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- NAvIONAL SPIRITUAL AssEMBLy OF vHE BAHA’fs OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND. By: HILDA
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was one year after our American brothers and sisters have launched their Seven-Year Plan of Teaching that the N. S.
A. of India and Burma on a recommendation by the 10th Annual Convention, adopted a Six-Year Plan of Teaching. It
at first aimed at making each local Assembly responsible to establish another Assembly in a nearby town; but later our
beloved Guardian suggested that the chief aim of the Plan should be to find volunteer teachers for settlement in places
where the Divine Faith has not yet been established. These teachers will make these places either their permanent
places of business or they will stay so long as to form a local Spiritual Assembly or at least a group of confirmed
believers who will evolve themselves into an Assembly in due course. In the 11th Convention therefore the two chief
aims of the Plan were clearly defined and a Committee was formed to concentrate their whole energy towards the
successful prosecution of the Plan. It is a matter for joy and gratification that the Plan is progressing and is drawing
confirmations and assistance from the Supreme Concourse. Some of the friends have offered themselves for settlement
in places which the Committee has selected for settlement this year. The Committee is now recommending to the N. S.
A. to provide funds for the prosecution of the Plan. When the funds are obtained the rest will be easy. The way in
which Bahá’u’llah helps us in the achievement of our aims is really miraculous. He has shown this to us several times
and the conviction is now deeply rooted in us that we will succeed in our aims and intentions provided we make but a
move towards accomplishing them. We are fully convinced that by the end of
A.D. we shall have
attained the objectives for which we have started the campaign.
In addition to the
which is published from Bombay in Urdu and Persian every month we published the
translations of some books in the vernaculars of the country. Mandalay Assembly rendered the Obligatory Prayer with some other
prayers into Burmese. Hindi and Sindhi versions of
Bahd’u’lldh and the New Era
were published and extensively presented to the
libraries of the province to which the language belonged. ‘The Urdu version of
was published and was
presented to most of the libraries keeping Urdu books. The pamphlet
was published in English, Urdu,
Hindi and Tamil and was freely distributed during the teaching tours of Miss Martha Root, Mrs. Shirin Fozdar and other teachers. The
was republished in English and was freely distributed. Miss Martha Root published in pamphlet form
What the Ba/dci’I Faith Can Do for Poverty.
Annual Bahd’I Convention
The 10th Annual Convention of the Bahá’is of India and Burma was held in Karachi during the Ridván of 1938, when public lectures
were arranged and the Message was given to the Theosophists, the Jams and the Indian Parsees. The 11th AllIndia and Burma Bahá’I
Convention was held in Calcutta during the Ridván of 1939 and great publicity was done on the platform and from the press.
(Sgd.) ABBA5 Au Burr
New Delhi, October, 1939.
CURRENT BAHA’i ACTIVITIES
ANNUAL REPORT—NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE BAHA’i S OF
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
CAUSE in Australia and New Zealand during the two fateful years in the history of mankind, 1938 and 1939,
has made really heartening progress. New names have been added to the membership rolls in each center, the
development of Bahã’i institutions has proceeded steadily and naturally, a Bahá’i Summer School has been established
and two successful sessions held, teaching activity has been extended and become more zealous and the growing
strength and vitality of the Bahá’i community is becoming increasingly apparent.
As the world situation deteriorates and the masses of the people are torn by doubt, conflicting ideologies, fear, and
uncertainty, the believers in their calmness and unshakable faith in the world-redeeming power of the Cause, are
attracting more and more attention. Hearts grim with foreboding are drawn and eyes dulled with apprehension are
turning to the light of faith, hope, and certainty which shines so brightly in the Bahá’i community.
The second convention which was held in Sydney, New South Wales, in April, 1937, marked the beginning of a new
stage of development in the history of the Cause in Australia and New Zealand; so illuminating and instructive were the
addresses given by the delegates and so powerful was the spirit of dedication animating those present, from that time a
deeper realisation of the responsibility and mission of the Australian and New Zealand Bahá’i community as a
component part of the world wide Bahá’i community destined in the fullness of time to cxpand into a glorious new
civilization, the Bahâ’i Commonwealth of nations, intensified the zeal and determination of the believers and lent an
impetus to their efforts which has produced gratifying results.
The teaching field is steadily widening; in all the centres advertised lectures are given regularly; large fireside meetings
are held by the believers in their homes; opportunities to give the Bahá’i Message on other
platforms are courted and a wider circulation for our literature is being obtained.
