We have met the enemy… and he is us

I don´t think most Bahai´s in the world would recognize the religion described below, where it not for the familiar titles and names such as Auxiliary Board members, Counsellors, etc. In fact most are rather alarmed and can´t quite come to believe what their eyes are telling them. I´m sure that some would even claim that the quote that I´ve included below is made up and can´t possibly have come from the Universal House of Justice.

But here it is:

Although deepening the friends’ understanding of the Covenant and increasing their love and loyalty to it are of paramount importance, the duties of the Auxiliary Board members for Protection do not end here. The Board members must remain ever vigilant, monitoring the actions of those who, driven by the promptings of ego, seek to sow the seeds of doubt in the minds of the friends and undermine the Faith. In general, whenever believers become aware of such problems, they should immediately contact whatever institution they feel moved to turn to, whether it be a Counsellor, an Auxiliary Board member, the National Spiritual Assembly or their own Local Assembly. It then becomes the duty of that institution to ensure that the report is fed into the correct channels and that all the other institutions affected are promptly informed. Not infrequently, the responsibility will fall on an Auxiliary Board member, in coordination with the Assembly concerned, to take some form of action in response to the situation. This involvement will include counselling the believer in question; warning him, if necessary, of the consequence of his actions; and bringing to the attention of the Counsellors the gravity of the situation, which may call for their intervention. Naturally, the Board member has to exert every effort to counteract the schemes and arrest the spread of the influence of those few who, despite attempts to guide them, eventually break the Covenant.

The need to protect the Faith from the attacks of its enemies may not be generally appreciated by the friends, particularly in places where attacks have been infrequent. However, it is certain that such opposition will increase, become concerted, and eventually universal. The writings clearly foreshadow not only an intensification of the machinations of internal enemies, but a rise in the hostility and opposition of its external enemies, whether religious or secular, as the Cause pursues its onward march towards ultimate victory. Therefore, in the light of the warnings of the Guardian, the Auxiliary Boards for Protection should keep “constantly” a “watchful eye” on those “who are known to be enemies, or to have been put out of the Faith”, discreetly investigate their activities, alert intelligently the friends to the opposition inevitably to come, explain how each crisis in God’s Faith has always proved to be a blessing in disguise, and prepare them for the “dire contest which is destined to range the Army of Light against the forces of darkness”.

The Universal House of Justice

[The above excerpt is from this original document. Look for it on paragraph 72 onward and page 27 onward.]

And if you think that this is simply rhetoric or theory that is not implemented, you are in for an even bigger shock. It is not. Regularly, Baha´is like you and me are the target of witch hunts. You want names? Taheri, Karimpour, Glaysher, McKenny, Marshall, Cole, Pleasant, Gasink, and unfortunately, many many more.

What I find revolting is that not only has there been a systematic mechanism built through the appointed institutions, ala KGB, to spy and report on Baha´is, but that Baha´is themselves are being asked to snitch on their fellow believers!

This paranoia would be hysterical if it weren´t so damaging. Within a few decades it has substituted the tolerant and loving community life that once thrived with a distrustful and poisoned one. Whereas before the Faith community was based on pluralism and unity in diversity, it now seeks to inculcate a strict dogma. If you find yourself, in anyway not buying into it wholesale, then you are an “internal” enemy. A “friendly” visit by a fellow Baha´i to chat over coffee can instantly become much more sinister.

Of course, the interesting and paradoxical result of looking for negatives is that you find them, all over the place. This is the amazing power of an individual and/or collective mind. Whatever you set as your target you will attract it, like a heat seeking missile. Try it.

As you are sitting there right now reading this, you suddenly realize that your tongue feels rather heavy. You move it around trying to find a comfortable place for it. You swallow a bit but it still feels weird. Why does your tongue feel so heavy? it was fine a minute ago?

Simple. We made it into an issue. We brought a negative connotation to it as well as attention. Now you will probably spend the rest of the day preoccupied, wondering what the heck to do with your tongue. From this simple example we see the amazing principle that whatever you give attention to, your mind will seek.

This is an inestimably powerful principle. Used positively and collectively it can lead mankind into a virtuous cycle or used negatively it can spiral into a vicious cycle (as history readily attests to it). Is this why in every religion we are told to seek the good, the positive, the beautiful, the unifying and to do good, to help, to aid and rescue? Hmmm…there might be something there.

