Every practicing Christian, if asked, would be able to insert the words that precede the above quoted phrase in “The Lord’s Prayer” and would be able to inform you that the completed quotation is a supplication to God to establish the Kingdom of God on earth “AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.”

Will the Kingdom of God that is established on earth in response to this supplication be one that has been imperfectly fashioned by the minds of men, who possess no knowledge of the features of that heavenly Kingdom, or must it possess only those divinely-appointed features that have been uniquely revealed by the Manifestation of God in this long-awaited “Day of God?”

In the “Dispensation of Bahá’u’lláh” penned by Shoghi Effendi one finds the following wonderful description of the manner in which the Bahá’í Administrative Order has been divinely-conceived in accordance with the above criteria and formally delineated by the Center of the Covenant, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, in His sacred and immutable Will and Testament:

“The creative energies released by the Law of Bahá’u’lláh, permeating and evolving within the mind of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, have by their very impact and close interaction, given birth to an Instrument which may be viewed as the Charter of the New World Order which is at once the glory and the promise of this most great Dispensation. The Will may thus be acclaimed as the inevitable offspring resulting from the mystic intercourse between Him Who communicated the generating influence of His divine Purpose and the One Who was its vehicle and chosen recipient. Being the Child of the Covenant—the Heir of both the Originator and the Interpreter of the Law of God—the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá can no more be divorced from Him Who supplied the original and motivating impulse than from the One Who ultimately conceived it.”

In the light of the foregoing explanation, it becomes crystal clear that the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is actually the Will of Bahá’u’lláh, as well, and for this reason Shoghi Effendi has referred to it elsewhere in his writings as “their Will.” Furthermore, as evidence of the sacredness and immutability of every provision of this Document, Shoghi Effendi has further emphasized that the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá “together with the Kitab-i-Aqdas [Bahá’u’lláh’s Most Holy Book] . . . .are not only complementary but that they mutually confirm one another and are inseparable parts of one complete unit” and that the divinely-conceived Administrative Order delineated in that Document is “God’s immutable Purpose for mankind in this day.”

Those believers who, following the passing of the first Guardian of the Cause of God, Shoghi Effendi, in 1957, have accepted a sans-Guardian Bahá’í Faith, as espoused by the Haifa organization, and obviously therefore have not been informed of the sacredness and immutability of the provisions of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as cited above, and will have unknowingly embraced, a substituted pseudo, seriously flawed, illegitimate, and humanly-conceived administrative system, ignominiously foisted on the Bahá’í world by its faithless leaders who have not only claimed that the Guardianship—the Center of the Cause—has come to and end, but the Institution of the Hands of the Cause and the embryonic Universal House of Justice, as well, (initially and provisionally named International Bahá’í Council) that Shoghi Effendi established in his Proclamation of 9 January 1957, while yet incredulously pretending that the headless so-called Universal House of Justice, that was first illicitly and prematurely elected, in its place, in 1963, is a complete and legitimate body, notwithstanding the fact that it and its successors are clearly an incomplete and fallible body, in the absence of the living Guardian of the Faith, who, according to the explicit terms of the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá presides for life as its permanent and essential “sacred head.”

When Bahá’u’lláh has been universally recognized and embraced by the peoples of the world as God’s Manifestation in this, the promised “Day of God,” and when, in contrast to the dismantlement by the Haifa organization of the Institutions delineated by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as outlined above, both the current secular and other forms of governments of the world will have been replaced by an uncorrupted Bahá’í Administrative System, at all levels of government, that is based strictly and completely on the terms of the divinely-conceived Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, mankind shall then witness, at long last, and for the first time in recorded history, the glorious fulfillment of the prayer offered up by so many to God over the ages that the Kingdom of God be established UPON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

For further comprehensive information on the manner in which Shoghi Effendi faithfully fulfilled his sacred obligation to insure the continuation of the Guardianship, visit the following internet web site: Bahai-Guardian.com.

Joel Bray Marangella

Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith

May 2008