Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Baha'i Faith and Our Visit to the Hanging Gardens of Haifa

Background on the Baha'i Faith
The central tenet of the Baha'i faith, a monotheistic religion, focuses on the unity of mankind.  It began in the mid 19th century.  It is the youngest independent religion in the world.  What this religion wants to accomplish is, according to the Baha'i website is, "God, Baha'u'llah said, has set in motion historical forces that are breaking down traditional barriers of race, class, creed, and nation that will, in time, give birth to a universal civilization."  Their three guiding principles are unity of God, unity of religion, and unity of humankind.  The divine messengers from other religions have played a role in the teachings of Baha'u'llah.  There are approximately five million Bah'is in the world and from many countries around the world. 
When we arrived in Haifa, we drove past the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, of the Baha'i faith.  They are also called The Terraces of the Baha'i Faith.  The gardens are symbolic to this religion, with the terraces representing the eighteen disciples.  They were absolutely breathtaking.  We rushed to get out cameras out because we weren't going to stop and take pictures.  Thanks to Facebook and sharing photos, I manged to find a few amazing photographs of this view.  Luckily, after our visit to Elijah's cave, we visited the top of the gardens looking over the Mediterranean Sea and the city of Haifa.  Additionally, Haifa is the international headquarters for the Baha'i faith.
My information was found on http://www.bahai.org/

Photos taken by Chloe Cooper, Aaron Harrison, and Loor Alshawa

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