Archetypes

The Holy, Divine Manifestations are unique and peerless. They are the archetypes of celestial and spiritual virtues in their own age and cycle. They stand on the summit of the Mount of Vision and they foreshadow the perfections of evolving humanity.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 283

. . . that archetype of Bahá’í teachers, Martha Root.

Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 344

Martha Root, that archetype of Bahá’í itinerant teachers.

Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 386

It is right and fitting that out of honour to her [Bahiyyih Khanum] most high station, in the gatherings of the followers of Bahá’u’lláh, whether of the East or the West, all Bahá’í festivals and celebrations should be completely suspended for a period of nine months, and that in every city and village, memorial meetings should be held, with all solemnity, spirituality, lowliness and consecration -- where, in the choicest of language, may be described at length the shining attributes of that most resplendent Leaf, that archetype of the people of Bahá.

Compilations, Bahiyyih Khanum, p. 29

It was her [Martha Root] great teaching journeys -- four of which took her entirely round the world combined with her truly outstanding qualities, that so endeared her to Shoghi Effendi and led him to call her the "archetype of Bahá’í itinerant teachers".

Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, p. 39

The Manifestation of God is the Archetype, and His life is the supreme pattern.

H.M. Balyuzi, Bahá’u’lláh - The King of Glory, p. 7