In all the centres, increased efforts are being made to gain the attention of the press and in this we were greatly helped
by Miss Martha Root on the occasion of her teaching tour of Australia and New Zealand during the first half of 1939.
Miss Root obtained more press publicity for the Cause than we had had previously; indeed, she gave a much needed
stimulus to our efforts in this direction and we learned much from her methods.
The receipt of the news that Miss Root was coming was the signal for intensive planning and preparation for a vigorous
teaching campaign in all the centres. Everything possible was done in the way of advance publicity and arrangements
were made for her to make broadcasts and to speak on the platforms of numerous societies and in schools and churches.
The famous Bahá’i teacher arrived in Perth, Western Australia, on January 10th, and was given a warm welcome by the
believers there. The Perth Spiritual Assembly had arranged a fine programme and from the first the work went with a
swing; many new contacts were made and a great deal of interest was aroused; the Perth believers themselves being
greatly stimulated and uplifted by this soul refreshing season of activity and by Miss Root’s inspiring influence.
From Perth, Miss Root went to Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. In Adelaide, in addition to the radio
broadcasts and thc lectures arranged for and widely advertised by the Spiritual Assembly, Miss Root spoke to the
Spiritual Mission Church, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the Radiant Health Club, the Theosophical
Society, at many informal gatherings and at a reception held at the Hotel Grosvenor.
Mr. and Mrs. Hawthorne and Miss Hilda Brooks of Adelaide, accompanied Miss Root to Tasmania and Melbourne and
the little group of four travelling to promote the
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Bahá’i Faith, awakened considerable interest and gained publicity and press notices for the Cause. Miss Gretta Lamprill, sole be-.
liever in Tasmania at that time, and Miss Eloise Jensen, who became enrolled during the visit, were overjoyed to see them, as never
before had there been such a number of Bahá’is together in Tasmania. Miss Jensen was enrolled at a little meeting of the Bahá’is held
at the Hotel where the party was accommodated. The occasion was celebrated with prayers and joyous thanksgiving; this, it was felt,
would be the turning point of the Cause in Tasmania and the first of many enrolments. That hopes were justified was proved by the
enrolment some weeks later of Miss Kitty Crowder. Now these three capable workers have commenced teaching activities which are
gradually gathering momentum.
Miss Lamprill had arranged for Miss Root to give several broadcasts and to speak at three High Schools, the Spiritualistic Church, the
Workers’ Education Association, the Lyceum Club, the Theosophical Society, the Esperantist Association, the Rotary Club, the
Bellerive, Sandford Country Women’s Association, and two public meetings in Hobart and one in Launceston. Great interest was
evinced by all who heard the addresses and the little group of believers was delighted
with the result of the teaching campaign in Tasmania.
In Melbourne, through the efforts of the indefatigable Secretary, Mrs. Wheeler, doors were magically opened and warm
invitations for Miss Root to address meetings were received. In addition to broadcasts and informal talks, Miss Root
lectured to the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the Australian Church, the Writer’s Cultural
Club, Trinuity Grammar School, Chinese Women’s Society, Esperanto Club, Women’s League of Health, Journalists’
Luncheon, Kilvington Girls’ School and the Unitarian Church.
The Sydney friends had been eagerly preparing for Miss Root’s visit and had arranged for broadcasts, receptions,
interviews and public meetings. In addition, Miss Root delivered addresses at the Millions Club, the United
Association, the English Speaking Union, the Board of Social Study and Training, the Women’s League of Health, the
Quota Club, Australian League of Nations, Esperanto Society, the Rotary Club, Journalists’ tea, the Newport W.E.A.
Summer, School, the Feminist Club, the Y.M.C.A., the Women’s League of Health, and the Fellowship of Australian
Everywhere this dear and selfless servant of the Cause won all hearts by her gracious-
Study Class, Baghdad, for training of children.
CURRENT BAHA’i ACTIVITIES
ness, her loving kindness and her eagerness to serve humanity. Everywhere she diffused the fragrance of her beautiful
radiant spirit and will ever be remembered by the believers of Australia and New Zealand with loving grateful
In Adelaide, South Australia, a Bahá’i youth group has been formed and steady development maintained, the members
are enthusiastic and bring their friends to the meetings to hear the Bahá’i Message. Australian youth are excellent
material for Bahi’i teachers to work upon for on the whole they are singularly unprejudiced in their outlook and the
Bahã’i teachings make instant appeal to them.
The youth meetings are made interesting and attractive; lectures are given by the convener; papers they have prepared
are read by the young people; all present are encouraged to take part in the discussions on Bahá’i subjects and a lesson
in Esperanto is conducted by Miss Dorothy Dugdale. The youth readily appreciate the value of an international
language as a medium by which understanding and liking among the different races may be promoted and are pleased
to have this opportunity of learning Esperanto.
