I have been reflecting on the meaning of detachment and there has been some wonderful discussion on the topic on my facebook profile. I wanted to elaborate a little further.
There is a passage of Baha’u’llah where He says, ‘Be generous in prosperity and thankful in adversity…’. It seems to me that that is the essence of detachment. Detachment isn’t about whether you have or don’t have things or whether your life is easy or hard. Detachment is a frame of mind; it’s the quality of the soul that enables you to be happy no matter what. Whatever life brings us, we see in that a lesson to be learned and an opportunity to grow. So this idea of being ‘generous in prosperity’ – if life brings us good things, we should share it with others. If it brings adversity and difficulty, one should see in that an opportunity to grow and practise patience or whatever quality he wants us to learn. When we’re responding to life at a spiritual level, then we’re practising detachment. When we view our lives, not as what we are getting out of it, but rather as an opportunity to serve and show love to others and bring happiness to others, that’s the pathway of detachment. I would love to hear more of your thoughts on this fascinating theme that we all encounter in our lives.
Quote of the Day: “Do not grieve at the afflictions and calamities that have befallen thee. All calamities and afflictions have been created for man so that he may spurn this mortal world – a world to which he is much attached. When he experienceth severe trials and hardships, then his nature will recoil and he will desire the eternal realm – a realm which is sanctified from all afflictions and calamities. – Abdu’l-Baha