Chilliwack Baha'is Reflect on the Sacred Nature of Baha'i Elections

19 Day Feast Held

What's a Baha'i? * 19 Day Feast  * Bahai Calendar

Baha'is in Chilliwack gathered together on Tuesday, November 22 to hold their 19 Day Feast. The 19 Day Feast consists of a Devotional, Administrative, and Social part. During the Administrative portion, the community consulted on the sacred nature of Baha'i Elections.



Bahá'í elections do not include any sort of constituency for members - all members are considered to be at-large. Members are chosen by the electorate consisting of five qualities:

"Let us recall His explicit and often-repeated assurance that every Assembly elected in that rarefied atmosphere of selflessness and detachment is in truth, appointed of God, that its verdict is truly inspired, that one and all should submit to its decision unreservedly and with cheerfulness ... the elector ... is called upon to vote for none but those whom prayer and reflection have inspired him to uphold... Hence it is incumbent upon the chosen delegates to consider without the least trace of passion and prejudice, and irrespective of any material consideration, the names of only those who can best combine the necessary qualities of unquestioned loyalty, of selfless devotion, of a well-trained mind, of recognized ability and mature experience... Nothing short of the all-encompassing, all-pervading power of His Guidance and Love can enable this newly enfolded order to gather strength and flourish amid the storm and stress of a turbulent age, and in the fullness of time vindicate its high claim to be universally recognized as the one Haven of abiding felicity and peace."[3]

Shoghi Effendi


Posted on 11/24/2011 8:38:00 PM by LSA

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