Returning to our discussion, it is worthwhile to give credit to a few Baha´is who have publicly shared that when they were being appointed to positions in the institutions, they were told that their job would be keeping files on other Baha´is, and they got up and left the room. They could not imagine doing something like that to their friends. You really have to wonder how any true Baha´i could both follow the Exemplar of the Faith, and do such a horribly unBaha´i thing as keeping secret files. I don´t know how they sleep at night, really.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Baquia,

    You wrote:

    “Returning to our discussion, it is worthwhile to give credit to a few Baha´is who have publicly shared that when they were being appointed to positions in the institutions, they were told that their job would be keeping files on other Baha´is, and they got up and left the room.”

    I had not heard of this. That is truly heartening! Can you give any links to these accounts? It is good to know there are people with common and straight forward ntegrity still in the Faith.

    This piece written by someone on the Universal House of Justice is shameful beyond belief! I am absolutely sure that Divine Judgement is going to come upon that person as an individual and the present Universal House of Justice as a group. Terrible, terrible Divine Justice.

    As several people have written laterly, it appears the severe warning of the Tablet of the Holy Mariner is now, unfortunately, fully in effect. These souls have far overstepped their bounds.

    God help these people in what is going to come upon them! Fierce, fierce Divine Judgement for what they have done to the once beautiful Faith! It is shocking, shameful, and embarrassing that it has come to this.

    I read that letter and I am shocked to my very core.

    No thinking person would ever join an organization like this or stay in it once they saw this mentality. It is crushing negative energy to try to keep files on any other soul. What is the point? It is completely ridiculous.

    I know many people who are just going to go inactive and walk out of the Faith now. They will never write a letter of resignation. That would be an insult to have to do that. How can you write a letter to resign from something you never joined? This is certainly no longer the religion I joined many years ago. That religion no longer exists. It is completely gone and has been replaced by this sea of paranoia and madness. Complete deranged mental illness! The top down KGB Faith!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Baquia,

    You wrote:

    “Returning to our discussion, it is worthwhile to give credit to a few Baha´is who have publicly shared that when they were being appointed to positions in the institutions, they were told that their job would be keeping files on other Baha´is, and they got up and left the room.”

    I had not heard of this. That is truly heartening! Can you give any links to these accounts? It is good to know there are people with common and straight forward ntegrity still in the Faith.

    This piece written by someone on the Universal House of Justice is shameful beyond belief! I am absolutely sure that Divine Judgement is going to come upon that person as an individual and the present Universal House of Justice as a group. Terrible, terrible Divine Justice.

    As several people have written laterly, it appears the severe warning of the Tablet of the Holy Mariner is now, unfortunately, fully in effect. These souls have far overstepped their bounds.

    God help these people in what is going to come upon them! Fierce, fierce Divine Judgement for what they have done to the once beautiful Faith! It is shocking, shameful, and embarrassing that it has come to this.

    I read that letter and I am shocked to my very core.

    No thinking person would ever join an organization like this or stay in it once they saw this mentality. It is crushing negative energy to try to keep files on any other soul. What is the point? It is completely ridiculous.

    I know many people who are just going to go inactive and walk out of the Faith now. They will never write a letter of resignation. That would be an insult to have to do that. How can you write a letter to resign from something you never joined? This is certainly no longer the religion I joined many years ago. That religion no longer exists. It is completely gone and has been replaced by this sea of paranoia and madness. Complete deranged mental illness! The top down KGB Faith!

  • Anonymous

    Baquia,

    Do you know the date of the UHJ “KGB letter” ? Is this a recent thing or has it been out there a long time? It sounds like a 90′s thing to me. Post the 1988 “Dialogue Magazine” off, off Broadway Kafkaesque fiasco but concurrent with the 1990′s initial open communication of the Internet “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” Red Terror hysteria. Mid to late 90′s?

  • Anonymous

    Baquia,

    Do you know the date of the UHJ “KGB letter” ? Is this a recent thing or has it been out there a long time? It sounds like a 90′s thing to me. Post the 1988 “Dialogue Magazine” off, off Broadway Kafkaesque fiasco but concurrent with the 1990′s initial open communication of the Internet “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” Red Terror hysteria. Mid to late 90′s?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/1082818 Baquia

    The above excerpt comes from the document titled “The Institutions of Counsellors” by the UHJ.

