Baha’i Month: Mashiyyat/Will 1, 173 B.E. (9/27/2016)

September 27th, 2016

FREE WILL

Question.–Is man a free agent in all his actions, or is he compelled and constrained?

Answer.–This question is one of the most important and abstruse of divine problems. If God wills, another day, at the beginning of dinner, we will undertake the explanation of this subject in detail; now we will explain it briefly, in a few words, as follows. Some things are subject to the free will of man, such as justice, equity, tyranny and injustice, in other words, good and evil actions; it is evident and clear that these actions are, for the most part, left to the will of man. But there are certain things to which man is forced and compelled, such as sleep, death, sickness, decline of power, injuries and misfortunes; these are not subject to the will of man, and he is not responsible for them, for he is compelled to endure them. But in the choice of good and bad actions he is free, and he commits them according to his own will.

For example, if he wishes, he can pass his time in praising God, or he can be occupied with other thoughts. He can be an enkindled light through the fire of the love of God, and a philanthropist loving the world, or he can be a hater of mankind, and engrossed with material things. He can be just or cruel. These actions and these deeds are subject to the control of the will of man himself; consequently, he is responsible for them.

Now another question arises. Man is absolutely helpless and dependent, since might and power belong especially to God. Both exaltation and humiliation depend upon the good pleasure and the will of the Most High.

It is said in the New Testament that God is like a potter who makes “one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour.” [Rom. 9:21.] Now the dishonored vessel has no right to find fault with the potter saying, “Why did you not make me a precious cup, which is passed from hand to hand?” The meaning of this verse is that the states of beings are different. That which is in the lowest state of existence, like the mineral, has no right to complain, saying, “O God, why have You not given me the vegetable perfections?” In the same way, the plant has no right to complain that it has been deprived of the perfections of the animal world. Also it is not befitting for the animal to complain of the want of the human perfections. No, all these things are perfect in their own degree, and they must strive after the perfections of their own degree. The inferior beings, as we have said, have neither the right to, nor the fitness for, the states of the superior perfections. No, their progress must be in their own state.

Also the inaction or the movement of man depend upon the assistance of God. If he is not aided, he is not able to do either good or evil. But when the help of existence comes from the Generous Lord, he is able to do both good and evil; but if the help is cut off, he remains absolutely helpless. This is why in the Holy Books they speak of the help and assistance of God. So this condition is like that of a ship which is moved by the power of the wind or steam; if this power ceases, the ship cannot move at all. Nevertheless, the rudder of the ship turns it to either side, and the power of the steam moves it in the desired direction. If it is directed to the east, it goes to the east; or if it is directed to the west, it goes to the west. This motion does not come from the ship; no, it comes from the wind or the steam.

In the same way, in all the action or inaction of man, he receives power from the help of God; but the choice of good or evil belongs to the man himself. So if a king should appoint someone to be the governor of a city, and should grant him the power of authority, and should show him the paths of justice and injustice according to the laws–if then this governor should commit injustice, although he should act by the authority and power of the king, the latter would be absolved from injustice. But if he should act with justice, he would do it also through the authority of the king, who would be pleased and satisfied.

That is to say, though the choice of good and evil belongs to man, under all circumstances he is dependent upon the sustaining help of life, which comes from the Omnipotent. The Kingdom of God is very great, and all are captives in the grasp of His Power. The servant cannot do anything by his own will; God is powerful, omnipotent, and the Helper of all beings.

This question has become clearly explained. Salutations!

Abdu’l-Baha’, Some Answered Questions, Part Four: On the Origin, Powers and Conditions of Man

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Some Answered Questions

THE ORIGINAL PRESERVED TEXT IN ENGLISH
Some Answered Questions
The original preserved text of Some Answered Questions (SAQ) is now available in hard copy format.

This book gives the answers of a great World Teacher to numerous questions which deeply trouble modern man in this post-modern Age of Transition. First published in London in 1908, Some Answered Questions is as timely now as it was then; the need for it has grown more acute with the years. The many questions which it considers remain either unanswered or misunderstood in the minds of the mass of humanity.

What is man? Is there a God? How can we know God? What of the Reality of the Unseen? Miracles, prophecy, predestination, immortality, free will, reincarnation, baptism, the Trinity, healing? Here, too, are commentaries on and explanations of Biblical passages and the metaphysical underpinnings of scientific worldviews suited to our age of increasing maturity.

Some Answered Questions is intended for the searcher with an open and independent mind. The answers are unorthodox. Religion and Spirituality, stripped of ritualism and tradition, become reasonable and alive. If the search for truth is coupled with a dream of justice for all and a world at peace, if the student is willing to receive an idea by which he or she may live meaningfully both for true-self and for others, then here you will find an authentic challenge to match that dream.

This is the original 1908 translation that preserves the prophecy of the coming of the “7th Angel” made by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in this volume (p. 66) in 1908 and approved by Him. Contrary to the Covenant-breakers assertions, Some Answered Questions is NOT “pilgrim’s notes”–but forms a collection of talks in the authenticity of the written Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Baha approved and corrected by Him (with His own hand during His lifetime) in the potency of genuine Baha’i Holy Writ:

“Baha’u’llah has made it clear enough that only those things that have been revealed in the form of Tablets have a binding power over the friends… Those talks of the Master that were later reviewed by Him, corrected or in some other form considered authentic by Himself, such as Some Answered Questions, are considered as Tablets and therefore have the necessary binding power” (Shoghi Effendi, to the United States Publishing Committee, December 29, 1931).

This original re-print edition of Some Answered Questions combats the various changed false-text corrupted “editions” of the Covenant-breakers and contains a unique preface written by Dr. Leland Jensen and updated for current times along with a New Appendix including the Tablet of the Dichotomy and ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s the Tablet of Wood, Iron and Gold. The perfect teaching text (and required reading: the first 90 pages) for the full experience of the Baha’i Fireside series.

Baha’i Sabbath: Izzat 16, 173 B.E. (9/23/2016)

September 23rd, 2016

The ninth Glad-Tidings (Bisharat)

When the sinner findeth himself wholly detached and freed from all save God, he should beg forgiveness and pardon from Him. Confession of sins and transgressions before human beings is not permissible, as it hath never been nor will ever be conducive to divine forgiveness. Moreover such confession before people results in one’s humiliation and abasement, and God—exalted be His glory—wisheth not the humiliation of His servants. Verily He is the Compassionate, the Merciful. The sinner should, between himself and God, implore mercy from the Ocean of mercy, beg forgiveness from the Heaven of generosity and say:
O God, my God! I implore Thee by the blood of Thy true lovers who were so enraptured by Thy sweet utterance that they hastened unto the Pinnacle of Glory, the site of the most glorious martyrdom, and I beseech Thee by the mysteries which lie enshrined in Thy knowledge and by the pearls that are treasured in the ocean of Thy bounty to grant forgiveness unto me and unto my father and my mother. Of those who show forth mercy, Thou art in truth the Most Merciful. No God is there but Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Bountiful.
O Lord! Thou seest this essence of sinfulness turning unto the ocean of Thy favor and this feeble one seeking the kingdom of Thy divine power and this poor creature inclining himself towards the daystar of Thy wealth. By Thy mercy and Thy grace, disappoint him not, O Lord, nor debar him from the revelations of Thy bounty in Thy days, nor cast him away from Thy door which Thou hast opened wide to all that dwell in Thy heaven and on Thine earth.
Alas! Alas! My sins have prevented me from approaching the Court of Thy holiness and my trespasses have caused me to stray far from the Tabernacle of Thy majesty. I have committed that which Thou didst forbid me to do and have put away what Thou didst order me to observe.
I pray Thee by Him Who is the sovereign Lord of Names to write down for me with the Pen of Thy bounty that which will enable me to draw nigh unto Thee and will purge me from my trespasses which have intervened between me and Thy forgiveness and Thy pardon.
Verily, Thou art the Potent, the Bountiful. No God is there but Thee, the Mighty, the Gracious.

Baha’u’llah

Baha’i Sabbath: Izzat 9, 173 B.E. (9/16/2016)

September 16th, 2016

Three of the Basic Baha’i Principles Now in the Spotlight of Current Affairs, Daily News and Open Social and Political Discourse.

 

The First Basic Baha’i Principle-The Oneness Of Humanity:

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The Sixth Basic Baha’i Principle-Equality Of Men And Women:

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The Seventh Basic Baha’i Principle-The Elimination Of All Forms Of Prejudice:

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Baha’i Month: Izzat/Might 1, 173 B.E. (9/8/2016)

September 8th, 2016

TAQLID/BLIND IMITATION

In training in the arts and sciences–or even in children learning language–students, trainees, children tend to (at first) imitate their parents and teachers (and later they innovate for their own uniqueness of performance and expressions). But the Manifestations of God have commanded a direct and immediate experience of God for each and every individual;. In fact this is the second principle of the Baha’i Faith. Islam means to submit or surrender to the everlasting Covenant of God–which is the Will of God–which means NOT performing taqlid. Taqlid means to “collar yourself” to blind imitation (like a dog or animal–thus de-humanizing) which is forbidden. Those who collar/taqlid are not submissive in surrendering their will to God alone–and are NOT being independant of all save God. This is why the Kingdom of God is the government of God and not of man. No man shall govern or rule upon another–but God himself shall be their king and ruler–meaning that the people are in relationship with God and are AGAINST the Incarnate-Lie of mere men to whom they perform taqlid. It is forbidden to perform taqlid with the Manifestations of God, the Center of the Covenant, the Guardians, the UHJ or any one. Even God in our relationship with him prefers free will exercise of true love–and does not make puppets of us. Fealty and loyalty out of LOVE is NOT taqlid.

The only true religion in the world that preserves this fealty and loyalty of true love by informed consent and free will is the real faith under the provisions of the Covenant. The real guardian of the Baha’i faith guards us from taqlid, and allows the free people to live openly with God, in God, before God, after God and all in all of God. There is no time in the world of God. Everything is now. While this teaching may be found hidden and concealed in all of the Revelations to greater and lesser degrees–it is only practiced–and explicitly revealed as the “unsealed choice wine”– in the real world via the Kingdom now upon the earth (through the power of the Covenant of Baha’u’llah as delineated in the provisions of the sacred Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha)–the sine qua non of which is the genuine authentic living Davidic king seated upon the throne of King David that is to last for ever.

This is different from religions, per se. The Jewish, Christian, Islamisms and Baha’i “religions” all preserve a place in their Holy Texts for the throne of King David and the one seated upon it as an important personage and welcomed member of their respective holy communities. In reality the Revelation of Baha’u’llah is NOT a religion per se, but the government from God for the earth–that is international for the globe. In this free and open society–God is ever present for the direct and immediate experience of the people. In the presence of God there is no crime, no poverty, no hurt, no disease, no ills, etc. The people are happy. They are uniquely themselves–and not in blind imitations of any others. They reflect God purely as they know and understand the divine and transcendent mind that immanently animates us all. They understand the relationship of the organic teachers of God–the primordial educators–who are the founders of the progressive civilization that naturally arise from the Will of God amongst us within the world of being. Not enough can be said about this All-Important Theme!. They are not coerced under the pressure of manmade “rulers” or manmade “over-lordships.” No! They are free people even as the Davidic King is a free man. They are enlightened and in contact with the divine even as each and everyone one of us has this capacity: for “in my soul I am free!” As God loves those who work in groups–they come together to form societies and projects. The throne of King David is the sign of international peace through real justice. It is not a taqlid–nor is it a lordship controlling or intimidating peoples as do the manmade governments “benevolent or malevolent dictatorships”, “One-man rule”, or “totalitarian states” of earth.

The Kitab-i-‘Ahd states that the “government of the earth is vouchsafed unto them”–The “THEM” are the current monarchies, kings, and rulerships of the world. This includes the monarchy (now as exilarchate) of King David’s throne-line as well. Baha’u’llah states however that the “hearts” of the kings and rulers “belong to God.” The “Baha’is” were never meant to rule or govern the material earth–it is the Covenant-breakers who lust for worldly earthly power and who have disseminated these LIES!!!. God has already allowed for the rulers and monarchs and kings and governments of the nations to be populated by the leaderships of the peoples and tribes. He vouchsafes their jurisdictions and confirms their authorities as contingent upon the Most Great Justice. If they go against God they will be subjected to troubles and punishments that naturally arise from wrong governances. If they accept the guidance of God and spiritualize they will undoubtedly prosper (as has the British monarchy that was fair to Baha’u’llah) and win the love of all the peoples. The Davidic Kingship is also one of these throne-lines promised and preserved by God that is subject to His laws, under His command, and should it deviate “a hair’s breath” (W&T, p. 9) from the natural Will of the Kind Lord, it and that one will see great suffering and ruin just as any other king (see Pslams 89 for more)–but to David the promise shall continue for ever.

I remain yours, your servant, Neal

 

Baha’i Sabbath: Asma 14, 173 B.E. (9/2/2016)

September 2nd, 2016

Prayer Of The Covenant

My God! My God! I ask Thee to forgive everything save my servitude to Thy Supreme Threshold, and I declare myself innocent of any proclamation or praise, save my adoration for Thy Merciful Presence. I deprive myself of every adornment, save that of humiliation and contrition and evanescence before Thy Oneness. I flee from every station save that of arrival in the court of Thy Divine Eternity. By Thy Power, verily, the sweetness of servitude is the food of my spirit; with the fragrance of servitude my breast will be dilated, my being refreshed, my heart delighted, my eyes brightened, my nostrils perfumed, and in it is the healing of my disease, the allaying of my burning thirst, the soothing of my pain.

Immerse me, O my God, in this most bounteous, rolling Ocean; give me to drink of this sweet, abundant Water; cause me to enter this Gateway of Righteousness; ordain me for this praiseworthy Station; cause me to obtain this Cup which is overflowing with the living water; light in the crystal of my heart this Lamp which is giving forth its illuminating, brilliant radiance; and strengthen me for the service of Thy Cause, O my Lord, the Forgiver! Accept my servitude in the court of Thy Holy Oneness, O Thou, the Manifestor of Mount Sinai. Assist me to abide in its conditions, O Thou, the Authority of Manifestation. Aid me to assist Thy Cause in the eastern and western parts of the earth, O Thou the Possessor of the Day of Resurrection. I ask Thee, by Thy written Book, dispersed writings — by Thy Hidden Mystery, and Thy firm proclamations — to cause me to be steadfast in servitude to Thee, O my Lord, the Forgiver! Verily, Thou art the powerful over that which Thou wishest; and verily, Thou art the Merciful, the Compassionate.

Abdu’l-Baha’, The Crimson Book: The Book Of The Covenant

Baha’i Sabbath: Asma 7, 173 B.E. (8/26/2016)

August 26th, 2016

Prayers For America

  1. O Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy Love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings. O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world. O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy. Make it precious and near to Thee through Thy bounty and bestowal.

