Detachment /Non-Attachment

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Detachment defined 1. Aloofness, as from worldly affairs or from the concerns of others.
2. The act or process of disconnecting or detaching; separation.
3. Absence of prejudice or bias; disinterest

Detachment, also expressed as non-attachment, is a state in which a person overcomes his or her attachment to desire for things, people or concepts of the world and thus attains a heightened perspective.

Baha’i Faith

[1]Thou hast inquired about detachment. It is well known to thee that by detachment is intended the detachment of the soul from all else but God. That is, it consisteth in soaring up to an eternal station, wherein nothing that can be seen between heaven and earth deterreth the seeker from the Absolute Truth. In other words, he is not veiled from divine love or from busying himself with the mention of God by the love of any other thing or by his immersion therein.

[2] “The essence of detachment is for man to turn his face towards the courts of the Lord, to enter His Presence, behold His Countenance, and stand as witness before Him. (Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p155)

[3]No man shall attain the shores of the ocean of true understanding except he be detached from all that is in heaven and on earth. Sanctify your souls, O ye peoples of the world, that haply ye may attain that station which God hath destined for you and enter thus the tabernacle which, according to the dispensations of Providence, hath been raised in the firmament of the Bayán.(Kitáb-i-Iqán, p. 3)

[4] That seeker must at all times put his trust in God, must renounce the peoples of the earth, detach himself from the world of dust, and cleave unto Him Who is the Lord of Lords.(Kitáb-i-Iqán, p. 192)


[1] Then Jesus approached John Baptist to be baptized by him. John tried to dissuade him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” Jesus said to him, “Permit it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he baptized him. After Jesus was baptized the Spirit of God descended upon him like a dove. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” I don’t know what you’re going through but the Spirit within you is saying, “Permit it now, for thus it is fitting to fulfill all righteousness.” What is righteousness? Righteousness is “right thinking in actions.” When you release your outcome to God, you become most like Christ. You see John was concerned with the order of men whereas Jesus was concern with obedience to the Father. Detachment is a state in which a person overcomes his or her attachment (need) for things, people or concepts of the world in order to obtain a divine (righteous) perspective. When you begin to let go and allow God to have preeminence in your life you too will hear the words, “You are my beloved Child, with whom I am well pleased.”   Source

[2] All the things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him more surely, and serve him more faithfully.
As a result, we ought to appreciate and use these gifts of God insofar as they help us toward our goal of loving service and union with God. But insofar as any created things hinder our progress toward our goal, we ought to let them go.”
St. Ignatius of Loyola

Hinduism  [1] An intelligent person who has controlled his mind and conquered fear should give up all attachment to material objects such as wife, family and nation and should wander freely without embarrassment, hearing and chanting the holy names of the Lord, the bearer of the chariot wheel. The holy names of Kṛṣṇa are all-auspicious because they describe His transcendental birth and activities, which He performs within this world for the salvation of the conditioned souls. Thus the holy names of the Lord are sung throughout the world. Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.2.39

[2] Seek refuge in the attitude of detachment and you will amass the wealth of spiritual awareness. Those who are motivated only by desire for the fruits of action are miserable, for they are constantly anxious about the results of what they do. Bhagavad Gita

[3] O Master,  Tell me how to find Detachment, wisdom, and freedom! Child, If you wish to be free, Shun the poison of the senses. Seek the nectar of truth, Of love and forgiveness, Simplicity and happiness.  Ashtavakra Gita  trans. Thomas Byrom

[4] Craving the pleasures of the senses,
You suffer attachment.Disdaining them,
You learn detachment.But if you desire nothing,
And disdain nothing,
Neither attachment nor detachment bind you.  Ashtavakra Gita  trans. Thomas Byrom

[5] Dispassion is the turning away from what can be seen and heard and so on in everything which is impermanent, from the body up to the highest heavenly states. Vivek Chudamani 21


  • Attachment and aversion are seeds of Karma, and karma is the source of misery.
  •  Even the most offended and powerful enemy does not cause as much harm as uncontrolled attachment and aversion do.
  • On attaining the state of nonattachment and non-aversion, the soul becomes indifferent to worldly pleasure and pain.
  • By renouncing passions, the soul attains the state of complete freedom, the state (VEETARÄG) beyond attachment and aversion. On attaining the state of non-attachment and non-aversion, the soul becomes indifferent to worldly pleasure and pain. Uttarädhyayan Sutra

Burn emotional attachment, and grind it into ink. Transform your intelligence
into the purest of paper. Make the love of the Lord your pen, and let your consciousness be the scribe.   Sri Guru Granth Sahib

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