The Bahais of the World should know that Mason Remey is the LEGALLY ADOPTED SON OF ‘ABDU’L-BAHA and therefore an Aghsan. In truth we (men and women both) are all “spiritual sons” of Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha (see Romans chapter 11 for an example of this reality).
But the point of law is that Mason Remey is not the spiritual son but the legally adopted son of ‘Abdu’l-Baha.
This makes Mason Remey an Aghsan (branch of Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha) and therefore qualifies him as the Guardian that is the president of the IBC/UHJ who has legally inherited the throne of King David.
Abdul Baha made Mason Remey his legally adopted son being fully aware that the First Guardian Shoghi Effendi will not have any issue and the chain of Guardianship should continue through Mason Remy.
Let us see what is meant by Legal Adoption?
Legal adoption is taking of a child into one’s family, creating a parent to child relationship, and giving him or her ALL THE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES of one’s own child, including the right to inherit as if the child were the adopter’s natural child.
A judicial process in conformance to state statutory provisions in which the legal obligations and rights are CREATED between the child and the adoptive parent.
Adoption involves the creation of the parent-child relationship between individuals who are not naturally so related. The adopted child is given the rights, privileges, and duties of a child and heir by the adoptive family.
Consequences of Adoption
Adoption ordinarily terminates the rights and responsibilities of the natural parents to the child. The death of an adoptive parent does not restore the rights of the natural parents.
Adoption creates the same rights and responsibilities between a child and adoptive parents as existed between natural parent and child. An adopted child is entitled to the same rights as a natural child.
Statutes provide that adopted children can inherit from adoptive parents in the same capacity as natural children.
To his son Mason Remey,–and his own letters, many tablets and written epistles in his own hand and signed by him–‘Abdu’l-Baha states:
“I have adopted you as my son [Persian: aghsan]. You have to appreciate this favor very much indeed. One should see that you are living according to the requirements of this sonship. You should be aware of your responsibilities. My prayers will help you. I always pray for you. ”
(‘Abdu’l-Baha to Mason Remey, cf. “A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Reminisces of the Master, 1921”, pp. 127-129. New York Public Library Collection)
For being the adopted son by law is what sets everyone back on the straight path of recognizing the true IBC/UHJ of Baha’u’llah (head and body both) and thereby generate and receive the flow of real guidance from on high. The power of the Covenant alone will accomplish this.
In other words as long as one person is deprived of their inheritance in Kingdom–the Baha’i Faith–all people are deprived of their inheritance in the Kingdom. When Mason and his legal sons (aghsans) and successors are recognized as seated upon the throne of King David–and thus the rights are not violated–then all the other violation of the covenant ceases as well and all people inherit the Kingdom in their own portion and according to their own capacity. Such is the nature way of God. The imperialism of the Covenant-breaking sans-guardians shall entirely cease, and the true believers in the Divine Being–God the Creator of the Universe and everything in it–will truly inherit the earth. Though they can never take away our spiritual inheritance–our innate spiritual individual personal capacities–that is an immutable reality and untouchable gift; they thought they could steal away the material affairs of this dusty world for a short while and now their time has come to an end. The majority of people shall all be redeemed, and Justice shall pervade all the world, poverty will be eradicated, and love, brotherhood and fellowship, knowledge, truth, and mercy shall fill all the surface of the earth. Such is the promise and The prophecy of God–every word and dot and title emanating from the Will of God shall be fulfilled.
Published by the National Baha’i Council of India dated October 18, 2014