Abdu’l-Baha’

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2.   O God, Almighty Protector! O Thou Who art the confirmer of every just power, equitable empire in eternal glory, everlasting power, continuance and greatness: Strengthen with abundance of Thy mercy every government which acts with equity towards its subjects, and every dominion under whose flag the poor and weak find protection.

We ask Thee by Thy holiness and bounty to pour out Thy blessing upon this government which has stretched its tent over citizens from every land, that its inhabitants, its industries, its territories may be penetrated by justice.

O God, strengthen its executives, give authority and influence to its word and utterance, protect its territories and dominions, guard its reputation, make its ideals to echo throughout the world, reveal its traces and exalt its principles by Thy conquering power and wonderful might throughout the kingdoms of creation.

Thou art confirmer of whomsoever Thou willest. Verily, Thou art the powerful and the mighty!

Abdu’l-Baha

Baha’i Anniversary: The Birth of The Establisher, 8/22/2014-8/22/2016

August 22nd, 2016

THE MOST MIGHTY DOCUMENT 1979, 1992 and 1996

by Dr. Leland Jensen

An official Rendition by the Promised 7th Angel, who fulfills Biblical Prophecies, explained by ‘Abdu’l-Baha as recorded in Some Answered Questions, also prophesied to come under different titles, such as “Blessed is He” who comes in 1963, explained by ‘Abdu’l-Baha as recorded in Baha’u’llah and the New Era, the knight on the white horse, the Lamb, The Land, the return of Jesus the High Priest and by various names and titles as found in all Revelations of the Divine Manifestations.

 http://www.bupc.org/Most-Mighty-Document.pdf

Baha’i Month: Asma/Names 1, 173 B.E. (8/20/2016)

August 20th, 2016

PASSING THE TEST OF GOD
The Most Great Law has Come!
The Ancient Beauty [Baha’u’llah] ruleth upon the throne of King David.
Thus hath my pen spoken that which the histories of bygone ages have related!”
-Proclamation of Baha’u’llah, page 89.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Tablet of the Test (Lawh-i-Fitnih)
3. ‘Abdu’l-Baha Adopts Mason Remey as His Aghsan Son
4. Shoghi Effendi Recognized Mason as Aghsan: ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s “Dear Son”
5. Letters of Pepe Remey Aghsan, Grandson of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
6. Passing the Test of God!
7. Men Whom the Slander of the Slanderer Affect Not!
8. Whoso beholdeth Me with an eye besides Mine own will never be able to know Me!
9. The Great Step!
10. THE WISDOM OF THE APOSTLES!
11. He told me things he did not reveal to any other person!
12. Sent through the revolving door and ended back in!
13. Test the people to see which one God has chosen!
14. Forced to do what he did!
15. Many are Called Few are Chosen!
16. AN ADOPTED SON HAS ALL THE RIGHTS AND PREROGATIVES OF A NATURAL SON!
17. THE DAVIDIC LINE OF DESCENT FROM BAHA’U’LLAH
18. THE LAW OF ADOPTION!
19. Conclusion

Make firm our steps, O Lord, in Thy path and strengthen Thou our hearts in Thine obedience. Turn our faces toward the beauty of Thy oneness, and gladden our bosoms with the signs of Thy divine unity. Adorn our bodies with the robe of Thy bounty, and remove from our eyes the veil of sinfulness, and give us the chalice of Thy grace; that the essence of all beings may sing Thy praise before the vision of Thy grandeur. Reveal then Thyself, O Lord, by Thy merciful utterance and the mystery of Thy divine being, that the holy ecstasy of prayer may fill our souls – a prayer that shall rise above words and letters and transcend the murmur of syllables and sounds – that all things may be merged into nothingness before the revelation of Thy splendor.

Lord! These are servants that have remained fast and firm in Thy Covenant and Thy Testament, that have held fast unto the cord of constancy in Thy Cause and clung unto the hem of the robe of Thy grandeur. Assist them, O Lord, with Thy grace, confirm with Thy power and strengthen their loins in obedience to Thee.

Thou art the Pardoner, the Gracious.

INTRODUCTION
The successorship to the throne of David continued in the Covenant of Baha’u’llah and the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the Baha’i Faith, entitled the Guardian of the Cause of God, is at the same time a Point of Unity for the believers who come under the protection of the Covenant, and a stumbling block keeping those out who prefer their own selves to the Plan of God. This is what ‘Abdu’l-Baha has said that the Covenant is at once a “blessing to the righteous and a curse to the wicked.”

Baha’u’llah states in the Book of Certitude that the “oppression” of the truth is the “essential feature” of “every revelation” and that unless the “darkness of the night of error” first come to pass, the “light of truth” can never be made manifest unto the people.

This “oppression” is the essential feature of every Revelation. Unless it cometh to pass, the Sun of Truth will not be made manifest. For the break of the morn of divine guidance must needs follow the darkness of the night of error.
(Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 31)

Baha’u’llah goes on to explain that “If ye say ye believe do you think that God will let you alone and not put you to the test?” Those who fail the test will not only see spiritual destruction, but are prophesied to be killed in one hour of thermonuclear war in which one third of mankind is to be destroyed with every American city of population 100,000 or more to be incinerated in the thermonuclear “lake of fire”.

TABLET OF THE TEST
In the Tablet of the Test, entitled the Lawh-i-Fitnih, Baha’u’llah further explains the importance of TESTS in the Baha’i faith, and how these Tests purify the faith from those who are not able and do not have the capacity to pass these tests and thus graduate and move on to the next level of spiritual advancement. Adib Teherzadeh further comments upon the Tablet of the Test, that these tests always come on the COVENANT, and that the Book of the Covenant and the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha become the final testing ground for the believers. Will the people remain under the provisions of the Covenant or will they knowingly and willfully allow selfish motives to drag themselves down into the Condition of Violation.

“Thus it is seen that no means for dissension hath been left, but carnal desires are the cause of difference as it is the case with the violators. These do not doubt the validity of the Covenant but selfish motives have dragged them to this condition. It is not that they do not know what they do – they are perfectly aware and still they exhibit opposition.

“In short, the ocean of the Covenant is tumultuous and wide. It casteth ashore the foam of violation and thus rest ye assured. Be engaged in the furtherance of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar and prepare the means for the diffusion of the divine fragrances. Be not engaged in anything but this, for otherwise thou shalt dissipate thine attention and the work will not advance.” (‘Abdu’l-Baha, Selections, pp. 215-216)

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TABLET concerning the DIVINE TEST

by

BAHA’U’LLAH

Translated by Juan Cole

Tablet of Baha’u’llah via Khadimu’llah
to Mulla Sadiq-i Khurasani concerning the Surah of the Divine Test)

It will have been known to the friends of God that one day the antichrist (1) arose with a new scheme, in order to sow doubts in the hearts of the servants.(2) Yes, in Edirne (3) he advertised his intention to the Iranians, saying, “Today we have resolved that he (4) shall come to the Sultan Selim mosque, and we also shall attend, and shall make the truth manifest. Thus might truth be distinguished from falsehood.”

Mir Muhammad Shirazi became aware of this saying, and informed Aqa Mirza Muhammad Quli. The latter repeated it in the most glorious presence. When he (4) was informed, he departed that very hour and set out for the above-mentioned mosque. There are more details, but we shall mention only those necessary to telling the story. He said to Mir Muhammad, “Go and inform the gentleman (1) that I am waiting in the mosque.” The aforementioned Mir Muhammad gave the news to that accursed one. Azal excused himself, saying that it was not possible that day. “The appointment will have to be fixed on another day.”

Then Mir Muhammad said to that wicked one, “You yourself chose these arrangements. You stated a preference for this matter. You wrote a document saying that whoever did not appear today is false and far from the truth. Then how can any word of yours be depended upon?”

In short, he stayed at the mosque until sundown, but that wicked one avoided coming. As he passed through the market, the tongue of God addressed Mir Muhammad with these holy and eternal verses. All the people heard it, and were astonished at their revelation. This is the content of the aforementioned discourse:

When we heard, we issued from our house with manifest sovereignty. (5) We said, “Muhammad, the spirit has departed from its seat and along with it the spirits of the pure ones went forth, as did the realities of the Messengers. In truth, you shall behold the people of the most exalted panorama above my head. Then in my grasp are the proofs of the prophets. Then open your eyes. This is `Ali [the Bab], then Muhammad, the messenger of God, who has risen above the horizon of the House with evident sovereignty and come to you with all the verses from God, the mighty, the Omnipotent.”

Say: Were all the clergy and mystics on earth, and all the kings and emperors, to be gathered, I would stand before them and recite the verses of God, the king, the glorious, the wise. I am he who fears no one, even should all who are in the heavens and the earth assemble against me. The very verses have humbled themselves before my countenance, and all sounds are submissive before my wondrous and most amazing melodies. This is my palm, which God has rendered white for all the worlds. And this is my staff. Were we to cast it down, it would swallow (6) the entire creation. All that has been created between the heavens and the earth is but a handful of clay to your lord.

Go, Muhammad, to the concourse of idolaters and say, “The youth has come to you and with him are the hosts of revelation and inspiration. The kingdom of the Cause marches before him, and behind him are the tribes of the concourse on high and the inhabitants of the cities of eternity then the angels who are near.” Say: Fear God, and do not oppose the one by whose command every wise decree was ordained. Then come into the presence of God with your ropes and your staffs and with whatever you possess, if you are able to do so. We go now to the house of God that was erected by one of the kings and named the “Selim.” I, alone, have come to you from the dawning place of eternity with a great, a most great announcement. I shall wait until the sun sets in the west, so that perhaps my opponents will find the opportunity within themselves to repent.

Know that God forbade his friends from meeting with the idolaters and hypocrites. Nevertheless, we departed from our house depending upon God, gaze set toward the precincts of the Cause, so that thereby the heedless servants of God might be made aware. Those who have denied God or joined partners with him shall never believe in God, even should he bring them the sacred scrolls, or the hosts of the Invisible, or the proofs of the Messengers [and meeting with God only increases them in their oppression and unbelief. (7) Thus was it revealed in the tablets, and in this mighty and inaccessible Tablet.

Know, Muhammad, that every Name that is related to my self has been exalted in the kingdom of names, if you but knew. Say: Today, the bond with all loved ones has been severed, save for those who entered under the shadow of this radiant and illumined Countenance.(8) Whoever clings to one of the divine Names, while turning away from its Creator, is not of me, and God is innocent of him. In truth, we created the names just as we created any other thing, if you but knew. Say: Verily, I have manifested myself for the sake of God, and have gone out for the sake of God, and I speak before all who are on earth just as I speak before your face. I fear no one. My actions testify to that, if you but knew. Say: In truth, the signs of the Absolute Truth are as obvious as the light and rays of the sun. Nay, by God, they are even more apparent to anyone with sharp vision. Do you think anyone other than he can exist alongside him? No, by his exalted and mighty self. Say: All the realities of all things walk when this youth walks, and when he becomes still, so too do our steadfast servants. Sever yourself from the Names, and be satisfied with your Lord, and be not among the ignorant. Those who have devoted themselves to the divine names, they are worshippers of idols, if you would bear witness. Verily, a prophet is one who prophesies to the people of these pre-existent and most precious tidings. A messenger is one who fulfills my mission to (9) those who have lost their path. The vicar [imam] is one who stands before my countenance with manifest humility. The lieutenant [vali] is one who seeks shelter in the fortress of my secure protection. The successor [vasi] is one who counsels the people with what we have commanded them (10) in a guarded tablet.]

He whom the idolaters have taken to themselves as their lord, whereby they have risen in opposition to God, the mighty, the august, the beautiful—he was just like any of the servants. He used to come into my presence morning and night. Then there wafted upon him from the region of his base self the gales of passion, as a result of his past behavior. Finally, they cast him down off his seat and abandoned him in the lowest depths. We had made his name renowned among the servants for a secret reason of our own. In truth, your lord is ruler over what he desires.

Also, there is a man by the name of Hasan Aqa in that land, a tobacconist. The antichrist was with him when he issued the aforementioned challenge. The text was written out with his knowledge. Indeed, in reality on that day the truth was fulfilled and perfect. Rather, it became most seasoned and most perfect.

When Mir Muhammad came into the presence of the Beauty of God (4), he said, “I informed that accursed one (that is, Mirza Yayha), that Baha’u’llah was waiting in the mosque, and I said, `You should come and demonstrate your own truth.’

“That accursed one said, `Today it will have to be postponed. Choose another day.’”

Afterwards the tongue of God spoke forth, saying that with God it had been known that that scoundrel would not appear, and the purpose was to complete the proof. Rather, the proof had been complete from pre-eternity against those deniers of the beauty of the lord of the worlds.

The beauty of God departed from the mosque. It so happened that the store of the aforementioned Hasan Aqa was on Baha’u’llah’s route. When he arrived at the store, the tongue of God said, “Based on the decision that the gentleman had announced in his proclamation, the countenance of the All-Merciful presented himself, whereas the idolaters repudiated their own agreement.”

The next day, this sublime pronouncement was issued to Hasan Aqa. But that accursed one gave it no attention. The text of the letter is as follows:

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

This is a letter from this youth to all who are upon the earth. Worship none but God, the king, the exalted, the mighty. Thus has the decree been revealed in all the tablets from the powerful, the Omnipotent.

We heard that some of our opponents desired to come into the presence of this youth. Say: Come, and do not delay! We have appointed as the meeting-place the house of God, which was erected by one of the emperors, and was called “Selim” in the kingdom of names, if you but knew. We have selected as the days for the meeting Sunday and Monday. God was a witness to what I say . . . He is the one intended by your lord, the knowing, the wise.

Source: `Abdu’l-Hamid Ishraq-Khavari, ed. Ma’idih-‘i Asmani, 9 vols. (Tehran: MMMA, 1973), 4: 277-281.

Notes

(1) Mirza Yayha Subh-i Azal
(2) Note: The prologue is written in the third person, in the voice of Mirza Aqa Jan Kashi, Khadimu’llah, Baha’u’llah’s scribe. However, Baha’i tradition has been to account this as a literary device, and to see the entire Tablet as having been written by Baha’u’llah.

(3) Adrianople

(4) Baha’u’llah.

(5) Another translation of some of this passage can be found in Shoghi Effendi Rabbani, God Passes By (Wilmette, Ill.: Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1970), pp. 168-169.

(6) The printed text gives tablaghu, to reach, which does not seem to me to make much sense. The manuscript of Qazvini’s 1867 letter gives tatla`u, to “stretch the neck forward.” This latter is very possible. However, since the miracle of Moses’ staff, being referred to here was to swallow the magician’s serpents, and since the shape of tabla`u, to swallow, is the same as that of the other two words given by copyists, I feel certain that it is the best reading here.

(7) passages in brackets are in the 1867 Qazvini letter but omitted from the Lawh-i Mubahalih. Some of these passages, but not all, are in Ishraq-Khavari, Ma’idih-‘i Asmani, 7:243-744.

(8) Qazvini gives wajh or “countenance” here, whereas the printed text gives “amr” or Cause: Ishraq-Khavari, Ma’idih-‘i Asmani, 7:243.

