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Temptations

Act not according to thine idle imaginings. Aside from these things, scrutinize the Writings with thine own eyes and ponder upon that which hath come to pass. Have pity upon thyself and upon the servants of God and be not the cause of waywardness like unto the people aforetime. The path is unmistakable and the proof is evident.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 43)


And were they to pass through a valley of pure gold and mines of precious silver, they should regard them as wholly unworthy of their attention.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 59-60)


Approach not the things which your minds condemn.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 277)


Be vigilant against temptation, but do not allow it to claim too great a share of your attention. You should concentrate, rather, on the virtues that you should develop, the services you should strive to render, and, above all, on God and His attributes, and devote your energies to living a full Bahá’í life in all its many aspects.
(Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 363)


But if … any one betray the least of trusts or neglect and be remiss in the performance of duties which are intrusted to him, or by oppression takes one penny of extortion from the subjects, or seeks after his own personal, selfish aims and ends in the attainment of his own interests, he shall undoubtedly remain deprived of the outpourings of His Highness the Almighty! Beware! Beware! lest ye fall short in that which ye are commanded in this Tablet!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 403-404)


Endeavor to your utmost to protect yourselves, because Satan appears in different robes and appeals to everyone according to each person’s own way, until he becomes like unto him—then he will leave him alone.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 430)


If you are sincerely intent on overcoming your problem, you must yourself determine to resist wayward impulses each time they arise and the House of Justice feels that there is no better way than to turn to the Writings to divert our thoughts into spiritual channels , perhaps to concentrate on what we may do to help others along the way to discovering the Bahá’í Faith. The more we occupy ourselves with teaching the Cause and serving our fellowman in this way, the stronger we become in resisting that which is abhorrent to our spiritual selves.
(Letters of The Universal House of Justice, 1993 Jun 05, Homosexuality)


It demands daily vigilance in the control of one’s carnal desires and corrupt inclinations. It calls for the abandonment of a frivolous conduct, with its excessive attachment to trivial and often misdirected pleasures.
(Shoghi Effendi: The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 30)


Of course many wayward thoughts come involuntarily to the mind and these are merely a result of weakness and are not blameworthy unless they become fixed or even worse, are expressed in improper acts.
(Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 363)


The key to success in this endeavour is, firstly, to deepen your understanding of the Teachings of the Cause so that you will be able to apply them to the problems of individuals and society, and explain them to your peers in ways that they will understand and welcome; secondly, to strive to model your behaviour in every way after the high standards of honesty, trustworthiness, courage, loyalty, forbearance, purity and spirituality set forth in the Teachings; and, above all, to live in continual awareness of the presence and all-conquering power of Bahá’u’lláh, which will enable you to overcome every temptation and surmount every obstacle.
(Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 634)


The tests of God are very severe; you should beseech and cry unto Him that you may be firm and steadfast during all temptations.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 647)


There are before you so many temptations, trials, afflictions, calamities and difficulties because you have to be purified through fire and sifted through the sieve in order to separate the wheat from the tares. Verily, I say unto you: none will be saved but the believers, and from the believers only the sincere, and even those are in great danger, especially in such a time.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 443)


Your problem [masturbation], therefore, is one against which you should continue to struggle, with determination and with the aid of prayer. You should remember, however, that it is only one of the many temptations and faults that a human being must strive to overcome during his lifetime, and you should not increase the difficulty you have by over-emphasizing its importance. We suggest you try to see it within the whole spectrum of the qualities that a Bahá’í must develop in his character. Be vigilant against temptation, but do not allow it to claim too great a share of your attention. You should concentrate, rather, on the virtues that you should develop, the services you should strive to render, and, above all, on God and His attributes, and devote your energies to living a full Bahá’í life in all its many aspects.
(Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 364)