Mason Remey Aghsan

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Extracts from the Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Baha

  • from Tablets appearing in

STAR OF THE WEST

Volume V (pp. 296-297), No. 19, 2 March 1915 ( pp.8-9 ) :

"TABLET FROM ABDUL-BAHA"

"To his honor Mr. Remey—Upon him be BAHA'O'LLAH EL ABHA!"

"HE IS GOD!"

"O thou who art rejoiced by the Divine Glad Tidings! "

" …Verily, I beseech God to make thee confirmed under all circumstances. Do not become despondent, neither be thou sad. Ere long, Thy Lord shall make thee a sign of guidance among mankind."

Volume X, No. 7 (p 32), 13 July 1919 ( p. 144 )

"To his honor Mr. Remey, care of his honor Mr. Roy Wilhelm, New York City — Upon him be BAHA'O'LLAH El Abha!"

"He is God!"

"O my dear son!

"Numerous letters have been received from you and their contents have all been conducive to happiness. Praise be to God, thou art confirmed in service to the Kingdom, art promulgating divine teachings, art raising the call of the oneness of mankind, art detaching the souls from ignorant racial prejudices, art summoning them to the investigation of truth, art showing forth unto them the light of guidance and art offering them the chalice of the wine of the love of God. This blessed purpose of thine is the magnet of the confirmations of the Abha Kingdom…"

("Translated by Shoghi Rabbani, May 23rd, 1919, Haifa, Palestine)

Volume 11, [No. 13 PDF, 4 November 1920, ( pp. 229-230 ) :

"Recent Tablet from Abdul-Baha to Chas. Mason Remey"

"Through the faithful soul, Taereh, the wife of his honor Consul Schwarz, Stuttgart, Germany, to his honor. Mr. (Charles Mason) Remey — Unto him be the Glory of God, the Most Glorious!"

"He is God"

"O thou enlightened beloved son!"… Thou art unquestionably in the utmost joy and rapture now that thou art mingling and associating with those blessed souls.

"It is my hope that thy present trip [in Germany] will give rise to great results…"

"Unto thee be the Glory of God!"

(Signed ) ABDUL-BAHA ABBAS

In the Master's Will it is written…

18. O ye beloved of the Lord! It is incumbent upon the guardian of the Cause of God to appoint in his own life-time him that shall become his successor, that differences may not arise after his passing. He that is appointed must manifest in himself detachment from all worldly things, must be the essence of purity, must show in himself the fear of God, knowledge, wisdom and learning. Thus, should the first born of the guardian of the Cause of God not manifest in himself the truth of the words:- "The child is the secret essence of its sire," that is, should he not inherit of the spiritualexternal image arrow-10x10.png within him (the guardian of the Cause of God) and his glorious lineage not be matched with a goodly character, then must he, (the guardian of the Cause of God) must choose another branch to succeed him.

19. The Hands of the Cause of God must elect from their own number nine persons that shall at all times be occupied in the important services in the work of the guardian of the Cause of God. The election of these nine must be carried either unanimously or by majority from the company of the Hands of the Cause of God and these, whether unanimously or by a majority vote, must give their assent to the choice of the one whom the guardian of the Cause of God hath chosen as his successor This assent must be given in such wise as the assenting and dissenting voices may not be distinguished (i.e., secret ballot).

Spiritual and Administrative World Center...

Greatly welcome assistance of the newly-formed International Council, particularly its President, Mason Remey, and its Vice-President, Amelia Collins, through contact with authorities designed to spread the fame, consolidate the foundations and widen the scope of influence emanating from the twin spiritual, administrative World Centers permanently fixed in the Holy Land constituting the midmost heart of the entire planet.

- Shoghi Cablegram, March 2, 1951

UNANIMOUS PROCLAMATION OF THE 27 HANDS OF THE CAUSE OF GOD

Mansion of Bahá'u'lláh

Bahji, 'Akka, Israel

November 25, 1957

We the undersigned:

Ruhiyyih Rabbani

Charles Mason Remey (who is President of the International Bahá'í Council)

Amelia E. Collins (who is Vice President of the International Bahá'í Council)

Leroy C. Ioas (who is Secretary General of the International Bahá'í Council)

Dr. Ugo Giachery, (who is member-at-large of the International Bahá'í Council and Chairman of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Switzerland)

Hasan M. Balyuzi (who is Chairman of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the British Isles)

Shoaullah Ala'i (who is Chairman of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Iran)

Ali Akbar Furutan (who is Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Iran)

Zikrullah Khadem (who is Treasurer of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Iran)

Dr. Ali Mohammad Varqa (who is a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Iran)

Tarazu'llah Samandari (who is a resident of Shiraz, Iran)

Djalal Khazeh (who is a resident of Teheran, Iran)

John Ferraby (who is Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the British Isles

Paul E. Haney (who is Chairman of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States)

Horace Holley (who is Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States)

Abul Qasim F. Teherani

Dr. Adelbert Muhlschlegel (who is a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Germany and Austria)