Members of the youth group have been very active in spreading the Message among fellow students in schools, the
university and young members of religious societies and we feel that in these young people we have a potent teaching
The Cause is gradually spreading into the country districts, the number of isolated believers is increasing, the largest
country group being that of the family of Mr. David Brooks, “Rockwood,” Booleroo Centre, South Australia.
The Summer School held at “Bolton Place,” Yerrinbool, New South Wales, the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs.
Stanley Bolton of Sydney and lent and dedicated by them for the school sessions, is becoming a source of pride and joy
and high hopes are entertained for its future development and usefulness.
Arrangements are under the direction of
a committee and two successful sessions have
already been held, the first in January, 1938,
the second in January, 1939.
The proceedings commence with a public lecture given in the Yerrinbool district hall. During the week, morning and afternoon classes
for the study of the Teachings are held at the school; enquirers sometimes attend these. Picnics and social evenings have been the
means of providing relaxation and entertainment for the attendants at thc school and of contacting people of the neighbourhood. Plans
are now being made for the third session to be held in January, 1940.
In view of the fact that owing to the great distances which separate them, the members are able to meet only once each year, the
National Spiritual Assembly functions with surprising efficiency and effectiveness. This body, by its devotion to duty and its
adherence to the principles of the administration, has attaine,d administrative capacity and efficiency which have won for it the
spontaneous love and confidence of the believers. It has been greatly heartened by the Guardian’s assurance that the foundation laid is
“broad, solid and unassailable.”
Except for the meetings lasting a week, sometimes longer, held annually, consultations have to be conducted by correspondence; this
is a disability, but one which is not allowed to prevent the proper functioning of the N. S. A.
In 1939, a National Teaching Committee was appointed; the aim of this committee is to help the smaller groups which are hampered
by scarcity of numbers and teachers, by providing literature for circulation and by sending them public speakers from time to time to
give impetus to their teaching efforts. A magnificent gift of thirty-five copies of the BAHA’I
Vol. VII, presented to the N. S.
A. by Mr. Siegfried Schopflocher of Montreal, Canada, will greatly assist this Committee.
The enterprising and progressive editorial
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staff, having raised the standard of our publication
Herald of the South,
this magazine is gaining popularity with both believers and
The N. S. A. keeps the believers informed of affairs and happenings through the medium of a news letter published every three
months and called
The national news letters from other countries are a source of guidance and inspiration and
are greatly appreciated.
The flow of contributions to the National Fund has been steady—all the Assemblies and groups contributing spontaneously and in
proportion to their resources.
Owing to the great distances which separate the centres,
has only been possible to have a Convention every three years; the first was
held in 1934, the second in 1937 and the third, we trust, will be in 1940. The election of the N. S. A., in the intervening years, has been
conducted by correspondence.
The symbol of the “Greatest Name” and the word “Bahá’i,” have been registered as a Trade Mark. This, according to the law, will
remain in force for a period of fourteen years.
No record of this period is complete without mention of the love of the believers for Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá’i
Cause, and their gratitude for his ever present guiding hand to which they cling with
all their might. He has directed our efforts, led us forward, encouraged our N. S. A., protected us from error and inspired us all with an
entrancing vision of the New Day. Our love for him, although few of us have seen him, is so great that his name is constantly on our
lips, our prayers that we may assist him in his work are fervent, and our trust in him complete. For the Precious Relic, the lock of
Bahá’u’lláh’s hair which he sent us in 1938, we are deeply grateful. To the believers of Australia and New Zealand living in this
period nearly a half a century after Bahá’u’lláh’s ascension and so far from the scenes amid which his life was spent, this precious gift
has brought a sense of nearness and contact with his personality. Gazing upon it, the immortal words of Professor Edward G. Browne,
describing his impression of Bahá’u’llah, whom he was privileged to see once, came to mind, “The face of him on whom I gazed I can
never forget, though I cannot describe
Those piercing eyes seemed to read one’s very soul; power and authority sat on that ample
brow; while the deep lines on the forehead and face implied an age which the jet black hair and beard flowing down in
indistinguishable luxuriance almost to the waist seemed to belie. No need to ask in whose presence I stood, as I bowed myself before
one who is the object of a devotion and love which kings might envy and emperors sigh for in vain.”
NAvIONAL SPIRITUAL AssEMBLy
OF vHE BAHA’fs OF AUSTRALIA
AND NEW ZEALAND.