(9) Ishraq-Khavari, Ma’idih-‘i Asmani, 7:244 adds and guides (hada)

(10) Ishraq-Khavari, Ma’idih-‘i Asmani, 7:244 gives has come to him (atahu)

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Concerning the Tablet of the Test, Teherzadeh explains:

TABLET OF THE TEST
‘Abdu’l-Baha, the true Exemplar of the Teachings of Baha’u’llah, has established the pattern of servitude which is the highest station for man to attain.

Baha’u’llah’s position was that of sovereignty and lordship. The position of His Son, Abdu’l-Baha, was that of servitude. When water flows from the summit of a mountain and falls to the valley, it creates energy. Similarly, the flow of spiritual forces from Baha’u’llah to Abdu’l-Baha has produced a great power which is released to mankind. When Baha’u’llah appeared there was no one worthy or capable of receiving His Revelation. Abdu’l-Baha on behalf of humanity became its perfect recipient and, although not a Manifestation of God, He was invested with divine authority and power by Baha’u’llah.

In His Will & Testament, written by His own hand, Baha’u’llah has appointed Abdu’l-Baha as the One to whom all the believers should turn after His ascension…

In the Lawh-i-Fitnih Baha’u’llah states that the tests and trials that accompany His Revelation are so severe that a great many people who believe in God and are well-informed of the mysteries of His Cause will be deprived and left in darkness.

Alluding to religious leaders, He foreshadows that these stars of the heaven of knowledge will fall. He affirms that through these tests all that is hidden in men’s hearts will be disclosed, that mankind will be separated, some elevated to the heights of faithfulness, others cast down upon the dust. He mentions that the winds of these mighty tests of God have already begun to blow and that the full force of their impact would be felt in the year Shidid (stress) [what stress He layeth upon a moments deviation]. This is a reference to the rebellion of Mirza Yahya in Adrianople which shook the Faith to its foundations and temporarily breached the ranks of its followers. It is also an illusion to the ascension of Baha’u’llah which brought in its wake the rebellion of Mirza Muhammad Ali and the breaking of the Covenant of Baha’u’llah.

A careful study of the lives and teachings of the Founders of great religions will demonstrate that one of the functions of the Manifestation of God has always been to explain the meaning and purpose of His Revelation and to solve any difficult problem which perplexes the minds of His followers. Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha were always ready to answer questions asked by the believers. These ranged from weighty subjects down to various minor details dealing with every aspect of the Revelation of Baha’u’llah.

However, on the subject of succession They remained silent and only at the end of Their lives did They disclose the identity of Their successors. There are many wisdoms in this. Such an action may be likened to that of a teacher who is always ready to answer questions and help his pupils solve their problems. Only on one occasion does he remain silent and refrain from helping them, namely, on the day of examination. On that day the students alone will have to find the answers. It is their test and it is also the day of separation. Those who pass are elevated to a higher class and those who fail are not.

The history of the Faith demonstrates that the Covenant has always provided the testing-ground for the believers. The Bab gave the glad-tidings of the appearance of ‘Him Whom God shall make manifest’ but did not explicitly disclose the identity of Baha’u’llah. Baha’u’llah established a mighty Covenant appointing Abdu’l-Baha as the Center of that same Covenant but kept this appointment a well-guarded secret until, shortly before His ascension, He handed the Kitab-i-Ahd (Book of My Covenant) to Abdu’l-Baha. This document, in the terms of the above analogy, became the examination paper for the entire body of Baha’u’llah’s followers. Some passed and others failed the test. Similarly, the Will & Testament of Abdu’l-Baha in which Shoghi Effendi was appointed as the Guardian of the Faith was kept secret. It was after His passing that this document was read. Again, this produced tests for the believers. Some who had ambitious ideas and a lust for leadership opposed Shoghi Effendi as the Guardian of the Faith. These men tried very hard to create divisions within the Cause. But one of the distinguishing features of the Faith is that although many outstanding followers of Baha’u’llah broke the Covenant and arose, with every means at their disposal, to create schism in the Faith, they failed to bring this about. The Covenant of Baha’u’llah triumphed and those who opposed it perished and were brought to naught.
(From the Revelation of Baha’u’llah, Vol. I, p. 134-137)

Thus have the violators denied the plain truth, that Baha’u’llah made a strong Covenant appointing ‘Abdu’l-Baha to succeed Himself to the throne of David; that ‘Abdu’l-Baha adopted Mason Remey to be his aghsan son and continue this aghsan line of David forward in Mason Remey. That Shoghi Effendi upheld ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s adoption of Mason, thus qualifying Mason as an aghsan to be then appointed by Shoghi Effendi in accordance with the Will and Testament on page 12 that if he had no son of his own he must “choose another branch [aghsan]” to succeed him. And that Mason continued this Aghsan lineage of King David in his only son Pepe, who passed on the throne of David to his only son Neal Chase ben Joseph Aghsan.

This is the straight path that leads to the true Universal House of Justice of Baha’u’llah. It is the straight path that is backed up with documentation and proofs for all to see as glaring as the noonday SUN!

“God has vowed to perfect His light though the wicked abhor it so!”

‘Abdu’l-Baha Adopts Mason Remey as His Aghsan Son
‘Abdu’l-Baha to his only son Mason Remey:

“I have adopted you as my son [Persian: aghsan]. You have to appreciate this favor very much indeed. One should see that you are living according to the requirements of this sonship. You should be aware of your responsibilities. My prayers will help you. I always pray for you. ”
(‘Abdu’l-Baha to Mason Remey, cf. “The Diaries of Mason Remey”, Folio 2, “A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Reminisces of the Master, 1921”, pp. 127-129. New York Public Library Collection)

Shoghi Effendi Recognized Mason as Aghsan: ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s “Dear Son”
Upheld by Shoghi Effendi “to go against him is to go against God” (W&T, p. 11):

“Coagulated drops of Baha’u’llah’s all-Sacred Blood and Ringlets of His Most Blessed Locks Presented as my most precious possession to ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s ‘dear son’ Mr. Charles Mason Remey”
(signed) Shoghi March 1922”

“I have adopted you as my son [Persian: aghsan].
You have to appreciate this favor very much indeed.
One should see that you are living according to the requirements of this sonship.
You should be aware of your responsibilities.
My prayers will help you. I always pray for you. ”
–‘Abdu’l-Baha to Mason Remey, his only son (Aghsan)

THE TOKEN OF THE HAIR AND THE BLOOD
AS PROPHESIED OF IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION
Revelation Chapter 4, verse 2:

“At once I was in the Spirit, and lo, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne!”

The throne that he saw in the heaven of prophecy was the Davidic throne, and the one who he saw seated on the throne was ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s adopted son, Mason Remey.

Revelation Chapter 4, verse 3:

“And he who sat there appeared like jasper and carnelian, and round the throne was a rainbow that looked like an emerald.”

The Jasper is sometimes called the blood stone, as it is the color of blood. In this case Mason Remey had inherited the bloodline of King David from his father, ‘Abdu’l-Baha. ‘Abdu’l-Baha had adopted Mason Remey, and given him a token of this adoption: Shoghi Effendi, as the executor of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s estate, delivered to Mason Remey an envelope containing a small packet with blood and hair from Baha’u’llah. A note was written on the outside envelope in Shoghi Effendi’s handwriting:

“Of all the remnants of Baha’u’llah’s all-sacred Person, the most hallowed, the most precious, confidently delivered into the hands of my brother and co-worker in the Cause of God, Mr. Remey. (Shoghi, March 1922).”

Another note was hand-written on the packet itself:

“Coagulated drops of Baha’u’llah’s All-Sacred Blood and Ringlets of His Most Blessed Locks presented as my most precious possession to ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s ‘dear son’ Mr. Charles Mason Remey as a token of my Baha’i affection and brotherly love. Shoghi”

Thus, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, who was a descendant of King David, adopted Mason Remey, making Mason Remey a descendant of King David. This lineage is to last forever. When Shoghi Effendi placed Mason Remey at the head of the embryonic Universal House of Justice he was continuing this lineage of David, with Mason Remey and his descendants, to be the Presidents of the Universal House of Justice for ever.

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“To ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s ‘dear son’ Mr. Charles Mason Remey”
Photograph of Original Packet Containing the Hair and Blood of Baha’u’llah, Token of Adoption and Appointment of Mason Remey Aghsan to the Throne and Lineage of King David that is to last forever.

INSTITUTIVE EVIDENCE
From the time of Adam and later King David forward, the continuation of the lineage and the inheritance of the throne was passed down through the lineage of father to son inheritance, sometimes moving from one brother to another according to the Law of Primogeniture. The inheritance of the throne was usually confirmed with an outward token or symbol of this inheritance. This outward symbol or token is called institutive evidence:

“Institutive evidence is that which is created or adopted as a memorial of a fact and for the purpose of being evidence of the fact. The stone set up for a boundary; the giving of a clod of earth or a twig in livery of seizing as evidence or the transfer of the title [etc]….” (Sagebeer, The Bible in Court, p. 104.)

Obviously the token is not the inheritance itself, but is a symbol of the inheritance being only a token of the adoption, or a token of the appointment, that is, a token of the inheritance. Mason Remey explained very clearly that the token is not the same as the inheritance, for if it were someone would try to steal the token for themselves, and thereby attempt to usurp the throne.

At the time of King David, after Samuel showed David’s father Jesse that God had chosen David above his other sons, Jesse then had David get the token of inheritance from his brothers:

“And Jesse said to David his son…”See how your brothers fare, and bring some token from them.” (1 Sam. 17:18 RSV).

In the modern history of the faith three different tokens were used: 1) The Hair and the Blood; 2) the Medallion; and 3) and the Lapis Lazuli Intaglio Signet Ring. These three symbolize the three-part Covenant of 1) the Blessing, 2) the Curse or Scattering and 3) the Promise of the Re-gathering unto the throne (see Deut. Ch. 28, 30).

“The Master gave Mr. Remey what no one else ever received – relics of the Blood and Hair of Baha’u’llah; in the East this act symbolizes Mr. Remey’s adoption as a Son by ‘Abdu’l-Baha and his becoming a member of the Holy Family.” (Questions and Answers about Charles Mason Remey and the Baha’i Faith, by F.C. Spataro.)

Thus ‘Abdu’l-Baha passed the throne and lineage of David to his son Mason, who passed this one to his only son Pepe that passed it on again to his only son Neal that he adopted and appointed in the same manner and style that ‘Abdu’l-Baha used with Mason.

The purpose of the descendant of King David through Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha being the president of the Universal House of Justice of Baha’u’llah (see Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, page 14, 15) is so that we can recognize the true UHJ of Baha’u’llah, from fakes, frauds and imitations.

Only the Baha’is who are loyal to every single provision of the Covenant in the Master’s Will have the UHJ with the living guardian as its president operating and functioning in the world today.

“Divorced from the institution of the [Davidic Kingship: President, Executive Branch of the UHJ] the World Order of Baha’u’llah would be mutilated and permanently deprived of that hereditary principle [Aghsan lineage of King David continued through Baha’u’llah (Ancient Root) and ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Most Great Branch)] which, as Abdu’l-Baha has written, has been invariably upheld by the Law of God.” (Shoghi Effendi, World Order of Baha’u’llah, p. 148)

Mason Remey IS the Aghsan-son of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. After Ridvan, 1960, Ruhiyyih Khanum and Those Who Followed Her, violated the Covenant and Mason Remey was forced to expel them from the Baha’i Religious Faith in his First and Third Encyclical letters, as the Covenant authorizes ONLY the person of the living guardian, as chief executive, to so do. The Baha’i Faith has continued on since that time of the Great Violation until this very day from the prophesied World Center in the New Jerusalem in the Rocky Mountains in the United States of America, where ‘Abdu’l-Baha personally established the exact resting-place of the throne of King David – ZION – during his travels to that country in September, 1912.

“God hath purposed to perfect his light, albeit though the infidels abhor it so!”

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TABLET OF THE HAIR
LAWH-I-SHA’ARAT
~by Baha’u’llah~
HE IS THE ALMIGHTY
My hair is my Messenger. It is calling aloud at all times upon the branch of fire within the hallowed and luminous Garden of Paradise, that perchance the inmates of the realm of creation may detach themselves from the world of dust and ascend unto the retreats of nearness — the Spot where the Fire seeketh illumination from the light of the countenance of God, the Glorious, the Powerful.

O ye that have consecrated yourselves to this Fire! Sing ye melodies, pour out sweet tones, rejoice with exceeding gladness and make haste to attain the presence of Him Who is the Object of adoration, bearing witness that no God is there besides God, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise, the All-Compelling.

HE IS THE GOD OF WISDOM
My hair is My Phoenix. Therefore hath it set itself upon the blazing fire of My Face and receiveth sustenance from the garden of My Countenance. This is the station wherein the Son of “Imran” (Moses) removed from the feet of selfish desire the coverings of the attachment to all else but Him and was illumined by the splendours of the Light of holiness in the undying Fire kindled by God, the Potent, the Gracious, the Ever-Forgiving.

HE IS THE MOST EXCELLENT, THE BEST BELOVED!
A lock of My hair is My Cord. He who layeth fast hold on it shall never to all eternity go astray, for therein is his guidance to the splendours of the Light of His beauty.

HE IS GOD
My hair is My Veil whereby I conceal My beauty, that haply the eyes of the non-believers among My servants may not fall upon it. Thus do We conceal from the sight of the ungodly the glorious and sublime beauty of Our Countenance.

HE IS THE ETERNAL
My hair beareth witness for My beauty that verily I am God and that there is none other God but me. In My ancient eternity I have ever been God, the One, the Peerless, the Everlasting, the Ever-living, the Ever-Abiding, the Self-Subsistent.

O denizens of the everlasting Realm! Let your ears be attentive to the stirrings of this restless and agitated hair, as it moveth upon the Sinai of Fire, within the precincts of Light, this celestial Seat of divine Revelation. Indeed there is no God besides me. In My most ancient pre-existence I have ever been the King, the Sovereign, the Incomparable, the Eternal, the Single, the Everlasting, the Most Exalted.

O peoples of the heavens and of the earth! Were ye to sanctify your ears ye would hear My hair proclaim that there is none other God except Him, and that He is One in His Essence and in everything that beareth relationship unto Him. And yet how fiercely have you caviled at this beauty; not withstanding that the outpourings of His grace have encompassed all that dwell in the billowing oceans of His Revelation and Creation. Be ye fair therefore in your judgement concerning His upright Religion, for the love of this Youth who is riding high upon the snow-white She-Camel betwixt earth and heaven; and be ye firm and steadfast in the path of Truth.

Surah of Blood

Written by Baha’u’llah
Original title: Suratu’d-Dam

Translated by Juan Cole

We have caused this Surah of Blood to surge forth from the Ocean of the Unseen, that it might be a sign of My Manifestation among all created things.

He is eternally seated upon the Throne! In My Name, the Glorious, the All-Glorious.