Dr. Hermann Grossmann (who is a resident of Neckargemind, Germany)

Musa Banani (who is a resident of Kampala, Uganda)

William Sears (who is Chairman of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of South and West Africa)

John Robarts, (who is Recording Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of South and West Africa)

Enoch Olinga, (who is a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of North West Africa)

Agnes Alexander (who is a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of North East Asia)

H. Collis Featherstone (who is Chairman of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Australia)

Clara Dunn (who is a resident of Sydney, Australia)

Dr. Rahmatu'llah Mohajer (who is a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of South-East Asia)

in our capacity as Hands of the Cause of God duly nominated and appointed by the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, His Eminence the late Shoghi Effendi Rabbani, assembled this 25th of November, 1957 at the Bahá'í World Centre and constituting the supreme body of the Bahá'í World Community

DO HEREBY UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVE AND PROCLAIM AS FOLLOWS:
WHEREAS THE Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, His Eminence the late Shoghi Effendi Rabbani, passed away in London (England) on the 4th of November, 1957, without having appointed his successor;AND WHEREAS it is now fallen upon us as Chief Stewards of the Bahá'í World Faith to preserve the unity, the security and the development of the Bahá'í World Community and all its institutions;AND WHEREAS in accordance with the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Bahá) "the Hands of the Cause of God must elect from their own number nine persons that shall at all times be occupied in the important services in the work of the Guardian of the Cause of God";

We nominate and appoint from our own number to act on our behalf as the Custodians of the Bahá'í World Faith

Ruhiyyih Rabbani
Charles Mason Remey
Amelia E. Collins
Leroy C. Ioas
Hasan Balyuzi
'Ali-Akbar Furutan
Jalal Khazeh
Paul E. Haney
Adelbert Muhlschlegel
to exercise-subject to such directions and decisions as may be given from time to time by us as the Chief Stewards of the Bahá'í World Faith-all such functions, rights and powers in succession to the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, His Eminence the late Shoghi Effendi Rabbani, as are necessary to serve the interests of the Bahá'í World Faith, and this until such time as the Universal House of Justice, upon being duly established and elected in conformity with the Sacred Writings of Bahá'u'lláh and the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, may otherwise determine.

[Signed as follows]

Ruhiyyih Rabbani
Zikrullah Khadem
M.B. Musa Banani
Charles Mason Remey
Ali Mohammad Varqa
William Sears
Amelia E. Collins
T. Samandari
John Robarts
Leroy C. Ioas
Djalal Khazeh
Enoch Olinga
Ugo Giachery
John Ferraby
Agnes B. Alexander
Hasan M. Balyuzi
Paul E. Haney
H. Collis Featherstone
Shoaullah Alai
Horace Holley
Clara Dunn
Ali Akbar Furutan
Abul Qasim F. Teherani
Dr. R. Mohajer
Hermann Grossmann
Dr. Adelbert Muhlschlegel

RESOLUTION OF THE HANDS OF THE CAUSE OF GOD
PASSED AT THEIR MEETING AT THE BAHA'I WORLD CENTRE

Mansion of Bahá'u'lláh
Bahji, 'Akka, Israel
November 25,1957

The following principles shall apply to the relations between the Hands of the Cause of God and the nine Custodians of the Bahá'í World Faith and to the activities of the said Custodians:
1. The Hands of the Cause shall have their meetings at least once a year, and the time and place of their meetings shall be determined by the Custodians, who shall be responsible for convocation of such meetings.
2. The Hands of the Cause shall have the full authority to introduce such changes in the composition of the Custodians, to substitute Custodians by others from their own number, to resolve upon such alterations in functions, rights and powers of the Custodians and to give such directions to the Custodians as the Hands of the Cause in their free discretion may decide.
3. The quorum of the meetings of the Hands of the Cause shall be a simple majority of their number, and any resolution adopted by majority of the Hands attending such meetings shall be deemed to have been validly passed by the Hands of the Cause.

