Sunday, October 21, 2012

Your Sunday Best

I am not in the business of preaching a religion or implying that one is better than another.  I am a learner and I like to explore choices ... I don't choose to be told who I am or what I should believe. I do choose to find my way to that place of peace through my own experiences.  That is how, today, I am showing you one of my recent experiences and leaving it for you to ponder ...

The Baha'i House of Worship ... for the North American Continent

The Baha'i Faith is an independent world religion practiced throughout the world by more than 6 million people of nearly every nationality and ethnic background.  They are attracted to the Faith by the belief that we all belong to one human race, that all religions share a common source and aim and that the long-awaited era of peace promised by God in the world's sacred scriptures is now within reach. (Taken from The Baha'i pamphlet available at the House of Worship).

The House of Worship and Gardens  form a single , sacred space where all people are invited to pray and meditate in an atmosphere of beauty and light.  The area of gardens encircles a nine-sided structure covered by a single, majestic dome symbolizing the unity of all people and religions under God.  The Temple is visited by millions every year because of it's beauty and serenity ... because of it's hopeful message of peace.  Enjoy ...

Architect Louis Bourgeois's design celebrates light and unity.
The actual construction started in 1916 and the doors were finally opened in 1953.  Work continued on the Temple and surrounding gardens into the sixties.  It is now listed in The United States Register of Historic Places.

Photographs in the sanctuary are not allowed so these are scanned postcard pictures.
This was a "feel good" experience.  If you are ever in the Chicago area you should try to take the time to visit The Baha'i Temple.  I am guessing in the spring and summer the gardens are ravishing.  And one of the best parts of a summer visit is that in the dome there are hundreds of humming birds nesting.   Peace ...


  1. I do agree with you and I love your photos for the day! What a fantastic and beautiful place!! Superb!!

  2. Wow, that's a gorgeous place! Fantastic architecture and beautiful fall colors! Awesome shots!

  3. How absolutely beautiful. Even in the autumn the gardens are beautiful, with serenity down each pathway.
    The building reminds me of many I saw in India, including the Taj Hahal. And a Baha'i Temple there as well.
    Thank you. Did you come away from your visit feeling more and peace and soothed by its beauty?

  4. Wow! Stunning architecture photos! :):):)

  5. what a lovely tour through such peaceful place. it's a stuning temple. thank you for sharing. visiting from Sunday Best. I'm your new follower, a round number 60th ;) happy week ahead. xxo

  6. What a beautiful piece of architecture. I can see why it appeals to many around the world. Thanks for the lovely tour. I feel like I was actually there. genie

  7. Wow, what fabulous photos of the temple. It's absolutely majestic. If I ever get to Chicago, I will definitely have to take a tour of it.

    We are one human race, and I too believe that all religions share a common aim. I believe we can all pray together side by side in peace and harmony.

    Some of our communities have houses of prayer that serve several religions, each respecting the other's way of praying. One huge step on the path to peace.

    Thank you so much for sharing this information and the photos of this marvelous temple. You have a peaceful day my friend. Hugs, Edna B.

  8. I had a math teacher that followed the B'hai faith. That's about all I know about it. Lol.

    But these are gorgeous images. Thanks so much for sharing at Your Sunday Best.

  9. Remarkable architecture.