SPIRITUAL QUEST — Ba’hai Temple
Nicki, Erin and I decided that we are going on a spiritual quest for funsies. I originally thought it was another one of Nicki’s journalism projects and I just wanted to tag along, but then I was told that it was for personal growth and so I was all-in on this.
We all agreed that we would write reflections on our experiences, and below is a description of what I felt, saw, and heard. (I wish I were as smart as the other two and actually brought a journal with me, but I will try my best to reflect everything!)
Our adventure began very early on a Sunday morning because we wanted to attend the 12:30 service. The Baha’i temple is roughly 2 miles away and the temple has nine sides, nine entrances, and nine verses above the doors. Erin explained that each side represents a specific religion and that Baha’is believe in some truth in all religion. Therefore, it is a combination of basically all of the major religions in existence. I think the idea that religion is universal really makes Bahai special. Although I’m sure its believers feel that it is the “correct” religion, it seems like the Bahais find some truth, some common ground between differences.
Once we were inside, we were told no cellphones and no talking because it was a time for meditation and prayer. We chose a couple seats in the second row and sat down. At first we were a bit unsure what we were suppose to do, but eventually, all of us closed our eyes. I thought I was going to fall asleep, but instead, I thought about my grandma a lot, and it was a really calming experience. I think it’s hard not to relax in such a beautiful building.
The devotional program focused on the theme of steadfastness, and readers took turns standing infront of everyone and reading a verse. Between each verse, the choir sang in the background in the hidden balcony, and the service was surprisingly short.