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4. The quorum of the meetings of the Custodians shall be five, and any decision adopted by the majority of the Custodians attending such meetings shall be deemed to have been validly passed by the Custodians.
5. Dr. Ugo Giachery, is appointed as alternate Custodian authorized to fill any temporary vacancy that may arise in the body of the Custodians.
6. In the event of any vacancy occurring in the composition of the Custodians, the remaining Custodians shall have the duty and the power to fill the vacancy temporarily up to the next meeting of the Hands of the Cause by appointing one of the Hands of the Cause to act as a Custodian.
7. The Custodians, in addition to their other functions, shall administer all the properties, assets and accounts belonging to the World Bahá'í Community (other than those belonging to various National and Regional Spiritual Assemblies or Bahá'í local bodies) and shall be entitled to appoint two or more of their midst to operate the bank accounts, to receive and withdraw moneys, to represent the Custodians in any dealings and transactions generally or for any specific purpose and to execute and sign any documents in connection therewith.
8. In all their dealings with the Israel Government and any local authorities in Israel the Custodians shall act through the Bahá'í International Council, who shall act in accordance with the instructions of the Custodians.
9. The Custodians shall be deemed to succeed the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, His Eminence the late Shoghi Effendi Rabbani, in Palestine or Israel Branches of National Spiritual Assemblies of various countries, which are registered in Israel, and the Custodians may nominate one or more persons to act on their behalf in any such Israel Branches.
Completed, sealed and signed on this 25th day of November, 1957.
[Signed as follows]
Ruhiyyih Rabbani Agnes B. Alexander
Mason Remey Zikrullah Khadem
Amelia E. Collins Abul Qasim F. Teherani
Leroy C. Ioas Djalal Khazeh
Ugo Giachery Hermann Grossmann
Hasan M. Balyuzi Enoch Olinga
Horace Holley Dr. Adelbert Muhlschlegel
M.B. Musa Banani John Robarts
Ali Akbar Furutan Clara Dunn
Shoaullah Alai H. Collis Featherstone
Ali Mohammad Varqa Paul Haney
Dr. R. Mohajer William Sears
John Ferraby Tarazu'llah Samandari
[Corinne True by affidavit]

RESOLUTION OF THE HANDS OF THE CAUSE OF GOD

Mansion of Bahá'u'lláh
Bahji, 'Akka, Israel
November 25, 1957

We the undersigned Hands of the Cause hereby record the following action taken in unanimous agreement:
1. That the body of nine Hands of the Cause already constituted shall exercise these functions, namely, to correspond with the National Spiritual Assemblies on matters related to the prosecution of the Guardian's Ten Year Plan; to assist the National Assemblies in the solution of administrative problems by citing passages in Bahá'í literature which clarify the nature of these problems; to act for the protection of the Faith whenever its teachings or institutions or properties are assailed by enemies from within the Bahá'í Community or outside its ranks;
2. That the Council shall represent the Faith in all matters related to the Israeli Government and its courts;
3. The nine Hands to reinforce the membership of the International Bahá'í Council through the addition of the five Hands among the nine Hands not already members of the Council;
4. That the entire body of the Hands of the Cause, meeting annually or whenever convened by the nine Hands, shall determine when and how the International Bahá'í Council shall pass through the successive stages outlined by Shoghi Effendi culminating in the election of the Universal House of Justice;
5. That the nine Hands serving at the Bahá'í World Centre shall maintain correspondence with the Hands stationed in the several continents on all matters related to their work of propagating the Faith and defending it from attack, coordinating and encouraging their efforts;
6. That the authority to expel violators from the Faith shall be vested in the body of nine Hands, acting on reports and recommendations submitted by Hands from their respective continents.
7. The Hands of the Cause in the Holy Land may, if necessary, call upon any of the Hands to fill a vacancy temporarily.
[Signed as follows]
Ruhiyyih Rabbani Zikrullah Khadem
Mason Remey A. Q. Faizi
Amelia E. Collins Ugo Giachery
Leroy C. Ioas Dr. Adelbert Muhlschlegel
Hasan M. Balyuzi Djalal Khazeh
Horace Holley Hermann Grossmann

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M.B. [Musa Banani] John Robarts
A. Furutan Enoch Olinga
Dr. R. Mohajer Ali Mohammad Varqa
Sh. Alai H. Collis Featherstone
John Ferraby William Sears
T. Samandari Paul Haney
Agnes B. Alexander Clara Dunn
[Corinne True by affidavit]

PROCLAMATION TO THE BAHÁ’ÍS OF THE WORLD THROUGH THE ANNUAL CONVENTION

OF THE BAHÁ’ÍS OF

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ASSEMBLED AT

WILMETTE, ILLINOIS

RIDVÁN 117 BAHÁ’Í ERA

FROM

MASON REMEY

THE SECOND GUARDIAN

OF

THE BAHÁ'Í FAITH

Washington, D. C.

United States of America

Ridván 117 BAHÁ’Í ERA

PROCLAMATION OF THE SECOND GUARDIAN OF THE BAHÁ’Í FAITH
ANNOUNCING HIS ADVENT
INTO THE BAHÁ’Í WORLD
TO ALL THE BELIEVERS OF THE BAHÁ’Í FAITH
TO BE READ BEFORE THE DELEGATES
ASSEMBLED AT THE APPROACHING NATIONAL BAHÁ’Í CONVENTION IN AMERICA
THIS CARBON COPY OF THE ORIGINAL IS NOW BEING SENT TO THE HANDS OF THE FAITH IN THE HOLY LAND IN STRICT CONFIDENCE IN ORDER THAT THIS PROCLAMATION BE KNOWN TO THEM IN ADVANCE OF ITS BEING SENT TO THE CONVENTION – THUS THESE HANDS OF THE FAITH WILL THEREFORE BE THE FIRST BELIEVERS TO HEAR THIS MESSAGE OF THE PROCLAMATION OF MASON R. GUARDIAN OF THE BAHÁ’Í FAITH

(CHARLES MASON REMEY)

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This PROCLAMATION was first sent to The Hands of the Faith in The Holy Land before it was sent through the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of The United States of America

To the Annual Convention of Bahá’ís assembled at Wilmette, Illinois

RIDVÁN 117 Bahá’í Era

The following letter to Charles Wolcott,

Secretary of the National Spiritual

Assembly explains this matter.