    I´ve included a link in the blog entry above. You need Adobe Acrobat as it is a pdf file.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/1082818 Baquia

    The above excerpt comes from the document titled “The Institutions of Counsellors” by the UHJ.

    I´ve included a link in the blog entry above. You need Adobe Acrobat as it is a pdf file.

  • http://epierce.meanoldbastard.com ep

    This document is a perfect example of the ghastly, dehumanizing bureaucracy that has a death grip around the throat of the bahai community.

    It was written by and for the kind of control freaks and ego-driven, power hungry sociopaths that infest dysfunctional, rigidly orthodox organizations that have lost their ability to be honest with themselves and engage in self-correction and self-learning.

    Here is a direct link [Ed. link already included in post, see above]

    The document is dated 2001.

    I read the section on “The Individual and the Community” – starting at page 20 while having my first coffee.

    It is very revealing in that it talks mostly about the opposite of individual, community and “initiative”: dehumanizing bahai bureacuracy abd conformism.

    This is a typical characteristic of institutions that are “suffering a crisis of legitimacy” (Habermas) and are incapable of fulfilling their goals and original purposes.

    What also happens to such failed institutions is that they start to encourage insularization: the community becomes more and more inward looking and conformist. Its “organizational culture” becomes closed to positive outside influences and improvements as the failed leadership and internal culture begins to spin a web of deception that justifies its existence in the face of massive failure.

    Another characteristic of such dysfunctional organizational culture is that a downward spiral of failure and ineffectiveness sets in and becomes a permanent feature. The very fresh/outside blood that is needed for reform is rejected. The very forms of self-learning, self-organization and self-correction that are necessary for “grass roots” initiative are attacked when they start encouraging people to tell the truth and see the organization’s failures in an unvarnished light.

    The bahai scripture is full of dire warnings about corruption of institutions, but for “some reason” those warning are never quoted in the kinds of ghastly documents that are produced by the bahai bureacuracy.

    As a convenience to the readers of this blog, I’ll post one such document, which was originally sent to the talisman email list in the mid 1990s by Steve Scholl (of “LA Study Group” and Dialog Magazine fame). “Abdu’l-Baha on the Dangers of Leadership”

    Oops, just realized that my external hard drive enclosure is broken, will try to fix it and retrieve the document later.

  • http://epierce.meanoldbastard.com ep

    This document is a perfect example of the ghastly, dehumanizing bureaucracy that has a death grip around the throat of the bahai community.

    It was written by and for the kind of control freaks and ego-driven, power hungry sociopaths that infest dysfunctional, rigidly orthodox organizations that have lost their ability to be honest with themselves and engage in self-correction and self-learning.

    Here is a direct link [Ed. link already included in post, see above]

    The document is dated 2001.

    I read the section on “The Individual and the Community” – starting at page 20 while having my first coffee.

    It is very revealing in that it talks mostly about the opposite of individual, community and “initiative”: dehumanizing bahai bureacuracy abd conformism.

    This is a typical characteristic of institutions that are “suffering a crisis of legitimacy” (Habermas) and are incapable of fulfilling their goals and original purposes.

    What also happens to such failed institutions is that they start to encourage insularization: the community becomes more and more inward looking and conformist. Its “organizational culture” becomes closed to positive outside influences and improvements as the failed leadership and internal culture begins to spin a web of deception that justifies its existence in the face of massive failure.

    Another characteristic of such dysfunctional organizational culture is that a downward spiral of failure and ineffectiveness sets in and becomes a permanent feature. The very fresh/outside blood that is needed for reform is rejected. The very forms of self-learning, self-organization and self-correction that are necessary for “grass roots” initiative are attacked when they start encouraging people to tell the truth and see the organization’s failures in an unvarnished light.

    The bahai scripture is full of dire warnings about corruption of institutions, but for “some reason” those warning are never quoted in the kinds of ghastly documents that are produced by the bahai bureacuracy.

    As a convenience to the readers of this blog, I’ll post one such document, which was originally sent to the talisman email list in the mid 1990s by Steve Scholl (of “LA Study Group” and Dialog Magazine fame). “Abdu’l-Baha on the Dangers of Leadership”

    Oops, just realized that my external hard drive enclosure is broken, will try to fix it and retrieve the document later.

