‘The Path Of Perfection’

I find he triumph over selfhood to be an important theme in the Baha’i Writings. I understand this as meaning a victory over the ‘lower self’,  an overcoming of the selfishness which blinds one to a greater reality.  An example of this theme can be seen in the following passage by Bahá’u’lláh

‘Arise, O people, and, by the power of God’s might, resolve to gain the victory over your own selves, that haply the whole earth may be freed and sanctified from its servitude to the gods of its idle fancies—gods that have inflicted such loss upon, and are responsible for the misery of, their wretched worshipers. These idols form the obstacle that impedeth man in his efforts to advance in the path of perfection. We cherish the hope that the Hand of Divine power may lend its assistance to mankind, and deliver it from its state of grievous abasement.’

Source:  Baha’i Reference Library

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