WASHINGTON 8, D.C.
April__, 1960

Mr. Charles Wolcott,

Secretary

National Spiritual Assembly

of the Bahá’ís of the United States

356 Sheridan Road

Wilmette, Illinois

Dear Charles,

Enclosed I send you my Proclamation of My Guardianship of the Bahá’í Faith. This declaration explains itself. I send this to you to be read before the Bahá’í Convention so shortly to convene at Wilmette.

I am pleased to have you letter of April 8, 1960 extending to me the invitation of your National Assembly to be present with you at your coming Annual National Convention.

I have been preparing a Proclamation communication addressed to the convention, a copy of which I enclose with this letter to you asking that this be read to the delegates seated in this convention. This document will explain itself.

If it be the wish of the convention that I go the Wilmette at this time to meet with the Bahá’ís of America and further proclaim, declare and explain my status for life as commander in chief of Bahá’í affairs of the world as I was appointed to do by our late Beloved Guardian as the Second Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, I will be very pleased indeed to meet the convention.

Should the convention wish this, let them send three believers of their choice to Washington bringing me their invitation to come to them – these three representatives of the convention to usher me to the convention in waiting for me. The importance, solemnity and the dignity of the occasion in the Bahá’í Faith demands this formality.

I will be prepared to receive those three friends at the home of my sister, Miss Remey, at 2101 Connecticut Avenue, North West, Washington D.C. This delegation of three will let me know when and where I can get word to them on their arrival in Washington and they will make all arrangements for my traveling to Wilmette and for my stay while I am there as the guest of the National Assembly of the Bahá’ís of this country.

Faithfully yours,

in El Abha

Mason R. Guardian

of the Bahá’í Faith

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Washington, D. C.
United States of America
Ridván 117
BAHÁ’Í ERA

BELOVED FRIENDS:

Believers have questioned me as to my status as President of the Bahá'í International Council, appointed by The Beloved Guardian Shoghi Effendi, the First Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith. I take the means of this proclamation, to the coming annual national convention to tell all Bahá'ís exactly what my position and status is in the Faith.

The Bahá'í people the world around know that The Beloved Guardian singled me, Mason Remey, out from amongst all of the Believers upon earth to occupy the position of President of the Bahá'í International Council. This is the only position suggestive of authority that Shoghi Effendi ever bestowed upon anyone, the only special and specific appointment of authority to any man ever made by him.

The Beloved Guardian declared the Bahá'í International Council to be the forerunner of and the first step toward the establishment of The Universal House of Justice, and furthermore, that the Bahá'í International Council was the embryo of The Universal House of Justice which embryo would eventually develop into The Universal House of Justice.

Although all Bahá'ís know that I, Mason Remey, am the President of the Bahá'í International Council by the appointment of The Beloved Guardian Shoghi Effendi, yet many of you may not know me personally. I have been living at Haifa much of the time during these past ten years. My visits to America being in the summers when I have done but little travelling among the Bahá'í communities so personally I may be a stranger to the many recently registered in the Faith. Therefore, I will tell you something about myself.

My forebearers were early American Colonials of New England in the north and Virginia in the south. I was brought up in the Christian Faith as taught by the Episcopal Church. The members of this church, as you know, although always orthodox may be anything from Catholic upon one hand to Protestant on the other. While this church is usually classed as Protestant, its Prayer Book proclaims it to be "The Holy Catholic Apostolic Church." My inheritance was from the Catholic interpretation of Christianity rather than from the Protestant attitude.

To the average American, The Catholic Church usually means Roman Catholic, but there are other Catholic communions. In The Holy Land, that is now my home and has been for these past ten years, the Ministry of Religions of Israel lists eleven different Catholic communions in that country – Roman, Anglican, Russian, Armenian, Greek, Greek Orthodox, Coptic, etc. The Anglican Catholic Persuasion corresponding to the so called High Episcopal Church in America.

With this Catholic background it was the most logical and natural thing in the world for me to accept the Bahá'í message without question as I did when I heard it in 1899-1900 from May Ellis Bolles (later Mrs. Sutherland Maxwell), because the Holy Catholic Apostolic Church teaches the Second Coming of Christ – The Christ to come manifesting as the Lord of Creation – the Prince of Peace – coming to establish "His Kingdom upon Earth as it is in Heaven."

From New England on the north and Virginia on the south, my forebears came into the middlewest where I was born in 1874 at a town on the Mississippi River, two hundred and ten miles from Chicago, not far distant from the geographic center of the United States, this land that our Beloved Guardian has called "The Cradle of the Administration of the Bahá'í Faith." Thus do I introduce myself to those of you who may know me but by name only.

