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The Four Valleys
The Seven Valleys Of Baha'u'llah


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The First Valley

If the travelers seek after the goal of the Intended One (maqsud), this
station appertaineth to the self--but that self which is The Self of God
standing within Him with laws.(90)

On this plane, the self is not rejected but beloved; it is well-pleasing
and not to be shunned. Although at the beginning, this plane is the realm
of conflict, yet it endeth in attainment to the throne of splendor. As
they have said: O Abraham of this day, O Friend Abraham of the Spirit!
Kill these four birds of prey,(91) that after death the riddle of life
may be unraveled.

This is the plane of the soul who is pleasing unto God. Refer to the

O thou soul who art well assured,
Return to thy Lord, well-pleased, and pleasing unto Him.(92)

which endeth:

Enter thou among My servants,
And enter thou My paradise.(93)

This station hath many signs, unnumbered proofs. Hence it is said:
Hereafter We will show them Our signs in the regions of the earth, and in
themselves, until it become manifest unto them that it is the truth,(94)
and that there is no God save Him.

One must, then, read the book of his own self, rather than some treatise
on rhetoric. Wherefore He hath said, Read thy Book: There needeth none
but thyself to make out an account against thee this day.(95)

The story is told of a mystic knower, who went on a journey with a learned
grammarian as his companion. They came to the shore of the Sea of
Grandeur. The knower straightway flung himself into the waves, but the
grammarian stood lost in his reasonings, which were as words that are
written on water. The knower called out to him, Why dost thou not
follow? The grammarian answered, O Brother, I dare not advance. I must
needs go back again. Then the knower cried, Forget what thou didst read
in the books of Sibavayh and Qawlavayh, of Ibn-i-Hajib and
Ibn-i-Malik,(96) and cross the water.

The death of self is needed here, not rhetoric:
Be nothing, then, and walk upon the waves.(97)

Likewise is it written, And be ye not like those who forget God, and whom
He hath therefore caused to forget their own selves. These are the wicked

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