[1] Hearken, O Muhammad, to the voice of your Lord from this station, which is exalted above the reach of all contingent beings. It can never be attained by the hearts of His creatures nor by the inmost realities of those who have, for a single instant, been heedless of this sanctified, mighty and concealed Cause.

[2] Say: O people, hasten unto the sanctuary of God and His essence, unto the House of God and His Selfhood, unto the Manifestation of God and His sovereignty. Be not of them that make mention of God with their lips and yet show forth opposition to His signs. Say: O people, this is a station around which circles the Concourse on High, then the denizens of the canopy of eternity and those who dwell beyond the depths of grandeur, if you be of them that comprehend. Say: This is the Shrine, the Presence, the Countenance and the Greatness of God Himself.

[3] Arise and issue forth from your homes, O people of the concourse of Divinity, and you of the grades of divine Dominion, then the people of might in the stations both of this earthly world and the Kingdom of Heaven. Thus may you attain unto this station, which none have reached save those who detached themselves from all in heaven and on earth, and from all that is characterized by name, description, direction or allusion, did you but understand. Say: O people, this is the station of God, this is His Court, Garden and Paradise, and this is His Tabernacle and Pavilion. Beware, O people, lest you turn your faces toward anyone but Him. Hasten then unto Him, that perhaps you will be given to eat of the fruits of the Spirit. This is a station wherein the righteous, and they that circle round the Throne on High, have halted, as you also bear witness.

[4] As for you, O Muhammad, perform what the tongue of your Lord counsels you at this time, and accomplish all that which you are bidden by God, the Protector, the Almighty, the Beloved. First of all, tear the veils of vain imagination from about your heart by My mighty, powerful and unquestioned Sovereignty. Then enter the fortress of the All-Merciful in My Name, the Mighty, the Glorified, and pay no heed to all that has been and shall be. If you should behold Satan seated at its gate, forbidding you to enter therein, close your eyes to him and take refuge in My Beauty, the Blessed, the Help in Peril, the Adored. Beware lest you sit with those in whom you perceive the evidences of malice, as heat is evident in summer or cold in poison. Flee from them and their ilk, and look not upon them nor that which they possess. Turn your gaze rather to My Cause, and that which surpasses in excellence all else, did you but perceive it.

[5] If you wish to travel in various lands, then spread the dawning lights of your Lord throughout those realms. Think upon the handiwork of your Lord which you see, that you may be of those who consider. Adorn yourself with My character, in such wise that should anyone treat you unjustly you would take no heed of him, nor oppose him. Leave him to the judgment of your Lord, the Powerful, Omnipotent and Self-Subsisting. Be at all times a wronged one, for this is one of My attributes, though none but the sincere are aware of it. Verily, the sighs of patience uttered by one wronged are more precious to God than any other deed, did you but know. Therefore, be patient in the face of whatever befalls you, and set your trust in your Lord God in all your affairs. He, verily, suffices you against all the harm that any created thing can wreak toward you, and preserves you in the shelter of His Cause and the mighty fortress of His guardianship. There is no God but Him. His are the worlds of creation and command and all seek His aid.

[6] Should anyone slander you, you must not retaliate against him in kind lest you become as he is. Turn aside from him and set your face toward the holy tabernacle in this exalted and sacred canopy. Be among men as a sweet-scented knoll, that the fragrance of sanctity may be wafted among them. In such wise, you might succeed in attracting them to the court of the holy and Beloved One. Should you find a helper among the friends of God, seek his company at eventide and dawn, throughout the months and years. In all matters, emulate God, your Succorer. Walk among men with His dignity and peace, and teach them the Cause of their Lord to the extent that they are able to hear it.

[7] O hoopoe of Sheba, go with My book to the cities of God. Should the other birds ask you concerning the dove of holiness, say: “When I left her, she was sore-pressed in the talons of denial and the beaks of wickedness. She had no helper save God, Who created her, formed her and made her the lamp of His beauty between the heavens and the earth, if you be possessed of certainty.”

[8] Should you find one of My lovers, if he asks about Me, say:

“By God, I went up out of the Prison City (Adrianople) at a time when Husayn was lying upon the ground, while Disgrace knelt upon His breast and desired to behead Him. The spears were standing before His head, and He expected it to be raised aloft upon them. Such was the situation in inmost secrecy, if you be of them that perceive. I then saw Him move His lips, and gaze toward the heavens with a look such as would rend every heart, and beyond them the heart of God, the Protector, the Mighty, the Self-Subsisting. I moved My head close to His lips, and heard that He was beneath the sword, saying:

[9] ‘O people! By God, I have not spoken to you out of selfish desire! Nay, rather I have given voice to that which the Speaker on Sinai uttered in My most pure and sanctified breast. The verses of God leave no doubt as to what has been foreordained in the realm of the divine Decree, or as to that which is in this world and the next. O you who have joined partners with God, inhale the scent of these verses that have descended from the realm of the divine Essence, from the King of names and attributes. Should you perceive therein the fragrance of the coat of the beloved Joseph, then show mercy toward Him and put Him not to death with the blades of malice, if you see with the eyes of justice and are equitable in yourselves.

[10] O people! I bolted up the gates of paradise for 20 years, lest anything issue from My lips that might cause the fire of hatred to blaze forth in your breasts. To this bears witness the Tongue of Grandeur, then the Pen of Command upon the holy and guarded Tablets. O people, I verily am `Ali (the Bab), and this is but another Return after the first. I have demonstrated to you at this time the greatest of the things I manifested aforetime. I have come from the fountainhead of grandeur and glory, and the treasure hold of exaltation and majesty, with verses of which not a single letter has heretofore been revealed in this world. This Tablet is My proof among you, to you and against you, if you be of them that comprehend.

[11] O people, God is My witness that I remained silent in My house and gave voice to no melody. However, the Spirit set my limbs quaking, and caused Me to speak forth with the Truth. Its features then appeared in My face, if you descry My beauty. I barred the doors of utterance for lo, these many years, but the tongue of God has loosened My tongue, did you but know. Will you slay Him by whose Command the heavens were raised aloft, the seas surged forth, the trees gave fruit, the mysteries were revealed and the beauty of the Chosen One shone forth from behind the veil? Fear God, O people of the Bayan, and be not of those who repudiate the verses of God. I shall never deny these verses, even should you slay Me and all the swords and spears rain down upon Me at every moment. I shall speak forth in the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and shall never fear anyone. This is My religion, if you be of them that perceive. This is the religion of all the Messengers and is that which was revealed to `Ali (the Bab) in every Tablet. I know not, however, to which religion you adhere!’

[12] When the melodies of that Holy One reached this point, He suddenly fell silent by reason of the weakness which had overtaken Him. He remained in this state for some time and, when He regained consciousness, He opened His eyes and turned in the sacred direction with a gaze of deep affection, saying:[1]

[13] ‘Praise be to Thee, O Lord My God, for the wondrous revelations of Thy inscrutable decree and the manifold woes and trials Thou hast destined for Myself. At one time Thou didst deliver Me into the hands of Nimrod; at another Thou hast allowed Pharaoh’s rod to persecute Me. Thou, alone, canst estimate, through Thine all-encompassing knowledge and the operation of Thy Will, the incalculable afflictions I have suffered at their hands. Again Thou didst cast Me into the prison-cell of the ungodly, for no reason except that I was moved to whisper into the ears of the well-favored denizens of Thy Kingdom an intimation of the vision with which Thou hadst, through Thy knowledge, inspired Me, and revealed to Me its meaning through the potency of Thy might. And again Thou didst decree that I be beheaded by the sword of the infidel. Again I was crucified for having unveiled to men’s eyes the hidden gems of Thy glorious unity, for having revealed to them the wondrous signs of Thy sovereign and everlasting power. How bitter the humiliations heaped upon Me, in a subsequent age, on the plain of Karbila! How lonely did I feel amidst Thy people! To what a state of helplessness was I reduced in that land! Unsatisfied with such indignities, My persecutors decapitated Me, and, carrying aloft My head from land to land paraded it before the gaze of the unbelieving multitude, and deposited it on the seats of the perverse and faithless. In a later age, I was suspended, and My breast was made a target to the darts of the malicious cruelty of My foes. My limbs were riddled with bullets, and My body was torn asunder. Finally, behold how, in this Day, My treacherous enemies have leagued themselves against Me, and are continually plotting to instill the venom of hate and malice into the souls of Thy servants. With all their might they are scheming to accomplish their purpose.

[14] It is Thou, My God and My adored One, Who hast delivered Me into the hands of the infidels. Behold Me, then, in the dust, beneath the swords of thine enemies. Yet, grievous as is My plight, O God, My well-Beloved, I render thanks unto Thee, and My Spirit is grateful for whatsoever hath befallen Me in the path of Thy good-pleasure. I am well pleased with that which Thou didst ordain for Me, and welcome, however calamitous, the pains and sorrows I am made to suffer.

[15] I plead with Thee, O My God, by Thy hidden names and Thy Beauty, Who, both manifest and concealed, lieth in the dust of degradation, to inculcate Thy love in the hearts of Thy servants, and to seat them upon the carpet of Thy mercy. Give them shade, O My God, beneath the tree of Thy sanctity, and deny them not the breezes of Thy holiness, which waft from the paradise of Thy beauty and from the direction of Thy favors. Thou art, verily, able to accomplish Thy will, and Thou art the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.'”

[16] O Muhammad, estimate well the number of gem-like mysteries We have bestowed upon you and think upon the wondrous knowledge We have taught you, knowledge which lay concealed behind veils of light. Thus may you become aware of that which has befallen Us and be of those well-acquainted with the mysteries of this Cause. Then say with the tongue of your spirit in your inmost soul, “Is there any helper who will come to the aid of the Primal Beauty (the Bab) in His new guise, or any supporter who will arise to serve the Ultimate Point (Quddus) in His Radiance, the Glorious, the Most Glorious?” Perhaps thereby God will be persuaded to dispatch someone to succor this Youth in these days, wherein the denizens of heaven and earth are drunk with heedlessness, save those who have gazed from nigh upon this Beauty.

[17] But O Muhammad, you will encounter the opposition and haughtiness of the perverse and will find them engaged in acts of hatred against this Youth on all sides, except those for whom it has been decreed otherwise by your Lord God, the Mighty, the Self-Subsisting. Give ear to that which you are commanded by the Pen of the Most High in the kingdom of decree, in these heavens that have been sanctified by God from the incarnations of rancor, from the touch of the infidels and from the recognition of the malicious. Rend asunder the veils, then rise up from the dawning-point of this Cause with manifest sovereignty. Call out to the people, telling them of this resplendent, mighty and illumined Beauty. Go to the Name of Ha’, and deliver to him that which has been bestowed upon you by the Spirit of God, the Powerful, the Mighty, the Generous. Perhaps he will feel admonished within himself, will detach himself from all save his Lord and enter the ranks of them that are rightly guided.

[18] Say: “O My servant, We have revealed for you Tablets and Writings that are known only to God, and therein is that which would enable you to dispense with all creation and all that is in the heavens and on the earth. However, we did not send them to you, because we failed to perceive from you the fragrance of the exalted ones in this Arab Youth. By God, all that you possess will pass away and nothing will remain save what is with your Lord, behind the pavilions of the Powerful, the Inaccessible. Leave the world and its people and detach yourself from all that was created therein. Then turn your face toward the Countenance of God, the Generous, the Uncreated.”

[19] Say: “This is `Ali (the Bab) in very truth, Who has appeared once more in this most pure, manifest and glorious Beauty. He speaks forth with the truth in the realm of eternity and the exalted kingdom, if you have ears to hear. O people of the Bayan, the spirit of true understanding will never speak in your hearts until after My love has entered them. This is a fundamental principle of religion, if you be of those with certitude.”

[20] O people of the Qur’an, the Eternal Truth is come unto you, and that whereby the religions shall be differentiated and truth distinguished from falsehood. Fear God, and be not of those who oppose Him.

[21] O people of the Churches, cease from ringing the bells, for the Most Great Bell has appeared. It is, verily, this Trump that has been sent down in the form of these holy verses between the heavens and the earth. He cries out in truth in this resplendent, manifest and brilliant Name. Say: He it is by Whose command the verses were revealed, and by Whose permission all the scriptures were brought into being. To this attests the fragrance that issues from the Camphor Fountain through this most Ancient and pre-existent Pen. He speaks forth at all times, uttering verses beyond the comprehension of the minds of the wise, the knowledge of the mystic knowers, and the hearts of them that have attained. This is what you were promised in the Books of God, did you but know, and this is that whereby the truth was realized from all eternity and shall be realized to all eternity.

[22] O Muhammad, avert your gaze from all who are in heaven and on earth, so that you can enter into the mighty fortress of your Lord, the Bestower, the Almighty. Set the trees of existence ablaze with this Fire that all may speak forth as It did, in the form of light, upon the Sinai of Theophany. Thus does the Ancient Beauty shower His bounty upon you and command you in this Cause, that you may detach yourself from all things and hold fast to the cord of the Omnipotent, the Unattainable.

[23] Spirit, praises and glory be upon you, and upon whosoever hears your tidings of this Great Announcement.

[1] Paragraphs 13 and 14 were translated by Shoghi Effendi and can be found in Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, section XXXIX. However, the first sentence of paragraph 14 is not in Gleanings: “`It is Thou, My God and My adored One, Who hast delivered Me into the hands of the infidels. Behold Me, then, in the dust, beneath the swords of thine enemies.'”

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“It appears that the guardians of the Baha’i faith are trying to out-do each other in finding UNIQUE ways to appoint their successors. These are TESTS to TEST the believers to see if they really do believe….”