  • Craig Parke

    [quote comment=""]
    This is a typical characteristic of institutions that are “suffering a crisis of legitimacy” (Habermas) and are incapable of fulfilling their goals and original purposes.
    [snip]
    The bahai scripture is full of dire warnings about corruption of institutions, but for “some reason” those warning are never quoted in the kinds of ghastly documents that are produced by the bahai bureacuracy.
    [/quote]

    Eric,

    Thank you. This is the best post of the week here because it goes directly to the heart of the matter. What has happened to the Baha’i Administrative order is text book. It is right out of a freshman organizational psychology 101 class.

    I once worked for this very famous company in this area as a software engineer (my software once hired 1,000 Viagra salesman for Pfizer!):

    http://www.ddiworld.com/

    The company had hands down the most competent lower level workers of any organization I had ever seen in my life. The female middle level managers were some of the most brilliant people I had ever met. But when I first started there I could not understand where exactly there market was? Being from a small family business family, I just assumed big organizations knew how to run their organizations. It turns out NOBODY on Earth seems to know how to innately run an organization without careful in depth study and analysis! Human beings do not do organizations very well at all. I think it is brain chemistry regarding systems of addiction. It turns out DDI had tons of management consulting business WORLDWIDE because it appears NOBODY on this planet knows how to run their organization AT ALL! All organizations eventually go insular, go insane, and eventually become completely dysfunctional on their own crack bi-polar disorder unless their is periodic outside intervention. The stories in business and government of “organizational catastrophe” are LEGEND and I am sure everyone here knows a good personal story or two from their own life experience. After all, this is why God created Bankruptcy Courts. Organizations commit suicide every day because the people running them were cut off from the realities facing them and continued to run everything they touched completely into the ground in mind bending insular dysfunction.

    A “religious organization” is ALWAYS in GREAT PERIL as every Lesser Prophet and Sage in history has repeatedly warned! There are many esoteric archetypal warnings from both Jesus and Baha’u’llah that are very well known. There are direct warnings from Abdu’l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi. The quotes from Shoghi Effendi are well known to everyone here I am sure. For as much as I despair over him at times, I will say this. Shogh Effendi could get a high paying job at DDI today. His analysis of the organizational mentalities he encountered from the very beginning of the BAO in the 1920′s and 1930′s, is spot on and very good insight into encyclopedic knowledge of organizational derangement on Earth down to the present hour.

    But the ITC Faith wants none of those quotes trotted out in the top down Orwellian New Day and New Ways. Like all dysfunctional organizations as everyone here knows who has lived long enough, the only thing the people at the top are EVER good at is gaming the system to stay at the top. That is their ONLY skill. They never know the product, the sales force, the customer, or the shop floor that does the real work. They merely control access to information. They know things from afar. They can, therefore, quietly move to take credit for things that succeed and quietly distance themselves from things that they realize are going to fail. That IS the GAME of top management in every organization, everywhere on Earth. If they are really failing on EVERYTHING and their is NOTHING to take credit for, then they go to CONTINUOUS REORGANIZATION mode. Everyone has seen this in their work life if they have lived long enough. Farhan, the hospital systems in many countries are famous for continuous re-organization! I assume you have known floor nurses in your life. I know many that have amazing stories to tell on this topic from their life experiences.

    The Baha’i Faith all along has essentially run at the top by people from professions that begin in words and end in words. These people have very little real life experience at really studying how organizations function at the psychological level. They have never HAD to because they have NEVER been held personally accountable to anyone or any electorate in their sheltered largely academic theorist lives. They would do well to read some of Dr. Byham’s books. I used to meet him in the elevator every now and then. A brilliant man. I actually always saw a halo of some kind around his head. There was light around him. He started the company in his garage back in the 70′s. They have been a very successful company because there is a TON OF WORK OUT THERE! Why? Because very few organizations in life have ever made a scientific psychological study of how their organization actually should work vs how it is working. The irony (and I have written about this elsewhere on other sites so I won’t bother to say more now) is that DDI made money HAND OVER FIST implementing concepts in business organizations that are actually found in the Baha’i writings! Duh! The psychological principles discussed in their training course on “Running Meetings to Consultative Consensus Decisions” would have improved the BAO 1000% since 1921. The so called “leadership” of the Baha’i Faith should have made THAT study themselves. Duh! I guess Horace Holly was too busy using the Baha’i Faith as a vanity publishing company for his own personal views on (gasp) “education”…

    Baha’u’llah brought many of these ideas and concepts. Everyone else is running with them except the idiots running the organization that is supposed to be concerned with these things. Duh!