EXCERPTS FROM BAHA’I SACRED WRITINGS
WORDS OF THE BAB
LE LIVRE DES SEPT PREUVES
MISSION DU BAB
Nom de Dieu, le Seul Unique, Ic Scul Unique. Louanges
Dieu, car ii n’y a pas d’autrc Dieu que Lui, le Scul Unique,
le Seul Unique. Toute splendeur vient de Dicu, sur le mhz yo-uzher-Oullah et sur ses apôtrcs jusque dans l’eternite des
Nous avons examine Ia lettre qui nous a été écrite: si l’on desire une explication detaillee des preuves etablissant la
vérité de cette Manifestation, celle-ci serait trop longue et les tablettes du monde de l’existence et des possibilités n’y
pourraient suffire Mais, l’essence de ce discours et la perle de ce but sont qu’il n’y a jamais eu et qu’il n’y a pas de
doute que Dieu Eternel a touj ours été stable dans la Hauteur de sa Divinité, dans la sublimite de ses Purs Attributs, et
qu’il restera toujours dans Ia Splendeur et l’immutabilité de Son Infinie Grandeur. Rien ne l’a connu comme Ii doit être
connu et les louanges que l’on en a faites sont restées audessous de Lui.
Ii est Pur de tous noms, Libre de tous gemblables. Tout Lui est connu et Sa Grandeur reside en ccci qu’Il reste inconnu
tout. Sa Creation n’a
amais eu de commencement et n’aura jamais de fin car il y aurait eu alors ou il y aurait un
Ses bienfaits. Toutes les fois qu’il s’est trouve utile dans ce monde de Possibilites, Ii a envoye des
Prophétes et fait descendre du Ciel des Livres de la Loi: Ii le fera encore quand le besoin s’en fera sentir.
Si tu voyages dans l’Ocean des Noms, sache que tout est connu de Dieu. Lui est trop eleve pour être connu de Sa creation ou pour être
decrit par Ses creatures. Tout cc que tu vois a
par Sa volonte. Et quelle preuve te faut-il donc de son Unite? Son existence
en est la preuve la plus complete, et l’existence méme des choses extérieures est la preuve la plus formelle qu’elles ont
Lui. C’est là la preuve philosophique pour celui qui voyage stir la mer
Si tu vogues sur l’Ocean de Ia Creation, sache que Ic premier
qui emane de la Primitive Volonte, est semblable au soleil que
Dieu trés Haut a
suivant sa Puissance, des Ic commencement pour lequel ii n’y a pas de commencement, et, dans chaque
manifestation, c’est cc
qu’il a montre suivant sa propre decision. Sache donc que cc Zikr eat comparable au Soleil que Dieu trés
suivant son pouvoir des lc commencement pour lequel il n’y a pas de commencement: dans chaque Manifestation, c’cst
cc Premier Zikr qu’il a montre suivant sa propre decision. Sache donc, qu’en cc sens, il est commc Ic Soleil. En effet, cet astrc, s’il se
leve jusqu’à la fin qui n’aura jamais de fin, ne sera ainsi qu’il l’a
dans le passe, qu’un scul et méme soleil. Or, c’cst egalement
Lui qui a
manifeste dans tous les prophetes
Translated from the original Persian by A. L. M. Nicolas. Published in Paris—1902. J. Maisonneuve, Edireur.
et c’est Lui qui pane dans tous leurs livres.
Ii n’a pas eu de commencement parce que le commencement remonte
Lui qui est Ic Commencement, et ii n’y aura
pas de fin pour Lui parce que la fin se résout en Lui qui est Ia Fin. C’est Lui qui, dans cette nouvelle revolution du
monde vieux de 13000 ans, est connu sous le nom de Nouqtè-i-Be’ydn. A la premiere evolution ii était connu sous Ic
nom d’Adam, puis sous celui de Noë
l’epoque de ce prophete; ii fiat Abraham en son temps,
puis Jesus, puis Muhammad Recoul Allah. Enfin il est Celui que Dieu doit manifester après celui que Dieu doit
son époque. Voilà l’explication du secret contenu dans Ia parole du Prophéte de Dieu: ((Les Prophetes,
c’est moix. Oui, dans tous ne brillait et ne brille qu’un seul et meme soleil. C’est encore là l’explication du Hadis relatif
l’Imâm Mèhdi et dans lequel Imâm Dja’afèr ous-Sadeq a dit: O Creature, si In veux voir Adam et
Detail of the monument marking the resting place of Bahiyyih Khánum on Mt. Carmel, Haifa.
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