“Mason explained to me that in the unique way that Shoghi Effendi appointed his successor the guardianship was tested. He said the believers would not be put through that test again. He said the next time they wouldn’t know who the guardian is for a while. This is through his unique way of appointing you. It seems that the guardians try to out-do each other in using unique ways in appointing their successors. For me I must be absolutely certain that the one that I support and give my allegiance is the true guardian. I must take no one’s word for this. I must see with my own eyes. Investigate with my own intellect and know with my own heart.” (Dr. Leland Jensen, Letter to Pepe, July 19, 1975, p. 2)

Letters of Pepe Remey Aghsan, Grandson of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
“The conditions under which he [Mason] lived forced him to make the many steps he took and thus a great confusion (in the minds of those who failed the test) ensued as a result.” (Pepe to Dr. Jensen, 24 July 1975)

“Mason told me that the Guardian of the Faith must be respected and followed and upheld even if he becomes “gaga”…..that was his own expression.” (Pepe to Dr. Jensen, 24 July 1975)

“Mason was confident that in time the masses of Believers would come to the conclusion that they needed and wanted a Guardian. Had they done so during his lifetime, I should not have objected to being his successor. Mason would have delighted in (the) conclusion regarding the Afnan and Aghsan branches and if it is true that Mason was, in fact, the adopted Aghsan son of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, and if that fact were to be generally accepted, then I should not be able to refuse being his only possible successor…. The fact will always remain that if the Baha’i Faith must have a Guardian to progress, then only Mason Remey could have fulfilled that role, and Mason Remey intended me as his successor…” (Pepe, 25 July 1991, Personal names omitted for privacy)

“The believers at Deer Lodge sent me copies of their last Bulletin containing statements about Dr. Leland… How often I think it very significant that God has seen fit to place the only meaningful activity of the Baha’i Faith (under the Guardianship) in the hands of a small group of Baha’is who are inmates in a prison. When one thinks of how long the Faith has fallen in the hands of so many false bearers of the Baha’i standard; — it is very significant that the Deer Lodge Group have taken up the stand. It is very refreshing, indeed and, in my personal opinion, represents the best possible starting point for a whole new (and clean) growth for the Faith.” (Pepe to Opal, 2/21/75)

“During our many talks… I spent a lot of time discussing your activities there in Missoula and all that you have been accomplishing at the Prison. I wanted to discuss the situation for I have thought it very significant that with things at such a low ebb in the Faith since Mason Remey’s death……the only effective and significant activity in the Faith under the third Guardian is being carried on from a prison! Think of the times Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha spent in prisons! Perhaps, spiritually speaking, the Faith has completed a full cycle and is back on a new start!” (Pepe to Opal, 5/5/75)

“The fact is that I understand completely what Dr. Jensen is driving at and deep down inside I know that he is right. However, these are decisions which I ought to have made years ago; — and, in fact, I did decide according to how I felt then. Therefore, it is evident that the time was not right then nor now. Perhaps, the future alone will tell, all may turn out as Dr. Jensen sees it.” (Pepe to Opal, 8/12/75)

“I have admitted to all who ask my opinion that I have no doubt I should have stood behind him [Dr. Jensen] 100% had I been indoctrinated into the Faith by him. We, who came into the Faith by others, got another indoctrination and it is not always easy to have to change ones past convictions.” (Pepe to Opal 3/4/78)

“If Mason had been recognized by the masses of believers as both spiritual and administrative head of the Faith then I would naturally have fallen in line as his successor. I have encouraged confused individuals to turn to Donald Harvey (as you pointed out). I have never considered Donald the spiritual successor to Baha’u’llah.” (Pepe to Dr. Leland Jensen, 18 January 1994)

“Pepe told me that the one thing that got through to him in all the recent correspondence was that Mason Remey would have liked what (was) presented about him being the Aghsan. Pepe told me that if Mason was an Aghsan, so was he himself, and then naturally all the others could be put aside for the guardianship mentioning Donald Harvey in this light. He said words to the effect that if Mason Remey was an Aghsan, so was he, and therefore he would of course be the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith….he would have no other recourse than to accept his guardianship.” (Transcript of a Phone Conversation of Pepe to a believer, Sept. 4, 1990)

“Mason was confident that in time the masses of Believers would come to the conclusion that they NEEDED and WANTED a Guardian. Had they done so during his lifetime, I should not have objected to being his successor. Mason would have delighted in (the) conclusion regarding the Afnan and Aghsan branches and if it is true that Mason was, in fact, the adopted Aghsan son of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, and if that fact were to be generally accepted, then I should not be able to refuse being his only possible successor…. The fact will always remain that IF THE BAHA’I FAITH MUST HAVE A GUARDIAN TO PROGRESS, then ONLY MASON REMEY COULD HAVE FULFILLED THAT ROLE, and Mason Remey intended me as his successor…” (Pepe, 25 July 1991. Personal names omitted for privacy)

“From what Mason told me about Shoghi Effendi’s experience as Guardian and how it affected him…..plus what I experienced in the first person regarding what the Guardianship did to Mason, believe me, I wouldn’t wish that role on my worst enemy.

“Nevertheless, if I were convinced that coming forth and taking a definite stand as Mason Remey’s successor would result in peace and harmony amongst all the Baha’is, I should not hesitate one minute to do so…. Mason awaited the day when the masses of Baha’is (now termed sans-guardian Baha’is) would WANT a Guardian. Should the time come when those masses should turn to me, I could NOT refuse to fulfill the role, for not to do so would be a violation of the faith and trust that Mason Remey placed in me…. I am dedicated to that end.” (Pepe, 9 May 1992. Personal names omitted for privacy)

The Violators of the Covenant, ‘Abdu’l-Baha tells us know the TRUTH of the Covenant but still they exhibit opposition for selfish motives have dragged them into that Condition.

The purpose of this article is to educate the people to the point that if they are pure of heart they would be able to see through the TEST OF GOD using the intellect that God gave and the Independent Investigation of the Truth that Baha’u’llah gave them that God’s Covenant remains unbroken and intact just as God promised. That the Kingdom of God (Davidic) is firmly established upon the earth as it is in heaven and that the faithful joyfully enter therein!

PASSING THE TEST OF GOD
He is God!

O God, my God! These are servants attracted in Thy days by the fragrances of Thy holiness, enkindled with the flame burning in Thy holy tree, responding to Thy voice, uttering Thy praise, awakened by Thy breeze, stirred by Thy sweet savors, beholding Thy signs, understanding Thy verses, hearkening to Thy words, believing Thy Revelation and assured of Thy loving-kindness. Their eyes, O Lord, are fixed upon Thy kingdom of effulgent glory and their faces turned toward Thy dominion on high, their hearts beating with the love of Thy radiant and glorious beauty, their souls consumed with the flame of Thy love, O Lord of this world and the world hereafter, their lives seething with the ardor of their longing for Thee, and their tears poured forth for Thy sake.

Shield them within the stronghold of Thy protection and safety, preserve them in Thy watchful care, look upon them with the eyes of Thy providence and mercy, make them the signs of Thy divine unity that are manifest throughout all regions, the standards of Thy might that wave above Thy mansions of grandeur, the shining lamps that burn with the oil of Thy wisdom in the globes of Thy guidance, the birds of the garden of Thy knowledge that warble upon the topmost boughs in Thy sheltering paradise, and the leviathans of the ocean of Thy bounty that plunge by Thy supreme mercy in the fathomless deeps.

O Lord, my God! Lowly are these servants of Thine, exalt them in Thy kingdom on high; feeble, strengthen them by Thy supreme power; abased, bestow upon them Thy glory in Thine all-highest realm; poor, enrich them in Thy great dominion. Do Thou then ordain for them all the good Thou hast destined in Thy worlds, visible and invisible, prosper them in this world below, gladden their hearts with Thine inspiration, O Lord of all beings! Illumine their hearts with Thy joyful tidings diffused from Thine all-glorious Station, make firm their steps in Thy Most Great Covenant and strengthen their loins in Thy firm Testament, by Thy bounty and promised grace, O Gracious and Merciful One! Thou art, verily, the Gracious, the All-Bountiful.

Men Whom the Slander of the Slanderer Affect Not!
In the opening passage of the sacred Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, the Master reveals a prayer for a certain type of spiritual being to be brought forth and created by God – a spiritual being that is the NEW CREATION of MAN – “men whom the slander of the slanderer affect not” – Man in the spiritual and everlasting IMAGE of God Himself, thus fulfilling the everlasting Covenant begun in the Bible at the time of Adam as recorded in the first chapter of the book of Genesis: “And then God Covenanted: ‘Let US make man in Our image and after Our likeness.” Where the ‘Us’ and the ‘Our’ refer to the appearance of Nine Manifestations of God in His spiritual image – the Nine Great Revelators sent to all mankind throughout the 6000 years Cycle of Adam (Sept. 21, 4000 BC to Sept. 21, 2001 AD), the prophetical six day work week where “each day with the Lord is as 1000 years and 1000 years is as one day (2 Pet. 3:8)!

The Master has so revealed:

“All-praise to Him Who, by the Shield of His Covenant, hath guarded the Temple of His Cause from the darts of doubtfulness, Who by the Hosts of His Testament hath preserved the Sanctuary of His most Beneficent Law and protected His Straight and Luminous Path, staying thereby the onslaught of the company of Covenant-breakers, that have threatened to subvert His Divine Edifice; Who hath watched over His Mighty Stronghold and All-Glorious Faith, through the aid of men whom the slander of the slanderer affect not, whom no earthly calling, glory and power can turn aside from the Covenant of God and His Testament, established firmly by His clear and manifest words, writ and revealed by His All-Glorious Pen and recorded in the Preserved Tablet.”
(Will and Testament (W&T), p. 3)

All the violators – “the company of Covenant-breakers” do (especially those who were first educated by Doc and then broke the Covenant later) is take Doc and Pepe’s letters out of context and then also deny the true and plain meaning of them.

Likewise do they misquote the sacred and explicit Books of the Covenant and take the texts of Baha’u’llah, ‘Abdu’l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi out of context as well. The Master says that they do this to “muddy the waters”, so to speak, “so that they can fish.” So in the end, they have only “denied themselves and perturbed and poisoned others” (W&T, p. 12); victims of their own folly and misshapen design.

Whoso beholdeth Me with an eye besides Mine own will never be able to know Me
For this reason, in order to set the record straight, We have decided to respond in this document made public on the internet, so sincere people, like yourself, who want to see the truth can have the facts and receive the Truth as We see it from Our own eyes and not through that of others.

“Verily I say! No one hath apprehended the root of this Cause. It is incumbent upon everyone, in this day, to perceive with the eye of God, and to hearken with His ear. Whoso beholdeth Me with an eye besides Mine own will never be able to know Me.”
(Baha’u’llah cf. Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 77)

If we look at all the letters of Pepe as a WHOLE and not just bits and pieces, we can see that Pepe’s desire, as he wrote, was to redeem his father’s, Mason Remey’s, good name. Pepe writes:

“Should the time come when those masses should turn to me, I could not refuse to fulfill the role for not to do so would be a violation of the faith and trust Mason Remey placed in me [which includes adopting and appointing his successor as son and heir]. His name [Mason’s] must eventually be rehabilitated. A man who gave so much for the Faith and who was dearly loved by the Founding-Fathers (‘Abdu’l-Baha & Shoghi Effendi) deserves something more than what has been heaped upon him in the past. I am dedicated to that end; not for myself, nor for the Faith, nor the Believers, but for Mason Remey. If you have any compassion for me, you should not want me to undergo the sufferings that would result as a consequence of what you ask. Faithfully, Joseph Pepe-Remey 9 May, 1992)”

The only WAY Mason’s good name can be redeemed or “rehabilitated” as Pepe put it, is by it being WHOLLY and FULLY demonstrated that Mason is in fact the legal son—aghsan—of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. And Pepe wanted this fact ACCEPTED by the MAJORITY of people.

In order to accomplish this goal, Pepe, eventually for a brief time, took a stand “in the spirit of the antagonist”, not as the devil’s advocate, but as Pepe himself wrote, as the “Devil Himself” in opposition. Then, having obtained the goal, after it was fully demonstrated that in fact Mason was the legal adopted son—aghsan—of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Pepe then supported and consented in his letters that it was true in the light of Mason being Aghsan, that in fact BOTH he and Mason were Aghsan, and all the rest could be put aside for the guardianship. Pepe furthermore told Doc to give him Doc’s choice of who should be the successor and that Pepe would then go ahead and adopt and appoint that person that Doc recommended, and in the end this is exactly what happened.

These are the facts as they are in chronological order. Yet the opposers to this would rather ignore the truth, and they only cite the letters of “opposition” that Pepe wrote, which he did in order to draw out the truth from Dr. Jensen and Neal Chase whom Pepe adopted and appointed as his aghsan son and successor, in a highly visible and public manner, so it would be set down on a firm foundation once and for all time.

When Dr. Jensen published The Most Mighty Document in 1979, which gives the genealogy of Baha’u’llah back to King David and explains that in fact Mason is the legal and adopted son—aghsan—of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Pepe wrote to a believer in response:

“Did you not know that, in spite of my friendship and admiration for Leland Jensen, I have not given my consent to his insistence upon my being Guardian in the sense that he has put me forth. He has presented a very fascinating and most convincing statement [The Most Mighty Document] and I have spent long hours going over what he espouses in his document. Unfortunately, we are not all on the same level spiritually and therefore unable to see things in the same light that others see.” (Pepe to a believer, 19 July 1979)

Here Pepe does not deny that he is the Guardian, but states, that he has “not given my consent” to be proclaimed as such. Later at the end of his life, Pepe makes very clear statements, that if the majority should accept Mason as both the spiritual and administrative head of the faith; Pepe would have no choice but to step forth as the successor. The majority, however, failed to support him within his lifetime, so we see that, Pepe left it to his only son and heir, his successor to the Guardianship “to undergo the sufferings that would result as a consequence” in coming forward to defend Mason, Pepe and himself as AGHSAN, wherein it is written in our Holy Writ: “Suffering in the path of God is a pleasure!”

The problem, therefore, for Pepe, was in raising up a true BODY of believers.

“It is so much more urgent for the Baha’i Faith today to achieve that UNITY which would permit a spiritually healthy and sound BODY of believers to come into play for what good is a HEAD without a functioning BODY? We have already seen during Mason’s Guardianship how poorly that works.” (Pepe to Dr. Jensen, 24 July 1975)

Had the MAJORITY demanded Pepe come forth as Guardian, as ONLY he and Mason were Aghsan (which Dr. Jensen explained) Pepe wrote that he most certainly would have come forward. But instead the majority failed the tests and would repeatedly fall away. Pepe writes:

“Already, many of those who accepted Dr. Jensen’s claims originally, have abandoned him and even turned against him [i.e. failed the Test]. I have not done this, for I believe in his sincerity – right or wrong. So many phonies have come to visit Mason in Florence in the past and I saw through them right off. Dr. Opal and Dr. Jensen never impressed me as being insincere even though it is very difficult for myself (as it is for so many others) to reconcile what he puts forth with what we had learned of the Baha’i Faith previously.” (Pepe to a believer, 19 July 1979)

THE GREAT STEP!
This is the same “difficulty” that Mason was confronted with, that the Aghsan lineage does in fact continue, through the legal adoption of Mason by ‘Abdu’l-Baha. Mason writes that ALL the Baha’is will have to take what Mason called that great “step” in order to understand that although the line of the succession “by birth” of the Guardianship was broken it does in fact still continue “strictly to the divine plan of the Will and Testament” which can only be in this other way: AGHSAN by legal adoption. Mason writes in this vein in his appeals to the “Hands”:

“We, the Hands of the Faith, must step over somewhere. We are at an impasse in the History of the Baha’i faith. The line of the succession by birth of the Guardianship is broken. Now the blank question before us is where and how shall we make the step. The Badahists say scrap the Guardianship entirely and let us get a new and different system of Baha’i Administration from that of the Will and Testament, something without a Guardian. Such is the solution we [Mason was not leaning this way, he uses the term “we” in order to identify himself with the people who have this problem and try to get them out of it, Pepe and Doc did this often as well, see SAQ “Rebukes addressed to the prophets” for more] are leaning toward now – the solution that the majority of us evidently favor. We must look at this matter [“The line of the succession by birth” having come to an end] just as it in reality is and begin “A New Baha’i Era”.

