Sacred Gardens

Some of Bahá’u’lláh’s most beautiful and ecstatic writings are His luminous descriptions of gardens. Bahá’u’lláh declared his divine mission in a garden in Baghdad in 1863. He frequented the beautiful Garden of Ridván near Akká and wrote tablets describing wondrous visions he beheld in that garden. (See The Movement of Trees for a description and a painting of the Garden of Ridván.) Best known are the beautiful world famous Bahá’i gardens on the slopes of Mt. Carmel in Haifa.

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From the garden of whose soul will the blossoms of the invisible realities spring forth?
Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 60

From the garden of whose soul will the blossoms of the invisible realities spring forth?
A divine Mine only can yield the gems of divine knowledge, and the fragrance of the mystic Flower can be inhaled only in the ideal Garden, and the lilies of ancient wisdom can blossom nowhere except in the city of a stainless heart.
Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 191

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Shouldst thou, by the leave of God, enter this sublime and exalted garden, thou wouldst find its sun in its noontide glory, never to set, never to be eclipsed.
Bahá’u’lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 71

Consider how all created things eloquently testify to the revelation of that inner Light within them. Behold how within all things the portals of the Ridván of God are opened, that seekers may attain the cities of understanding and wisdom, and enter the gardens of knowledge and power. Within every garden they will behold the mystic bride of inner meaning enshrined within the chambers of utterance in the utmost grace and fullest adornment.
Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 139)

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After this heavenly journey and mystical ascent the wayfarer will enter within the Garden of Wonderment.
Bahá’u’lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 67

a heart like unto glass O Thou the Compassionate God. Bestow upon me a heart which, like unto glass, may be illumined with the light of Thy love, and confer upon me thoughts which may change this world into a rose garden through the outpourings of heavenly grace.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Compilations, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 70

Download a compilation from the Bahá’í Writings referring to gardens.

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