AN ORDER BORN AMIDST HORROR The full implementation of the Plan began in 1937....The first stage of that enterprise, which had been held in abeyance for well nigh twenty years, while the administrative institutions were taking shape and were being perfected.-In the Introduction to the Tablets of the Divine Plan, USA, 1977, p.xi. In the first twenty-five years in which the Tablets of the Divine Plan were being implemented(1919-1944) the soil of human existence was indeed, as ‘Abd’ul-Baha said, quoting the Qur’an, “black and dried”. The world saw a slaughter of human life, from 1914 to 1944, that far exceeded anything it had ever known. It was on this soil that “heavenly outpourings” descended and “the radiant effulgences” appeared.-Ron Price with quotations from the first tablet in the Tablets of the Divine Plan, written in March 1916, several months before the great battles of the Somme, Verdun and Flanders that killed many millions in WWI. When the International Teaching Plan got going Stalin was mowing them down by the millions, and Hitler was getting ready to do the same amidst utopian promises, vicious, unimaginable horrors from Sakhalin to Sheffield and a bath of blood and bones, an insanity of undreamt proportions. The Administrative Order was taking its first shaping, unobtrusively, over two decades of political maneuvering, temple building and the taking of theory into fact. The spiritual conquest of the Western hemisphere proceeded surrounded by an orgy of violence as the first century closed.1 Ron Price 17 October 1997 1 the first century of Baha’i history: 1844-1944.