    DDI charges about $100,000 to train mid level management in an organization on these basic techniques that directly effect the quality of FACT FINDING and DECISION MAKING and the bottom line where people ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE for the effectiveness of their job performance as custodians of organizational responsibility and wealth that effect whether the organization WILL SURVIVE another 24 hours. Meanwhile, the Baha’i Faith is moving ever closer to financial crisis as more and more dedicated and thoughtful people leave in droves with decades of experience and skills that no longer count.

    Baha’u’llah very clearly taught as His MOST BASIC CORE TEACHING for the safety of all in this World Age (with the eventual invention of nuclear weapons) that you are personally bidden to “SEE through your OWN eyes and NOT through the eyes of others”. Millions of Germans didn’t in the 1930′s and the rest is history.

    But as various “fundie” Johnny-One-Note posters here have reiterated over and over this past week in their endless monotone parroted platitude rhetoric, ANYONE who thinks for themselves IS a godless corrupt “Western intellectual” who (gasp) “picks and chooses” and speaks solely from “self” and “ego” because they have NOT yet turned over their personal eternal immortal souls lock, stock, and barrel to the “Baha’i System” of GroupThink to do all their thinking for them. In the New Top Down apparatchik ITC Faith, anyone who sees through their OWN EYES is now the THE ENEMY OF GOD. I honestly believe if they had any real Earthly power, all of us “criminals” committing “thought crimes” would be on our way to the camps.

    None of you “OAH”‘s here (“Obsessed Apparatchik Hacks”) have ever yet written an answer to my question many posts ago about whether something like that could ever happen in the future Baha’i Super State if the Party says the individual members of the rank and file are NOT permitted to have consciences a la some white haired Dougals Martin in a futuristic silver space suit.

    Let’s hear someone’s defense? Let’s hear your argument that a gulag could never happen and why?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj5Oisu9xPA

    So it goes.

    Anyway, Eric, your post today is the best post of the week here amid people wanting to march the entire world into the jungle with Pol Pot and start building the “NEW THINKING” and “NEW WORLD NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN BEFORE” from YEAR ZERO starting NOW NOW NOW with the “NEW PLAN”!

    Everyone has seen this movie many times already in the 20th Century!

    Let’s get some more original thinking on here people!

    Have a nice weekend all!

    Best regards,

    Craig

  • Craig Parke

    [quote comment=""]
    This is a typical characteristic of institutions that are “suffering a crisis of legitimacy” (Habermas) and are incapable of fulfilling their goals and original purposes.
    [snip]
    The bahai scripture is full of dire warnings about corruption of institutions, but for “some reason” those warning are never quoted in the kinds of ghastly documents that are produced by the bahai bureacuracy.
    [/quote]

    Eric,

    Thank you. This is the best post of the week here because it goes directly to the heart of the matter. What has happened to the Baha’i Administrative order is text book. It is right out of a freshman organizational psychology 101 class.

    I once worked for this very famous company in this area as a software engineer (my software once hired 1,000 Viagra salesman for Pfizer!):

    http://www.ddiworld.com/

    The company had hands down the most competent lower level workers of any organization I had ever seen in my life. The female middle level managers were some of the most brilliant people I had ever met. But when I first started there I could not understand where exactly there market was? Being from a small family business family, I just assumed big organizations knew how to run their organizations. It turns out NOBODY on Earth seems to know how to innately run an organization without careful in depth study and analysis! Human beings do not do organizations very well at all. I think it is brain chemistry regarding systems of addiction. It turns out DDI had tons of management consulting business WORLDWIDE because it appears NOBODY on this planet knows how to run their organization AT ALL! All organizations eventually go insular, go insane, and eventually become completely dysfunctional on their own crack bi-polar disorder unless their is periodic outside intervention. The stories in business and government of “organizational catastrophe” are LEGEND and I am sure everyone here knows a good personal story or two from their own life experience. After all, this is why God created Bankruptcy Courts. Organizations commit suicide every day because the people running them were cut off from the realities facing them and continued to run everything they touched completely into the ground in mind bending insular dysfunction.

