|09-13-2014, 01:44 PM||#1|
Just a member
Joined: Oct 2013
From: Glenwood, Queensland, Australia
To appreciate the true meaning of detachment, let us examine the nature of a human being. We note that the animal nature in man makes him selfish. The instinct for survival drives him to find food, clothing and shelter for himself. He pursues comfort, wealth and well-being, and has an insatiable appetite for collecting any beautiful and pleasurable object that comes his way. All these, as well as his emotional, spiritual and intellectual pursuits are aimed at benefiting his own self. He is the master of his own life, a pivot around which circle all his material possessions as well as his intellectual pursuits. One day he finds the Cause of God, recognizes its truth, falls in love with it, and then he adds it, like his other possessions, to his collection. He remains the master figure in the centre and all his possessions, including the Faith, revolve around him and serve his interests. Such a person is attached to the things of this world, for he allows his own interests to take precedence over the interests of the Cause, and his own ego to rule over his spiritual side. He puts his religion on a par with his other pursuits and selfishly expects to benefit from it just as he benefits from his other possessions.
On the other hand, genuine detachment from earthly things is achieved when the individual makes the Cause of God the pivot of his life, so that all his personal and material interests may revolve around his Faith. In this case, he can benefit from his material possessions without being attached to them. And since the Cause of God is the prime motivating influence in his life, he will never act against the teachings of his Faith. Every step he takes in his daily activities will be in harmony with the commandments of God. When a person reaches this exalted position, the interests of the Faith take precedence over his personal interests. And when he arises to serve the Cause of God, he will be ready to meet the challenge whatever the cost. Such a person has reached the summit of detachment.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Covenant of Baha'u'llah, p. 22)
|09-13-2014, 02:06 PM||#2|
Joined: Nov 2012
Mr. Taherzadeh (4/29/21-1/26/00) was a gifted man and a very beautiful Baha'i with a great knowledge of the Faith. He now smiles down on us from the Abha Kingdom. An eleven part talk that he gave called, 'Drawing Nigh to Baha'u'llah', is available on YouTube:
|09-13-2014, 03:38 PM||#3|
Joined: Sep 2010
From: Normanton Far North Queensland
What a writer with quite some amazing insights into the Love and Faith of Baha'u'llah.
God Bless all Regards Tony
|09-13-2014, 07:50 PM||#4|
Joined: Jul 2014
Detachment is as the sun; in whatsoever heart it doth shine it quencheth the fire of covetousness and self. He whose sight is illumined with the light of understanding will assuredly detach himself from the world and the vanities thereof....Let not the world and its vileness grieve you. Happy is he whom riches fill not with vainglory, nor poverty with sorrow.
Baha'i Year Book: Volume One, 1:42
|09-13-2014, 09:18 PM||#5|
Joined: May 2013
From: forest falls california
. Indeed, Baha'u'llah has "gifted" certain souls with great capacity to understand and communicate to us what we may not have time to discover for ourselves. There research and compilations are a gift to us which we should avail ourselves to, and much understanding and illumination is gained in the listening to their talks.
. While on Pilgrimage in 2001, our group was priviledged to have as our guide Mrs Taherzadeh, who shared many wonderful stories with us.