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The seven qualifications of the divinely enlightened soul

As to the seven qualifications (of the divinely enlightened soul) of which thou hast
asked an explanation, it is as follows:

1. KNOWLEDGE. Man must attain the knowledge of God.


2. FAITH.
3. STEADFASTNESS.
4. TRUTHFULNESS. Truthfulness is the foundation of all the virtues of the world of
humanity. Without truthfulness, progress and success in all of the worlds of God are
impossible for a soul. When this holy attribute is established in man, all the divine
qualities will also become realized.
5. UPRIGHTNESS. And this is one of the greatest divine attainments.
6. FIDELITY. This is also a beautiful trait of the heavenly man.
7. EVANESCENCE or HUMILITY. That is to say, man must become evanescent in God, must
forget his own selfish conditions that he may thus arise to the station of sacrifice. It should
be to such a degree that if he sleep, it should not be for pleasure, but to rest the body in
order to do better, to speak better, to explain more beautifully, to serve the servants of
God and to prove the truths. When he remains awake, he should seek to be attentive,
serve the Cause of God and sacrifice his own stations for those of God. When he attains to
this station, the confirmations of the Holy Spirit will surely reach him, and man with this
power can withstand all who inhabit the earth.
('Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Bahá v2, p. 459)

The qualifications of a true believer

Regarding the very delicate and complex question of ascertaining the qualifications of
a true believer ... 'Full recognition of the station of the Forerunner, the Author,
and the True Exemplar of the Bahá'í Cause, as set forth in 'Abdu'l-Bahá's
testament; unreserved acceptance of, and submission to, whatsoever has been
revealed by their Pen; loyal and steadfast adherence to every clause of our
Beloved's sacred Will; and close association with the spirit as well as the form
of the present day Bahá'í Administration throughout the world -- these I conceive
to be the fundamental and primary considerations that must be fairly, discreetly and
thoughtfully ascertained before reaching such a vital decision ... ."
(Shoghi Effendi: Bahá'í Administration, p.90)

The high qualifications of the members of Bahá'í Assemblies

It would be impossible at this stage to ignore the indispensability or to overestimate the


unique significance of the institution of the National Spiritual Assembly - the pivot round
which revolve the activities of the believers. Supreme is their position, grave their
responsibilities, manifold and arduous their duties. How great the privilege, how delicate
the task of the assembled delegates, whose function it is to elect such national
representatives as would by their record of service ennoble and enrich the annals of the
Cause! If we but turn our gaze to the high qualifications of the members of Bahá'í
Assemblies, as enumerated in 'Abdu'l-Bahá's Tablets, we are filled with feelings of
unworthiness and dismay, and would feel truly disheartened but for the comforting
thought that if we rise to play nobly our part every deficiency in our lives will be more
than compensated by the all-conquering spirit of His grace and power. 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.

(Shoghi Effendi, Compilations, Principles of Bahá'í Administration, p. 63)