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Torment

If the soul falls into sin, the body is in torment!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 65)


Know that there are two kinds of torment: subtle and gross. For example, ignorance itself is a torment, but it is a subtle torment; indifference to God is itself a torment; so also are falsehood, cruelty and treachery. All the imperfections are torments, but they are subtle torments. Certainly for an intelligent man death is better than sin, and a cut tongue is better than lying or calumny. The other kind of torment is gross—such as penalties, imprisonment, beating, expulsion and banishment. But for the people of God separation from God is the greatest torment of all.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 265)


Not until man is tried doth the pure gold distinctly separate from the dross. Torment is the fire of test wherein the pure gold shineth resplendently and the impurity is burned and blackened. At present thou art, praise be to God, firm and steadfast in tests and trials and art not shaken by them.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 120)


The torments of the other world, consist in being deprived of the special divine blessings and the absolute bounties, and falling into the lowest degrees of existence.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 324)