6 Jan
2012

Major Tudor Pole’s Mission

Wellesley Tudor Pole sought the presence of  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Alexandria during His first sojourn in Egypt in 1910 —  at that time he wanted to find out more about the Faith and the mysterious personage of the Master. In The Silent Road, Tudor Pole describes a curious incident that occurred during his visit. He writes:

I asked the master to give me his blessing for the journey that lay ahead of me. This he did, adding casually that I should be returning to Marseilles on the following day on the same steamer from which I had so recently disembarked. I then explained to the interpreter that I had made other arrangements and that all my overland bookings had been made. He replied to the effect that if the Master said I had to return to Marseilles now then that was what would happen. […The Master] then requested me to carry out a commission for him on reaching Paris. He said that there I should meet a certain Persian student who was nearly blind, and he gave me […] gold to pay his fare to Alexandria. (Travelling was much cheaper in those days) I was to tell this young man, whose name was Tammadun ul Molk, to lose no time and to present himself to his master as soon as he arrived. I accepted this commission with very bad grace because it seemed a poor reason for upsetting all my previous plans. When I asked for the student’s address in Paris I was told that this was unknown, but that a way would be found for bringing me into contact with him.

On reaching Paris I went to the Persian Consulate, only to find that Tammadun ul Molk was unknown to the officials there. I then visited the students’ quarter on the left bank of the Seine and spent the whole day there and elsewhere in a task that yielded no results whatever… I gave up the search and set out for the Gare du Nord where my luggage was already deposited in readiness for the return to England. En route I crossed the Seine by the Pont Royale. Happening to look across the bridge to the opposite pavement, I saw, among a crowd of pedestrians, a young man, evidently of Eastern origin, who was using a stick to tap his way along. I dodged through the traffic and accosted him. In reply to my question, he told me he was of Persian origin. I then enquired whether by chance he knew a certain Tammadun ul Molk. In surprise he replied ‘C’est moi, adding that he had only arrived in Paris from Vienna that very morning. In a Vienna clinic three serious operations on his eyes had been undertaken, but the results were negative and he had been told by the surgeon that his sight could not be saved.

I then gave Abdul Bahá’s message and […] his ticket to Alexandria. To watch the profound joy on his face was more than sufficient reward for all my previous disappointments, including the abandonment of my European tour. Tammadun duly reached Alexandria and visited his master at once. Those present told me later that Abdul Bahá poured a few drops of attar of roses into a glass of water. He then gave the youth his blessing whilst anointing his eyes with the water in question. Immediately full sight was restored, and when I met Tammadun some years later he was still enjoying perfect vision.

Sources:

The Silent Road, p. 77-80


						 
				

5 Comments

  • :-)

  • Thank you for sharing such wonderful stories. How moving.

  • Wow, excellent! So Tudor Pole became a believer?

    • Hi Taraneh! Thank you for your kind words!

      It is my understanding that when Shoghi Effendi asked the friends to sever their ties with other religious groups (for ex. one could not longer be a member of a church congregation and be a Baha’i) this proved very difficult for Tudor Pole as he was also very interested in other spiritualist movements (such as the quest for the Holy Grail) and he distanced himself from the Faith.

  • such a lovely read! and inspiring!