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Letter of 19 February 1947
19 February 1947
To Emeric Sala1
Dear Bahá’í Brother:
He feels that there must have been some misapprehension on your part of his statements regarding future Guardians: they cannot “abrogate” the interpretations of former Guardians, as this would imply not only lack of guidance but mistakes in making them; however they can elaborate and elucidate former interpretations, and can certainly abrogate some former ruling laid down as a temporary necessity by a former Guardian.
You asked his views about your statement on the Bahá’í Faith and Communism: frankly he feels that the less the friends discuss Communism, and the Faith in connection with it, the better these days, as the subject is a burning issue, and no matter how discreet we are we run the risk of being involved in this highly political issue.
Assuring you of his loving prayers on your behalf, and for the success of your services.
Yours with Bahá’í love,
P.S. Through Mr. Schopflocher3 he recently learned of your joint gift of a property to the Cause in Canada for a Summer School. This is much appreciated, and he hopes it will develop into a fine institution in the future!
[From the Guardian:]
May the Beloved, Whose Cause you are serving with such zeal, devotion and perseverance, reward you for your labours, guide every step you take in the path of service, and aid you to enrich the record of your meritorious and notable accomplishments,
Your true and grateful brother,
|1.||Emeric and Rosemary Sala—members of the National
Assembly 1948–53. During the first and second Seven Year Plans,
they pioneered to Venezuela (1940–41) and travelled throughout
Latin America. In 1953 they pioneered to South Africa, and returned
to Canada in 1968. In 1971 they pioneered to Mexico, where
Rosemary died in 1980. Emeric passed away in 1990. See The
Bahá’í World Vol. XVIII, |
|2.||Emeric Sala’s book
was This Earth One Country |
|3.||Siegfried Schopflocher—known as the “Temple Builder” because of his great contributions to the completion of the first Mashriqu’l-Adhkár of the West, appointed a Hand of the Cause of God in 1952, died in Montreal in 1953. For a review of his “numerous, magnificent services” see The Bahá’í World Vol. XII, 664–666, In Memoriam. [ Back To Reference]|