Abdu’l-Baha was the eldest son of Baha’u’llah. When Abdu’l-Baha passed away on 28 November 1921, He was eulogized as One who led humanity to the “Way of Truth,” as a “pillar of peace” and the embodiment of “glory and greatness.”
Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith, passed away on 29 May, 1892. This holy day is commemorated by Baha’is all over the world and is known as ‘The Ascension of Baha’u’llah’. The final resting place of Baha’u’llah, the Shrine of Baha’u’llah, is located in Bahji (in present day Israel), and is the Point of Adoration to which Baha’is turn when reciting their Obligatory Prayer.
In this beautiful video piece called “Pathways”, filmmaker Kyle Corea shares a visual exploration of the pathways and gardens in the Baha’i holy places in Haifa and Bahji in the Holy Land.
Here’s what Kyle had to say about the video:
While visiting my sister at the World Centre I volunteered as a gardener. I would spend all day on Mt. Carmel working meticulously, pruning, weeding and beautifying little sections of the immense gardens.
I developed a new appreciation and understanding of all the different species of flowers, plants and scared spaces. Each day felt like a meditation, working under the hot sun and focusing all my attention on perfecting each task.
At the end of the day I would find myself alone, walking down the Terraces, hearing the running water, birds singing, and tree branches blowing in the wind. On one of the final days before I left the Holy Land I brought my camera with me and explored parts of the Baha’i gardens in Haifa and in Bahji.
The experience visiting the majestic Holy Land is like prayer. It is very personal yet it has an ethereal power that every visitor can feel. By sharing this intimate look exploring the Baha’i gardens in the Holy Land, I hope to bring people back to a place that leaves such a special impression on them, and that also create a sense of wonder for those who have yet to experience these beautiful gardens for themselves.
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.