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In previous articles we’ve looked at detachment or letting go of the things of the material world and some of the potential benefits we can achieve in this world by doing so.  Now we’ll turn our attention to the ways we can benefit from letting go here, when we get to the next world.  If you want to skip ahead to the end, I’ve made a list of them for you.

We want God to glorify us:

The only person who recognized Him and performed pilgrimage with Him is the one round whom revolve eight Vahids, in whom God hath gloried before the Concourse on high by virtue of his absolute detachment and for his being wholly devoted to the Will of God.  (The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 89)

We want to never be forgotten and our progress to be infinite:

Man must attach himself to an infinite reality, so that his glory, his joy, and his progress may be infinite. Only the spirit is real; everything else is as shadow. All bodies are disintegrated in the end; only reality subsists. All physical perfections come to an end; but the divine virtues are infinite. How many kings have flourished in luxury and in a brief moment all has disappeared! Their glory and their honor are forgotten. Where are all these sovereigns now? But those who have been servants of the divine beauty are never forgotten. The result of their works is everywhere visible. What king is there of two thousand years ago whose kingdom has lived in the hearts? But those disciples who were devoted to God – poor people who had neither fortune nor position – are to-day trees bearing fruit. Their banner is raised higher every day.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 137)

We want to quaff the wine of eternal life:

O SON OF PASSION!
Cleanse thyself from the defilement of riches and in perfect peace advance into the realm of poverty; that from the well-spring of detachment thou mayest quaff the wine of immortal life.  (Bahá’u’lláh, The Persian Hidden Words 55)

We want a better condition and station in the next world:

How great the difference between the condition of these people and the station of such valiant souls as have passed beyond the sea of names and pitched their tents upon the shores of the ocean of detachment.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 57)

We want to attain true glory and honour:

To attain to true glory and honour, man should exercise justice and equity, forbear to act in an oppressive manner, render service to his government, and work for the good of his fellow-citizens. Were he to seek after aught else but this he would indeed be in manifest loss.  (’Abdu’l-Baha, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 344)

We want to inhale the holy fragrances diffusing from God’s merciful gardens:

When thou wilt purify and clarify thy spiritual nostrils from every worldly moisture, then thou wilt inhale the holy fragrances diffusing from the merciful gardens of these worlds.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 392)

We want the goodly and bountiful reward God has promised:

We, verily, have decreed in Our Book a goodly and bountiful reward to whosoever will turn away from wickedness and lead a chaste and godly life. He, in truth, is the Great Giver, the All-Bountiful.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 117)

We don’t want to be deprived of perpetual bounty and the fruits of God’s blessed Tree:

For it can clearly be seen that today most of the people have seized upon fleeting baubles and clung to defective goods, and have remained deprived of perpetual bounty and of the fruits of the blessed Tree.  (Shoghi Effendi, Majmu’ih-yi Matbu’ih-yi Alvah-i Mubarakih, ed. Muhyi’d-Din Sabri (Wilmette, Ill.: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1978), p. 346-36)

We want to be a seat of God’s revelation:

He hath chosen out of the whole world the hearts of His servants,” He explains, “and made them each a seat for the revelation of His glory. Wherefore, sanctify them from every defilement, that the things for which they were created may be engraven upon them. This indeed is a token of God’s bountiful favor.  (Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 31)

We want God to eternally live in us:

If thou lovest Me, turn away from thyself; and if thou seekest My pleasure, regard not thine own; that thou mayest die in Me and I may eternally live in thee.  (Bahá’u’lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words 7)

We want spirituality and an exalted position:

It is because of this attachment that men have been deprived of essential spirituality and exalted position.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 123)

We want to be born into the light of the world of Divinity:

Material development may be likened to the glass of a lamp, whereas divine virtues and spiritual susceptibilities are the light within the glass. The lamp chimney is worthless without the light; likewise, man in his material condition requires the radiance and vivification of the divine graces and merciful attributes. Without the presence of the Holy Spirit he is lifeless. Although physically and mentally alive, he is spiritually dead. Christ announced, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit,” meaning that man must be born again. As the babe is born into the light of this physical world, so must the physical and intellectual man be born into the light of the world of Divinity.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 288)

