World of no value

World of no value to God and His prophets or his servants.

 

265. World of no value to God and His prophets or his servants: CHRISTIANITY: John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” Since God is spirit the physical world holds no real value to Him. True spiritual countenance has no great need for treasures of the material world. JUDAISM: Proverbs 10:2 “Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.”

“As soon as they drank the choice wine of faith from the chalice of assurance in the hands of the Manifestations of the praised One, were so transformed were so overcome by excess of longing for God, and by ecstasies of eternal joy, that they would not value the world and all therein as a wisp of straw.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Compilations, Baha’i Scriptures, p. 42)

“In his eyes the world’s pomp and pageantry melted away into insignificance when brought face to face with the eternal realities enshrined in the Revelation of the Báb.”

The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 213)

JUDAISM: Proverbs 11:4 “Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.” Tobias 4:21 “And fear not, my son, that we are made poor: for thou hast much wealth, if thou fear God, and depart from all sin, and do that which is pleasing in His sight.” (Deuterocanonical Apocrypha) Psalms 49:6 “They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;” Psalms 49:7 “None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:” Psalms 49:8 “(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)” Psalms 49:9 “That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.” Psalms 49:10 “For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.”

“It is obvious and manifest that the whole world is devoid of any real value.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Compilations, Huququ’llah)

“His (The Bab’s) influence was such that those who came in contact with him renounced the world and despised its riches.”

The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 8)

Job 31:24 “If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;” Job 31:25 “If I rejoice because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;” Job 31:26 “If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;” Job 31:27 “And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:” Job 31:28 “This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.”

“Know, therefore, O questioning seeker, that earthly sovereignty is of no worth, nor will it ever be, in the eyes of God and His chosen Ones.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 125)

“Methinks thou dost imagine that I wish to gain some paltry substance from this earthly life. Nay, by the righteousness of My Lord! In the estimation of them that have fixed their eyes upon the merciful Lord, the riches of the world and its trappings are worth as much as the eye of a dead body, nay even less.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 19)

CHRISTIANITY: Mark 12:17 “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit!!!” Romans 8:13 “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Matthew 6:20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” So if you lay up spiritual treasures for yourself in heaven, there will your heart be also.

“This material world has not such value or such excellence that man, after having escaped from this cage, will desire a second time to fall into this snare.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 286)

“I know very well that all I have acquired has been obtained through force and all that I have belongs to the Sáhibu’z-Zamán. I therefore give it all to thee, thou art the Master of Truth and I ask of thee the privilege of ownership.” He even took the ring off his finger and gave it to me. I took it and gave it back to him and I sent him away in possession of all his goods. God is witness of the truth of this testimony. I do not wish for a dinar of his wealth, that is for you to dispose of.”

The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 248)

CHRISTIANITY: Mark 10:21 “Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” Jesus had so little interest in the things of this world and the treasures of this life that he ask nothing for himself, but told a would be disciple to sell all he had and give all his accumulated wealth to the poor. Jesus had so little interest in the things of this world that he asked nothing for himself that would ease the burden of hardships of his life, or the hardships of the lives of his disciples. And we know they lived in dire striates because we are told this from Christ’s very own words: Matthew 8:20 “And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” Jesus didn’t hold value in the things of this life nor did those who followed him.

“It would be impossible to conceive any act more contemptible than soliciting, in the name of the one true God, the riches which men possess.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 201)

“Such must be the degree of your detachment, that into whatever city you enter to proclaim and teach the Cause of God, you should in no wise expect either meat or reward from its people. Nay, when you depart out of that city, you should shake the dust from off your feet. As you have entered it pure and undefiled, so must you depart from that city.”

The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 92)

Matthew 19:21 “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor,” It is not the way of God’s chosen ones to become embroiled in the vanities of this earthly life, but to leave the treasures of this world to those who desire them. And I find myself repeating again: Matthew 6:19 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

“consider how base a nature it reveals in man that, notwithstanding the favors showered upon him by God, he should lower himself into the animal sphere, be wholly occupied with material needs, attached to this mortal realm, imagining that the greatest happiness is to attain wealth in this world. How purposeless! How debased is such a nature!”

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 185)

“Fear thou God and pride not thyself on thine earthly possessions, inasmuch as what God doth possess is better for them that tread the path of righteousness.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 19)

“Almost the most remarkable figure in the whole movement was the poetess Qurratu’l-‘Ayn. She was known for her virtue, piety, and learning, and had been finally converted on reading some of the verses and exhortations of the Báb. So strong in her faith did she become that although she was both rich and noble she gave up wealth, child, name and position for her Master’s service and set herself to proclaim and establish his doctrine…”

The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 629)

“As Jesus washed His disciples’ feet, so Bahá’u’lláh used Sometimes to cook food and perform other lowly offices for His followers. He was a servant of the servants, and gloried only in servitude, content to sleep on a bare floor if need be, to live on bread and water, or even, at times, on what He called “the divine nourishment, that is to say, hunger!”

