The Primal Point is a significant and timely paperback volume recently published by George Ronald that contains testimonials and tributes to the Bab and some of His early followers. The anthology was put together in honor of the bicentennial anniversary of the Birth of the Bab and rather than capture a comprehensive chronological account of His life, it focuses on the importance of His station and the impact of His Revelation. In its preface, the book’s compiler, Rob Weinberg, writes that it is particularly hoped that the book will inspire Baha’i youth, “who follow so conscientiously with such ardour in the footsteps of their God-intoxicated spiritual forebears.”
The book begins with excerpts from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l-Baha, and Shoghi Effendi about the Station of the Bab and His Revelation. You’ll also find extracts from Babi and Baha’i authors that discuss some of the events of His life and their significance. Many of the writers quoted may be familiar to Baha’is; authors such as Hasan Balyuzi, Horace Holley, Nabil, and Lady Blomfield are included. These writers and their works are priceless in their own right but it’s valuable to see selections of pieces that pertain to the Bab collected all in one place.
Beautifully written essays by Douglas Martin and Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum are also republished in this book, along with quotations from contemporaries of the Bab such as Dr Cormick, His physician at Mah-Ku, Tolstoy, and E. G. Browne, among others. The story of the Bab spread across Europe and accounts of His Life and Ministry appealed to Western scholars, some of whose words are include in The Primal Point. All told, a reader of The Primal Point is provided with a series of lenses with which to better understand the Bab and His Station in this historic anniversary year and in many years to come.
The Primal Point can be purchased here from Amazon.