As I travel about through the Bahá'í world, the friends ask me many questions about the life of the believers in Israel, and in particular about the Hands of the Faith in The Holy Land? The Bahá'í people are just curious to know about things transpiring there and of how the problems of the Faith are being handled?

There is some general information that I can give them that is in no way confidential but I am not mentioning anything of a confidential nature to any Bahá'í because as is well known in Bahá'í circles from the first of the conclaves of the Hands the majority of the Hands of the Faith were united in the opinion that absolutely nothing said or done in these conclaves be divulged, disclosed or revealed to any of the Bahá'ís outside of the body of the twenty seven Hands. However, each Hand of the Faith is not only allowed but urged to express herself or himself with perfect freedom within the four walls of the chamber in which the Hands are gathered. It is the duty enjoined upon each of the Hands to express her or his own convictions to the Hands when seated in conclave.*

  • A Conclave, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is "Any meeting for secret consultation."

I, as the President of the International Council was one of those things that every Bahá'í knows but that just never happened to be talked about nor even mentioned in any of the conclaves or in the conferences of the Hands of the Faith; therefore, as this subject was never mentioned, I, having promised the Hands never to divulge any of their discussions, proceedings or decisions, am not breaking faith with them now by explaining to the believers about this subject of my Presidentship of the International Council a subject that was never even mentioned nor brought up for discussion by the Hands of the Faith in any conference that I ever attended or know anything about.

Before going into the subject of my Presidency of the International Council and the stand that I take in the cause and explain in this letter, I would preface my statement by giving in a few words a picture of the set up of things in Haifa under the regime of The Beloved Guardian when all the members of the International Council including the resident Hands lived there and served the Guardian daily. Each of us council members were given instructions by Shoghi Effendi of what he wanted us to do and we reported to him as these various services were underway and completed. The sole authority of all these operations rested in the instructions given to each direct from the Guardian himself, thus as a council, a functioning body, we never undertook any services of any nature whatsoever.

After the appointment of the International Council, many times one of the members would come to me saying, "Mason, you are the President of the Council, get yourself busy, call a meeting, you are the President of the Council, you should take the initiative to organize this body and do something." To which my response was always, "The Guardian of the Faith appointed the Baha'i International Council and He will tell me what I should do and when I should call the Council into action."

The First Guardian of the Faith left this world without giving me any orders or instructions whatsoever regarding the International Council. The Beloved Guardian gave me no authority to do anything about the Universal Council during his lifetime for while He was living He was the Guardian of the Faith and as infallibility then was vested in him and in him only, my position was then only that of I myself holding a potential responsibility. But with the death of Shoghi Effendi, He no longer being the center upon earth of infallibility, I became the acting President of the International Council in my own right as President of this body, thus I came into active command of the council. Therefore I am now but assuming the powers that came to me automatically upon the death of Shoghi Effendi and that have been mine exclusively of all others upon earth since the death of the First Guardian of the Faith.

This is the authority I am now exercising when I refuse to recognize any interference from anyone in the affairs of the International Council. This means from any one at all, person or persons.

The Hands of the Faith can only function as protectors of the Faith when they are serving under the direction following the commands of the infallible Guardian of the Faith. They have no authority vested in themselves as Hands of the Faith to act in their own capacity nor in any other capacity, save under the direction of the living Guardian of the Faith.

The Beloved Guardian chose me to be the President of the Bahá'í International Council that is according to his explanation the President of the Embrionic Universal House of Justice. Therefore I am the President of the Embrionic Universal House of Justice. When this August body becomes the Universal House of Justice, if such being during my lifetime, I will then be the President of the First Universal House of Justice of the Bahá'í Dispensation.

Therefore, inasmuch as The Beloved Guardian in His Infallibility has thus placed me in command of the Faith to protect and to guard the Faith, I can do nothing but assume my place that he has given me with all of the responsibilities, the perquisites and emoluments that go with this position, therefore by his infallible orders I now alone after him command the cause and guard its integrity.

The delay until now of my calling the attention of the believers to the provisions for the protection and the guarding of the cause, made some years ago by our Beloved Guardian when He appointed me to be the President of the Bahá'í International Council, has given the Hands of the Faith and the believers of the Faith ample time to discover for themselves, had that been possible for them to have discovered my unique position in the Faith. But until now no one, other than I has discovered that such authority was vested in me by Our Beloved Guardian. To the moment of my sending out into the Bahá'í world of this proclamation, I have taken no one into this confidence – I have stood single and alone in all the world guarding the Faith.

That I was to occupy this august position in The Bahá'í Faith that The Beloved Guardian has chosen me to occupy, I have definitely known for the past twelve years more or less, without ever mentioning it to anyone until very recently when privately and in secret, I made this declaration to the Hands of the Faith in the Holy Land. In this proclamation statement to you I am now declaring my position of command in the cause to the Believers here in America, "The Cradle of the Administration of The Bahá'í Faith," and through this convention to all the Bahá'í World.

