Love of Self - Positive

I lay asleep on the bed of self when lo, Thou didst waken me with the divine accents of Thy voice, and didst unveil to me Thy beauty, and didst enable me to listen to Thine utterances, and to recognize Thy Self, and to speak forth Thy praise, and to extol Thy virtues, and to be steadfast in Thy love.

Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 20

Wherefore must the veils of the satanic self be burned away at the fire of love, that the spirit may be purified and cleansed and thus may know the station of the Lord of the Worlds.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 10

If one possesses the love of God, everything that he undertakes is useful, but if the undertaking is without the love of God, then it is hurtful and the cause of veiling one's self from the Lord of the Kingdom.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 687

Likewise, if one performeth the Obligatory Prayer with his heart in a state of utmost purity, he will obtain the confirmations of the Holy Spirit, and this will entirely obliterate love of self.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Importance of Obligatory Prayer and Fasting

Protect us, bless us, support us, make us such that we shall love but Thy good pleasure, utter only Thy praise, follow only the pathway of truth, that we may become rich enough to dispense with all save Thee, and receive our gifts from the sea of Thy beneficence, that we may ever strive to exalt Thy Cause and to spread Thy sweet savors far and wide, that we may become oblivious of self and occupied only with Thee, and disown all else and be caught up in Thee.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 22

The light of guidance flamed from the lamp of his heart; the love of God sparked a revolution in the country of his inner self.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Memorials of the Faithful, p. 83

In discharging their obligations related to protection, the Counsellors and Auxiliary Board members endeavour to nourish the roots of certitude, fan the flame of an all-embracing love in the hearts of the friends, combat the age-old habit of conflict and contention and fortify bonds of friendship and unity, promote adherence to principle and the ethical standards enshrined in the Teachings, raise the believers' sight above the limitations of self- centredness that they may dedicate their energies to the welfare of the human race, and strengthen their allegiance to the Order of Bahá’u’lláh.

The Universal House of Justice, The Institution of the Counsellors, p. 15

As to that which causes the growth of the love of God -- know that it is to turn one's self towards God.

Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 494

O My Servant! Free thyself from the worldly bond, and escape from the prison of self. Appreciate the value of the time, for thou shalt never see it again, nor shalt thou find a like opportunity.

Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 179

O Son of Spirit! Break the cage, and like unto the bird of love soar in the atmosphere of holiness; leave the self, and rest with heavenly souls upon the sacred Plain of God.

Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 179