Contentment

I have been rereading Baha'u'llah's City of Radiant Acquiescence. I realised that what Baha'u'llah says in that tablet showed me the way to find my inner resolution over my disenrollment. The passage below sums up part of what I was trying to say in my podcast (Musings on my Disenrollment, below).

I have found what Baha'u'llah's says here very difficult to fathom; for example: "that you might ... ascend to the station wherein honey and poison are the same, since both are decreed by the mighty, the ordainer." It wasn't until I began to grasp the concept of detachment that this passage and others like it began to make sense. And, in fact, Baha'u'llah makes it clear here that no one can be content unless they have severed themselves from all in heaven and earth.

"Know that radiant acquiescence has infinite stages. We shall instruct you in them by means of the words God makes to flow from my pen. This shall enable you to dispense with all that the ancients and moderns possess.

Whoever wishes to tread the path of radiant acquiescence must be content with God, his creator, and with what he has ordained for him and written with an exalted pen in truth, and with whatever he has specified in holy and guarded tablets.

He must be content with himself. But no one can attain this state until he has severed himself from all who are in the heavens and the earth, if you be among the mystic knowers. For if a human being commits the least iniquity within himself, he will not be content with himself. This is that which we have shown you in truth, so that you might be content and might ascend to the station wherein honey and poison are the same, since both are decreed by the mighty, the ordainer. Were someone to worship God from all eternity and yet abhors within himself any of the calamities and adversities that have afflicted him, his name shall not be entered in the tablets as among those who are content with the holy and radiant pen. For those who claim in themselves the love of God but who regret their tribulations in his path cannot rightly be called content. This is what we say to you in truth, that you might be steadfast in love. How can someone assert that he has the love of God in his heart and then despise what befalls him from his beloved, the mighty, the generous?"

Baha'u'llah: City of Radiant Acquiescence

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