In this time of confusion of thought and purpose that so threatens the Bahá'í world, now is the propitious moment for me to make the announcement that I do in this writ. I cannot delay any longer. All these plans of the Hands of the Faith for 1963 that are so absorbing and confusing to the people of the Faith must be dropped and stopped immediately. I am the only one who can command this situation so I have arisen to do so for I alone in all this world have been given the authority and the power to accomplish this.

Be it understood. I of myself make no claims for myself. I am but telling and reminding the Hands of the Faith and the Bahá'ís of all the world of the responsibilities that The Beloved Guardian placed upon me as President of the Bahá'í International Council.

It is well known throughout the Bahá'í world and accepted by all Bahá'ís that the protection of the Faith and the propagation of the Faith are special and particular functions of the Hands of the Faith, they working and serving under the direction of the Guardian of the Faith. It is from and through the Guardianship that infallibility is vested and that the Hands of the Faith receive their orders.

The Program for 1960 as announced by the Hands of the Faith in their message to the Bahá'í world of November 4, 1959 signed by twenty two of the Hands, as well as the same program announced in their former messages, so flagrantly violate and puts to naught the Will and Testament, the Guardianship, and the Administration of the Faith that the Beloved Guardian so laboriously and painstakingly built up during his long ministry, that I can no longer condone such actions upon the part of the Hands of the Faith.. I have remained silent now for over two years hoping that they would give up this destructive propagandizing but all to no effect so now it is necessary that I call a halt upon their activities.

I now command the Hands of the Faith to stop all of their preparations for 1963 and furthermore I command all believers both as individual Bahá'ís and as assemblies of Bahá'ís to immediately cease cooperating with and giving support to this fallacious program for 1963.

I have delayed as long as I dare delay before issuing this command to the Bahá'í world – I, hoping that the Hands of the Faith would see for themselves that the will and testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was being violated and that they would of themselves abandon their stand. I, standing single and alone against the entire Bahá'í world but confirmed and steadfast in my assurance of ultimately saving the cause from this calamity. My assurance is based upon the authority that The Beloved Guardian gave me as President of the Council, the authority enabling me to act and assume command of the Bahá'ís that came to me at His death.

It is meet right and timely that I should make this announcement in this convention of Bahá'ís of America which land the Beloved Guardian called the "Cradle of the Administration." I make this call here and now standing single and alone before you but fully confident of your support and cooperation in all Bahá'í matters for you understand the Administration of the Faith and that I guard it from all violation and harm.

Because the Beloved Guardian called America the Cradle of the Bahá'í Administration, the American Bahá'ís have a very special and particular responsibility to which I am calling them now at this particular time.

I expect the friends in this convention to consider with prayer and with thought this declaration addressed to them, that is a declaration to the entire Bahá'í world. I expect them to accept me without question as their Commander-in-Chief in all Bahá'í matters and to follow me so long as I live for I am the Guardian of the Faith – the Infallible Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith.

The line of the Guardianship of the Bahá'í Faith is unbroken for I have been the Guardian of the Faith since the death of the Beloved Guardian Shoghi Effendi.

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At their earliest convenience the National Assembly of the United States should communicate with me so that I can arrange to receive them. Since they are the first amongst the National Assemblies to be called into spiritual action by me their responsibilities are very great for I am calling this American National Assembly first from all other National Assemblies of the world to support me in my command of the Bahá'í Cause.

Dearly Beloved Friends, seated in convention in the land of the Cradle of the Administration of the Faith, this is all that I have to tell you now at this time.

With much love to you.

Faithfully In El Abhá,

MASON R., GUARDIAN

OF THE BAHÁ’Í FAITH

STATEMENT
BY
MASON REMEY
GUARDIAN
OF THE BAHÁ’Í FAITH

At the first Bahjí Conclave, the Hands of the Cause took over the management of the affairs of the Bahá’í Faith. This was followed by their repudiation of the Administration Guardianship of the Faith, This violation of the Guardianship that is the heart of the Administration of the Bahá’í Faith, is condemned by the Second Guardian of the Faith and all who follow this violation of the Bahá'í Faith are pronounced by him to be violators of the Faith for thus by this action have they severed themselves from the Bahá’í Religious Faith.

One of the first actions of these violating Hands of the Cause in this first conclave was to decree that no recorded or written records be taken of things transpiring in their conclaves. At the same time by a universally passed resolution, all were to hold in secrecy everything that transpired in those conclaves.

The Second Guardian of the Faith, then in occultation, in the capacity of a Hand of the Cause and President of the Bahá'í International Council, sat with the Hands in this conclave. He knew at that time that this violation of the Guardianship was being perpetrated, but hoping to rectify this condition through friendly argument and pacific methods he agreed with the others, to keep in strict secret with them from the Bahá'í world, all things that passed between the Hands of the Faith in their conclaves and conferences. For he hoped to be able to show them their errors and thus save them from their violation of the Faith.

Thus two and a half years or thereabouts of time passed, the while he was telling the Hands of their violation and begging them to reconsider their stand against the Guardianship – but all to fail in the end in this endeavor.

