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Letter of 21 October 1932
21 October 1932
To an individual believer
Dear Mr. ...:
Shoghi Effendi wishes me to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated September 12th, 1932. He was very glad to know that the teaching work was progressing fairly rapidly and that there is all reason to hope that good results will be obtained. In his moments of prayer at the Shrines he will think of you as well as of the other members of the committee and ask for you all divine guidance and confirmation in the very important work you are directing.
As regards the meaning of the Bahá’í Covenant: The Guardian considers the existence of two forms of Covenant both of which
To divide the inheritance as it is prescribed by Bahá’u’lláh we have to divide it into 2520 shares. But we can also divide it into forty-two shares (not forty as you mention in your letter). Then every one of the beneficiaries will take so many of these shares. These numbers form like a highest denominator for the different fractions which represent the shares of the different individuals that will benefit in case of intestacy. In case of the non-existence of one class of inheritors the Aqdas mentions how it should be divided. As a general rule a part goes to the House of Justice, a part to the children.
As to your fourth question, Shoghi Effendi believes that it is preferable not to confuse the methods explained by the Master with present systems. They may have many resemblances but also many points of difference. Moreover these general statements we have in the teachings have to be explained and applied by the House of Justice before we can really appreciate their significance.
Assuring you of Shoghi Effendi’s prayers and best wishes I remain,
Yours ever sincerely,
May the Beloved bless richly your efforts, deepen your understanding of the essentials and distinguishing features of the Faith and enable you to promote its interests far and wide,
Your true brother,
|1.||The Universal House of
Justice has provided clarification on this
issue: “It is clear from further elucidations given by Shoghi Effendi
that Bahá’ís may vote for political posts only when they can do so
upon a non-party line, without affiliating themselves with any political
party or organization.” (Letter dated |