The Captivity Of Man
'Abdu'l-Baha said:--Luxuries cut off the freedom of communication. One who
is imprisoned by desires is always unhappy; the children of the Kingdom
have unchained themselves from their desires. Break all fetters and seek
for spiritual joy and enlightenment; then, though you walk on this earth,
you will perceive yourselves to be within the divine horizon. To man alone
is this possible. When we look about us we see every other creature
captive to his environment.
The bird is a captive in the air and the fish a captive in the sea. Man
alone stands apart and says to the elements, I will make you my servants!
I can govern you! He takes electricity, and through his ingenuity
imprisons it and makes of it a wonderful power for lighting, and a means
of communication to a distance of thousands of miles. But man himself may
become a captive to the things he has invented. His true second birth
occurs when he is freed from all material things: for he only is free who
is not a captive to his desires. He has then as Jesus has said, become
captive to the Holy Spirit.
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