The Following was taken from a letter written by
Louise Vorndam in July of 1973,
in response to a letter she had received.
The genealogical blood lines pertain
only to the Greater Covenant, and are only incidental in the Lesser. The
reason is very simple: most of the prophecies of the Manifestations to
come are interlaced with genealogy, and if you subtract this you destroy
one of His chief claims to prophethood.
No regarding, the Primacy, the Primal
Branches, the Moons to the Manifestations' suns: This centers around the
term that you quoted, "First Born". In Exodus 4:22 (the second
book of the Bible - this was given very early) we read, "Thus saith
the Lord, Is-ra-el is my son, even my firstborn..." Every Hebrew proper
name has a translatable meaning, and Israel (according to my Bible Dictionary,
the Concordance, etc.) Means, "He who walks with God," "Ruling
with God," "Prince of God," and "Who prevails with
God". This is a spiritual sonship and has nothing to do with blood
lines. With Krishna it was Arjuna, with Moses - Joshua, with Zoroaster
- Ahura Mazda, with Buddha - Annanda, with Christ - Peter, with Mohammed
- Ali, with the Báb - Quaddus, and with Bahá'u'lláh
- `Abdu'l-Bahá (the only one, incidentally, who was a son at all).
I know you have heard a lot about the Primacy of Peter, so revered by the
Catholic Church that they adopted hi as first pope. With Bahá'u'lláh
it meant a New Covenant - the Lesser, and `Abdu'l-Bahá was appointed
as its center because it is evident that he was ultimately spiritually
qualified. When `Abdu'l-Bahá delineated the Guardianship and how
it was to be perpetuated he also made spirituality of prime necessity!
I can give your further proof positive
of this in the following: Cain was the first born biologically, he was
the tiller of the soil, the materialist, and (he) slew Abel who was the
prototype of the Manifestation - the good shepherd. The blessing was taken
from Cain, and the line went down not from him but through Seth, his younger
brother. Esau was the first born, but he sold his birthright to his brother
Jacob, and the 12 tribes of Israel sprang from him. His son Joseph crossed
his hands upon his death bed and gave his blessing not to the elder Manasseh,
but the second son Ephraim. Then there was the Beloved David, in whose
name many of the prophecies of the Lesser Covenant are given, and from
whom the Gospel writers made great effort to prove the descent of Jesus.
He was the youngest son of the famous Jesse, but received perhaps the greatest
glory of all because of his devotion to God. There are undoubtedly more,
but these are all I can think of at the moment. All of this in spite of
the Hebrew Law that the eldest is to receive the blessings and most of
the material inheritance. It is undoubtedly clear that the first born in
religious terminology refers to the first to recognize and remain faithful
You will note that the first clause
of the second paragraph of the will (`Abdu'l-Bahá's Will and Testament)
says, "...upon that primal branch of the Divine and Sacred Lote Tree"
...SINGULAR; then the paragraph goes on to mention the Twin Holy trees
and the Twin surging Seas. Can we say with any honesty at all that `Abdu'l-Bahá
was not also a Spiritual Son of the Báb as well as Bahá'u'lláh,
and was not guided by Him and flourished under this guidance? We must remember
that he passed on this double guidance to the Guardianship! To me, it is
clear and always has been that `Abdu'l-Bahá was the First Born,
the Primal Branch, regardless of biological incident. Muhammad Ali never
did measure up.
`Abdu'l-Bahá's Last Tablet to the Bahá'ís of America
`Abdu'l-Bahá's real son statement
Shoghi Effendi statement regarding divine guidance.
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