Through his forbearance, the Second Guardian of the Faith kept this pact of secrecy with the Hands of the Cause as long as it was possible to keep it, hoping that they would have a change of heart, cast aside their violations of the Faith and welcome the advent of the Second Guardian of the Faith. But when He, the Second Guardian of the Faith, found that the violations of the Hands were at the point of causing irreparable damage to the Bahá’í Faith – then he had to break with the Hands of the Faith. It was then necessary for him to make his advent as Guardian of the Faith in order to save the Faith.

Therefore when He announced to the Bahá'í World, Ridván 117 B.E. , that The Beloved First Guardian of the Faith had during his lifetime appointed him, Mason Remey, the Second Guardian of the Faith, he – for the preservation of the Faith – broke all connections with the violating Hands of the Faith and now for the safety of the Faith, he is telling and explaining to the Bahá'í world the things that the Hands of the Faith have been perpetrating against the Faith; namely their attempt to do away with the Administrative-Guardianship of the Faith, the foundation of which was given to the First Guardian of the Faith, and to the Bahá’í world in the will and testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá upon which foundation Shoghi Effendi inaugurated the Administration that the Hands of the Cause are violating.

"Joel: Please take care of this sealed envelope among your papers in the Bernese Oberland. As I see things now it may have to do with the coming world catastrophe in or after 1963.
You will know when to break the seal.

Mason

Washington. D.C., U.S.A.

5 December 1961"

I- I, Charles Mason Remey, U.S. citizen of Washington, D.C., born in Burlington, Iowa, on May 15th, 1874, being of sound physical and mental health do hereby declare this to be my last Will and Testament hereby revoking any previous Will and Testament heretofore made by me.

II- I direct that in case of my death, Joseph Pepe, Jr., U.S. citizen of Newark, New Jersey, born February 13, 1922 at Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A. be the executor of my estate.

Charles Mason Remey

III- I bequeath to Joseph (Giuseppe) Pepe, Jr. everything tangible [Orthodox Baha'i Administrative Order] and intangible [Guardianship] that I possess and may be entitled to.

IV- As for the burial of my remains, I leave this entirely in the hands of Joseph Pepe Jr.

V- Any rights, outlined in the agreement between myself and the Pohick Church at Pohick, Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A. which shall continue on after my death, I [transfer] onto Joseph Pepe Jr., whom I am adopting as my legal son and heir. I authorize Joseph Pepe Jr. to act in my behalf in the upkeep, arrangement or transfer of remains from the "Remeum" to any other place he may deem necessary for their safety.

Charles Mason Remey

[http://web.archive.org/web/20020210172631/www.lelandjensen.net/html/cmr/adoption.htm Court of Appeal of Florence
Deed of Adoption]

On the 9th day of May, in the year 1964, in the offices of the Court of Appeal;

before us, Dr. Emiddio del Giudice, President of the First Civil Section assisted by the undersigned registrar, there appear, accompanied by Avv. Olga Monsani, a solicitor of Florence who confirms their personal identity, the following gentlemen:

1) Charles Mason REMEY, of the late George Collier and of the late Mary Josephine Mason, born at Burlington (U.S.A.) on 15.5.1874, a United States citizen, the adopter,

2) Giuseppe (Joseph Junior) PEPE, son of Giuseppe Pepe and of Anna Rayca, born at Newark, New Jersey (U.S.A.) on February 13th, 1922, a United States citizen, the person to be adopted;

3) Avv. Brute V. Console, a lawyer, born in Florence on 15.10.1917, legal representative of Mr. Giuseppe Pepe, the father of the person to be adopted, by virtue of the special power of attorney dated 20.12.1963 legalised by John Padovano a notary public of Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A. Upon being suitably interrogated: Mr. Charles Mason REMEY declares that by the present deed he adopts Mr. Giuseppe (Joseph Junior) PEPE, son of Giuseppe Pepe and of the late Anna Rayca, born at Newark, New Jersey (U.S.A.) on February 13, 1922 and to this end he expresses his consent. Mr. Giuseppe Pepe gives his consent declaring himself glad of being adopted by Mr. Charles Mason REMEY;

Avv. Bruto Console, in his above mentioned capacity, gives the consent to this adoption in the name and on behalf of Mr. Giuseppe Pepe, father of the person to be adopted.

We, the President, point out to the interested parties the importance and the legal consequences of the present deed, and they, after being thus informed, insist upon their respective statements.

It is noted that the person to be adopted does not speak Italian and has been interrogated and replied through the interpreter, Dr. Tommas Montesi Righetti, born in Florence on 31.5.1930, resident in Florence who has carried out his functions after having taken the usual oath.

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

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After Joel Maragella read his appointment as President of the IBC he proceeded to open the sealed envelope which contained the following message…

"Dear Joel: 5 December 1961

This is to tell you to tell

the Bahá’í World that

I appoint you to be the

third Guardian of the

Bahá’í Faith according to

the Will and Testament of

the Master, ‘AbduL Baha.

