Garments stand for human qualities. As the human temple is protected and adorned by garments, so is the human spirit by divine attributes or virtues. Courage to break the bonds of conformity, detachment from worldly wishes, thirst for truth, patience and persistence in search, absolute trust in the supreme Sovereign—these are spiritual attires, attributes that adorn and exalt every pure and enchanted soul.
Here are once again the words of Christ (spoken through John the Revelator) asking us to be prepared:
So I advise you to buy from me...white clothes to put on to hide the shame of your nakedness... Revelation 3:18-19 NEB
White symbolizes purity; those near and dear to God dress themselves in white (Rev. 7:19, 13-14).
Here is a rare instance where a symbol is clearly defined:
Now the fine linen signifies the righteous deeds of God’s people. Revelation 19:8 NEB
Christ speaks again: He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never erase his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 3:5-6 NIV
Both the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh use words such as raiment, robe, or clothing to convey the same meaning. Here are the words of the Báb:
How great the number of people who deck themselves with robes of silk all their lives, while clad in the garb of fire, inasmuch as they have divested themselves of the raiment of divine guidance and righteousness; and how numerous are those who wear clothes made of cotton or coarse wool throughout their lives, and yet by reason of their being endowed with the vesture of divine guidance and righteousness, are truly attired with the raiment of Paradise and take delight in the goodpleasure of God. Indeed it would be better in the sight of God were ye to combine the two, adorning yourselves with the raiment of divine guidance and righteousness and wearing exquisite silk, if ye can afford to do so.
And here are the words of Bahá’u’lláh:
O CHILDREN OF DESIRE! Put away the garment of vainglory, and divest yourselves of the attire of haughtiness.
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