“I think and I propose to you an entirely different solution, namely that we adhere strictly to the divine plan of the Will and Testament [which states the Guardian can ONLY BE an AGHSAN, see page 12] and its framework, built up around the Guardianship as its heart and its center – then by one move that will surely be accepted by the vast major part of the believers in the world make a systematic study and research into the letters, notes [such as the inscription Shoghi wrote on the packet of the hair and the blood to ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s ‘dear son’ Mason, and], manuscripts of the Beloved Guardian and considering the appointments that he made, all in the hope that we will in some way find a Guardian of the Faith, a Guardian by virtue of our right and duty to protect the Faith in the face of the present crisis.

“Thus by this one step [in which all of “the vast major part of the believers” could accept Mason as Aghsan the legally adopted son of ‘Abdu’l-Baha] we will get the working of the Administration back again and functioning as it should be under the Guardianship. Then [Mason throws a bone to the materialists] in time to come let us hope that there will in time be descendants of the present AGSANS who will eventually prove to be worthy of their right by inheritance to be considered worthy of this high calling – of the Guardianship. Thus there may eventually be Guardians [“by birth”, as he stated before] of the lineage of Baha’u’llah. (Mason Remey, Daily Observations, Vol. I, # 40, pp. 63, 64)

The “one move” or great “step” is for the majority of believers to accept Mason as Aghsan, whether this would pass back to the natural line or not, Mason or Pepe would have to adopt those cut off (for when they were cut off they were no longer aghsan), back in, in order to remain in strict adherence to the provisions of the sacred Will and Testament.

So when Dr. Jensen published The Most Mighty Document, this is what the people were rejecting, the legal adoption of Mason Remey by ‘Abdu’l-Baha.

THE WISDOM OF THE APOSTLES
Like Mason, Pepe takes on the position of the people who are in error, in order to lead them out of error. Thus Pepe writes, taking the peoples burden (“the doubts and scruples of the people”) onto himself, “it is very difficult for myself (as it is for so many others) to reconcile what he puts forth with what we had learned of the Baha’i Faith previously.” This is the same teaching tool (“in the spirit of the antagonist”), that ‘Abdu’l-Baha described that Peter used in the early days of the dispensation of Christ. ‘Abdu’l-Baha explains:

THE WISDOM OF THE APOSTLES
From a Tablet of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
“IN order to spread and teach the cause of God two of the Apostles went to the city of Antioch. No sooner had they arrived than they started to exhort and give counsel to the people. As the inhabitants of the city were totally uninformed of the divine principles they started to censure and arraign them, which finally ended in their persecution and torture and imprisonment. The details of these sad events did not reach the Disciples and thus the way of association and communication was entirely barred.

“But when Peter heard about it he started for that country without delay. Having entered the city he commenced in the beginning to associate and fraternize with the people until, little by little, he became the loving companion and comrade of the nobles and ministers. In a short space of time he became well known for his piety, godliness, virtue, explanations, knowledge, perfections and excellences of the world of humanity. Finally he became acquainted with the king of that country and consorted with him with joy and fragrance. When Peter saw that the king was relying upon him with the utmost confidence, trust and assurance, one night apropos of some question, he brought in the name of the Apostles. The king told him that some time ago two such ignorant and illiterate souls had entered his city and, having begun to deliver seditious speeches, he had ordered his officers to arrest them and put them under chains and fetters. His holiness Peter expressed a passing wish to meet them. The king commanded his attendants to bring them in to the audience chamber. According to the requirements of the place and time Peter appeared not to recognize them and then asked:

“‘Who are you? Where do you come from?’

“They answered: ‘We are the servants of his holiness the Spirit of God (Christ) and we come from Jerusalem.’

“Then he asked about his holiness, the Spirit: ‘Who is he?’

“They said: ‘He is the Promised One of the Bible and the Desired One of all the servants.’

“Afterward, in the spirit of the antagonist, he asked them the universal and particular questions and at every step contended with them. Often the very nature of the question gave them a clue as to how to answer.

”In short, one by one, he put the doubts and scruples of the people in the form of questions and they gave convincing answers. Now and then he would accept a number of their explanations, and anon, he would wave aside a set of others bringing forth counter propositions so that the audience might not find out that he also was one of them. In brief, several nights were spent in these interrogations and answers, now in refutation, again in acceptance, then in discussion and anon in controversial contention until all those who were present became fully informed of the fundamental principles of God and all their uncertainties were dispelled. Then, on the last evening he dramatically announced that truly all that (they had) heard conformed with reality; and everyone agreed with him. Then, and not until then everyone realized that this third person was the friend of the first two souls. For this reason it is revealed in the blessed verse: ‘We have glorified them by the appearance of a third person.’

”This story illustrates the meaning of wisdom. Therefore the teacher must speak according to the acceptable standard of the place and the time so that his words may affect the hearts and the people may understand his address. Teaching the Cause of God in this manner will produce fruits. We must not remain stationary and silent. If the thousand-voiced nightingale does not break into musical trills and rapturous melodies it is like a mute sparrow. If the thrush of the rose garden of significances does not sing tuneful lays and sweet airs it is the speechless, wingless jaybird. If the dove of the garden of mysteries does not coo it is the raven of the wretched ash heap. If the peacock of the Paradise of immortality does not display its multicolored plumage it is the black raven of the desolate ruin of mortality. Consequently, if ye are of the birds of the gardens of sanctity flutter ye your wings and soar heavenward. If ye are of the nightingales of the Rizwan of the Lord of Lords then sing and warble His glorification. If ye are of the lovers of the countenance of the Almighty then raise your voices and demonstrate your sincerity. If ye are of the wooers of the face of the Beloved then cry and weep disconsolately, so that you may throw an earthquake into the pillars of the world, burn the hearts of mankind with the burning fire of God’s conflagration, intoxicate and exhilarate all the lovers and yearning ones with the wine of glory and attain to the ultimate hope of the favored ones and the highest aspiration of the sincere ones.”
(‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Wisdom of the Apostles, Star of the West, Vol. 13, pp. 180-181).

Thus this is the stand that Pepe took, as the conditions in the world so demanded, like that of Peter, in “controversial contention” until the truth of what Doc and Neal Chase were defending—Mason Remey IS an AGHSAN, the legally adopted son of ‘Abdu’l-Baha—was accepted and confirmed publicly by Pepe himself! “For this reason it is revealed in the blessed verse: ‘We have glorified them [Doc and Neal] by the appearance of a third person [Pepe].’” As Neal passed through this Test, at the encouragement of Pepe—for Pepe needed to know that the one he was to pick was loyal and trustworthy beyond a doubt—Pepe adopted and appointed him to continue on after his and Dr. Jensen’s passing as the Guardian of the Cause of God, the only Aghsan alive in the world today, successor seated upon the throne of David.

In order to really understand what Pepe was saying or writing, therefore, as he was most certainly a believer in his own Guardianship and Mason and himself being Aghsan, (“Often the very nature of the question gave them a clue as to how to answer.”) we can therefore discard the “spirit of the antagonist” from his letters to see that he was causing a scenario through which the truth would be drawn out. This is so all future generations would be so firmly educated to the truth as none could deviate or violate, as the people are to be so educated that this would not be able to occur.

The outcome is the acceptance of the truth by the majority. Thus many years after 1979, in 1990, we sent Pepe copies of the original language of the Will and Testament in Persian in which it is written in Persian by the pen of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, that the Guardian should “choose another branch” which in Persian explicitly states “choose another AGHSAN”. With this type of irrefutable fact, Pepe then from about September 1990 forward changed his public stand to that of acceptance of this as legal adoption—Mason as Aghsan—but still stated he wished for the majority to accept this as well.

Transcript of Phone Conversation between Pepe and a Believer
SEPTEMBER 4, 1990:
(Note: Personal names omitted for privacy)

“Pepe [said] that the one thing that got through to him in all the recent correspondence, was that Mason Remey would have liked what [was] presented about him being the Aghsan. Pepe [said] that if Mason was an Aghsan, so was he himself, and then naturally all the others could be put aside for the guardianship, mentioning Donald Harvey in this light. He said words to the effect that if Mason Remey was an Aghsan, so was he, and therefore he would of course be the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith….

“He said he would leave for Israel tomorrow if he knew for sure the Government of Israel would accept the adoption of Mason Remey… that if the Government of Israel accepted Mason Remey, he would have no other recourse than to accept his guardianship.”
(Excerpt from Phone Transcript of Pepe, 4 September, 1990)

And again in July of 1991:

Excerpt from a Letter from Pepe to a Believer.
JULY 25, 1991:
(Note: Personal names omitted for privacy)

“Mason was confident that in time the masses of Believers would come to the conclusion that they NEEDED and WANTED a Guardian. Had they done so during his lifetime, I should not have objected to being his successor. Mason would have delighted in [the] conclusion regarding the Afnan and Aghsan branches and if it is true that Mason was, in fact, the adopted Aghsan son of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, and if that fact were to be generally accepted, then I should not be able to refuse being his only possible successor…. The fact will always remain that IF THE BAHA’I FAITH MUST HAVE A GUARDIAN TO PROGRESS, then ONLY MASON REMEY COULD HAVE FULFILLED THAT ROLE, and Mason Remey intended me as his successor and named Donald on my prodding and he did so to pacify me and to placate my anxieties.”
(Pepe, 25 July 1991)

This was the position Pepe took right up until the end:

Excerpt from a Letter from Pepe to a Believer.
MAY 9, 1992:
(Note: Personal names omitted for privacy)

“From what Mason told me about Shoghi Effendi’s experience as Guardian and how it affected him…..plus what I experienced in the first person regarding what the Guardianship did to Mason, believe me, I wouldn’t wish that role on my worst enemy.

“Nevertheless, if I were convinced that coming forth and taking a definite stand as Mason Remey’s successor would result in peace and harmony amongst all the Baha’is, I should not hesitate one minute to do so…. Mason awaited the day when the masses of Baha’is (now termed sans-guardian Baha’is) would WANT a Guardian. Should the time come when those masses should turn to me, I could NOT refuse to fulfill the role, for not to do so would be a violation of the faith and trust that Mason Remey placed in me…. I am dedicated to that end.”

(SIGNED)
Faithfully,
Joseph Pepe-Remey
(Pepe, 9 May 1992)

And again in 1994:

Excerpt from a Letter from Pepe to Dr. Leland Jensen.
JANUARY 18, 1994:

“If Mason had been recognized by the masses of believers as both spiritual and administrative head of the Faith then I would naturally have fallen in line as his successor. I have encouraged confused individuals to turn to Donald Harvey (as you pointed out).

I have never considered Donald the Spiritual Successor to Baha’u’llah.”

(SIGNED)
Respectfully,
Pepe
(Pepe, 18 January 1994)

Thus Pepe believed and accepted only ONE successor who was BOTH the “spiritual and administrative head of the Faith.” There is ONLY one Guardian, and here Pepe discounts Donald altogether, who he only asked Mason to prop up as a front, like Baha’u’llah that had the Bab “nominate” Yahya, in order to protect the true line. This is why, for those who do not know all things, the violators have easy targets to mislead the people, for they have a veritable slough of things they can manipulate and take out of context. That Pepe was the Guardian being the only Aghsan of Mason is a fact. That Mason himself knew he was Aghsan is also a fact, this is why he proclaimed himself as the “Hereditary Guardian”, meaning he was the son of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. This was the test and the STEP all who were to be saved were to take, the STEP of accepting that although the line of Aghsan, which Mason clearly stated BY BIRTH was broken, the line of AGHSAN BY ADOPTION continues through Mason.

He told me things he did not reveal to any other person
These letters show that both Mason and Pepe were clear on these things from the very beginning; and in keeping in alignment with the Plan of Baha’u’llah given to ‘Abdu’l-Baha, took the positions they did in order for the people to figure this out on their own. We, as thinking people, have every right to hold to this stand, as we have many explicit statements of both Mason and Pepe to support this view on this which are more than perfectly demonstrated in many letters and Epistles, including the Book of the Covenant and the provisions of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha itself.

Of course Our view on this is from the perspective of the believers who are firm in this Covenant of God and have passed successfully through the gauntlet of these tests – sheep to the right, goats to the left, so to speak – and cannot be of any other perspective, as we accept Mason, Pepe and Neal Chase all as the Aghsan and heirs to the throne of David and the Guardianship of the Baha’i faith. Thus we have an unadulterated and pure line of succession to the truth of the spirit of the essence of the Baha’i Cause that illuminates the reality for our eyes to see and ears to behold! But even if a person holds to the other perspective, that Pepe was not knowledgeable or was against himself and Mason being Aghsan, we can see that after he received the original translations of the Will from Persian in 1990 where ‘Abdu’l-Baha writes on page 12 – “choose another Aghsan” – that Pepe was converted in his public stand on these things! No one can deny this! They can oppose it by quoting Pepe out of context, but they cannot deny that FACT that Pepe took his public stand on this in 1990 after receiving the translations from the Will. The very fact that Pepe did take his public stand on all this, however, betrays the fact that in reality he already knew the truth all along. And this is what he wrote:

“On the other hand, I must be honest and admit to you (as I have not done except in one other case) that when Mr. Remey took me into his confidence after Shoghi Effendi’s death, he told me things he did not reveal to any other person and I knew all that he was doing about making his own Proclamation, etc. long before it was issued.”
(Pepe to Dr. Jensen, 24 July 1975)

Thus Mason had shown Pepe the token of the hair and the blood and told him how he was the “Hereditary Guardian” being the son of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. In 1985, Pepe shared this fact with only Dr. Jensen. Although Pepe admits in his letters to Neal that he feigned opposition in public, he continually urged Neal to “keep on opposing him” for he wanted this all flushed out in a public debate. And that is what he got. Now all people have the copies of the genuine letters of Pepe and know that this is the truth!

In his “Book of the Opening of the Seventh Seal”, Dr. Jensen explains:

“As they all wanted to be the next guardian and as Mason didn’t adopt them as he did you, they figured that when Mason appointed them they were then all spiritual sons, as they figured Mason Remey was. Mason never called any of them “his son” or “my son”. They borrowed the theology of the Covenant-breaking hands in which they state that when: ‘Abdu’l-Baha called Mason Remey his son, this was only meant a spiritual son. Thus they failed the second test. I have already stated that ‘Abdu’l-Baha never called Mason his son, but his Aghsan.”
(Part III, Dec 7, 1989, p. 7)

Here Dr. Jensen explains that if Mason would have called any of the others “his son” or “my son” in quotations then this would have qualified as AGHSAN, for in quotations it can be translated back into Persian as AGHSAN. But Mason never did this with any of the others. No. Only with Pepe, did he do this; making Pepe his only adopted son and heir inheriting all things “tangible and intangible” which includes the Aghsan lineage. Thus there is none other after Mason who qualifies. By the Law of Primogeniture alone his only son and heir was Pepe.

