Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Valley of Love

NSA members of Baha'i's of Iran.
Executed Dec 27 1981.
The steed of this Valley is pain; and if there be no pain this journey will never end.
 In this station the lover hath no thought save the Beloved, and seeketh no refuge save the Friend.At every moment he offereth a hundred lives in the path of the Loved One, at every step he throweth a thousand heads at the feet of the Beloved.
O My Brother! Until thou enter the Egypt of love, thou shalt never come to the Joseph of the Beauty of the Friend; and until, like Jacob, thou forsake thine outward eyes, thou shalt never open the eye of thine inward being; and until thou burn with the fire of love, thou shalt never commune with the Lover of Longing.
A lover feareth nothing and no harm can come nigh him:
Thou seest him chill in the fire and dry in the sea.
 A lover is he who is chill in hell fire; A knower is he who is dry in the sea.
 Love accepteth no existence and wisheth no life: He seeth life in death, and in shame seeketh glory...

Bahá'u'lláh, The Seven Valleys