Absolute Poverty and Utter Nothingness

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Clarken, R. “Absolute Poverty and Utter Nothingness”. The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, Mar. 1997, pp. 29-43, doi:10.31581/jbs-8.1.2(1997).


This essay briefly explores Bahá’u’lláh’s conceptualization of “poverty” (detachment from the world) and “nothingness” (selflessness); identifies five representatives of the greatest philosophers and prophets of all time—Muhammad, Socrates, Confucius, Buddha, and Jesus; describes each of their conceptualizations of selflessness and detachment; examines some commonalities among them and commonalities with Bahá’u’lláh’s conceptualization; and then closes with some qualifying remarks.

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Copyright © 1997 Rodney H. Clarken