A Summary of the Qualities of the True Seeker

The Tablet of the True Seeker is a passage from the Bahá’í Writings that provides a list of qualities one may strive to embody in order to be a true seeker of spiritual truth. Since I find it easier to digest concepts in the form of lists, I have paraphrased a list of the qualities detailed in that tablet and put them in the categories below. I would encourage anyone who is interested in this to first read the original passage, which I have posted here.

Please keep in mind that the categories below are my own ideas and the list items are my own paraphrasing. Another thing to keep in mind is that many of the concepts outlined in this tablet are to be taken within the greater context of the Bahá’í Writings as a whole and should be interpreted in conjunction with all other Bahá’í principles. When looked at in isolation, some aspects of this tablet may appear extreme. As with any religious or spiritual text, all passages must be looked at in a broader context in order to be properly balanced.

Without further ado, here is my list of spiritual attributes based upon the Tablet of the True Seeker.

Practice Detachment

  • Cleanse and purify your heart of all acquired knowledge
  • Sanctify your soul from all ephemeral attachments
  • Cleanse your heart so that no remnant of love or hate lingers within
  • Renounce the peoples of the earth
  • Detach yourself from the world of dust
  • Be content with little
  • Pass by all save God with the swiftness of lightning
  • Do not allow censure of the people to turn you away from the Truth
  • Regard all else beside God as transient and count all things save Him as utter nothingness

Trust

  • Put your trust in God
  • Cleave unto Him Who is the Lord of Lords
  • Cling unto patience and resignation

Purify

  • Purge your breast from every defilement
  • Be freed from all inordinate desire

Be Humble

  • Never seek to exalt yourself above anyone
  • Wash away from your heart every trace of pride and vainglory

Speak Wisely

  • Observe silence
  • Refrain from idle talk
  • Avoid backbiting; regard it as grievous error

Be Mindful of Who You Associate With

  • Treasure the companionship of those that have renounced the world
  • Regard avoidance of boastful and worldly people a precious benefit
  • With all your heart, avoid fellowship with evil doers

Don’t Look Down on Others

  • Pray for the remission of the evil doer’s sins
  • Forgive the sinful and never despise his low estate (nobody, including you, knows how they will end up)

Cultivate Spiritual Practice

  • Commune with God at the dawn of every day
  • Persevere with all your soul in the quest of the Beloved (God)
  • Consume every wayward thought with the loving mention of God

Be Kind and Generous

  • Succor the dispossessed
  • Never withhold your favor from the destitute
  • Show kindness to animals, how much more to your fellow man
  • Never wish for others that which you do not wish for yourself

Sacrifice

  • Offer up your life for the Beloved (God) without hesitation

Have Integrity

  • Never promise that which you do not fulfill

 

Parting Thoughts

This list is certainly a lofty set of attributes. I personally can’t say I am anywhere near living up to this standard, but I feel it does give me a set of ideals for which to strive. I am hoping to write a series of posts taking a closer look at some of these concepts. If you have any thoughts or insights you’d like to share, I’d love to hear them.

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