Death of Balyuzi

All those who break the Covenant suffer terrible deaths. ‘Abdu’l-Baha writes in the Will and Testament:

“Were he to incline a hair’s breadth to the right or to the left, his deviation would be established and his utter nothingness made manifest. And now ye are witnessing how the wrath of God hath from all sides afflicted him and how he is speeding towards destruction. Ere long will ye behold him and his associates, outwardly and inwardly, condemned to utter ruin.” (W&T, p. 6.)

Hasan Balyuzi suffered terrible guilt and remorse for his violation and his part in instigating the Persian Hands to say Bada. Here seen through the eyes of his son is the terrible demise that he sank into until his death in 1980. Tormented by guilt and self incrimination he was “Punished” (as his son puts it) “by illness of the body and near mental breakdown” until his gruesome end.

“I can still recall vividly that day of November 1957 when, as a child of thirteen, I stood on the graveside as Shoghi Effendi’s coffin was lowered into the ground. In that charged moment I can remember looking up at my father [Hasan Balyuzi] and marking how rigid and motionless he stood, his face almost devoid of expression. When he came to speak the final prayer, the one of Baha’u’llah’s which begins “Glory be to Thee, O God, for Thy manifestation of love to Mankind!” he did so almost in monotone, his voice sounding to me drained of emotion. I could not properly understand then, but believe now, in the knowledge of all that happened after, that at that moment his heart was broken. The depth of his grieving was such that he was in a state of profound shock in which his feelings were numbed so that emotion could find little outlet. For six years after that he kept going, borne along by the force of events during a time of great crisis and momentous decisions, when the duties imposed upon by his station as a hand of the Cause had to be met. But after the culminating events of this period, the election of the first Universal House of Justice and the Baha’i World Congress in London in 1963, the increasingly fragile prop of physical health finally collapsed and he [Balyuzi] plunged into a dark and despairing retreat punished by illness of the body and near mental breakdown. In her memorial article Mrs. Hoffman has written of how his mind was filled with the ‘foreboding of guilt for his wasted days and abdication of his responsibilities as a Hand.” (Balyuzi, Eminent Baha’is, p. xiii.)

Balyuzi must have felt like Judas after he betrayed Christ for thirty pieces of silver, but unlike Judas that hung himself in despair, Balyuzi feared death, he was afraid that when he closed his eyes for the last time to this world and opened them to the next he realized the great punishment that awaited him, for he had committed the most great sin which was blasphemy against the Holy Spirit--he knew the truth and went against it--which is not forgiven in this world or the next. Like Christ on the cross said “Father please forgive them for they know not what they do.” He didn’t include Judas in this, for Judas knew what he did.

Note from what Balyuzi’s son said above that after: “the election of the first Universal House of Justice...the increasingly fragile prop of physical health finally collapsed and he [Balyuzi] plunged into a dark and despairing retreat punished by illness of the body and near mental breakdown.” Balyuzi knew that House of Justice was not the Baha’i House of Justice, but a headless monster that he and Ruhiyyih had created.

This conspiracy between Ruhiyyih and Hasan M. Balyuzi resulted in the “Hands” becoming the deciding body of the faith in place of the IBC/UHJ after the passing of Shoghi Effendi. This resulted in the Guardianship being declared ended and the Baha’is becoming oppressed, with the threat of expulsion for even discussing the matter among themselves much less from searching independently the truth for themselves. What is wrong with all of this? On the very last page of the W&T ‘Abdu’l-Baha states:

“To none is given the right to put forth his own opinion or express his particular convictions. All must seek guidance and turn unto the Center of the Cause [Shoghi Effendi] and the House of Justice [IBC/UHJ:head and body both] And he that turneth unto whatsoever else is indeed in grievous error.” (W&T, p. 26)

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