Tuesday, April 17, 2007

This is just a taste of my two weeks.
We are Baha'is and we went on a pilgrimage to Israel. Our Prophet Baha'u'llah was sent in exile to Akka to the famous prison there. They basically didn't like the fact that people loved Him. Isn't this the case for all of the prophets? We were able to visit the prison and say prayers in the actual room that He was imprisoned in. One of His sons died in that prison falling through a skylight. The hardship that He and His family endured is unbelievable and indescribable. Eventually they allowed house arrest.(He was obviously a person who didn't deserve prison so the authorities eventually came around and allowed house arrest) We were able to visit the various houses in and around Akka that He lived in. Then in Haifa on Mt. Carmel there are holy places for us as well. There is a forerunner to our Prophet and His Shrine as well as our Prophet's son who was His successor(although not considered a prophet in and of himself)are in Haifa on Mt. Carmel. The gardens surrounding the houses and shrines were the most beautiful places I've ever been. The feeling of calm and peace were palpable. Even surrounded with people you often felt as if you were the only one there. It was just amazing!
I will leave you with words from our Prophet, imprisoned for 24 years for preaching this- " So powerful is the light of unity that it can illumine the whole earth" -Baha'u'llah


Blogger MUDNYC said...

E, looks like you had a wonderful trip, with lots of experiences and memories to carry you a long way. But I'm glad you're back and hope to see you Wednesday at BV!

7:58 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That must have been great for you.....but are there yarn shops in Israel?

9:23 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

What a fabulous experience for you and your family. It sounds very uplifting and good for the soul.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you are home safely, and that you had a wonderful experience with your family!


8:31 PM  
Blogger Romi said...

Wow, Elizabeth. What an absolutely amazing experience it must have been for you! Welcome back. You were missed!

8:42 PM  
Anonymous marti said...

Thank you for sharing. What a wonderful trip, bright and sunny. I am glad you are home.

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had no idea that the Bahai religion has so much relation to Israel. I did know that Bahai people have had trouble in Iran. I'd love to know more about how all of this came into your life but I'm not going to ask you about it in a blog comment...
Caroline who for some reason is getting her user id and password rejected today.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

I'm very happy to know that you and your family had a delightful experience. I want to hear much, much more about your trip, of course! :-)

Also happy that you're back home safely - now I get to see you. You were missed very much.

12:25 PM  
Blogger vanessa said...

wonderful post elizabeth!

5:06 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

That sounds like it was an amazing trip! What a wonderful gift to be able to give your children.

8:26 AM  
Blogger jenknits said...

Beautiful photos. safe travels!

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Jan said...

What a memorable trip. Thank you for explaining its significance, and for sharing those great photos. I feel the peacefulness and joy in them.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Lisa S said...

Ah, you make me want to learn more about your culture, Elizabeth.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Beautiful photos that sent a shiver of delight and peace up my spine.

welcome back!

2:05 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

What beautiful photo's! I am so glad you had a good time....I am still jealous that you go to go :-)

6:50 PM  
Blogger Sheila E said...

First of all Welcome Home!
Thanks for brightening up my day with your post! I will take Baha'u'llah's words with me...what a wonderful thought!
I love the photos. I can tell everyone was enjoying themselves!

8:28 AM  

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