Mason, Guardian

of the Bahá’í Faith"

In his February 18, 1966, letter to Marangella, published in the May 1966 “Glad Tidings,” Mason Remey wrote: “The time has come for all contests between the friends under the Guardianship to cease—TO STOP. At this same time the friends should arise to teach the Faith. As I myself have teaching to do here in Italy, I am turning the affairs of the Faith over to you (Marangella) as the President of the second Baha’i International Council to handle this for me.”

THE GUARDIAN'S LETTER

[once published on lelandjensen.net]

PUBLISHED BY CHARLES MASON REMEY, GUARDIAN OF THE ABHA WORLD FAITH—THAT IS, THE ORTHODOX WORLD FAITH OF BAHA'U'LLAH

VOLUME 1, NO. 2, DECEMBER 1966

Dear Friends;

When the 65 Page Pamphlet "The Dispensation of Baha'u'llah" was published by Shoghi Effendi on February 8, 1934, with its call to the believers "throughout the West", Shoghi Effendi wrote: "upon the 23rd of May of this auspicious year, the Baha'i World will celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the founding of the Faith of Baha'u'llah".

Upon the 57th Page of "The Dispensation of Baha'u'llah" it is written: "The sacred and youthful branch, the Guardian of the Cause of God, as well as the Universal House of Justice to be universally elected and established, are both under the care and protection of the Abha Beauty, under the shelter and unerring guidance of the Exalted One (The Bab) (may my life be offered up for them both) whatsoever they decide is of God."

From these two statements it is clear that Shoghi Effendi (following what 'Abdu'l-Baha wrote) intended to build the Administration of the dispensation of the Babi Faith. It was the Bab who declared Himself to be the Forerunner of He whom God would Manifest. He made His declaration at Shiraz in Persia (now Iran) on May 23rd, 1844. The Babi Dispensation was of but 19 years and was ended and completed with the Declaration of Baha'u'llah in 1863 in the Garden of El Ridvan at Baghdad.

The Babi Faith and the Baha'i Faith are two distinct and different religions; — this was not made clear in the forming of the Administration of the Faith that was formed about the Babi Religion instead of the Baha'i Faith. In other words,…..The first Guardian of the Faith so construed the Master 'Abdu'l-Baha's Will and Testament that he formed his Administration upon the Babi Faith and not upon the Baha'i Faith.

This mistake has caused so much confusion and misunderstanding and trouble that the only thing for the second Guardian to do, to set matter aright, is to discard all which Shoghi Effendi did and to institute a New Faith which shall be the Orthodox Faith of Baha'u'llah under the Holy Name of ABHA in order to carry out the conditions that will lead to the establishment of the TRUE Baha'i Faith (of Baha'u'llah) which Faith has not yet been established in the world.

So long as the former Administration exists, we will have two Causes — The former Administrative Order trying to keep alive the Spirit and ways and customs of the Babi Faith, as opposed to the ways of the New Abha Faith that has dawned and is struggling to overcome and put aright the mistakes of the past.

I have gone over all the writings that I have of Shoghi Effendi. Nowhere does he mention "the 24 Elders" of the Dispensation of Baha'u'llah. Nowhere does he mention "The Covenant" nor the Holy Spirit save where he is quoting from 'Abdu'l-Baha — and those instances are very rare.

The Bab and Baha'u'llah never used these terms. These terms came into the Baha'i vocabulary in the Day of the Master, 'Abdu'l-Baha and were never employed by the Bab nor by Baha'u'llah.

Until now there has been no Orthodox Baha'i Faith. It is now the duty of the Second Guardian to declare the NEW ABHA FAITH otherwise there will be no Orthodox Baha'i Faith.

The Guardian urges all believers to study the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha, "The Dispensation of Baha'u'llah" and "The World Order Unfolds" by Shoghi Effendi.

All believers are exhorted to teach and to spread the Glad Tidings of the Glorious Kingdom of the Abha Father foretold by Jesus the Christ and the Prophets—praying that the Holy Spirit will confirm them in their efforts to spread the Faith.

The Abha Name of God was first pronounced by Jesus the Christ in His moments of anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane, on the eve of his Crucifixion when He called upon "Abba Father". (see Mark 14-36). "Abba" and "Abha" are pronounced alike.

Mason Remey, Florence, Italy 12 November, 1966

NOTICE

In the forthcoming letters in this series, the Guardian will share with his readers the detailed knowledge of a number of complications and misunderstandings under which the people of the Baha'i World are laboring. These misunderstandings have resulted from the mistake made by the first Guardian of the Faith which is the chief subject of this letter of December, 1966.

C.M.R.

In the Most Holy Name of El Baha,

I the Second Guardian of the Baha'i Faith

hereby appoint Donald Harvey at my death

to be my Successor the Third Guardian of the Faith.

Mason Remey

May 23rd 1967

Florence, Italy.

P.S.

May the Spirit of El Abha ever protect
this line of Spiritual descent
from Abdul Baha the Center of
the Covenant of El Baha.

C.M.R.