We want to attain a supreme station, the habitation of transcendent holiness and sublimity:

At one time this sublime Word was heard from the Tongue of Him Who is the Possessor of all being and the Lord of the throne on high and of earth below — exalted is the glory of His utterance — : Piety and detachment are even as two most great luminaries of the heaven of teaching. Blessed the one who hath attained unto this supreme station, this habitation of transcendent holiness and sublimity.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 252)

Righteousness and detachment are like unto two most great lights for the heaven of teaching. Blessed is he who attaineth this high station.  (Baha’u’llah, The Individual and Teaching – Raising the Divine Call, p. 3)

We want to quaff the wine of immortal life:

O SON OF PASSION!
Cleanse thyself from the defilement of riches and in perfect peace advance into the realm of poverty; that from the well-spring of detachment thou mayest quaff the wine of immortal life.  (Bahá’u’lláh, The Persian Hidden Words 55)

We want to receive the rich prize promised by God:

Blessed are they that have soared on the wings of detachment and attained the station which, as ordained by God, overshadoweth the entire creation, whom neither the vain imaginations of the learned, nor the multitude of the hosts of the earth have succeeded in deflecting from His Cause. Who is there among you, O people, who will renounce the world, and draw nigh unto God, the Lord of all names? Where is he to be found who, through the power of My name that transcendeth all created things, will cast away the things that men possess, and cling, with all his might, to the things which God, the Knower of the unseen and of the seen, hath bidden him observe? Thus hath His bounty been sent down unto men, His testimony fulfilled, and His proof shone forth above the Horizon of mercy. Rich is the prize that shall be won by him who hath believed and exclaimed: “Lauded art Thou, O Beloved of all worlds! Magnified be Thy name, O Thou the Desire of every understanding heart!”  (Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 34)

We want to attain God’s presence:

In another Tablet Bahá’u’lláh states that there are three barriers between God and man. He exhorts the believers to pass beyond them so that they may be enabled to attain His presence.   (Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha’u’llah v 2, p. 35-36)

We want God’s ultimate grace:

Only he who is severed from the world shall achieve this ultimate grace, he who is a captive of divine love, empty of passion and self, from every aspect true unto his God, humble, lowly, supplicating, in tears, submissive in the presence of the Lord.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 242)

We want to reach the highest and innermost sanctuary of the inner meaning of the Word of God:

Please God, that we avoid the land of denial, and advance into the ocean of acceptance, so that we may perceive, with an eye purged from all conflicting elements, the worlds of unity and diversity, of variation and oneness, of limitation and detachment, and wing our flight unto the highest and innermost sanctuary of the inner meaning of the Word of God.  (Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 160)

Summary

There are many potential benefits from letting go.  Some we’ll receive in this world, and others we’ll see in the next.  Any one of them would be worth letting go for; but the potential combinations are very compelling!  Hope you find some good ones below!

21 Potential Benefits in the Next World

  1. God will glorify us
  2. never be forgotten
  3. progress will be infinite
  4. quaff the wine of eternal life
  5. a better condition and station in the next world
  6. attain true glory and honour
  7. inhale the holy fragrances diffusing from God’s merciful gardens
  8. God’s goodly and bountiful reward
  9. perpetual bounty
  10. the fruits of God’s blessed Tree
  11. a seat of God’s revelation
  12. God will eternally live in us
  13. spirituality
  14. an exalted position
  15. born into the light of the world of Divinity
  16. attain a high station of transcendent holiness and sublimity
  17. quaff the wine of immortal life
  18. recieve the rich prize promised by God
  19. attain God’s presence
  20. God’s ultimate grace
  21. reach the highest and innermost sanctuary of the inner meaning of the Word of God

 Conclusion:

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if ‘Abdu’l-Baha could say this about each of us?

O thou who hast approached toward God!  Verily I have received thy letter and my heart was dilated by the content of thy expression, for it indicated the illumination of thy heart, the spirituality of thy soul, thy detachment from all the grades of this nether world and thy yearning after the effulgences of the Realm of Light.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 447)

Surely we all want these things!  Surely these benefits outweigh the things we think we want to cling to, from the material world!

What’s a change you’re going to make in your life after reading these articles?  Post your comments below!