Who was `Abdu'l-Bahá, and why did He come to the West?

Monday, April 8, 2013

April 9, 1913 Budapest!

Earl Redman writes: 

Before 1913, no Bahá’í travel teacher had visited Budapest and no Bahá’ís lived there. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s reputation had washed across the continent, however, and Leopold Stark, and others who lived there, had read of His journey and had written to beg that He might grace Budapest with His Presence. As during most of His epic journey, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá made His decisions about where to go and what to do according to the circumstances of the moment. Thus He decided to go to Budapest.
            ‘Abdu’l-Bahá arrived at the train station in Budapest on 9 April, where He was met by the eminent Orientalist Dr Ignatius Goldziher, Professor Julius Germanus, Leopold Stark and others. He was taken to the Ritz Hotel where He had a room with a view of the Danube River.
            Only minutes after His arrival at the hotel, the first delegation of visitors arrived to welcome Him. This group included one of the most honoured thinkers and pacifists in the country, Prelate Alexander Giesswein, and Professor Robert A. Nadler, a well-known painter. Reporters, of course, were also present. The group welcomed ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:

In the name of all present we welcome the blessed Presence of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. We admire your great life and we offer You our thanks and deep gratitude, that at Your age, You take upon Yourself these long journeys for the sake of helping and comforting humanity. Such labours, such sacrifices as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá endures are our great examples, that we may know how to live and to serve humanity.   

See also: Root, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Visit to Budapest’, in Star of the West, vol. 24, no. 3 (June 1933), p. 84; article reprinted in Zinky and. Baram (eds), Martha Root, pp. 361–2.

On a personal note, our dear friend Andrew Singer (whom we met in person in Dec. in Scotland) lives in Budapest and has done some research on the Master's visit there.  Some years ago I traveled to Budapest and was taken on a walking tour along the River where the Master had walked. . . .  

1 comment:

  1. Dear Anne,
    I recently visited Budapest and visited the sites graced by the presence of Abdu'l-Baha. I would like to obtain a copy of the talks delivered by Abdu'l-Baha in Budapest at the Museum and the Old Parliament House which is now the Italian Cultural Centre. Do you or anyone else know how to obtain a copy of these talks in English.

    Many thanks
    John Walker from Australia