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What do the Baha’i Writings say about the different forms of Bitterness?

Anger:

. . .  if he does not use these qualities [anger and wrath] in a right way, they are blameworthy (‘Abdul-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, pp. 250- 251).

Animosity:

Inasmuch as God loves all, why should we entertain animosity? . . . Why then should man be unkind to man?  (Compilations, Baha’i Scriptures, p. 315)

Confrontation:

You are urged to avoid confrontation and dissension; these would tend to increase the antagonism.  (Universal House of Justice, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 185)

Dissension and Strife:

Nothing whatsoever can, in this Day, inflict a greater harm upon this Cause than dissension and strife . . . among the loved ones of God. Flee them.  (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 8)

Hatred:

Wherefore, O My servants, defile not your wings with the clay of waywardness and vain desires, and suffer them not to be stained with the dust of envy and hate, that ye may not be hindered from soaring in the heavens of My divine knowledge.  (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 327)

Therefore, we must exercise extreme patience, sympathy and love toward all mankind, considering no soul as rejected.  If we look upon a soul as rejected, we have disobeyed the teachings of God. God is loving to all. Shall we be unjust or unkind to anyone? Is this allowable in the sight of God? God provides for all. Is it befitting for us to prevent the flow of His merciful provisions for mankind? God has created all in His image and likeness. Shall we manifest hatred for His creatures and servants? This would be contrary to the will of God and according to the will of Satan, by which we mean the natural inclinations of the lower nature.  (Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 286)

We believe that on deeper reflection it will be recognized that love and hate are emotional attachments or repulsions that can irrationally influence the seeker; they are not aspects of the truth itself.  (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 389-390)

Malice:

Purge thy heart from malice and . . . enter the divine court of holiness.  (Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words 42)

Beware lest ye give ear to the words of those from whom the foul smell of malice and envy can be discerned; pay no heed to them, and stand ye for righteousness.  (Baha’u’llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 199)

Quarrel:

As long as the friends quarrel amongst themselves their efforts will not be blessed for they are disobeying God. (Shoghi Effendi, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 21)

Retaliation:

For example, if someone oppresses, injures, and wrongs another, and the wronged man retaliates, this is vengeance, and is censurable.  (‘Abdul-Bahá, Principles of Bahá’í Administration, p. 37)

Revenge:

Beware, beware, lest any of you seek vengeance, even against one who is thirsting for your blood.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 73)

Strife:

Nothing whatsoever can, in this Day, inflict a greater harm upon this Cause than . . . strife . . . among the loved ones of God. (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 8)

Verily I say, strife and dissension, and whatsoever the mind of man abhorreth are entirely unworthy of his station.  (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 196)

God is at peace with all his children; why should they engage in strife and warfare among themselves?  (Abdu’l-Bahá, Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 122)

. . . strife, antagonism . . . a spirit of hostility and hatred, . . . is contrary to the good pleasure of God. (Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 397)

Unkindness:

He founded the oneness of the world of humanity. He declared that all humanity is the servant of God, and that God is kind to all, that He created all and provides for all; that He nurtures all; therefore why should we be unkind? Inasmuch as God is kind and merciful to all His creatures and manifests His care and goodwill to them in every way, why should we show forth that which is contrary? Inasmuch as God loves all, why should we entertain animosity or envy? For if God did not love all, He would not have provided for all; He would not have created man; He would not have trained him. Now that He has created, provided for all and preserved man, it is therefore evident that God is kind to all. Why then should man be unkind to man?  (Compilations, Baha’i Scriptures, p. 315)

 

For more in this series:

Introduction to Bitterness:

Examples of Bitterness:

The 7 Underlings of Bitterness:

How Bitterness Works:

Causes of Bitterness:

Effects of Bitterness:

Estrangement as an Outcome of Bitterness:

Warning Signs for Bitterness:

Solutions to Bitterness: