But for the people of God separation from God is the greatest torment of all.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 265)
I am leaving Paris for the Orient though in reality I am always with you. Place does not matter. Two people may be in the same room and yet not attain to a visitation. When I was in prison many people came to see me. They crossed seas and deserts and yet remained in the city of the blind while others in far-distant lands attained the meeting.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 187)
Remoteness from Thee is a torment to those that have acknowledged Thy oneness, and separation from Thee is death unto them that have recognized Thy truth! I beseech Thee by the sighs which they whose souls pant after Thee have uttered in their remoteness from Thy court, and by the cries of such of Thy lovers as bemoan their separation from Thee, to nourish me with the wine of Thy knowledge and the living waters of Thy love and pleasure.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 77)
Turning from God inevitably brings disaster, and turning to God as inevitably brings blessing.
(Dr. J.E. Esslemont, Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era, p. 95)
Wilt Thou not pity, O my Beloved, the eyes which have been dimmed by reason of their separation from Thee, and because of the cessation of the signs of Thy victory?
(Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 335-336)