This morning, as I was meditating, I was taken back for a few moments to my time in the Shrine of Abdu’l-Baha in Haifa. The spirit I felt there was engulfing and I often feel the effects of those precious days on our Baha’i Pilgrimage. The strength, joy and immense bliss one feels there are truly intense and I enjoy reminding myself daily of that special feeling that was ever-present when I was there.
One of my joys and wishes during my Pilgrimage was to be able to sing in the Shrines. I had such a longing to do so (as I mentioned in my previous blog). On one occasion, my mother and I had the rare privilege of being alone inside of the Shrine of Baha’u’llah for several minutes. I stood near the Threshold looking into the room where Baha’u’llah was laid to rest and chanted prayers in several languages. A feeling of exuberance came over me and such fulfilment! I left the Shrine feeling so elated as my wish had been granted yet again.
So many of my friends and relatives were in my prayers in that sacred place. Abdu’l-Baha wrote a beautiful passage regarding praying for others in the Shrines:
“There can be conceived no greater manifestation of love and kindness in the existent world today than this, that one should call to mind a loved one at the Sacred Threshold of Baha’u’llah, occupy oneself with his remembrance, and offer prayers for his well-being. This is the greatest blessing and favor, the most perfect bounty and bestowal.” – Abdu’l-Baha