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Prison of Self

Anger, passion, ignorance, prejudice, greed, envy, covetousness, jealousy and suspicion prevent man from ascending to the realms of holiness, imprisoning him in the claws of self and the cage of egotism.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 241)


Free thyself from the fetters of this world, and loose thy soul from the prison of self. Seize thy chance, for it will come to thee no more.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Persian Hidden Words 40)


In this connection We will relate unto thee that which was revealed of old concerning “life", that perchance it may turn thee away from the promptings of self, deliver thee from the narrow confines of thy prison in this gloomy plane, and aid thee to become of them that are guided aright in the darkness of this world.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 49)


That is why He [Christ] addressed God, saying: “Free Me from the bonds of the world of the body, and liberate Me from this cage, so that I may ascend to the heights of honor and glory, and attain unto the former grandeur and might which existed before the bodily world, that I may rejoice in the eternal world and may ascend to the original abode, the placeless world, the invisible kingdom.”
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 116)


The Hidden Words can exert a potent influence in freeing man from the fetters of materialism and enabling him to win the battle against his own self.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh v 1, p. 76)


The afflictions which come to humanity sometimes tend to centre the consciousness upon the limitations, and this is a veritable prison. Release comes by making of the will a Door through which the confirmations of the Spirit come … The confirmations of the Spirit are all those powers and gifts which some are born with (and which men sometimes call genius), but for which others have to strive with infinite pains. They come to that man or woman who accepts his life with radiant acquiescence.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 120)


The denizens of the world are confined in the prison of nature—a prison that is continuous and eternal. If thou art at present restrained within the limits of a temporary prison, be not grieved at this; my hope is that thou mayest be emancipated from the prison of nature and may attain unto the court of everlasting life. Pray to God day and night and beg forgiveness and pardon. The omnipotence of God shall solve every difficulty.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 116)


This teaching of Bahá’u’lláh, if implemented, will create in the heart the feeling of humility and self-effacement. If not, pride and vainglory will tend to dominate and man will become a prisoner of his own self and passion.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh v 4, p. 193)


When one is released from the prison of self, that is indeed release, for that is the greater prison. When this release takes place, then one cannot be outwardly imprisoned.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 120)


Ye are even as the bird which soareth, with the full force of its mighty wings and with complete and joyous confidence, through the immensity of the heavens, until, impelled to satisfy its hunger, it turneth longingly to the water and clay of the earth below it, and, having been entrapped in the mesh of its desire, findeth itself impotent to resume its flight to the realms whence it came. Powerless to shake off the burden weighing on its sullied wings, that bird, hitherto an inmate of the heavens, is now forced to seek a dwelling-place upon the dust. Wherefore, O My servants, defile not your wings with the clay of waywardness and vain desires, and suffer them not to be stained with the dust of envy and hate, that ye may not be hindered from soaring in the heavens of My divine knowledge.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 325)