What does it mean to be detached?

Beautiful birds

This was the theme of a devotional gathering which took place on 7 and 21 February in Crystal Palace and Bromley respectively. During the evening participants read writings from all world leading religions which followed by a group discussion to deepen and reflect on this thoughy provoking theme. A moving exhortation by Bahá'u'lláh best captures the evening's sentiment:

 

"Ye are even as the bird which soareth, with the full force of its mighty wings and with complete and joyous confidence, through the immensity of the heavens, until, impelled to satisfy its hunger, it turneth longingly to the water and clay of the earth below it, and, having been entrapped in the mesh of its desire, findeth itself impotent to resume its flight to the realms whence it came. Powerless to shake off the burden weighing on its sullied wings, that bird, hitherto an inmate of the heavens, is now forced to seek a dwelling-place upon the dust."

Simply put, attachment to things such as people, power and possessions can often hinder one's spiritual progress and development. It can cloud one's moralistic and ethical judgement too. The funny thing is that if a rational mind were to ponder for a while it will soon become clear that attachment to instant gratification or transient things is more often than not short lived. The novelty soon wares off and we are left empty seeking after our next fix which leads to perpetual yearning with no real deep sense of meaning or purpose.

 

So how does one become detached to achieve happiness? Through prayer and through continual reflection on our every action and, thus, any necessary correction. If you like to find out more about detachment read the evening's programme below or look at our calendar for forthcoming devotional gatherings. Everyone's welcome!