By the righteousness of Him Who is the Absolute Truth, were the veil to be lifted, thou wouldst witness on this earthly plane all men sorely afflicted with the fire of the wrath of God, a fire fiercer and greater than the fire of hell, with the exception of those who have sought shelter beneath the shade of the tree of My love. For they in very truth are the blissful...
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 12)
Count annoyance and hostility as the torment of hell-fire.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World, p. 356)
For such people there is no greater torture than being veiled from God, and no more severe punishment than sensual vices, dark qualities, lowness of nature, engrossment in carnal desires. When they are delivered through the light of faith from the darkness of these vices, and become illuminated with the radiance of the Sun of Reality, and ennobled with all the virtues, they esteem this the greatest reward, and they know it to be the true paradise. In the same way they consider that the spiritual punishment, that is to say the torture and punishment of existence, is to be subjected to the world of nature, to be veiled from God, to be brutal and ignorant, to fall into carnal lusts, to be absorbed in animal frailties; to be characterized with dark qualities, such as falsehood, tyranny, cruelty, attachment to the affairs of the world, and being immersed in satanic ideas; for them, these are the greatest punishments and tortures.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 324)
Heaven and hell are conditions within our own beings.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 209)
Think ye of hostility and hatred as the torments of hell.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 244)
Where is Paradise, and where is Hell? Say: ‘The one is reunion with Me; the other thine own self.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 132)
… and see for themselves beyond any doubt that there is no fiercer hell, no more fiery abyss, than to possess a character that is evil and unsound; no more darksome pit nor loathsome torment than to show forth qualities which deserve to be condemned.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 136)