Around the same time, Pepe received the copy of the original translation of the Will and Testament, in which it clearly states that the Guardian is AGHSAN, in Persian, on page 12. Pepe also wrote to Dr. Jensen that he was inspired after reading Part V of Doc’s ‘Book of the Opening the 7th Seal’, that Doc should just choose someone and Pepe would fill out the correct adoption papers “conforming” to Doc’s “requirements”. Doc repeatedly stated these legal requirements throughout his letters and writings and in both The Most Mighty Document in 1979, (that Pepe called “a very fascinating and most convincing statement”) and which Doc again re-stated to Pepe in Part III of ‘Book of the Opening the 7th Seal’ on Dec. 7, 1989, quoted above. Thus this shows that Pepe, in conformity to the Plan of God, was to adopt his successor in the same manner and style as that of the legal adoption of his father Mason Remey by ‘Abdu’l-Baha. Pepe writes:

Excerpt from a Letter from Pepe to Dr. Leland Jensen.
MAY 13, 1990:

Dr. Leland Jensen:

“In reading over what you wrote on Page 20 of your letter referring to [the] Guardian of the Faith, the idea came to me that you might select one such person manifesting those qualities you deem worthy… Prepare the necessary adoption papers conforming to your requirements allowing me to adopt that person spiritually, thus passing on to him the AGHSAN lineage that you claim Mason Remey received from ‘Abdu’l-Baha and I from Mason. What could be simpler?”
(Pepe, 13 May 1990)

Pepe then wrote after this that he wanted this type of adoption, as in the case of his father, Mason Remey, to be recognized by the MAJORITY of the people as not “spiritually” from ‘Abdu’l-Baha but established in their minds as LEGAL. Pepe states: “he would leave for Israel tomorrow if he knew for sure the Government of Israel would accept the adoption of Mason Remey… that if the Government of Israel accepted Mason Remey, he would have no other recourse than to accept his guardianship.” (Transcript, Pepe, 4 September, 1990). And again: “Mason was confident that in time the masses of Believers would come to the conclusion that they NEEDED and WANTED a Guardian. Had they done so during his lifetime, I should not have objected to being his successor. Mason would have delighted in [the] conclusion regarding the Afnan and Aghsan branches and if it is true that Mason was, in fact, the adopted Aghsan son of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, and if that fact were to be generally accepted [that Mason was the legally adopted son of ‘Abdu’l-Baha], then I should not be able to refuse being his only possible successor….” (Pepe, July 25, 1991) In this light, Pepe states: “Prepare the necessary adoption papers conforming to your requirements” showing that he was to adopt his successor in the same manner and style as that of the legal adoption of his father Mason Remey by ‘Abdu’l-Baha, to reaffirm that Mason Remey had inherited the AGHSAN lineage from the Master, which Mason then passed on to Pepe who then passed this on only to Neal.

Pepe concludes this May 13th, 1990 letter to Doc by stating that he doesn’t want these private letters of his published to everyone (again something else the violators have ignored by publishing all of Pepe’s personal letters they can find in order to refute his guardianship and Neal’s thus revealing their own disobedience as well as galvanizing the faith of the true believers even the more so) and that his “idea” about the successorship to the Guardianship that he writes to Doc in this same letter should remain private as: “this is something between us” (Pepe, 13 May 1990)

Sent through the revolving door and ended back in!
At this time God intervened and so motivated Pepe that he had no choice but to fulfill his obligation to Mason and choose the successor he was to adopt as his son and heir. This occurred in 1991. Pepe writes:

“I have told you already of my bout with pleurisy last January/February 1991 and a month hospitalized. Have been on medication since but my convalescence will be permanent for it was found I have a defective mitral heart valve and there is no possibility of a remedy unless I subject myself to a surgical operation which I absolutely refuse.

“Truth is I am both curious and anxious to learn what is on the other side of life and the people I have loved most during the past have already gone over to that side. People our age must face up to the reality that we are on our way out of life. Last year [1991] I thought it was the end for me but instead was sent through the revolving door and ended back in.”
(Pepe to Dr. Jensen, 2-9-1992)

Test the people to see which one God has chosen!
This is why Pepe then began to Test the different people who were active in the faith at that time, to see which one would not waver in belief that Pepe was to choose to adopt and appoint to succeed him.

On May 2 of 1991, in his “Book of the Opening of the Seventh Seal”, Part VII, Doc announces to Pepe that in fact, out of all the different ones, he sees that God has chosen Neal through the fulfillment of prophecy. Many, many people can testify to this fact, as well as Doc’s written word, that Doc had stated over and over again, that if it was up to him he would choose “Neal Chase” to be the next Guardian. And this is exactly what Pepe asked for, who Doc’s choice would be. Thus by May 2, 1991, Doc had made this fact known to Pepe in his Epistles to Pepe and Pepe then went ahead with testing the various ones, of which only Neal Chase passed his Test and criteria of loyalty to the Lamb, and standing up to Pepe’s sparing and deliberate oppositions publicly. So he wrote that it was not a “carrot” for Neal, meaning that he had passed his Test. He later apologized to both Neal and Dr. Jensen for being forced by the circumstances of the time to use the strong, vulgar or offensive language he sometimes used in his private and public letters to or about Doc and Neal. To Neal, Pepe concedes: “be surprised what beautiful spiritual expressions will be showered on you. It wasn’t my nature to be vulgar.” (Sept. 20, 1991); and again, to Dr. Jensen, Pepe apologizes: “Unfortunately, my Italian sentiments got the best of me and I allowed myself to get carried away in my retaliatory responses.” (2-9-92) Thus showing that in the end God Almighty Alone is in control of His Kingdom and Creation!

Forced to do what he did!
Pepe was forced to do what he did as was Mason before him, and in the manner that he did it, in order to fulfill his role as the second Guardian of the Faith over the period of the Curse or Scattering. Pepe explains that like Mason, he was forced by the “circumstances of the time and place” as in the “Wisdom of the Apostles” explained by ‘Abdu’l-Baha. Pepe writes:

“The conditions under which he [Mason] lived forced him to make the many steps he took and thus a great confusion [in the minds of those who failed the test] ensued as a result.”
(Pepe to Dr. Jensen, 24 July 1975)

The same was true for Pepe.

“Dear Neal Chase: In spite of my many “harsh” words for you—which are “forced efforts” on my part to provoke you into “open conflict” – there has always remained some “carry over” of the initial “agreeability” of our first contact.” “Keep on opposing me… I like something about you.” (Pepe to Neal, 9/9/91 and 9/23/91)

The conditions under which Pepe lived, as he himself confesses, FORCED him to make the many steps he did, and this is why he adopted and appointed his successor to the guardianship in the manner and style that he did. For the goal always has been (really since the days of Baha’u’llah Himself) for God to raise up the true BODY of believers, that is, a true people who using their intellects will only go by the explicit provisions of the Covenant (in this case the Will and Testament on page 12 and NOTHING else—of which being an Aghsan is an essential requirement and prerequisite), and thus they alone pass the tests and are spiritual and pure in heart. Pepe writes:

“It is so much more urgent for the Baha’i Faith today to achieve that UNITY which would permit a spiritually healthy and sound BODY of believers to come into play for what good is a HEAD without a functioning BODY? We have already seen during Mason’s Guardianship how poorly that works.” (Pepe to Dr. Jensen, 24 July 1975)

Thus the Test is designed in such a way to bring this about! It is so important to bring this about, that it will be DONE no matter WHAT it takes: “Mason told me that the Guardian of the Faith must be respected and followed and upheld even if he becomes “gaga”…..that was his own expression.” (Pepe to Dr. Jensen, 24 July 1975)

In the end all the “phonies”, as Pepe put it, voluntarily remove themselves from the faith. See how great God is! “Verily we wrong them not, but they wrong themselves!” (W&T, p. 9)

So in the end we can see that the goal was to raise up a true BODY of believers who would pass the test and see the truth with their own eyes. A BODY who would ONLY accept an AGHSAN as the HEAD. This was a rigorous Test orchestrated by the Guardians given to them by the explicit command of Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha. Baha’u’llah knew that ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s little baby boy, Husayn, had died in infancy, yet he named the Master to Continue the lineage as His successor and Center of His Covenant in the Kitab-i-Ahd, knowing the Master would have to adopt an American (a Gentile) to continue the line. This was in fulfillment of the Shiloh prophecy (see Gen. 49:10 KJV/RSV for more). ‘Abdu’l-Baha thus adopted Mason and this is still the controversy, all the way until today: when a natural branch, by birth, of the same family of that of Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Jewish—not of those who broke the Covenant), has been grafted back into the line by Pepe, to be the promised third Guardian of the faith at the time of the Great Projection and world calamity such as this World War of Terror that the people are now embroiled within, since the 9-11.

Statement on Succession
By MASON REMEY AGHSAN,
Guardian

The traditional background of the Prophets of Israel is that of a special and family descent from earliest times and from which seed the Prophets and Manifestations of God were descended.

I, Mason Remey, feel… that the descent of the Guardianship can be brought back again into the line of descent from Baha’u’llah [a natural branch: Jewish]. This can be accomplished as soon as there may arise amongst those of this chosen descent one who will qualify [i.e. not of those that broke the Covenant]. All this can be attained in conformity with the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha.

Mason Remey AGHSAN, August 1964

Neal Chase is a natural branch – not of those that broke the Covenant – of the same family line of descent from Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha of that of the Exilarch Bostanai of the line that moved from Persia (Mazindaran/Tabaristan) up into Russia. Thus, in following the guidance of Mason, Pepe was looking for a natural branch – Jewish – that would pass through the Testing of Pepe that Pepe could then graft back in to the Throne-Line in the same manner and style as ‘Abdu’l-Baha had adopted Mason repeated again at this time of the Great Catastrophe. “Perhaps, spiritually speaking, the Faith has completed a full cycle and is back on a new start!” (Pepe to Opal, 5/5/75)

Pepe told Doc, in writing on May 13, 1990, even as Jesse stood before the prophet Samuel, to tell him which one God had picked. This was in the heat of battle of the Test in 1990. God then shook Pepe up, taking him through the “revolving door” as Pepe put it in 1991, with a very severe near death experience. On May 2, 1991, in the final Part VII of the “Book of the Opening of the Seventh Seal” Doc proclaimed to Pepe in writing that the one who was fulfilling specific prophecies, was Neal Chase. By November 28, 1991, Neal Chase was adopted and appointed by Pepe as the Heir Apparent or as Doc put it in The Most Mighty Document, the “Crown Prince” of the Aghsan. Doc then published “The Law of Adoption” and reissued The Most Mighty Document in early 1992, and throughout the rest of his ministry, to reaffirm that this type or style of adoption like that of ‘Abdu’l-Baha with Mason Remey, was legal and binding in both the East and the West upon all the people of all the world, as it was a Universal Principle, upheld, again, in both the East and the West. But the violators detract and deny and thus by their own misshapen design they remove themselves from the Kingdom and have nothing but supposition and confusion.

The bottom line is that someone has to be the Aghsan Guardian in every generation. And others are raised up to violate the Covenant and to oppose. In the end “SAY: All are his servants and all abide by his bidding!”

Those educated by Doc, who knew him and met him, and who then after have made a “shipwreck of their own faith” as Paul put it, will never come back under the provisions of the Covenant in this world or the next, as their egos are just too big and their pride is too great for them to ever admit that they were wrong and that it was them who made the mistake. Thus unrepentant, vulgar and vile, they stubbornly remain in their sins and refuse to turn to God for either forgiveness or redemption. That is their sin, pride before God, an ego so big, that they keep themselves out forever, and a day.

But that is no concern of ours. It is between them and God. No one is depriving them but their own selves. At any and every time while they are still on earth up until their deathbeds they can repent and come back in. But, incredibly, they choose not to! This is of what Baha’u’llah wrote: “A Mysterious Grievous Affliction!”

So Pepe fulfilled his role, and he went along with the choice of Doc that Pepe asked for in 1990, and was so motivated by God in 1991 for all this to come about over one decade ago in accordance with the provisions and strict adherence to every single clause of the sacred Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. Yet do the jealous and the lost still persist in the error of their own making; while the righteous are guided to everlasting streams of the cool crystal pure waters of life free of price! “God guides whom He wills and misleads whom He wills”; He both separates and unites!

Many are Called Few are Chosen!
‘Abdu’l-Baha explains that Many are Called but few are chosen! He explains that ANYONE that says the pure prayer: “God where are you?” will be brought to God and the knowledge of this Cause. But the choosing takes place when that person chooses for themselves to accept the truth. At the moment they choose and say “YES!” to God and accept the Covenant that is when they are then CHOSEN, that is they pass through the test and reunite with God to know and love God with all their heart and all their mind and all their soul. Nothing more than this is fulfilling to the true believer.

We need two things to accept the truth, an intellect to recognize what is true and a heart pure to accept that truth into our soul. Few people are able to achieve both in this lifetime and this is why the majority rejected Jesus for example during his lifetime about 2000 years ago.

God has given us criteria so that we can recognize the truth. This criteria is both in the greater and lesser Covenant of God. The greater Covenant is the fulfillment of prophecy by prophesied name, date and address and mission, The lesser Covenant is by appointment from one successor to another.

The Current Guardian of the Baha’i faith fulfills both criteria in both the Greater and lesser Covenant of God so that there could be no doubting the veracity of the Covenant in the mind of the True Believer who loves to know!

This is why all are so happy today in the Kingdom in the Revelation of Baha’u’llah.

Having been educated by Dr. Jensen, the great educator and establisher of the Baha’i faith, there is no room for doubt or error when it comes to understanding the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha and the succession of the guardians of the Baha’i Faith seated upon the throne of David that shall never end!

AN ADOPTED SON HAS ALL THE RIGHTS AND PREROGATIVES OF A NATURAL SON
Doc has written about this is his important Book, which everyone who wishes to be firm in the Covenant MUST read, in its entirety, entitled “The Most Mighty Document”. He writes:

AN ADOPTED SON
HAS ALL THE RIGHTS AND PREROGATIVES
OF A NATURAL SON
The Christians accept the authority of the Messiahship of Jesus; he qualifies by the genealogy of Jesus back to David through Joseph. But because of the virgin birth they state that Jesus was the adopted son of Joseph with all the rights of a natural son, although there is no recording of a legal adoption in the scriptures nor in the archives. They claim that by Joseph taking Jesus as his son that this is all that is required to prove adoption; and that an adopted son has all the rights and privileges of a natural son, even the Kingship or Messiahship. Thus the Bible gives the genealogy of Jesus back to David through Joseph to prove his eligibility to be the Promised Messiah, for the Messiah must be a descendant of David through the male line of descent. All the kings of Israel descended from David through a male descendant (no queen ever sat upon the throne).
(Dr. Leland Jensen, ‘The Most Mighty Document’ (TMMD), p. ii).

