàï publishing firm should bring out a Bahà’i book it would add greatly to the prestige of the Cause in the eyes of the public. As long as the original text is preserved in its entirety and the translation good, we can certainly have no objection to such a constructive effort.
He will pray for the success of all you and the other dear believers there are doing, and for the speedy establishment of an assembly in Amsterdam.
With loving greetings, R. Rabbání
May the Almighty aid you to recover fully and speedily your strength, promote actively the teaching activities you have so nobly and energetically initiated, win to the Faith additional souls of great capacity and hasten the advent of the day when the first historic Baha'i assembly will have been established in Holland.65 Your true and grateful brother; Shoghi