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The True Seeker – Words from The Seven Valleys by Baha’u’llah

April 28, 2023, in Videos > Quotations, by

This video shares some of the words from Baha’u’llah’s The Seven Valleys. In this mystical work, Baha’u’llah describes the stages of the soul’s journey to union with its Creator in terms of seven valleys of search, love, knowledge, unity, contentment, wonderment, and ‘true poverty and absolute nothingness’.

You can read The Seven Valleys in its entirety on the Baha’i Reference Library.

Here is the passage used in the video:

The true seeker hunteth naught but the object of his quest, and the lover hath no desire save union with his beloved. Nor shall the seeker reach his goal unless he sacrifice all things. That is, whatever he hath seen, and heard, and understood, all must he set at naught, that he may enter the realm of the spirit, which is the City of God. Labor is needed, if we are to seek Him; ardor is needed, if we are to drink of the honey of reunion with Him; and if we taste of this cup, we shall cast away the world.

On this journey the traveler abideth in every land and dwelleth in every region. In every face, he seeketh the beauty of the Friend; in every country he looketh for the Beloved. He joineth every company, and seeketh fellowship with every soul, that haply in some mind he may uncover the secret of the Friend, or in some face he may behold the beauty of the Loved One.

If you’re curious to know more about this mystical text, we shared some introductory thoughts to The Seven Valleys.

Narrator: Matyn Darbani

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