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'Abdu'l-Bahá

The Master

A pen-picture of 'Abdu'l-Bahá by an author whom Shoghi Effendi called 'the best writer we have . . . the pre-eminent Bahá'í writer.' 

This collection, which was published to commemorate the 75th anniversary of 'Abdu'l-Bahá's journey to the West, brings together in one volume the various writings of George Townshend, to and about 'Abdu'l-Bahá, so that his own portrait of the Master emerges, with fitting reverence to the Centre of the Covenant, the Exemplar, the Mystery of God. George Townshend dwells with emphasis on 'Abdu'l-Bahá's historic journey to the West in his essays on 'The Master' and 'The Exemplar'.

In 'A Study of a Christ-like Character', 'The Letters of 'Abdu'l-Bahá' and 'The Fire of the King's Love', he leads the reader into a fuller realization of that divine love and spirituality exemplified in the Master's life.

A pen-picture of 'Abdu'l-Bahá by an author whom Shoghi Effendi called 'the best writer we have . . . the pre-eminent Bahá'í writer.' 

This collection, which was published to commemorate the 75th anniversary of 'Abdu'l-Bahá's journey to the West, brings together in one volume the various writings of George Townshend, to and about 'Abdu'l-Bahá, so that his own portrait of the Master emerges, with fitting reverence to the Centre of the Covenant, the Exemplar, the Mystery of God. George Townshend dwells with emphasis on 'Abdu'l-Bahá's historic journey to the West in his essays on 'The Master' and 'The Exemplar'.

In 'A Study of a Christ-like Character', 'The Letters of 'Abdu'l-Bahá' and 'The Fire of the King's Love', he leads the reader into a fuller realization of that divine love and spirituality exemplified in the Master's life.

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Categories:: About ʻAbdu'l-Bahá
  • Contributors:: George Townshend (Author)
  • Format: Softcover book | 90 pages
  • Dimensions: 127 x 203 x 6 mm | 108 g
  • Publisher: George Ronald Publisher, 1986
  • ISBN: 9780853982548
  • SKU: TOWNS_MASTE

About George Townshend

George Townshend (1876–1957) was born in Ireland and was a well-known writer and Anglican clergyman who converted to the Baháʼí Faith at age 70. In 1918, Townshend started correspondence with ʻAbdu'l-Bahá and then adopted the Baháʼí teachings within his work as an Anglican clergyman, including his writing of two books, The Heart of the Gospel and The Promise of All Ages. This created increasing tensions between Townshend and other clergy and eventually caused Shoghi Effendi to call for Townshend to resign as a Canon of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Townshend was one of the founding members of the Dublin Local Spiritual Assembly and in 1951 was designated by Shoghi Effendi as a Hand of the Cause of God. With this designation he rendered many services to the religion, mainly in the area of writing, as Shoghi Effendi thought of him as "the best writer we have ... the pre-eminent Baháʼí writer".

Titles by George Townshend

Life and Times of 'Abdu'l-Baha