(Bahá’í Faith, Dr. J.E. Esslemont, Baha’u’llah and the New Era, p. 45)

“The burial of these three posed a difficult problem for the company of exiles. For the Government refused to allow anyone from among the prisoners to bury them, nor did they provide funds for their burial. The guards demanded payment of necessary expenses for burial before removing the bodies. And as there were very few possessions which could be sold, in order to raise the money Bahá’u’lláh ordered the sale of the only luxury He had, a small prayer carpet used by Him. This was done, and the proceeds were handed to the guards who then pocketed the money and buried the dead in the clothes they wore, without coffins and without the customary Muslim rites of washing and wrapping the bodies in shrouds.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha’u’llah v 3, p. 20)

“Purge your hearts of worldly desires, and let angelic virtues be your adorning. Strive that by your deeds you may bear witness to the truth of these words of God, and beware lest, by ‘turning back,’ He may ‘change you for another people,’ who ‘shall not be your like,’ and who shall take from you the Kingdom of God.” “Vain indeed is your dominion, for God hath set aside earthly possessions for such as have denied Him;”

The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 92 and Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 43)

Letter 21 “Do not let the pleasures of today make you forget the tomorrow. Keep money with you strictly according to your real requirements and give away the rest to the poor so that it may act as a provision for you in the next world. And you cannot dispense with such provisions as to keep you going and to maintain you till the end of the journey the Day of Judgement.”

(Islam, Ali b. Abi Taalib, Letters 21 and 31, from Nahjul Balaagh)

29. “O my People! I ask you for no wealth in return: my reward is from none but Allah: but I will not drive away (in contempt) those who believe: for verily they are to meet their Lord, and ye I see are the ignorant ones!”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah  11)

15. “Your riches and your children may be but a trial: but in the Presence of Allah, is the highest Reward.” (being in the presence of Allah is the highest good)

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah  64)

“When Allah’s Apostle died, he did not leave any Dirham or Dinar (i.e. money), a slave or a slave woman or anything else except his white mule, his arms and a piece of land which he had given in charity.”

(Hadith, Bukhari Vol 4, Book 51, # 2)

Zoroaster lived a meager life in his early formative years in a hermits hut out in the wilderness unattached to the world. (Zoroaster life and work)

10. “All the pleasures of life which thou holdest, those that were, that are, and that shall be O Mazda, according to thy good will apportion them. Through Good Thought advance thou the body, through Dominion and Right at will.”

(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 33)

Denkard. Zoroaster, “Every person should desire spirituals wealth, since whoso solicits it, may obtain it.” “Material wealth should not be immoderately embellished; since the man who immoderately embellishes material (wealth), is a destroyer of spiritual (wealth).” “Material wealth should be embellished to such an extent that spiritual wealth may not waste away (thereby).” “Every person should desire spirituals wealth,” “That man is most fortunate who so mingles this decaying wealth of the world with that which is undecaying that, when he passes away from (this) world, he attains Heaven.” 15. “Whether he be rich or even in distress, let him not seek wealth through pursuits to which men cleave, nor by forbidden occupations, nor (let him accept presents) from any (giver whosoever he may be).” 16. “Let him not, out of desire (for enjoyments), attach himself to any sensual pleasures, and let him carefully obviate an excessive attachment to them, by (reflecting on their worthlessness in) his heart.”  17. “Let him avoid all (means of acquiring) wealth which impede the study of the Veda;”

(Hindu, Laws of Manu chapter 4)

15. “Happy indeed we live who have nothing of our own. We shall feed on joy, just like the radiant devas.”

(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J. Richards))

“Lord Buddha attired in a mendicant’s robe and carrying an alms bowl, walked towards the great cry of Shravasti which he entered to beg for food. Within the city he went from door to door and received such gifts as the good people severally bestowed. Concluding this religious exercise, the Lord Buddha returned to the grove of Jeta and after bathing his sacred feet partook of the frugal meal which he had received as alms.” (Diamond Sutra)

“Poor am I who make this petition: a lowly man.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 410)

“Be no son of the House, the world.” “Adam, look upon the world which is a completely unreal thing. It is a unreal thing, in which you can put no trust.” (Sabeanism, Instruction of Adam)