Bahá’í Prayers for Detachment



 

 Suffer me, O my God, to draw nigh unto Thee, and to abide within the precincts of Thy court,

for remoteness from Thee hath well-nigh consumed me.

Cause me to rest under the shadow of the wings of Thy grace, for the flame of my separation from Thee

 hath melted my heart within me.

Draw me nearer unto the river that is life indeed, for my soul burneth

 with thirst in its ceaseless search after Thee.

My sighs, O my God, proclaim the bitterness of mine anguish,

and the tears I shed attest my love for Thee.

I beseech Thee, by the praise wherewith Thou praisest Thyself

and the glory wherewith Thou glorifiest Thine own Essence,

to grant that we may be numbered among them that have recognized Thee

and acknowledged Thy sovereignty in Thy days.

Help us then to quaff, O my God, from the fingers of mercy the living waters of Thy loving-kindness,

that we may utterly forget all else except Thee, and be occupied only with Thy  Self.

Powerful art Thou to do what Thou willest.

No God is there beside Thee, the Mighty, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

Glorified be Thy name, O Thou Who art the King of all Kings!

- Bahá'u'lláh




Glorified art Thou, O my God!

I yield Thee thanks that Thou hast made known unto me Him Who is the Dayspring of Thy mercy,

and the Dawning-Place of Thy grace, and the Repository of Thy Cause.

I beseech Thee by Thy Name, through which the faces of them that are nigh unto Thee have turned white,

and the hearts of such as are devoted to Thee have winged their flight towards Thee,

 to grant that I may, at all times and under all conditions,

lay hold on thy cord, and be rid of all attachment to anyone except Thee,

and may keep mine eyes directed towards the horizon of Thy Revelation,

and may carry out what Thou hast prescribed unto me in Thy Tablets. Attire, O my Lord,

both my inner and outer being with the raiment of Thy favors and Thy loving-kindness.

Keep me safe, then, from whatsoever  may be abhorrent unto Thee,

 and graciously assist me and my kindred to obey Thee,

and to shun whatsoever may stir up any evil or corrupt desire within me. Thou, truly,

art the Lord of all mankind, and the Possessor of this world and of the next.

No God is there save Thee, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

- Bahá'u'lláh




Lauded by Thy name, O my God!

I entreat Thee by the fragrances of the Raiment of Thy grace which at Thy bidding

and in conformity with Thy desire were diffused throughout the entire creation,

and by the Daystar of Thy will that hath shone brightly,

 through the power of Thy might and of Thy sovereignty,

above the horizon of Thy mercy, to blot out from my heart all idle fancies

and vain imaginings, that with all my affections I may turn unto Thee,

O Thou Lord of all mankind! I am Thy servant and the son of Thy servant, O my God!

I have laid hold on the handle of Thy grace, and clung to the cord of Thy tender mercy.

Ordain for me the good things that are with Thee,  

and nourish me from the Table Thou didst send down out of the clouds of Thy bounty

and the heaven of Thy favor.

Thou, in very truth, art the Lord of the worlds,

 and the God of all that are in heaven and all that are on earth.

- Bahá'u'lláh




Many a chilled heart, O my God, hath been set ablaze with the fire of Thy Cause,

and many a slumberer hath been wakened by the sweetness of Thy voice.

How many are the strangers who have sought shelter beneath the shadow of the tree of Thy oneness,

and how numerous the thirsty ones who have panted after the fountain of Thy living waters in Thy days!

Blessed is he that hath set himself towards Thee, and hasted to attain the Dayspring of the lights of Thy face.

Blessed is he who with all his affections hath turned to the Dawning-Place of Thy Revelation

and the Fountainhead of Thine inspiration.

Blessed is he that hath expended in Thy path what Thou didst bestow upon him through Thy bounty and favor.

Blessed is he who, in his sore longing after Thee, hath cast away all  else except Thyself.

Blessed is he who hath enjoyed intimate communion with Thee, and rid himself of all attachment to anyone save Thee.

I beseech Thee, O my Lord, by Him Who is Thy Name, Who, through the power of thy sovereignty

and might, hath risen above the horizon of His prison,

to ordain for everyone what becometh Thee and beseemeth Thine exaltation. Thy might, in truth, is equal to all things.

- Bahá'u'lláh




I know not, O my God, what the Fire is which Thou didst kindle in Thy land.

Earth can never cloud its splendor, nor water quench its flame.

All the peoples of the world are powerless to resist its force.

Great is the blessedness of him that hath drawn nigh unto it, and heard its roaring.

Some, O my God, Thou didst, through Thy strengthening grace, enable to approach it,

while others Thou didst keep back by reason of what their hands have wrought in Thy days.

Whoso hath hasted towards it and attained unto it hath, in his eagerness to gaze on Thy beauty,

yielded his  life in Thy path, and ascended unto Thee, wholly detached from aught else except Thyself.

I beseech Thee, O my God, by this Fire which blazeth and rageth in the world of creation,

to rend asunder the veils that have hindered me from appearing before the throne of Thy majesty,

and from standing at the door of Thy gate.