    A “religious organization” is ALWAYS in GREAT PERIL as every Lesser Prophet and Sage in history has repeatedly warned! There are many esoteric archetypal warnings from both Jesus and Baha’u’llah that are very well known. There are direct warnings from Abdu’l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi. The quotes from Shoghi Effendi are well known to everyone here I am sure. For as much as I despair over him at times, I will say this. Shogh Effendi could get a high paying job at DDI today. His analysis of the organizational mentalities he encountered from the very beginning of the BAO in the 1920′s and 1930′s, is spot on and very good insight into encyclopedic knowledge of organizational derangement on Earth down to the present hour.

    But the ITC Faith wants none of those quotes trotted out in the top down Orwellian New Day and New Ways. Like all dysfunctional organizations as everyone here knows who has lived long enough, the only thing the people at the top are EVER good at is gaming the system to stay at the top. That is their ONLY skill. They never know the product, the sales force, the customer, or the shop floor that does the real work. They merely control access to information. They know things from afar. They can, therefore, quietly move to take credit for things that succeed and quietly distance themselves from things that they realize are going to fail. That IS the GAME of top management in every organization, everywhere on Earth. If they are really failing on EVERYTHING and their is NOTHING to take credit for, then they go to CONTINUOUS REORGANIZATION mode. Everyone has seen this in their work life if they have lived long enough. Farhan, the hospital systems in many countries are famous for continuous re-organization! I assume you have known floor nurses in your life. I know many that have amazing stories to tell on this topic from their life experiences.

    The Baha’i Faith all along has essentially run at the top by people from professions that begin in words and end in words. These people have very little real life experience at really studying how organizations function at the psychological level. They have never HAD to because they have NEVER been held personally accountable to anyone or any electorate in their sheltered largely academic theorist lives. They would do well to read some of Dr. Byham’s books. I used to meet him in the elevator every now and then. A brilliant man. I actually always saw a halo of some kind around his head. There was light around him. He started the company in his garage back in the 70′s. They have been a very successful company because there is a TON OF WORK OUT THERE! Why? Because very few organizations in life have ever made a scientific psychological study of how their organization actually should work vs how it is working. The irony (and I have written about this elsewhere on other sites so I won’t bother to say more now) is that DDI made money HAND OVER FIST implementing concepts in business organizations that are actually found in the Baha’i writings! Duh! The psychological principles discussed in their training course on “Running Meetings to Consultative Consensus Decisions” would have improved the BAO 1000% since 1921. The so called “leadership” of the Baha’i Faith should have made THAT study themselves. Duh! I guess Horace Holly was too busy using the Baha’i Faith as a vanity publishing company for his own personal views on (gasp) “education”…

    Baha’u’llah brought many of these ideas and concepts. Everyone else is running with them except the idiots running the organization that is supposed to be concerned with these things. Duh!

    DDI charges about $100,000 to train mid level management in an organization on these basic techniques that directly effect the quality of FACT FINDING and DECISION MAKING and the bottom line where people ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE for the effectiveness of their job performance as custodians of organizational responsibility and wealth that effect whether the organization WILL SURVIVE another 24 hours. Meanwhile, the Baha’i Faith is moving ever closer to financial crisis as more and more dedicated and thoughtful people leave in droves with decades of experience and skills that no longer count.

    Baha’u’llah very clearly taught as His MOST BASIC CORE TEACHING for the safety of all in this World Age (with the eventual invention of nuclear weapons) that you are personally bidden to “SEE through your OWN eyes and NOT through the eyes of others”. Millions of Germans didn’t in the 1930′s and the rest is history.

    But as various “fundie” Johnny-One-Note posters here have reiterated over and over this past week in their endless monotone parroted platitude rhetoric, ANYONE who thinks for themselves IS a godless corrupt “Western intellectual” who (gasp) “picks and chooses” and speaks solely from “self” and “ego” because they have NOT yet turned over their personal eternal immortal souls lock, stock, and barrel to the “Baha’i System” of GroupThink to do all their thinking for them. In the New Top Down apparatchik ITC Faith, anyone who sees through their OWN EYES is now the THE ENEMY OF GOD. I honestly believe if they had any real Earthly power, all of us “criminals” committing “thought crimes” would be on our way to the camps.

