Lights of Guidance
A Bahá’í Reference File
Compiled by Helen Bassett Hornby
Reproduced with the kind permission of the
National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Ecuador


Helen Bassett Hornby, the compiler/author of this monumental work, died October 17, 1992. We hope that this Third, 1994, Edition of Lights of Guidance will more nearly reflect her zeal for excellence and perfection, exemplified to her by the publications and guidance of the Universal House of Justice
The Editors

FAX letter from the Universal House of Justice dated October 20, 1992:
National Spiritual Assembly of the
Bahá’ís of the United States
Our hearts are grieved by the news of the passing of Helen Hornby, steadfast, stalwart upholder of the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh. Her well nigh three decades of teaching and pioneering have left indelible traces in the Americas; her success in preparing an extensive compilation on Bahá’í subjects was a crowning achievement. We pray in the Holy Shrines that her noble soul may be richly rewarded in the Abhá Kingdom. Kindly extend our sympathy to her dear family.
Universal House of Justice
cc: National Spiritual Assembly of Ecuador

“… It is clear that life in this fast-fading world is as fleeting and inconstant as the morning wind, and this being so, how fortunate are the great who leave a good name behind them, and the memory of a lifetime spent in the pathway of the good pleasure of God.
“It is all one, if it be a throne
Or the bare ground under the open sky,
Where a pure soul lays him
Down to die.”
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá : The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 70)