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Religion Library: Baha'i

Sacred Space

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From the Writings of Baha'u'llah

Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified.

Recited by children:


In general however, the Baha'i concept is that any place where God is remembered and mentioned becomes by that very fact a sacred place. Baha'is can thus sacralize all of the spaces in their life. Taking this point together with the understanding that Baha'is are striving to make all of time sacred, it can be said that the ideal Baha'i life renders all of time and space a sacred unity. Indeed it could be said that for Baha'is, the division between the sacred and profane is artificial and illusory; all of creation is sacred because it manifests one or more of the names of God. This is then paralleled in the human world where Baha'u'llah brings about unity by abolishing the concept of ritual purity and declaring all humanity to be one with no division into believers, pure or saved ones, on the one side, and infidels, the impure or the damned, on the other.

Study Questions:
     1.    What makes a place holy for Baha’is?
     2.    What is a Mashriqu’l-Adhkar and what features do they all have in common?
     3.    What are the main centers of Baha'i pilgrimage and what form does Baha'i pilgrimage take?
     4.    What is regarded as the holiest place on earth by Baha’is?
     5.    Why can it be said that Baha’is seek in their lives to abolish the distinction between the sacred and the secular (profane)?


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