    None of you “OAH”‘s here (“Obsessed Apparatchik Hacks”) have ever yet written an answer to my question many posts ago about whether something like that could ever happen in the future Baha’i Super State if the Party says the individual members of the rank and file are NOT permitted to have consciences a la some white haired Dougals Martin in a futuristic silver space suit.

    Let’s hear someone’s defense? Let’s hear your argument that a gulag could never happen and why?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj5Oisu9xPA

    So it goes.

    Anyway, Eric, your post today is the best post of the week here amid people wanting to march the entire world into the jungle with Pol Pot and start building the “NEW THINKING” and “NEW WORLD NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN BEFORE” from YEAR ZERO starting NOW NOW NOW with the “NEW PLAN”!

    Everyone has seen this movie many times already in the 20th Century!

    Let’s get some more original thinking on here people!

    Have a nice weekend all!

    Best regards,

    Craig

  • farhan

    Eric wrote:

    “What also happens to such failed institutions is that they start to encourage insularization: the community becomes more and more inward looking and conformist.”

    Eric, the Institute process is precicely an outward looking enterprise, opening up the shell in which teh Baha’i community has been incubating. Perhaps if you read paragraph 71 of the 2001 document on the Counsellors you would notice another aspect of their duties not dealing with the rare case of malicious aactivities but with the more common individual.
    Here it is:

    In discharging their obligations related to protection, the Coun-
    sellors and Auxiliary Board members endeavour to nourish the
    roots of certitude, fan the flame of an all-embracing love in the
    hearts of the friends, combat the age-old habit of conflict and con-
    tention and fortify bonds of friendship and unity, promote adher-
    ence to principle and the ethical standards enshrined in the Teach-
    ings, raise the believers’ sight above the limitations of self-
    centredness that they may dedicate their energies to the welfare of
    the human race, and strengthen their allegiance to the Order of
    Bah??’u’ll??h. Helping the believers to meet high moral standards
    does not require prying into their private lives. The nature of this
    responsibility is essentially educative. The loving advice Board
    members offer Local Assemblies, on the one hand, and the warm
    fellowship they and their assistants cultivate with the friends, on the other, are ready means through which they are able to advance this educational process. The cumulative effect of these efforts,
    combined with the benefits the friends derive from formal courses, for instance those offered by the training institute, contributes greatly to the creation of healthy and vibrant local communities. This educational process includes the imposition of sanctions by the Spiritual Assemblies, whenever it becomes absolutely necessary. In
    such cases the advice of the Counsellors and Auxiliary Board
    members to the Assembly can be of particular value.
    Institution of Counsellors, UHJ, 2001, P 26 paragraph 71

  • Farhan YAZDANI

    Eric wrote:

    “What also happens to such failed institutions is that they start to encourage insularization: the community becomes more and more inward looking and conformist.”

    Eric, the Institute process is precicely an outward looking enterprise, opening up the shell in which teh Baha’i community has been incubating. Perhaps if you read paragraph 71 of the 2001 document on the Counsellors you would notice another aspect of their duties not dealing with the rare case of malicious aactivities but with the more common individual.
    Here it is:

    In discharging their obligations related to protection, the Coun-
    sellors and Auxiliary Board members endeavour to nourish the
    roots of certitude, fan the flame of an all-embracing love in the
    hearts of the friends, combat the age-old habit of conflict and con-
    tention and fortify bonds of friendship and unity, promote adher-
    ence to principle and the ethical standards enshrined in the Teach-
    ings, raise the believers’ sight above the limitations of self-
    centredness that they may dedicate their energies to the welfare of
    the human race, and strengthen their allegiance to the Order of
    Bah??’u’ll??h. Helping the believers to meet high moral standards
    does not require prying into their private lives. The nature of this
    responsibility is essentially educative. The loving advice Board
    members offer Local Assemblies, on the one hand, and the warm
    fellowship they and their assistants cultivate with the friends, on the other, are ready means through which they are able to advance this educational process. The cumulative effect of these efforts,
    combined with the benefits the friends derive from formal courses, for instance those offered by the training institute, contributes greatly to the creation of healthy and vibrant local communities. This educational process includes the imposition of sanctions by the Spiritual Assemblies, whenever it becomes absolutely necessary. In
    such cases the advice of the Counsellors and Auxiliary Board
    members to the Assembly can be of particular value.
    Institution of Counsellors, UHJ, 2001, P 26 paragraph 71