The Covenant of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá – Explanation: Influence of Bahá’u’lláh on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Covenant

With the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá “the moment had now arrived for that undying, that world-vitalizing Spirit” released by the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh to “incarnate itself” (that is, take visible form) in “institutions designed to canalize its outspreading energies and stimulate its growth.”6 In His Will and Testament ‘Abdu’l-Bahá lays the foundation for institutions that provide not only the structure of the Bahá’í Faith, but a plan for the reordering of society.

It was Bahá’u’lláh Who created the principles and institutions of the Administrative Order.7 The guidance given in ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Will strictly conforms to Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings. It clarifies and fills in some details which Bahá’u’lláh deliberately did not specify. The Will was itself the result of the “creative energies”8 released by Bahá’u’lláh.

Notes:

6 Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By 324
7 Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh 145
8 Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh 144

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