Visited the Lotus Temple with @marthaisaacs a few weeks ago! I know very little about the Bahá'í faith that this House of Worship is dedicated to but really enjoyed learning more from Martha! Despite the hundreds of tourists, the temple itself felt very peaceful to me and provided a moment of reflection (and sleep) I needed after a couple weeks of quick travel across India. When I applied to be a Luce Scholar, I spoke often about my religious upbringing in the Catholic and Mennonite churches and my social upbringing attending the religious ceremonies of my Jewish friends. Navigating the balance between appreciation and appropriation has long been at the forefront of my mind when I visit religious spaces and I don't have many concrete conclusions about this yet. There are physical ways to respect a faith that is not my own (such as wearing a head covering, bowing my head during prayers, not entering places where non-practitioners are not allowed, or not taking photos of certain areas) but there are also unseen ways to respect a faith that are more difficult to achieve, such as entering spaces with a clear mind and willingness to be open to different beliefs. There are aspects of all faiths that I don't agree with (such as women not being allowed in some parts of Buddhist monasteries) and it can be difficult to enter those faith spaces with an attitude of openness. All around, this experience at the Lotus Temple was a good place to process all of these thoughts and gave me more to think about. #lotustemple#bahai#bahaihouseofworship#delhi#lucescholars#elenaletsluce#elenaletsluceinindia#religion#appropriation#appreciation#adventuresofsunflowerandladypiglet
Lotus Temple which is based on Bahá’í religion open for all religions in the world because the Bahá’í belief consider all the people as equal and united. But the religion doesn’t accept unmarried unities as well as homosexual couples. I can’t understand this contradiction and repression of equality, but the good news is that my inner riot didn’t stop me thinking of @nexpone and his birthday. Happy belated birthday, darling! We’re all equal (and body-positive🤦♀️😂)! ❤️
Lotus temple - Delhi
The white marble structure is called the Taj Mahal of 20th Century, completed in 1986 and designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba. It is also known as Bahai-house of worship, which is one of the 7 places in world.
Located in New Delhi, the Lotus Temple is a famous tourist attraction of the city. Unlike other places of worship which usually have an idol of a deity people pray to, asking for either forgiveness or something that they deeply desire, the Lotus Temple is a rather unique place of worship. It is known for its beautiful flower-like architecture and marvelous ambiance that make it a popular tourist attraction for people of all faiths. The Bahai Lotus Temple is one of the world's most beautiful religious buildings and a must-visit when in Delhi.