Do Thou ordain for me, O my Lord, every good thing Thou didst send down in Thy Book,

and suffer me not to be far removed from the shelter of Thy mercy.

Powerful art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee.

Thou art, verily, the All-Powerful, the Most Generous .

- Bahá'u'lláh




Praise be unto Thee, O my God! I am one of Thy servants, who hath believed on Thee and on Thy signs.

Thou seest how I have set myself towards the door of Thy mercy,

and turned my face in the direction of Thy loving-kindness.

I beseech Thee, by Thy most excellent titles and Thy most exalted attributes, to open to my face the portals of Thy bestowals.

Aid me, then, to do that which is good, O Thou Who art the Possessor of all names and attributes!

I am poor, O my Lord, and Thou art the Rich.

I have set my face towards Thee, and detached myself from all but Thee.

Deprive me not, I implore Thee, of the breezes of Thy tender mercy,

and withhold not from me what Thou didst ordain for the chosen among Thy servants.

Remove the veil from mine eyes, O my Lord, that I may recognize what Thou hast desired for Thy creatures, and discover,

in all the manifestations of Thy handiwork, the revelations of Thine almighty power.

Enrapture my soul, O my Lord, with Thy most mighty signs, and draw me out of the depths of my corrupt and evil desires.

Write down, then, for me the good of this world and of the world to come.

Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee.

No God is there but Thee, the All-Glorious, Who help is sought by all men.

I yield Thee thanks, O my Lord, that Thou hast wakened me from my sleep,

and stirred me up, and created in me the desire to perceive what most of Thy servants have failed to apprehend.

Make me able, therefore, O my Lord, to behold, for love of Thee and for the Sake of Thy pleasure,  whatsoever Thou hast desired.

Thou art He to the power of Whose might and sovereignty all things testify.

There is none other God but Thee, the Almighty, the Beneficent.

- Bahá'u'lláh

 


 

In the Name of Thy Lord, the Creator, the Sovereign, the All-Sufficing, the Most Exalted,

He Whose help is implored by all men.

Say: O my God! O Thou Who art the Maker of the heavens and of the earth, O Lord of the Kingdom!

Thou well knowest the secrets of my heart, while Thy Being is inscrutable to all save Thyself.

Thou seest whatsoever is of me, while no one else can do this save Thee.

Vouchsafe unto me, through Thy grace,

what will enable me to dispense with all except Thee,

and destine for me that which will make me independent of everyone else besides Thee.

Grant that I may reap the benefit of my life in this world and in the next.

Open to my face the portals of Thy grace,

and graciously confer upon me Thy tender mercy and bestowals.   

O Thou Who art the Lord of grace abounding! Let Thy celestial aid surround those who love Thee,

and bestow upon us the gifts and the bounties Thou dost possess.

Be Thou sufficient unto us of all things, forgive our sins and have mercy upon us.

Thou art Our Lord and the Lord of all created things.

No one else do we invoke but Thee, and naught do we beseech but thy favors.

Thou art the Lord of bounty and grace, invincible in Thy power and the most skilfull in Thy designs.

 No god is there but Thee,

the All-Possessing, the Most Exalted. Confer Thy blessings,

 O my Lord, upon the Messengers, the holy ones and the righteous.

Verily, Thou art God, the Peerless, the All-Compelling.

-The Báb



 

O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart.

 O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work,

I place my whole trust in Thee.

Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make   me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy!

Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest,

and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever thou hast ordained for me.

Thine is the absolute authority to command.

- The Báb




O God, my God! Thou art my Hope and my Beloved, my highest Aim and Desire!

With great humbleness and entire devotion I pray to Thee to make me a minaret of Thy love in Thy land,

a lamp of Thy knowledge among Thy creatures, and a banner of divine bounty in Thy dominion.

Number me with such of Thy servants as have detached themselves from everything but Thee,

have sanctified themselves from the transitory things of this world,

and have freed themselves from the promptings of the voicers of idle fancies.

Let my heart be dilated with joy through the spirit of confirmation from Thy kingdom,

and brighten my eyes by beholding the hosts of divine assistance

descending successively upon me from the kingdom of Thine omnipotent glory.

Thou art, in truth, the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the All-Powerful.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá




O God, my God! Fill up for me the cup of detachment from all things,

 and in the assembly of Thy splendors and bestowals,

rejoice me with the wine of loving Thee. Free me from the assaults of passion and desire,

break off from me the shackles of this nether world,

draw me with rapture unto Thy supernal realm, and refresh me amongst the handmaids

with the breathings of Thy holiness.

O Lord, brighten Thou my face with the lights of Thy bestowals,

light Thou mine eyes with beholding the signs of Thine all-subduing might;

delight my heart with the glory of Thy knowledge that encompasseth all things,

gladden Thou my soul with Thy soul-reviving tidings of great joy,

O Thou King of this world and the Kingdom above,

O Thou Lord of dominion and might, that I may spread abroad Thy signs and tokens,

and proclaim Thy Cause, and promote Thy  Teachings,

and serve Thy Law and exalt Thy Word.

Thou art, verily, the Powerful, the Ever-Giving, the Able, the Omnipotent.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá

 


 

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