THE DAVIDIC LINE OF DESCENT FROM BAHA’U’LLAH
In the Book of His Covenant and in the Aqdas, Baha’u’llah appoints His eldest son ‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Most Great Branch, to succeed Himself upon the Throne of David (Baha’i World Faith, p. 209). ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s son, Husayn, died in infancy so Baha’u’llah appointed ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s brother, Muhammad Ali, the lesser Branch, to succeed ‘Abdu’l-Baha. But Muhammad Ali broke the Covenant of Baha’u’llah, so at the same time that ‘Abdu’l-Baha cut this Branch off the Davidic tree, He adopted Mason Remey to be “His son” in the same manner that the Christians state that Joseph adopted Jesus to be his son, grafting this Branch to the Davidic tree. He called Mason Remey “Aghsan”—my son—almost every time that he addressed him. These are found in many Tablets addressed to Mason Remey recorded in the “Star of the West” Magazine. He is the only person in this world that he referred to as Aghsan, my son, grafting him into the Davidic tree (“O My Dear Son!”, ‘Star of the West’ p.144 Vol. X. “O thou enlightened and beloved son!”, ‘Star of the West’ p. 229 Vol. XI). ‘Abdu’l-Baha didn’t speak English. The way you say “my son” in Persian is “Aghsan”. In ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s ‘Last Tablet to America’ He states: “Consider! The Divine Gardener cuts off the dry or weak branch from the good tree and grafts to it a branch from another tree. He both separates and unites” (Baha’i World Faith, p. 438). Not only did the Christians uphold the adoption principle for the Messiahship as in the Joseph-Jesus instance, but ‘Abdu’l-Baha upheld it in His Last Tablet to America; this principle has been upheld all the way back into antiquity and all the way down to our present times by peoples, kindreds and governments. It is a universal principle. (The Most Mighty Document (TMMD), p. iii)

THE LAW OF ADOPTION
When ‘Abdu’l-Baha adopted Mason Remey to succeed him to the throne of David as his son, this was legal and binding. According to the laws of the Ottoman Empire of the Middle East that ruled over Palestine before it became the state of Israel, a legal adoption occurred when a man called another his son. Then the British Mandate of the West which succeeded the Ottoman Empire retained the adoption laws of the Ottoman Empire as legal and binding under their rule. Then, for the Israeli government, the law for adoption remained the same. If a man calls another his son and leaves him a token to show inheritance (whether it be a stick or a stone or something), then the adoption is legal and binding. When ‘Abdu’l-Baha proclaimed that Mason was his son (privately, publicly and in letters published in Star of the West Magazine), these were not “vague terms of affection but expressed the precise legal relationship which had been created between them.” Here is cited the law of adoption in the Middle East (from Ottoman times to the present) upheld by the British Mandate of the West and the Israeli Supreme Court on June 22, 1960, long after ‘Abdu’l-Baha adopted Mason to be his son and heir.

“This idea of equating adopted children with natural children in matters of succession is well expressed in a responsum of Rabbi Jacob Emden which the learned Judge cited in another decision, In re: Succession of the late Yoseph Blum deceased (4) (at pp. 161), as follows: “If he rears the child for the glory of God the child is certainly to be regarded as his child and not only in lineage, but even where the child had parents and is being brought up by the stranger as a meritorious act, if the latter has no children [‘Abdu’l-Baha had no living natural sons] and is bringing up the child to be his son and to succeed him and they address each other as father and son” (response of Yavetz, Part I, section 168). So also with the deceased in the present case: He reared the child as his daughter to succeed him, and she called him “father” and he called her “daughter.” These were not vague terms of affection but expressed the precise legal relationship which had been created between them – at any rate with respect to the matter of succession.”
(Selected Judgments from the Israeli Supreme Court,
Vol. III, pp. 426-7.)

This was usually confirmed by some token such as a stick or a stone, or something, to make it definite that it was meant that it was a legal adoption. This is called institutive evidence.

“Institutive evidence is that which is created or adopted as a memorial of a fact and for the purpose of being evidence of the fact. The stone set up for a boundary; the giving of a clod of earth or a twig in livery of seizing as evidence or the transfer of the title [etc]….” (Sagebeer, The Bible in Court, p. 104.)

“The Master gave Mr. Remey what no one else ever received – relics of the Blood and Hair of Baha’u’llah; in the East this act symbolizes Mr. Remey’s adoption as a Son by ‘Abdu’l-Baha and his becoming a member of the Holy Family.”
(Questions and Answers about Charles Mason Remey and the Baha’i Faith, by F.C. Spataro.)

Shoghi Effendi recognized ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s adoption of Mason as true and legal. Immediately after the death of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Shoghi Effendi called Mason to the Holy land in February and March of 1922 giving to him a “package of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s most sacred possession,” which was left to Shoghi Effendi, as the executor of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Will to deliver to Mason Remey as his inheritance: “locks of Baha’u’llah’s hair” (which represents the headship of the International Baha’i Council/Universal House of Justice) and “drops of his coagulated blood” (which represents the bloodline of David and Baha’u’llah). On the outside of the package Shoghi Effendi addressed it to ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s “dear son” whom he later appointed to the headship of the IBC/UHJ. The hair and blood are the tokens of inheritance. ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s most prized possession shows the evidence of the legal adoption passed on from father to son – ‘Abdu’l-Baha to Mason. This type of evidence of a token is called “institutive evidence.”
(The Most Mighty Document (TMMD), p. iv)

CONCLUSION
Passing the Test of God is as easy as falling off a log! God has provided the proofs and evidence for His Cause for any one that is pure of heart to be able to recognize and see for themselves. We have provided this and many other websites and articles to help educate the people. In this document we have addressed the issue of tests in the line of successorship. In many other articles we have addressed the Medicine for this sick world, that will bring a war torn humanity out of catastrophe and nuclear holocaust and back into this earth transformed into an everlasting paradise of the spiritual qualities and attributes of Man RE-Created in the spiritual Image of God – heaven on earth for all the peoples of the world!

“And they will sit every man with his neighbor under the vine and under the fig tree!”

May the Glory of Glories be upon you!

Salutations!!

O compassionate God! Thanks be to Thee for Thou hast awakened and made me conscious. Thou hast given me a seeing eye and favored me with a hearing ear, hast led me to Thy kingdom and guided me to Thy path. Thou hast shown me the right way and caused me to enter the ark of deliverance. O God! Keep me steadfast and make me firm and staunch. Protect me from violent tests, and preserve and shelter me in the strongly fortified fortress of Thy Covenant and Testament. Thou art the Powerful. Thou art the Seeing. Thou art the Hearing.

O Thou the Compassionate God. Bestow upon me a heart which, like unto a glass, may be illumined with the light of Thy love, and confer upon me thoughts which may change this world into a rose garden through the outpourings of heavenly grace.

Thou art the Compassionate, the Merciful. Thou art the Great Beneficent God.

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Like Dr. Leland Jensen, Neal Chase also comes in the Greater Covenant as the first Aghsan guardian who sits at the head of Baha’u’llah’s Universal House of Justice.

NAME

Dr. Jensen
‘The Land’ – Leland “I will remove the iniquity of that land in a single day” (Zech.3)

Neal
‘Champion’ – Neal ” The day comes, the Eternal promises, when I raise up a true scion [Branch]of David, to reign both royally and ably, to enforce law and justice in the land; under him Judah shall be safe, and Israel live secure, and this shall be his title,

‘The Eternal our CHAMPION.'”
(Jeremiah 23:1-6; Moffat’s bible translation)

DATE

Dr. Jensen
1963 – “Blessed is he who waits and comes to the thousand three hundred and thirty five days.” (Daniel 12:12)

Neal

We, moreover, swear fealty to the One Who, in the time of Mustaghath, is destined to be made manifest, as well as to those Who shall come after Him till the end that hath no end.
(Baha’u’llah: Gleanings, Page: 73)
The numerical value of the time ‘Mustaghath’ is the year 2001 C.E. as cited in ‘A Basic Baha’i Dictionary’ by Wendi Momen

“Mustaghath. He Who Is Invoked. A reference to the appearance of the Promised One at the time specified by the Bab. The Bab had set the limit of time for the coming of the Promised One as Mustaghath, the numerical value of which, in the abjad system is 2001.”
(Basic Baha’i Dictionary, pg. 166, Wendi Momen)
Also the date of September 21st 2001 C.E. is given as the Terminal Date of the time scale in David Davidson’s book on the Great Pyramid. Pg. 359-368

In September of 2001 Neal unfurled the Divine Banner which he brought forth and the Trade Towers were destroyed on the date he gave.

ADDRESS

Dr. Jensen
The Stone with Seven Eyes/Between the Two Mountains of Copper –

“For behold, upon the stone which I have set before Joshua, upon a single stone with seven eyes…” (Zechariah 3:9)
“And again, I lifted my eyes and saw and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of bronze…”

Neal
The Temple/Between the Two Mountains of Copper –

“And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat upon the cloud, ‘Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.'” (Revelations 14:15)

“And again, I lifted my eyes and saw and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of bronze…” (Zechariah 6:1)

“Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall grow up in his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord. It is he who shall build the temple of the Lord, and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule upon his throne. And there shall be a priest by his throne, and peaceful understanding shall be between them both.” (Zech. 6:12-13)

MISSION

Dr. Jensen
Brings forth the BRANCH, has charge of courts.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, then you shall rule my house and have charge of my courts…I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH. (Zechariah 3:7-8)

Neal
Is the BRANCH, Executive Head of Courts, builds the Temple, and brings true believers back into the Covenant.

“Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall grow up in his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord. It is he who shall build the temple of the Lord, and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule upon his throne. And there shall be a priest by his throne, and peaceful understanding shall be between them both.” (Zech. 6:12-13)

“This angel is one of the Apostles of the Lamb who believes in the Revelation of Baha’u’llah and is firm in the Covenant. ‘Put in your sickle and reap’ means that this Apostle of the Lamb gives the Lamb’s explanations and gathers the true believers BACK into the Covenant.” (The Book of Revelation, Dr. Leland Jensen)

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Baha’i Sabbath: Kamal 19, 173 B.E. (8/19/2016)

August 19th, 2016

Grieve not if none be found to accept the crimson wine proffered by Thy snow-white hand and to seize it in the name of Thy Lord, the Most Exalted, the Most High—He Who hath appeared again in His name, the Most Glorious. Leave this people unto themselves, and repair unto the Tabernacle of majesty and glory, wherein Thou shalt encounter a people whose faces shine as brightly as the sun in its noontide splendour, and who praise and extol their Lord in this Name that hath arisen, in the plenitude of might and power, to assume the throne of independent sovereignty. From their lips Thou shalt hear naught but the strains of My praise; unto this Thy Lord beareth Me witness. The existence of these people, however, hath remained concealed from the eyes of all who, from everlasting, have been created through the Word of God. Thus have We made plain Our meaning and set forth Our verses, that perchance men may reflect upon the signs and tokens of their Lord.

These are they who, in truth, were not enjoined to prostrate themselves before Adam. They have never turned away from the countenance of Thy Lord, and partake at every moment of the gifts and delights of holiness. Thus hath the Pen of the All-Merciful set forth the secrets of all things, be they of the past or of the future. Would that the world might understand! Erelong shall God make manifest this people upon the earth, and through them shall exalt His name, diffuse His signs, uphold His words, and proclaim His verses, in spite of those that have repudiated His truth, gainsaid His sovereignty, and cavilled at His signs.

Baha’u’llah, Summons Of The Lord Of Hosts, paragraphs 23 & 24

 

O CONCOURSE of divines! When My verses were sent down, and My clear tokens were revealed, We found you behind the veils. This, verily, is a strange thing…. We have rent the veils asunder. Beware lest ye shut out the people by yet another veil. Pluck asunder the chains of vain imaginings, in the name of the Lord of all men, and be not of the deceitful. Should ye turn unto God, and embrace His Cause, spread not disorder within it, and measure not the Book of God with your selfish desires. This, verily, is the counsel of God aforetime and hereafter…. Had ye believed in God, when He revealed Himself, the people would not have turned aside from Him, nor would the things ye witness today have befallen Us. Fear God, and be not of the heedless…. This is the Cause that hath caused all your superstitions and idols to tremble…. O concourse of divines! Beware lest ye be the cause of strife in the land, even as ye were the cause of the repudiation of the Faith in its early days. Gather the people around this Word that hath made the pebbles to cry out: ‘The Kingdom is God’s, the Dawning-Place of all signs!’… Tear the veils asunder in such wise that the inmates of the Kingdom will hear them being rent. This is the command of God, in days gone by, and for those to come. Blessed the man that observeth that whereunto he was bidden, and woe betide the negligent.

Baha’u’llah, Proclamation

Baha’i Sabbath: Kamal 12, 173 B.E. (8/12/2016)

August 12th, 2016

Say: Blessed the slumberer who is awakened by My Breeze. Blessed the lifeless one who is quickened through My reviving breaths. Blessed the eye that is solaced by gazing at My beauty. Blessed the wayfarer who directeth his steps towards the Tabernacle of My glory and majesty. Blessed the distressed one who seeketh refuge beneath the shadow of My canopy. Blessed the sore athirst who hasteneth to the soft-flowing waters of My loving-kindness. Blessed the insatiate soul who casteth away his selfish desires for love of Me and taketh his place at the banquet table which I have sent down from the heaven of divine bounty for My chosen ones. Blessed the abased one who layeth fast hold on the cord of My glory; and the needy one who entereth beneath the shadow of the Tabernacle of My wealth. Blessed the ignorant one who seeketh the fountain of My knowledge; and the heedless one who cleaveth to the cord of My remembrance. Blessed the soul that hath been raised to life through My quickening breath and hath gained admittance into My heavenly Kingdom. Blessed the man whom the sweet savors of reunion with Me have stirred and caused to draw nigh unto the Dayspring of My Revelation. Blessed the ear that hath heard and the tongue that hath borne witness and the eye that hath seen and recognized the Lord Himself, in His great glory and majesty, invested with grandeur and dominion. Blessed are they that have attained His presence. Blessed the man who hath sought enlightenment from the Daystar of My Word. Blessed he who hath attired his head with the diadem of My love. Blessed is he who hath heard of My grief and hath arisen to aid Me among My people. Blessed is he who hath laid down his life in My path and hath borne manifold hardships for the sake of My name. Blessed the man who, assured of My Word, hath arisen from among the dead to celebrate My praise. Blessed is he that hath been enraptured by My wondrous melodies and hath rent the veils asunder through the potency of My might. Blessed is he who hath remained faithful to My Covenant, and whom the things of the world have not kept back from attaining My Court of holiness. Blessed is the man who hath detached himself from all else but Me, hath soared in the atmosphere of My love, hath gained admittance into My Kingdom, gazed upon My realms of glory, quaffed the living waters of My bounty, hath drunk his fill from the heavenly river of My loving providence, acquainted himself with My Cause, apprehended that which I concealed within the treasury of My Words, and hath shone forth from the horizon of divine knowledge engaged in My praise and glorification. Verily, he is of Me. Upon him rest My mercy, My loving-kindness, My bounty and My glory.

Baha’u’llah, Lawh-i-Aqdas(The Most Holy Tablet or Tablet To The Christians) excerpt.