December 8, 2009

Which One Is More Important: Teaching Work or Family Responsibilities?

"Therefore it is not so much a matter of which is more important, the teaching work or family and personal responsibilities, but how we can seek a balance in our lives to accomplish both of these sacred tasks. But in addition to the progress and development of the spiritual life of each believer, individually and as a member of a family unit, the foundations of the administrative institutions of the Faith must likewise be continually strenghtened. ..these two goals go hand in hand. .." (Excerpt of a letter from the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, dated April 19, 1979; printed in Duties of an Assembly Member prepared by the Canadian National Spiritual Assembly)

"O ye loving mothers, know ye that in God's sight, the best of all ways to worship Him is to educate the children and train them in all the perfections of mankind; and no nobler deed than this can be imagined. (Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha p. 139)

"As regards your plans; the Guardian fully approves indeed of your view that no matter how urgent and vital the requirements of the teaching work may be, you should under no circumstances neglect the education of your children, as towards them you have an obligation no less sacred than towards the Cause.” (From a letter dated July 17, 1938, written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer; printed in Baha'i Education, p .63)

"If the believer is the only one of his family who has embraced the Faith, it is his duty to endeavour to lead as many other family members as possible to the light of divine guidance.” (Letter from the Universal House of Justice to all National Spiritual Assemblies, dated April 17, 1981; printed in The Seven Year Plan booklet published by the Canadian National Spiritual Assembly, p. 34)