I would also add that it is trying to be always mindful of God, as the world draws our mind away often.The writings sometimes say to forget ourselves, what does this actually mean?
Thanks, and I am glad to see you did not vacate the premises.“Until a being setteth his foot in the plane of sacrifice, he is bereft of every favour and grace; and this plane of sacrifice is the realm of dying to the self, that the radiance of the living God may then shine forth. The martyr’s field is the place of detachment from self, that the anthems of eternity may be upraised. Do all ye can to become wholly weary of self, and bind yourselves to that Countenance of Splendours; and once ye have reached such heights of servitude, ye will find, gathered within your shadow, all created things. This is boundless grace; this is the highest sovereignty; this is the life that dieth not. All else save this is at the last but manifest perdition and great loss.” (Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, pp. 76-77)
Oh, those wonderful quotes from that book! I spent a few months translating that book. That was a truly life-changing experience.
It takes a minute to read and a lifetime to practice.
We call ourselves human beings but in reality we are souls incarnate in human bodies. Having incarnate in human bodies, we identify ourselves with gender, race, family, religion, nationality etc. The identity the human body and the environment impose upon us is a false one and we forget our real identity as a soul made in the image of God. The soul has no gender, race, religion or nationality. So essentially a human being has dual identity. One springing out of human nature which is a false and imperfect one and the other rooted in the Divine nature of the soul which is a true and perfect one. When we are asked to forget ourselves, it means that we should try not to identify ourselves with the false identity born of human nature when we conduct our affairs in this world. Instead, we ought to connect with the soul within us and act in accordance with the soul guidance received through deep prayer or meditation. Human nature is animal nature and soul's nature is spiritual and divine. Abdul Baha said that anyone that does not meditate is worse than an animal. Those who meditate and act through soul guidance can become like Gandhi and those who act out of human nature and identify with race and religion can act like Hitler.The writings sometimes say to forget ourselves, what does this actually mean?