In the month of May I was fortunate enough to have the privilege of going on pilgrimage to the Bahá’í Shrines and Holy Places in Haifa, Israel.
Pilgrimage spans a total of nine days. These nine days consist of guided visits to the Holy Shrines and various other sites associated with the Central Figures of the Bahá’í Faith.
The terraces and gardens on Mount Carmel are also visited, and in addition to the conducted visits, the pilgrims (when they do not have a program) may make additional visits to the Shrines, gardens, and other locations in Haifa and Akká.
If heaven was a place on earth, there is no doubt in my mind that this place would be it. The gardens create a sense of upliftment, peacefulness, and calm, while the atmosphere at all the Holy Places is one of love and harmony.
There has never been a place where I’ve seen such a diverse and loving group of individuals come together. I met individuals from different corners of the world, individuals from different walks of life, individuals who did not speak the same language as I, and individuals who had differing cultures. Yet, although we were all different, it was clear to me that we were the same at our very core. We all wanted to work towards one common goal: the establishment of unity and the spreading of love.
I have been so humbled by this experience and so thankful to have met such beautiful souls. It gives me such great hope to know that there is so much kindness in the hearts of so many. I will never forget the friendships that were created, the beautiful experiences that were cultivated, and the insights gained from the consultations that were held.
“To be a Bahá’í simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá