Temples

Aug 2014
1,362
Blue Planet
#1
One of my friends is having a trip to India. Yesterday, she visited the Lotus temple there (she is not a Bahai). she said that the building was very beautiful BUT the people who worked there had such a bad, irritating behavior! She said she has visited many temples in India within the two weeks. she has not seen a temple more beautiful than the Lotus temple and yet not any temple workers worse than this Bahai temple!!!

This made me sad. It can have a very bad effect on the people who visit the temple. if their behavior was good and attractive, my friend could even think about being a Bahai, even if unconsciously. But what she saw was not so good!

Now I want to know if there are any laws regarding the temple keepers? and how one can help the condition get better?
 
Sep 2010
4,436
Normanton Far North Queensland
#2
What can I say but to say how can we know?

What can I say but to say it was not what you experienced, but what you heard from another. Thus It is a test for both.

We are but Humans and we all have bad days.

Regards Tony
 
Jun 2014
1,043
Wisconsin
#3
It's hard to know if the experiences of one person are representative of everyone's experiences at the location.

I can't say for certain, but it doesn't appear that this is a common experience people have at the Lotus Temple, as from what I can tell it is the most popular Baha'i Temple in the world getting on average 10,000 visitors on a daily basis.

It's unfortunate, but with that amount of tourist traffic daily there's probably no realistic way to ensure that everyone who visits has a positive experience.

When I went to the North American House of Worship for about an hour-long visit, there were about three visitors there, myself included, which surely enabled the staff to ensure that all three of us had a good time visiting.

Logistically, managing ten-thousand visitors surely is a much harder affair. :p

But if the Lotus Temple is popular enough that it attracts thousands of people every day, I can only imagine that most people have good experiences there. Otherwise why would so many people come??
 
Dec 2015
378
N Ireland
#4
One of my friends is having a trip to India. Yesterday, she visited the Lotus temple there (she is not a Bahai). she said that the building was very beautiful BUT the people who worked there had such a bad, irritating behavior! She said she has visited many temples in India within the two weeks. she has not seen a temple more beautiful than the Lotus temple and yet not any temple workers worse than this Bahai temple!!!

This made me sad. It can have a very bad effect on the people who visit the temple. if their behavior was good and attractive, my friend could even think about being a Bahai, even if unconsciously. But what she saw was not so good!

Now I want to know if there are any laws regarding the temple keepers? and how one can help the condition get better?
What did she say was bad behaviour ?
 
Aug 2014
1,362
Blue Planet
#6
dear Walrus and Tony,

I agree that all people have good and bad days. when I talked about this subject with one of my very good friends he said, "this is a good thing. it shows that to be a Bahai, we are not to be extraordinary people. we can have good and bad days like all other people on earth and still be Baha'is.". so I agree with both of you and my friend.

I should like to visit that place for myself to see how things are. maybe it was a busy day when my friend visited the temple (she said there was a special event there and so they did not let her take pictures from inside the temple). and in a busy day, the staff could be tired or stressed. that seems to be a reason.
 
Mar 2013
540
Edwardsville, Illinois, USA
#7
To my knowledge it is generally not allowed to take pictures inside the temples. That is to encourage people to treat it as a holy place, not just a tourist destination. Also, we don't want to disturb anyone who may be praying and meditating inside. The pictures we have are taken by authorized photographers at a time set out for that purpose.
 
Sep 2010
4,436
Normanton Far North Queensland
#8
dear Walrus and Tony,

I agree that all people have good and bad days. when I talked about this subject with one of my very good friends he said, "this is a good thing. it shows that to be a Bahai, we are not to be extraordinary people. we can have good and bad days like all other people on earth and still be Baha'is.". so I agree with both of you and my friend.

I should like to visit that place for myself to see how things are. maybe it was a busy day when my friend visited the temple (she said there was a special event there and so they did not let her take pictures from inside the temple). and in a busy day, the staff could be tired or stressed. that seems to be a reason.
Photos are not allowed inside a Prayer hall. I would assume there would be signs or information boards. This from the Temple web page:

"General Information

1) Duration of visit is ~ 30-40 min.
2)Cameras, video cameras or mobile phones must not be used inside the Prayer Hall and the Information Centre.

Regards Tony
 

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