Personal Problems

I swear by the Greatest Name, it is a pity that in these days anyone should gaze at transient concerns!

Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 134

He feels that you should do your utmost to call the attention of the friends to these large things and real triumphs, and away from their personal differences and petty pre-occupations. Now is certainly not the time for any man to think of himself, or busy himself with the weaknesses of his brother; but, rather each and every Bahá’í must concentrate in the tasks ahead and be reborn in the service of Bahá’u’lláh.

Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 92

Whenever you see tremendous personal problems in your private lives, such as those the parents of ... have been called upon to face, you must remember that these afflictions are part of human life; and, according to our teachings one of their wisdoms is to teach us the impermanence of this world and the permanence of the spiritual bonds that we establish with God, His Prophet, and those who are alive in the faith of God. You must always remember that the Manifestations of God, Themselves, were not immune to suffering of the most human nature; and that from the hands of their relatives, they drank the bitterest potions, Bahá’u’lláh even being proffered poison by His half-brother, Mirza Yahya. Beside their afflictions, our afflictions, however terrible for us, must seem small in comparison. Regarding your personal affairs, the Guardian will pray that your cherished hopes may be fulfilled; and that the way may open . . . Never lose heart, and always remember that the power in this Cause is of a nature not understood or accessible to those who have not our faith in Bahá’u’lláh.

Shoghi Effendi, The Unfolding Destiny of the British Bahá’í Community, p. 459-460

Personal problems are often best dealt with by the Local Spiritual Assembly or Assemblies concerned. There is no objection to the National Assembly's appointing a committee or committees to deal

with such problems as come before it, provided that the final decision remains in the hands of the Assembly itself.

Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 169

The one who compromises with the law for the sake of his own apparent happiness . . . does not attain the happiness he sought, he retards his spiritual advance and often brings new problems upon himself.

Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, pp. 359-360

We assure you of our prayers at the Holy Shrines that the friends in every land may rise above their local and personal problems, realize the needs of the Cause of God at this juncture of its inexorable onward development, and offer on the altar of sacrifice their measure of service and assistance with complete self-abnegation and wholehearted devotion to His infinitely precious Cause.

The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 91-92