The first and supreme obligation of all Bahá’ís who visit the Holy Land is to pray and meditate in the Sacred Shrines of Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. To receive this bounty of visiting the Holy Places at the Bahá’í World Centre is an inestimable privilege, infinitely precious to every Bahá’í pilgrim.
The visits to the Holy Shrines, the evening talks by members of the Universal House of Justice and the International Teaching Center, which discussed the question of what it means to be a pilgrim, the conversations with fellow pilgrims helped to calibrate our compasses.
O thou herald of the Kingdom!
Render thanks unto God that thou didst come to the Blessed Spot, didst lay thy head upon the Threshold of the Sacred Shrine, and didst make pilgrimage to the hallowed sanctuary round which circle in adoration the intimates of the spiritual realm. Thou didst gain admittance into the assemblage of the Merciful and didst enjoy communion with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Thou didst pass thy days in perfect fellowship and happiness, and thereafter wast thou granted permission to return, that... thou mightest engage in service to the Kingdom, lead the people to the way of heaven, and guide them to the Lord of Hosts. — From a Tablet revealed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
O thou pilgrim of the Sacred Dust!
Render great thanks to God, the Most Glorious, the Lord Who hath guided thee unto this path and caused thee to enter the sanctuary of the All Knowing. Render thanks unto Him for having enabled thee to take shelter beneath His bountiful favour and attain that which is the hope and aspiration of the chosen ones of God.— From a Tablet revealed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Assemblies get a new life and spirit when they come in touch with a pilgrim newly coming from a visit to the Sacred Shrines. The pilgrim can impart to those he meets some of the spirit he has obtained himself while kneeling in absorbed meditation and prayer at the Thresholds. — from a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi