Friday, August 10, 2007

Self, Lust, and Ruin

Most folk go through life, spending most of their youth pursuing the pleasures and dangers of the physical world.

Somewhere between 30 and 60, most people reach at least a bit of resignation about the pain from weakened spirituality.

They may not even call it spirituality, only knowing it's something other than pursuit of physical pleasure.

The two quotes from Reality for today both have a certain severity to them but are capable of lifting you to a new understanding of your place in this World...

"This physical world of man is subject to the power of the lusts, and sin is the consequence of this power of the lusts, for it is not subject to the laws of justice and holiness. The body of man is a captive of nature; it will act in accordance with whatever nature orders. It is, therefore, certain that sins such as anger, jealousy, dispute, covetousness, avarice, ignorance, prejudice, hatred, pride and tyranny exist in the physical world. All these brutal qualities exist in the nature of man. A man who has not had a spiritual education is a brute."

‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 29: "Explanation of Verse Twenty-Two, Chapter Fifteen, of the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians", p. 119


"My forbearance hath emboldened you and My long-suffering hath made you negligent, in such wise that ye have spurred on the fiery charger of passion into perilous ways that lead unto destruction. Have ye thought Me heedless or that I was unaware?"

Bahá’u’lláh: The Hidden Words, Persian #65

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