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Death - Wanting to Die

As to thy desire to be severed from this mortal life and thy great attraction to the eternal life: This is becoming to every discerning human being who hath a lofty character. I pray God to ordain for thee this pure life and make thy heart attracted unto exalted grades, favored in His Supreme Kingdom, humble and meek before every penitent servant and diffusing the fragrance of God in this new age.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 249)


Grant that the day of attaining Thy holy presence may be fast approaching.
(The Báb, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 165)


Hasten, by Thy grace and bounty, my passing, O my Lord.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 18)


In a Tablet addressed to the American believers, a few days before He [‘Abdu’l-Bahá] passed away, He thus vented His pent-up longing to depart from this world: “I have renounced the world and the people thereof ... In the cage of this world I flutter even as a frightened bird, and yearn every day to take My flight unto Thy Kingdom. Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá! Make Me drink of the cup of sacrifice, and set Me free.”
(Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By p. 309-310)


May they, in their longing to meet Thee, invoke and pray unto Thee, intoning wondrous orisons at the dawn of light … shedding their tears at morningtide and even, yearning to pass into the shadow of Thy mercy that endeth never.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 6)


‘O Lord! My bones are weakened, and the hoar hairs glisten on My head … and I have now reached old age, failing in My powers … No strength is there left in Me wherewith to arise and serve Thy loved ones … O Lord, My Lord! Hasten My ascension unto Thy sublime Threshold … and My arrival at the Door of Thy grace beneath the shadow of Thy most great mercy …’
(H.M. Balyuzi, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá - The Centre of the Covenant, p. 451-460)


The Lord, peerless is He, hath made woman and man to abide with each other in the closest companionship, and to be even as a single soul. They are two helpmates, two intimate friends, who should be concerned about the welfare of each other. If they live thus, they will pass through this world with perfect contentment, bliss, and peace of heart, and become the object of divine grace and favour in the Kingdom of heaven. But if they do other than this, they will live out their lives in great bitterness, longing at every moment for death, and will be shamefaced in the heavenly realm.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 122)


The mysteries of man’s physical death and of his return have not been divulged, and still remain unread … Were they to be revealed, they would evoke such fear and sorrow that some would perish, while others would be so filled with gladness as to wish for death, and beseech, with unceasing longing, the one true God—exalted be His glory—to hasten their end.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 345)


The wise man therefore does not attach himself to this mortal life and does not depend upon it; even at some moments he eagerly wishes death that he may thereby be freed from these sorrows and afflictions.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 378-379)


‘Ya Bahá’u’l-Abhá!
(O Thou the Glory of Glories) I have renounced the world and the people thereof, and am heart-broken and sorely afflicted because of the unfaithful. In the cage of this world, I flutter even as a frightened bird, and yearn every day to take my flight unto Thy Kingdom. ‘Ya Bahá’u’l-Abhá! Make me to drink of the cup of sacrifice and set me free. Relieve me from these woes and trials, from these afflictions and troubles. Thou art He that aideth, that succoureth, that protecteth, that stretcheth forth the hand of help.’
(H.M. Balyuzi, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá - The Centre of the Covenant, p. 451-460)