Shoghí Effendí Rabbání was the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith from 1921 until his death in 1957. In The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, Shoghí Effendí wrote
"Must humanity, tormented as she now is, be afflicted with still severer tribulations ere their purifying influence can prepare her to enter the heavenly Kingdom destined to be established upon earth? Must the inauguration of so vast, so unique, so illumined an era in human history be ushered in by so great a catastrophe in human affairs as to recall, nay surpass, the appalling collapse of Roman civilization in the first centuries of the Christian Era? Must a series of profound convulsions stir and rock the human race ere Bahá’u’lláh can be enthroned in the hearts and consciences of the masses, ere His undisputed ascendancy is universally recognized, and the noble edifice of His World Order is reared and established?
"The long ages of infancy and childhood, through which the human race had to pass, have receded into the background. Humanity is now experiencing the commotions invariably associated with the most turbulent stage of its evolution, the stage of adolescence, when the impetuosity of youth and its vehemence reach their climax, and must gradually be superseded by the calmness, the wisdom, and the maturity that characterize the stage of manhood. Then will the human race reach that stature of ripeness which will enable it to acquire all the powers and capacities upon which its ultimate development must depend."
Author: Shoghi Effendi. Published by the U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1991 first pocket-size edition. Photos from Flickr have been edited and are used according to terms. Photographer, subject and license. 1. David Haslip. Seat of the Universal House of Justice. Public domain. 2. U.S. Geological Survey 20143 Washington landslide. (CC BY 2.0). 3. Porcelain dahlia with dewdrops. © The Flower Photographer of San Francisco. 4. Reinhold Brezovszky. Austria. (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) 5. Dennis Jarvis. Roman Temple of Mercury in Tunisia. (CC BY-SA 2.0) 6. UNICEF Guinea. UNICEF motorcycles to be used in ebola outreach and aid. (CC BY-NC 2.0) 7. James Gordon. Bryce Canyon, Utah. (CC BY-NC 2.0). 8. Jonas Hansel. Shrine of The Báb on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).