For long the Free Baha’is have foretold the faithful about the dangers of deviating from the true teachings of Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l Baha, and how such deviations can only cause a decline in the spirituality of the faithful along with an abysmal lack of interest in it.
By tutoring the faithful to stick to the Ruhi curriculum one cannot expect the faithful maintain the spirituality which flows naturally in the divine words of the Master. This system of Administration along with its misplaced priorities has made the faithful greedy of positions and commissioning.
A Baha’i today does not aspire closeness to Baha’u’llah but rather aspires to be part of the administration and to be given positions therein and to be made members of various boards here and there.
All of this lack of interest has taken a huge toll on the spirituality of the Baha’is. This lack of spirituality, nay, the death of spirituality in manifested by the abysmally small number of pilgrims visiting the Holy Lands.
I would like to refer to the article published in “The Jerusalem Post” on 26th of December 2018, which while stating that the total number of visitors to the state of Israel was about 4 million, there were only 0.1% of them who were Baha’is.
It was really shameful to read this article and witness the decay of the faith under the Administration.
Which when translated to actual figures means that only about 4000 visitors to the State of Israel were Baha’i.
Also, considering the fact that this year saw the convention for election of “UHJ” Members, we can safely assume that around 2000 of those 4000 visitors came for the said conventions. That leaves only 2000 Pilgrims for the entire year of 2018 to have visited the Holy Shrines.
This figure when compared to the global population of the Baha’is shows that a disappointingly low percentage of the Faithful would have made the pilgrimage this year.
First the faithful were turned away from the holy texts and now the Administration is turning the Faithful away from the holy lands too.
It is sad to see the spirituality and the faith get erased from the Hearts of the faithful in such a manner and makes one wonder WHAT REAL PURPOSE IS THE ADMINISTRATION SERVING?