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Unfolding Destiny

  • Author:
  • Shoghi Effendi

  • Source:
  • UK Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1981 edition
  • Pages:
  • 490
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Pages 456-457

Letter of 22 October 1949

22 October 1949
We must not only be patient with others, infinitely patient!, but also with our own poor selves, remembering that even the Prophets of God sometimes got tired and cried out in despair!
The end of the Plan is in view, and a long last push will, he sincerely hopes and believes, bring success and a breathing space.
Regarding your questions: it is not the City State, but the National State which Muḥammad’s teachings fostered. Christ had nothing to do with the City State concept in any direct manner.
The 100 years respite is only the phrase used by the Guardian to convey the idea that for a 100 years or so the Cause had not been recognised. It draws no parallel between this century and the last one, nor does it imply a repetition of events.
The Hidden Words have no sequence. They are jewel-like thoughts sent out of the mind of the Manifestation of God to admonish and counsel men. Unfortunately Bahá’u’lláh was never asked, and never, as far as we know, stated, what the force was mentioned by Him in the “Epistle”. There is nothing in the “Mysterious Forces of Civilization” implying that these great conquerors were not blood thirsty. 457
A healthy social life and Bahá’í work can go hand in hand, but not always in times of crisis, such as these days the Cause is passing through—and the world—when great sacrifice can alone meet the demands of the situation.
He urges you to persevere and add up your accomplishments, rather than to dwell on the dark side of things. Everyone’s life has both a dark and bright side. The Master said: turn your back to the darkness and your face to Me.