Quotes from Shoghi Effendi

   Not until the dynamic love we cherish for Him is sufficiently reflected in its power and purity in all our dealings with our fellowmen, however remotely connected and humble in origin, can we hope to exalt in the eyes of a self-seeking world the genuineness of the all-conquering love of God.   Not until we live ourselves the life of a true Bahá'í can we hope to demonstrate the creative and transforming potency of the Faith we profess.   Nothing but the abundance of our actions, nothing but the purity of our lives and the integrity of our characters, can in the last resort establish our claim that the Bahá'í spirit is in this day the sole agency that can translate a long-cherished ideal into an enduring achievement.

   With this vision clearly set before us, and fortified by the knowledge of the gracious aid of Bahá'u'lláh and the repeated assurances of `Abdu'l-Bahá, let us strive to live the life and then arise with one heart, one mind, one voice, to reinforce our numbers and achieve our end.

Shoghi Effendi (first Guardian of the Bahá'í Cause)
In his letter to American friends, November 24, 1924.
The Bahá'í Magazine - Star of the West, May 1925, Vol. 16 No. 2, page 437

THE ESSENCE OF INSTRUCTIONS

  Humanity, through suffering and turmoil, is swiftly moving on towards its destiny; if we be loiterers, if we fail to play our part, surely others will be called upon to take up our task as ministers to the crying needs of this afflicted world.

   Not by the force of numbers, not by the mere exposition of a set of new and noble principles, not by an organized campaign of teaching -- no matter how world-wide and elaborate in its character -- not even by the staunchness of our faith or the exaltation of our enthusiasm, can we ultimately hope to vindicate in the eyes of a critical and sceptical age the supreme claim of the ABHA Revelation.   One thing, and only one thing, will unfailingly and alone secure the undobted triumph of this sacred Cause, namely, the extent to which our own inner life and private character mirror forth in their manifold aspects the splendor of those eternal principles proclaimed by Bahá'u'lláh.

The Bahá'í Magazine - Star of the West, September 1925, Vol. 16 No. 6, page 538

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