Petty bickerings and jealousies make one lose all the traces of spirituality, excommunicate a person from the divine company of the worthy ones, submerge one in the sea of phantasms, suffer one to become cold and pessimistic and throw him headlong into the depths of despair and helplessness! (Abdu’l-Baha, “Star of the West,” Vol. V, No. 1, p. 6)
Wow, this is such a clear warning about all the reasons to let go of our bickering and jealousy:
- makes us lose all traces of spirituality
- excommunicates us from the divine company of the worthy ones
- submerges us in the sea of phantasms (delusions, fantasies, figments of imagination)
- suffers us to become cold and pessimistic
- throws us headlong into the depths of despair and helplessness
It’s interesting that bickering and jealousy are paired together here. In my mind, bickering goes on externally between me and someone else, where jealousy goes on inside my head, and yet both have the same results.
I often find myself jealous of those who are married, have careers and contact with adult children and grandchildren. According to this quote, I can see that I lose all traces of spirituality by feeling sorry for myself. I excommunicate myself when I isolate and separate myself from those I envy, not wanting to experience the feelings of “less than” or be pitied. Focusing on what I don’t have keeps me from being grateful for all that I do have, and from developing a relationship with God as my primary relationship, keeping me from achieving my purpose in life. When I look ahead and see only more of the same, I definitely become pessimistic and thrown into the depths of despair and helplessness.
Knowing all of this gives me a great motivation to let go of bickering and jealousy and I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read through today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Letting Go of Criticizing Others